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Dear Annie… An Ode to all Fathers

Dear Readers: Below are just a few of the very touching and beautiful tributes you submitted for Fathers Day. It was so nice to read about all of the love, gratitude and humor you expressed about your fathers. Happy Father’s Day. Dear Annie: My 94-year-old father, Fred Koenig, has been ...

One bag can change a life

I have always loved carrying a purse around wherever I go. I remember the first bag I got in elementary school was hot pink with the initial “M” on it. Having your initials on everything was very popular when I was a kid. I’m not sure who gave it to me but I will definitely never forget ...

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The Clark McLane Band to hold album release party in Jersey Shore

JERSEY SHORE — For about eight years, guitarists Clark McLane and Shawn Carr comprised a musical duo that played shows all over the area at local bars, fire halls, weddings, potluck dinners and pig roasts. But because the two musicians were only playing for fun, they would often change the ...

CTL bringing ‘Guys and Dolls’ to stage

Anyone looking for an illegal floating crap game and a fun-filled musical fable should check out “Guys and Dolls” at the Community Theatre League. The last Mainstage musical of the 2018-19 season, “Guys and Dolls” has 7:30 p.m. performances on June 21-22, 27-29, with a 2 p.m. matinee ...

‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ suffers from lackluster script

The sequel to “Secret Life of Pets” sort of succeeds in spite of itself. For much of the film, I couldn’t figure out whether they were trying too hard — or not hard enough. There’s no question it’s poorly written, with a rambling story and only a few decent laughs. Yet somehow ...

‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ exudes averageness

There was a time when the X-Men franchise made people excited for their newest endeavor. After numerous reports claimed that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” would be an absolute disaster, followed by abysmal reviews, it was difficult to have much hope. After viewing, it is safe to say that the film ...

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‘Halloween’ carves up another $32 million to top box office

NEW YORK — Michael Meyers — or is it Jamie Lee Curtis? — can’t be stopped. “Halloween” dominated the North American box office for the second straight weekend, carving up an estimated $32 million in ticket sales. The top four films were all unchanged at the North American box ...

Author Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’ fame has died

NEW YORK — Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70. Shange’s “For Colored ...

‘First Man’ blasts off behind ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Neil Armstrong film “First Man” settled for a third-place landing at the North American box office in its opening weekend in theaters. The Ryan Gosling-starrer and a host of newcomers, like the family-friendly “Goosebumps” sequel and the neo-noir mystery “Bad ...

Beyonce, Jay Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the ...

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Nuptials make merry in Punta Cana

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brague, of Williamsport, observed their 35th wedding anniversary June 9, 2019. They were married by the Rev. Richard G. Felty at St. John United Methodist Church. On their fifth anniversary, they were married by the Rev. Andrew Kurovsky at St. Boniface Catholic Church, where ...

City couples celebrates 50th anniversary at the Crosscutters

Charles R. and Joan M. Keifer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14, 2019. They were married by the Rev. John Osborne at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Williamsport. The former Joan M. Wolf is a native of Williamsport. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Cecilia Wolf, of ...

Celebrating 30 years of wedded bliss

Noel and Tammy Russell were married on May 26, 1989, by the Rev. Doyle Klinger at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jersey Shore. Tammy is the daughter of William and Mary Lou McKibben. She graduated from Williamsport Area High School and Lock Haven University. She is employed by the Clinton ...

Williamsport natives to celebrate 40th anniversary in Cape Cod

Douglas and Katie Kelley, of Radcliff, Kentucky, will celebrate their 40th anniversary on June 30. They were married by Rev. John McLaughlin at the Ascension Catholic Church in Williamsport. They are members of the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The former Katie ...

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Couple plans Cogan Station wedding

The announcement has been made of the engagement of Amanda Lynn Getgen, of Williamsport, and Michael Ray Davisson Jr., of Pittsboro, Indiana. A June 22, 2019, wedding in Cogan Station is being planned. Getgen is the daughter of Bart and Beth Getgen, of Williamsport. She graduated from ...

City couple plans a beach wedding

Cherie Chism and Christopher Hrapowicki, of Williamsport, have announced their engagement and are planning a wedding to be held July 1, 2019, on the beach in Ocean City, Md. Chism is employed by Families United Network in Muncy as a resource family specialist. Hrapowicki has been with the ...

Area native plans a Pittsburgh wedding

Laura Bly and Travis Reeder, both of Pittsburgh, have announced their engagement. A November wedding is being planned to be held in Pittsburgh. Bly is the daughter of Susan and Bryan Bly, of Beaver Falls. She graduated from Blackhawk High School in 2009 and received her bachelor of science in ...

Couple plans a fall wedding

Brett J. Weiskopff, of Covington, and Samantha J. Reed, of Westfield, have announced their engagement. The couple is planning a wedding for Sept. 28 to be held in Covington. Reed is the daughter of Michael and Constance Reed, of Westfield. She graduated from Cowanesque Valley High School in ...

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City couple’s honeymoon in Hawaii

Melissa Rose Wenzel and Brett Stephen Kelley, both of Williamsport, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2018. They were married by Father Brian Van Fossen, at Saint Joseph The Worker Catholic Church. A reception was held at The Benjamin Ballroom, and a rehearsal dinner was held at Le ...

City newlyweds tie the knot at golf club

Julia Reis and Ryun Cushing were married on Feb. 16, 2019. The ceremony was officiated by extended family member, Joanna Heilbrun at Wynding Brook Golf Club in Milton. The bride is the child of Jorge and Vicki Reis. Reis is a 2014 graduate of Northern Lebanon High school and attended Temple ...

Newlyweds’ Disney World honeymoon

Luke Hedgcock, of Linden, and Rachel Mancuso, of Kingston, were united in marriage on Nov. 17, 2018. The ceremony was officiated by family friend Todd Ankiewicz at Apple Tree Terrace in Dallas, Pa. The bride is the daughter Ralph Mancuso and the late Filomena Mancuso, of Kingston. Mancuso is ...

Area natives summer wedding

Emily Karas and Brian Zysset, of Bloomsburg, were married at 3 p.m. Aug. 4, 2018, by Rev. Gary Weaver at The Barn at Greenwood in Millville with a reception to follow. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Lightstreet Hotel, Bloomsburg, Emily Zysset said. Karas is the daughter of Tim and ...

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Sadie Says… Ready to get back on a motorcycle

Q: “It’s been years, but now that I’m retired, I’m ready to get back on a motorcycle and have some fun. Any suggestions before I take off?” A: Be in the know before you go! A lot has changed since your early riding years. There is more traffic, faster traffic, motorcycles are ...

Bucknell students build planter box at RiverWoods

RiverWoods Senior Living Community has a new spring planter box, thanks to members of Bucknell University’s Management 101 class. The experiential course at Bucknell offers students an opportunity to fulfill a community service project by developing a business plan. A group of 20 students ...

Sadie Says… Signs and steps to take against robocalls

Q: Last week I received a live phone call purporting to be from an adult grandchild saying “Hello, Grandma.” I do not have relatives who fit that description. Then came repeated phone calls from “the Microsoft Refund Department,” not to mention numerous robocalls telling anyone who ...

Opportunities for older adults to explore art

STEP Office of Aging and Artpost Awareness began artistic therapy in early 2017 and the classes are still going strong. George Stefanski, founder of Artpost Awareness with Marianne Olivo, explained that, “Drawing is the most powerful way for a person to be with their inner-self for ...