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  • A “Non-Specific” Approach0

    Have you ever watched the evolution of a fisherman? We start off fishing for anything that will bite using anything we have at hand. As we move on, and our interest intensifies, however, we begin to become more precise. We become more specialized in our approach — gearing up for specific species at specified times

  • Worlds End Day 20191

    I have a ten-year-old son who is my pride and joy. I refer to him on this page quite often. Jensen is a great looking kid who plays several sports. He loves the outdoors and is gearing up for the fifth grade. Jensen is so dang spoiled and has thousands of toys. J Bird is

  • Gazette and Bulletin: July 8, 1949 – City Youngsters May Get to Swim at ‘Sock’ Beach0

    Swimming facilities for the children of Williamsport will be made available today, despite the closing of the Memorial Park beach. A school bus will carry 50 children to the Sportsmen’s Memorial Park on the Loyalsock today. Arrangements have been made since the closing of the swimming area of Lycoming Creek because of contamination. The bus

  • Rider Park0

    North Central Pennsylvania is the bomb. Yes. We live in an area with several natural treasures. I do my very best to take full advantage, but work and chores seem to get in the way. I prefer to fish and love to kayak. The recent downpours and tornado warnings have limited those opportunities. Hiking is

  • The Eastern Hellbender0

    The large, slimy looking creature quickly disappeared under a rock ledge and then the lizard-like being turned and peered at me from the darkness beneath the ledge. I was SCUBA diving in a deep hole in Loyalsock Creek when I spotted the somewhat grotesque looking critter; it was my first up close encounter with an

  • What Do I Need?0

    I was at my “branch office” (Dunkin Donuts) the other day, and someone mentioned that they had gotten the new fishing catalog from Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Now all of us who have been smitten with the condition known as “fishing” enjoy browsing through a fishing catalog with all of the newest gear —

  • PPL Electric Utilities and Lycoming College Partner in Environmental Initiative

    PPL Electric Utilities and Lycoming College Partner in Environmental Initiative0

    A team of linemen from the Susquehanna Service Center in Montoursville volunteered their time to erect an osprey platform along the Loyalsock Creek in Lycoming County. This is the seventh platform in PPL service territory and the first one in the Central Susquehanna region. Lycoming College owns the land and approached PPL asking if PPL

  • Family Tradition0

    Since I can remember, hunting and the cabin have always been a big part of my family. I think back to when I was little; my dad would go to my grandfather’s cabin, “Bear Creek” to hunt deer and turkeys. I can still recall climbing up on top of the radiator in the front room

  • The Magical Month of March

    The Magical Month of March0

    What a great time to get out and about and enjoy all the happenings early Spring has to offer. There is definitely something for everyone that calls the West Branch Valley home. It is so nice to hear the singing of the robins in the morning and enjoy the sunshine upon returning home in the

  • Jacoby in Winter0

    North Central Pennsylvania is home to many treasures. Yes. We live in an area with such incredible beauty. I do my best to take full advantage as I try to “commune with nature” quite often. I prefer to fish, but hiking has always been a passion. One of my favorite treks is a little known

  • Mike Is Who He Is – All the Way to Cooperstown1

    Tip of my Loyalsock Lancer cap to cross-creek rival Mike Mussina. His election into the Baseball Hall of Fame is a celebration of a good man doing great things the right way, and being rewarded with baseball immortality. Mike’s priorities have always been in the right order, although sometimes, big city people and sportswriters didn’t

  • The Fox3

    In 1982, I was first introduced to firearms, specifically a Fox Model B 16 gauge double barrel, with ventilated rib. This was given to me on my 11th birthday by my Grandmother Kline, along with a small wooden gun cabinet made by my grandfather and his old hunting knife. The year prior my “Pappy Kline”

  • Good Guys Do Finish First0

    It is amazing what is accomplished in the world of sports from folks that call the West Branch Valley home. It just seems to get better and better with each passing season. I can guarantee you there’s no place in the world there has ever been a head basketball coach record their 1,000th win and

  • Gerry’s World0

    Even in death, Gerry Ayers marched to the beat of his own drum. Or maybe a better way to say it is that he drove to the sound of his own music. He was truly one of the good guys that just had a little different approach to life than most, or maybe I should

  • Final River of the Year Program Peeks beneath the Surface0

    As the celebration of the Pennsylvania 2018 River of the Year – the Loyalsock Creek – winds down, residents of and visitors to the watershed are invited to gather one last time to show their Loyalsock Love. Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Inc., the lead nominating organization for this statewide designation, invites you to A Year in

  • Enjoy the Bounties0

    I have been blessed to be able to travel the state, the country and the globe both during my working years and now in retirement. Yet, 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

  • County Hall Corner: What a Ride!0

    By the time you read this column, the 9/11 Memorial Ride will probably have come and gone. If you live in Lycoming County, there is a good chance that you had the opportunity to see the waves and waves of motorcycles going by with their American flags waving behind them. With thousands of riders each

  • County Hall Corner: Wet Weather Woes1

    If it seems that we have had a very wet summer, it is because we have. National Weather Service reports that 11.99 inches of rain (let’s call it 12 inches), fell in Williamsport in the month of July, with the normal amount being 4.34 inches. July 2018 ranks as the wettest July on record, shattering

  • 31st Annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Farm Machinery Show

    31st Annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Farm Machinery Show0

    If you enjoy the roar and belching of engines and like antique farm machinery on display and in action, then the Consolidated Sportsmen’s Grounds along Route 87 in Plunketts Creek Township is the place for you this weekend, August 2 to 5. Gravely garden tractors will be the featured tractor at this year’s Show. “Because

  • An Epic Trip0

    A good friend and I recently enjoyed a long float down the Sock. It was a last minute decision that was actually coordinated by our lovely brides. We simply wanted to get away and do some fishing from our kayaks. It was a beautiful afternoon in North Central PA, but we didn’t have the slightest

  • What Goes Up…

    What Goes Up…0

    There’s nothing better than summer in the Susquehanna Valley. With only a couple days of June left to play out it can only mean one thing. The celebration of America known as the 4th of July is right around the corner. Family reunions, picnics, barbecues serving the best summer cuisine will be found everywhere. Of

  • Nagy tosses gem to help Loyalsock advance with 13-3 win over South in four innings0

    By BRETT R. CROSSLEY For the Webb Weekly  WILLIAMSPORT—It was the exact start South wanted and the one Loyalsock might have dreaded as the first two batters reached and scored.  Luckily for Loyalsock it had Ethan Nagy on the mound and the opening push by South did little to shake his confidence. Nagy retired the

  • Allen leads strong performance by Newberry to help knock off Jersey Shore/GSV 6-5 in eight innings0

    By BRETT R. CROSSLEY For the Webb Weekly WILLIAMSPORT—A group of dark clouds seemed to hover over Newberry as the host team made its move in the eighth inning.  They might have been motivated to get the game finished. They might have simply found a groove. Whatever it was it allowed Newberry to score four

  • Johnson retires the final seven batters he faces to help Keystone defeat Williamsport 5-10

    By BRETT R. CROSSLEY For the Webb Weekly  BEECH CREEK—At the start of the fourth inning Keystone’s Gabriel Johnson had already struck out the side once. He was locked in a pitcher’s duel against Williamsport’s Makai Day, who matched him in scoreless innings up to that point.  Johnson needed to stay close to perfect and

  • District 12 Schedule0

    District 12 Baseball Tournament 2018 (Source: Ages 10-12 Baseball Bracket starts this Friday, June 22 (6/22) Friday, June 22 Game 1 (6:00 PM @ Beech Creek) Williamsport vs Keystone Game 2 (6:00 PM @ Jersey Shore) Jersey Shore/GSV vs Muncy Game 3 (6:00 PM @ South) South vs Montgomery Game 4 (6:00 PM @

  • Troop 12 to Hold 100th Anniversary Picnic0

    Troop 12, BSA, of St. Luke Lutheran Evangelical Church in Williamsport, will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding at a special reunion and picnic on July 14th at the Eagles Mere Auto and Air Museum located at Merritt Airport between Eagles Mere and Laporte on PA 42. Everyone ever associated with the troop

  • Bass, Birds and Benefits0

    It’s great to see the mountains that line the West Branch Valley aglow in that special spring-green foliage. At times, it didn’t seem like spring was ever going to get here — let alone summer. We truly live in one of the most beautiful places on God’s green earth, and it’s great to see everybody

  • A Lot of Work to be Done!0

    It’s great to see the bridge over Loyalsock Creek that connects Montoursville and Loyalsock is getting a makeover. Over 14,000 vehicles cross the bridge on a daily basis. That’s a pretty amazing amount of traffic crossing the old three-span truss bridge that was originally built in 1931. It was definitely due for some structural repair.

  • Earth Day0

    Sunday is Earth Day and this year’s campaign centers on ending plastic pollution — but I’ll get to that in a minute. The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. He organized the first Earth Day after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara,

  • County Hall Corner: Back to the Future0

    Those who follow this column might notice that there have been several articles this year relating to future plans and concerns for Lycoming County. The reason for this is preparation for the approval of the study: “Lycoming 2030: Plan the Possible,” the new Comprehensive Plan for the county. The last plan was done in 2006,

  • The “Sock”0

    No, this is not going to be a story about one of my favorite socks, but it is a piece about one of my favorite trout streams — the Loyalsock Creek. My wife and I left DuBois, PA following our wedding and our next stop that evening was just beyond Williamsport. I remember telling her

  • First Community Foundation Partnership “Raise the Region” Set For March 140

    One of the most important and unique fundraisers that takes place in the area each year will be taking place on March 14 when the First Community Foundation Partnership holds its “Raise the Region” fundraiser. The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) is excited to announce 314 nonprofits have registered to participate in Raise

  • Worlds End0

    I now have a nine-year-old son who is my pride and joy. I refer to him here quite often. Jensen is a great looking kid who plays Xbox and several youth sports. He loves the outdoors and is halfway through the third grade. Jensen is so dang spoiled and has thousands of Nerf guns. J


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