Monthly Archives: February 2012

HIV Lives Here

February 3, 2012
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Where is Teddy Roosevelt?

February 3, 2012
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Sagamore Hill. Most people have never heard of the place, but history buffs know it to be the home of Teddy Roosevelt on the north shore of Long Island, overlooking Oyster Bay. It was the place where Roosevelt, as President of the United States, greeted the “great white fleet,” which others criticized as America’s version…

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Talkin’ Billtown Blue with April Line

February 3, 2012
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Dateline: Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a.k.a. “Billtown.” Writer April Line has embarked on a mission to raise the profile of literature with Billtown Blue Lit. I recently caught up with April to talk about her progress with getting a reading series off the ground—and her dream of starting a writers’ retreat, scholarship fund, and online literary journal under the…

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Jim Washington—from Slave to “Hero of the Sawdust Wars”

February 3, 2012
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Jim Washington—from Slave to “Hero of the Sawdust Wars”

James Washington is part of Williamsport’s history as the Hero of the Sawdust Wars of 1872. He stands out as a physically strong yet congenial man who was well liked and respected in the local community, showing no signs of the stressful, demeaning servitude that marked most of his young life. Born a slave in…

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By the Numbers: Follow the Money

February 3, 2012
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s effective tax rate for 2010 … 13.9%The speaking fees income Romney characterized as “not very much” … $374,327President Obama’s reported effective federal tax rate on his 2010 family income … 26%Top tax rate for wages and salaries, which constitute most earnings for the majority of people … 35%Romney family income…

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Starstruck

February 3, 2012
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The theatrical performance of “Max & Ruby: Bunny Party” came to Williamsport. I freelance for Showcase on the Arts and Nightlife, and in covering the show I got to interview Rosemary Wells.  I was beside myself. I hoped maybe some success juju would eke through the phone. I was eager to look inside the mind…

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Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again

February 3, 2012
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If the first-year gross anatomy students at Penn State Hershey medical school need spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloakroom of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines. On December 13 the House voted 124–69 to send an animal welfare bill back to committee, in…

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February/March 2012 Editorial

February 3, 2012
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It’s hard to believe that it was almost 3 years ago that I somewhat naively agreed to become the new editor of The Williamsport Guardian and take on the task of bringing it back from the brink of extinction. The Guardian had not been published for over 4 months and the Board was meeting to…

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Diner Series: Part 3 — Fox’s Family Restaurant

February 3, 2012
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I am not a mall person. I avoid Lycoming Mall Drive in Muncy on Saturday and Sunday, so when my partner suggested dining at Fox’s Family Restaurant on a Saturday morning, I initially said, “No way!” But I’d recently been scandalized by having looked up the nutrition information for the breakfasts at Perkins, which was…

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Mirabito urges local groups to apply for conservation grants

February 3, 2012
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State Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming) is urging municipalities and nonprofit organizations planning to rehabilitate existing park and recreation facilities, develop trail projects, and close gaps in statewide greenways to apply for state grants. “Applications are now available for Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants, otherwise known as C2P2 grants,” Mirabito said. “In addition, the state Department…

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Fracking Cracks the Public Consciousness in 2011

February 3, 2012
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This was the year that “fracking” became a household word. It wasn’t just that environmental concerns about the underground drilling process finally struck a mainstream chord—after three years of reporting and more than 125 stories. For the first time, independent scientific investigations linked the drilling technique with water pollution, and a variety of federal and…

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Healing or Harm? A Yogi’s Catch-22

February 2, 2012
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Yoga is trying to kill you. Didn’t you know? The New York Times Magazine said so in the January 15 article “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.” This has, rather amusingly, caused yogis everywhere to flip out. Since irony is the spice of life, and I’m a yogi too, I thought I would weigh in.…

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Caregiving Across Generations

February 2, 2012
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You grew up, moved out, and started a family of your own. You visit when you can and keep in touch by talking on the phone and emailing pictures of grandchildren, and possibly great-grandchildren, on a regular basis.  As your parents and grandparents grow older, though, they may require more help than they used to…

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A Dangerous Method: movie review

February 2, 2012
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I’ve heard people say that psychiatrists have a tendency to be crazy themselves, but I didn’t understand the full extent of this phenomenon until I saw A Dangerous Method. The “based on a true story” film follows Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) as they build a friendship and debate the ideas…

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