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Proposed City Hall ramp under design

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Despite a ramp existing to access City Hall, the mayor said he wants another ramp built fronting West Fourth Street. The proposed ramp and security enhancements in the building are expected to cost $500,000, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said. “The city has the money in the form of a bond,” ...

Firehouse to get makeover

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The city Bureau of Fire headquarters is scheduled for a renovation amounting to about $100,000, a city contractor said. New overhead doors and an emergency generator replacement are part of the work, according to David L. Witmer, on-site construction manager with Reynolds of ...

Mansfield University picks 28th president

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Charles E. Patterson has been elected Mansfield University of Pennsylvania’s next president, thanks to a unanimous vote of the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, according to a statement from the university. Patterson will be entering the role of ...

Best Selling author to speak at James V. Brown Library gala

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Author Lisa See has been named as the featured speaker for the James V. Brown Library’s Author Gala set for Oct. 24. The library’s board of trustees announced the decision at its meeting on Tuesday. “We’re really excited about her,” said Robin Glossner, development director. ...

County is rewarded for 27 years of fiscal reporting excellence

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After earning the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting for the 27th consecutive year, the fiscal services staff of Lycoming County were honored at Thursday’s commissioners meeting. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial ...

The case for elderberries

Letters

A letter writer stated elderberries are a good medicine. I never heard that. In a clipping from another newspaper, there were listed items in your yard that were poisonous. Elderberries were listed as all parts were except the blossoms. Well, I and others should be dead then! My mother, ...

A striking resemblance

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On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor with 350 warplanes and within a short period of time 330 of our planes and 29 ships were destroyed or damaged. More than 2,400 people died that day, servicemen and women and civilians. At that time, the United States was engaged in peace talks with ...

Marijuana no-brainer

Letters

In regards to the legalization of marijuana, I strongly agree with Terry Madonna's op-ed regarding the legalization of recreational cannabis in PA, especially from an economic viewpoint, knowing full well the struggles of 3rd class cities. The opinion, however, doesn't even touch the lack of ...

Yuengling family set to speak at Lycoming College

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Lycoming College will host Dick Yuengling and his four daughters to speak about growing his beer business from its humble origins to now working out the logistics of a family-run business. The talk is slated for 5:30 p.m., March 27 in the Clark Chapel. This visit isn’t Yuengling’s ...

Fire companies, EMS services to receive grants

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he burden for funding needs has lifted just a bit for some local emergency services with the announcement of dollars coming their way. Fire companies and EMS services in Lycoming and Union counties will receive grants from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, according to state Rep. ...

Suspect faces drug, weapon charges

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An Old Lycoming Township man recently was indicted in federal court on alleged drug trafficking and firearms charges, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed. Zakhary W. Pryer, 39, allegedly distributed heroin and cocaine on five separate dates between Oct. 12 and Nov. 19, 2018, according ...

Grant could end illegal dumping at city yard waste collection site

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A years-old problem of non-city residents dumping yard waste at the city brush/mulch site soon may be eradicated, city officials said. A $300,000 grant for recycling equipment from the state Department of Environmental Protection soon may go before City Council, according to Jason Fitzgerald, ...

Socialism

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When you hear the word "socialism", very likely you think of Venezuela and Cuba. And that is no accident. Both countries are used as "boogey men" to scare us away from thinking about policies that are deemed "socialist". Well, you should consider looking at the following countries: ...

Change welfare rules

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People collecting welfare, those who are dropping out of school and getting state welfare, should receive it for a year then get a job and work three years before applying again. Girls dropping out of school who are expecting and have no father of the child for support ought not receive ...

Minimum wage thinking

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Only in a place like Williamsport with high poverty and low wages would people vote in a newspaper poll not to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour then to raise it to $15 an hour (actually one vote less to raise it at the time I wrote this). Then they wonder why they're poor and live in ...

‘Mini’ event makes huge impact at SWASD

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Statistics from the American Cancer Society reveal that almost one out of every three people will battle cancer at some point in their lifetime. But for the past eight years, students in the South Williamsport Area School District have been fighting back. What began in 2011 by senior politics ...

Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

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Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students. “Our Pre-College Programs offers living and ...

Students attend annual SADD conference

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Six students from the Williamsport Area High School recently attended the annual SADD Conference. Approximately 230 students from schools around the area gathered at Penn College for guest speakers, trivia games and information sessions. “There was a lot of information presented at the ...