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If they ever give a Nobel Prize for reading about science, our guy Bert Underwood would be a shoo-in. His own career had been strictly non-scientific, but his retirement absolutely reeked of cutting-edge discoveries, which he read about and tried to pronounce. It was like that the other ...

A Word, Please

Websites publishing fake news articles, often with fabricated facts, fooled a lot of people leading up to the election. Real news media have responded by publishing lists to help readers spot bogus news sites. And, in keeping with this column’s theme of grammar and editing, I’d like to ...

36th annual Frostbite 5 mile run, 5k walk held

DuBOISTOWN — Thirty degree weather and a light snow the night before did not keep the 136 runners and walkers from participating in this year’s races. This year, just like the past 14 years, Special Olympics Lycoming County was the recipient of all funds raised from these events. With more ...

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 ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My soon-to-be mother-in-law and I are in an all-out war via social media. It all started when she posted an article about politics that was full of blatant lies and misinformation. I commented with a few links so she could do further research and see that she was totally wrong. ...

Say cheese! Book leaves few holes in story of ancient food

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza, according to a new reference book edited by a Vermont professor. The more than 850 entries in “The Oxford Companion to Cheese,” from Oxford University Press, cover ancient and ...

This grain salad might be the key to healthier eating in ’17

If you’re anything like the rest of us, you might tend to needlessly overcomplicate your life. You plan an elaborate dinner for a Wednesday night. You schedule a meeting across town at rush hour. With all of the small, daily challenges we face, when it comes to healthy eating, the key to ...

Salvation Army volunteers ride for a cause

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jim “Dagger” Dagostine is known as the toy man. “People just think I always carry around toys,” he said, laughing. But there’s some truth to the name. For the past 30 years, Dagostine has organized Dagger’s annual Toy Run — a toy collection ...

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Whistler” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Cross the Line” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 3. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) 4. “No Man’s Land” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) 5. ...

Lifestyle briefs

McEWENSVILLE — The Montgomery House Warrior Run Area Public Library, 20 Church St., will host the following events and activities in the month of January. Adult activities • Bridge — 1:30 p.m. Mondays. • Adult Coloring Club — 3 p.m. Wednesdays. • Quilting — 6 ...

Utah pet advocates want strict doghouse rules for dog owners

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s animal protection advocates are pushing for a new law that would require dog owners to provide adequate shelter for their pets during extreme weather or face animal-cruelty charges. Current law already requires shelter, but fails to define what that means, ...

Bridge results

Following are the highest-scoring players in the area bridge games reported to the Sun-Gazette: Williamsport Bridge Club Dec. 26 — Joy Proctor and Craig Netzley, 33; Ann Day and Judy Stein, 29; Lois Wentzler and Glenn Frazier, 27. Dec. 28 — Judy Stein and Marty Hodrick, 27.5; ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 60s and have lived in our community for almost 20 years. The community has mostly retired couples, many of whom have been friends for years. We have three adult children, who are all settled and successful. However, four years ago, our 36-year-old ...

Michelle Obama loved fashion and the fashion world loved her

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK — The morning after Michelle Obama’s big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in which she argued passionately for a second term for her husband, designer Tracy Reese’s phone was ringing. And ringing. Mrs. Obama’s ...

Revlon welcomes Gwen Stefani as global brand ambassador

NEW YORK — Revlon announced today that Gwen Stefani, singer and international fashion icon, is joining the Revlon family as the newest global brand ambassador. Stefani, a three-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, fashion designer and entrepreneur, will be representing the ...

What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘The Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook’ By Mark Hyman, MD This is the companion cookbook to Dr. Hyman’s revolutionary “Eat Fat, Get Thin,” with more than 175 delicious, nutritious, heart- and waist-friendly recipes. Hyman radically changed the way we view dietary fat, and proved ...

Kitty litter helps Wyoming bentonite past drilling slump

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The market for a peculiar type of clay is looking up thanks to improved prospects for oil and gas drilling and to cat owners who use the stuff to soak up their pets’ business. Over 90 percent of all bentonite mined in the U.S. and almost half worldwide comes from beds ...

Lifestyle briefs

LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg Christian Women’s Club will host the Winter Wonderland brunch at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Country Cupboard restaurant, Route 15. The program will feature “Nature Photography” by Dick Hess. Music will be presented by Ruth Kennedy. Kim King, of Newton, New ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I used to get by on six hours of sleep a night, but as I’ve gotten older, I really like to sleep for a full eight or nine hours every night. But the problem is that it is not always easy to sleep that long, especially if I am snoring a lot. I snore so loudly that my wife ...

A little beer is a lot of flavor in these Super Bowl sliders

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini-form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, sliders are more sensible than the full-sized guys. But they happen to be a little ...