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Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’m writing to you regarding one of my best friends, “Melanie.” Melanie and I are both in our late 20s. We met in college and bonded over our senses of humor and our preference for staying in and watching a movie over going out to frat parties. She’s been there for me during ...

New Haven K-9 has a nose for evidence

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) — New Haven’s newest police officer has been on the job for a little over a month, so he’s still a bit wet behind the ears — and on the nose. But a wet nose is to be expected from Archie, the city’s new K-9 cop — a specially trained German shepherd who’s ...

A Heart for Lia

Christmas and birthdays — synonymous with presents, right? For most, yes, but for one 9-year-old from South Williamsport, there is no question that the holidays and the yearly celebration of her birth are simply a time to take care of others. In fact, on Christmas Eve, Ella Moore’s ...

Minimalist Mama

A year ago, my New Year’s Resolution was to live — and be satisfied — with less. Less stuff, less clutter, less mess. I voraciously read every minimalist blog, book and website I could find and I began to embrace a lifestyle where I was more conscious of what I bought and the “things” ...

YWCA: Our Voice

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.” — Howard Thurman, African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader Whether you’re a retiree, stay-at-home parent, full-time employee or over-worked student — life is ...

Creature Comforts: Life or Limb

Let’s play a game called “Would You Rather.” I’ll name two unsavory things, and you pick one. Here we go. Would you rather speak for 15 minutes in front of a large, hypercritical audience about a subject wholly unfamiliar to you, or stand on one foot with both arms raised above your ...

Art and antiques by Dr. Lori

Valentine’s day falls on Feb. 14 and along with the Roman Goddess of Marriage, Juno, the holiday honors the Christian martyr, St. Valentine. Persecuted by the Roman Emperor in 273 AD, St. Valentine enjoys a legacy that has been carried on by lovers, young and old, for centuries. St. ...

American Life in Poetry

Fog carries mystery within it, and here’s a fine poem about a day in which a memory approaches through fog and makes itself real. Michael Lauchlan lives in Michigan and his most recent book is “Trumbull Ave.,” (Wayne State Univ. Press, 2015). This poem appeared first in Cortland ...

Teen substance abuse program for parents scheduled at library

Research shows that drug use among the nation’s high school teenagers continues to rise and is a major public health issue. Parents and caregivers are the most important component in keeping teens substance free, so it is important to talk to teens about the dangers of drugs. The James V. ...

JVB Check It Out

February is National Library Lovers’ Month, a month-long celebration of school, public and private libraries of all types, a time for everyone to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the nation’s libraries will continue to serve. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. ...

Evan Painton earns Eagle Scout rank

Scout Evan Painton, of Williamsport, has achieved Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement rank, Eagle Scout. A member of Troop 38, chartered by St. Ann Catholic Church, Painton successfully completed his Board of Review on Aug. 3, 2016. A successful Eagle candidate must fulfill the ...

Welcoming a puppy home: Tips for new puppy parents

Nothing is more heartwarming than the first warm nuzzle from a new puppy. With new pets, however, come new responsibilities and opportunities, which can often lead to New Year’s resolutions involving new furry friends. “No matter the season, it’s always a moving and emotional ...

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 ...

Life Changes

If you had the opportunity to talk with a “younger you”, what would you say? What advice might have been significant, had it been offered in earlier days? I was inspired to write today’s column after listening to MercyMe’s song titled “Dear Younger Me”.  To prepare, I asked my ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have been married to the same man for 59 years. I have one daughter and am an immigrant to this country. I think I am a fairly decent cook and housekeeper. I worked for 30 years in a very large company and ended my career in management. My husband is an intelligent man, though ...

To channel the flavor of New Orleans, make a shrimp etouffee

Even if you’re not familiar with the name Paul Prudhomme, it’s likely you’ve enjoyed the benefits of his long and celebrated career. Prudhomme was a Louisiana-born chef who gained celebrity for his culinary expertise and larger-than-life personality. Prudhomme thrust Cajun and Creole ...

How to bring hotel chic home

Inspired by the interiors of boutique hotels around the world, author Sara Bliss wanted to share easy and affordable tips on how to bring that style home. In “Hotel Chic at Home” (The Monacelli Press), she tries to capture the transformative power of travel, and that moment in a stylish ...

For pizza crust with a big dose of vitamins, try cauliflower

Cauliflower is a wonder-veggie. No longer relegated to boiling and covering with a bright orange cheese sauce (sorry, Mom), cauliflower is stepping out in the place of starch like rice in stir-fries or instead of wheat flour in pizza dough. Cauliflower is mild, so it takes on whatever flavors ...

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown) 2. “The Whistler” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) 4. “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 5. “The Girl Before” ...

Book Review: ‘Right Behind You’ by Lisa Gardner

A terrifying incident that occurs when a young girl witnesses something life-changing propels Lisa Gardner’s tight and compelling thriller, “Right Behind You.” When Sharlah May Nash was 5, her 9-year-old brother, Telly Ray, kept her safe from their alcoholic parents. One horrible night, ...