‘Mindful eating’: Tips for healthy eating over the holidays

The holidays usually involve food – and lots of it! For those with health and wellness goals, navigating through the holiday season and holiday food may be overwhelming. Here are some dietitian-approved tips to help you stay on track this holiday season. Mindful Eating  Mindful eating is a great technique all year, especially during the…

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Andrea’s famous baked corn and stuffing!

Stuffing and baked corn are on the menu in this month’s episode of Andrea’s Country Home Cookin! Your mouth will by watering by the end of this one. Don’t miss the special surprise at the end! Author On the PULSE On the PULSE is an online media outlet in Northcentral, Pennsylvania. We specialize in in-depth journalism,…

‘Fill a need’: Mom’s calling to adopt children with Down Syndrome

Making the decision to adopt is never an easy one, but even more so was a Lycoming County family’s decision to adopt a child with Down Syndrome.   “I wanted to fill a need I guess,” said Heather Umstead, of Linden. “And I found that the greatest need is kids with Down Syndrome in China.”  Already…

‘He’s my responsibility’: Williamsport officer builds trust with k9 partner

Growing up, Tyson Minier never owned a dog. The first dog he took care of was during his deployment to Iraq as a Marine.  “He was pretty much my dog and we kept him at our facility there,” said Officer Tyson Minier, who now has been with the Williamsport Bureau of Police for six years.…

Q&A with a Doc: How to fight pain without opioids

In what may seem surprising for many, this pain management doctor offers opioids as little as possible, and never for his chronic pain patients.   Dr. Vwaire Orhurhu, a pain management doctor with UPMC Susquehanna, instead opts for a holistic approach, teaching his patients about other methods to deal with their pain through meditation, diet or…

‘Trust the science, leave politics out of it’: Doctor warns of co-infections

Entering flu season brings its own set of risks each year, but Dr. Rutul Dalal’s biggest concern this year is co-infections between COVID-19 and the flu. He urges the public to continue to mask and social distance, emphasizing that health experts still don’t know what the effects of getting both viruses at the same time…

A-6 Intruder journeys to Veteran’s Memorial Park

Filled with years of stories from battles, flights and the solitude of retirement, the A-6 Intruder groaned and creaked during its 10-mile journey from the Williamsport Regional Airport to the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park.  It’s a move that was over a year in the making and took nearly a week to complete the full…

‘She’s always been a giver’: Girl’s dream to give monkeys to kids

It all started with a stuffed monkey named Jack. The fluffy companion was given to an 8-year-old Aly Creasy while she lay in a hospital bed.  “He gave me a lot of comfort and I just wanted to give back,” Aly says, now 12 years old. Two years ago Aly decided that instead of getting…

‘Live life to the fullest’: Program gives bikes to kids with disabilities

For most kids, it’s a right of passage. They start with training wheels as a parents’ helping hands guide them along. Soon the training wheels come off and the wobbly, narrow frame slowly picks up speed and glides across the pavement.  It’s an activity as common to children as losing their first tooth, or learning…

Kitchen Korner: The art of a local burger

For Bullfrog Brewery, a local burger is the best burger. A staple of the downtown Williamsport pub scene since 1996, the green frog touting eatery works to use local ingredients whenever possible. For this month’s Kitchen Korner episode, Bullfrog’s burger is on the menu. “Start out with the best ingredients you can,” is Bullfrog owner…

More than the disability: Woman’s dream to empower others

After a lifetime of living with the effects of polio, Chris Tsai works hard to keep her disability from defining her life.  “People with disabilities do need to be empowered…. To be successful, you have to look at a person in all aspects,” Tsai said. “A lot of times it’s that perception that can make…

Q&A with a Doc: Primary care doctors adapt to COVID-19

If you have ongoing health concerns, small children, or simply get a yearly check-up, then you are using a primary care doctor. In Lycoming County, some of the primary issues are obesity, substance abuse and mental health. UPMC doctors, Matthew Meeker, division chief, and Jennifer Small, administrative director of Primary Care Services, spoke with On…

‘Fix the sidewalks’: A woman’s battle for access in Williamsport

Gretchen Kennedy has never been afraid to speak her mind.  After years of working with people with disabilities, Kennedy retired. Eventually she needed surgery in both knees. It became difficult for her to walk, or stand for a long time.  Now, Kennedy travels around Williamsport primarily on her scooter. From her apartment on West Fourth…

‘Doing what I love’: Young violinist’s risky passion for music

The year is 2007. Don Fisher, a WASD band teacher and percussionist, sits his 4-year-old down to watch his favorite music group — the Dave Matthews Band. “Look at those drums,” he tells his son, hoping he’ll take interest. But Michael doesn’t hear. Instead, his eyes are glued to Boyd Tinsley, who is bringing down…

‘They’re rebuilding their lives’: A look at the world of probation

As an adult probation officer, Sara Johns often meets people during the worst period of their lives.    “They are rebuilding their lives. When you’re arrested for something, no matter what it’s a traumatic event for them,” Johns said. “Once they get through the legal system they have us to rely on, fall back on, until…

Q&A with the Doc: Masks still key to reduce spread of virus

Wearing a mask every day, inside and outside, for the foreseeable future is a struggle for many people to accept, especially in Lycoming County where cases have been relatively low and nursing homes have taken the brunt of the COVID-19 cases and deaths.  But a rise in cases among younger people is cause for concern,…

Oliver Doyle: A little boy with ‘a heart for children’

He wasn’t riding the bus everyday, or carrying piles of books into the classroom, but in September, 2018, 5-year-old Oliver Doyle wanted a backpack. It took some convincing to get his mother Melissa Doyle on board, but soon the pair were on their way to Walmart.  It was already a busy day and the Walmart…

Black lives in Williamsport: ‘Come alongside them’

In 1991, Regis Bingham sat in front of his TV watching a video of the beating of Rodney King, a 25-year-old black man, by four Los Angeles police officers.  The four officers were arrested and accused of using excessive force, as well as assault with a deadly weapon. All four were acquitted at trial –…

‘It’s worth it:’ South Side native dedicated to suicide awareness

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Madison Losell’s Suicide Prevention Walk began as a high school senior project and has turned into a life-long passion of helping others.  “I just want to help people,” Losell said. “It’s something that I grew up knowing how to do … I like people. I like the community. I like helping.”  At…

At ManorCare, family and friends pray, residents may have way out

JERSEY SHORE – It was touch and go for Charles Rinehart as the coronavirus worked its way through his system behind the locked doors of ManorCare Health Services.  “They almost lost him a few times,” said his son, who also is named Charles.   His father now on the mend, Rinehart had nothing but good things…

‘It has been grown into me:’ Dairy princess spreads the word on milk

It’s feeding time on the Taylor farm near Allenwood and Katelyn Taylor makes the short walk from her home to the barn where she keeps her five dairy heifers.  Just finishing her junior year at Montgomery High School, Taylor is a farm girl through and through and she says she owes her passion for dairy…

‘Step up and do something’: Eateries give free lunches to kids

Several bagged lunches lay out on a table. The door to Erb’s West-End Market and Catering in Newberry swings open and a crowd of kids piles in, loading up on bags and juice before scurrying out again just as fast.  It’s a daily occurrence at Erb’s, and many other restaurants in the Northcentral, Pennsylvania region…

Helping Hands: These women are working hard to feed the kids

An increased need for food has made it essential to get backpacks of supplies to kids whose families are facing hardship during the global health crisis.  Central Pennsylvania Food Bank staffers Lana DeNune and Cara Fisher are making sure that resources for kids don’t dwindle during the COVID-19 shutdown.  While the needs have increased, packing…

‘They want to help’: Nurses and doctors volunteer for COVID-19 testing sites

WILLIAMSPORT – On the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and doctors at COVID-19 testing sites run the risk of interacting with the virus every day.  For Shawna Varner and Stacy Barone, it’s about providing the best care to their patients, while working hard to keep themselves safe.  Family Practice Center has 40 practices…

4-county partnership ‘puts ISPs in the driver seat’ for rural broadband expansion

Not far outside of Williamsport’s small urban sprawl, winding roads travel over rolling hills and through small communities nestled in lush forests. It’s a feature touted as one of the area’s hidden treasures, but also means many rural areas have little to no internet access.  In a time when 5G seems to be breaking into…

‘I didn’t lose my roots’: Mauritian student joins a cross-cultural tradition at Lycoming College

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting school in a new country can be tough, but for many of Williamsport’s international students the culture shock is often replaced by a strong sense of community. Follow along with On the PULSE during our week-long series to discover the unique experiences of students who come here from across the globe.    Harshita…

‘Be open minded’: Creative future in store for Chinese student

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting school in a new country can be tough, but for many of Williamsport’s international students the culture shock is often replaced by a strong sense of community. Follow along with On the PULSE in our week-long series to discover the unique experiences of students who come here from across the globe.    When…

‘You didn’t give up’: Saudi student is proud of her journey at Penn College

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting school in a new country can be tough, but for many of Williamsport’s international students the culture shock is often replaced by a strong sense of community. Follow along with On the PULSE in our week-long series to discover the unique experiences of students who come here from across the globe.    Shanin…

‘I feel like I grew up here’: Taiwanese student would be sad to leave Williamsport

EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting school in a new country can be tough, but for many of Williamsport’s international students the culture shock is often replaced by a strong sense of community. Follow along with On the PULSE during our week-long series to discover the unique experiences of students who come here from across the globe.    Po-Ju…

30-year court reporter veteran grew up on the job

WILLIAMSPORT – It was 30 years ago when Roni Kreisher first walked into the Lycoming County Courthouse to start her job as a court reporter.  “It was scary,” she said. This was a world she had never experienced, full of people and tough topics she may have otherwise never heard or seen.  About five years…

Soup and a Bowl links ‘food to the community,’ feeds thousands

WILLIAMSPORT – The meal is simply. Soup. Bowl. Bread. But it means so much more to thousands throughout the region who can’t afford even that. “Today, 1 in 9 of our neighbors struggles to put enough food on their table,” said Carla Fischer, communications director for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “The Soup & a…

Day in the Life: Local homeless woman lives ‘day to day’

WILLIAMSPORT – Tammy Herbert wakes up each morning at Saving Grace shelter before 7 a.m. She has to leave before the shelter closes at 8 a.m. and walk the short, but brisk, walk to the bus stop a block away on West Fourth Street.  She takes the bus to River Valley Transit where she sits…

Andrea’s perfect Valentine’s Day meal!

This meal is just as good fresh or out of the freezer! 2 pounds ground beef 1 small onion, finely diced 1 tbsp. garlic, minced 1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce 1 cup water 1 (30 oz.) container small curd cottage cheese 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided 1…

On the PULSE presents Andrea’s Country Home Cookin

On the PULSE has gone cookin’! We are excited to announce a new video series, and this time it’s all about country home cooking.  In partnership with local cook, mother, wife and social media phenomenon, Andrea McElroy, we are proud to produce “On the PULSE presents Andrea’s Country Home Cookin” a monthly cooking show full…

Williamsport’s first minority mayor is ready for positive change

WILLIAMSPORT – Five years ago, politics could not have been farther from Derek Slaughter’s mind. He was a girls basketball coach, husband and a father. He could not have predicted that years later he would be sitting in the mayor’s seat as the first minority to hold the city’s highest office.  It was former Councilwoman…

‘Princessing saved my life:’ Bringing the fantasy to life

On weekends, when most college students are at the bar or sleeping in, Kristin is creating magic. Owner and creator of Polar Princesses, LLC, Kristin Newvine is a singularity. A normal day for Kristin is crammed with work, learning and teaching. Her weekends, however, are filled with costumes, wigs and makeup.  The start of Polar…

Williamsport’s massive wallscapes beckon people to the streets

WILLIAMSPORT – An impressive array of murals are scattered along the city’s streets, showing residents and visitors the region’s history while building an investment in community that is vital to its economic growth.  “The arts bring a sense of joy to people,” said Judy Olinsky, of the Lycoming Arts Council. “First Friday and the murals…

‘Not a barren wasteland:’ Importance of shopping local in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT – The city’s Shop Small Passport Program highlights the need for putting resources into the community you live in.  For local brick and mortar stores, foot traffic is key to competing with mega chain stores and the internet. The Williamsport Business Association’s fifth annual passport program is aimed at making local shopping fun and…

Life Flight crew talks coping with the pressures of the job

MONTOURSVILLE – Meeting someone on the worst day of their life is never easy, and for Life Flight crew members who bring the emergency room to the patient, they’re presence often means the difference between life and death.  “We’re dealing with the sickest of the sickest,” said Lycoming County Coroner and flight nurse Charles Kiessling…

Lycoming County Courthouse facility dog Jedi is ‘here for good’

WILLIAMSPORT – When Jedi trots along the halls of Lycoming County’s courthouse he can’t get far before young and old kneel down to stroke his fur and let him lick their hand.  It’s been just two years since Jedi became the courthouse facility dog and many now can’t imagine the building without him.   When Jerri…

Big Sister program offers a chance at ‘freedom’ for Little Sister

Living with her grandma in their home outside the city, 13-year-old Victoria joined the Big Brother/Big Sister program and found freedom she couldn’t find anywhere else.  “I’m not one to sit inside. I have the opportunity to do something, I’m going to jump at it,” Victoria said.  She jumped at the opportunity to be a…

Finding the courage to go Over the Edge for a good cause

WILLIAMSPORT – Roughly 60 people found the courage to rappel off the Williamsport Hepburn Apartment Building’s towering frame on Saturday and make the slow drop to the ground. This one-of-a-kind rappelling event is set up by Over the Edge, a national special events rope access company that works with non profits in the community to…

‘I felt trapped’: Domestic violence survivors speak out

She didn’t know what domestic violence was, but he said sweet things and she was in love. They got married and then the nightmare began.  “I have back issues. I have a herniated disc. I’m blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. Just because I’ve been kicked in the head too many times,”…

‘He’s my best friend:’ Father, son duo bond over robots

AVIS – As a father, there was nothing Zac Zelewicz wanted more than to spend quality time with his son and daughter. But working constantly meant little family time, especially with his oldest child Jack, 7.  “I felt distant from him (Jack). I mean he was my son, he loved me and I loved him,…

New business owners reflect on starting up in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT – In the 1980s, Williamsport’s downtown business scene lay vacant as the rise of the Lycoming Mall took many shops and people off the once-bustling streets.  Years of planning, strategy and help from the natural gas boom brought new life to the city, according to Fran McJunkin, deputy director of the Lycoming County Department…

Downtown Williamsport’s music scene thrives on streets, in pubs

WILLIAMSPORT – The city’s nightlife is accented by its music scene, helping to bring more people downtown and grow the customer base for area restaurants.  “The music and arts don’t happen if there aren’t people to appreciate them,” said Tim Breon, local musician and teacher. “When you go to these venues that helps support their…

Honey bee decline hits home for Lewisburg apiary

LEWISBURG – Growing up in the apiary business, Davey Hackenberg has seen the industry’s decline first hand as he struggles to maintain the business handed down to him by his father. “Back when I started in it, it was more lucrative, I guess you could say. Now I’m just worried about what it’s going to…

Manno remembered as a ‘guiding light’ for the 9/11 ride

MONTGOMERY – It’s one of only a few days out of the year when conflict is forgotten. The clock turns back to Sept. 11, 2001, and Americans remember when the largest terrorist attack in the United States caused differences to be set aside as communities came together in support and solidarity.   “It’s amazing to see.…

Marino speaks about kidney cancer, Trump, life after Congress

After decades in the public eye and years of playing political hardball, former U.S. Congressman Tom Marino is embracing civilian life at his quiet country home in Cogan Station.  A champion for term limits at the federal level, Marino intended his fifth term to be his last. But a decades-long struggle against kidney cancer culminated…

White Deer officials talk progress, golf course controversy

Lycoming County’s ownership of White Deer Golf Complex has been met with years of controversy, often due to the course’s management, debt and diminishing amenities. In 2006, the Lycoming County Commissioners took back control of the course from the Lycoming County Recreation Authority. Billy Casper Golf was hired in 2016 to manage the course and…

Little League World Series Uncles celebrate family’s legacy

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Living out a family legacy as Uncles for the Little League World Series that dates back to the 1950s, father and son team Pete and Josh Lupacchino spent this week with the Australian Regional Champions from Cronulla.  Peter A. Lupacchino, Pete’s father, first joined the Uncle program in 1958 when the Little…

Little League World Series umpires reunite after 10 years

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Michael T. Martin and John Mashburn hadn’t seen each other for 10 years, when they were umpires for the 2009 Little League World Series.  “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you’re a Little League umpire,” Martin said. “We’re all kind of like a big family and we have friendships that last for a…

Little League kicks off with Grand Slam Parade

WILLIAMSPORT – The 2019 Grand Slam Parade took over West Fourth Street in Williamsport Wednesday night to kick off the beginning of the Little League World Series and allow the community to welcome teams from around the world. Check out some On the PULSE highlights here. Author On the PULSE On the PULSE is an…

Steven’s story: A link between homelessness and health issues

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lycoming County’s homeless population often is overlooked and full of people from a myriad of backgrounds. Here On the PULSE finishes a week-long series on the local issue with its last of six different profiles on individuals struggling with homelessness.  “There’s definitely a correlation between health and homelessness … That’s what my book’s…

Megan’s story: From ‘a tornado inside’ to a warrior

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lycoming County’s homeless population often is overlooked and full of people from a myriad of backgrounds. Here On the PULSE runs a week-long series on the local issue including six different profiles on individuals struggling with homelessness.  A toxic marriage, a rough breakup and thoughts of suicide contributed to Megan’s abrupt homelessness. She…

Pittsburgh man finds second chance in Williamsport

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lycoming County’s homeless population often is overlooked and full of people from a myriad of backgrounds. Here On the PULSE runs a week-long series on the local issue including six different profiles on individuals struggling with homelessness.  Originally from Pittsburgh, with a house, job, two cars and a family, William Nau lost it…

For woman, being homeless was better than abusive relationship

The decision to become homeless is not always due to crime or drugs. For Sarah Baier, becoming homeless was an escape from an abusive relationship with her husband.  “I didn’t have any place to go. I was in a bad marriage and he wasn’t in any state for me to come home to,” Baier said.…

Man at shelter who sought to turn life around is arrested

In the fall of 2018, Troy Werkheiser made a decision to turn his life around. He applied to the Men’s Shelter at American Rescue Workers.  He found a sense of purpose for the first time in his life, began to rebuild a relationship with his family and was given the first job he would actually…

Pregnant with twins and nowhere to live

Lakesha Schonfeld was in jail when she found out she was going to give birth to twins. She had just lost her apartment and had no money for baby clothes or a place to live when she was released.  “That’s my kids being affected by my mistakes,” she said. “Everybody deserves a second chance.”  Schonfeld…

Local youth learn the importance of a healthy meal

WILLIAMSPORT – When school ends for the summer, so does access to school lunch and breakfast, which for many children may be the only meals they receive during a day. Without access to school meals, many children will be hungry this summer. The Central PA Food Bank partnered with Williamsport’s Park and Recreation Department to…

Art program highlights drag queen, painter, graphic designer, fiber artist

WILLIAMSPORT – Many artists draw from their personal passions, tragedies and loves to create their elegant works of art. This year’s Artists-in-Residency Program at the Pajama Factory features seven artists including a drag queen, a graphic designer, a painter and a fiber and print maker. A final art show will be held from 6 to…

South Side training helps officers plan for the worst

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – Practice makes perfect – or in this case, training hones tactics.  The South Williamsport Police Department uses a number of training scenarios to keep its officers alert for the worst scenarios they may face in the field. “When we add stress to training it makes it more realistic and it enoculates us…

‘I need help’: Minors are the primary targets for sex trafficking in US

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final piece of a three-part series that provides an in-depth look at the in-roads of sex trafficking in Lycoming County, the easy access provided by Route 15 and resources for youth trafficking victims. WILLIAMSPORT – As an adult survivor of sex trafficking, Lynaugh Bobst found it hard to find resources…

Route 15 highway rife with sex trafficking through Lycoming County

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series that provides an in-depth look at the in-roads of sex trafficking in Lycoming County, the easy access provided by Route 15 and resources for youth trafficking victims. The Route 15 corridor is filled with quaint towns, beautiful vistas and one of the highest quantities sex…

‘Living through hell’: The invisible truth of sex trafficking in Central Pennsylvania

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series that will provide an in-depth look at the in-roads of sex trafficking in Lycoming County, the easy access provided by Route 15 and resources for youth trafficking victims. WILLIAMSPORT – It’s hard to imagine something as pervasive as sex trafficking taking root in Lycoming County,…

Peregrine falcon with missing wing feathers rescued from the river

WILLIAMSPORT – Pennsylvania State Game officials knew the young peregrine falcon that recently hatched under the Market Street bridge in Williamsport would not be able to survive its first year. Underdeveloped wing feathers meant it couldn’t fly and with the river just below, it would most likely starve in the nest or drown when it…

What do you love about daddy?

Show dad some love this Father’s Day! On the PULSE asked a few locals what they loved most about their dads and what their last best memories together were. Author On the PULSE On the PULSE is an online media outlet in Northcentral, Pennsylvania. We specialize in in-depth journalism, human interest content and video features.…

Day in the Life: Bookmobile ‘keeps people in touch’

Vanessa Martin became the James V. Brown Library Bookmobile driver about three years ago, and she loves her job. She spends her days driving throughout Lycoming County, providing a library on wheels to many people who are unable to travel the distance to the brick and mortar building. On the PULSE features a Day in…

Student Spotlight: Mechatronics students sets his sights on prevention

Prevention versus reaction. That’s what recent college graduate Ryan Witmer wants to build a career doing. The Pennsylvania College of Technology mechatronics graduate already has left the area to take a job in his chosen career field. A job his professor, Howard Troup, said will be a good fit for the star student. After Witmer’s…

DAY in the LIFE: An artist’s relationship with the work

After years of building her name in the New York City art industry, Joanne Landis moved to rural Pennsylvania and opened a studio at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport. Landis got her start with drawing and then moved to painting with no professional training or education. This is a day in her life. Author On…

Immigrant, veteran, widower finds comfort in Bald Eagles

Ben Patz, of Montoursville, spends a large portion of his days watching a family of Bald Eagles who have set up their nest in front of his house. It’s a small comfort for Patz, who lost his wife of 58 years in September last year. But this is simply the last in a long line…

A Day in the Life shows mother’s love for kids, husband

Spend a day with Lycoming County mom Emily Reiner as she cares for her three children, partners with her husband and works as a representative for Doterra Essential Oils. Author On the PULSE On the PULSE is an online media outlet in Northcentral, Pennsylvania. We specialize in in-depth journalism, human interest content and video features.…

A Lycoming County sugar maker’s ‘labor of love’

For three months of the year, Tim Milholin’s passion for sugar making consumes most of his daily life. Running 4,000 feet of tubing, tapping numerous trees, collecting up to 1,500 gallons of sap and waiting several hours for each batch to boil is what Milholin calls a “labor of love.” He has been a maple…

A Day in the Life: South Side officer opens up about community policing

When South Williamsport Police Officer Jacob Summers was a kid his favorite show was Cops. All he wanted to be when he grew up was a police officer. Serving in the small borough of South Williamsport Summers has found a strong bond with his fellow officers and a community he hopes to be a part…

Lycoming County’s women on the bench

For Lycoming County’s women on the bench, it’s not their gender that makes them unique, it’s what they do. “I just knew I had a job to do and, in my mind … that I had to prove that I’ve earned the right to sit in this chair and to do this job,” said President…

Study tracks the rise of mange in black bears

A small mite burrowing under the skin has given rise to a mange epidemic among many animals, including, most notably in Pennsylvania, black bears. “It’s a disease that certainly caught our attention,” said Mark Ternent, wildlife biologist for the state Game Commission. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of cases and the distribution of…

Wolf pitches severance tax to fund Williamsport levee project

Gov. Tom Wolf stopped in Williamsport Friday to hear a briefing from Lycoming County on the hefty price tag attached to the recertification of the levee protecting Williamsport and the surrounding municipalities – a roughly $12 million project. Wolf is proposing that a severance tax on the gas industry could be used to fund projects…

Penn College student finds success in sculpture welding

A dedication to Native American culture and a love of sculpture welding have led Erin Beaver to her status as a national champion, aspirations for another win and the dream of starting her own business. Beaver, a senior at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, began welding at a young age and won her first award…

Handler reflects on police dog’s retirement, end of South Side K9 program

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – It was on Det. Devin Thompson’s birthday that his K9 partner of eight years retired and started a domesticated life in Thompson’s home. “It’s been an absolute pleasure,” said Thompson, who purchased Dany from the borough for a ceremonial $1. “I have now spent half of my career as a K9 handler.…

Penn College examines ‘criminal traditions’ through art gallery

WILLIAMSPORT – The pain of “criminal traditions” across the world are on display at the Pennsylvania College of Technology Art Gallery. “Criminal traditions are ancient, ongoing rituals still practiced today that kill or maim millions of people each year, yet aren’t considered crimes,” said Cheryl Jefferson, executive producer of the exhibition. “Because they are extraordinarily…

Braving the cold to ‘jig for fish’ on Rose Valley Lake

Each year, frozen bodies of water in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and across the world, are dotted with fishermen jigging for fish. It’s a time to enjoy the fresh air, the peaceful outdoors, community with other fishermen and, hopefully, to finish the day with a catch for dinner. In Lycoming County, Rose Valley Lake plays host…

Williamsport shelter open to homeless on below-freezing nights

On these subzero nights, warmth can be found at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport, 604 Market St. John and Sue Best, members of the church and coordinators of the Code Blue Emergency Warming Shelter, will be setting up shop this week and will remain open until March 16 on any night that dips below…

Shopping local, despite the cold, at the Williamsport Growers Market

Dedicated locals in Lycoming County brave the cold on Saturday mornings to shop for local produce and products at the Williamsport Growers Market.“Local produce travels a lot less than non-local produce and you get to know the people who grow your food, you get to talk to people,” said April Line, market manager of the…