Checks and Balances: How Williamsport’s finances were misused for years

By Anne Reiner | October 23, 2021 | 1 Comment

WILLIAMSPORT – Systems of checks and balances meant to ensure accountability within city government have failed for years, according to an independent audit released Thursday.  The audit, administered by RKL, an auditing and accounting firm in Pennsylvania, investigated River Valley Transit’s 2019 to 2020 finances and discovered an ongoing pattern of misappropriation of funds, misuse…

1894 trolley car returns to Jersey Shore after more than 90 years

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

JERSEY SHORE – A long forgotten transportation relic is returning to its home in Jersey Shore after the better part of a century.  According to Tina Cooney, president of the Jersey Shore Historical Society, it was Skip Cochran of River Valley Transit,  who approached her in April during a Historical Organizations of Lycoming County (HOLC)…

‘He’s a part of me’: Facility dog’s cancer diagnosis is a heavy blow

By On the PULSE | October 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

When Jerri Rook became Jedi’s handler, she didn’t expect to be treating him for stage 5 Lymphoma just over four years later.  Rook is an animal lover and has had many dogs through the years. She has even seen a few of them pass away, but her bond with Jedi is unique. As a Lycoming…

Low turnout at Lycoming County Reentry Coalition meetings cause for concern

By Anne Reiner | October 12, 2021 | 1 Comment

A coalition of community members, businesses, human service employees and court services representatives has dwindled from a group of over 90 to under 30 regular members in recent months.  It’s goal is to help individuals reenter the community from the criminal justice system and to cut down on recidivism rates within the county. The low…

Breaking the Cycle: Keeping kids out of a life of crime

By Anne Reiner | October 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

Anyone listening to the story of Eli Finnerty’s journey into crime will ask, “What could have been done to stop it?”  Hanging out with his friends, sneaking out at night and general rabble-rousing was common when Finnerty was a young child. At age 12, he began smoking marijuana and, when he started high school, his…

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Driving Habits That Can Damage Your Vehicle

By On the PULSE | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Driving is one of those things that many people do every day without thinking about it as much as they should. If you commute to work often or need to drive long distances, you can form habits. Some of these habits can be useful. Others might inadvertently cause damages to your car without you even…

Cool Ride: What makes a pickup classic or vintage?

By On the PULSE | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Collectors are obsessed with classifications. What karat of gold; which comic book era; which sports league: all of these classifications can change the value of a collector item. The same goes for pickup trucks and whether they’re classified as classic, vintage or antique. But what makes a pickup classic or vintage? Read on to find…

Technological advances we often take for granted

By On the PULSE | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Technology seems to advance faster with every day that goes by, so much so that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. We end up getting lost in our own worlds and our own heads so much that we don’t take the time to realize how incredible some of the things we use every day are.…

5 Safety Precautions for Driving Near Large Trucks

By On the PULSE | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

With goods and services being shuffled all over the country in a rush, it’s essential to be mindful of your surroundings while driving. An accident with a passenger vehicle is bad enough. However, avoiding one with a large semi or truck is even more vital, as the damages could worsen. Allow More Time and Space…

Adrenaline-pumping jobs for thrill-seekers

By On the PULSE | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many people like to spend some of their free time partaking in heart-pumping activities in an attempt to truly feel alive. While most people enjoy this as a nice change of pace, others are almost addicted to it and take every opportunity to get their adrenaline pumping. If that sounds like you and you wish…

Types of products you may not realize are recycled materials

By On the PULSE | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Recycling is a great step we can all take to live a more sustainable life. But have you ever wondered what happens to your recycled items after you toss them into the bin? In some cases, these materials arrive at recycling facilities that make them into products we can use again. Here are some examples…

Tips to keep your teenage driver safe on the road

By On the PULSE | October 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Getting your driver’s license is one of the most exciting life experiences for a teenager. While it’s great to have a new sense of freedom, it’s important to remember that driving is a privilege and a huge responsibility. National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 17-23 and is the perfect opportunity for parents to remind…

Ways To Organize Your Warehouse Assembly Line

By On the PULSE | October 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Regardless of whether you’re a first-time manager or you’ve managed the same staff and facility for years, maintaining an organized warehouse is no simple task. Considering your employees, products, and equipment can be overwhelming. However, an organized and efficient warehouse is achievable. In this article, we’ll share four game-changing ways to organize your warehouse assembly line and…

Top Dog Breeds That Require the Most Mental Stimulation

By On the PULSE | October 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

When you’re deciding whether to get a dog, there are factors to consider to ensure that everyone gets along and that the dog you choose is a good fit for you and your family. Some dogs need more exercise and playtime than others. Let’s explore the top dog breeds that require the most mental stimulation. …

Tips for Taking Someone to a Gun Range for Their First Time

By On the PULSE | September 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you have a friend who’s never been hunting with you before, you’ll probably want to take them to a shooting range to make sure they can handle a firearm first. Of course, if they’ve never been to one of those before, either, it’ll be your responsibility to make sure they adhere to the rules…

Physician: 3D Mammography is saving lives threatened by breast cancer

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

Finding out that you have breast cancer is a life-changing event. However, in case of breast cancer, early detection and diagnosis is a key factor for its successful treatment. The earlier it is detected, the more likely it is to be curable. Mammogram is the most effective test in detecting breast cancer as changes in…

Q&A with a Doc: When COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, deaths rise

By On the PULSE | September 14, 2021 | Comments Off on Q&A with a Doc: When COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, deaths rise

Daily COVID-19 cases have climbed over 60 in Lycoming County and hospitalizations have reached 23 as of Sept. 14. The state recorded seven COVID deaths in August and one death so far in September. A divided country grapples with concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, masking mandates in schools and the government’s power over private businesses.…

Q&A with a Doc: Williamsport hospital becomes Trauma II Center

By Anne Reiner | September 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Q&A with a Doc: Williamsport hospital becomes Trauma II Center

UPMC Williamsport has been granted Level II Trauma Center accreditation by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF), recognizing a higher level of care and services provided in north central Pennsylvania. This accreditation went into effect on Sept. 1. “As a Level II Trauma Center, UPMC Williamsport is prepared to treat patients with serious life-threatening and disabling injuries,”…

Working with chemicals? Does your lab have proper signage?

By On the PULSE | December 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Working with chemicals? Does your lab have proper signage?

Laboratories are known for using many chemicals and substances for various purposes. Though many professionals work with these substances regularly, they can still be extremely hazardous. Some may present dangers to a person’s health from improper long-term exposure, while others could easily cause fires or explosions. That is why placing proper signage throughout laboratories is…

How to prevent toxic fume inhalation while welding

By On the PULSE | December 7, 2020 | Comments Off on How to prevent toxic fume inhalation while welding

There are many safety precautions welders must take before each project due to the safety risks involved. One of the most common safety hazards that welders have to prevent is inhaling toxic fumes, gases and vapors created during the process. Each one of these three ways to prevent toxic fume inhalation while welding plays a…

Careers for people who want to get out of the house

By On the PULSE | December 3, 2020 | Comments Off on Careers for people who want to get out of the house

Now more than ever, people’s careers are retreating behind closed doors and taking place on computer screens. This is understandable given the circumstances, but it can be difficult for those whose hearts long to be under a wide-open sky. These are the individuals who thrive when they are outdoors and interacting with nature. And because…

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

By On the PULSE | October 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

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…

This critic’s top 12 rockin’ road movies

By Joseph W. Smith III | July 22, 2021 | Comments Off on This critic’s top 12 rockin’ road movies

Because July and August are big travel times—especially after so many vacations got canceled last year—Lycoming Critic’s Corner this month takes up the venerable category “road movies.” Here are 12 such stories—6+6, in honor of America’s legendary Route 66, from Chicago to L.A. Almost Famous (2000) Cameron Crowe landed a well-deserved Oscar for his screenplay…