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Errors you didn’t know existed or expected

Editing and proofreading might seem like a dull profession. Scanning page after page for errant commas, badly conjugated verbs and the occasional misused “whom” sounds dull indeed. But in fact, the job is often terrifying. Errors you didn’t expect — including errors you didn’t know ...

The artists behind the tattoo

As tattoos become more widely visible on social media, television and in the community, the artists responsible for those tattoos may not receive the same exposure as not many know much about the artist behind the tattoo. Aaron Bellve, of Totem Tattoo, and Scott Bowen and Jordan Mortimer, of ...

10th annual World Read Aloud Day

Research shows that reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read- alouds, regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. That’s why the James V. Brown Library is encouraging everyone to read aloud ...

‘Algorithms to Live By,’ computer science for nonscientists

Despite its title, “Algorithms to Live By” by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths (Holt, 2016) is not a self-help book. It is a truly fascinating look at what discoveries in computer science can tell us about efficiency and optimization, interspersed with humor and written to be accessible to ...

Singulars and plurals, looking for the right answer

By JUNE CASAGRANDE Special to the Sun-Gazette “After the fight, all the boys had a black eye.” Editors see sentences like this all the time. They’re painful. They remind us that, no matter how much we know about grammar and sentence structure, our powers are limited. The problem, ...

Savory and sweet three bean chili

With winter in full swing and the weather unpredictable, on chilly Sunday’s I like to make my three bean chili. It’s hearty, fresh and a balance of sweet and savory has a kick. What makes this recipe perfect for me is it’s made in the Crock-pot, so I chop up my ingredients, drain my ...

Homemade sandwich bread

I‘ve heard that whatever activity you’re doing on the first day of the new year will be what you do for the rest of it. To kick off 2019, I had the idea to make homemade bread. In the past I’ve made homemade cookies, other pastries and meals so I thought it wouldn’t be too difficult ...

Photographer to present ‘Travel Through the Seasons’

Award-winning local photographer John Troisi returns to the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., for the next multimedia presentation in his popular “Travel Through the Seasons” series. The following programs are scheduled at 7 p.m.: • Feb. 4, Oregon: Coastline and Forests • ...

JVB February book review luncheon

John Piper Jr. will be the speaker at the upcoming Feb. 1 book review talk about “Entrepreneurial Families in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.” Lycoming has a rich history and has been a regional center since it was founded in 1795. On three occasions it achieved status as a national ...

A letter to Westley the dog from Walter the dachshund

Dear Westley, I am fine. How are you? Ok, honestly, I’m not fine. It’s cold here. It’s gray, dark and ugly outside and our yard is one giant mud puddle with icy chips in it. If it weren’t for the blankets on the couch and the other dogs to keep me warm, I don’t know if I ...

‘Home Country,’ Doc and Old Tom

It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts. Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn’t get more than an hour’s sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc’s hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he ...

Good Time 4-H pot pie stand and holiday party

MIFFLINBURG — The Good Time 4-H club held its annual pot pie stand at the recent Christkindl Market while the Union County Teen Council participated in the garbage duty. The stand sold 1,000 pounds of chicken pot pie and didn’t run out before the market closed. They also sold hot chocolate, ...

A Word, Please; When to use whom

Raise your hand if you know how to use whom. Now keep it raised if you’re confident you can explain its use in the following sentence: “One would do well to ask whom that was and by what means the communication took place.” Now keep it raised if - and only if - you figured out that ...

Reduce stress through mindfulness

At the beginning of the new year it’s common to make a resolution to take better care of yourself or on how to become more proficient in your daily life. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Akasha Center for Holistic Medicine, 2300 E. Third St., will hold it’s monthly Wellness Wednesday ...

Preserving history and making it widely available

One diverse thing Williamsport women like community leader Anne Higgins Perley, Sun-Gazette, April 10, 2016, and musicians Louise Holmes Stryker, Oct. 8, 2017, and Mary Landon Russell, Feb. 8, 2015, have in common is that all were regents of the Lycoming Chapter of the Daughters of the American ...

What do you do if you’re being stalked?

Stalking is an issue that gets lumped in with domestic violence but is often overlooked at as its own specific problem. Countless people across Lycoming County have experienced or are experiencing stalking by a stranger or someone they know. A few years ago, a friend of mine went out on a ...

Book review of ‘The Hike’

Drew Magary’s sophomore novel, “The Hike,” is a wildly funny fantasy ride that also has its hand well in horror. If you enjoyed Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five,” you’ll love Magary’s similar style of immersing the reader within the first few pages. The novel follows Ben, an ...

Creature Comforts: Marty’s weight loss journey

He’s so big and soft and huggable! There’s more of him to love. He’s got a handsome face. He’s chubby, full-figured, plump, roly-poly, stocky, heavyset, rotund, chunky, husky, thickset, hefty, paunchy, replete, stout, corpulent, weighty, burly. He shops in the “big and tall ” store, ...

Art & antiques, Protecting your collections

All of us have art, antiques and collectibles that we have acquired over the years. No matter what family heirlooms we have or what antiques we like to collect, there are few things we should all know about our collections and protecting them. Here are some tips about donations, obtaining ...