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Sullivan County plans to host driving tour

A tour of Sullivan County for all classic car, trucks and daily drivers is scheduled for Oct. 17. The tour will leave at 8:45 a.m., from the Dandy, 590 Elmira St., Troy, then head to the Endless Winds Fire Company in Shunk for a breakfast. The tour will return to the fire company for a chicken ...

James V. Brown Library plans ‘Teen Tuesdays’

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has announced its Teen Tuesday programs for fall. Teen Tuesdays will take place at 6:30 p.m. now through Dec. 15. All programs are via Zoom. Programs and topics include: • Debate Club – Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. • Trivia Night – ...

Pennsylvania treasures to be topic at museum

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will hold an October Coffee Hour at 10 a.m., Oct. 8 in the museum’s community room. The theme of the Coffee Hour is “share a treasure made in Pennsylvania and tell its story.” A news release said the treasure can be ...

Influenza, World War I challenged city’s Red Cross in its early days

Clara Barton was instrumental in establishing the Red Cross in the United States in 1881, but a local chapter did not come into existence until March 15, 1917. The next few years would challenge the chapter’s leadership, as the women not only coped with troop support for the World War I ...

Montoursville resident celebrates 100th birthday

Betty J. Schwenke, of Montoursville, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 17. Currently a resident at Elmcroft of Loyalsock Township, Betty enjoys bingo, crafts, Bible study and attending weekly church services. She also enjoys reading, easy crossword puzzles, and knitting. Betty is a ...

Blanche L. Doebler celebrates her 100th birthday

Blanche L. Doebler will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, September 26th. Blanche worked at the Ritz in Muncy when she was young and later worked at the former Sylvania plant in Montoursville for over 35 years. She is a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church. She loves to crochet ...

Families share tips for Halloween during COVID-19

DENVER — For Laura Stoutingburg and her family, Halloween has always been a monthlong celebration of corn mazes, pumpkin patches and, of course, trick-or-treating in their suburban Denver neighborhood. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mother of two to change their ...

Library’s Bookmobile campaign connects readers with books

In late 2019, the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., launched a new “Bookmobility” campaign to transform mobile outreach services in Lycoming County. It is a goal of the library to continue bookmobile services but in a more targeted approach. The current vehicle is more than 10 ...

Banned Books Week arrives

In turbulent times, books are tools that help people navigate the world around them. Intellectual freedom and access to information uplift people in crisis and during more peaceful times, so the James V. Brown Library invites you to champion the right to read during Banned Books Week from Sept. ...

World peace begins at home … in the bathroom

I haven’t had a private moment in the bathroom at home in years. My husband generally leaves me alone, though on occasion, he needs to discuss some very important topic while I am otherwise occupied. Through the years, my children, however, have routinely needed me for all sorts of important ...

Lucy, Josephine, and Minnie Munson: A local family leaves traces to today

From the mid-19th century, the Munson family was prominent in Williamsport business, legal, and social circles. The story of three generations of this family captures local life in this time period. While father, son, and grandson were leaders in the community, their wives were active in ...

Creature Comforts’ Ask Walter: Puppy Stuff

Dear Walter, I’m a puppy with lots of questions. I get a little distracted and sidetracked, sometimes. When I’m goofing around with a ball or something, and then catch sight of that bumpy spot on the wall, I can’t stop myself from running over and investigating (and nibbling at the ...

Check it Out: Library brings history to social media

WILLIAMSPORT — Did you know that the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has an online digital archive of local newspapers? On Sunday afternoons, the library’s Facebook page will feature a local history fact and the date and edition in which that information appeared. Previous ...

Check it Out: Library to offers back-to-school resources

As the first day of school approaches, is your child prepared for the academic year? Libraries across Pennsylvania grow students’ school readiness social, cognitive and emotional skills. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., offers year-round story times and early literacy programs ...

Daverio pets meeting, August 2020: Tiny troubles

Agenda: Our people have lost their minds. AKA Phyllis. Attendees: Walter, (moderator), dachshund, 14 years-old; Virgil, cat, 16; Miriam, dachshund, 13; Kevin, dachshund, 9; Ivy, big dog of mixed parentage, 4; Marty, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 4; Tom the tortoise, 13; Jenny the turtle, 13; ...

Creature Comforts: A few of my favorite freeloaders

• Employ stealth tactics to siphon off nutrients without any notice of the host. • Picking on unthrifty, very young, weak, or debilitated hosts is asking for trouble. • Don’t get greedy. • Don’t kill the host. Heartworms, hookworms, tapeworms, coccidia, giardia, fleas, ...

Daisies bring a sunny look to gardens

Give a child a box of crayons and a piece of paper, and ask for a flower, and you very likely will get a picture of a daisy. Daisies also hold attraction for poets. Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet of the 14th century, wrote "...of all the floures in the mede, Thanne love I most thise floures ...

Creature Comforts: Parasites, masters of stealth mode

I find it interesting that the first definition for “parasite” in Webster’s Dictionary is “(noun) A person who exploits the hospitality of the rich and earns welcome by flattery.” A people-centered, figurative interpretation of the real thing — we have redefined the term such that ...

JVB Check It Out: Brown Library receives grant from PPL Foundation

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., received a $2,500 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the library’s Summer Learning 2020 Program as part of PPL’s Cover to Cover initiative to improve child literacy. The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a ...

Friends bookstore reopens at JV Brown Library

The Friends Bookstore, third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing of the James V. Brown Library, is now open again. Bookstore hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The bookstore is closed on Wednesdays, Thursdays and ...