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Signs of Spring – Almost

The weather has certainly been up and down the last week. Perhaps, it is a sign of approaching spring as winter battles warmer temperatures. In this neighborhood there was about a foot of snow last week. The high winds for several days pushed the snow into some impressive drifts. The weekend weather and for the first part of the week will make the maple producers happier. If the forecasts remain true, the daytime should see temperatures at forty degrees or higher and lows will drop below freezing.

The cold this week brought other smiles. The Canadohta Lake Ice Fishing Tournament, after being canceled earlier, will happen this Saturday. The event was canceled because the ice was not safe. For more information on this popular event, timberlandbait.com

 

On the Wild Side

This is a good time of the year to walk the woods and fields and search for deer sheds. (Well, once some the snow melts). This is the time of the year when bucks usually loose their antlers, another sign of approaching spring.

Last year, in this neighborhood, the spring peeps started on March 15 and a few days later the leeks could be dug. Sure signs of spring, similar to maple syrup buckets.

 

Maple Syrup Season – Open House Taste and Tour and the Edinboro Maple Festival

March 16 and 17 is more than green beer and shamrocks in northwestern Pennsylvania. Area maple producers will host an open taste and tour program at participating sugar shacks and the Edinboro Historical Society will host the annual Maple Festival.

The Taste and Tour program will features various free demonstrations and there will be plenty of free samples for visitors to enjoy. Each day the event at local sugar shacks opens at 10 a.m. And ends around 4 p.m. Maple syrup and maple products will also be available for purchase. Enjoy and discover the ancient of making maple syrup. For a list of the participating sugar shacks, click pa maple.org

The Maple Festival in Edinboro will be held at the Edinboro Fire Hall on Erie Street each day, March 16 and 17. The popular event features a pancake breakfast with real, homegrown maple syrup, an arts and craft show, plenty of live entertainment and numerous activities for children. Like the taste and tour program, the festival is a fun family oriented event. The Fireball is located on South Meadville Street. More information will be posted on Edinborohistory.org

 

Grange News


 

Atlantic Grange will host the March 2nd quarterly meeting beginning with a tureen lunch at noon. Those attending should take a tureen, table service and beverages will be provided by the Host Grange.   The afternoon session will open at 1:30 with the program presented by Julia Catalano, Director of Consumer Relations of the Marquette Hospice House.  Granges are requested to donate cleaning and paper supplies for use at the Hospice House.

The business meeting will follow the program with reports from Committees, a devotional program in charge of Nancy Holler, Pomona Chaplain, and consideration of resolutions.  Granges having resolutions to submit should do so by February 23rd to Patty Lou Pardee, Secretary.  The afternoon business session is scheduled to conclude by 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Don’t forget to check out the Conservation District’s tree seedling sale. Order should be placed by March 20. For more information call the District at 763-5269 or visit their Web page at crawfordconservation.com The seedling sale helps to fund the environmental education programs some of which are listed below. All events are free and open to the public, just be sure to call ahead and register.

For a breathe of springtime

• “Dive into Coral Reefs,” Tuesday, February 26, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Jack Meeder, Allegheny College Departments of Environmental Science and Geology, will share his photos and experiences with coral and coral reefs with us. We will also have the opportunity to examine some fine examples of corals from his collection!

• “No Leaves! What Tree is it?” Tuesday, March 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mark Lewis, Service Forester, PA Bureau of Forestry, will lead a walk starting at the Nature Center and identify some of Pennsylvania’s common trees. Learn how to tell one tree from another when there are no leaves to help. Dress for the weather.

• “Late Afternoon Mystery Matinee…with Popcorn!” Wednesday, March 13, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a relaxing and fun late afternoon! She will project two animal videos that will both entertain and amaze…and YOU WILL VOTE on which ones we watch! Possible subjects are: Bats, Timber Rattlesnakes, Allegheny Woodrats, Otters and Osprey. Which two will it be?

• “Volcanoes,” Tuesday, March 26, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College student Lucas Carrion will be teaching us about volcanoes from all over the world. Find out where volcanoes form and why different types exist in different areas. We will watch videos of eruptions and well as see pictures and actual rock samples.

• “Fresh and Salt Water Aquariums,” Wednesday, March 27, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Vince LaRochelle will share his experiences with both fresh and salt water aquariums and answer any questions you may have about them. Also, for fun, he will present a short video of his Indonesian scuba diving adventures.

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