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Buy local this holiday season. Grand Valley VFD is hosting their annual craft show tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an assortment of craft and gift vendors. Everything from pot holders to Christmas decorations will be on display. The kitchen will also be open and will serve burgers, hot dogs and fries.

Events to come

– November 28: Christmas photos will be taken at Grand Valley Methodist Church after church (around noon). The cost is a donation to benefit the church. Everyone is invited to come and have their picture taken. A digital copy of your photo will be emailed to you for your Christmas cards or gifts.

– December 4: Santa, S’mores and More at Frosty Jacks from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. The event will include a tour (gift for the kids) and a digital photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts and games with the elves, and a fire where you can roast your own s’mores! The restaurant will also be open with a full menu.

They will have their Sleigh of Hope Drive. You can put a toy or non-perishable food for less fortunate children in the bins near the sled. The lighting of their tree, followed by a community Christmas carol, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

– December 4: Tidioute Area VFD is organizing a craft exhibition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested sellers can contact Sheryl at (814) 688-3630.

– December 12: Christmas on horseback and HoHoHo night parade in Pleasantville at 2 p.m.

Groups / clubs

– Eldred Township meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Contact Eldred Township at (814) 436-7654 for more information.

– The meetings of the Canton du Sud-Ouest take place on the first Monday of each month. Contact the Township of South West at (814) 589-7551 for more information.

– The Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department is in need of paramedics and firefighters, as well as social members to help with working bees and fundraisers.

There are working bees on Tuesday evenings at 6 a.m.

Monthly meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

– The next Grand Valley Desperados reunion will be on December 6 at the Grand Valley Fire Hall at 6:30 PM. If anyone would like to learn more about the Desperados 4-H Club, contact leaders Sam Greer or Connie Tenney at (814) 827 -9462.

– Sanford Saddles and Spurs 4-H Club is having an upcoming fundraiser with their beef stick sale. All fundraisers help pay for the club’s trip to Frontier Town, which the club hopes to visit next summer. Details of this trip were discussed at their last meeting.

Anyone interested in joining the Sanford Saddles and Spurs 4-H Club can contact Executives Matt and Dianna Maille at (814) 436-7778.


Sebastian Becker and Hannah Allen welcomed the birth of their daughter, Audrey Charlotte Becker.

Audrey was born at 2:58 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at Saint-Vincent d’Érié Hospital.

At birth, she weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches tall.

The maternal grandmother is Angie Allen. The paternal grandparents are Bill & Stacey, of Grand Valley and Greg & Diana Becker.

Church News

Evergreen Charge Churches consist of Grand Valley UM, Sanford UM, and Enterprise UM. The live stream of the service will be posted to the Grand Valley United Methodist Facebook page on Sunday at 9 a.m.

– Sunday worship at Grand Valley United Methodist Church takes place at 11 a.m.

– Sunday service at Sanford United Methodist Church takes place at 10 a.m.

– Enterprise United Methodist meets at 9 a.m. for worship.

– Bible study takes place Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Enterprise Church. Everyone is welcome.

– YOUth Group is at the Grand Valley Rectory. Meetings take place every Sunday at 6 p.m. Grades 6 to 12 are all welcome to join in and bring a friend.

– The Sanford Kids Club meets every first and third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Sanford Church. Anyone aged 3 to 5 is welcome. New this year will be a Bible study for parents upstairs during club sessions. Contact Amanda Ongley at (814) 873-7483 for more information.

– If you know someone in need during this time, contact G&S Helping Hands or Pastor Penny Helmbold at (814) 436-7409 or [email protected]


I never heard of the term “boxty” until early this week. It’s basically a potato pancake. Since I make mashed potatoes pretty much every week, I’m already one step ahead of this recipe. It’s perfect for leftovers after Thanksgiving too.



– 1 ½ cup grated raw potatoes

– 1 cup of all-purpose flour

– 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes

– 1 egg

– 1 tablespoon of skimmed milk

– salt and pepper to taste

– ¼ cup of olive oil and pepper


Combine the grated potatoes with the flour in a large bowl. Stir in mashed potatoes until blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and skim milk; mix with the potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potato mixture, forming patties about 2 inches in diameter. Fry on both sides until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve hot.


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