Domestic disturbance calls dominate Williamsport’s 2021 crime statistics

By Anne Reiner | January 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Williamsport Bureau of Police began collecting monthly crime statistics in July of 2021 and publishing them on Crime Watch, an important step toward transparency, according to Chief Justin Snyder.  Prior to July, the city’s criminal statistics were collected through a hand-written tally system, Snyder said, adding that it made looking at trends over time…

Hospitals see staffing shortages, COVID hospitalizations remain steady as cases skyrocket

By Anne Reiner | January 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Northcentral region of Pennsylvania is no different from the rest of the country or the globe when it comes to exploding COVID cases, with numbers rising above the December 2020 peak.  “We have been expecting a surge from all of the holiday gatherings in late December (2021),” said Dr. Rutul Dalal, infectious disease expert…

‘Game-changer’: Studio 570 finds new home in downtown building

By Joseph W. Smith III | January 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

After five years of performing in such unusual places as a nursing home and a fire station, Studio 570 has a new home. The local theater group has moved into a three-story rehearsal and performance space at 140 W. Fourth St., between Plankenhorn’s and the Clothier. “It was a fantastic place located right on the…

German Baptists found safe haven in Blooming Grove in 1828

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | January 10, 2022 | 1 Comment

BALLS MILLS – Nearly 200 years ago a group of Baptist “Brethren” fleeing persecution in Germany purchased a plot of land near what is now the small village of Balls Mills in Lycoming County and the meeting house they built is still there today.  The Blooming Grove Meeting House, which is part of the Blooming…

‘Not afraid’: Life after being abused by Jerry Sandusky

By Noah Beiter | January 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

Every child fears the monster under the bed, in the closet or in the darkest corner of the room. For many children that monster doesn’t turn into a reality, but for Aaron Fisher and at least nine other boys, it did.  Fisher first met then-renowned Pennsylvania State University football coach Jerry Sandusky at the Second…

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Nurse: Limit the risk of exposure injuries this winter

By On the PULSE | January 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Cold weather comes with winters in Pennsylvania and with the freezing temperatures, windchill, ice and snow also come an added risk for potential exposure injuries. While some love the winter wonderland, others may want to hunker down in their homes and wait it out until spring. Consider the following tips to help keep safe and…

How to prevent your pipes from freezing indoors

By On the PULSE | January 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

As beautiful as the season can be, winter comes with its fair share of storms and cold damage potential. Plummeting temperatures mean your pipes can freeze easily, causing them to expand and crack. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these water damages before they sneak up on you. Follow these tips for how to prevent…

Pediatrician: Bundle up baby, it’s cold outside

By On the PULSE | January 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Winter is here in north central Pa. and as a parent you may be wondering if it’s safe to take your baby outside. The short answer is yes. Babies and parents need fresh air and being outdoors can help your baby acclimate to the seasons while offering a change of scenery that is stimulating and…

Common chemicals found in pharmaceuticals

By On the PULSE | January 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people have very little understanding of chemicals, how they work, or even that they’re used to create the majority of our everyday necessities. The reality of chemicals is that they’re key components in the creation of modern medications. Let’s examine some of the common chemicals found in pharmaceuticals for a better understanding. Active Ingredients…

Dietitian: Resetting your healthy eating habits for 2022

By On the PULSE | January 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

At the start of a new year, it’s customary to make a new goal or resolution. Some of the most common are related to eating healthier or dieting. While these resolutions are set with good intentions, it can be hard to know how to get started and maintain this new lifestyle. Don’t Overcomplicate Your Diet…

Common reasons why your child may be acting out

By On the PULSE | December 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Although parents want to feel like they know everything there is to know about their children, it is still a challenge to read their emotions. When your child acts out, throws a tantrum and misbehaves, there could be hundreds of reasons why they exhibit this behavior. This list of the common reasons why your child…

Why You Need an Industrial Generator for Construction

By On the PULSE | December 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The construction industry regularly uses heavy machinery to complete a variety of projects. Most of this specialized equipment receives power electrically, making it crucial for construction sites to have constant access to a reliable energy source. One way that companies accomplish this is through the use of a generator. The success of a project heavily…

Best Types of Metals for a Beginner Blacksmith To Forge

By On the PULSE | December 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

As a beginner blacksmith, you have many decisions to consider before you start forging. You must choose a forge, fuel type, tools, and more. So how do you know which materials are best to work with? Keep reading to discover the best types of metals for a beginner blacksmith to forge and which to avoid.…

Unconventional New Year’s resolutions for mental health

By On the PULSE | December 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

The new year is looming, and thoughts of resolutions may be on your mind. The gym might be a more crowded and you might have healthier items on your grocery shopping list. While these kinds of resolutions work well for some people, they might not be for everyone and for many people, just putting in…

Plastic Surgeon: How to prevent hand injuries

By On the PULSE | December 22, 2021

Can you think of a tool that you use more often than your own hands? It’s inarguable that they are extremely valuable, but we often take them for granted.  Due to their frequent and wide variety of uses, hand injuries are fairly common. Our hands are extremely complex body parts that make up more than…

Nurse: Limit the risk of exposure injuries this winter

By On the PULSE | January 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Cold weather comes with winters in Pennsylvania and with the freezing temperatures, windchill, ice and snow also come an added risk for potential exposure injuries. While some love the winter wonderland, others may want to hunker down in their homes and wait it out until spring. Consider the following tips to help keep safe and…

Hospitals see staffing shortages, COVID hospitalizations remain steady as cases skyrocket

By Anne Reiner | January 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Northcentral region of Pennsylvania is no different from the rest of the country or the globe when it comes to exploding COVID cases, with numbers rising above the December 2020 peak.  “We have been expecting a surge from all of the holiday gatherings in late December (2021),” said Dr. Rutul Dalal, infectious disease expert…

Pediatrician: Bundle up baby, it’s cold outside

By On the PULSE | January 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Winter is here in north central Pa. and as a parent you may be wondering if it’s safe to take your baby outside. The short answer is yes. Babies and parents need fresh air and being outdoors can help your baby acclimate to the seasons while offering a change of scenery that is stimulating and…

How to prevent your pipes from freezing indoors

By On the PULSE | January 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

As beautiful as the season can be, winter comes with its fair share of storms and cold damage potential. Plummeting temperatures mean your pipes can freeze easily, causing them to expand and crack. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these water damages before they sneak up on you. Follow these tips for how to prevent…

Safety First: 4 tips for planning a safe winter road trip

By On the PULSE | January 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Traveling during the winter isn’t uncommon, especially if you plan to escape snowstorms and freezing temperatures. However, road trips can come with varying dangers and require loading the car with different equipment than what you’d bring in warmer months. Follow these tips for planning a safe winter road trip so your journey will be a breeze! Pack…

Tips for Winterizing Your Construction Site

By On the PULSE | January 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Winter weather is unpredictable and can halt tasks on construction sites. However, careful planning can help workers navigate tasks without the elements disrupting them. If you’re interested in adjusting your job site, check out these tips for winterizing your construction site today! Plan for Icy Conditions Doing construction work in the winter is challenging, especially…

Five lesser-known Tom Hanks films you won’t want to miss

By Joseph W. Smith III | November 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Five lesser-known Tom Hanks films you won’t want to miss

The entertaining new post-apocalyptic movie “Finch”—starring Tom Hanks—is currently available only on Apple TV. For PULSE readers who don’t have that service, here are five other lesser-known Hanks films to keep an eye out for: NOTHING IN COMMON (1986) Writer-director Garry Marshall had extraordinary success on TV—as creative force behind “The Odd Couple,” “Mork &…

A fistful of neo-westerns: Top 10 must-see films

By On the PULSE | October 20, 2021 | Comments Off on A fistful of neo-westerns: Top 10 must-see films

Despite such masterworks as “Gran Torino,” “Richard Jewell” and “Changeling,” Clint Eastwood is still perhaps best known for the Westerns he either starred in or directed (or both). Eastwood’s latest, “Cry Macho,” is a “neo-Western”—that is, one that has common themes and tropes from the genre but is set in modern times. In honor of…

A Tribute to “Twelfth Night … and Studio 570”

By Joseph W. Smith III | September 15, 2021 | Comments Off on A Tribute to “Twelfth Night … and Studio 570”

 “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…