Thursday, March 27, 2008

Back to Normal

Now that it's Spring and I'm able to get out and about without worrying how the roads are and what the day's weather conditions are all about I can get back on the road again so I can see what's on the other side of the mountain.

Overnight snows contributed to several wrecks in Elder Township including this one on Miller Street (Old Route 36) on Saturday morning. By the time I got on scene the Hastings Fire Department was already in the process of extricating the pickup truck driver from the vehicle. We have placed a video of the accident at the end of this week's blog.

The passenger compartment landed in this drainage ditch, thus preventing the roof from caving in.

Hastings Fire Company's Officer in Charge talks to the 911 Center in Ebensburg.

As you can see from this picture we did have a pretty good overnight snow.

The following photographs are from the Hastings Easter Egg Hunt, held at the Community Park IN THE SNOW.

Yet another Medivac helicopter sits on the pad at Miner's Medical Center in Elder Township outside of Hastings, PA. This is the third helicopter to operate out of this facility in three weeks.

The Patton Easter Egg Hunt was held at the Patton Volunteer Fire Company Hall. Of all the Easter egg hunts held for the children of the area, this was by far the best planned, organized and attended! As you can see from two of the pictures, they even had an Easter Bonnet contest!

Black-capped Chickadee


Cast of Wizard of Oz, Glendale School District, Glendale, PA.

Killbuck Creek flowing into Glendale Lake, Prince Gallitzin State Park. This is one of my favorite places to take pictures at the lake because it is constantly changing due to the seasons and the water level.

This barn is located on Bender Road outside of Patton, PA.

This is another first for the blog. We have placed a video from the accident on Saturday below.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

First Day of Spring 2008

This might be the first day of Spring but of course we had snow on the ground when we got up this morning. Here are the last pictures of the winter.

Every year the Golden Living Center donates $1,000 to a local service organization. This year the funds went to the Hastings EMS.

A foggy Saturday morning presented an opportunity to capture some local scenery.

Our van sitting in the driveway framed by the branches of a hydrangea.

Before I got into the van to head out on the road to see what I could see, I took a few shots in our yard. The bike shed is in the foreground, the garden shed is in the background.

The garden shed which at one time was our chicken coop.

Murphy's Spring.

Abel's Barn.

Union Cemetery on Bridge Street in Hastings, PA.

Elder Township grape arbor.

Pasture at Seven Charms Equestrian Center, Number Nine Road.

The Slovak Club in Northern Cambria held a children's Easter Egg Hunt inside last Saturday. The eggs were hidden in shredded newspapers.

Looking for eggs in 18 inch deep shredded paper. This is really harder than finding them outside hidden in the grass. But the kids had fun.

The Geisinger Life Flight helicopter was recently on the pad at Miner's Medical Center in Hastings, PA. It was built by Messerschmitt in Germany.

Although we have six members of the woodpecker family on our property during the year, these four are the only ones that come to the feeders. We see the Pileated Woodpecker several times a week, it just doesn't come close enough to the house to get good photographs. The only time we see the Flickers is during the summer.

Downy Woodpecker preparing to land on the suet feeder.

Red-bellied Woodpecker dwarfing the feeder.

Hairy Woodpecker about to dig into the suet.

Only the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker didn't get caught on the feeder. He is sitting on one of the support posts for the feeder area. These may be the last four pictures of the woodpeckers this year.

St. Boniface Cemetery, St. Boniface, PA.

Happy Easter!