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Creature Comforts: The way the worm turns … or does not

Thanks to our dachshund’s, Walter, dual biological alarm systems, I’m ordinarily up before the sun each morning. Walter’s bladder and tummy alarms are reliable to a fault. In fact, it’s not unusual for me to commence my morning walk or bike ride in time to witness the early bird quite ...

A safe and happy Fourth of July for your pets

Did you know that shelters across America see a surge of lost pets on the Fourth of July? Fireworks, picnics and travel can cause pets to become disoriented and frightened. Here are some tips for both before and during the holiday to keep your pet safe. • Make sure your pet has an ...

JVB Check it Out: eBook app expands language features for readers

Did you know your local library has a way to access digital books with different language options as a reading setting? Within OverDrive and its Libby app, there is a setting to ensure reading comfort as they focus on finding and enjoying their next great read. Libby now allows users to ...

Union Library offers Binge Box collections

LEWISBURG — Borrow hours of entertainment with the Public Library for Union County’s new Binge Box collection. The collection features over 30 binge-worthy boxes each containing four to six DVDs that share a theme such as Tearjerkers, Movies that Kill, Heroes in Tights, Disney Princesses, ...

A Word, Please: How to use single, double quotation marks

Single quotation marks are hard. Lately, it seems they’re practically impossible. More and more I see professional editors and professionally published writing use them wrong. To get an idea of how these little marks are confounding even professional users of punctuation, look at the ...

‘The Simple Keys to Authentic Acting’

WELLSBORO — The Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project is offering a 2 1/2-hour in-person workshop for women ages 16 and up who are interested in acting. COVID-19 social distancing protocols will be followed. “Not only is this workshop for women who have never acted before but also for ...

2020 HG Women’s Project postpones fall show

WELLSBORO — The Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project has postponed “Shrew, A Tale Retold,” its fall production of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the Shakespeare on its Feet Workshop due to COVID-19. The workshop, originally scheduled this August, was paired with the ...

American Life in Poetry: ‘In the Fourth of July Parade’

I was once on Deer Isle, Maine, on the Fourth of July, and attended their town parade. Deer Isle isn’t big enough to mount a very long parade, so they ran it past us twice, first down to the water, and then back up. And we applauded as much with our second viewing as we did with the first. ...

Dear Annie… Unwilling to Change

Dear Annie: My husband has a long history of being unfaithful to me. He says that it isn’t cheating because he can’t help himself. I’ve forgiven him five times. Recently, I discovered that he’s been going to a website where a girl talks to him on a webcam. In exchange for their ...

YWCA Our Voice: The Boutique honors seventh anniversary

Did you know The Boutique just celebrated its seventh anniversary? We can’t believe it either! On June 19, 2013, we opened our retail doors to the public. The Boutique is a high-end thrift shop located at the YWCA. It also provides clothing for residents of the YWCA’s shelters who are ...

JVB Check It Out: Let the library pick your next book

Summer began June 20 and the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has selected some recently published titles to add to your summer reading list. The books are available in print and online through Hoopla or OverDrive on the library’s website. The selections cover a wide range of ...

Lycoming County SPCA welcomes new director

The Lycoming County SPCA welcomes Jamie Caputo, of Williamsport, as the director of development. Prior to joining the SPCA, Caputo worked with Evangelical Community Hospital as the Mobile Medical Unit coordinator, where she started an eight county Mobile Health program. Prior to her time at ...

Library services and upcoming July programs

LEWISBURG – The Union County Library System, which consists of Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg, The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg, and the West End Library, Laurelton, will begin the next phase of its reopening on Wednesday. Following guidance from the Office of Commonwealth ...

American Life in Poetry: ‘Butchering,’ Espaillat

Now and then, I get a complaint from one of our readers saying that what we publish isn’t poetry because it doesn’t rhyme. Actually, we’ve published quite a lot of poetry with rhymes-end-rhymes, half-rhymes, internal rhymes and now and then a sonnet, if that sonnet is a fine poem, too. ...

Dear Annie… Canceled attendance

Dear Annie: This summer we have been invited to four weddings. Of the four events, three have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are in the high-risk category with our age and underlying health conditions. The one remaining scheduled wedding would require us to travel by car to ...

Creature Comforts: Ask Walter: Armored and dangerous

Dear Walter, I enjoy taking myself on long, private walks in the woods to sniff things and refresh my natural, houndy essence. My people don’t approve, but they also haven’t fixed the gate. On one of my recent adventures, I found this awesomely stinky ... thing. It looked like a big rock, ...

‘Gretchen and the Bear,’ Hughesville author releases third book

HUGHESVILLE — Carrie Anne Noble, whose debut novel, “The Mermaid’s Sister,” won Amazon.com’s 2014 Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction as well as the 2016 Realm Award for Novel of the Year, is busy prepping the release of her newest novel, “Gretchen and the Bear,” ...

JVB Check It Out: Libraries offer virtual summer learning program

Although the James V. Brown Library is not open to the public, staff members have been hard at work creating a robust and educational virtual Summer Learning Program for all ages. The library has programming scheduled to highlight the 2020 theme, “Imagine Your Story.” All six libraries in ...

JVB Check It Out: Free virtual activities to Imagine Your Story’

The James V. Brown Library has announced is Summer Learning Program lineup. All programs are free and many require registration. The following children and family programs will be available on the Zoom platform, so registrants must have access to a computer and Internet service: • ...