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various times • The Duboistown Garden Club will hold a Christmas Brunch at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Holiday Inn, Gallery Room, 100 Pine St. Keyboard music will be provided by Marie Latini followed by soloist Ryan Workman and pianist Tom Wetzel. The brunch is open to club members, husbands and ...

This Nov. 3, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a charcuterie box in Hyde Park, N.Y. Edible gifts are always a huge hit, especially at busy times of the year. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

The gift of some mind-blowing cheeses is just a click away

Gift-giving is supposed to be fun, but if you’re an adult, by now you’ve learned that choosing gifts is one of the more stress-inducing aspects of the holiday. Luckily, here at The Culinary Institute of America, we’ve learned a no-fail strategy for gifts that keeps us on the “nice” ...

This Nov. 13, 2017 photo shows avocado and goat cheese toast with persimmon in Bethesda, Md. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

It’s time to embrace an underappreciated fruit — persimmon

You’ve likely seen persimmon in the grocery store and then shied away from it, not quite sure what to do with it. The most common variety in the US is the fuyu persimmon, also called Japanese persimmon, and it looks similar to a slightly flatter orange tomato. The skin is thin and edible ...

Veggin’ out

I hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving holiday last week! Now that it is behind us, onward to Christmas — my favorite holiday! I absolutely love Christmastime and now, with a 1-year-old daughter, I’m even more excited and hope that she will eventually share in my love of the holiday season. ...

Salvation Army Santa Fund

Dear Santa, It’s hard to believe that 2017 is near to a close and how many things, both good and bad, have been crammed inside a window of 365 days. I usually try to look at the ending of a year and consider what I’ve learned, how I’ve changed, what I’d like to improve and what trends ...

Publishers weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child (Delacorte) 2. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 4. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown) 5. “The Noel Diary” by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & ...

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‘The Windfall’ explores newfound wealth in India

I have been busy trying to immerse myself in and learn more about Indian culture because my brother-in-law married a wonderful Indian-American woman. So, I was naturally drawn to Diksha Basu’s debut novel, “The Windfall,” which was making its rounds on social media as a must-read ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Please settle a disagreement between my elder sister and me. We will abide by your decision. I recently turned 85 and don’t expect to see Christmas, as I am in very poor health. I have been passing heirlooms on to family members, primarily to my granddaughters and their kids, as I ...

Write On…

Three words can change a person’s life forever, something as simple as “I love you” or in my case “I have cancer.” Eight years ago, my Mom told me this. I was nine years old when she was first diagnosed and I didn’t truly know what this entailed; chemo, five surgeries, and losing my ...

‘Christmas Time is Here’

For many people in Lycoming County, the Christmas season is just not complete without a trip walking or driving up the hill of Candy Cane Lane to see all of the decorations. Even though most neighborhoods do not deck the halls quite as much, tips for a successful holiday season can be learned ...

What the first Thanksgiving dinner actually looked like

Most Americans probably don’t realize that we have a very limited understanding of the first Thanksgiving, which took place in 1621 in Massachusetts. Indeed, few of our present-day traditions resemble what happened almost 400 years ago, and there’s only one original account of the ...

Salvation Army Santa Fund

Dear Santa, I love this time of year, the colder weather, the busy stores and restaurants, the plans people are making to be together and share time with friends and family. A time of year when even the most serious among us smile when a special holiday memory comes to mind. When children and ...

Home Country

Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc’s and Mrs. Doc’s this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he’d never make it as a dinner host. Very few Thanksgiving dinners ...

Thankful for family all over the world

Looking out over the table on Thanksgiving day, the first thing someone may be thankful for is their family. A big reason for that may be that their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were always around the table for that dinner. For me personally, family has always been what I was most ...

Pet Pantry to host pet photos with Santa

PENNSDALE — Pet Pantry of Lycoming County will host a pet photos with Santa fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec 2 at the Fort Muncy Garden Center. “This is our first fundraiser and we know we’ll have some holiday fun while we raise money to buy pet food for families who need a little ...

In-store shopping still matters this holiday season

It surprises most millennials to learn that only about 10 percent of all retail purchases are actually made online. Each semester, when I ask hundreds of undergraduate business students to estimate, they consistently guess that between a quarter and half of all retail spending happens on the ...

Milton Model Train Museum to hold Christmas open house

MILTON — The Milton Model Train Museum, located on the third floor of the Milton Moose at 139 S. Front St., will hold a Christmas open house. The museum, now in it’s 10th year of operation, has a theme this year of “accessories.” In 2007, the late Rev. Robert Walker, a former Milton ...

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Tips to reduce holiday spending, without cutting back on cheer

Amid the merriment of the holiday season is a hard reality — nearly six in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to afford an unexpected expense like a $500 car repair or $1000 emergency room bill, according to a Bank survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associations ...

How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table

We are a divided nation; that is an understatement. What’s more, we increasingly hear we are living in our own “bubble” or echo chamber that differing views cannot penetrate. To correct the problem, many are calling for people to reach out, to talk and above all, to listen. That is all ...