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Stay safe this winter with these tips

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By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities While making safety first should be a year-round proposition, there are some particular safety hazards lurking during the winter months that we have to keep in mind and guard against. Consumer statistics indicate that electrical product sales increase during the winter months. When considering that and…

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Highlights of the 2nd round of PPP loan provisions included in the Coronavirus Relief bill recently signed into law on December 27th

By Joseph A. Mastriani, CPA/PFS, CFP, Shareholder | Buckno, Lisicky & Company The new legislation allocates around $284 billion and refers to the new loans as second draw loans. The loan limit is $2 million, and the amount a small business will qualify for is determined by taking their average monthly payroll in 2019 and multiplying…

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Storm Versus Power Grid

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How PPL Electric Utilities is changing the reliability odds for the better By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities Hurricanes have had names for 70 years. Now big winter storms get them. Go figure. As I write this column just before Christmas, a powerful nor’easter – Winter Storm Gail – just left the…

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You’re Never Too Old to Learn a New Trick

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC Dave builds buggies.  You know, the old wagon wheel type of buggies like the Connestoga Wagons, the buckboards and the 20 mule team wagons of the old west.  Dave lives in Joliet Montana which is a very small town off the beaten path.  The type of town…

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One million avoided outages – and counting PPL Electric Utilities’ smart grid is proving its mettle and keeping the lights on

By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities There are a lot of truisms out there, like “the apple never falls far from the tree” or “patience is a virtue.” Here’s one from your electric utility: “The best power outage is the one that never happens.” You’re thinking, of course it is, but the…

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Payroll Tax Deferral

By Joseph A. Mastriani, CPA/PFS, CFP, Shareholder | Buckno, Lisicky & Company I want to make you aware of the most recent guidance from the U.S. Treasury and the IRS regarding the August 8 presidential executive order allowing for the deferral of the employee portion of Social Security taxes.  This order, signed by the President,…

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Planning for Emergencies: It’s Worth It!

By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities Think about it. People are constantly planning.  We plan for everyday life, things like shopping and meals, to bigger things like careers and relationships. But what about emergency planning? Do you ever think of what might affect you where you live and decide what you and…

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Don’t go digging for trouble – Call 811 before your next project

811 call before you dig

By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities Installing a fence or mailbox post? Building an addition? Starting up a big landscaping project? There’s one thing you always need to do before you or the contractor you hired start digging. Call 8-1-1 for the Pennsylvania One Call System to help prevent contact with underground…

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Final opportunity to take advantage of Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness opportunity

By Joseph A. Mastriani, CPA/PFS, CFP, Shareholder- Buckno Lisicky & Company With about two weeks until the July 4th holiday, most individuals’ thoughts are focused on spending time with their families on vacation.  But for some small business owners, these next two weeks may be also focused on the last opportunity to take advantage of…

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Changing Your Marketing Priorities to Navigate Uncertain Times

By Dina Tulli Davis, CCEDC Director of Marketing & President, JumpSpark Creative Group, LLC. Lately, you may have noticed a change in brand advertising across all media platforms from hard selling to we are all in this together and are here to help you in any way we can. Many times in a crisis or…

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