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Garden Fest

The group is hosting Garden Fest 2019 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the demonstration gardens and Lysock View Complex Building, 542 County Farm Road, Montoursville. Featured are workshops, tours, vendors, refreshments, prizes and more, event organizers noted, promising something for all ...

Summer learning program’s final event

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will celebrate all children who participated in the summer learning program during a finale event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13. Starting Aug. 8, children can turn in their reading log and receive a sweet treat and voucher for a book ...

Proper, informal and incorrect English

Proper English isn’t correct English. At least, it’s not the only correct English in town. It’s more like a flavor. Or a style. It’s the type of English used in academic and literary and professional and diplomatic circles. An ambassador hosting a foreign emissary would never say, ...

Dear Annie… Rough seas, friendly cruise

Dear Annie: My wife and I are approaching 50 years of marriage. Recently, we went on a cruise with her childhood friend, “Cindy,” and her husband, “Rob.” They have been friends since elementary school and Cindy was the maid of honor at our wedding. During the cruise, Rob made a joke ...

Creature Comforts: Wyatt

Monday, July 22, 2019, was a sad day for the Daverios. We had to say goodbye to our dear cat, Wyatt, just three days before his 15th birthday. After a long battle with digestive unrest, weight loss and finally, kidney failure, we elected to end his suffering humanely. While these decisions are ...

Yes, we’re talking about racism

There has been a lot of chatter about racism over the past few weeks. The YWCA Northcentral PA’s mission statement says we should aim to eliminate racism, so let’s talk about it. Racism is defined as the belief that race determines human traits and capacities and that racial differences ...

Local Habitat for Humanity celebrates 30th anniversary

As she flags down neighbor Brian Davis while standing on a Williamsport home’s front porch Kelsey Boyles, program director of Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity (GLHFH), asks Davis “You want to volunteer again?” Excited to help his future neighbors, Davis says yes and joins Boyles ...

Eagle Scout’s program aims to preserve Jersey Shore history

JERSEY SHORE — When towns were settled, people needed to find places to bury their dead. Jersey Shore was no different and cemeteries were established. Looking to give the gravestones and original Jersey Shore settlers a dedicated space in the cemetery, Tina Cooney, of The Preservation ...

Dear Annie… Decisions, decisions

Dear Annie: My wife is nuts. She cannot make a decision. She never values her own opinion. She asks others what they think. It’s incredibly frustrating. When she shops, she always asks the people working at the store for their opinion of the clothes she’s trying on. When we go out to ...

Should you use a period after an exclamation point?

It was a query born of laziness. I was editing a business proposal for a company that has an exclamation point at the end of its name, like Yahoo! but not Yahoo! The company name came up multiple times in the document, sometimes at the end of a sentence. The writer followed the name with a ...

Space-themed fun and crafts to be held by state’s Kiwanians

Kiwanis Club members from across the state will be convening in Williamsport for the District Convention from Aug. 8 to 11. During that time, Kiwanians will complete several community service projects. One is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth ...

Wellsboro native to hold First Friday book release

WELLSBORO — Local Author Kevin Coolidge, of From My Shelf Books, 7 East Ave., will hold a book release party at the bookstore for his newest book “Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats” during First Friday. “Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats” will be available for purchase and Coolidge will ...

‘Reasons to Be Cheerful’

For some people, life begins when you turn 18. Whether you choose to leave the nest, or you’re kicked out, it’s a time when you’re expected to experience the world. In “Reasons to Be Cheerful,” author Nina Stibbe offers an intimate look at this uncertain time as the protagonist ...

Plant lovers find each other at swaps

Plant lovers have long gotten together to trade seeds and growing advice, and the latest generation is following suit with modern plant swaps. The swaps (sometimes called plant exchanges) for amateur horticulturalists are popping up in homes, parking lots, trendy gardening stores and online. ...

Concrete planters are easy, cheap to make

What’s the difference between cement and concrete? Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, cement is an ingredient in concrete, which also includes aggregates like sand, gravel or stone. I knew nothing about either product when I decided to try making some rustic/industrial ...

Muncy man celebrates Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary

As Neil Armstrong stepped from Apollo 11 onto the moon his words “One small step for man... one giant leap for mankind,” echoed around the world 50 years ago on July 20, 1969. Watching this historic event unveil from his parents home in Glen Lion, Jerry Butcho, of Muncy, did not realize ...

The ladies of Mulberry Street Church

Throughout history, many positions in churches could not be held by females. But women still felt called to service through their faith, and the women of Mulberry Street Methodist Episcopal Church were an example of how women could enhance life in Williamsport. In 1935, Anna Blanche Slate ...

Dear Annie… Hopping off

Dear Annie: I finally realized that I cannot change people or their behaviors. I can only change mine. Now, how I react? I am working on that. The situation: My 52-year-old life partner, “Ed,” assists his 80-year-old mother, “Laurie,” with everything. Ed is not in the greatest shape; ...

The rules for hyphens are changing

You may not have noticed, but your world just got less hyphenated. There are fewer commas too. That’s because changes to the country’s two most influential style books lean lighter on those punctuation marks, but only in certain, very specific circumstances. Here are some of the new ...

Assistance and perfection are needed

Various words, phrases and expressions used in advertising slogans, disclaimers and networking in corporate America have become part of the fabric of our lives. Like cotton. I have applied a few of the many idioms we hear regularly to my life, particularly in relation to life with our ...