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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Sunflowers and Harvest Time Now – Pumpkins Next

 

The weather is changing with cooler conditions and decreasing hours of daylight. Next week appears to look the same as last week if the weather forecasts are on target. It’s late Saturday afternoon and here we have had the 20 % chance of rain all afternoon.

Harvest season is in full swing. Be sure to support local agriculture at one of the many roadside stands in the area. Goodell Gardens, which has a weekly Farmers Market is also hosting a Harvest Festival. Read more below.

Some commercial stores already have Halloween merchandise available and early pumpkins are just now being harvested. It won’t be very long before Thanksgiving and Christmas displays are set-up.

Pumpkins, which were once used to cure snake bites, have many other uses besides being carved and used as decorations, or used for snake bite. They can be stuffed and baked, used as pie filling,and used in breads,soups and puddings, to name a few uses, They are very healthy fruits, including the seeds. Yes, they are actually a fruit and not a veggie.

Sunflowers also share a fascinating history and are native to the Americas. Like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds are healthy and can be used in many ways. Discover more about the amazing sunflower,  American.

 

 

On the Wild Side

Hunting season opened last week for both geese and doves. In a few weeks, archery for deer will also open.

The woods and the fields are pretty this time of year as wild flowers continue to bloom. It is a tad early for most of the asters, but some are in flower, but the goldenrods and boneset are blooming. The honey bees and other native bees are having a feast and storing food for the upcoming winter. The bees also enjoy herbs that are still blooming in the garden such as Borage, pictured above, and Basil.

The American Mountain Ash Trees are loaded with berries this year.

Goodell Gardens

Goodell Gardens will hold it’s annual Harvest Festival on Sunday September 15 from noon to 5 p.m. While admission to the Gardens is free for the Harvest festival, there is a fee to enter the newest addition to the fesival a Butterfly Tent where people can hand-feed butterflies. The cost to feed the butterflies is $2 per member and $3 for non-members.

The Butterfly Tent actually opens on September 14 from noon to 5 p.m. as a prelude to many other events the next day. Some of the events and activities on Sunday, besides the butterfly tent, include a farmers market (the main event), live entertainment, an art show and a quilt show.

Goodell Gardens is located at 221 Waterford St. (Rt. 6) just east of downtown Edinboro. For more information on the Harvest Festival, to join the gardens, or to volunteer, www.goodellgardens.org

Every Wednesday through September from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Goodell Gardens sponsors a Farmers Market. Visit if you care to purchase and stock-up on homegrown produce.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Underwater Robots – Wednesday, September 11, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Join David Boughton, PA Sea Grant, who will bring student-made underwater robots and explain how they were constructed. There will be a short trip to the Woodcock Boat Launch to witness a demonstration of how the robots work. Meet at the Nature Center.

 

Flower Pounding, Wednesday, September 18, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Stainbrook Park, Shelter #1. There is a $3 charge for this event to help cover costs/ The event is limited to the first 16 people who register. Kathy Uglow and local artist Peggy Spaulding will show participants how to create art on fabric using fresh flowers

Fall Bird Walk, Thursday, September 26, 4:30 – 5:30. Judy Acker, Audubon PA, will lead the birding expedition at both the Nature Center and at Stainbrook Park. Dress appropriately for the weather and be sure to wear good footwear for the walk.

 

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

Bloomfield Township – Canadohta Lake

Late Saturday, September 7 Update

There are reports this evening that Mable Street is now open, the blockades are been removed.

Residents and township officials in Bloomfield Township are grappling with a rather thorny dispute over public vs. private roads, property rights, and public safety issues. The issue was the crux of a township meeting held on the evening of September 3. The print edition of the meeting (a separate article) will be published this coming Friday.

The issues surfaced when several residents of upper Mable Street claimed the street near where it intersects with Canadohta Lake Road as their personal property and erected blockades. Those living on Mable Street below the blockage were upset and attended the meeting. The issue of public safety came to the forefront Labor Day weekend, when there was a near accident. Several visitors to the lake attempted to back out onto Canadohta Lake Road because of the blockade and there was a near accident. Other visitors, some elderly, on the Labor Day Holiday, according to statements, became confused because of the newly erected barricades which were fallen tree branches and at one point there a chain blocking the street.

The neighborhood, where the issue surfaced, is known as Ruggels Park. The property for the park was donated by Ben C. Ruggles, according to a Deed recorded at the Crawford County Courthouse, dated, August 25, 1923. The Deed ensures the “free use of all streets laid out in the plan of B.C. Ruggles Park…”

Ruggels was taken to court years earlier in 1905 by the Canadohta Club, a group of oilmen who claimed the lake as their property. Ruggles who was born in the Britton Run area on October 19, 1868, won the 1905 court case and the lake was deemed public property for the citizens of Pennsylvania.

Ruggles, according to some sources, owned one of the first automobile dealerships in Spartansburg and retired to St. Cloud, Florida, where he died on Jan. 5, 1960. He was buried in the nearby Riceville Cemetery.

During the 2013 September meeting, the Bloomfield Township Supervisors, told residents of Mable Street, they believe the neighbors should pursue court action to settle the dispute. Several of the residents have indicated they have contacted lawyers and will likely pursue a court hearing.

This will likely be an ongoing saga, if not current, some fascinating history and this blog will be following the developments with future posts.

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September 11

 

 

 

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