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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Over the River and through the Woods…

Over the river and through the woods,
To grandmother’s house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Through (the) white and drifted snow!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! It appears from the weather forecasts that the weather will cooperate this year and there should be no travel problems, at least in our region. On Thanksgiving Day the temperatures could be in the fifty degree range, almost perfect for grilling outside. The white and drifted snow scenes are sure to be around at some point.

We have much to be thankful for (the election is over among them), take a moment, pause and reflect and give Thanks.

The next big holiday opens a half hour before sunrise on Monday, November 26, the opening day of Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season. Pay attention while driving, the deer are moving across much more than fields, across the river and through the woods.

Pictured above is the winning photo from the Save Our Swamp tour held by CARE (Crawford Area Residents for the Environment). The first place photo of the Geneva Swamp Tour was awarded to Patti Fowler, the second place winner was Preston Sanderson, third place, Michael Vargo; Honorable mention were made for photos taken by Dan Heninger and Patti Fowler. The judges must have had a difficult time since all of the photos are spectacular. The other photos and more information about CARE can be found at http://www.stopburningtires.com/

The photos will also be displayed at the Meadville Market House beginning on December 7.

Special thanks to Scott Hricsina and Patti Fowler and the CARE family for the permission to share this Thanksgiving  photo.

 

On the Wild Side


Bear season in Pennsylvania opened on Saturday, November 17. The bear population seems to have increased steadily over the last several years. The bears are actually quite harmless and not very aggressive except when it comes to bird feeders. The one I saw recently eating blueberries turned around and ran as fast as it could over the river and through the woods towards Titusville some thirty miles away.

Deer season opens Monday in PA. Last Saturday, November 26, the season for deer opened in New York State. Good Luck to all hunters. Be safe.

Certainly, where there are hunters there is talk about the deer herd management policies in PA. It is always a controversial topic. This year another debate should begin and that is about the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in captive deer in York and Adams County. This fatal deer disease has not been found, yet, in the wild herds. It could be a major problem for hunting statewide if the disease infects the wild deer herds.

The possibility of CWD raises questions about people feeding the deer, something which game biologists strongly do not recommend. Sure, it is nice to throw corn out for the deer and watch them from the comfort of a warm home or cabin. But, the free food could also be a horrible death sentence for the whitetail unlucky to be be feeding at the feeder. For more information, check the PA Game Web site, here or this article on feeding deer.

 

LEME


By all accounts, last weeks Lake Erie Maple Expo (LEME) was a huge success. There were over 350 people who attended the conference from across the region and the eastern United States and Canada. This was the first Exposition in this region held in November and the 2013 Expo is already being planned. It is scheduled for November 2013 on Nov. 8 and 9 at the same place, Northwestern High School in Albion, according to Darl Sheets of Meadville. Sheets was one of the principle organizers of the event.

LEME  was co-sponsored by the Northwest PA Maple Syrup Producers Association, Ohio Maple Producers Association, the Western New York Producers and the Albion FAA. For more information, visit  http://www.pamaple.org/news.html

We’ll have more information next week as well as a holiday recipe (sweet potatoes and maple syrup). There are some other great recipes on the their Web page, check it out http://www.pamaple.org/news.html

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

All educational events are free and open to the public. Just be sure to call the center to register at 814-763-5269.

FOREST AND NATURALIZED PLANT PRUNING

Tuesday, Nov. 20     4:30 p.m. — 5:30  p.m.

This presentation of Pruning Landscape Shrubs will discuss reasons for pruning and best plant health care practices. Participants will join Scott Sjolander, Penn State Extension Urban Forester, to learn about woody plant biology and reactions to wounding, encouraging long plant service. The session will focus particularly on some landscape and fruit shrubs commonly used. Dress for indoors lecture and outdoors demonstrations if the weather permits.

Grange

A planning meeting for Subordinate Masters, Lecturers, Family Activities, Legislative, Membership, Deaf Activities and Youth/Young Adult Chairmen will be held Monday, November 19. The meeting will be held at Hayfield Grange at 7:00 p.m. Plans for the upcoming year’s programs and activities will be discussed.

Union City

A free Thanksgiving Day dinner is planned for the American Legion Post on Main Street for those who do not want to spend the holiday alone or do not have other resources. The free dinner is being sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion, LeBarron Post 237. The dinner begins at noon Thanksgiving Day at the Legion Hall on Main Street and continues until 3p.m.

Register at the Legion Hall sometime before November 20 or call Union City Family Support Services at 438-7550.

Mr. and Mrs Clause will be in Union City Friday November 23. The couple will entertain and meet residents beginning at 6:45 pm at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall. The doors open at 8 p.m. and visitors will be greeted by a Captain Magic Show until the jolly couple travels in across the river and through woods. The event is sponsored by the Union City Parks and Recreation Department.

 

Fishing Report


Get the latest fishing report with Darl Black at FISH.

 

Happy Thanksgiving..maybe the wood will be all split and stacked…

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