Writer Bio’s

Joanne Wills

Joanne Wills

Joanne Wills

JoAnn Wills is a lifetime learner, student of life, and entrepreneurial spirit.  As a traditional learner, JoAnn has a strong background in Business and has earned an MBA in addition to Bachelor and Associate degrees in Business Administration with specializations in Leadership, Marketing, and Management.  As an entrepreneurial spirit, she has owned/operated a healing arts studio as a licensed massage therapist.  As a student of life, she seeks to reach her fullest potential in life through personal development and empowerment.  JoAnn enjoys writing, learning, reading, and assisting others on their journey towards reaching their fullest potential.  You may contact JoAnn via the following options: The Valley Newspaper contact information; oasisofcontentment@hotmail.com; or by visiting her blog http://abundantliving-joann.blogspot.com.

 Rebecca Harrop

Rebecca Harrop

Rebecca Harrop

I’m Rebecca Harrop. I was born July 1991. I live in Siglerville PA. I graduated from Indian Valley High School in 2009. I have been involved in the Dairy Princess Promotion sine I was 5 and served as the Mifflin County Dairy Princess in 2010-2011. Other activities have included 4-H where I was in the Lamb, Dairy Feeder, Pig, Beef, and Jr. Leaders clubs. I attended the Mifflin Juniata Career and Technology Center and was involved in FFA, serving as President in 2008-2009. I work on my faimly farm full time. My job is taking care of the calves and other odd jobs as needed.

From a very young age I knew I wanted to work full time on my family’s farm. I love working with animals and being outdoors. I also love to read. I mostly read historical fiction and american history. Recently I have become interested in the Harrop family history, and have been doing some research. I first became interested when I was writing my Dairy Princess speech on how the family got involved in the dairy industry. I plan to go to Europe and visit the places where the Harrop’s came from. I’m hoping to go to Ireland next year with my sister. I would also like to go to Swansea, Wales and Bristol, England because that’s where the Harrop’s came from.
You can contact me at reharrop@gmail.com

 

 Carleen Grossman

Carleen Grossman

Carleen Grossman

Carleen was born and raised in the state of Wyoming.
Her grandfather was a rancher in the Hole In The Wall
valley area of that state. Carleen and her husband lived
for 36 years in Maryland and in 2009 they chose Pennsylvania
for their retirement.

While living in Maryland, she taught for 34 years at
Howard Community College in the English & World Languages
department. Reading and writing book reviews are some of
Carleen’s favorite things to do.

Her Valley book review  column, MAIL POUCH BOOKS
is named after the famous Pony Express riders
whose precious mail cargo was delivered in special
mail pouches.  Carleen views her book reviews as
“special treasures” she wishes to deliver to the readers.
See August 20th, 2011 issue of THE VALLEY newspaper (p. 22)
for further explanation on the Mail Pouch Books column.
cgrossman@howardcc.edu

 

 Dr. Joe Kauffman

Dr. Joe Kauffman

Dr. Joe Kauffman

On January 1 2005, I accomplished one of my dreams of owning my own chiropractic office by purchasing an already well-established office from Dr. Daniel Hummel, who was my first chiropractor. Dr. Hummel was looking to slow down and I was looking to build up. Seven years and over 35,000 adjustments later, I am continuing to live my dream of helping as many people as possible through chiropractic care. Our office motto is that The Power that made the body heals the body! God gave us all the ability to heal ourselves; chiropractic assists the body in this healing process. When the body is able to function at 100%, the healing process occurs more easily.

Kauffman-Hummel Chiropractic is located at 247 East Third Street Lewistown, PA and       Kauffman Chiropractic Clinic is located at 3962 West Main Street Belleville, PA

Dr. Joseph Kauffman resides in McVeytown with his wife Colette and twins, Emma & Ian.

Joe can be reached at  drjosephkauffman@comcast.net and website www.assistinginnate.com

Ed Forsythe Jr.

Ed Forsythe Jr.I’ve been involved with toy trains since I got my first one for Christmas 1952. I’ve been doing repairs and service since my high school days and finally got to open a repair shop in 1998. Eventually I expanded into sales of pre-owned  items and then went into new products. I retired from the Dept. of Corrections at Camp Hill, Pa. in 2008 and took my part-time business full time. I’ve been involved with the Mifflin County Model Railroading Club since 1998. We’re a club that has “HO”, “O” & “G” gauge train layouts in Lewistown, Pa. I’m also a member of the Train Collectors Association located in Strasburg, Pa. Besides running my business at my shop’s location I regularly travel to train shows around the central Pa. area displaying and selling items. Also, in the Mifflin County area you can see me at community events like Kid Connection held each year the last Saturday of April, Riverfest held the first Saturday in July at Victory Park in downtown Lewistown, Burnham Community Days held the first Saturday in September, Christmas in the Park held in November and at the Shining Light Through the Darkness event at the Derry Township Park for the month of December. At these events I set up a train layout and run trains for people to enjoy. Kids of all ages seem to become mesmerized by them. In January of 2012, I began writing the railroading articles for “The Valley Newspaper” as a hobby. Any inquiries or questions can be directed at me using my email.  ed@edstrainstore.com

Forest Fisher

Forest Fisher’s work with the Mifflin County Historical Society began in 1996, when he joined the board of directors to fill an unexpired term of a departed member.  The next year he began editing the society’s newsletter, a job he’s held ever since, dubbing the publication Notes from Monument Square. Fisher served as society first vice-president, then a term as society president until 2004 and then as the board’s second vice president.  Currently he is society vice president again, with a term as president slotted to begin in 2014.
He also serves on a number of society committees, and is involved with the museum, McCoy House at 17 N. Main Street, Lewistown and conserving the society’s photographic collection.  He develops the society’s annual “Picture the Past” calendar, distributed free to all fourth grade students in Mifflin County’s public and private schools to further the learning of local history.  In 2005, the historical society recognized him as the Juniata Valley Real People – Real Connections Volunteer of the Year.  Recently, he has developed a number of multimedia “traveling programs” for the society, dealing with local history, including postcards history and Mifflin County’s Civil War history.  County service clubs, church groups and class reunions have hosted Fisher’s society programs.
Fisher has authored the It Happened in Mifflin County book series (2004 – 2007), Images of America – Mifflin County (2008) and The Logan Guards – The Civil War’s First Defenders from Lewistown, Pennsylvania (2011), plus writing/editing the MCHS newsletter since 1997.  Currently, he is working with photographer Nataniel Theirwechter on a forthcoming historical society book, Mifflin County – Then & Now, a pictorial look at the county over the past century or so.
His articles on Mifflin County history have appeared in The Valley Newspaper, as well as Historic Chronicles of Pennsylvania, Common Ground Magazine, The Sentinel (Lewistown, PA) and The County Observer (Yeagertown, PA).  He is a contributor to the Mifflin County School Districts 1993 local history, Mifflin County Yesterday and Today, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society’s Lewistown and the Pennsylvania Railroad – From Moccasins to Steel Wheels (2000).
Born and raised in Reedsville, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, he attended Reedsville Elementary School and graduated from Kishacoquillas High School in 1967. Fisher graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College with an A.S. in Education and earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State.  He retired from teaching in 2009, having taught 34 years with the Mifflin County School District, first at Armagh Township Elementary School in Milroy and then at Brown Township Elementary School.
Fisher’s wife, the former Dot Aurand from Big Ridge, Lewistown, is a physical education teacher in the Mifflin County School District planning her retirement in 2013.  They live near Reedsville at Raven Roost, his family home along the tranquil banks of Honey Creek.  Reputedly, Raven Roost was a stop for Edgar Allen Poe during his quest for a family fortune in the 1830s, but that’s another story.

Kevin Morgan

Hello, I am Kevin Morgan.  I was born and raised in Alabama, but I have had the opportunity to live throughout our great nation from the US Virgin Islands to Colorado.  I meet my beautiful wife, Dr. Heather Morgan, in Colorado.  After she graduated with a doctorate in Chiropractic care and I received my undergraduate in Environmental Biology in Minnesota; we moved back to her hometown of Lewistown.  I got a job with Community Partnerships RC&D in conservation and she recently went into business with Dr. Christie Gisewhite.  My wife and I have two little girls and ¼ acre homestead three miles outside of town.  We are totally devoted to establishing a sustainable lifestyle which drives us to grown our own veggies, raise meat and laying chickens, and produce our on goods such as herbal remedies and BEER.  We would love more land so that we could raise more animals and grow more food.  I feel as I have come full circle living in Central Pennsylvania,  because it reminds me a lot  Alabama.  I truly enjoy spreading knowledge and learning.  I have enjoyed being a part of the dedicated writing staff for The Valley and look forward telling more of my homebrewing exploits in Home Brew U.

Patty Bird

P Bird photo copyI am Patricia Bird from Pleasant Gap, PA.  As the mother of three adult children and seven grandchildren, I find myself busier than ever.  As one of the owners of a trucking business, I find myself looking for outside things to occupy my free time other than family.  I became involved in Grange in 2006 and joined Logan Grange #109 that year.  I have held the office of Pomona, Secretary and am currently on the Finance Committee and Publicity Committee.  In 2007, I joined the Centre County Pomona Grange #13 and currently serve as the Treasurer and as the Chair of the Community Service Committee.  I  also just completed a two year term on the PA State Grange Deaf and Community Service committee.  I caught the writing bug when helping my two daughters as they served as Centre County Dairy Princesses complete their articles.  As they say the rest is history.

 

Doctor John Mainiero

DoctorJohnMainiero copyDr. John Mainiero is a board certified Chiropractor and is licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Mainiero is the owner of Mainiero Family Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Vineland, NJ. Dr. Mainiero is a lifelong Vineland native and has been in private practice since 1995.
Dr. Mainiero received his formal education at Life College School of Chiropractic, now Life University in Marietta, Georgia, where he obtained his Doctorate degree in 1995.

During this time he spent two years doing spinal research with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy patients. Dr. Mainiero obtained his post graduate degree in Physiological Therapeutics from the National College in Lombard, Illinois. He completed his residency at Life College clinical offices in Atlanta and Marietta.

Today Dr. Mainiero specializes in herniated discs of the neck and low back. He devised a program of management for your herniation that will enable you to use various stategies to live a healthy less painful life.

Dr. Mainiero uses many Chiropractic adjusting techniques. You can discuss the ones you prefer before treatment. He uses a gentle but effective technique of flexion and distraction with low force manipulation when indicated.

Dr. Mainiero has been credentialed as a preferred in-network provider for all major health insurance carriers. He also treats motor vehicle accidents, sports and work injuries.
Dr. Mainiero uses the latest technology to treat your injuries .The Erchonia Cold Laser is the first FDA approved laser for treatment of  Neck and Shoulder injuries.
Contact us via our website at http://www.doctormainiero.com/

 

Kim Yoder Rickert

Kim PR photo retouched2011 (1) copyKim Yoder Rickert is a life-time resident of Mifflin County, growing up in the Lewistown area. Kim began her real estate career in 2006, and quickly earned her broker’s license and became the broker/owner of Stone Arch Real Estate in 2011

Her own experiences in purchasing and selling real estate influenced her to always put her client’s needs ahead of her own and to remember that they may not be familiar with the sale/purchase process. To this end, Kim places emphasis on education, both for her clients and herself. She has earned several designations brom the National Association of REALTORS including: Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). KIm believes in taking time to make sure the client understands every step of the transaction and feels comfortable with the outcome. Aside from loving her real estate career, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as their dogs and cats. She loves to travel and learn about new places. “Purchasing your home is likely the largest financial decision most people will make in their life; I want to give them the kind of service and guidance that will make it a pleasant experience!”

 

Jennifer Goss

JennyphotocroppedJenny Goss is a Pennsylvania transplant, originally from southeastern Indiana. She earned a B.A. in Geography with an emphasis in Environmental Studies at Indiana University. While living in North Dakota, she worked as an environmental educator and park interpreter intern at the Lake Metigoshe State Park’s Turtle Mountain Outdoor Learning Center. She has been certified to teach Project Wild, Project Wet, Project Learning Tree, and GoFishIN programs and was a Hoosier River Watch volunteer biological stream monitor.

During the economic downturn, she found employment in the GIS industry as a technician and eventually became a client liaison for a subsurface utility mapping company in Baltimore, MD. Always a country girl at heart, she and her husband decided to quit the city. When their first daughter was two weeks old, they moved to Mifflin county- her husband’s home.

She has been a stay at home mom since, but is currently working on obtaining her Permaculture Design Certification. She is interested in learning everything she can about homesteading and is (slowly) building a permaculture landscape on her .23 acre lot.

 

 Peter Kornev

Peter Kornev copyHi, I’m Peter Kornev. I was born in the faraway land of Kazakhstan. In 2000, I moved to Canada, where I finished high school and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering.

While I studied in the university, I managed to learn web programming mastering PHP, CSS, HTML, MySQL. I was also passionate about sustainable living and learned a great deal about organic farming, wild medicinal plants and the basics of wilderness survival.

After graduating from Radio Institute of Technology, work found me at Tyco headquarters where I developed home automation systems. I worked there for 5 years and at the same time my web design passion had grown to become a part-time business. My weekdays were filled with high level electronics and programming work, while on the weekends I would disappear in the far northern wilderness collecting herbs and mastering miracles of healing.

Suddenly, everything changed. I found my true love in Lewistown. I quit work at Tyco, went through immigration process and finally after 2 years of paper work, frequent trips and a lot of money, I ended up here, in Lewistown.

My past is exciting, but the future is even more so. My wife and I purchased 12 acres of land where we are planting a beautiful garden. I have established a successful web design company – WebAika. You can always visit my website at webaika.com, email me peter@webaika.com or if you are up for a chat, call me up at 717-543-8020.

Patricia Lawson

Patricia Lawson is from Central Pennsylvania and currently lives in Port Royal in Juniata County. Always a lover of animals, when she and her husband, Wes, moved to the area she looked for an animal shelter that she could support in some way.   That’s when she found ROFF and she was amazed at the dedication of all of the members and volunteers so she is now a volunteer.

 

 

 

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