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The weather in a word — hot

The hot unforgiving weather of late is not expected to be in retreat anytime soon with daytime temperatures remaining mostly in the 90s through much of the week. Today will pretty much mirror other days with soaring temperatures, sunshine and a chance of showers, according to the National ...

1976 Freedom Train’s visit to city recalled

When the red, white and blue America Freedom Train pulled into Williamsport in July of 1976, it had already logged 19,860 miles and criss-crossed through much of America, visiting 34 states and 97 cities. Thousands of area residents came out, some dressed in colonial garb, to see the train ...

Independence Day celebrations of bygone days

The year was 1928. The biggest headline on the day after the Fourth of July was about a raid of a still in Sugar Valley, where $20,000 worth of liquor, plus machinery and materials, had been confiscated. Calvin Coolidge was president and he had spent the day, his birthday, fishing in Wisconsin. ...

Tonight’s fireworks to involve socially distanced vehicles

HUGHESVILLE — The 25th annual Set the Night to Music fireworks show at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds is just hours away. The park-and-watch fireworks show begins at 9:40 p.m., with the gates open to receive cars at 7 p.m., according to Van Michael, general manager, president and CEO of ...

Face masks now mandated statewide

The mandate Gov. Tom Wolf signed Wednesday requiring people to wear masks in public extends to city and county property, and the state police are enforcing guidelines for liquor-licensed establishments throughout the state. In keeping with the state’s order, Lycoming County commissioners ...

New dates, parade route for beloved Town Hall festivities

JERSEY SHORE — The widely popular Jersey Shore Town Meeting, filled with local artists, food stands, the sound of country music and the ever-so exciting Fourth of July firework show has been postponed to July 20 through July 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Jeremy Frantz, ...

Mask or no mask, bus riders won’t be ‘stranded’

Despite a state mandate to require passengers who ride public transportation and taxis to wear masks, River Valley Transit bus drivers will pick up and drop off individuals whether they are wearing a mask or not at this time. Management simply can’t abide by the enforcement actions and ...

Watsontown chief clarifies — troopers not at rally

None of the four state troopers who responded to the Sunday protest in Watsontown tested positive for COVID-19, but were separately exposed at the Milton substation, borough police Chief Rodney Witherite clarified Thursday. “We’re testing all the first responders and suggesting that all ...

Lawmakers not on board with court decision

Local lawmakers were less than enthusiastic over a state Supreme Court ruling this week rejecting a resolution to terminate Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus disaster declaration. In the ruling, the high court rejected the argument that the Republican-controlled Legislature can unilaterally ...

Montgomery Borough fires officer

MONTGOMERY — In a 5-0 vote, the borough council voted to terminate Officer Eric Winters on Monday, with Laurel Green and Susan Andrews abstaining. Roger McRae, Rocky Sanguedolce, Allen Bennett, Clay Steward and Drew Onufrak voted in favor of the motion. Winters was promoted to corporal ...

LCWSA won’t penalize nonpayment for June

Lycoming County water and sewer customers unable to pay their monthly bills were once again given a reprieve. Failure to pay monthly charges will not result in shut-offs of water and sewer services, the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority decided Wednesday. COVID-19 has posed ...

County landfill’s recycling drop-off site relocated

Lycoming County Resource Management Services has relocated its public recycling drop off site at the landfill, 447 Alexander Drive in Montgomery, to be more accessible, according to a news release. Customers will no longer have to check in with the weighmaster at the scalehouse for recycling. ...

Blueberry farm’s opening offers needed time out

LINDEN — A wave of blueberry pickers arrived with the season’s start Wednesday at Shirey’s Blueberry Hill, with many not only seeking the freshly-ripened berries but also a family outing, said owners. The patch, close to Route 220 along Northway Road, may see 500 people in a day, said ...

Local lawmakers dealing with jobless claim problems

Local lawmakers say they’ve heard from countless constituents in recent months who have not received state unemployment benefits. Since March 15, the state has reportedly paid out more than $16 billion in jobless claims, but many people have not seen their money. “Sometimes they can’t ...

Eviction ban nears an end with renter aid still in pipeline

HARRISBURG — Federal emergency aid for renters in Pennsylvania hit hard financially during the pandemic is still in the pipeline as Gov. Tom Wolf’s ban on foreclosures and evictions nears an expiration. The application period for aid begins Monday to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance ...

South Side, DuBoistown residents see quicker response times by cops

A shared police service agreement between the boroughs of South Williamsport and DuBoistown appears to be paying dividends. “It has vastly improved response time and expanded our coverage in both boroughs,” said Steven W. Cappelli, South Williamsport borough manager. The merger occurred ...

City approves $91K agreement with Endless Mountains Transportation Authority

City Council on Tuesday, in a special meeting held remotely, approved a $91,000 management agreement between the city and the Endless Mountains Transportation Authority. The agreement, which runs through June 31, 2021, was adopted by a 6-0 vote with President Randall J. Allison, Adam Yoder, ...

‘Over the Edge’ rappelling fundraiser back in September

The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, River Valley Regional YMCA and YWCA Northcentral PA will join forces for the third annual Over the Edge event in Williamsport Sept. 19, according to a news release. “Over the Edge is a unique fundraiser allowing three organizations ...

Township supervisors discuss cable TV franchise agreement

AVIS— The Pine Creek Township Supervisors met in person on Wednesday for their monthly meeting; no action was taken, though the supervisors did discuss the renewal of their Comcast franchise agreement. The supervisors are in the beginning of the process to renew their agreement. They have ...