‘Fast Three’: Pioneer Delays Fall Sports; Power’s Back (Mostly) in MontCo; and Barge, Be Gone

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Pioneer Athletic Conference fall sports on hold

The Pioneer Athletic Conference, in an e-mail from President Dr. Bill Ziegler distributed Thursday (Aug. 6, 2020) at about noon, said it “has voted to delay the start” of the Fall 2020 sports season. The conference includes the Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Boyertown, Spring-Ford, and Perkiomen Valley school districts. Read the letter here.

“This will allow our school districts ample time to decide on their direction and participation in sports this fall. This is especially important as some schools are still deciding on whether to hold learning in-person, virtual, or in a hybrid environment,” it added. Consequently, the start of fall practices and heat acclimation have been postponed until Sept. 7 (Monday). Athletic competitions and games won’t begin until Sept. 25.

Most PECO customers in MontCo have power again

Most PECO customers in MontCo have power again
Photo from PECO Energy

As of Thursday at 10:30 a.m., PECO Energy reported only 2,620 of its Montgomery County customers remained without power as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias. That’s down from a high of 40,000 county properties PECO reported as lacking power Tuesday (Aug. 4) at 10 p.m. Overall, it added, a total of 425,000 customers were impacted by the storm, with a maximum of 307,000 customers during its peak.

Relying on I-676 in Center City? It’s back

If you commute into Philadelphia, and before the storm relied on the Vine Street Expressway (Interstate 676) to get you to work and home again, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says you can rely on it once more.

PennDOT as of Thursday at 1:44 p.m. reported it had successfully relocated three barges that were lodged on the north side of the interstate bridge over the Schuylkill River. That prompted it to close much of the highway. It’s been inspected, declared “structurally sound,” and is open to traffic. Read the release here.