PurelyPA! People celebrate the arrival of a new year in all sorts of creative ways, but one of the many places served by PPL Electric Utilities started a tradition a few years ago that has us charged up. And yes, the pun is intended.

Read on.

We’re proud to support the New Year’s Eve celebration in Sunbury, located on the east bank of the Susquehanna River in Northumberland County, north of Harrisburg.

This celebration holds particular significance for an electric utility because of its connection with Thomas Edison, who organized and licensed electric companies in Shamokin and Sunbury in the early 1880s. Powered by a coal-fired power plant at Fourth and Vine streets, the bustling municipality on July 4, 1883, became the location of the world’s first three-wire electric station where overhead conductors were used throughout the streets. That night, the switch was thrown and a light bulb came to life over the entrance to the City Hotel.

Fast forward 131 years to 2014, and at midnight on Wednesday, they’ll hoist a 15-foot tall light bulb into the night sky to count down the last seconds of the old year and ring in 2015. It’s the third year for the new tradition.

Zach Stotter, development and volunteer coordinator for Sunbury Revitalization Inc., says there will be children’s activities in Cameron Park, tribute rock bands at Fourth and Market, free horse-drawn carriage rides, shuttles for folks from surrounding communities like Lewisburg and Selinsgrove and much more.

Sounds like a great time in a great community!

For more information, visit www.sripa.com or call 570-286-7768.

Lastly, wherever and however you celebrate the arrival of 2015, please do so safely.