Memorial Day is an important American observance – a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our nation and our freedoms. There are many observances throughout the region to remember, reflect and honor those who fought and died for our nation.
Union City has one of the oldest commemorations, for more details and information, Parade.
Memorial Day, with it’s origins in the American Civil War, is more than horseshoes, baseball, picnics, and the beginning of summer vacation.
Over the weekend, there will be thousands of people planting vegetable gardens, doing yard work and grilling for family picnics and get togethers. Monday – Memorial Day – will begin a warm-up after a bone-chilling start to the weekend with the very real possiblity of frost. Luckily, the strong storms of last week moved away from the area with little damage.
The horror in Moore, Oklamhoma is almost unbelievable and so very tragic. Remember those scenes, if you will be spending a cold evening covering frost sensitive plants.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service at mid-day on Friday issued a FREEZE WARNING for most of our region until Sunday at 9 a.m.
All have a safe and happy weekend and be sure to honor and pray for those who made our freedoms today possible.
On the Wild Side
Spring gobbler season comes to an end on May 31, ½ hour after sunset. It is a little difficult now to see in the woods with all the foilage.
There are many different wild flowers blooming now in the “wild” places. Take some time and enjoy the flower show. Crawford County and the region is lucky to have so many places available to enjoy the show, for more information, Nature.
If you enjoy wild leeks, there might only be a week or so to get out and collect some. The plants are beginning to die back.
Pomona Grange News
From Susan Tau “ The June 1st quarterly meeting of Crawford County Pomona Grange will be hosted by Cochranton Grange at the Cochranton Masonic Lodge on Route 173, Cochranton.
The afternoon session will open at 1:00 p.m. and contain Committee reports, a memorial program by Chaplain Nancy Holler and the Lecturer’s program on the Crawford County READ Program by Dr. Armendia Dixon, Executive Director.
The evening session begins at 6:00 p.m. and will feature a program by Carrio, Karasik & Associates on “It’s Your Money, Keep It”. Carrio, Karasik & Associates is a PA State Grange endorsed company. The program is open to non-members, and should they join the Grange, Carrio, Karasik & Associates will pay their first year’s Grange dues. Also included during the evening session will be the election of two Executive and one Finance Committee members.
A tureen dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m. Those attending should take a tureen, table service and beverages will be provided by the Host Grange.
Subordinate Grange Secretaries are requested to send the names of their Grange’s deceased members from June 2012 to the present time to Nancy Holler, Chaplain by May 25th.”
Creek Connections – CAMP CREEK
Creek Connections is once again offering a fun and educational summer camp at Allegheny College. Applications are now being accepted. There is a choice between two, one -week sessions for students in the 10th and 11th grade. For more information and an application, visit - Camp Creek
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
• “Terrariums…”How to,” Tuesday, June 4, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Terrariums can be beautiful…have you ever wanted to put one together for your house? Terry Lobdell will be showing us how. He will also be bringing a beautiful terrarium for the Nature Center! Come and see it!
• “Family Fishing,” Wednesday, June 19, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Join the Crawford Conservation District and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for a late afternoon of instruction, casting and fishing! This program is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. All supplies will be provided! You do not need a fishing license for this PA Fish and Boat Commission sponsored educational event. NOTE: SPECIAL REGISTRATION — Please register with the PA Fish and Boat Commission by calling Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or register online at: http://pfbc.state.pa.us. Do not call the Nature Center for this registration!
• “Bat Wayside Kickoff—Bat Count Event,” Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Woodcock Creek Nature Center has installed a NEW Bat Wayside on the grounds! Come and join us for a preview and for a wonderful bat program by Terry Lobdell. Be prepared to count bats with us at dusk to see how many live in the Nature Center bat boxes. What a fun family adventure!
• “Down and Dirty” Summer Nature Camp”, June 26, 27, 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Searching for some summer fun for your 5 – 8 year olds? The camp is offered by the Crawford Conservation District and hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers. Children will learn basic garden skills through hands-on activities and discover Woodcock as they enjoy hikes, games, stories and crafts at several locations, including both The Woodcock Creek Nature Center and the Bossard Nature Center. T-shirt, water bottle, snack and beverage will be provided. This camp requires a $25 registration fee, due at registration. There is a limit of 25 attendees. Please call 814-763-5269 to obtain a registration form or for more information.
Crawford Area Residents Concerned about the Environment – CARE
Join Care and Erie peace and Justice Center for a canoe and kayak race at Conneaut Lake. Prizes and awards to the winners in this family oriented race. Proceeds will be used to continue the legal appeal of the air quality permit issued for the proposed tire incinerator. The race will be held on Sunday July 14 beginning at 9 a.m. (check in begins at 8 a.m.) Cost is $25 per boat before July 12, $25 per boat after July 12. For more information and details regarding registration, CARE