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Old 03-24-2010, 03:39 PM
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Can anyone familiar with or native to this area give me some information on it/ tell me their experience with...
-the school district
-the people of the area
-the atmosphere of the area...

we currently live in a rural area in the midwest, and are looking to move to a rural area in PA, and are kicking around schukyill county... just wondering about Pine Grove. Thanks.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:22 PM
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I grew up in Pine Grove and, if jobs in my field were available there, would gladly move back. Obviously, there are plenty of nice folks, but like many small towns and rural areas, there are some who have lived their whole lives there and are suspect of outsiders. It is not a diverse community, so look elsewhere if that is important to you. Not sure about test scores and such, but the schools served me well back in my day. An expansion of the high school is underway. Here's a piece I wrote about Pine Grove for a Pennsylvania travel blog last fall:

Quintessential Autumn in Small-Town Pennsylvania (http://www.savvygrouse.com/2009/10/19/quintessential-autumn-in-small-town-pennsylvania/ - broken link)
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:16 PM
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Born and raised there. I moved out to the rural midwest as quick as I could.

I like the small town atmosphere, just not a fan of the east coast. It is your typical small town (I think the town itself has a population of 2,000 or so). Schools are okay. It is a more rural area so it doesn't have the best technology or the latest and greatest things. There are not too many AP courses available. Everyone knows everyone. Safe area. Most people I grew up with have no desire to move away, I was the oddball lol. If you want rural, Schuylkill county is a good choice...though some parts of western PA are pretty desolate.

There is not a Walmart in town or near town. Two grocery stores (not any big name ones), one movie theatre. If people really need something they go to Harrisburg or Reading. Restaurants, there is either the truck stop (which recently got a Dairy Queen) or Red Lion. Thanks to the interstate there is an Arby's and McDonald's, if you go up to Ravine there is a Pizza Hut Express.

If you want activities to do you had better like the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, paintballing, mudding, shooting, 4 wheeling, snowmobiling, etc. Coming from the area I can safely say that the term "redneck" would be appropriate to use and people are proud of it.

Don't know where in the rural midwest you are, but I moved out to Wyoming and its pretty much the same (except of course Wyoming is so much prettier and I love it way more than PA).
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:41 PM
Location: Lancaster, PA
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There is also a new retirement community that has moved in and renovated the old Waterbridge Retirement. It's really beautiful and the company, Providence Place, seems dedicated to providing jobs and giving back to the Pine Grove area. Pine Grove is definitely a tiny little town, but like others said, it's within 45 minutes of a few bigger cities and it's a gorgeous rural area.
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