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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Maybe This Week?

The second weekend of Spring was another winter weekend, a repeat of the first spring weekend, Drivers out and about last night were confronted with some rather wicked driving conditions. However, after today, Sunday March 30, April will bring some much needed warmer temperatures.

There are some signs of spring. Many people have spotted robins, the owls have been hooting at night and crows are cawing during day. Even the turket buzzards are back. Last week, the first signs of life came to the garden with the garlic rising.

One sure sign of approaching spring is the maples sap run. Maple syrup is the First Harvest of the Year. The maple producers have been busy gathering and boiling. According to many of the maple producers; who participated in last weekend Taste and Tour open house, the crowds seemed to be larger than usual this year. Usually by mid-March the producers are actually thinking of winding down maple syrup production, but Mother Nature had some other idea. Be sure to stop by your neighborhood Sugar House and treat yourself to some pure and natural maple syrup and other maple products.

On the Wild Side

With warmer weather, healthy leeks should soon appear in many moist, woodland areas.

The Corry Fish Hatchery has been busy stocking trout throughout the region. Trout season, opens April 12. For more information, Trout.

Now that the maple sap is running, it won’t be long before the wild leeks appear, maybe even this week if the weather forecasts hold true. The onion-garlic flavored bulbs are a favorite for many people. Leeks have many uses in the kitchen in just about any recipe calling onions, They can also be dried or pickled for future use.

At just about the same time as the leeks appear so do the Mayapples, Jack-in-the-Pulpit , trout lilies, and trilliums. These important and fascination native wildflowers will add even more color to woodland areas.

Be sure to get out and enjoy the best flower show around and it’s all free. It’s also a good time to keep an eye out for shed, the antlers bucks lost earlier this winter. It is a growing hobby among many.

Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum

The only Maple Museum in the region will be open every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday from now until the end of May. Learn more about making maple syrup, view some of the artifacts, and learn about some of the fascinating history of the all natural product.

If you are interested in backyard maple syrup, be sure to make the Maple Farm Museum a must stop on a family outing some Sunday. According to Jan Woods of the Museum, there is still plenty of time to make syrup. For more information on Hurry Hill, First Harvest.

For a listing of other Sugar Houses which have maple syrup and maple products for sale this year visit, PA Maple.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

 

April events:

• “Worms…and We’re Not Fooling,” Tuesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join Bertha Mesarch, Penn State Master Gardeners, to learn all about how worms can be very important and useful critters. Find out how to make your own worm bin for home!

• “Let’s Paint Rock Houses,” Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will show you how to paint rocks to look like little houses or cottages. You can use them for whatever you imagine…doorstops, paperweights, in the garden or by your porch or walkway…you decide. Materials provided to create a rock house to take home.

• “Salamanders,” Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dr. Scott Wissinger, Allegheny College Biology Department, will have some live salamander friends with him at this fun, informative presentation.

• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.

The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

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.

 

Crawford County Pomona Grange

 

The Crawford County Grange in conjunction with the National Grange will hold a special recognition ceremony honoring Korean War Veterans on November 1.The special ceremony will be held at the Atlantic Grange which meets at the I.O,O,F building in Atlantic and will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone with names of Veterans from Crawford County is asked to contact Pomona Lecturer Susan Tau by August 31st in order to compile a listing and notify Veterans of the recognition.  Notification may be sent to 14687 West Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 ,” Susan Tau wrote in an email.

 

Well, maybe this week...

 

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