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This kitty ready for his close-up

SCRANTON –– George’s skewed smirk and crossed yellow-green eyes labeled him less adoptable. Kaitlin Zezeski gave him a home anyway. “I saw his face ... and I fell immediately in love,” she said. The 2-year-old tuxedo cat from Scranton recently joined the leagues of animals made ...

Chicken marsala reminds Dunmore woman of childhood meals

SCRANTON –– Cold February days call for comfort food. If you’re Italian or you like Italian fare, there’s nothing quite like the smell of garlic, mushrooms and marsala wafting through a warm, cozy kitchen. That’s the case for Patty Condon. The Dunmore resident and her two siblings ...

Lifestyle briefs

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will hold the following events and activities in the month of March: • Baby cafe — 10:30 a.m. March 1, 15 and 29. • Move and groove play time — 3:15 p.m. March 1 and 22. • Adult special needs story time — 1 p.m. March 2. • ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I met and married a wonderful man 23 years ago. I found out his family has a history of lying and manipulation. One of his sisters goes beyond that. She decided days before our wedding to reveal that she was abused when she was a teenager. Over the years, she has been caught in lies ...

Wood River volunteers travel to help animals find homes

WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) — With great efficiency, an organization transported a cat from Austin, Texas, to Coos Bay, Oregon, over a four-day period. Thirty-five drivers handled separate legs of the journey, which began on Thursday morning and ended on Sunday evening with the cat in the arms of ...

Mobile pet salon sells convenience to animal owners

Lincoln lovingly pounced on Annie Marcinko as she greeted him on his porch. The 4-year-old greater Swiss mountain dog was ready to be pampered with a nail trim, bath, teeth brushing and ear cleaning, all from the comfort of his own driveway in Green Ridge. Lincoln, a Westminster Kennel Club ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have a real problem with my 52-year-old son, “Robert,” who is cross-addicted. He’s struggled with substance abuse since he was 14 years old. Years ago, he got sober for a stretch of five years, so I know he is capable of getting clean. But he’s using now. He is very ...

Moments of Motherhood

“But Mommy ... you’re just a girl!” I came to a complete halt as I was shocked that these words came out of my 8 year old daughter’s mouth. I’m raising one son and three daughters and not only have I tried to instill in them, but even more so live by the firm belief that a girl ...

Healthy relationships: Part II

(EDITORS NOTE: The following story is written by a Lock Haven University intern for the Clinton County Women’s Center in honor of February as Healthy Relationship and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The story is the last of three, to spread awareness about what individuals can do if ...

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

WASHINGTON — Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That’s a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies — and recording their attempts. At issue is how to ...

Meatballs are a hearty dish for a late-winter dinner

After the Mona Lisa, Italy’s most beloved and enduring gift to world culture might be the meatball. But talk to any two Italian cooks about which ingredients actually comprise a meatball, and you’re going to get an argument. Fine. I took this contentiousness as a license to concoct a ...

JVB Check It Out

Take a journey through 5,000 years of Egyptian civilization when historian John Maietta offers the two-part program, “Eternal Egypt: From King Tut to the Arab Spring.” Maietta will present the first part of the program at 6 p.m. on Monday at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. ...

American Life in Poetry

There are those like me who can’t even tell when an avocado is ripe, and those who know exactly how to perfectly prepare a ripe one. Here’s a poem of avocado expertise by Diane Lockward from “The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement,” published by Wind Publications. The poet lives in New ...

Public Library for Union County to hold March events

LEWISBURG — The Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., will hold the following events and activities in the month of March. Adult and teen programs • Knitting — 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Knitters of all skill levels are invited to bring their needles, yarn and projects and join ...

A Word, Please

Recently, I wrote in this space about the plural possessive of mother-in-law. That is, when Jane’s mother-in-law and Bob’s mother-in-law pitch in to buy a business, is it the mother-in-law’s business, the mother-in-laws’ business, the mother’s-in-law business, the mothers’-in-laws ...

Retirement planning? Couples, mind the age gap

An age difference in your relationship doesn’t just mean your favorite bands are from different decades. As you approach retirement together, that age gap becomes a factor in decisions about when you retire and when you take Social Security, and in planning how much money you need to save ...

DeWald Chiropractic continues community support

The Williamsport Salvation Army recently received a $950 donation from DeWald Chiro­practic to help support the programs and services they offer throughout the year. The money was raised during the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program and in addition to; gifts were collected and donated to ...

Friends of the James V. Brown Library to hold March book review luncheon

The Friends of the James V. Brown Library will hold a book review luncheon at noon on Friday in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family wing of the library. Dr. Oscar W. Knade Jr. will review “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” by ...

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

When Windy walked into the Mule Barn during that cold snap last week, we knew he was getting frantic for an audience. He has a hard time getting us to listen to his version of history, his notions of what was going on now, and his prognostications of the future of mankind. But it was cold, ...