‘It’s someone else’s turn’: Lovecchio says frustration with system spurred him to retire

By Anne Reiner | September 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Judge Marc Lovecchio’s decision to retire after 12 years on the bench was a surprise to many, but the veteran attorney said it came after a growing frustration with the limitations within the criminal justice system.  He will officially leave the bench at the end of 2021. Lovecchio has spent years watching the same individuals…

The Trout Run Fire of 1940 threatened to ‘wipe out’ community

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | September 20, 2021 | 1 Comment

It was Valentine’s Day in 1940 and the small village of Trout Run, 15 miles north of Williamsport, was ablaze.  With over 300 residents,  the small burg had no fire trucks or equipment stationed within 10 miles.   To make matters worse, the fire “swept (through) the center of this old-time lumbering town during a snowstorm,”…

Q&A with a Doc: When COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, deaths rise

By On the PULSE | September 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Daily COVID-19 cases have climbed over 60 in Lycoming County and hospitalizations have reached 23 as of Sept. 14. The state recorded seven COVID deaths in August and one death so far in September. A divided country grapples with concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, masking mandates in schools and the government’s power over private businesses.…

‘A pattern of unethical behavior’: AG investigates Williamsport; Mayor, others speak out

By Anne Reiner | September 10, 2021 | 2 Comments

An investigation into the City of Williamsport by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office alleges years of misappropriation of funds within the city and could hold dire consequences for some current and former employees of the city, according to individuals familiar with the investigation.  A clear picture of the City of Williamsport’s financial standing is impossible…

‘It changed her life’: Theatre program opens doors for kids with special needs

By Allison Lax | September 9, 2021 | 1 Comment

When Wendy Durant enrolled her 12-year-old daughter, Cadi, in the Community Theatre League’s newly founded chapter of the Penguin Project — a nationwide effort to empower young people with special needs through theatre — she wasn’t sure what to expect. The program, implemented at the local theater in 2016, seemed like a possible way to…

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Top 7 things to keep an eye out for when viewing a house

By On the PULSE | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Purchasing your first home is overwhelming and exciting at the same time. There are so many thoughts, questions and ideas running through your brain that it’s tough to keep everything straight. This list compiles the things you should watch for when viewing a house to make life a tad easier as you consider which home to buy.  …

Why Does My Car Vibrate While I Drive It?

By On the PULSE | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Is your car shaking uncontrollably? If you’re looking for an answer to the question, “why does your car vibrate while you drive it?” explore this blog to find out. Damaged Drive Shaft If your car is vibrating, that could be a sign of a bad brake shaft. The shaft transfers torque from the vehicle to…

Q&A with a Doc: When COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, deaths rise

By On the PULSE | September 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Daily COVID-19 cases have climbed over 60 in Lycoming County and hospitalizations have reached 23 as of Sept. 14. The state recorded seven COVID deaths in August and one death so far in September. A divided country grapples with concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, masking mandates in schools and the government’s power over private businesses.…

Best Ways To Improve Your Manufacturing Employees’ Health

By On the PULSE | September 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Working in the manufacturing industry can be physically and mentally taxing. When you own or manage a business in this field, you should pay extra attention to your employees’ health and well-being in order for them to feel happy and productive. Continue reading to find some of the best ways to improve your manufacturing employees’…

Q&A with a Doc: Williamsport hospital becomes Trauma II Center

By Anne Reiner | September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

UPMC Williamsport has been granted Level II Trauma Center accreditation by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF), recognizing a higher level of care and services provided in north central Pennsylvania. This accreditation went into effect on Sept. 1. “As a Level II Trauma Center, UPMC Williamsport is prepared to treat patients with serious life-threatening and disabling injuries,”…

Best destinations for your next winter getaway

By On the PULSE | September 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Across the world, many of us have dedicated the last few months to our work and home lives. As summer wraps up, now is the ideal time to plan your escape from the snowy weather—or the best way to take advantage of it. Starting your planning a few months early will help ensure you get…

The Rise of Cyclospora Infections From Food Products

By On the PULSE | September 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

The perils of foodborne illnesses aren’t unfamiliar. Pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli, and the norovirus are household names. Cyclosporiasis, the infection by the Cyclospora protozoan, is much less familiar but no less serious, causing diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, and weight loss—sometimes for weeks. Unfortunately, it’s yet another malady that we’ve had to learn about—hopefully not…

3 Modifications That Will Protect Your Vehicle

By On the PULSE | September 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

You can do numerous things to protect your car from weather, wear and even fading and minor scratches. But if you’re specifically looking to add more protective qualities to your ride, consider these three modifications that will protect your vehicle before deciding on which features are best. Front Grill Guard Essentially, a front grill guard is a…

You are not alone: How to care for an aging family member

By On the PULSE | August 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you’re providing at-home care for an ailing loved one, you’re not alone. According to AARP, there are more than 53 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. That means, one in five Americans provide care for a loved one. We are seeing the rise of the sandwich generation in which those in their 40s and…

Physician: Traumatic injuries go beyond car crashes and gun shots

By On the PULSE | August 24, 2021

Traumatic accidents and injuries are unfortunately an everyday occurrence. Many people often associate trauma with major events such as car accidents, gunshot wounds, and burns, however, traumatic injuries can also be from something as simple as a fall in your home. While no one plans to be involved with such events, it is vital to…

Q&A with a Doc: When COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, deaths rise

By On the PULSE | September 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Daily COVID-19 cases have climbed over 60 in Lycoming County and hospitalizations have reached 23 as of Sept. 14. The state recorded seven COVID deaths in August and one death so far in September. A divided country grapples with concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, masking mandates in schools and the government’s power over private businesses.…

Q&A with a Doc: Williamsport hospital becomes Trauma II Center

By Anne Reiner | September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

UPMC Williamsport has been granted Level II Trauma Center accreditation by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF), recognizing a higher level of care and services provided in north central Pennsylvania. This accreditation went into effect on Sept. 1. “As a Level II Trauma Center, UPMC Williamsport is prepared to treat patients with serious life-threatening and disabling injuries,”…

You are not alone: How to care for an aging family member

By On the PULSE | August 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you’re providing at-home care for an ailing loved one, you’re not alone. According to AARP, there are more than 53 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. That means, one in five Americans provide care for a loved one. We are seeing the rise of the sandwich generation in which those in their 40s and…

Top 7 things to keep an eye out for when viewing a house

By On the PULSE | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Purchasing your first home is overwhelming and exciting at the same time. There are so many thoughts, questions and ideas running through your brain that it’s tough to keep everything straight. This list compiles the things you should watch for when viewing a house to make life a tad easier as you consider which home to buy.  …

Essential Tips for Finding the Right Industrial Scale

By On the PULSE | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Industrial facilities don’t use average scales, instead choosing larger, more powerful options. However, industrial scales aren’t universal devices. You must learn the essentials before buying workplace weighing tools. To avoid novice buying mistakes, read the guide below to learn the essential tips for finding the right industrial scale for your needs.  Consider the Specific Application…

Why Does My Car Vibrate While I Drive It?

By On the PULSE | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Is your car shaking uncontrollably? If you’re looking for an answer to the question, “why does your car vibrate while you drive it?” explore this blog to find out. Damaged Drive Shaft If your car is vibrating, that could be a sign of a bad brake shaft. The shaft transfers torque from the vehicle to…

A Tribute to “Twelfth Night … and Studio 570”

By Joseph W. Smith III | September 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

 “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” This famous quote from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is nicely borne out by many available versions of the Bard’s beloved late-career comedy. To some degree, these diverse productions are all “born great,” because Shakespeare’s original multi-strand story is so rich, so funny and…

This critic’s top 12 rockin’ road movies

By Joseph W. Smith III | July 22, 2021 | Comments Off on This critic’s top 12 rockin’ road movies

Because July and August are big travel times—especially after so many vacations got canceled last year—Lycoming Critic’s Corner this month takes up the venerable category “road movies.” Here are 12 such stories—6+6, in honor of America’s legendary Route 66, from Chicago to L.A. Almost Famous (2000) Cameron Crowe landed a well-deserved Oscar for his screenplay…

Thirteen coming of age films to remind you of the good old days

By Joseph W. Smith III | June 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Thirteen coming of age films to remind you of the good old days

With 2021 graduations behind us and area teens now headed for work, college or military service, this June edition of Lycoming Critic’s Corner takes a look at “coming of age” movies. This baker’s dozen features youths who slowly or suddenly have to grow up; and sometimes the adults find much to learn as well. Any…