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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 …

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Wow—fair season is upon us already! The days are warm and the nights bring a damp chill. If you plan to be at the fair all day, be prepared for a variety of weather and temperatures. Rain boots, shorts, an umbrella, tank top, hoodie, jeans, flip flops, sunscreen, a parka — put it all in the …

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With it being the fair and festival time of year, it got me thinking about Valley Days. I would like to bring back a small scale, one-day version of our community gathering. It gives both locals and past residents a chance to get together and reminisce.

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“... That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed — That when any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, lay…

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Good morning. It has been a busy week and the coming week is looking just as full. With the school year nearing, there are activities that are coming up to prepare for.

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I was watching the young lady that mows my lawn and it got me to thinking way, way back. I’ll never forget when I asked my Dad when I was going to be big enough to start mowing the lawn.

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I’ve lived in eight different homes. Some temporary and some for a longer spell. I have lived in both apartments and houses, in town and in the country. One thing for certain is when I purchase a house, there must be water nearby. I grew up playing in the ‘crick’ and wanted my kids to enjoy …

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Good morning. It is a busy week here in the borough with activities and school events starting up. So, for that reason, I hope you find time to read all the news and plan to go experience what is happening in our community. Have a great week, everyone.

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I’ve always tried to keep my column as lighthearted as I possibly can and I really try not to talk politics. But, I look around and see the big mess this world is. It’s not only our country!

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Good morning. This is the last full week of July and  summer is waning quickly. Since there is so much news this week, I will keep the intro short (for a change). Have a great week and get ready for August.

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Good morning to all my readers, near and far. It is hard to believe that we are about to enter the next month of summer. August will be here in just a few days. It will pass quickly as the many events and activities of the month will come one after another.

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Frosty Jacks  has made some big changes this year. They converted into more of an alfresco diner and sweet shoppe, rather than indoor restaurant-style dining. Outside picnic tables have been added with umbrellas and small pavilions. Orders are now taken through the serving windows.

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Remember that crazy storm that came through Crawford County last Thursday evening? Well, our local chiropractor, Dr. Tim Purcell, was driving home in that storm. Just a quarter mile north of Spartansburg on State Route 89, a tree fell on his car. Local good Samaritans assisted him while wait…

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Good Morning. Two “Free Fishing Days in Pennsylvania” are held each year. The second one is scheduled for Sunday, July 4. All regulations and rules still apply, but you do not have to possess a fishing license to enjoy fishing in the Pennsylvania waterways that day.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness —That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their…

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What’s the best part of little league baseball? The ice cream after winning a game of course! The Grand Valley/Pleasantville area boys had their last home game Tuesday. The coach treated them all to ice cream at Corky’s after the game.