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Check it Out: James V. Brown Library has creativity kits for children

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will celebrate March as National Craft Month by highlighting creativity kits for children. National Craft Month was created by the Craft & Hobby Association in 1994 to help support those in the creative arts industries. It is a month designed ...

How to protect or heal trees damaged by snow

The deadly winter storms that have wreaked havoc in large swaths of the country recently can also damage trees and shrubs. Snow can of course enhance the look of yards and gardens, visually knitting together the plants, fences, even lawn furniture in a sea of white. But it also can bring down ...

Theater group launches campaign dedicated in late volunteer’s name

The Stephen Worthington Memorial Theatre Technology Fund campaign will be going public on March 5, according to a news release. The “silent phase” of the campaign began in November 2020. Campaign committee co-leaders Larry Biddison and Carol Cacchione contacted individuals and corporate ...

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Nomad Distilling Co. to give wedding to couple

Did you have to end up postponing or canceling your wedding this year? Look no further — Nomad Distilling Co. is hosting a wedding giveaway package you won’t want to resist. The package comes with the venue for both the ceremony and reception, florists, photographer and videographer, hair ...

Special guest to play at Gabe Stillman concert

Billy Price will be a special guest for Gabe Stillman’s “Closer To Home” concert at the Comunity Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Price is a 2016 Blues Music Award (BMA) winner and two-time 2020 BMA nominee who is no stranger to the Williamsport area. He has released 15 albums, most ...

Tioga County group to offer 2 performances of play on Zoom

“Postcards from a Dead Dog,” written by award-winning playwright F. J. Hartland, is a humorous look at the dysfunctional yet devoted relationship between a mother and son. It is sweet, sad and funny — all at the same time. Hamilton-Gibson Productions is giving two performances of this ...

Taber Museum observes Black History Month with display

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has on display several pieces of African art from the Turner-Wilburn Family Collection. The artworks span the collecting of three generations of the family and includes an African face mask, several sculptures possibly ...

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Better-for-you family breakfast

FAMILY FEATURES — Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites. Each day should begin with a balanced breakfast, so ...

The Recipe Gals: Hardy, cozy meals for chilly days

The groundhog said we would have six more weeks of winter, and I believe it with the frigid temperatures and snow every other day. Since we have a few more weeks of the cold weather, why not make some hardy items to make you feel warm and cozy? The first dish is for breakfast or brunch. A ...

Family-friendly foods fit for Lent

FAMILY FEATURES — As families ponder Lenten recipes fit for the season with flavorful seafood as a filling protein, one important aspect to take into account is the kid-friendliness of the dish. Offer up a dinnertime delight the whole family can enjoy with shrimp-based options that provide ...

A fresh twist on fajitas to support family nutrition

FAMILY FEATURES — Between the time it takes to plan healthy meals and the actual minutes spent in the kitchen, it can be easy for some families to let nutrition fall by the wayside. However, all it takes is a little twist on your loved ones’ favorite meals to free up those valuable ...

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Mr., Mrs. Eck observe 75th anniversary

The children of Eugene and Arlene (LaPan) Eck, of South Williamsport, are proud to announce the 75th wedding anniversary of their parents on February 12, 2021. They were married by the Reverend Francis Richards at Holy Redeemer Church, West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Mrs. Eck, a native of ...

Outdoorsy duo celebrates 70th anniversary

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Myers of Williamsport celebrated 70 years of marital bliss. Robert worked as a carpenter of customized kitchens and baths, and retired after nearly 50 years. Esther, a devoted wife and loving mother, raised their five children while working at ...

South Siders enjoy 50 years together

Mr. and Mrs. David Smith of South Williamsport will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. They were married by Rev. Lewis Mowdy at All Saints Episcopal Church. Mrs. Smith, the former Debra K. Wittman, is the daughter of the late Richard and Ramona Wittman. She graduated from South ...

68th anniversary for Muncy couple

Dio and Jane Vandine will observe their 68th wedding anniversary Sunday. They were married by Rev. Clay Reed at Moreland Community Church at Muncy. They are members of Friends Church, Hughesville. Mrs. Vandine, a native of Muncy, is the daughter of Daniel and Claire Ellis. She retired from ...

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Keller, Casne plan Pittsburgh wedding

Alek Keller and Sarah Casne, of Pittsburgh, are excited to announce their engagement. The two plan to marry in October 2021 in the Pittsburgh area. Alek is the son of Joseph and Joanita Keller of South Williamsport. Alek is a 2012 graduate of South Williamsport Area High School. He received a ...

South Williamsporter announces engagement

Jillian Jackson and Justin Ruiz, both of Charlotte, North Carolina are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple will be married on July 10, at Messiah Lutheran Church with a reception to follow at the Williamsport Country Club. Jillian is the daughter of Michele Jackson of ...

Lock Haven native plans West Coast wedding

Lyndsey Hewitt and Robert Summers of Portland, Oregon, are pleased to announce their engagement. Hewitt, a native of Lock Haven, is the daughter of Tim and Nicole Hewitt, of Lock Haven, and Sandra Anderson, of Oskaloosa, Iowa. Hewitt, 30, is a news coordinator at The Columbian newspaper in ...

Taylor, Dorman plan 2021 wedding

Ted and Tamara Taylor of South Williamsport are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Taylor, formerly of South Williamsport, to Ian Dorman, formerly of Mackeyville. The couple resides in Massillon, Ohio, and is planning an Oct. 9, 2021 wedding at the Bush House Estate ...

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Area couple weds in Montoursville

On Jan. 2, 2021, Stephanie Ellison, daughter of Charlie and Christine Smith, Montgomery, and Gary Litz, son of Lewis and Sue Litz, Montoursville, were united in marriage. The service was officiated by Timothy Snyder at Lycoming Valley Baptist Church in Montoursville. Stephanie graduated from ...

South Williamsporter married in Michigan

Ellen Margaret Abbey and Nathan Robert Bohlander were united in marriage on Sept. 19, at the Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The couple’s brother-in-law, Major Dennis Keller Jr., USMC, officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jim Abbey of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and ...

Loyalsock Township native marries in Harrisburg

Megan Ann Peters and Todd Michael Colt were married Oct. 2, in a small ceremony at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg. The ceremony was officiated by Judge Richard K. Lewis. Family and close friends enjoyed a small, outdoor reception at Winding Terrace, followed by dinner at Char’s ...

Couple celebrates fall wedding

On Sept. 5, Anna Newcomer, daughter of Abbie and Larry Newcomer of Williamsport and Cody Cooper of Williamsport, son of Diane Cooper of Danville, were united in marriage at Herman and Luther’s in Montoursville. The wedding was officiated by Craig Long. Their rehearsal dinner was at Eat and ...

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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 ...

‘WOW’ed by new wildlife habitat station, Nature Club

Residents and staff at Valley View Rehab & Nursing Center are now enjoying their second month of the new wildlife habitat station. It features several large windows from which residents can comfortably observe various birds and woodland creatures. They watch them eat, drink, bathe and ...

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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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Coming March 3rd, the Spring issue of West Branch Life magazine

The lastest issue celebrating leisure, culture and recreation along the Susquehanna River, is available free to home subscribers and fro $5.95 at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette office at 252 West Fourth St. in Williamsport. The Spring issue is filled with thriving bakeries that sweeten the West ...

Skating through the years

It was 1997 and Linda Rakoskie was at Sunset Park roller skating rink in Williamsport with her friend. The middle aged women spotted a man whom they both thought was quite handsome. So, they made an agreement. They would wait to see if he asked either of them to join him in a couple’s skate. ...

Williamsport’s Last Civil War Soldier

Williamsport’s last surviving Civil War veteran, James Henry Willis, was a slave before serving in the Civil War in 1861. His path to freedom is a remarkable journey that should not be forgotten by locals and all Americans.    There is much about Willis’s early life, however, that ...

Veterans continue to serve even after exiting the military

The veteran population includes some of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. The 2014-2018 censuses revealed that approximately 9,000 veterans reside just in Lycoming County. There is an urgency there and surrounding areas to address the needs of current, and former, men and ...