In the Schools

Blast to hold meeting

CANTON – The regular meeting of the BLaST, Intermediate Unit 17 board of directors will begin at 7 p.m., preceded by a light buffet at 6 p.m., Wednesday in the Conference Room of the BLaST IU 17 Canton Office, 33 Springbrook Drive.

The February meeting also will be by videoconference from the BLaST IU 17 Williamsport office, Sullivan Room, 2400 Reach Road. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting at this site may do so. Those who plan to attend at the Williamsport site should contact Cheryl Starr today. Additional handouts will be available on site.

Call no later than noon Wednesday if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Lock Haven offers screening and live discussion on film

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University will be showing Robert Reich’s film “Inequality for All,” a film that discusses the widening income gap and its impact on the American economy. The film will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Price Auditorium, on campus at 401 N. Fairview St., and Clearfield Campus’ Founder Hall 003, 201 University Drive, Clearfield.

The community, along with LHU students, is invited to this free event, which will be shown at campuses across the United States. After watching the documentary, participants will have the opportunity to partake in a nation-wide discussion with Reich at 6:30 p.m.

This presentation is supported by the Lock Haven University’s office of the provost, the departments of history, political science, international studies and foreign language and the department of sociology, anthropology and geography, with the support of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project.

Lock Haven University to host open house

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University will host an open house Saturday at the Student Recreation Center, 401 N. Fairview St. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend to learn more about everything LHU has to offer. During the program, prospective students will learn more about their major, tour campus and enjoy a complimentary lunch in Bentley Dining Hall. Financial aid and athletics will host presentations at the end of the day. Additionally, staff members from the office of admissions will be available to answer questions. To register for the open house program, visit– Reg.html or call 570-484-2027.

ESPN’s Stephan A. Smith to give free lecture at BU

BLOOMSBURG – Stephen A. Smith, former long-time columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer and current ESPN multimedia personality, will be the keynote speaker at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 20th annual Sankofa Conference, “Building a Leadership Culture,” on Saturday. His talk, “The Road to Great Leadership,” will be presented at 1 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, 400 E. Second St., and is free and open to the public.

Smith’s career has allowed him to learn firsthand about great leaders and the road to great leadership. He will talk about goal setting, motivation, tough decision making and inspiration.

Smith hosts “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on ESPN Radio New York 98.7 FM and is a featured columnist for He is a regular on “ESPN First Take,” where he appears with sports commentator Skip Bayless.

For more information about the lecture or the Sankofa Conference, contact BU’s office of multicultural affairs at 570-389-4510. BU students wishing to participate in the rest of the Sankofa Conference, which will be held in the Kehr Union from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., must register at the office of multicultural affairs, Kehr Union.

Bloom’s Bio Club teams up with the Children’s Museum

BLOOMSBURG – On Saturday Bloomsburg University’s Biology Club will team up with The Children’s Museum to offer hands-on science exploration for families during the museum’s first-ever Grossology Lab. Parents and children will work together to extract DNA from saliva, with the guidance of university students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Jennifer Venditti. Session One begins at 1p.m. Session Two begins at 2p.m. Spaces can be reserved for adults and children 10 and older by contacting the museum at 570-389-9206 or blooms

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Lycoming College to hold open house

Lycoming College will open its doors to prospective students and their families on Saturday when the admissions office holds its winter open house. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Pennington Lounge, Wendle Hall and the event starts at 10 a.m.

During the open house, participants will have the opportunity to tour Lycoming’s campus, take an old-fashioned trolley tour of historic Williamsport and converse with the college’s faculty, staff and coaches. They also will have the opportunity to learn about what life is like at Lycoming through several information sessions, which will feature discussions about college costs, career planning, freshman year expectations and managing an academic career while participating in athletics.

For more information and to register, visit or call 800-345-3920, ext. 4026.

Natural gas job site safety to be discussed at MU Presentation

MANSFIELD – Kinney Cossel from SeaTrax will present “Risk Management & Job Site Safety of a Natural Gas Job Site” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Mansfield University’s Allen Hall, room 104. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This is the February installment of the Shale Speaker Series sponsored by The Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University.

One of the most important aspects of any job is being able to keep the worksite safe. Kinney will explain why risk management and job site safety is not only necessary at a natural gas site but also requires total involvement and participation from all individuals.

Kinney also will explain how to assess the job site, recognize that there are certain hazards that cannot be avoided and that such hazards must be mitigated using the hierarchy of controls in order to ensure a safe and productive worksite. Throughout the presentation, Kinney will share examples of how and when safety training has been implemented into a worksite.

Light refreshments will be provided at the presentation.

The Shale Speakers Series is sponsored by The Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University. For more information, visit

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MU to host presentation on Negro baseball leagues

MANSFIELD – As part of its celebration of Black History Month, and in celebration of diversity, Mansfield University will present Byron Motley’s Negro Baseball Leagues An American Legacy at 8 p.m. Wednesday in North Manser Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Negro Baseball Leagues – An American Legacy highlights moments of a little known era of American history. Motley, a lecturer, filmmaker author and entertainer, gives an engaging and illuminating look at this bygone era that helped to give birth to the modern day Civil Rights movement in America.

Included with the lecture is a video presentation of a Negro League documentary being produced by Motley for PBS. The video contains historic interviews with Hank Aaron, Maya Angelou, Willie Mays, Walter Cronkite, President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and others.

For more information on Motley, go to

This event is sponsored by the student activities office and is funded by student activity fees.

WAHS to host FAFSA completion night

Williamsport Area High School will host a “FAFSA Completion Night,” beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. This is an opportunity for families to meet with financial aid professionals to begin the process of completing the financial aid forms for college. The following documents may be needed to complete the form:

Student and parent social security numbers

Driver’s license number

Federal tax returns, including W-2 information for student and parent

Records of untaxed income (i.e. child support, etc.)

Information on cash (i.e. savings and checking accounts)

For more information, call 570-323-8411, ext. 3414.

Meadowbrook Christian School to hold expo and open house

MILTON – The Meadowbrook Christian School will hold an expo and open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the school’s gymnasium, 363 Stamm Road.

The interactive evening will feature presentations and projects by first through fifth grade students and will provide an opportunity for a closer look at the school.

Attendees will tour of the facilities and meet the teachers and administration.

For more information, call 570-742-2638.

WAHS to present ‘Peter Pan’

“Peter Pan” will fly into Lycoming Valley for three performances in February.

The Lycoming Valley Intermediate School Theatre Club will perform Disney’s “Peter Pan” Feb. 27 to March 1.

The show features 38 sixth-grade students from Lycoming Valley. The stage will come alive as Wendy, Michael and John join Peter Pan and Tinker Bell for exciting adventures in Neverland.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public. Curtain time for each performance is 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact the school office at 570-494-1700, or email Michael Cioffi at There is a cost for tickets and all seats are reserved.