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COVID-19

Greenhouse and workshop reopens under new ownership

The Potting Bench greenhouse and workshop in South Williamsport is open and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic under the new ownership of Lori Soloman and her family. The greenhouse, located at 324 Matthews Blvd., offers flowers vegetable plants, hanging baskets, custom baskets, succulent ...

Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?

Between technical glitches and food worries, retail therapy and sheer amnesia, something has happened to shopping during the pandemic that can be summed up thusly: rubber chickens. Melissa Jean Footlick bought some while sheltering at home in San Diego with her husband and three dogs. She’s ...

Green phase counties work to balance safety with commerce

Safety and the local economy must be balanced in Sullivan and Tioga counties, said commerce administrators as they entered the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan Friday. Both counties are similar in their reliance on the tourist industry, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s phased approach to ...

City agrees to June 11 public gathering limit

City Council voted Thursday night to align itself with the office of Gov. Tom Wolf in terms of limiting the number of individuals to gatherings, events or conferences and extended it through June 11. City Council amended Mayor Derek Slaughter’s proclamation to set a limit of 10 person ...

What it means here: Penn College to bring students back in fall

Penn College to bring students back in fall Pennsylvania College of Technology announced Fall 2020 plans, including the return of in-person instruction, Friday morning. The following message by President Davie Jane Gilmour was shared with the college community: “At Pennsylvania College ...

Restaurants examine ‘fine print’ of Gov. Wolf’s dining rules

Some restaurant owners and managers said they are working through the logistics of outdoor dine-in eating, while others are evaluating if the move will be economical. Starting June 5, restaurants operating in yellow-phase counties will be allowed to provide outdoor dine-in services, Gov. Tom ...

Lycoming, Clinton Counties to move to “green” June 5th

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of his pandemic restrictions in another 16 counties that are home to nearly 3 million people across western and central Pennsylvania, including much of the Pittsburgh area, his office said Friday. The counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, ...

Secrecy around rep’s COVID-19 illness angers state legislators

HARRISBURG — A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate. A day after Republican Rep. Andrew Lewis’ announcement through ...

Lawmakers address budget; spending plan goes to Wolf

Local lawmakers who helped pass a five-month $25.8 billion budget this week noted that it maintains present spending levels while keeping a close watch on revenue numbers during COVID-19. “I think the big takeaway is we won’t know real revenue figures until about November,” state Rep. ...

Area business owner will lend a hand in patient transfers

Liberty Group CEO Dan Klingerman said he is definitely on board to help assist in the plan to transfer patients from a nursing home where the coronavirus has infected patients and personnel. “We were made aware of the difficult position families are put in when determining what options are ...

Lycoming County Commissioners discuss recycling

Lycoming County has maintained five drop-off sites for recycling in recent weeks and will continue to do so until further notice. Jason Yorks, Resource Management Services director, told commissioners Tuesday that the county is not expected to go back to normal recycling until sometime after ...

Churches mull best approach to reopening

With the recent move from the red phase to the yellow phase established by Gov. Tom Wolf, some churches have taken the first step to reopening, while most have taken a more cautious approach and are waiting to see what happens next. For congregants at First United Methodist, there have been a ...

Lawmaker: Strengthen religious freedom during emergencies

Springing from what he believed were confusing and vague orders from Governor Tom Wolf on whether churches could meet for corporate worship during the shutdown and reopening of the state, Rep. Clive Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) sponsored a bill to clarify religious freedoms guaranteed by ...

ManorCare: Moving patients would be ‘irresponsible’

JERSEY SHORE — Moving patients from the skilled nursing care facility in Jersey Shore into a hotel environment would be “irresponsible,” according to Julie Beckert, assistant vice president HCR ManorCare in Toledo, Ohio. Beckert said ManorCare officials are “extremely disappointed ...

Lycoming County Commissioners ask Wolf to move county into green phase

Lycoming County commissioners have issued a formal request to Gov. Tom Wolf that he move the county from the yellow to green phase. In a letter sent to the governor dated May 26, the commissioners stated: “The residents of Lycoming County, along with the elected leaders, have recognized the ...

Council reviews extension on mayor’s COVID-19 rule

City Council is expected to review Mayor Derek Slaughter’s policy extension tonight that follows recommendations by Gov. Tom Wolf regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolf addressed the Lycoming County commissioners’ letter during a Wednesday briefing saying the state evaluated reducing risk ...

Montoursville schools approve preliminary tax hike

In a 7-2 vote, the Montoursville Area School District passed a preliminary budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which will raise taxes by $68.27 annually for the average taxpayer in the borough. Voting “no,” were Dale Ulmer and Ronald Snell; Daniel Albert, Susan Beery, Jennifer Marriott, ...

Jersey Shore school district to see slight tax increase

JERSEY SHORE — Homeowners in the Jersey Shore Area School District will see a slight increase in their real estate taxes for the upcoming year following a unanimous vote by the board. The meeting was livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel Tuesday night. The rebalanced rate for ...

Lycoming one new COVID-19 case

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 28, that there are 625 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 70,042. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Lycoming County has had 162 positive cases to ...

Montoursville goes online to observe Memorial Day

Although the area’s Memorial Day physical services were canceled, words of gratitude for fallen service members were still heard online through Montoursville’s American Legion Monday. Making the best of the COVID-19 restrictions, the video kept to the order of events usually held at the ...