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Foster Grandparent Program connects seniors with children

The Foster Grandparent Program may be the perfect fit for you. FGP is for men and women ages 55 and older who volunteer to spend time with children while earning an hourly stipend. Volunteers are assigned to classrooms at schools, Head Start programs or alternative education programs. There ...

Here to help

The end of summer is here, and it is time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. For many families, it’s an exciting time — new teachers, new experiences and new friends. For some, it’s a time of concern. As parents, we all want our children to do well in school. For some, ...

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More practice makes better performance

So your daughter or son wants to play or plays a musical instrument and they ask, “Why is it important to practice?” My students ask this question a lot, and there are many answers. “Because I told you to practice” is not one of their favorites! Many times when I am asked this ...

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Use sign language to communicate with baby

One of the hallmarks of parenting is the difficult transition from inside the womb to the big, confusing outside world. Parents and their little ones struggle to be heard, to be understood and to communicate with one another. Voice recognition begins as early as inside the womb, proven ...

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Expectation vs. reality: The first six months

I had my first baby, William, last June, and none of the expectations I had for motherhood have been accurate. I did research leading up to birth so I could be prepared for my baby based on what seasoned mothers posted on the internet, and have found quite a few differences between their ...

Make a ‘BIG’ difference

*What is Big Brothers Big Sisters? For more than 25 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juniata Valley has operated under the belief that, inherent in every child, is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“BIGs”) and ...

Photo by Tabitha Goodling
A recent photo of the Goodling triplets posing in new clothing from a shopping trip: Lily dressed in a “comfy” sweater; Hope in her signature blue, and Melinda showing off the bling of accessories (bracelet, necklace) and her new blouse.

Navigating the world of fashion … times three

Raising a 9-year-old girl in today’s world of “fashion” can be overwhelming. It was only two years ago I wrote a column for this spring edition about my oldest becoming a tween. She is now about to be 12. And those triplets of mine are on the verge of tweendom. This fall they will be ...

JV Family photo by BUFFIE BOYER
Evolution Arts Center has found its permanent home at the former Napa store building at 121 Valley St. in Lewistown. With more than 12,000 square feet of space, owner Julie Ufema has her sleeves rolled up and is working away at transforming the former auto parts store into the arts center of her dreams. She said she has had plenty of volunteer help along the way.

Art center emerges from ‘the old blue Napa building’

LEWISTOWN — At a time when do-it-yourself projects are becoming more and more popular, one local resident has committed herself to one of the largest DIYs in downtown Lewistown. Julie Ufema is making an art center out of an old auto parts store. Ufema recently purchased the former Napa ...

Spring calendar of events

Editor’s note: Juniata Valley Family offers non-profit and other community organizations an opportunity to promote upcoming events for free in this events planner. Submit items for the May edition by May 1 via email, jcahill@lewistownsentinel.com; voicemail, 248-6741 ext. 117; online, ...