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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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“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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“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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“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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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 …

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Good morning. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy a great feast, some relaxation and fun with loved ones. And, if you are out shopping for Black Friday, take time to relax after the shopping, read the column and feel some accomplishment in getting s…

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Tis’ the season for traditions. This weekend begins rifle deer season. This is the first time that Pennsylvania hunters will head out on Saturday morning instead of Monday. This has interrupted many lifelong hunting traditions. The Savitz family would always get together on the Saturday befo…

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When I look at old pictures of Hydetown it almost makes me wish I could time travel. When cousin Ralph and I were young, Hydetown seemed to be such a busy community.

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Growing up in Grand Valley is something I am thankful for. Small towns instill simplicity and residents are like family. Thanksgiving is a good time to stop and really think about the blessings we are given. The most important things in life aren’t things at all, they are the people in which…

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Good morning. Let’s begin with a wish of a “happy anniversary” for Samuel and Rosemarie Lewis, of Diamond, celebrating 65 year of marriage today. If you see them or if you have a chance to call and extend you best wishes, they would surely appreciate it.

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We have a tendency to complain when we get snow this early in November. My birthday is Nov. 9 and when I was a kid, it seemed like there was always snow on my birthday.

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In the early 1600s, people from Spain, France, Sweden, Holland and England came to the New World. Many settled along the eastern coast of North America. The first permanent settlement was at Jamestown, now Virginia, in 1607. The first charter of Virginia emphasized the Christian character of…

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I love the fall colors, but here it is November and everything is all over the ground. Now we have a situation. We have yucky, wet, soggy leaves all over the place. They used to be so easy to get rid of when we just raked them out to the street and burned them. But, in the name of progress, …

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“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Before his arrest, Jesus spent much time talking to his apostles. There were many things that they didn’t understand, but Jesus wanted them to know that love should be behind all actions. All we say, all we d…

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I was thinking about all the hunting my dad and I used to do when I was growing up. I got in my car and took a ride one evening to check out our old hunting spots and I couldn’t believe it! Just about every place we used to hunt has a house built on it now.

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Happy Halloween to all my readers, near and far. Many communities have held their trick-or-treat events, but there was a time when all waited until this day to trick or treat regardless of what day of the week it fell on.

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“And I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish. . .” Friday is All Saints’ Day, a day the Christian Church set aside to commemorate all the saints of the church, living and dead. The date was first recorded by Pope Gregory III (731-741) when he dedicated a chapel on Nov. 1, in ho…

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It was an unusually warm, balmy evening for trick-or-treat. I liked it when it was like this because we didn’t get all wet hiding in the bushes. It was going to be a fun evening. Perfect Halloween weather! Clear skies, a big bright moon and good friends.

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Four members of Sanford Saddles and Spurs will leave to compete at the State level 4H show in Harrisburg. Salenah Drake and her pony, Curly’s Grand Mystique, will be showing in Mini in-hand Trail Jr. Bryceton Maillie will be showing his horse, Raisin the Boy, in Cutback horse Sr. Hialeah Sta…