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  • UPMC Doctor: TAVR – A Lifesaving Heart Valve Replacement Treatment0

    The aortic valve is the exit door of the heart and all of the oxygen-rich blood that keeps us alive is pumped through it. Without fail, this door bends open every time the heart beats, roughly 80 times per minute since the day we were born, and closes again as the heart refills. Unfortunately, for

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  • Five Food Tips for Weight Loss0

    Most people wouldn’t mind trimming a few pounds; certainly not after being stuck inside during a global pandemic for the last year or so. I for one have gained and lost the “Covid 15” more than once and am set on keeping the weight off. As I organized my research for this week’s column, I

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  • Potential Cost-Benefit of Growing Your Own Produce.0

    If you have been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed the price of vegetables. I have done some research, and I now realize how much money can be saved just by planting a few of your own vegetables. The initial investment is pennies compared to the savings. You also have the satisfaction

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  • Strike Detection0

    With the regular trout season about to open in the next couple of weeks, my angling buddies and I have been doing a lot of “fishing talk.” Now understand that “fishing talk” involves a very wide range of topics that would take volumes, and even then, you would barely scratch the surface, so I will

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  • Spring Cleaning Hacks0

    Fingers crossed, the warmer weather is here to stay and, with the switch to Daylight Savings Time, spring is in the air. With this change of season comes the long-held tradition of spring cleaning. Deep cleaning some of the hidden, hardworking parts of your home might be a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Clucks, Purrs, Putts and Gobbles!0

    Several years ago, while spring gobbler hunting in Alabama, I met a prolific turkey caller who had been a highly successful spring turkey hunter for over 20 years in both his native state of Alabama and several neighboring states. He shared with me an interesting theory, and, based on his successes, I decided to try

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  • Project Life Saver Helps to Locate Individuals With Reduced Mental Capacities Who Wander Off0

    The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute

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  • Webb Weekly’s Own Scott Lowery Has Coached 700 Junior High Basketball Games0

    Terming it “quite a milestone,” Webb Weekly’s own Scott Lowery recently coached his 700th junior high school basketball game in a career that stretches more than 34 years. He is the South Williamsport Junior High School team coach and has sometimes acted as an assistant for the varsity high school team. We thought it would

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  • County Hall Corner: An Unhappy Anniversary0

    It was on Monday, March 16, 2020, that Governor Wolf told all “non-essential” businesses in Pennsylvania to close for the next two weeks. He stated that without it, Pennsylvania’s health care system would be at risk of being overwhelmed with people sick with the coronavirus. The mandate rollout specified what was considered essential and what

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  • Baseball in Billtown0

    As my friend, Tom O’Malley’s familiar greeting goes; “top of the morning to you” on this St. Patrick’s Day. May the green many of you are wearing soon be matched by the arrival of green grass on our lawns and warmer temperatures abounding! With the opening of the 2021 Major League Baseball season two weeks

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  • Understanding and Pursuing the Obvious Term Limits: 1010

    What an absolutely amazing time of year it is as God’s green Earth comes back to life. A couple of weeks ago, I saw my first robins of the year, a whole flock right in the front yard. It just didn’t seem right; however, they were singing their sweet spring song right in the middle

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  • St. Paddy’s Day Prep

    St. Paddy’s Day Prep0

    Next week is St. Paddy’s Day, but I thought I would get ahead of the game a bit and give you some ideas on how to entertain the kids with some fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts! I’m going to show you two easy leprechaun traps you can make with kids. You can put out all

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  • Notable and Remarkable Women in Lycoming County History0

    March is “Women’s History Month,” so it seems altogether fitting and proper to note and recognize some of the remarkable and notable women who have contributed in various ways to the life and history of Lycoming County through the past 200 plus years. Much of the information for this article is taken from Lycoming College’s

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  • The “Best” Approach for Early Season Trout0

    Trout season will soon be underway, but over the next few weeks, many trout fishermen will be anxiously planning where to go and what equipment, lures, or bait to use for those early season trout. Of course, everybody wants success and the best possible outcome, so a lot of thought goes into choosing the “best”

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  • Apple Cider Making to be the Topic at Taber Museum’s Coffee Hour0

    The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will be hosting a demonstration of apple cider making as its first Coffee Hour of the 2021 season on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in its Community Room. The demonstration will be led by local artist and artisan Bob Salaki, who built

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  • The Roving Sportsman… Time to Check Your Turkey Vest!0

    It happened last Tuesday. I received a call from a fellow hunter who was all excited about watching 4 long bearded gobblers in his back yard scratching for whatever seeds or morsels they could find. He had been concerned about how they had been doing through the heavy snows and ice layers that were hindering

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  • Rainwater

    Rainwater0

    The snow is finally on its way out, and it will be time to start working the soil and begin planting your garden. I received a phone call last week asking about other ways to help the environment while gardening. I suggested collecting rainwater. Purchasing a rain barrel can be expensive, but you may save

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  • County Hall Corner: Practically Perfect Priorities0

    There is an old adage in management that states a failure to plan is a planing to fail. True leaders look down the road and project the best path to take that will be to the greatest benefit to their constituency or organization. At the conclusion of the Lycoming County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, February

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  • Everyday Cleaning Hacks0

    A tidy home has become even more important as we reach a full year of life in a pandemic. From working at home, to stay-at-home orders, to learning from home — our living spaces have taken quite the beating. Now is around the time when many begin spring cleaning. However, a full-on spring cleaning may

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  • This Week’s LION: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Need Big Help0

    Companionship is embedded into our humanity. From the moment that God created Adam, he noted that it was not good that he lived alone. Though Adam was truly happy in Eden, he was not completely happy until God provided him a life partner, Eve. The COVID shutdowns have made all of us appreciate the need

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  • Visit That Link! STEP Begins Assessing Community Needs0

    Every three years, STEP is required to gather a detailed picture of the needs and resources in their service area. A COVID-related survey was completed in 2020 to assess the rapidly evolving crisis. The regular study was last completed in 2018, so it is time to reach out to residents again as part of the

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  • Another Basketball Friendship Renewed0

    I have written before of my many wonderful connections and friendships developed from having played or coached “The Game.” It is a bond, perhaps weakened, over time, due to the lack of similar intense contact that never really breaks and a bond that lasts forever, even beyond a player’s death. My last article, about the

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  • Mild-Mannered Muncy Mentor0

    It was the final game of the regular basketball season. Muncy’s varsity was looking to strengthen its hold on a Class AA number one seed. Its Junior Varsity team was looking for payback against a South Williamsport team that had inflicted one of the team’s three losses during its fine 13-3 season. Yet, despite the

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  • New, All-Accessible ‘Kids United Community Playground’ Coming to Cochran Primary School This Summer0

    A multi-organizational partnership has generated more than $430,000 to officially bring a new, all-inclusive Kids United Community Playground to life this summer at Cochran Primary School. The effort has been in the works for about two years, led by the Williamsport Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, in partnership with the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation,

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  • UPMC Doctor: COVID-19 Vaccine and Mammograms0

    Many questions exist about COVID-19 vaccines and to get to the facts, it’s important to understand how the vaccines work and affect the body. The most common side effects are muscle aches, fatigue, soreness at the injection site, headache, and fever. These short-term side effects typically resolve within 24 to 48 hours and are a

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  • The Crooks, Cronies, and Contemptibles Must Go!1

    Before I get started on a simple way to clip the wings of the self-serving inept feeding at the trough of the American taxpayer. I want to begin with a point made by a long-time Webb Weekly reader. He asked me to research and share what a United States senator/representative receives for an operating budget.

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  • Winter Houseplant Survival

    Winter Houseplant Survival0

    Well, y’all, we did it! We made it to March, and spring is in sight! We aren’t necessarily out of the winter woods yet, but I’m focusing on the future and warmer weather to come! One of the reasons that I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures is for my houseplants. I have close to two

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  • The Roving Sportsman: The Many Uses of Shed Antlers0

    This week’s changing weather pattern has finally begun to reveal the hope that springtime is just around the corner. With midday temperatures steadily holding in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s, we can look forward to a slow and even melting of the winter snows and ice and the eventual greening up of the landscape.

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  • Ninth Annual Raise the Region Fundraising Effort to Take Place March 100

    Money is a significant lubricant that helps non-profit organizations do the excellent work that they do. There is an amazing opportunity for people to help provide some of that monetary lubricant for their favorite non-profit when the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania holds its Ninth Annual Raise the Region Fundraising event for 30 hours

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  • Closet Clean Out Spring 20210

    With the taste of warmer weather here recently, I’ve started looking toward spring cleaning and my semi-annual closet purge. This spring, I am considering what to keep and what to donate, and how I organize my clothes and my clothing choices. If you also want to re-evaluate your closet and are looking for some inspiration,

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  • A Lesson Related0

    At 6’8”, Dean Kriebel is an imposing figure as he stalks the sidelines. While a basketball court is a familiar surrounding for the former Lock Haven University standout who earned a tryout with the Philadelphia 76ers, his new role as seventh-grade coach for the South Williamsport Mountaineers reengages him with the game he loves while

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  • Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!

    Seniors: Get Your Flu Shot – It’s Important!0

    Getting vaccinated for the flu is more important than ever. Not only will a flu shot help keep you and your family healthy, it can help reduce the strain on the healthcare system and keep hospital beds and other medical resources available for people with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is no ordinary flu season;

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  • County Hall Corner: Hammer the Scammers!0

    Yet another one of the very sad offshoots of the COVID shutdowns has been a serious uptick in scammers. In the past few months, county and state government officials have warned the public more and more frequently about the new and improved flimflam artists. Even my Federal Social Security Benefit Statement included a large “Scam

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  • How to Build Friendships in Your Golden Years

    How to Build Friendships in Your Golden Years0

    Making friends as a child or even as a parent to school-aged children is relatively easy. Classrooms and school functions facilitate the building of friendships. Even as one gets older and enters the workforce, it’s not uncommon for people to become friends with their coworkers. As people near retirement age, their situations may have changed

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  • UPMC Therapist: The Pains of Working from Home0

    When the pandemic started almost a year ago, many people weren’t sure how to manage their daily lives as lock-down orders essentially turned homes into offices, schools, and gyms. As the restrictions loosened up, some companies began to open offices again, however, others are still encouraging a minimal on-site office presence, and some may never

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  • Fertilizer

    Fertilizer0

    Fertilizer is important, whether growing houseplants, container plants, or a garden. Before you get started, you can check your soil using a simple test kit. If you contact your local Cooperative Extension office, they will send you a test kit (approximately $10). Our local Cooperative is the Penn State Extension. Their web address is https://extension.psu.edu/lycoming-county.

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  • The “Fishing Transition Period”

    The “Fishing Transition Period”0

    The “Fishing Transition Period” — if you are not a die-hard, year around fisherman, I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about. The period I’m referring to generally falls during the month of March. It’s that time when the lake ice begins to weaken and starts to break up, making ice fishing unsafe,

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