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  • State Game Lands Tours Just Up the Road0

    Roll the windows down, enjoy the scenery and breathe in the fresh air. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s driving tours through state game lands are just up the road. Eight tours are scheduled throughout the state in 2023, the first of which will be held Sunday, Oct. 1. The tours provide a good example of the

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    There are often a lot of jokes to be made about living in a small town. Some ‘big city folk’ think there is nothing to be said for living in a small town. I disagree. Community. Community is to be said for a small town. Support for the people you live with, even if you

  • No Words. #4.

    No Words. #4.0

    Jersey Shore is a close-knit community. She always was. The area residents have responded when they found out. The Engle family needed some major love. Much has been done to praise Senior Bulldog Max. The support is overwhelming. Many other area school districts have also stepped up. I loved seeing all of the tributes and

  • Four Selected to Receive 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards0

    The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation (WASDEF) has named four Williamsport Area High School alumni who will receive its 2023 Distinguished Alumni awards. The following individuals have been notified of their selection and have been invited to accept their award at WASDEF’s first Cherry & White Appreciation Night on Sept. 21 at the Trachte

  • ‘Showing Up Together’: WASD Resurrects Campaign to Promote School Attendance0

    Williamsport Area School District is resurrecting its “Be Present” campaign to raise awareness against and help mitigate chronic absenteeism. And the timing is just right. September is national Attendance Awareness Month, and the district has worked through the summer months to reorganize and reenergize its pre-pandemic “Be Present” campaign messaging under the new 2023-2024 slogan,

  • 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.

  • Bitburg Returns0

    The members of the 1973 Bitburg, Germany Little League team were not yet born when Dean Martin’s 1956 hit song “Memories Are Made of This” spent six weeks atop the pop charts. But fifty years after their appearance in the Little League World Series, the title of that song will serve as the central theme

  • 2023-24 WASD Open House Schedule Announced0

    • August 16, 2023

    The Williamsport Area School District has announced the dates for its annual round of open houses to kick off the start of the 2023-2024 school year. This year’s open house schedule is listed below in order by date: Williamsport Area Middle School will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 for seventh-grade students

  • A New School Year is Coming

    A New School Year is Coming0

    OK, OK, don’t come for me, but it’s getting to be that time. No one likes it, no one wants to think about it, but the new school year is right around the corner. Believe it or not, we are just a couple of weeks out from the first Friday Night Lights. While summer break

  • Annual Grand Slam Parade Steps Off At 5:30 p.m. August 140

    The streets of Williamsport will once again be filled with marching bands, various musical units, and lots of unique floats, and all 20 teams participating in this year’s Little League World Series when the annual Grand Slam Parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 14. This year’s parade is highlighted by the presence

  • County Hall Corner: The Pickle of Pennsylvania Politics0

    My wife gives away her Southern roots from time to time with her vocabulary, such as when she uses a word like “catawampus.” It means “all screwed up.” I think we might be looking at a “Catawampus Congress” in Harrisburg these days. It started with convening the 2023-2024 legislation session of the General Assembly of

  • County Hall Corner: Facing Friends and Fanatics at the Fair0

    My wife Debbie and I went to the Lycoming County Fair on Thursday, July 13th. We arrived at 4:00 p.m., just as the gates were opening, and got the best parking spot imaginable. Of course, there was not much going on that early, but we didn’t mind. The weather was perfect as we walked around

  • Williamsport Sun: July 15, 1941 – Montoursville Drys Quesion Legalities of We Petitions in Effort to Secure Liquor Vote Compiled0

    Leaders of Dry forces in Montoursville are questioning the legality of petitions recently circulating in the borough seeking a local option vote on the question of the legal sale of liquor in the borough. It is contended that 343 signatures are needed on the liquor petition and that the liquor petition only contains only 272

  • Bellomo Wins New Balance Nationals

    Bellomo Wins New Balance Nationals0

    So, just to recap, my son Peter won the PIAA State Championship for Javelin in the AAA division back in May. Generally, track athletes peak at states, making it the highlight of their competitive year, if not their entire career. Occasionally, at the higher levels, athletes will choose to go on to compete at large

  • Nominations Sought for WAHS 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards0

    The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation (WASDEF) is seeking nominations for the district’s 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The 2023 recipients will be celebrated and recognized during the return of the education foundation’s Donor & Alumni Appreciation Event on Thursday, Sept. 21. Up to four individuals can be recognized in the following categories: Outstanding Young

  • School’s Out But the Canadian Wildfires Burn On0

    Happy first day of Summer to everyone! Our cover date this year matches the Summer Solstice, which to me, is a perfect thing. I couldn’t wait for the first day of summer vacation back in my day; it was my favorite day of school. I’m sure the students in the Loyalsock Township School District felt

  • Tears0

    You won’t find it written in any rule book, but the hard facts of life for any team sport played, unless you are able to win the ultimate game at the conclusion of each season — your season is going to end with a loss. It matters little how hard your team works, how many

  • 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

  • Road to Nationals0

    My process and inspiration for writing articles for my column each week typically begin with an idea that I had gotten from a conversation, an advertisement I saw, or an article that I read that I found interesting. I will then research the topic and boil the idea down to a manageable 600-900 words. This

  • This Week’s LION: A Generous Judge: Federal District Magistrate William “Skip” Arbuckle

    This Week’s LION: A Generous Judge: Federal District Magistrate William “Skip” Arbuckle0

    The heading does not mean that Judge Arbuckle will lend you money, but what he does lend is his very valuable time — and of all places, in prisons. Federal District Magistrate William “Skip” Arbuckle was the guest speaker at the annual Volunteers Appreciation Dinner at the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex on April 4th of

  • Area Athletes Break Records, Win Gold

    Area Athletes Break Records, Win Gold0

    It was a good year to be a Bulldog, especially for the Bellomo brothers. Between the two Jersey Shore Area High School seniors/fraternal twins, four school records were broken, a state championship won, and many personal records were set. Nick Bellomo, along with teammates Peyton Whitman, Elijah Jordan, and Brodie Herr, set the school record

  • 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

  • Good Will Golfing0

    I first met William on the practice green at White Deer Golf Course. I just closed up, and I was stroking some putts. I couldn’t buy a five-footer, and I was struggling. All of a sudden, a nine-year-old kid appeared from the shadows. HEY MISTER. YOU SHOULD TRY MOVING YOUR EYES OVER THE BALL. YOUR

  • County Hall Corner: A Long, Long Wait for Our County Coroner0

    Charles (Chuck) Kiessling proves the adage that the squeaky wheel does get the grease, even if the wheel has to squeak for ten years or more. At long, long last, Coroner Kiessling has a new facility for the work of the Lycoming County Coroner’s Department. It is located at 3341 Wahoo Drive in Williamsport, which

  • County Hall Corner: Campaign Cash0

    It is difficult to drive a car more than a mile without seeing at least one campaign sign for a candidate running in the May primary. For the past few weeks, I have received circulars in my daily mail promoting candidates running for local offices. And, of course, this weekly paper and the local daily

  • Softball is Shining0

    As the high school softball game wouldn’t be starting for another hour, very few fans had gathered at the field. As the teams were beginning their pre-game routine, a woman greeted me with a warm smile while stating, “Isn’t this wonderful!” Thinking she was referring to the beautiful day that had unfolded, I returned the

  • County Hall Corner: April Anniversaries0

    April is a special month for me as a writer for Webb Weekly. It was in April of 2014 that I wrote my first article, a LION (Leader in our Neighborhood), on Kathy Fenstamaker, a mother who hosted headbanger bands for young people. For the next two years, I wrote over 80 columns on all

  • 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

  • Curtin Intermediate OM Team Advances to 2023 World Finals0

    Curtin Intermediate School’s Odyssey of the Mind team is headed to the 2023 World Finals after securing a second-place win at the state round on Saturday at Lock Haven University. In addition to Curtin, two other teams from Williamsport Area Middle School represented the district. The Curtin team earned its second-place win in Division I for “Most

  • County Hall Corner: History in the Making0

    In the March 1st issue of Webb Weekly, I wrote an article referencing a quote from Henry Ford, “Sorry, Henry, History is Not Bunk.” I used a poll of the “greatest athlete of all time” to prove how weak our country has become in understanding our history. To quote myself, “History is not ours to

  • A Chocolate Town Honor

    A Chocolate Town Honor0

    The game flashing across the TV screen was a bit of an afterthought as our conversation centered on the day’s activities. Suddenly, Jean pointed out, “That’s Dwight refereeing this game.” The game was the PIAA Girl’s 3A state championship game between Dunmore and River Valley from Hershey’s Giant Center. That Dwight was longtime friend and

  • Diamonds, Deadlifts, and Yardsticks

    Diamonds, Deadlifts, and Yardsticks0

    It was a beautiful sun-drenched Tuesday afternoon last week, and I couldn’t wait to get out of the office and up to Historic Bowman Field.  There was a doubleheader to be played at the amazing ballpark that has only gotten better with age.  A couple of games being played at Bowman is nothing new, but

  • The Bookworm Sez: “The Teachers: A Year Inside America’s Most Vulnerable, Important Profession” by Alexandra Robbins

    The Bookworm Sez: “The Teachers: A Year Inside America’s Most Vulnerable, Important Profession” by Alexandra Robbins0

    Raise your hand. That’s probably one of the first things you learned when you started school. You couldn’t yell for the teacher, tug on her dress or be any kind of a wild child. You had to remain civilized, calm, and orderly, and you raised your hand when you wanted attention. And in the new


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