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  • Billies Basketball0

    A 75-yard game-winning overtime drive engineered by Patrick Mahomes gave the Kansas City Chiefs the Super Bowl victory, their third NFL title in five years, and put the finishing touches to the past football season in dramatic fashion.  Local sports attention now switches to the upcoming high school basketball and wrestling tournaments underway to crown

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  • County Hall Corner: The 21st Century Freedom Riders0

    Originally, there were eight holidays that everyone knew about. There were the major holidays of Christmas and Easter, along with Independence Day (July 4) and Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November). The minor ones were: Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12), Washington’s Birthday (February 22), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), and Labor Day (First Monday in

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  • The Roving Sportsman… It’s Bluebird Time!0

    In the early years of growing up in the countryside of Lycoming County, it was a tradition to watch for the early arrival of robins — signaling the soon to occur arrival of spring. It usually meant that the winter weather and snowfalls were about to be replaced with warmer temperatures, daffodils, and green grass.

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  • Pennsylvania Elk Growing in Popularity

    Pennsylvania Elk Growing in Popularity0

    As a kid growing up in the western part of the state, seeing an elk was a pretty rare sighting; sure, we had a small number roaming around not far from DuBois, but I’m sure most of us never expected to see what’s now roaming northern Pennsylvania today. Years ago, there was no such thing

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  • Special Olympics Pennsylvania Holds Regional Bowling Competition0

    Lycoming County Special Olympics was one of eight counties who sent 120 athletes and Unified partners along with 46 coaches to the first ever Region 3 Bowling competition. In addition to Lycoming County, individuals from Bradford, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties attended this one-day event, which were recently held at Faxon

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  • Mid-Winter Baseball Banquet Has Been Local Tradition for Many Years0

    This week, the Williamsport Crosscutters will be hosting their annual Hot Stove League Banquet at the Genetti, which features former 1979 standout relief pitcher Kent Tukulve and Muncy’s own Ed Ott, a catcher on that team, as well as ESPN commentator Tim Kurkijan. The “Hot Stove League” is a time-honored baseball term that means baseball

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  • County Hall Corner: On Your Mark…Get Set…0

    Yes, yes, I know it is a long time out, but believe me, it will be here before we know it. I am speaking about the upcoming Primary Election on April 23rd and the General Election on November 5th. Many political prognosticators, who are wiser than I am, believe this might be one of the

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Culling All Coyotes!0

    First, here are a few facts regarding Mr. Coyote. In just a few weeks, the breeding season begins. Females have one heat period, which lasts 4-5 days and occurs sometime during a 4-6 week period beginning in February. The gestation period runs 58-63 days, resulting in 5-7 pups being born mid-April to early May. While

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  • Dream Week0

    The timing for Martin Luther King Jr. Day can be a little awkward for our publication. Because we come out on Wednesday, we are either really early or too late. But that doesn’t mean that we skip it. Next week brings us MLK Dream Week, presented by STEP AmeriCorps, Penn College, Lycoming College, the Central

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  • Going Over the Hill: Weird Words Turns 300

    • January 10, 2024

    In this second week of the new year, Webb’s Weird Words happily notches its 30th installment. Meanwhile, your humble wordsmith keeps trying various themes to help select from the 2,300 oddball terms on his ever-expanding list of weird words. In this case, the number 30 suggested a mathematical framework: Let’s go with four factors of

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  • Mountie Memories for a Lifetime0

    I’m proud to say I grew up at the top of Kane Street in Southside and worked my way down to where we now have our Webb Weekly office. It has been positive in life to have first been a Mountie through ninth grade and then moved across the river to become a Lancer. The

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  • Muncy Christian Fellowship0

    • December 13, 2023

    With a desire to serve God and the community in love and with a willingness to work hard and follow biblical concepts are the foundation stones on which Muncy Christian Fellowship has been recently established at Brummer Pond Road and E. Penn Street, Muncy. A team of foundational members was formed from an overflowing home

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  • “Tickety-boo” and “Schwarmerei”: Another Dozen from the World of Weird Words0

    Having spent some fall columns on related language matters like etymology and doublets, we’re back to our titular subject last week and this. As promised in the previous installment, here’s a second set of 12 weird words to chew on; after these, we’ll move on to something more seasonal for mid-December. As usual, we’ll look

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  • The World of Weird Words0

    Over the last month or two, Webb’s Weird Words has taken a largely thematic approach, with columns on animals, etymology, alcohol and a little-known linguistic item called a doublet. So now, let’s get back to our eccentric English exploration: plain old-fashioned oddball words. Here are 12, with another dozen forthcoming next week: Assegai (noun, ASS-uh-guy)

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  • The Annual Pajama Factory Holiday Market is Back Scheduled for December 2nd0

    Only a few weeks away, we are gearing up for our annual Pajama Factory Holiday Market, a Williamsport tradition that is continuing in a big way. This event promises to get you in the merriest of moods with an atmosphere full of both the holiday spirit and the most unique gifts. The event will take

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  • Pennsylvania Elk-Tourist Attraction and Hunting Ambition

    Pennsylvania Elk-Tourist Attraction and Hunting Ambition0

    Elk were native to Pennsylvania when the first European settlers arrived in our area, but the elk were no doubt a major and much-needed food source at that time. There were obviously no hunting regulations, and by the 1870s, Pennsylvania’s native elk were believed to be gone. The creation of the Game Commission, however, in

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  • Babe Ruth and His All-Stars Appeared in Williamsport 100 Years Ago This Week0

    The year 1923 was a big year for professional baseball in Williamsport. In that year, the Williamsport team became a charter member of the newly formed New York-Pennsylvania League, later to become the Eastern League. Williamsport fielded a very good team in the new league that year and captured the league’s first championship. The team

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  • Happy Halloween…0

    Pssssssst! Hey kids! C’mere! Wanna have some fun over the next few days? Let’s talk about how we can max out everything Halloween. I’ll get you set up with enough candy to last until Easter! But here’s the deal. Your parents are only going to agree to this if you are on your best behavior.

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  • Simple Fall Joys

    Simple Fall Joys0

    Kenzy has been ready for Halloween since the middle of August. She couldn’t wait to decorate her room and anything else she could get her hands on. Her favorite is setting the table for dinner. She will decorate the middle of the table with her decorations from her room or my decorations around the house.

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Chronic Wasting Disease Updates0

    Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first noted in 1967 in research on mule deer herds in Colorado. By the late 1970s, it was recognized in captive facilities in Colorado and Wyoming in mule deer, black-tailed deer, and elk. In 1981, the disease was first identified in the wild in elk in Colorado, followed by mule

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  • Hunting Pennsylvania’s Black Bears0

    While recently reading a Pennsylvania Game News magazine, I came across some interesting information regarding black bear hunting in Pennsylvania. I have gotten a bear license for many years in our state, but the fact is I have never taken a bear in Pennsylvania. Even though I’ve seen a couple, I was unable to get

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  • Narcotics, Murders, Asylums & Salt: More Weird Word Origins0

    Last week’s “Weird Words” tried to show that the unlikely field of etymology (word origins) is a lot more interesting than it sounds. I mentioned, for example, that “goodbye” is a contraction of “God be with you,” and that “galaxy” has the Greek base “lact,” meaning milk — indicating the cloudy appearance of those starry

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  • Prime Time ‘Neon’ Deion Sanders and Me0

    One of the sensations of the current college football season has been the performance of the Colorado Buffalos team, which has had several poor seasons lately. This year, they have jumped out to a 3-0 start. Their head coach is the flamboyant Deion Sanders, who may have been one of the best and most versatile

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  • CWD – Still a Threat0

    Unfortunately, CWD has not gone away, and in fact, it continues to expand its boundaries in our state. Prions, the infectious agent that causes a neurological disease, is always fatal. Prions are shed through saliva, urine, and feces. What’s a little unsettling is the fact that animals with CWD may not show any clinical signs

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  • Grit: September 8, 1957 – Gas Price “Wars” End in City Area0

    Mild gas pricing wars which had been carried on intermittently in recent weeks are apparently over as local service stations have stabilized their prices, with regular gasoline selling for an average of 28.9 cents a gallon. Gasoline prices in this area, though varying slightly in recent weeks, never did go as low as in some

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Pennsylvania’s Timber Rattlesnakes0

    Having grown up in Lycoming County and spending most of the years of my life roaming its hills and streams, it has been a natural progression to be an avid lover of nature and to enjoy the outdoor sporting opportunities that this wonderful area provides. Through the years, my respect and admiration for all the

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  • LIVE UNITED Fundraiser at CAC September 7 Benefits Lycoming County United Way0

    There will be quite a collection of local and former local musical talent performing at the Community Arts Center on Thursday, September 7. They will be on hand to perform at the Third Annual “Live United” concert, which will raise money for the Lycoming County United Way. This concert will feature some of the brightest

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Recent Tick Information Updates0

    With the peak of the tick season about to be upon us, it is important to learn all you can about ticks in Pennsylvania and why it is so critical to be aware of the dangers they can present. Within the borders of Pennsylvania, most folks know about the “deer tick,” but actually, there are

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  • Williamsport Baseball Was Once “Havana on the Susquehanna”0

    With the historic and groundbreaking appearance of a Cuban Little League team in this year’s Little League World Series it brings back memories of a time when the Williamsport professional baseball team, the Grays, could have rightfully had Williamsport proclaimed, “Havana on the Susquehanna.’ During 1944 and 1945, those Grays’ teams were made up mostly

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  • The World of Weird Words0

    By Joseph W. Smith III Last week, I celebrated the 10th “Weird Words” column with a selection of 10-letter terms. Having thus observed my minor milestone, this week’s installment is devoted to something without which I could never do these pieces: the English dictionary. Back in pre-internet days, when folks always needed books or libraries

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  • Let’s Talk Crafts0

    Did you know that Pennsylvania has more breweries than almost every other state in the US? We are second only to California. It works out to just over five breweries per 100,000 adults over the age of 21 in the state. If you are a fan of craft beer, there is little better place to

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  • Baby, It’s Hot Outside0

    The middle of July can mean just one thing in these parts; it’s time for the Lycoming County Fair. Th is especially holds true in the eastern end of the county. What a great All-American event that celebrates the area we call home. This week’s cover informed me this is the 152nd celebration of farming,

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  • Can’t Argue with That0

    If you’ve ever tried to debate your faith with a skeptic, then you know they can be very skillful at arguing against the existence of God and the authority and reliability of the Bible. In full disclosure, their arguments are generally valid. I know that because I tend to be very skeptical myself, so I’m

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