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Book review: ‘Queen of Broken Hearts’

“Queen of Broken Hearts” is a romantic story with many issues, twists and turns. Author Cassandra King interweaves the characters unique personalities with love, heartache, hope, and healing. The main character of the book is Clare, a practicing therapist specializing in helping clients ...

STEP fruit and vegetable voucher distribution to start this week

As the growing season begins in Pennsylvania, STEP, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are teaming up to offer fruit and vegetable vouchers to eligible senior citizens in Lycoming and Clinton counties. STEP Office of Aging will be distributing fruit and vegetable vouchers to ...

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 ...

A Word, Please

This just in: The Associated Press Stylebook now allows “they” as a singular pronoun in some cases. AP made the big announcement late last month. Reactions were varied, with most of them solidly in the “What? Leave me alone. ‘The Walking Dead’ is on” camp. Others reacted with ...

Area Bridge Club results

Following are the highest-scoring players in the area bridge games reported to the Sun-Gazette: Women’s Club Duplicate May 18 — Barbara Johnstone and Mary Bennardi, 29; Mary Capkovic and Carolyn Hume, 27; Louise Haymes and JoAnn Hester, 21. Williamsport Bridge Club May 15 — Sally ...

Upcoming class or family reunions

Ralston Alumni Association RALSTON — The Ralston Alumni Association will hold a reunion at 11 a.m. June 10 at Ralston Fire Dept. Social Hall, Route 14. Williamsport Area High School class of 1977 The Williamsport Area High School class of 1977 will hold their 40th reunion from 1-8 p.m. ...

This photo taken April 12, 2017, shows Steven Salmon, a self-published author who is living with cerebral palsy, working on a new book using a device that is attached to his wheelchair that translates morse code to English that he activates by moving his head to the left or to the right, in his office at a group home where he lives in Madison, Wis. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Madison author overcomes limitations to achieve his dreams

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For 11 hours a day Steve Salmon secludes himself in his office, decorated as a shrine to the Green Bay Packers, to work alone — save for the company of his sweet-tempered cat Lindy. Most people wouldn’t find such long hours ideal, but for Salmon, it means getting ...

Late author explored a rivalry between two paleontologists in the Old West

No need to check with voice assistant Alexa. Yes, sadly, Michael Crichton died in 2008 but he has a new novel, “Dragon Teeth,” thanks to his archives and dedicated wife, Sherri Crichton. In an afterword, she says the book has “Michael’s voice, and his love of history, research and ...

Author chronicles adventures of cats and their humans

Does your cat sit in the window most of the day, watching birds and insects with wide eyes and a twitching tail? Does your cat try to slip out every time the door opens? Is your cat confident and comfortable in unfamiliar situations? “It sounds like you’ve got an aspiring Adventure Cat on ...

Ian Buruma chosen as new editor of New York Review of Books

NEW YORK (AP) — An acclaimed essayist and historian has been chosen to succeed the late Robert Silvers as editor of The New York Review of Books. The publication announced Thursday the selection of Ian Buruma, who has been contributing to the Review for more than 30 years. His books include ...

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Girls on the Run participants run during the 5K event on May 7.

More than 1,000 support Girls on the Run 5K

More than 1,000 girls, spectators, volunteers and community members gathered on May 7 for the Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley 5K event, the culminating moment of the Girls on the Run season. “Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set ...

Home Country

Windy Wilson looked through the notions aisle at the store and finally picked out the package of needles he wanted. Big ones. The big ones are easier to thread and it’s harder to drop them and stick yourself. Mrs. Andrews walked past him with her shopping cart. “Going to do some sewing, ...

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Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “16th Seduction” by by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown) 3. “Against All Odds” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 4. “The Fix” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) 5. “Golden ...

WEST MILTON — West Milton State Bank employees give back to the community through community events and monetary donations. In the first quarter, every Friday was an optional paid casual day where employees can dress down to support a cause. The minimum donation is $5 for the entire month, where each month’s donations are given to a different non-profit.
In January, employees raised $385 for the ALS Association, which is “the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.” 
February donations were given to the local non-profit, ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund. Total donations of $355 will help “pediatric cancer patients and their families with the financial burdens associated with their cancer diagnosis” at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
March donations totaled $550 for March of Dimes in conjunction with the local March for Babies Susquehanna Valley 2.5 mile walk on May 7. The March of Dimes mission is to “improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.” 
This year was the bank’s third year participating in the walk. In addition to employee donations, the team raised $903.

West Milton State Bank donates to non-profit organizations

WEST MILTON — West Milton State Bank employees give back to the community through community events and monetary donations. In the first quarter, every Friday was an optional paid casual day where employees can dress down to support a cause. The minimum donation is $5 for the entire month, ...

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County commissioners Tony Mussare, Jack McKernan and Rick Mirabito and county controller Krista Rogers, presented a check to Mary Lee Harris, president of Lycoming County Senior Citizens for $10,000 to be used by all the chapters of senior citizens in the county.

Lycoming County Senior Citizens hold meeting

The Lycoming County Senior Citizens met at 1 p.m. on May 4 at the Williamsport YMCA in the community room for lunch. County commissioners Tony Mussare, Jack McKernan and Rick Mirabito, along with county controller Krista Rogers, presented a check to the chapters for $10,000 to be divided to the ...

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The Youth Quarantine Level 1 all start team from Epidemic Stunt and Tumble are shown during a recent competition in Long Island, N.Y.

Youth team wins national championship

The Youth Quarantine Level 1 all star team of 20 girls from Epidemic Stunt and Tumble (EST), 316 Rose St., recently competed in Long Island, New York, where they won the grand championship and received a full paid bid to a national championship competition. Youth Quarantine not only won ...

4 tips for choosing the right car seat

As a parent, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing an infant car seat. To help give parents the confidence they need before baby’s first car ride home from the hospital, the safety experts at Car Seats for the Littles offer these tips for proper car seat installation ...

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison honored by Authors Guild

NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison praised the power of literature and the “community” of writers. James Patterson told some jokes, and even sang. Both received Distinguished Service Awards Wednesday night at the 25th annual Authors Guild dinner gala, held in Manhattan. The Guild, which ...

First lady Melania Trump arrives at the San Damaso courtyard ahead of her husband President Donald Trump's private audience with Pope Francis, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Melania turned to one of her favorite fashion houses, Dolce & Gabbana, for her audience with the pope and her arrival in Italy. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next

WASHINGTON (AP) — To cover up or not to cover up? Melania Trump wore a veil to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet the pope, but no head covering a few days earlier to meet the king of Saudi Arabia, a religiously conservative country where most women cover themselves up from head to toe. Why ...

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Area seniors recently were asked by the Sun-Gazette to reflect on their lives. Clockwise from top left, are Alice DeWire, holding a picture of her great-great grandson with five generations; Vanetta Akers; Dr. Thomas Shoemaker; Anne Bulkley; and Barb Spotts.

Looking back

F­ive area senior citizens recently were asked by the Sun-Gazette what it means to them to grow older. They were asked about regret, challenges and also to reflect on their sweetest memories. Alice DeWire, 97, Anne Bulkley, 85 and Barb Spotts, 87, all of Hughesville; Vanetta Akers, 78, of ...