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Ruffles, our springer spaniel, sits patiently outside the reloading shed, even in the rain. I guess she doesn’t mind getting a little wet from what my Grandma Ferris called a soft Irish rain. But, there’s a big soft chair inside where I sometimes like to sit and read on balmy afternoons. She…

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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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Ruffles, our springer spaniel, sits patiently outside the reloading shed, even in the rain. I guess she doesn’t mind getting a little wet from what my Grandma Ferris called a soft Irish rain. But, there’s a big soft chair inside where I sometimes like to sit and read on balmy afternoons. She…

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Most of the time, it seems that questions on Facebook are meant to remind the reader of his/her advancing age. There’ll be a photo of a 1950s era sliding board with the query, “Who remembers how hot these got in summer?” or “Who survived riding in the back of a pickup truck?”

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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 pulled into Point Camp on Raystown Lake last Sunday evening and shivered under our down comforter, refusing to close windows or turn on the furnace in our camper. I suppose it wasn’t that cold, maybe 36 degrees, but it felt cold.

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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 wanting to attend the Southern Side by Side Championship and Spring Classic in North Carolina ever since I read an advertisement for it years ago.

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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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One of the most confusing things about fly fishing is when to use which flies. If you are fortunate enough to have a mentor, that’s great. If not, my friend Ted put together what he learned from a lot of years fishing for trout in moving water.

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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 sun poked through the clouds yesterday, and I took all my Wranglers out to the picnic table and spread them end to end. Starting at the cuffs I soaked each pair with Permethrin from an aerosol can manufactured by Sawyer Products.

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At the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, we’re anticipating kittens. Lots and lots of kittens. We are on the cusp of what shelters around the nation call “kitten season.” That’s where the adult cats start to bring us a whole bunch of kittens.

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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 sat around a campfire watching Brian cook a spiral Easter ham in his Dutch oven. He said we should have been here last night when the fire fairies held dueling campfires at two of their campsites. They said it was cold, well below freezing the night before, and even the water hydrants fro…

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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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Am I the only human who has felt mired down in a state of blah for the past year? It hasn’t been like being stuck in quicksand exactly. Not a matter of life and death. Just stuck in place and can’t seem to get out. OK. It’s been mental/emotional quicksand.

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The Fish and Boat Commission has completed its pre-season trout stocking of catchable size hatchery trout for anglers with a fishing license to catch their limit beginning this Saturday. I think it’s more fun to watch fishermen try to catch some of the trout the commission stocks instead of …

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I spoke a number of times over the years with the Leadership of Franklin County group and they are so much fun. Before COVID, we had an actual tour of the shelter and last year, we had a virtual tour.

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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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Ed and I thought we should probably use our membership at the Carlisle Fish and Game Association on the road (641) between Carlisle and Mechanicsburg, and shoot one of their shotgun shooting games.

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Reportedly, we’re “seeing light at the end of the tunnel” when it comes to COVID, what with the “alleged” availability of vaccines and the fact that we’ve been hunkered down – to a degree – for more than a year.

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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’ve been seeing resident Canada geese fly over every day, squawking and honking. We also heard them as they pair-up on neighboring ponds.

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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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Chores! There are some chores that simply need doing, such as washing windows, power washing decks and patios and patio furniture. Those are just chores, but with the first break in winter, we need to pull the boat out from underneath the overshot behind the barn.

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Not that I needed another habit, but one day a random thought occurred to me, and that thought was “crossword puzzle.”

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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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March is the first month when trout begin looking up to feed on insects on the surface, instead of hanging underneath, feeding on minnows and nymphs that cling to the bottom. One for the favorite streamers for this time of year imitates the sculpin, a fish that swims near streambeds. In fact…

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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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Phil phoned early this morning and asked me to go over to his house and give his dogs a run since he was in the hospital with possible gallstones.

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This winter has given us numerous opportunities to ask the ugly question “How much snow are we supposed to get?”

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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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Ed, Todd and I rode over to Dillsburg to pick up our guns from Chad McCauslin. He’s a gunsmith, who used to have his shop on Beagle Club Road in Carlisle, but moved home to contain costs and help with schooling and such.

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It’s no secret that life is full of inconveniences, some more inconvenient than others. It’s also no secret that how we respond to them can influence the degree of their impact on our everyday lives. Over the decades, I’ve found that they rarely come singly. I’ve also learned that the most c…

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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.