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So the shop I work at is closing their doors permanently sometime in the next year or 2 and has me and the wife trying to decide what to do from here.....

 

So outta curiosity if you could move anywhere as 35 yr old and family where would you go? Jobs fishing and education all considered.

 

Even in NY...where's some good towns with good taxes and jobs within let's say 1.5 hr from Ontario or erie...prefer to live in country...

 

here's some of our pics from erie last few trips thanks Mr Hank!IMG_20210515_184334.jpegFB_IMG_1621088891771.jpeg20210508_082834.jpeg20210508_081216.jpeg

 

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I'm a grain farmer in Red Creek NY. I usually keep my mouth shut about the area, but you've caught me in a weak moment I guess. Blue ribbon school, unlike Wolcott, next town over. 5 minutes from Fair Haven & L.O.. Pick Rochester or Syracuse for employment. 45 or 50 minutes to either. Rochester you won't need sunglasses, it'll be at your back a.m. & p.m. on your way to & from. Syracuse it'll be in your face both ways. Just don't purchase a field I work & put a house in the middle w/ a 50 acre yard please. That has happened enough. I'll be looking for a new job in the next 10 years if that keeps occurring. I only own 500 acres, the rest I rent. Go to Scottsville, Springville, Batavia,? That'd be a good place. Close to both lakes & Rochester/Buffalo. Sorry to hear you'll have to find new employment. If you want to stay in NY, check out Novelis in Oswego, Hutamaki in Fulton, & Motts/Cadbury in Williamson. All good places that take care of the employees. I've got some friends that work at those 3 places & tell me good things.

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I will be completely honest with you. Similar to 2lb Perch I raised my family just outside the Fair haven village limits. Had 25 acres on 400 acres of family property. I loved the area , Red Creek school district...not so much but maybe its changed . Either way as much as I love the geography I would get out of New York. Taxes, regulations, fuel prices are all ridiculous and its not going to get better. There are 10 "tax free" states that I would look into if I were in your shoes. As soon as I retire I am out! I am seriously looking at Tennessee , the Chattanooga area I think or maybe Texas. Big decision ahead for you, good luck! 

 

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I moved to Western NY from Pittsburgh about 8 years ago.  A couple years ago, I bought a house in Springville.  Though the taxes are high (to me), I'm pretty happy there.  It's a great community, good schools and about a 40 minute ride to Lake Erie, Buffalo and an hour 15 to Lake Ontario.

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Ha, I made my way to Pittsburgh in '95 and really haven't left. I did move from the city to out past the airport and live on 30 acres. But i really dont like the 2 hour drive to my boat on Erie on the weekends.

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Aaron you may want to make up a list of pros (the things you want or need in a living place) and Cons (the things you absolutely don't want or need) e.g. you have young kids so school is important, you may want to eliminate urban environments, you may want to be near lakes etc. but also near shopping or medical services etc.

 

Like cars and boats there is no PERFECT one out there and the decision involves compromises in terms of what is important at a given stage of your life circumstances and what you can afford financially and pretty much only you can answer that question.:smile:

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I moved to Western NY from Pittsburgh about 8 years ago.  A couple years ago, I bought a house in Springville.  Though the taxes are high (to me), I'm pretty happy there.  It's a great community, good schools and about a 40 minute ride to Lake Erie, Buffalo and an hour 15 to Lake Ontario.
Springville is on our list...we actually live in Hinsdale now. Just outside olean.

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Aaron you may want to make up a list of pros (the things you want or need in a living place) and Cons (the things you absolutely don't want or need) e.g. you have young kids so school is important, you may want to eliminate urban environments, you may want to be near lakes etc. but also near shopping or medical services etc.
 
Like cars and boats there is no PERFECT one out there and the decision involves compromises in terms of what is important at a given stage of your life circumstances and what you can afford financially and pretty much only you can answer that question.
Absolutly!!! We have so many "lists" it's crazy. I'm even really considering captain license and charter full time if I can get far enough head start.

One problem we have is neither of us have traveled far. I grew up in Canandaigua she grew up here in Hinsdale so we talk about moving but have no idea what's out there really. My parents and sisters are in SC her sister in Florida so we have debated living on coast if we could find somewhere....Charleston SC sticks out to me but have really only been there on vacation. But coastal fishing seems like it could be alot of fun. We just did a flounder charter down in Myrtle beach ...I'll attach a pic

The company has admitted that our jobs are going over seas and bc of that there's a bunch of programs they have to provide too. So all of that comes into play as well.

It really is a life changing event...we are nervous but excited but also want to make this move once. We are even looking at options of building where we are now and I'll commute the hour to buffalo..

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Best of luck with whatever you decide and although a move can be exciting it is also right at the top of life's stressors:smile:

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Ha, I made my way to Pittsburgh in '95 and really haven't left. I did move from the city to out past the airport and live on 30 acres. But i really dont like the 2 hour drive to my boat on Erie on the weekends.

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Few guys from our camp live down there. Both construction guys. I'll have to look at jobs there. We camp just outside Erie Pa all summer.

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Best of luck with whatever you decide and although a move can be exciting it is also right at the top of life's stressors
Yes it is! February 2 we got told. Been crazy. I had accepted a job in Buffalo then decided to stay till they close. So now we have a year maybe 18 months to decide. They are telling us June 2022 we are done.

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9 hours ago, stoneam2006 said:

Yes it is! February 2 we got told. Been crazy. I had accepted a job in Buffalo then decided to stay till they close. So now we have a year maybe 18 months to decide. They are telling us June 2022 we are done.

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What type of work are you looking for or comfortable with?

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What type of work are you looking for or comfortable with?
I'm a welder and machinist by trade. Been a machinist for the last 10 years here and Currently running and programing a 5 axis CNC mill. Have run alot of mill machines manuals and cnc. Before this I worked as an aluminum welder mig and tig. But have welded most normal materials. I really like the idea of machine maintenance career.

Bc of the way they are closing the shop I have the chance to go back to school for free and pick up another degree to add to the welding and machining degrees. Have toyed with the idea of HVAV or electrical. And Possibly grabbing my CDL and captains licenses as well.

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I’ll second moving somewhere commutable to two metro areas. Living within commuting distance to both Rochester and Buffalo had been advantageous for me. I’ve seen 3 plant closures and never had to collect an unemployment check. Close to lots of good fishable water, open spaces or in town depending on your preference, and low traffic.


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I’ll second moving somewhere commutable to two metro areas. Living within commuting distance to both Rochester and Buffalo had been advantageous for me. I’ve seen 3 plant closures and never had to collect an unemployment check. Close to lots of good fishable water, open spaces or in town depending on your preference, and low traffic.


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That idea does appeal to me...thats the only down fall where I live now. I worked at one of the best 2 plants in town. So jobs here are really limited. So now when I'm looking at places I'm trying to make sure that there's more opportunities if something comes up.

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41 minutes ago, stoneam2006 said:

I'm a welder and machinist by trade. Been a machinist for the last 10 years here and Currently running and programing a 5 axis CNC mill. Have run alot of mill machines manuals and cnc. Before this I worked as an aluminum welder mig and tig. But have welded most normal materials. I really like the idea of machine maintenance career.

Bc of the way they are closing the shop I have the chance to go back to school for free and pick up another degree to add to the welding and machining degrees. Have toyed with the idea of HVAV or electrical. And Possibly grabbing my CDL and captains licenses as well.

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All good trades... you should not have much trouble finding something you are happy with. You should check with Lockheed Martin in Syracuse and see if they have something up your alley. Great pay and benefits and there are a lot of great locations for both family and fishing within 30  minutes.

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All good trades... you should not have much trouble finding something you are happy with. You should check with Lockheed Martin in Syracuse and see if they have something up your alley. Great pay and benefits and there are a lot of great locations for both family and fishing within 30  minutes.
I'll check them out....I was pretty happy when I started to look for a job when they first told us and had multiple interviews and offers within a days of being told. The piece of paper from college helps but what a difference 10 years in a trade makes.

But I can't help but think is this what I want to do for the next 30 years...I've been givin an opportunity to basically hit the reset button at 35 and as much as it sucks its an opportunity that if I do it right I could end up ahead.


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Aaron I would go into it backwards.
Where I would live if I had the choice, and then is the location viable for you and your family. The fact that you’re skilled should be pretty valuable.
Location plus opportunity should result in a great new life.


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Aaron I would go into it backwards.
Where I would live if I had the choice, and then is the location viable for you and your family. The fact that you’re skilled should be pretty valuable.
Location plus opportunity should result in a great new life.


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That's the worst part for me...I have spent my entire life from 8th grade on trying to live where I do and work where I do now....so it's pretty cool I did that but have never thought about anything else really...lol

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