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Apr 10

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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend – the un-official start to summer – has finally arrived!  It seems like it has been a very long spring and technically, we still have another 4 weeks to go before the summer solstice, but – regardless of the what the calendar says – get outside and enjoy the “summer-like” weather that is forecast for this weekend.  It will be good for your mind and body!

We encourage you to take some time this weekend and remember the real purpose of Memorial Day – to remember all of the men and women who gave their lives for our country and our freedoms.  If you have an American Flag – please fly it this weekend.  On Memorial Day flags should be flown at half-staff and at 3:00 p.m. – observe the National Moment of Remembrance.  Please take a moment to remember, honor and be eternally grateful to all those who lost their lives protecting us.  Each and every one of them is a hero!

If you need some ideas for things to do with the kids this weekend, check out the “Stop Nature-Deficit Disorder organization – www.stopNDD.org.  They have some great suggestions for activities your family can do in your own backyard or in area parks.  Tips for keeping your family safe while enjoying the outdoors are found in their <Outdoor Safety> tab on their homepage.  For all of the “parents turned teachers”, check out their suggestions for <Integrating Education and Nature>.  Their <Getting Kids Outside> page lists outside activity ideas based on the child’s age. Check it out while its raining so you will be ready to go when the sun shines!

Just a quick reminder about the Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Flower Photo Contest.  Contest details are listed on the Department’s webpage under Special Events.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our parks and programs!


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is just as important to take care of our mental health during this time as it is to take care of our physical health.  Some of their tips include:

  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
  • People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling

 

In our continuing efforts to bring you information and resources for free, family friendly activities, this week we want to highlight the Pennsylvania Game Commission(www.pgc.pa.gov).  Their mission is “to manage Pennsylvania’s wild birds, wild mammals and their habitats for current and future generations.”  That wildlife habitat is approximately 1.5 million acres throughout the Commonwealth.  Just imagine all the trees, plants, animals and birds that live on that land.  That is a lot to manage!  Their website is filled with free activities, videos, live wildlife webcams and projects you can do at home using everyday things. They even have story time!  Once you are on their homepage, click on the blue bar in the center labeled  “Remote Learning Resources”.  Take some time to explore and learn about all that the PA Game Commission does for the Commonwealth!

 

Just a quick reminder about the Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Flower Photo Contest.  Contest details are listed on the Department’s webpage under Special Events.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon in our parks and programs!

 

 


Last month we focused on stress – how it affects us physically and different ways to relieve it.  This month we’ll bring you some information and ideas about keeping you, your family and your friends mentally well.  Our current situation can affect us just as much mentally as it does physically.  Being quarantined is something most of us have probably never experienced before and grocery shopping is a totally different experience than it was just a few months ago.  Who would have ever thought that you would have to drive to 4 different stores just to find toilet paper?!

Visiting parks and trails isn’t only good for your body – it is good for your mind as well.  Fresh air, green grass and singing birds can help you clear your mind of day to day worries – at least for a little while.  From speaking with other local, county and state park departments, we know that people are getting outside and visiting all of their parks and trails and that is GREAT!  Unfortunately, not everyone who visits these parks is following social distancing and other park guidelines and the parks, your parks, are being damaged.  The parks and trails are here for everyone’s physical and mental well-being but we need YOU to help us keep the parks open and in good usable condition.  Please:

  1. Park in the designated spaces – don’t make your own – it damages the landscape.
  2. Carry out anything you carry in – staffing may be limited at various parks.
  3. IF dogs are permitted at that location (be sure to check each park’s rules) – please pick up their waste and take it with you.
  4. Leave the wildlife, wildflowers and everything else at the park or along the trail for the next person to enjoy.

Your local, county, state and national park facilities need you to help us take care of them!

Just a quick reminder about the Parks and Recreation Department’s Spring Flower Photo Contest.  Categories are

  1. Beautiful Blooms – Close-ups of a bloom or two or full-scale photos of the entire garden.
  2. Wildlife in the Garden – Catch those birds, butterflies, bees and bunnies – or any other wild thing – while it visits your garden.
  3. Wildflower Meadow – Meadows of any size are eligible.

Check our webpage for the full list of contest rules.  Photos and required information must be sent to contact@springtwpberks.org no later than June 30th, 2020.  The Parks and Recreation Board will judge the photographs at an upcoming meeting.  Winners will be notified within one (1) week of the judging.

Stay tuned for next week’s posting with more tips for good mental health!  We look forward to seeing you soon in our parks and programs!


Happy May Day!

Hopefully all of those April Showers will have been worth it and the beauty of our May Flowers will rejuvenate us.

To help you celebrate those great flower gardens, the Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Spring Flower Photo Contest for our residents.  The categories are:

  1. Beautiful Blooms – Close-ups of a bloom or two or full-scale photos of the entire garden.
  2. Wildlife in the Garden – Catch those birds, butterflies, bees and bunnies – or any other wild thing – while it visits your garden.
  3. Wildflower Meadow – Meadows of any size are eligible.

Contest Rules:

  1. This contest is open to amateur photographers and gardeners who are Spring Township residents. Professional photographers, landscapers and horticulture centers are not eligible.
  2. Age categories – Youth (Ages 7 – 17) and Adult (Age 18+)
  3. You must include the photographer’s: Full Name, Address, Daytime Phone Number, Email Address, Date of Birth and Location where the photo was taken.
  4. Any submitted photograph may be used in the Township’s publications, on our website or other social media. Photographer’s credits will be listed with the photo.
  5. Photos and required information must be sent to contact@springtwpberks.org no later than June 30th, 2020.

The Parks and Recreation Board will judge the photographs at an upcoming meeting.  Winners will be notified within one (1) week of the judging.

Our resource of the week is Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (www.hawkmountain.org).   Although their facility is currently closed, they are offering free virtual programs, free downloadable activity books for the kids and the live Eagle Cam where you can watch Bald Eagles in their nest in Hanover, PA.  Check out Hawk Mountain’s YouTube Channel for previously recorded programs.  Learn all about this great conservation and recreational area so you are ready to go and experience all they have to offer once they re-open.

To help you practice social distancing from others, we invite you to visit Cacoosing Meadows Park on the corner of Reedy Road and State Hill Road or Shiloh Hills Park located at 303 Sage Drive.  Enjoy fishing, walking or kicking a soccer ball around at Cacoosing Meadows Park.  Shiloh Hills Park has a great trail system (some of it is paved so its easy for strollers) and lots of open space which is great for kite flying.  Pack a picnic lunch, grab a blanket, visit one of these parks and enjoy a little sunshine (we hope!).

We look forward to seeing you soon in our parks and programs!