Pennsylvania in blue with Area Code 570 272 shown in red (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Area businesses are gearing up for a big change that will begin Saturday: 10-digit dialing instead of seven.
For Phil Rudy, owner of Circles on the Square in Wilkes-Barre, the change means 200 numbers need to be reprogrammed in his fax machine. He faxes menus from his deli on Public Square to 200 area businesses. Circles employee Bill Scholl has been reprogramming all the numbers.
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LOCK HAVEN – Hurricane Sandy has this region buzzing about the potential loss of power, high winds and even high water.
City officials are aware of the situation and ask everyone to cooperate to get through the next few days as the remnants of the superstorm blow through the region.
The city does not have enough temporary stop signs to cover every intersection with traffic signals, so if the electricity goes out and the signals go dark, drivers will have to use care, City Manager Richard W. Marcinkevage said.
“Use common sense and the rules of the road,” he advised.
The West Branch of the Susquehanna River will be one foot above flood stage in Lock Haven if the predicted 22 foot crest comes to pass. Williamsport is predicted to see the river crest above 25 feet. Fortunately, both communities have a levee system in place that protects the majority of residences and businesses in the flood plain.
The good news is that the drought warning for Lycoming County (and many other counties in the state) has been lifted with all the rain from Irene and Lee.
A small Cessna aircraft crashed on the final approach into William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven on Monday. The single engine plane clipped a telephone pole, stuck a house and three parked vehicles on East Church Street before bursting into flames and killing all three people on board.
No one on the ground was injured although the couple who own the home were in the house when the plane hit. This neighborhood is full of young children who were home at the time.
Witnesses say they heard the plane’s engine cut out as the aircraft passed over the Lock Haven McDonald’s. The plane didn’t have the altitude to safely glide to the airport and crashed one block short of the runway. The pilot radioed the airport asking if fuel was available a few minutes before the crash.
Ironically, the airport had just hosted its 25th annual Sentimental Journey Fly-In that weekend, safely attracting 400 planes and 4,000 people. This crash was not associated with the Fly-In.
The City of Lock Haven is the former home of Piper Aircraft Corporation and for 70 years Piper aircraft were manufactured there. The Fly-In brings Piper owners back to Lock Haven each year. On the grounds of the airport is the Piper Aviation Museum.