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Preparations For Opening Weekend At Knoebels

ELYSBURG — A sign of summer in our area is almost here: Knoebels Amusement Resort opens this weekend in Northumberland County.

Knoebels was a beehive of activity Thursday as workers got the park ready for opening weekend.

Knoebels opens this weekend and spokesperson Joe Muscato says there is still a lot to do.

Employees tested rides and washed every inch of the amusement park.

“Every bench, every ride, every wall of every building, so we’re getting everything all shined up,” Muscato said.

Most of the park’s 60 rides will be open this weekend, including the water rides, the Phoenix and all the rest.

It’s pretty safe to say the highlight of 2014 is going to be the ride that’s been about seven and half years in the making and Knoebels says it’s the only one like it in the world: The Flying Turns.

800,000 Baby Monitor Batteries Recalled

Summer Infant has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage.

Consumers should remove the battery and contact Summer Infant for a replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with the power cord.

Mass merchants, including Babies “R” Us, online retailers and independent juvenile specialty stores, from about February 2010 through 2012 for between $150 to $350.

Battery numbers are:

Snook Sentenced To 20 To 60 Years

MIDDLEBURG — A judge in Snyder County today sentenced a man to 20 to 60 years in prison for killing his grandmother.

Joshua Snook from Sunbury pleaded guilty to homicide charges last month in the death of Bonnie Snook.

Joshua Snook along with his wife went to Bonnie Snook’s house in Beaver Township last year to get a gun, but they got into a fight and Snook ended up stabbing his grandmother to death.

Jennifer Snook has not yet been sentenced.

Volunteers Cleaning Up A Cemetery

SHAMOKIN — Volunteers are pitching in to spruce up a neglected cemetery in Northumberland County.

Close to 50 people, including prison inmates, spent the day raking, mowing and beautifying the Shamokin Cemetery.

The sounds of lawnmowers and weed whackers filled the Shamokin Cemetery as the large-scale cleanup got underway.

“I’ve been walking around picking up limbs so that the guys can mow, also raking leaves away from the ground,” said Barbara Moyer of Shamokin.

Close to 50 volunteers will spend three days cleaning up the Shamokin Cemetery.  The crew includes 17 inmates from the federal prison near Minersville.

“The inmates are able to come out, do some work, give back to the community while they’re still under supervision,” said Warden Jeff Krueger, FCI Schuylkill.

Warden Krueger says all of the inmates are low-level offenders who are within two years of release.

This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life

Spring turkey season is just around the corner and this week we’re going to take you on an early morning scouting trip in Wyoming County.  Plus, watch as Susan Gallagher of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center releases some flying squirrels back into the wild.  We’ve got all that plus an “Outdoor Night” update and a product giveaway, and it’s all Sunday night at 6:30.

Troopers: Missing Man Found

UPDATE: According to state police in Dunmore, Biondi was found safe Wednesday morning in Clinton County.

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — State police in Lackawanna County are looking for a man who they believe is in danger.

Troopers said Michael Biondi, 28, from Jefferson Township went missing from his family Tuesday night.

According to authorities, the man left his home around 8:30 p.m. driving a white Hyundai Elantra.  Troopers believe he could be in Snyder County.

Authorities said Biondi has a brain injury and should not be driving.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call state police.

Wham Cam: What is Earth’s Speed Around the Sun

In honor of Earth Day, Meterologist Joe Snedeker heads to a school in Northumberland County to talk about our planet.  He asks the faculty and students: approximately how fast is our Earth moving in space around the sun.