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What’s the worst that could happen? And other dumb things to say

I’m a firm believer in the jinx. For instance, it is forbidden in my veterinary hospital for any team member to utter the words, “That’s a beautiful vein,” unless the blood has already been collected without incident from said vein. Other off-limits statements are, “It’s going to be ...

‘Secondhand’ is argument for tempering acquisitions

Americans are an acquisitive people and their craving for ever more stuff ripples around the world, not always to the benefit of the receivers of their excess or the environment. Between 1967 and 2017, the amount of things Americans bought rose almost 20-fold, filling closets and garages and ...

Dear Annie… Creative Christmas

Dear Annie: It seems as if many people are looking for an alternative to buying things for people for Christmas out of habit. So, here is a creative solution we use to both keep a festive spirit and give to charities. This is a great alternative to buying for adults who honestly don’t need ...

Riding Through Time

If one could travel back to the bygone era of the lumber barons and their mansions lining West Fourth Street, young and old alike could learn about the rich history of Williamsport. Victorian Christmas offers the community a chance to transport through time, enjoy music from local musicians, ...

Frances ‘Minnie’ Gray, The art of weaving human hair wreathes

Frances “Minnie” Jane Elder Gray (1846 to 1923) enjoyed an opportunity not experienced by many young women of her era — the chance to get a higher education. Beginning in 1862, Minnie attended Dickinson Seminary, now Lycoming College. Although she returned for two more years, Minnie, ...

10 signs of aging, November is Senior Pet Health Month

How old is old? With the advent of nutritionally complete, commercially available diets and continual advances in veterinary care, the average pet life expectancy has increased during my lifetime — I remember when a dog was lucky to live past 10 years. Now, 10 to 13 years is a dog’s average ...

Lycoming Special Olympics attends 31st Fall Festival

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Fall Festival returned to Villanova University for the 31st consecutive and welcomed over 1,200 coaches, athletes and Unified Partners, representing 45 Pennsylvania county programs. Participants competed in bocce, long distance running and walking, ...

Coffee Hour and Quizzo

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St., will be hosting a Coffee Hour lecture about clear candies and the molds that make them at 10 a.m. Thursday. From 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Quizzo will also be held at the Taber Museum. Coffee Hour Historian ...

Dear Annie… What to say

Dear Annie: A close friend’s father died suddenly two months ago, and she’s been distant ever since. We’re relatively young, and this is my first experience having a close friend lose a parent. I’m not sure what to say to her. I hate seeing her in pain. I’ve tried to tell her that ...

Award-winning photographer to host library presentations

Award-winning local photographer John Troisi returns to the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., for the final multimedia presentation in his popular “Travel Through the Seasons” series at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. The program, rescheduled from July 1, will feature Utah Canyons. The programs ...

‘Meant for each other’

On Nov. 1, 1944, as World War II was in full swing, 18-year-old Eleanor Bartley and 21-year-old Joseph Waltz exchanged wedding vows at the Little Chapel of the Good Shepherd of Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport. Today Eleanor, 93, and Joseph, 96 still only have eyes for each ...

Dear Annie… Ski ya later!

Dear Annie: My group of girlfriends is planning our annual ski trip for February. We all stay at a resort. There are six of us that go every year. Last year, my cousin, “Sasha” (who is part of this crew of girlfriends), invited her friend “Rachel.” Rachel just did not mesh with the rest ...

‘Come Write In’ to the Brown Library

“Come Write In” to the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., for participants of National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is a fun approach to creative writing that encourages participants to write a 50,000-word novel from Nov. 1 to 30. NaNoWriMo’s Come Write ...

Learn about quickly changing AP Stylebook rules from Twitter

Recently, I wrote about some changes to the AP Stylebook’s rules on hyphens. Specifically, I reported that AP is going lighter on them, arguing that if a hyphen doesn’t do anything to make a compound modifier easier to understand, you can often ditch it. “Use of the hyphen is far from ...

Protect and record prehistoric artifacts

Do you know what to do when you find an arrowhead in the cornfield? What should you do if you find relics of ancient people when you’re exploring in the woods? Who owns the past and how can you help protect it? This, plus many more questions about archaeology and how prehistoric artifacts ...

Author reading and book signing

LOCK HAVEN — As part of Lock Haven University’s Pennsylvania Authors Reading Series, best-selling novelist, short story writer and essayist, Susan Perabo, will give a reading and sign books at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Parsons Union Building multipurpose room. Perabo’s most recent ...

Blue Star Mothers

The term “veteran” is synonymous with bravery, heroism and going above and beyond the call to action, whether that be in uniform on the front lines, on base or some undisclosed deployment location. The immediate vision of a veteran or an active military service member is one of pride, valor ...

Library to offer lunch hour chair yoga

The James V. Brown Library has partnered with Clear Sphere Yoga, 358 Market St., to offer a free lunch hour chair yoga program in October. The program will be presented by Annelise Latini, founder and lead teacher of Clear Sphere Yoga, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays in October. The sessions ...

Dear Annie… Missing friend

Dear Annie: There is a friend that I met through a place that I used to work, and we stayed friends after we no longer worked together. We would text every few days. I’ve been to her house for holidays; I’ve met her husband, son and daughter. They’re a nice family. She lives in a ...

Keep your loud chewing and pen-clicking to yourself, please

Perusing my Apple News feed, I came across an article that caught my eye, entitled, “Being annoyed by noisy chewing is a genuine psychiatric disorder.” It featured a couple of grotesque photos of people stuffing way too much food in their mouths. Who wouldn’t be annoyed by this? ...