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On 76 Eldred Center Rd., Grand Valley, sits our local post office. We have had many postmasters throughout the years, including Charley Ongley, Bob Chambers and Robert Graham. The building was built in the early 1900s. A barber shop was later added on the side of the post office. On the oppo…

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Good Morning. This is said more of habit than of spirit, for me this week. I lost my husband on Monday, so I cannot think of much in the way of pleasant thoughts to share this week. Forgive me for the lull, but I will try harder next week to do better.

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An American flag was raised in my Uncle Jim Savitz’s field last week, just in time for Independence Day. Next to the flag sits one of Jim’s many stacks of rocks. He began his stone art after witnessing them on vacations across the country. 

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Good morning to all as we enter the second half of 2020. Saturday is the nation’s birthday, as we celebrate Independence Day. Picnics, parties and fireworks may be a bit different this year, but the celebration is still strong for this amazing country that we live in. Enjoy the day, the priv…

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Grand Valley was organized as a borough on June 8, 1897. In 1890, Luman B. Wood owned over 500 acres in Eldred Township. He had a merchandise store called Wood Brothers. He organized the L.B. Wood Lumber company with a large sawmill in Grand Valley, as well as two other sawmills in Warren Co…

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Good morning to all my readers from near and far. We are about to finish the first half of 2020 with the end of June. With all that has happened, do you feel like you rushed through to this point or was the first half a real drag of time, and you are ready to get the year over with soon?

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I try so hard every week to keep my column lighthearted, especially with all the stuff that’s been going on. I will admit sometimes it’s hard with all the negativity, but we can change that!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there! I am lucky enough to have one of the best fathers a daughter could ask for. A few years back, my dad, my sister and I made the trip to old Granddad’s tree. The hard maple is over 100 years old and approximately 5 feet at the base. I never m…

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Good Morning. Saturday will be the first day of summer. With the way the year has been thus far, we may have to look very hard to see it for more than a few days at a time. This year has lived up to its symbolism, with it being 2020, like the notion that good vision is 20/20. We have had to …

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It used to be such a wonderful sight as you drove into Hydetown at night. Lights! The softball field would be all lit up and packed with people as you drove through Hydetown It was an awesome sight!

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On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Katelyn Maille and Christian Bundy exchanged vows. The couple were married by Pastor Ralph Culp at the Covenant United Methodist Church in Warren.

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Good Morning. Sunday will be Flag Day. Do you know how many different American flags have been flown over this nation since 1777. 

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” When a terrible crime or tragedy occurs, you often hear people say, “I just don’t un…

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Good Morning. The new month has begun, and so have new hopes that life can settle into a bit of routine in the area. Though the bigger towns and cities are seeing unrest at this time, our small country community offers a more serene setting. As long as we remember to use our masks and follow…

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Good Morning. This coming weekend will wrap up the end of May. And with summer just around the corner, hopefully it will also bring the end of chilly nights and frosty mornings. It has been a treat to shed the blankets from the beds, as the recent nights have been warmer than those just a sh…

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Good Morning. With Memorial Day coming on Monday, I hope that you have a great day and that you get a chance to visit with some family for a while, even if you have to do social distancing. Plus, remember all the loved ones and service personnel that have passed on.

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Good morning to all of my readers. We are nearly halfway through the month, with little change in current events and directives. Hopefully, the warmer weather is on the way to make things look better and pick up our spirits.

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I would like to wish a “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the moms out there! My mother is one of the most selfless people I know and would do anything for anyone. She is truly a blessing to have in my life. Make sure you let you mother know how much she means to me…

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“They surrounded me like bees, they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord, I cut them off.” The psalmist was surrounded by enemies, but God was with him. He continued: “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

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“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus had a long talk with his apostles after the Passover meal and before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew there was a lot they didn’t understand, but they needed to know that He would be …

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“I hear the train a comin’, it’s rollin’ round the bend.” The Orange Blossom Special, Wabash Canonball, Ridin’ the Rails, This Train is Bound for Glory. Stop! Stop! Please Stop! When I was a kid growing up in Hydetown I didn’t think I could take one more country train son! Now don’t get me w…

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Samantha Greer, Warren County 4-H Desperados member, earned second place in the Junior Division of the East - West Horse Challenge. The Pennsylvania 4-H created weekly challenges for members to participate in at home and submit via the internet. A few of the challenges included: design a tra…

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Good morning everyone. I hope that you are not suffering from cabin fever with all the snow and quarantining that we have had lately. It is annoying to have the TV and news consumed with all this negative news. Trying to find alternative or positive experiences is challenging, at best. 

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“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”   

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Good Morning. Tax day was yesterday, and hopefully everyone got them filed on time and can now take a sigh of relief in having them done. In case you didn’t, in March the IRS extended the deadline to July 15, 2020 for this year. There is always some comfort in getting to the day after they a…

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Good Morning. Good Friday is tomorrow, and Sunday is Easter. Though we are unable to attend Easter services, there are ways to make the day special with just your family or household.

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Good Morning. The new month of April just started, but the sad part of that is there was no one around to pull a prank for April Fool’s Day on, with this stay-at-home order that is in place, or with the social distancing that we are to be following.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many local events are canceled and businesses are closed. The Warren County School District has put together a  program to help feed children under 18 since the schools are closed. Breakfast and lunch grab-and-go bags are being provided at the Grand Valley Post …

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Good Morning. There is so little to talk about without going to the subjects of cancellations, sickness and staying home, but since I am trying not to be a Gloomy Gus, I will not talk about such things.

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I know many of you never even heard of the old McCurdy School. If you stay on State Route 408 out of Hydetown going toward Townville, that’s west. When you get to the top of the hill take the first dirt road to the right and the McCurdy School was about a quarter to a half mile out the Newto…