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The Perseid meteor shower – August 12-13, 2015 before dawn


August 12-13, 2015 before dawn, the Perseids
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. Fortunately, the slender waning crescent moon rising at or near dawn will not obtrude on this year’s shower. The Perseid shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains. Every year, you can look for the Perseids to peak around August 10-13. Predicted peak mornings in 2015: August 11, 12 and 13. The Perseids combine with the Delta Aquarid shower (above) to produce a dazzling display of shooting stars on what are, for us in the N. Hemisphere, warm summer nights. In 2015, as always, the Perseid meteors will be building to a peak from early August until the peak nights; afterwards, they drop off fairly rapidly. With little or no moon to ruin the show, this is a great year for watching the Perseid meteor shower.

July Full Moon

July Full Moon - Buck Moon
July Full Moon – Buck Moon reports:

“The first full moon of July falls on July 2 at 2:20 Universal Time (July 1 at 10:20 p.m. EDT, 9:20 p.m. CDT, 8:20 p.m. MDT pr 7:20 p.m. PDT). Although the full moon occurs at the same instant worldwide, our clocks read differently according to our local time zones.

The second July full moon will fall on July 31 at 10:43 Universal Time (5:43 a.m. CDT in the central U.S.). This second full moon is the Blue Moon.

July 2015 has two full moons. That’s somewhat unusual. Most months only have one. But in cycles of 19 years, or 228 calendar months, seven to eight calendar months will always have two full moons. In other words, there’s a month with two full moons every two to three years. When it happens, the second one is popularly called a Blue Moon.” continues:

“July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.”


Home for Sale


378 Great Bend Turnpike, Pleasant Mount, PA 18453
6 Bedrooms – 3 bathrooms

Large, beautiful home has 5 bedrooms & 2 baths upstairs with a family room. The downstairs has a bedroom with a woodstove and a bath, kitchen, dining room, utility room and living room with a woodstove. You can create your own Bed & Breakfast with this many rooms!! Basement is unfinished stone foundation. There is a full attic with stairs.

Also included in this sale is a small rental cottage that has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and living room/kitchen combined. All new windows in it with vinyl siding. Currently rented.

There is also a 1400 sq ft convenient mart/restaurant included. It has parking for 30 cars, gas pumps, 1 tank leaded, 2000 gallon, 1 unleaded 2000 gallons all on 1 acre. Includes tables, chairs, stools, stoves, ovens, refrigerator…everything you need to get started. The business could be sold separately from the house and rental cottage.

This home can be made into a bed and breakfast and has the potential for substantial income. The restaurant/convenient mart was very busy and profitable before it closed in 2008 due to the death of the owner.

It is a very rural area and a safe place to raise a family. Across the road is a community center and a library.  Close to Elk Mountain Ski Area, State Game Lands for fishing and boating, snowmobile trails, Rails to Trails for hiking, biking and walking and right next to a small park with benches and a monument where the annual 4th of July parade is.

$285,000 for entire lot
$165,000 for house
$150,000 for commercial – store/restaurant/gas pumps

– contact person, email, telephone
Sandra Sheerin –

Additional information is available on Zillow – link is here for anything else you need:


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Wikipedia reports:

The peony is a flowering plant in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Boundaries between species are not clear and estimates of the number of species range from 25 to 40.

Most are herbaceous perennial plants1.6–4.9 ft tall, but some resemble trees 4.9–9.8 ft tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves and large, often fragrant, flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer.

Dames Rockets


The Dames Rockets above echo the white apple and purple lilac blossoms that became prominent and faded a week or so ago.

The Honey Locust trees remain in full bloom. Walking in the yard under these trees when the wind is calm awakens one to the constant, low, soft buzzing sound of bees enjoying the blossoms.

The Mountain View Garden Club will hold its 11th annual Plant Exchange & Marketplace on Sunday, June 7 at the Clifford Twp Fire Company picnic grounds.  Why not stop by and enjoy the sight and color of more civilized, though no less beautiful, plants and blossoms.


Thanks to Judith Marsh for this edit:

Hi Steve, I have to tell you that the flowers are not Phlox. They are “Dames Rockets”, great name, huh. Phlox don’t come till later in the season, late summer. The Phlox have 5 petals while the “Dames have 4. They are easily confusing because they are so much alike.

Be a Woofstock Sponsor!

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WOOFSTOCK will be a day of celebration consisting of numerous live bands, quality vendors, delicious food, raffle baskets, and more. It promises to be a day of fun for everyone including their canine companions. We invite you to be a part of this celebration benefiting our vital non-profit organization by becoming a much valued sponsor. As a sponsor you will be helping us keep our doors open for the many desperate animals in need today and in the days to come.

Sponsorship Benefits:
$2500 and above: Sponsor’s commemorative plaque will be prominently displayed at shelter lobby.
$1000 and above: Sponsor will receive a specially designed commemorative plaque.
$500 and above: Sponsor Name will appear on Woofstock T-Shirts.
$250 and above: Sponsor Name will be included on a Thank You banner that will be prominently displayed at the shelter and at our Woofstock celebration.
All sponsors will be listed in our Event Program that will be distributed prior to and at our Woofstock 2015 event!
Please fill out completely and mail with payment to the address below:

True Friends Animal Welfare Center
16332 SR 706
Montrose, PA 18801
Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015

Please contact Dory Browning with questions or concerns at 570-396-6011

Red-winged Blackbird



One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring.

Last Taste of Winter


Earlier this week, a hike up the Tioga trail on Elk Mountain gave us a chance to taste the past Winter one last time.

A few snow patches remained on the trail, melting quickly, turning the trail below to nice, cool, watery mud.

The border between Winter snow, and Spring mud presented a perfect place to lap a few licks of the last of the snow, while soothing belly and paws heated up by the exertion of hiking  uphill.


CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP PA – What could pumpkins, a dinosaur nest, and a blue stone labyrinth possibly have in common? And what part does a grape vine tunnel, four colorful doors, and a Native America long house play? Add some youth to this fun scenario, and the answer is really far less puzzling than it might seem.

“We’re building something very unique to the area,” said Shirley Granger, a retired teacher and co-coordinator of the new Children’s Garden being built by the Clifford Township Historical Society (CTHS). “The idea was first conceived by Sandy Wilmot, our group’s President,” said Granger. “Sandy had visited a children’s garden with her twin grandchildren in Ithaca NY and came away absolutely enthralled with the concept. It didn’t take her long to plant the seeds of her idea among the members of the township’s Park and Recreation Committee and get things rolling.” Blending Mother Nature, the area’s own rich history, and its inherent ecology, Clifford’s one-acre Children’s Garden — which will be built adjacent to the current playground and alongside Cemetery Road — promises to be more than just a local playground. “Children’s gardens are a growing trend for active community playgrounds,” Granger added. “And ours will be a very special place where children can do more than play on swings and a slide … they’ll learn too, as the garden will offer excitement and fun in a safe, fenced-in-atmosphere that both youth and adults will find educationally enjoyable and literally enchanting.”

While Wilmot conceived and promoted her initial concept and she and Granger have countless ideas as to what to include in the garden, nearly a dozen local youth have already shared their own thoughts about the project and look forward to its construction throughout the summer. “The small-scale layout I’d presented to the Recreation Committee has served as a basis,” she said. “But during get-togethers in my kitchen, the kids themselves came up with some great ideas for planning and building the garden. The intention is that the kids take ownership of the garden … it will be theirs to help plan, paint, pull weeds, build, and enjoy for themselves and future generations.”

cths_may_press_release_1Elkdale’s ten-year old Tyler Keating and his sister, Isabel, 13, got involved “because this is going to be our garden, and we want to help plan what’s going to be in it,” Tyler said. “I love building things, so working on this garden is going to be fun. My favorite part is the life-sized dominoes in the play area because we can then crash down them down like I do with my erector set! I’m really excited about the music meadow, too, and the instruments made of recycled materials. We can bang on them and make lots of noise.”

“We can use our imaginations with some silly stuff too, since a lot of the garden will be made with natural materials and things we can create ourselves,” Isabel said. “My friends and I like history, most of us have grown up in this area, and there’s a lot to learn about things around us. The garden will also be a safe place for kids to play and learn, and there will be storyboards throughout the garden. Our parents and grandparents can come too. It will be good for the whole community.”

Keating’s neighbor and Wilmot’s part-time farmhand, 14-yr. old Josh Myers, said he is especially looking forward to building the long house. “Frank Little Bear will come back to continue teaching us about the Native Americans. We’ll learn how to scrape the tree bark to build the house and the surrounding camp. It won’t be just a teepee like on TV, but a real house that kids can go inside to play and learn while having fun. Frank Little Bear will be teaching us and telling stories about the times long ago.”

cths_may_press_release_2Among some of the many other special items planned for Clifford’s Children’s Garden will be a mini-mine shaft. “This will really be cool,” Josh added. “It will be a replica of the old Clifford Shaft, which was the area’s northernmost end of the anthracite coal vein. We plan to use actual coal like they used to dig.” The youth themselves also conceived the idea of the design’s four colorful doors, replicating entryways to the past that connect yesterday to today and lead to tomorrow. A sister garden will also be included amid the Native American Village. Helping to further make nature and history fun for everyone, corn will be planted upon which pole beans will grow, while pumpkins will sprout and grow beneath the stems and stalks, each plant helping its sister to grow stronger and healthier.

The model of the Children’s Garden is on display at the Endless Mountains Pharmacy in Clifford. As Wilmot explained, the eventual Children’s Garden will be cost free for everyone to enjoy but funding for the project is being provided through grants and local fundraising activities. “The Historical Society is applying for a $4,000 mini-grant from the Endless Mountains Heritage Region to help construct the garden, and it will require a 100 percent match,” she said. “So, local fundraising is very important. To help toward this effort, the kids have distributed pink piggy banks throughout 11 local Clifford stores to collect donations.” Tax-deductible donations may also be sent to the Clifford Historical Society, PO Box 161, Clifford PA 18413.

For additional information about the CTHS or to share and participate in their various activities, contact them at 570-679-2723, or at Known locally as “the little society that does big things,” CTHS Director Sandy Wilmot believes that the Children’s Garden will be another project that will make the Society, the youngsters involved, and the entire community proud.

Written by Union Dale freelance feature writer Karen Bernhardt Toolan for the Clifford Township Historical Society, with thanks to the Susquehanna County Room Tax Grant Fund through the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau.