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Retirement Living In Susquehanna River Valley - Pennsylvania

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Area Description

Conveniently located in Central PA, the area is easily accessible to Interstates 80 and 81, Routes 11, 15, 45, 192, 61, and many others. The Susquehanna River Valley is made up of three counties in Central Pennsylvania - Snyder, Union, and Northumberland Counties. Though the Susquehanna River runs throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we define the Susquehanna River Valley as the geographic area where the two branches meet. This is something unique only to our area and the three counties that border the confluence. The Susquehanna River Valley not only includes the river but all of the scenic valleys and country-sides that make the tri-county region an attractive place to live. The Susquehanna River Valley is thriving downtowns and scenic country-sides.

Our welcoming nature, along with our gorgeous scenery and year-round events, make the Susquehanna River Valley the perfect place to live and visit. Here in the River Valley, you'll notice that we enjoy sharing the road with buggies and bicycles; that fairs and festivals highlight our rich history and heritage; and that the arts thrive in our galleries, museums, parks, and small cafes.

Opportunities abound to shop in historic downtowns and one-of-a-kind shops. It won't be hard to find whatever you're looking for, including jewelry, art, fresh produce, homemade delicacies, clothing, antiques, furniture, quilts - and so much more. 2 malls and numerous shopping plazas are also easily accessible.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two, Happy Hour specials for a group of friends, or a family-style home cooked meal, the Susquehanna River Valley has it. Many of our restaurants and chefs use locally grown ingredients to give visitors a taste of the Susquehanna River Valley’s seasonal offerings.

Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, the natural beauty of the Susquehanna River Valley is sure to inspire you to take in the great outdoors. Not only is the Susquehanna River Valley home to the majestic Susquehanna River, we are also surrounded by state parks, scenic country roads, abundant fishing streams and year-round recreational opportunities. There’s truly something here for everyone – whether you like to hike, bike, fish, canoe, golf, watch wildlife, or take a leisurely stroll through a park with friends and family – it’s all right here for you to enjoy!

The Susquehanna River Valley is home to Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, and Susquehanna University,in Selinsgrove. Both are located in thriving downtowns and offer Lifetime Learning Experiences, sports and recreation, and arts & cultural opportunities.

Includes Cities/Towns: Beaver Springs, Beavertown, Coal Township, Dalmatia, Danville, Dornsife, Elysburg, Hartleton, Herndon, Klingerstown, Kulpmont, Laurelton, Leck Kill, Lewisburg, Locust Gap, Mc Clure, Middleburg, Mifflinburg, Millmont, Milton, Mount Carmel, Mount Pleasant Mills, Muncy, New Berlin, New Columbia, Northumberland, Paxinos, Port Trevorton, Rebuck, Richfield, Selinsgrove, Shamokin, Sunbury, Swengel, Turbotville, Watsontown, Weikert, West Milton, White Deer, Winfield.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA
1150 North 4th Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
The Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, with locations in Sunbury, Milton and Union County, along with the Sunbury Arts Center is a membership organization with programs that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Silver Sneakers Program.

Lewisburg Garden Club
PO Box 344
Lewisburg, PA 17837
The Lewisburg Garden Club was established in 1948. Our purpose is to stimulate interest in and promote knowledge about gardening, to aid in the protection of trees, plants, birds and scenic beauty and cooperate in beautifying public surrounds.

Middlecreek Area Community Center
67 Elm Street, PO Box 65
Beaver Springs, PA 17812
Community Center that offers fitness programs, sports, senior programming, youth programs, summer camp and a variety of special events.

Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority
220 Brookpark Circle
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA), owner of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, offers events, classes, and activities for the whole family, also at the Lewisburg Community Pool, Recreation Park, Summer Camp, Gymnastics Center, and more.

Milton Public Library at Rose Hill
541 Broadway
Milton, PA 17847
Visit us at our new location - 541 Broadway, Milton. Borrow books, movies, audio books. Access the internet and computer usage. Check our outdoor movie schedule.

Union County Library System
255 Reitz Boulevard
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Free, public access to reading and research resources in a wide variety of formats for all ages. Internet access, Wi-Fi and meeting rooms available for free. Special and ongoing programs. Three system library locations - Lewisburg, Mifflinburg, and Laurelton

Whole Life Society offering Integral Yoga
428 Market Street
New Berlin, PA 17855
Integral Yoga is an ancient, cohesive style that addresses the whole individual: body, mind, emotions and spirit - allowing health, joy, peace, and fulfillment to be experienced on a daily basis. We offer weekly classes in Level 1 and 2 Hatha, chair and yoga for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers as well as specialty programming for mood management, meditation, children, etc throughout the year.

Cultural Activities

Arts and culture thrive in the Susquehanna River Valley! Discover Art Deco and Victorian architecture, concerts-in-the-park, murals, galleries, museums, musical performances, wineries and so much more. To see current exhibitions and art-related happenings, visit our calendar of events page. www.VisitCentralPA.org

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
226 Center Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is celebrating 35 years of bringing live, professional theatre to our community. For more information,please visit our website at www.BTE.org

Brushstrokes Gallery Art Supplies and Framing
340 Market Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 523-7911
A real art store. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Beginner to professional. Since 1989.

Buffalo Valley Singers
1050 Buffalo Rd.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
The 70+ members of the Buffalo Valley Singers from a four-county area perform a wide range of musical styles during two seasons, September to December for a Christmas concert and January to May for two spring concerts. Committed to community service, BVS participates in the Lights of Love ceremony and a spring memorial service for the Evangelical Hospice program. An ensemble group and a quartet perform in community and other special events upon request.

Campus Theatre
413 Market Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Built in 1941, the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg is an excellent example of art deco architecture. From its 16 foot murals to its etched glass doors, nearly all of the interior and exterior fixtures remain intact today. Open nightly, the theatre shows first-run, independent and classic films as well as specialized film festivals.

Community Arts Center
220 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
The Community Arts Center is dedicated to artistic excellence and providing Williamsport, PA and the surrounding areas with professional performing arts. Take in one of our inspiring arts programs, ranging from music to dance to comedy to Broadway theater.

Community Theatre League
100 West Third Street
Williamsport,PA 17701
The Community Theatre League is North Central PA's #1 theatre for the community, BY the community offering an extensive line-up of live theater productions which include full-length musicals and plays, children's shows, and student productions, as well as concerts featuring local bands, vocal groups, and instrumental ensembles.

Elias Church/ Elias Center for the Perfoming Arts
212-214 South Fifth Street
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
The Elias Church was build in 1806 and served both the German Reformed and Lutheran congregation until 1857. Restoration of the church began in 2005 and has been restored to its original state: featuring a wine glass pulpit, arched LeigenderStuhl trusses, original plank flooring, curved ceiling and three sided gallery. Now open as a performing arts venue; come enjoy music, theatre, children's and educational programs.

Endless Mountain Music Festival
130 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Throughout the Endless Mountain Music Festival concert season, experience a 60 piece orchestra on the weekends with chamber music during the week. Free concerts for children make the festival a family destination. Visit our website for more details.

Exchange, The
24 East Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
1949 Art Deco landmark containing artists' studios, bowling alley, community kitchen, developing historical museum, and more. The new heartbeat of Bloomsburg's downtown. Come on in!

Lewisburg Arts Council
PO Box 418
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-5221
Sponsor of the annual Lewisburg Arts Festival.

Millbrook Playhouse, Inc.
258 Country Club Lane
Mill Hall, PA 17751
A Professional Summer Theatre located in Central PA with over 17,000 visitors a year. Established in 1963, this season the theatre will include a mix of classics along with new premiers at Millbrook from musicals to comedies that are great for all ages.

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
176 Water Company Road, PO Box 33
Millersburg, PA 17061
(717) 692-3699
The Center in Millersburg, Pennsylvania was built to house the center's collection of hundreds of original works. It also showcases works of contemporary artists from around the country. The Center's lands offer a tranquil outdoor experience on more than 500 contiguous acres of rustic beauty.

Northumberland County Council for the Arts & Humanities
PO Box 472
Shamokin, PA 17872
570 -850-9121
The NCAH is established to enhance the quality of life, economic development and tourism in Northumberland and surrounding counties through promotion of the arts for all age groups by offering cultural and educational programs and exhibits.

Open Door Gallery
430 Market St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-7904
Custom framing, restoration services for frames, photos and paintings.

Penns Creek Pottery
30 Pottery Lane
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
(570) 837-3809
"Shop for quality pottery in a historic setting on Penns Creek".

Samek Art Museum
Elaine Langone Center
Lewisburg, PA 17837
The galleries are a program of Bucknell University that create meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public and works of art. Two gallery locations: Samek Art Museum - 3rd fl. Elaine Langone Center, Bucknell University, and Downtown Art Gallery - 416 Market St., Lewisburg.

Stadler Center for Poetry
540 Loomis Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Founded in 1988, the Stadler Center for Poetry is a literary center offering a wide range of programs and residencies for emerging and established poets and writers for 25 years.

Susquehanna Valley Chorale
PO Box 172
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 547-0455
Nearly one-hundred singers perform major choral works in concerts throughout the year in the Susquehanna Valley.

Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Professional and campus music, dance, and theatre events, as well as lectures, convocations, and other functions are held in the 1,200 seat Weis Center, an architecturally striking and acoustically exceptional performance hall. Annual series includes 30+ professional performances including world music, jazz, modern dance, classical, and a Family Discovery Series.

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra
220 West 4th Street, 3rd floor
Williamsport, PA 17701
Come hear the jewel of downtown Williamsport! Under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein, the WSO is a professional regional symphony orchestra with performances that cater to any musical taste.

Public transportation

Bus Service
Susquehanna Trailways
56 E. Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
570-322-5361 or 1-800-692-6314
Daily service from Williamsport to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Elmira and New York City. Charters and tours also available.

Penn Valley Airport
15 minutes from Visitor Center
Small, private planes
Commuter flights via Pittsburgh & Philadelphia

Williamsport Regional Airport
½ hour from Visitor Center
Domestic & International Flights

Harrisburg International Airport
toll-free: (888) HIA-JETS (442-5387)
local: (717) 948-3900

Heritage Aviation LLC
100 Airport Road
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Featuring charter operations, scenic flights over the Susquehanna River Valley, flying lessons, aircraft rentals, sales, maintenance and servicing. Avis rental cars, and world class customer care. Where you can always fly with friends!

Limousine Service
Susquehanna Valley Limousine Inc.
2225 Ridge Road
Northumberland, PA 17857
Area's most diverse passenger transportation company. Providing full service to all major airports, cruiseports in PA and surrounding states. We also specialize in weddings, wine tours, nights out and NYC trips in vehicles from 1-32 passengers.

Blue Line Secure Transportation DBA Blue Line Chauffeurs
631 Red Hill Rd., Milton, PA 17847
A law enforcement chauffeur, limousine, and executive car service. Blue Line Secure Transportation Services is a new type of limousine service unlike any other in the area. We can drive you in your corporate, private or rental vehicle or you can choose from our fleet of luxury chauffeured limousines – and they are all driven exclusively by veteran police officers. Every time you use our service you can be sure that you are in safe hands. Whether you’re seeking luxury car or limousine service to the Philadelphia International Airport, Harrisburg International, or LaGuardia, a convention, an important meeting or a special event, our experienced chauffeurs know how important it is that you arrive on time. We strive to ensure prompt, reliable service by a courteous, professional law enforcement chauffeur. Blue Line Chauffeurs also provides transportation for personal events and special occasions, including weddings, proms, bachelor & bachelorette parties, wine or brew trail tours, honeymoons, sporting events, and transportation to and from the airport and ports for cruises.

Medical Facilities

Evangelical Community Hospital
One Hospital Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 522-2000
Quality healthcare to our community has been Evangelical Community Hospitals mission since our founding in 1926. We have grown with the needs of the community, providing comprehensive health services that are high quality and compassionate. Excellence every day.

Geisinger Medical Center
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822
With satellite campuses throughout the region

Sunbury Community Hospital
350 N 11th Street
Sunbury, PA 17801
(570) 286-3333
Sunbury Community Hospital is your community healthcare provider; a 118-bed facility offering a range of services including inpatient, outpatient and emergency care, as well as medical and surgical care. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We're more than 40 healthcare professionals strong. And we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.

Williamsport Vet Center
Key Staff
49 E. Fourth Street Suite 104
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-327-5281 Or 570-327-5281
Williamsport OPC, Campus of Divine Providence Hospital (693GB) (Williamsport, PA)

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Susquehanna River Valley, Pennsylvania?

Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, the natural beauty of the Susquehanna River Valley is sure to inspire you to take in the great outdoors. Central PA has cold winters with moderate snowfall amounts. Spring in PA tends to be cold and rainy in March and April. May brings much better weather with mild temperatures and a lot more sunshine. Summer in central PA is very pleasant, with many days that are warm without being uncomfortably hot. Autumn is generally delightful especially in the early months. September and October bring lots of perfect sunny days and mild temperatures, with beautiful fall foliage. Leaves turn brilliant colors in October.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  19  27  35
 Feb  20  29  39
 Mar  27  38  48
 Apr  38  50  61
 May  47  59  71
 Jun  57  68  80
 Jul  61  72  84
 Aug  60  71  82
 Sep  52  63  74
 Oct  40  52  63
 Nov  32  41  51
 Dec  24  31  39

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  28  1
 Feb  0  26  0
 Mar  0  22  0
 Apr  0  7  0
 May  0  1  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  3  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  5  0
 Nov  0  15  0
 Dec  0  26  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  10  19 %
 Feb  3 "  9  20 %
 Mar  3 "  10  26 %
 Apr  4 "  12  36 %
 May  4 "  12  47 %
 Jun  5 "  12  58 %
 Jul  4 "  11  62 %
 Aug  4 "  10  61 %
 Sep  4 "  10  55 %
 Oct  4 "  10  42 %
 Nov  4 "  10  33 %
 Dec  3 "  10  24 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  11 "  13  5
 Feb  8 "  11  4
 Mar  6 "  5  2
 Apr  1 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  1
 Dec  5 "  6  3

Natural Disaster Areas

Cost of Living for Susquehanna River Valley, PA

Susquehanna River Valley, Pennsylvania cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Bridges at Brookline, The
2 Manor Boulevard
Mifflintown, PA 17059
Independent retirement cottages and apartments, personal care, skilled nursing, and long term care

Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village
189 East Tressler Blvd.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Our homes are nestled within a beautiful park like setting. 54-acre campus with walking paths, outdoor gazebo, a bocce ball court to name a few. 2 or 3 bedrooms, sunrooms and garage options, affordable luxury that is maintenance free. Our environment is designed to encourage friendships, connections and wellness with daily opportunities to engage in stimulating activities, both on campus and in town.

Home Instead Senior Care
130 Buffalo Road, Suite 105
Lewisburg, PA 17837
We are dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes as they age. Our CAREGivers are screened, trained, insured and bonded to provide non-medical care including personal care, companionship, housekeeping, and respite care.

Nottingham Village Senior Living Community
58 Neitz Road
Northumberland, PA 17857
(570) 473-8356
1977-2007 represents over 30 years of excellence in retirement and senior care. Situated on 105 acres, in Northumberland, we offer spacious retirement homes, retirement and personal care apartments, memory care, rehabilitation and nursing care.

Pennsfield Apartments and Manor at Penn Village
119 Route 204
Selinsgrove, PA 17870
Independent living apartments with all appliances and maintenance free. Weekly trips to Weis Market. Monthly Bingo and Birthday Parties. Lots of Activities. Close to Susquehanna Valley mall and "The Strip" in Selinsgrove.

RiverWoods Senior Living Community
270 Ridgecrest Circle
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 522-6234
As a not-for-profit organization, RiverWoods Senior Living Community fulfills a ministry of caring by encouraging wellness and independence through all levels of care, including independent living apartments and cottages, personal care, and short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing.

Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc.
116 N. 2nd Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
The Union-Snyder Agency on Aging is your one-stop resource for Aging Services. Regardless of one's economic level the Agency on Aging is available to provide information and programs for seniors. Please call for more information.

Senior Assistance in Susquehanna River Valley, PA

Susquehanna River Valley, Pennsylvania offers the following assistance for seniors:

Lewisburg/Milton Meals on Wheels

Selinsgrove Meals On Wheels
129 N Market St Selinsgrove, PA 17870
(570) 374-6420

Union-Snyder Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
116 North 2nd Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: (570) 524-2100

Home Instead Senior Care
130 Buffalo Road, Suite 105
Lewisburg, PA 17837
We are dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes as they age. Our CAREGivers are screened, trained, insured and bonded to provide non-medical care including personal care, companionship, housekeeping, and respite care.

Visiting Angels
4650 West Branch Highway, Suite 110
Lewisburg, PA 17837
A locally owned in-home care agency, offering peace of mind to seniors and their families. Our thoroughly, screened, experienced, bonded and insured caregivers provide non-medical personal care, meal preparation, homemaking, and respite care, short-term to 24/7. Winner of The 2016 Best of Home Care Leader in Excellence Award. Only four other agencies in PA and 55 in the United States earned this award. Visiting Angels of Lewisburg is now ranked among the best home care providers in the nation.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Susquehanna River Valley Offer For Retirees?

Ready to volunteer?
VOICE (Volunteer Opportunities in Community Endeavors) is a coalition of organizations and agencies whose mission is to promote, develop and strengthen the role of volunteerism in meeting community needs. VOICE has an extensive list of organizations that utilize volunteer time, talents and expertise.
VOICE is a founding partner of the CommUnity Zone.

Community Zone
417 Market St
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837
(570) 238-1818
Open Tuesday through Friday, 2:00-5:00pm, and for special events.
Mission: To create a place where all members of the community and organizations that serve them share ideas, talents and resources that contribute to vibrant, caring and connected communities.
To grow the capacity of individuals and organizations to create significant positive change by enhancing their professional abilities, developing their life skills and confidence, and encouraging their creativity, entrepreneurism and collaboration.
A welcoming space where people can:
-learn about and interact with partner organizations
-discover volunteer opportunities at the Zone and throughout the region
-participate in lunch time discussions
-network with people with similar interests
-develop new friendships and interests
-teach or learn new skills
-access community resources online

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