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Volunteer’s accordion brings smiles

Daniel Weber learned to play a musical instrument when he was growing up, but he lost interest in it as an adult. After all, it was a big and bulky accordion that was attached to leather straps that went over his shoulders to secure the instrument that he balanced on his left thigh as he ...

In 2020, will Democrats embrace vanilla?

WASHINGTON — A barometer, said a wit, is an ingenious instrument that reveals the weather we are experiencing. Presidential campaigns often are political barometers. They can, however, change the social climate. The Democratic presidential aspirants, plucking at the electorate’s sleeve, are ...

DEP issues historic $30.6M penalty over Revolution Pipeline violations

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Environmental Protection issued a $30.6 million civil penalty to ETC Northeast Pipeline for violations related to the 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire in Beaver County. The penalty, one of the largest civil penalties collected in a single ...

The 235 days that rattled China and shook the world

WASHINGTON — They were 235 days that shook the world, rattled China’s regime and refuted the most pernicious wishful thinking since the appeasement of dictators collapsed eight decades ago. Nothing more momentous happened in 2019 than Hong Kong’s heroic insurrection. It began with the ...

The 10 best things Trump has done in 2019

WASHINGTON — In his third year in office, President Trump continued to deliver an extraordinary list of accomplishments. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump did this year: 10. He continued to deliver for the forgotten Americans. Unemployment is at record lows; this ...

It’s not Trump, but those pursuing him

WASHINGTON — President Trump is accused of doing untold damage to our democratic institutions. In truth, it is the president’s foes who are doing the real damage. Take the revelations that FBI officials falsified evidence presented to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. This ...

Funerals

MOON — Darlene Kay Moon, Jersey Shore, 1 p.m. today, Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC. SHNYDER — Max Howard Shnyder, Montgomery, 1 p.m. today, Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main St., Muncy. Visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. DERRICK — Nancy K. Derrick, ...

Flint K. Faubion

Flint K. Faubion, 61, of Williamsport, died Dec. 21, 2019, at home. Flint was owner of Faubion Construction. He is survived by his wife, the former Maria Casale; three sons, Heath, Isaac and Lucas; three grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters. A celebration of his life will be announced ...

The man behind the curtain

WASHINGTON — As the nation reels from the latest round of President Trump’s impeachment, and anticipating a full House vote this week, I’d like to pause and express my everlasting gratitude to Lyman Frank Baum. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, his work surely will. Baum (1856-1919) ...

Joe Biden is the Democrats’ Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON — Democrats winced when they heard Joe Biden talking about his hairy legs. “The kids used to come up and reach into the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and watch the hair come back up again,” he said in a video of a 2017 speech that recently went viral, adding, “I ...

Ed Willits: ‘I looked out and saw sparks’

As a teenager, Ed Willits was part of the Ground Observer Corps, a Civil Defense organization formed to spot low-flying aircraft. His affiliation with the group, which numbered some 750,000 volunteers nationwide during the height of the Cold War, helped spark an interest in the military and ...

A political death warrant

WASHINGTON — With her announcement that Democrats will move forward and vote on articles of impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., may have signed a political death warrant for dozens of moderate Democrats elected in Trump districts. Pelosi is speaker today because in 2018 ...

Health care lies: Democrats are at it again

WASHINGTON — In 2009, President Barack Obama promised that under Obamacare, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” Millions of Americans believed him, and millions of Americans lost their ...

A powerful reminder of the unimaginable

NEW YORK — From the mountains of shoes that were worn by Jews when they were packed into railroad freight cars bound for Auschwitz, the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust displays one: a woman’s red dress pump with a three-inch heel. It prompts viewers to wonder: ...

A brief history of Konkle Memorial Library

The origin of the Konkle Memorial Library, in Montoursville, began with a bequest of property at 300 Broad St. by Joan S. Konkle. It was intended as an “enduring memorial” to her husband, Dr. William Bastian Konkle, who had passed away in 1928, according to historical accounts. A group ...

Trump’s firing offensive

WASHINGTON — As former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was testifying Friday at the congressional impeachment hearings, the tyrannical 2-year-old occupying the Oval Office busied himself on Twitter trying to smear her. Presumably, there are no grown-ups left to mind him. There ...

Judge: 2 life sentences for killer

A Philadelphia native was sentenced to serve two consecutive life sentences Wednesday, for his role in a 2016 double murder along Poplar Street. Joseph Sentore Coleman Jr., 38, was found guilty in early September for the home invasion and murder of Shane Wright, 27, and his mother, Kristine ...

Incompetence is not an impeachable offense

WASHINGTON — The problem with most conspiracy theories is that they presume too much competence on the part of the conspirators. The same may be true when it comes to President Trump’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine. As Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., put it, “What I can tell you about ...

Now Reagan’s not even welcome in Berlin

WASHINGTON — In June 1987, President Ronald Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate and uttered those iconic words that shook the world: “General Secretary Gorbachev ... come here to this gate, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” They had been repeatedly removed from ...

China’s precarious future

WASHINGTON — Demography does not dictate any nation’s destiny, but it shapes every nation’s trajectory, so attention must be paid to Nicholas Eberstadt. He knows things that should occasion some American worries, but also knows more important things that should assuage some worries ...