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Fredericks house sale, auction of contents to benefit LHU students

LOCK HAVEN — Samuel H. and Dr. Carol Fredericks loved everything about Lock Haven University and they supported the university for many years and in many ways, some that will live on for years to come. One of the most beautiful gifts from the couple is The Fredericks Family Guest House ...

Check it Out: Library celebrates poetry

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will celebrate April as the 25th annual National Poetry Month. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over ...

Minnie Taylor: From county’s farmland to Chile, England

Minnie Viola Taylor was a country girl, but unlike the one in the song lyrics by Dottie West, Minnie did not remain a country girl. Her journey led her from the farms and fields of Cogan House Township to the coastline of Chile, the shores of England and much of the United States. Her life was ...

Check it Out: Bookmobiles important tool for outreach

On July 10, 1939, Miss Frances Kilburn began driving the first Bookmobile on rural Lycoming County roads to bring library service to the people. Since that time, a variety of vehicles have continued to travel throughout the county, bringing books, music, movies and more to the people in rural ...

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2 free plays this weekend via Zoom

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Hamilton-Gibson Productions last free staged reading will be performances of two comedies. “Mrs. Sorken” is by Christopher Durang, an American playwright. This monologue is presented by a middle-aged woman who attempts to share her somewhat ...

Naomi Watts a powerhouse actress for decades

In recent weeks your local movie critic has been raving about “Penguin Bloom,” a sensational 2020 drama starring Naomi Watts as an active young mom who is suddenly paralyzed from the waist down. Fans of that inspiring drama who want more Watts have plenty to choose from. Since most ...

Auditions for Wellsboro play scheduled

In-person auditions to fill four roles for women and two for men in Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” are being scheduled for 7 p.m., April 16, 4 p.m. April 17 and 7 p.m. April 19 at the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Ave., Wellsboro. Social distancing and wearing a ...

Williamsport grad credits Grammy wins to ‘incredibly hard work’

Just recently, Dashon Burton, Williamsport Area High School alumnus, has won a second Grammy for his musical talents in both a vocal ensemble and now as a soloist. “I am so thrilled,” he said. “It calls attention to the incredibly hard work.” The solo artist album he created alongside ...

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The Recipe Gals: Welcome the warmth of spring with fresh flavors

Spring is officially here but, when I looked outside my window recently, it looked more like winter. I am not going to be discouraged by a few snowflakes on my lawn. I am in spring mode and with that comes spring recipes. The first recipe is a one-pan meal that really tastes refreshing and is ...

Family meals cooked with convenience in mind

FAMILY FEATURES — Part of the fun of family meals is finding inspiration in the variety of dinner ideas you can create together. From a tangy twist on traditional tacos to a favorite to-go flavor in the comfort of your own kitchen, the options are nearly endless when you use versatile, ...

Instant Pot vegan scalloped potatoes

If you have an Instant Pot, I bet you are making almost everything in it. I’m sure you already use it to make the best mashed potatoes, but did you know that you can cook with another dish inside it? This recipe pops out of the Instant Pot ready to look beautiful on your table because we ...

A hoppy Easter cake

CULINARY.NET — Warmer days at the start of spring mean Easter is almost here, and the big bunny himself will be hopping around in no time delivering goodies. This Easter, celebrate with your loved ones with a delicious and colorful Easter Bunny Butt Cake. It can bring smiles and laughter ...

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Couple celebrates 60 years

Wayne and Ann Rider of Hughesville are observing their 60th wedding anniversary on April 9. They were married by the late Rev. Marcus Randall in the Christ United Methodist Church, now the Beacon. Mrs. Rider is the former Ann Myers. She was born in Williamsport, a daughter of the late ...

Thompsons mark 70 years of marriage

Ronald and Carolyn Thompson of Salladasburg are observing their 70th wedding anniversary on March 17, 2021. They were married by Rev. Robert Fleck in Salladasburg United Methodist Church. Mrs. Thompson is the former Carolyn Cohick. She was born in Lock Haven, a daughter of the late Lewis and ...

City natives celebrate 55 years

The daughters of Harry and Judy Collins of Nisbet are proud to announce their parents 55th wedding anniversary. Harry and Judy were married on March 5, 1966 at St. Luke Lutheran Church by Pastor Francis Bell. Judy, a native of Williamsport, is the daughter of the late Sterling and Edith ...

Williamsport couple celebrates 35 years

Jeff and Mary Trometter, Williamsport, celebrate 35 years of marriage on March 9. They were married at Buckhorn Lutheran Church in 1986 with not much in worldly possessions other than love. Jeffrey is a native of Bloomsburg, and Mary, a native of Philadelphia. They said their blessings are ...

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Fall wedding planned for area couple

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Faith Elizabeth Upright, Montoursville, to Billy Solt, Lewistown. Faith is the daughter of Mark and Sharon Upright of Montoursville. She is a 2016 homeschool graduate, receiving her diploma from the Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation ...

Montoursville couple to take the plunge

Ms. Mary L. Robinson of Williamsport and Mr. Herschel A. Robinson of Avis would like to announce the engagement of their beautiful daughter, Charlie Maxine, to Matthew J. McGuriman, son of Joseph and Patricia McGuriman of Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Charlie is a 2009 graduate of Jersey Shore High ...

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 ...

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Williamsport native marries woman in Virginia ceremony

Christopher B. Shultz and Megan Hope Woodward were married April 18, 2020 in Franklin, Virginia by Pastor Danny Dillon. The couple and their family and friends celebrated the marriage with a reception on Oct. 25, 2020. Megan is the daughter of Robert and Melinda (Hinson) Woodward of Franklin, ...

Muncy woman, Texas man marry

Rebecca Ann Worthington, Muncy, and Lance Michael Holdren, Fort Hood, Texas, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Saturday March 27. Mark J. Eby (Grandfather of the Groom) officiated. The ceremony was held at Living Waters House of Prayer where a reception was also held. The bride is ...

Two are better than one

On February 6, Nathaniel Sylvanio and Elizabeth Paulhamus were married by Pastor John H. Phillips. Friends and family gathered at Crossroads Church in Jersey Shore to celebrate with the couple who have been looking forward to this day since their engagement on Christmas Day in 2019. A scripture ...

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 ...

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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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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Real Taste Taqueria

Chef Curiel Bame has always known he wanted to share his love of food with others and Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday, May 5 is the perfect time to check out his fare. His menu is designed with a fusion of American and authentic Mexican flavors to appeal to all. From the time he was a young boy ...

Thriving bakeries sweeten the West Branch

“Life is short. Eat dessert first.” - Jacques Torres The word bakery conjures up images of confectionery perfectionary. Sparkling with sugar, shining with glaze, frosted with satiny chocolate, infused with creamy vanilla, peanut butter, Bavarian and fruit fillings. Is your sweet tooth ...

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership provides pandemic escape

For the past five years, Corey Ellison has been hard at work educating the region about the parks and trails that line the Susquehanna River’s banks. As the executive director of the nonprofit Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) based in Lewisburg, she knows first-hand how important the ...

‘Farm kid’ reigns as dairy princess

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, 17-year-old Katelyn Taylor has been determined to fulfill her role as the 2020 Lycoming County Dairy Princess. Her duties are to promote and represent the dairy farmers and industry within the county, while assisting at state events. Although her reign ends May ...