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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Explore Spring

 

Maybe spring weather is finally here and the cold and snow will end this week.  It seems as if winter was almost endless this past year and everyone is waiting for the real spring warmth to arrive. The forecasts indicate the upcoming week might just bring better and warmer weather. That is good news for farmers, backyard gardeners and those who burn wood for heat.

A great place to visit during the spring and one of the “best kept secrets around” is the Union City Dam. Pictured above are two residents of Las Vegas who visit the dam frequently when they visit the region.  For more information on the Union City Dam, click Best Secret.

On the Wild Side

Spring gobbler opens this Saturday. Hopefully, weather conditions will be better than the last several Saturdays of trout season; the creeks were running high and muddy.

Spring Gobbler opens on April 27 from ½ hour before sunrise to noon until May 11. On May 13 and until May 31 the legal hunting time is from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ after sunrise.

Only bearded birds, Tom’s, may be harvested. The limit is one tom per day and the season limit is two toms. Check your Game Commission rule books for more information regarding the firearms which can be legally used during the season.

 

CCSEC

The Crawford County Senior Environmental Corps is active in many projects throughout the region.

 

The Crawford County Senior Environmental Corps (CCSEC) will meet Thursday May2 at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center on German Rd at 1 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. The meetings generally last about 1 hour.

The guest speaker for the meeting will be Gary Clark. According to Dick Runnels, the chairperson for the group, Clark is retired from DEP and the topic of his presentation will center on gas well in the region, past and present. It is a timely topic for the region as more and more “fracking” is expected in the region which brings with it a whole host of questions and concerns for many property owners,

CCSEC is an organization actively involved in supporting many community groups such as the Conservation District, Allegheny College Creek Critters, and Pymatuning State Park. The organization is active in events such as tree plantings, fish habitat cribs, and water quality monitoring.

CCSEC is open to everyone 44 years of age and over, although younger members are welcome to participate. For more information, CCSEC or call the Conservation District at 763-5269.

 

Canadohta Lake

Following a recent Canadohta Lake Area Business Association (CLABA) meeting at the Frog Pond, a decision was reached to discontinue for at least 2013 the aluminum can collection and the Cottage Tours. More details next week as well as the ongoing problems with golf carts on the roads and highways.

Ann Bergheim also noted that the new CLABA Web page is up and running. It is a great page to find the needed information on a wide range of CLABA programs and events. It can be discovered at canadohtalake.org

The new Web page took a lot of hard work from both Geri Barker and Beverly Rapp. Good work!

 

Safe Driving Classes Offered

Safe driving classes are being offered at both the Active Aging Center in Meadville and at the Union city Senior Center. For more information on these important classes, , click Safe Driving.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

 

The medicinal herb, bonset, grows throughout the region and is useful in treating flu symptoms.

All events are open to the public and in general free of charge unless there is a cost for materials. Please call the Woodcock Nature to register (required) The telephone number is 814. 763.5269.

 

May events:

• “Dig It…Medicinal Herbs & Plants in our Backyard,” Monday, May 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College Professor of Global Health and Development, Liz Olson, and her students will show us what type of medicinal plants and herbs are available in this region of Pennsylvania. Learn how to identify, grow, and use some of these plants and herbs through fun hands-on activities! A learning experience for all ages — everyone will craft their own herbal remedy to take home!

• “Nature Pics Walk,” Tuesday, May 14, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a relaxing late afternoon spent enjoying and exploring the outdoors and shooting a few photos. All ages welcome! Dress for the weather. Note: This is not an instructional photography class.

• “Raised Beds Gardens at the Nature Center,” Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Come ready to get your hands dirty! Join Maria Dreese to find out how the Woodcock Creek Nature Center’s Raised Bed Gardens got their start last year. Then help Maria and staff plant this year’s raised beds with vegetables and pollinators. Be involved in something you can watch grow this summer!

 

 

Goodell Gardens – Make and Take Worm Box

 

Visit Goodell Gardens this spring and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature and learn valuable techniques to use around the home and the backyard.

Learn how to make and take care of worms to make compost out of kitchen scraps on Sunday May 5 at the Events Barn. Class begins at 3 p.m. and will be led by Penn State Master Gardeners Judi Vespoli and Maria Blakeslee.

Cost is #15 for members, $20 for non-members. Registration fee includes the material to make a worm box and the worms.

Pre-registration is required for this first Tea Time Talks. To register, info@goodellgardens.com or call 814.734.669

Signs of Spring Today April 26, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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