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THE ‘TALKING’ CANOE

THE ‘TALKING’ CANOE
CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP PA — Since the initial discovery of the Mud Pond Dugout Canoe in 1976 and its eventual acquisition nearly three decades later by the Clifford Township Historical Society (CTHS), this particular canoe has led to some welcomed recognition for the township and its small group of resident-historians. Most significantly, the canoe itself has been primarily responsible for the development of the Museum of Local History in Clifford, which, in effect, has helped put the 41-sq.-mile rural township of nearly 2,500 residents more prominently on the map.

Add to this the fact that the canoe now talks, well, that is certainly a map maker!

With thanks to collective grants from the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, PA Partners in the Arts, Lackawanna Heritage Valley, and support from Adams Cable, funds were recently provided to essentially give a voice to the historic canoe display. “The overall display has developed into something not only very beautiful, but it’s informative and educational,” said Sandy Wilmot, CTHS President. “It authentically tells the story of the Native Americans who once lived in our area, what their lives were like, and how their being here helped lead to the development of Clifford Township.”
As Wilmot explained, “To create the effect we wanted to complete the canoe display, we needed more than signs that visitors could read. We wanted the canoe and the overall display to literally come alive. We obviously have the visual … we needed audio. The display needed sound, music, and an actual vocal presentation of what’s in the display itself. We joked that the canoe needed to ‘talk.’ Unfortunately, none of our small group has the capability to create something like this from our ideas alone.”
At her son’s suggestion, Wilmot reached out to Magdon Music in Olyphant. “These folks were wonderful!” Wilmot exclaimed. “In barely three hours, Joe Loftus and his brother, Bob, literally gave a voice to our canoe display.”

“Sandy came to us with all of her ideas. But, admittedly, creating exactly what she wanted was a bit new to us,” said Loftus, a professional musician and owner of JL Studios, located on the lower level of Magdon’s shop. “It was a trial and error learning curve for us that required a bit of research. We have the equipment, but making things work exactly to fit Sandy’s ideas required pushing the right buttons. It’s an art form, much like putting a puzzle together. Once everyone’s input was there, it all came together fairly easily.

“Sandy wanted to include Nature’s background sounds with chirping birds, a crackling fire, swooshing water, and flute music was an absolute must for her,” Loftus said with a laugh. “Added to these, she needed clear vocals to include the descriptive information. That’s where my brother came in with the voice-over. He’s a former DJ who added to a great team effort. We developed the audio tracks, edited things as Sandy listened, offering her give and take, and she left here very happy with the end results.”

As Wilmot added, “Frank Little Bear is a Native American and a friend of CTHS who has often helped us with our historical presentations. He’s also part of this audio tape, as he literally takes visitors on a journey through the display. He talks about the canoe, how it was made and used. He also talks about the clay used in local pottery, the Lenni-Lenape who gathered wood and stones for their villages, the animals who were considered sacred.

“It was absolutely amazing to me when we were all done,” Wilmot said. “We left Joe’s studio with a great sound tape, and Mike Magdon ordered and installed the equipment necessary to synchronize everything, including some special lighting effects. These fellas literally created our ‘talking canoe.’ Now visitors can push a button and listen to 20 minutes of local history that’s presented much like museums in large cities. Everyone in our society holds themselves to a set of standards for excellence in everything that we do. This tape is a very professional addition to the museum, something which Clifford can be proud to have in its town.”

When the canoe was first displayed during the 2008 Chautauqua, it held mild interest. It was an exciting find for the society itself, as well as the township’s supervisors who have helped support and sustain the CTHS and its ongoing works to develop the museum and its ever-growing collections, events, and activities that bring visitors to Clifford. But at the time, despite the especially handsome find that it is, the canoe merely sat in a room devoid of much else. When early visitors stopped by, local historians and docents talked about its surprising discovery and the history of the Native Americans that once lived in the area. To further tell its story, a beautiful mural was painted in 2011 by local artist Michelle McLain, depicting scenery that authentically reflects the canoe’s 1692 lineage. Today, the canoe now has a voice to further share its own story and the related history of Clifford and its surrounding area.

Through years of fundraising and grants whose well-written verbiage has been thoroughly researched, the society has continually added to its museum, which is located in the Community Center on Cemetery Street in Clifford. The museum (open monthly on the third Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm) includes memorabilia, historical artifacts, art works, and more that are all part of Clifford and its people. Additionally, the CTHS continually benefits from dedicated volunteers and citizens who share their time, many and various talents and skills, as well as their own ancestral memorabilia to help further its works and the community. “And to think … it all started with a dugout canoe that has been the key to helping open the doors to sharing Clifford’s history with others,” said Wilmot.
The CTHS was born during the planning of the township’s bi-centennial celebration in 2006. But as the CTHS has grown and earned non-profit status, the little society that does big things keeps getting bigger. For additional information about the CTHS or to share and participate in their various activities, contact them at 570-679-2723, via swilmot@echoes.net, or at www.cliffordtownshiphistoricalsociety.org.

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.

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#1 Brothers Joe and Bob Luftus at work in JL Studios, Olyphant, helped create the new audio tape for the Clifford Township Historical Society’s canoe display.
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#2 The Mud Pond Dugout Canoe display in the Museum of Local History in Clifford is now complete with an audio tape that presents some of the local history of Clifford and the region.

Fern Hall Inn New Fall Menu!

Fern Hall Inn New Fall Menu!

Soups

Butternut Bisque 5 Cup / 8 Bowl

Parsnip Bacon Chowder 5 Cup / 8 Bowl

Lobster Bisque 6 Cup / 9 Bowl


Salads

Fern Hall Autumn Salad 9 Dinner / 5 Side

Spinach, roasted butternut squash, toasted walnuts, roasted red peppers, apple cider vinaigrette

 

Caesar Salad 8 Dinner / 5 Side

Romaine Hearts, hand torn croutons, fresh Parmigiano, Parmesan tuilles, house made dressing

 

House Salad 6 Dinner / 4 Side

Cucumbers, red onion, grape tomatoes, carrots, house made vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad 9 Dinner / 5 Side

Arugula, roasted beets, creamy chevre cheese, crispy bacon

 

To Any Salad – Add Chicken 8 Add Salmon 10

Appetizers

Stuffed Acorn Squash 9

Zucchini, yellow squash, ricotta cheese, crispy parmesan, sun dried tomato pesto cream

Bourbon Parmesan Mushroom Crostini 8

Trio of mushrooms, garlic crostini

 

Maryland Crab Cakes 11

Jumbo lump crab meat, zesty remoulade

 

Classic Coquilles St. Jacques 11

Deep sea scallops, white wine cream sauce, a touch of mushrooms & bread crumbs, browned to perfection

Charcuterie Platter for Two 15

Assorted cheeses, olives, smoked meats, crostini

 

Fall Flatbreads

Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction 8

Bourbon Glazed Sausage & Peppers, Smoked Gouda 9

Pagash – Potato, Onion, Bacon Crumbles & Cheese 8

Entrees

Fern Hall Signature Ribeye 26

Sweet potato puree, garlic haricot vert, red wine demi-glace

 

Pan Roasted Duck Breast 24

Spaghetti squash, caramelized brussel sprouts, cranberry gastrique

 

Bone-In Pork Chop 23

Mashed potatoes, sautéed shallot and garlic broccoli, apple chutney

 

Hunter’s Chicken 20

Leg and thigh, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes in a Hunter’s sauce, mashed potatoes

 

Roasted Lamb Rack 29

Mushroom risotto, grilled asparagus, apple cider reduction

 

Fall Ravioli Chef’s Choice of the Day

Ask server for details

 

Pan Seared Salmon 23

Cauliflower and parsnip puree, seasonal root vegetables

 

Herb Roasted Free-Range Chicken 23

French cut chicken, spaghetti squash, seasonal root vegetables

 

Fresh Catch of the Day

Ask server for details

Fern Hall Fall Craft Cocktails

Cherry Vanilla Chai Tea
Vanilla vodka, Amaretto, Chai tea, Simple Syrup, Half and half
 

Caramel Apple Martini
Vodka
, Apple Pucker, Butterscotch Schnapps 

Crab Apple
Crown Royal Apple, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Splash of Cranberry

Cinnamon Toast
Hot Apple Cider
, Captain Morgan, Cinnamon, Sugar

Pear of Desire

Citrus Vodka, Licor 43, Pear Juice, Gingerale

Elderflower Bellini

Elderflower Liquor, Champagne, Pomegranate Juice

Moscow Mule

Vodka, Fresh Ginger, Ginger Beer


Fern Hall Fall Manhattan

Served with House Brandied Cherries

Rare Old Fashioned

Whiskey or Bourbon, Bitters, Sugar, Orange, Cherries

Nuts & Berries

Frangelico, Raspberry Liquor, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Half & Half

**Tastes just like a milkshake!!!**

Cabo Wabo Martini

Cabo Wabo Tequila, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, Lime

Fern Hall

Delectable Desserts

Fern Hall Apple Turnover

served with Vanilla Ice Cream

Pumpkin Mousse Parfait

topped with Pecans and Whipped Cream

Crème Brulee topped with Fresh Berries

Mixed Berry Pie served with Whipped Cream

Chocolate Lava Cake

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

from: http://earthsky.org/

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

Earthsky.org 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.”

Almanac.com 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

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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
Or
$165,000 for house
$150,000 for commercial – store/restaurant/gas pumps

– contact person, email, telephone
Sandra Sheerin –  sandrasheerin@gmail.com

Additional information is available on Zillow – link is here for anything else you need:
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/378-Great-Bend-Tpke-Pleasant-Mount-PA-18453/121812899_zpid/

 

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Peony

peony

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

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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.

NOTE:

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