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Intelligencer (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Doylestown, Pennsylvania Columnist Lou Sessinger dines with a 2-year-old. Coming monday kids urged to Wear helmets while sledding sports b 1 Abington s Eddie George May be playoff bound sunday december Doyle Stotyn a stores vending machines Central Bucks edition they re ready for you staff Scon hmm Peco system dispatcher Kevin Corkery monitors Energy output on the Bucks Montgomery Grid at the company s control Center in Plymouth meeting. Peco assures its customers the lights will remain on. A few things to think about before dec. 31 following is list of consumer items that have been tested for potential y2k problems and other related information people should know before the Calendar change appliances people who have microwave ovens dishwashers washing machines Coffee makers and other appliances should have nothing to worry about according to the association of Home appliance manufacturers. Automobiles most automobile manufacturers Are telling customers they have nothing to worry about when Jan. 1 hits. Car companies Are saying that most vehicles computers do not have Date related those that do should not pose a problem. Cable come Mes the year Adelphia suburban Cable and co cast Cable have All been preparing for y2k for at least two years. They Are confident it will be business As usual As far As Cable and Billing systems go set top Cable boxes will not be affected by any y2k issues. All three Cable providers will have Call centers in operation should any problems arise. Only products with Calendar year data will be affected. Those include Vars bought before 1987, Televik combinations Cam corders Boullit before 1988, fax machines personal computers and Security products according to the consumer electronics manufacturers association anyone who has questions about electronics products should Call the manufacturer. A Good Way to Check if a Var is compliant is to try to change the programmable clock to Jan. If it shows monday that Means the Var thinks it is the year 1900. If it says saturday then it is probably compliant. Gas and service stations major gasoline corporations have developed plans to Monitor Busi Ness activities Fields and refineries during new year s weekend. They and local Gas stations Don t foresee any shortage of supplies or interrupted service As Long As a station is receiving electric Power Gas pumps should continue to function. Most area Gas and service stations plan to be open regular week end hours or close a Little bit Early As they would on any other Holiday such As Christmas eve. Nuclear Power plants the nuclear regulatory com Mission has said All nuclear Power plants Are y2k ready. They include the two units at the Limerick Plant in Limerick township Mont Gomery county the peach Bottom atomic Power station in York county and three mile Island near har Risburg Tom Kauffman a spokesman for three mile Island said the Normal staff of 30 people at the Plant will have help from about 60 others on see Thi Pik Page a 6 if the answer s Noy Here s what you need to know. By Beth Long and Patrick Lester the folks we rely on for electricity heat water and help in emergencies in Bucks and Montgomery counties insist they Are More than adequately prepared for the Start of the year 2000. Are predicting a but say they be planned for that night As they would for any potential Winter y Yaj in intr storm. They re i of a u 5iris telling the Public it fat to do the same or two 1999 and to make unnecessary counting Here s of Fly and not to of what you need to a know As the Calen fasting 9 suck As with Hsi change _ of 911 Dar approaches. Backup Power generators Are at the ready. Heated shelters can be opened at a phone Call s notice even the Pennsylvania army National guard program changes in order to recognize 2 and 0 As the first two digits. Gnu Energy which has 2 million customers in Pennsylvania and new Jersey will staff 850, a significant increase from the Normal 50, said spokesman Les Jones. Pennsylvania and Light. Which serves to in the two counties will have trouble shooters computer experts and Power line workers available. Across the state will have about 550 employees above the usual 130, said spokesman James Burns the company will also have 50 people on Call that night. Officials at boroughs with their pc. Or companies such As Quakertown and Perkasie say they _ will have people working Early into the morning on Jan. 1 to Deal with any glitches that May come up. Those boroughs which buy Power from and resell it to customers say they have to put their Faith in Ells Edwards Bell Atlantic spokesman Assurance from _ that the Power will remain will have men and women on duty that night. Power suppliers perhaps the most important player in All of this have dozens and in some cases hundreds of extra people working new year s eve. They also have generators ready to combat Power outages they Are suggesting ple have candles flashlights Bat teries Battery operated radios and other essentials on hand. Peco Energy a major elected and Gas supplier with customers combined in Bucks and Montgomery counties will have 450 employees working that night. That s an increase of 150 just to guard against potential y2k glitches. The year 2000 problem is the fear the computer systems will shut Down or malfunction when the new year begins. Many computers assume i and 9 Are the first digits of the year and needed upgrades and said John Cornelius Borough Man Ager in Perkasie. Water will flow some of the larger water Compa Nies have bought backup diesel generators and Are filling storage tanks to the brim although they Are confident service will not be interrupted some Are suggesting customers May want to buy a few extra Gallons of water As a backup. Philadelphia suburban water will staff 48 people an increase from the Normal dozen to take phone Calls and handle possible emergencies. The company has customers in Bucks county and in Montgomery county. Pennsylvania american water which has close to customers in the two counties will have its customer service centers staffed until 2 . On new year s Day to see ready Page a 6 this series Century count Down offers Brief highlights of american history for each year of the 2oth Century. This feature will continue unto the end of the year. Skripps Hansard cd f 1 vim let 2 vol. 106, no. 299 newspapers inc. 1986 Jan. 28 All seven astronauts aboard Are killed As the space shuttle challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape canaveral. The worst disaster in America s space Gram threatens to close Down the shuttle program indefinitely. Feb. 26 Robert Penn Watren is named the first official poet laureate of the United states. April 16 in a Surprise attack the . Bombs Rubya in a reprisal for that country s role in the april 5 bomb ing of a West German disco popular with amen can servicemen. June it the Federal budget deficit reaches s2 trillion. Oct. 22 declaring the silence must surgeon general c. Everett Koop issues a report on aids urging education on its causes for school children and condom use for adults. Nov. 13 the Reagan administration confirms reports it has been sending weapons to Iran despite . Laws against such arms transfers and the administration s own policies. Inside weather party sunny High 42, Low 29 Complete weather on Page a 24 my Tom it worm president Clinton issued new guidelines saturday clarifying How Puttie schools can work with religious groups without violating the constitutional separation of Church and state the third such set of guidelines the administration has issued since 1995. Page a 13 Index is i meets 7 c4 i Kotec i iwo Law vow 41610007 budget woes haunt new Hope while most municipalities head into the new year flush with funds new Hope is once again fitting Short of Revenue. Borough officials say they have too few properties to tax. By Mayuce. Jolly staffer our new Hope the Borough has prepared a 2000 budget that for the second straight year will require court approval to raise property taxes. As the surround ing municipalities pull in sizable surpluses at the end of the year new Hope is tens of thousands of dollars in the red. The financial state of the Small town Home to roughly ple has been in decline for years. Although property taxes Are die largest source of Revenue for the Borough expected to reap More than in 2000 new Hope still raises the second Low est amount in the county through property taxes according to Bor Ough manager Victoria Keller. County government officials were unable to confirm that claim. And new Hope raised that amount with a 39-Mill tax in 1999, the highest millage rate in Central and upper Bucks county. The 2000 budget a Fol Levy a 42-Mfll property tax. A relatively Small number of taxable properties results in the High millage and Low Revenue and new Hope has neither a per capita nor an earned income tax. Similar to new Hope in its his tory and tourist Appeal but with More daily business conducted within its Borders Doylestown is fairly dependent upon the earned income tax which Borough Man Ager John Davis said provides nearly a third of the town s Rev Enue. Davis said the earned income tax is viewed As a fairness Issue since Many who make their Money in Doylestown Don t own property there but St enjoy Bor Ough services. Richard Hirschfield joins the new Hope Council next month and speaking on behalf of him self and the other two incoming Board members Sharyn Reiser and Geraldine deter ice said they would not even consider an earned income tax to help Allevi ate the Borough s fiscal strife. Both parties in this election ran on a no income tax he said. That s not something on the table right lacking an income tax and with property taxes that Only stretch Holiday Story contest winners the winners of the Tate Gencer s fifth Mem Tamby Story left Rachel Anderson of pipers Vilk Jeremy of Mechanicsvlle Pfouth and Monica Norman of Plumsteadville in the Holiday spirit their efforts appear on Page d1 honorable mention selections appear on Page d10. Give a Christmas fund grows the give a Christmas fund helps Bucks Montgomery Center for human services and the Bucks county Opportunity Council make Christmas More enjoyable for our less fortunate neighbors in Bucks and Montgomery counties. On Friday the fund had 29 donors who gave a combined amount of to Date give a Christmas has raised a list of donors appears pm a12. All donors Are listed in the paper unless anonymity is de. From now until Christmas newspaper win publish a cuu Puu to Send in contributions. The Coupon today is on Page d10. All contributions should be sent to give a Christmas the Intelli Gencer . Box 1542, Doylestown a 18901. Please make checks payable to give a Christmas

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