•Not many woolly worms were spotted, but those seen were black on the ends and brown in the middle, indicating a harsh beginning and end of winter with a mild spell in between.
•Hornets nests were built on the ground, indicating cold weather ahead.
•Heavy foliage and mast crops indicate a colder, harder winter.
•Five early morning fogs were counted in August, with only two of them heavy. This points to five snows for the winter, with two heavy snows.
Myriad corn shocks dot a lonely field, their quiet rustle whispering on an urgent autumn wind. Fat, orange pumpkins peep coyly from their nests of tangled vines while plump, juicy apples in their gold and scarlet jackets bob merrily just out of reach overhead. Mountain vistas beckon in their tapestried array of flaming color, each distant peak seemingly vying with the next for another unsurpassed display of breathtaking beauty. Dawn speaks to us in a hushed, burnished wonder of its own as lofty peaks rise midst the fog-enshrouded coves and hollers — the crisp, cool air enveloping us in its invigorating embrace while luring us to come and partake of another glorious Appalachian autumn day unfolding in all its panoramic splendor.
The lonely caw of the crow, the scolding chatter of a busy squirrel, the urgent honking of geese, and last but not least, the lowly woolly worm decked out in his striped overcoat hurrying its way along the highways and woodlands making its signature brief appearance before cold weather sends it scuttling into its warm nest for a long winter's nap. A much anticipated appearance, I might add, as Appalachia's premier winter weather indicator for the upcoming winter ahead! All contribute to the heady blend that sends our senses reeling as nature showcases its finest dress plumage before surrendering to winter's impending blast!
Melling, Sounds of the Country at Hebbertsburg Community Center
Jack Melling and Sounds of the Country will entertain at the Hebbertsburg Community Center on Saturday, May 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Pleasant Hill Ramblings: CSAs are a win-win situation
Every Wednesday after 1 p.m. from May through October, there is a steady stream of people converging on the kitchen of Heritage Hall on Church St. in Pleasant Hill with baskets and bags. Inside the kitchen there is excited chatter as they discuss the array of vegetables, some varieties never tried before. Farmer Dave Myers and his helpers provide this largesse of vitamins to the members of the CSA.
How to collect and submit soil sample
Garry, a new resident in Crossville, emailed to ask how to gather a soil sample and where to take it to have testing done. Your local University of Tennessee Extension office is the place to go. Those in the Crossville area should call UT Extension Cumberland County at 484-6743. A staff person at the office can explain how to collect soil samples. (Those new in town who may not know where the Extension office is located may also call for driving directions.)
Lions Club White Cane Days returns May 2 & 3
The Fairfield Glade and Crossville Lions Club members will hold their annual White Cane Days fundraiser Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at several locations. This is a major fundraiser throughout the state of Tennessee and many parts of the world to help assist blind, sight impaired and deaf individuals. This is an event that only happens once a year.
Kids get creative at Youth Expo
Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE) held its annual Youth Expo Saturday, providing young people an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of artistic endeavors, from music and writing to painting and traditional crafts of weaving and spinning.
AROUND THE TOWN: The Easter egg hunt that never was
The Easter Bunny should be able to deliver his baskets in pretty nice weather this weekend. The Good Friday and Easter holiday weekend should feature much warmer temperatures than we had earlier this week when snow showers fell on Cumberland County. Cumberland County students were released Tuesday for spring break, but their last day of school for the week found snow and ice falling from the sky and temperatures in the 20s. Students will return to class on Monday.
Jay Fox performs for seniors after receiving new prosthesis
On Friday, April 11, the members of the 127 Senior Center had another good time playing bingo and dominos. Bingo was called by Arlene Simmons and Helen Lord, and the bingo gifts were provided by Bob Folger of State Farm Insurance.
Publised April 16, 2014.
PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Pancake breakfast held for cancer research
During the year various groups connected with the Pleasant Hill Elementary School provide a Saturday morning pancake breakfast to support the Relay for Life campaign.
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