Winter conditions didn’t stop the fish from biting | Great Valley


Last weekend started the fishing season for young anglers. Despite cold temperatures, snow and even hail in places, many mentor-youth duos still ventured out. Victoria Wright took her younger cousin, Annabelle, to Caldwell Creek to see what they could catch. Both succeeded! Annabelle brought home a beautiful 16 inch brown trout.

Tomorrow is opening day for trout season statewide. Grand Valley has some great fishing holes. Pine Creek and Caldwell Creek have stocking spots. Check the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission online for more information on licensing and seasonal regulations. Good luck anglers!

Events to come

— Every Friday until April 15: Pleasantville VFD Fish Dinner. Delivery is available within the limits of the borough or take-out only. Call (814) 589-7635 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on dinner day to order. Delivery and pick-up will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pickup is at the rear window near the kitchen.

– Tomorrow, March 26: Garland Ridge Runners Muzzleloader Club is hosting a raffle dinner at Garland VFD. Doors open at noon and a free chicken and cookie dinner is available at 1 p.m. Raffles begin at 1:30 p.m. and include a silent auction, 50/50, and baskets. If you are interested in tickets prior to the event, call or text Bonnie Curry at (814) 688-4021.

— April 7: Sanford Church Easter Egg Hunt, Coloring Contest, Easter Bunny, Sedar Sampling and Prizes. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. during the Kids Club.

— April 16: Easter Egg Hunt at Grand Valley Church at 11 a.m. There will be a craft, story, egg hunt and dinner. The event is free and open to the public.

— April 16: Grand Valley spring raffle. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the draw begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now available.

— April 17: Easter Sunrise service at Wesley Woods. The service will be held in the chapel at 6:30 a.m., followed by a complimentary breakfast in the McKnight Dining Room immediately after. Email them to let them know you’re coming so they can prepare enough food. [email protected]

— May 7: Mom 2 Mom sale at the Pleasantville VFD from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— May 14: Grand Valley VFD Reverse Raffle.

— May 14: Tidioute community garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— May 22: Grand Valley Spring Horse Show.

— May 28: Tidioute Car Show 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Registration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

— June 5: Grand Valley 12 & Under Horse Show.

— September 17: Cashette, a girls’ night out! Cash bash, raffle, dinner and drinks…more to come

— September 25: Fall Fun Horse Show.

— October 15: Fall Turkey Party at Grand Valley VFD.

– October 22: Pleasantville VFD Gun Bash.


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

— Meetings of the Canton du Sud-Ouest take place on the first Monday of each month. Contact the Canton du Sud-Ouest at (814) 589-7551 for more information.

— The Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department needs paramedics and firefighters, as well as social members to help with chores and fundraising.

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

Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

“The annual meeting of the Sanford Cemetery Association is tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at 945 Sanford Road.

— The next meeting of the Desperados of Grand Valley will be held on April 11 at the Grand Valley Fire Station. They plan to schedule a clinic in the spring and do something special for the 100th anniversary of the Spartansburg Fair in September. Dustin Rose’s family will host Club Roundup in late June. A lunch and hike will take place after all animals and limbs have been judged.

If anyone would like to learn more about the Desperados 4-H club, contact leaders Sam Greer or Connie Tenney at (814) 827-9462.

– The next Sanford Saddles & Spurs meeting is April 10 at the Warren County Fair Grounds 4-H Center. Members will soon be selling stromboli and pies to help pay for their trip to Frontier Town in July.

If anyone is interested in joining the Sanford Saddles and Spurs 4-H Club, please contact leaders Matt and Dianna Maille at (814) 436-7778.

Church News

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

— This year’s Church Women’s Dinner will be held at Coal Oil Johnny’s on May 12. Dinner is at 5 p.m. in the downstairs room. The choices for the banquet menu that have been mentioned are Swiss Steak, Stuffed Pork Chop or Roast Turkey. The choice should be narrowed down to two selections. There is a sign up sheet at the church or email Anne Logan at [email protected] your reservation and choice. Meals come with potato, salad, vegetable, bread and dessert. They will try to collect the cost before the date to avoid multiple dinner bills. There is also a children’s menu. Family and friends are welcome.

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

– Sanford United Methodist Church Sunday worship is at 10 a.m.

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

— Bible study is on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Church. All are welcome.

— YOUth Group is at the rectory in Grand Valley. Meetings are held every Sunday at 6 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 are all welcome to join in and bring a friend.

– The Sanford Kid’s Club meets every first and third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Sanford Church. Anyone ages 3-5 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 of anyone in need during this time, contact G&S Helping Hands or Pastor Penny Helmbold at (814) 436-7409 or [email protected]


There are not enough recipes with chickpeas. Most of them are hummus or mixed with a mixture of other beans. Chickpeas are the star of this crispy roasted salad with seasonings.

Roasted Chickpea Salad


— 6 packaged cups of green vegetables of your choice

— 1 large avocado, sliced ​​and sprinkled with fresh lemon juice

— 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

— 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil

— 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

— 1/3 cup pitted olives

— 1/3 cup crumbled Feta cheese

— 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped

— 2 cans (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed well, let air dry slightly

— 2 teaspoons of chilli powder

— 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

— 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

— 1 teaspoon of garlic salt

— 1/4 teaspoon of pepper


— 1 large fresh lemon, squeezed

— 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

– 1 teaspoon dried oregano

— 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

– salt and pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, flat-sided baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the chickpeas to the platter and sprinkle with chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic salt and pepper.

Drizzle with oil and mix well to coat well.

Arrange the chickpeas in a single layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and crispy, stirring once or twice during cooking.

Meanwhile, in a small jar, add all the dressing ingredients and shake vigorously, or whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

Put aside.

Place your choice of favorite greens in a large bowl and top well with crispy chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, onions, avocado, olives, feta and hard-boiled eggs; or divide the ingredients evenly between 4 separate serving bowls.

Drizzle with homemade vinaigrette and enjoy!


Amanda Thompson (April 3)

Laurie Pierce-Santillanes (April 4)

Christina Rhodes (April 4)


Amber and TC Wright

(April 1)

To note

Garage sale season is approaching and the Grand Valley/Sanford area has not had a community garage sale in a few years. I would like to organize sales days for spring/early summer. Spaces could also be rented at the fire station if you live out of town. Contact me if you would be interested in having a sale.

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All are welcome to contribute to local events, club news, seasonal activities, reunions, births, weddings, get-togethers, family recipes and any other Grand Valley event.

Alissa Savitz can be contacted at [email protected]


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