Archive - Mar 16, 2012 - News Article
BELL TOWNSHIP â Ed Skarbek knows spring is here when he can't make maple syrup any longer.
And it's just about that time, he said last Saturday morning, while showing a group of Cub Scouts how the "real stuff" is made.
"It all depends on the weather," Skarbek said. "Youâve got to have the cold nights and the warm days."
Cold nights and warm days are perfect for making maple syrup, a Skarbek past-time that can be traced through the generations.
At the turn of the 20th century, within a three-mile radius of Skarbek's current camp in Bell Township, sugar camps began to spring up.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Roger Steele, chairman of the Groundhog Festival Committee, said his members are âreal close to putting on the best event ever.â
After dedicating âthousandsâ of volunteer hours, Steele said the committee has almost finalized this yearâs festival schedule and is now looking for community sponsors.
âWeâre fortunate to have great sponsors,â Advertising Chairperson Dee Lyle said. âPeople in the community help us out that way. They make it possible for us to put this on for the community. Itâs basically what it comes down to.â
BROOKVILLE â Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed the week of March 26-30 as Weather Emergency Preparedness Week.
Tracy Zents, director of emergency services for Jefferson County, said the week is crucial in preparing the countyâs residents for possible severe weather outbreaks.
â(We need) to be prepared to take immediate action in the event of bad weather,â he said.
Zents also said the timing of the proclamation is also important, because the county is more susceptible to thunderstorms and tornados during the spring.