Helping to keep Tunkhannock beautiful!!!
Riverside Park is getting a facelift after last years flooding!
Ebb's Creative Landscaping is working hard to put the river back into Riverside Park!
They have cut down the overgrowth that was blocking park goers view, added new chain link fencing to keep in all the missed basketballs and put up new wooden fencing for aesthetics and to keep people from parking on the grass.
Ebb's Creative Landscaping
60 Bridge Street
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
The United States has 3,500,000 miles of rivers and streams.
The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States (about 2,540 miles long).
The Nile is the longest river in the world (4,132 miles).
The Amazon River carries the most water.
Water covers nearly three-fourths of the earth's surface. However . . .
Less than 1% of water on the earth is available for use by us.
Most of the earth's surface water is salty (93%).
Much of what remains is in aquifers deep below the earth's surface (2.5%).
Some is permanently frozen in the polar ice caps (2%). Over 90% of the world's supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica!
If all the world's water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon.
If all the water in the Great Lakes was spread evenly across the continental U.S., the ground would be covered with almost 10 feet of water.
Besides drinking, we depend on water for all our food.
Eighty percent of the fresh water we use in the U.S. is for irrigating crops and generating thermoelectric-power.
It takes about 6 gallons of water to grow a single serving of lettuce. More than 2,600 gallons is required to produce a single serving of steak.
It takes almost 49 gallons of water to produce just one eight-ounce glass of milk. That includes water consumed by the cow and to grow the food she eats, plus water used to process the milk.
About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day's food for a family of four.
1.2 Billion — Number of people worldwide who do not have access to clean water.
6.8 Billion — Gallons of water Americans flush down their toilets every day.
The once-endangered bald eagle is experiencing a modern-day population boom. Eagles are thriving in counties where they haven't been seen for many years.The bald eagle population is monitored by nesting sites. As recently as 1983, the state's wild population consisted of just three nests.
Last spring, Pennsylvania Game Commission staff and volunteers counted 155 active nesting pairs, with at least one nest site in 47 of the state's 67 counties. Officials suspect that there are many more bald eagles that don't have mates.
This time of year, the big birds are moving from their winter concentrations in places like the lower Susquehanna River, Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, the upper Delaware River and the northwestern corner of the state.
ABOUT BALD EAGLES
- There are 155 pairs of bald eagles in Pennsylvania; the population is tracked by nesting pairs. In 1983, only three pairs existed in the wild.
- Bald eagles nest in every state but Hawaii, which they never inhabited. The lower 48 states have a nesting population of about 10,000 pairs. In 1963, there were about 400 pairs.
- An adult bald eagle is 29 to 42 inches long, weighs eight to 15 pounds and has a wingspan of seven feet.
- A bald eagle's nest can weigh a ton. It can reach "the size of a Volkswagen bus upside down in the tree," said Douglas Gross, wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
- They don't get their namesake white head, and tail, feathers until age 5. In their fourth year, bald eagles look a lot like adults, but they have a narrow black line behind the eye and often have a dark band on the tip of their tail. Before that, they are dark brown with varying amounts of white mottling.
To read the article in it's entirety please click the pictures of the eagles or By MARCUS SCHNECK, The Patriot-News
How to Get Skunk Smell off a Dog with Vinegar!
The little black and white fat furry balls might just be as cute as any pet IF it wasn't for one little thing...or should I say SMELL!
Spring is a very busy time for these guys. The following "may" help if your pooch happens to get sprayed
Avoid letting the dog into the house after it has been sprayed.
Use rubber gloves, and don't get anything into the dog's eyes.
Prepare a mixture that is 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water. Scrub only the sprayed areas and avoid getting the dog wet all over to prevent spreading the skunk oil. Repeat at least three times with the water/vinegar combination.
Alternately, mix a 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, a 1/4 cup Dawn dish-washing liquid and a 1/4 cup of baking soda into a quart of warm water. Again, wash only the affected area to avoid spreading the spray. The oxygen should neutralize the skunk spray.
Wash your carpet with cleaning solution and sprinkle kosher salt on the affected area if the dog has gotten inside and the carpet smells.
American Bald Eagles Return to Riverside Park!!!A friend of mine sent this too me - They told me they thought there were two eagles looking for a nest site along the river near RiversidePark Tunkhannock earlier this spring!!!The following are some of the comments off of FB after I posted the picture!Dawn Fitch - Last weekend there were 2 circling my house which is Avery/Ousterhout Mt.
JJohn Fud Zavacki - That is most certainly an eagle. I saw two of them circling the river in Greenridge, on Nay Aug avenue.Sandra Repsher-Ritz - I was so excited to see them. It's the first I have ever witnessed an American Eagle in the wild. We took our son over and use binoculars to get a better look and we saw a young chick in the nest with the mom or dad. I just think these birds are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the photo.
Allyson Urie - First time I ever saw a bald eagle was driving over the bridge in Tunkhannock!Kevin Nvrmnd commented only one word - wahite. I teased him about not knowing the new computer language. He was quick to explain what the word meant and it made my heart happy.This is what Kevin explained: Washite (pronounced wah she tay) is a loose translation borrowed from the Lakota Native language meaning, in layman's terms...all IS WELL and all is HOW it is supposed to be...stay on the path....(also referred to as the path toward righteousness).When I thanked him he when on to say, "My pleasure...thanks for beautifying this world.....a world we borrow from (not leave to) our children's children."Kevin in two sentences you have expressed of my deepest feelings about this planet and our responsibility to do no harm, thank you and THANKS to everyone who commented!
So many people can out to help with the spring flood clean-up!
April 14th, 2012
Great Things are Happening at Riverside Park!
Someone just sent this too me - They told me they thought there were two eagles looking for a nest site along the river near RiversidePark Tunkhannock earlier this spring!!!
Jerry Bogedin of Twigs Cafe Restaurant and David Buck of Endless Mountian Outfitters trying to solve all of Riverside Parks troubles!
This picture was taken the day of April, 14th, 2012 Flood Clean-up!
David Buck of Endless Mountain Outfitters told me that minutes after they put a newly made picnic table by the play ground a family of 4 was sitting at it eating lunch! HOORAY!!!
Clean UP Day at Riverside Park - Things We Will Need!
April 14th, 2012 From 10AM to ?People can Bring the following: And Please Wear Gloves and Wear Appropriate Clothing
- Bug Spray (I hear ticks are really bad?)
- Any and all hand held yard tools - Trimmers
- 5-6 Shovels
- Leaf and Rock
- Any kind Trash Bags
- Wheel Barrels
- Two or three Lawn Mowers - WHATEVER with the nice weather it needs it now!
- Leaf Blower - One or Two Weed Wacker -
- One or Two Back-hoes ???
- White Kilz's Paint - Rolles and brushes
Anything else anyone can think of just bring it - Please make all your tools and equipment; name, address etc. Basically, Riverside Park lost everything the following is just a sample of what was lost:
and on and on and on and I probably missed much!!!
- ALL the Skating ring stuff - Shed - skates - rink - equipment etc
- The stage was damaged beyond repair
- New 10'x20' Shed
- New John Deer Tractor
- John Deer Tractor
- All Tools - For gardening and for tractor maintenance
- Large Gazebo
- Many newly planted trees
- Many old growth trees
- The walk-way to the caboose destroyed
- and the caboose its self is very damaged
- The swing sets look good, but have not been inspected
- and ALL the base for the the playground and volleyball court was ruined
- The basketball courts are in disrepair
- The Memorial Garden with years of plantings is gone
- The gentle slope to the river is now a 10' to 12' bank
- The half the boat launch is under mud
- The sign needs to be repainted
- and all the signage was damage
- We lost all the benches and picnic tables
The following is a letter written asking for help of any kind - Please pass it on!
April, 11 2012
Intersection Route 6 Bypass and Route 29,
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
To Whom it May Concern,
Riverside Park, a beautiful park along the Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, overlooking the Endless Mountains, has been a viable asset to our community for decades. It is a beautiful and scenic area for the community and visitors of the Endless Mountains to enjoy the undisturbed outdoors. There is no other place to get closer to nature’s beauty than at Riverside Park. Riverside Park has made available an outside gathering area, and many people have enjoyed fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, skating, playing, exploring, wandering and relaxing at the park for years.
The Borough of Tunkhannock acquired this land after the historic 1972 flood that devastated residents’ homes when the land was declared uninhabitable. Around 1980, in conjunction with and large support of the Wyoming Chamber of Commerce and Proctor & Gamble, the land was rehabilitated into the park we have come to love today. The originators’ hard work and consistent effort has afforded a park with a heavily used public boat launch, picnic areas, basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds, a skating rink, walking areas, areas for cultural and sports events, and the Historic Black Diamond Caboose.
Riverside Park has an exponential amount of potential. Unfortunately, the park has very little money and is now in desperate need of repair. It is becoming a hangout for kids causing trouble. Repairs and upkeep have fallen on the members of the Park Commission and a few volunteers. We are so appreciative of the hard work of our Commission and volunteers who try their best to keep the park looking nice. We just do not have the financial resources to give the park what it needs to survive and more importantly, prosper.
We are currently trying to become part of the Iroquois Trail that will connect the recreational facilities in the borough and the township, and then connect them with local commerce.
We will use the railroad bed as a trail that will run for six or seven miles connecting area parks, schools, and other recreational facilities. Once the trail is connected to Lazybrook Park in Tunkhannock Township, the trail will then connect to Riverside Park and use borough access through Riverside Park’s West Street tunnel under busy Route 6. This will allow pedestrians’ safe passage into the Historic town of Tunkhannock and will bring many new visitors and opportunities to entertain at the park. Again, and sadly, this also means more money is needed to advance, grow, and provide for the future.
The above was written in June of 2011, then in September of that same year the rains poured down on our little town. Much of Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania and parts of New York experienced flooding that has not been seen for decades.
Our normally tranquil river began to show a darker, more malevolent side. By all accounts, hundreds of homes and businesses were devastated by the flood that summer, estimates of the damage topping millions of dollars.
It took years of hard work, effort and money to get the park to where it was that June when the first letter was drafted. Unfortunately, even then Riverside Park would have been considered only “presentable” to the public.
We were, however, finally to the point that basic maintenance was somewhat manageable for volunteers and we were ready to tackle bigger project on a as-we-could-afford basis.
The flood of September 2011, took everyone by surprise. As a community we are all in agreement that emergency personnel provided top-notch protection and all are thankful that no one was seriously hurt in the imitate area. The park, however, was on the front line of attack and unfortunately lost everything. All our hard work was lost and/or damaged beyond repair.
Cleanup, repairs and replacement needs far out weigh our budget and man power. Leaving us unsure as to how to continue providing for the park. The Riverside Park Commission does, however, have the capability to provide a large amount of love to our needy park.
We are sincerely asking for any charitable contribution toward repair, maintenance and the continued up-keep of this essential community resource. Riverside Park Commission hopes, with your help, that the park will continue to provide enjoyment for years to come.
Only with your help can we hope to maintain the park’s magnificent past and prepare it for future generations. Help us set aside a place where children and grandchildren can enjoy a pristine undisturbed piece of this planet. One that the community has had the privilege of enjoying for so many years.
We cannot do this without your help.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and support.
Riverside Park Commission
Weird Things About Water!
Water, good ol' H2O, seems like a pretty simple substance to you and me. But in reality, water - the foundation of life and most common of liquid - is really weird and scientists actually don't completely understand how water works. Link to the following site for more information and MORE weird facts! FIVE WEIRD FACTS About WATER! Ice spikes are, well, spikes that grow out of ice cube trays. They look like stalagmites found in caves, and you can make 'em yourself using distilled water. Kenneth G. Libbrecht of SnowCrystals explains:
How do Ice Spikes Form?
Ice spikes grow as the water in an ice cube tray turns to ice. The water first freezes on the top surface, around the edges of what will become the ice cube. The ice slowly freezes in from the edges, until just a small hole is left unfrozen in the surface. At the same time, while the surface is freezing, more ice starts to form around the sides of the cube.
Since ice expands as it freezes, the ice freezing below the surface starts to push water up through the hole in the surface ice (see diagram). If the conditions are just right, then water will be forced out of the hole in the ice and it will freeze into an ice spike, a bit like lava pouring out of a hole in the ground to makes a volcano. But water does not flow down the sides of a thin spike, so in that way it is different from a volcano. Rather, the water freezes around the rim of the tube, and thus adds to its length. The spike can continue growing taller until all the water freezes, cutting off the supply, or until the tube freezes shut. The tallest spike we've seen growing in an ordinary ice cube tray was 56mm (2.2in) long. (Source)
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Spring Fire Ban
NEVER Leave any fire unattended.
Who would have thought that will all the rain last year there would be a risk of brush-fires this spring? That is excately what Laura Legere a Times-Shamrock Writer reports in Wyoming County Press Examiner on 3/21/12 ~ To read more click the photo or WCPE.
High temperatures and relatively dry ground have combined to increase fire hazards in the region.
Both Wyoming and Susquehanna counties have instituted burn bans prohibiting open burning of yard waste, litter or any other combustible material either in burn barrels or on the ground.
The Wyoming County ban began Sunday at 1 p.m. and will last until Sunday, April 15.
The National Weather Service has issued one red flag warning so far this year, on March 7. The warning evaluates the potential for a forest fire to grow rapidly if one were to start, based on a combination of temperature, humidity, wind and the condition of fire fuel, like leaves and grass, senior forecaster David Morford said.
The warning came “a little bit early” in the season compared to normal, but humidity has largely kept the danger under control, Morford said.
“Normally, at the end of the winter the leaves and the grasses are all matted down under the snow,” he said. Instead, the potential fire fuel is relatively upright and “as we’ve gotten warmer the fuel has dried out a little more.”
Tips for Burning Leaves and Brush Piles Safely: It is VERY IMPORTANT to follow local fire and air quality regulations! http://www.firestormfire.com/fire-safety/pile-burning/
Subject - 99 WEIRD, STUPID & FUNNY FACTS
This was posted in Nov. 2006 by jaspalsingh77 I was looking for some facts, history and or interesting something about the area, when I can across this! I couldn't stop reading, so I thought maybe you would like it too! Pretty weird, stupid and funny! Subject - 99 WEIRD, STUPID & FUNNY FACTS1.A paper cannot be folded more than 9 times.
2. More calories are wasted by sleeping than sitting and watching tv.
3. The first object with a number scanning label is the chewing gum.
4.The Wright Brothers?first flying journey is shorter than a Boeing 747 airplane’s wings.
5. In 1987,after an airline company reduced a small piece of olive on every first class passenger’s meals,$350,000 USD was saved annually.
6.Everyone drinks coffee to perk themselves up,but in fact an apple can perk one up more than a cup of coffee can.
7.The majority of dust in your home consists of your own dead skin.
8.The full name of the Barbie Doll is Barabra Millicent Roberts.
9.When Hitler’s mum had Hitler,she once seriously considered abortion but the doctor persuaded her to keep the baby.
10.Marilyn Monroe has 6 toes on her foot.
11.In the movie E.T,the sound of E.T’s footsteps are made by someone squashing rotten oranges.
12.Pearls melt in vinegar.
13.In the number of people posting marriage ads,35% are already married.
14.You can pull a cow upstairs,but the cow will not know how to come down by itself.
15.A pig cannot stare up at the sky.
16.”quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog?has the 26 alphabets in it.
17.A duck’s quack will not have echoes,the reason till now is unknown.
18.A snail can live for 3 years without food and sleeping.
19.Tommy Lee Jones and America’s vice-president were roommates in Harvard.
20.In a month,if the first day is Sunday then that particular month will have a Black Friday.
21.Heating up a rock in the microwave oven will cause the rock to explode.
22. 1,111,111 x 1,111,111 = 1234567654321
23.The only word that has 15 alphabets not reused in it “uncopyrightable?
24.A cat can produce over 100 types of sounds,but a dog can only do 10.
25.The darker the environment,the more frequent a cat’s passing urine.
26.If you toss a coin upwards 1000 times,the number of times of heads facing upwards is 495.
27.According to the Newton dictionary the longest word in the world is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon...
28.A human’s stomach will renew its food contents inside every 2 weeks,or else it will self-digest.
29.Coke was originally green in colour.
30.The Hawaiian language only has 12 alphabets.
31.The country with the highest proportion of people walking to work is Alaska.
32.If Barbie was a human,her measurements would be 39-23-3333.On average,the number of people in the air every hour in America is 61,000 people.
34.Only honey will not turn bad forever.
35.Near the Caribbean sea there’s a species of oysters that knows how to climb trees.
36.The world’s youngest parents appeared in 1910,an 8-year old and a
9 year-old Chinese people.
37.A human’s ears and nose never stop growing bigger and bigger
38.There’s a square-shaped melon in Japan,it was cultivated because of its convenience to place in refrigerators.
39.A starfish has 8 eyes,one on each leg.
40.Some insects eyes have hair.
41.A giraffe’s tongue measures 2 feet long in length.
42.An elephant can stand on its head.
43.An ant will scratch itself when it wakes up.
44.Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark.(so that’s why he invented the light bulb)
45.The world’s oldest goldfish is 41 years old,named Fred.
46.Because of Einstein’s inability to speak at the age of 9,his mum once thought he was dim-witted.
47.Arab women can initiate a divorce if their husbands don't pour coffee for them.
48.Only 55% of Americans know that the Sun is a star.
49.Most lip glosses have fish scales content in them.
50.Giraffes cannot cough.
51.Owls are the only bird species able to differentiate numbers and colors.
52.A whale’s heartbeat only averages 9 times every minute.
53.The water that we drink into our body is already 3 billion years old.
54.Only 30% of people can expand and contract their nostrils at will.
55.A clam can switch its gender from male to female,and it will take place few times throughout its life.
56.According to a British law passed in 1845,suicide is a very serious crime,death sentence of hanging is the punishment.
57.In space,astronauts are unable to cry or shed tears because there’s no gravity pull hence the tears are unable to come out.
58.A chameleon’s tongue is twice as long as its own body.
59.Americans use toothpicks most often.
60.On average a human must move his eye muscles for 10000 ?15000 times a day.
61.An elephant will still remain at its standing position even when it has died.
62.Some insects are still able to survive for a year without its heads.
63. Da Vinci spent 12 years alone painting Mona Lisa’s lips.
64.When glass shatters,the average speed for glass is 3000 miles per hour.
65.A dairy cow can produce more milk when listening to music.
66.A rose picked during afternoon can survive longer than a rose picked in the morning.
67.Baby tiger sharks fight each other in the womb,the winner will be able to be born alive.
68.A 70 pound octopus can only go through a hole a coin’s size because it does not have a vertebrae.
69.An Indonesian bamboo insect has the longest body in the world,as long as 1 feet.
70.In fact,a hippo can run faster than humans.
71.The inventor of parachutes gave the chance of parachuting first in the world to a dog.
72.A Japanese crab can be as long as 12 feet long.
73.A newborn turkey must be taught by its parents how to eat food,or else it will die of hunger.
74.A shark can detect blood content up to 1/1000000th percent in water.
75.the Original meaning of Samba in the Samba dance actually meant “rubbing bellies together
76.Children grow faster during spring.
77.Bats are the only mammals able to fly.
78.A catapillar has over 2000 muscles.
79.A human’s heart can produce pressure that can squirt blood 30 feet high.
80.A male mantis cannot mate with a female mantis with its head,so when they mate the female mantis has to chop the male mantis?head off.
81.A shrimp’s heart is at its head.
82.You can never lick your elbow with your tongue.
83. 50% of the world population has not received any calls before at all.
84.A rat and a horse cannot vomit.
85. “Sixth Sick Sheik's Sixth Sheep's Sick" is one of the hardest sentences to pronounce in the English language.
86.If you sneeze too hard,it may cause your chest to rupture. But if you hold back your sneeze by force,it may cause one of your blood vessels to break.
87.If you talk on the phone for over an hour,the amount of ear **** in your ears will increase by 700 times.
88.A lighter was invented earlier than a matchstick.
89. When you sleep,you may eat over 70 kinds of small insects and about 10 spiders unknowingly.
90.The strongest and most flexible muscle in our body is the tongue.
91.It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
92.It is impossible to kill yourself by holding your breath.
93. Every time you lick the back of a stamp,you would have absorbed 1/10th of calories.
94.Right-handers live an average of 9 more years than left-handers.
95.Fish are unable to stick out their tongues.
96.Polar bears are left-handers.
97.An ostrich’s eyes are larger than their brains.
98.Starfish do not have brains.
99.Lice can jump over a distance 350 times longer than their bodies,equivalent to a human jumping over the length of a football stadium.
CAN ANYONE COME UP WITH NUMBER 100!?