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Susquehanna Trailways struggling, waiting to get back to business

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Pennsylvania and most of the nation have had to adapt to ever-changing protocols to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus, forcing many local businesses to close or restrict hours or operations. Those businesses providing entertainment and ...

Parents unhappy with school options assemble learning ‘pods’

Education

On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children’s school building closed, she figured why not use it also a classroom? While her son and daughter will participate in ...

Stallion diversifies to help local economy, public

The Chamber Connection

A company that originally came to the area to support the oil and gas industry has continued to diversify its product range to aid the area during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Stallion, at 297 Beautys Run Road, has taken the lessons of the fast-paced and flexible technologies of the gas ...

Survivors of bombing worry that world will forget

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HIROSHIMA, Japan — The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima 75 years ago didn’t just kill and maim. The survivors have also lived for decades with lingering shame, anger and fear. Many in Japan believed radiation sickness is infectious or hereditary. Some hid their status as ...

Time to do away with weapons of mass destruction

Letters

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. I was born two days later, before the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. In the 1950s, living with my parents and brother on West Fourth Street in Williamsport, I walked daily from home to the Daniel Webster Elementary ...

Jersey Shore State Bank gives to first responders

The Chamber Connection

In donating to local first responders, one local bank said its giving patterns are a mirror of a community who cares. “We’re a giving bank, not because of what we say, but because of what we do,” said Richard A. Grafmyre, CEO of Penns Woods Bancorp Inc. Across all branches the bank ...

Montgomery area schools to follow hybrid learning

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Schools in the Montgomery Area School District will open on Aug. 31 on a hybrid model with students alternating days of in-person instruction with remote learning. The move was announced at the district’s board meeting held virtually Tuesday night. “Our hybrid model is an A-B schedule ...

Dairy farmers: Who are they and what do they do?

Letters

Dairy farmers are dedicated people who have a job seven days a week for 52 weeks. They observe the holidays knowing those cows must be milked twice a day, some cases three times a day. They provide a nutritious wholesome drink called “whole milk” that was taken out of the schools without ...

Williamsport Area School District announces school return plan

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Plans to bring students back to school Sept. 1 with a hybrid alternate phase of education were announced at the Williamsport Area School Board’s meeting Tuesday, by Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, district superintendent. With the district pivoting to this model, Bowers stressed that people need to ...

The cost of cyber education

Letters

I have lost count of the number of television ads I have seen in the last few weeks for cyber and cyber-charter schools. They all state the same thing: they are free public education. Yes, they are free to the family who signs up, because they are paid for by the public school district in which ...

Business works with public and private school libraries

The Chamber Connection

Opening the Book is a unique local business creating furniture and design work for libraries. In Williamsport can be found the company’s North American headquarters at Water Tower Square, 1000 Commerce Park Drive. “We service accounts all across the U.S. and Canada,” Jolie Conahan, ...

Totally agree

Letters

I agree totally with the letter by Phil Edmunds from Boalsburg. The Black Lives Matter movement should pick more worthy heroes to advance their agenda. They also should pick one leader with integrity and credibility to lead their cause such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. There has been ...

Saving the planet by going vegan

Letters

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new greenhouse-gas emission regulations for airplanes. However, critics are concerned that these limits — which apparently were set by, and have already been met by, the aviation industry — will not do enough to combat climate change. It ...

Comms question back-to-school policies

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With schools getting ready to start back up later this month, the state Department of Education came under fire from Lycoming County commissioners during their Tuesday meeting. Commissioners Tony Mussare and Scott Metzger said the department has shown no leadership in guiding schools through ...

City reservoirs in good shape despite dry summer

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Rain has been in short supply for much of the region in recent weeks, but that is no cause of concern for the local water supply. In fact, Michael Miller, executive director of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority, said the city’s reservoirs are in great shape right ...

Transit union contract gets ‘no recommendation’

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“We simply can’t pay for all this stuff.” That’s what Councilwoman Liz Miele, chair of the council finance committee, said Tuesday as the committee gave a proposed five-year contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1496, representing River Valley Transit employees, no ...

Mail-in voting

Letters

A recent columnist repeated the Hannity/Limbaugh talking point that mail-in voting is “a recipe for voting chaos.” Another perspective: Colorado is one of four states that uses mail-in only voting. It was recently listed as having the “most secure elections” of all 50 states. In ...