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TRR photo by Sandy Long
Skunk cabbage has emerged already, thanks to its ability to melt snow through a process called thermogenesis.

Spring along the Delaware

One of these things belongs along the banks of the Delaware River, and in fact, has already emerged and fallen under the scrutiny of my camera lens last week. The others do not, and appeared just upriver from the skunk cabbage depicted here.

The river’s borders can seem especially dreary at this time of year, as flooding and receding waters deposit all manner of trash on its banks. Although it might appear that very little is going on along those edges, the deep maroon and chartreuse clusters of skunk cabbage tell a different story.

Just how does skunk cabbage manage such an early appearance?

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Hobgood, Ruffalo deliver first cast

ROSCOE, NY—Laurence Hobgood and Mark Ruffalo will join to deliver the first cast at Junction Pool on Saturday, April 2. Hobgood is a celebrated musician whom Dave Brubeck has described as “one of the most incredible pianists I have ever heard.” Oscar-nominated actor Ruffalo had earlier thought he would have to cancel his first-cast appearance, but is now back on the agenda.

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Plant trees for Earth Day

GREENTOWN, PA—Promised Land State Park will hold its annual Earth Day Park Cleanup on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be a planting of trees donated through the Odwalla Plant a Tree Campaign®. Limited supplies are available, but plan on wearing sturdy shoes, bring water and an extra shovel if you have one. Basic work gloves will be provided (through PennDot’s Keep PA Beautiful Campaign).

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