Backyard Broadcasting Podcast

In Touch with Freddi Hammer - The Comfort Closet

A teacher at Canton Area High School has spearheaded an effort to provide donated hygiene products to students, called The Comfort Closet. Students who want to feel clean and confident before, during, or after the school day, are provided anything they might need; from deodorant and body wash, to laundry detergent and bath towels from the Closet supply.   Mrs. Kalyn Essick, English teacher at Canton, wants to inspire the community to help stock the Closet this year as well as inspire teachers at other schools to start their own Comfort Closet.


email:  kessick@canton.k12.pa.us

website:  canton.k12.pa.us

Canton Area School

509 East Main Street

Canton, PA 17724

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of Nov. 21, 2022

This past week, are sheep walking in circles a sign of the oncoming apocalypse?  A potbelly pig evades capture for days, a vintage steamer washed up on a Florida Beach and more this week in The Files of the Strange & Deranged! Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Robert Hunter, Students Preserving Mental Health.

One suicide is too many.  Find out how Danville native Robert Hunter got on board to support a group from his alma mater, “Students Preserving Mental Health.”   Find out how Rob’s song called “Permanent” is about hope and understanding, and uses music and lyrics as a catalyst to spread a positive message about mental health.

www.nami.org
The National Alliance on Mental Illness

RobertHunterMusic.net

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 14, 2022

This week, we find the oldest living person in the U.S., a Guinness World Record goes to the man who visited the most pubs in 24 hours and the house from "A Christmas Story" is up for sale!  These stories and more in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged!

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St. John Neumann "The Not So Grimm Version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Jake speaks with Director Beth McKelvey from the St. John Nuemann Regional Academy Theatre Tripe about their upcoming production of "The Not So Grimm Version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on Friday, November 18th and Saturday, November 19th at 7pm along with a Sunday, November 20th performance at 2pm.  Listen as students from St. John Neumann presents the many characters within the production.  

St. John Neumann Regional Academy

901 Penn St. Williamsport

570-323-9953


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WILQ's Shawn Carey Speaks with the Group "Sweet Tea Trio" from Alabama.

WILQ's Shawn Carey has visitors to the studio on Tuesday, November 15th... "Sweet Tea Trio" from Alabama.

Find out:

-what nickname they call their manager Kid Rock

-which Trio member that doesn't root for either Alabama or Auburn

-what rock songs they've added to their set lists

-plus the one essential food item that makes Thanksgiving the best

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Victorian Christmas – “Arts of the Era – Music and Theater”

Victorian Christmas – “Arts of the Era – Music and Theater” is November 18th thru the 20th.  Under the direction of Preservation Williamsport, you’re invited to the 23rd Annual Victorian Christmas Tour of Homes, Historic Sites and Museums.  Peachy O’Connor of the fundraising committee, Jill Confair – President, and Cindy Perry - Advertising and Public Relations, join Freddi Hammer to talk about the special mission of Victorian Christmas; to preserve the beautiful historic homes in Williamsport. is November 18th thru the 20th.  Under the direction of Preservation Williamsport, you’re invited to the 23rd Annual Victorian Christmas Tour of Homes, Historic Sites and Museums.  Peachy O’Connor of the fundraising committee, Jill Confair – President, and Cindy Perry - Advertising and Public Relations, join Freddi Hammer to talk about the special mission of Victorian Christmas; to preserve the beautiful historic homes in Williamsport.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - Power Ballads of the 80's

Power ballads of the 80's is what this episode is all about.  Whether you were heartbroken when your steady broke it off with you, or you were getting hot and heavy in the front seat of your dad’s car with your high school sweetheart, some of these may have been playing on that mixtape you made.  This episode will feature power ballads from the hard rocking hair bands of the 1980's like Europe, Cinderella, Stryper, Night Ranger and more.

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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of November 7, 2022

This past week on The Files Of The Strange & Deranged...Potterheads are asked to stop putting socks on Dobby's grave, bees just might have emotions and The National Park Service is asking people to stop licking frogs!  These stories and more are in The Files Of The Strange & Deranged! Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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Uptown Music Collective - Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Ladies of the 80's with Shawn Carey on 93.3 WBZD

The Uptown Music Collective presents "Girls Just Want to Have Fun:  Ladies of the '80's" on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.  They stopped into the Classic Hits 93.3 WBZD studio to pay Shawn Carey a visit and give a little sampling of what you'll hear at their show.  

To purchase tickets for the show... CLICK HERE

To learn more about Uptown Music Collective... CLICK HERE

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - “Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead with Mr C!”

Students from nine area school districts have the opportunity to field trip this year to the Community Arts Center’s for several professional shows during 2022-2023 season, but why should the kids have all the fun?!? Bring to whole family to also enjoy the first show in their Educational Series in the evening;  “Full ‘STEAM’ Ahead with Mr C!” November 15th @ 7pm 

Tickets are available for just $5 so you can learn about what the kids are learning, too!   Tickets can be purchased here.

Mr. C is a ‘Bill Nye’ type guy with 20-years of classroom experience, who uses humor, media, and the engineering design process to make the ordinary EXTRAordinary.


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Files of the Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of Oct. 31st, 2022

This week on The Files of The Strange and Deranged, self-proclaimed human vampires exist among us, pranksters turn a sculpture into a scene from E.T. and a man who runs out of candy hands out marijuana gummies!  These stories and more are in The Files of The Strange and Deranged!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Dr. Rebecca Jordan, breast surgeon and oncologist with Geisinger Medical Center”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Dr. Rebecca Jordan, breast surgeon and oncologist at Geisinger Medical Center, talks about the advances in detection and treatment of breast cancer and will discuss the process a person who is given a breast cancer diagnosis may be going through.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - #1 Hits from 70's Re-recorded in the 80's

So this episode is about songs that were #1 hits in the 70’s and then were remade in the 80’s by other artists.  In a few cases, the remake had just as much success as the original, but most failed to do anywhere near as good as the original.  Being as the 70’s can be thought of as the decade of the singer/songwriter, it kind of makes sense for artists of the 80’s to re-record some of these classics.

This episode will feature #1 hits songs from the 70's like "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green, "Lean On Me" by Bill Withers and "Play that Funky Music" by Wild Cherry and more that were re-recorded in the 80's.  

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Strange & Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 24th, 2022

This week on The Files Of The Strange & Deranged...a woman puts "fun" in funeral, New York is NOT the #1 location for rats, a Tik-Tokker uses recipes from gravestones and a man who orders an X-Box...gets cat litter instead.

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Jake Michaels talks with Alivia Tagliaferri about "Tag's Take Out."

If you grew up in the Williamsport area in the 1960's, 70's, 80's and even the early 2000's, Tag's Restaurant on Memorial Ave. was a staple of the community with wonderful dining and atmosphere.  Tag's Restaurant no longer exist, but you can enjoy the taste of Tag's Restaurant once again with "Tag's Take Out."  In this podcast episode, Jake speaks with co-owner Alivia Tagliaferri about the offerings of their new store at 1116 Market St. in Williamsport.  Tag's Take Out, the taste you remember.

For more you can call 570-865-TAGS (8247)

Online at tagstakeout.com

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - "Words of Warriors: A Message from Combat Veterans”

"Words of Warriors: A Message from Combat Veterans" is a FREE show Sunday, October 23rd at the Community Arts Center.  Local Veterans tell their story of before during and after the combat experience. There is a video presentation by Box of Light, performances by the Repasz Band and guest speakers, as well as a reception for veterans and their families to follow. Williamsport Vet Center Director, June Moser describes the process of making “Words of Warriors” and how the courageous veterans wanted to share their combat experiences with those of us who might not understand otherwise.

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Strange and Deranged with Keith Kitchen - Week of October 17th, 2022

This week in The Files of The Strange and Deranged, a cat does not help write a book, champagne is designed for space travel, a woman attacks police with bees and much more!  Don't forget to listen to The Files of the Strange and Deranged weeknights at 9:40 on Classic Hits 93.3!

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Dwell Orphan Care

Dwell Orphan Care exists to support and encourage foster and adoptive families in Lycoming, Montour and Columbia Counties! Jennifer Lake, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, talks with Freddi Hammer about their second Dwell Orphan Care ‘Hope Chest’ location that opened in Bloomsburg, and how through community donations, they lovingly provide bedding, clothing, shoes and other essentials to support children and families starting foster care.

dwellorphancare.org

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Growing Up 80's with Jake - Single releases from John, Paul, George and Ringo in the 80's

This episode focuses on some of the single releases by John, Paul, George and Ringo… The Beatles in the 1980’s.  Jake is joined with his special guest Rob Foust, a local Beatles fan to discuss the history and stories of these select songs.

Singles featured are George Harrison's 1981 release, "All Those Years Ago" and the 1988 Traveling Wilburys single "Handle With Care."  Ringo Starr's 1981 "Wrack My Brain" and 1982's "Private Property."  Paul McCartney's 1983 single with Michael Jackson "Say, Say, Say" and his 1989 release with Elvis Costello "My Brave Face."  Lastly, John Lennon's singles "(Just Like) Starting Over" released in 1980 and "Woman" also released in 1981.

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Jake interviews TJ Aikey, President & CEO of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce

Jake talks with President & CEO of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce TJ Aikey about the services the chamber provides along with the largest fundraising event of the year, the "2022 Annual Meeting" featuring keynote speaker, Olympic Medal winner Joey Lye.

For more information, please visit the Central PA Chamber of Commerce website.

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Jake speaks with Cast Members and the General Manager from the Millbrook Playhouse

Jake speaks with cast members Nicole Weitzman and Timmy Lewis along with General Manager David Gritzner from the Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall.  They joined Jake in studio on Thursday, October 13th, 2022 to discuss the upcoming production of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical."   Learn more about the Millbrook Playhouse and get tickets for upcoming production at millbrookplayhouse.org

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Loyalsock Lancer Band, 2022 Lycoming County Marching Band Exhibition

On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the Loyalsock Township High School is proud to host the 2022 Lycoming County Marching Band Exhibition.  All eight Lycoming County High School Marching Bands will be performing their halftime shows including Williamsport, South Williamsport, Montoursville, Muncy, Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Montgomery and Loyalsock.  

Loyalsock Marching Band Director Ryan Bulgarelli along with six students/members of the band visited the WBZD studio to discuss the upcoming exhibition and play a few numbers.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Dori Rankinen, 75th Mummers Parade

The 75th Anniversary of the South Williamsport Mummers Parade is October 15th at 2pm!  Coordinator, Dori Rankinen, talks about the plans for this year’s Mummers Parade which features more spectacular acts than ever, in each of the 10 divisions!  You’re invited to the South Williamsport Pool Complex Park after the parade; for food, family fun and fireworks at dusk!

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In Touch EXTRA with Freddi Hammer - Lifland Skatepark Radical Ride with Lonnie Wilcox

Join the community and support Lifland Skatepark (inside Elm Park in Williamsport) and their Radical Ride, October 8th. During this In Touch Extra, Freddi Hammer speaks with the President of Lifland Skatepark, Lonnie Wilcox (who is also the graphic artist and website developer at Backyard Broadcasting). Lonnie will share the origins of the park and the goals they have to improve it. Everyone is invited to the Radical Ride at noon October 8th!  Ride for a $5 donation! Contributions can also be made through PayPal at liflandskatepark@gmail.com

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - “LyComing-Out Day” Festival at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville October 8th from 11am til 6pm.

Attend the “LyComing-Out Day” Festival at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville on October 8th from 11am til 6pm.   LGBTQ Supporters and Allies will enjoy an inclusive environment with food and shopping vendors, plus fun entertainment, including stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race. President and Vice President of Williamsport’s Lycoming Out Day Festival, Fred Foster and Dan Manable explain how the festival was started and how they believe it is long overdue.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - 1982 US Festival

In 1982, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak created the "US Festival."  Billed as the biggest thing since Woodstock, Wozniak staged a three-day concert in the mountains of San Bernardino County, in Southern California, that featured some of the day's biggest names in music including The Police, The Cars, Pat Benatar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead and more.  The "US Festival" kicked off under scorching conditions on September 3, 1982.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Robert Hendricks, National Spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses came back to Lycoming County neighborhoods to knock on doors again in September, after the pandemic shut down their Kingdom Halls and halted their door-to-door ministry for over 30 months!  Robert Hendricks, National Spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses, shares details about the heart of the mission of their ministry and more about the global launch of an interactive Bible study program that can be found at the Jehovah's Witnesses website.  JW.org

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In Touch EXTRA with Freddi Hammer - Loyalsock Elementary School PTO Sock Walk

The Schick Elementary (K-5th) Sock Walk Fundraiser on Friday, September 30, 2022.  Loyalsock Elementary School PTO  funds support fun programs and educational tools for students;

Field Trips
Annual Teacher Appreciation Programs
Playground Upgrades
Mini grants for staff
Reading Programs
Science Programs
Annual Fall Festival
Activity Day

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Senator Yaw, Representative Hamm Senior Citizens Expo, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022

Senator Gene Yaw and Representative Joe Hamm join the program this week to remind you about their annual Senior Citizens Expo at Community Baptist Church in Montoursville this Thursday (9:30a-1pm).   Seniors, their families and caregivers are invited to meet over 75 vendors who have information about Health Care, Elder Law, Volunteer Options, Nursing Home Facilities, Recreation, Exercise, and much more. There will also be on-site health screenings for balance, spinal and posture, and blood pressure.

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In Touch with Freddie Hammer - Senator Yaw, Representative Hamm Senior Citizens Expo, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022

Senator Gene Yaw and Representative Joe Hamm join the program this week to remind you about their annual Senior Citizens Expo at Community Baptist Church in Montoursville this Thursday (9:30a-1pm).   Seniors, their families and caregivers are invited to meet over 75 vendors who have information about Health Care, Elder Law, Volunteer Options, Nursing Home Facilities, Recreation, Exercise, and much more. There will also be on-site health screenings for balance, spinal and posture, and blood pressure.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - 80's Soundtracks - Pretty In Pink

The 80’s were full of blockbuster movies… Back to the Future, Rain Man, the Princess Bride and Big just to name a few.  But what 80's movie had one of the best soundtracks, even being listed on the "Best Movie Soundtracks: The 15 Film Music Compilations That'll Change Your Life" list in the Huffington Post and "The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time" list in Rolling Stone magazine?  It was the soundtrack to the movie "Pretty In Pink."  In this episode, Jake looks back at the movie and soundtrack and a few songs that were in the movie but not on the soundtrack.

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Shawn talks with a member of the band "Hotel California: A Salute To The Eagles."

Here's Shawn Carey's conversation with George, one of the guitarists from the tribute band, "Hotel California:  A Salute To The Eagles."  For more than two decades, tribute band, Hotel California, has touched the hearts of fans all over the world by accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of The Eagles.  See the show at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport, on Thursday, September 15th.  Buy your tickets at caclive.com

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Jake talks "Over the Edge Williamsport" with Organizers

Jake interviews Brittany Fischer, Communications & Development Director for YWCA Northcentral, PA.  Greg Hayes, Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation and Jessica Survano, Development Director for River Valley Regional YMCA on the upcoming "Over the Edge" fundraising event on Friday, September 23, 2022 in downtown Williamsport.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - 21st Annual Memorial Ride

9-11 Memorial Coalition members, President Tank Baird, Chief Todd Winder and Chaplain Gary Smith get ready for the 21st Annual 9-11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride Sunday, September 11th.   They tell us…

- How to join the 42-mile column of riders to help us all “Never Forget”

- The history and community love for the ride.

- Safety and insurance challenges.

- Father Manno’s continued influence on the weather.

- Obtaining and signing a waiver to participate in the free ride.

- How to get shirts with the 2022 theme “Let Freedom Roar!”

The 21st annual event starts with a special memorial service at 2pm, then kickstands up at 3pm, starting and ending at the Clinton Township Fire Building, Route 54 in Montgomery.

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In Touch with Freddie Hammer - 21st Annual Memorial Ride

9-11 Memorial Coalition members, President Tank Baird, Chief Todd Winder and Chaplain Gary Smith get ready for the 21st Annual 9-11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride Sunday, September 11th.   They tell us…

- How to join the 42-mile column of riders to help us all “Never Forget”

- The history and community love for the ride.

- Safety and insurance challenges.

- Father Manno’s continued influence on the weather.

- Obtaining and signing a waiver to participate in the free ride.

- How to get shirts with the 2022 theme “Let Freedom Roar!”

The 21st annual event starts with a special memorial service at 2pm, then kickstands up at 3pm, starting and ending at the Clinton Township Fire Building, Route 54 in Montgomery.

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Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels - EP1

In the first episode of Growing Up 80's with Jake Michaels, he looks back at a few songs from 1987 that just missed making it to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the songs that kept them from the #1 spot. He also looks back at what was popular on T.V. in 1987 and what films were at the box office. The pop culture of the day and what sporting events took place in the Williamsport area in 1987.  

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Dave Bresnahan and the "Great Potato Caper."

Dave Bresnahan, former Williamsport Bills catcher, before returning to Historic Bowman Field to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the "Great Potato Caper," joined Backyard Broadcasting's Shawn Carey to share what led up to that night, the actual potato toss and what happened afterwards.

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Shawn Carey Interview with Dave Bresnahan and the "Great Potato Caper"

Dave Bresnahan, former Williamsport Bills catcher, before returning to Historic Bowman Field to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the "Great Potato Caper," joined Backyard Broadcasting's Shawn Carey to share what led up to that night, the actual potato toss and what happened afterwards.

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Shawn Carey Interview with Dave Bresnahan and the "Great Potato Caper."

Dave Bresnahan, former Williamsport Bills catcher, before returning to Historic Bowman Field to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the "Great Potato Caper," joined Backyard Broadcasting's Shawn Carey to share what led up to that night, the actual potato toss and what happened afterwards.

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Hometown Heroes Banners

Director of Veterans Affairs of Lycoming County Michael McMunn talks about the Hometown Heroes Banners that you’ll see throughout Lycoming County.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Hometown Heroes Banners

Director of Veterans Affairs of Lycoming County Michael McMunn talks about the Hometown Heroes Banners that you’ll see throughout Lycoming County.

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August is National Breastfeeding Month

Williamsport Registered Nurse, Lisa McCloskey is also an international breastfeeding consultant and since it’s August, she has information on National Breastfeeding month. Freddi Hammer talks with Lisa about the benefits of “human milk feeding” for both moms and babies, challenging social norms about breastfeeding, legislation about breastfeeding in the workplace and programs available to assist new mothers in feeding their newborns.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - August is National Breastfeeding Month

Williamsport Registered Nurse, Lisa McCloskey is also an international breastfeeding consultant and since it’s August, she has information on National Breastfeeding month. Freddi Hammer talks with Lisa about the benefits of “human milk feeding” for both moms and babies, challenging social norms about breastfeeding, legislation about breastfeeding in the workplace and programs available to assist new mothers in feeding their newborns.

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In Touch With Freddi Hammer - CAC Executive Director Jim Dougherty Interview

Jim Dougherty, the new Executive Director of the Community Arts Center, shares information about the upcoming shows in their 2022-2023 season. Find out more about the history of the CAC, how different shows get chosen, and how you can plan for lots of fun entertainment with the whole family at all the CAC shows next year! https://www.caclive.com

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Lycoming County Master Gardeners "Garden Fest" on Saturday, August 13th, 2022

The Lycoming County Master Gardeners invite you to their “Garden Fest” next Saturday, August 13th!
This Sunday, get a preview of the event with Garden Fest Chair, Jennifer Dudek!

There will be programs on native plant species, having a sustainable yard that won’t upset the neighbors,
pollinators and Bonsai Trees, rain or shine…plus kids activities, food and vendors!

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In Touch With Freddi Hammer - Med Express Medical Director Dr. Jessica Ay-Liff Interview

With hot weather and summer activities in high gear, Dr. Jessica Ay-Liff, Medical Director at Med Express in Wilkes-Barre has tips and reminders to keep your family safe. She discusses preventing Heat Stroke/Heat Exhaustion, Water Safety, Avoiding Lyme Disease, Zika Virus and COVID-19, Child Safety during Summer Travel, and watching for drug interactions in hot weather…and other summer safety reminders with Freddi Hammer.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - River Valley Regional YMCA - Mandy Minella

The River Valley Regional YMCA continues to serve our community with programs highlighting healthy living, social responsibility and youth development. Find out from the region’s YMCA Marketing Coordinator, Mandy Minella, about how the summer is going and what’s being planned for the upcoming fall season at branches across North Central PA.

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River Valley Regional YMCA - Mandy Minella

The River Valley Regional YMCA continues to serve our community with programs highlighting healthy living, social responsibility and youth development. Find out from the region’s YMCA Marketing Coordinator, Mandy Minella, about how the summer is going and what’s being planned for the upcoming fall season at branches across North Central PA.

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In Touch with Freddi Hammer - Finding smart, energy saving appliances and how to shop around for an electricity supplier.

A recent rate hike by PPL Electric could increase your utility costs this summer but you have more control than you think over your electric bill!
Freddi Hammer talks with PPL Regional Affairs Director, Tracie Witter, who has information on finding smart, energy saving appliances and how to shop around for an electricity supplier.

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