Juniata Valley Family

Grange Fair, a summer favorite

Since 1980, just over eight months after being born Meredith Michelle Miller, I have participated in an annual, family tradition and have literally never missed one occurrence: the Centre County Grange Fair. Not even in college, when freshmen orientation, then move-in weekends my sophomore, ...

Let’s go outside!

William rustles through trees and landscaping, pretending it’s a giant forest. I’ll be honest. If I never went outside again, I wouldn’t mind. That is not the case for my 3-year-old, William, who would live outside if he could. Thus, with warm weather and long days returning, I ...

Visitors Bureau welcomes spring with tours

LEWISTOWN — Take a selfie. Share a selfie. Capture the #juniatarivervalley for your selfie. The Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau is officially launching its newest special interest tours this spring, including Picture Perfect and Let’s Play. With the ever-growing popularity of ...

Keep your skin healthy this summer

The summer sun, sea, chlorinated water and insects in the environment can all have negative impacts on your skin’s health. Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy while enjoying all that nature has to offer this summer. “If your skin is exposed to the elements at the pool, the beach ...

Dinner on the deck with family

One of the things I have learned to love most about warm weather season is evening dinners on the deck. We have a glass table on our back deck with a blue umbrella. The girls love to hang out there and eat supper/dinner when my husband gets home. We generally head out there after 6 p.m. when ...

Sweet summertime

Ahh, the warm sunshine, the long days, the late-night campfires with s’mores and giggling kids. The trips to the beach where we enjoy a glimpse of another world, were life is carefree and morning alarms are silenced. One of the things I look forward to the most in summer is our trip to the ...

A day at the beach

The warm sand feels rolls under my feet as I run toward the big waves. I hear the ocean roaring like a lion wild and beautiful. The waves crash in front of me spraying salty water on my face and I giggle as daddy lifts me high above the next wave and spins me around. I feel the hot sun wrapping ...

Enjoy the great outdoors this summer

If you’re a nature lover, your idea of a great vacation might be camping in the wilderness rather than relaxing on the beach. Summertime is the perfect season for a family camping trip, but the great outdoors isn’t without its hazards. Follow these tips to keep yourself and your family ...

Doing the work ourselves made it ‘ours’

My husband and I knew we didn’t want to rent the half-a-duplex in which we were living after the end of our first year there. I paid the first year’s rent in full four months before we married and we were living on my husband’s income after we married, while I spent our first year ...

Rainy day activities for toddlers

It’s spring. It’s raining. You have at least one small child with “spring fever.” What do you do? Make a book Please note: This activity requires preparation. I keep these supplies on hand and wait for the right opportunity to present them. ————— Supplies: ¯A blank ...