Father of Williamsport: Michael Ross’s discovery of the city’s birthplace

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | May 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

In the late 1790s a young man in his 20s was given a 280-acre tract of land to survey.  The young man, Michael Ross, went on to be credited as one of the founders of Williamsport.  “Ross would be amazed at the development of the small borough he knew to the regional center we now…

Invasive Lantern Fly puts more of Northcentral Pennsylvania at risk 

By On the PULSE | May 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you have walked on the Susquehanna River Walk recently you may have noticed signs warning of an invasive Lantern Fly spreading across Pennsylvania.  The fly is a native to parts of Asia but was first discovered in Berks County Pennsylvania in 2014. While the fly seems to have stayed in the northeastern portions of…

‘A little extra something’: Ludo takes on the role of court facility dog

By Anne Reiner | May 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

Even though he just met Jerri Rook less than a month ago, Ludo rarely takes his eyes off of her, always ready for the next command or word of encouragement. The newly-acquired 2-year old Lycoming County Courthouse dog is settling into his new role as the county’s facility dog. When young children, or victims of…

“This was a necessity”: Building Lycoming County’s first courthouse 

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | May 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Lycoming County was still in its infancy when the county commissioners knew that the newly formed county would need buildings to do business, execute justice and keep the peace.   According to the “History of Lycoming County” that was edited by John Meginness, “beginning with October, 1799, it appears ‘that steps were taken early that year…

‘Need better housing’: Habitat plans to build new homes in South Williamsport

By Anne Reiner | April 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

Four vacant plots of land on Clark Street in South Williamsport may soon be used to build four homes for low-income families, according to representatives from the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.  Sale of the land is in its final stages, according to Duane Hersberger, who said official transfer should take place in June or…

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Expert: Telehealth seeks to overcome barriers in rural communities

By On the PULSE | May 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Using the internet and wireless devices seems like second nature in our modern lives, but did you know that as many as 800,000 Pennsylvanians, or 6% of the commonwealth’s population, does not have access to broadband internet? These individuals and families lack the same connectivity options and technological opportunities as those with fast, strong, and…

Clinical social worker: Early signs of autism and what parents should know

By On the PULSE | May 3, 2022 | 0 Comments

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent data, about one in 44 children from the U.S. have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition.…

Clinician: 8 surprising facts about organ donation

By On the PULSE | April 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

Making the decision to become an organ donor is an important one. Every person that says yes to organ donation gives hope to the tens of thousands of people waiting for organ, eye, and tissue donations.  Many people have misconceptions about organ and tissue donation, which can discourage them from registering as organ donors. Each…

Physician: Tips for getting active in spring

By On the PULSE | April 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Spring is the season of renewal and growth. We’re emerging from the winter season, a time when we’re not as physically active, and looking to take full advantage of the longer, sunny days and warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, this is also a prime time for injuries resulting from the rapid ramping up of activity. Spending months…

Physician: Allergies or something more?

By On the PULSE | April 5, 2022

It’s been a few weeks since the official start of spring. You may have noticed warmer weather, sprouting plants, and an unfortunate side effect – dreaded allergy symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 60 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies every year.  Allergy symptoms are a reaction to foreign…

The Most Common Effects of Spring Allergies

By On the PULSE | March 30, 2022

Spring means warmer temperatures in many parts of the country, and people everywhere are itching to get back outdoors. However, spring also brings elevated levels of pollen and other allergens with it, which can lead to allergy symptoms in many people. Learn the most common effects of spring allergies to watch out for as you…

Most common reasons for roundabout accidents

By On the PULSE | March 30, 2022

The number of roundabouts in communities is increasing rapidly, which means etiquette for driving through them should become common knowledge. While many scoff at the sight of a roundabout, its functionality creates a smooth traffic flow without a complete stop.  When drivers misuse them or fail to yield, accidents can result in hazardous situations. Let’s…

3 Ways to give your child healthy autonomy

By On the PULSE | March 29, 2022

It’s often easier to step in for our children when it comes to decision-making. If you’re pressed for time or simply need a task done correctly, it’s hard to give control to your child. However, autonomy can help your child build confidence and independence that will benefit them for years to come. Read on to…

Opinion: How COVID-19 changed the way health systems evolved

By On the PULSE | March 16, 2022

It’s obvious that COVID-19 has radically reshaped many aspects of our society and our lives over the past two years. But perhaps unnoticed by most, the pandemic has also accelerated a quiet but powerful transformation in the way that we at UPMC approach how we care for patients. The result has been hundreds of lives…

What Are the Different Forms of Cannabis?

By On the PULSE | March 11, 2022

Cannabis, or marijuana, is a hemp plant product. Composed of dried flowers and leaves in its raw form, it appears brown, green or gray in color. The mixture can also contain the stems and seeds of the plant. All forms of cannabis come from the plant, but the strength of the final product differentiates them.…

Physician: Tips for getting active in spring

By On the PULSE | April 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Spring is the season of renewal and growth. We’re emerging from the winter season, a time when we’re not as physically active, and looking to take full advantage of the longer, sunny days and warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, this is also a prime time for injuries resulting from the rapid ramping up of activity. Spending months…

OB/GYN: Understanding signs, symptom and treatment of Endometriosis

By On the PULSE | April 12, 2022 | Comments Off on OB/GYN: Understanding signs, symptom and treatment of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common gynecologic condition. It is a hormonally-driven disease which impacts 1 in 10 women of childbearing age, or an estimated 180 million women worldwide.  Although common, endometriosis often goes undiagnosed. Some health care providers are less familiar with the evaluation and treatment of endometriosis and may even be dismissive of the pain…

Physician: Allergies or something more?

By On the PULSE | April 5, 2022 | Comments Off on Physician: Allergies or something more?

It’s been a few weeks since the official start of spring. You may have noticed warmer weather, sprouting plants, and an unfortunate side effect – dreaded allergy symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 60 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies every year.  Allergy symptoms are a reaction to foreign…

Easy and Unique DIY Home Renovation Ideas

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

Your home can easily begin to feel a little outdated, but there are even easier hacks to make it feel fresh and new again. Here are some easy and unique DIY home renovation ideas that will make your house feel modern again. Install Sliding Barn Doors A fun thing you can do to add some…

Best Clothing Items To Wear When Working on an Oil Rig

By On the PULSE | May 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you aren’t afraid of hard work and you’re looking for a lucrative job opportunity, working in the oil and gas industry might be the right fit for you. However, before you start working, you might want to consider purchasing some fire-resistant clothing if you haven’t already.  Although some employers provide fire-resistant clothing to oil…

Injection Molding Machine Troubleshooting

By On the PULSE | May 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

Injection molding can be a tricky process. Errors can be costly and affect your bottom line. Follow this simple injection molding machine troubleshooting guide to find out what’s causing your errors and how to fix them for good. There are many advantages and disadvantages to injection molding, but you need to do it right. These key errors…

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…