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Friday, August 28, 2015

Four-legged love: Family looks to breathe new life into old farm with animal therapy program

By COLIN DEPPEN Era Reporter
Bradford Era

RIDGWAY — Drive on Long Level Road towards Ridgway far enough and you’ll come to a stretch that exemplifies the name.

Rolling turns give way to straights, inclines to smoother earth.

In a clearing off to the right sits a farm where goats graze in a field, wind chimes coo and woodsmoke wafts. A porous century-old barn caps a network of squat buildings scattered between the road and trees.

For Amanda Balon and her parents, Ray and Michele McMinn, this is home.

It is also a hope.

A psych grad with a master’s degree in counseling, Balon has big plans meant to restore this family farm to its former glory and bustle, while also answering her “higher calling” to serve. Read more...

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