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Coolidge releases 8th entry in ‘Totally Ninja Raccoon’ series

WELLSBORO — The eighth book in Kevin Coolidge’s “Totally Ninja Raccoon” series for reluctant second to fourth grade readers is now available at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, 7 East Ave. “The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Jersey Devil” takes place in Tioga County on the Pine ...

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Waldo-Palooza Party to be held WELLSBORO — The Waldo-Palooza Party will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, 7 East Ave. Those who have been searching for Waldo in more than 25 Wellsboro area businesses and organizations during July must turn in their ...

Young Wisconsin writer gets literature award

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Reiyah Jacobs is only 12. But she writes like an old soul, so full of passion and yearning to know more about herself and the world. The Edison Middle School student recently received a national award in the middle school division of a PTA-sponsored program. She ...

JVB Check It Out: Library’s first-ever Little League pin on sale Aug. 8

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will have its first-ever Little League trading pin available for sale beginning Aug. 8. The Little League pin, “Swing Into Reading,” is the first in a series –– Chapter 1 –– and was designed by Amanda Emig, the library’s graphic ...

American Life in Poetry

My teacher and mentor, the late Karl Shapiro, once said of opera, “I’m afraid, Ted, that it’s sort of silly.” Here is a poem by Richard Schiffman, an environmental journalist from New York, that has a little fun with the hair-on-fire excesses of grand opera. It’s from his book, ...

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 services for ...

Florida family’s pig loves mints, sleeping indoors

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When Travis Claytor comes home from work, there is Cece, a mint-slurping, Instagram-featured pet pig wagging his tail, to greet him. Topping the scales at well over 100 pounds, Cece likes his nightly rituals of cuddling on the couch before he excuses himself to go to a ...

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The President is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown) 2. “The Good Fight” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) 3. “The Outsider” by Stephen King (Scribner) 4. “Spymaster” by Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bestler Books) 5. “The ...

Professor’s life is changed in ‘A Noise Downstairs’

“A Noise Downstairs” (William Morrow), by Linwood Barclay Paul Davis is driving home when he sees his mentor and colleague Kenneth Hoffman driving erratically. He follows and soon learns that Hoffman has two dead bodies in his trunk. When Davis confronts him, Hoffman whacks him in the ...

This week at the library

Sunday • Pool Party, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Muncy Pool, 125 New St., Muncy. Monday • Music & Coloring for Everyone, 10 to 11 a.m., Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg. • Kids in the Garden, 10 to 11 a.m., Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., ...

Salmon, avocado and grapefruit make a bright dinner salad

Peppery watercress balances the sweetness of the grapefruit and the richness of the avocado and salmon in this light, bright dinner salad. If you buy bunched watercress, be sure to wash it thoroughly. You’ll also need to trim the tough stems. It’s fine to leave some thinner stems near the ...

Upcoming reunions

Reunion notices are published as a one-time courtesy at no charge on Sundays in the Lifestyle section. Information must be received in writing by the Lifestyle department at least two weeks prior to the desired publication date. Reunion notices not received in time will be published the ...

This corn spoonbread has a delicious puddinglike richness

The Southern staple known as spoonbread — a particular specialty of Kentucky and Virginia — is a Native American dish adopted early on by America’s earliest European settlers. George Washington happened to be a big fan and often served it up at Mount Vernon, Virginia. I love it because of ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: This is an indelicate subject, so anyone prone to queasiness might not want to read. I work in a small closed-in department of three people. My co-worker “Anna,” who has worked there for a number of years, often passes gas and subsequently sprays a scented “air freshener.” ...

A streamlined way for making a colorful vegetable casserole

This colorful vegetable casserole has a striking look but a simple approach. A tian is an assortment of roasted vegetables cooking in a shallow dish, sometimes with cheese or au gratin. Arranging slices of moisture-rich zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes over the uncooked orzo and baking ...

For an easy, rustic dessert, you really can’t beat a cobbler

For an easy, rustic dessert, you really can’t beat a cobbler. With a fleet of tender biscuits floating on a sea of sweet fruit, a good cobbler can hold its own against any fancy cake or pastry. For our cast-iron skillet cherry cobbler, we looked to jarred, pitted cherries in syrup to ...

Mysterious missing parts of Malcolm X’s autobiography found

NEW YORK — For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th century book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965? The ...

Lafasta Italian Festival to be held

Lafesta Italian Festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. August 3, noon to 10 p.m. August 4 and from noon to 4 p.m. August 5 at Sons of Italy Lodge 2786, 111 E. Fourth St. Live music, Italian dishes and homemade Italian desserts will be available.

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’m in my late 50s. Approximately three years ago, because of my husband’s death, an auto accident and my loss of a job, I had to return to my parents’ home to recuperate and get back on my feet. This has been a very dark period for me. A bit of background on my childhood: ...