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West Branch Life Magazine

Craig Kropp of Candy Cane Lane

Because of the pandemic, this year’s holiday season may have to endure changes but one tradition will remain the same. Candy Cane Lane in Duboistown will continue to elate visitors because it was already built for social distancing. “I honestly think it might increase visitors this year ...

Veterans continue to serve even after exiting the military

The veteran population includes some of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. The 2014-2018 censuses revealed that approximately 9,000 veterans reside just in Lycoming County. There is an urgency there and surrounding areas to address the needs of current, and former, men and ...

5 places to hit the slopes

 There are countless places for central Pennsylvania skiers to hit the slopes and many are just a short drive in any direction. Although we’ve touched on only five here, there are many more that offer their own unique experience. Nina Waskevich, vice president of brand and membership at ...

Skating through the years

It was 1997 and Linda Rakoskie was at Sunset Park roller skating rink in Williamsport with her friend. The middle aged women spotted a man whom they both thought was quite handsome. So, they made an agreement. They would wait to see if he asked either of them to join him in a couple’s ...

Knoebels’ New Drive-Through Christmas Celebration

Knoebels is excited to give guests something new to look forward to during the holiday season. On November 27, Knoebels is launching for the first time ever “Joy Through the Grove – A Christmas Light Experience” in Elysburg.” Knoebels’ guests have been asking for a Knoebels ...

Caretaker of HISTORY

As the executive director of The Taber Museum in Williamsport, Gary Parks is charged with being the caretaker of our region’s history. It is a vital job that comes with great responsibility and many to-do lists. Parks supervises the daily operations of the museum, acts as editor of the ...

Williamsport’s Last Civil War Soldier

Williamsport’s last surviving Civil War veteran, James Henry Willis, was a slave before serving in the Civil War in 1861. His path to freedom is a remarkable journey that should not be forgotten by locals and all Americans.    There is much about Willis’s early life, however, that ...

West Branch Boat Club

It was 1972 and Hurricane Agnes unleashed its fury upon Pennsylvania. The West Branch of the Susquehanna River rose above its banks at the West Branch Motor Boat Association (WBMBA) decimating their DuBoistown property. “It ruined us. We lost our clubhouse. The only thing that was left were ...

Leaf peeping

If you were to stick a pin on a map anywhere in Pennsylvania’s north central region, you would likely land on a location that offers colorful foliage viewing or leaf peeping during the fall. Leaf peeping is defined as the activity of traveling in the fall to areas wooded with deciduous ...

Dori Rankinen, South Williamsport Mummers Parade coordinator

You can call her the biggest cheerleader of the South Williamsport Mummers Parade. She also answers to team leader, community volunteer, and inspired (and inspiring) community member. Over the past several years, the planning committee for the Mummers Parade has been led by one of the ...

Global pandemic puts damper on plans for area arts events

Lycoming Arts has been proudly serving and representing our area for the past 60 years. And in 2021, their First Friday event will be celebrating 20 years. Lycoming Arts has been recognized as part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan as one of the top 10 initiatives. Williamsport First ...

The Boutique at the YMCA, a win-win for all

For more than 125 years, the YWCA Northcentral PA, 815 W. Fourth St. in Williamsport, has been focused on “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” The programs there “work toward these goals by providing people with ...

For the love of comics

Comic books have been around for almost a century and though they’ve changed throughout the years, their popularity has remained constant. In fact, it has grown to include a wide audience that includes not just children and teenagers, but adults who find hope, knowledge and ...

The New Love Center meets critical need in Jersey Shore area

Living paycheck to paycheck is a reality for so many. When a disaster hits, such as a pandemic, families that were just getting by find themselves choosing between necessities like prescriptions and groceries. For those working and volunteering at The New Love Center in Jersey Shore, ...

Historic home gets modern updates

With so many architectural jewels on Williamsport’s Grampian Boulevard, it is tough competition to standout — but one French chateau does just that. Located at 235 Grampian Blvd., the historic home recently got an update with new technology and daring design. “It has a modern floor ...

Restaurateurs return home

The timing couldn’t have been worse for Brooke Bishop and her husband, Greg Stein. Wishing to be closer to family, the couple moved from Charleston, South Carolina, to Muncy this spring with plans to open a new restaurant. “We moved here at the end of March and closed on the property ...