Troy native likes Williamsport’s nightlife, plans to make the city his home

Jonathan Gustin

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Jonathan Gustin first visited Williamsport shortly after he moved from Troy to Liberty in 2001.

“I think I was coming into the city to get something to eat with my family,” he said. “It’s become my favorite town now. I love how much there is to do here.”

Gustin’s city has changed tremendously since that first trip into downtown Williamsport, he said.

“They are putting a lot of effort into making the downtown better, and I like the nightlife — it’s a lot different compared to Liberty,” he said with a laugh.

Gustin started visiting the city more frequently in later years and has found a job he loves that keeps him close by.

Working as a certified aquascape contractor in the area and living in Liberty requires Gustin to commute here just about every day of the week to get to work or spend time with friends who live in the area, he said.

“It takes about 25 minutes. It’s not so bad at all,” he said.

Gustin had an apartment in Old Lycoming Township for a short time but is looking to settle down here.

“I love my job and am looking to make a career out of,” he said. “It is challenging, physical and lets me have the opportunity to be a leader.”

His regular tasks of hardscaping — building patios and retaining walls — and installing unique water features are in high demand in the area.

“Williamsport is just a great area for the business,” he said. “That’s just another reason to stick around.”

Recently, Gustin joined the Williamsport Wildcats — one of the founding teams of the Great Eastern Football Association.

“One of my co-workers is actually the starting quarterback,” he said. “I played football from second- to ninth grade, but I am enjoying it much more recently. It’s a good way to meet people from the area and have some fun.”