Monthly Archives: April 2012

April 2012 Issue

April 2, 2012
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From Whittier to Williamsport—Paul Kostabi Q&A

April 1, 2012
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I was fortunate to have the time to catch up with seminal New York contemporary artist and musician Paul Kostabi as he was en route to Williamsport for the opening of “From Paul Kostabi, With Love” show at the Grey Art Gallery downtown. Over the past four decades Kostabi has forged a distinctive path in…

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Billtown Film Festival to help YWCA

April 1, 2012
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The 3rd Annual Billtown Film Festival will be held at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport on April 19, 20 and 21. But this year, BFF3 will be different. The theme for this year is Art, Women and the Environment. The festival will be focusing on Williamsport’s burgeoning art scene, the contributions of women…

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Screen Free Week

April 1, 2012
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Today, as I was walking across the Rite Aid parking lot on the Golden Strip, I saw something peculiar.  Peculiar to me, at least.  I saw three boxy red cars in a row. Two SUV’s an an old Geo Prism.  Now, let me explain: red cars are everywhere. There’s nothing remarkable about them and there’s…

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April 2012 Editorial

April 1, 2012
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People are actually reading this editorial! That’s the message I got after the last issue went to press. A friend told me that she had read the issue cover to cover and really enjoyed it and then commented, “And I’m telling you because you asked me to in your editorial.”  We heard from a number…

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One woman looks back at the “good old days” in Williamsport

April 1, 2012
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My 50th high school reunion was last August. My husband and high school classmate, Richard Allen, and I were excited about the prospect. It would be great to see old friends and celebrate 50 years. It was Williamsport High School Class of 1961. School reunions, especially big ones like 50 years, are an invitation to…

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Marcellus Shale: House of Cards

April 1, 2012
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The gas industry scored a major public relations coup in July of 2009 when it commissioned two Pennsylvania State University professors to extol its position in a research paper published by the university. The “Penn State Report,” as it came to be known, established the gas industry’s compact with the state. It created a shell…

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Hot Picks: April 2012

April 1, 2012
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Exhibit: Out of This World: The Landscapes of Our Solar SystemThe Gallery at Penn CollegeMarch 13 to April 19A traveling exhibition developed by the Hearst Art Gallery—in collaboration with the Physics and Astronomy departments of Saint Mary’s College of California—chronicles the relationship between space science and space art, and brings together the real and the…

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Mr. Deity Puzzle

April 1, 2012
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Wildcat Comic Con is More than a Fan Convention

April 1, 2012
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Wildcat Comic Con is More than a Fan Convention

Historically, a comic con (con is short for convention) was an event in which fans, creators, and marketers of comics came together. Industry secrets, new characters, and new story lines were unveiled, artists and writers were available for autographs, people went around in costume and entered contests and parades (the term for this is cosplay,…

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Walnut Run Farm

April 1, 2012
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Lara Judson grew up on a small farm in the Nippenose Valley, where for the past 30 years her parents, William and Sarmite Judson, have raised sheep and goats for meat and fibers. After managing small organic produce farms for absentee landowners in Maine and Colorado for the past ten years, Lara has returned to…

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Diners Part IV: Restless Oaks Restaurant in McElhattan

April 1, 2012
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Diners Part IV: Restless Oaks Restaurant in McElhattan

I was on an errand to the unfamiliar-to-me southwest area of our region, and my gut churned with the hunger of the annoyed and broke. Hoping I would not have to settle for McDonald’s, I saw signs on 220 for Restless Oaks Restaurant and decided to check it out. There’s a large, custom sign announcing…

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Ladies, please! Let’s keep those legs together, shall we?

April 1, 2012
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I never give Rush Limbaugh the time of day. I generally think his very existence is a giant air-suck and lament that because he’s in the world, there’s less oxygen there for me. But, since I don’t live on Everest, I deal. Then the Sandra Fluke controversy happened—look it up if you somehow missed it;…

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Act 13

April 1, 2012
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On Sunday March 4th, Ohev Sholom, 1501 Cherry St. in Williamsport, hosted Representatives Rick Mirabito and Garth Everett, of Pennsylvania’s 83rd and 84th Legislative Districts respectively, for a public forum regarding natural gas mining in the region. The conversation centered specifically around the recently passed Act 13, and what effect, if any, the new legislation…

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A Primary Primer: A Look at the April 24 Races

April 1, 2012
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Judging by the blistering criticism of our elected officials, you’d think the Lycoming County primary election ballot would be overcrowded. Not so. Other than the race for president (I’ll leave that to the major media), the only office for which both parties have more than one candidate is United States Senator. Many offices are uncontested.…

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