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Juniata Valley Family

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The autumn air is crisp with the aroma of fresh- brewed coffee and scrambled eggs. The neighboring Appalachian mountains reflect off the blue of the Juniata River; snuggling and guarding town with it’s vast beauty. As the sun peaks over buildings, open signs illuminate and Lewistown wakes ...

Small businesses can make a big impression

What makes small businesses special? When I think of this question, I immediately think of another question to ask. What made you like the small towns you have visited? Small businesses are the heart of small towns. They are some of the ones who bring the community together and create a safe ...

Why are small businesses essential in communities?

Even though small businesses are still the heart of the American economy, those scattered throughout our Juniata River Valley do so much more than just add to our local economy. They give us our own unique identity, providing character and charm. Think about where you take your friends and ...

Forward momentum creates buzz

When my wife and I opened East End Coffee Co. in May of 2017, we were told over and over again, “I don’t think it will go”, “Lewistown’s not ready for that,” “it will never last” — our very first customer on our first official day of business even told us that “people ...

Stay local for the ‘ultimate’ holiday experience

There really is no need to spend extra money on Christmas outings by going an hour away to have the “ultimate Christmas experience.” It’s right here in the Valley. Christmas shopping is expensive enough for a family with children (in our case, four girls!). We really do not go far at ...

Keep your children healthy this season

If your child has food allergies, safely celebrating Halloween extends far beyond ensuring that your trick-or-treaters are visible to passing motorists. The wrong treat may result in itchy hives and rashes, severe digestive issues and, in the worst cases, anaphylaxis. What should be a fun and ...

8 ways to improve your mental health

Do you ever feel anxious, a little sad, drained or stressed out? You aren’t alone. In fact, mental health issues affect everyone at some point in their life. The good news is, you can make some changes to help improve how you’re feeling. First things first, what is mental health? Mental ...

Reporter offers fall photography tips

I never claim to be a great photographer. I don’t even claim to BE A PHOTOGRAPHER! Often people think because of years at the newspaper I know what I am doing when I take photos. I do have a decent camera I use for my freelancing, and I enjoy taking photos for fun. A couple years ago one ...

For the love of small town America

Some things disappear because something much better takes its place and there is just no need for it anymore. For example, the first cell phones were about the size of a half-gallon of milk and cost nearly $4,000. Imagine carrying that thing around checking your emails and texting. ...

Picking perfect pumpkins with purpose

One of the first things that comes to mind when the autumn season is mentioned are pumpkins. Images of the large gourd can be found on decor, clothing, coffee cups and the label of limited edition products flavored with pumpkin or pumpkin spices as early as August. Then, when school begins and ...