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First Snow

Hopefully, all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, a beautiful spring-like weather day. Within 24 hours, the weather changed dramatically with wind, rain and snow and no electric power (at least in my neighborhood) for several hours. Saturday and Sunday saw lake effect snowfall, although not quite as much as the seven inches to a foot which was predicted. Some of the back roads in my neighborhood were icy this morning.

Well, it is the end of November. The upcoming week looks like it will be cold and snow every now and then.

Rifle season for deer opens today Monday, be alert careful driving; the deer will be moving, running and they don’t really look both ways to cross a street or a road.

 

On the Wild Side


 

An estimated 750,000 hopeful hunters will be in the woods opening day of deer season. The snow should make things a little easier for tracking and visibility for hunters. By most accounts there as plenty of nice bucks.

2012 will be the tenth year since the Game Commission placed antler restrictions on bucks which can be harvested. It remains a somewhat controversial policy, although it seems there is currently more controversy among hunters regarding the the doe policy which some call a “slaughter”.

Pictured above is a lucky hunter’s first turkey on the last day of the fall season hunt before deer season opened.

 

 

Fishing Report

From an email from Darl Black “The last regular issue of the Fishing Report for 2012 will be published on Monday (11/11) and emailed on Tuesday (11/27).  I will likely put out a special Fishing Report a few days before Christmas for those who have time off after Christmas so you have an idea what’s biting – so be sure send in any photos and comments on your December fishing.  There will be a special ice-fishing Fishing Report in January and another special in March on early spring bites.  The NW PA Fishing Report will go back on a regular schedule starting in April.

Wishing everyone the best throughout the Holiday season…and keep on fishing!

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Educational events are free and open to the public. Registration, however, is required. It’s free and simple – just call the District at 814-763-5269.

 

THISTLE ANIMAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Tuesday, December 4, 4:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.

Come bring your Christmas spirit and creativity and join Maria Anderson Dreese and Tracey Dengler-Crawford from the Crawford Conservation District as they show us how to make those cute nature-themed thistle animal Christmas Ornaments!
BEGINNING GENEALOGY
Tuesday, December 11, 4:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.

Are you interested in becoming a genealogy detective? Come join Bill Moore, President of the Crawford County Genealogical Society, as he explains how to get started in the fascinating activity of tracing your own family history. He will share insights, organizational tips and helpful web sites with us.

 

 

 

Union City

 

Christmas Craft Show – Sunday, December 2 at the Fire Department’s Social Hall , 50 Second Ave. The craft show opens at 10 a.m. And ends at 5 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Union City Fire Department Auxiliary and admission is free. Santa and Mrs. Clause will entertain children from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Lunch and free entertainment will be available.

 

Union City Library – The library will raffle off a Kindle Fire HD on Saturday, December 15. Tickets are available at the Library located at Main and Stranahan streets and cost $5.

 

Grange

From Susan Tau : “ Hayfield Grange will host the December 1st meeting beginning at noon with a tureen lunch.  Those attending should take salads, vegetables or desserts.  The main dish will be furnished.

Following lunch Brenda Schmidt, Coordinator for Crawford County Recycling, will present a program on “Quick & Easy Recycling”.  Monetary donations will be made to Kim Lengling, Project Support our Troops and the Ed and Janet Taylor Family.  Members are reminded to bring items for Support our Troops that were mailed to Subordinate Secretaries with the programs.  Granges are also requested to supply hats, mittens and gloves to be donated to the Jimmy Moore Christmas Party.

The business meeting will include Committee reports and delegate report from the annual PA State Grange Session held in Butler in October.

Ellen Aurand, Conneaut Area School Vo-Ag Instructor, will be introducing the students who received the annual FFA Project Book Awards.

The afternoon session will conclude approximately 5:00 p.m. with “The Five Senses of Christmas”.


Northwest Maple Association

Here is a good holiday recipe from Laura Dengler for sweet potatoes or yams:

Maple Holiday Yams
Layer one
6 cups of fresh yams cooked and mashed
1 cup of maple Sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together and spread in baking dish.
Layer 2
1/2 cup of flour
1 cup of maple sugar
1 cup of pecans (optional)
1/2 stick of butter
Mix together and sprinkle on top of layer 1
Bake @ 350 for 35 minutes.

 

 

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