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The mayor, an arena, a vision

January 30, 2013

We read the front page article and were disappointed at the general indifference by City Council and lack of support of Mayor Campana for the hockey team and the vision the mayor has for the......

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Feb-02-13 9:53 AM

Both towns are close to the mall, and it's just a short drive up the beltway to Williamsport.

There is also the Muncy Valley Hospital at hand for both towns, and plenty of physicians.

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Feb-02-13 9:50 AM

wwhickok -

As for Muncy, it is the LOWER end of town that is susceptible to flooding. If you look for a place there, the best bet is to not move anywhere from Water St. down and stay off Carpenter St. If I were looking, I would start anywhere from the Post Office (Main St)up. The high school is on Penn St and the elementary school is on New St.

Hughesville is a really nice town, and they have a great school too. The town is clean and the people seem to have pride in their homes/yards.

I was born in Muncy and lived there most of my life. Being handicapped, I needed to get off the second floor. Couldn't find one in Muncy, and I moved to a first floor apt in Hughesvile last May. It's just a nice quiet town.....and that's where the county Fair is!!!!

The nice thing about these two towns is the VERY low crime rate. They are both safe towns to live in....each has their own police dept and volunteer fire dept.

Both towns a

I would suggest you NOT go to Montgomery.

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Feb-02-13 8:31 AM

X - how did your experiment go?

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Jan-31-13 2:45 PM

RE: Friendliness of people---I am about to go out to at least 2 different stores and will try that experiment of acknowledging at least 10 strangers and see what happens, and I'll report back later.

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Jan-31-13 12:00 PM

I wanted to comment on the friendliness of people in Williamsport. I walk my dog using my power chair and I try to greet everyone we encounter on our walks. I say hello or good morning and I would have to say we get a pleasant response, sometimes a brief conversation probably 8/10 times. People whose names I don't even know will ask me if I've been well because they may not have seen me for a little while.Folks who greet me are older, younger, of different races, men and women. I suspect people are more friendly when they see you more often and less comfortable when you are someone strange to them. Just my thoughts.

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Jan-31-13 6:18 AM

USA- Good to know actually, soon, hopefully my wife and I will actually be relocating out of the area to one of the 3 I mentioned, so it's good to know that Muncy really is a viable option.

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Jan-31-13 6:16 AM

While I don't think it's a race issue by any means, I think i should point out, I'm a pasty white male. Most of the 'hello' responses I get are from African Americans.

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Jan-31-13 1:07 AM

A fair opinion even if I disagree. We need a way to teach young people how to be successful and give them the resources (this does not need to be super extravagant) to be successful. The lack of good paying professional jobs are very limited. Let's try helping them be a part of growing this city by getting involved in serving the community and contributing as opposed to leaving for greener pastures.

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Jan-30-13 11:03 PM


I agree with background checks, but believe that it is like trying to close the barn door after the horses got out.


Gotta love that post of yours on "couch time." That was too funny!


The lack of parking is a major issue for me. I don't like decks (just me) and the remainder of available parking is pricey, just to shop.

I agree Spike that Kohl's hasn't done what they might have anticipated.

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Jan-30-13 10:53 PM


Good posts.


As for the debate on the Hockey Rink? We have become a nation of sports worshippers. I too enjoy certain sports. But, when we have the economy that we do, sports interests should be supported by those fans and or participants and or sponsors. But to expect to increase more taxes on the average citizen, to bolster revenue for any sport arena is a burden that should otherwise be placed on the enthusiasts. I voted for Campana, but this is not an area I agree with his reasoning. And yes, Bloom is responsible for the infiltration of those wanna-be rehabs that many now have children either in gang related/drug infested/induced activities and or other criminal activity. Our monies would be better spent on more law enforcement than on a skating rink for adults to push a puck around.

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Jan-30-13 10:13 PM

wwhickok - 11:18 AM

"I'm not sure whether there is an influx of purchasing into Muncy (due to flood concerns of home buyers)."

WW.....Just for clarification, the majority of the Muncy AREA is not involved in flooding. (And they have a great school district.)

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Jan-30-13 9:40 PM

Downtown needs food vendors and carts. The five story limit on new buildings needs to be lifted. There is no green zone or outdoor meeting area downtown.

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Jan-30-13 6:50 PM

ww, thank you for the comment. I agree, there are some friendly people there, but they are few and far between. Just say hello to 10 people (stangers) walking into or out of a store.. say "hello.." or "Good morning".. and see what your ratio response is.. I would be interested in your results. If it's more than 50%, I will retract my statements and keep a positive outlook on my visits

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Jan-30-13 1:44 PM

F.E.E. I will say this, yes there are some very unfriendly people here but honestly there are a lot of VERY friendly people in this city also. The problem is, most of the people you probably encounter are the people who've lost hope for this city and are in such a bad spot in life, they can't get out of here. I feel their pain. Your assessment isn't untrue.

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Jan-30-13 1:00 PM

"Williamsport is truly becoming a must destination for many to live, work and visit".. I've stated it before... the new motto of Williamsport should be "A great place to grow up, but you wouldn't want to live there"... I cannot fathom a more inhospitable town than Williamsport, though there may be. I visit at least 2 times of year and my 'gauge' to see how the city is doing is by saying "hello" to strangers I pass on the street or in stores. NO ONE says hello back... such dour looks on their faces.. No.. Williamsport is not a destination to live. There is no draw to the area..there is no feeling of "home" to the area... it's "gray skies and downturned eyes".. you have a mayor that is delusional, a council that can't agree on anything, and a citizenship that is taxed to the gills... nope... not for me

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Jan-30-13 11:22 AM

weldnpipe; I'm not sure if I agree with the whole registration thing, though that could be because I don't entirely understand its purpose.

In reference to Jesse Bloom, she isn't blameless. You mean to tell me that a Mayor cannot stand up against allowing criminals to be influxed into the city? C'mon now.. i would that is PART OF HER JOB. The one part she didn't do successfully. She isn't the only one to blame, but she isn't blameless either.

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Jan-30-13 11:18 AM

Spike "New home owners buy outside the city. This in part may be to lower taxes and school systems." "If the housing situation was better, if jobs within the city were plentiful"

Very true words, I think in large part it is because of the school system. Families are relocating to Loyalsock, Montoursville, and South Williamsport. I'm not sure whether there is an influx of purchasing into Muncy (due to flood concerns of home buyers). I believe this is in large part due to the school systems, and of course the quality of neighborhood.

Spike in reference to your comments about Khols, I also agree. I don't think Khol's is much of a draw at all. It's certainly not so to the point of attracting tourists specifically for its presence.

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Jan-30-13 10:35 AM

Just a question or comment here. I am aware Little League was first in Williamsport, but I do believe that South Williamsport is now the place for Little League, not Williamsport. The Mayor continues to take credit for Little League, but lets the borough handle it, hmmm.

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Jan-30-13 10:22 AM

Im curious how much this little venture will wind up costing the taxpayers, once the dust settles from the legal battle.

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Jan-30-13 9:38 AM

Blame Jessie she just happen too be the Mayor when the influx started to come to Williamsport, it would of happen to whoever was Mayor at the time. The blame goes to the State Prisons in the area Muncy and Rockview, Federal prisons in the area and White Deer sends alot of them over here and also counselors from philly and jersey have been sending them up for 30 years not Jessie doing she s just someone to blame.

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Jan-30-13 9:35 AM

A good way to get things on track is the mayors "register the tennants" plan. Along with registration, I think background checks are in order for anyone wanting to rent in the city to keep out the rifraf.

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Jan-30-13 9:00 AM

The Mayor and Council should concentrate upon the city’s infrastructure and keeping taxes and regulations attractive to business; then maybe businesses will come without the special incentives that give them an advantage over existing businesses. If there’s truly a need for a department store, outdoor hockey rink or movie theater, someone will fill it without the Mayor’s help.

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Jan-30-13 8:43 AM

Francine:"Sorry, but one last thing: Just so you know, I never told my husband it was OK to sign this letter with his name AND my name!" I am sure that married men reading that post will join me in wishing Francine's hubby "Happy Couch Time" tonight!!

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Jan-30-13 8:42 AM

The tax base and home sales are down even though the population stats may remain the same. New home owners buy outside the city. This in part may be to lower taxes and school systems. I don't see Kohl's as a draw. Improvements should go hand in hand. If the housing situation was better, if jobs within the city were plentiful, and a number of other improvements mentioned in these comments, then the city might boom. it seems that is instead a bust.

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Jan-30-13 8:32 AM

Francine: "If you really want to credit a mayor, at least credit the right one: Jessie Bloom!" LOL falling down with my legs kicking in the air!!!

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