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  • The Amish Buck0

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to my family and friends. I hope everything was spectacular. Ours was grand. My rents made it back to California. We had a blast. Jim and I framed and blocked the new garage. It is my understanding that I will have to finish everything by March. I apologize for skipping out last

  • A Red Kettle Double-Up0

    It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go across the West Branch Valley. This Christmas carol seems perfect as we head into December. The song has been recorded by many artists over the years with different musical styles. I’m still old school and like Bing Crosby’s version the best. The song

  • True-Life Underdogs: Woody Harrelson in “Champions”0

    When did the Farrelly brothers get so touchy-feely? This is the filmmaking duo Bobby and Peter, who gave us such oft-crude comedies as Dumb and Dumber, Osmosis Jones and There’s Something About Mary. And then in 2018, Peter directed the moving race-dramedy Green Book, which won three Oscars — including Best Picture. Now Bobby has

  • A Golden Surprise0

    Even the more casual viewers of sports, especially at the college and professional levels, have noticed the increasing amount of ‘bling’ hanging around the necks of players. Following South Williamsport’s football team’s win over Muncy for the District IV Class A championship, the Mountaineers trainer, Chelsey Rieppel, was kidded about the added hardware she is

  • Sports Turkey Talking0

    Thanksgiving is the time of year when families gather far and near It’s been a tradition since 1620 that includes a feast of plenty, There’re many hugs for those we hold dear and football teams for which to cheer, Pause and reflect those memories great, enjoy the day, and celebrate! If your family’s Thanksgiving is

  • Area College Hoops Filled With Newness0

    The calendar has flipped; it’s now dark at 5:00 p.m., and the PIAA state playoffs for fall sports are nearing its conclusion. But for players, coaches, and spectators, the winter sports season gets underway as this Friday marks the first official practice day for local hoopsters and grapplers. While the first games of the high

  • Lycoming Hoops0

    Daylight savings is always an adjustment. And after two weeks, I am still struggling. It gets dark at 4:30. No more golf. Forget fishing. Can’t even mow grass. Depressing. Thankfully, the basketball season is now upon us. My favorite sport will help fill the void. I no longer coach, but I love to sit in

  • Lycoming Fall Golf0

    Yes. I am back at Lycoming as the Head Golf Coach. This is my second stint with the Warriors after a five-year hiatus. I was with the team from 2001 to 2016. I got out of the business and stepped away because of a midlife crisis. I retired from hoops two years ago. It left

  • Clark & the Hawkeyes0

    It was a bit early for Halloween, but as I flicked by the channels, remote in hand, I thought my eyes must have been deceiving me. Amid a Sunday full of NFL football, soccer, motor cross, drag racing, tennis, cornhole, pickle ball, and even a rodeo available on the TV screen, the Big Ten channel

  • 74th Flaming Foliage Festival in Renovo To Take Place This Weekend October 13, 14 and 150

    It is that time of year again. The time in which one of the most anticipated events that takes place in this area, particularly the Endless Mountains area, happens. It celebrates the beauty of the autumn canopy of leaves that appear throughout the region and locally and throughout the rest of the state as well

  • Heads Up0

    In a scoreless PSAC soccer match between rivals Lock Haven and Bloomsburg, the Lady Huskies were on the attack. From the wing, a strong kick made its way toward a Bloom teammate streaking toward the goal. As a Lock Haven defender closed in, the kick-pass missed its intended target, striking the LHU player squarely in

  • Change of Seasons

    Change of Seasons0

    I love this time of year as North Central PA is now shining. Fall brings us so many vibrant colors. Change is in the air. It is an absolute shame that it gets dark at 6:45 p.m. This totally dampens my outdoor activities. Fishing remains my passion. It serves as my zen. I am still

  • Tradition0

    If there were such a thing as a sports dictionary, future editions might list the definition of tradition as ‘a past observance of athletic competition carried on by players, teams and community entities with much anticipation, interest, and fervor.’ As we drove home from Gettysburg on September’s first Saturday after watching grandson Tucker play his

  • Help Me Help Kids with Cancer0

    So, three years ago I decided to join ‘The Great Cycling Challenge for Kids with Cancer.’ I have long contributed to St. Jude’s ever since I met Angelina Miele — who loved SJN basketball when I was coaching, and in particular Alize Johnson, Angelina sadly passed away from this insidious disease. My heart aches to

  • The Bookworm Sez: “Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson” by Sally H. Jacobs

    The Bookworm Sez: “Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson” by Sally H. Jacobs0

    Love-all. It sounds like a sweet way to start a game, doesn’t it? But you know the score: nobody’s made any points in this tennis game. Basically, the score is zero-zero but things could change with one good backhand shot. As in the new book “Althea” by Sally H. Jacobs, tennis, like life, moves quickly.

  • WASD to Offer Season Passes for Home Athletic Events0

    • August 23, 2023

    In an effort to move to a cashless system, the Williamsport Area School District athletic department is now offering season passes for purchase to individuals and families. While the season passes will be good for all home regular season events during the current school year, PIAA admission fees will remain in place for playoff games.

  • The Back-to-School Mindset0

    It feels like once the 4th of July fireworks are quelled, stores and advertisements start gearing up for back-to-school way faster than any of us are ready for. However, as of the writing of these words (August 1st), bookbags, lunchboxes, water bottles, new clothes, and underpants have all been purchased for the first days of

  • Reunions0

    On a sunny and hot 90-degree July afternoon, a slight breeze, a covered pavilion, and a scenic view of folks enjoying boating activities on the Susquehanna River provided the backdrop as long-ago South Williamsport high school classmates gathered at the Susquehanna Boat Club. Many years ago, during his scholastic days, class president Bob Coolidge excelled

  • Who Knew I was a Sportswriter?0

    Jimmy has headed down the shore for a little vacation, so I’m taking up the helm this week. No worries, he’ll be back next week! In his absence, it only seems fitting that we should talk about all things sports. I’m not usually a sportswriter, but I think I can handle it. Maybe. We’ll see.

  • What is the Strike Zone?0

    My life-long affiliation with and enjoyment of baseball and basketball has included decades of coaching the games I love. Those years have also included several seasons of umpiring games at various levels of play. While coaching decisions are sometimes questioned by the game’s fans, such differences of opinion are often greatly overshadowed when it comes

  • City Parks, Recreation, and Celebration

    City Parks, Recreation, and Celebration0

    Happy 247th Independence Day, America! Please fasten your seatbelts as summer is about to fly by, the night sky illuminated by the fireworks of the 4th of July. This seems like the perfect place to begin my article, as I had a chance to grab lunch with Mayor Derek Slaughter last week. He informed me

  • A Prideful Team, a Supportive Community0

    Four years ago, an enthusiastic group of parents, fans, and supporters gathered in the parking lot of South Williamsport’s AAA office to send off an excited team of pre-teens to the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon. The wide-eyed youngsters were members of the Little Mountaineer Softball All-Star team, which was about to

  • Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Father’s Day Gift Ideas0

    Each year in the middle of June, families honor the special men who help make the familial engine run. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in the United States and Canada, and families across both nations make the day all about dads. Many families have their own unique Father’s Day traditions,

  • Hill and Tutler Sign Letters of Intent

    Hill and Tutler Sign Letters of Intent0

    Davion Hill and Sheiana Tutler recently signed their national letters of intent. Both will be playing Division I basketball; Davion is headed to Missouri State and Sheiana will be playing at Niagara University. Hill will leave Neumann having scored 2,801 points, and averaging 26.9 points per game. He also helped SJNRA win four straight league

  • One and Done. Changes.0

    A few might say that I am one of the area’s all-time greats. I was always legit. I dominated the local camp circuit in the early ’90s. Tons of ribbons. Several certificates. A handful of trophies and fancy plaques. Yes. I was the self-proclaimed free throw shooting king. Foul shooting has always been an important

  • A Mazzante Conversation0

    Whenever the accomplishments of local basketball talent are discussed, Kelly Mazzante’s name is at the forefront of the conversation. Such was again the case with the recent announcement that Mazzante had left Bucknell University to accept an assistant coaching position at Georgetown University. The former Montoursville High School and Penn State University standout enjoyed a

  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Happy Mother’s Day0

    Every year, I think, “Steph, maybe you should do something different for Mother’s Day this year? Change it up a bit.” But then I read through this list and think, “Nah, this is the ultimate Mother’s Day list! Moms are out here killin’ it every day, and no matter what type of Mom they are,

  • Everybody Loves Ray: Romano’s Film a Feel-Good Winner0

    Actor Ray Romano, now 65, is best-known for his Emmy-winning role on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” the beloved TV show that ran for more than 200 episodes. Fans will know that this former stand-up comic can also handle drama (“The Irishman,” for instance) — and that he’s done a good deal of writing too; but the

  • Water Hazards

    Water Hazards0

    I am thankful to be at Lycoming. This is my second stint as the Warrior’s Golf Coach. I took a five-year hiatus after my mid-life crisis. I was with the team from 2001 to 2015. I stepped away to focus on other side hustles. They were extremely fun while they lasted. I got the call

  • Humble Pie0

    This past Easter Sunday provided the Lowery clan with a most enjoyable get-together, the first such group opportunity since Christmas. The downstate trip included great conversation and catch-up, a tasty spread, and some backyard cornhole competition. Sprinkled in was a vast array of tempting cakes, pies, and sweet treat desserts. Not on the menu was

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Event To Be Held Saturday, April 150

    One of the most interesting and unique fundraising events that benefits worthy causes in the area is the annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” event that benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeastern Pennsylvania, which serves the Lycoming County area. It takes place Saturday, April 15 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 Faxon Bowling Lanes. Bowl for

  • Women’s Hoops End Great Season with Side Show0

    The college basketball season has officially ended, but not in the manner many people thought it might. Last week’s national championship victories by the LSU women and the University of Connecticut men clearly showed they were the better teams in downing Iowa and San Diego State, respectively. Winning the titles as #3 and #5 seeds

  • Lycoming County Special Olympics Names Athlete, Volunteer for March

    Lycoming County Special Olympics Names Athlete, Volunteer for March0

    Jimmy Steinruck, a 30-year veteran of Special Olympics, has been selected as the athlete of the month for March. Steinruck is the son of Bill and Barb Steinruck of Williamsport. The results for Volunteer of the Month are in and that honor has gone to Tracy Rooker who has been involved with Lycoming County Special


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