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

November’s Blessings

A couple ducks swim in the warm weather after Thanksgiving in the pond of a small business.

Thanksgiving Day and the weekend were picture perfect and unseasonably warm and sunny. However, the weather will be changing Sunday and Monday, Nov. 28, opening day of Pennsylvania deer rifle season. There are snow flurries predicted and colder temps as the week wears on.

On Monday, the deer season is expected to draw almost three quarters of a million hunters into the woods. For many small, rural communities, the season is a major economic boost.

The archers seem to have had a good harvest, according to many reports. Some nice bucks were taken and the word is that there are many more trophy bucks remaining. Some credit the major snows during the second week of the season, which all but shut down the season in the northwestern region, with the abundance of both does and bucks this season. More on the local archery season, Archery.

 

Black Friday- Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 26 was a great day for a road trip, so it was off to Clymer and Sherman, NY and over to Corry and Spartansburg, PA. The Amish enjoyed the day; there were a lot of buggies on the highway.

The general stores were all crowded; good natured, friendly folks; people waved, smiled, an almost festive atmosphere.   At Necker’s in Clymer, I heard more about the big bear an Amish man harvested which was clocked in on their scales at 580 pounds. They had pictures posted on the wall, and I hear they are on Facebook; there was a lot of excitement about this bear. It was taken not far from the PA and NY border between Corry and Clymer.

At Troyers Amish Farm, just past Clymer and before New Harmony, we stopped and got a smoked turkey and this European Mount my friend had taken there a week or so earlier. No, it is not mounted on the hood, just placed it there for the photo.

The place was crowded with hunters, and a lot of deer – younger Amish kids, maybe six or seven years old, were pretty busy helping out, and the shoppers – the baked breads. pies and cakes and cookies…were popular.

At the end of the day, spent about $20 on the makings for chili, and a pie, $2 for a back-up pair of reading glass, and $2 for a pair of leather work gloves; a good bargain day.  My friend purchased a nice Jack Paluah print, framed,  and can’t mention any more. It’s a Christmas present. Never saw a traffic jam, although we had to slow down for a few buggies,  and never smelt pepper spray.

 

Canadohta Lake

 

The Canadohta Book Swap is closed from now until January 22, according to Ann Bergheim who operates the popular program. She also says that the clothing drive this year was more successful than ever before. Plenty of winter clothing has been distributed locally.

 

Crawford County Conservation District

Woodcock Creek along the Yeager Trail at the Nature Center - knows something?

Be sure to call and register for all events at the Woodcock Nature Center at 814-763-5269

 

Signing a Lease? What to Look For… - Thursday, Dec. 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Discussions and explanations of terminologies used in gas well leases, what to look for in a lease with Allegheny College senior Matt Zheleznyak.

 

Creating Cards, Tues. Dec. 6 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. with Kathy Uglow. Learn how to use rags of fabric scraps into colorful and unique greeting or note cards.

 

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One Response to November’s Blessings

  1. Allan Montgomery says:

    Hi Greg. Great ramblings in northwestern Pennsylvania.

    Hey, I have a small local business question you might be able to help me out with. My wife is looking for a source for local lard. We’re trying to stay away from any food imported from China and much of the food only lists the destributer…not the source. Kathy says that the best pie crust is made from lard and would like to get back to using that product. We don’t want lard from the major packing houses,,,,and no pork or beef from them either. We get our beef from Skelton’s here in Edinboro but would like a good local source for lard and pork as well.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

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