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Sky’s the Limit

The sky was the limit as Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts reached for the stars at Lycoming College’s Detwiler Planetarium recently. Cub Scout Pack 88, of Montoursville, and the Girl Scout Service Unit 624, of the greater Williamsport area, both attended an educational and entertaining event, Sky ...

Hyper-para-whozits? Chasing that elusive diagnosis

“If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras,” is an old adage most often attributed to Theodore Woodward, MD, a physician, researcher and instructor at the University of Maryland in the 1940s. Most of us who work in the medical fields have heard it and consider it sage advice when ...

Brown Library offers entertaining, life-enriching programs for adults

The James V. Brown Library has several upcoming programs designed to offer the lifelong learning needs of adults in the community. From cooking, to creating, to chatting about books and learning about local history, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Programs include: Jan. 20 — ...

Dropping the with in ‘fraught with’

Reader Janice has noticed a trend involving the word “fraught.” “Things used to be fraught with something (danger, enmity, etc.),” she wrote. “But now they are just fraught.” To Janice, the result is both grating and a bit confusing: “Leaves me wondering just what is being ...

Dear Annie… Don’t want to leave her in the cold

Dear Annie: About a year and a half ago, I met a woman whom I liked very much. She moved in with me after about six months. After living together some time, I’ve come to see that our relationship is impossible and I would like her to move out. The problem is that she has nowhere to go. She ...

Louise McCarty Plankenhorn, The woman who lived in a castle

When I was a kid in the early 1950s, living on Eldred Street in Williamsport, at least once a year my mother, Helen McMunn Sieminski, would lead me and other neighborhood kids on a hike to “The Cross.” Our destination was the 24-foot-high concrete and steel cross at the top of Grampian ...

Library to observe World Read Aloud Day

Research shows that reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds, regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. That’s why the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is encouraging everyone to ...

Dear Annie… Unwanted houseguest

Dear Annie: I’m a little chagrined to admit that we can’t come up with a solution to this situation by ourselves, but we are really stumped. We have a friend who has stayed over with us twice. The first time, he brought two others with him, which worked out OK. The second time, he stayed ...

A year of giving, Volunteer opportunities for 2020

With a new year, and a new decade, some people make the resolution to give back to their community to connect through fellowship. One way to get involved in the community is through volunteering. Many local organizations need volunteers throughout the year and by sharing your time with your ...

Hyphen or no hyphen, that is the question

Russ in New Jersey had a question about hyphens: In “northwestern California landmark” should “northwestern California” be hyphenated? “I’m not sure if it’s simply a matter of preference or if the combination of a direction or geographic location and/or proper noun play into ...

Find your next great read at the library

The James V. Brown Library has “Got You Covered for Your Next Great Read.” That’s the slogan of the popular readers’ advisory service, which was designed to help readers fall in love with a new book. Library patrons seeking book recommendations will fill out an online questionnaire ...

6 suggestions for a smooth veterinary visit

Nobody enjoys going to the doctor. Unfortunately, high-tech, super-slick telemedicine and virtual consults will never compare to a face-to-face visit with the doctor. Dr. Google has no face. The physical examination is the cornerstone of good medicine for humans and animals alike. Since Dr. ...

Dear Annie… Valentines to our troops

Dear Annie: My former boyfriend has a wife in the Philippines. He used to sometimes say, “Oh, stay with me, and we can keep sleeping together even when she moves to this country.” Why would someone say something like that? I have a difficult time figuring out what he really meant. — ...

Doughnut lassies, Women volunteers on the front lines in WWI

Dear Santa, The Salvation Army is known for helping those in need in many situations throughout their history. One of my favorite history facts is the story of the doughnut lassies. In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support to U.S. soldiers ...

Daverio pets’ Christmas list 2019

Dear Santa, Marty here, the newest member of the Daverio household. I’ve volunteered to send you this year’s (pets only) collective Christmas wish list. Sorry it’s so late, but I’m sure you can make things happen even faster than UPS. You got me this new, sweet home last Christmas — ...

‘Own-A-Day’ at the James V. Brown Library

The holidays are rapidly approaching and you may be trying to search for that perfect gift for the person on your list who seems to have everything. Did you know that there is a way to cross that person off your holiday list and give a gift that benefits your community? With the James V. ...

Golden Heart Club SPCA creates new program

The Lycoming County SPCA announced its new program — the Golden Heart Club, an exclusive club for animal lovers who want to do more than the average adopter. In order to qualify an individual needs to love animals, have a space in their home and heart for a special-needs animal and be willing ...

Ancient Order of Hibernians holds award ceremony

Division 1, Lycoming County held its annual Hibernian of the Year Award Ceremony. The gala was held at the Monsignor William J. Fleming Center at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Williamsport. Division president, John Comerford, announced that the recipient of this year’s award, Christopher ...

Dear Annie… Full house drama

Dear Annie: I have two sons. One of them, “Brock,” is divorced, but you would never know it from the way he and his ex, “Sandra,” spend time together, especially around the holidays. When they were married, Brock adopted Sandra’s daughter, and they had one son together. I love Sandra, ...

Where should the comma go?

“A Bay Area real estate heiress whose family posted $35-million bail to keep her out of jail until her trial was acquitted Friday of killing the father of her children.” That’s the nut of a story published recently by the Los Angeles Times that raised a question in a reader’s mind: ...