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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 ...

American Life in Poetry: ‘Stolen Glances,’ by Thornberg

When I look in a mirror, I try to compose my face so that it is at its best, but it’s a face that beyond my bathroom gets supplanted by all the more homely faces I carry out into the world. John Thornberg is a Minnesota poet, but here’s a poem of his that reflects upon all of us ...

Dear Annie… Missing father

Dear Annie: Unfortunately, after years of declining health, my wife’s father passed away this year. The reason that I’m writing is that, since my father-in-law’s death, my wife wants me to not even bring up my dad, who is still alive. It’s very extreme. She doesn’t even want to see ...

Dorothy Ester Shank: City native teaching domestic science across U.S.

The Shank sisters were career women. Martha Shank spent her entire career in Williamsport as the first full-time female journalist for the Williamsport Sun. She was the subject of a previous Williamsport Women column on March 3, 2019. Her half-sister, Dorothy Ester Shank (1890 to 1966) pursued ...

JVB Check It Out: Library participates in virtual digital book club

The James V. Brown Library is joining others libraries around the globe encouraging patrons to read a historical fiction thriller e-book and audiobook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. Till July 13, readers can borrow and read Tim Mason’s “intellectually ...

Konkle Library enters Stage 3 in reopening to the public

MONTOURSVILLE — The W.B. Konkle Memorial Library, following the guidance and framework provided by the CDC and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, has added another service for its patrons. The library will allow patrons to browse the collection, including the Children’s Room, for 30 ...

Master Gardeners accepting applications

MONTOURSVILLE — Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lycoming County is now accepting applications for the 2020 Penn State Master Gardener program. This program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills necessary to share ...

A Word, Please: A simple guide to using hyphens

A New York Times article on Hong Kong reported that “the territory erupted in monthslong protests last year over a proposed extradition law.” My eye stopped at “monthslong.” The New York Times has its own house editing rules, so I can’t be sure that the term is wrong in their world. ...

American Life in Poetry: ‘Black Belt,’ Foley

How much pain and anger can a good poet pack into just a few words? A lot, in this 15-word haiku by Laura Foley from her 2019 collection of poems from Headmistress Press entitled “Why I Never Finished My Dissertation,” her seventh book. Foley lives in Vermont. Black Belt Her husband in ...

Lifestyle Briefs: Reunions, Pop Up Pantries, Union County Library

Brown Zeafla reunion canceled Due to the death of Nancy Brown Davis, the Brown and Zeafla Reunion on Sunday, July 12, is canceled. Steppe reunion The John T. Steppe reunion will be held at the Nisbet Park at 1 p.m. July 19. Please bring a dish to share and your own drinks. There will not be ...