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A Time to Remember, A Time to Help, a Time to Enjoy

It was a great Labor Day holiday with many actives throughout the region. The weather was near perfect, although for some, the heat continues to be oppressive. The moon at night was spectacular and very bright.

The harvest from home vegetable gardens and local farms continues and there are a lot of smiles. The warm sunny days and adequate rains have helped to make the local harvest one of the best.

In several weeks, it will be time to plant garlic for next years crop and start getting gardens ready for the upcoming winter.

Support our local farms and buy local produce.

Important PA Voting Information:

Pennsylvania has changed some of the requirements for voters. The controversial law remains in effect at least for now. For information on the new requirements call local elections officials or call 866-Our-Vote (866-687-8686). Or in a google search just type in the number; it is a good resource.

September 11


Tuesday marks the anniversary of the attacks against the USA in 2001; many people can recall exactly what they were doing when they heard the tragic news. Politics aside, it is a time of remembrance and prayer for those whose lives were snuffed, their loved ones, families and friends. Many other first responders are still dealing with serious after effects. Tuesday, pause and reflect.

On the Wild Side

Native sunchokes are getting ready to bloom and harvest.

The woods are bone dry so be careful with outdoor fires. Whenever the rain falls, it seems to get soaked up almost immediately.

Archers are getting ready for the opening day of archery at the end of this month. The statewide hunt opens on September 29 and runs until November 12. There seems to be plenty of deer this year.

The sunchokes are getting ready to bloom. Also called Jerusalem Artichokes or Indian potatoes, the tubers are healthy to eat and tasty. The plants grow in wet, moist areas and can be used in a home vegetable garden with care; the plants can get very tall.

Northstar – A Tragic Horror Story

Sunflowers are a sign of hope and hopefully, Northstar makes a full recovery and those responsible punished for this horrible incident.

Northstar, a six year old horse, was set on fire by an unknown person or persons on August 24 or 25 in Athens Township. The badly burned horse has been taken to a vet in Ohio State University for treatment last Wednesday.

Those who set the horse on fire, using a flammable liquid, have not yet been apprhended. The incident is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police. Anyone with information regarding the horse burning incident is asked to call the State Police at 814-663-2043. There is currently a $1,500 dollar reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction.

A bank account has been set up at PNC bank to help the owners of Northstar, Bob and Jessie Woodworth of Bloomfield Township. Please donate if you are able to help. Northstar’s treatment will likely be very expensive and possibly in the range of $100,000.

For the horse’s progress and other story updates, www.helpnorthstar.com or on Facebook Justice for Northstar.

Sunday Update : Northstar News.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Water levels are low for this time of year, openng up opportunities for a lot of activities.

On September 11 learn how to read a topographical map with Brian Pilarcik. This event is limited to the first 20 registrants. This learning experience will be at the Woodcock Nature Center and begins at 4:30 p.m. and should end about an hour later.

I talked with Brian Pilarcik at the Conservation District one day last week. He was excited about some of the interesting and fun things scheduled for the next several weeks. Two events are scheduled in conjunction with Linda Armstrong of Pymatuning.

As with any events at the Conservation District or at Pymatuning, just call to register (Woodcock Nature Center – 814-763-5258 and/or Pymatuning at 1 -724-932-3141 or for more information www.crawford conservation.com)

A Pymatuning shoreline walk is scheduled for September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Both Pilarcik and Armstrong will lead the group after they assemble at the Spillway parking lot that morning. According to Pilarcik, the water levels are very low for this time of year and there are many treasures to be discovered., He also said there are many unique shoreline birds this time of the year to observe.

On Monday October 1, kayak Sugar Lake, one of the regions glacial kettle lake’s. Linda Armstrong has several kayaks available to use on a first come basis, so call as soon as possible if you want to join. The kayaking adventure will begin at 6 p.m. and end around 8 p.m.

Pymatuning

Pymatuning State Park Shoreline Clean-Up on September 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The low water levels will help to collect debris which is normally underwater. Please call to register, 724-932-3141. It is important to call ahead so the supplies needed for the clean-up can be obtained.

Canadohta Lake


Last week’s Book Sale was very successful and over 600 books were sold, according to Ann Bergheim. The sale was held at Hawthorn Park on Saturday. The popular Book Swap program is expected to re-open in the spring.

Bergheim was grateful for the help of volunteers who helped with the sale. In particular she wanted to thank volunteers,: Dave Cherry, Steve and Madeline Filipos, and all of the Canadohta Lake Queens.

Following the book sale at dusk, the community celebrated Light Up the Lake, an event celebrating the lives of residents who have died. “The event was very successful and many, many people participated,” Bergheim said.

The Frog Pond Restaurant was a busy place all Labor Day weekend. On Sunday, there was a lot of excitement when a truck became lodged under the car port of the popular lake restaurant. The truck, from Buffalo, New York, was at the lake community to pick up used cooking oil.

 

Grange

The Crawford Pomona Grange will meet Saturday at Rundells to install new officers for the upcoming year. More information next week.

Fishing


Get the latest regional fishing news with Darl Black, Fish.

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One Response to A Time to Remember, A Time to Help, a Time to Enjoy

  1. Angela Young says:

    I don’t know how people can do stuff like that! (Horse) September 11 of that year my husband and I did not celebrate our anniversary because we were too busy grieving. This year it will be 30 for us!

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