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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
Greg Spinks is a Crawford County blogger.   Read more about this blog.

Sunflowers, Dogs and a Curtain for August

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Summer 2014 has to go on record as being one of the fastest ever! A week from Monday, September 1, is Labor Day!

If you enjoyed the cold and snow last winter, the upcoming winter could be a repeat. The Old Farmers Almanac is already calling for a harsh and snowy winter. Guess it’s time to get prepared. At least we had some heat and sunshine for a few days last week and hopefully that trend will continue.

This week the goldenrods began to bloom and the sunflowers reached skyward in many gardens. Goldenrods have sort of a bad reputation for being “weeds” that make people sneeze. Although the reality is sneezing and allergies are generally caused by rag weeds. But goldenrods are an important wildflower for many insects including the all important honey bees.

Goldenrods provide the honey bees with their last big meals and help them to store enough food for the upcoming winter.

August is also about sunflowers which can bloom in many different colors. They are ancient, native plants which have been grown since the very beginnings. Sunflowers, symbols of hope and life, have a fascinating history, are healthy, and provide many benefits to our native wildlife. They are a fun plant to grow for all generations and ages. Discover more about Sunflowers.

August is also about dogs. Sure there haven’t been too man “dog days” but August 26 is National Dog Day.

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“A dog is man’s best friend”

“Annually celebrated on August 26, it is National Dog Day.  This day  encourages dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and “abuse-free life”.   Dogs give us companionship, they keep us safe and they aid those in need.  It is a goal, for many on National Dog Day, to find homes for all dogs in need of a loving family.  The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.

For more information on National Dog Day, see:

http://www.nationaldogday.com/”

 

 

On the Wild Side

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The PA Fish and Boat Commission has confirmed that the invasive round goby has been discovered in Lake LeBoeuf. This is the first time the invasive gobies have been discovered in the French Creek watershed, according to Brian Pilarcik of the Conservation District. The gobies present a real threat to the native species of French Creek. More on the discovery next week. But if anyone catches one in Lake LeBoeuf, destroy the fish. More information can be found from the PFBC, at Goby.

Wild blackberries and the elderberries are ripening fast now. The woods and meadows are offering one of the best flower shows around. And it’s free.

French Creek

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Annual French Creek Cleanup

September 6, 2014

Have you registered yet?

We’re excited for the 22nd Annual French Creek Cleanup!  If you’ve already signed up, we send you as many pounds of thanks as trash pulled out of the creek last year!  (Which is almost 35,000 pounds of thanks!!!)
If you haven’t registered yet, don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this great multi-community event. Head on over to www.frenchcreekconservancy.org and register your team today!

Any waterway in the watershed is fair game!  You can clean French Creek or any of its tributaries; hit one of our great community lakes like Lake LeBoeuf or Edinboro; you can walk the banks or bring your boat! Looking for a place to clean? For some ideas click here! Have another idea? Tell us when you register!

Enjoy free picnic after at Sprague Farm & Brew Works in Venango!  Weigh in at Sprague’s by 4pm to be considered for prizes.

Any questions? Just give us a call at 814-337-4321.

Thanks – and we’ll see you at the Cleanup!


Yard and Garden

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With cooler weather approaching, now is a good time to get ready to divide perennials and/or make new perennial beds.The fall is also an excellent time to have a soil test done. A Master Gardener is available on Tuesday at the Crawford Ag. Extension office to answer any of your questions. If Tuesday is hard day, call anyway, leave a message and someone will return your call. The number is 814-333-7460.

 

Canadohta Lake

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Anita Lemmon the president of the Canadohta Lake Business Association (CLABA)  has announced she will step done from the top position on October 11. Read more at, CLABA 

On August 30 beginning at dusk will be the annual Light of the Night Boat Parade. And the Book Swap returns the following day in the park next to Sally’s Store from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit and take home a book. According to Ann Cummings, don’t bring a book to swap this time. She would like to reduce the number of  books being stored currently.


Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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Please register for any program you will be attending. it’s simple. Just call the Woodcock Creek Nature Center at (814) 763.5269

“Ginko Walk” (2 Sessions!)

Tuesday, August 26, Stainbrook Park Shelter #1…. at EITHER 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Session One) or 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Session Two)

Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a friendly, relaxing Ginko Walk.  Let your creative side come alive!  Writing Haiku is fun…especially when inspired by the surroundings at beautiful Stainbrook Park and the Woodcock Creek Nature Center!

“Soil Painting”

Wednesday, September 3, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Registration limited to 20.  $2.00 materials fee.

Find out how to create paintings with a technique that is a bit out of the ordinary! Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to give it a try!

“Family Fishing”

Wednesday, September 10, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park Shelter #2

NOTE: Special registration guidelines:  Please register with the PA Fish & Boat Commission by calling Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or register online: http://www.fish.state.pa.us

All supplies will be provided. You do not need a fishing license for this PA Fish and Boat Commission sponsored educational event. Open to all ages and will be held rain or shine.

“Macroinvertebrate Investigation”

Tuesday, September 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park, Shelter #2.

Members of the Crawford County Senior Environmental Corps (CCSEC) will demonstrate how to gather samples of the “tiny bugs” from Woodcock Creek and identify them with an ID key.  Hands on!


Goodell Gardens

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Goodell Gardens Farmers Market is held each Wednesday from 3-6 pm, from mid-June through September!

Offering produce, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, maple products and more, residents might even be able to plan an entire meal from purchases from our vendors – complete with dessert!

For a complete listing of all the events at Goodell Gardens, Discover.

Again this year, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will accept the Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers that are offered to eligible senior citizens and WIC recipients. For more information about these vouchers, or to receive your vouchers, contact your WIC office, or seniors call (814) 756-5373. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program is offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Pymatuning State Park

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Enjoy a morning paddle around Woodcock Lake with Linda Armstrong on August 29 at 9 a.m. Meet at Woodcock Lake Park. Bring your own kayak, and equipment as well as something to drink and a snack. Binoculars always come in handy to view wildlife. It is possible that some kayaks may be available from the park. But be sure to call the Park Office as quickly as possible to reserve one.

For more information or to reserve a kayak call the Park Office at 724-932-3142.

And Just For the Heck of It

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Both sunflowers and goldenrods have been around for a long time and there is a lot of folklore about each.

The goldenrod flower has long been associated with good fortune in folklore. It was believed that wearing the flower would result in meeting your true love the following day. Another folklore claims that a baby bathed in goldenrod leaves would grow up with a sunny disposition.

Sunflowers have also been associated with good luck when they are planted in the yard. If the sunflower is cut at dusk it will bring added luck and if you want to learn the truth about any situation, sleep with a sunflower.

Discover more about the amazing Sunflower.

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