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Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’m worried that my boyfriend is abusing his prescription drugs. He goes for days without taking them and then takes several times the recommended doses all at once. He says he likes the intense rush he feels when he takes them this way. (They’re stimulants.) I’ve expressed ...

Don’t throw in the towel, turn it into a tote bag

CONCORD, N.H. — Summer is coming to a close, but don’t throw in the towel just yet. Carry it to the beach or pool in style. I admit, I sent my son to day camp for five weeks this summer with a rather ratty towel crammed into his backpack with his swimsuit, lunch and water bottle. But ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’m not writing in about any problem you can solve. This letter is about a much bigger problem — namely, the state of the world today. It’s impossible to turn on the news without getting depressed, whether because of natural disasters or the bitter state of politics in our ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: It’s important to have etiquette on the phone, no matter to whom you are speaking. When you take the time to call someone but the person is preoccupied, talks over you or doesn’t say “excuse me” when someone in the room is speaking to him or her while you’re on the phone, ...

Ogden man designs bikes that are a little sketchy, scary

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — It’s easy to find someone with a love for bicycles in Utah, but Mark Johnson looks at cycling a little different than most. “I want to ride a bike that’s kind of dangerous, that’s a little sketchy, that’s a little scary,” said Johnson. This hunt for a ...

Use fresh local tomatoes for crispy tomato salad

Even though fresh local tomatoes start popping up at the market in July, they don’t really hit their peak until August — and that’s when I get happy. The tomato is absolutely my favorite vegetable (even if it’s technically a berry). This crispy tomato salad combines cooked tomatoes and ...

From high school to the golden years

75 years ago, Raymond Venema, Melvin Durrwachter and Hilary Schmouder all graduated from Williamsport High School in 1943. The three gentlemen coincidently ended up living nearby one another at The Meadows, a personal care community. Raymond, Durrwachter and Schmouder all are 94 years old and ...

Veggin’ out

A friend of mine recently asked for recipes that include lentils. She had some, but never cooked with them before. So I gave her a few suggestions, but it inspired me to look up a few new recipes, too. I really like lentils a lot. If I’m cooking them from dry, I like to cook them in broth, ...

Upcoming reunions in the area

Greenaway QUIGGLEVILLE — The Greenaway family reunion will be held on Saturday at the Quiggleville Community Hall, Route 973 West. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a tureen, table service and white elephant for auction. Games and prizes for adults and children ...

Bridge results

Following are the highest-scoring players in the area bridge games reported to the Sun-Gazette: Williamsport Bridge Club Aug 6 — Sally Manning and Mary Ann Churba, 72; Gene Waltz and Judy Stein, 69; Lynn Henry and Ann Day, 63; Lorraine Lecce and Helen Shaffer, 60; Don Dascher and Pat Todd, ...

JVB Check It Out

If you stopped by the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., during the past few months, you may have noticed that the library was under construction. Various parts of the building were updated and remodeled as part of the Library’s ongoing efforts to provide superior customer service ...

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 ...

Home Country

“Bert looks good this morning, Doc,” Dud said, quietly. Three stools down the counter, Bert smiled and said, “Yes, I certainly do!” We turned toward our old pal. “You heard that?” “Sure did, guys,” he grinned. “Look….” He pointed to his ears. “Hearing aids,” he ...

Wisconsin man has more than 200,000 comics in his collection

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — It all started with little bars of soap. When Steven Kahn was 5, his traveling salesman father would often greet his son with small gift upon returning from a trip. On one of those occasions, he had a few bars of hotel soap in his pocket. Young Steve was fascinated by ...

A stir-fry with easy prep ingredients done in under an hour

Quick-cooking stir-fries are a natural choice for weeknight dinners. This one combines easy-prep ingredients with a leveled-up sauce made from Asian pantry staples. To save on time, use precut broccoli florets rather than fussing with a whole head of broccoli. For a crisp-tender texture and ...

Lifestyle briefs

Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to hold meeting TIOGA — The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Ives Run Recreation Area, Lakeside pavilion, 710 Ives Run Lane. Guild members, family members and guests are encouraged to attend. Attendees should bring a dish to ...

Chuck roast sings after a slow grill and some smoke flavor

For our shredded barbecued beef, we cut a chuck roast into quarters. The smaller pieces of beef absorbed more smoke flavor and cooked much faster. After cooking the meat in a disposable roasting pan on the cooler side of the grill for a few hours, we flipped all four pieces, wrapped the pan in ...

A Word, Please

No matter how many years I work as an editor, no matter how much advice I dole out in this column, some words will always scare me. Perhaps it’s because they came to my attention early in my editing career, when I cowered at the base of a steep learning curve wondering how I’d ever scale ...

Book review: ‘PLAY BALL!’

For Little League players, fans, coaches and parents, “Play Ball!” is essential reading. Subtitled “The Story of Little League Baseball,” this fascinating volume was originally published in 2001 by Penn State Press — but it went out of print in recent years. Now, thanks to Omnibus ...

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The President is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown) 2. “Paradox” by Catherine Coulter (Gallery Books) 3. “The Outsider” by Stephen King (Scribner) 4. “Cottage by the Sea” by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine) 5. “The Other ...