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Good Morning everyone. I hope that you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends around. Some families are still dealing with COVID issues that make family gathering impossible at this time. Hopefully that will be remedied by the time Christmas arrives. It has been a long diffic…

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Thanksgiving is a bittersweet time of year. It was my Gramma’s favorite holiday. She passed two days before in 1992. With such a large family, Thanksgiving was a time of family, food and simply enjoying each others company. Everything was made from scratch. There was no need for anything fan…

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Thank you Veterans for your service to and for our country. It would be in poor taste to say Happy Veterans Day because it is not a status to be happy about, but rather a remembrance of the veterans’ selfless sense of duty to defend and protect, and the pride that was earned in doing that. P…

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“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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This Thursday is Veterans Day. It is a day set aside to remember and recognize veterans who have served or who are serving to protect our freedoms.

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Good morning. Saturday night, we will change our clocks to go from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Eastern Time. Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night and enjoy the chance to get an extra hour of sleep.

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“For whosoever shall save his life shall lose it ... For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

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Ron and Connie Sitterley set up their model railroad display with a Halloween theme at their home at 128 Davenport Street. The display will remain up through Tuesday evening, Nov. 2, and anyone is welcome to visit from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Grand Valley VFD’s annual turkey parties are always a good time. All the locals come out for food, drinks and to hopefully win a thing or two. The fire department had a successful turnout for last Saturday’s event.  Many went home with prizes ranging from guns to a block of cheese.

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Good morning everyone. We have only one week left to the month. Next month will bring Election Day, the end of Daylight Savings Time, Veterans’ Day and shorter days that will bring more cool days and, especially, nights to our area.

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“Whither shalI I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, an…

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The rain didn’t  stop the ghouls and goblins from riding Saturday night. Around 53 ATV enthusiasts from the area joined in on the annual Halloween ride in Grand Valley this past weekend.

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— The Spartansburg Christian and Missionary Alliance Church had a successful Agriculture Festival in spite of the rain on Saturday morning. The festival went from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and featured speakers, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, forestry demonstrations and vendors.

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Have you driven down Main Street in Spartansburg recently? If so, surely you noticed the incredible amount of work being done on the Spartansburg Grange.

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Well, Great Grandpa, Willis Ridgway made a valiant attempt to keep the new sanitarium going, but after a few years things weren’t looking real promising.

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The Sanford Saddles & Spurs 4-H Club represented Warren County well at the District VIII 4-H Horse Show on Sept. 10 and 11. Club members participated in a variety of classes including contest, huntseat, beginner, miniature horse and draft horse classes. Many of them are advancing to the …

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Good Morning. Today is our first full day of the Autumn season and as crazy as this year has been, it is difficult to guess what this season will bring. It seems that each season has lingered in its transition, so we may be surprised with what is just ahead. We may wonder where it went so fa…

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A Pennsylvania Railroad (PARR) “Bobber” Cabin Car — a caboose — made its debut at the Spartansburg Community Fair this year and the plan is to renovate it into a fair museum by the 100th fair in 2022.

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How did everyone’s harvest turn out this year? My garden got taken over by squash. My boys have plenty of pumpkins for carving this year. I tried orange cherry tomatoes for the first time this year and they were delicious. My two rows of corn actually grew without critters getting them. The …

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Good morning. Summer is ending this week with the first day of Fall on Wednesday. Enjoy these warm days we are having, they likely will not last too much longer.

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If you were at the Spartansburg Community Fair last week — and I hope you were —then you saw two displays that took a significant amount of time and hard work: the flower gardens and the light display.

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Not sure if it’s the pandemic or just getting older, but the phrase “less is more” seems to be my new motto. Working less has created more time. Fewer possessions has made items that I do have more useful. Less of what the world wants and more of what my family needs.

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Good Morning. I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend with family and friends having time for picnics and visiting. I know several families went camping for their last hurrah of the summer.

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Congratulations are in order for three young ladies and two sets of parents. That’s right — the fair queen and princess are sisters.

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In the mid to upper 1800s, Hydetown was quite a busy little town. There were plenty of businesses besides the mills up and down Little Oil Creek.

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Last week we started talking about how much fun it was to live in Hydetown in the 1800’s. People were busy moving timber and barrels by barge down Little Oil Creek, Oil Creek and down the Allegheny River to Pittsburgh.

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Good morning everyone. It is the Crawford County Fair week, so I hope that folks still take the time to read the column around their fair schedule/routine. Hope you are finding shade to stay a bit cooler while at the fairgrounds. The heat is a bit much and drinking water is highly recommended.

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As I stand on the bridge in Hydetown, I look up and down Thompson Run. I stand there and try to imagine what it must have been like with traffic on the creek — Barges!

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I never got to see the days when the iron horses roared through the valley. My mother can recall going up to watch the trains pass by when she was in kindergarten. When I was younger, the tracks were taken out but there were still black trails left from burnt coal cinders. We would ride our …