Return to standard time hampers outdoors activities

Lisa Lightner
Lisa Lightner

This is the week I dread—the week that we fall back. My kids and my dogs have a hard time adjusting to it, which means I have a hard time adjusting to it. And for working families it really puts a damper on our outdoors time. By the time we get home from school and work, it’s dark out already. I just have to remind myself that it’s just until Dec. 20 or so, which is our shortest day of the year. After that, the days start getting longer. Here are some events you may be interested in.

Be safe out there. While people adjust to time changes, it is recorded that rates of auto accidents increase. And many states and counties have put out official warnings that the deer accident rates are particularly high this year. I know Delaware put out a state wide warning.

Hiker meeting

On Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Marlborough Township building, TLC hosts its third annual hunter and hiker meeting before the start of shotgun season in Pennsylvania. This forum meeting will have a mix of deer hunters, hikers, property owners, horseback riders, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission on hand to answer questions about deer hunting, and how it affects each of us and our leisure activities. After hearing from the panel there will be an opportunity for you to ask your questions. Please RSVP to to attend the evening.


Chronicles Day, Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., TLC, The New Garden Memorial UAME Church, and Heritage Guild commemorate the Bucktoe Cemetery and those laid to rest. Out of the 100-plus plus graves on site, eight known African-American Civil War soldiers are buried here, along with many members of the church or neighboring communities. Through historic restorationist, Eugene Hough, gain a deeper understanding of the restoration process. Suggest donation of $5.00 and up. RSVP required by emailing


Black Friday

And I love the sounds of this event! I’m growing more and more anti-Black Friday and anti-Holiday shopping as I get older. I am definitely against shopping or making your people work on Thanksgiving.

Black Friday Celebration: Friday Nov. 29, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon, Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Road, Avondale). Skip shopping this Black Friday and join TLC for an outdoor hike. Make natural ornaments to decorate the TLC evergreen tree for the Winter Solstice Celebration. Collect natural objects to create holiday cards for friends and family! $5 TLC members/$10 non-members.

As always, if you wish to see your event here, e-mail me at LisaLightner at

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.