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UPMC, Highmark announce 2019 Medicare products

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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc. have announced new Medicare Advantage products set to roll out during the Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 enrollment period. Both organizations have expanded their out-of-network benefits and Highmark has expanded its $0-premium plan to ...

Brotherhood Dinner honors men for service to community

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The recipients of Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance awards embrace a passion for civic duty, giving and leadership. At Thursday’s 61st annual banquet, the three men left no doubt that they each deserved to be honored. Fred Holland and Spencer Sweeting received the Brotherhood Citation ...

Garden open for First Friday

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The continuing restoration of Way’s Garden has led it to become one of the many destinations to visit during tonight’s First Friday. The garden at West Fourth and Maynard streets will feature several scarecrow displays created by horticulture class at Pennsylvania College of Technology, ...

Cops: Letters show man killed in car blast planned explosion

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ALLENTOWN — A man used homemade explosives to blow up a car last weekend, killing himself, his toddler son and an adult friend in a grisly murder-suicide whose planning he described in angry letters sent to police and family members, investigators said Thursday. Jacob Schmoyer, 26, sent the ...

Penn College rebrands in effort to reach more students

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The Pennsylvania College of Technology has embarked on a campaign to rebrand itself to potential students, according to Patrick Marty, chief of staff and assistant to the president of the college. Reporting to the college’s board of directors at its meeting Thursday, Marty said the college ...

Council approves stricter regulations for borough property maintenance

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DuBoistown Borough Council gave final approval to the adoption of certain portions of the 2018 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code, which regulates the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures in the borough. One section of the code approved by ...

Explosion levels home in Limestone Township

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OVAL — A man and a woman were seriously injured in an huge explosion that leveled their home and shook several neighboring houses on Middle Road just before 6 p.m. Thursday. “It was just a big bang. I ran out to our sun porch and saw that the house was gone,” said Harriet Luhta, who ...

South Side questions

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What is the quantity of grass required to trigger a fine in South Williamsport? One blade, 10 square feet, or 5 pounds? That is the problem with ordinances from clippings to sewer laterals it is all subjective. Is the person in question liked or a pal of a council person? That may be the ...

Regarding bald eagles

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In reading the 2017 December Pennsylvania Game News, it has an article on bald eagles getting lead poison from entrails and carcasses. The article states of twelve bald eagles brought to wild life rehabilitation centers, only one survived after intensive treatment. It goes on to say to bury the ...

Impeachment flu

Letters

The Democrats have a case of impeachment flu. They want to impeach President Trump. They wanted to impeach Judge Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court if they win the House. They also want open borders, canceling of the tax cuts and elimination of ICE. The Democrats have no plans to help the ...

Planned rescue drill held at High Steel

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Simulated smoke and gas poured out of a 70-ton box-beam girder at High Steel Structures in the city on Tuesday as local EMS and firefighters took part in a rescue exercise not yet performed in Williamsport. The first of its kind for local first responders, the drill involved saving three ...

2 separate area crashes caused by drugs, police say

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When paramedics and city police arrived at the crash scene, motorist Luke Snook “was unable to speak and was hardly breathing,” Patrolman Damon Cole said in an affidavit. A vehicle driven by Snook, 36, of Loganton, struck the curb at West Fourth Street and the Route 15 south exit ramp on ...

Williamsport Mayor seeks $1M in deal for pump stations

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Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said this week he wants to negotiate a deal to sell the city pump stations for $1 million to the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority. Campana said the money would be turned over to the general fund to allay any burden on taxpayers in the upcoming ...

16 people face various charges in Lycoming County

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Sixteen people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Sean Ford, 49, of 1177 Park Ave.; state police; strangulation, simple assault and harassment for allegedly punching and choking girlfriend ...

Broker proposals handed to city finance committee

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City Council’s finance committee has been handed four requests for proposals from insurance brokers to review and decide on within the next month. The brokers are bidding for the job of providing service to find the best insurance agencies for liability and workers’ compensation coverage, ...

14 face charges in Tioga County

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TIOGA — Fourteen people either have appeared or will appear before district judges to face various charges in Tioga County. They are: • Raymond E. Smith, 60, 77 Cemetery Road, Middlebury Center, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia stemming from an ...

Veterans wall of monuments taking shape at city park

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Construction of the wall of monuments of all U.S. wars before the 20th century is progressing quickly with the contribution by Pennsylvania College of Technology students and donations of materials and equipment tamping down the overall cost. The wall, under construction at Veterans Memorial ...

Page completes week-long training

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District Judge Allen P. Page III again has been certified for service on the state Unified Judicial System. Page completed continuing a week-long legal course by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. District judges take it to remain ...

Pennsylvania to toughen gun laws in domestic violence cases

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday passed the first anti-violence legislation in more than a decade that deals directly with firearms, after years of lobbying by violence-prevention groups to persuade a Legislature historically protective of gun rights. The bill would force ...

2 sentenced in Tioga County

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WELLSBORO — Two individuals recently were sentenced in Tioga County Court. Sentenced to County Prison was: • Robert G. Weeks, 32, of Lawrenceville, 91 days to 24 months less a day, a $530 restitution and a $50 fine for receiving stolen property. Sentenced to Intermediate Punishment ...