CASA volunteers scarce as needs of the children continue to grow

By Anne Reiner | June 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Sandy Spencer has always had a passion for children and it was this passion that inspired her to became a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer over 17 years ago, soon after the Susquehanna Valley CASA was founded.  She became one of the first groups to be trained in the program, with a mission to help…

Songs for the river: Local artists honor the Susquehanna in second album

By Joseph W. Smith III | June 21, 2022 | 0 Comments

Milton, Berwick, Wilkes-Barre, Shelley Island, Clinton County, Nescopeck Falls, Shickshinny, Tuscarora Forest, Lake Chautauqua, Slackwater Bridge. These are just a few of the evocative locales mentioned on “Songs of the Susquehanna, Vol. 2”—a newly released CD with 20 tracks by local artists honoring the beloved 444-mile waterway that runs from New York and Pennsylvania all…

‘We need each other’: Commission advocates for underserved women 

By Jeff Falk | June 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

A group of women in Lebanon County are tackling the struggles of women in their community, offering programs and scholarships important to success.  On the surface, and from the outside looking in, the Lebanon County Commission for Women’s sole purpose for existing is to promote and advocate for women, their rights and their issues. But…

‘The last soldier:’ Descendants and community honor county’s longest surviving Civil War veteran

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | June 6, 2022 | 1 Comment

WILLIAMSPORT – Lycoming County’s last surviving Civil War veteran, Daniel Null, was honored at a special ceremony on Saturday morning at Wildwood Cemetery. A crowd of 50 to 75 family members and persons seeking to honor Null, gathered along with Civil War reenactors with 19th century military hardware. While Null’s descendants sat in white folding…

First Friday in Williamsport blessed by good weather, great music, big crowd

By Anne Reiner | June 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Locals flooded Williamsport’s Downtown West Fourth Street for June’s First Friday event. The weather was perfect and a myriad of musical groups lined the street to help with the summer ambiance. First Friday is organized by the Lycoming Arts. More events and information can be found here. Author Anne Reiner Anne Reiner has been a…

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Cardiologist: Tips to keep your heart healthy and avoid a heart attack  

By On the PULSE | June 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

For a long time, it was understood that men were more susceptible to heart issues than women. Today, studies show that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both sexes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Heart disease takes on many forms including arrythmia or abnormal heart rhythm,…

Quick tips for choosing a baby shower gift

By On the PULSE | June 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re going to a baby shower or sprinkle, every baby deserves a warm welcome. Give a thoughtful gift that shows you care. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with decision-making, don’t worry. Read these quick tips for choosing a baby shower gift. Check the Baby Registry Ask the expectant parents about a baby registry. If they’ve…

Tips to combat parental fatigue and burnout

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

Parenting is hard work on any given day and with recent societal stressors including the ongoing pandemic, parents are left feeling overwhelmed, cognitively and emotionally drained, and physically exhausted. Being a parent is a full-time, 24/7 job that involves constantly placing the needs of your children and others in your life ahead of your own.…

Nurse: Essential tips for bicycle safety this summer

By On the PULSE | June 7, 2022 | 0 Comments

Going for a bike ride is a fun yet potentially risky way to exercise outdoors. While it benefits you physically, it’s important to remember to stay cautious as falls and collisions with pedestrians or automobiles have the ability to cause significant injuries. Brush up on the following bicycle safety tips to ensure you’re as safe…

Physician: Men’s hesitation to pay attention to urologic health

By On the PULSE | May 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

When it comes to health and wellness, there is one stereotype in particular that men seem to face more than women. It is the reluctance to schedule an appointment with a primary care provider when a health concern arises. There can be an even higher level of hesitancy or avoidance when the issue deals with…

Hidden Dangers in the Home and How To Deal With Them

By On the PULSE | May 25, 2022

Your home is one of the places you should feel most at ease. However, there are some dangers inside your own home you should know about to truly be safe. By addressing these risks, you can make your house much better for you and your loved ones. Here’s a deeper look into the hidden dangers…

Different Types of Air Filters To Consider for Your Home

By On the PULSE | May 25, 2022

Did you know that the air quality within your home affects your health? Various substances in your surroundings enter your lungs when you breathe. Numerous particles, often smaller than the eye can see, occupy and travel through the air. These include dust particles and airborne toxins. Many of those air pollutants can cause severe and…

Expert: Tips to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease this summer

By On the PULSE | May 24, 2022

If you are heading outside this summer, it is imperative to take precautions to protect your body. In addition to sunscreen and other safety measures, consider using insect repellent. It will help you avoid not only pesky mosquitoes, but also harmful tick bites that have the ability to transmit Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a…

Different Types of Air Filters To Consider for Your Home

By On the PULSE | May 21, 2022

Did you know that the air quality within your home affects your health? Various substances in your surroundings enter your lungs when you breathe. Numerous particles, often smaller than the eye can see, occupy and travel through the air. These include dust particles and airborne toxins. Many of those air pollutants can cause severe and…

Dermatologist: Preventing and Detecting Skin Cancer

By On the PULSE | May 17, 2022

Have you been spending more time outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather? If your answer is yes, have you also been taking steps to protect your skin from the sun? If not, now is the time to start adding a few important steps to your morning routine to help prevent skin cancer. According to Centers…

Are you stressed? Find the best techniques to ease your mind

By On the PULSE | March 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Are you stressed? Find the best techniques to ease your mind

Jobs. Family. Finances. Coronavirus. We are all stressed these days. Now, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to manage your stress, and doctors say mindfulness is the best place to start. According to therapist, Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapy, mindfulness can be defined as an awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose,…

As coronavirus looms, doctors urge US to pay more attention to the flu

By On the PULSE | February 24, 2020 | Comments Off on As coronavirus looms, doctors urge US to pay more attention to the flu

Even as reports of the coronavirus continue to pile in from across the globe, for those in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, it’s the flu that should cause more concern, doctors say.  While the rapid growth of this new virus is concerning, reported cases in the US are extremely low, with less than 40…

Don’t be SAD: 8 tips to combat seasonal depression

By On the PULSE | February 10, 2020 | 4 Comments

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is connected to the change in seasons.  SAD typically begins in the Fall and worsens during the Winter when the daylight periods are the shortest, according to Douglas Spotts, M.D., FAAFP, vice president and chief health officer of Meritus Medical Group.  Though many people feel…

What are air fuel gauges, and why do you need one?

By On the PULSE | June 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

Cars come with more features than ever these days. From Bluetooth connectivity to touch screen control panels, it’s easy to get a feel for what’s happening in your vehicle. However, plenty of simple, easy-to-install modifications make your car safer, more practical, and less likely to suffer long-term damage. Today, we’re looking at an air fuel…

3 Techniques to safely round up escaped cattle

By On the PULSE | June 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

Cattle. They’re creatures that can both be mellow and dangerous. And common cattle fencing issues such as holes caused from weather, decrepit wood, or not inserting posts far enough can cause a substantial problem for your cattle. Somehow, they always seem to find the way out of their fencing if there is a chance. If…

How wildfires and climate change affect us all

By On the PULSE | June 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Wildfires and climate change affect us all, and while some wildfires are natural events, the truth is that human activity is responsible for most wildfires today. Unfortunately, climate change is a significant factor in the number of fires and their intensity, and wildfires affect our global climate. This means that governments, businesses, and individual citizens…

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…