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Thanksgiving is a bittersweet time of year. It was my Gramma’s favorite holiday. She passed two days before in 1992. With such a large family, Thanksgiving was a time of family, food and simply enjoying each others company. Everything was made from scratch. There was no need for anything fan…

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Grand Valley VFD’s annual turkey parties are always a good time. All the locals come out for food, drinks and to hopefully win a thing or two. The fire department had a successful turnout for last Saturday’s event.  Many went home with prizes ranging from guns to a block of cheese.

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The rain didn’t  stop the ghouls and goblins from riding Saturday night. Around 53 ATV enthusiasts from the area joined in on the annual Halloween ride in Grand Valley this past weekend.

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The Sanford Saddles & Spurs 4-H Club represented Warren County well at the District VIII 4-H Horse Show on Sept. 10 and 11. Club members participated in a variety of classes including contest, huntseat, beginner, miniature horse and draft horse classes. Many of them are advancing to the …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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This Sunday is Grand Valley VFD’s 45th Annual Spring Horse Show beginning at 9 a.m. The arena is located next to the old Pinecreek Sportsman’s Club on Goodwill Hill, Grand Valley. Classes include halter, pleasure, equitation and game with different age groups. The fire department will have a…

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Spring has sprung and with that comes grass that needs mowed and weeds that need pulled. The Grand Valley area is home to many cemeteries, some of which have been hurting for volunteers to maintain them or donate for their upkeep.

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Grand Valley VFD’s annual Spring Turkey Party is on tomorrow. Doors open at 6 p.m. and masks are required. Admission is free with the purchase of a gun ticket. There are also tickets for two different freezers full of meat and a wheelbarrow full of cheer. Drawings start at 6:30. Must be 18 y…

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Kid’s Club is back! They kicked off last night with an Easter party at Amanda Ongley’s house. The Sanford United Methodist Church’s Kid’s Club is open to all kids from 3 years old up to 5th grade. They meet every first and third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Sanford Church. New this year will…

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Last Sunday’s Grand Valley Horse Show had an amazing turnout. There were 97 riders present. Classes began at 9:30 a.m. and went well into the evening. Community members came together to help make this show happen. Sam Burns tilled up the ring, Tara Nason and her daughter, Nora, trimmed up th…

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The ring is ready and the weather looks promising for the Fall Family Fun Horse Show on Sunday. The event will take place at the Grand Valley Show Ring, next to the old Pinecreek Sportsman’s Club building on Goodwill Hill Road. The Grand Valley Desperados 4-H Club and the Grand Valley Volunt…

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Autumn is the  season for pumpkin spice and everything nice. The Sanford Saddles & Spurs took it upon themselves to spread some fall kindness. Club members painted and decorated 147 pumpkin plates to give to residents at the Rouse Home in Youngsville. Stephanie Drake, mother of 4-H membe…

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The farmers’ market stands are filling up with corn this week. For the Hasbrouck family, growing corn has been family tradition. Great-gramma Dolyne Hasbrouck began selling her and husband George’s sweet corn in 1979. Her son, Kim, took over in 1994. The Hasbroucks were good friends with the…

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On 76 Eldred Center Rd., Grand Valley, sits our local post office. We have had many postmasters throughout the years, including Charley Ongley, Bob Chambers and Robert Graham. The building was built in the early 1900s. A barber shop was later added on the side of the post office. On the oppo…

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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…