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  • Playoffs Await0

    The high school baseball and softball regular seasons conclude this week, and area fans may want to heed the words of Terrell Owens to “get your popcorn ready.” The PIAA district playoffs begin next week, and a bevy of area teams have spent the past few months prepping for the upcoming opportunity to make deep

  • Road Warriors Come Home

    Road Warriors Come Home0

    An ariel view of Lyco’s new field. (Photo courtesy of Deluxe Athletics.) Mets manager Yogi Berra coined the phrase “it ain’t over till it’s over” when referencing the 1973 National League pennate race. Now that Lycoming College has finally had the opportunity to christen its new Brandon Park field, Warriors head coach Rick Oliveri couldn’t

  • County Hall Corner: It’s Time for America to Grow Up0

    I wonder if we are living in a fantasy world rather than a real one. A good example would be from the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” which featured a little spoiled brat named Veruca Salt. She ‘found’ her golden ticket to visit the factory because her father bought hundreds of thousands

  • Several To Be Honored by Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance0

    Recognizing service to others by several individuals who have done so in an outstanding and dedicated way will be the focus of the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance when they hold their annual banquet on May 1 at the Genetti Hotel. This is a celebration of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to serve their community and

  • Shining Moments on the Local Hardwoods0

    As it has done for years, Hershey’s Giant Center ushered in spring’s arrival, rolling out the red carpet and hosting the annual Pennsylvania private & charter school invitational, formally known as the PIAA State High School basketball finals. Twenty-four teams, 12 boys and 12 girls squared off in the six PIAA classifications, aiming to take

  • County Hall Corner: The Nation’s Eyes are on the PA Senate Race0

    The Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday, April 23rd, will be here before we know it, and it is a shoo-in for three-term incumbent US Senator Bob Casey Jr. to win the Democratic race. Likewise, the Republicans are selecting former Army veteran and businessman Dave McCormick. Both men have worthy credentials but also some baggage to deal

  • Remembering Ed Ott0

    With deep sadness, area sports fans learned last week of the death of Lycoming County sports legend Ed Ott, remembered as a standout catcher on the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirate team. He was also a legendary athlete at Muncy High School, excelling in both football and wrestling. I had the pleasure of interacting with

  • Bower & Brotherhood0

    Since community icon Bill Pickelner was first presented with what is now known as the Ray Keyes Sports Award (named in honor of longtime Williamsport Sun-Gazette sports editor) in 1957, the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance has yearly recognized local individuals for their involvement in helping others through sports. Usually, the individual chosen to receive the

  • County Hall Corner: The Very Unique PA State Rep Jamie Flick0

    No matter how much a person may have studied or prepared for a new job or occupation, the cold water of reality hits almost immediately. Sooner than later, many ask themselves, “Dear God, what have I got myself into?” In previous columns, I have noted my own awakening to serving in local government. For this

  • Happy New Year!0

    This is easily my favorite issue of the year, it’s hard not to get a little choked up thinking about all the fantastic organizations that my co-workers and I get to support this week, from furbabies to farm babies to families and vets and the great outdoors! This week’s issue is just one of the

  • A Not-So-Silent Night: Webb Staffers Pick Their Fave Xmas Movies0

    Merry Christmas, Webb readers! Here’s another early gift: Some splendid seasonal cinema for you all—in this case, chosen by your friendly Webb staff. Tim Hartzell: My favorite Christmas movie is Elf. I’m not a big Will Ferrell fan, but his portrayal of Buddy the Elf is so believable. I would pick a favorite scene or

  • Early Gifts for Movie-Lovers0

    Much as I love Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life, I’m steering my sleigh toward under-the-radar holiday films for Webb readers this December. Here are seven: Cash on Demand (1961) – This swift, real-time drama does not at first seem like a holiday film — though it does take place on a snowy Dec.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Freedom Fought for, Earned, and Protected by the American Veteran0

    The United States of America has been at war 229 out of the possible 247 years since we became a sovereign nation. A God bless and heartfelt thank you to all our Veterans. Every freedom we enjoy has been provided by the grace of God and the servicemen and women of the United States Armed

  • Veterans Day0

    “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” ~George Washington As always, here are all the ways we should thank our veterans, active-duty service men

  • Gestures Anyone Can Embrace in Support of Veterans

    Gestures Anyone Can Embrace in Support of Veterans0

    Veterans Day (United States) and Remembrance Day (Canada) are commemorated each year on November 11. Both holidays honor the individuals who served in the armed forces for their respective countries. Community-wide events tend to be held on November 11, but any day of the year is a good time to pay respect to veterans. On

  • Gazette and Bulletin: November 10, 1938 – Mayor, in Proclamation, Urges Moment of Silence in City at 11 a.m. Friday0

    To the Citizens of Williamsport, Twenty years ago on November 11, 1918, the loud-mouthed guns grew still on the foreign battlefield. Armies and armaments ceased their work of slaughter, the war to end war had drawn to a close, and it was the hope of mankind that thenceforth the sword would never again rule the

  • Vote, Praise, and November Days

    Vote, Praise, and November Days0

    In my office, there is a sign that says, “In This Place We Always Salute Our Flag, Support Our Troops, Buy American, Say Merry Christmas, Say One Nation Under God, Respect Our Law Enforcement,” it then states at the bottom, “If This Offends You, There’s the Door,” in small print, “As We are Obviously Politically

  • Annual Lycoming County Veterans Day Parade Takes Place Saturday, November 4th

    Annual Lycoming County Veterans Day Parade Takes Place Saturday, November 4th0

    The people of Lycoming County and throughout this “Land of the Free” owe a lot to the military veterans who have served this country in peace and in war. In a bid to show appreciation to our local veterans, the annual Lycoming County Veterans Day Parade will be held this Saturday, November 4, stepping off

  • War of the Worlds at 1250

    2023 marks a mathematically tidy triple anniversary for War of the Worlds. First published as a book in 1898, H. G. Wells’s classic is now 125 years old. Exactly four decades later, the American filmmaker and radio personality Orson Welles aired his famous on-air adaptation, terrifying the East Coast with fears of an actual Martian

  • Local Man Advocates for People with Disabilities0

    On September 21st, Christ Westbrook, from Williamsport, testified in front of the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging on the topic of accessibility of government technology for people with disabilities, older adults, and veterans. Westbrook is an accessibility engineer for Allyant, who also happens to be blind. “I look at websites and write up

  • Great Music with the Liberty Classic Community Band Festival0

    The 12th Annual Liberty Classic Band Festival is coming to Williamsport’s Community Arts Center with a free concert on Sunday, October 8, at 1:30 p.m. At the helm of this year’s musical extravaganza will once again be the legendary Air Force band director and internationally acclaimed musician Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, masterfully assisted by conductor,

  • 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

  • Military Appreciation Day One of the Highlights of the 168th Bloomsburg Fair0

    Appreciation of the U.S. Armed Forces will take front and center at the 168th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair when Military Appreciation Day is held at the Fair on Wednesday, September 27. This day will include a variety of things that help to honor former and present military personnel, including free admission, various booths of

  • Ageless Fall Trends0

    There is a 28-year age difference between myself and my mother, but despite the generational divide, we tend to gravitate toward similar items because true style knows no age or age limit. We also both love fall, and are always happy to welcome back sweater weather. Here are the five trends we’re both eyeing up

  • An Honor Bestowed0

    As stadium monikers go Lycoming College’s Robert L. Shangraw Athletic Complex, Person Field, Coach Frank Girardi Stadium is quite a mouthful. But the latest name to be honored at its Union Avenue address was added before the beloved coach’s family, friends, and a few hundred of his former players during pre-game ceremonies at the Warriors’

  • Coming Home0

    Williamsport’s Treyson Potts has attended many PSU games. He was a huge fan as a kid. Yes. Potts has many ties to State College. Several in his family went to State. He always wanted to play for the Nittany Lions. The dynamic running back was on their radar. But a few knee injuries during his

  • 22nd Annual 9/11 Memorial Ride Takes Place Monday, September 11

    22nd Annual 9/11 Memorial Ride Takes Place Monday, September 110

    Even though it has been 22 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the organizers of the annual 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride continue to honor and remember the sacrifice and courage of those who were lost on that awful day with their tribute memorial event — the “Remember, Honor, Ride” 9/11 Motorcycle Ride.

  • The Other “Tom Terrific”: A Few of Cruise’s Offbeat Winners0

    Early fall is typically a dead time at the movies. So now that Tom Cruise’s latest vehicle is no longer showing, your Webb critic offers a few of the actor’s other titles to tide you over till Kenneth Branagh’s “Haunting in Venice,” Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” and Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” later this

  • County Hall Corner: The Perfect County Commissioner0

    I waited until August 29th to wave the white flag, not for surrender, but as in NASCAR racing, it symbolizes the last lap around the track. In ten weeks, we will have an election, and there will be at least two new Lycoming County Commissioners coming on board. I have been touching base with the

  • 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

  • Fogarty’s Call0

    As the planning for Bitburg, Germany’s 1973 Little League World Series team reunion began to unfold eighteen months ago, players began to look back with fondness and look ahead with eagerness to a return trip to Williamsport. It has been fifty years since they had experienced the magic of the World Series, and most of


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