Pretty Natural Easter Eggs: Part 1


You probably think I was crazy to say, “Hey kids, let’s laugh in the face of conventional egg dyes! Those simple little tablets are far too easy! And far too non-messy! Instead, let’s make natural egg dye the week after welcoming a new baby into our home! It’ll be great!”


You’re right: I probably am crazy. But it’s really nothing new (the craziness, that is). And in my defense, this is a pretty simple project and everything is going my way.

Check it out:

* the recipe arrived for free in our mailbox  (Well, mostly free. Somehow, we get a few free issues of Parents magazine whenever we have a new baby. That is not why we keep having kids. I promise.)

* the handful of onions that remained in our cold cellar are soft and should be tossed, but their peels will be just the thing for a nice, orange dye.

* someone delivered a salad the other night with bags and bags of accessories, including lots of chopped cabbage, which will make a pretty blue dye.

* AND, five years ago my mom cleaned out her spice cabinet and gave me a container of Tumeric, which has been tucked back in the dark corners of my spice cabinet. Until this week, I had no idea what to do with Tumeric. As it turns out, you make yellow egg dye from it! Wa-la.


So, all we need now is for Ryan to come home with a dozen white eggs (our chickens lay brown) and a handful of beets (for the pink dye) and we’ll be on our way to something beautiful.

Stay tuned for photos of the lovely eggs themselves…

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Friday at Weaver’s Store: Get Ready to Grill!


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Penns Valley Population: +1


We are delighted to welcome a baby girl into our family!

She is a true gift and we can’t kiss her enough. While we hunker down and enjoy her first days, we won’t be online much. (You could’ve guessed that, huh?)

BUT… the Community Calendar will continue to burst with fun for you and your family. Be sure to check it out often and continue to add your own events as the Valley comes alive this Spring! (You’ve been doing such a great job at adding your own events. Isn’t it a cinch?)

Once we establish a new rhythm, we’ll be back to share regular posts about all-things-Penns-Valley.

Until then…

Enjoy your home,

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Final Curtain Call: PVHS Senior Drama Students Perform!


Penns Valley Area Advanced Senior High Drama class and Director Susan Shirey will perform John Cariani’s Almost, Maine on April 12th   in the Penns Valley Area High School auditorium.

Doors open at 7:30 PM and admission is free.

Almost, Maine is a warm-hearted play with both humor and tragedy. The play consists of a medley of skits that captures lives of people living in a small town in Maine. Scenes range from heartbreak and shattered dreams to discovering new love and discovering who you are.

A talented cast takes the stage hoping to wow audiences with their realistic portrayal of their characters.

The cast includes: Makayla Dreibelbis as Ginette, Felix Schaefer as Pete, Angelica Emel as Glory, Devin Bolyes as Easton, Taylor Smith as Sandrine, Gino Nicosia as Jimmy, Laureta Fazliu as Marvayln, Hayden Smith as Steve, Tetiana Poliakova as Gayle, Stephen Gover as Lendell, Angelo Nicosia as Randy, Gabe Gensimore as Chad, Kristie Dobell as Marci, Haven Tucker as Phil and Danny, Ayla Olsen-Zelman as Hope, Eliza Gretok as Rhonda and Danny Kozar as Dave.

Come and join us for a night of laughs and tears as we send off both our seniors and Director Susan Shirey in their last full length performance.

We would love to see you there!

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Spring Craft Fair and Annual Egg Hunt!

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Win a Vera: Support PVHS Girls Basketball

Basketball-generic3Looking for a chance to win a fantastic spring purse and support our local athletes at the same time? This is it!

PVHS Girls Basketball Vera Bradley/ Coach BINGO

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Win big! Enjoy 15 games of bingo for Vera Bradley/ Coach items. Or, maybe you’ll win a raffle drawing or a 50/50 drawing!

Enjoy refreshments AND support the area’s favorite girls basketball team!

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Contact 814-574-1264 for more information.


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Thursday: Support Penns Valley Youth

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Join us on Thursday, April 3rd at the Old Gregg School Community Center for an opportunity to help the Penns Valley Youth Center continue to provide hope, worth and friendship to teenagers and their families in our community.

What you can expect:

Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:45 p.m.

Bid for a treasure at the Silent & Live Auction.

Dinner will be catered by Hoag’s Catering and served at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll tell you all about the Youth Center and then we’ll all sit back and enjoy our Special Guest Speaker.

There will be an opportunity to financially partner with the Penns Valley Youth Center at the conclusion of the event. All gifts will be tax-deductible.

Contact: (814)422-3345 or email [email protected] for tickets.

We look forward to building a strong community, together!

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What’s Up This Week: 3/31 – 4/5


My mom always says, “Never stop learning.” Well, she’ll be happy to know that the Valley is packed with educational goodies this week, enriching folks of all ages!

Check out this amazing assortment:

Baby Explorers, ages 6 months – 2 years old, will be learning science through movements and books at The Discovery Space. (Remember to reserve your free pass through Centre Hall Library!)

Pre-schoolers can play, listen to a book, and do an activity with the Preschool Co-op that meets at Old Gregg School.

Elementary School Students will be learning about rain, lightening, thunderstorms and tornadoes at the Library’s after-school science club, Fizz Bang Eureka!

6th – 12th grade homeschool students will be learning about “Fast Money” at Centre Hall Library’s Homeschool Tuesday’s.

Adults will get a crash-course in technology at Burkholder’s Market on Thursday: free one-on-one help with your e-readers, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras and other gadgets.

And on Saturday, the whole community can learn basic survival skills (think: shelter, water, fire, food) with Keepers of the Earth.

So, get your thinking caps on and enjoy these fantastic opportunities to learn something new.

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There’s Gold in March, Too.


September is full of gold.

The fields of corn, hay, and soy, swaying with height and pride.

Full of fruit, just waiting for the baler or grain bin.

A job well done.

We pull our cars over and snap photos of the harvest wealth: a farmer’s reward.

But March is full of its own gold.

The fields not knowing what the year will hold, awaking from sleep.

Full of potential, just waiting for the plow.

A job to be done.

We pull our cars over and snap photos of the often-uncelebrated wealth: a farmer’s work.

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Birders: don’t miss tonight’s speaker, Ornithologist Alex Lamoreaux


Penns Valley Conservation Association welcomes ornithologist Alex Lamoreaux as the guest speaker at our 2014 Spring Meeting. Alex’s talk is entitled, “Birding Hot Spots, Habitats, and Spring Migration in Centre County.”

Join us from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Old Gregg School.

Dessert potluck to follow presentation!


Centre County: Pink-footed Geese among Canada Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Alex Lamoreaux is a student of Wildlife Biology at Penn State and has also done field work across the country on a variety of bird studies. His most recent work was with the Center for Conservation Biology, studying migrant Whimbrel and other coastal birds of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In addition, Alex has had the opportunity to travel to Central America and Southern Africa in search of birds. Raptors, shorebirds and warblers are among his favorite groups of birds to observe and photograph.

Look for Alex’s photos and blog entries on the popular birding website, Nemesis Bird. The website includes collaborative writing, incredible photographs, and mapping. A currently featured topic is the Snowy Owl invasion of the mid-Atlantic and Pennsylvania—don’t miss it!

To discover the Valley’s weekend events, be sure to visit our free Community Calendar.

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