The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Northumberland County

January 7, 2013

Taking a Stroll Through Northumberland


  Heather Harter nearly formed a bad memory when her dog recently needed emergency care. It made her appreciate Northumberland’s location, close to emergency veterinary care as well as to cultural events at places like Hershey Theatre, Williamsport, and even a free children’s play her kids saw at Bucknell this Christmas.

  “In Norry itself, I don’t know, I love it,” she said. “I can walk to my church, the library, the playground. There’s tons of stuff they do for the town and the kids. I don’t think I’d ever want to leave.”

  Jay Seidel, owner of the Front Street Station, also appreciates Northumberland’s family-friendly values and central location.

  “My wife and I like the convenience that we can leave and be in downtown Manhattan in three hours, two-and-a-half to Baltimore,” he said. “It’s just a nice place to live. We’re kind of in the center of it all, aren’t we?”

  “It’s a darling little town. It really is,” said Kathy Mahoney, enjoying some reading at the historic Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library. Her eyes danced as she spoke of living in the town park for 45 years and raising her eight children. “It was the greatest place in the world to raise them.”

“We do our best as a community to help each other and to get involved,” said Paige Simpson, circulation clerk at the library.

  Steve Mertz, owner of the Norry Pharmacy, noted the schools, clean environment, and hunting in the area, as well as the chance to give back to his community.

  “We love working with our customers,” he said. “Last night I came in at nine o’clock to help somebody with a couple prescriptions in dire straits. That’s what makes the whole job.”

  Like many of her neighbors, Heather Harter is happy to be a Norry Pineknotter. Talking about a recent trip to Disney World, she recalled thinking, “This is a great place to visit. But I was happy, happy, happy to come home.”

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