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Combat cold weather with creamy chicken soup

There’s something incredibly warm and delightful about this bowl of thick and creamy chicken noodle soup. And thanks to the Instant Pot, it is easy to make yet packs the most incredible mind-blowing flavors. Shredded chicken breast, egg noodles, red Idaho potatoes, carrots, and celery ...

One-third of America’s rivers have changed color since 1984

America's rivers are changing color — and people are behind many of the shifts, a new study said. One-third of the tens of thousands of mile-long (two kilometer-long) river segments in the United States have noticeably shifted color in satellite images since 1984. That includes 11,629 miles ...

Briggs Farm Blues Festival back in July 2021

Briggs Farm Blues Festival will host a weekend of live music and social gathering July 8, 9 and 10. “The world-class line up ready to rock the 24th annual blues festival includes established blues acts who routinely grace the international stage, national home-grown artists, and local ...

Habitat for Humanity persists in helping during pandemic

The local branch of a global nonprofit housing organization is looking toward growth in the next few months. Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income families to help build new homes for the families to live in, according to Corrine Stammel-Demmien. “Our vision is we believe everyone ...

St. John’s School of the Arts hits remarkable achievement

Sounds of familiar instruments, young talented voices and ballerinas dancing should soon be able to be heard again at Saint John’s School of the Arts, on Newberry Street in the city, with the celebration their 25th year of service and classes for local children, teens and adults with the ...

After Achilles tear, Williamsport grad Rachel Fatherly eyes Olympic Trials

Rachel Fatherly had just produced her best shot put throw, hurling it a career-best 19 meters. Feeling good, the 2012 Williamsport graduate added an extra throw, seeing if she could top herself. Then a teammate hit her left calf with an errant shot put throw. At least that’s what Fatherly ...

Uncovering the top Mexican food trends for 2021

FAMILY FEATURES - Many families constantly search for meal inspiration, and one of the best ways is to look toward trendy tastes for new options to add to the menu. One of the country’s top Hispanic food brands, Cacique, tapped culinary experts and chefs Aarón Sánchez, Bricia Lopez and ...

Brewery gets state grant to expand operations

A $1 million state grant has been secured to help a Jersey Shore-area business become one of the state leaders in the nation’s craft beer industry, a state lawmaker and its co-founder said. Bald Birds Brewing Co. is a recipient of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant, ...

New Shop Vac owner revealed

The popular Shop Vac brand of vacuums has been purchased by GreatStar Tools USA, giving new life to the global manufacturer headquartered in Williamsport. GreatStar announced Monday it will take ownership of Shop Vac assets, re-open the Williamsport plant and rehire employees who lost their ...

Recent snowfall has Canada geese migrating south to feed

Several weeks ago, I wrote scientists say no two snowflakes are alike. Mary Alice believes this could not possibly be a true statement. After shoveling out last week’s snowfall, of three to four feet, I agree there had to be at least two identical snowflakes. While shoveling snow, I heard a ...

Culinary Creations: New Year’s pot roast

ARE WE THERE YET?!?!? The ubiquitous phrase has been spoken by kids for generations as they begrudgingly wait for the family road trip to be over. While this phrase is an indicator of impatience and annoyance by children, it is sure to elicit the same reaction from the adults in the car, as ...

Keep an eye on these area swimmers when the season begins

We’re approaching the end of Gov. Tom Wolf’s three-week shutdown which postponed high school athletics. Everyone’s antsy to get back on the court, wrestling mat or into the pool, and start competition. So as the season gets ready to officially start, let’s take a look at some of the ...

Record snowfall buries region

Area residents woke up Thursday morning to a white winter wonderland after a storm dumped a record amount of snowfall on Lycoming County. Only once previously has a two-day storm brought two feet of snow, according to National Weather Service Forecaster Rachel Gutierrez. The first storm ...

Coroner, funeral homes pressed as virus-related deaths rise

With a surge in deaths due to COVID-19 since Thanksgiving, those on the receiving end say they are stressed managing the growing number of bodies. Bodies are piling up at the morgue and at the funeral homes so much so that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has provided area coroners ...

Savor holiday fun with seasonal sweets

FAMILY FEATURES - Festive fun and baking holiday treats go hand-in-hand, and these Christmas tree cheesecake brownies provide a perfect way to enjoy a holiday tradition in the kitchen with loved ones. Decorate your own version using green and white frosting, sprinkles of your choice and candy ...

Technology and clothing upgrades fuel ice fishing surge

As Ivan Eego and a group of friends joined for an ice fishing expedition on Oneida Lake in New York last year, things didn’t go as they expected. “The weather was horrific, fishing was bad, I broke through the ice after dark and had an ATV break down a mile out and had to retrace my ...

UPMC to get vaccine, prioritize frontline employees

“We are preparing to receive thousands of doses of Pfizer,” Graham Snyder, M.D., UPMC medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology, said in a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. He added that UPMC is “optimistic” that across the system, frontline employees will ...