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‘Learn-by-doing’: Toastmasters International helps hone speaking skills

If you, like most people, get sweaty palms just thinking about standing before a crowd and speaking, there is a group that will help you gain confidence in telling your story. Toastmasters International has been helping people develop their skills in public speaking since 1924 and now has ...

Friends of Brown Library present October book review

Mark Noe will talk about a number of books on walking Oct. 7. His selections range from broad surveys to volumes on specific trails, memorable hikes, religious treks, and pleasant walks, with even a bit of fiction added for good measure. His primary text will be Rebecca Solnit’s ...

James V. Brown Library to observe Banned Books Week

In turbulent times, books are tools that help people navigate the world around them. Intellectual freedom and access to information uplift people in crisis and during more peaceful times, so the James V. Brown Library invites you to champion the right to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. ...

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Flavor is front and center with this vegan lunch

Convenience has a tendency to reign supreme in regard to midday meals. Non-remote workers may simply opt for something from the nearest restaurant come lunchtime, while even those who work from home may eat last night’s leftovers. Indeed, a hectic workday often guarantees that nutrition will ...

Culinary Creations: Tips for pickling and fermenting

EDITOR’S NOTE: Culinary Creations is a column that prints the last week of every month. It is written by Shawn L. Hanlin, executive chef of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, operated by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Business, Arts & Sciences as a training site for students in ...

Try this Shepherd’s Pie recipe

A lot of people enjoy the classic Shepherd’s Pie. You’ve got to try this version with a Yukon gold smashed potato topping. Yukon Gold Idaho Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe courtesy of Danielle Kartes, Rustic Joyful Food Smashed potato topping 3 pounds Yukon gold Idaho ...

For chewy Japanese noodles, borrow an Italian technique

Japanese udon noodles are all about the chew, but it’s hard to replicate the texture with what’s available in American markets. Fresh udon is hard to come by. So for this recipe from our book “Milk Street Tuesday Nights,” which limits recipes to 45 minutes or less, we needed a ...

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South Side couple marks 50th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Steven W. Rupert, of South Williamsport, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 16, 2022. They were married by the Rev. Hugo W. Shroeder Jr. at Messiah Lutheran Church, South Williamsport. Mrs. Rupert, the former Sharon Denius, is a native of South Williamsport. She is ...

Montoursville couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

Betty Jane (Watts) and Harold E. Springman, of 611 Willow St., Montoursville, will be honored at their home (open house) from 2 to 4 p.m., hosted by their daughter, Kay Nelson, on Oct. 1. Harold is the son of the late Raymond and Gladys Springman. Batty is the daughter of the late Jacob and ...

Nisbet couple celebrates 50 years

William T. (Bill) Giles Sr. and Sharon R. (Terry) Giles, of Nisbet, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16, 2022. The couple was married by the Msgr. William J. Fleming at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Montoursville. Mrs. Giles, the former Terry Barnfield, is the ...

South Side couple sees 50 years

Edward and Nancy Crum, of South Williamsport, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, Sept. 9. Their journey began when they were united in marriage on Saturday, Sept. 9, 1972, at St. Lawrence Church in South Williamsport. They didn’t know what life would have in store for them, ...

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Williamsport couple to be married next September

Evan W. Galo and Jade L. Brokaw, of Williamsport, are pleased to announce their engagement. Evan is the son of Carlos and Megan Galo, of North Philadelphia. He graduated from Delaware Valley Friends School and later earned a technical degree in HVAC from Orleans Technical College. He is ...

Couple plans wedding for next July

Nicholas McWilliams and Lexi Holtzman are happy to announce their plans to marry. The engagement took place on Nov. 6, 2021, before the couple attended the Philadelphia Orchestra concert — an event that describes the couple’s relationship perfectly. Nicholas is the son of Jason McWilliams ...

Couple plans September wedding

Kaitlyn Trotter and Zachary Myers have announced their engagement. Zachary proposed on Nov. 28, 2021, at the Myers Christmas tree farm in Hughesville during the first snowfall of the season. Zachary is the son of Matthew and Janelle Myers. He is a graduate of Montoursville High School and ...

Williamsport native announces engagement

Denyel Asplund, formerly of Williamsport, and Travis Nickles, of Rome, New York, were engaged over Memorial weekend. Plans for a wedding this September have been announced. Denyel is the daughter of Robert Asplund and Christine McNeal. Travis is the son of Jonnie and Debbie Nickles.

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College sweethearts wed twice

Jessica Behin Henry and Dalton James Cristini met while attending Penn State University. Little did they know that later when they decided to marry that the COVID-19 pandemic would create the opportunity to enjoy a wedding celebration two times. Jessica and Dalton, both of Hagerstown, ...

Couple weds at bride’s parents’ house

Cassie Spotts and John Giannetto were married Aug. 20, 2022, at the bride’s parents’ home. The bride is the daughter of Steven and Cathy Spotts. She graduated from Loyalsock High School. She is employed by the Williamsport Home as an activities aide. The groom is the son of Paul and ...

Couple plans October wedding

Brittany Myers, 28, of Antes Fort, and Brad Pepperman, 32, of Salladasburg, are planning their dream wedding on Oct. 22, 2022, with close family and friends. Brittany is a nurse with Bayada Pediatrics of Williamsport, and Brad is a laborer at General Cable in Williamsport. They just welcomed ...

Williamsport couple weds in Bloomsburg

Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg, was the setting on May 21, 2022, for the ceremony uniting Tracy June Stone of Bloomsburg and Donald J. Vannucci Jr. of Williamsport in marriage, with the Rev. Mark Reisinger officiating. Music was provided by Dr. Aaron Stone, vocals and guitar, with ...

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Making a difference

AmeriCorps Seniors has partnered with Diakon Community Services in Clinton, Lycoming, Union and Snyder counties to offer the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). They are committed to preserving public and private lands, as well as restoring waterways for natural habitats through ...

Celebrating 71 years of marriage at Valley View Rehab & Nursing Center

“I still love him,” says Jackie Poplaski of her husband, Louis, of 71 years with a smile. The pair reside at Valley View Rehab & Nursing Center in Montoursville and recently reflected on their years together. Louis was fresh out of the Army, after serving during World War II, when he ...

Sadie Says-Frequently Asked Questions About Older Adult Issues

Q.. Our grandchildren will be spending a lot of time at our new swimming pool, and although I am excited to have them over, I am also concerned about their swimming safety. What can I do to prevent a drowning? A. Knowing and practicing swimming safety steps save lives. For many of us ...

Sadie Says… Safe travels for you and your pet

Q. My husband and I will be driving to our vacation destination and plan to take our dog and cat. What can we do so our pets travel safely? A. For most of us, our pets are part of our family. They provide unconditional love and petting a cat or dog has been shown to reduce stress. Some people ...

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Tips for a successful marriage proposal

METRO — People ready to “pop the question” may wonder about the right way to initiate an engagement proposal. Because a marriage proposal is such a memorable moment in a couples’ lives together, those doing the proposing often go to great lengths to ensure things go smoothly. Add a ...

Alternative rings gain popularity

METRO — Engagement rings are often sizable investments. Money magazine reports the average engagement ring costs around $5,800. An engagement ring symbolizes the start of a lifelong commitment and may even set the tone for a couple’s wedding day. Jewelry styles are personal, and ...

Hughesville newlyweds win 2019 Wedding Photo Contest

Jordan and Bekka Truax, of Hughesville, were married on May 18, 2019, by Rev. Tom Brokaw at The Shultz Mansion in Montoursville. The Truax’s love story began on Sept. 10, 2017. Though, the couple met one another two years prior through mutual friends. Every love story is unique to each ...

Florists blend colors, themes and budgets

During wedding season, love is in bloom and brides and grooms are planning their weddings. One decision on their checklist of things to do is to figure out floral arrangements. To help simplify this task, M. Melissa Null-Iseley, owner and designer of Nevills Flowers, and Janet Johns, owner of ...

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Continuing a tradition, ‘Around the table’

Thanksgiving, in a broader sense, to my family has always been about getting together around the table, being thankful to see one another and to eat some good food. To me, the food is just ice cream on my aunt’s famous apple pie, the real treat is getting to see my family together. It’s ...

Milton Model Train Museum to honor military trains

MILTON — Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, The Milton Model Train Museum will have military-themed trains running and other military items on display in the lobby of the museum. The Milton Model Train Museum, 139 South Front St., third floor, will be open for the ...

Continuing a tradition, ‘Kids table’

Traditions, by their very nature, don’t tend to be unique or especially memorable in the moment, but perhaps in repetition they do become special. As such, I look back fondly at my time spent there. It was usually after a fair bit of eye-rolling and feet dragging that I found myself at my ...

Central PA Food Bank holds annual Thanksgiving distribution

In Lycoming County, 12.7 percent of the population struggles with food insecurity, said Carla Fisher, communication and marketing director for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 3301 Wahoo Drive. Of that percentage, 6,663 are children, 1,432 are seniors and 426 are military, according to ...

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9-11 Memorial Ride embracing change

This year, the 9-11 Memorial Ride in Lycoming County plans to continue into its third decade what has become a roaring memorial. And organizers are planning on how they can stay true to their mantra of “Never Forget.” “We are looking for new blood. For those of us who have been at this ...

Top trends and gear talk from JS Customs

Jason Schoonmaker’s JS Customs has been customizing and repairing motorcycles since 2008. In 2019, the shop moved out of Schoonmaker’s garage to their present location in western Lycoming County at 221 Seminary Street in Jersey Shore. While they see their fair share of Harleys, JS Customs ...

Kurtz Motorsports on a roll

Kurtz Motorsports has been around for 50 years, so the business is no stranger to the ups and downs of the biking world. And Kurtz is incredibly busy. “We are seeing a lot of young adults who are buying motorcycles, especially with the cost of gas right now. We see a lot in their late ...

Penitent Souls: Bikers raising money for children

In 2011, a group of motorcycle friends had a vision to create an organization where 100% of all funds raised went directly to helping kids in need, and so it was that Penitent Souls Children's Foundation was born. Flip Phillips, president, and Tim Cresswell, vice president, set out on a mission ...

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Avenue Bookstore opens in downtown Lock Haven

Avenue Bookstore’s opening is a win not only for downtown Lock Haven, but also for independent bookstores across the United States. The once endangered species of independent bookstores is now bouncing back and Avenue is proof. “There's a real movement toward supporting small. There ...

ORLANDO’S celebrating 60 years of food & family

Orlando’s Restaurant, once known simply as Orlie’s, first opened its doors in April 1962. Now celebrating its 60th, the family-owned business is just starting to plan events to celebrate its anniversary. Orlando Noviello opened the original Orlie’s at 33 North Main Street in Muncy. ...

Our Riverkeeper

The job title “riverkeeper” could quite possibly be the coolest title ever and the duties attached to it aren’t too shabby either. Protecting our waterways, confronting polluters, producing CDs, and educating youth are just some of the responsibilities John Zaktansky has taken on as the ...

Heisey Museum’s Little Red Wagon

According to Clinton County Historical Society’s president, tour guide and area historian extraordinaire Bonnie Hannis, the little red wagon is her favorite display awaiting visitors at the Heisey Museum in Lock Haven. With all of the wonderfully old and almost sacred looking objects of ...