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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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The Groundhog: “Whoops”

No outdoor picnics were likely held the first day of spring 2013.

The snow the last several days has kept plow drivers and sledders moving and happy. Many others just let out groans and comments about the groundhog and the first day of spring snowstorm.

The upcoming week is predicted to be much of the same. Easter attire could well be winter clothing and boots this year.

On the Wild Side

The cold weather and snow has a wide variety of birds feeding at backyard bird feeders. The birds don’t seem to be very impressed, particularly the robins which came back several weeks ago. Flocks of them have been eating the dense reddish sumac fruit called sumac bobs instead of worms.

The cold weather does have one wild benefit, a tiny, invasive insect which is killing the Eastern Hemlock, Pennsylvania’s State Tree, can’t survive the western PA winters. Our forests are also under threat for the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Longhorn Beetle. One bright spot for our woodlands is the English Oak tree, according DCNR Forester Mark Lewis. Learn more and a little something about the English Oak and about some troublesome  pests at, Tree.

Valerie Myers, a writer for GO Erie had a good, fun article on crows. The birds watch me every time I am in the yard. Maybe, I’ll start waving and saying “hello”.

 

Crawford County Senior Environmental Corps (CCSE)

One of the many volunteer projects of the Senior Corps is constructing fish cribs every summer.

The next meeting of the CCSEC will be on April 4 at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center. The meetings, always the first Thursday of the month, begins at 1 p.m. According to Dick Runnels, chairperson for the group, the meetings generally last an hour. The general public and those who would be interested in attending and prospective members are welcome.

There is normally a guest speaker at each meeting. The topic for discussion on April 4 will be geology and fracking.

CCSEC is involved in many different outdoor projects with various groups throughout the county. The group works closely with the Conservation District and volunteers to help with Creek Connections, building fish cribs and is involved in many water testing and water quality programs. It is easy to get involved. Attend the April 4 meeting or call the Conservation District at 763-5269.

 

Northwestern PA Beekeepers Association

The local beekeepers will meet on April 27 at Our Lady of the Lakes Social Hall in Edinboro. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and last until 3 p.m. According to Kirk Johnson, the president of the organization, there will also be a swap at the meeting where beekeepers can exchange equipment. The topic of discussion will revolve around the best ways to split a hive.

The meetings are a great place to learn about the ancient art of keeping bees particularly for those just stepping into the challenging field.

 

Sam Hossler

Sam Hossler could often be found fishing on Canadohta Lake and organizing the Kids Fishing Day for CLABA.

 

The latest novel from Sam Hossler is now available for sale. “, Beasts of the Frontier. This is the sequel to Silversmith Chronicles and if I do say so myself it’s even more exciting. Follow Jake and Ned on what was supposed to be a winter hunting trip in the wilds of Northwest Pennsylvania. It wasn’t long before they came across giant bear foot prints. Or was it a  bear? They suspected the killer werewolf from Salem Crossroads was also in this territory. Settlers and the Indian Cornplanter village have been raided by this strange beast and werewolf. Read how the boys lay a trap for the werewolf but make a dangerous enemy of the beast, and what about the lovely Maria? Will one of the boys propose marriage? The answer to these, and other questions, are found in the pages of BEASTS OF THE FRONTIER.

Sam is a former resident of Canadohta Lake and was active in the Canadohta Lake Area Business Association. For more information, please visit, wwwsamhosslerwriter.com

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

For anyone feeling “down” because of the late wintery weather, these two March programs will help add a touch of the tropics. Events are free and open to the public. Just call the Woodcock Creek Nature Center to register. The number is 763-5269.

 

• “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.

 

Canadohta Lake

The fireworks display at the lake this year will be held on July 6 with a rain date of July 7, according to Ann Bergheim. She is the president of the Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA). According to Ann the fireworks will be even better and bigger this year. July 4 this year falls on a Thursday.

Ann is also asking for information regarding firewood for sale in the lake area. Quality, seasoned hardwood is needed  in particular for those who use wood stoves year round. It is an added plus if the seller is a member of CLABA If you cut and sell firewood or know of a contact in the lake area, please contact this blog below at spinksgreg@gmail.com, of contact Ann Bergheim.

The East Egg Hunt for kids scheduled for March 22 was canceled because of deep snow and bitter cold. It could be re-scheduled to happened in the next week or so.

 

Calvary Baptist Christian Academy

The Academy will hold it’s 5 Annual Thunder Run at Roche Park on April 6. For more information and a registration fee CBCA and click on Events.

 



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