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Days of Remembrance contest open for students in grades 7-12

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is sharing that the Days of Remembrance essay contest is now open for students in grades 7-12. Applicants must live in Pennsylvania in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder or Union County. Students related to anyone affiliated with ...

Friends of the Library to host book review talk

Barb Jarmoska will review “Up to Heaven and Down to Hell” by Colin Jerolmack at the Friends’ Book Review event on Feb. 4, 2022. In 2013, Colin Jerolmack, a sociology and environmental studies professor from NYU, packed up his belongings, drove to Williamsport and rented an apartment on ...

Scouting for food in Loyalsock

Saint Ann Church Cub Scout Pack 38 and Troop 38 for Boys and Troop 38 for Girls recently completed their Annual Scouting For Food Drive in Loyalsock Township. Scout collected 136 large cases of food, which were shared with the Saint Joseph the Worker Food Pantry, Manna House, and the Central ...

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Top 10: Looking back at the year in theater

Even excluding all the shows produced by area high schools as part of the Ray of Light competition, my list of the most notable, nifty and nicely staged plays and musicals of the past year often totaled a dozen or sometimes even a Baker’s Dozen. But with a nod to COVID-19 which shut down ...

Auditions planned for Wellsboro play

Hamilton-Gibson Productions will hold auditions for “Into The Breeches” at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 26; at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 29 and at 1 p.m., Jan. 30 at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Ave., Wellsboro. No experience is necessary to audition. This comedy by George Brant explores how a ...

Downtown show looks for volunteers

Colin Mochrie, the star of the long-running “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” joins forces with Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci, for the return of their hit show HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis. The live show, which according to a news release combines hypnosis and improv for a unique comedy ...

Energy of cast helps film rise above hollow parts

It is difficult to put into words the effect that 1999’s “The Matrix” has had on popular film since its initial release. Bringing new technologies and filmmaking techniques to audiences, “The Matrix” has remained relevant for not only its technological achievements, but also its ...

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A fusion of flavors, perfect for big game snacking: Cheesesteak dumplings

Each year, football fans gather to watch their favorite teams battle it out on the gridiron. Those battles can get pretty fierce, and football fans know they’re best watched with some delicious food on hand. This recipe for “Philly Cheesesteak Dumplings” from “Judy Joo’s Korean Soul ...

Layer flavors for tastier Spanish meatballs

The secret to bold, elegant food is a technique called layering flavor. When you layer flavor, you maximize the effect of a single ingredient, producing multiple distinct but complementary tastes. The result is a dish that boasts a short ingredient list and a lot of personality. Here are two ...

Take a bite from a simple, tasty energy booster

FAMILY FEATURES — Whether you’re a runner, a workout warrior or simply looking for a quick pick-me-up before heading to the office, grab-and-go foods can supply the energy you need for an active day. Skipping salty snacks and opting for nutritious options can put you ahead of the game. ...

Rice and taco bowls; an easy meal-prep for weeknight dinners or lunches

FAMILY FEATURES — Before you completely overhaul the way you live, keep in mind making positive changes may just be a few simple steps away. Starting small with attainable goals can help keep you on the right track throughout the year. • Drink More Water: Preventing dehydration, keeping a ...

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Locals see 70 years

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Shifflet will observe their 70th wedding anniversary Jan. 21, 2022. They were married by the Rev. George Davidson in Hepburn Baptist Church, Cogan Station. Mrs. Shifflet, the former Vera M. Vollman, is a native of Cogan Station and the daughter of the late Alfred and ...

Pen pals see 40 years married

Mr. and Mrs. Jim LaFleur, of Elimsport, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Dec. 11, 2021. They were married in San Diego, California, on Dec. 11, 1981. Mary is the daughter of the late Stanley and Barbara Schall of Jersey Shore. She is a 1978 graduate of Jersey Shore High School. Jim ...

Local couple observes 70th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Merle C.Hill are observing their 70th wedding anniversary Jan. 17, 2022. They were married and the South Williamsport United Methodist Church by the Rev. Nelson Thomas. Mrs. Hill was the former Marcella Maneval, is a native of South Williamsport and the daughter of Leona and ...

Montoursville couple observes 55 years together

Douglas A. and Kay E. Dietrick, of Montoursville, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 4. They were married in Montoursville at the former Faith United Methodist church on Broad Street by Reverend Brubaker. The former Kay E. Dietrick is the daughter of the late Anna Louise and ...

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Couple announces engagement

Michael and Alexis Sullivan, of West Milton, are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Elizabeth Martha Sullivan, to Brandon James Shaw, son of Daryl and Lucinda Shaw. Katherine is a 2010 alumni of Lewisburg Area High School. She received her bachelor’s of science ...

Fall wedding planned

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Stacy Bower and Jeremy Steppe, both of South Williamsport. Stacy is the daughter of Stella and Paul Bower, of South Williamsport. She graduated from South Williamsport Area High School in 2008 and received a bachelor’s degree in human services ...

Couple planning October wedding

Kristen K. Wright and Chad Weaver of Williamsport are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple is planning a wedding for Oct. 23, 2021. Kristen is the daughter of Steven and Karen Wright of Cogan Station. She is a 2009 graduate of Williamsport Area High School and received a ...

City couple announces engagement, 2022 ceremony

Kyle D. DeHart and Cynthia J. Brooks, of Williamsport, are announcing their engagement and planning a wedding ceremony for September of 2022, to be held in Montoursville. Brooks is the daughter of Mae and Steven Harman, of Jersey Shore and Steve Brooks, of Muncy. She graduated from Jersey ...

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Couple weds in July

Jillian Jackson and Justin Ruiz, both of Charlotte, N.C., were united in marriage on July 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. It was a warm summer day with an abundance of sunshine. The ceremony was held at Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport with Pastor Maurice Frontz officiating with a reception ...

South Williamsport couple celebrates October wedding

On Oct. 10, 2021, Stacy Bower, daughter of Paul and Stella Bower, South Williamsport, and Jeremy Steppe, son of James and Debra Steppe, South Williamsport, were united in marriage. The ceremony and reception were both held at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Bert Kozen ...

Mr. and Mrs. Bitner celebrate October wedding

God blessed the broken road that led us to each other. You’re my best friend, my hand to hold. My heart is yours forever. You’re the answer to my prayers; a life filled with unconditional love and laughter. “I have found the one whom my soul loves.” Song of Solomon 3:4 Blair ...

PCT grads wed in October

Danielle Kathrin Rothra and Aaron James Marsh were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2021. The ceremony and reception were both held at Harmony Hall Estate with Reverend Timothy Hartzell officiating. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Rothra, of Williamsport, and ...

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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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Go-to gifts for the holidays

When you shop local for holiday gifts, those gifts offer more than just a wrapped present. They offer sustainability to local merchants. Kevin Coolidge, owner of From My Shelf Books and Gifts in Wellsboro, says it best, “Of course it is important for people to shop local through the holidays ...

Murals abound through cities and towns

The first known paintings from cave walls date back 45,000 years ago in Indonesia. Back then, there was intent to reflect the world seen around oneself. That drive still persists today. Our fair hamlets bear witness to who we are and who we honor with murals splashed across buildings and ...

Frozen Snot race not for newbies

One of the most extreme trail events in the world takes place in Clinton County with The Frozen Snot Adventure Race at McElhattan. FSX2022, set for February 12, 2022, could see 300 trail runners experience one of the most difficult events of their lives. “It is the hardest possible ...

‘Christmas In Killarney’ brings holiday spirit to the stage

Live entertainment is back in the Susquehanna Valley, as the producers of “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” bring the new Christmas season musical, “Christmas In Killarney, An Irish Christmas Celebration” to the Community Arts Center, Tuesday, December 14 at 7:30 pm. After debuting with a ...