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.

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.

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.

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.

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…