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Kenoza Lake - October 23

Susan Brown Otto - Community Correspondent
Posted 10/22/20

Greetings to all. I am back in the saddle now, resuming the writing of my Kenoza Lake news column.

Since I last wrote this column, the peak color of the autumn trees, especially the sugar maple …

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Kenoza Lake - October 23


Greetings to all. I am back in the saddle now, resuming the writing of my Kenoza Lake news column.

Since I last wrote this column, the peak color of the autumn trees, especially the sugar maple trees has passed, although the oak trees, with their golden yellow hues and burgundy reds are still showing their colors. I love the four seasons that we experience here in Sullivan County.

Right after I wrote my last column, two friends of mine from Wolf Lake, Harry and Kathy Walker contacted me to say that they had a hummingbird pass through on September 30th. That seemed to be a record in my hummingbird arrival and departure log.

My sister Ginny and her husband Mike are big readers and excellent writers. Mike is a retired English teacher, with a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. They are my go-to people when I have a grammar/writing question. They know I love tracking birds, trees, nature. And recently sent me something from one of those, daily calendars with a word or saying on it.

This calendar entry talked about the death of an English naturalist, Robert Marshal, who conceived and developed the science of phenology. Phenology is defined as “the observation of the first flowering and fruiting of plants, the foliage and defoliation of trees, the arrival, nesting and departure of birds.” I guess you could say that word could describe me, a phenologist?

Cunningham Family Farms, located on Hurds & Parks Road, near Kauneonga Lake, off Route 55 will be open this weekend and closes on Halloween. I stopped by last Saturday. Wonderful place to take your children! Hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin patch. Fun for the whole family.

Next week, Judy Puerschner will be assisting me with the planting of spring flower bulbs around Kenoza Lake. The Sullivan County Renaissance program awarded the Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church $50 of bulb money. If you are interested in assisting us, please contact me.

The Kenoza Lake United Methodist Women plan to sell Krispy Kreme glazed and filled doughnuts on Election Day, at the Kenoza Lake Firehouse. Both will be sold for $8.00 each. There will be no soup or chili sale.

The second Saturday of October 2020 was the first second Saturday of October in my memory of there not being a Kenoza Lake Fire Department Roast Beef Dinner. Sad. Jeffersonville didn't hold their Roast Beef Dinner, but the Youngsville Fire Department will have a take-out only dinner on October 31st.

Faithful readers of this column know that my husband Ray's passion in life is bow hunting. October 1st to November 20th is his favorite time of the year. Although I don't go in the woods and actually hunt, I am Ray's scout.

Studying deer movement, watching for signs, like rubs (on a tree) and scrapes (on the ground). Watching apple trees. For those of you who drive by the Bethel post office on Route 17B, take note of that apple tree due East of the Woodstock Oasis & Bethel Post office. That is a Northern Spy apple tree, the tree has apples every year and drops its apples very late during the apple season. Something to consider for your food plot? The mini rut seems to have come and gone. The deer are resting up for the main rut. Watch out as you navigate the back roads.

The Kenoza Lake United Methodist Church is fortunate to have been open for church services since early August as well as having Pastors Bridgette and Bud LeConey in our pulpit. 9:30 Sunday services, all are welcome.


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