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Shown are two runners crossing the finish line at the Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley’s 5K held recently.

Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley hold celebratory 5K

More than 1,200 girls, spectators, volunteers and community members recently gathered for the Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley 5K event, the culminating moment of the Girls on the Run season. “Completing the Girls on the Run 5K gives our participants a tangible sense of ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Though your response to “Personality Problems” — who is frustrated her husband doesn’t seem to care as much about the grandkids — provided some good pointers, I feel that you missed something important. Reread her letter and note how focused — one might say obsessed ...

The Salvation Army Santa Fund

Dear Santa, I trust all is going well at your home at the North Pole. You sometimes seem so far away most of the time. However as Christmas Day approaches you seem very close by. There is an old English Christmas Carol that asks the question: “How far is it to Bethlehem? Not very far. ...

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Animals can drag in all manner of debris from outdoors. Leaves, sticks, pine needles and branches, burdocks and grass are commonplace, but fluffy or shaggy coats are difficult to maintain and sometimes require daily brushing, combing and sometimes carefully using scissors to remove matted hair.

Creature comforts

Animals typically don’t wear pants. That said, some animals have thick fur on the extremities (known as “feathers” in some dog breeds) that could be considered akin to puffy shirt sleeves and furry pants. And as anyone who’s worn pants knows: sometimes accidents happen ... and when an ...

‘Lost coal country of Northeastern Pennsylvania’

Lorena Beniquez, of South Williamsport, is the great-granddaughter of a coal miner, Stefano Pantano, who worked in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the subject of Beniquez’s first publication, “Images of America: Lost Coal Country of Northeastern Pennsylvania.” “We never talked about his ...

Fashionably fit

I will admit I am a fan of the series “Sex and the City” and like any loyal fan I’ve enjoyed the two movies as well. If you’ve never seen an episode, the premise is much more than what the title implies. It’s about relationships, friendships, fashion and shoes! Main character Carrie ...

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The Helen Hoyt newspaper column in the Sun- Gazette.

Williamsport Women

The women of Williamsport observed many Christmas traditions during the first quarter of the 20th century. The kick-off to the Christmas season was the hanging of the greens at the YWCA. Although many parties were hosted by various groups at the YW, the true meaning of the holiday was not ...

JVB Check It Out

Give a little love this holiday season by contributing to and making personal care kits for those in need in the Williamsport community. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is collecting items to include in personal care kits that will be donated to the American Rescue Workers and ...

A list 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 ...

American Life in Poetry

At a friend’s wedding, as she stood in her reception line, an older woman leaned in and whispered, “Always rinse your dishrag in cold water so it won’t stink.” Advice! Christine Stewart-Nunez lives and teaches in South Dakota, and the following poem capturing her grandmother’s witty ...

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Shown are a couple items created from wine corks. Pictured, from left, are coasters and a paper towel holder.

Pinterest nail or fail

For several years, probably as long as I’ve been using Pinterest, I’ve chosen a pin or two to try out for DIY Christmas gifts. Most often they end up being ornaments. I’ve made so many really cute ornaments using Pinterest! One year I went a little crazy with the wine corks and made ...

SPCA announces 2018 calendar contest winners

The results are in for the Lycoming County SPCA’s 2018 Pet Pawtraits Calendar Contest. The top fundraisers are one-year-old beagle brothers, Pete and Repete. The boys raised $1,173 and are the beloved furbabies of Patty Thomas and Mirra and Jeremy Hauser, of Linden. The top fundraisers, Pete ...

Lifestyle briefs

• Rebekah Dohl, of Lovelock, Nevada, formerly of Hughesville, was named the 4-H Club Youth Coordinator in Pershing County, Nevada. She was selected by a committee after three candidates were interviewed in September. Dohl was previously involved with the 4-H Club as a volunteer leader in ...

The Salvation Army Santa Fund

Dear Santa, Have you ever heard the story of how The Salvation Army started the Red Kettles? The year was 1891, when Joseph McFee, a Salvation Army captain based in San Francisco, California, saw the huge number of poor people within the city and wanted to provide them with a free Christmas ...

Bridge results

Following are the highest-scoring players in the area bridge games reported to the Sun-Gazette: Williamsport Bridge Club Nov. 27 — Lois Wentzler and Glen Frazier, 64; Kay Dando and Sally Manning, 59; Marge Winder and Don Dascher, 58; Sarabelle Leuthner and Marie Zurinsky, 57; Judy Stein and ...

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 3. “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 4. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 5. “The Midnight Line” by ...

This week at the library

Monday • Knitting group, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg. • Anime and Manga Club, 5 to 7 p.m., Herr Memorial Library, 500 Market St., Mifflinburg. • Adult DIY felt ornaments, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Vintage Meeting Area, James V. Brown Library, ...

From My Shelf Books & Gifts enters Top 25 in indie contest

WELLSBORO — From My Shelf Books & Gifts, an independent bookstore at 7 E. Ave., is among the Top 25 small businesses vying for the 2017 Indie Small Business Award. Independent We Stand, the national small business movement that is holding the contest, made the announcement just before ...

Red Cross accepting nominations for Local Heroes

The American Red Cross North Central Pennsylvania Chapter is seeking nominations for its “Heroes of North Central Pennsylvania” program. This event will honor ordinary individuals or teams who have made extraordinary contributions that have impacted the lives of people in our community. ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: A friend whom I have known for 40-plus years got married for the second time in his life five years ago. At the wedding, some of the bride’s relatives told the minister, “These two should not be married.” Two years ago, he filed for divorce. In the settlement, he wanted ...