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Lewisburg High School’s oldest living alumna turns 102

LEWISBURG — RiverWoods Senior Living Community resident Marion Rose celebrated her 102nd birthday on Aug. 19, surrounded by family and friends. Marion was born in Reading and moved to Lewisburg, where she graduated from Lewisburg High School and is the oldest living alumna in the ...

Dear Annie… Traumas of Addiction

Dear Annie: After more than 40 years addicted to meth, and being an alcoholic, I have been clean and sober for two years now and I am nothing like the old me. My now grown children are speaking to me after four long heartbreaking silent years. Unfortunately, my goal to reconcile my ...

Phrases, words that have drawn media attention

If you wanted to put together a list of writing rules for an organization you run, there would be nothing wrong with that. “Okay, team. Let’s make it a policy to always include ‘Inc.’ with our company name. Let’s use serial commas. Let’s make ‘healthcare’ one word, and let’s ...

Talking about the weather over coffee

“Sanctimonious siphons, it’s hot!” Dud said, sitting at the philosophy counter and turning over his coffee cup for action with a single smooth move. Dud is a regular at the Mule Barn truck stop’s legendary world dilemma think tank. “Epithet time again, Dudley?” said ...

Charles Santore, illustrator of children’s books, dies at 84

Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children’s books has died, his daughter. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was 84. He spent over ...

Libraries are the key to academic success

This September, the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is joining the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong ...

Local thru-hikers take on 2,200 miles

Mount Katahdin, to many, is simply the highest mountain in Maine, but to those hiking the Appalachian Trail, it is the picturesque end to their 2,200-mile journey, fraught with not only obstacles and exhaustion, but also unforgettable vista sunsets, the feeling of being one with nature and the ...

Baby bump and programs at Brown Library

Did you know that a baby’s brain has achieved 75 percent of its adult weight and volume by age 2? This is why it is important to read to children and participate in activities such as library storytime. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has announced its schedule for fall Baby ...

‘First Cosmic Velocity’ reimagines space race

“First Cosmic Velocity,” by Zach Powers, is a cleverly conceived and beautifully delivered novel that looks at the struggle for space supremacy from the Soviet side of the Cold War. As the U.S.-USSR battle unfolds in the book, a tug of war also ensues between the Soviet cosmonauts brought ...

Carile Cone Higgins Brown inspires Williamsport’s public library

The public library in Williamsport was built with funds donated by lumber baron James Vanduzze Brown (1826 — 1904). Although he named the library after himself, the motivation to establish a free public library in the city actually came from his wife, Carile Cone Higgins Brown (1831 — ...

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton writing book on ‘Gutsy Women’

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have teamed up for “The Book of Gutsy Women,” honoring everyone from scientist Marie Curie to climate activist Greta Thunberg. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that the book will come out Oct. 1. It’s the first time the ...

Loyalsock Boy Scout earns Eagle Scout

Michael Van Ess, of Loyalsock Township High School, Boy Scout Troop 38, had his Eagle Scout conferred during a Troop Court of Honor held at St. Anne’s Church in Loyalsock Township. Michael is the son of Robert and Veronica Van Ess. Part of earning the Eagle Scout rank is the completion of ...

Dear Annie: DNA results bombshell

Dear Annie: Recently, I was contacted by a person who had just received results from a popular online DNA test, which I had also taken some time ago. She asked who I was. We share a great deal of DNA, so, naturally, she assumed that she would know me. Well, after looking through our shared DNA ...

Working with relative clauses, verb agreements

Many of the grammar mistakes people warn you about are sheer fiction. The old “Don’t split an infinitive” is the quintessential example. Putting an adverb like “boldly” after the particle “to” but before the base verb “go” is not an error, contrary to what anyone will tell ...

Toni Morrison was a ‘literary mother’ to countless writers

When author Angela Flournoy was asked to dress as her favorite literary character for a magazine shoot four years ago, she knew how to look the part: A wide and “severe hat,” a fur stole and the kind of stare that dares you to stare back. For a day she could pretend to be Sula Peace, from ...

Oprah Winfrey praises, remembers her late friend

Oprah Winfrey praised her late friend and idol, Toni Morrison, hailing the best-selling author’s “confidence and self-assuredness and nobility.” Winfrey and Morrison knew each other for more than 20 years, dating back to when Winfrey was so determined to learn the author’s unlisted ...

Garden Fest

The group is hosting Garden Fest 2019 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the demonstration gardens and Lysock View Complex Building, 542 County Farm Road, Montoursville. Featured are workshops, tours, vendors, refreshments, prizes and more, event organizers noted, promising something for all ...

Summer learning program’s final event

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will celebrate all children who participated in the summer learning program during a finale event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13. Starting Aug. 8, children can turn in their reading log and receive a sweet treat and voucher for a book ...

Proper, informal and incorrect English

Proper English isn’t correct English. At least, it’s not the only correct English in town. It’s more like a flavor. Or a style. It’s the type of English used in academic and literary and professional and diplomatic circles. An ambassador hosting a foreign emissary would never say, ...

Dear Annie… Rough seas, friendly cruise

Dear Annie: My wife and I are approaching 50 years of marriage. Recently, we went on a cruise with her childhood friend, “Cindy,” and her husband, “Rob.” They have been friends since elementary school and Cindy was the maid of honor at our wedding. During the cruise, Rob made a joke ...