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Dear Annie: DNA results bombshell

Dear Annie: Recently, I was contacted by a person who had just received results from a popular online DNA test, which I had also taken some time ago. She asked who I was. We share a great deal of DNA, so, naturally, she assumed that she would know me. Well, after looking through our shared DNA ...

Baby bump and programs at Brown Library

Did you know that a baby’s brain has achieved 75 percent of its adult weight and volume by age 2? This is why it is important to read to children and participate in activities such as library storytime. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has announced its schedule for fall Baby ...

Toni Morrison was a ‘literary mother’ to countless writers

When author Angela Flournoy was asked to dress as her favorite literary character for a magazine shoot four years ago, she knew how to look the part: A wide and “severe hat,” a fur stole and the kind of stare that dares you to stare back. For a day she could pretend to be Sula Peace, from ...

‘First Cosmic Velocity’ reimagines space race

“First Cosmic Velocity,” by Zach Powers, is a cleverly conceived and beautifully delivered novel that looks at the struggle for space supremacy from the Soviet side of the Cold War. As the U.S.-USSR battle unfolds in the book, a tug of war also ensues between the Soviet cosmonauts brought ...

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LaBeouf films to hold you over until ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

Right now an unheralded little summer movie called “The Peanut Butter Falcon” holds a 100% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the feel-good tale of a boy with Down syndrome who convinces a 30-something free-wheeler (Shia LaBeouf) to take him to a distant training school so the boy ...

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ terrifies young and old audiences

Alvin Schwartz’s chilling short stories that have haunted pre-teens for the last three decades comes to life in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” Faithfully upholding the source material in both tone and frights, this film is one story worth seeing. In 1968, on Halloween night, a ...

Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao shine in ‘The Farewell’

If a family member — say a spouse or grandparent — is diagnosed with terminal illness, should you tell the person? I dare say most Americans would answer, “Duh! Of course you should!” But a new foreign-language movie called “The Farewell” shows how and why Chinese culture feels ...

‘Boeing, Boeing’ to play at Nittany Theatre at the Barn

BOALSBURG — The Nittany Theatre at the Barn’s production of “Boeing, Boeing” is notable as it marks more than one finale. Not only is this broad farce the final show of the current season, but this production is also the final one overseen by Dave Saxe, the “Barn’s” producing ...

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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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Montoursville couple celebrates love

Richard A. Gray and Mrs. Letty W. Gray, of Montoursville, Fairfield Township, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 9. They were married by Rev. Edward A. Plunkett at Community United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia. The former Letty Ann Wharton, of Williamsport, is the daughter of ...

Watsontown natives celebrate 68 years of wedded bliss together

Richard “Dick” and Shirley Lorah will observe their 68th wedding anniversary on Aug. 15, 2019. They were married by Rev. Norman Simmons at the Watsontown Methodist Church. The former Shirley Denoskey, a native of Watsontown, is the daughter of Boyd and Hazel (Koons) Denoskey. She retired ...

Cogan Station lovebirds observe golden anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Hamilton, of Cogan Station, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 26, 1969, in Lycoming Christian Church in Linden. The former Evelyn M. Hill is the daughter of Mary G. Myers, of Lock Haven, and the late Charles M. Hill Sr. She is ...

Bastress sweethearts travel to Texas, Florida over 60 years of love

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Dincher, of Bastress, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married July 25, 1959, in Church of Annunciation by the late Msgr. Frank McHugh. The former Patricia Novak, is the daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanor (Royer) Novak. Frederick is ...

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Loyalsock grads plan historic wedding

Emily Moodie and Zachary Kinney, of Pittsburgh, are planning a wedding for Oct. 26, 2019, in Gettysburg. Moodie is the daughter of Shane and Jodi Moodie, of Gettysburg. She graduated from Loyalsock Township High School in 2013 and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mansfield ...

Muncy couple plans brewery wedding

Ashley Healy and Tye Sheets, of Muncy, have announced their engagement. The couple is planning a winter wedding at the Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Mifflinburg. Healy is the daughter of Ken (Kristie) Healy, of Williamsport, and Heidi Healy, of Montoursville. She graduated from Montoursville ...

Area natives plan summer wedding

Zac Hanner and Allison Stugart have announced their engagement. They are planning a wedding to be held in June 2020. Stugart is the daughter of Karen and Scott Stugart, of South Williamsport. She graduated from South Williamsport High School in 2010 and received a degree from Pennsylvania ...

Wedding to be held at First United Methodist Church

The announcement has been made for the engagement of Lauren Taylor, of Williamsport, and Luke Forshey, of Harrisburg. A Williamsport wedding is planned for July 27 at First United Methodist Church. Taylor is the daughter of Michelle Taylor, of Williamsport, and Scott Taylor, of Cogan Station. ...

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Montoursville graduate ties the knot

Kathryn Marie and Isaac Matthew Shoemaker, of Reading, Kan., were wedded on May 25, 2019, at 4 p.m., by Rev. Brad Bowen at the Calvary Chapel in Emporia, Kan. The former Kathryn Marie Cowles, of Emporia, Kan., is the daughter of Jeffery and brenda Cowles, of Cogan Station. She graduated from ...

City couple says ‘I do’

A sunrise, calm ocean and smooth sand set the scene for the beautiful wedding ceremony between Christopher Hrapowicki and Cherie Chism on July 1 in Ocean City, Maryland, where the couple was surrounded by friends and family. A dinner was held the night prior at de Lazy Lizard while the ...

Montoursville native wedded in summer

Chris and Cheyenne Pratt were married June 15 at the residence of a family friend. Cheyenne is the daughter of Donald Gwendolyn Wilton, of Salladasburg. Chris is the son of Dell and Kathryn Pratt, of Montoursville.

Montoursville native wedded at bed and breakfast

Kelsey Ann Uppling, of Montoursville, and Jeffrey Charles Haviland, of Philadelphia, were united in marriage on June 8, 2019. Rev. Jerry Uppling, father of the bride, officiated the ceremony held at Pump House Bed and Breakfast in Bloomsburg, where the rehearsal and reception were also ...

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Albright Care Golf Challenge raises $146,553 for benevolent care

LEWISBURG — The 21st annual Albright Care Services Golf Challenge raised more than $146,000 for benevolent care. The Albright Care Services Golf Challenge took place at the Bucknell Golf Club. Proceeds are used to provide benevolent care for residents at RiverWoods Senior Living Community in ...

Sadie Says… Bicycle safety

Q: Can you update us on bicycle safety? A: Be “In the Know” before you go! A bicycle is a vehicle Whether you ride for fun, exercise or transportation, you must follow the “rules of the road” — stop at stop signs, obey traffic signs/signals and go with the (traffic) flow. Do not ...

Albright LIFE receives $5,000 gift to support programs

Albright LIFE Lycoming received a $5,000 gift from Fulton Bank to support the programs and services it provides to senior participants. LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) is a joint Medicare/Medicaid program which coordinates all healthcare and support services to assist and encourage ...

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 ...