Monthly Archives: October 2011

WXPI 88.5 FM Williamsport Community Radio

October 1, 2011
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The last two months have been full of changes for Williamsport Community Radio. The station is now back on the air after recovering from a lightning strike and surviving a hurricane and a tropical storm. We’ve now installed a battery backup system and continue to move toward building a professional studio where we can broadcast…

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Letter to a dear semi-conservative friend, in an attempt at moderation regarding present day politics

October 1, 2011
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Hey lady, How are you? How’s that beautiful baby boy of yours? I’m good. I had to write because I just read “The Romance of Tristan” for class and it was amazing, yet also horrible, and now I have all these thoughts about the world that I just can’t get a handle on. But first:…

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HOROSCOPES

October 1, 2011
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ARIES—Do not, under any circumstances, even consider dressing as anyone from “The Jersey Shore” for Halloween. Trust me on this. Avoid herbal teas made with purple flowers. Do, however, wear a purple hat. Chew gum to help curb your tendency to break into song at inappropriate times.   TAURUS—Th ese cool, dark mornings have you…

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WILLIAMSPORT’S PLAN FOR A SKATEPARK KEEPS ROLLING FORWARD

October 1, 2011
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I’ll admit that in the three years I’ve invested in getting Williamsport a new public concrete skatepark, I’ve had my doubts that it would ever really be possible. Don’t get me wrong. The support has always been there. The dream has always been there. Mayor Campana initiated the idea after realizing that hundreds of our…

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Peg & Bill’s II: Diner Review

October 1, 2011
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Peg & Bill’s II Diner is tucked in between residences on Memorial Avenue near the Pajama Factory. The place was recommended by some of the folks who pull late-nighters during Guardian publication time, and I was thrilled to learn of it, because I just adore diners. I lived in New England for the best part…

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Our Idiot Brother

October 1, 2011
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I’m sure that at some point in the past I have called my brother an idiot. After watching Our Idiot Brother, I feel the need to correct that and admit that my brother is definitely not an idiot. Neither is Ned, the main character of the film, who is ably played by Paul Rudd, even…

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Do you see what I see? A Frank Editorial on Body Image

October 1, 2011
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I admit it: I love celebrities. I love to see what “they” are doing. I love to see what “they” are wearing. I love the air of glamour they portray while I am wearing peanut butter-crusted yoga pants that I happen to be wearing for the second day in a row. It is escapism for…

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Artist: Matt Parrish

Recently, I was able to catch up with the überbusy Matt Parrish. Matt, the Entertainment and Arts editor at the Sun-Gazette, has art featured at the Grey Gallery and is part of a current group show at Lycoming College. Perhaps fittingly, we met up at the hub of all things creative—the Pajama Factory—to discuss his…

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HOT PICKS

October 1, 2011
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The Susquehanna River: America’s most endangered river Union County Public Library, 255 Reitz Blvd, Lewisburg Tuesday, October 11, at 6:45pm  The Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club will present a program on our threatened Susquehanna River. The presentation will be made by Liz Garland Deardorff from the American Rivers organization, which for the past 25…

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PICKENSPALOOZA

October 1, 2011
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Dallas billionaire T. B. Pickens addressed a crowd of 1700 in a folksy “conversation” at the CAC in Williamsport on the last Friday of September. The evening began with a fairly short monologue consisting of a few entertaining anecdotes, opinions on our political and economic situation, wisdom gleaned from the oil patch, and cryptic references…

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Pat Toomey’s circus comes to town

October 1, 2011
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When I was a kid, my father used to get free press passes to the circus when it came to Madison Square Garden. As a writer for a New York newspaper, he also got passes to go where ordinary mortals couldn’t go, like the VIP viewing platform for Michelangelo’s Pietà at the New York World’s…

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Political America: Duality & Denial

October 1, 2011
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“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein Hopefully, there will come a time when it is widely understood that people are complex organisms with varying degrees of political persuasions. But these days, the media have become a successful tool in shaping our inner monologues in…

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FLOOD RELIEF

October 1, 2011
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GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES FEMA/PEMA/County of Lycoming Disaster Recovery Center   This location brings together federal and state flood assistance for individuals and businesses affected by the September flooding. Open 7 days a week from 10am until 7pm. Directions: 740 Fairfield Rd, Montoursville. Take Interstate 180 or Lycoming Mall Drive to Fairfield Rd. Follow signs for parking.…

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Local Candidates: “What I Am For”

October 1, 2011
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COUNTY COMMISSIONER Steve Shope I’m running for county commissioner for two reasons. First, I was tired of seeing career politicians ignoring the will of the people that put them in office. The issues facing our county have become too serious to allow complacency and party politics to keep us from getting the work done. I…

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What We Are For: The Responsible Drilling Alliance

The gas rush is bringing rapid changes to the landscape and quality of life in our region. Some individuals and advocacy groups have responded to those changes and the risks they pose to our air quality, water resources, health, and peace of mind by calling for a complete ban on shale gas development. Let’s just…

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