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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Blustery November

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much too be thankful for, our families, friends, the freedoms we enjoy and the vast amount of natural resources in our region. Our thankfulness can be expressed in many different ways from a friendly wave and a smile, to helping those who are down on their luck and facing some of the challenges life can bring. A little human kindness can go a long way.

Be careful over the next several days, particularly if your out driving, and stay tuned to weather forecasts for your area. For some, the weather could be a repeat of last week’s storm and for others their first taste of harsh winter conditions. The snow in this neighborhood began around 1 p.m. on Saturday (pictured above).

For those who enjoy winter sports, from sledding and snowshoeing to building snow forts and snowmen, the weather looks about perfect for the next several days.

For gardeners, there won’t be much to do over the next week or so except for planning for the upcoming season. Hopefully, if planting garlic, that job is done, and the summer bulbs have been taken into their winter hibernation quarters.

Just for the Heck of It:

After the above picture was taken early Saturday afternoon, it was time to get the last of firewood cut and split.

Special thanks to some great friends for the final wood push.

 

On the Wild Side

Monday, December 2 opens rifle season for deer. It will remain open in Pennsylvania until December. It seems the archers had a good harvest and indications seem to point towards a good harvest for rifle.

Saturday, November 23 opened the trapping season for some fur bearers such as mink and muskrats, at least on the books. Earlier in November some nice raccoons were harvested during the warmer weather, but with the upcoming weather, the raccoons might decide just to remain in their dens.

From some reports, a small bear cub was trapped in the Canadohta Lake area, which was able to get out of the trap with help from it’s mother. A fisher was also taken in the Canadohta Lake area and taken to a local taxidermy.

Fishers, which really haven’t been seen since the early 1900′s were re-introduced to Pennsylvania in the mid-1990′s and are now found throughout much of the state.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Trash to Treasure Chest,” Tuesday, November 26, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Bring the family to joing Crawford Conservation District Intern Mikki Baxter for a fun session where we team up to find ways to “repurpose” many itmes from her treasure chest. Enjoy making your own “trash” treats to munch on at this fun program.

December events:

• “The Great Mitten Caper,” Monday, December 2, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Need a pair of mittens? Or have an extra pair of mittens? Come to the Great Mitten Caper Program and bring along new or gently used mittens to swap. All extra mittens will be donated to the local Women’s’ Services shelter. Join Tracey Crawford, Crawford Conservation District, to enjoy a winter hike, a story and a snack. Dress for the weather! Bring a pair of mittens to trade.

• “Creative Clay Project Two-Day Workshop,” Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Come to the Nature Center to relax and work (play?) with some clay! Join Ron McCorkle, Natural Resources and Conservation Center (NRCS) and local artist, to make either a Pinch Pot or Clay Box. What a special, creative holiday gift idea! Limited to the first 15 registrants. $5.00 Materials Fee.

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.

Grange

The Pomona Grange will hold it’s quarterly meeting at the Hayfield Grange Hall on December 7 beginning with a noon luncheon. Chicken and Biscuits will be provided as will table service and beverages. Granges are asked to bring a vegetable dish, salad and desert to share. The business aspect of the meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with devotions by Chaplain Nancy Holler, various committee reports, the FAA Project Books winners, and the presentation of the Grange Scholarship Award.

All recipes for the new Grange Cookbook should be turned in at this time. Grangers are also asked to bring gloves, mittens, hats and scarfs for the Jimmy Moore Christmas Party.

Pymatuning – Archery and First Hike Planned


Call the Pymatuning  State Park to register for either of the following two events at 724-932-3971

Go Girls Archery – December 21 – For girls 10 to 15 years of age, classroom and field instructions. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Environmental Classroom, Jamestown Marina, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. IMPORTANT : Class size is limited so please register no later than December 12

 

First Walk – January 1 at 10 a..m. Meet at the Environmental Classroom at Jamestown Marina. If there is snow, it will be a snowshoe walk, otherwise foot gear. Enjoy the First Day, watch wildlife and enjoy nature. The park does have some snowshoes available but call early to register and reserve a pair if needed.

 

Hurry Hill

Hurry Hill Museum is open every Sunday during November. It’s a great place to take the family, learn and enjoy. Hurry Hill is located on Fry Rd. in Edinboro. For more information and directions, Hurry Hill.

 

 

 

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