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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…

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Good morning to all my readers. I hope that wherever you may be, that you are well and keeping safe among the ever-changing directives of how to stay healthy. Bottom line in all the information being posted is that folks need to keep calm, think of others, limit personal contact, stay in tou…

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“And the Lord, He it is that  doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Moses had led the Israelites out of a life of bondage to “a promised land.” They could have entered much sooner if they had listened and trust…

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One of the old landmarks missing from Hydetown is the old Union Church. Now there is just an empty lot across from the Baptist Church in our little village. It was torn down in the early 1940’s and all of the materials were taken to Union City and it was rebuilt as a Church of the Nazarene.

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The Grand Valley Hotel was located on Route 27 directly across from Main Street (now Eldred Center Road.) It was originally built in 1879 and burnt down in 1883. The Gerow family rebuilt the hotel in 1884. It had 24 rooms. 

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Good Morning. It has been a bit disturbing to wake in the morning darkness again. How long does it take your body’s internal clock to adjust to daylight savings time? I was enjoying the morning sunrise, with birds chirping and glimmers of the sun filtering through the bare branches of the tr…

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“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep.” This is one of the psalms of Solomon. He was saying that all hard work is worthless unless God is in it. Modern translations write that last part as “for He gives to His be…

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Bill Sparks opened a general store on Route 27 better known as the ‘Grand Valley Store.’ This popular pit stop was built in the 1940s. It sold groceries and was also a gas station. The store had many owners over the years beginning with Sparks, then Clyde Allen, Alton Sage, Andy Neeley and B…

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Good morning to all my readers. I hope you have a quiet last weekend before Daylight Savings Time starts on March 8. At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, it will begin with folks setting their clocks ahead on Saturday evening, before going to bed to lose an hour of sleep that night. This also signif…

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“And the world passes away, . . . but he that does the will of God abides forever.” By virtue of Christ’s death for our sin, we have companionship with God. It is man’s nature to sin, but when we come to God humbly and truly repentant, God forgives and our relationship with Him is unbroken. 

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Last week I talked about the second Ridgway Sanitarium. I mentioned that the first sanitarium burned down in September of 1903. They figured the financial loss between $12,000 and $15,000, $6,500 of which was covered by insurance. Now that doesn’t sound like much money, but back in 1903 that…

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I had the pleasure of visiting with my Great Aunt Helen Nelson and Great Uncle Bob Morrison this past weekend. They came from a family of nine, one of which was my grandfather, William Birchard. I never got the chance to meet him but he left me with ten aunts/uncles and numerous cousins.

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Good Morning. The end of this week will also be the end of the second month as well. Does it feel as if time is slipping by too quickly for this year?

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“Despise not the chastening of the Lord; . . .for whom the Lord loveth He correcteth.” Solomon wrote that we should accept correction from the Lord and learn from it. Correction starts when a child is born and continues through life. We teach a baby, “No. Don’t do that.” It may be repeated s…

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Good morning. I hope that many of you had a chance to benefit from the short work week due to Presidents Day. It is kind of nice to get a long weekend each month with holidays in January, and February, though this year Easter comes a bit later, in April. March is a full month, with only dayl…

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“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus spoke these words as He hung on the cross. He had suffered greatly, but still wanted mercy for those who had done such terrible things to Him. 

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I always start getting excited in February every year because I know it’s time for spring training. I love baseball! The Pittsburgh Pirates have always been my favorite team, win or lose. I have always liked the Cleveland Indians too, but the Pirates are my number one. My big dream has alway…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope everyone is enjoying the day with their loved ones. Most of the local kids have school off today and celebrated the holiday yesterday in class. They decorated their own box or bag to exchange Valentine cards with their classmates. 

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Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day to each and every one of you. I hope you have the chance to share some special time with loved ones this weekend to make for some wonderful memories.

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“Love one another; as I have loved you.” That was the new commandment that Jesus gave His apostles the night He was betrayed. There were no “ifs” in His statement. “If they belong to a certain race or religious group,” “if they have a certain social status” or “if they live in a particular p…

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Its hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is coming up this coming Friday. It seems as though it was just Christmas and New Year. I am now finding that my Grandparents were right, time does go by faster, the older you get!

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I’m sure everyone in Grand Valley has a memory associated with our little town’s church. It’s been one of the village’s landmarks for over 100 years. It began as a single chapel in 1888. The community later came together to build the addition to have a fellowship hall and Sunday school rooms.

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“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” When David had problems (and he had all kinds of trouble), he went to God in prayer. He knew that it didn’t matter what was wrong, God could take care of it. When the problem was worked out, David gave thanks and prais…

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I believe Howard Bennett was telling me that his father was the lamplighter in Hydetown back in the early 1900’s. You see, that was before we had electric street lights in Hydetown. They had oil lights on the poles along the streets of the community of Hydetown.

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Good Morning. Townville has a rich history in being a part of a local paper. I was lucky enough to see an original print of “The Townville Breeze”, our own home town newspaper, that was printed on April 17,1896. There were postings of Steuben Township, Little Cooley, Guys Mills and other sur…

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Good Morning. As many of you may have noticed, we are losing members of the community and contacts for local news. If you have members of your family or group that are not mentioned in the birthdays or anniversaries, please consider giving me that information for the column. Also, if your or…

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“God gave them over to a reprobate mind.” Paul wrote to the Romans that man’s justification before God does not depend on the law of Moses, but on the mercy of Christ. God gave people a choice. They can come to Him, look to Him for guidance and try to live the life He wants them to live, or …

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Back in the good old days. Man, I seem to use that opening line an awful lot anymore! About 20 years ago I read a book. I can’t remember who wrote it, but it was called, “The Good Old Days, They Were Terrible!” The book got into how much better medicine and travel is now than what it used to…

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Good Morning. This is the time of year that is good to reach out to friends and family that we have not seen or visited with in quite some time. There is a lull in the hectic schedules of the holidays, and even with the crazy weather we have had, there are moments that we can reach out by ma…

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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, angels appeared to the shepherds in the hills. After telling of this special birth, they said those words, “On earth peace, good will toward men.” Jesus came to give peace to a troubled…

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“Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be?’...And the angel answered, ... ‘For with God nothing shall be impossible.’” For Mary to have a baby was impossible, but it happened. Miracles happen every day, but people don’t always see them that way. Christmas more than any other time is con…

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“He (God) has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, . . . to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan, and He was victorious. He went to a synagogue in Nazareth and started reading from Isaiah, and then told the people that the prophecy ha…

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“A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah made this prophecy about 800 years before Jesus was born. He probably did not understand it, but he said what God told him to say. When Jesus was born, angels announced his birth to the shepherds, but it was …

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Good Morning. Here we are with less than two week of the year remaining. Saturday is the first day of winter, and the shortest day of daylight. Then Wednesday is Christmas Day, so have a very Merry Christmas with family, friends and loved ones in your minds and hearts.

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I had a young man ask me what was it like back in the old days, and it’s hard to believe, but I went speechless. The old days! I wasn’t alive then.

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Good morning. Saturday is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, which took place on Dec. 7, 1941. That was the first attack on American soil by a foreign power in modern history. Until Sept. 11, 2001, it was the most damaging to our country. We, as Americans, must not forget what others have …

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“A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah made this prophecy about 800 years before Jesus was born. He probably did not understand it, but he said what God told him to say. When Jesus was born, angels announced his birth to the shepherds, but it was …