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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Volunteer for the Millheim Sprint Triathlon



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Trillions are New to the Neighborhood


When you looked out your window today, were you – for one moment – terrified that it might actually be snowing?? All of those white wispy things gliding through the air looked awfully familiar, didn’t they? However, a second glance set things right and we all breathed a sigh of relief: they were just baby dandelions taking to the wind.


All day long, they glided past our window… trillions of recently independent dandelion seeds, looking for new real-estate.  Eventually each one found what they were looking for: a place to set down roots and begin a life of their own, a life familiar but entirely new.


(Here are several baby dandelions cozying down around a mature dandelion who appears to know the ropes. A home away from home. I call it “New to the Neighborhood”.)

Maybe this scene resembles your life right now – but with your own baby taking to the wind, independent for the first time. Here’s hoping that each and every Penns Valley grad’s travels are beautiful… and each destination a welcoming place to land.

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Making Memories with My Boy


For three weeks in a row, this boy asked when we would go on another date. Way back in December, I took him to the Dollar General for his Christmas shopping and out for ice-cream afterwards. It meant so much to him, that whenever we drive past Brody’s, he reminisces about the plastic sleds he bought his sisters and that delicious dish of vanilla ice-cream. Sitting in his five-point-harness carseat, he sounds like an old man recalling the good old days.

We finally found a free hour on the calendar when we could finish dinner and head out together. He wanted to push “repeat” and go to Brody’s again, but it was closed. So, we drove to Sheetz and shared a chocolate milkshake. (It was more like a 90-10 split in his favor, but I’ll survive.)

We kept ourselves occupied with a simple memory game…

IMG_20150422_185953You know this one: Memorize these items, close your eyes, and I’ll take one thing away. When you open your eyes, can you guess what is missing? I love this one. I got it right every time. :)

Of course, we played I-spy, and find the ABC’s. Then, when the conversation seemed a little wanting, a baseball game showed up on the television hanging from the ceiling. We watched the Cardinals open a great game against the Nationals. (Look at me knowing what I’m talking about.) Kai sat on my lap and we cheered the opening homer and talked about why one guy wore a helmet, and the other guy wore a face mask, and the other guy just wore a ball cap. (This stuff is fascinating to a 3-year-old!) After an inning or two, that milkshake was reduced to noisy slurps and an empty cup. We gathered our things and headed back home.

Years from now, I don’t know if my son will still be talking about those precious hours – a few here and there – when the two of us would hang out together talking about the things that are important at the time, but I’ll definitely be the old lady recalling the good old days with her boy.

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