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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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December – Make a Resolution for January

Sunrise, last Thursday December 6, was spectacular. It was also predicted forecast about Friday and Saturday (red in the morning,…) the weekend was rather; Friday and Saturday were dreary, foggy and rainy. Much the same is expected for the next several days as well, although some snow could fall.

December is a month to think about resolutions for next year. There are many fantastic opportunities, most of the free, to learn more, get involved in community action, and just enjoy our many resources.

 

American Legion – Union City

I stopped in at the American legion Club on Thanksgiving Day. The organization was sponsoring a free Thanksgiving dinner along with other community groups such as The Union City VFW and the Moose Club. There was plenty of food, a pleasant atmosphere and a good number of people enjoying the holiday. Okay, I nibbled some food (a slice of cherry pie) and went on to another dinner with some friends.

Later I spoke with several people who helped organize the event, Kraig Capela, and with Clare Blakeslee, a board member and a person regarded as the Post’s local historian.

The American Legion enjoys quite a long history in Union City and together with the Union City VFW have been very active within the community. Both have cooperated in Erie and Crawford Counties with Military Burials, decorating the graves of veterans and in restoring the old Middlebrook Cemetery where two veterans of the Revolution were buried. The civic organizations provide many, many resources and opportunities. Consider making a resolution to join the activities. Read more about these two organizations at http://www.goerie.com/article/20121207/GOCRAWFORD0103/312079980/American-Legion-gives-thanks

 

On the Wild Side

Saturday, December 8 was the last day of Pennsylvania Deer Rifle Season. At least around this neighborhood, it seems to have been a successful harvest. The deer were moving in herds of a dozen or more in the rain and fog over the weekend. Archery season opens once again after Christmas. While the rifle hunters might be disappointed to see the end of the season, my dog will be happy. He’s use to daily walks in the woods.

The dead tree pictured above seems to be a buffet tree for woodpeckers. It’s a tree behind a small pond which for some reason I never really noticed before. While some hold a dead tree as something unsightly to be be removed, they are important for wildlife.

Just a photo from deer season:

 

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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

 

Join Laura Dengler of the Conservation District as she shares some creative and inexpensive last minute gift ideas. Throughout the year the center offers many activities, make a resolution to get informed and involved for 2013.

All Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-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.

 

Pymatuning – Hello 2013

 

Get Healthy and Take a Hike! Tuesday January 1 at 10 a.m. Take a healthy 2 mile walk around the Pymatuning shoreline, view the winter wildlife and enjoy some winter plant identification. Be sure to dress for winter weather.

Call the park office to register at 724-932-3142

 

 

Grange


Become a member of the Grange for 2013. The Grange offers a wide range of activities for the entire family as well as educational events. Make a resolution for 2013 and join the community fun at your local Grange Hall. Now, from Susan Tau, report from the December Pomona Grange Meeting:

The quarterly meeting was hosted by Hayfield Grange for the December meeting.  During lunch Kim Lengling from Project Support Our Troops spoke to the group stating that this is the 14th year of sending boxes to troops.  An estimated 38,000 boxes have been sent during this period and without the help of organizations and the community it would not be possible.  Numerous hours have been spent on the phone with families of servicemen and directing them to counseling when needed.  Fund raisers have been held with the proceeds used to purchase items as well as to pay shipping costs.  They send between 100-150 boxes a month and at Christmas 1,000 boxes.  Following 9/11 for two years items were received from all over the country for shipping.  Most servicemen and women receiving the packages are from Erie, Crawford and Mercer Counties.

Pomona Master John Hotchkiss presented a check in the amount of $425.00 to Mrs. Lengling for the project.  Over 200 items for packing boxes were also donated by Granges and Grange members.

Brenda Schmidt, Coordinator for the Crawford County Recycling program spoke on “Quick & Easy Recycling”.  There are 11 bins in the county from Conneaut Lake to Sparta and Hydetown.  West Mead is the largest site.  She displayed items that are acceptable for recycling.  Only corrugated cardboard, newspapers and magazines and plastic with a 1 or 2 on the bottom and brown, clear or green glass as well as aluminum cans.  No motor oil or pesticide, insecticide or herbicide containers are acceptable.  Also displayed were items made from recycled materials.

Ed, Janet, and Kira Taylor formerly of Cambridge Springs, now of Saegertown were presented with a check for $425.00 by Master John Hotchkiss.  The Taylors lost their home and belongs during the July 3rdstorm.

Conneaut Area Vo-Ag Instructor Ellen Aurand thanked Pomona Grange for providing the annual project book awards as well as the sponsorship of two FFA jackets.  She had 11 applications for jackets that were submitted to the state which had a total of 477 applications and 253 sponsors.  Ms. Aurand has been the Vo-Ag Instructor for 31 years.  The Chapter currently has 104 on the roster.  They just completed their fruit sale.”

 

 

 

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