Filmed & edited by Austin Dragovich in association with MU

by Austin Dragovich

This documentary was filmed and edited by Austin Dragovich. The film was produced as part of a Mansfield University class project by Emily Lusk, Delaney Palmer and Austin Dragovich.

by Austin Dragovich
This is the story of Wellsboro Home Page.
John and Sara Vogt spent 25 years in Washington, D.C. in the radio industry before relocating to Wellsboro, PA in 2004. While in D.C., John had his first experience working in new media when his station became one of the first in the United States to broadcast online. John knew from the beginning that the internet was a game-changer for broadcast media. This forward thinking was the first seed of Wellsboro Home Page.
The idea for Wellsboro Home Page actually came about back in the mid-2000s. Unfortunately, the internet connection at the time was not strong enough to support this big idea, so it had to be put on the back burner. It wasn’t until years later that technology caught up to the concept and Wellsboro Home Page could really get started.
One of the biggest challenges in the beginning was ensuring everything looked right on camera for this new media experience. After lots of tweaking, retooling, and reworking, the set and lights for the studio were complete. The next step was finding the right people.
Andrew Moore, Home Page’s Director of Video Production, first met John through a mutual friend. Andrew met with Mr. Vogt, who laid out his vision for Wellsboro Home Page. Andrew, who has been producing video since his teenage years, thought the idea sounded great and jumped right in. That was just the first step. Since then, people of all ages and backgrounds have stepped in as contributors to this new media experience. Many have regular segments on the website, while others cover a variety of stories around the Tioga County area.
The impact was immediate. Wellsboro Home Page amassed thousands of page views within the first month of launching, and has since become a staple in the Wellsboro and Tioga County communities. With videos covering everything from high school sports to quilting and glass blowing, as well as events like the Laurel Festival and Dickens of a Christmas, they have fulfilled their slogan: It’s all right here on Wellsboro Home Page! Since launching two years ago, Wellsboro Home Page has time and again fulfilled its mission to serve our community with a quality product, accentuating the coverage of positive events while giving people a voice.

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The Fifth Season

It’s been a wonderful year serving our community.

by Home Page – Dec. 28, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016

Welcome to our End of the Year Highlights! This feature is a super-cut of some of our favorite features of 2015! While we prepare to launch some new and exciting features & surprises on January 4th, we hope you enjoy these special moments hand-picked by our staff.

We cannot thank you, our community, enough for supporting us watching for the past two years. It has been an absolute honor and pleasure serving you all. We would also like to thank our Home Page family of advertisers. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

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The Fifth Season

Wellsboro’s single-season tackle leader receives prestigious honor.

 

by Ed Weaver – December 24, 2015

Senior linebacker Nick Tremper was named to the 2015 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Team on Wednesday, December 23.

Tremper, Wellsboro’s single-season record holder with 161 tackles, helped anchor the anchor the area’s top defense, win the Morton F. Jones Trophy for a fourth straight time over rival North Penn, win the school’s first-ever District IV playoff game, win a District IV Championship, and play in the school’s first ever PIAA State playoff game.

“I feel honored to have been chosen as an All-State linebacker,” Tremper said. “I put a lot of hard work in in the off-season as well as in practice and it is nice to be recognized for that hard work. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates as we achieved great things this year as a team. It feels great to be chosen and I couldn’t be happier.”

Tremper finished his career with 291 tackles, two interceptions for 45 yards, and five forced fumbles (three recovered). Not only was Tremper a defensive force to be reckoned with, but he was also an offensive threat for Wellsboro by rushing for 664 yards and accounting for 1,089 all-purpose yards.

“I am very proud of Nick. He was a leader for this team both on and off the field and a huge reason why we were so successful,” said head coach Matt Hildebrand. “Nick worked very hard both in the off-season and throughout the season. Nick never left the field and would never complain. Every snap, every time you knew you were going to get 100% from Nick. As a coach Nick has been one of the most coachable kids I have had the privilege of coaching. This is a great honor for Nick and our program. Nick deserves this recognition. Myself and the rest of the coaching staff are all very proud of Nick for this honor.”

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The Fifth Season

And have a Happy New Year!

by Home Page – December 24 – 27, 2015

On behalf of all your family here at The Home Page Network we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Joyful New Year!

Luke 2:1-20
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

*Special thanks to Living Word Fellowship Church for their live nativity!

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The Fifth Season

2015 marks 90th anniversary of club that values “service above self.”

by Home Page – December 23, 2015

This past year – 2015 – marks the 90th anniversary of the Wellsboro Rotary Club. This group of men & women has impacted our community immeasurably over their 90 years of service, and in today’s feature we meet some of their members and find out what makes Rotary so special.

Rotary as an organization is made up of three parts: clubs, Rotary International and the Rotary foundation.
“Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action. Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives. The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.” – Rotary.org

Everything Rotary does, from personal to professional relationships and decisions is considered and evaluated by a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide called the Four-Way Test, which asks four questions:

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

“We’re using this as a litmus test, as a judge for our behaviors, for our projects, for our fundraisers so that we know we’re on solid ethical grounding of what we’re doing.” states Rotary District Governor, Barbara Belon.

The Wellsboro Rotary club sponsors, hosts and contributes to many events and activities in our area, including (but not limited to) the Wellsboro Little League, the Laurel Festival, the exchange student program, The Deane Center, Wellsboro Concert Association, the American Red Cross, the Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department, and the Green Free Public library. “One of the biggest things they do,” says Rotarian Dick Ford, “is they donate money to various organizations. I think, since I’ve been a rotarian, they’ve collected $200,000-300,000. And it’s been passed on to various organizations and people.”

However, what really makes Rotary special is the people and their investment in others. The exchange student program is one of their most notable services. “You can visit a country or travel any number of places, but it’s just a world of difference when you’re living in a home with someone,” says Rotarian Richard Black, “That’s where you really get a true experience.” Mr. Black not only heads-up the exchange program – he has hosted a number of students and has had two of his own children participate in the program. This past year Mr. Black hosted Brieux Thibaut, a student from Belgium. “I’ve really enjoyed it. It was a great year, one of the best of my life.” says Thibaut. “I will never forget the people I met here. They will be what I miss the most.”

Time is a precious commodity and the Wellsboro Rotarians give theirs for the betterment of our community on a daily basis. “I like having the opportunity to work with people who are community minded,” says Rotarian Maria Spencer. “I have time to give and there is no better way than to help out with Rotary.” From roadside cleanups to fundraisers to event setups and more, Rotarians are always volunteering their time to help others.

On January 8th of this year, Rotarian and State Representative Matt Baker presented a congratulatory citation from the PA House of Representatives to the Wellsboro Rotary club. The citation reads as follows:

“Whereas, The House of Representatives of Pennsylvania takes great pleasure in recognizing those organizations which contribute to the benefit of their communities and ultimately to all the citizens of this Commonwealth; and

Whereas, The Rotary Club of Wellsboro is being Honored upon the celebration of its ninetieth anniversary; and

Whereas The Rotary Club of Wellsboro was chartered by Rotary International on January 20, 1925. In addition to sponsoring students to study abroad, the club has contributed to numerous organization in the community, including the Deane Center, the Community Concert Association, Little League baseball, the American Red Cross, the Wellsboro Volunteer Fire Department, the Green Free Public Library and the annual Laurel Festival. The Rotary Club of Wellsboro has also encouraged the growth and support of the youth of Wellsboro by awarding prizes and grants to students for their scholastic and extracurricular achievements. Throughout its history, the Rotary Club of Wellsboro has made inestimable contributions to the welfare of society through a sense of fellowship through its programs, which are designed to enhance the quality of life for all. A succession of dedicated leaders and members has made this possible, keeping ever mindful of the noble maxims if the organization.

Now therefore, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania congratulates the Rotary Club of Wellsboro upon its well-deserved recognition; offers best wishes for continued growth and success in the years to come;

And directs that a copy of this citation, sponsored by the Honorable Matthew E. Baker on December 29, 2014, be transmitted to the Rotary Club of Wellsboro, PO Box 961, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 16901”

Home Page would like to thank Wellsboro Rotary for all they’ve done for our community – the hearts they’ve touched and the lives they’ve changed will forever be appreciated.

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The Fifth Season

Rams win every match for 76-0 victory.

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by Ed Weaver – December 23, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Wrestling team dropped their first home match of the year to Wyalusing, 76-0 on Tuesday, December 22.

The Rams took every match as they started off with three forfeits at 120 lbs., 126 lbs., and 132 lbs. Senior Tyler Evans lost a 7-0 decision to Joseph Doss at 138 lbs., junior Caleb Sinkler lost a 21-6 tech fall at 145 lbs. to Creighton Edsell, and sophomore Cory Busch was pinned by Collin Edsell in 1:38 at 152 lbs.

Freshman Brennan Catherman lost an 18-3 tech fall at 160 lbs. to Wyalusing’s Denton Porter, freshman Hunter Brown was pinned by Ed Mapes in 4:55 at 170 lbs., freshman Robert Brown was pinned in 5:41 by Michael Wilcox at 195 lbs., and senior Owen Covert lost to Dawson Otis at 285 lbs. by a 5-2 decision.

The Rams also earned forfeits at 182 lbs., 220 lbs., 106 lbs., and 113 lbs. to close out the match.

In the Middle School match the Hornets fell to 1-2 on the year with a 57-21 loss. Brock Hamblin picked up a 7-4 decision at 80 lbs., Connor Ramsey won by pin at 122 lbs. in 2:59, Clayton Rogers pinned his opponent in 1:05 at 138 lbs., and Alex Burrell won by pin in 2:46 at 155 lbs.

The Varsity team drops to 0-3 (0-3 NTL). The team will be back in action on Wednesday, December 30 at the Selinsgrove Tournament.

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The Fifth Season

Tim Morey invites you to join the upcoming winter wonderland fun!

by Chloe Quimby – December 22, 2015

Though we in Wellsboro seem to have avoided a harsh winter thus far, snow season is coming! With it, there are a number of fun, outdoors activities designed to keep us moving and warm. WHP correspondent Tim Morey reminds residents that the Community Ski Club is a great opportunity for families to hit the slopes. Their program for kids K-12, with parent/guest rates as an added bonus, is available through Wellsboro Parks and Recreation (http://www.wellsbororecreation.org/). There are deeply discounted ski passes, as well as a midweek travel deal for interested parties.

The 2016 Winter Outing Series begins with the First-Day Hike & 5K Fun Run on January 1st at Hills Creek State Park. A longer hike will be held the following day, January 2nd, at Sand Run Falls. Other activities include a snowman building contest at Ives’ Run on Sunday, January 10th, and a rock climbing open house at Kelchner Fitness Center, Friday, January 15th.

Finally, don’t miss Winterfest at Hills Creek on Saturday, January 16th. There’s fun to be had by those of all ages, as well as free hot dogs and chocolate as long as the supply holds out. More details regarding any of the events can be found at www.StepOutdoors.org.

Check out the Outdoor Store in January of 2016–they’ve got something new you’ll want to take a look at.

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The Fifth Season

Don’t panic! Gift Girl is here to save the day!

by John Vogt – December 21, 2015

[INCOMING TRANSMISSION FROM GIFT GIRL HQ]

On today’s broadcast Gift Girl is here to save the day with last-minute shopping tips. But, just before she can tell us all her secrets Gift Girl gets a GIFT SIGNAL and has to fly off to help some frustrated shopper with their Christmas shopping.

Never fear! Our faithful heroine Ann Dunham Rawson, VP of Merchandising at Dunham’s Department store, is left holding the bag. Ann does an amazing job giving us a number of wonderful gift ideas for under fifty dollars. She even has some great suggestions for that really BIG gift.

Ann begins in the arts and crafts area of the Dunham’s Kids’ Department. There are lots of fantastic gifts for under ten dollars. The best part about these suggestions is that they are all really great gifts! There is also a varied selection of Klutz books. Children ages 6 to 12 absolutely love these books, all priced under twenty-five dollars. The bamboo cars are amazing, fun toys that are also good for the earth! Ann wraps up the Kids presents segment of our broadcast with some wonderful suggestions for that really BIG gift!

Jewelry is always the perfect Christmas gift and Dunham’s has a beautiful collection at some very affordable prices. Make sure to watch today’s broadcast to see a number of their lovely selections.

Other great Christmas gift ideas include perfume, cologne and bath and body items. Dunham’s has an abundance of products in this category that women love!

Ann goes on to show us many other gifts on today’s program that are sure to bring joy and plenty of smiles on Christmas morning. Don’t miss this fun and informative feature and thanks for sharing today’s program with family and friends.

Special thanks to Ann Dunham Rawson and all the folks at Dunham’s Department Store for being part of our Home Page family of advertisers.

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The Lady Hornets improve to 6-1 on the season following Saturday’s victory

by Ed Weaver – December 21, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Basketball team extended their win streak with a 58-31 victory against Wyalusing on Saturday, December 19.

The Lady Hornets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after senior Sarah Ingerick and sophomore Lizzie Poirier hit early shots. Wellsboro would end the first quarter with an 11-5 lead that it would never relinquish. Wellsboro outscored Wyalusing 19-9 in the second quarter and took a 46-25 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Hornets finished the game by outscoring Wyalusing 12-6 in the fourth for the win.

Senior Jada Jackson led the Lady Hornets on the night with 17 points, her fifth straight game scoring in double figures. Ingerick finished the night with 13 points, Poirier and sophomore Rachael Tuttle each scored 8 points, and senior Alexa Singer, junior Jessica Grab, and junior Janessa Davis all scored four points each.

Wellsboro won the JV game 34-9 to improve to 6-1. Freshman Julia Smith led the way with 13 points and freshman Emma Poirier had 8.

With the win, the Varsity team improves to 6-1 (2-0 NTL Division 1). The team will be back in action tomorrow as they travel to Coudersport.

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A look at this week’s highlights (and bloopers!) on Wellsboro Home Page

by Home Page – December 19 & 20, 2015

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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DECORATING DECODED – DECK THE HALLS!
Decorating for Christmas is a time of year we all look forward to but also dread a tiny bit because of the work involved. How you decorate and how much is dependent on two things – personal preference and budget. I tend to go a bit overboard, occupational hazard. It is also a result of things I have accumulated for over two decades. Each year I add something else to the collection, but decorating for Christmas does not need to be expensive or laborious. There are many quick and easy things you can do to add Christmas cheer to your home…
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MAKING THE CUT – KIERON SMETHERS
Kieron Smethers attended East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Massachusetts this past semester. Prep schools focus on improving a student athlete in the classroom and on the field, in preparation for playing at the collegiate level. East Coast Prep is a postgraduate college football prep program that provides individuals with an opportunity to fulfill their goals at the college level by one semester of highly disciplined, intense program.
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WRESTLING SEASON 2015 PREVIEW
Wellsboro only graduated one senior from the 2014 team (Jack Chambers), so they bring back many of their key members of last year’s team. Wellsboro lacks a full roster so team wins will be tough to come by, but the wrestlers that do wrestle, wrestle hard and never quit.
Owen Covert advanced to Districts last year after finishing third in Sectionals, and has a great shot to repeat and possibly advance past the District round. Junior Kaleb Smith and freshmen Robert and Hunter Brown also stand a great at making Districts.
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PROUGH’S 21 LEADS HORNETS OVER WILLIAMSON
Sophomore Dalton Prough scored a game, season, and career-high 21 points to lead the Wellsboro Varsity Boys Basketball team to a 80-36 victory over Williamson on Wednesday, December 16.
The JV team beat Williamson 45-12 to improve to 6-0 on the year. Brelo led the team with 16 points and Tuttle pitched in 7.
The win improves the Varsity team’s record to 5-1 on the year. The team will be back in action on Friday, December 18 as they travel to Troy.
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MU PSYCH CENTRAL – HOLIDAY STRESS
The holidays may be pleasant for some, but they also bring significant stress and anxiety to many others. Often this stress and anxiety is associated with a number of things including family expectations, toxic relatives, chaotic plans, and unhappy memories associated with the holidays. If this were not enough, holiday stress also increases the likelihood of sickness because of a compromised immune system and cold weather.
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Fight holiday stress with modest expectations and proper self-care

by Nicolle Mayo, PHD – December 18, 2015

The holidays may be pleasant for some, but they also bring significant stress and anxiety to many others. Often this stress and anxiety is associated with a number of things including family expectations, toxic relatives, chaotic plans, and unhappy memories associated with the holidays. If this were not enough, holiday stress also increases the likelihood of sickness because of a compromised immune system and cold weather.

Although many of us continue the traditions of years past, we may not consider alternative options to reducing stress. Many people operate on automatic pilot, buying presents and spending lots of money on relatives and friends, cooking elaborate meals (some of which we may not even like), and trying to decide how to spend time with relatives it is nearly impossible to visit in a short period of time.

Tyler Benelli, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Laurel Behavioral Health, recommends reviewing and modifying the expectations we put on ourselves to have the “perfect” holiday. What if we sit down and re-examine all of the traditions and family expectations placed on us? What if we then chose which traditions to keep or not keep? Perhaps this may alter our way of thinking about the holidays. Changing our thoughts, expectations, and boundaries around holiday activities can really save us from the havoc we put ourselves through. Limiting the time we spend cooking, spending money, and visiting with family may be the best medicine to reducing stress.

In order to begin the process of modifying expectations, Tyler also suggests that we learn to be mindful. Being mindful by living in the present moment involves leaving thoughts about the past and future behind, while focusing on what is happening right now. It is important that we check-in with how we might be doing at any given moment. Questions we may ask ourselves when doing a self check-in include things like, how am I feeling right now? Is there tension in my body? If feeling anxious or tense, what can I do to relax right now? What is it that is currently increasing my stress? How can I make appropriate changes to take care of myself over the next few days or weeks? These questions are basic, but powerful guides used to increase self-awareness.

When we are self-aware, we are thoughtful about our needs, mentally and physically. Tyler recommends finding enjoyable activities to engage in to reduce holiday stress and anxiety. These activities may vary from person to person, but some suggestions include: reading an enjoyable book, exercising, talking to a trusted friend, focusing on breathing deeply, praying or meditating, cleaning, taking a hot bath, crocheting, drinking tea, going for a walk, playing an instrument, or even singing. Other times, the act of simply cutting something out of our schedules is enough to reduce the burden on our shoulders.

Although the holidays are busy and chaotic, they do not have to take over our lives. We can make choices that help ourselves and others.. It may be helpful to talk to an objective party about how to reduce your stress if it is too overwhelming and affecting you socially, at work, or with family. Therapists, like Tyler Benelli at Laurel Behavioral Health, can help alleviate your sources of stress and guide you to take appropriate steps to care for yourself.

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Wellsboro takes 80-36 win over Williamson, improving to 5-1

by Ed Weaver – December 17, 2015

Sophomore Dalton Prough scored a game, season, and career-high 21 points to lead the Wellsboro Varsity Boys Basketball team to a 80-36 victory over Williamson on Wednesday, December 16.

Prough scored an early five points and 19 of his 21 points in the first half to give the Hornets the lopsided win. Wellsboro jumped out to a 21-11 lead in the first quarter and then outscored Williamson 25-3 in the second to put the game away. Prough finished with a double-double by grabbing 12 rebounds. Sophomore Quinn Henry took over where Prough left off in the second half as he scored 12 of his 17 points in the half, including 8 of the Hornets’ 16 third quarter points.

Wellsboro’s younger players played the majority of the fourth quarter to close out the team’s fifth consecutive win. Junior Alden Weiner finished the night with 9 points and 9 rebounds, sophomore Collin Pietropola also pitched in 9 points. Freshman Andrew Brelo scored 7, freshman Brandyn Tuttle, junior Jacob Singer, and sophomore Nic Ingerick all scored 5 points, and senior Dawson Prough added two points.

The JV team beat Williamson 45-12 to improve to 6-0 on the year. Brelo led the team with 16 points and Tuttle pitched in 7.

The win improves the Varsity team’s record to 5-1 on the year. The team will be back in action on Friday, December 18 as they travel to Troy.

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Legislation passed in effort to save lives

by PA House of Representatives – Dec. 16, 2015

HARRISBURG – In order to ensure greater safety for those individuals who may have a severe allergic reaction, state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has authored legislation passed by the House to permit a variety of establishments to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors available for emergency use.

“Food and other allergies can strike a person quickly and can often develop into a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis shock, which is why the availability of epi-pens is so important,” said Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee. “Many children may not even be aware they have an allergy to a particular food they never tried before, or may be stung by a bee for the first time and experience a severe reaction while away from home. Also common is that an adult may have forgotten his or her epi-pen at home not realizing that a particular ingredient they are allergic to would be used in a dish they ordered at a restaurant. These are the situations in which having an epi-pen on the premises would be valuable.”

Entities that would be authorized to obtain epi-pens under the legislation include recreation camps, colleges, restaurants, sports arenas, amusement parks and day care centers. These establishments would not be required to have a supply of epi-pens, but they would be permitted to have them if they wanted. Those that do acquire epi-pens would be required to have the individual(s) in charge of storage, maintenance and general oversight and use of epi-pens complete a training program offered by the Department of Health.

Also included in House Bill 1351 is a Good Samaritan clause to protect entities, health care practitioners and employees from liability if they are acting in good faith when administering the medication.

Baker noted that similar legislation to allow schools to have epi-pens was enacted into law last session, and today, more than 2,645 Pennsylvania schools are participating in the program to receive epi-pens.

“Having epi-pens available is no different than schools and other facilities having AEDs in the case of a cardiac emergency,” said Baker. “Allergic reactions can happen very suddenly and epi-pens that are administered quickly can save lives. It just makes sense to make them available in places where food allergies in particular can typically take place.”

To date, 17 states have enacted similar legislation in law, and more than 20 states are considering such legislation.

House Bill 1351 has the support of Food Allergy Research and Education, Kids with Allergies, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The legislation now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

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The young Wellsboro Hornets prepare for the upcoming season

by Ed Weaver – December 16, 2015

Today we preview our last winter sport, with a look at the Wellsboro wrestling team.

Head Coach: Scott Ingerick (3rd year, 1-35)
2014 Season Record: 1-19
Key Returners: Owen Covert and Kaleb Smith

Wellsboro only graduated one senior from the 2014 team (Jack Chambers), so they bring back many of their key members of last year’s team. Wellsboro lacks a full roster so team wins will be tough to come by, but the wrestlers that do wrestle, wrestle hard and never quit.

Owen Covert advanced to Districts last year after finishing third in Sectionals, and has a great shot to repeat and possibly advance past the District round. Junior Kaleb Smith and freshmen Robert and Hunter Brown also stand a great at making Districts.

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Henry, Jones, Covert take top NTL football All-Star awards

by Ed Weaver – December 15, 2015

Sophomore Quinn Henry, Junior Parker Jones, and senior Owen Covert were named Offensive player, Defensive player, and Lineman of the Year and head coach Matt Hildebrand and staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year as the NTL named their football All-Stars on Tuesday, December 15.

Henry was the Co-Offensive Player of the Year as he rushed for 1,045 yards, threw for 1,373 yards and accounted for 34 total touchdowns. Henry was also the first Wellsboro quarterback to rush and throw for 1,000 yards in team history* for a single season.

Jones recorded 83 tackles and 7 sacks from his defensive end position to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors. Covert anchored the offensive line that had one of their best years for Lineman of the Year honors.

Coach Hildebrand is in his third year as he coach and is already tied for 3rd all-time for the most career wins (28) and has guided the Hornets to three straight District IV playoff appearances and won the 2015 District IV Class A title over rival North Penn.

“I am very proud of all the boys that received recognition. This year we had 3 players take home the large awards of Offensive, Defensive and Linemen of the year. I do not believe that this has ever been done in Wellsboro,” Hildebrand said. “These awards are all very deserving. Many of these players were not known outside of our own locker room before the season. They opened many people’s eyes. There was a lot of work put into the offseason and daily practice that led to the success on the football field. As a coach it is very rewarding to see that your players get the respect of other coaches around the league. People are finally starting to notice the quality athletes that Wellsboro Football is producing.”

Jones and Covert were both 1st team defenders and senior Nick Tremper joined them at his outside linebacker spot. Tremper broke a 26-year old record for tackles in a single-season, surpassing Kurt Benjamin’s 1989 record of 146 tackles with 161 tackles this year.

Sophomore Collin Pietropola (inside linebacker), Henry (free safety), and sophomore Alex Kozuhowski (corner back) were all 2nd team selections, and freshman Robert Brown (inside linebacker), sophomore Chase Moser (strong safety), and Pietropola (punter) were honorable mentions.

On the offensive side of the ball, Jones was a 1st team tight end and Covert was a 1st team tackle. Henry (quarterback), Tremper (fullback), Moser (versatility), junior Brandon Lamphier (wide receiver), Pietropola (center), and junior Kaleb Smith (guard) were all 2nd team selections. Honorable mentions include sophomore Nic Ingerick (kicker) and junior Ethan Nichols (tackle).

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Do you have what it takes to compete at the next level?

by Drew Patrick – December 15, 2015

The transition from high school to college athletics is an incredibly difficult task. There is not one, simple way to do it. Here on Making the Cut, we have spoken with recruited players, preferred walk-ons, and walk-ons. Today, we met with someone who is currently in the process of making the cut through prep school.

Kieron Smethers attended East Coast Prep in Great Barrington, Massachusetts this past semester. Prep schools focus on improving a student athlete in the classroom and on the field, in preparation for playing at the collegiate level. East Coast Prep is a postgraduate college football prep program that provides individuals with an opportunity to fulfill their goals at the college level by one semester of highly disciplined, intense program. East Coast Prep has three main academic and four athletic objectives.

Academically, the objectives are improvement of core GPA through NCAA approved master based online courses; improvement of SAT/ACT scores through intense two a day SAT/ACT prep course; and improved study habits/time management skills through disciplined daily study. Smethers commented that a strong academic program was a big factor in favor of East Coast Prep, especially the way the school structures their classes and practices.

Smethers finished his semester at East Coast Prep and is now waiting for the recruiting process to get underway. “It is a long and strenuous process,” stated Smethers. He also mentioned that he has heard from schools in both the PSAC and the NE10.

The best advice Smethers heard throughout this process? Enjoy the moment, stay true, stay the course. “I have played against some of the best competition in the country, and this past semester has been the greatest time of my life.”

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Fit your home for the holidays with these festive decor tips!

by Tabitha Dietrich – December 14, 2015

Decorating for Christmas is a time of year we all look forward to but also dread a tiny bit because of the work involved. How you decorate and how much is dependent on two things – personal preference and budget. I tend to go a bit overboard, occupational hazard. It is also a result of things I have accumulated for over two decades. Each year I add something else to the collection, but decorating for Christmas does not need to be expensive or laborious. There are many quick and easy things you can do to add Christmas cheer to your home.

Garlands are a very easy addition and I’m not talking about just ones of evergreen and holly. I drape them around chandeliers and over artwork, hang them around doorways, beaded ones hang on the tree or from curtain rods, strings of frosted berries get coiled in a glass bowl like candy and so on.

Candle rings also work very well for a quick dose of holiday trim. Not just for candlesticks, they can decorate the arms of a chandelier or nest Christmas figurines in them. I use them to stand up tree topper finials and larger ones I hang on the walls.

Large containers of ornaments can be purchased from big box stores at a reasonable price. I pile them inside vases, punch bowls and baskets and sit them all around the house. These too can be hung from chandeliers or in the window. There are even attractive shatterproof versions if you are concerned about children or pets knocking into things.

Now all of these items can be stored and used year after year, but nothing beats the look and smell of fresh evergreens in the house. For those who get a live tree every year, it’s worth purchasing one a foot or two taller than you need and trimming the extra off to use around the house. It fills my window boxes and porch containers as well as getting tucked into baskets of ornaments or pine cones and arrangements throughout my home.

And I do mean throughout the entire house. Many people only decorate the “public” rooms of their home, but I strongly encourage you to spread the holiday spirit into the bedrooms and even the bathroom. It doesn’t have to be a lot. A simple table top tree or a garland intertwined a headboard will do the trick.

Another tip I want to share with you are some of the “tools” I keep in my bag of tricks that help me deck the halls. They are floral wire, which is indispensable for attaching the beaded garland to hang where I want it on the tree. Fishing line magically suspends lightweight objects. Then there is 3M’s removable adhesive hooks to place things temporarily for the season so you don’t have nail holes to patch later and finally suction cup hooks that allow you to decorate glass doors and windows. I consider all of these items essential for not only holiday decorating, but year round as well.

I hope you enjoy the video tour of my home which shows some of my Christmas decorating techniques and that they inspire you this holiday season. I have included the list and meanings for the 12 specific ornaments of the Bride’s Tree which is a German tradition for newly married couples symbolizing the happiness of their life together.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

12 Bride’s Tree Ornaments:
1. Angel – God’s guidance
2. Rabbit – hope
3. House – shelter & protection
4. Teapot – hospitality
5. Bird – joy & happiness
6. Rose – affection
7. Fruit Basket – generosity & plenty
8. Fish – Christ’s blessing
9. Pine Cone – fruitfulness
10. Santa – unselfishness & goodwill
11. Flower Basket – good wishes
12. Heart – true love

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A look at this week’s highlights (and bloopers!) on Wellsboro Home Page

by Home Page – December 12-13, 2015

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS HIGHLIGHTS

The 32nd annual Dickens of a Christmas was, as in other years, a tremendous success. Thanks to unusually temperate weather (a high of 46°F), the turnout was even more impressive than last year’s. Excellent food and lively entertainment were enjoyed by all, locals and out-of-towners alike.
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HORNETS OUTLAST JERSEY SHORE

The Wellsboro Varsity Boys Basketball team picked up their first win of 2015 with a 57-48 win over Jersey Shore on Monday, December 7.

“The kids responded well tonight,” said head coach Todd Outman. “We didn’t get the pressure tonight from Shore that we did Saturday at Neumann but we bounced back and I was very pleased with what they did.”
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CREATURE CARE – GETTING YOUR DOG MOVING

Scan the sports’ headlines and it won’t take long to come across a story featuring an athlete sidelined with a knee injury. Our local high school has had two key players fight through the pain of early season injuries to cruciate ligaments (within the knee) to help their team to a championship. Their story is ongoing, one we may hear more about on Home Page Sports. But we are here to talk about creatures that move on four legs. Dogs don’t play football — well, ok, maybe some do — but whether they’re playing hard or lounging on the sidelines, our dogs can and do sustain knee injuries.
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MAKING THE CUT – RUSS MANNEY

There are over 1 million high school football players in the United States. However, only 6.5% will go on to play at a collegiate level. On today’s edition of Making the Cut, Drew Patrick has the pleasure of speaking with former Penn State Nittany Lion player, Russ Manney. Manney graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1996 and would go on to play at Penn State as a preferred walk-on.
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LADY HORNETS OVERTAKE CANTON, 65-18

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Basketball team scored their second win by 45+ points as they downed Canton 65-18 on Thursday, December 10.
The Varsity team improves to 3-0 on the year and will be back in action on Saturday, December 12 as they travel to Williamson.
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The varsity basketball team improves to 3-0 on the year

by Ed Weaver – December 11, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Girls Basketball team scored their second win by 45+ points as they downed Canton 65-18 on Thursday, December 10.

Earlier in the week they beat Cowanesque Valley 63-10 and last night’s game was a similar outcome that saw the entire bench get valuable playing time in the second half.

The Lady Hornets dominated every quarter as they led 18-3 after the first quarter, 35-14 at halftime, and 55-17 after the third. Senior Sarah Ingerick was the game’s leading scorer with 16 points. Senior Jada Jackson and sophomore Lizzie Poirier each scored 12 points, and freshman Julia Smith finished with 9, with the majority of those points coming in the fourth quarter.

Rounding out the scoring was junior Jessica Grab with 7 points, freshman Emma Poirier with four, junior Autum Kitajima with three, and junior Janessa Davis with two. Grab led the team with 5 assists and Lizzie Poirier and Ingerick each grabbed 7 rebounds.

The young Lady Hornets won the JV game 41-15 to improve to 3-1 on the year. Emma Poirier led the team with 14 points and Smith pitched in 8.

The Varsity team improves to 3-0 on the year and will be back in action on Saturday, December 12 as they travel to Williamson.

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Hamilton-Gibson Productions presenting on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m.

by Chloe Quimby

Hamilton-Gibson Productions is presenting the 10th Annual “Messiah” Community Sing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Pearl Street in Wellsboro on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m.

The “Messiah,” composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, is the signal work of the Christmas season for millions of people around the world primarily because of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

On December 13, audience members are invited to sing the choruses of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” and end the event singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The audience will also hear Mansfield University choral program students sing the solos.

Conducting the Messiah Community Sing for the first time will be Peggy Dettwiler, Mansfield University’s Choral Activities director. Performing the “Messiah” will be a string quartet composed of professional instrumentalists. They include: violinists Ellen Murphy and Tim Miller, violist Aurora Manuel and cellist Brad Holtman. Marian Miller will be at the keyboard.

“Thomas Putnam came up with the idea for the ‘Messiah’ Community Sing in 2006; I was on board right away,” said Murphy, violinist. “My husband Brad and I have performed in the string quartet ever since. This will be our 10th time.”

The community sing is a pay-what-you-can admission at the door. Proceeds will benefit the H.G. Children and Youth Choirs. The Sherwood Motel is the sponsor of this event.

No reservations are required. For more information, call 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com.

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On Friday, December 11 at 7:30p.m., Drowsy Maggie will perform…

by Chloe Quimby

On Friday, December 11 at 7:30p.m., Drowsy Maggie will perform in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The performance is offered through the Deane Center’s Gallery Music Series.

Drowsy Maggie includes Daria Lin-Guelig on hammered dulcimer and concertina, Bruce Smith on bass, octave mandolin and guitar, and Carl Conn on fiddle, flute and Irish whistle. Joining them on stage will be Danny Shipe on guitar and David Cavage on banjo. The five performers will sing and play old time, blue grass, folk, country and Celtic tunes made famous by John Prine, Hank Williams Jr., the Stanley Brothers, Nancy Griffith, Utah Phillips and others. Among the selections are “Wagon Wheel,” “Paradise,” “Jambalaya,” “Handsome Molly” and “Drowsy Maggie.”

“The Gallery is an ideal venue to enjoy live music,” said Kevin Connelly, Deane Center executive director. “Every musician who has performed at the Gallery has told us that it is one of their favorites. It has a wonderful ambiance, outstanding sound quality and allows the audience to interact with the band. Everyone is seated at tables so they can relax, bring their own favorite snacks and beverages and enjoy the music.” Also available are freshly popped popcorn and bottled water. The Gallery is smoke-free.

Admission is by donation. For reservations or more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

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Gingerbread House Decorating on Saturday, December 12

by Chloe Quimby

The Deane Center for the Performing Arts is hosting the Deane Little Beans’ Gingerbread House Decorating on Saturday, December 12 at 10 a.m. in the Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. This free program is for children and their parents. In addition to decorating gingerbread houses, this program has been expanded to include storytelling, games, two movies, and refreshments.

Chandra Weigle, story time facilitator at the Green Free Library, will kick off the event by reading “Gingerbread Baby” by Jan Brett.

Brad Goodwin and Kelly Carson of the Red Skillet will demonstrate how to make and decorate a gingerbread house and each youngster will then make and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. All supplies needed to create the gingerbread houses and decorate them will be provided.

Once finished, each youngster will have a photo taken with his or her gingerbread house. All of the photos will be posted on the Fifth Season’s Facebook page. People will have a week to vote for their favorite gingerbread house in four different age categories – 2-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11 and older. The winner in each category will be announced Saturday, December 19 and receive a prize worth at least $25. Among the prizes will be books and games, stuffed animals and gift certificates for movies and candy. Donating the gifts are the Arcadia Theatre, From My Shelf Books & Gifts, Peggy’s Candies & Gifts and Pop’s Culture Shoppe.

The youngsters will enjoy snacks and play reindeer games in the lobby, then return to the Coolidge Theatre to watch two movies, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Sponsors of this Deane Little Beans program are as follow: the Deane Center, the Fifth Season, Red Skillet, Dominion, Tops Friendly Markets and the Green Free Library.

This program is limited to the first 200 children. Reserve your seat now. Parents are asked to register their children by calling the Fifth Season at 570-724-6910 or emailing Info@thefifthseason.biz.

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Do you have what it takes to compete at the next level?

by Home Page – December 10, 2015

There are over 1 million high school football players in the United States. However, only 6.5% will go on to play at a collegiate level. On today’s edition of Making the Cut, Drew Patrick has the pleasure of speaking with former Penn State Nittany Lion player, Russ Manney. Manney graduated from Wellsboro High School in 1996 and would go on to play at Penn State as a preferred walk-on.

When asked about the transition from high school football to college, Manney remarked, “the first time I really noticed the difference was the pre-game warmup. The ball gets lost in the fans. But during the game…it’s honestly no different. You can’t hear the fans. The warmups are when you’re taking it all in.”

Manney’s coach at the time was Joe Paterno, whom he held in high respect. “He was a great man,” said Manney. “409 wins. First in college football. He was a great guy. He was a motivator, he was hard on us – don’t get me wrong – there were times I wasn’t really happy with him. But as time goes on all those things go away and it was a real privilege and honor to play for him.”

The academic transition from high school to college came easily to Manney due to the values and systems Coach Paterno set up for the team. “We had mandatory study hall five days a week for a few hours after practice. Everybody started out with excellent grades because of that. It really made it easy.”

When asked if he had any advice to offer prospective athletes, Manney reflected on his past experience at Wellsboro and remarked he didn’t regret a thing. “Just because you’re from a small town or a small league – you still have opportunity. You’ll prove yourself if you work hard and stay disciplined.”

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Today’s Topic: Repairing the Injured Knee

by Dr. Weiner – December 9, 2015

Scan the sports’ headlines and it won’t take long to come across a story featuring an athlete sidelined with a knee injury. Our local high school has had two key players fight through the pain of early season injuries to cruciate ligaments (within the knee) to help their team to a championship. Their story is ongoing, one we may hear more about on Home Page Sports. But we are here to talk about creatures that move on four legs. Dogs don’t play football — well, ok, maybe some do — but whether they’re playing hard or lounging on the sidelines, our dogs can and do sustain knee injuries.

The most common cause of lameness in a dog’s hind leg is injury or damage to a ligament in the knee. In people, this ligament is known as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. In dogs, the ligament is the Cranial Cruciate Ligament. Although they have different names, these are considered same ligament—the differing terminology is simply because dogs walk on four legs while we walk upright on two.

Though commonly seen in larger, middle aged dogs that are overweight and not overly active, cruciate ligament injury can occur at any age, in any breed, of any size, of any activity level and even occurs in cats. The lameness often first appears as something minor to the owner, who may think that the dog just ‘overdid it’ playing that day, or perhaps slipped on the floor. The unique structure of this very important part of the knee joint allows the ligament to undergo some damage early on and still function to support the knee.

Partial or incomplete tears to the cruciate ligament will often result in some mild lameness. This first episode of lameness is often dismissed as just a sprain. Any insult to the ligament weakens it and destabilizes the knee. Left untreated, joint instability often leads to degenerative arthritis that begins in as little as a few weeks. This arthritis can occur at any age.

Prompt, thorough evaluation of any dog that comes up even mildly lame in the rear leg is the critical first step to managing cruciate ligament injuries and slowing the development of function — altering and eventually debilitating — arthritis in the injured dog’s knee. As drastic as it may seem, surgical intervention to repair even partially torn cruciate ligaments is beneficial to returning the dog to more normal activity and function.

Since our pets vary so much in age, size, weight, temperament, activity level and lifestyle, choosing a repair method needs to consider all of these factors and then take into account what is the best fit for the individual patient and his/her family.

Numerous surgical procedures have been developed and used over the years to repair the cruciate in dogs and no single procedure is considered the “best.” There are two main types of surgical repair for cruciate ligaments in dogs. One type of repair replaces the damaged ligament with some form of artificial suture material. The second type of procedure adjusts the geometry of the knee (the anatomy is altered) to stabilize the joint by removing the need for the cruciate ligament altogether. Though no surgery can return the knee to “like new” status after the cruciate ligament is torn or damaged, permitting the dog to run, play, walk, and live its life on a knee that is functional and as pain-free as possible is the goal.

Once a professional diagnosis of cruciate ligament injury is made or considered likely, surgical options should be considered. This is true for any age, breed or type of dog. There are many reasons why surgery may not be the best for a particular animal, so a complete evaluation and thorough discussion with your veterinarian is essential. Should surgery be agreed upon, remember that not all general practice veterinarians will perform surgical correction and often will prefer to send the dog and his/her owner to a veterinarian or veterinary hospital where the procedure can be performed. If you are unsure that your dog needs or will benefit from knee surgery, take the time to get a second opinion. Geometry altering procedures require a skilled veterinary surgeon—usually one with board certification.

If you can’t manage the travel of repeated visits to a large referral surgery hospital remember some board certified surgeons, like Dr. Kathy Collins, DVM, will travel to perform the procedure at a hospital that can provide appropriate follow-up after care and rehabilitation.

Surgical repair by any method is a big event in the life of you and your dog. Skilled nursing and medical care are necessary not only to safely deliver anesthesia and control pain during and immediately after surgery, they are essential to achieving a successful long-term outcome. The healing and rehabilitation period following any knee surgery is 4-6 months. Important considerations following any knee surgery should include medical management of pain, physical therapy and activity level control, and nutrition, including weight control for some dogs.

Getting the lame dog with a cruciate ligament injury up and moving again without pain and restrictions requires a team. That team is comprised of you the pet’s owner and family working together with skilled caring veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

Summary:
• Early veterinary examination and diagnosis when your dog starts limping.
• Surgical correction is often recommended and necessary, even if the ligament is not completely torn.
• A caring team that includes the owner, the veterinarian, and supporting professionals working together is crucial to a successful outcome.

Together we can get your dog moving again.

For more information on Dr. Kathy Collins and her qualifications visit her website:

http://www.vetsurgicalspecialist.com/

The American College of Veterinary Surgeons has a good review of this subject so if you want to learn more go to:

https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/cranial-cruciate-ligament-disease

Please visit our web site and if you signup and register you’ll be able to search several well written articles on cruciate injuries and surgical repair:

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If you have questions or comments on this episode of ‘Creature Care’ just email me at creaturecare@pvvc.net

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Hornets varsity boys basketball team evens up record to 1-1

by Ed Weaver – December 8, 2015

The Wellsboro Varsity Boys Basketball team picked up their first win of 2015 with a 57-48 win over Jersey Shore on Monday, December 7.

The game started out back-and-forth as both teams hit three pointers. The Bulldogs tied the score at 6-6 then outscored the Hornets 7-6 to take a 13-12 lead after the first quarter. Wellsboro went on a 17-8 run in the second quarter to lead 29-21 at halftime, and outscored the visitors 17-6 in the third to take a commanding 46-27 lead heading into the final frame.

Jersey Shore regrouped in the fourth quarter and outscored Wellsboro 21-11 to make the score close. Wellsboro held on for the win as they went 7-for-11 in the quarter, and 14-for-22 in the game, for the non-league win.

Sophomore Dalton Prough led was the game’s leading scorer, and led four Hornets in double figures, with 16 points and 6 blocked shots. Junior Jacob Singer scored 15 points, including 5-for-6 night at the foul line, for his second double figure game of the year. Sophomore Quinn Henry finished with 14 points, senior Dawson Prough had 10, and junior Brandon Lamphier pitched in with two points.

“The kids responded well tonight,” said head coach Todd Outman. “We didn’t get the pressure tonight from Shore that we did Saturday at Neumann but we bounced back and I was very pleased with what they did.”

The Hornets won the JV game 36-34 to improve to 2-0 on the year. Sophomore Collin Pietropola had 21 points to lead the team.

The Hornets even up their record at 1-1 as they start NTL play on Wednesday, December 9 as they take on Cowanesque Valley on the road.

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Great weather made for one of the best Dickens in years!

by Chloe Quimby – December 7, 2015

The 32nd annual Dickens of a Christmas was, as in other years, a tremendous success. Thanks to unusually temperate weather (a high of 46°F), the turnout was even more impressive than last year’s. Excellent food and lively entertainment were enjoyed by all, locals and out-of-towners alike.

Highlights of the event included a massive model train show at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. WHP had the pleasure of speaking with Dennis Oberholtzer, an owner of one of the sets, who admitted that it took five hours for him and his wife to set up his display. His set is one which he grew up with and is primarily made of pieces from the 1950s.

Many attendees of the festival showed up in style, sporting Victorian garb. One dapper gentleman, Jim Landis, reported that this was his 6th or 7th year to wear the period style. “My sister-in-law, she makes all the costumes,” Landis adds, “…she designs the hats and everything else.”

The Dickens of a Christmas Peace Walk closed the days’ festivities. The occasion was presided over by Peter Herres (Exec. Director of Parks & Rec department), as well as Pastor Carl Linscott. Pastor Linscott read a portion of scripture from Luke 2, a valuable reminder of the reason for the Christmas merriment.

We at WHP hope you enjoyed Dickens weekend. In these weeks leading up to Christmas 2015, may “‘Glory [be] to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’” (Luke 2:14, KJV)

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A look at this week’s highlights (and bloopers!) on Wellsboro Home Page

by Home Page – December 5, 2015

It’s time once again to take a look at what happened the past week. The Weekly Highlights are a great way to catch up, but don’t forget that you can always watch the full stories from either our front page or the archives section.
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HORNETS FALL TO OLD FORGE, 28-21

The Wellsboro Varsity Football team’s historic season came to an end as they lost 28-21 to Old Forge in the first round of PIAA playoffs on Friday, November 27.
The District IV champion Hornets end the year with a record of 10-3, the best overall season record in team history tied the 2013 team for the most wins in a season.

“This is a huge springboard going into next year,” Hildebrand concluded. “It’s very encouraging, they’re upset but it was definitely a learning experience for them.”
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FEELING STUFFY?

Plants are a biological filtration system from their head down to their toes. They don’t just go it alone either. They work in tandem with soil microbes to create nutrients out of the very air we breathe. So skip the sterilized potting soil and give them some good old dirt, remember repotting them is a necessity!
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BASKETBALL SEASON PREVIEW 2015

The girls stand a very good shot at making playoffs if they can limit turnovers and close out close games down the stretch. The team opens their season on Friday, December 4 at the Muncy Rotary Tournament against Hughesville.

The boys will have an great shot of winning the NTL Division 1 title and making another District championship run. The team opens their season on Saturday, December 5 as they hit the road to take on St. John Neumann.
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COMING SOON: DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS

For the past 31 years in Wellsboro, the first week of December has been a time of preparation for the upcoming Dickens of a Christmas weekend. Trees are waiting for decorations, while festive wreaths and garlands deck the streets. Excitement is in the air. Join us with family and friends this weekend to enjoy the Dickens of a Christmas Festival.
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BACK TO BASICS – JOY & CONTENTMENT

The first step to overcoming tough times is recognizing what they are there for. God created you to depend upon Him. He uses the bad days and the difficult seasons to remind you of that you don’t have the power to overcome them on your own.

Whether your bad days have been a bump in the road or a major road block they are there to point you to your need of a Savior. You can overcome them — all of them — through Christ who gives you strength.

The next step is to turn to Christ. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you open your Bible and spend time in prayer. If you aren’t party of a local church, find one that teaches the Bible and make sure you get there this Sunday. I’m praying that even now, God will fill your heart with joy, no matter how bad a day it might be.
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What do you do with the bad days?

by TJ Freeman – December 4, 2015

When is the last time you had “one of those days?” You know the kind, when it seems like very little is going your way.

Someone said something to you that was painful or untrue…

Your boss or your teacher treated you unfairly…

Someone in your own family did something that hurt you.

Or maybe you just felt like a failure, like everything you tried failed.

Call it what you want, a bad day, a rough patch, or a difficult season, everyone has them.

Several years ago I had the opportunity to counsel a man named Dave through a difficult season of life. His family had fallen apart. His finances were a mess. His health was struggling. He even turned toward some addictive behavior in effort to find relief.

But what he discovered was that no matter what he tried, he couldn’t overcome the pain and frustration that came as a result of bad day after bad day after bad day.

It got so difficult for him that one day Dave decided the best thing for him to do was to quietly take his own life. He had convinced himself that not only would he be better off dead, but the world would be better off without him.

I don’t know if your bad days have ever led you to despair of life, but I am sure they’ve troubled you and at times robbed you of your joy.

By God’s grace, Dave did not end his life. Instead, he discovered a secret that changed everything about him.
What Dave discovered is nothing new. The Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of God, shared that he had learned how to fight through even the worst days and the toughest seasons of life — in such a way that he was content. In fact, he says that he was even able to rejoice in the midst of great trial.

Just to be clear, Paul’s life was no bed of roses — he experienced snake bites, ship wrecks, extreme beatings, and constant wrongful accusations from his peers.

So what was his secret to contentment?

Listen to these words from Philippians chapter 4, verses 12 and 13…

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

The first step to overcoming tough times is recognizing what they are there for. God created you to depend upon Him. He uses the bad days and the difficult seasons to remind you of that you don’t have the power to overcome them on your own.

Whether your bad days have been a bump in the road or a major road block they are there to point you to your need of a Savior. You can overcome them — all of them — through Christ who gives you strength.

The next step is to turn to Christ. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you open your Bible and spend time in prayer. If you aren’t party of a local church, find one that teaches the Bible and make sure you get there this Sunday. I’m praying that even now, God will fill your heart with joy, no matter how bad a day it might be.

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Our community prepares for one of the biggest events of the year!

by Chloe Quimby – December 3, 2015

For the past 31 years in Wellsboro, the first week of December has been a time of preparation for the upcoming Dickens of a Christmas weekend. Trees are waiting for decorations, while festive wreaths and garlands deck the streets. Excitement is in the air. Join us with family and friends this weekend to enjoy the Dickens of a Christmas Festival.

NYC hat designer Christine A. Moore of Christine A. Moore Millinery will showcase her specially designed “Dickens of a Christmas” Collection on Saturday, December 5th. Moore has been featured on the TODAY Show six times and is the official milliner to a variety of high profile derbies and races. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Deane Center for the Performing Arts. The trunk show set-up displaying the hats for sale will be in the lobby of the Deane Center, 9am-4pm.

Moore’s Dickens Collection began at the Wellsboro festival over a decade ago, developing a great following over that time. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for holiday gifts and support the Deane Center! Her Fall 2015 Collection and Dickens Collection will also be available at the Fifth Season November 19th through Christmas.

Also on December 5th, the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro will be hosting an Alternative Christmas Fair from 10am-2pm. Shoppers will be able to donate in the honor of someone on their Christmas list—the ideal gift for someone who believes it’s more blessed to give than to receive.

Twelve different organizations will be represented—local, national, and international—including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Haven, His Thousand Hills, Medical Benevolence Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Salvation Army, The Samaritan House, Seeds of Hope Partners, Tioga County Homeless Initiative and Wellsboro Food Pantry. More information will be available at each organization’s table. The First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall is located at 130 Main Street in Wellsboro.

For a complete listing of participating vendors and Dickens’ events, please visit the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.wellsboropa.com/11-dickens/467-dickens-of-a-christmas-celebration.

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