The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

January 7, 2013

Taking a Stroll Through Northumberland

NORTHUMBERLAND—“We tend to help each other out in time of need,” said G. William Orren, O.D., of Orren Eye Associates in downtown Northumberland. He recalled when his office was damaged with water.

“The Fryes came over within half-an-hour with vacuums,” Orren said, referring to next-door Frye’s Interiors and adding with obvious gratitude, “We could open that day to see patients.”

  That small-town support is appreciated by many Northumberland residents.

  “It’s quiet. Quaint,” said Jennifer Frye Hess, of Frye’s Interiors. “I like the old buildings. The history.”

  “I like that you know your neighbors,” said Laurie Berard, owner of the Townside Garden Café. “I love living in the park. It’s like the heart of the town.”

  Berard appreciates knowing generations of friends, like longtime family friend John Apple.

  “When he drives by my house, he beeps and waves,” she said with a happy chuckle. “Now I’m making all those connections with my kids and their kids.”

  “I just can’t say enough good things about living in Northumberland and working in Northumberland,” said Helen Martin, who has owned RE/MAX River Valley Reality for 15 years. “It’s still small-town, so people know each other and look out for each other. I just feel really lucky to have grown up here and to have my kids grow up here.”

  She mentioned a childhood friend who moved away in third grade and now lives in the North Pole. “But Northumberland is still home to her,” Martin said. “Northumberland just does that to people, I’ve found.”

  Amy Eberly, who grew up in Northumberland and graduated from Shikellamy High School, recently opened Shear Heaven Pet Salon in the borough.

  “I’m a new business and I was looking forward to coming back to my hometown,” she said. “When you grew up here it was kind of a close-knit town. A lot of my friends are still here. A lot of memories are here for me.”

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