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Wedding giveaway winners say ‘I do’

Earlier this year, everyone was feeling pretty drab. Plans were being cancelled, people were lonely, everyone was carrying around a lot of extra weight on their shoulders, especially couples who were hoping to get married this year. Local distillery Nomad Distilling Co., which had just ...

Williamsport 9-year-old mows over 50 lawns

Keeping a lawn maintained can be a difficult task for many. Jack McNett, 9, of the Williamsport area has now mowed over 50 lawns throughout the community with a non-profit organization called Raising Men Lawn Care Services. The non-profit organization gives young people the opportunity to help ...

Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month at the James V. Brown

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when James V. Brown Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong ...

Murder in the house at the corner of State, Canal streets

As far back as one can research the written history of Williamsport, stories of enterprising women becoming successful business owners can be found. The women in this story though, found that the law was not appreciative of certain endeavors. I am talking about the “bawdy houses” of ...

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Shutterbugs group to host ‘Night at the Museum’

The Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs have set the opening night reception for their Annual “Themed” Photography Show from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Thomas Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society in Williamsport. According to a news release, this year’s theme is “A Night ...

Off-Broadway comedy coming to Mill Hall

MILL HALL — Some may call these Texas cheerleaders vivacious, but if they don’t know who J.F.K. is after his assassination, they might also be called airheads. A popular Off-Broadway comedy for community theatres and colleges in the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s “Vanities” has been ...

Duo to share music of Simon and Garfunkel

AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli will bring the music of Simon and Garfunkel to the Coolidge Theatre stage at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro, at 7 p.m., Oct. 9. This Nashville-based duo is on a mission to share the iconic music of Simon and Garfunkel with ...

Benefit concert to feature Elton John’s music

The Lycoming County United Way will host Live United in Music II at 7:15 p.m., Sept. 30 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport “You don’t want to miss your only chance to sing along with the Music of Elton John, starring Michael Cavanaugh, backed by the LIVE UNITED in Music Pops ...

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Eat veggies in a classic ratatouille dish

Vegetables are an important component of a nutritious diet because they are full of vitamins and minerals. According to the online medical resource Healthline, vegetables also are loaded with antioxidants and other plant compounds that help fight free radicals that damage cells. Vegetable ...

Pizza, desserts and salads with fresh ingredients

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, what to do with all those tomatoes? Two weeks ago I gave you a tomato pie recipe to try. This week, I have a fresh tomato pizza recipe to try. I have been making this for breakfast and my husband just loves it. You can make this for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The ...

Seared salmon with berries, a meal for group celebration

What does the word “team” mean to you? I suppose for me, as a huge sports nerd, the first things that have always come to mind are professional and college sports teams: ubiquitous images of teams celebrating big plays, big wins and big championships. Those people start as a diverse group ...

A traditional breakfast with a twist

CULINARY.NET — The same bowl of cereal can get boring after eating it for breakfast day in and day out. You may find yourself looking for something new and exciting to start your whole family’s morning off on the right foot. Kids can be picky when it comes to breakfast foods, but this ...

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Golden anniversary for city couple

Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Boyle Jr. of Williamsport observed their 50th anniversary Aug. 21. They were married in St. Michael’s R.C. Church in Braddock. Lorraine is the daughter of John and Margaret Gilarski. She graduated from St. Thomas District High School and Duff’s Business Institute. ...

Montoursville couple observes 55th wedding anniversary

Lee and Peggy Woodhead, of rural Montoursville, observed their 55th wedding anniversary Sept. 18. Lee was born and raised near Forksville, the son of the late Frank and Lavinna Caseman Woodhead. Peggy is the daughter of Woodrow and Myra Shultz of Montoursville. They were married in the First ...

Couple celebrating 60 years together

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Alansky, Montoursville, will observe their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 23, 2021. They were married by the Rev. Louis Garbacik at St. Mary of the Maternity Catholic Church in Wilkes Barre. They are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, ...

Montoursville couple observes 50 years

Bernie and Donna Helminiak, of Montoursville, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 3. They were married at the former Holy Rosary Church in Williamsport. They are now members of St. John’s — Newberry UMC. Donna is the former Donna Weaver. She attended Williamsport High School. ...

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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 ...

Couple engaged and planning Dallas wedding

Neil Forquer and Sydney Smith are pleased to announce their engagement. An April 30, 2022 wedding is being planned in Dallas, Texas. Forquer is the son of Thomas and Adele Forquer, of Williamsport. He graduated from St. John Neumann Regional Academy in 2010, and later earned a bachelor’s ...

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Loyalsock Township woman marries man in Elmira

Rachael Malek and Eric Stolberg united in marriage at Eldridge Park, Elmira New York on June 17. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Witold Malek of Loyalsock Township. She graduated from Loyalsock Township High School in 2013 and received her bachelor’s degree in human services from ...

2 hold Park Place wedding in May

Margaret Benshaw and Benjamin Heemstra were united in marriage on May 8, 2021. The ceremony took place on the front lawn of Park Place with Daniel Sadler officiating. Alexandria Sweeney, sister of the bride, was maid of honor and Kasi Martin was bridesmaid. Best man was Robert Minter and ...

2 marry in Country Club ceremony

Lauren Rochelle Kinley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kinley of Williamsport, and Thomas Kenneth Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith of Williamsport, were married on Aug. 8, 2020. The ceremony and reception were both held at The Williamsport Country Club with Rev. Dr. S. David Simon ...

Couple join in marriage with Montoursville wedding

Kevin Michaux, son of the late William and Wanda Michaux, recently wed Lindsey Straub, daughter of Robert E. Straub Jr. of Lock Haven and Debbie Young of Jersey Shore. The wedding was held on May 25 in Montoursville. Kevin was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He graduated from Huegenot ...

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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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Disc golf takes flight in central PA

You may have never heard of disc golf but it’s popularity has taken hold locally after spreading across the globe. “I plan on playing until I leave this earth,” said Skip Hummel from Muncy, who has played disc golf courses across the United States. “There are people still playing at the ...

Local furniture designer selling globally

Tom Svec has made a living designing and selling custom wood furniture to people around the world - all from the comfort of a barn and studio on an island in the Susquehanna River. He has especially found favor with urbanites. “It's kind of a no brainer. When you live in a concrete and ...

Appetizing apples of fall

In early fall, it’s a lovely experience riding through the region to view the apple orchards that grace the West Branch Valley. Pink and white apple blossoms, budding small fruits and the bright reds and greens of ripe apples fill trees and dangle from branches. Taste buds turn thoughts to ...

New Roesen Still Life at Taber Museum

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society in Williamsport is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of a 19th century Severin Roesen painting, which has been loaned by Bobby Maguire in honor of his parents Jim & Shirley Maguire. It is Maguire’s intention ...