Unfortunately there aren’t any constellations that have a real connection to the Christmas season. It’s hard to make Orion the Hunter into Santa Claus. Pegasus, the Winged Horse, is a poor excuse for a Reindeer. However, there is Taurus the Bull. He doesn’t have a red nose like Rudolph but h…

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MILTON — A Warrior Run alum who developed a passion for martial arts while serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam is retiring after more than 30 years of sharing the arts through the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA.

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Let’s face it. The average hunter who holds both an antlered buck tag and an antlerless license, when seeing both a buck and a doe at the same time, will usually opt to try for the antlered deer. I admit I would, and there’s nothing wrong with that. My question today is why?

Pennsylvanians pride themselves on the beauty the state offers, by way of millions of acres of forest, rolling hills and, this time of year, gorgeous fall scenery.

Dear Abby: For years, I’ve heard about what and where a woman “should” be in her life once she turns the big 3-0. She should have a thriving career, be married with kids — or at least engaged — and have a full sense of her worth and knowledge.

Moon Alert: There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today until 9:03 p.m. PST. The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Moon Alert: After 7:30 a.m. EST today (4:30 a.m. PST), there are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions. After that, the Moon moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius.

Dear Abby: My husband has a “best friend” from childhood I’ll call “Artie,” but they have little in common anymore. Finding things to do with him and his wife is a struggle. We like to travel, so we always invite them along, but Artie says “no” to everything. His wife, “Ann,” and I are prett…

Moon Alert: There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today until 9:15 p.m. PST. The Moon is in Scorpio.

Dear Abby: I am a 44-year-old woman who has been married for three years. We all have a past. Unfortunately, I made mistakes in mine that I foolishly mentioned to my husband when he asked. He is someone who doesn’t let go of things easily.

Dear Abby: I have two mothers: my biological mother and Mom, who raised me. I share everything with Mom — my hopes, dreams, fears and everything in between. My biological mother and I are not as close. We never have been. I don’t have a single good childhood memory with her in it.

Dear Abby: My husband of 35 years moved out three years ago. We live only a block apart, and I contribute a lot to his household because he’s on disability and doesn’t have enough money to make it through the month. I have a great job and travel as a photographer. My job is the reason he mov…

No matter what holidays you celebrate this time of year, there’s a lot to celebrate in the Shamokin night sky this month. Believe it or not, there’s even a little Christmas tree in the night sky. I’ll tell you about that in a bit.

Moon Alert: There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Virgo.

Dear Abby: I’m eight months pregnant with my first child. My usually happy and positive mother is becoming increasingly quick to become negative or angry. The change in her personality has my husband and me concerned about our little one growing up around her.

Moon Alert: Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST today (8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PST). After that, the Moon moves from Leo into Virgo.

First Thessalonians 5:18 is one of those Bible verses that you might wish wasn’t there. It calls us to do what we aren’t by nature geared to do. The Apostle Paul writes, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Peak outside your window any day in North Central Pennsylvania and you are certain to see a variety of beautiful birds. For instance, having a family of cardinals as your neighbors is one of the privileges of living in our rural area. Birds are in such abundance here that it is easy to lose …

Dear Abby: I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression for decades, but I’m finally on a medication that works for me. I’m in my 40s and feel emotionally stable for the first time in my adult life. When I started the medication, I was in a bad place, but after a few months I broke up with my part…

Moon Alert: Wait until 11:15 a.m. EST (8:15 a.m. PST) to shop or make or important decisions today. The Moon is in Leo.

Dear Abby: When my boyfriend talks about women, he doesn’t always refer to them by their name. In most cases, I don’t know the individual. But even if he does refer to her by name, what bothers me is he always follows it by describing her boobs (i.e., “the one with the big boobs, she has got…

Dear Abby: My brother and I are in our 40s. We live several states apart and visit each other a couple times a year. We are both very active but on different time schedules. I’m a morning person who has been getting up at 5 a.m. for so many years my body will not sleep past then. He’s a nigh…

Is it your goal to bag a Pennsylvania bruin? If so, odds are you’ll be joining the tens of thousands of other hunters heading out this morning in search of this fascinating creature. While statewide the season is only four days in length, Nov. 20 to 23 (that’s right, it includes Sunday), the…

Throughout the year, especially around this time, I receive many emails about purchasing a telescope, either for oneself or that special someone. Every year I try to provide a telescope buying guide for the Christmas shopping season. I certainly don’t consider myself a great expert, but I’ve…

WATSONTOWN — Situated just inside of the entrance to the Watsontown Alliance Church is a small grouping of tables, near a counter where coffee pots are brewing

Dear Abby: I’m a 35-year-old woman whose father refuses to get along with me no matter how hard I try. Our relationship was always strained due to the alcoholism he has struggled with since my childhood, made worse by the fact that I became an addict. I’ve been in recovery for a while, and I…

Moon alert: There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The moon is in Gemini.

SHAMOKIN — Residents that share an appreciation for body art can recognize the artistry of Jeffrey Tweed. Over his 21-year tattoo career, his art remains in high demand with eager canvases booked out until March of 2023.

In the perennial Christmas classic movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” there is a scene where George Bailey hears a train whistle and proceeds to share, “There she blows. You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are?” Uncle Billy, who is standing right next to George, jokingly a…

Dear Abby: I’m a divorcee who has reconnected with a childhood neighbor, “Levi.” He was physically assaulted as a teenager and badly injured. He has made almost a complete recovery, but has a metal plate in his skull and a traumatic brain injury. We have always been friends, and after my div…

Moon Alert: There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The moon is in Taurus.

Dear Abby: I have been married 45 years. It may not be the most loving or agreeable marriage, but it has always been steady, nonviolent and monogamous. Last year I had COVID and I now have long-term symptoms with compromised immunity.

Moon alert: There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The moon is in Taurus.

There are two things you have to be careful about when talking in front of little kids. One is never say anything you wouldn’t want repeated at the worst possible time and to the worst possible person.

Dear Abby: I recently backed out of an adoption. I feel terrible about it. How can I mentally and emotionally get over this? My baby girl is 4 months old now, and my guilt is getting worse. I backed out three days before she was born.

Dear Abby: A lady friend of mine I’ve known for more than 20 years and I recently lost our spouses to COVID in the same hospital, four rooms apart from each other. During the 2 1/2 weeks that our spouses were in the hospital, we visited, prayed for and offered comfort to each other, as well …

Another Blood Moon is on the way! Catch a nap this Thursday afternoon because later that night we’ll have a lunar eclipse beginning after 2 am on Friday morning. It’s not officially a total lunar eclipse, but it’s about as close as it can be to one. Total lunar eclipses are also known in our…