The avian flu has led to the extermination of millions of chickens, turkey, quail and other domestic birds in many mid western states the last several months. Since May 27 an estimated 40.5 million birds have been destroyed. The avian flu is spread by wild water birds such as ducks and geese and there is an increasing concern the avian flu could reach northwestern Pennsylvania during the fall migrations.
There are bio-security steps even some flock owners can take to protect their birds. Limited access to the birds is one bio-security step as well as limiting their contact with wild birds if the chickens are allowed to free roam.
For more local information, read
The avian flu does not pose an immediate risk to human health, yet, according to the
The price of eggs and other consumer products could see some hefty price increases at the supermarket. And perhaps it's a good idea to get that Thanksgiving Turkey - now. For more information on the nation concerns,
French Creek Summer Solstice Float - June 20 - June 21
Enjoy the beginning of summer on French Creek as the traditional Summer Solstice Float paddles downstream.. The Solstice Float, sponsored by the French Creek Conservancy
is scheduled for June 20 and 21.
“This year we will float the northern
sections of French Creek beginning just below the Union City Dam
area,” Dave Washousky, the program Director at the Conservancy
said. “We'll camp out overnight on private property and then
conclude the float in Cambridge Springs the following day.”
Throughout the Float there will be
special educational programs, entertainment, and food.
The educational programs will be led by
members of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge.
“They will have presentations
regarding the history and uniqueness of the region,” Washkousky said.
This will be the third year the
Conservancy has sponsored the event.
“Other organizations have sponsored
the float in years past and we took it over three years ago,”
Washousky said. “It's a lot of fun and there are some fascinating
thing to learn about French Creek.”
Registration is required by Saturday
June 6 and interested persons can register online at
Historical Marker to be Dedicated - June 27
Virginia Sorensen, and her award
winning book will be in the spotlight on June 27. Sorensen wrote
Miracles on Maple Hill while living in Edinboro and was awarded the
John Newbery Medal for her distinguished contribution to American
literature for children.
In honor of her work, the importance of
the maple industry in the Edinboro region and the 175 anniversary of
Edinboro's founding, a new roadside historical marker will be
officially dedicated beginning at 2 p.m. The general public is
invited which will be held at the Culbertson Stables, 413 West Plum,
Sorensen used many locations and the local residents in her novel and there will be a driving tour from 9 a.m. to noon to visit many of the places she mentions. Meet at the Edinboro Library to start the tour. There will also be special exhibits during the day at the Library which is located on Route 6N
In the evening, there will be a special
dinner hosted by the Hurry Hill Maple Farm Museum Association at
11424 Fry Road.. The Maple Tasting Room, museum and the Miracles of
Maple Hill room will open at 5 p.m. The museum is the repository for
the Newberry Medal awarded Sorsensen, as well as many other artifatcs
related to the book.
The Maple Farm to Table Picnic will
begin at 6 p.m. and will be catered by Nick's Place.
The cost of the dinner is $15 per
person. Reservation are required and need to be made by June 10. For
additional information or questions, call 814-397-8690. Checks can be
mailed to HHEMA (Hurry Hill Farm Museum Association),, Montgomery –
Farm to Table, 114 Maple Dr,. Edinboro, PA 16412.
More information next week.
“Family Fishing” —
NOTE: SPECIAL REGISTRATION Tuesday, June 9, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Stainbrook Park, Shelter #2
Please register with Chad Foster, PA Fish & Boat Commission: 814-683-5126 OR online: http://www.fish.state/pa.us.
Join the Crawford Conservation District and the PA Fish & Boat
Commission for a late afternoon of instruction, casting and fishing! All
supplies will be provided. You do not need a fishing license for this
PA Fish and Boat Commion sponsored educational event. Open to all ages
and will be held rain or shine.
And Just for the Heck of It
Bee diets are pretty straightforward—pollen for the larvae, nectar for
the drones and workers, and when supplies get low? Cannibalism.
Honeybees are known to eat their hive mates and larvae when
times get tough