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Magical city parade to kick off holiday season

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Santa, elves and a lot of joy for the right audience. The Children’s Magical Christmas Parade, as it is called, a slight deviation from Billtown Christmas Parade, begins 6 p.m. Friday, according to Shawn Washington, city recreation director. The department has been busy preparing for ...

15 charged with various crimes

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Fifteen people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Robert Jarvis III, 23, of 460 William St.; city police; simple assault and harassment for allegedly assaulting Lily Dugan and ...

Centuries of sites: A visit to the dreaming tree

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An acorn drops to the ground 180 years ago. Its hardened cap sits atop its inch-diameter-size fruit shell as it holds the embryo of a potential oak tree. The small oval fruit cracks and a pale sprout tip seeks the earth below it as its taproot burrows into the rich soil of the mountain ...

Cutters on MLB’s list of possible minor league eliminations

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The Williamsport Crosscutters are going about “business as usual” for the 2020 season despite being listed as one of the 42 Minor League Baseball teams Major League Baseball wants to eliminate. MLB is looking to reduce the number of minor league teams it’s affiliated with and alter the ...

Charges dropped against Loyalsock Township man

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State police have dropped all charges against Ryland Smith, 23, of 2715 Estella Ave., Loyalsock Township, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge Gary Whiteman. Police withdrew charges of possession with intent to deliver 21 LSD tablets and possession of drug ...

Do you know your Susquehanna Valley turkeys?

Outdoors

Did you know that the Susquehanna is home to some unique turkeys? While these turkeys don’t have wings or feathers, they are sure fun to visit and explore! In honor of our favorite Turkey Day, Thanksgiving, we are counting down some of the Susquehanna’s top not-your-typical turkeys. ...

United Way campaign goals set with record in mind

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The goal for the annual Lycoming County United Way campaign, which kicked off with the group’s Live United in Music concert last month, has been set at $1,612,126 – just one dollar more than the highest campaign total which was achieved around six years ago, according to Ron Frick, ...

Environmental experts make an autumn plea

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Raking multicolored leaves into a pile, jumping into them and bagging them up may seem like a harmless fall ritual. But environmentalists are informing the public to leave the chore behind. Experts say gathering up your foliage may be more detrimental to your lawn, ...

Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates’ death row conditions

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HARRISBURG —Pennsylvania’s prison agency agreed to improve death row conditions under a settlement announced Monday of a federal lawsuit that called the inmates’ living standards degrading and inhumane. Lawyers for the inmates who sued said the agreement provides people on death row with ...

Thank you for your excellent gun article

Letters

As both a military veteran and retired federal lawman, I was encouraged by your Nov. 11 Op-Ed article, “Gun grabbers misleading us,” by Walter E. Williams. Mr. Williams stated all the right arguments why the “gun grabbers” are wrong. Again, thank you for printing everything I know is ...

It’s been a slow year for seasonal holly

Outdoors

It seems that it was only a short time ago that the trees were bursting with colorful leaves and now they are bare. In November, some shrubs, such as the winterberry holly, stand out in the drab background; however, I’ve noticed that this has not been a banner year for the bright red berries ...

Telephone town hall meeting postponed

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The telephone town hall meeting planned Monday night by State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township was cancelled early last evening. Members of Yaw’s office sent notice of the cancellation through email, stating that Yaw “regrettably announced that his telephone town hall discussion has ...

Collaboration aims to helps people with autism

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Aiding autistic individuals and their families to navigate services in our community, a local autism hub is working to bring about a united but diversified and specialized array of providers. Formally opening in April, the Autism Collaborative Center of Excellence regional community hub ...

Crosscutters not worried about threat of elimination

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The Williamsport Crosscutters are going about “business as usual” for the 2020 season despite being listed as one of the 42 Minor League Baseball teams Major League Baseball wants to eliminate. MLB is looking to reduce the number of minor league teams it's affiliated with and alter the ...

City cop named officer of the quarter

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City police Agent Jason Bolt — who played a critical role in several “high-profile violent criminal investigations” in the months of July, August and September — has been chosen as the Police Officer for the Third Quarter of the Year, according to city Police Chief Damon Hagan. An ...

Area will miss most of winter storm this week

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The official start of winter is five weeks away, but like a teaser for what’s to come, large snowflakes fell late Sunday morning, but they seemed to disappear before hitting the ground. There are “no big accumulations” in the forecast at least for the next week, according to Craig ...

City streets names link to historical locals

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Street names hold historic value in Williamsport, many of them dating back to pioneers in the borough and city’s founding and fixtures. These streets including Basin, Franklin, Packer, Beeber, Maynard and Hughes — among others. Much of these street names listed above and below were ...

White House pushes for drug cost legislation

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed beyond anything seen in years, says ...

Life or death?

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A total of 2,500 babies murdered today. You might wonder where is this happening? Well, the answer is right here in the United States. You see today there will be an estimated 2,500 innocent babies who under no fault of their own will be murdered at an abortion facility like Planned Parenthood. ...

Region using renewable, cleaner resources to cut costs

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Sources of renewable energy including wind farms with turbines and mills, solar panels fueled by photons, hybrid and compressed natural gas busses and more are being used in Lycoming and Tioga counties in an effort to reduce energy costs and carbon footprints in the state. Dr. Edward Maginn, ...