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Board acts on personnel items

The Montoursville Area School Board took action on personnel, naming and other items during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. The retirements of paraprofessionals Mary Ellen Loy and Delores Schafer were approved. Both are parting the district at the end of the school year after ...

South Williamsport Borough Council fills vacant seat

Despite protests from the public, the South Williamsport Borough Council voted to appoint Henry Frey Jr. to a vacant seat on the council on Monday. Frey was appointed to fulfill a vacancy left by the passing of J. Bernard Shelb. While the council was in agreement with the appointment, ...

State Grange president addresses agriculture policy

While the Grange has grown to advocate for people all over the state, not just farmers, the organization remains true to its agricultural roots when seeking new or altered legislation and state assistance. Some of the state Grange’s big concerns lately are dairy farms and milk prices, ...

Basketball courts now being eyed for Firetree Place

A youth organization that empowers children to do their best academically and recreationally is going to be host site of a National Basketball Association-quality outdoor basketball complex instead of the original intended location of Memorial Park. Alize Johnson, the NBA player with Indiana ...

Historic venue’s ban on same-sex weddings stirs national outcry

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) — A county tourism group will hold a meeting at a historic venue in Pennsylvania Dutch Country despite a recent outcry over the locale’s ban on same-sex weddings. The policy at The Star Barn, a top wedding spot in Elizabethtown that is surrounded by farmland, orchards ...

Bills to combat child sexual abuse move ahead in Legislature

HARRISBURG (AP) — Two related bills designed to help victims of child sexual abuse received favorable committee votes in the Pennsylvania House on Monday and are poised to pass the full chamber in the coming days. The House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would ...

Lock Haven looking to hire finance director

LOCK HAVEN — The city of Lock Haven are looking for applicants for three positions including a full-time finance director, a part-time finance clerk and summer laborers. The finance director is a key member of the city’s executive leadership team who works under the city manager and ...

13th annual event offers more than 100 bicycle prizes

Antioch Baptist Church’s annual Easter egg hunt grows each year through the power of God, agreed Isaiah Washington and his sister, Yolanda. To be held at 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the church, 514 High St., this year’s hunt boasts more than 115 bicycles to be awarded as prizes along with ...

Brandon Park tradition likely to draw hundreds

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Brandon Park is a scramble of fun. It’s held in loving memory of Christy Haberstroh, the late executive assistant for Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. The popular event is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. April 13 near the Brandon Park bandshell, said Jessie ...

Onion snow: Rare phenomenon unlikely for week, but not unheard of

As grounds are being tilled and some early planters are eager to get going on vegetable gardens, forecasters say there’s always a chance for an onion snow. The onion snow, a description that originated in Lancaster County with the Pennsylvania Dutch, refers to a snow that falls after the ...

Needed City Hall updates being explored

City administration officials are trying to meet federal accessibility laws by making City Hall more accommodating to all. The need to meet the requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 are among topics of discussion at several recent City Council public works’ committee ...

After 2016, Democrats know they need white male voters

UPPER ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — When he moved to Pennsylvania about five years ago, it was a coin toss which party Brian Heitman would register with. No longer. Since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, Heitman, who is 42 and white, has become a reliable Democrat. Last week, he ...

Booker raises $5M, below other White House hopefuls

Cory Booker’s early fundraising numbers are well behind those posted by other major Democratic candidates in the race to challenge President Donald Trump. The New Jersey senator, who campaigned Sunday in New Hampshire, said he raised over $5 million in the two months since he entered the ...

Some Bernie Sanders supporters still upset post-2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It was hard to miss Cheri Pichone’s excitement about Bernie Sanders’ second presidential run. She showed up to a recent Iowa rally decked out in Sanders gear, complete with a figurine of the Vermont senator and progressive icon. But underneath her exuberance, ...

A Trade & Transit transformation

Bill Nichols, head of River Valley Transit, is incredibly proud of the Trade & Transit Centre II. And rightfully so: the building is beautiful, brightly lit and modern but with wooden accents that recall Williamsport’s hay day as the lumber capital of the country. In short, the building ...

Perspectives of art in downtown Williamsport

Today, it’s hard to imagine that when the Daniele family opened Franco’s Lounge in the spring of 1984, they knew they were taking a risk. Located in the heart of downtown Williamsport, the restaurant is lively even before opening. The staff goes in and out of the kitchen in preparation ...

Restore Pennsylvania seeks to make waterways cleaner

Chilly rain didn’t stop members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration from taking a stroll along Loyalsock Creek to talk about the impact of flooding. Marcus Kohl, state Department of Environmental Protection northcentral regional director, hosted the creek tour to explore how Restore ...

Kidney transplant clinic opens in Williamsport

With more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant, area community members in end-stage kidney disease now have another option with UPMC Susquehanna’s new Kidney Transplant Evaluation Clinic. The clinic, which opened Friday at UPMC Susquehanna Regional Medical Center, ...

DuBoistown council still unclear on next MS4 steps

The DuBoistown Borough Council convened Thursday to discuss their progress on financing, designing and constructing a project to gain compliance with the MS4 mandate. Lycoming County Sewer and Water Authority representative John Bickhart detailed the struggle of securing funding from grant ...

Eugene Otterbein: “It was a lot of fun”

Eugene Otterbein has no regrets about how his military career played out. The Picture Rocks resident can look back on a 20-year stint in the Air Force that brought him wonderful memories and lifelong friends. Otterbein, 74, surely could not have predicted how things would turn out. Like ...