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City commemorates founding father with lessons about his life

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Williamsport has an event center, townhouse and hotel room named after the city’s founder — but how much do city residents know about the historical contributions of Michael Ross? History was shared on one of Williamsport’s founders, Michael Ross, recently at the Thomas T. Taber ...

Man suffers minor injury after crashing into tree

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The driver of a silver Chevrolet Astro saw his attached trailer swaying back and forth while traveling north on Egli Hill Road east of Clarkstown Sunday and took his eyes off the road to observe the trailer. The driver then hit a tree head on, hitting his mouth against the steering wheel ...

Witnesses testify to seeing alleged killer morning of 2017 slaying

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A number of people testified in Lycoming County Court Monday that they encountered a man on a bicycle near the home of Donald Kleese Jr. the day before he was found dead in his Eldred Township residence. Kleese’s bloodied body was found April 6, 2017 in the bedroom of his Quaker Hill Road ...

Tax hike comes with Muncy school’s budget

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MUNCY – Muncy School Board adopted an $18.9 million 2019-20 budget Monday night that includes a tax increase. The budget brings a 0.74 millage increase to the local real estate tax, said David Edkin, district business manager. It will add $74 in taxes to a house valued at $100,000. The ...

Jersey Shore School Board approves yearly spending plan

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JERSEY SHORE — District homeowners will see a tax raise following the Jersey Shore School Board passing its 2019-20 budget Monday, in a 6 to 2 vote. Voting for the tax increase were Christopher Fravel, Karen Stover, John Pecchia, Mary Thomas, Kelley Wasson and Craig Allen. Voting no were ...

Authority member files ethics complaint

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A member of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority believes another member has violated the ethics of the board including voting to benefit from a downtown development. A state Ethics Commission report has been filed against William Ertel by Cynthia Perry, who recently was ...

Budget cram week starts with eye on saving Pennsylvania some cash

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s budget cram week began Monday, as lawmakers unveiled a compromise spending plan that uses surplus dollars to spread around modest spending increases, hold the line on taxes and make a substantial deposit into a relatively bare budgetary reserve. Votes in the ...

Although chance of rain lingers, a dry break will grace the week

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After last week’s slew of storms, lingering chances of rain will hang on throughout the week, but there could be time for the area to regroup under sunshine and typical summer weather. With a relatively dry and warmer week ahead, there’s a chance that the highs could be reaching close ...

‘Burning river’ loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

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CLEVELAND — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River’s most infamous fire helped spawn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, artists and entrepreneurs have turned old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of Cleveland pride. “Everybody knows ...

Cuyahoga’s health lauded half a century after blaze

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s U.S. senators are recognizing environmental progress on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) River with a bipartisan resolution. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced the measure in Washington this week ahead of ...

A three-hour tour?

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A local resident took a tour of the finer historical sites of our country, not only was it about architecture but also provided information on slavery. Which ones, he did not say. He continues to write in his letter about how slaves owned guns. He then slipped in colonial times. He then ...

Bicycles — not on sidewalks!

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If I rode my Bicycle on the sidewalk, I’m sure I would either get a strong talking to or a ticket, so why are people riding bicycles on the sidewalks all over? I thought that there is an ordinance against riding a bike on the sidewalk. I have a Scooter that I do ride in the streets. ...

What Will Our Children Say?

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The last year or two has seen an unusual number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive Midwest floods, way too many deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc. The rest of the world has likewise suffered increasing droughts, ...

Think about it

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Chris Masse’s report on the two star players from the Philly area was great. It reminds us central PA parents that our conservative ways of thought put our family, friends and community before selfish personal wants. These girls made a huge mistake only enabled by their liberal thinking ...

Stop the crying

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Shortly after the election and the cry babies are at it. “You nasty Republicans didn’t vote for our candidate and he was our guy, Sob!, Sob!, you are just mean people because we wanted him and you didn’t.” After all the crying comes the temper tantrums. “I hope I can move out of the ...

Fire leaves 12 homeless

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A dozen people, including several children, were left homeless Saturday following an early morning house fire on Scott Street that was caused by unattended cooking, according to city fire Platoon Chief Sam Aungst. The fire broke out in the kitchen at the rear of Stephanie Davis’ home at ...

A beautiful life

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As with many others in the community, I struggle with the recent death of Father John Manno. I was his nurse, his “spirit sister,” and as I often told him, “the wife he was never allowed to have.” I said this to him as I repaired his skin, torn by bumps and bruises as I tried to curtail ...

Driver in flatbed truck accident identified

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The driver of the flatbed truck who crashed Thursday morning as he was approaching Montgomery on Route 405 from the Muncy Creek Township side was Jamie Gonzalez Perez, 37, of West Palm Beach, Florida, according to state police. He was reported in fair condition in Geisinger Medical Center, ...

School districts bleeding money to cyber charter schools

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As the end of the school year passes, students are beginning to enjoy summer vacation, but for district administrators this time of year brings with it dealing with ever-increasing budget expenses and resulting deficits. Although wages and retirement benefits are often listed as the drivers ...