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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…

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Good morning. I apologize for not having my column in last week. My computer did not send out what I wrote for it (though it said that I had), and it was days later before I realized the problem. Some of what I wrote is still viable for this week, so it will be repeated in part. And for thos…

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“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Jesus knew what was ahead and, before his arrest at Gethsemane, he told his disciples they needed to be prepared. When their time…

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I love these fall days when the leaves are gaining their beautiful colors. That was one of the things I liked about living next to the old Hydetown school. There were two oak trees, one on each side of the school. There were also three or four maple trees lining the front sidewalk with anoth…

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“Blessed is the man who maketh the lord his trust.” David made mistakes, but he had the law of God in his heart. At one point he was surrounded by enemies and people he thought were his friends had been disloyal. He was crushed, but at the same time, he knew he was not alone. God, who contro…

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It’s been a few decades since the Grand Valley area has had a section in the newspaper. My grandmother, Ardath Savitz, wrote the local news from 1985 to 1990. The last “Grand Valley Sanford Area News” column was in 1999.

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I always liked October, because I like all the fall colors. Everything was different in the fall; the smell, the atmosphere and I even felt invigorated. As I look back on it now, maybe it wasn’t invigorated. Maybe it made us feel mischievous?

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“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” All through his ministry, Jesus talked about love. People were meant to love each other, not just their family or friends but all people — even enemies. Real love means to be kind and helpful. Jesus loved all people and…

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September is drawing to a close as the evenings become noticeably cooler. I do love the autumn colors and the smells, although it is a tad different than it was down on grandpa’s farm.

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Good morning. Sunday is the 2019 Gold Star Mothers and Family Day. It is a day to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the United States military. This date was established back in 1936, and is designated as the last Sunday of September.

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Betty Hollabaugh passed away last Friday afternoon, Sept. 13. When she was young, she lived in the Ridgway house where Matt Burns and his wife live now, which is two houses down from my brother Chris.

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Good morning to all my readers, near and far. Friday is POW/MIA Recognition Day. And after all these years, remains of missing or lost soldiers are still being recovered, to be returned home to families and communities.

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“All the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man.” God told the Israelites they needed to unite, to work together if they wanted to defeat their enemy. People in sports know their team won’t win unless they work together for the good of all. That is the way it …

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If you will recall, I had mentioned to you about the night DJ at WTIV that called my poor old ‘53 Chevy “The Brown Blob.” He brought a lot of joy to the young people of the area for a while. His name was Bob MacDonald and he went by Bobby Mac on the radio. Well Bobby Mac just seemed to have …

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Back in the good old days when I was living at home with my parents, life seemed so simple. I loved our little home in Hydetown, and we had great neighbors. John Graham and his wife lived next door to us, and after supper every night during the week we had a little ritual. My mother would le…

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“For the laborer is worthy of his hire.” Jesus spoke those words to his apostles when he was getting them ready to go out and spread the Gospel. Talking to a crowd may not get them much attention, but when they went in and worked with the common man “as one of them,” they were more apt to be…