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  • The Roving Sportsman… Take a Walk or Go For a Hike, But Where?0

    I have been blessed to have been able to travel throughout the state and around the globe, both during my working years and now in retirement. I am always amazed that when I am away from home, my mind constantly wanders back to Northcentral Pennsylvania — the area of my roots. I feel very fortunate

  • Three Hundred

    Three Hundred0

    It was brought to my attention. I now have three hundred articles with Webb Weekly. I am sure there are several more. But these three hundred submissions are archived. That makes me smile. Special thanks to my big brother Jim. He has been a great mentor and friend. I tend to disagree with his politics

  • Noted Nature Author Tim Palmer At Otto Book Store Friday, May 170

    Get ready for an exciting event! The esteemed nature author and photographer, Tim Palmer, will be holding a book signing of his latest work, Seek Higher Ground: the Urgent Solution To Our Flood Crisis, at Otto Bookstore on Friday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a unique opportunity to meet the author

  • Williamsport Sun: May 2, 1939 – Goods Taken from Cabin Month Ago Returned and Fuel Added as Donation0

    The robbers who some time ago broke into the “Crooked Riffles” cottage, owned by George H. Bubb of this city, and located about one and one-half miles from Shore Acres along Loyalsock Creek, apparently underwent a strange change of heart, for all of the goods that were stolen have been mysteriously returned. Not only that,

  • Williamsport Sun: February 25, 1939 – CTA Pamphlet Suggests Route Through City For Motorists Going to Fair0

    The publicity committee of the Community Trade Association today released information contained in a pamphlet outlining the short scenic route to the New York World’s Fair between Cleveland and New York via Williamsport. A savings of approximately 75 miles each way may be realized by motorists of the Mid-Western and Western states who plan to

  • Fishing Boots for Christmas0

    Exchange week. Party week. Travel week. Rest-up week. Whatever these December days between Christmas and New Year’s may be called where you reside, you can be assured of one thing when it comes to the media; its broadcasts and pages will be filled with a lot of ‘year-in-review’ lookbacks. With so much increased violence, corruption,

  • Zach Lynn (left) and brother Josh with the Mifflinburg fishing team.

    Zach Lynn (left) and brother Josh with the Mifflinburg fishing team.0

    High School Fishing He’s felt the tension of playoff soccer. Enjoyed the 60-foot 6-inch challenge of trying to get a batter out. He’s experienced the excitement of sinking 3-pointers in raucous gymnasiums. But for South Williamsport senior Zach Lynn, it is the fourth sport he plays that gives him the most satisfaction. For many, the

  • 2nd Annual Christian Houghtaling Foundation Golf Tournament

    2nd Annual Christian Houghtaling Foundation Golf Tournament0

    In 2017 Christian Houghtaling was diagnosed with a rare subtype of Leukemia called Hypodiploid Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). At the time of his diagnosis, Christian was a bright, talented, 14-year-old Loyalsock Township High School Freshman. Although he was treated at some of the top medical facilities in the country, including Geisinger, Johns Hopkins, and the

  • Area Waterways Supplied Ice for Refrigeration In “Good Old Days”0

    So far, this winter has been a fairly mild one, but of course, that can change. Winters in the past were not always this mild. The chill and cold would often freeze solid waterways area. This development was turned into an advantage with the harvesting of ice that resulted from these extreme freezes. Today we

  • Late Fall Trout Fishing

    Late Fall Trout Fishing0

    I know a lot of us are caught up in the fall hunting scene, but every year I have to remind myself that there is still some good trout fishing available after the leaves cover the ground. I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours of trout angling last week along with a couple

  • Having A Ghoulishly Safe Halloween This Year0

    Halloween is a joyous and interesting time for the ghouls and goblins who seek to garner a large harvest of candy and other goodies while they Trick-or-Treat. Still, it is important to follow some very necessary safety rules as they proceed during this fun and “spooktacular” time. What follows are some tried and true rules

  • The Roving Sportsman… Our Wonders of Autumn0

    The old timers already know it. The younger folks and newly-arrived residents of Lycoming County and the surrounding counties will eventually figure it out as well. Our area nestled here in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of Northcentral Pennsylvania is unique, and the natural wonders that abound here can often be best enjoyed in

  • A Local Gem: Camp Susque0

    John Denver sang that West Virginia was almost heaven, but a better candidate would be a valley located about fifteen miles north of Williamsport. This amazing piece of God’s country is surrounded by some of the most beautiful hills anywhere. Because of the topography, there is virtually no ambient light, making the stars brighter at

  • Grit: June 25, 1972 – Big Flood Leaves Great Devastation Throughout Area0

    Flood waters continue to recede along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River today, but leave in their wake a toll of destruction in Williamsport and Lycoming County, unmatched since the monstrous flood of 1936. Since cresting at an official National Weather Service level of 31.36 feet at the Market Street Bridge at 3 PM

  • Grit: May 31, 1942 – Parade Marks Memorial Day0

    Hundreds of persons lined Williamsport’s main streets yesterday afternoon to watch one of the longest Memorial Day parades held here in years. The event staged annually on the day commemorating war dead; this year was featured with organizations engaged in the Second World War effort. Veterans, civic, fraternal, military, and civilian defense groups were featured

  • Fishing Derby

    Fishing Derby0

    I am always looking for an outdoor adventure. This past Wednesday, I headed north for something new and exciting. It was a gorgeous morning outside of Bodines, PA. My gear was in the car, but there were no plans of fishing. I met up with a few friends along Slack’s Run Road. I wanted to

  • Birds, Bugs, Heroes, and My Husky

    Birds, Bugs, Heroes, and My Husky0

    I am going to start my column where I often end it this time of year; let’s all be extra careful out there. There is just so much more activity and great things going on; keep those eyes on the road. An added distraction I have fallen prey to is watching the majestic American Bald

  • Invest in Our Planet This Earth Day0

    Friday is Earth Day and this year’s theme is, “Invest in Our Planet.” According to, “This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our

  • The Roving Sportsman… Wet a Line, Throw Some Lead, or Simply Take a Hike!0

    Congratulations! You live in Lycoming County or perhaps one of the surrounding counties. Or maybe you are a frequent traveler who comes to our neck of the woods to enjoy what this “slice of Heaven” of Northcentral Pennsylvania has to offer. In any case, if you are into the outdoors, welcome to Paradise! Throughout my

  • 80 Years Ago: The Pearl Harbor Christmas of 19410

    Eighty years ago, in 1941, three weeks before Christmas, the United States was “suddenly and deliberately attacked” in a sneak attack by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, plunging us into an unwanted war. What was supposed to be another routine Christmas holiday season was changed utterly by this. People in the Williamsport area and then

  • Williamsport Sun: July 12, 1951 – Like to Hike? Boys Have Blazed Rugged 31-Mile Trail0

    For those who like to hike — not just walk around the block — a new rugged 31-mile mountain trail has recently been completed by Explorer Post 110, Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose says Howard J. Ulman, Jr., scout advisor, is to create interest in hiking by providing a continuously marked trail, well chosen

  • Write it Down0

    In keeping with Webb Weekly’s literary objective of presenting informative stories about local people and the things they are doing, the past two issues of this newspaper have detailed books that have recently been published by two of the area’s most renowned individuals. Much is known about the authors themselves but how they got here

  • Don Daughenbaugh’s Fishing Legacy0

    Singularly, the soft sound of fishing lines penetrating the waters of local streams last Saturday as the 2021 Pennsylvania fishing season got underway wouldn’t register much on a decibel scale. Still, the collective joy of those making the casts will long be heard in fish-telling circles for days and weeks to come. To many, the

  • This Week’s LION: Success at Camp Susque0

    In 1946, four men took 16 boys on a two-night camping trip up the Loyalsock Creek. On the second night, around a campfire, the boys began to share some concerns from their lives which they had never voiced before that night. The leaders were overwhelmed at the boys’ response, and they began to discuss the

  • Lucas Goes Yard0

    It has been an interesting week on the local front. I seriously don’t know where to start. The County released their 2021 Budget on Monday. I wasn’t impressed. There were no major changes and a good bit is still missing. I won’t go into details as I am working on a future story. But I

  • The Roving Sportsman… During These Uncertain Times0

    A recent nationwide poll by the National Recreation and Park Association revealed that more than half of adults polled said that they plan to vacation close to home this summer. Most cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason, and noting the fact that the outdoors provide the ideal chance for social distancing and to enjoy

  • The Lycoming Creek Anglers

    The Lycoming Creek Anglers1

    Jensen and I are always looking for an outdoor adventure. This past weekend we headed north for something new and exciting. It was a gorgeous morning outside of Bodines, PA. My 11-year-old agreed to unplug his FORTNITE for a small fee. We met up with a few friends along Slack’s Run Road. Mike and Gavin

  • Mass Hysteria, I Learned How to Fly Fish

    Mass Hysteria, I Learned How to Fly Fish0

    Fishing has always been a passion, and I continue to take full advantage. I have been on the water an awful lot, especially during this crisis — 31 straight days and counting. I am an essential life-sustaining employee on my favorite stream. Jensen now tags along after his online sessions. The local authorities continue to

  • Who Would’ve Ever Thunk It?0

    What an amazing week it was in the West Branch Valley. Normally, each happening would result in a cover story; however, with so many great things going on, that just wasn’t possible. I will provide a quick overview of each and be following up with more specifics in the future. I’ll begin with the top

  • Eat Local

    Eat Local0

    I wish all that is happening in the world was one big April Fool’s joke. However, it is not. But please don’t panic. We will all get through this with some common sense, compassion, and patience. I’ll start by saying the same things I’ve been saying for two weeks. Wash your hands. Stay home when

  • Williamsport Sun March 15, 1930: Withhold Permission for Steam Shovel to Cross Creek Bridge0

    The county commissioners refused permission to the Standard Construction Company of Altoona to cross the Montoursville bridge across Loyalsock Creek with a steam shovel. Word was telephoned to the commissioners’ office this morning at the courthouse about 11 a.m. that the company was at Montoursville with the shovel on a trailer. Permission was sought to

  • Gridiron Guesses0

    The first Super Bowl I remember watching was Super Bowl XXIV in 1990. It was the 49ers versus the Denver Broncos at the Superdome in New Orleans. Admittedly, I’ve never been a huge football fan, but I remember watching this game because, for whatever reason, my mom has always been a Broncos’ fan and was

  • Being More Thoughtful of Others

    Being More Thoughtful of Others0

    It was the day before Christmas Eve, and we decided to take our kids out to see the lights, walk Loyalsock Park, and stop and grab a bite for dinner last minute. The kids ask to go to Pizza Hut. When we went there it was super busy. The lady sat us and said she


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