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Old 11-20-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Any info on Northeast PA area?

We just found out we are moving and I need help, please.
Basic info:

-job will be in Waymart, PA
-We have 3 kids (13,10, and 8) so schools are important, but homeschooling is an option.
-we are willing to commute around 45 mins. to work
-we would like an area that has shopping and activities within a few minutes drive
-we will be moving from Florida, so any advice on how to adjust will be very appreciated! (I guess I won't be wearing flip flops and shorts most of the year)


Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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All I can tell you is that Waymart is a small borough in Wayne county. It does not appear that Wayne county has any large cities. The county seat is Honesdale. I think it is part of Western Wayne SD, but I can't say that for sure.

Canaan is a high security federal prison in Canaan Township, about 2 miles to the southwest.

It is 25 miles Northeast of Scranton. I suggest you do your research focusing on Scranton and the surrounding area.

There will be quite a bit of snow at times. It appears the yearly average is around 55.8 inches (not all at once...).

That's all I know. I have no experience in that area specifically. I've been to Scranton a few times, though.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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We just found out we are moving and I need help, please.
Basic info:

-job will be in Waymart, PA
-We have 3 kids (13,10, and 8) so schools are important, but homeschooling is an option.
-we are willing to commute around 45 mins. to work
-we would like an area that has shopping and activities within a few minutes drive
-we will be moving from Florida, so any advice on how to adjust will be very appreciated! (I guess I won't be wearing flip flops and shorts most of the year)


Thanks!
Waymart is a very small town, but it's about a half-hour from Scranton, which is a decent-sized city. You could look somewhere in between, or in the Carbondale area.

I don't know what part of FL you'd be moving from, but there's a real small-town feel in that part of PA, even around a city like Scranton. The surrounding areas are rural. But, you're only a few hours drive from Philadelphia, if you're looking for sporting events, concerts or theater.

The biggest adjustment for you will probably be the weather. Get ready for very long, cold, snowy winters. The upside is, summer weather is lovely, much pleasanter temps and humidity levels than FL.

How soon will you be moving?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
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But, you're only a few hours drive from Philadelphia, if you're looking for sporting events, concerts or theater.
Binghamton is even closer, although that's not anywhere near Philly size.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:58 AM   #5
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Binghamton is even closer, although that's not anywhere near Philly size.
Ah, yes, I forgot about Binghamton. It does have a state university campus, so that's another spot to find events.

And there's your area, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton. That's what, about two hours from Scranton? 90 minutes, maybe?
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:03 PM   #6
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Ah, yes, I forgot about Binghamton. It does have a state university campus, so that's another spot to find events.

And there's your area, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton. That's what, about two hours from Scranton? 90 minutes, maybe?
DH is from Wilkes Barre, a small town called Plains. WB is the "big city". His parents and other family are there. His cousin is in Kingston.

But we drive from Chester Co up the NE Extension of the turnpike and it takes us just a little over 2 hours to get to WB, and Scranton isnt that far from there is it? Flightless Duck's area would be much closer, I would think.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:03 PM   #7
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DH and I just spent a long weekend in the area. If you are going up for a look-around please PM me. I can tell you about the area, what we observed and recommend a wonderful B&B that you can stay in while you look around. It is rural with patches of small cities in between. If you like quaint small towns you will love this area.

We did take a drive to Mt. Pocono from this area and it took us 50 minutes. It is a large community and there were quite a few in between that looked much more urban. So if you were to split it and have a 30 minute drive you could be in a much larger area.

It was beautiful and yes I can see it being very snowy. AND it is EXTREMELY hilly and full of mountains. We luckily rented a car. Our small car would have struggled with some of the hill/mountain roads that we encountered.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #8
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Born and raised in Scranton, PA. I can tell you anything you need to know about Schools, where to live, etc. feel free to PM me. Here's some basic info to get you started


- I recommend living in Clarks Summit. It's a small borough right outside of Scranton. 20 minutes to everything shopping, dining and entertainment. For even more specific locations within Clarks Summit, PM me.

- If you live in Clarks Summit, the school of choice is Abington Heights school district. It's one of the best districts in the area.

- Pennsylvania has 4 seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Construction. Plan and dress accordingly
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:58 PM   #10
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I was going to mention Clarks Summit! Both of my kids went to college in Scranton and one is living there now so we have become very familiar with the area. There was just a report in The Times-Tribune (Scranton's newspaper) that the Abington Heights district was the highest scoring district in the area on the SAT.

We have found the people in that area to be very friendly, down to earth and always willing to talk. It is a little slower pace of life than we are used to in the NYC metro area. Scranton has many beautiful historic buildings and some of those have been redeveloped into apartments which has attracted the young professionals. We have also found some great restaurants there.

It will be quite a difference from Florida, but it could be a nice place to live.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:36 AM   #12
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I was going to mention Clarks Summit! Both of my kids went to college in Scranton and one is living there now so we have become very familiar with the area. There was just a report in The Times-Tribune (Scranton's newspaper) that the Abington Heights district was the highest scoring district in the area on the SAT.

We have found the people in that area to be very friendly, down to earth and always willing to talk. It is a little slower pace of life than we are used to in the NYC metro area. Scranton has many beautiful historic buildings and some of those have been redeveloped into apartments which has attracted the young professionals. We have also found some great restaurants there.

It will be quite a difference from Florida, but it could be a nice place to live.
Yes, I totally agree. Clarks Summit is a very nice community. People are very friendly and you get a real sense of community there. People will say Hi to you when you pass them on the street. They have a lot of community events and gatherings. Very nice churches (if you attend) and some great restaurants. Colarusso's Pizza is the best pizza EVAR!!

You are absolutely correct on the pace. It is a slower pace of life there but it's great.
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we have a summer house at Lake Wallenpaupack. There is NO easy route from Clarks Summit to Waymart. It is all back roads. I would stay on the east side of I-81. Try looking in the Wesern Wayne School District. Nice area, and good schools.
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we have a summer house at Lake Wallenpaupack. There is NO easy route from Clarks Summit to Waymart. It is all back roads. I would stay on the east side of I-81. Try looking in the Wesern Wayne School District. Nice area, and good schools.
Sure there is. The Casey Highway (Rt 6) will get you there. It's not a back road. It was actually built for that reason.
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The Casey can be a nightmare in the winter, high winds and lots of ice on that mountain ridge. Doing Casey to 81 to clarks summit is a roundabout way and with PA construction even worse.

I still think staying on the east side of 81 is better and Western Wayne made US NEWS best schools list. There are some really nice areas in Western Wayne and will be much closer than CLarks Summit.
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