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A Look Back to 2011

By Staff | Jan 6, 2012

September's flooding was some of the worst seen in history. Roads such as Chippawa Road in Muncy Creek Township was closed until December.


The Hughesville Wolf Authority, which operates a sewage treatment facility that serves the Borough of Hughesville, Wolf Township and part of Muncy Creek Township was approved by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to sell up to 249,000 gallons of treated municipal wastewater per day to gas drilling companies.

It is their hope to draw yearly profits anywhere between $485,000 to $900,000 which is expected to pay off outstanding debts and also to lower the municipal rates for residents.

East Lycoming School Superintendent, Dr. Susan L. Bigger resigned after being hired by Williamsport School District as Supervisor of Federal Programs and grant writer for a starting salary of $99,886.

A presentation of a Diamond Jubilee Award citation to VFW Post 3428 in Muncy was given as The Post celebrated its 75th anniversary on January 5, 2011. They celebrated Jan. 15 with a dinner and recognition and citations from Representative Everett and Senator Yaw, who were also veterans of war.

On January 10 Scott Perry director of Bureau of Oil and Gas Management for DEP spoke to the public on the new environmental protection regulations with the gas industry at Hughesville High School. Also, Dr. Terry Engelder, professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, explained the role of geology and physics in relation to water usage and its involvement in the natural gas extraction. He assured that the drill sites are aligned with the Appalachian Plateau called a syncline and that “horizontal drilling follows the ups and downs of the synclines.”

Montgomery Borough Council appointed Rick Williams as new councilman. The Council also approved the purchase of a new police car at the price of $21,000.

An outdoor hunting and fishing expo was one of the last events to be held at the DOME in Muncy Township before its collapse.

State Representative Garth Everett from Muncy was appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors.


Three Hughesville residents announced their candidacy to run for Magisterial District Judge in Eastern Lycoming County. Jon E. Kemp former Lycoming County Deputy Sherifff and retired Fire Chief of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire; local attorney, Daniel E. Holmes, employed full time by the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office; and native Aaron Biichle who serves as Assistant District Attorney of Lycoming County were all on the primary ballot.

Parents and students at Muncy High School received a visit from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office to hear the consequences of using social networking sites. Cyberbullying can be a leading cause to teen suicide. The Attorney General’s office is using resources to prevent this criminal activity from occurring in the first place. School principals announced strict cell phone usage and monitoring as part of school policy.

Seniors stay active with Silver Sneakers and Susquehanna Life Striders programs. The Life Center and Susquehanna Health introduced the Muncy in Motion Plan to promote better health through increased physical activity. A collaboration between Muncy Township and Susquehanna Health issued fitness pledge cards for special drawings and mileage awards.

Susquehanna Health also announced their commitment to the Walkable Communities Project during an unveiling of the master plans at a public event at the Muncy Valley Hospital.

Muncy Grapplers went to Hershey District 4 Dual Championship. They faced the District 6 Championship team, Huntingdon at the Giant Center.

The Muncy Indian wrestling team captured the District 4 East-Central Sectional title in Hughesville with 197.5 points.

Emergency and hazardous road conditions caused crashes and pile-ups during an ice storm the first weekend in February. A fatality occurred in Montgomery with freezing rain that claimed the life of a 19 year old driver. During icy conditions in the winter storm, the Generation Sports Complex Dome in Muncy Township collapsed.

With a ribbon cutting ceremony, a new store, Lazy Meadows Alpacas, opened up on 22 S. Main Street, Muncy. Owners Mike and Lizzie Longstreth have about 20 alpacas on their property in Wolf Township.


Reverend Robert Berger shared the history of the Hughesville Baptist Church with members of the East Lycoming Historical Society.

Muncy grapplers, Ryan Hembury and Zack Srickland, became State Champions.

With a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s, students at the Lycoming Career and Technology Center were able to design a new gazebo for the corner of Water and Main Streets in downtown Hughesville. Mayor Walt Reed announced that they were the only school in Pennsylvania to be awarded this grant.

The Muncy Historical Society kicked off the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with an opening commemoration and a living history presentation on the life of Civil War General John Fulton Reynolds at the First United Methodist Church in Muncy.

The Lady Indians entered their first state playoff game in Milton Hershey against Steel-High.

Hembury and Strickland win gold for Muncy after 55 years.

More heavy flooding occurred on local roads causing Main Street in Muncy to close on Friday, March 11. A bald eagle was rescued from the storm in Moreland Township. Discovered by Becky Hibschman, Sonny Brown, Wayne and Doris Wagner, it appeared injured or sick resting among the trees. It was rescued by the Wildlife Association, but later died of lead poisoning, possibly from a gun pellet.

Residents of Muncy Borough, Muncy Creek Township, Moreland Township and Anthony Township serviced by ambulances of Muncy Creek Community Fire Company and Keystone Hook and Ladder Company were notified about the merger of ambulance and quick response services into one fire department licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the new organization to be known as the Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Company.


Penn College students from the Department of Sciences and Horticulture at the Earth Science Center in Allenwood built the infrastructure for a new Veterans Memorial Park in Picture Rocks. They worked four weeks installing engraved pavers leading to a six sided monument with a waterfall.

The second event commemorating the 150th anniversary was held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hughesville. The East Lycoming Historical Society sponsored the event with a live, dramatic, self-portrayal of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock (1824-1886).

Muncy Borough announced the fire merger as official. It will now be known as the Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Company.

Hughesville High School Basketball team won District IV title.

The Luminary celebrates 170 years with its long standing history that originated with William P. I. and George L. I. Painter on Saturday, April 10, 1841. The Painters were continuing the 8 year tradition begun when The Muncy Telegraph, Muncy’s first local paper began operation in 1833 under the ownership of J. Potter Patterson.

Approximately 2500 solar panels became part of an energy performance project at East Lycoming School District through PP&L’s Renewable Energy contract authorized by the state of Pennsylvania. Installed by Millenium Construction from Connecticut, the energy project will guarantee its performance over a period of time according to David Maciejewski, East Lycoming School District’s Business Manager. Currently the solar field will supply fifty percent of the school district’s electric power over a course of one year.

The historical Lairdsville Covered Bridge receives a new facelift due to a secured grant from PenDot. It has retained its status on the National Register of Historic Places by the US Department of Interior. For a sum of $866,000 restoration work started April 11 and was marked for completion by the fall. The bridge received new abutments, siding, roof, and select truss supports.

Muncy School Board voted to freeze wages for the upcoming school year. They announced that a moratorium for all salary scale movements will pay more in real estate property taxes.


Organized by the Muncy Ministerium the first annual National Day of Prayer was held in Muncy on the front lawn of Muncy High School inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

The Hughesville Library was awarded a Library Services Technology Act grant for improving the juvenile non-fiction section.

The Montgomery Historical Society hosted the second presentation for the Civil War Road Show in commemoration of its 150 year anniversary with Dr. Dave Richards portrayal of the Life of the Civil War Soldier.

Habitat Humanity partnered with Thrivent Financial to build a home in Montgomery that began with a Faith and Family Footprint Walk before the Home Build dedication and groundbreaking on May 14.

The Hughesville Spartan Tennis team captures the District IV title for the PIAA.

Muncy Valley Hospital began construction for an expansion project that includes a new physical therapy facility, dining room and a family meeting room.

A bell toll honored 52 Civil War soldiers at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hughesville. The program was organized by the East Lycoming Historical Society.

In Muncy, the 149th Pennsylvania Bucktails Volunteer Infantry Regiment did a Civil War re-enactment representing the original PVI. A 21-gun salute was also given. Also for Memorial weekend, the Muncy Historical Society hosted the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show.


With a standing room only crowd, an open discussion and an overwhelming majority agreed to do something to address the growing problem of truck traffic as well as making other enhancements in the downtown business district of Muncy.

Hosted by the Muncy Professional Business Association, members from the SEDA-COG Community Resource Center and the Lycoming County Planning Commission assured business owners, city council members, community residents and property owners that funds were available to come up with a master plan to improve the infrastructure of the Muncy business district.

The Muncy baseball team became the District 4 Class A champions after defeating arch rival Montgomery, 5-2.

Three Hughesvile High School seniors received state awards for setting state records on their accomplishments. Torrey Hollis received a medal in track, Brandt Snyder received a trophy for his work in graphic arts, and Aneesa Goshan received a medal for all star placement for State Orchestra.

Muncy Borough purchased a river gauge to monitor river and water levels when floods become possible. On June 9 another storm hit the area causing more flood damage. Trees were uprooted and several residents lost power around 5 p.m. because utility poles were knocked down.

East Lycoming School District was recognized by the PA Environmental Council for achieving the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. This was a result of the Shades of Spartan “Green” Project which included the implementation of solar, wind, biomass and geothermal technologies.

Hughesville resident, Gregory S. Artley was honored by the Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind and Handicapped for his dedicated service to his job and his community. The award was presented by acclaimed singer songwriter Scott Macintyre.


Hughesville Police Department raised funds for a bike giveaway during carnival week at the Hughesville Fire Department. Three local young children received a brand new bike from Pearson’s Bike Shop in Hughesville.

the Muncy Shade Tree Commission declared that new trees were needed to maintain the visual appeal and clean air of Muncy Borough and Muncy Township. Muncy Bank and Trust has generously supplied the Shade Tree Commission with $3,000 to match a grant toward a Tree Vitalization Grant from Seda-Cog. The grant for which Muncy Shade Tree Commission was awarded came to $5,940. A variety of trees were scheduled for fall plantings in the Muncy Borough.

The Muncy Historical Society held the annual quilt show at Myers Elementary School and featured quilts and displays on the Civil War. Pat Jordan, a professional singer-actor, published writer and director, presented both Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton plays on Saturday, July 16.

Montgomery was added to list of River Towns as part of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.

This year the Lycoming County Fair dedicated its premium book to John E. Gautsch who worked tirelessly for 20 years at the fairgrounds as groundskeeper. In his memory, a new ticket booth was erected at the Third Street gate where he was often seen greeting and joking around with colleagues and fairgoers.

East Lycoming School District gained $191,000 from the budget signed by Gov. Tom Corbett. State construction subsidies were up while block grants and charter school subsidies were lower. The money was used for capital projects including gym floor refinishing, interior door replacement and parking lot resurfacing and marking.


A wall of fine art was dedicated in the lobby of the Muncy Valley Hospital with a reception party honoring long dedicated volunteers and the in-kind donated artwork as memorial gifts.

Over 55 registered students attended a week of NASA sponsored science activities at Myers Elementary school in Muncy under NASA’s Summer Innovative program. The program was funded through a grant from NASA who provided the supplies for the daily programs.

Donations totaling $3,000 were given to the new Picture Rocks Veterans Memorial Park by Woodlands Bank and Muncy Bank & Trust. Money is being raised to purchase a solid marble monument and pedestal with waterfall.

The Son-Light House also received a grant for $12,500 from the Lycoming Community Foundation for the purchase of a used box truck. The truck replaced a previous vehicle that was no longer usable.

The building at 23 South Main Street, Muncy owned by Providence Engineering received a new facelift using Main Street grant funds. Local artist, Nella Storm was consulted on exterior colors and helped devise its scheme for historic accuracy.


Muncy Public Library hired new director, Victoria-Thompson Hess. She was formerly the children’s programming coordinator for 11 years at the James V. Brown Library. A native of Muncy, she will be in charge of creating more programs and assisting the board with a capital campaign for a new building.

The 2011 Muncy Varsity Team celebrated their victory over Montgomery and the “Old Shoe” trophy remains in Muncy for the sixth straight year. The team defeated the Red Raiders 19-0.

Angry waters and much flooding destroyed properties in Hughesville, Muncy and Montgomery. Another path of destruction ravaged local streets, as the remnants of hurricane Lee merged with a westerly front and created a narrow band of raging waters running north to south along the Susquehanna River, and remained there for several days.

By Wednesday afternoon, September 7, torrential downpours of nearly two inches an hour kept coming with such force that the local streams could no longer hold the waters within their banks. Not since hurricane Agnes hit in June 1972, have residents recalled such destruction.

Picture Rocks was one of the hardest hit communities. President Obama declared this area a national disaster area. First Responders used helicopters and boats to rescue some residents from their homes. Fema set up camp until the remaining of the year for those who incurred property damage.

Red Cross set up camp at Myers Elementary School and Hughesville High School for evacuees.

A Neighbors Helping Neighbors program was established at Hughesville High School where community donations were organized for flood relief.

At Myers Elementary in Muncy volunteers loaded trucks and vans with supplies and delivered them to families hit by flooding streets.

School districts adjusted their calendars for days missed due to flooding.


State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, urged Gov. Tom Corbett and colleagues in the state Legislature to establish a fund specifically for addressing victims of natural disasters such as those caused by the recent flooding. In addition to setting up a fund, Everett is pushing for municipalities to be allowed to address stream needs and prevent future flooding. It would include removal of debris from creeks and rivers and stream bank remediation.

The Muncy Borough was awarded a grant for $5,000 to design a new Veterans of Foreign Wars park on North Main Street. The grant is from the Pennsylvania Wilds Association and fundraising efforts to match it will begin next year. The entire project for the park is estimated between 20 and 50 thousand dollars. The project is being supported by the Main Street Program and Muncy Bank & Trust.

A coalition of labor and community organizations representing Northeastern Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation protested on the 220 Bridge over Muncy Creek just north of Hughesville. The Muncy Creek Bridge is rated low, but not enough to warrant funding for its repairs according to the organization.

In 2008 the average daily traffic was close to 6500, with 9 percent of that being truck traffic. “It is much heavier now with the gas industry,” they said.

Muncy Township Supervisors approved an ordinance to obtain a second loan in order to complete a two-year bridge project on Muncy Creek.

Muncy Historical Society continues Civil War theme with historic homes and walking tour in Muncy Borough.

An open house and dedication was given to the new expansion for the Muncy Valley Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit after five months of construction. A new physical and occupational therapy division was added for residents and patients.


After several months of planning, architectural designs for a new street scape project in downtown Muncy, were revealed by Brian Auman, Architect Planner with SEDA-COG. Meetings with County Transportation, Muncy Borough Council, Main Street Committee, and the Muncy Business Association have taken place for input and suggestions. Approved grants have allowed plans to move forward. One of the key elements to the project is the remake of the small Veterans Park next to 23 S. Main St.

John Kemp was elected District Judge.

Founded in 1911 on November 10, the Montgomery Public library celebrated 100 years.

In Wolf Township a new industrial park is being developed on 45 acres of land just east of Route 405 behind Fry’s Gas and Oil. The commercial property is targeted primarily to the Marcellus Shale industry by TRACS, Inc. The property is divided into four to seven acre parcels for commercial development. The first tenant, Champion Technologies, based in Houston, Texas, has started construction for a new chemical storage plant.

The Spartans defeated arch rival, Muncy Indians, 30-14 and captured the HAC-III championship in Muncy.

Muncy Borough accepts draft for tax increase, shuts off 42 street lights, and votes to lower speed limit of 35 mph speed limit signs on Main and Water Streets to 25 mph.

Moxie Energy plans to build a new power plant in Clinton Township that could initially involve up to 200 new jobs during the construction phase. Moxie Energy has initiated development of two 800 megawatt combined cycle power plants to be fueled with locally produced natural gas.


A grant from Lowe’s and a partnership with the Borough, the East Lycoming school district, Rotary, Main Street, and the hard work from the students at the Lycoming Career and Technology Center (LCTC), a new gazebo was built in downtown Hughesville.

Much of the funding and materials came from Lowe’s and Skills USA, an international student government for the LCTC and the labor came from the students at LCTC. A ribbon cutting ceremony was declared on Tuesday, November 29.

The Muncy Bank and Trust Company delivered toys, electronics and clothing valued at over $4,600 to Children & Youth Lycoming/Clinton Joinder Board on November 28.