Officials: Take the bus to see president

Buses are leaving from Lycoming Mall for the presidential visit Monday morning, Montoursville borough officials said.

Officials said visitors to the Williamsport Regional Airport may take a bus starting at 9 a.m. for the 7 p.m. event. Gates will open at 4 p.m.

The buses will run regularly back and forth throughout the day, departing and dropping off individuals at the Sears, according to Bill Nichols Jr., general manager of River Valley Transit.

Montoursville Mayor Steve Bagwell said he anticipated more than 10,000 additional people in the borough, along with supporters with tickets in line, presidential staff, the curious and many protestors.

The event is being held for Fred Keller, who is seeking a vacated seat of Tom Marino. His opponent is Democrat Marc Friedenberg.

Expect traffic jams and difficulty finding parking, said Montoursville Police Chief Jeff Gyurina.

There are a chance of showers throughout the day and a high near 84, according to the National Weather Service in State College.

People will be coming who are not familiar with the borough layout. Any non-emergency police responses will be delayed, officials said.

Residents are permitted to charge visitors for parking on their private property.

Access to the event is from South Loyalsock Avenue. Police are closing Mill Lane and entry can be made on foot from South Loyalsock Avenue. Crossing railroad tracks from South Arch, South Montour, Tombs Lane, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, or Savoy Plaza is prohibited.

Store bought, clear plastic, factory-filled bottled water is permitted. No chairs are permitted to be brought into the event. No backpacks or bags and items will not be stored, officials said.

The designated protest area will be in the 200 block of Jordan Avenue.

Alison D. Hirsch, Democrat, who is joining a protest group, said Saturday that several area Democrats plan to spend the day knocking on residential doors and asking for support for Friedenberg in the Tuesday primary.

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