Smokestacks, salamanders & sunken treasure: Scuba and snorkeling in the Susquehanna Valley

By Joseph W. Smith III | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

“I grew up snorkeling all over the greater Williamsport area,” says Loyalsock High School graduate Gabe Cellini. “Some of my fondest memories are when my grandfather, brother and I would snorkel behind Bowman Field on Lycoming Creek. We would ride our bikes over in the morning with all of our snorkel gear, fishing rods, and lunch…

‘This is my home’: From healthcare to political office in Lebanon County

By Jeff Falk | May 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

Mike Kuhn made the unexpected transition from working in healthcare to becoming one of Lebanon County’s highest officers in the middle of a political term.  For the 66-year-old, the transition is simply more public service taking on a different form, Kuhns said.  On Dec. 28, 2021, long-time County Commissioner Bill Ames passed quite suddenly. Just…

Repasz Band preps for concert with newly returned assistant conductor

By Joseph W. Smith III | May 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

“It’s a blessing to have a creative outlet,” says Repasz Band Assistant Conductor Theo Lentz about his return to the ensemble after an extended hiatus.  As the renowned Williamsport band prepares for its May 24 concert at the Community Arts Center, the return of Lentz is just one of many changes for this 191-year-old group.…

Primary results: Flick, Mastriano, Fetterman win nominations in contested seats

By Anne Reiner | May 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Lycoming County’s heaviest contested race saw Jamie Flick win the Republican nomination for the 83rd General Assembly seat over Ann Kaufman during Tuesday’s Primary.  According to unofficial results Tuesday evening, Flick had just over 51% of the vote, edging out Kaufman who received 48% of the votes.  The statewide races that saw more contention included…

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…

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Hidden Dangers in the Home and How To Deal With Them

By On the PULSE | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

Dermatologist: Preventing and Detecting Skin Cancer

By On the PULSE | May 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

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…

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…

Hidden Dangers in the Home and How To Deal With Them

By On the PULSE | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

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…

What Are the Different Types of Landfills?

By On the PULSE | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

All goods go on a journey, from the design and manufacturing process to selling in a storefront. You might think that these journeys end once you toss your products in the trash. The truth is that the life of an item doesn’t end once you throw it away; there’s an entire industry dedicated to garbage…

How To Improve Storage Inside a Fire Apparatus

By On the PULSE | May 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Fire apparatuses carry a wide variety of heavy equipment. Which is problematic when firefighters need to quickly respond at all times of the day. That’s why proper storage and organization is key to a successful fire apparatus. Anyone who oversees a fire department should learn how to improve storage inside a fire apparatus. You can…

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…

Thirteen coming of age films to remind you of the good old days

By Joseph W. Smith III | June 25, 2021 | Comments Off on Thirteen coming of age films to remind you of the good old days

With 2021 graduations behind us and area teens now headed for work, college or military service, this June edition of Lycoming Critic’s Corner takes a look at “coming of age” movies. This baker’s dozen features youths who slowly or suddenly have to grow up; and sometimes the adults find much to learn as well. Any…

15 Great summer reads that never got made into movies

By Joseph W. Smith III | May 27, 2021 | Comments Off on 15 Great summer reads that never got made into movies

Although this space generally deals with cinema, the imminent approach of summer always makes Lycoming Critic’s Corner start recommending books—particularly if certain worthy picks have never actually been made into a film. So as folks now consider vacations they were not able to take last year, LCC presents—instead of films—a list of great summer reads…