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The spongy moth: an arborist’s take

The spongy moth (Lymantria dispar), recently renamed to avoid using a derogatory ethnic term, was one of the most serious insect pests of our eastern forests. It is a native of Europe, Asia and North Africa. A French scientist hoping to produce a new race of silk-producing insects introduced ...

Fin-tastic! Growing ‘mermaiding’ subculture makes a splash

SYDNEY — There was a pivotal moment in Queen Pangke Tabora’s life that eclipsed all others: It was the moment, she says, when she first slid her legs into a mermaid tail. For the transgender Filipina woman approaching middle age, seeing her legs encased in vibrant, scaly-looking neoprene ...

James V. Brown Library’s Little League pin on sale

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has its fifth Little League trading pin on sale now. The Little League pin, “Book Takes on the Hill,” is the fifth in a series — Chapter 5 — and was designed by Jamie Mahoney, the library’s graphic artist. The pins are $5 each and can ...

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Repasz Band to play in Brandon Park this Sunday

As its 200th anniversary approaches in 2031, Williamsport’s world-famous Repasz Band continues a robust round of summer concerts with its annual June show at the Brandon Park bandshell, slated for 7 p.m. this Sunday. Under the baton of conductor Jeff Dent, along with assistant conductors ...

Williamsport Music Club presents June program at Faxon-Kenmar UMC

The Williamsport Music Club’s June program will come to life at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, 1301 Clayton Ave., when Scott Schell presents “Fill Our Hearts with Music for Children.” The public is invited to attend free of charge, with a special invitation to ...

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Taste the Town: Coffee shops bring the community together

Editor’s Note: Taste the Town is a four-part summer series that will run every other week for four weeks and will feature local restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, cafes and delis to bring the community to try new places that are in their backyard. The following interview with The ...

Fresh summer flavors with grass-fed lamb

FAMILY FEATURES — Enjoy flavorful meals straight off the grill this summer with these delicious recipes that put New Zealand grass-fed lamb at the center of your plate. These Endless Summer Grass-Fed Lamb Burgers are topped with a fresh herb salad and juicy tomatoes on brioche buns. Or, ...

A peeler works better for zucchini noodles

Spiralizing zucchini into "noodles" often translates into a wan and watery dish, a poor imitation of the pasta it attempts to emulate. Generally, it's better to let an ingredient shine on its own merits. And for raw zucchini, we didn't need to look far to find a better answer. The Italians ...

Baked potato featuring cottage cheese, herbs

Everyone loves a baked potato. At least, I hope everyone loves a baked potato. Try this recipe with a cheesy and herby twist. Baked Potato with Herbed Cottage Cheese Recipe courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission 2 cups cottage cheese 1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon ...

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Couple celebrates diamond anniversary

Harold and Joyce Hershberger will celebrate 60 years of life together on June 30, 2022. United in marriage by the Reverend Frederick Hasskarl, they were married at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Williamsport on June 30, 1962. Joyce Ann (Simpson) Hershberger is the daughter of the late Fred ...

Montoursville duo sees 50 years

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Specht are celebrating 50 years of marriage. They were married on June 24, 1972, at Christ Lutheran Church in Monroe, Mich. They were married during Hurricane Agnes, and unfortunately the groom’s family from Pennsylvania could not make it to Michigan for the wedding due to ...

South Side couple celebrates 50th milestone — rain or shine

Harold and Diane Guiser of South Williamsport celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 23. The couple was set to marry in mid-June 1972 at Immanuel United Church of Christ until Hurricane Agnes curtailed their wedding plans with massive flooding, road closures and a statewide curfew. ...

Montgomery couple celebrates 70 years married with dinner

Jim and Carlene Carpenter of Montgomery are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on June 14, 2022. They were childhood sweethearts since 4th grade. They were married on Flag Day, June 14, 1952, at St. John’s Lutheran Brick Church, Montgomery. They have four children, Lorraine, James, ...

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Sun-Gazette sports editor to be married

Jonathon Gerardi of Williamsport and Tara Kleppinger of Lewisburg are pleased to announce their engagement. Jonathon is the son of Joseph and Karen Gerardi. He is a graduate of Loyalsock Township High School and received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication Media from Lock Haven ...

Montoursville couple plans October wedding

McKenzie Ruffing and Cameron Ott, of Montoursville, have announced their engagement. McKenzie is the daughter of Bill and Sheri Ruffing, of Montoursville. McKenzie graduated with honors from Misericordia University with an undergraduate degree in business in 2017 and a doctorate of physical ...

Couple plans Muncy wedding

Cassandra Flook and Shane Ridgeway of Montgomery are planning their wedding for Sept. 17, 2022, at Cider Mills at Wyndswept Farms in Muncy. Cassandra is the daughter of Joseph and Terri Flook of Nisbet. She graduated from South Williamsport Area High School in 2011, Lycoming College in 2015 ...

Couple plans wedding for late 2022

Emma Boyer, of Hughesville, and Cade Devlin, of Bloomsburg, have announced their engagement. Emma is the daughter of Heidi (Sechler) and Mark Boyer, of Hughesville. Emma graduated with honors from the Erie Homeschool Diploma Program and is working towards a bachelor’s degree in ...

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Williamsport couple weds in Bloomsburg

Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg, was the setting on May 21, 2022, for the ceremony uniting Tracy June Stone of Bloomsburg and Donald J. Vannucci Jr. of Williamsport in marriage, with the Rev. Mark Reisinger officiating. Music was provided by Dr. Aaron Stone, vocals and guitar, with ...

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 ...

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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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9-11 Memorial Ride embracing change

This year, the 9-11 Memorial Ride in Lycoming County plans to continue into its third decade what has become a roaring memorial. And organizers are planning on how they can stay true to their mantra of “Never Forget.” “We are looking for new blood. For those of us who have been at this ...

Top trends and gear talk from JS Customs

Jason Schoonmaker’s JS Customs has been customizing and repairing motorcycles since 2008. In 2019, the shop moved out of Schoonmaker’s garage to their present location in western Lycoming County at 221 Seminary Street in Jersey Shore. While they see their fair share of Harleys, JS Customs ...

Kurtz Motorsports on a roll

Kurtz Motorsports has been around for 50 years, so the business is no stranger to the ups and downs of the biking world. And Kurtz is incredibly busy. “We are seeing a lot of young adults who are buying motorcycles, especially with the cost of gas right now. We see a lot in their late ...

Penitent Souls: Bikers raising money for children

In 2011, a group of motorcycle friends had a vision to create an organization where 100% of all funds raised went directly to helping kids in need, and so it was that Penitent Souls Children's Foundation was born. Flip Phillips, president, and Tim Cresswell, vice president, set out on a mission ...

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Avenue Bookstore opens in downtown Lock Haven

Avenue Bookstore’s opening is a win not only for downtown Lock Haven, but also for independent bookstores across the United States. The once endangered species of independent bookstores is now bouncing back and Avenue is proof. “There's a real movement toward supporting small. There ...

ORLANDO’S celebrating 60 years of food & family

Orlando’s Restaurant, once known simply as Orlie’s, first opened its doors in April 1962. Now celebrating its 60th, the family-owned business is just starting to plan events to celebrate its anniversary. Orlando Noviello opened the original Orlie’s at 33 North Main Street in Muncy. ...

Our Riverkeeper

The job title “riverkeeper” could quite possibly be the coolest title ever and the duties attached to it aren’t too shabby either. Protecting our waterways, confronting polluters, producing CDs, and educating youth are just some of the responsibilities John Zaktansky has taken on as the ...

Heisey Museum’s Little Red Wagon

According to Clinton County Historical Society’s president, tour guide and area historian extraordinaire Bonnie Hannis, the little red wagon is her favorite display awaiting visitors at the Heisey Museum in Lock Haven. With all of the wonderfully old and almost sacred looking objects of ...