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Donor wants to establish legacy fund

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The city’s parks may benefit from a legacy fund that is being set up with help of a $263,000 anonymous donation, city Mayor Gabriel J. Campana told the Brandon Park Commission this week. “We have looked at ways to bring money into the city,” Campana said. “You have to look at ...

Mayor to throw switch to light Brandon Park

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The countdown to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana throwing a switch to light up Brandon Park in an array of colors has begun in earnest. The annual Festival of Lights at Brandon Park, with the appearance of Santa Claus, is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30, according to Thad Meckley, chairman of the ...

Americans warned not to eat romaine lettuce

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NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 ...

Retired surgeon recalls JFK’s assassination

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It has been 55 years since the trauma emergency room at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital became the center of the known universe. “We heard people had been shot,” said retired Tulsa surgeon Dr. Jerry Gustafson. “We heard the president had been shot. But it ...

City planning Santa’s Festive Friday, Trolley Tour of Lights

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The city recreation department plans to hold Santa’s Festive Friday, an open-air holiday market, from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at the rear courtyard of the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, 810 Nichols Place. The event will feature artisan vendors, food trucks, visits with Santa Claus, ice ...

Protesters decry verdict in child death case

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Protesters braved the chill of a breezy November day to speak out against what they feel was an injustice in Lycoming County Court earlier this month. They gathered in front of the courthouse Tuesday, some holding signs to make it known they vehemently disagreed with the verdict for Brittany ...

8 recently charged for various crimes

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Eight people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • State parolee Zakhary Pryer, 38, of Philadelphia; state police; a total of 37 drug charges and weapon offenses, including multiple ...

City Council honors police, receives warning from agent

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Two days before Thanksgiving, eight city police were honored for their valor Tuesday, but the accolades came with a warning, too. The officers were validated and given awards by police administration and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29 for displaying courage in a shoot-out and car chase ...

Holiday travel laden with squalls, cold

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Thanksgiving has arrived and before the turkeys baste in ovens and are carved on plates, millions of travelers will head out onto the area highways and travel to family and friends for gatherings over the weekend. It could be a tricky travel day today, with temperatures taking a nosedive and ...

Defense attacks boyfriend’s claim Heckel was ‘afraid’

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LOCK HAVEN — Dennis Taylor said he was having an affair with Kathy Heckel at the time she disappeared in July 1991. Taylor testified Tuesday, the second day of the murder trial of Loyd Groves, who is accused of killing Heckel in a cold case that’s nearly 30 years old. Defense attorney ...

Philadelphia police buy and deliver 450 Thanksgiving dinners

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police officers often come across families or people on their beats who they wish they could do more to help in a city where one in four people lives below the national poverty line. Officers around the city got the chance Tuesday to do a little more as they ...

Curious

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Republicans like to tell Democrats that the government does not create jobs. There is absolutely nothing that the federal government can do that will create jobs. So how can Republicans and President Trump proclaim that it was they that create jobs to bring the unemployment rate down below 4 ...

No such thing

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If you tax it, it shrinks. If you subsidize it, it grows. You cannot borrow your way out of debt. You cannot spend your way into prosperity. And there's no such thing as "Free Government Money". It's taxpayers money that is taxed from the wealth created by the efforts of the private ...

Le’veon who?

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Who needs Le’veon Bell? The Steelers don’t. James Conner is picking up the slack and then some. He can run, catch and block. He’s tough. He beat cancer and took care of his health, which is more important than football. He can concentrate on family, friends and football and make a good ...

SLIDESHOW: Airport welcomes local artist’s creation

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Artist Fred Gilmour, of Williamsport, hung his sculpture at the Williamsport Regional Airport’s new terminal Thursday. According to a press release, the sculpture, called “Undercurrent,” is made of polished aluminum tubing, hand cut clear and blue Plexiglas mirror and hand manipulated ...

Countywide police activities

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Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: FRIDAY 10:42 a.m., harassment, 300 block of Academy Street, Williamsport. 11:21 a.m., theft, 1400 block of Walnut Street, Jersey Shore Borough. 11:25 a.m., ...

Local doctor named Everyday Hero

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A local doctor received a surprise recently to help him celebrate his 70th birthday and 40 years of medical practice in the United States. Dr. Eduardo Rueda Vasquez, a physician who practices telepsychiatry in Williamsport and Lancaster, was named an Everyday Hero by the Pennsylvania Medical ...

Muncy pushes $17 million project to state

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MUNCY — Following a presentation by Terry Thompson, a representative from Foreman Architecture in Pittsburgh, architects for the construction project at the Muncy Jr./Sr. High School, the district’s board of directors approved sending the figures for the cost of the project to the state ...

South Side school looks to feasibility study, eyes firms

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The South Williamsport School District heard proposals Saturday from architecture groups to determine how it can reinvest in the schools — as it expects to pay off its debt in the next three years, according to school officials. Delivered in feasibility statements, the selected firm would ...

Clinton County 2019 budget soon to be up for review

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LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners will unveil their preliminary 2019 budget in less that two weeks. But before that, they will look at a lot of numbers and make important decisions. That includes whether or not to raise property taxes. The commissioners declined to ...