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No tax increase expected for city, but reserves could be tapped

LOCK HAVEN — City Council took its first vote on a 2018 budget Monday. No tax increases or new taxes are needed to balance the $11 million spending plan as it is currently recommended. However, some of the city’s reserves are expected to be used next year, said Assistant City Manager ...

County set to offer first look at 2018 budget

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners will unveil their preliminary 2018 budget this Thursday with the goal—they said—of avoiding any property tax increase. Specifics of the spending plan offered at Monday’s work session were vague, but Commissioners Pete Smeltz and Jeff ...

Centre woman named ‘top physician’

STATE COLLEGE — A Centre County dermatologist and Lock Haven native has been selected as one of “Pennsylvania’s Top Physicians Under 40” by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dr. Lorraine Rosamilia, daughter of McElhattan residents Bob and Celia Larsen of Lock Haven, treats skin ...

‘Bear Trophy’ may head back to Lycoming

It appears Clinton County will have to return the coveted “Bear Trophy” to Lycoming County, as Clinton’s neighbor to the east has - preliminarily - recorded a higher harvest of black bears on opening day this 2017 season. Clinton and Lycoming started the trophy in 2009 as the two counties ...

New light poles installed downtown

PPL Electric Utilities began work in November to replace 58 streetlights in the Lock Haven business district. The new poles, which are replacing aged, green-fluted steel poles, are made from fiberglass and have an expected lifespan of over 60 years, according to Tracie Witter, PPL regional ...

Around the Town

Good Day To Cody Eisenhauer! Winter Craft Market The 42nd Annual Winter Craft Market will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 in State College at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It offers more than 70 juried artisans so shoppers are sure to find something for ...

It’s Christmastime

By LANA MUTHLER lmuthler@lockhaven.com It was a great time in Renovo, Mill Hall and Flemington. Children lined the streets Saturday and Sunday, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. And they weren’t disappointed. They smiled broadly and waved with ...

Food boxes provide Thanksgiving dinner

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS The Renovo Area Council of Churches held their monthly food box distribution last week, as the one that they host before Thanksgiving always proves to be the groups biggest of the year. With the majority of the food coming from the Central PA Food Bank, the Renovo ...

Bucktail Medical Center CEO earns ‘Community Star’

RENOVO — On the third Thursday of November every year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health leads National Rural Health Day, an annual day of recognition for those who serve the vital health needs of over 60 million people residing in America’s rural communities, ...

Exploration-U held for kids, families in Bellefonte area schools

BELLEFONTE — There is nothing that can incite more excitement in a young, inquisitive mind quite like a night of science activities. Bellefonte Area School District, partnering with the Penn State Science Outreach Center, has definitely realized this and continues to attract the young and ...

Santa is comin’ to town! Christmas parades begin today

Santa Claus will be coming to towns in our area in the following Christmas parades. TODAY MILL HALL — Mill Hall Kiwanis Christmas Parade, 1 p.m., Main Street to Mill Hall Fire Hall where Santa will give treats to first 150 kids (up to 10 years old). Line-up at noon; cash prizes and ...

Around the Town

Good Day To all the local business owners opening their doors and holding sales for Small Business Saturday! Word of the Day Pathos — An element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion. Quote of the Day “If you want to know what a man’s like, take ...

Potential for nature-based economy is focus of workshop

LOCK HAVEN — Central Pennsylvania is home to amazing nature trails, parks, forests, scenic vistas and more. Consider the world class Pine Creek Rail Trail. Or the scenic West Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail, which is a National Geographic “Best Adventure Destination.” Locals ...

LHU to host event with guest speakers

LOCK HAVEN — Across the country, the outdoor recreation economy is booming, generating $887 billion in consumer spending annually, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2017 Outdoor Recreation Economy Report. This equates 7.6 million jobs and over $124.5 billion in annual ...

Hunters harvest 1,626 bears in three days

HARRISBURG — Hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 318 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,628 – an about 30 percent decrease compared to the 2,308 bears taken during the first three days of the 2016 season. Extensive rain on the season’s ...

LHU Republicans hand out turkeys

PHOTO PROVIDED Before heading home to be with their families for the holiday, the Lock Haven University College Republicans gave to their college community by contributing turkey dinners to area families. Those who helped are pictured from left to right starting with the front row: Club ...

Calendar of events

TOMORROW r BEA Fall Craft and Gift Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., middle school gym, lobby, cafeteria, with more than 100 vendors and raffle; bring non-perishable food items and receive free raffle tickets. Dresses accepted for Prom Dress Event. r Small Business Saturday open house, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ...

Around the Town

Good Day To Barb Morse and Emily Morse of Hughesville, and to all Black Friday Shoppers! Quote of the Day “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” — Albert Camus Breakfast with Santa Come join the Santa for a free breakfast at the ...

Preschoolers celebrate Thanksgiving in style

By LANA MUTHLER lmuthler@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — There was a lot of excitement in the preschool room at the Lock Haven YMCA on Tuesday morning as the 3-5 year-old boys and girls made two fresh pumpkin pies .... just like the ones made by generations to top off Thanksgiving Day ...