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  • The Roving Sportsman… Spring Gobbler Opening Day is Upon Us!0

    There are just a couple more nights of restless sleep to endure, then, almost magically, at 5:38 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, legal shooting hours begin on what is the first day of this year’s spring gobbler season. With little time remaining before that long-awaited moment, there are a couple of steps yet to take

  • The Neighborhood Bear is Back Smarter than Ever0

    Springtime brings the return of the Pennsylvania black bear to many neighborhoods across the West Branch Valley. They are looking for a quick and easy meal, whether it be from a bird feeder, garbage can, picnic basket, or whatever they find appetizing that day. This was the case in my neighborhood last week, as there

  • A Lunch Surprise

    A Lunch Surprise0

    We were busy getting ready for Easter. Our family was all coming over. It was the weekend before, and we were doing yard work. The normal spring clean-up and getting our plastic eggs on our front bush with our light-up bunny. (Yeah, I was a bit behind on that.) We had a big mountain stone

  • Humble Pie0

    This past Easter Sunday provided the Lowery clan with a most enjoyable get-together, the first such group opportunity since Christmas. The downstate trip included great conversation and catch-up, a tasty spread, and some backyard cornhole competition. Sprinkled in was a vast array of tempting cakes, pies, and sweet treat desserts. Not on the menu was

  • Closing Out the Mall and Webb Family Baseball0

    Thank you to everyone that came out and made this year’s West Branch Susquehanna Builder’s Home Show a great success. Over 3,000 folks made the trip to the old Dick’s building at the Lycoming Mall. There was somebody there that could help you with every project imaginable. A Webb Weekly shout-out to Association President Jody

  • 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

  • Love, Life and Selflessness: Easter Thoughts from Father Manno

    Love, Life and Selflessness: Easter Thoughts from Father Manno0

    As I gathered the information this past week, I intended to write about how we must protect our children when they go to school. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the innocent victims of the Covenant School shooting. A 9-year-old child should never have to worry about going to school, nor should their

  • Happy Easter!0

    Hey y’all! I’m so excited for Easter this weekend! I had so much fun prepping for our annual Easter contest this year! Next to the Fourth of July, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. But before I get too far into my article this week, let me ask you a question. Are you ready?

  • Family Easter Outfits0

    Spring is here, and it is almost time for the Easter Bunny to come hopping down the lane. Many of us have childhood memories of getting new church clothes for Easter. Whether they were brand new, hand-me-downs, or homemade, Easter was a time for a bit of springtime finery to be put on display. Now

  • If Everyone Loved Jesus0

    Can you imagine if we lived in a world where everyone loved Jesus? How amazing would that be? To be surrounded by people who love and trust in him. People would be happier, kinder, and have so much more hope to hold on to. What if everyone held a door open for you? OK, what

  • Plan Ahead for an ‘Eggceptional’ Easter Egg Hunt

    Plan Ahead for an ‘Eggceptional’ Easter Egg Hunt0

    Easter is steeped in both religious and secular traditions. Each year on Easter Sunday, many families feast on ham or lamb. Hot cross buns may be served as morning treats. And faithful Christians may dress up in their Sunday best to attend religious services. Easter egg hunts are another time-honored component of this festive occasion.

  • Why is Easter Sunday Such an Important Christian Holiday?0

    Christians around the world fill church pews on Easter Sunday to participate in one of the most holy and important celebrations of the liturgical year. Although every Sunday presents opportunities to share in the word of God, Easter Sunday is an especially significant date on the Christian calendar. Each Easter, Christians celebrate the miracle of

  • The Days of Holy Week0

    Easter Sunday is often described as the holiest day on the Christian calendar. A day when Christians across the globe commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Lenten season of sacrifice. Easter Sunday comes on the heels of Holy Week, which is the most sacred week in

  • A Hoppy Easter Cake

    A Hoppy Easter Cake0

    Warmer days at the start of spring means Easter is almost here, and the big bunny himself will be hopping around in no time delivering goodies. This Easter, celebrate with your loved ones with a delicious and colorful Easter Bunny Butt Cake. It can bring smiles and laughter while putting everyone in a light, joyful

  • Celebrate Easter with Family-Friendly Fun0

    Gathering for Easter means bright decor and flavorful food with those you hold nearest and adding some extra “egg-citement” to the holiday can come easy. Let your inner kid shine through with games and activities everyone can enjoy whether it’s at the kitchen table, in the backyard or gathered around for story time. Hunt for

  • Six Easter Egg Coloring Tips0

    Coloring Easter eggs is a time-honored tradition dating back more than 2,500 years. There is evidence that people living in the ancient settlement of Trypillia dyed eggs. Ancient Persians also were believed to paint eggs for Nowruz (Persian New Year). Christians adopted similar traditions to symbolize aspects of the Easter story. Originally Christians dyed eggs

  • Easter Egg Hunt Continues…0

    Once again, boys and girls, you’re about to behold a sight so fluffy, so delightful, so utterly adorable, that I urge those of you who are easily tickled or prone to the giggles to look the other way — but if you are still here, step right up, everyone has a chance to win a

  • Happy Spring!0

    It’s funny how we associate different events with different parts of life. For me, the Little League World Series marks the beginning of the end of summer. And the West Branch Builder’s Home Show is the unofficial kick-off to spring. I always look forward to spending a couple of hours at the show each year.

  • We’re Going on an Easter Egg (Bunny) Hunt!0

    Boys and girls, you’re about to behold a sight so fluffy, so delightful, so utterly adorable, that I urge those of you who are easily tickled or prone to the giggles to look the other way — but if you are still here, step right up, everyone has a chance to win a prize! As

  • Crow or Raven?0

    I was talking with someone the other day, and they told me they saw what looked like an unusually large crow. When I said that what he saw was very likely a raven and not a crow, he seemed a little surprised. What’s interesting is that about ten minutes before our conservation, I watched a

  • Local Ancient Order of Hibernians Division Promotes Irish Heritage All Year Long0

    Beannachti na Naomh Phadraig duit. In the Irish language, this means “Blessings of Saint Patrick to you.” St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is considered a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic faith. Traditionally, people started their day with mass and then went home to a large dinner and celebrations with family and friends. Unlike

  • Socialism – An Evil Veiled Deceptor0

    I wrote this column for the March 6, 2019, edition. This is prior to the DNC recognizing that Joe Biden was their best chance to win the Oval Office back. I understand there is a lot of water under the bridge since then and the world around us has gone mad in even more ways.

  • The Roving Sportsman… Bat Facts0

    I recall very well the four homes where I lived with my parents and two siblings as I grew up in Lycoming County from the late 1940s up through the early ’60s. Initially, we stayed in the upstairs level of my Grandparents’ home “up the ‘Sock,” just north on Route 87 beyond Snyder’s farm. Our

  • A Half-Dozen Roses: Under-the-Radar Films for Valentine’s Day0

    Since it’ll be tough to get a dinner reservation tonight, how about curling up beside the fire with a nice romantic movie? Rather than such standards as “Casablanca” or “When Harry Met Sally,” here are half a dozen lesser-known cinematic roses: Beautiful Girls (1996) – Ironically titled film is mostly about guys — and worse

  • County Hall Corner: In Memory of Garth Everett0

    There is a theory known as Six Degrees of Separation that proposes everyone on planet Earth can be connected to any other person through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. So, for example, I know somebody who knows somebody, etc., that would eventually know Joe Biden (or anyone else you

  • Heart: Passion and Emotion, Part II0

    This is the third article in a series entitled “The Five Investments.” Previous articles are always available at “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no

  • Are You Ready for Some Football?0

    As another NFL season comes to a close, it’s time for our yearly rundown of Super Bowl picks and predictions! Mike Rafferty started this tradition over a decade ago, and it has been so much fun to continue the tradition each year! Let’s start around the office. Jaime is up first with an Eagles win

  • Williamsporter Quarterbacked 1925 Pottsville NFL “Championship” Team0

    As we get ready for this year’s Super Bowl between the Eagles and the Chiefs, it might be interesting to look back on an interesting Williamsport connection to the infancy of the NFL. The 1925 Pottsville Maroons are one of professional football’s most storied and controversial teams, and they were quarterbacked by a former longtime

  • UPMC Expert: Avoiding Common Winter-Related Injuries0

    With shorter days and unpredictable weather, the winter months can be particularly hard on our bodies. Ice and snow, harsh temperatures, and physical strain, particularly heavy lifting, are all part of the northeastern winter experience. Though many people may prefer to stay inside and wait for the outdoor activities until spring, getting some fresh winter

  • Hurdle, Kurkjian, and Rhashan / Wow Hot Stove League Audience0

    For a few short hours last week, it seemed like summer as the “summer game,” baseball, was celebrated at the Williamsport Crosscutters Hot Stove League banquet held at the Genetti Hotel. The banquet was highlighted by appearances by former Pittsburgh Pirate manager and former Williamsport Bills manager Clint Hurdle, ESPN’s Hall of Fame announcer and

  • The Roving Sportsman… Winter Chores0

    We have had amazingly pleasant weather these past few weeks, and according to the latest forecasts, it appears that it will continue for at least a few more weeks. It is so nice that some of the usual snowbirds have been delaying their regular trip south so that they can take advantage of the unseasonably

  • County Hall Corner: Help Wanted and Help is On the Way0

    For most of the 1990s and into the first decade of the new millennium, I lived in Eastern Europe and wore a number of hats, one of which was working as a human resource management specialist. Picking up my MBA in Belgium and Ph.D. in Latvia, and postdoctoral work at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government,

  • The Roving Sportsman… Chronic Wasting Disease – Past and Present0

    It was not that long ago that we heard about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) occurring somewhere out west, but we never considered that it would ever become a concern within our own borders here in Pennsylvania. Initially, reports were of limited outcroppings of the disease in deer and elk in a few of the western


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