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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. ...

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 ...