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Dear Santa… The difference dirt can make

Dear Santa, As the weather gets colder and my mind turns from long summer days to cold winter nights, it’s hard to imagine focusing on anything other than Christmas this time of year. But at The Salvation Army, we are continually looking forward to programs and services that will ...

Women of Williamsport cooking in the 19th century

The local Ladies’ Auxiliary of the YMCA compiled a cookbook of almost 400 pages that was published locally by Scholl Brothers in 1895. The particular cookbook in the Lycoming County Women’s History Collection belonged to Ann Gage Jeeves, a local teacher, and the book includes lots of blank ...

Ask Walter: Holiday issues and mishaps

Dear Walter, My owner gives me canned pumpkin with my food to keep me “regular.” I much prefer it made into a pie. I recently ate a whole pumpkin pie myself. It was delicious, only now I don’t feel so good. Brings a whole literal meaning to the term, “The Trots.” On a few occasions, ...

Historian to discuss Christmas traditions

Historian John Maietta will present “History of Christmas Traditions” at 6 p.m. Monday at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. Beginning as a simple celebration of Christ’s birth, Christmas has evolved over the centuries to embody a wealth of popular secular and religious ...

Sensory Night provides safe play environment for families

LEWISBURG — Having a child with a sensory sensitivity can make finding a place for the whole family to play together a challenge. The Public Library for Union County offers a free Sensory Night program that provides children with sensory sensitivities, and their families, a safe environment ...

‘I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me’

Here’s something I bet you never knew was controversial: “I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me.” Yes, language sticklers might have a problem with that, even though you need an advanced degree in English Rules That Aren’t Rules to understand why. Still, this form, called a ...

Dear Annie… A softy or a sucker?

Dear Annie: One of my young relatives came to me when she was thrown out of her house at the age of 23 by her parents for “no reason,” she claimed. I agreed to cosign her lease so she could get an apartment, and I also agreed to pay her rent until she could find a good job. Two years later, ...

Holiday toy drive for homeless animals

Wrapping paper, chew toys, jingle balls and collars will sit below the Christmas tree at the Lycoming County SPCA. This year, though, it’s not Santa bringing gifts for dogs, cats and furry friends alike that call the SPCA their home on Christmas morning at the SPCA, it is the community. The ...

Lycoming SPCA sets out to raise $20,000

A national day of generosity, Giving Tuesday, non-profits around the nation hold fundraisers for 24 hours, and that is no exception for the Lycoming County SPCA. By midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Lycoming SPCA has a goal to raise $20,000, which could be “a game changer” for the local ...

Attendees support Girls on the Run at 5K

Nearly 1,500 girls, spectators, volunteers and community members gathered for the Girls on the Run Central PA 5K event, the culminating moment of the Girls on the Run season. “Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set goals, be confident and so much ...

Homemade holiday gift programs

The holiday season is upon us and the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., may help your children come up with the perfect homemade holiday gifts. Registration begins Dec. 2 for winter gift-making programs. Everyone loves to receive a homemade gift made from the loving hands of a ...

Friends of Brown Library December book review

The special holiday book review and luncheon will feature “The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home,” by Charles Dickens presented by Nina and Aaron White on Friday. “The Cricket on the Hearth” was the third of five Christmas books by Dickens written in 1845. The author described ...

Santa Fund, Programs build character

Dear Santa, At The Salvation Army the Christmas season is a busy time of year. We have been blessed to be able to provide Christmas baskets for families, seniors and toys for children. We could not do this without the generous support of our community. The Christmas season is also the time ...

Lycoming County Special Olympics holds annual bowling competition

The 31st annual Lycoming County Special Olympics bowling competition was held at Faxon Lanes where 62 athletes and their Unified Partners participated in singles, Unified Doubles and Unified Team sporting events. The athletes had been training over 10 weeks to prepare for the ...

‘Thankful for Now’

A wise and loving father fishing with his two sons. Norman Maclean wrote about a time like that in his book “A River Runs Through It,” and here’s a poem by Todd Davis that catches much the same feeling in far fewer words. That’s not to denigrate Maclean but to point out that there are ...

Dear Annie… Watching from the sidelines

Dear Annie: My son “Bo” has been with his wife, “Joyce,” for 13 years. Several months ago, my husband and I spent a long weekend at the beach with our children and grandchildren. My husband rises early, and he was in the kitchen at 4 a.m., starting his day, when he ran into Joyce. She ...

Valley View celebrates centenarians

Celebrating five centenarian residents, Valley View Rehab and Nursing, Montoursville, honored five women. Together, they have a combined age of 507 years. To celebrate, Valley View held a celebration where family, friends and residents came together for fellowship and fun times. Mildred ...

JVB Check It Out, Share your love of libraries

Local families use the James V. Brown Library every day to meet their learning and leisure needs. Each day, more than 500 people walk through our doors for a variety of reasons. They attend programs to enrich their lives and the lives of their families. They come for storytimes for their ...

Muncy artist displays art in library

LEWISBURG – Nella Storm’s paintings of impressionist and expressionist style, as well as tile and mosaic pieces, will be on display in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County throughout the month of December. An opening reception for is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. The ...

American life in poetry ‘Old Friends’ by Freya Manfred

Minnesota has many fine writers, gathered together by a deep and trusting affection for one another. Freya Manfred has been an important part of that community for her entire life, having been brought up at the side of her father, Frederick Manfred, a master novelist of the American West. ...