Woods, Catherine A.

1 week 21 hours ago

Catherine A. “Cass” Woods, 85, a resident of Loyalsock Twp., died Thursday April 10, 2014 at The Gatehouse.

Cass was born in Ogdensburg, Ny. on March 15, 1929.

Her husband Keith C. Woods died April 10, 2014. more»

A great day for sports!

April 11, 2014

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Sunday Morning Pursuit in Williamsport has tragic end in Loyalsock.

1 week 4 days ago

This morning around 10:30 AM, Williamsport Police were invovled in a vehicle pursuit that traveled through the Park St., High St., West and East Third Sts., West Fourth St., Walnut St., areas ending with a fatality and a crash in Loyalsock on the Golden Strip. more»

“GOD’S NOT DEAD”: Paging Flannery O’Connor

1 week 5 days ago

*1/2 (out of four)


Can I suggest that Christians who want to write movies spend several months reading Flannery O’Connor first? more»

ARONOFSKY’S “NOAH”: Turning the Story Upside Down

1 week 5 days ago

* (out of four)


A lesser-known passage in the writings of Ezekiel suggests that Job, Daniel and Noah were among the most genuinely righteous figures in the Old Testament.

Somehow, I don’t think Darren Aronofsky read that verse -- or much other scripture either. more»

PSSA Rewards Ceremony

April 4, 2014

The Loyalsock Township Middle School sixth and seventh graders recently completed the grueling Pennsylvania State Assessments. more»


March 25, 2014

Mark Odorizzi (second from left) and Robert Leidhecker (third from left) were recently honored by the Lycoming County Chamber of Commer more»

OM Qualifies for State-wide Competition

March 19, 2014

Our Odyssey of the Mind Division 2; The Not-So-Haunted House qualified for the state competition with an astounding performance last weekend more»

Pi Day Celebrated!

March 19, 2014

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Art Exhibit

March 11, 2014

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NON-STOP: Plot Holes Be Damned

5 weeks 6 days ago

 *** (out of four)


Years ago, I read a review in which the writer rightly insisted that when you like a given film, it doesn’t really matter if the plot is full of holes.

I liked “Non-Stop.”

A lot. more»

Great Tournament!

March 5, 2014

The 7th and 8th grade girls basketball team recently took third place out of 16 teams at the Towanda Tournament and second place ou more»

Seventh Grade Writing Contest

March 4, 2014

Loyalsock Township Middle School recently announced the winners of their seventh-grade writing contest. more»


March 4, 2014

Wow! What a season!!!
The 7th grade basketball team finished with an undefeated season and took 1st place in the Montoursville tournament this weekend. more»

Roll Over and Play Dead: THREE DAYS TO KILL

6 weeks 6 days ago

** (out of four)

If it weren’t for the acting, “Three Days to Kill” would be a disaster.

Of course, that’s often the reason we go to the movies -- to watch three pros like Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen. more»

Defying prognostication: OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2014

6 weeks 6 days ago

Cate Blanchett will win Best Actress for her excellent work in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”
There -- I just had to get that out of the way! more»

PSP Death Investigation of 25 year old male in Loyalsock

7 weeks 13 hours ago

Pennsylvania State Police, Montoursville, have released a brief report on a death investigation that happened early today, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2728 Lincoln Drive, Williamsport, PA.  more»

Testing the Limits: LONE SURVIVOR

8 weeks 6 days ago

***1/2 (out of four)

“Lone Survivor” pushes the envelope on how much brutality filmgoers can tolerate.

But of course, the unnerving experience of watching this film bears no comparison to the nightmare endured by its characters, most of whom -- as the title indicates -- did not make it to the end of this fight. more»


8 weeks 6 days ago

*** (out of four)

Imagine a big-budget war movie with a dynamite cast that’s very old-fashioned, very slow and generally played as comedy.

Not what you’d expect from writer-director George Clooney -- which may explain why critics didn’t care for “Monuments Men,” the fact-based tale of experts charged with saving priceless art from the Nazi war machine. more»

Ancient History Lesson in Sixth Grade

January 24, 2014

The 6th grade Ancient History class is studying the Phoenicians. more»

BEST OF 2013: Another great year at the movies

13 weeks 5 days ago

The 2013 movie slate got off to a slow start and then exploded: As of June, my “best-of” list contained only one title; now I’m having trouble keeping it to ten!
Here they are, heavily weighted toward fall and winter: more»

Director’s “Mitty” offbeat and appealing

13 weeks 5 days ago

*** (out of four)

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a big-budget adventure with the feel of an offbeat indie. more»

ALL IS LOST: Redford on His Own in a Tale of Survival and Despair

14 weeks 6 days ago

*** (out of four)

If Robert Redford wins Best Actor for “All Is Lost,” it will be out of sentiment and admiration for his courage, rather than for the performance itself. more»

SAVING MR. BANKS: Feeling Like a Million Bucks

14 weeks 6 days ago

**** (out of four)

With another fine performance in “Saving Mr. Banks” to stand beside “Captain Phillips,” Tom Hanks just might become the fourth actor ever to get an Oscar nomination in both categories.

But this dandy film belongs to Emma Thompson. more»

Police report various crashes

16 weeks 5 days ago

The following crashes were reported by Pennsylvania State Police Montoursville: more»

Police report various incidents

17 weeks 17 hours ago

The Pennsylvania State Police Department Montoursville reported the following incidents:

Aug. 8 to Dec. 7, Police reported that unknown actors made entry into the home of Falisha Petruskevich, 26, of Williamsport, and stole numerous items, including Petruskevich's military issued Kevlar vest and helmet.  more»

12 YEARS A SLAVE: “The American Holocaust” –- and an American Classic

20 weeks 2 days ago


Years ago, I heard a speaker refer to U.S. slavery as “the American holocaust.”

Anyone skeptical about that term should read Frederick Douglass’s 1845 autobiography -- or see “12 Years a Slave.”

But you’d better have a strong stomach.

Brutal, authentic and utterly enthralling, Steve McQueen’s film about Solomon Northup is a masterpiece. more»

ENDER’S GAME: Fitting Version

22 weeks 2 days ago

***1/2 (out of four)

“Ender’s Game” has all the essentials of great science fiction: a strong storyline; exciting action; characters who feel real even in unreal situations; a terrific climax; an even better coda -- and big ideas. Really big ideas. more»

Police report various incidents

25 weeks 2 days ago

The Montoursville State Police Department reported the following incidents: more»

Montoursville State Police report various criminal activities

25 weeks 6 days ago

The Montoursville State Police Department reported the following incidents:

Sept. 23 to Oct. 4, Officer Brian Evarts reported that Robert Loner, 63, had medication stolen out of his safe at his residence.  more»

Numerous burglaries reported in Lycoming County

26 weeks 2 days ago

Montoursville State Police investigated the following incidents: more»

Cuaron’s GRAVITY: Front-runner for this year’s Best Picture

26 weeks 6 days ago

**** (out of four)

Films like “Gravity” are the reason cinema was invented.

Utterly original, beautifully acted, fiercely exciting, thoughtful, humane, stunningly gorgeous -- it’s the best movie I’ve seen this year. more»

SALINGER biography: You’ll Never Read 'Catcher' in the Same Way Again

26 weeks 6 days ago

***1/2 (out of four)

By now, most “Catcher in the Rye” fans know the big news from the recent bio of J. D. Salinger: This reclusive author, who published nothing after 1965, continued writing daily till his death in 2010; several of the resulting works are slated for release over the next few years. more»

$9.1 Million Loyalsock Creek Bridge Takes Shape

28 weeks 1 day ago
A recent photo of the construction site, looking west.

Work is progressing on the Loyalsock Creek railroad bridge in Lycoming County as the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) continues to target a summer 2014 completion. The $9.1 million project is about 10% complete. more»

THE FAMILY: Are We Actually Supposed to LIKE These People -- or This Movie?

29 weeks 6 days ago

*1/2 (out of four)

“The Family” is a reprehensible film -- and the worst thing about it is that for a while, it actually works.

By “works,” I mean it succeeds in getting us to cheer on characters who are little more than homicidal, narcissistic thugs. more»

BLUE JASMINE: Woody and Cate make Oscar bait

32 weeks 2 days ago

***1/2 (out of four)

Imagine Woody Allen warming up to blue-collar workers -- making them wiser and warmer than callow upper-class sophisticates. more»

NOT TOO LONG OR TOO DISAPPOINTING: Disney’s “Planes” does the job

34 weeks 3 days ago

**1/2 (out of four)

It’s silly to object that Disney’s new “Planes” is a copy of “Cars”; the film acknowledges this at every turn.

Remarking that the film isn’t as good seems pointless, too; animated movies simply don’t get much better than “Cars.” more»

THE WAY, WAY BACK: Heroes and villains you can actually believe in

34 weeks 3 days ago

***1/2 (out of four)

Ever notice that some adults seem less mature than their own children?

That’s one premise in “The Way, Way Back,” a funny, tender and painfully authentic beachside comedy. more»

Loyalsock Township Church Vandalized

37 weeks 15 hours ago

Loyalsock Township Church Vandalized - Property belonging to a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness church was damaged last month in Lycoming County, say Montoursville State Police. Trooper Daniel Young said two air conditioner units were shot at the 773 Cemetery Road facility sometime between July 23-25. Anyone with information is asked to contact 570.368.5700. more»

Base Paths, Train Tracks and Blazing Fairways

37 weeks 20 hours ago
The Statue of Liberty and several tourist boats in New York’s Upper Bay, seen from the Staten Island Ferry.

On the road with Dad in Jersey and Manhattan

My dad and I share an obsession with trains, baseball and golf; so he arranged a mid-July road trip that included them all -- with a little nostalgia as well. more»

R.I.P.D. No life among the dead

37 weeks 3 days ago

** (out of four)

“R.I.P.D.” is a mash-up of romance, sci-fi, mystery, action, cops, comedy, cowboys and zombies.

This mix may have worked in the graphic novels that served as the movie’s source -- but on screen it flops. more»

Waiting for 'The Way, Way Back': A Round-up of Sam Rockwell

38 weeks 12 hours ago

In case nobody noticed, this summer looks a bust at the movies.

Yes, the new “Star Trek” and “Iron Man” were solid; so was “Now You See Me.” But costly hopefuls like “Man of Steel” and “Lone Ranger” were, to say the least, disappointing; and “Pacific Rim” just opened in third place -- behind two sequels. more»

Losch, Jr. Harry Lee

42 weeks 2 days ago

Harry Lee Losch, Jr.

(October 13, 1967 - June 25, 2013)

Harry Lee Losch Jr., 45, of Loyalsock Township, died Tuesday June 25, 2013, at home.

He was born in Hollywood, Fla., on Oct. 13, 1967, a son of Harry L. and Beverly K. McLaughlin Losch. more»

Contract Awarded to Rebuild Railroad Bridge

42 weeks 6 days ago
Damaged bridge is in background, behind flooded Loyalsock Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Tank Baird.)

A contract to rebuild the Loyalsock Creek Bridge, between Montoursville and Williamsport has been awarded to Glenn O. Hawbaker, a heavy construction company headquartered in State College, PA. The contract award was approved by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight Assistance.  more»

MAN OF STEEL: Ignorance and Apathy

42 weeks 6 days ago

** (out of four)

A recent joke asks, “What’s the different between ignorance and apathy?”

Answer: I don’t know, and I don’t care.

That pretty much sums up my reaction to “Man of Steel,” the new Superman update from director Zack Snyder. more»

Style over Substance -- but what great style!

44 weeks 6 days ago

*** (out of four)

“Now You See Me” is a pretty much case of style over substance.

But what style! more»


46 weeks 2 days ago
Zoe Saldana is Nyota Uhura, who must choose between her love for Spock, played by Zachary Quinto, and the good of her team.

Movie No. 12 and Still Going Strong

***1/2 (out of four)

Quick -- think of a franchise where later entries are among the best.

Maybe Dr. Who; maybe Sherlock Holmes; maybe 007, who’s taken on new life with Daniel Craig. more»

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