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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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The End is Near (it will soon be 2013)

Today, Saturday, opens the last month of 2012 and Sunday, December 2 opens the Christian season of advent, the prelude to Christmas Day. It has been a very fast year! (Seems like Ground Hog Day was just a few weeks ago). The end is near for 2012.

Some other dates of interest, December 13 will be the last Friday the 13th of 2012. While some are superstitious of the day and avoid walking under ladders and other common actions, others believe the number 13 is actually lucky. For the ancient Mayans, the number 13 was a sacred number. There will be a lot of Mayan hype and end of the world talk as the 21st approaches. Hollywood and the doomsayers are predicting the end of the world based on the Mayan ancient calendar.

However, even the Mayan Elders claim the predictions are unfounded and is not the true meaning of their calender, so I wouldn’t get overly concerned. The Elders do not believe the end is near.

The weather this last week was rather cold with some small amounts of snow here and there. Actually, it was just about the right amount of snow cover for deer season which opened last Monday. If the forecasts are on target we should enjoy something of a warm-up and near spring-like conditions at least through the early part of the week. There’s no complaints in this department, however, the end is not near for good old man winter.

 

On the Wild Side

Apparently, there have been some very successful hunters the first week of the PA rifle deer season. The young woman pictured above, Sarah, shot her first buck after some disappointing hunts. She was with her older brother and several of his friends, who helped to push the doe to her. She was one happy person as was everyone else in the hunting party.

In my neighborhood woods, there are large flocks of turkey and the squirrels have been eating rather good. After disappearing for several years, we have begun to notice colonies of gray squirrels once again.

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Thistle Animal Christmas Decoration

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.

 

Last Minute Gift Basket Ideas

Tuesday, December 18, 4:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Struggling to think of a thoughtful gift that doesn’t take long to make? Join Laura Dengler of the Crawford Conservation District as she shares ideas for imaginative, creative, and fun gift baskets using easy-to-find materials. She will demonstrate how to make gift baskets for people of different ages and interests.

All Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require per-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.org . All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

NW PA Fishing Report

The end is near for the 2012 fishing season; soon it will re-open with 2013  ice fishing reports. Read the latest fishing reports from 2012 with Darl Black. Click http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/rec/lakes/Documents/shenango/FishingReport.pdf

 

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