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I’ve been meaning to build a fire in the fireplace, but it’s been too warm. Today, although the cold front made it feel like it’s finally autumn, I built a fire using last year’s cherry cord wood that’s been waiting on the front porch since last spring.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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I’ve been meaning to build a fire in the fireplace, but it’s been too warm. Today, although the cold front made it feel like it’s finally autumn, I built a fire using last year’s cherry cord wood that’s been waiting on the front porch since last spring.

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As summer dragged on with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and humidity as high as a day in July, I was not happy. When the electricity bill arrived each month of summer and it was way higher than I wanted it to be, I was not happy. I was tired of air conditioners running nonstop and running …

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The rat race. That’s what he’s heard it called and when he’s in the car for the two hours it takes to get to and from work, in stop-and-go traffic, he figures the description is pretty apt.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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(Note: This column is a rerun, having been published in October of 2019. It’s that time of year again when the subject of ‘spookiness’ often creeps into my thoughts. This column sums up those thoughts.)

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Todd loaded a box of Bismuth number 6 for me to shoot some ducks with the Parker 16-gauge side-by-side I’ve been shooting lately. It’s hard to find shotgun shells loaded with non-toxic shot, especially in 16 gauge.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Most of our meteor showers occur just before dawn, but this month, October’s Draconid meteor shower arrives Oct. 6 to 10, and can be seen in the night sky just after dark. Sun sets around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. Soon after, the Draconid meteor showers begin at full dark.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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If you’re old enough to remember the early 1970s, you probably can recall a TV commercial for Coca-Cola featuring a catchy song that included this line: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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It finally happened. The Game Commission overrode the biologists, and opened squirrel season last Saturday instead of the second Saturday in October. Six or seven years ago, I asked the director why Pennsylvania didn’t open squirrel season by mid-September like all the other states that border us.

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Somehow, James Purdey and Sons started sending me emails, I guess in hopes I might be interested in buying one of their shotguns. I’ve held one or two of their guns over the years, and almost bought a Purdey black powder side-by-side built in the 1840s. The dealer only wanted $450, but I dec…

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It’s cold when he gets picked up, and he’s been sick for a while. Some kind of respiratory thing that has slowed his breathing and his reflexes. That’s why the car seemed to come out of nowhere – his reactions are sluggish. He should have seen the headlights, but he didn’t really know it was…

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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For some reason people think Democrats are the party of environmental protection. I don’t know where that idea started, but it’s not always the case. Neither party has a very good record when it comes to environmental issues.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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We sold our Winnebago motorhome back in June since we were not using it very much and it was parked next to the garage for months on end without moving, much less going camping.

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Very recently a friend of mine coerced me into joining some Facebook group about Pennsylvania Dutch food and such. The coercion came in this form, via FB: “Your friend, Penelope, invited you to join this group.”

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It had been one of those days. The kind you wish had a rewind button. The kind where Murphy’s Law seemed to be gospel – one wrong thing after the other.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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Either the unwelcome flying visitor found its way back out of the house or it’s hiding somewhere because Willow and I haven’t seen it. At least she hasn’t mentioned it to me.

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Rags lived under the front porch at grandma and pop Foreman’s little Sears and Roebuck kit home. When we moved in across the deadend street, I spent a lot of summer days with the dog forted-up in the shade of that old front porch.

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You know what I really enjoy? A good plate of food. I can actually get giddy at the thought of an Olive Garden meal. No kidding. Oh my word and have you been to a Macaroni Grill? Ohhh, the bread and the olive oil. *dies a little*

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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I don’t remember how many years ago I bought the Do All clay target thrower, but it’s been a while. No matter; it’s thrown a lot of clay targets, and in the beginning, it would smash them into the trunk of a big oak tree 60 yards across the meadow. As the years crept by and more friends want…

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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The youngster had been planning his vacation for months, but then suddenly we were just a week away. I had some concerns, as did he.

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August! If we were in the British Isles, August marks the beginning of their hunting or shooting seasons, or rather Aug. 12 or ‘the glorious twelfth,’ as they call it. That marks the first date for shooting pheasants and red grouse on the moors of Scotland and the race to London with the fir…

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.

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The plan was solidified: I’d go to my “usual” store, choose a suitable couch, arrange for delivery, then arrange to have the old couch removed, along with a couple of other superfluous items that should have been taken to the landfill years ago, prior to delivery of the new couch. I’d worry …

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Because my pontoon boat is running rough and it’s on a dock at Raystown Lake, I stopped to chat with Brook at Brooks Marine in Greenvillage. We checked three of the four coils, but couldn’t reach the fourth, which is the one Brook thinks it might be.

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Editor’s Note: This is a column on area watersheds by Blyden Potts and guest columnists to spread awareness of the area’s tributaries and the efforts of area volunteers to keep them clean.