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End of an Era: The Center to Close

1 year 40 weeks ago
This photo of a mural on The Center is part of a tribute video made by Williamsport resident Richard James about the facility. See the link below.

The Campbell Street Family, Youth, and Community Association -- The Center --  will close, perhaps temporarily, as it moves from its current location at 600 Campbell Street in Williamsport. more»

Newberry Rail Yard – Past and Present

1 year 41 weeks ago
Lycoming Valley Railroad in Newberry

The Newberry Rail Yard is unique. Not that it is the largest yard between Harrisburg and Buffalo. Not that it once had five railroads serving it. Not that it is currently over 100 acres and packed with rail lines, yet was even larger in the past. Not that it is the centerpiece of a successful public-private partnership that is nearly 30-years old. more»

Polar Plunge 2012

2 years 26 weeks ago
Tank and Anita Baird at the 2012 Polar Plunge last Saturday.

34 degrees, howling wind, snow showers and 120 people jumping in the Susquehanna River. Wait! Back up! That doesn’t go together. Why would all those people get almost naked and throw themselves into icy water in February? more»

STEP to Host Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program

2 years 33 weeks ago

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 16

STEP’s Community Connect AmeriCorps Program

9: Registration for Walk - The Campbell Street Center
10: Walk for Service (to Lycoming College Rec. Center)

10:30: Registration/Displays/Videos of Dr. King’s Speeches

11: Program... more»

13 Moon Walk 4 Peace, Engaging Communities Across America, Brings its Universal Message of Peace to Williamsport

3 years 7 weeks ago

The 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace will be in Williamsport August 1-7. State Representative Rick Mirabito introduced a resolution designating the first week of August as “Walk for Peace Week” in Pennsylvania to honor the peace walkers and the local residents that comprise the “Williamsport Peace Team.” more»

Pa.'s Domestic Violence Programs Served More Than 2,300 Victims in One Day

3 years 31 weeks ago

Pennsylvania's 60 local domestic violence programs helped 2,321 adults and children stay safe in one 24-hour period last September, even as 90 percent of the programs reported decreased funding and 69 percent reported increased demand for services. more»

Margaret Mahammitt Hagan: 19th-Century Williamsport mixed-race female electrotherapist and owner of the “Electric Baths”

3 years 36 weeks ago

In September, Sheila Gregory Thomas, of Washington, D.C., visited Williamsport for several days to further her research on her great-grandmother, Margaret Mahammitt Hagan. more»

Bellefonte Secrets: Vol. 3, Issue VII

3 years 43 weeks ago

Bellefonte Secrets: Volume 3, Issue IV

4 years 7 weeks ago

July 2010 Issue

Bellefonte Secrets is about things we should know about Bellefonte and Centre County but for some reason we keep them a secret.

BELLEFONTE’S EAGLE SILK MILL
by Rev. Keith G. Koch

Proverbs 31:22 “She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” more»

Bellefonte Secrets: Volume 3, Issue III

4 years 12 weeks ago

BELLEFONTE SECRETS

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Memorial Day – 2010

4 years 13 weeks ago

About a million years ago, I was in the U.S. Army Reserve.

My unit, the 810th Military Police Company, was in Tampa, Florida.  I eventually transferred to a Public Affairs Detachment, also in Tampa, because it allowed me to use my writing skills and, hopefully, provided a more valuable service to the Army. more»

A Historical Article Filled with Confusion

4 years 14 weeks ago

Famous Missing People of Centre County: Part Two
An Eight-Part Series on People Who Were Great in History but Today Are Virtually Unknown
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Jane Boggs Dunlop

4 years 14 weeks ago

Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:
but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
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The Tortoise and the Hair: The Story of Neeco

4 years 15 weeks ago

WILLIAMSPORT -- The experience of entering Dan and Michelle Mayer’s house in Garden View is similar to being in the funnel cloud of an F5 tornado after it sucked up an elementary school and an SPCA. The floor plan of the house allows their two sons and three dogs to run in circles producing perfect cyclonic confusion. more»

The William Winters Connection

4 years 18 weeks ago

Famous Missing People of Centre County: Part One
An Eight-Part Series on People Who Were Great in History but Today Are Virtually Unknown
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Famous Missing People: Part One

4 years 22 weeks ago

INTRODUCTION TO THE WILLIAM WINTERS CONNECTION
Part One of an eight-part series about people who were great in history but today are virtually unknown
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Everything Bellefonte

4 years 22 weeks ago

BELLEFONTE -- April  12th will be the second anniversary of a wonderful little store located on High Street in downtown Bellefonte.  It developed from my desire to have a store—but a unique store.  more»

History of the Borough of Montgomery

4 years 22 weeks ago

Former newspaper editor and local historian John F. Meginness wrote the History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania in 1892. Although Meginness’ historical account of the area included a comprehensive listing of the people, places, and events in the county over a period of 200 years, the author’s descriptions of the communities highlighted his journalistic tendencies. more»

Tyson Finds a Home!

4 years 24 weeks ago

LOCK HAVEN -- Good news from the Clinton County SPCA -- Tyson, the bulldog with a limited expiration date, was adopted last night. The SPCA asks that the public keep its collective "fingers crossed that it all works out. Thanks for your help and
concern," they add. more»

Historical Muncy

4 years 24 weeks ago


Welcome to Historic Muncy, a borough in Northcentral Pennsylvania. One of the earliest settlements in the West Branch Valley, Muncy and its residents were participants in some of the most significant historic events in the making of the American Frontier, including the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. more»

Centre County: The Land of Great Opportunity

4 years 26 weeks ago

(Photo: Wrens Nest was the area’s first house. It was built by William Lamb in 1782 and was the starting point of Bellefonte.) more»

We Do the Best We Can in a Small Town

4 years 27 weeks ago

JERSEY SHORE -- Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania is home to the Pine Creek Rail Trail and six different pizza shops. That’s about it. Although it may sound like it, there is no beach there. There is no shopping mall, movie theater, bowling alley, or even a Wal-Mart. more»

Some Kids Never Learn

4 years 34 weeks ago

I have a two-foot terror in my house. No, it’s not a toddler; it’s my 20-pound male cat, Pepper. I spent most of my Christmas vacation chasing this guy away from my refrigerator. Last week, he figured out how to open the fridge. My husband and I used to joke that the cats would love to be able to open the fridge. “Oh, if they only knew how to open the fridge, ha, ha! more»

40 Years Ago: Courthouse Statuary Victim of Vandalism, Accident

4 years 35 weeks ago

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa -- Before the demolition of the 109-year-old Lycoming County courthouse began in May of 1969, plans were in place for the removal of the clock tower’s weathervane, historical plaques, and other pieces of county history which were to be refurbished and installed in the newly constructed $3.6 million courthouse after its dedication in 1971. more»

Christmas Clark Griswold-style

4 years 36 weeks ago

Christmas 2009 will be my year, I thought to myself when I saw the mall’s Christmas displays last month. This would be the year that I go all out Clark Griswold style. I would cover my house in an array of Vegas-like lights and have the biggest, most radiant tree on the block.   more»

What's In a Name?

4 years 38 weeks ago

I never was the cheerleading type, so the name Missy never fit me. I pictured Missy to be a preppy name for girls who hung out with other girls named Buffy and Tiffany. But alas, this is the name my family has called me since birth. more»

Center to preserve American Indian culture

4 years 39 weeks ago

WYALUSING -- In 1999, Eastern Delaware Nations purchased property on Route 6 near Wyalusing including scenic overlook "Wyalusing Rocks." This overlook, 500 feet above the Susquehanna River, is featured in National Geographic's "Geotourism Map of Appalachia." It is known by many Eastern American Indians as "Prayer Rocks." more»

Hip Hop Is Coming Back With a Vengeance

4 years 40 weeks ago

I swear this baby is going to come out wearing gold chains and high-top Nike sneakers. Is she influencing my mind and tastes, or am I really changing?  
 
Instead of craving food in the past few months of my pregnancy, I've been craving music. But lately I've been craving hip hop music. Call it the pickles and ice cream of my pregnancy.  
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'No' Is Not in a Cat’s Vocabulary

4 years 41 weeks ago

I lost ownership of my home a long time ago. It's now owned by my four cats. It's just too bad they can't help me pay the mortgage.  
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Allison's Grave: In Search of the Truth

4 years 41 weeks ago

Halloween has come and gone and, as expected, a number of local ghostly legends made their annual reappearance. One of the most intriguing is the tale of "Allison's Grave" at the Mosquito Valley Cemetery near DuBoistown.
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Noted Financier Jay Cooke Once Had Hunting Lodge in Larry’s Creek Area

4 years 42 weeks ago

Jay Cooke was one of the leading American financiers of the mid- to late-19th century. A railroad baron and speculator, he is regarded as “financier of the Civil War” for his role in helping to secure loans from leading bankers and other investors in funding the Union war effort. more»

Black on the Inside

4 years 42 weeks ago

The other night, my husband was casually flipping the channels on TV when we came across a Nirvana concert live from England’s Reading Festival in 1994. For a short time, I forgot Kurt Cobain existed. But in high school, he was one of my favorite musicians – mine and about every other kid in school. Then I realized it – Wow! 1994?  more»

What I miss most about smoking

4 years 43 weeks ago

I would like to say that I have not had a cigarette in over a year, but that would be a lie. In my head I “quit” when I got married and started a new job three years ago. But instead, I became an “in limbo” smoker. I refrained from smoking all day at work, but as soon as I got home I indulged. more»

Protecting Your Animals in a Disaster

In today’s world, we all worry about the threat of a natural or man-made disaster. Animals are especially vulnerable when a disaster strikes because they must rely on us for help. In 1998, Hurricane Floyd claimed the lives of millions of animals in North Carolina, and thousands more were separated from their owners. more»

Dr. Devitt’s Dream – Part IV

4 years 44 weeks ago

By the mid-1950s, the services provided at Devitt’s Camp had become obsolete due to the advent of successful medical treatment for tuberculosis. The 14 buildings and 220 acres of land were appraised at more than $160,000 but, on the verge of bankruptcy, the Devitt family was forced to sell the camp for $1 with a pledge from the new owners to retain the Devitt name. more»

The big day is on the horizon

4 years 44 weeks ago
Welcome to Motherhood (Photo by Bianca de Blok)

The big day is on the horizon. Soon, little one "Number Two" will arrive on February 14, 2010.

It has been 14 years since I've done this pregnancy thing. Some things I have remembered from my first tour of duty, and some things I’ve forgotten. But my biggest fear is that I will not remember how to handle the most important part of pregnancy: labor. more»

Dr. Devitt’s Dream – Part III

4 years 45 weeks ago
William and Florence Devitt and four sons (l. to r.) rear - Bill and Bob, front - Mike and Jack (photo taken ca. 1946 at Minnic

ALLENWOOD - Devitt’s Camp, a tuberculosis treatment facility established in 1912 by Dr. William Devitt, was located a short distance from the village of Allenwood, just across the southern border of Lycoming County near Elimsport. The youngest of Dr. William Devitt’s four grandsons, Jack Devitt, now lives in Khon Kaen, Thailand. more»

Time for a 'Realitcheck'

4 years 45 weeks ago

You're only as old as you feel. Or at least, I believed in this old saying until I went to a Jay-Z concert the other weekend in State College. 

My friend Albra and I were crossing the parking lot after the show when two college-aged guys behind us started taunting us: "Your age is right up my alley girls,ha, ha!" and “You guys are old!”

"I think those guys back there called us old," Albra said.

"What? Are you sure they were talking about us? Maybe they were talking about my brother and Sean," I said, who were walking five feet ahead of us. more»

Dr. Devitt’s Dream – Part II

4 years 46 weeks ago
Patients at Devitt's Camp enjoy a sleigh ride. (Courtesy of Phoebe Ministries)

ALLENWOOD – Devitt’s Camp, a tuberculosis treatment facility was established in 1912 by Dr. William Devitt.  Bill Devitt is the oldest of Dr. William Devitt’s four grandsons who were all raised “next to the vast woods along White Deer Mountain.” 
Bill, who currently resides in York, shares memories of growing up there during the 1930s and ‘40s.
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Top 10 pet health tips for the holidays

4 years 46 weeks ago

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Kwanzaa – no matter what you’re celebrating, pet owners need to remember to keep their pets safe and healthy for the holidays. more»

Remembering the Keystone Glue Factory

4 years 46 weeks ago

In the west end of Williamsport on Trenton Avenue lies the factory complex occupied by the chemical plant Lonza. This has been a factory complex for 100 years. It began life in 1907 as the Keystone Glue Company.
Ground was broken for the Keystone Glue Factory on May 23, 1907. The initial, five-building complex was completed for operations by the spring of 1908. There were storage buildings, drying buildings and a boiler building with six boilers. The coal needed to operate these boilers made Keystone Glue one of the leading consumers of coal in the Williamsport for a time. more»

Living in the Country

4 years 47 weeks ago

A year ago, I awoke to the rat-a-tat-tat sounds of handguns and drive-by shootings. Today, I awake on Sunday mornings to the sound a solitary shotgun, a sign that the farmer down the road is having his weekly target practice. I never thought that I would be so happy to hear this type of gun sound, since moving from the Williamsport “ghetto” on High Street to Loyalsockville off Route 87. more»

Dr. Devitt’s Dream – Part I

4 years 47 weeks ago
Men’s Sleeping Porch: Photo courtesy of Phoebe Ministries

ALLENWOOD--As you travel south on Route 15 from Williamsport, a couple of miles after crossing the border of Lycoming and Union counties, you will enter the community of Allenwood in Gregg Township. more»

Lost No More: Alvira and the Ordnance

4 years 48 weeks ago

ALVIRA—In 1942, after America entered World War II, its citizens were asked to sacrifice much for the war effort. Gasoline, sugar, butter and silk were rationed and entire communities rallied behind scrap and tire drives. One community, however, sacrificed much more:  The entire village of Alvira walked from their homes and farms in the shadow of smoke and flames. Seized by the U.S. more»

Engine Expert For Aviation Pioneers

4 years 48 weeks ago

WILLIAMSPORT--Great aviation pioneers Charles Lindbergh, Admiral Richard Byrd and Amelia Earhart all have one Williamsport connection in common—Thomas “Doc” Kinkade, whose work tuning each of their engines and helped each complete successful milestone flights.
Kinkade was born in Richmond, Quebec, Canada on Aug. 23, 1892. His family later moved to Bayonne, N.J. more»

Highly Decorated World War II Naval Hero Had Local Ties

4 years 48 weeks ago

The man who commanded the submarine that had one of the most unusual and daring assignments during World War II had ties to the Williamsport area. more»

Gas misers aren't worth it

4 years 48 weeks ago
Car lots are full of bargins

How can I save a little money? What if I buy one of those hybrid electric vehicles or one of those Smart Cars? Call me crazy, but do you really want to spend $18,000.00 or more to bump yourself up from likely the high teens (or low-20s to the mid-30s) miles per gallon? more»

Massacre of the English Language: Part 32

4 years 48 weeks ago

There is a beer company currently offering cold beer insurance. It's a marketing gag, but it's also contributing to the untimely death of the English language. They claim that a spot on the label turns a different color when said beer is perfectly chilled. That's insurance, they say. more»

First in PA: Eagle Grange No. 1

4 years 49 weeks ago

MONTGOMERY – If you are looking for a tried-and-true, good-tasting, never-fail recipe, the first thing you should do is flip through the pages of a Grange cookbook. In rural communities across the country, meals prepared and served at the local Grange Halls have attracted overflowing crowds for years. more»

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