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Many College grads feel their grip on middle class loosening

WASHINGTON — A college degree has long been a ticket to the U.S. middle class. It typically confers higher pay, stronger job security, greater home ownership and comparatively stable households. Those benefits have long been seen as worth the sacrifices often required, from deferred income ...

The Bridge Tavern reopens its doors

In life, many great places come and go, only to be remembered in stories, memorabilia and empty storefronts standing as memorials to the past. But sometimes, those beloved places get a second chance, and for the residents of South Williamsport and beyond, this comes in the form of a reopening ...

Historic Ritz Theatre finds second life as sports complex

The Ritz Theatre in Muncy is getting a new life as a sports complex and cafe because of one Muncy man’s belief in the small downtown. “It will bring people into downtown and will help other local businesses,” said Royce Eyer who now owns the iconic structure. The theatre’s new ...

Valley Apparel

“A 15-year dream come true,” is how Kelli Winder described the Valley Apparel, a quality used clothing store located at 218 S. Market St., South Williamsport, just off the Market Street Bridge. Although Valley Apparel officially opened their doors for business March 9, they are planning ...

Musicians and local businesses work in harmony

Williamsport’s music scene is more than just an entertainment draw. It also happens to be a money draw. From the musicians to bars to restaurants, the business of music has become its own economic generator. “Some places want to hire a musician to be busier and that adds value to ...

Heart Song Connection, LLC

The inspiration to open up shop started with a simple home business. Heart Song Connection, LLC offers energy healing sessions, chakra light therapy, sound healing and drumming, as well as provide access to an adjacent massage therapist. Although its doors have been officially open for less ...

Isle of Comics

After a previous venture folded, an area couple continued their love for comic books with their new shop in South Williamsport. Co-owner of Isle of Comics, Tracey Yeagle, credits the current shop she operates to her love of her current fiance and co-owner of Isle of Comics Joe Figured, as ...

Opportunity Zones may offer incentives for future investors

Calling all investors. That’s what two state officials told Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday. Incentives exist for investors who want to put in projects in Williamsport and the region, according to Scott Deitrich, project manager with the Governor Tom Wolf’s ...

Local restaurants like the use of locally grown food

In a time where more attention is paid to the origin of our food, more local eateries strive to serve locally sourced meals. Farm to table is a culinary movement focused on supporting locally grown food, which is sold to and prepared by restaurants, according to Ashley Shaffer, associate of ...

Little Jets Boutique

Opened March 1, Little Jets Boutique blossomed from a chance meeting between future co-owners Jenna Locricchio and Paula Hendrick, according to Hendrick. “We’re both moms and met at the library doing kid stuff, so we have been friends for two years. We both always loved childrens ...

New employee benefits consultant at Swift Kennedy & Associates

Owen Olshefskie has been hired as an employee benefits consultant at the Williamsport branch of Swift Kennedy & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm specializing in group employee benefits, individual policies, and senior insurance plans. Olshefskie’s responsibilities will include ...

Local brick and mortar stores stand strong during the digital age

Two local brick and mortar retail businesses are still standing in the advent of online streaming and subscription services. With the emergence of traditional commerce’s digital frontier, the methods by which consumers receive products has drastically changed, shifting the landscape of ...

Women’s Energy Network starts local chapter

Women’s Energy Network, a global nonprofit organization for and by professionals in the energy field, kicked off the opening of its Susquehanna Valley Chapter Wednesday evening. The chapter is meant to provide leadership, career development programs and networking opportunities for its ...

Local banks provide relief during shutdown

Local banks recently assisted federal workers with aid during the government shutdown. Two such banks were Jersey Shore State Bank and Luzerne Bank, according to Aron Carter, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management at Penns Woods Bancorp Inc. Penns Woods owns both Jersey Shore ...

People in business

New account manager at brokerage firm Clarissa Paige has joined the Williamsport branch of Swift Kennedy & Associates as an Account Manager. She will assist clients with policy renewals, claims, billing issues, and enrollments, and compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Prior to ...

How businesses can save on health insurance costs

Health insurance costs have risen dramatically over the last decade and this trend shows no sign of abating. While many large employers have solved this problem by moving from traditional insurance policies to self-funded plans, smaller companies had been reluctant to take on the risks of ...

Bonner Sport & RV expands to new location

In an effort to reach out to more customers, Bonner Sports & RV, Jersey Shore, is set to introduce a second location in coming weeks. On March 1, the business will open a branch store at Kristi Road near the Lycoming Mall. “This branch is exclusively for new RVs because of growth in ...

New Chamber president has the experience and ideas to improve area economy

As Vincent J. Matteo exited office as president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce at the turn of the year, Jason C. Fink, long-time associate and second-in-command of Matteo, was chosen by the board out of a diverse 34 applicants from both Lycoming County and abroad. Fink, ...

Local doctor remembers former president George H.W. Bush

Dr. Grace Shu, of the U.S. Public Health Service Advisor and Chairman for Asian American Voters Coalition, smiles as she remembers her friend, President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday. “President Bush 41 was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” Shu said.  “At the same ...

Local doctor appointed museum’s senior consultant

The Shanghai Art Collection Museum of China appointed Dr. Grace Shu as its Senior Consultant. Dr. Shu is the only Chinese-American to serve in this capacity. The SACM is located near Tianshan Park in Shanghai. It hosts several collections, exhibitions, and rare treasures from all over ...