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  • County Hall Corner: My Meeting with Klitschko0

    From the late 1990s to 2018, I was an international business consultant and leadership trainer in the Nordics, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, and India. My family and I lived in the Baltic republic of Latvia from 1991 to 2006, where I worked as a missionary helping to launch a theological seminary as well as

  • The Roving Sportsman… Spring Gobbler Opening Day Tactics for 20220

    Sleep may become a bit restless as the one-day Youth Hunt for Spring Gobblers will occur this coming Saturday, April 23rd. With the regular statewide Spring Gobbler season opening up on the following Saturday, the 30th, there are a couple of steps to prepare for opening day. First, if you have not already done so,

  • Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter!0

    Hey y’all! I’m so excited for Easter this weekend! I have always loved putting together Easter baskets and can’t wait to put together some Easter surprises 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 as

  • Saved by Grace

    Saved by Grace0

    I love the commercial this spring where the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background. It feels like Christmas time again for that thirty-second commercial, even though it’s an allergy pill advertisement. As I literally sit here sneezing and having a runny nose, allergy season is the worst, but

  • Easter Outfits0

    Easter is one of my favorite holidays for getting dressed up. Even with questionable weather on the horizon, it feels that spring is about to arrive at any second, and with it, a sense of renewal and promise. Whether Easter is early or late, it usually stands at the start of the warm-weather party season.

  • Easter Bread is a Tradition in Many Homes

    Easter Bread is a Tradition in Many Homes0

    Families share many Easter traditions. Easter in a home with people who trace their ancestry to Italy will likely feature “Pane di Pasqua,” which translates to “Easter Bread.” Easter Bread is a ring of sweet bread that can be adorned with candy sprinkles. Some people nestle colorful hardboiled eggs within the twisted dough as well.

  • Your Guide to the Easter Liturgical Celebration

    Your Guide to the Easter Liturgical Celebration0

    Easter is the holiest day of the year for Christians. According to biblical scripture, Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah and Savior to the World. Easter Sunday marks His resurrection from death on the cross, upon which He paid the full penalty for humanity’s sins by offering a spotless sacrifice in Himself, established the Christian

  • Easter Shopping in Downtown Williamsport During the 1950s0

    It’s Easter Saturday, 1955, and Peter Cottontail is hopping mad trying to find Easter candy, flowers, and Easter bonnets. In 1955 there was no Wal-Mart or Target. The Loyal Plaza hadn’t been constructed, and The Lycoming Mall wasn’t even a dream. {Ha, Ha, build stores in a cornfield 15 miles from town — what a

  • Eight Tips for Dyeing Easter Eggs

    Eight Tips for Dyeing Easter Eggs0

    Coloring eggs is a beloved Easter tradition. Eggs long have been symbols of fertility and rebirth, making them fitting icons for spring. One story links eggs to Easter as well. According to some religious scholars, Mary Magdalene, the woman who was the first person to see Jesus Christ after His resurrection, was holding a plain

  • Easter Egg Hunts and Other Eggceptional Traditions

    Easter Egg Hunts and Other Eggceptional Traditions0

    Easter is celebrated in various ways. Traditional religious commemorations include Saturday evening Easter vigils and Sunday morning Resurrection masses. Parents may spend Easter weekend putting the finishing touches on Easter Bunny baskets, and many families favor a combination of traditions. Since religious as well as secular imagery and traditions have melded to form the Easter

  • 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

  • Emotions0

    I appreciate all of the love. Wow. These past few weeks have been incredible. I want to congratulate the entire NEUMANN NATION. Making it all the way to Hershey to compete for a state title was a lot of fun. My phone continues to blow up, and my inbox is full. You wouldn’t believe the

  • Truth in Tension: The Key to Unity0

    I chose the title of Truth in Tension for this series of articles because truth can usually be found in the tension that exists between two opposing opinions. In case you’re not aware of it, the Church is filled with opposing opinions — and division. Division is not new to the Church. Christianity has been

  • We’re Going on an Easter Egg 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

  • County Hall Corner: Meet the Candidates – PA Gubernatorial Edition0

    The upcoming Pennsylvania primary on May 17th, just a month and a half from now, will be one of the most difficult for PA voters in some time. The list of candidates is a long one, and even the most seasoned strategists are finding this year’s list daunting. This week we will be looking at

  • The Roving Sportsman… Is Venison Truly a Healthy Choice?0

    Every fall across this great land of ours, thousands of hunters head to the fields and hills to pursue their favorite game animals. Those of us throughout the eastern states will most often pursue whitetail deer. Hunters often travel to the western states to hunt mule deer, elk, moose, Bighorn sheep, and antelope. While some

  • County Hall Corner: Russian Roulette in Ukraine0

    This column is designed to relate various political activities to our local sphere. My radar is signaling to me that what is happening in Ukraine right now may very well be a game-changer in the world that will definitely impact our lives here in Lycoming County. I have a unique perspective, having lived in that

  • Thoughts on the Situation in Ukraine0

    For the past two weeks, we have been bombarded by sad and scary images of the brutal and brazen invasion of Ukraine by Russia. For most of us, this is an abstract and far away event, but for those who have close and intimate ties to embattled Ukraine, it is not an abstraction but a

  • The Roving Sportsman… Eastern Bluebirds0

    The signs of spring are starting to appear. First was the arrival last week of the plump-breasted worm-eating robins. Then just two days later, several eastern bluebirds were perching in the nearby maple tree and checking out the numerous bluebird boxes scattered along the field edge. As bluebirds begin to leave their winter hangouts and

  • The White Mass0

    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I were on our way home from church, and as usual, she was driving so I could scan the fields and woods for deer and other wildlife. The drive home that day was during that brief period when the rain and warm temperatures had melted all the

  • Snow Days vs. Remote Days0

    As of my writing, it’s Friday, February 25th. The weather is…terrible. Last night, school districts made the call to move the kids to remote learning today. And — wow — do people have some things to say about that! As not to be left out of the fun, let me share with you my utterly

  • The Handshake0

    Traced back to the ancient days of the Roman Empire, warnings have existed to “beware the ides of March,” a saying forecasting troubled times ahead. Sports is but a mere sideshow to the more important segments of human existence we face these days, but if the post-game skirmish played out on television following the recent

  • Coran Calvert’s MotoTrial Adventures0

    The world of MotoTrials is demanding, thrilling, and at times dangerous, but this doesn’t deter or scare one area youngster, 14-year-old Coran Calvert, from competing and excelling in them. According to the MotoTrials website, “MotoTrials (formerly ‘Observed Trials’) is now the pinnacle of off-road riding, as the riders tackle the most severe terrain capable of

  • Landmark Lands Lycoming0

    “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard” has long been the traditional cry of scorecard vendors inside the entrance of baseball stadiums. In recent years that same rationale could be applied to college football fans in understanding the membership of various conferences around the country. Last year’s announced move by Texas and Oklahoma to

  • Time to Ready Bluebird Nesting Boxes0

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wants to help you “spring” into the season and connect with wildlife in your backyard. Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery are available for sale at the nursery office, as well as the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, region offices and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

  • So, I Hear There’s a Rap Concert This Sunday…0

    It’s that time of the year once again! Continuing the tradition started by Mike Rafferty, it’s time for our yearly Super Bowl Predictions. So. Are you ready for some football? This year’s big game brings us the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the LA Rams from Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. This is the second

  • Days of Remembrance Contest0

    Open for Students in Grades 7-12 The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is sharing that the Days of Remembrance essay contest is now open for students in grades 7-12. Applicants must live in Pennsylvania in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, or Union County. Students related to anyone affiliated with the essay contest

  • Gazette and Bulletin: January 4, 1951 – Billies Lose, Look Good Before Falling to Knicks 78-640

    The New York Knickerbockers, although never really extended, had to go all out at several stages to slap down the Williamsport Billies, 78-64, in an exhibition game last night on the West Third Street wooden way. A crowd of 502 watched the Billies, playing perhaps their best game of the infant season, stay within breathing

  • Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

    Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!0

    As I sit here, the week before Christmas, there are nine days until the big day. Yesterday, when I woke up, and my phone said December 15th, I had to do a double-take. For a few seconds, I really thought my phone was wrong. I thought, “There is no way it’s the fifteenth of December

  • Pennsylvania Whitetails0

    I’ll have to admit that when it comes to trying to figure out how or what the whitetail deer population is in the state of Pennsylvania, it can be really interesting depending on who you are talking to or what you are basing your estimates on. For example, if you are counting road kills, you

  • A Cradle with Your Name on It0

    This past Sunday, the Christian world entered the season of Advent. Like the Lenten season that precedes the celebration of Easter, Advent is a time of personal reflection, evaluation, and humble repentance that precedes the celebration of Christmas — and points us forward to the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Yes, King Jesus is coming

  • Counting Candy Contest Continues…0

    We are officially on the second and final week of our Annual Halloween Contest! Just in case you need another reminder on how to participate… Scattered throughout this issue you will find a bunch of little candies spread throughout! All you need to do is count them…easy peasy. Now, take care polar bear — I’ll

  • The Calendar has Changed The Problem Remains the Same0

    As I was gathering my thoughts to pick up where I left off last week with the list of the five things needed to change immediately to protect the future of our great Nation, I received a phone call from a wonderful lady that was leaving our little neck of Penns Woods. She called to


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