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Montgomery Locals Apr. 6, 2016

By Staff | Apr 6, 2016

I recently read a humorous quote on Facebook that said, “The X Files and Full House are on TV, a Clinton is running for president, and everyone is talking about the O.J. Simpson trial. What year is it?” That’s a good question all things considered!

Why is it that history always seems to repeat itself? Montgomery has been undergoing a renaissance and in the past decade we have become a thriving place for businesses in a way that we haven’t seen in many years. That’s certainly a remarkable achievement when you consider the national economy since 2001. Although Montgomery has always had a good school system, our students seem to be thriving more and more every year in a variety of areas including academics, sports, and the arts. Every child gets their own iPad once they reach the fifth grade and to think it was a big deal when I was in second grade and the school got two Apple II computers for each classroom! In the days before the internet, the way those computers came to life when a floppy disk was inserted was exciting. I think everyone in my generation still smiles when they think of educational games like Number Munchers and Oregon Trail.

Montgomery has an interesting history, and some of our former residents include Michael Sechler, who served as George Washington’s body guard during the Revolutionary War, and Conrad Richter, a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner. Additionally, his book “The Sea of Grass” was adapted for the screen by MGM in 1947 and starred Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey and was directed by the legendary Elia Kazan.

I wonder what’s next for our little town? Ultimately, it’s up to each one of us to decide.

THOT “You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.” D.M. Dellinger

Montgomery Events:

For the duration of 2016, Montgomery Public Library is giving patrons an entry in a monthly drawing to win a gift certificate from Thad’s or The Station House.

Orders for Hometown Hero Banners are currently available at Montgomery Weis, The Montgomery Borough Office, The Clinton Township Building, and The Brady Township Building.

Revitalize Montgomery will be meeting on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the Montgomery Borough Office. The group is applying to DCNR for a “Peer to Peer” grant for Technical Assistance to help identify natural and historical assets in Montgomery. The goal will be to begin to plan for walking trails that would connect Montgomery as a RiverTown to the other municipalities in our area. It is important to get people together and create partnerships with various organizations, businesses, public and private, that would like to contribute their ideas and efforts to make this a viable project.

Signups for MAIFL will be in the Brady Township Building on the following dates: April 11 6-8 pm, and April 19 from 6-8 pm, May 4, 6-8 p.m. and May 15 from 2-4 p.m.

Patty Davidson will be signing copies of her book “Bucky Triceratops Takes the Bus” at the Montgomery Public Library on April 13 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The next Summer Alive planning meeting will be April 14 in the Borough Office at 6 p.m.

The Montgomery Area Alumni Association is holding a fundraiser at Wendy’s in Muncy on April 19 from 5-8 pm. The association will receive 10% of the proceeds of food sold during that time.