10 years of inmate deaths at the Lycoming County prison

By Anne Reiner | October 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

A recent suicide at the Lycoming County Prison brings the total deaths in the prison to three in 2022. Since 2012, eight inmates have died in the county jail, according to the Lycoming County coroner.  Of the eight inmate deaths, four were natural, two were suicides, one was accidental and one, which occurred on Sept.…

World War II veteran to lead free concert at the CAC

By Joseph W. Smith III | September 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

The brutal battle of the Ardennes Forest took place more than 80 years ago during World War II. There aren’t many men still alive who fought and served during those freezing weeks late in 1944. But one of them will conduct a concert at the Community Arts Center on Oct. 9. Still active at the…

Jeptha Hughes: The man who put the Hughes in Hughesville 

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | September 19, 2022 | 1 Comment

HUGHESVILLE – In the southeastern position of Lycoming County is the borough of Hughesville, which was incorporated in 1852. However, the borough’s history goes decades before that with the purchase of the land in 1816 from a farmer named John Heap. He sold the property to Jeptha Hughes. “(Jeptha Hughes) soon…laid out a town. It…

Mayor: Juvenile crime a community issue, gang violence concerning but rare

By Anne Reiner | September 9, 2022 | 1 Comment

Recent juvenile gang violence, while concerning, is an abnormality in Williamsport, according to city Mayor Derek Slaughter, adding that it is spearheaded by a small number of youths in the community. “I think that was an anomaly,” Slaughter said. “It ebbs and flows. And then we had those (shootings) that week or so in a…

Local scuba-diver finds a piece of railroad history in Loyalsock Creek 

By Joseph W. Smith III | September 2, 2022

When a fallen steam locomotive was pulled from the waters of Loyalsock Creek in 1906, photos of the wreck showed the engine missing its smokestack; but no one ever noticed this. Not until John Smithkors found that smokestack lying in the creek more than 100 years later. It was July 2013, and Smithkors had decided…

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Physician: Early detection key to breast cancer battle

By On the PULSE | October 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Changes in the breast, such as lumps or masses, typically trigger cancer concerns. But did you know most early breast cancers cause no symptoms? Breast cancer can present in different ways including a breast lump, changes in the nipple or skin, and bloody nipple discharge. Being aware of your breasts makes you an active participant…

Specialist: Understanding ankle injuries – strains, sprains, and breaks 

By On the PULSE | September 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Though a very common injury for athletes, ankle injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Hiking down your favorite local trail, walking down the stairs with a loaded laundry basket, or mowing the grass in the back yard and stepping into that ditch you’ve been meaning to fill in – it can happen to…

Physicians: Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

By On the PULSE | September 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

As you grow older, you may find that your knees are starting to hurt. While joint pain is not uncommon, it can begin to interfere with one’s quality of life if the knee pain continues to progress. If left untreated, it may result in the need for a knee replacement surgery. Having any type of…

Therapist: Help is always available

By On the PULSE | September 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and its purpose is to provide awareness and information about a subject that is often considered to be taboo. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with almost 46,000 in 2020. This equates to approximately one…

Physician: Back-to-school health advice for parents

By On the PULSE | September 6, 2022

School is back in session across the north central region of Pennsylvania. While there is plenty of excitement to go around for both children and parents, it may be a difficult transition for your family. To help with this period of change, it is important to prioritize your children’s health as well as your own.…

Physician: Understanding complex concussion injuries in sports

By On the PULSE | August 31, 2022

In recent years, concussions have been at the forefront of sports medicine, and for good reason. A complex injury that is difficult to diagnose, concussions can seem devastating to a young athlete’s career, but they are treatable if you know the signs and symptoms. Concussions do not always involve being “knocked out” or a loss…

Four common ways to hear your baby’s heartbeat at home

By On the PULSE | August 26, 2022

For many expecting mothers, hearing their baby’s heartbeat provides an outstanding level of peace and comfort. Because much of what we perceive in this world is tangible, the inability to see the growing baby in the womb can stir up a lot of anxiety. If you’re looking for ways to hear the heartbeat at home,…

Expert: Important health screening milestones for women

By On the PULSE | August 23, 2022

It’s never too late to begin building a strong foundation to protect your health now and in the future. Each section below provides suggestions of what to expect throughout the years of female health care. It’s important to note that personal factors may help determine the timing of each test or screening to meet your…

Expert: Types of headaches and how to treat them

By On the PULSE | August 20, 2022

If you have experienced a headache or migraine, you know how debilitating they can be. As of 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 3% of all annual emergency department visits in the United States are due to complaints of headaches. While most headaches are not the result of a serious…

Security Features to Install on French Doors

By On the PULSE | August 15, 2022

Enhancing an entryway beautifies a space and adds protection to the most vulnerable door types, such as French doors. Without the correct modifications, French doors are vulnerable to break-ins. Diminish the possibility of intruders by installing security features on your French doors. Try a Three-Point Locking System A locking system is the best thing to…

Physician: Early detection key to breast cancer battle

By On the PULSE | October 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Changes in the breast, such as lumps or masses, typically trigger cancer concerns. But did you know most early breast cancers cause no symptoms? Breast cancer can present in different ways including a breast lump, changes in the nipple or skin, and bloody nipple discharge. Being aware of your breasts makes you an active participant…

Specialist: Understanding ankle injuries – strains, sprains, and breaks 

By On the PULSE | September 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Though a very common injury for athletes, ankle injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Hiking down your favorite local trail, walking down the stairs with a loaded laundry basket, or mowing the grass in the back yard and stepping into that ditch you’ve been meaning to fill in – it can happen to…

Physicians: Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

By On the PULSE | September 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

As you grow older, you may find that your knees are starting to hurt. While joint pain is not uncommon, it can begin to interfere with one’s quality of life if the knee pain continues to progress. If left untreated, it may result in the need for a knee replacement surgery. Having any type of…

Metal Products That a Press Brake Can Bend or Form

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

Metal fabricators bend, cut, and fold metal to create products used in many applications and industries. One of the most popular tools fabricators use to form metal is the press brake. Read on to learn about the metal products that a press brake can bend or form. Flanges Flanges are typically created using a press…

Five common uses of titanium in everyday life

By On the PULSE | September 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

You might see titanium and think of it only as a strong metal used in airplanes. But this element has several uses that touch our lives in far more common ways. You can find titanium in nature combined with other elements such as oxygen, silicon and iron. It has a very low density for a…

4 Benefits of Using Professional Lawn Care Services

By On the PULSE | September 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Whether you enjoy or hate doing yard work, consider hiring a lawn care company to take care of your property. From simple routine maintenance to creative adjustments to your landscaping, these professionals can give you a yard you’re proud of. Explore the four benefits of using professional lawn care services. 1. A Consistently Beautiful Yard…

50 Years ago at the movies: A Cinematic Look Back at 1971

By Joseph W. Smith III | April 24, 2021 | Comments Off on 50 Years ago at the movies: A Cinematic Look Back at 1971

Quick, think of some classic movies over the past several decades: goodies from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s … maybe even a few gems from the new millennium. Does one particular decade stand out? If you’re like me, it’s the 1970s, which sometimes feels like a miniature “Golden Age” for Hollywood productions: “Chinatown,” “Network,”…

13 films that pay tribute to Naomi Watts

By Joseph W. Smith III | March 20, 2021 | Comments Off on 13 films that pay tribute to Naomi Watts

Lycoming Critic’s Corner has two favorite actresses: the still-busy Naomi Watts, and Golden Age charmer Myrna Loy. Loy, the “Thin Man” star who for years was essentially America’s favorite wife, has been gone since 1993; but Watts continues to churn out films—including the brand-new “Boss Level,” currently streaming on Hulu. Indeed, it’s amazing how many…

12 lesser-known roles for the Legendary Christopher Plummer

By Joseph W. Smith III | February 17, 2021 | Comments Off on 12 lesser-known roles for the Legendary Christopher Plummer

When the beloved Canadian actor Christopher Plummer passed away on Feb. 5 at the age of 91, he left behind a staggering filmography — one that encompassed more than 200 roles in theater, cinema and TV. No doubt the best known of these was his career-making turn as Captain von Trapp in 1965’s smash-hit “Sound…