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September Happenings in Downtown Williamsport
By Bernie Katz

Gee it is already September. Where has the summer gone many are saying? Downtown has made it thru Little League Baseball World Series and we are very happy with all the visitors who stopped into our restaurants and stores. Little League is very beneficial to our local economy and we heard many visitors complementing our beautiful city and the Little League complex.
  September First Friday is September 4th – part of the Labor Day Weekend. The weather should be a bit cooler and the artists and crafters will be out in force. There are only 2 outdoor First Friday’s left, September and October so come on downtown and enjoy. September’s First Friday is designated College Town First Friday. We want all of our returning college students to attend and learn more about our and their Downtown. I am not sure yet of what musical groups will be playing on Pine Street but they will be fun to listen to.
  So who is on my list of “did you know” they are Downtown this month?
  How about The Sunflower Café and Bakery at 145 W. 4th Street. The Sunflower Café and Bakery, which opened 3 years ago is an entirely Gluten Free bakery and café. Some items are also dairy free, egg free and soy free. Judy, the owner, will also customize foods (bakery products and café products) according to your specific allergy issues. This dedication to your health is hard to find anywhere and includes many baked goods such as cupcakes, muffins, whoopie pies and café items.
  Because of Judy’s dedication to your needs, all breads, bagels, English muffins for example should be pre-ordered at least 3 days in advance 570-916-0719. Please check out her Facebook page – facebook.com/thesunflowercafebakery – for her daily breakfast, lunch and bakery specials. Her hours are Monday thru Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 7:00 am to 2:00 PM.
  And just 3 blocks away is Julies Coffee restaurant. Julies has been at 33 W 3rd Street for 20 years serving great breakfasts and lunches. They have many specialty coffees and espresso drinks like their Vanilla Caramel Latte. All of their baking is done in house with such favorites as Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and daily Muffin selections along with many regular breakfast items such as bacon and eggs and French toast.
  Julies Coffee also has a large variety of lunch favorites like the Julie’s wrap – Ham, Turkey, Provolone, lettuce, tomato, cukes with honey mustard dressing. Or try one of their hand made salads like the Cobb salad which is a customer favorite. Julies is also open from 7:00 am to 2:30 PM Monday thru Friday and 7:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday and Sunday. So check out their website at www.juliescoffee.com for the daily specials and enjoy the great food in an open and spacious dining area.
  As you wander back up Pine Street to 4th Street you will find a cozy little storefront located at 46 1/2 W 4th Street near Pine St. called The Artisan Cooperative. Inside you will find 3 women owned businesses. Touchstone Jewelry is owned by Wendy Kreisher. Wendy specializes in sterling silver and natural gemstone beadwork creating beautiful one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
  KaeJae Studio is owned by Jennie K Waldman. Jennie specializes in metalwork jewelry in Sterling Silver and 14 Kt. Gold implementing precious and semi-precious stones into her unique contemporary pieces. She also rebuilds and repairs jewelry including antique jewelry pieces or bring in your ideas for a custom design.
  The third business in this cooperative is the Williamsport Frame Shop owned by Susan Herlehy. This is the only custom framing shop in downtown. Susan will help you choose the best frame design to preserve and present your art and photos, or a shadow box for your precious mementos, documents or even that autographed T-shirt that is so special to you. The Artisan Cooperative stores are open Tuesday thru Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM.
  Well that’s it for September’s Happenings in Downtown Williamsport. Next month, October, we may start to have a handle on what will be happening downtown for the Holiday Season. Hey don’t get excited that I am pushing the Holidays. Next month there will be only 74 shopping days until Christmas.

September is National
Library Card Sign-Up Month

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., joins libraries across the nation to make sure that every child has the most important school supply of all, a free library card.
  It has been estimated that two-thirds of our most vulnerable citizens, children living in poverty, have no books at home and the number of families in poverty is on the rise. Children of all ages who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. The Brown Library realizes the impact of reading in the home and encourages community members to apply for a library card today. Peanuts cartoon favorite Snoopy is the 2015 Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month.
  Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where customers can collaborate using new technologies, or just relax with peers. The Brown Library has numerous resources available to anyone who has a library card. Students and parents can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable staff.
  “Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” said Melissa Rowse, assistant director of the library. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and story times to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs, and for older teens we have information and tools to help prepare for college and mentoring programs. There’s really something for everyone and it’s all free with a library card.”
  Students can use their library cards from home, too. The Brown Library offers access to important educational resources such as Mango Languages, POWER Library, Learning Express, DMV practice driving tests and Ask Here PA, where students can talk with a librarian 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And don’t forget, with a library card, you can download free audiobooks and e-books through eBranch2Go at http://ebranch2go.lib.overdrive.com or access any of the library’s online databases. This is why your library card is the most valuable card in your wallet.
  Remember, if you had a card when you were a child, you might need to renew it; unused cards expire after 2 years.
  Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including unveiling the new teen library card designed by Cortney Houseknecht, 14, of Montoursville, and a First Friday Teen Night from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 4.
  For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Brown Library in person or visit at www.jvbrown.edu. The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.
  Basic literacy skills – the ability to read and write—are essential to well-being and to fully participate in American society. Basic literacy is one of the goals of PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. For more information on how basic literacy and PA Forward impact Pennsylvania, visit www.paforward.org. 
  The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. The James V. Brown Library is helping to power progress in Pennsylvania as a partner in the statewide literacy initiative of PA Forward, helping libraries build stronger communities.

The Power of Intention, Perception, and Outcome
by Buffy basile

This is a hard topic for me to cover.  I feel like I have been battling all three areas my entire life.  Each one connected to the other like a chain reaction.
  A good intention delivered poorly leads to a false perception that creates a preventable outcome.  In every facet of life this is a very real issue for not just me, but all of us.  Can you think of the one word that breaks the chain?  Communication.  
  We all feel misunderstood it seems; yet no one is willing to bridge the gap between intention and perception.  If the hard conversations took place at the moment perception reared its ugly head this chain would cease to exist.
  Communication may not resolve your differences but at the very least a genuine understanding of the circumstances would be visible by all involved.  You may still walk away from your marriage, your present job, your current place of worship, or a friendship.  But…it will be an informed choice. 
  If I could banish one word from the universe it would be perception.  For example:
• Confidence is an outward form of self-acceptance, not arrogance.  
• Wealth is generally the result of good work ethic, not entitlement.
• A healthy individual is not “gifted” but has spent countless hours training and making healthy lifestyle choices.  
  My intention behind writing this article was to share a cycle that is destructive.  My hope is that your perception leads to an outcome that results in communication within your circle.
  Buffy is the Owner of Epic Fitness.

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Milk can become homemade ice cream in five minutes by using a bag! This homemade, creamy treat is a summertime delight for kids and adults alike.

Difficulty: Very Easy

Parental supervision is recommended

How to make it:
1. Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag.
2. Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.
3. Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.
4. Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes.
5. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!

A 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don't increase the proportions more that that -- a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

Here's an improvised version of the homemade ice cream:
These are the homemade ice cream ingredients…
• 1/4 teaspoon imitation vanilla butter and nut flavor
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1/2 cup 1% milk
These are the other supplies . . .
• Plastic sandwich bag (e.g., Ziploc)
• 12 water softener pellets
• 1 tray of ice (My ice cube tray makes small cubes, so it produces only about half a tray.)
• Large plastic bag
  Put the ice-cream ingredients in the small bag, and then put the bag, salt, and ice in the big bag. Hold the bag shut and stir it around on the floor for about 5 minutes. Although the salt pellets hardly dissolved, I got ice cream. It was not as smooth as ice cream, probably because of the low-fat milk. Instead, it was a little like sherbet. I think if I had more ice in the bag, I could have shaken it better. I'd recommend wearing gloves. It is incredible that it is ready in 5 minutes (not counting assembling the ingredients.)

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