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City cop named officer of the quarter

City police Agent Jason Bolt — who played a critical role in several “high-profile violent criminal investigations” in the months of July, August and September — has been chosen as the Police Officer for the Third Quarter of the Year, according to city Police Chief Damon Hagan. An ...

Youngsters sing, learn about sacrifices and meaning of service

The multipurpose room of Loyalsock Valley Elementary School, in the Montoursville Area School District, was crowded with children and family as, once again, the faculty, staff and students of the school honored veterans from all branches of the U.S. military Tuesday. “We celebrate all of ...

Students pay tribute to Renovo-area veterans

RENOVO — It was an often emotional Veterans Day program yesterday morning at Bucktail Area High School as the school and community joined hands in honoring all veterans in their program “Heroes Among Us.” In an event that manages to get bigger and better every year, the seats on the gym ...

Sugar Valley Rural Charter School honors area veterans

LOGANTON — Since 2011 the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School has upheld the tradition of observing Veterans Day and honoring those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country, and this year was no different. Students from grades kindergarten through 12 gathered together on Monday ...

Long-lost flag tells a story of love, war and pride

BEECH CREEK — It was May 27, 1944 when a 19-year-old Beech Creek man died while serving his country. Now, some 65 years later, the death of that handsome young man — Pvt. Harold R. Walker — has resurfaced in a big way as family members have found the American Flag that was used at his ...

Lewistown’s pancake breakfast will be back — but ‘Pancho’ won’t

LEWISTOWN — The Lewistown Kiwanis Club holds its pancake breakfast each year, and has done so since the late 1950s. And each year, it has featured a character — initially the mascot for Aunt Jemima pancakes, then Pancho Pancake. But this year, after some internal deliberation and some ...

Jersey Shore Hospital hosts dinner to honor veterans

JERSEY SHORE — Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital hosted its inaugural Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday evening. Hosting 97 people, hospital leadership served veterans and their families a roast beef dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, vegetables and pie. Veterans from Lycoming and ...

Bellefonte mulls body cameras for cops

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Borough Police Department is one step closer to getting body cams. At this week’s Bellefonte Borough Council meeting, members of council heard from Police Sgt. Jason Brower, who talked about the body cams. The borough is one of the few police departments in ...

Police officers plan ‘Operation Christmas’

AVIS — The Pine Creek Township Police Department will be accepting families for their “Operation Christmas” program, a help fund designed to provide Christmas gifts to families in need in the Avis Borough, Dunnstable Township, Wayne Township and Pine Creek Township areas. Residents of ...

Man elected Mifflin County coroner — against his wishes

LEWISTOWN — Alan R. Sunderland may be the first candidate to ever win an election despite not wanting to. Sunderland was elected Mifflin County Coroner Tuesday, according to unofficial election results, defeating longtime incumbent Daniel P. Lynch, who was on the ballot as an independent ...

Muncy church hosts youth service project

MUNCY — First United Methodist Church of Muncy played host to the recent annual Future Farmers of America Northern Regional Leadership Conference. Students from all over Central Pennsylvania gathered to enrich themselves in the organization’s goal to prepare “members for leadership and ...

Bakery employees help needy families

Kellogg Company and their Muncy bakery employees, in partnership with the Lycoming County United Way, participated in a Pack and Share event, which was held at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank located at 3301 Wahoo Drive, Williamsport, in late October. Because of the generosity of corporate ...

Police officers of the year named

Boasting a combined experience of 49 years, two local officers were recognized recently by the Travelers Protective Association of America. For the first time in 23 years, the police officer of the year award was given to two law enforcement members: City police Agent Trent Peacock and ...

Legislator secures grant for water system repairs

SNOW SHOE — State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-McElhattan, has secured a $125,000 Local Municipal Relief grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to assist Mountaintop Regional Water Authority in restoring safe and clean drinking water to about 1,300 homes and ...

House of God

When you walk into the space being renovated for the Sojourner House of Hope ministry, you are surrounded by walls filled with scripture written by those helping develop the house into a place of hope and transformation. Although the words will eventually be painted over, they will remain ...

Ahead of changes, train ride an enjoyable experience

Amtrak’s Miami trains—the Silver Star and Silver Meteor—have a Facebook page where the former has acquired the derogatory nickname “Silver Starvation” — because it no longer carries a dining car. Since Amtrak meals are about to become a major issue, a friend and I recently tried ...

Parish festival brings people together

Featuring food, crafts, music and community spirit, the annual Our Lady of Lourdes Church festival was held Sept. 13 and 14 in Montoursville. Father Michael McCormick, who was visiting with people at each booth, said the event “brings the church people together with the community.” This ...

Church community looking for ways to protect environment

“And God saw that His new creation was beautiful and good.” Genesis 1:12 In 2015, Pope Francis issued an Encyclical on the environment condemning the way in which man has negatively impacted what God has created. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the ...

The nose knows: Riverkeeper trains retriever to detect sewage

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan uses many resources to aid her in patrolling the Susquehanna River watershed, but only one has a furry body and a nose that is being trained to sniff out the presence of raw sewage in the water. Little Susquehanna, or “Sussey” as Parenzan ...