The weather looks good for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, at least locally and promises to be hot. Hopefully, the rain will hold off until Tuesday as most forecasts are predicting. Enjoy the weekend and be safe particularly while driving. It is a day to honor and support American workers and their tremendous contributions to the USA.
An email from Charles Vorisek, a Linesville beekeeper noted a new study which indicates the April honeybee kill was not the result of a known chemical or chemicals used in agriculture. Numerous other studies have indicated otherwise. The latest study was completed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The local beekeeper also noted the honeybees seem to have an attraction to the native herb boneset which is now blooming as well as to the goldenrod and Joe Pye weed. Ernst Conservation has a large field planted with these native plants and the bees have been swarming the plants for food.
The plants provide plenty of food for the bees which is stored for winter usage, the overflow is collected by the beekeepers; the honey is in demand since it is regarded as some of the best.
According to Vorisek, many people visited the honeybee displays at the Crawford County Fair last week. The bee observation display is a popular attraction for young and old. The beekeepers also had a great group of volunteers again this year helping out, he said.
Home herb gardens can also be a great source of food for the bees. Borage, sometimes called the bee plant, is one of the best. I am always amazed at the number of bees the herb attracts; borage can also be used to brew a tea and is used in salads since it has a cucumber flavor. The herb is usually planted in or near tomatoes. There is a widespread belief that the herb improves the flavor of the tomato.
Tomatoes, at least in my garden, are ripening quickly, seemingly overnight. If you don’t grow enough produce in your garden, be sure to buy from local farms at roadside stands. Support local agriculture. It’s generally less expensive, more flavorful and generally healthier. Besides our local farmers are an important part of our communities and need our support. Support American workers.
On the Wild Side
The native American Mountain Ash trees are a brilliant red color this year and the berries seem to be abundant. There is a lot of folklore regarding the berries which at one time were used to make a jelly. The berries are also recognized as an important source of food for many animals and birds. More on the native Mountain Ash, BERRY.
The acorn crop, at least in this neck of the woods, appears to be abundant. The Oak Tree is America’s National tree and has an importance in American culture. It’s easy to start your own oak tree at little or no expense and the tree can live for generations. More oak information can be found at, OAK.
Get some fall and winter reading at the great Book Sale to be held Saturday, September 1 at Hawthorn Park from 11 a.m. to dusk. Hard cover books are only a quarter, while paperback books cost a dime.
There are about 1,500 different titles available. In speaking with Ann Bergheim, she is still looking for a new home for the Book Swap program, which has been temporarily suspended. Any suggestions or leads on a new location are welcome. For more information on the Swap and the Sale, BOOKS.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
These events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Simply call the Nature Center at 814-763-5269.
Tuesday September 11th 4:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
What is a topographic map and how do you use it? Why are there so many colors on a map? If you have ever asked these or other questions about maps you won’t want to miss this course! Join Brian Pilarcik, Crawford Conservation District, to learn the basics of topographic maps. Limited to first 20 registrants
PYMATUNING RESERVOIR SHORELINE HIKE
Thursday September 20th 8:30 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.
We are taking advantage of the low water conditions on Pymatuning! Join Linda Armstrong from Pymatuning State Park and Brian Pilarcik from the Crawford County Conservation District and take this low water opportunity to walk the shoreline which is seldom seen except by boat. We will meet at the Spillway Parking Lot and then drive to our location. Bring binoculars, drinking water, dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes/boots that don’t mind getting wet and muddy. To register please contact Pymatuning State Park office at 724/932-3142.
The September quarterly meeting will be hosted by Rundells Grange on Saturday, September 8th.The Pomona Officers for 2012-14 will be installed at 11:00 a.m. by Susan Tau and installing team. A tureen lunch will follow the installation at noon. Rundells Grange will furnish table service and beverages.
The afternoon session will open at 1:00 which will include committee reports and devotions by Pomona Chaplain Nancy Holler. There will be no Lecturer’s program and the meeting will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m. There will be no evening session for this meeting.
Members are reminded of the food stand for the horse sale at the Crawford County Fairgrounds September 14 and 15. Pies and workers are needed for the two days, and those wishing to assist should contact Alverna Hotchkiss to schedule a time.
Join Linda Armstrong and Brian Pilarcik for a shoreline walk on September 20. See above under Woodcock Creek Nature center for more info or call Linda Armstrong at Pymatuning at 724-932-3142.
Help Needed on September 22 at 9 a.m. For the annual Fall Clean -Up at Pymatuning. Please call the park at 724-932-3142. The water levels are low and the shoreline needs a good Fall clean-up.
Read the latest regional fishing news with Darl Black, Fish.
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