Allentown – based PPL Electric Utilities has restored about 99% of it's customers left without juice due to Hurricane Sandy. However.... a utility spokesperson said the 5,000 subscribers still in the dark... should have their power back on sometime Monday. Most areas of concern are in Northampton and Lehigh Counties.... as well as the Poconos. During the height of Sandy... and estimated 400,000 homes and businesses were without power.
Just one more day until we go to the polls to make our choice for President... Congress... State Senator and Representative. Also... Monday is the day that voting machines are delivered to 42 precincts across Columbia County. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says the machines are sealed... but what happens when poll workers arrive Tuesday morning? Repasky says poll workers check the seals to make sure they're still in place. Polls open at 7 O'clock Tuesday morning. Repasky says Republican and Democratic registration is about equal at 17 thousand for each party... with an estimated 59 – hundred registered as independent or third party voters.
A State Police fire marshal is being called in to determine the cause of last night's blaze in a vacant home in the 300 block of Vine Street in Berwick. The flames were discovered around 8 O'clock Sunday night forcing neighbors out into the street... as the temperatures started to slide. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that Berwick fire officials says they believe the blaze is “suspicious.” It's the second time in the past week a vacant building has gone up in flames in the 300 block of Vine Street in Berwick.
The second in a series of budget workshops for the Town of Bloomsburg will be held later this month. The 2013 proposed budget is currently pegged at $5.1 – million dollars... an estimated million dollars over the current spending plan. But that includes a department heads wish list that won't see the light of day in the final proposal. However, Town Administrator Bill Lowthart says one big ticket item is painting town hall. One estimate has come in at $133,000 which includes the painting of the three story building and a lot of work to fix deteriorating woodwork. The next town budget meeting is scheduled for November 14 at 5 PM.
There will be more roadwork this week in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 between the Mifflinville and Berwick exits. Starting Tuesday... the westbound right lane will be closed on the new bridge over the Susquehanna River so crews can remove the parapet of the old westbound bridge. The reason... the bridges are close together... so there is a potential of flying debris. The operation begins at 7 AM and ends at 5 PM.
The Luzerne County Council will have an opportunity to take a look at the county's proposed $122 – million dollar budget for 2013 on Monday. The numbers are the same for this year's budget.... and it calls for no tax increases... keeping the tax rate at an estimated $523 for each $100,000 of assessed valuation. The County Council has between now and the middle of December to approve the plan.
Some last minute political campaigning will take place Monday in the Wyoming Valley. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuilani will be at Republican Headquarter on Main Street in South Wilkes – Barre. He'll appear with U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith. Also scheduled to be there are US Senator Pat Toomey... and David Freed... a candidate for State Attorney General.
There is some last minute campaigning tonight for President Obama. Former President Bill Clinton will make a stop at the Scranton High School Monday night. Doors open at 7:30... and you must have a ticket to get in.
Gross revenue from slot machines at the state’s 11 casinos was down 4.4% last month from the same period a year ago, a decline blamed in part on the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is reporting that gross slots revenue at the state’s 11 casinos last month totaled $188.4 - million, down from $197.2 - million during the same period in 2011 — when just 10 casinos were open. The decline marked just the fourth time since the state’s first casino opened in 2006 that monthly slots revenue was down.
The Bloomsburg University football team kept its playoff hopes alive with Saturday's 24-23 win over West Chester. It was the 212th career win for head coach Danny Hale which moves him into a tie for second with the late Dr. Gene Carpenter of Millersville for career wins by PSAC coaches. The Huskies end the regular season Saturday afternoon at Slippery Rock.
The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played an exhibition game yesterday against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. WHLM's Jim Doyle said the Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Bloomsburg Husky's 103 to 60. The Huskies open the regular season Saturday afternoon at home against Pitt-Johnstown. That game will begin at 3 o'clock. You'll hear all the action on the WHLM Stations.
In the NFL Sunday.... the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the New York Giants 24 to 20. Monday night the Philadelphia Eagles play the Saints in New Orleans.