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Juniata Valley Family

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 ...

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 ...