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Christmas In July” Festival Set For July 1
At Basin Street Shopping Center
By Lou Hunsinger Jr.

An early, early Yuletide experience is in store, when the City of Williamsport and iHeart Media, sponsor and present “Christmas In July” Festival, on Saturday, July 1. The event begins at 1 p.m. and will go until after dark near the Basin Street Shopping Center.
This is seen by Mayor Gabe Campana as a “free, fun, family event” for all to enjoy and a great way to showcase the East Third Street Gateway area.
The event will feature antique cars, face painting, an appearance by Santa Claus, a bounce house, various games, a train display, a Christmas petting zoo, an opportunity to see dogs and cats from the SPCA, free popcorn, and free snow cones to the first 150 kids.
In the evening, the Uptown Music Collective will provide music.
Finally, at dusk, the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be shown free of charge.
About 100 cars from the Keystone Cruisers will give the event a vintage car look. The cars will meet initially at the parking lot at the Burger King on Maynard Street and Mayor Campana will lead them in a “Car Cruise” to the parking lot on Mulberry Street, near the Basin Street Shopping Center, where all of the “Christmas In July” festivities will be taking place. The Keystone Cruisers will display their cars there from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This promises to be a fun-filled event that the entire family can enjoy. If you have any questions about this event, you can contact, Dee Reed, at the Mayor’s Office, (570) 327-7566.

Local Author to Hold Book Launch Party For Her Latest Novel

Local author Carrie Anne Noble will hold a book launch party for her second book, “The Gold Son,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.,
Noble’s latest Young Adult novel continues her trademark style of blending historical folk mystique and heartwarming characters. Like her debut, The Mermaid’s Sister, which School Library Journal described as a “lovely, lyrical fantasy,” The Gold Son will transport readers to an enchanting world. 
All 16-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and take care of his granny, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he’s sure to get caught eventually.
When mysterious Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his “niece” Eve, Tommin believes the fellow wants to help him. Instead, Lorcan whisks him off to the underground realm of the Leprechauns, where, alongside Eve, he’s forced to prepare to become one of them.
While Lorcan plots to use his “gold-children” as stepping-stones to the throne of the Leprechaun king, Tommin and Eve plan their escape – and find themselves falling in love. But Tommin’s humanity is slipping away, and unless Eve discovers the remedy in time, he’ll be doomed to spend eternity as a thieving trickster.
Can Tommin and Eve’s love survive over two centuries and help them defeat Lorcan and his magic, or is there no hope of breaking the Leprechaun’s curse?
Noble, a Lycoming County native, is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Mermaid’s Sister, winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction and the 2016 Realm Award for Speculative Novel of the Year. A former theatre student, restaurant hostess, certified nurse aide and newspaper reporter, Noble now devotes her days to fabricating fanciful tales. She lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania with her tolerant husband, charming children, naughty cats, a not-so-bright dog and some cute but dim-witted chickens.
This program is part of the Brown Library’s “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.
The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.
The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

Lycoming County United Way Allocations

As it has done for the past 95 years community funding made available by the Lycoming County United Way campaign and affiliated funding streams will assist Lycoming County United Way Program Partners and related organizations to address the human service needs of area residents. LCUW officials have announced the organization will provide various allocations totaling $1,117,527 during its upcoming 2017/2018 fiscal year commencing July 1.
“We are indebted to our donors, both individual and corporate, who recognize and support the leadership role our United Way plays in addressing our communities human service needs,” said Frank Guardini, LCUW Board President. “This is not only the 37th consecutive year we have been able to raise more than a million dollars; it is a testament to the efficiency, accountability and integrity of the community engaged process by which the funds are both raised and allocated.”
Annually hundreds of volunteers participate in the fall fund raising campaign. After each campaign is completed the process of determining how the funds are allocated is undertaken by 60-75 additional volunteers comprising five Citizen’s Review Panels. The panels meet individually with each funded program to determine achieved outcomes, community need and funding requests and then determine funding levels for each service provider.
“The allocation process we employ is unique to our United Way,” explained Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “I am not aware of any other United Way across the state that engages the community as aggressively as we do to insure that the funding provided by the community is then allocated back to the community in as open and transparent methodology by community volunteers. We sincerely thank those volunteers who gave of their time and talents to distribute our available funds in a manner that maximizes the positive impact we can provide on the lives of so many facing difficult times.”
During the past year, United Way funding provided human service programs the means to help 28,656 county residents receive human service support. Emphasizing the funding’s importance Lowery indicated those receiving help equates to about 22% of Lycoming County’s population.
LCUW funds will be distributed to the following programs comprising four community need impact areas.
Crisis Resolution/Hunger & Homelessness - $233,300
Diakon Family Life Services
– Family and Individual Counseling - $85,000
YWCA of North Central Pennsylvania
– Liberty House - $48,000
– Wise Options – $49,000
Journey House - $20,000
Susquehanna Valley CASA- $15,300
Family Promise
– Rent Match - $16,000

Children & Youth - $35,000
River Valley YMCA
– Youth Program - $5,000
– Childcare - $30,000

Special Needs Services - $267,000
Children’s Development Center
– Pre-School/Autism - $80,000
Hope Enterprises
– Transportation – $15,000
North Central Sight Services
– Prevention of Blindness - $11,500
– Social Services - $20,500
American Rescue Workers
– Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program- $88,500
– Saving Grace- $51,500

Strengthening Families - $115,500
James V. Brown Library
– The Learning Center - $66,500
UPMC Susquehanna
– Nurse Family Partnership - $34,000
Jersey Shore YMCA
– Brick House - $15,000

Additionally, LCUW annually provides funding to a variety of countywide Outreach programs that address needs of specialized services. $32,391.42 is being provided for the following Outreach programs.
American Red Cross (Service to the Armed Forces) - $1,927.50
American Red Cross (Disaster Services)-$5,000
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank - $12,779.89

Muncy Outreach
– School Health (Dental) - $1,104.00
– Library - $1,257.63

Montgomery Outreach
– School Health (Dental) - $1,104.00
– Library - $1,000

Montoursville Outreach
– Library - $3,316.60

East Lycoming Outreach
– School Health (Dental) - $2,033.40
– Library - $1,764.40

Jersey Shore Outreach - $1,104

Lycoming County United Way has been instrumental providing Lycoming County with PA 2-1-1 and Clearinghouse services to better serve the community. Those seeking information on how to obtain human services can easily do so by dialing 2-1-1, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no cost to the caller. Calls are answered by trained personnel who can direct individuals to those providing the services they are seeking. The Clearinghouse program is a partnership forged with Lycoming County United Way and the American Rescue Workers, which tracks and records services provided throughout the county. It enables providers to best meet requests they receive, while at the same time eliminating potential abuses of the system.
LCUW funding provided $15,948 for 2-1-1 and $14,000 to the Clearinghouse.
To further serve community needs, $33,000 is being provided to three county programs as part of LCUW’s Impact Funding process.
“The Impact Funding process serves a two-fold purpose”, explained Carolyn Hawk, LCUW Director of Funding & Community Relations. “It gives us flexibility to provide funding to programs meeting a vital community need outside our defined allocation process and it serves as a potential entryway for human service programs to become eligible for LCUW Program Partner status. In each case a three-year window is provided during which time future United Way relationships can be determined.”
This year, programs funded through the Impact process include Sojourner Truth Ministries, $10,000 for a social service program; The River Valley Community Health and Dental Center, $10,000 for dental education; and Shepherd of the Streets, $13,000 for an oral surgery program.
Lycoming County United Way also works in collaboration with Sullivan and Tioga Counties to support the work of human service programs in those areas. Funds raised in those campaigns remain in their respective counties and are allocated via the same volunteer-driven allocation process used in Lycoming County. The funding distribution includes:
Sullivan County:
– Sullivan County Food Pantry: $8,000
– Sullivan County 4H: $9,000
– Sullivan County Library: $5,140
– Sullivan County Action: $9,000
– Sullivan County Victim Services: $951
Tioga County:
– American Red Cross: $2,605
– Big Brothers Big Sisters: $2,000
– Foster Grandparents: $2,000
– HAVEN: $5,000
– Partnership for Community Health: $1,500
– Special Olympics: $2,500
– Tioga County 4H: $4,000
– Wellsboro Area Food Pantry: $2,500
– Wellsboro Montessori School: $800
In collaboration with a variety of additional funding sources, LCUW-administrated funding includes $281,594.59 to sub-recipients of federal grants and $34,796.79 in donor-designated contributions that are distributed to non-LCUW affiliated 501.c programs.
These announced allocations will be distributed to the various programs beginning in July.
For more information about Lycoming County United Way, call 570-323-9448 or visit www.lcuw.org.

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