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by Ed Weaver – April 1, 2016

Wellsboro Area Youth Soccer (WAYS) will be holding a spring coaching clinic on Saturday, April 16 at the Rock L. Butler Middle School Gymnasium from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The clinic will be directed by Matt Smith. Matt is the current Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Alfred University. Matt is also the former Director of Crystal Palace USA Academy and is ranked as one of the top 10 coaches in NCAA history. The goal of the coaching clinic is to help prepare youth coaches to plan an age-appropriate soccer coaching session. Anyone interested and considering coaching during the WAYS fall season is encouraged to attend.

The clinic is free of charge and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to WAYS16901@gmail.com by April 13.

Registration for youth entering grades K-6 and wanting to play soccer during the fall WAYS season will be held on Thursday, April 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Packer Park Community Building.

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One thing is for sure – the uniforms will be green!

by John Vogt – April 1, 2016

Wellsboro High School will begin a trial SCHOOL UNIFORM policy this coming Fall. If it goes well then the entire school system will be implementing a new dress code for the entire school system at the beginning of the 2017 school year.

While some students and parents feel this is too controversial of a subject for a quick decision, School Board President Matt Feil makes it clear on today’s broadcast that the only controversy left to work through is style of uniform to be chosen.

The school board has narrowed things down to eleven remaining choices and will be holding an open public meeting on Tuesday, April 31, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Wellsboro High School auditorium to discuss the pros and cons of each uniform style. Students and parents are encouraged to attend and will be asked to vote on the uniform of their choice that evening.

Mr. Feil told Home Page that people have a wide variety of uniforms to choose from. There is the straight up classic Adams Green Sports Coat with white shirt and tie, the more flowing green blazer with several tones of green to give students more freedom of expression and even a CAMO look that some board members believe fits more with Tioga County.

During the second half of today’s feature Home Page interviews a number of students to get their thoughts on the subject. And, we take a closer look at the styles the students and parents will be voting on during the April 31st meeting. Have a wonderful April fools day! Thanks for watching! Thanks for sharing!

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Ann’s spring & summer fashion essentials

by Chloe Quimby – March 31, 2016

As the weather warms and spring cleaning commences, many of us are pulling brighter colors and lighter fabrics out of storage. We may even be looking to replace old pieces with something fresh for the new season. Today on What’s in Your Closet, Ann Dunham Rawson of Dunham’s Department Store shared the eight spring essentials for your wardrobe.

1. Basic pants. Any cut will do as long as it’s a solid color. An ankle pant is a good choice, which just skims the top of the shoe. It’s good for pumps or flats, and comes in a variety of cuts according to your preference. Ann recommends a pull-on pair (sans the fly) if you like to wear tight fitted shirts, since this cuts down on the bulk that shows through the shirt’s fabric.
2. Denim jacket. Great for layering, Ann describes this as a “24/7, 365 type of piece.” A denim jacket can be worn in any season over just about anything. Referring to our lovely model, Sara, and her denim jacket, Ann remarks, “In the winter she could wear it over a wool turtleneck, in the spring with a fancy cami, in the summer she could wear it with jeans…so it’s a versatile item you can do a lot with.”
3. Knit tops. Worn with a straight style pant, this piece is extremely flattering. A slim fit tunic is especially so, since it elongates your figure which helps you to look thinner.
4. Long skirt. This piece is great because, like most of the others addressed here, it can be worn year round. By adding boots and tights, your skirt becomes part of a winter ensemble. With sandals, however, you are ready for spring.
5. Shrug or cardigan sweater. Once again, a good layering piece, this can be found in various cuts according to your needs. Longer shrugs are ideal for those who prefer forgiving clothes that cover the waistline.
6. “Go to” Dress. Great for work, church, school or a wedding, you can wear this anywhere.
7. Dark or solid wash jeans. Dark wash is an excellent choice, because not only is it slimming, but it pulls double duty for a casual run to the store or a dressy night on the town.
8. Woven blouse/shirt. This can be thrown over a knit top, left open over a t-shirt, or tucked in with a blazer over it. “There are just so many things you can do with it,” quips Ann, “They’re timeless.”

These eight items are a great start to a fantastic wardrobe, and Ann continued by sharing additional pieces to build on the basics. Among these, she suggested a tunic-length big shirt with intense coloring to allow for more wearing options. Printed or colored bottoms are good as well, but Ann cautions that these are fringe items which may not be as popular next year.

And what about a controversial piece? “Alright, ladies, I hate to break it to you: leggings are here to stay,” Ann announces, “You’ve gotta embrace the leggings. They’re not going anywhere.” The key to pulling off the look is to find leggings which are of an appropriate thickness—more like a pant than like tights—and make certain your top is long enough to cover “the goods.” A great shirt to try might be the woven plaid shirt, which was big for fall and is trendy once again this spring.
The brands featured in today’s program include the following: Ethyl pants, Columbia, Southern Lady, Connected, Jess & Jane, and Erika. Though not shown, Dunham’s also carries Tribal, Pendleton, Carhartt, Allison Sheri, LuLu B, and Karen Hart.

Starting now and running until April 18th, there is the “April Shower of Savings” event with many new half-price items in spring fashions for the entire family. To print the ad or find out more about the storewide savings, go to http://www.dunhamswellsboro.com.

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Order your copy of the 2015-2016 WHS yearbook before April 30th

by Maddy Sweet – March 30, 2016

In today’s feature, Maddy Sweet meets members of the Wellsboro High School Yearbook Staff. Logan Morral, Courtney Sweigart, Deana Fillmore, Faith Spicer, and Daelynn Christman, along with other students work to include many of the school-wide activities into the yearbook, such as sports and clubs. Students put in at least 90-100 hours of work each year in class and at home. Around 250 copies are sold each year, covering up to 100 events each school year. Last year the Wellsboro High School won a very prestigious award and it is printed in this year’s Look Book. If you would like to purchase a 2015-2016 Wellsboro High School yearbook, it should be ordered by April 30th by visiting www.jostensyearbooks.com or calling 1-877-767-5217. Yearbooks are delivered the last week in August and will be distributed the first week of school. For additional information, you can contact the yearbook advisors Jill Gastrock (jgastrock@wellsborosd.org) or Erin Szentesy (eszentesy@wellsborosd.org).

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Watch out for these four figures when communicating with others

by Nicolle Mayo, Ph.D. – March 30, 2016

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are dangerous in any relationship. Criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling are all patterns many of us are skilled at using because they protect us from getting hurt in our relationships; they are tools we use to deflect the real issues behind the conflict. Unfortunately, research conducted by Dr. John Gottman and colleagues have found significant detriment in utilizing any and all of these Horsemen in everyday relationships. For marriages, in particular, use of the Four Horseman can result in relationship deterioration, and even divorce. Because the Horsemen typically cover up deeper wounds that need healing, often times the real root of the issue is not addressed or resolved and piles up, continuing negative relationship patterns.

By approaching relationships in a different way, doors can be opened. Not everyone will be immediately receptive to our initial positive changes, but if we tackle our relationships differently and consistently, relationship dynamics can and will shift. Like any good habit, it takes time. Beginning a conversation around conflict, for example, with a soft start-up alters how others may perceive a problem. Expressing appreciation and avoiding blame are two good initial steps to practice when requesting change from others. Starting by using “I”, instead of “you” also side-steps blame and respectfully attacks the core issue. This process is also used to identify feelings we have about an action, event, or behavior that we are disappointed the other person did not fulfill. Another important feature is attending to our own emotional levels. When we reach an emotional overload, logic and rational decision making are not available. We need time to cool down if our “buttons” have been pushed. For many, it takes awhile to calm down once we decide to stop adding fuel to the fire. Ruminating, or continually thinking negative thoughts about the situation or other person, does not help, but other healthy coping mechanisms can. Calming mechanisms can take many forms. Journaling, praying or meditating, counting, exercising, cooking, drawing, or deep breathing are just a few options we can practice to reduce our own internal tension. Once we start the conversation again, it is important that we accept the responsibility of our actions, without pointing our fingers at the other person. Letting go of the need to be correct through compromising, also shows a lot of humility as we let go of our pride. Compromise is based in settling a conflict through understanding and utilizing parts of both sides of the issue. This process fosters empathy and takes a lot of practice, experience, and maturity over time.

MU Psych Central is supported by the Mansfield Psychology Department, which includes Dr. Gretchen Sechrist, Department Chair and Associate Professor, who specializes in Social Psychology, Dr. Joy Patricia Burke, who holds expertise in educational psychology and school counseling, Dr. Brian Loher, Professor, our Human Resource Management specialist, Dr. Francis Craig, Professor, expert in Mind/Body Health, Dr. Karri Verno, Associate Professor, who specializes in Lifespan Development and Forensic Psychology and Nicolle Mayo, Assistant Professor, expert in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Coach & athletes share their outlook on the upcoming season

by Ed Weaver – March 29, 2016

The Wellsboro softball season starts today and the Lady Hornets are ready to defend their District IV and NTL Division 1 championships.

Head Coach: Greg Carr (9th season, 116-52)

Key Returners: Alexa Singer, Jenny Young, Sydney Tremper, Kailee Clymer, Darci Warriner, Alyssa Yungwirth, Sarah Ingerick, Brianne Keane

Newcomers: Emma Poirier, Hailey Neal, Tiana Lecker, Heidi Zuchowski, Kaytee Kemp, Bridget Kennedy

The Lady Hornets begin their season on the road in Sayre this afternoon, and have their home opener on Monday, April 4 against Northeast Bradford.

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Coach & athletes share their outlook on the upcoming season

by Ed Weaver – March 29, 2016

The Wellsboro baseball season starts today as the Hornets look to make an NTL and District IV title run.

Head Coach: Philip Prough (5th season, 48-30-1)

Key Returners: Dawson Prough, Joe Allen, Nick Tremper, Larry Walters, James Mundy, Sam Moss, Johnny Roland, Dalton Prough, Caleb Tennis, Parker Mann

Newcomers: Brent English, Cameron Tennis, Trent Darrow, Taynton Repard, Collin Pietropola, Nick Ingerick, Ben Moss, Kody Rice, Brandon Plume, Nolan Lohr

The Hornets begin their season on the road in Sayre this afternoon, and have their home opener on Monday, April 4 against Northeast Bradford.

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Coach & athletes share their outlook on the upcoming season

by Ed Weaver – March 29, 2016

The Wellsboro track & field season starts today as the Hornets look to make an NTL and District IV title run.

Head Coach: Liz Hoover (2nd season, boys 7-3, girls 9-1)

Boys Key Running Returners: Rich Tardieu, Devan Warner, Connor Brought, Devin Webster, Isaac Leach, Gabe Leach, Kyle Wilson

Boys Key Field Returners: Casey Hoover, Rich Tardieu, Brody Coolidge, Gene Wagner

Boys Newcomers: Depree Hosey, Alex Kozuhowski, Chance LaViolette, Izaiah Luce, Aidan Perry, Brett Rudy, Taylor Wheeler, Isaac Wagner

Girls Key Running Returners: Jada Jackson, Lindsey Graver, Makayla McMichael, Sydney Romania, Linda Avery, Samantha Bailey, Haley Zuchowski, Camryn Keane, Anna Bleggi, Raisa Rogers

Girls Key Field Returners: Joey Taft, Jackson, Graver, Mikayla Feil, Rogers, Kaitlyne Kramer, Emily Starkweather, Hannah Lawton, Samantha Spurgeon, Alley Drew

Girls Newcomers: Morgan Guthrie, Dahlia Hosey, Zoe Iseri, Elizabeth Macias

The Hornets begin their season on the road in Canton this afternoon. All of this year’s track meets will be on the road.

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The Fifth Season

MU & Step Outdoors invites you to the Planetarium Open House

by Diane Eaton & MU – March 29, 2016

A planetarium open house will be Friday, April 1 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Strait Planetarium under the gold dome in the Grant Science Center on the Mansfield University campus.

The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to attend.

At 7 p.m., in the comfort of the planetarium, Elaine Farkas, MU physics professor, will take the audience on an exploration of the early spring night sky. The short program will start with a video clip about the Constellation of Leo and other zodiacal constellations, the mythology surrounding them and their cultural connections. Planetarium visitors will see how the night sky constantly changes with a fast-paced look at the Big Dipper over a 24-hour period and through the seasons. The audience will then view the April 1 sky and star hop to a handful of key constellations and brighter stars as well as “wandering stars – notably Jupiter, currently visible in the night sky.

Tim Morey will discuss the impact of light pollution on the night sky. A natural resource specialist with the Hills Creek State Park Complex, Morey will explain why so many people are coming to this area and Cherry Springs State Park to see the “natural” dark sky. Those attending will be invited to try out some stargazing telescopes. There will be a sign up sheet for community members interested in forming an astronomy club in the area and another for MU students interested in forming an astronomy cub on campus.

Grant Science Center is located immediately behind North Hall in an area of one-way streets. Drive by Manser Hall on Academy Street to get to the Grant Science Center and the planetarium. Just look for the planetarium’s gold dome. Parking is available in nearby employee lots, requiring a short walk to the Grant Science Center. Parking on campus in faculty and staff lots is allowed after 4 p.m.

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14 new inductees added to the Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame

by Ed Weaver – March 28, 2016

The Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame inducted 14 new members on Saturday, March 26 at their 31st annual banquet held out at the Tioga County Fairgrounds.

Former athletes from Wellsboro, Mansfield, North Penn, Liberty, Cowanesque Valley, Williamson, and Elkland gathered and shared stories about their playing days and their favorite memories. The event started with sports trivia from Pennsylvania State Representative Matthew E. Baker, recognition of newly deceased Hall of Fame members, an introduction of Tioga County High School honorees, and the induction of the Class of 2016.

The 2016 Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame class includes:

Jeff Bacon – Cowanesque Valley (basketball)
Weldon Bailey – Cowanesque Valley (coach/contributor)
Bill Bradshaw – Mansfield (coach/contributor)
Ryan Callahan – Wellsboro (baseball)
Justin Cevette – Elkland (softball)
Krista Deats – Williamson (basketball)
Aimee Gorda – Wellsboro (volleyball)
Jeff Hall – North Penn (basketball)
Kimberly Hall – North Penn (track & field)
Richard “Pete” Hall – North Penn (coach/contributor)
Linda Messner – Liberty (coach/contributor)
Jane Mudge – Mansfield (coach/contributor)
Anna Butterfield – Williamson (basketball)
Dennis Schoonover – Elkland (track & field)

The Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame also honors outstanding high school senior athletes each year in recognition of their contribution to the sports life of the respective schools during the past four years. Being honored in 2016 include:

Madelyn Huyler – Cowanesque Valley
Tyler Melko – Cowanesque Valley

Britta Berguson – Liberty
Vincent Bova – Liberty

Alysa Davey-Bostic – Mansfield
Sean Kshir – Mansfield

Dawson Prough – Wellsboro
Sarah Ingerick – Wellsboro

Sarah Bates – Williamson
Wyatt Gorg – Williamson

For more information about the Tioga County Sports Hall of Fame, and to learn more about all the inductees, be sure to visit www.tiogacountysportshof.com from Circle W Sports.

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

by Home Page – March 26-27, 2016

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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DONATE YOUR SOLES TO ACS
Denise M. Drabick, PhD, is the relatively new director of the Animal Care Sanctuary located here in Tioga County in the town of Wellsboro. Their slogan, “sharing our home until they share yours,” is what motivates all of the staff working at ACS. They give the thirty-nine animals under their care the best opportunities that is afforded to each of them. ACS is a no-kill sanctuary. They work with the animals to find them permanent homes, but they offer lifetime care if this is not possible.

“Each of these animals has their own unique back-story.” says Denise. Two of the cats being cared for at ACS are there because their owner had a heart attack and passed away, leaving the cats without a care giver. Another was brought in as a stray and trained to socialize with people. Some have lived their lives at the shelters.
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NTL BASKETBALL SENIOR ALL-STAR GAMES
On Monday, March 21st the 2016 NTL Senior All-Star double header was held at Mansfield University. Senior players from Towanda, Wyalusing, Athens, Sayre and Northeast Bradford (NTL East) faced off against Wellsboro, Cowanesque Valley, North Penn-Liberty, North Penn-Mansfield, Williamson and Troy (NTL West) in NTL basketball action. The girls teams played first, with NTL West taking the victory, 69-49. Chelsea Repard of North Penn-Liberty was the leading scorer for NTL West, followed by Shelby Park of Northeast Bradford, the leading scorer for East.

The boys teams followed the conclusion of the girls game. Again, NTL West took the win with the final score, 109-75. Bryant Painter of Cowanesque Valley scored a totally 24 points, making him the leading scorer for NTL West, followed by Darrell Carroll from North Penn-Liberty with a score of 21 points.
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ART FROM THE HEART – TESSELATIONS & MORE
As the fourth grade art classes at Don L. Gill Elementary School transition from one lesson to the next, students are working on a project that ties in all kinds of information that can be utilized in state testing, Arts and Humanities standards, daily life, or for pure enjoyment. These students accomplish this through their tessellation assignment, which consists of art history (Dutch artist M.C. Escher) in addition to other cross-curricular core content. Although the assignment appears simple, it is a complex process which takes time, skill, and creativity to succeed from start to finish.
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MOVIN’ TOGETHER – JUMPSTART THE DAY!
The second tool in our healthy tool basket is eating breakfast, or breaking the fast. Like hydrating, if you start your day by eating breakfast, you’ll feel better right from the get go and have more energy later on! If you start off the day “behind” in terms of nutrition, though, it can be difficult to catch up. Hydration and breakfast help us to start our day with an advantage!
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AGRICULTURAL SPOTLIGHT – 4H KICKOFF EVENT
“4-H is moving forward one hundred percent this year,” said Sasha Diederich, Tioga County 4-H Extension Educator. “Our programs are booming. We’ve had more interactions this year than ever,” She added, pointing to the crowded room full of 4-H exhibitors, their leaders, and parents. Clubs from all over Tioga County came together to celebrate 4-H Kickoff at the Whitneyville Fairgrounds on Sunday.

But it was the outpouring of community interest that made the day. “We see ripples from Kickoff all year long,” said Stacy Sexaur, Extension Secretary. More than fifteen families had stopped by her table to either sign up with a club or inquire about the process during the first half of Kickoff.
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Spring has arrived!

by Melissa Bravo – March 25, 2016

It’s hard to believe that Easter is near. Just a few days from now the bunny will be hopping around and children will be at play seeking out Easter eggs. Baskets of candy appear overnight, and the Easter lily’s fragrance wafts down church aisles, Oh what a sight!

Easter Bouquet II

The choices are endless the message is clear – Easter is a time of good will, renewal, new life, and new beginnings. Spring flowers in particular, symbolize the start of a new year.

Easter Blooms II Just for You

Since Easter this year falls on the eight day of spring, I thought I would share the choices available for an eight flower bouquet from the blooms on display at floral shops this week. Like at Akiko’s in downtown Wellsboro where I stopped to shop this week.

1. Tulips. They come in five colors, six petals to each. Some are near scentless, while others smell sweet.

2. Daffodils. Lovely shades of yellow and white petals encircle the cup-like-structure called a corona. The corona or crown can be yellow, orange, apricot, or pink.

3. Hyacinths. The heady perfume of the oriental Hyacinth comes in 60 different cultivars. So your choices are endless if you shop for them online. Dominant colors most commonly found in floral arrangements are blue, purple, pink, red, and white.

4. Crocus. The choices and colors are endless, some 80 species in all. Hundreds of hybrids make these spring ephemeral’s a great Easter choice.

5. Iris. What can I say, the choices are in the thousands. Plant one color combination a day, every day of the year, and you’ll be planting them for well on three years.

6. Muscari lilies. Liriope muscari are a grass like turf species. The Missouri botanical garden describes them as “erect, showy flower spikes with tiered whorls of dense, lilac flowers, somewhat resembling grape hyacinth (Muscari)”

7. Cut Flowers. Daisies are the national flower of Latvia and a universal symbol of spring. They will brighten up any bouquet and bring a smile to your face.

8. Easter Lilies. In the Kingdom of Plantae, the Easter Lily is Queen. Allegorically represented in myths, fables, and legends throughout time, this lily, called Lilium longifolium, is the symbol of purity. A Poem by Louise Lewin Matthews found in Part V: Easter Lily Quotations on page 191 of the 1916 Stanley Schell compilation entitled ‘Easter Celebrations’ says it all. (Published in 1916 by Edgar S. Werner & Company, New York).

Easter morn with lilies fair
Fills the church with perfumes rare,
As their clouds of incense rise,
Sweetest offerings to the skies.
Stately lilies pure and white
Flooding darkness with their light,
Bloom and sorrow drifts away,
On this holy hallow’d day.
Easter Lilies bending low
in the golden afterglow,
Bear a message from the sod
To the heavenly towers of God.

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Authors note: Just remember, the Easter lily is a beautiful flower but it is highly toxic to cats. All parts of Easter lilies, tiger lilies and Asiatic hybrid lilies, including the pollen, cause imminent kidney failure in cats if ingested. Enjoy your Easter flowers but keep them and the CHOCOLATE away from your pets. Happy Easter, everyone.

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Tioga County gathers for 4H Kickoff Event at fairgrounds

by Melissa Bravo – March 25, 2016

“4-H is moving forward one hundred percent this year,” said Sasha Diederich, Tioga County 4-H Extension Educator. “Our programs are booming. We’ve had more interactions this year than ever,” She added, pointing to the crowded room full of 4-H exhibitors, their leaders, and parents. Clubs from all over Tioga County came together to celebrate 4-H Kickoff at the Whitneyville Fairgrounds on Sunday.

But it was the outpouring of community interest that made the day. “We see ripples from Kickoff all year long,” said Stacy Sexaur, Extension Secretary. More than fifteen families had stopped by her table to either sign up with a club or inquire about the process during the first half of Kickoff.

Watch today’s feature to find out more about the various clubs in Tioga County and how you can get involved! Concerned about the how the budget impasse in Harrisburg might impact our county 4-H programs? I talked with Extension Educator J. Craig Williams about the implications of the Governor’s line item veto, which could shut down 4-H and Penn State Extension this year. See the video feature for more details.

So, just what is 4-H?

Anyone from the age of eight on up to 18 can join 4-H. Have children even younger? Age’s five to seven can join a Clover Club as a ‘cloverbud’. Kids can enroll in traditional 4-H clubs like livestock, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, horses, sewing and cooking. But there is so much more to do in 4-H. Projects can include woodcraft, photography, forestry, hiking and biking, crafts, and even gardening. You name it, and there is probably a 4-H project book available. The very first 4-H club in 1902, by the way, was a tomato growing club in Clarks County, Ohio.

Since its inception, youth have had the opportunity to learn public speaking and interact with 4-H’ers through club activities from other school districts, states and even via international connections.Want to try more than one project? You can! 4-H projects are age appropriate. The scope of the projects evolves over time from beginner to advanced levels. Imagine what you can learn and do in ten years if you have the mind too?

4-H clubs, leaders, and educators gather and meet to engage “youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development” and since its inception in 1902, the goal of 4-H is hands on learning.

How?

By pledging “my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living. For my club, my community, my country, and my world”. A pledge I have lived by since my first year in 4-H, right here in Tioga County – and I am not alone. Millions of people throughout the world have memorized that pledge since it was first composed in 1918.

Many, to this day, will testify that what they learned in 4-H has molded them into “the best that they can be”. In fact, the motto “to make the best better” echoed through the halls of our state capitol this month when hundreds of 4-H’ers, parent’s, and leaders headed to Harrisburg to protest the state budget crisis that threatens to stop funding 4-H entirely.

“If you are ready to jump into your 4-H adventure here in Tioga County, Pennsylvania contact Sasha Diederich at the 4-H office located in the basement of the Courthouse, Main Street, Wellsboro. Or by calling 570-724-9120.

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Members of university help paint the sections of the mural

by Rebecca Hazen – March 24, 2016

Students, professors and employees at Mansfield University helped Philadelphia based muralist Jonathan Laidacker paint sections of a mural on Sunday, March 20, that will be installed later this spring.

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Laidacker, who is a 2003 Mansfield University graduate, was approached last year through Facebook by art professor Michelle Schlegel to help design a mural for the university.

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“Michelle had in mind where she wanted the mural to be. I came up and met her and checked out the wall, and we came up with the design after about four or five months of back and forth discussion,” Laidacker said.

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The mural will be installed on a wall between Manser Dining Hall and North Hall Library. On one end the design features the history of the university, with football players honoring the first night football game under electric lights, the Mansfield Creed in the middle, which is Character, Scholarship, Culture and Service, and features students and some of the current dorm buildings on the other side.

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“I did the design in Photoshop first in proportion to the wall. One inch equals one foot on the wall and we are working on five foot by five foot inch sheets,” Laidacker said.

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Mansfield University members were able to participate in the painting process. Laidacker had drawn out every line on each of the sheets, and all participants had to do was follow a paint by numbers process. Each section had its own number with a corresponding paint color that had been pre mixed.

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“I work for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, which is an educational non-profit, so having people help paint the murals is a natural component for each project,” Laidacker said.

When the sheets are fully painted, Laidacker will glue the paper right onto the wall. “The paper is polyester acrylic material. It goes on in a real similar way to wallpaper. I will even use wallpaper scrapers to put it on.”

Laidacker hopes to install it at the end of April or beginning of May. “I actually just did a mural for my high school. Now I’m doing one for my college and I’m coming full circle.”

Those interested can check out the progress of the mural, and other works, on Laidacker’s artist Facebook page, listed under Jonathan Laidacker.

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If momma ain’t happy, aint’ nobody happy…make her breakfast!

by Sara Vogt & Chloe Quimby – March 24, 2016

Women encouraging women, of all ages on those things that we know to do but need some support in doing them along the way!

We’ve all heard the adage, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Those words were penned many years ago and even became a popular country song. The saying reflects the fact that we as women have great (or not so great!) influence over those closest to us. As nurturers that spend a good deal of time cultivating relationships, it’s vital that we make the time to practice healthy habits.

At the beginning of our Movin’ Together series, we talked about hydration. Starting my day by drinking two glasses of water helps me to be hydrated for the unplanned adventures of my day (such as chasing our puppy through our back woods when someone left the door open – true story). Whatever your daily activities, hydration benefits all of us and our organs! Getting enough water helps our hearts by thinning the blood and consequently making it easier for the heart to pump oxygen-carrying blood throughout our bodies. Hydration is the first tool in our healthy “tool basket” that we are building in Movin’ Together.

The second tool in our healthy tool basket is eating breakfast, or breaking the fast. Like hydrating, if you start your day by eating breakfast, you’ll feel better right from the get go and have more energy later on! If you start off the day “behind” in terms of nutrition, though, it can be difficult to catch up. Hydration and breakfast help us to start our day with an advantage!

Peter Economy wrote an article titled, “The Seven Things Extremely Happy People Do Every Single Day.” That caught my attention and I was encouraged by reading it. His second point, choose to take care of your body, is in part what we’re addressing today. Like hydration, which benefits the whole body, breakfast also provides nutrients to the whole body from your head to your toes. Breakfast helps the brain, heart, and other major organs to function more efficiently. Like hydration, breakfast is a choice. Some of us have been skipping breakfast, making the excuse that there isn’t enough time in the morning. Or, maybe we protest that we do not like “breakfast food.” However, with a little creativity, both hurdles can be overcome.

One morning, my six-year-old daughter Julianna asked me if she could have spaghetti for breakfast. I was about to say no, but changed my mind. That got me to thinking, what do others eat for breakfast around the world? (Watch this video for information). Some suggestions are fruit and cheese, fruit with peanut butter, wholegrain cereal, instant oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and fruit shakes. It is always good to have a protein and carbohydrate together. Breakfast bars are okay in a pinch, but if you want great benefits you need to eat more than one.

Another way to make time for breakfast is to prepare it the night before! You can put regular oatmeal in the crockpot on low overnight, using the same ratio of oatmeal to liquid as you would on the stove. Adding fruits, berries, nuts, honey, or maple syrup lend flavor to your oatmeal. Or, if you aren’t a hot cereal fan, boil eggs in advance and keep them in the refrigerator to grab. When making pancakes, put the leftovers in the freezer to pop in the toaster for another quick morning meal. These tricks can save you early morning stress and make sure you get a quick boost of energy all the same.

Simple choices, like staying hydrated and eating breakfast, do wonders to make “Mama happy.” The outcome not only benefits us as individuals, but those around us as well. Ecclesiastes 3:12 says, “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.” A worthy goal, don’t you think?

We now have two tools in our basket – drinking water to hydrate and eating breakfast to rejuvenate. Next time, we’ll cover wearing shoes to stretch.

If you still need encouragement to start the breakfast routine in your life, here is another source.

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Hornets sweep Tuesday night’s tennis match against North Penn-Liberty

by Ed Weaver – March 23, 2016

The Wellsboro Boys Tennis team picked up their first win of 2016 by sweeping North Penn-Liberty 7-0 on Tuesday, March 22.

Singles Results

Tyler Kennedy def. Zach Fetzer 6-1, 6-1
Noah Fitch def. Zach Raup 6-2, 6-1
Nate Redell def. Hunter Draper 6-1, 6-0
Noah Colton def. August Storey 6-1, 6-3
Ryan Stough def. Evan Berkhiser 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Results

Kennedy/Fitch def. Fetzer/Jonathan Nelson 6-1, 6-1
Colton/Tanner Runyan def. Storey/Zach Kerstetter 6-2, 6-2

The win improves the team’s record to 1-3 (1-1 NTL) on the year. The team travels to Towanda on Tuesday, March 29.

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Sarah Wagaman’s 4th grade class shares art from their own hearts

by Sarah Wagaman – March 23, 2016

As the fourth grade art classes at Don L. Gill Elementary School transition from one lesson to the next, students are working on a project that ties in all kinds of information that can be utilized in state testing, Arts and Humanities standards, daily life, or for pure enjoyment. These students accomplish this through their tessellation assignment, which consists of art history (Dutch artist M.C. Escher) in addition to other cross-curricular core content. Although the assignment appears simple, it is a complex process which takes time, skill, and creativity to succeed from start to finish.

A tessellation is a potentially endless, repeated pattern made up of one or more shapes that fit together like puzzle pieces with no gaps or overlaps. Tessellations have been used for over 6,000 years by designers and mathematicians. They were often used to decorate the floors and ceilings of palaces and today can be seen as designs in quilts, fabrics, wallpaper, and architectural structures. Although these concepts are relevant to math, students can also expand their creative palette by improvising fun details so the finished product resembles whatever they wish. Students are also required to identify all three types of tessellations; translation, reflection, and rotation. They must even know how to spell each type correctly!
(For more samples of tessellations and history, look up mathematician/artist M.C. Escher online.)

After finalizing tessellations, students transitioned their studies to color and design. Fourth graders were expected to read the color wheel to identify and utilize complementary—or opposite—colors. Haley was kind enough to explain how we began the process with a focal point, extended radiating lines, and then incorporated the color scheme of their choice. Students examined several optical illusions prior to color selection and specifically the “Flag Illusion.”

Although the colors in this sample are incorrect, stare at it for 30 seconds. When time is up, quickly look at blank white area. You can see a ghostly image of the flag with correct colors.

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Afterimages occur in their opposite, or complementary color. So much fun!

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2016 NTL West teams win double header Senior All-Star games

by Home Page – March 22, 2016

On Monday, March 21st the 2016 NTL Senior All-Star double header was held at Mansfield University. Senior players from Towanda, Wyalusing, Athens, Sayre and Northeast Bradford (NTL East) faced off against Wellsboro, Cowanesque Valley, North Penn-Liberty, North Penn-Mansfield, Williamson and Troy (NTL West) in NTL basketball action. The girls teams played first, with NTL West taking the victory, 69-49. Chelsea Repard of North Penn-Liberty was the leading scorer for NTL West, followed by Shelby Park of Northeast Bradford, the leading scorer for East.

The boys teams followed the conclusion of the girls game. Again, NTL West took the win with the final score, 109-75. Bryant Painter of Cowanesque Valley scored a totally 24 points, making him the leading scorer for NTL West, followed by Darrell Carroll from North Penn-Liberty with a score of 21 points.

While the scores may seem to reflect intense competitive spirit, both teams admitted that it was all about the fun.
“We were all just having so much fun,” said Ali Hillson of North Penn-Mansfield. “We all got along really well and that was awesome.” Jackson echoed her statement. “It is a lot of fun playing together, even though we’re rivals. It’s still fun!”

“I thought it was pretty cool that we all got to know each other and the way we all just played like we had a history together.” said Darrell Carroll of North Penn-Liberty.

Home Page would like to congratulate all the players on their fantastic careers and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

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Donate gently worn, used & new shoes to help fund the Feline Flat

by Sara Vogt – March 21, 2016

Denise M. Drabick, PhD, is the relatively new director of the Animal Care Sanctuary located here in Tioga County in the town of Wellsboro. Their slogan, “sharing our home until they share yours,” is what motivates all of the staff working at ACS. They give the thirty-nine animals under their care the best opportunities that is afforded to each of them. ACS is a no-kill sanctuary. They work with the animals to find them permanent homes, but they offer lifetime care if this is not possible.

“Each of these animals has their own unique back-story.” says Denise. Two of the cats being cared for at ACS are there because their owner had a heart attack and passed away, leaving the cats without a care giver. Another was brought in as a stray and trained to socialize with people. Some have lived their lives at the shelters.

There are many ways to assist Denise and her staff in the work they are doing. On today’s feature, however, we are highlighting the fundraising they are doing to renovate a mobile home for the cats – affectionately called the “Feline Flat.” The mobile home was donated to them by Lewis Homes. The area that the cats now call home will be turned into a living room area for the dogs so they can get used to a home environment (before adoption) instead of the cages where they currently reside. While visiting ACS, we had the opportunity to meet many of the cats that will be helped through raising funds with WoofTrax Shoes For Shelters.

Andi Pfisterer has volunteered with ASC since its opening nearly five years ago. Andi is currently in charge of this fundraiser and she explained the details on how we can contribute our shoes to help. All types of shoes are welcomed! She encouraged us while we are doing our spring cleaning to check out our shoe closet for some shoes to donate. Whether your shoes are outgrown, new, out of style, unwanted, gently used, not useful, or running shoes with many miles, they are welcome (provided they’re not falling apart.) They accept flip flops, sandals, pumps, sneakers, hiking shoes, work boots and winter boots. Andi stressed that they should be without holes and have laces tucked into the shoes.

Our daughter, Julianna dropped off a pair of sneakers that she had outgrown to help. You can do this as a family project, boy scouts, girl scouts, youth group, sport camps or on your own! Do not throw those shoes away – bring them so they can be recycled! This fundraising project is also used to start and maintain micro-enterprises in developing nations. Individuals repurpose the gently worn, new and used shoes offering financial support and sustainability for themselves and their families helping them step out of poverty.

ACS will be accepting the shoes until May 14th at the following locations: ACS in Wellsboro and Smithfield and My Neighbors Closet in Mansfield. For more information you can call the ACS in Wellsboro at 570-724-3687. For more information about ACS, you can check out their website at animalcaresanctuary.org.

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

by Home Page – March 19-20, 2016

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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THE 5TH ANNUAL CASEY L. PATRICK GAME
On Saturday, March 12th the students of Wellsboro High School battled against the faculty in the 5th Annual Casey L. Patrick Memorial Basketball Game. Casey was a 2010 Wellsboro High School graduate who passed away in 2011 at the age of 19. She was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart condition known as Eisenmenger’s Syndrome. For the past five years, Casey’s brother, Drew, has organized memorial basketball games in his sister’s honor. Proceeds from the game benefit the Casey L. Patrick scholarship and basketball teams at the high school.
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DECORATING DECODED – EASTERN DESIGN
Eastern interior design principles have existed for millennia about how to create these different environments in our homes and they work with absolutely any design style that you have, from mid-century modern to English country.

First, declutter. Clutter causes you to feel scattered and indecisive making life in general feel less manageable. Remember the January segment on getting organized?
Second, good air quality is considered to be an essential design element in Eastern cultures. So make sure the house is free of dust and foul smells. Clean air filters and ducts. Open the windows whenever possible for fresh air. Oxygen invigorates making you feel more energized…
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LAUREL HEALTH – CARE ABOUT YOUR KIDNEYS
The statistics are startling—26 million Americans are currently affected by chronic kidney disease, and it’s estimated an additional 73 million Americans are at risk. Yet, preventative measures are easily achievable by patients who are educated as to what steps they can take to improve kidney health. Today, WHP correspondent Morgan Koziar met with Dr. George Dy to learn more.

The kidneys are crucial organs that perform several regulatory functions in the body. “[The] kidney works like the filtration system of our body – so it pretty much removes waste products that our body doesn’t need,” says Dr. Dy, adding,“…The kidney also regulates the salt and acid balance in our body…it also makes hormones that [help] our body [make] blood. It also helps make another hormone that helps regulate blood pressure.”
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BACK TO BASICS – TAMING THE TONGUE
Words slide so easily off the tongue- but the problem is you can never unsay anything you have already said.
If you were to damage a vehicle and you have the money you can get it repaired very quickly. But if you damage another person with your words it may take years to repair that relationship. In fact you may never be able to repair it.
Its easy to sin with our speech. very easy. Everyone stumbles in many ways. We all sin. By nature we’re inherently selfish. Sometimes we sin unintentionally. Most of the time it is intentional. We all have a lot of experience with sin, especially when it involves our speech.
Your speech reveals the condition of your heart. And the only way to change inconsistent speech is to ask God to change your heart. It’s not to try harder at self control. It’s to give your heart to God, who supernaturally transforms your heart. In fact, he gives you a new heart.

No one in the history of mankind has ever had consistent speech…. except for one. His name is Jesus.
Jesus Christ – who never once sinned with his mouth – died on a cross so our gossip, and lies, and vulgarity could be forgiven. He bore the full wrath of God so our cursing and complaining could be forgiven. Maybe this morning God has revealed to you that you need forgiveness. You say, pastor, my speech is awful. I gossip, I complain, I dishonor God with my speech. God will forgive you of that sin. The bible says you if you confess with that same mouth Jesus as Lord and believe with your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. So how do you change your speech? Ask God to change your heart.
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AGRICULTURAL SPOTLIGHT – MAPLE WEEKEND
“Plan for a sweet weekend! Over a dozen maple producers from throughout Potter and Tioga Counties will be making maple syrup and maple products and opening their sugar shacks to the public from 10 AM – 4 PM for this “traveling festival.”

The Potter-Tioga Maple Producers Association would like to invite you and your family to come tour one of fifteen maple syrup operations open this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

To download the fold out colored map showing the location, directions, phone numbers, websites, and/or emails of the participating producers go to www.pamaple.com.

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Tour over a dozen maple producers throughout Potter and Tioga Counties

by Melissa Bravo – March 18, 2016

“Plan for a sweet weekend! Over a dozen maple producers from throughout Potter and Tioga Counties will be making maple syrup and maple products and opening their sugar shacks to the public from 10 AM – 4 PM for this “traveling festival.”

The Potter-Tioga Maple Producers Association would like to invite you and your family to come tour one of fifteen maple syrup operations open this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

To download the fold out colored map showing the location, directions, phone numbers, websites, and/or emails of the participating producers go to www.pamaple.com.

All tours will have taste testing stations and demonstrations on how maple syrup is collected, boiled, and bottled. Visitors can purchase dark, amber, or light maple syrup, maple candy, maple sugar, maple cream and other items made from maple syrup. Several locations are also serving pancakes while supplies last.

Each sugar operation is unique. Some are mom & pop operations using traditional collection and boiling methods. While other’s are commercial operations making thousands of gallons of syrup and using state of the art evaporator. So if you have the time, try to stop and visit more than one.

To see an example of some of the types of maple products available this weekend, watch today’s Feature filmed on site at Miller’s Purely Maple, located at 2766 Hills Creek Lake Road, Wellsboro, PA. (The farm is located at the junction of Hills Creek Road and Hills Creek Lake Road on the West Side of the Lake).

Come on out and enjoy a day in the country. [Look for yellow signs with a maple leaf and the words Maple Festival along your travel routes this weekend].

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Once you say something, you can’t unsay it.

by Mike White – March 17, 2016

A middle school teacher handed out to her students a number of products such as toothpaste and hair gel and asked them to squeeze them all out.

Once that messy task was complete she asked them to put the contents back into the containers. Of course they couldn’t.

The teacher then said “In the moment, you were so consumed with what you were doing that you didn’t realize the mess you were making. Then, after it was so quickly and easily poured out, you realized it was impossible to put it all back in. Remember this for the rest of your lives when it comes to words that come out of your mouth.”

Words slide so easily off the tongue- but the problem is you can never unsay anything you have already said.

If you were to damage a vehicle and you have the money you can get it repaired very quickly. But if you damage another person with your words it may take years to repair that relationship. In fact you may never be able to repair it.

Our words get us in trouble. This reminds me of a verse in proverbs.

Prov 10:19
When words are many, transgression is not lacking…

What does he mean by that? The more you speak the more you sin. We have a natural propensity to be selfish. We are born with a nature that is inclined towards sin and foolishness.

And the way that sinful nature is so often revealed is through our words.

One author said “the smallest and biggest trouble maker in the world is the tongue.”

I couldn’t help but think of the Irish featherweight UFC fighter Connor Macgregor. He had been doing a lot of “talking” and there is no question that he is talented but sometimes his arrogance gets the best of him. He has called himself the best pound for pound fighter on the planet and incessantly taunts his opponents prior to their fights.

But recently he was served a healthy dose of humility when, thinking he could fight 2 weight classes above where he normally fought, he was easily choked out by a bigger an stronger Nate Diaz in the second round. You could say he definitely ate his words.

Your words reveal who you really are. Your words are a window into your soul. They reveal what you value, what you think, how you live. By your words we can tell how intelligent you are, how wise or foolish you are, whether you are vulgar or refined. And it isn’t what you say but how you say it that reveals everything about you.

Its easy to sin with our speech. very easy. Everyone stumbles in many ways. We all sin. By nature we’re inherently selfish. Sometimes we sin unintentionally. Most of the time it is intentional. We all have a lot of experience with sin, especially when it involves our speech.

But you might say, “c’mon Mike. I don’t cuss or swear. I’ve gone to church my whole life. I can’t even remember the last time I swore.” But there are many ways to sin with your tongue. You might say something unflattering about another person behind their back. It’s gossip. It’s sin. That person is made in the image of God. Why would you say that about that person- other than to make yourself look better?

Your speech reveals the condition of your heart. And the only way to change inconsistent speech is to ask God to change your heart. It’s not to try harder at self control. It’s to give your heart to God, who supernaturally transforms your heart. In fact, he gives you a new heart.

No one in the history of mankind has ever had consistent speech…. except for one. His name is Jesus.

1 Peter 2:22-24
22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Jesus Christ – who never once sinned with his mouth – died on a cross so our gossip, and lies, and vulgarity could be forgiven. He bore the full wrath of God so our cursing and complaining could be forgiven. Maybe this morning God has revealed to you that you need forgiveness. You say, pastor, my speech is awful. I gossip, I complain, I dishonor God with my speech. God will forgive you of that sin. The bible says you if you confess with that same mouth Jesus as Lord and believe with your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. So how do you change your speech? Ask God to change your heart.

If you’d like to talk, feel free to email me: mike@wellsborobible.com

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Hospitals and health systems play a major role in educating citizens

by Katie Byrnes – March 15, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 15)—A collaborative organ donation awareness effort of The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the Gift of Life Donor Program, and hospitals and health systems across the state, was kicked off and celebrated on March 14 in Harrisburg.

The event was an opportunity to motivate and inspire participants involved in the 2016 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge, which officially begins April 1 and runs through August 31, 2016. The challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase the number of organ and tissue donors, as well as raise donation awareness within their hospitals and throughout their communities.

“Hospitals and health systems play a major role in educating about and creating awareness of organ donation in the Commonwealth,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “During this fun but incredibly important challenge, hospitals are volunteering to immerse themselves in the cause and use their creativity to effectively engage staff, patients, families, and communities.”

Organ donation is critically important across the U.S. and Pennsylvania. Nationally, more than 122,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. This includes more than 8,500 people just in Pennsylvania. One Pennsylvanian dies every 18 hours waiting for an organ transplant.

During the event, three speakers—a donor’s mother, a liver and kidney recipient, and an individual waiting for a heart transplant—provided the group with heartfelt, real stories about “the power of the gift,” further explaining why this work is so critical and impactful.

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, provided opening remarks at the event, and thanked participants for their dedication to organ donation awareness work.
“Organ and tissue transplantation has become an integral part of health care in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth has been a leader in promoting the importance of organ, tissue, and eye donation because of its life-saving and life-enhancing results,” said Dr. Levine.
“I’m proud and inspired by the hospitals and health systems that participate in the Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Campaign. Their diverse, creative activities have a profound effect in raising awareness and educating people.”

Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program, said about the challenge, “The HAP campaign is a great opportunity for Gift of Life to build on its strong partnerships with Pennsylvania hospitals. The campaign will allow Gift of Life to strengthen our collaboration with hospital staff and ultimately increase the number of organ and tissue donors in the region.”
“The campaign also represents an opportunity to engage hospital staff in community awareness and educational efforts, and to increase the number of donor designated drivers in Pennsylvania,” said Nathan. “Through these efforts, we can make an impact and save more lives.”

Susan Stuart, President and CEO of CORE, said, “Our hospital partners have the potential to make life possible and to make life flourish. They serve as a critical link between donation and transplantation.”
“With compassion, they help a patient’s family understand the options and how their loved one’s legacy can live on through donation,” said Stuart. “Events like these are the cornerstone of our awareness efforts. They encourage us to take time out of our busy lives to unite for a powerful cause.”
Several hospitals showcased their best practices to engage the community and improve education and donation processes within the hospital.

Meadville Medical Center shared its approach to creating employee engagement and awareness of organ donation within a community hospital setting. It developed an interdisciplinary leadership team, involved frontline staff, collaborated with various departments and hospital partners, and established donation champions within the hospital. After this foundation was set, Meadville Medical Center set out to motivate its staff through activities and events for National Donate Life Month in April 2015, and it plans to create and participate in even more activities during this year’s celebration.

Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine updated its processes in order to improve both patient outcomes and the way it helped support team members after being exposed to a patient’s death. Through the implementation of such strategies as multi-disciplinary donation committee meetings, after-action reviews following every donor case, and having team huddles involving patients and their families, the health system was able to identify improvements and eliminate delays in care.

At this point in time, approximately 80 hospitals across the state are participating in the challenge.
Hospitals will be acknowledged for their efforts. The awareness and designation activities will be captured on a scorecard for participating hospitals to achieve platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level recognitions. This information will be shared publicly at the end of the challenge.

ABOUT HAP: HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at www.haponline.org.

ABOUT GIFT OF LIFE: Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 40,000 organ transplants and an estimated 600,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life’s service area includes nearly 11 million people, and in 2015 the organization coordinated over 44 organ donors-per-million-population – ranking it among the highest in the world. For more information about organ and tissue donation or to register today, visit www.donors1.org. It only takes 30 seconds to register.

ABOUT CORE: The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations in the U.S. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.
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Katie Byrnes is the Manager of Media Relations at The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). She works with her association colleagues, members, stakeholders, and the media to communicate health care information and advocacy messages that support Pennsylvania hospitals in their efforts to provide safe, high-quality health care.

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An estimated 73 million Americans are at risk of chronic kidney disease

by Chloe Quimby – March 16, 2016

The statistics are startling—26 million Americans are currently affected by chronic kidney disease, and it’s estimated an additional 73 million Americans are at risk. Yet, preventative measures are easily achievable by patients who are educated as to what steps they can take to improve kidney health. Today, WHP correspondent Morgan Koziar met with Dr. George Dy to learn more.

The kidneys are crucial organs that perform several regulatory functions in the body. “[The] kidney works like the filtration system of our body – so it pretty much removes waste products that our body doesn’t need,” says Dr. Dy, adding,“…The kidney also regulates the salt and acid balance in our body…it also makes hormones that [help] our body [make] blood. It also helps make another hormone that helps regulate blood pressure.”

Obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), and diabetes put people at the greatest risk for developing kidney disease. However, other factors include some autoimmune diseases and genetic predisposition. Even long term use of certain over-the-counter medications can contribute to the problem, since the kidneys are responsible for filtering excess medication out of the bloodstream.
Dr. Dy stressed the importance of a yearly physical with your doctor as the best early detection method. “Patients with kidney failure, especially in their early stage, will not have any symptoms,” he cautions, “so it’s very important to see your family doctor to have, at the least, a yearly check-up.” He names blood and urine tests as some simple screening methods.

Dr. Dy also offered several helpful tips to maintain kidney health, including the following:

1. Stay hydrated. Drink at least 4-6 glasses of water a day.

2. Exercise regularly. This decreases risk of obesity and hypertension, as well as diabetes, reducing your risk of developing kidney disease. However, be sure to avoid dehydration and overexertion, since these are both harmful to your kidneys.

3. Eat a balanced diet. Your diet should be abundant in fresh produce as well as wholegrains. Fat and salt intake should be minimal. (Dr. Dy recommends limiting salt intake to 2300mg a day.) This, again, helps with obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.

4. Don’t smoke. Smoking does damage to your blood vessels and decreases blood flow to your kidneys, which in turn increases your risk of kidney cancer and kidney failure.

5. Be careful with over-the-counter drugs. Medications like ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve), as well as many antacids, can be harmful to kidney health if taken repeatedly and frequently.

Dr. George Dy, MD is a board certified physician in internal medicine, nephrology, and pediatrics with the Mansfield Laurel Health Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Laurel Health Care, visit LaurelHC.org or call 570-662-2002.

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De-clutter, fresh air & functionality can revitalize your home

by Tabitha Dietrich – March 15, 2016

I believe your home should be a sanctuary that relaxes and rejuvenates you at the same time. In many ways, our environments are a reflection of what we are personally and emotionally experiencing in our lives. For example, I find that when I’m feeling overwhelmed and everything is out of control, I can look around my house and see that it’s cluttered and disorganized. It actually looks the way I feel: like pure chaos. But when everything is in order, I actually feel calmer and more serene. Life actually seems to run smoother.

Eastern interior design principles have existed for millennia about how to create these different environments in our homes and they work with absolutely any design style that you have, from mid-century modern to English country.

These ancient design principles about decorating seek to create harmonious relationships with the spaces that we inhabit. They even go so far as to create specific feelings dependent upon the function of a particular room. To illustrate my point, kitchens are usually the heart of the home and very active. They are also the room that provides us with nutrition, so they should have a lively and invigorating feel whereas bedrooms are for resting, so here you would want a sense of peace and serenity.

So, how do you create this harmony in your own home? Here are some basic principles adopted from Eastern interior design that you can apply to start creating that feeling of balance in your home no matter what your personal style is.

First, declutter. Clutter causes you to feel scattered and indecisive making life in general feel less manageable. Remember the January segment on getting organized?
Second, good air quality is considered to be an essential design element in Eastern cultures. So make sure the house is free of dust and foul smells. Clean air filters and ducts. Open the windows whenever possible for fresh air. Oxygen invigorates making you feel more energized!

Next your home needs good light. Think of the sun…it provides warmth, nothing can grow without it and we cannot live without it. If your windows don’t allow enough natural light in, get more lamps. If you recall, I’ve already done a segment on the importance of lighting in design.

And finally, make sure the room is practical and functional for its intended purpose. I have always said, “It doesn’t matter how pretty a room is, if it doesn’t function properly, then it is wasted space”. Design for how you live, because when you enjoy your home, that creates its own harmony and couldn’t we all use a little more of that?

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Learn to use your telescope at the Deane Center this Friday

by Step Outdoors – March 14, 2016

On Friday, March 18th, from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Wellsboro Deane Center there will be a Dark Sky Telescope Workshop. With the Wellsboro area being about an hour from Cherry Springs State Park, one of the most popular “dark sky” parks east of the Mississippi. This workshop will provide families and individuals with the information they need to enjoy this outstanding attraction or allow them to check out the night sky from their own backyards.

Adults, college students, and families with children ages 10 and up will learn what tools for when purchasing a telescope. From prices to the different types of telescopes and what the various models do.

Those who have their own telescopes are encouraged to bring them and learn how to get the most out of them. The workshop will be led by astronomy experts Tim Morey and Don Wilcox.

Preregistration is required. Seating is limited so those who plan to attend are asked to preregister by calling the Deane Center at 570-724-6220. The $5 per person fee can be paid at the door the night of the workshop.

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Memorial basketball game raises over $3,000 to benefit scholarship

by John Vogt – March 14, 2016

On Saturday, March 12th the students of Wellsboro High School battled against the faculty in the 5th Annual Casey L. Patrick Memorial Basketball Game. Casey was a 2010 Wellsboro High School graduate who passed away in 2011 at the age of 19. She was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart condition known as Eisenmenger’s Syndrome. For the past five years, Casey’s brother, Drew, has organized memorial basketball games in his sister’s honor. Proceeds from the game benefit the Casey L. Patrick scholarship and basketball teams at the high school.

On today’s broadcast we feature the highlights from the game along with heartfelt thoughts from several of those attending on what this special event means to our community.
Please take a moment to watch today’s program and share this information with family and friends. Please let them know that people can still donate by making checks payable to the Casey L. Patrick Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Mail your donation to:
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90-92 Main Street, PO Box 58, Wellsboro, PA 16901.
If you have questions, contact Mary Wood at the C&N Trust Department by calling 1-800-487-8784. Proceeds go to benefit the Casey L. Patrick Memorial Scholarship Fund

Before the game started, visiting coaches from Slippery Rock University, (Casey’s alma mater), presented the Patrick family with a certificate of appreciation and announced the addition of the university’s new scholarship program in honor of Casey’s legacy.

At halftime, 5 fans were picked to participate in the 50-50 foul shot competition. Brandon Lamphier sank the winning basket and chose to donate his prize back to the scholarship fund. Before the fourth quarter started, members of the teams drew names for the silent auction, with prizes in the form of goodie baskets donated from businesses around Wellsboro.

This year, the Casey L. Patrick Memorial Game raised a total of $3,271. These proceeds will benefit the Casey L. Patrick scholarship fund at Wellsboro High School. We’d like to thank everyone who attended and all the sponsors who donated to make this event possible in honor of Casey’s legacy. Thanks for joining us today on Wellsboro Home Page.

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Coach & team share their outlook on the upcoming tennis season

by Ed Weaver – March 14, 2016

The spring season starts today as the Wellsboro Boys Tennis team kicks off their 2016 season. The young Hornets look to improve upon last year’s 3-9 season. This year’s team is made up of 13 Hornets, up from only five last year. The team is led by senior Tyler Kennedy, who went 4-8 in 2015 in singles matches, and sophomore Noah Fitch (5-7).

Head Coach: Margery Hoffman (3-9, 2-4 NTL)

Key Returners: Tyler Kennedy, Noah Colton, Landen Kennedy, Sophomore Noah Fitch

Newcomers: Logan Morral, Tanner Runyon, Ryan Stough, Nathan Redell

The Hornets begin their season on the road this afternoon at Cowanesque Valley before hosting Galeton in a double-header on Thursday, March 17 at Packer Park.

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Rafting season opens!

by Rebecca Hazen – March 11, 2016

If you are looking for something adventurous and unique to do this spring, why not consider water rafting on Pine Creek?

Pine Creek Outfitters’ rafting season is from March to May. Rafting the creek is best in the spring months due to a larger water flow because of the run off (melted snow.) According to Jonathan Dillon, owner of Pine Creek Outfitters, it is especially important to raft only during the spring season, due to this area receiving less rainfall than most places in Pennsylvania.

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Pine Creek Outfitters offers two different rafting trips. There is an option to float the canyon, which is a 17 mile trip and lasts about five to six hours. Or you could raft the Upper Pine, which is a shorter trip (five to 10 miles, or about two to four hours.)

Pine Creek rapids are considered Class I which is easy, and Class II which is moderate for most of the float season. Pine Creek Outfitters recommend ages seven and up for rafting Pine Creek. The Upper Pine is calmer and more suitable for smaller children.

“It is generally a calm trip with some small sections of rapids.  At higher water levels the river is much faster and the rapids are more challenging,” Dillon said.

Most people choose from these two trips, but it is possible to raft other sections. “We rent boats and offer shuttle services for all sections of Pine Creek.  You could potentially paddle about 68 miles (four to five days) from Galeton to Jersey Shore,” Dillon said.

Pine Creek takes care of all the finer details of your rafting trip. The guided raft trips include buffet lunch, wetsuit rentals, and return shuttle transportation.

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“Our guides will safely get you through the rapids, entertain you with stories, and show you eagle nests and hidden waterfalls,” Dillon said.” The scenery is incredible. Pine Creek is also one of the last places on the east coast with a true wilderness setting (no roads or cell phone reception).” 

The best way to prepare for a rafting trip is to dress appropriately for the weather: wear non-cotton clothing, a windbreaker/waterproof jacket and a hat.

You will be in good hands with Pine Creek Outfitters; they have been offering rafting trips since 1984. Aside from rafting, they also offer canoe, kayak and tube rentals, guiding kayaking, guided mountain biking, guided rock climbing and bicycle rentals for riding the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

“Many people utilize our shuttle services throughout the year for bicycling, boating, and backpacking,” Dillon said.

For prices and more information about rafting trips, check out www.pinecrk.com, call (570) 724-3003 or visit at 5142 Route 6, Wellsboro. Pine Creek Outfitters is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

by Home Page – March 12-13, 2016

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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WELLSBORO CONCLUDES BASKETBALL SEASON
The Wellsboro boys and girls basketball teams both suffered losses to Minersville in the first round of PIAA State playoffs on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5.
Sophomore Lizzie Poirier scored 11 points to lead the team, while Jackson finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds in her last game, and senior Sarah Ingerick finished with 7 points in her final game of her career. Ingerick finished the season with 309 points, her third consecutive year with over 300 points, giving her 1,089 for her career. Jackson finished her career with 623 points and 624 rebounds. Davis and sophomore Rachael Tuttle rounded out the scoring on the night with 2 points each.
Brothers Dawson Prough and Dalton Prough led the team with 9 points each, Henry scored 7 to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 steals, Singer had 6, and junior Alden Weiner had 2 to round out the scoring.
Dawson Prough finishes his Wellsboro career with 619 points, 121 assists, 77 steals, and 242 rebounds.
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THE INFAMOUS COLONOSCOPY: IT’S NOT SCARY
How can we protect our digestive health?
There are several screening tools to monitor colon health. Depending on age, risk factors, family history and symptoms, your doctor will help you decide which test best meets your needs. The most comprehensive and well-known exam is the colonoscopy. Colonoscopies save lives by helping doctors find polyps or cancer before a patient ever displays symptoms. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1 in 3 adults who should be screened for colon health are actually undergoing the procedure.
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STUDENTS VS FACULTY – PREGAME SMACK!
On Saturday, March 12 – come see the students of the girls and boys basketball teams battle the faculty from the Wellsboro Area School District in the 5th Annual Casey L Patrick Memorial Basketball Game. Along with the game, there will be a Chinese auction, a 50-50 foul shot competition, and many more surprises you won’t want to miss! Price of admission is $4 for adults – kids under 5 are free. The game will take place at 7:00PM in the Wellsboro High School gymnasium. Proceeds and donations go to the Casey L. Patrick Memorial Scholarship Fund at the high school.
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SPRING INTO CHAMBER HIGHLIGHTS!
Welcome to another edition of Chamber Highlights with Chamber President, Marsha Chesko. Winter is retreating as spring arrives soon, and with it comes plenty of exciting and fun events and activities around Tioga County!
On Thursday, March 17, from 5–7pm at the Warehouse Theater, 3 Central Avenue, Wellsboro, there will be a Wellsboro Chamber Member Mixer & Brochure Swap.
Highland Chocolates, 11724 Route 6, will have an Easter Open House for Kids on Friday, March 18th from 4—6pm.
There are several events happening on March 19th around the area: At noon on Saturday, March 19th The Wellsboro Lions Club invites children of all ages to an egg hunt with prizes, hot dogs and drinks provided by The Lions in service to our community.
Contra Dancing will also take place on March 19th at 7pm, in the Gallery at the Deane Center’s Warehouse Theater, 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
Also happening on Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th from 10a.m.— 4p.m. Bring the whole family to Hills Creek State Park for the Maple Weekend Open House. The two day event is free and open to the public. It is being held conjunction with the Potter-Tioga Maple Producers 12th Annual Maple Weekend.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION SAFETY
On Thursday, March 10th, Chief Bodine of the Wellsboro Police Department and the Community Traffic Safety Project met at Steve’s Beverages in Wellsboro with an important reminder for those in our community celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. The press event was held in an effort to help reduce DUI crashes and injuries through education with the tagline, “Designate, then Celebrate.” According to PennDOT preliminary 2015 data, there were 1089 alcohol related crashes on the weekends before and after Saint. Patrick’s Day that resulted in 10 fatalities. The police department and Community Traffic Safety Project encourage those celebrating to practice safety by designating drivers if alcohol is involved.
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