Muncy Borough will be in the spotlight Wednesday night with the broadcast of "Our Town Muncy" at 8 p.m. on WVIA public television.
The documentary, produced in partnership with the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, the Muncy Luminary and other local sponsors, profiles the borough from its historic beginning to the present day picturesque small town.
"When WVIA presented the Williamsport Sun-Gazette with an opportunity to sponsor 'Our Towns Muncy,' we thought it was a great fit with our mission as a local newspaper," said Bernard A. Oravec, publisher.
Residents of the borough are the storytellers in the documentary. Citizens volunteered to be videographers and interviewers to put the show's segments together. Those same people were interviewed about why they chose to become involved with the project.
"Muncy is the first town we've profiled in Lycoming County, and couldn't have asked for a better mix of the natural beauty of the region combined with the genuine enthusiasm of the people of the town," said Lisa Mazzarella, who produced the show. "There's a real sense of stewardship, fellowship and pride in the community - plus the added benefit of tremendously gifted people with unique stories to tell."
Linda Poulton, a volunteer with the Muncy Historical Society, said much work was done by the residents who served to make "Our Town Muncy" become a reality.
"They would also say it was well worth it," she added. "I think we're all very proud that we were chosen, and I think we were the right community to be featured. From a historical perspective, we were here first."
Poulton said a bus is taking a group of borough residents to WVIA's Pittston studios to man phone banks during the broadcast while WVIA solicits funds during the show.
The "Our Town" documentary series shows viewers the many personalities, perspectives and possibilities that local towns have to offer, according to WVIA.
"The Muncy Luminary has been a fixture since 1841 in eastern Lycoming County and has documented the daily lives of the area's residents and serves as the newspaper of record since that time," said Oravec. "I was happy to have the opportunity to participate in the interview process and talk about the long and colorful history of the Luminary."
"Our Town Muncy" will be rebroadcast immediately following its premiere at 10 p.m. Wednesday and again at 9 p.m. on Oct. 6 and at 1 p.m. on Oct. 7 on WVIA.
Other local sponsors include: Lycoming Mall, Breslford Motors, Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, Muncy Bank and Trust Co., Colonial Real Estate, Bennardi and Barbeiro General Dentistry, Sones Farm, Muncy Historical Society and Providence Engineering Corp.