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Five dogs wagged their tails, and some barked with excitement. Each was eager to get to the “work” of using their noses to sniff every inch of a fenced indoor course randomly strewn with dog toys and other items. One at a time, each dog entered the course on a 10-foot leash held by their ...

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Herr Memorial Library to hold April events MIFFLINBURG — The Herr Memorial Library, 500 Market St., will hold the following events and activities in the month of April: Adult/teen programs • Special Stitches knitting group — 10 a.m. Wednesdays. For all skill levels. • ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’m a 46-year-old woman who has been married (and divorced) twice. Both marriages were filled with abuse — physical, emotional and sexual. Add to that severe child abuse — which has me permanently disabled now — and, well, I’m scared to be intimate with anyone ever ...

Owning a dog can be a big health boost for seniors

Walking his dog, Roscoe, on a winter day three years ago, Edgewood resident Tom McMullin fell hard to the icy ground and broke his wrist. McMullin, now 71, didn’t blame his nearly 80-pound pit bull-terrier mix, even though he wouldn’t have been outside in hazardous conditions if not for ...

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NCC8 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology to host Indian artifact fair The Northcentral Chapter 8 Society for Pennsylvania Archaeoloy will hots an Indian artifact fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St. The fair will feature guest expert Gary ...

In this photo provided by Amy Hunter, John and Amy Hunter are pictured with their dogs, Apollo, left, and Rubi, a black Labrador retriever, in Brown County State Park south of their home in Indianapolis, Ind. The couple is childless by choice and Amy is a stay-at-home pet mom. (Amy Hunter via AP)

Dig deeper before mocking ‘crazy’ pet parents

NEW YORK — It’s easy to jump directly to “crazy cat lady” or poke fun at “stay-at-home dog moms” when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets. But for some who spend the bulk of each day with their animals, it’s more like a two-way healing labor of ...

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Regan Long and her children share some down time together.

Moments of Motherhood

My kids drive me crazy. Does that make me a bad parent? It took me years to drive up the courage to say it out loud, but they do ... they can drive me mad and the grueling schedule of Mommy duty can be, well ... I need a new word for exhausting. Haul one load of laundry down the stairs. Empty ...

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Review: ‘Born to Run’

The Tarahumara is a far-flung tribe in the remote Copper Canyons of northwest Mexico. Also known as the Raramuri, they’re a simple, agrarian people — though they are perhaps best-known for their long-distance running. On some festive occasions, after a night of wild partying on home-made ...

This photo shows Greek-style roasted lemon potatoes in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Greek style roasted lemon potatoes are a delicious side dish

With two big feast days looming — Easter and Passover — I thought I’d offer up a simple but delicious side dish. I’m talking about the lemony roasted potatoes that are one of the dependable delights on the menu at a Greek restaurant. They’re crispy on the outside, but tangy and creamy ...

A Word, Please

Joe and Burt talked about what he’d done wrong and how his actions led to him being fired. An interesting story is unfolding here. Somebody screwed up. Badly. He got sacked for the blunder. There’s just one problem: We don’t know who. Was it Joe who got fired? Or was it Burt? From ...

JVB Check It Out

With the rise in online learning courses at colleges and universities, there is a need for students to take proctored exams in a supervised setting. As a service to the community, the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., offers proctoring services to aid students in meeting their education ...

7 tips to shake up your lifestyle

If you’re looking for ways to bring some extra energy to your lifestyle and shake up your routine as spring rolls around, you may be surprised to find how seemingly simple changes can make a big difference. Sometimes all you need is a little change in your daily routine or a small ...

Home Country

If there’s one thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he’s as persistent as a winter cough. As our chamber of commerce here — he’s it, you see — his fertile brain never ceases its search to turn a sleepy little valley into a cross between Wall Street and ...

Practitioner offers introduction to silent meditation at Brown Library

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will offer an introduction to silent meditation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m beginning April 5. Henry Hopper, a local meditation practitioner, will provide a six-week, non-sectarian introduction in the Winters Room of the library. The Winters Room is ...

SPCA 2018 calendar contest open for entries

The Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is accepting photo entries for their 2018 Pawtraits fundraising calendar contest through May 8. Pet photos will be accepted at three locations: the SPCA, Center Court at the Lycoming Mall or through the shelter’s website ...

A listing of daily and weekly support groups

Various times North Central Sight Services offers a variety of support groups throughout the month for visually impaired residents of Lycoming and Clinton counties. For more information, call Lori Love at 570-323-9401 ext. 123. HAVEN of Tioga County offers free and confidential services for ...

Books make great Easter gifts for kids

Filling Easter baskets for the kids? Think beyond the typical sweets and treats and consider including books as well. “All kids love books, even if they’re too little to read. For babies and toddlers, choose kid-sized books full of bright photos that they will love looking at again and ...

This cover image released by Scribner shows "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane," a novel by Lisa Lee.

12 books later, See tells how holiday letter launched career

LOS ANGELES — If she’d just stuck with her plan to write that family Christmas letter back in the early 1990s, Lisa See might still be reviewing best-selling novels instead of writing them. But the 1995 publication of “On Gold Mountain,” an acclaimed history of Chinese migration to ...

After the snow, it’s time to sow

Just because you’ve spent last week days digging out from under several feet of snow doesn’t mean it’s not time to start thinking about your garden. Despite the wild weather swings of the month of March, tomorrow is finally the first day of spring. The increasing hours of sunlight ...

This photo shows slow cooked herbed leg of lamb with fresh herb and arugula salad in New York. (Mia via AP)

Cooking on deadline

This is a good, old-fashioned showstopper of an entree, the kind of dish where you should not pretend to be bashful — “What, this old thing? I just threw it together from stuff in the fridge” — but rather take your accolades with modesty and grace. I have been playing around with ...