You DO know it’s open, right??

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Just 12 hours old, Sheetz is now open for business! They’re offering free fresh brewed coffee for a limited time, so stop in for your cup.

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We told them we’d be there with bells on, so we brought our jingle bells and snapped this photo. (Don’t know why the girls didn’t want to ring the bells in the store. Too cool? Or maybe it’s just that I don’t pay them enough. Oh, well. At least they went along with my spontaneous idea to jump out of bed and visit Sheetz on its first official day in the neighborhood.)

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Unlike the other chill, sophisticated camo-clad Penns Valley people stopping in for gas and a sandwich, we felt like we were in a new and mysterious world and we couldn’t hide our wonder.

(Like we haven’t been in a Sheetz before?)

But this one was just so… clean. And spacious. And new. We kinda went Alice-in-Wonderlandish. Just a tad.

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Enjoying our first f’real milkshake. Mint Chocolate Chip, of course.

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Ooo…the soda cave. Don’t tell me you don’t want to duck inside for a minute…

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Discovering a little stash of personal-size gourmet cheeses like fresh mozzerella balls and wedges of brie. Wonders!

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GoPennsValley.com… one of the first official posters to be propped on this table. Ever.

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So, now it’s your turn: find something wonderful at our Sheetz! What’s your favorite thing about our new neighbor?

 

 Enjoy your home,

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What’s up this weekend: 12/19 – 12/21

It’s another special weekend in the Valley. One of my favorite calendar items is Grace UCC’s Christmas By the Creek on December 21st, from 2 – 4 p.m.

“Take a break from the holiday frenzy and spend a few minutes or an hour by beautiful Penns Creek in Spring Mills. Grace United Church of Christ will open its doors for all with outdoor live nativity, caroling, children’s stories, snacks, warm drinks, and displays of nativity scenes throughout the church. Bring the children to pet the sheep or spend a quiet moment in the sanctuary.”

What a beautiful invitation!

The Green Drake also invites you to Fourth Friday Poetry. Here’s their card:

10857805_831947083515878_609002527207039043_nVisit our Community Calendar to discover what else is going on this weekend.

As always…

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What You Can Expect in 2015


New Year 2015Over the past few weeks, our readership has grown by leaps and bounds. Hundreds of Penns Valley families read our website every week. We couldn’t be more excited. If you’re new here, we want to say “hello!” and let you know how happy we are to offer a top-quality online source of information to the Valley.

What can you expect from us in the New Year?

* A “Penns Valley Bucket List” button that will be your go-to source of what-to-do in the Valley. We’ll provide links and information for everything from “The Centre Hall Horse Auction” to “The Grange Fair”. From “Best Whoopie Pies” to “Best Cup of Coffee”.

We believe it’s important to discover and enjoy the treasures of the Valley.

If you have a suggestion for the Bucket List, please let us know. Add a comment or email info(at)gopennsvalley(dot)com. The Bucket List will be a popular page for folks who are coming from out-of-town and we don’t want to miss a thing!

* An active Business Directory so that everyone can have a reliable online presence. When someone googles “barbers in Penns Valley” or “farm machinery in Penns Valley” or “wedding cakes in Penns Valley”, we want them to find your business.

By the way, is your business included in the directory yet? If not, this is a great time to add it! Click here to begin.

* Relevant and helpful email updates: When you subscribe to the website, we’ll compile all of the useful GoPennsValley.com posts into one or two emails each week to keep you updated in a timely fashion without clogging your inbox. We want you to smile when you see an email from us. :)

You can subscribe for emails in the righthand margin.

* Effective and affordable advertising: We offer our sidebars, posts, and margins to advertise for you. Check out our advertising opportunities and secure your spot on our ever-growing website. Remember, folks see your ad every time they visit our site!

* GoPennsValley.com all over town: Our business goal is to get our name out there and continue to increase our readership this year. Our haywagon billboard will be up in January. (Honk if you love GoPennsValley.com!), and we’ll be working hard to let people know about our great online resources.

Our best source of advertising, though, is YOU. When you see something here that you like, would you be so kind to pass it along on facebook or twitter? Or maybe in the hallway at school, across the pew at church, over the phone, or when you’re sipping a beer with a friend at The Elk Creek Cafe?

Here’s to a hard-working, profitable GoPennsValley.com year! And here’s to your best year yet!

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Our Tree-Topper from Primitive Country Crafts


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If we hadn’t done the 12 Days of Christmas: Buying Local Shopping Guide, I never would have known about Primitive Country Crafts, a new business opened by Erin Barto of Aaronsburg. She contacted me asking if I had an extra spot in our annual line-up. Sometimes, you just have to ask. I’m so glad I said, “Yes!”

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I browsed through her beautiful hand-crafted items online and told her I loved her stars. Our tree-topper was a topply little star whose lights had long-since burnt out. When I stopped by her shop the other day, I was delighted to purchase this beautiful big star for our tree. I secured it with some wire and stood back to admire it.

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It’s just what I had imagined. (And I’ll be decorating with this beauty throughout the year… propping it up on the mantle, hanging it on the lonely nail by the stairway…) I love that it’s made with care by another woman in town who is caring for children and trying to develop her craft when she can spare a few moments here and there. I feel the camaraderie. It’s inspiring.

Over the next few years, I’d love to keep developing the country-look by adding some red Christmas balls of different sizes, made out of fabric or yarn. So, if you see any while you’re out-and-about, let me know?

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For now, here’s our delightful Tannenbaum’s Tree with a Primitive Country Crafts star.

So merry!

 Enjoy your home,

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Announcing the Winner of the Give-away!

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It’s a great day to celebrate!

We worked so hard on the “12 Days of Christmas: Buying Local Shopping Guide” and hope you got lots of great ideas for your holiday shopping. We loved hearing from you about how excited you are to join us in supporting local businesses.

And TODAY’S the day, we get to announce the winner of the $250 give-away!

But first, we must thank all of the generous local businesses who participated in this year’s give-away. Be sure to give them some love by supporting their store and/ or liking their FB page: E & L Supplies, The IngleBean, Penns Valley Pharmacy, Primitive Country Crafts, Blueberry Hill Academy Fitness, Baskets by BJ (814-364-2479 or basketsbybj9(at)yahoo(dot)com), Pampered Chef, Krissy Norton’s Thirty-One, Snappy’s, and Sheetz.

And now… the winner of the $250 Give-away is: Tammy Moore!
(Congratulations, Tammy! I’ll email you soon.)

Thank you to each and every one of you who entered the contest. In doing so, you promoted a bunch of fantastic local businesses – including GoPennsValley.com. We’re very grateful.

(photo credit)

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Who won the giant give-away??

The contest ended at midnight last night and Rafflecopter picked a random winner… Be sure to check back on Monday for the big reveal!

In the meantime, visit this year’s highlighted businesses, show a little love, and enjoy your weekend!

E & L Supplies

Penns Valley Pharmacy

Rebersburg Pampered Chef

Sweet Scoops

Community Outreach Center Thrift Shop

Primitive Country Crafts

Macneal Orchard and Sugarbush

 Enjoy your home,

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This Jolly Weekend: Craft Show and More!

Remember to check the Community Calendar for the goings-on this weekend. Here’s something we’re looking forward to:

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Macneal Orchard: 12 Days of Christmas: Buying Local Shopping Guide

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For our final day of this year’s Buying Local Shopping Guide, we are honored to highlight a very special family business: Macneal Orchard and Sugarbush.

If you have kiddos in the Penns Valley School District, they are part-Macneal. Why? Because Macneal Orchard and Sugarbush provides the apples for all of the schools in the district: all grown with local TLC. Isn’t that so great to hear?

Theirs is a labor of love: the whole family works so hard all year to bring Penns Valley wonderful apple products and maple syrup.

This holiday season, buy your Yellow Delicious and Empire Apples from Macneal Orchard. Tie a bow on a bag and give them to a neighbor. Bake them up in Roxanne Macneal’s delicious Apple Crisp Recipe and invite some friends to join you at the table.

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Macneal’s also sells their Sugerbush Maple Syrup in attractive plastic or glass bottles. ($7.00 for half pint, $9.00/ 12 ounces, $11.00/pint, $20.00/ quart, $35.00/half gallon, $65.00/gallon.) We only ever use pure maple syrup because it’s the real thing… straight from Mother Nature with no artificial anything.  Aunt Jemima has nothing on this liquid gold! A bottle of this tucked in a stocking or dressed up with a bow would be a sweet gift indeed.

You’ll love their delicious Apple Cider for $6.00 a gallon and $3.50 a half gallon. 

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New to their menu this year, is Apple Butter, for $8.00/pint. Look at that pristine ingredient list!

Once you’ve chosen your goodies, simply call Roxanne to place your order and schedule a pick-up: 814-349-4406.

You can also find Macneal Orchard and Sugerbush products at the following local businesses:

Burkholders – cider

Meyer Dairy- cider and maple syrup

Tait Farms- cider and maple syrup

The Granary – maple syrup

Way Fruit Farm – maple syrup

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Roxanne’s Homemade Apple Crisp

Heat oven to 375.

Grease 9×13 baking dish.

Peel and cut 8 apples (variety) put in pan.

Mix together: 1 1/3 cup brown sugar,

1 cup flour,

1 cup oats,

2/3 cup of butter,

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon,

1 1/2 tsp nutmeg.

Sprinkle mix on top of apples.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Roxanne says they throw this in the oven while they eat supper, get it out, and eat it warm with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Enjoy your home,

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We got the scoop on Sheetz…

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Primitive Country Crafts: 12 Days of Christmas Buying Local Shopping Guide

(Enter our fantastic give-away worth over $275, including a gift basket from Primitive Country Crafts! Click here to begin.)

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When we moved out to the Valley, I had no idea how quickly I would fall in love with the whole “primitive/ Americana/country decor thing. But I’ve discovered that the country look has a special way of making a home… homier. Don’t you think so? That’s why I think you’ll love Primitive Country Crafts at 220 W. Aaron Square, Aaronsburg.

Owner and artist Erin Barto, the president of Aaronsburg’s active Civics Club, hand crafts 90% of her charming items. She sells everything from candles to lath items, from plates to custom items. Erin has been in business for 2 years and just started selling online in December of 2013. She opened the store in July of 2014. Congratulations, Erin: Your art is warming up homes all over the Valley! (Did you know, Erin’s interest in crafting was sparked years ago in 4-H?)

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December Store Hours: (Or call for an appointment: 814-380-4599)

MONDAY – 1PM-6PM

TUESDAY -1PM-6PM

THURSDAYS – 1PM-6PM

Weekend Craft Show Events are listed on the Primitive Country Crafts FB Page.

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Can’t make it out to the store? That’s okay! Visit the Primitive Country Crafts facebook page and keep your eye on her weekly online auctions.

The online auctions are simple and convenient: you can stay in your jammies and buy from home! Or, do some shopping during your lunch break at work.

Here’s how the online auction works: Primitive Country Crafts posts photos of items for sale at a starting price. Bid on the items in the comments. The final and highest bid at the auction’s closing time wins the item! Primitive Country Crafts will then send an invoice through PayPal. The buyer pays, then the item is shipped or picked up. It’s that easy!

So, give Erin a call (814-380-4599), stop by her Aaronsburg shop, or visit (and like!) her Facebook page today. She’ll fix you up with something to make your home cozier than ever.

Enjoy your home,

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