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Boston Strong: Hope and Concern in Crawford County

 

SPECIAL


 

Ann Bergheim, the current president of the Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA), has had one heck of a nerve wracking week. Ann’s 25 year old daughter Sara, lives in an apartment in the Boston area just a short distance from alleged Marathon Bomber’s apartment.

“Like everyone else in the area, she can’t leave the apartment and all day Friday she was watching the live news reports,” Ann said. “Ever since the bombing on Monday, we have talked several times a day and chatted online. In fact, we were talking almost immediately after the bombs went off. I just wish this whole thing would end soon.”

Sarah Hopson, Ann’s daughter, is a graduate of Union City High School, was the recipient of a Legion scholarship, and then attended Gannon University before going to Boston to attend school. She will turn 25 in May.

“I’ve been to Boston to visit her several times and I just really like the city and the people,” Ann said. “The people of Boston show great courage and kindness and truly represent the real picture of what America is all about. We need to keep the people of Boston in our prayers as well as those in Texas following that horrible explosion.”

 

Update: Shortly after this interview was conducted and published, police in Boston at *;45 p.m. announced the second suspect had been taken into custody. Crowds in Boston cheered and Ann took to her Facebook page and cheered as well. Both she and her daughter separated by hundreds of miles will have a much better weekend. Now attention will once again re-focus on those killed and injured.

 

 

 

On the Wild Side

Looks like another weekend of snow and blustery conditions for the anglers in search of a trout dinner. The creeks, similar to last week, will likely be running high and muddy.

The weather next week, according to forecasts will moderate somewhat (hopefully).Spring gobbler for younger hunters also opens up this Saturday.

The leeks emerged in the woods this past week, at least in my neighborhood. Perhaps, next week they should be large enough to dig. It seems whenever the garden garlic garlic emerges from it’s raised beds, it’s time to get in the woods and check the tasty leeks.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

 

 

Nature Center Field Trip…Aquaponics Investigation,” Wednesday, April 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Meet at Allegheny College Carr Hall Lobby (directions available) to find out how to garden using an aquaponics system. Thomas Eatmon, Environmental Science Dept., will demonstrate some working aquaponics systems…find out what he is growing! Also take a look at the new Allegheny College Environmental Science Department and see the “living wall.”

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

In addition to the weekly education programs, stop by the Woodcock Creek Nature Center to check out the many displays and activities! The Nature Center is open all year round Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Directions to the Crawford County Conservation District/ Woodcock Creek Nature Center, 21742 German Road, Meadville, PA (formerly Bear Lodge): From Meadville, follow North Main Street (State Route 86) North; Turn right on German Road just before the bridge and the intersection of Routes 86 & 198; Stay on German Road and follow the creek, bearing left at the “Y.” The Nature Center is the last building (made of stone) on the left before Stainbrook Park.

 

Foundation for Sustainable Forestry


The Foundation for Sustainable Forestry based in Spartansburg will have a special weekend conference in May.  To learn more the special weekend planned by the local Foundation, which was awarded the Conservation Districts 2013 Award for Forestry, Foundation.

 

 

Excellence in School and on the Court

I had the opportunity to get acquainted with one of th areas outstanding graduating seniors within the last few weeks. Josiah Hoefler, a senior at Calvary Baptist Academy in Meadville. Like many graduating seniors this spring, he is making choice for the future after a life-long career at the Academt which is celebrating it’s 45 year of existence in Meadville. Thanks to Brian Williams, the Director of Development at the school for the initial contact. Congratulations, Josiah.and Good Luck in your future plans. Read, Josiah.

 

Safe Driving Classes for Seniors Planned

Both the Active Aging Center in Meadville and the Union City Senior Senior Center are sponsoring AARP Safe Driving Classes in the near future. More detailed information will be posted next Friday. However, if you want immediate information regarding these important classes, call the center in your area.

The number for Meadville’s Active Aging is 336-1792. The contact numer for the Union City Center is 438-2146. The courses will begin soon, early May in general and enrollment is limited.

 

 

 

 

 




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