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History

Don Waltman’s old fashioned pork kettle, other items, reflect bygone era

These were the days when city butchers knew the products the customers wanted. That is what Don Waltman, a retired butcher and owner of Waltman Meats, 338 Court St., said about his shop and its predecessor, Smithgall & Ging Meat Packers. Waltman, 77, decided to retire a month ago, after ...

Revisiting the Great Fire of 1871

It was a warm August night in 1871, with a gale wind blowing, an opportune evening for arsonists to strike. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Williamsport residents had traveled out of the city to attend a church revival and camp. Among those taking the church folks out of the city were two male ...

Penn College charts passage of time from an institution to a college

The ability to adapt to the workforce needs of industry has been the common thread throughout the evolution of what is now the Pennsylvania College of Technology, from its beginning in 1914 to its present incarnation offering hands-on programs through the graduate level to students across ...

Presidents Nixon, Trump traded letters between tenures in White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — They were two men in Manhattan who craved the same thing: validation. One was a brash, young real estate developer looking to put his stamp on New York, the other a disgraced elder statesman bent on repairing his reputation. That's how a thirty-something Donald Trump and a ...

Transeau School served community for almost 90 years

The Samuel Transeau School opened its doors in 1897 and continued for almost 90 years, serving the Williamsport Area School District in various reincarnations. The school, according to the publication, “Williamsport Schools Through the Year,” which was published by the Williamsport ...

VE Day, locals lost in WWII remembered 75 years later

Originally projected to have only killed less than 300 local young men, later investigations show 420 residents paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War II, according to a local historian. They paid the ultimate price to ensure the freedoms we enjoy now, 75 years later. The May 7, 1945, ...