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FETZER — Jack L. Fetzer, III and Meagan L. (Saar) Fetzer of Jersey Shore announce the birth of their daughter, Jemarie Rae-Ann Alyse Fetzer, born at 11:47 a.m. on April 13, 2022 at Geisinger Medical Center. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches. Grandparents include Linda and ...

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WETZEL — Kasie Chronister and Melvin Wetzel, Jr., of Mill Hall, are the proud parents of a baby boy, Grayson Allen Wetzel, born March 19, 2022 at 7 pounds and 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. Parents welcome him into the world with open hearts as well as his brothers and sisters.

Three families welcome little ones

RICKER — Thomas Michael Ricker (TM) of Lock Haven, and Mary Elizabeth Ricker (Fecteau) of Renovo announce the birth of their daughter, Makenzie Elizabeth Ricker. Makenzie arrived at 5:51 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. She weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce ...

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BRUNNER-CHEVILLOT — Jessica Chevillot and Dallas Brunner of Mill Hall announce the birth of their daughter Josie Ray Elizabeth Brunner, who was born Dec. 28, 2021, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Josie weighed 8 pounds 2.8 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud big brother is ...

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Madisyn A. McCarty

This pretty little girl with the beautiful smile is Madisyn Anne McCarty. Madi just turned 10 years old on June 20 and celebrated with a birthday party with her friends at home in Mt. Holly Springs, where she lives with her mom and dad and sister, Alexandra. Madisyn will be in the fifth ...

Alexandra M. McCarty

This lovely young lady turned 12 years old on Oct. 20 and celebrated with a few of her best friends on Oct. 24 at her home. Ali and her sister, Madisyn, were able to return to school. Ali is now in middle school and next year she will be a teenager. Ali is active in her Youth Grange at ...

Liam celebrates sixth birthday

PHOTO PROVIDED This handsome young man is Liam Getgen the son of Susan and Zach Getgen. Liam turned 6 on Sept. 6. He celebrated with a monster jam party with family and friends. Liam was really excited to start kindergarten at Woodward Elementary. He is the grandson of the late Steve Ransdorf, ...

Younger set: Madisyn Anne McCarty

This sassy, but sweet little lady celebrated her ninth birthday on Saturday, June 20. The party was held outside at her home with her friends. The kids painted their own vases and had a water battle with water balloons and water guns. Madi likes to play soccer and go roller blading with her ...

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LH resident earns commencement medal

LOCK HAVEN — Kelsey Anne Allison, of Lock Haven, was awarded the William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies-Psy.D., at Marywood University’s 2022 commencement ceremony. The McGowan Medal was founded by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund in memory of William G. ...

In the schools

Dean’s List — Lydia Wockenfuss, of Lock Haven, has been named to the Dean’s list of James Madison University for the spring 2022 semester. Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.899. Wockenfuss is majoring in ...

JS student Karis E. Huff-Love receives National Honor

AVIS — The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) recently announced student Karis E. Huff-Love, of Avis, was selected to become a member of outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior ...

Walnut Street Christian School announces Third Quarter Honor Roll

AVIS — Walnut Street Christian School named students to its honor roll and merit roll for the third quarter: HONOR ROLL — First Grade: Westin Brooks, Grayson Miller, Payton Nicholson, Dominick Rosh and Annalise Snyder. — Second Grade: Ethan Bodle. — Third Grade: Carson Brooks, ...

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Cover — Stauffer

John and Kerri Cover, of Millersburg and Abe and Coral Stauffer, of Lock Haven are proud to announce the engagement of their children, Jessica Cover to Zachary Stauffer. Jess is a 2020 graduate of Lock Haven University and is a science teacher at C.E. McCall Middle School in Montoursville. Zach ...

Mauck — Strope

Sharla Mauck and the late Brian Mauck, of Blanchard, announce the engagement of their daughter Stormie Mauck to Ryan Strope, the son of John and Kristi Strope, of Lock Haven. The couple are both Central Mountain High School graduates. A wedding is planned on Aug. 20, 2021 at Mountain Valley ...

Crawford — Germello

Tim and Jennifer Crawford, of Mill Hall, announce the engagement of their daughter, Tawnni Crawford, to Zachary Germello, the son of Angelo and Wendy Germello, of Lock Haven. The couple are both graduates of Central Mountain High School. They will be married on June 12, 2021 in Lock Haven.

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Couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

Mr. and Mrs. Neil G. Benshaw of Williamsport will celebrate 70 years of marriage on May 24, 2022. They were married in 1952 at the rectory of St. Joseph Church in Renovo, Pa. Mrs. Benshaw, the former Carolyn Ann Marshall of North Bend, Pa. graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in ...

Wagners celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

PHOTOS PROVIDED William (Bill) and Sharon (Linn) Wagner of Avis are celebrating 50 years of marriage on Friday, March 25, 2022. They were married in The Avis United Methodist Church in 1972. They chose that wedding date because it was the 23rd wedding anniversary of Sharon’s parents, the ...

Hurlbutts celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

PHOTO PROVIDED John Warren and Kathy L. Hurlbutt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 5, 2022. They were married in Newberry, Pa. at the United Methodist Church on Fourth Street. The former Kathy Chilson was the daughter of the late Melvin and Eleanor Chilson. John was the ...

Bairs celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary

PHOTOS PROVIDED Robert and Ruby Bair recently celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. They were joined in marriage on Dec. 27, 1951 at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rebersburg, Pa. and officiated by Dr. Sunday. They lived in Castanea for 50 years and are currently living in Centre Hall, ...

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2022 Summer Concert Series

Since 1998 the City of Lock Haven has been providing free concerts to its residents, and the Summer Concert Series Committee is pleased to announce 20 concerts for the 2022 season. This year, the Friday evening concerts will continue to be held at Triangle Park and our Grove Street Stage, part ...

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Penitent Souls: Bikers raising money for children

In 2011, a group of motorcycle friends had a vision to create an organization where 100% of all funds raised went directly to helping kids in need, and so it was that Penitent Souls Children's Foundation was born. Flip Phillips, president, and Tim Cresswell, vice president, set out on a mission ...

9-11 Memorial Ride embracing change

This year, the 9-11 Memorial Ride in Lycoming County plans to continue into its third decade what has become a roaring memorial. And organizers are planning  on how they can stay true to their mantra of “Never Forget.” “We are looking for new blood. For those of us who have been at ...

Top trends and gear talk from JS Customs

Jason Schoonmaker’s JS Customs has been customizing and repairing motorcycles since 2008. In 2019, the shop moved out of Schoonmaker’s garage to their present location in western Lycoming County at 221 Seminary Street in Jersey Shore. While they see their fair share of Harleys, JS Customs ...

Kurtz Motorsports on a roll

Kurtz Motorsports has been around for 50 years, so the business is no stranger to the ups and downs of the biking world. And Kurtz is incredibly busy. “We are seeing a lot of young adults who are buying motorcycles, especially with the cost of gas right now. We see a lot in their late ...

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Hewitt — Summers

Lyndsey Hewitt and Robert Lee Summers, Jr. were united in marriage on Sept. 4, 2021, at Lucy’s Garden in Ridgefield, Wash. Hewitt, 31, is the daughter of Timothy and Nicole Hewitt, of Lock Haven, and Sandra Anderson, of Oskaloosa, Iowa. She is a 2008 graduate of Central Mountain High School ...

Orwig — Hartman

PHOTO PROVIDED On Oct. 21 at the Bald Eagle State Park Nature Inn, Kearstin Orwig and Ross Hartman were united in marriage. The bride was escorted along a beautiful fall pathway by her father, Kris Orwig. A delicious dinner was held for friends and family hosted by the grooms parents, Paul ...

Swam – Eaton

Haleigh Swam and Thomas Eaton were united in marriage on Oct. 2, 2021 at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Va., in a beautiful outdoor ceremony led by John Fulton, grandfather of the bride. Haleigh is the daughter of Sarah and Jason Swam of Fernandina Beach, Fla. She earned bachelor’s ...

Torres — Fuller

On Saturday, July 10, 2021 Hunter E. Torres, son of the late Lucille K. Torres (Jones) and Elvis E. Torres, and Saletia M. Peck (Fuller), daughter of Rhonda K. Lambert (Bauman) and William S. Fuller Jr. were married at the Dixie Weiss Memorial Park on Big Plum Run Road in Swissdale surrounded ...

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Publisher’s letter: Music to our ears

There is nothing like a great song to soothe my spirit. Rock and roll, blues, country, smooth jazz, bluegrass, doo-wop, swing, rhythm and blues ... you name it. I love them all. We are blessed in this now wonderfully green, mountainous region of the world to have some of the best music ...

Avenue Bookstore opens in downtown Lock Haven

Avenue Bookstore’s opening is a win not only for downtown Lock Haven, but also for independent bookstores across the United States. The once endangered species of independent bookstores is now bouncing back and Avenue is proof. “There's a real movement toward supporting small. There ...

Van Wagner: The Voice of Penn’s Woods

A photo of Van Wagner on his website shows the musician and educator with a face streaked with coal dust and wearing a yellow miner’s hat while holding an acoustic hollow-body guitar. The image gives a good indication of where Wagner is coming from with his music. “Working 500 feet ...

Our Riverkeeper

The job title “riverkeeper” could quite possibly be the coolest title ever and the duties attached to it aren’t too shabby either. Protecting our waterways, confronting polluters, producing CDs, and educating youth are just some of the responsibilities John Zaktansky has taken on as the ...