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Creature Comforts; I heard you, now shuddup

I got this urgent text message from my parents last weekend: Spoiler alert: They did not explode. But, by the time my daughter and I got to their house, they were so on-edge, they were ready to call 911 in hopes that somebody in the fire department would know how to locate and disable the ...

‘Is y’all a word’ and ways to use it

I was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, but didn’t stick around long enough to become cool. I hadn’t had my first birthday, much less my first beret, when I landed in Central Florida (think: Less Andy Warhol, more Jimmy Buffet). By the time we’d reached our teenage years, it was ...

First Friday author signing at Otto Bookstore

The author of the birth memoir “Born in the Bed You Were Made: One Family’s Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth,” Brooklyn James, a Twin Tiers native, will hold a book signing from 6 to 8 p.m. July 5 at Otto Bookstore, 107 W. Fourth St., during First Friday. The memoir heralds ...

Dear Annie… Parking problems

Dear Annie: I hope this is not out of your area, but I have a parking-related question for you. We have a neighbor who always says, “Don’t park in front of my house.” This guy and his family are not very polite, and they will run outside and start arguments and create scenes if you try to ...

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Even with weak writing, ‘Shaft’ has its moments

If you can stomach the nonstop swearing and bad behavior, “Shaft” is a fascinating cultural artifact. In the ongoing debate about modern masculinity — between a more genteel, millennial maleness and old-fashioned sexist tough-guys — this entertaining actioner comes down squarely on ...

‘Men in Black: International’ lacks depth, has generic feel

“I want another Men in Black movie,” said no one ever. “Men in Black: International” cashes in on the chemistry Hemsworth and Thompson had in Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” barely salvaging the rest of the film from becoming a train wreck. Determined newcomer MIB agent, M (Tessa ...

Emma Thompson provides another great performance in ‘Late Night’

Ladies and gentlemen, Emma Thompson has done it again. This time, though, she had help from Mindy Kaling. More than 25 years after Thompson took Best Actress for her sensational work in “Howards End,” she continues to burn up the screen in the terrific new dramedy “Late Night,” with a ...

WCC to bring taste of American choral music to Ireland

The Williamsport Civic Chorus is taking their show on the road, as they will begin their concert tour of Ireland June 28, bringing the Emerald Isle a taste of American choral music. As a treat for their local fans, the chorus will perform selections from the tour “across the pond” in a free ...

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‘Halloween’ carves up another $32 million to top box office

NEW YORK — Michael Meyers — or is it Jamie Lee Curtis? — can’t be stopped. “Halloween” dominated the North American box office for the second straight weekend, carving up an estimated $32 million in ticket sales. The top four films were all unchanged at the North American box ...

Author Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’ fame has died

NEW YORK — Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70. Shange’s “For Colored ...

‘First Man’ blasts off behind ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Neil Armstrong film “First Man” settled for a third-place landing at the North American box office in its opening weekend in theaters. The Ryan Gosling-starrer and a host of newcomers, like the family-friendly “Goosebumps” sequel and the neo-noir mystery “Bad ...

Beyonce, Jay Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the ...

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High school sweethearts celebrate in Alaska

Pamela and Paul “Smokey” Stover are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this June. The former Pamela Thompson married her high school sweetheart on June 28, 1969, in St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Jersey Shore. Pamela retired from the Jersey Shore Area School district where she ...

Muncy Valley couple’s love continues to grow

Lloyd S. Mordan and Carol Ritter Mordan, of Muncy Valley, will celebrate 40 years of marriage June 23, 2019. Lloyd and Carol had an outdoor wedding on the farm they purchased to make their home. During the wedding ceremony they planted a tree together, which has grown quite large over the last ...

Spring into 50 years of wedded bliss

Mr. and Mrs. Dale and Glee Spring, of Williamsport, observed their 50th anniversary June 14, 2019. The former Glee Ann Welch, formerly of Linden, is the daughter of the late Thelma and Myron “Shim” Welch, of Linden. She graduated from Williamsport High School. She is employed at Child ...

City couple celebrates their golden anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rooker, of Williamsport, celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 31. They were married by Alfonso Manley at the Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Williamsport. The former Phyllis Ann Marchioni, of Williamsport, is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Phil Marchioni. She ...

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Local couple plans a Montoursville wedding

Anna Newcomer and Cody Cooper, both of Williamsport, have announced their engagement and are planning a wedding for Sept. 5, 2020, in Montoursville. Newcomer is the daughter of Abbie and Larry Newcomer, of Williamsport. She graduated from Loyalsock Township High School in 2013 and received a ...

Couple plans Cogan Station wedding

The announcement has been made of the engagement of Amanda Lynn Getgen, of Williamsport, and Michael Ray Davisson Jr., of Pittsboro, Indiana. A June 22, 2019, wedding in Cogan Station is being planned. Getgen is the daughter of Bart and Beth Getgen, of Williamsport. She graduated from ...

City couple plans a beach wedding

Cherie Chism and Christopher Hrapowicki, of Williamsport, have announced their engagement and are planning a wedding to be held July 1, 2019, on the beach in Ocean City, Md. Chism is employed by Families United Network in Muncy as a resource family specialist. Hrapowicki has been with the ...

Area native plans a Pittsburgh wedding

Laura Bly and Travis Reeder, both of Pittsburgh, have announced their engagement. A November wedding is being planned to be held in Pittsburgh. Bly is the daughter of Susan and Bryan Bly, of Beaver Falls. She graduated from Blackhawk High School in 2009 and received her bachelor of science in ...

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City newlyweds married at Herman & Luther’s

Stephanie Herman, of Montoursville, and Ryan Lamb, of Williamsport, were married on March 30, 2019, at 4 p.m. by Clayton Lose at Herman & Luther’s in Montoursville. The rehearsal and reception were held at Herman & Luther’s. The maid of honor was Jamie Herman and bridesmaids were ...

City couple’s honeymoon in Hawaii

Melissa Rose Wenzel and Brett Stephen Kelley, both of Williamsport, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2018. They were married by Father Brian Van Fossen, at Saint Joseph The Worker Catholic Church. A reception was held at The Benjamin Ballroom, and a rehearsal dinner was held at Le ...

City newlyweds tie the knot at golf club

Julia Reis and Ryun Cushing were married on Feb. 16, 2019. The ceremony was officiated by extended family member, Joanna Heilbrun at Wynding Brook Golf Club in Milton. The bride is the child of Jorge and Vicki Reis. Reis is a 2014 graduate of Northern Lebanon High school and attended Temple ...

Newlyweds’ Disney World honeymoon

Luke Hedgcock, of Linden, and Rachel Mancuso, of Kingston, were united in marriage on Nov. 17, 2018. The ceremony was officiated by family friend Todd Ankiewicz at Apple Tree Terrace in Dallas, Pa. The bride is the daughter Ralph Mancuso and the late Filomena Mancuso, of Kingston. Mancuso is ...

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Sadie Says… Ready to get back on a motorcycle

Q: “It’s been years, but now that I’m retired, I’m ready to get back on a motorcycle and have some fun. Any suggestions before I take off?” A: Be in the know before you go! A lot has changed since your early riding years. There is more traffic, faster traffic, motorcycles are ...

Bucknell students build planter box at RiverWoods

RiverWoods Senior Living Community has a new spring planter box, thanks to members of Bucknell University’s Management 101 class. The experiential course at Bucknell offers students an opportunity to fulfill a community service project by developing a business plan. A group of 20 students ...

Sadie Says… Signs and steps to take against robocalls

Q: Last week I received a live phone call purporting to be from an adult grandchild saying “Hello, Grandma.” I do not have relatives who fit that description. Then came repeated phone calls from “the Microsoft Refund Department,” not to mention numerous robocalls telling anyone who ...

Opportunities for older adults to explore art

STEP Office of Aging and Artpost Awareness began artistic therapy in early 2017 and the classes are still going strong. George Stefanski, founder of Artpost Awareness with Marianne Olivo, explained that, “Drawing is the most powerful way for a person to be with their inner-self for ...