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Dark days at Sunset Drive-in, slowed by COVID-19 worries

WATERFORD (AP) — The big screen has gone dark for the season at Sunset Drive-in in Waterford Township. The last of the vendors at the weekly flea market staged at the theater have folded up their card tables and packed away their wares. Drive-in theaters, down from a high of about 4,000 in ...

Creature Comforts: Gratitude

2020’s been a rough year. In the spirit of Thanksgiving I decided to remind myself just some of the things that make me smile, that leave me with a warm, contented feeling — things for which I feel blessed and truly grateful. My home: Our house is 102 years old and in need of many ...

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip celebrate 73rd anniversary

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary Friday, and for the occasion the royal couple have released a photograph of themselves opening a card from three of their great-grandchildren. The photo made public late Thursday shows ...

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Under the radar holiday movies

With the holidays upon us and many people stuck inside, this might be the perfect time to kick back with some seasonal cinema. But my specialty these days is under-the-radar movies — so we’ll avoid the usual roster that includes George Bailey, Mt. Crumpit, Kris Kringle and perhaps even ...

Art league to host figure drawing workshop

The Bald Eagle Art League invites the public to a special figure drawing workshop in which anyone can participate, at 7 p.m., Dec. 3, in the community room of the Taber Museum. Mickey Mapstone, a retired Williamsport Area art teacher and professional artist, will lead the workshop. “We ...

Concert in Wellsboro to recreate The Band’s ‘Last Waltz’

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 27, Stage Fright will be joined by three guest musicians as they recreate The Last Waltz, the famous farewell concert given by the Canadian-American roots rock group The Band on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1976. The concert will be indoors in the Coolidge Theatre at the ...

Gorgeous animation helps balance children’s movie cliches

I began following Glen Keane in the 1990s, when my family enjoyed his children’s books involving the wayward but likable Adam Raccoon. I soon learned that not only was he the brother of “Family Circus” creator Bill Keane, but also a rising star at Disney, where he’d worked on “The ...

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Nutrition Nuggets: Hunger doesn’t take a holiday

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday. Neither do we. The pandemic impacted countless lives. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is serving 200,000 people per month, up from the 135,000 served in the months just prior to the crisis. The demand for food is at an all-time high and our neighbors need ...

Celebrate the season with dishes from morning to night

FAMILY FEATURES — The holiday season and all its celebrating often means full days of visiting family and friends, opening gifts and enjoying moments with loved ones, even if much of that interaction may take place virtually this year. With all the laughter and happiness, you’re bound to ...

Culinary Creations: Something for the hunters

“Guess what? I’ve got a FEVER, and the only prescription is more COWBELL!” That classic line from an all-time great Will Ferrell SNL skit comes to mind every time I hear the word fever, and I still laugh out loud picturing Christopher Walken deliver the line with his trademark pauses and ...

Eat and drink smart to fend off cold, flu season

FAMILY FEATURES — It’s no secret that a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies can deliver important vitamins and nutrients for better health, but many of your favorite foods can actually help support your immune system, too. In addition to precautions like avoiding people who ...

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50th anniversary for area couple

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Hunter are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 14. They were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Williamsport, by Rev. Charles Coates. Mrs. Hunter, the former Susan M. Fullmer, is a native of Williamsport, and the daughter of Donald G. and ...

Wallis Run gardeners cultivate a 65-year marriage

Elsie Mae (Karschner) and Robert E. Eck, of Wallis Run, will observe their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 12. They were married by the Rev. Charles Himes in Fairfield Township. The couple are members of Hoffman Methodist Church, Wallis Run. Mrs. Eck, a native of Montoursville, is the ...

Alaska lovebirds enjoy 70 years

Mr. and Mrs. LaRue (Jim) Greenway celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Sept. 3. They were married in Glennallan, Alaska, by Rev. Vincent Joy. The former Barbara Quillin is the daughter of the late Howard and Ruth Quillin from New Sharon, Iowa. She worked at Sylvania and Carry-McFall. ...

Montoursville couple celebrates 70th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McLaughlin, of Montoursville, will observe their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 12. They were married by Rev. Henry M. Savacool in Owego, New York, in 1950. The former Ester Tordis Larsen is a native of Feda, Norway, and is the daughter of the late Sam and Olga Larsen. ...

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Spring wedding in Towanda planned

Brooke Alexander and Andrew Gerould are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple are planning a wedding to be held in Towanda on May 22, 2021. Brooke is the daughter of Melinda Alexander, of Montoursville, and Todd and Rachel Alexander, of Wyalusing. She graduated from Montoursville ...

City couple to wed in spring

Briana Bower and Tyrus Reed of Williamsport are announcing their engagement. A May 15, 2021 wedding at Whispering Oaks, Sunbury, is being planned. Bower is the daughter of Chad and Ann Bower of Montoursville. She graduated from Montoursville High School in 2012. She is employed as a laborer ...

Williamsport native plans Mississippi wedding

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Caitlin Chappell and Chris Broome, both of Seminary, Mississippi. A June 19, 2021 wedding at the Venue at Five Fifty in Brookhaven, Mississippi is being planned. Chappell is the daughter of Karen and David Chappell. She graduated from ...

Area couple engaged to wed

Kristi Freezer and William Hurd of Cogan Station are announcing their engagement. Kristi is the daughter of Mark and Debra Freezer of Cogan Station. She graduated from Jersey Shore Area High School in 2009. She attained a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State ...

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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 ...

Technology allows family to share wedding

On March 29, Jennifer Santo, daughter of John and Diane Santo of Muncy, and Matthew Hannon, son of Cindy Hannon of Warren, and retired Dr. Dennis Hannon of New Hampshire, were united in marriage in their new home. After their wedding venues in Pittsburgh cancelled, the couple planned an ...

Jersey Shore pair married in July

Jessica Lee Watson and Matthew Courter were married at 2 p.m. on July 18, at Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport. The ceremony was officiated by James B. Wooster Jr. A reception was held at DuBoistown Fire Hall. Jessica is the daughter of Janet L. Kurtz, of South Williamsport, ...

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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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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 ...

Caretaker of HISTORY

As the executive director of The Taber Museum in Williamsport, Gary Parks is charged with being the caretaker of our region’s history. It is a vital job that comes with great responsibility and many to-do lists. Parks supervises the daily operations of the museum, acts as editor of the ...