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House panel approves budget with hopes for tax reform

WASHINGTON — A key House panel on Wednesday approved a Republican fiscal plan that probably won’t deliver on its promises to balance the budget, but would begin to clear a path for a GOP effort to overhaul the tax code this fall. The Budget Committee approved the measure by a party-line ...

School board approves agreement to increase rates with Williamsport

The Loyalsock Township School Board took action on a number of items, including the approval of a memorandum of understanding with the Williamsport Area School District to provide career and technical programming for senior high students, during its meeting Wednesday night. District ...

Woodward passes resolutions for tax exonerations and Act 13 funds

LINDEN — Two resolutions were approved by the Woodward Township supervisors during their meeting Wednesday night. The first resolution granted tax exonerations for mobile homes that are no longer in the township. The second resolution amended the capital reserve budget for gas impact fees ...

After last year’s inaugural Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle and Play, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper has expanded this year’s event to include more river-centric events.
This year’s program on Saturday will be a  daylong event with three parts: An 11-mile kayak paddle from Jersey Shore to Susquehanna State Park, activities along the river and an evening cruise aboard the Hiawatha.
“We really wanted to include as many people as possible,” said Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan, who said that the point of the event is to celebrate the river and to raise awareness for its conservation.
Last year’s event was a 22-mile kayak paddle that lasted the entire day and, according to Parenzan, organizers wanted to give eventgoers more ways to enjoy the river.
“The main thing is allowing people to make a connection with the river,” Parenzan said.
The 11-mile kayak paddle will include breakfast and lunch, guide and safety services and will start early in the afternoon. While the kayak paddle is not the only portion of the event this year, according to Parenzan, the number of attendees doubled in size. She added that registration is now closed. 
Those who want to attend but stay on land, can spend the afternoon along the river at the Susquehanna State Park from noon to 5 p.m. During the land portion of the event, which is free, there will be family-friendly activities like live music, storytelling, balloon animals, photography lessons and interactive exhibits.
Tickets for the evening cruise on the Hiawatha are still open. The Hiawatha ride will include bird-watching, river-gazing, music and ice cream.

Susquehanna Riverkeeper hosts paddle and play

After last year’s inaugural Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle and Play, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper has expanded this year’s event to include more river-centric events. This year’s program on Saturday will be a daylong event with three parts: An 11-mile kayak paddle from Jersey ...

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Bunny love: Animals on show at county fair

Velveteen Lop rabbits snuggle together in the Bunny Barn at the Lycoming County Fair Tuesday morning. The animals inside the 4-H barns will be shown to audiences throughout the fair, which will continue for the rest of the week until Saturday. More 4-H photos will be available in Thursday’s ...

WASD responds to South Side: ‘They left out major details’

The Williamsport Area School Board voted unanimously to pass changes in a memorandum of understanding with South Williamsport during its Area School Board meeting. The changes increase costs of tuition for students to use Williamsport’s career and technology program. Tuesday, the ...

Commissioners eye substance abuse program in prison

The Lycoming County commissioners will vote Thursday to approve an agreement with West Branch Drug and Alcohol, not to exceed $50,000, that will potentially bring Crossroads Counseling substance abuse treatment services into the county prison for three 1 1/2-hour sessions per week, they ...

Locals tell Marino new health care bill ‘would be devastating’

Roughly a dozen people, concerned about the Republican plan to overturn former President Barack Obama’s health care law, protested in front of the Williamsport office of U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, Tuesday afternoon. The demonstration was among more than some 30 “actions” ...

‘Let Obamacare fail,’ Trump declares as GOP plan collapses

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it’s time to “let Obamacare fail” after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a party that has vowed for years to abolish the ...

Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman as US ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced his intention Tuesday to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. ambassador to Russia. If confirmed, the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate would take over a high-profile post amid ongoing investigations into Russian meddling ...

Riverfront Park to show off its improvements

Now that work to improve the trail at Loyalsock Township’s Riverfront Park is completed, the township is excited to welcome residents for a day of fun and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project to improve the township’s Riverfront Park has been ongoing since the 1990s, said Shannon ...

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Fans gather near a rare 1932 Chrysler Imperial Roadster, part of the vintage car tour of the Twin Tiers.

Vintage autos tour Northern Tier, Williamsport

WELLSBORO — It was a gathering of chrome, spoked wheels and “aaoogaa” horns Monday evening as the Antique Automobile Club of America converged on the Penn-Wells Hotel to launch its sanctioned five-day tour of the Twin Tiers of Pennsylvania and New York. The “vintage” tour ...

City finance committee considers grant program

The city finance committee approved resolutions for grant money for organizations as well as a tax exoneration during its meeting Tuesday. City Council is scheduled to consider the issues for final approval during its regular meeting Thursday. The pool of money for the 2017 James David ...

UPMC Susquehanna appoints boards

The 2018 proposed UPMC Susquehanna Entity Board officers and directors were appointed at the health care giant’s annual meeting for Lycoming and Tioga county facilities Tuesday evening at Williamsport Regional Medical Center. Officers for Divine Providence, Muncy Valley and city hospitals ...

School board hires staff, approves district policies

HUGHESVILLE — The East Lycoming School Board unanimously approved six items involving personnel on Tuesday. The board approved six band camp staff members for this summer, effective Aug 1. They and their stipends are Rae Temple, $1,848; Eugene March, $1,197; Augustus Black, $1,163; ...

South Side schools upset with city district’s rate hike

The South Williamsport Area School Board voted 6-3 to approve a revised memorandum of understanding with the Williamsport Area School District that includes tuition increases that will add $40,000 in expenses to the 2017-18 budget. Although the current memorandum does not expire until ...

Man who claimed memory loss sentenced to probation

The man who falsely claimed he woke up on the porch of a county hunting cabin with no knowledge of who he was or how he got there will be under the supervision of the county’s adult probation office for a charge he pleaded guilty to Monday. Michael R. Gebhart, 54, pleaded guilty to a ...

Budget deal elusive

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania senators returned to the Capitol on Monday but with no agreements in sight on the 17th day of a stalemate on elements of the state government’s threadbare budget that, by all projections, will lack the tax collections to sustain it for an entire ...