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Muncy Resiliency Project gathers momentum

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February 8, 2017
By BARBARA C. BARRETT , The Luminary

MUNCY – Thirty five business representatives came together last Thursday night at the Muncy Professional Business Association’s meeting to hear more about the Muncy Resiliency Project. Guest speakers Bill Ramsey, of the Muncy Borough; Ed Feigles of Muncy Borough Council; and Josh Schnitzlein, of the Lycoming County Planning Department discussed and answered many questions on what the project will entail.

This is a project that is not going away. Muncy met all of the criteria for the federal grant funding and the $250,000 is already there to get it started. According to Ramsey this kicked off the project last March for planning purposes.

The Muncy Resiliency Project is set aside to make Muncy a model town with a designated resiliency center to show other communities how it can rebuild its aging infrastructure in a historical district that is repeatedly unsettled by flooding. To start, it involves the busy corner of Main and Water Streets where an old opera house and a theatre remain.

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Ed Feigles from the Muncy Borough Council and field work coordinator for Lycoming County is with Joshua Schnitzlein from the county planning office as both spoke at the Muncy Professional Business Association Thursday night regarding the renovation of the old Opera House on the corner of Main and Water Streets.

Ramsey suggested the planning grant be used to start a steering committee to work with a professional consultant to develop a strategic plan. “Decide what projects come first,” he said. The Muncy Borough passed a resolution to endorse the project. “We will also partner with the water authority,” Ramsey added. The next approach will be the Sewer Authority also impacted by the project funding. “We need to upgrade our lines and be better prepared for when crisis occurs. We need to know what can be done with the land.”

The more partners involved and the more detailed the plan is, the better the funding process is when applying for the grants. Feigles who works for the County said this goes up to the federal level. “Muncy is designated as a Resilient Community.”

There will be buyouts for some of the properties affected by frequent flood waters and this land will need to be repurposed. “There will be no taxes recouped, as it becomes public property,” Ramsey explained.

The historic opera house will be acquired from the Bruch Foundation according to discussions, as a donation for a dollar to the borough of Muncy. The Borough will then have three years to develop and utilize the building adding economic growth to the business district.

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Through contacts with Providence Engineering in Muncy, senior semester students from the College of Architecture Landscape and Engineering at Penn State University have already been working on designing the building as a “Center of Excellence”. This will be for the state of Pennsylvania where conferences, seminars and public meetings can be held. Walkable pathways could be added, rain gardens on Main Street, some hardy trees planted, a farmer’s market and a tri-town art center were some of the possible projects the students came up with after a tour of the building and assessing the corner lot last week.

The Ritz Theater was also looked at and still remains for sale. About 40 to 50 students came up with 8 designs for the center which will be available soon for public viewing. The building is structurally sound with a full basement and 15 foot high ceilings. The third floor is all open and the beams and trusses are in good shape they reported. It was built in 1896.

Ramsey said, “We can save this building!”

Muncy will be “a laboratory setting” for other municipalities to follow. “They can come here and we can show them how to do this. The location is good. It is rural, but Muncy is easy to get to.”

Establishing a non-profit such as the Muncy Resiliency Foundation would be the next step to re-purchase the property or properties. If no foundation is formed after three years, the building will be up for sale. Meanwhile, the borough will maintain the insurance and small repairs.

It will be a bridge ownership. Feigles said they are looking for sponsors to help with operating expenses.

“We want to get professionals flowing into the center and to Muncy,” said Schnitzlein from the County. The state is committed and the project is here to stay. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is on board and provided the community grant block fund. Other grants can be leveraged against each other for more funding. “Four years ago we talked about this, and now discussion is on a national level,” Feigles said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to remake our town. It’s going to move slowly, but it’s going to move. I have been here for 53 years, and I have never seen something like this for Muncy.”

“We have the momentum now to move forward,” Schnitzlein said.

Summer Mixer Open House

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July 14th, 2016
Summer Mixer Open House
The Log Cabin Inn
Business Card Exchange this evening for a chance to win a prize…
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Food and limited drinks provided.

You can bring a guest (spouse) or friend…

You also are encouraged to bring a business owner or professional that works or lives in Muncy The 17756 Zip Code to see if they would want to become a member. If you get someone to sign up and be a member you will be put in a drawing for a free membership for your next year.

Business organization preparing for Muncy 4th Fridays

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February 24, 2016
By BARBARA C. BARRETT The Luminary

MUNCY – Recently the Muncy Professional Business Association (MPBA) met to solidy plans for 2016 after introducing the new board.

President, Ann Baker addressed some important dates to the members attending the first meeting of the year at Orli’s Deli where the group usually meets monthly.

Baker also said she is hoping representatives from each of the townships in the Muncy area will come next month and discuss their recent plans and municipality improvements.

“Our focus will be the growing business year,” said Baker who also added that there are currently 50 members in the organization. Encouraging new members to join, businesses will be “spotlighted on facebook” and featured in the media under a “What’s New” feature, and add a “member to member network of business referrals.” This month The Market Real Estate Group has joined and featured an open house of the historical property on Pond Road in Pennsdale.

More community awareness will also be a focus, with more involvement in the schools and the community. MPBA will continue to raise money for scholarships, partner with FBLA, and sponsor parades. “Our business network should offer benefits for other businesses,” added Baker. “Membership dues become a value.”

Tables are now arranged at Orlando’s Deli during the meetings so everyone can have the option of ordering dinner while there, a perfect example of supporting another business member.

A Veteran’s Day program is being planned for Memorial Day at the Muncy High School. A date to sponsor a Community day at the pool will be announced for June and will be an annual event. Last year’s was a success according to Baker. Also this year will be two socials for members, one in October and again in December.

The Muncy 4th Fridays have also grown to be a success, and the committee announced dates for June 24, July 22, and August 26. Chair, Kim Wetherhold said there will be live musical performances, food and crafts from 6 to 9 p.m. Aaron Kelly will be returning again in August, Family Ties will be on stage for June and A-Team, a local Muncy band, for July. Business members will have the opportunity to sponsor the entertainment with a visual “banner.” The dunk tank, balloon lady, bounce house and corn husking are are also scheduled to return.

The executive board who met in January suggested an “Octoberfest” for October, blocking off Main Street and possibly adding a “beer and wine tent” with authentic German food, crafters and fall vendors, but a chairperson would be needed to help organize it.

The Corvette show is scheduled for September 17 from 10 to 3 and will be led by the Corvette Association. MPBA will sponsor and set up the coinciding artisan’s show and food court.

Bill Poulton from the Muncy Historical Society made a notation to remember Muncy’s history and its origins as he referenced 150 years for marking the historical significance of having Sprout-Waldron here. The Luminary also remarked its history this year for being in existence for 175 years.

To end the year, the organization will support small business Saturday on November 26 and help with Santa’s arrival in December.

The next meeting for MPBA will be March 3rd at Orlando’s Deli at 6:30 p.m. New members from the surrounding Muncy area are encouraged to attend. “The more members we can get to join, the better our pool of volunteers becomes which will allow us to take on new events,” concluded Baker.

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MPBA General Meeting

FEBRUARY 4th
Location Orlies deli
Time 6:30 – 7:30 pm

We will change the structure of meeting a little. We will have room set up to order food during meeting.

This meeting is going to be full of information for the 2016 year and you will meet the new executive board.

If you have a business or work in a business that is in the 17756 zip code you are welcome to attend this meeting and learn about membership.

The 8th Annual Corvettes on Main Street and Artist Show Returns

Come to Downtown Muncy for the 8th Annual Corvettes on Main Street and Artist from Our Own Backyard Festival! Every year we welcome even more Corvettes to Main Street and this year is no exception!  With a Kids Zone Area, Food Court, Local Artist Show, and of course the area’s largest collection of Corvettes!

Saturday September 19, 2015
FREE ADMISSION! FREE PARKING!
Rain or Shine • 10am-4pm

2015 Corvette Flyer

Corvette Registration starts at 9am • www.muncybusiness.org

Artist Vendors to include:Painters • Baskets • Jewelers • Photographers & More Each year the Annual Artists from Our Own Backyard Festival grows in size and quality. Come enjoy beautiful downtown Muncy and see why each there’s more to see!

Brought to you by:
The Muncy Professional & Business Association • Muncy Bank & Trust Co. • KISS FM Blaise Alexander Chevrolet • The Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club • HaywoodsSusquehanna Health • McCain Industrial • Shaheen Auto Sales • Young Industries • Brickhouse Advertising • Bastian Tire & Auto Service Center • Providence Engineering Co. • Michael Insurance • Muncy Car Wash • RE/MAX Edge • Keystone Advertising Specialties

Business group caters to kids and families

August 19, 2015
By BARBARA C. BARRETT , The Luminary

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MUNCY – The Muncy Professional Business Association (MPBA) has been very busy this summer. The successful 4th Friday events have taken up much time and planning according to executive board member, Kim Wetherhold.

Presenting a check for $438 to CAP, Muncy's summer recreation program for kids, are Mike Klein (far left) and Cindy Appleman from the MPBA to Bob Seeley (center), board member for CAP. The money was raised during Muncy's 4th Friday event in July and proceeds were used for movie night at the Muncy Pool on Friday night.

Presenting a check for $438 to CAP, Muncy’s summer recreation program for kids, are Mike Klein (far left) and Cindy Appleman from the MPBA to Bob Seeley (center), board member for CAP. The money was raised during Muncy’s 4th Friday event in July and proceeds were used for movie night at the Muncy Pool on Friday night.

But it has all been worth it. There is so much going on for the community and the attendance has been outstanding reported Ann Baker at last week’s meeting held at Orlando’s Deli. “Attracting more people to our events makes it worthwhile.”

President Cindy Appleman from RemaxEdge and Mike Klein, Vice-President of MPBA presented a check for $438 to CAP, Muncy’s summer recreation program (Community Action Program). Representing the organization were board members, Bob Seeley and Justin Winters. “This has been a community partnership for the kids,” announced Seeley which included the school, businesses and even private donations that came through the mail. Some funds were also established through grants, therefore, some community events were sponsored at no cost.

The MPBA hosted a community day event at the RJ Patrizio Pool on Friday, August 7th for CAP. Families and children were able to enjoy a free swim and a movie (The Goonies) to watch on a 21 foot screen with “stadium sound quality.” Close to 300 families and kids came to the movie night. This was the first time the pool had an event like this said Mike Gaydon, board President for CAP who helped to set up the screen and audio system at the west end of the pool. They were expecting a crowd of only 150.

The response from the community was almost overwhelming. Dunkin Donuts was even there handing out complimentary coupons and donated two gift baskets for door prizes. Sponsors can “pack a pool night” anytime suggested a Muncy resident, and to keep that thought in mind for next season. Community days can be sponsored for $300 a day reported Appleman. “It’s like owning the pool for the day.”

The summer recreation program through CAP costs a minimum of fifteen thousand a year according to Winters when asked by one of the MPBA members. “We have been fortunate to have such support from local service clubs, private residents, and local organizations,” Seeley said.

Another fun event through CAP was the last day of the summer program when some of the baseball players of the Crosscutters came to be with the kids.

MPBA raised $219 at last month’s 4th Friday event during the ‘Smash-a-Car’ round for CAP and a car was donated by Pic Bros in Muncy. Another $219 was matched. County Commissioner Tony Mussare also raised $300 for the Muncy Public Library during the dunk tank by matching the total proceeds during Muncy’s 4th Friday.

This month’s 4th Friday Event will be held on August 28th with big plans for a corn husking contest and free live entertainment from Aaron Kelly which is being sponsored by Klein State Farm Insurance in Muncy. New vendors have also been added according to Baker. “Look for Superman coming in his 1955 mobile,” she said.

Working on new business, MPBA member Chris Johnson from Brickhouse Advertising gave an update on September’s Corvette and Artists from our own Backyard show. To be held on Saturday, September 19th, rain or shine, more sponsorships are available and registrations are now being taken for the car entries. Once again FBLA members from Muncy High School will assist with the “Kids Zone” that will include some games, a bounce house, and face painting. In return, FBLA board members get financial help for their state competition.

Last year 138 cars registered and this year “at least 150 or more” are expected according to Johnson. The Mike Caschera Band will be playing during the show and this year funds will be going towards scholarships at Penn College. More information to register and forms can be obtained through the MPBA website at www.muncybusiness.org.

Further along, Appleman discussed some by-law changes to the MPBA that were voted on since its last adoption as a PA non-profit corporation in March of 2014. It was approved to have four open meetings, whereas the executive board will meet monthly. The last general meeting was held May 7th with a presentation on Google mapping from Nick Lentz at the Small Business Development Association. “The quarterly meetings will be more informative with presenters,” said Appleman.

Partnering with the Muncy Rotary, MPBA brought in a comedy act, Raymond the Amish Comic at the end of May with a net proceeds of $1,635. A summer business mixer was also held on July 21st at Hull’s Landing on the deck where participants played ‘Muncy Trivia.’

An October Fest is being planned for fall and a social in December.

Donations for CAP, Muncy’s summer youth recreation program, can be sent to 104 Sprout Road, Muncy, PA, 17756.

July 24, 2015 Fourth Friday

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Muncy Moving Forward Meeting

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Raymond the Amish Comic Comedy Night!

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The Muncy Professional & Business Association and Muncy Rotary Club present Raymond the Amish Comic! The event will be at 8:00 pm on May 30th at the Clarkstown Firehall. Raymond will be followed by music provided by Christine’s Karaoke. If you are interested in tickets please contact Mike Klein at State farm in Muncy or The Muncy Professional & Business Association. It will be a great night to have a few laughs. Advanced ticket sales only!

Muncy Light-Pole Banner Sponsorship Program

Beautify Downtown Muncy and Promote Your Business.

Street banners PoleThe Muncy Professional & Business Association is proud to announce additional Welcome to Historic Muncy Banners.

This edition of banners will be installed throughout the downtown Muncy area. Sponsorship of a banner is $175 each, which includes the sponsor recognition at the bottom of each banner.

In addition to beautifying our downtown area, the banner displays designate Muncy as a destination for dining, services, shopping, entertainment, worship and pride. Sponsorship recognition:

  • Shows recognition of your business as an active supporter of  Muncy’s downtown revitalization efforts.
  • Offers years of advertising at the same cost as a one-time  display ad in a newspaper
  • Helps raise funds which allows the Muncy Professional &  Business Association to continue to promote, preserve  and revitalize the Muncy community.

Banner ordering begins March 1st and ends April 15th. You can download the Order Form Here. This program is being managed by Chris Johnson of Brickhouse Advertising. Please forward any question to 546-2720 or info@muncybusiness.org.