New online therapy provider opens for Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg, Pa. — A new telehealth option is available for Pennsylvanians dealing with mental health struggles. Eileen Hunt, a licensed counselor, started Maple Hill Counseling in May of this year. According to Maple Hill’s website, Hunt specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults dealing with “anxiety, depression, stress management, adjustment, and relationship issues.” Maple...
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Planet Fitness open again after temporary closure Wednesday afternoon

Members of Planet Fitness in Williamsport were alerted to an immediate closure under "unforeseen emergency circumstances" on Wednesday afternoon, but the gym is open to operations again after a couple hours of closure. The assistant manager of Planet Fitness in Williamsport said that the emergency was unforeseen, but everything is fine now. No corporate affiliate of Planet Fitness was available for comment.
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J&M foods recalls select lot of lavender shortbread cookies

J&M Foods is initiating a voluntary recall of one lot of the brand's Lavender Shortbread Cookies after a consumer realized the box was packed with a number of Chocolate Chip Cookies. As a result, the packaging does not list the presence of a possible allergen (soy or eggs). Some people who have an extreme allergy or severe sensitivity to soy or eggs could run the risk of a serious allergic reaction if they consume this product. ...

Geisinger’s Mobile Care Gap bus offers care to those with diabetes

Danville, Pa. — Geisinger is hitting the road to make better health easier for people who have diabetes with its Mobile Care Gap bus. The bus is intended to reach those who have a care gap in their preventive health. It offers critical services and screenings to help patients with diabetes manage their health. The bus stops every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at different locations in the Geisinger footprint. Routes...

Stocks turn higher after release of Fed meeting minutes

Stocks turned higher on Wall Street in choppy afternoon trading Wednesday following the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's most recent policy meeting. The minutes of the two-day meeting last month show that Fed officials concluded higher interest rates could be needed to restrain what they saw as a worrying trend: consumers starting to anticipate higher inflation. The policymakers also acknowledged that more rate hikes could weaken the economy. ...

Biden tells Griner's wife he's working to get her home

Washington, D.C. (AP) — President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday with the wife of detained WNBA player Brittney Griner, who is on trial in Russia, to reassure her that he is working to win Griner's freedom as soon as possible, the White House said. Biden's conversation with Cherelle Griner followed Brittney Griner's personal appeal to the president in a handwritten letter from the basketball player the White House received on Monday. In the letter, Griner said she feared she would spend forever in detention in Russia...

Northern Section of CSVT Project opens to traffic on Thursday

Point Township, Pa. — It will be a moment that many northcentral Pennsylvania residents have long waited for—the opening of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project's Northern Section. Starting Thursday, the northbound lanes will be open. The southbound lanes are expected to open late Friday, according to PennDOT. The Northern Section of the CSVT Project is a $670 million project that spans 13 miles and connects Route 147 south of...

Police: Parade shooting suspect contemplated 2nd shooting

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — The man charged with killing seven people at an Independence Day parade confessed to police that he unleashed a hail of bullets from a rooftop in suburban Chicago and then fled to the Madison, Wisconsin, area, where he contemplated shooting up an event there, authorities said Wednesday. Robert Crimo III turned back to Illinois, where he was later arrested after deciding he was not prepared to pull off a shooting in Wisconsin, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher...

Kids can explore nature at outdoor educational program

Danville, Pa. — A free hands-on stream exploration and guided nature tour for kids is coming to the Montour Preserve this month. The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association will hold a new Waterway Exploration Training (WET) educational experience from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 21 at the Montour Preserve near Washingtonville. The program, designed for young people ages 8-12 and their families, will include a three-station rotation focused on...

'Bored Apes' vs. 'DiamondDawgs' in NFT Classic this Saturday

State College, Pa. — In a partnership that forges a new connection between baseball and the non-fungible token (NFT) space, the Williamsport Crosscutters and State College Spikes will each rebrand for the inaugural NFT Classic, this Saturday, July 9 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. The Spikes will become the State College DiamondDawgs, adopting the identity of the DiamondDawgs NFT’s created by former Spikes player and current St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Evan Mendoza, while...

The next frontier for drones: Letting them fly out of sight

Remington, Va. (AP) — For years, there's been a cardinal rule for flying civilian drones: Keep them within your line of sight. Not just because it's a good idea — it's also the law. But some drones have recently gotten permission to soar out of their pilots' sight. They can now inspect high-voltage power lines across the forested Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. They're tracking endangered sea turtles off Florida's coast and monitoring seaports in the Netherlands and railroads from New Jersey to the rural...

The Blue Collar Bookseller review: Haymaker punch

It’s hot. It’s so hot that even the white collar workers are rednecks today. Soon, people will be complaining that it's too cold. After mowing my yard and pulling weeds, I agree. When you’ve been working outside, there’s nothing like a cool glass of switzel. I grew up drinking switzel. My Grandma would make a cold pitcher for my dad and me when we were hauling wood or doing chores. Just what is switzel? Switzel — also known as switchel, swizzle, ginger-water or haymaker's punch...

Lane restrictions set for Thursday on Lewisburg River Bridge

Lane restrictions will be in place Thursday, July 7, on the Lewisburg River Bridge in West Chillisquaque Township on Route 45 at the intersection with Route 405. A PennDOT maintenance crew will be replacing bulbs on the bridge between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Motorists can expect single lane conditions with flagging where work is being performed. Work is expected to be completed in just one day, weather permitting.

Two men charged for stealing auto parts to sell for scrap metal

Coal Township, Pa. — Two men in Northumberland County were caught attempting to steal auto parts from storage trailers in a wooded area in Coal Township. Coal Township Police say Kevin E. Eltringham, 39, of Coal Township, and Joshua Hartman, 35, of Shamokin, were charged with felonies of theft and receiving stolen property after the accuser learned they were at the storage trailers on June 25. The accuser told police...

DCNR cleans up fish passageway along Williamsport Dam

Reprinted from Riverkeeper Reflections of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association. After a June 10 blog post by the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association with underwater video by Michael Kinney showing a complete debris blockage of a fish passageway alongside the Williamsport Dam on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, DCNR's Tiadaghton office has since cleaned the passageway twice and has shared a more aggressive maintenance plan moving forward.