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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Located on the corner of Route 27 and Main Street, the Cozy Corner was a gas station and diner built by A.R. Thompson. The Cozy Corner was famous for their ice cream and homemade pies.

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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.