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  • UPMC Pediatrician: Back-to-School Advice0

    Getting your kids ready to go back to school means more than getting new school supplies and clothes. Recommitting to your children’s health care is another major way to prepare. Over the summer it might have been a bit easier to slack on bedtimes and meals, but now is the chance to establish and meet

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  • Exercise Ideas for People With Mobility Issues

    Exercise Ideas for People With Mobility Issues0

    Physical activity is vital to overall health. The World Health Organization says limiting time spent being idle and taking advantage of opportunities to get moving — even if it’s just a little bit of exercise — can go a long way toward improving overall health. In November 2020, the WHO released new exercise guidelines for

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  • Nursing Home Care and the ‘Look-Back Period’

    Nursing Home Care and the ‘Look-Back Period’0

    Health care plans provide access to medical care and other necessities and reduce out-of-pocket health-related expenses. Each plan is different, and depending on where you live, your coverage may vary. People quickly find that many healthcare plans do not include provisions for long-term health care, such as paying for nursing facilities. Understanding how health plans

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  • Community Woodshop Honors Local Veteran0

    On Saturday, May 8th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Williamsport Community Woodshop Veterans Program, located in the Pajama Factory, will be honoring Army veteran Donald Koons for his courageous military service and will also be helping him celebrate his 100th birthday. The Veterans Program (a project of Factory Works, a 501(c) 3 non-profit

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  • How Ergonomic Tools Can Help Gardeners

    How Ergonomic Tools Can Help Gardeners0

    Gardening is a rewarding activity that has been found to provide a host of benefits beyond ensuring readily available access to fresh fruits, vegetables and awe-inspiring blooms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says many gardening tasks qualify as light to moderate exercise, which means raking the leaves and cutting the grass can be

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  • When Should You Update Your Estate Plan?0

    At some point in your life you may have prepared a Last Will & Testament or Powers of Attorney. Perhaps you signed them when your family was young and you needed some documents, “just in case.” Then they were put away in that drawer or filing cabinet and sat there for decades. Have you ever

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  • Special Olympics Adapts During Extraordinary Times0

    This has been a tough year for everyone, and the Special Olympics of Lycoming County has been no exception. In spite of these difficult times, they have not only survived, but have thrived. According to Marc Follmer, manager of the Lycoming County Special Olympics, the organization as a whole has had to make many adjustments.

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  • County Hall Corner: Senseless Census Avoidance0

    It is somewhat ironic that almost all national media sources are singularly focused on the presidential election to be held on November 4th, highlighting that it will have ramifications far into the next decade, yet hardly mentioning something that in many ways could have even an even bigger impact — the 2020 census. This decadal

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  • Lightning and Thunder1

    We have reached the muggy stage of summer with long hot days, high humidity, and a daily chance of afternoon thunderstorms. I’m a big fan of thunderstorms. I very much enjoy sitting on the back deck, watching a good storm build, and then rolling through. The natural phenomena of lightning and thunder is a breath-taking

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  • This Week’s LION: “Essential” Workers0

    There are many subplots to this Coronavirus Crisis. One is the continual emergence of the Law of Unintended Consequences. An example of this was Governor Wolf’s mandate that PennDOT temporarily close its 30 rest areas statewide on March 17 due to coronavirus mitigation efforts. However, this was quickly lifted because those Harrisburg bureaucrats who determined

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  • BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 Serving Support Services to Schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga Counties For Almost 50 Years0

    Educating students these days can be a challenging and complex thing. One entity that is helping area schools to meet these challenges with technical and various other types of support is the BLaST Intermediate Unit 17. BLaST IU 17 is one of 29 Intermediate Units (IUs) across the Commonwealth. IUs were created in 1971 as

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  • Adaptive Bikes and Equipment for Children With Special Needs0

    BLaST IU #17, of Williamsport, and Variety, of Pittsburgh, have teamed up to offer adaptive bikes, strollers, and communication equipment to qualifying children with special needs. Their goal is to provide 1,000 eligible children with FREE adaptive equipment through Variety’s My Bike, My Stroller, and My Voice programs. Back in January 2019, Mr. Charlie LaValle,

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  • Dog Licenses for 2020 Available From Lycoming County Treasurer0

    Pennsylvania 2020 dog licenses went on sale December 2, 2019. Dog owners who need to purchase 2020 dog licenses may do so at the Lycoming County Treasurer’s office located at 33 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701. “Licensing your dog is a quick and easy process and assures a safe return if your dog should

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  • County Hall Corner: Heads up, Voters!0

    Next Tuesday, Lycoming County will be voting for several local offices, as well as for retention for a few state and county state judges. There will be some serious changes when you walk into your voting precinct location next week. What has not changed is that some identification must be shown. This is to verify

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  • Growing Awareness for those with Special Needs0

    Growing Awareness, Inc. is a non-profit foundation that was established in May 2019 by a group of special educators. As educators, they observed that certain children with special needs, including those on the Autism spectrum, were unable to use most playground equipment. “Initially our dream was to build a play space in order to better

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  • “Groundhog Day” – Softball Style0

    As the scene unfolded before me I felt a kinship to Bill Murray in the 1993 movie ‘Groundhog Day.’ I was sure I had seen this all take place previously. Excited 11 & 12-year old girls were saying their good-bys, stowing their gear and posing for a multitude of pictures. Onlookers were smiling and waving.

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