Irish Flag Raising

Area Irish organizations and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) conducted their annual flag raising ceremony at the Lackawanna County Courthouse to mark the official beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and celebration in our community. The daily struggles and fight for freedom of our area’s Irish ancestors were recalled during the brief program.

L-r, Jeff Sears, Msgr. Farrell AOH Man of the Year; Kevin Shaughnessy, Paul “Hook” O’Malley AOH Man of the Year; Joseph Hosie, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania AOH President; Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Scranton Mayor William Courtright.

Arrow Of Light Scouts Honored By Lackawanna County Commissioner

A group of scouts from Montdale Pack 265 was awarded “Certificates of Recognition” from Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, back row, for meriting the “Arrow of Light” Award. This is the highest honor for a Cub Scout, signifying a youngster’s commitment to outdoor skills, physical fitness, collaboration, and citizenship.

Front row, from left, Scouts Jacob Begin, Jack Hemak, Julian Kane, Jordan Malar, Mark Nagle, Frank Hunsinger, and Nay’don Edwards. In the back, Commissioner Cummings and Scout Leader Pete Scochin.

Nor’easter winds, damage could mean extended power outages for some electric customers

PPL is working around the clock to restore power

I’m emailing to inform you of the work we are doing to respond to the current nor’easter winds causing power outages in our service territory. Below is a news release that we just sent out that provides more details.

You can follow storm restoration progress through our outage center at and on our Facebook and Twitter social media channels @PPLElectric.

A rapidly-intensifying storm packing rain, snow and high winds is causing power outages across the PPL Electric Utilities’ service area with about 1,500 repair jobs identified by late afternoon.

The number of outages is expected to continue to grow as wind gusts cause additional damage. Our repair efforts could last through the weekend. As of 3:30 p.m. Friday, about 100,000 customers were out of power.

“The combination of saturated ground and high winds is resulting in a lot of damage, a lot of tree-related outages,” said Stephanie Raymond, vice president, Distribution Operations. “PPL crews, coupled with contractor crews, will be working around the clock to get power restored. However, some customers could be without power for more than 24 hours.”

Access to damaged lines and equipment, as well as treacherous travel conditions, are combining to extend restoration times in some cases.

PPL reminds customers to stay safe and stay far away from any downed wires.

Customers also are urged to:

* Make sure cell phones and other personal devices are fully charged.

* Use generators safety. If you have to run a generator, make sure you run it outdoors in a well-ventilated area – never indoors or in a garage.

* Use flashlights, not candles, to reduce fire risk.

Because of the high number of outages and the scope of repairs, estimated restoration times for individual homes or businesses may not be immediately available.

“We must first accurately assess the damage, so we can send the right crews and equipment,” said Raymond. “This allows us to restore power faster and more efficiently.”

Repairs are first made to support firefighters, police and critical public safety facilities, like hospitals. From there, crews focus on major power lines and substations that serve large numbers of customers. Where we can, we use switches and smart grid technology to reroute power to as many customers as possible until repairs can be made.

We give higher priority to repairs that will get the largest numbers of customers back in service as quickly as possible. We then restore power to smaller neighborhoods and individual homes and businesses.

“This is a powerful storm. Our grid investments are preventing more outages than ever, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Raymond said.

Alana Roberts

PPL Electric Utilities

Regional Affairs Director

(570) 348-1622