Juniata Valley Family

Calendar of Events

¯Car wash and bake sale — 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 25, at Advance Auto Parts, Lewistown. Event benefits level four and five students at Margaret McCann School of Dance’s trip to New York City to take dance classes. ¯Youth cornhole tournament — beginning at 10 a.m., Aug. 25, Centre Union ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...