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Kathryn Nassberg and Isak Sidenbladh stand with the previous owner of Otto's bookstore, Betsy Rider after the store on Friday.

Otto’s bookstore under new ownership

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The legacy of the oldest independently owned bookstore in the United States and a piece of downtown Williamsport identity will continue under new ownership. Kathryn Nassberg and her husband, Isak Sidenbladh, finalized their purchase of Otto’s Bookstore, at 107 W. Fourth St., Friday ...

Montoursville’s Hoffman to wrestle at Ohio State

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Montoursville's Gavin Hoffman gave a verbal commitment Saturday to wrestle at Ohio State University. He announced his decision on FloWrestling.com during its broadcast of the NHSCA National Duals in Virginia. The junior is Montoursville's only two-time state champion and will try to become the ...

Van fire under investigation

Police, Fire & Court

Upon responding to a vehicle fire on the 1200 block of Isabella Street at 10:30 a.m. Friday, city police found an empty van “completely engulfed in flames” and “suspect it to have been stolen,” according to investigating Officer Richard Hoffard. When city firefighters arrived at the ...

Church-turned-nightclub again a worship site

Religion

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A brick structure on Penn Avenue in the Strip District, most recently known as the Altar Bar, is about to undergo an unusual reversal of fortunes. Built as a Catholic church that served an ethnic Slovak congregation for much of the 20th century, the building had a 15-year ...

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Flags decorating The Civil War memorial at Wildwood Cemetery surround the statue at the middle of the memorial, the "Soldier at Rest."

Showers early Memorial Day, followed by clear skies and wind

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Don’t the let the early showers that are likely on Memorial Day dampen or postpone any outdoor picnics or activities. While there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night and into Monday morning, the skies should be mostly cloudy and clearer as of noon and throughout ...

Countywide police activities

Police, Fire & Court

Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: THURSDAY 1:19 a.m., disturbance, 900 block of West Fourth Street, Williamsport. 8:57 a.m., hit and run, 900 block of Prospect Avenue, Williamsport. 11:17 ...

The basics of Islam

Religion

This article briefly attempts to highlight basic tenets and beliefs in Islam. Some people use religion to justify their actions and sometimes use information from religious books out of context. Differing ideas and impressions about Islam are due to existing conditions in the world. So it is ...

Food truck ordinance passes 1st of 2 votes, new regulations near

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City Council on first reading approved a food truck ordinance Thursday night, giving vendors a set of regulations to follow or face enforcement from the codes officers. No food vendors attended the meeting, apparently aware through prior economic revitalization committee meetings of the ...

Walking with God

Religion

Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. Ron Shellhamer, area Lutheran pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Sara Bower, Faxon-Kenmar ...

US plans first test of ICBM intercept, NKorea on mind

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WASHINGTON — Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday The American ...

Bud’s corner

Religion

The real test of a congregation and its ministry is the spirituality of its members. Spirituality involves our total life, and will be seen in: • The messages we preach • The daily lives we live. • Our attendance. • Our stewardship, giving and involvement. • Our home and ...

Federal judge tosses out life sentences for DC sniper Malvo

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McLEAN, Va. — A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia’s most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson in Norfolk said Malvo is entitled to ...

Ex-spouse questions divorce

Religion

Q: Should I consider remarrying my ex-spouse for the sake of our child? We recently got divorced, but over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly concerned about the impact of this family breakup upon our preschooler. As the dust settles, I wonder if maybe we could have made a better go ...

If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he’s ready

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WASHINGTON (AP) — If the FBI wants to talk to Jared Kushner about his Russian contacts, they won’t have to track down the president’s son-in-law. Amid reports the FBI is scrutinizing Kushner’s encounters, his lawyer says he stands ready to talk to federal investigators as well as ...

2 fatal wrecks in Bradford County

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Two fatal wrecks occured on Wednesday in Bradford County and were released by the Bradford County coroner, Thomas M. Carman. David L. Estelle Jr., 48, of Rome, was ejected from his 2001 Indian Motorcyle on Route 187, Orwell Township, Bradford County, at 8:47 p.m. after colliding with Tyler ...

Area church briefs

Religion

SUNDAY Ice cream benefit set MUNCY — Katys Church, 440 Katys Church Road in Columbia County next to State Game Lands will hold an ice cream benefit from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weather permitting. Ice cream benefits will continue the second and fourth Sundays each month through the summer. Call ...

Trump ‘evolving’ on climate action, pressured by Europeans

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TAORMINA, Italy (AP) — Forceful face-to-face talks this week with fellow world leaders left President Donald Trump “more knowledgeable” and with “evolving” views about the global climate accord he’s threatened to abandon, a top White House official said Friday. Trump also was ...

Vacation Bible school

Religion

(EDITOR’S NOTE: If your church is holding Vacation Bible School this year, please submit your information in the following format via email to religion@sungazette.com) JUNE 11-16 • Phelps Chapel United Methodist Church, Pine Creek Exit off Route 220, will hold Hero Central Discover Your ...

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The Diocese of Scranton Annual Appeal has surpassed its $5 million goal, raising $5,075,000 in gifts and pledges. Lycoming-Tioga Clergy and Lay Regional chairs with Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, right, are from left, the Rev. John Victoria, of St. Ann Parish in Loyalsock Township; and John and Joan Eck, of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Williamsport.

Local residents chair successful Diocese of Scranton Annual Appeal

Religion

The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, has announced that the 2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal has raised $5,075,000 in gifts and pledges, surpassing the goal of $5 million. The Annual Appeal has received gifts and pledges from 31,211 donors. Seventy-seven parishes ...

City post office offers passport event June 3

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The city Post Office on 2901 Reach Road, is hosting a passport event on June 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to the Post Office, Saturday was chosen for the event to make it easier to attend for parents. Both parents are needed when applying for a passport for a child under 16 years of ...