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Wellsboro author earns recognition in ‘Story Monsters Approved’ program

WELLSBORO — The book, “The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot,” by Kevin Coolidge, of Wellsboro, has earned approval in the Story Monsters Approved program, which recognizes accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature. Young readers know when they see the Story ...

Survey unmasks peculiar behaviors of pet owners

Do you share a playlist with your poodle? Take a bath with your turtle? It might seem far-fetched, but since many people treat pets like family, they often let them do surprising things. A recent survey, commissioned by Moen, conducted online by Harris Poll, finds that, among other things, 43 ...

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman (W.W.Norton) 2. “Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s) 3. “Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown) 4. “The Whistler” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 5. “Right Behind You” by Lisa ...

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Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to hold meeting WELLSBORO — The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Gmeiner Arts and Cultural Center, 134 Main St. After the business meeting, members will share their recent projects in a “show and tell.” The theme for the ...

New Jersey girl donates 1,300 books to children’s hospital

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — A 12-year-old New Jersey girl spent Valentine’s Day delivering more than 1,300 books donated to a children’s hospital. Charlotte Olson told the Courier-Post her original goal was to collect 1,000 children’s books as a way to give back to her town of Voorhees. She ...

Bridge results

Following are the highest-scoring players in the area bridge games reported to the Sun-Gazette: Williamsport Bridge Club Feb. 6 — Gene Waltz and Judy Stein, 72; Kay Dando and Sally Manning, 67; Joyce Morgan and Ann Day, 63; Lorraine Lecce and Mary Ann Churba, 60; Lois Wentzler and Sue ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: It has been over a year since my sister and I had a falling-out. She used to live with me but moved in with my mother. I have tried to reconcile with her to keep harmony within the family. I have been unsuccessful. It appears that our mother has taken my sister’s side in our ...

Politics and poetry reign at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK — There’s bad Fashion Week weather, and there’s REALLY bad Fashion Week weather. Fashion lovers had to be careful not to slip and break major bones Sunday as they maneuvered along slippery, slushy streets. Inside the shows, there was plenty of talk about politics, social change, ...

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Wellsboro Chamber to hold chili ‘taste off’ WELLSBORO — The third annual Chili With a Chance of Chocolate taste-off will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Wellsboro. There will be 19 chilis to taste at 18 different sites and an opportunity to win one or more than ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My ex-husband was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive, and he was a womanizer from the very beginning. So I divorced him in the 1980s; I then kept custody of our daughter. All was good between my daughter and me for 10 years — before my ex managed to work his way back ...

Therapy dogs calm anxious travelers at Florida airport

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida airport is getting some help from a few four-legged friends to help ease travelers’ stress. Punta Gorda Airport kicked off their program recently. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports it’s one of about 20 airports nationwide partnering with ...

Book review: ‘Zombie Fallout’

I recently read a self-published book. It was so bad I had to comment on it. The preponderance of comments were to the effect that, “The book is in ‘diary’ form and no one writes grammatically or checks their spelling in a diary.” This is the second time I have run into this defense. ...

What’s new at the James V. Brown Library?

This comprehensive and invaluable book shows you how to get the most out of an iPad with iOS 10. The iPad is a user-friendly, portable multimedia device with endless capabilities. This book teaches you how to surf the internet, write emails, jot down notes and maintain a calendar. The iPads ...

Poached cod with papaya gives tropical twist to weeknights

Balancing healthy eating with a crazy weeknight schedule is tricky for everyone. We all have competing priorities that chip away at our days: kids, careers, school, home, family obligations all take time and energy. And next thing we know, it’s 6 p.m. and we haven’t given any thought to ...

KitchenWise: Cheesy baked grits a deeply satisfying staple

A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine — a deeply satisfying staple. Like squash, tomatoes and deep-pit barbecuing, grits came to define Southern cooking via the cuisines of such southeast ...

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SPCA offering Valentine’s Day adoption special In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering special incentives for adoption this week. Signs will be on display showing which animals are available for the ...

Pet Tales: Local dogs compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Show

Most people have never been to an American Kennel Club dog show, but they’ll tune in to watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on television. This is the 141st year that the prestigious show has been held in New York City, attracting “the best of the best” canines from the U.S. and ...

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MONTOURSVILLE — The Christian Women’s Club will host the “Deep into the Winter” brunch from 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 23 at Community Baptist Church, 1853 Route 87 N. Christine Koons will present “Uh-Oh, Time for a New Coat” and Kathleen Radspinner will be the vocalist. There is a cost ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I will very soon turn 68. I was with my ex-husband for 42 years before we divorced eight years ago. I dated several men in the first four years, but four years ago, I connected with a man I had dated in high school. We spend three nights a week together and a little of the day ...

Cats at the Westminster dog show? Sort of, in a first

By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK — A border collie named Trick rocketed to a win full of four-footed focus in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show agility contest Saturday. And next door, also tackling hurdles, tunnels and weaving poles, were some decidedly rare breeds for ...