Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1990 · Page 12
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Page 12 — Monday, September 15, 2003 REGION jlnbtana Eastern Divide runs through county John Phillips Friendly feelings for fall The temperature will dip into the 50s overnight the next couple of days and that's good for sleeping, but bad for sitting on the patio or the deck in the evening hours. It is inevitable that this happens — our friend, the sun, is fast departing for the Southern Hemisphere. I have seen the sun come and go for quite a few years now and it's always pretty much the same — with a few exceptions. It gets cool, the Northern Spies and other apples are off the limbs and fresh cider is available. The leaves take on some beautiful hues, then, eventually, fall to the ground (senescence and abscission) and we drive into the countryside on Sunday afternoon to enjoy die show before it's over — not forgetting our camera. But it keeps getting cooler, doggone it, and all of a sudden it snows. I will never really like the winter season. 1 \ can appreciate the beauty of a fresh snowfall hanging on the trees and bushes, but in general I would rather not do winter. One or two good photo ops are not enough to offset the overwhelming dreariness of the season. Fall is something else. Fall, autumn, is a beautiful, magical time of year and we can't help but love it. The air turns crisp and it seems to be fresher. This may be an illusion, but it doesn't matter. It feels good in our lungs — kind of like that first big whiff of salt air as we approach the shore. It's invigorating. The stores, of course, know that summer is over — they have been trumpeting their fall fashions (I haven't seen this in person, mind you, just in the advertising stuffers in my papers) for a couple of weeks or more. And we consumers get caught up in this. Gone are the whites and the yellows and other bright colors, as they are replaced with browns and tans and dark green outfits. It's time to get the sweaters out of storage and aired out, hoping that they will fit again this year. I usually get one new sweater a year, just to keep up with changing styles — although there's not much styling to be done with a sweater is there? I prefer one-size too big bulky sweaters, V-neck pullovers, please. I don't like sweaters that button up the front. The buttons have a way of disappearing. Yes, I like fall. Pal! is football and who doesn't like football? It's still baseball, loo, with the World Series not too far off. And autumn quite possibly is the best time of the year to play golf. It's cool and it's gorgeous and, if I may make a suggestion, it is always proper to take along a wee flask of brandy to chase away the chill and celebrate the camaraderie. The golf courses are usually less crowded in the fail and that makes it doubly enjoyable. There have been many times over the years diat I have ventured onto the course in the late afternoon by myself and found that I really was by myself, alone as far as I could see. These times I remember — leaves swirling around and the late day sun still warm on my face even as the air turned chilly. It's nice. Hey, did you ever have a tailgate party at a football game in July? Of course you haven't. Tailgate parties come in the fall — another reason to like the season. Something that amazes and perplexes me about this time of year, though, as the weather begins to turn colder is that my lawn keeps growing. The grass grows fast and the weeds grow faster. When I should be out hitting the little white ball, I find myself pushing my mulching mower. That just doesn't seem right to me — or fair. What it all boils down to is that I like the season but I'll never be a true fall guy. I like summer too much. Continued from page 1 Smith said he made sure to tell his children about the distinction. A former Hemlock Lake Road resident, Sandy Scott, said she did the same. Her children, however, are those in her geography class at Purchase Line North Elementary School. "We talk about it down there because the Susquehanna River, which runs right across the'road from North FJementary, goes toward Harrisburg," Scott explained. "So I tell the kids that whenever they come up this way ... that the water on this side is going to flow down toward Pittsburgh." Scott, of Oliveburg, said she knew for years that the divide was somewhere near her childhood home. Her mother, Dorothy Elbel, still lives in the family residence on the west side of Hemlock Lake Road, north of Sam Fetterman's homestead. Checking a map of the divide generated by a Pennsylvania State University Web site and surveying the lay of the land, it appears the Elbels' house may actually sit on the divide. Sam Fetterman's 13-year-old grandson, Morgan Fetterman, said he learned about the Continental Divide at Punxsutawney Middle School but didn't realize it was right there on Hemlock Lake Road. He stood in awe when told it runs behind his grandfather's house. In few places is the Continental Divide so obvious. Fetterman's back yard rises sharply to a Crest that offers dramatic views to the east and west. Away down the hill and in the woods across the road in front of Fetterman's house is Cessna Run, which feeds into Little Mahoriing Creek. Beyond his back yard, across a field of daisies and Queen Anne's lace and down in a hollow is a little creek called Bear Run that runs into the West Branch Susquehanna River, according to Fetterman. What graces the top of the ma- DON'T FORGET TO VOTE IN THE GAZETTE'S ONLINE READERS POLL jestic Continental Divide in Banks Township? At this point, a pair of muddy ruts left by all-terrain vehicles. . Theoretically, at houses on the divide like those where Dorothy Elbel and Gary Smith live, the rain that falls on one side of the roof could end up in the Gulf of Mexico and the rain that hits the other side will flow to the Atlantic Ocean. Gall it profound, call it romantic or call it the answer to a trivia question. "It's a neat concept to try to teach," said Sandy Scott, who incorporates questions about the Continental Divide into the Purchase Line North Elementary geography bee. "It's neat to actually know where it is, and to be able to explain to the kids that just up the road is this phenomenon." For Smith, living on the divide is a conversation piece. "I've always found it fascinating," Smith said. "And I tell a lot of people, but it seems it goes in one ear and out the other." As viewed from the Continental Divide, Sam Fetterman's house overlooks the woods where the waters that form the ii'ft/e Mahoning Creek originate. \ (Gazette photo by Michael Henninger) Cherry Tree linked to Chesapeake Bay health Continued from page 1 tional Park Service's Chesapeake Bay Program office in Annapolis. 'A unique regional partnership to restore the bay and its watershed has been in place for about 20 years ... through an agreement between the governors of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the mayor of D.C. and the Environmental Protection Agency," Doherty said. "It has been a consensus-based approach to setting goals for conserving and restoring the bay and its tributaries that has made important progress over time but at the same time recognizes mere is much more to be done." Doherty said the efforts to protect, promote and restore the Chesapeake involve fisheries, water quality, land conservation, education and public access throughout its 64,000-square: mile watershed. "The biggest of those areas and the one that contributes 50 percent of the Chesapeake Bay's fresh water is the Susquehanna River," Doherty said. "So the West Branch is a key part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed with a very special heritage and history and collection of natural resources, all of which are really part of the Chesapeake story." Frantz said Cherry Tree's gateway project will include outdoor interpretive panels explaining the region's lumber-industry heritage. "We expect an increase in tourism so it will be an economic boost for us," Frantz said. "In the ' park, we'll have a walking trail and places where people can just sit and relax. "And it should be environmentally friendly. We'll use solar lighting with no wires hanging everywhere." The borough of Cherry Tree holds a distinct place in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Located near the Eastern Continental Divide, Cherry Tree is the westernmost Susquehanna River town in Pennsylvania. The Bay Gateway grant is just one example of the perks to which Cherry Tree is entitled simply because of its geography. The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts last month paid for posting a set of signs that are intended to make Cherry Tree citizens and visitors aware of the town's impact on the Chesapeake Bay. By learning about and enjoying the West Branch Susquehanna River, Doherty figures, people will have more interest in protecting and restoring the Chesapeake watershed. "I don't think that you can underestimate the importance of doing something as simple as adding a public access point in Cherry Tree," Doherty said. "It's a place for people to start what may be for some a very long adventure of boating all the way down the river to the bay or what may be just a day of paddling. Regardless, it reconnects all of us with something that we need to rely on whether we recognize it or not." Shellfish included. ® your HEARING? or is it just earwax ? 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