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Salt can be bad for vegetation

Removing ice from roads and walkways in winter might be essential for safety, but salt can be damaging to plants and soil. Salt has the same effect on plant roots as salty potato chips do on your lips: It draws water from living cells. Salt can ruin soil structure so it wads up into an ...

Lycoming County Women: City’s women confronted influenza pandemic in 1917

The local Red Cross, organized in 1917, was active in fighting World War I on the home front, as were chapters in surrounding areas.At the same time, the women were defending the local residents against the influenza epidemic of 1918, often referred to as the Spanish flu. Lycoming County was ...

Creature Comforts: Winter is top agenda item for Daverio pets’ meeting

Attendees: Walter (moderator, dachshund, 14), Miriam (dachshund, 13), Kevin (dachshund, 10), Ivy (big, shaggy dog of mixed parentage, 5), Marty (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 5), Phyllis (chihuahua-dachshund mix, 7 months), Virgil (cat, 16 years) Walter: My mid-morning nap is fast ...

Check it Out: Library transitions to fine-free policies

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., recently transitioned to being a fine-free library This change affects items owned by the Brown Library, which includes Links, Bookmobile, and Storymobile books, music and DVDs. Brown Library hotspot portable wi-fi devices will still accrue fines ...

YWCA, Megan’s Box Foundation team up to make Christmas merrier

Who doesn’t love the holidays? Pretty lights are all strung up, people are baking, decorating, and giving away special gifts. Many say it’s one of the happiest times of the year. But it can be quite easier to get caught up in the magic of the holidays and forget that some individuals may ...

Grocery store, Journey House help local family

The Lycoming County United Way and Wegmans have been partners in helping our community since the store opened in Williamsport, and for the second year, the team at Wegmans provided Christmas to a family in the transitional living program at Journey House; a ministry of the New Covenant United ...

Mehoopany factory contributes to United Way

The Lycoming County United Way recently was the recipient of just under $26,000 from Procter & Gamble and its employees and retirees. This contribution to the United Way’s 2020-21 campaign in Sullivan County accounts for almost 75 percent of the total funds raised annually in Sullivan ...

Lycoming County women maintain the larder of democracy during World War II

During the World War II years, when food preparation in general was challenging, planning menus for the holidays was an especially formidable task. The Williamsport housewife had to calculate budget points wisely, using the red stamps in the ration books for meat, cheese, and fats and the ...

‘Own a day’ a great gift

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. ...

‘Whistle Stop’ stays on track for December sale

The Whistle Stop Electric Train Show and Sale held its 41st annual event Sunday to show off model railroad and matchbox cars to Lycoming County residents. Despite a loss of vendors due to the pandemic, the show and sale went on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodward Township Volunteer Fire ...

Friends of James V. Brown Library elects board members

Four new members were elected to four-year terms on the Board of the Friends of the James V.Brown Library at the annual board meeting on Dec. 1. Carl Raymond Huff, Lois Williams,Denise Sutherland, and Tom Zimmerman will join board committees that enhance library funding through organizing and ...

Creature comforts: Letter to my neighbors — I’m sorry

Dear Neighbors, If any of you happened to be looking out your windows to see what all the commotion was about this past Sunday morning sometime around 8 a.m., you may have witnessed a spectacle, and I feel it is mostly my fault. You see, while I had been up at the crack of dawn to let the dogs ...

What do you envision when you hear the word homeless?

In recognition of November being Homelessness Awareness Month, we ask the question: What do you envision when you hear the word “homeless?” A man with a scraggly beard and dirty clothes and a bag on his back packed with all he owns? Perhaps someone asleep on a bench piled with newspaper ...

Dark days at Sunset Drive-in, slowed by COVID-19 worries

WATERFORD (AP) — The big screen has gone dark for the season at Sunset Drive-in in Waterford Township. The last of the vendors at the weekly flea market staged at the theater have folded up their card tables and packed away their wares. Drive-in theaters, down from a high of about 4,000 in ...

Creature Comforts: Gratitude

2020’s been a rough year. In the spirit of Thanksgiving I decided to remind myself just some of the things that make me smile, that leave me with a warm, contented feeling — things for which I feel blessed and truly grateful. My home: Our house is 102 years old and in need of many ...

Dear Annie: Unmotivated grown children

Dear Annie: I have two grown children living at home. Both are disrespectful to me and to my husband. I feel obligated to allow them to live here since they don’t have anywhere to go, stable jobs or means of transportation. How can I get rid of them and move on with my life? — Tired of ...

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip celebrate 73rd anniversary

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary Friday, and for the occasion the royal couple have released a photograph of themselves opening a card from three of their great-grandchildren. The photo made public late Thursday shows ...

Check it Out: Library has board, card games available for checkout

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is excited to announce the creation of a new board and card game collection for checkout that is available to the public starting November 2. The collection, curated by Dana Brigandi, adult programming and marketing manager, includes more than 40 ...

Creature Comforts: Report card for a puppy

Our newest canine addition, Phyllis, has been growing up fast — at 5 months old and 5 pounds, she has more than doubled in size since she first came to live in the Daverio home. She’s been hard at work learning lots of new things. Perhaps it’s because of her chihuahua and dachshund ...