Get exercising for our very own Triathlon!


This has become quite the event! Grab some friends and sign up today. If you know a teen, encourage him or her to give this a try! It’s great exercise and tons of fun.

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Get excited for Millheim’s annual Mayfly Festival!


Visit the Mayfly Facebook page for all the info…

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Penns Valley Wildflowers


I saw these wildflowers on my morning walk and couldn’t help but pause to take a few photographs. Snap a photo of something beautiful today! This day will have a beauty all its own.



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What’s up this weekend: 5/22-5/24


(The children crowd around to see the tadpoles…)

Enjoy nature this weekend! Head to Muddy Paws Marsh for their 5th Annual Frog Days. This is one our family’s favorite events in the Valley. Hands-on and interesting. Meet people who know more about wildlife than TV does.



Visit the Community Calendar each week to discover Penns Valley’s treasures! Don’t miss out.

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Today is Customer Appreciation Day at Burk’s: Free Ice Cream!



Tess is at Burkholder’s Country Market all day for Customer Appreciation Day. Stop by for some free ice cream samples and other fantastic food and gifts and discounts.

Thanks, Burk’s!

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Order your blueberries today!


Don’t forget to call Donna (814.349.5940) or Jim (814.571.2296) to order your 10 lb. boxes of blueberries. They’re “summer in a box”. I called today. (Though we’ll enjoy the by the handful when they first arrive, I hope to freeze several quart-size bags for winter smoothies, muffins, and an occasional blueberry crisp.)

$27 for a 10 lb. box.  This is a great fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Penns Valley, as they raise money to support and help our children.

You have until June 12th to place your order. Then, plan to pick up your order on June 25th from 3 – 6 p.m. at the American Legion in Centre Hall.


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Centre Hall Elementary School Carnival: Sweet!


After our 4th grader played in the band concert, our kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the Centre Hall Elementary School carnival. Every year, the PTG chooses a theme – this year’s was Candy Land – and each class designs a game for the carnival. It was adorable! My favorite part was that each station was run by a volunteer high school student. I love when “big kids” jump in and help the little ones. There’s just something special about that.

Keep this annual event on your radar for next year. It’s definitely a fun and affordable evening out for kiddos. :)
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(The girls said that this was the go-to game with lots of bang for your buck.)

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(Counting up their hard-earned Ram Bucks…)

DSC_0515Choosing prizes, prizes, prizes!

Thanks for such a fun night, Centre Hall PTG and volunteers. The 2015 Spring Carnival was a sweet event.


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What’s Up This Weekend: 5/15 – 5/17



There is always something interesting going on in Millheim. This weekend, it’s a record bazaar. Stop by the Bremen Town Ballroom for records, stereo equipment, live DJ, food, and local fun.

Visit the Community Calendar for all of the other on-goings this weekend!

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Spring Mills Reads: Unbroken

If you’ve read Unbroken, plan to share your thoughts – and learn from others – on May 19th from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Grace UCC in Spring Mills. What a fun and interesting way to connect with other community members.


A community quarterly book group discussion organized by Grace UCC in Spring Mills—All are Welcome!


by Laura Hillenbrand

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

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(Copies of this book can be found at the East Penns Valley Library in Millheim and the OGS Lending Library in Spring Mills.)

Contact: Shana Tritsch for further information if needed ([email protected])

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It’s Coming to a Yarn Shop Near Us: World Wide Knit in Public Day!


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