Penns Creek historian succumbs
April 23. Mifflingburg. Penns Creek historian G. William “Bill” Inch died Sunday morning, 25 days after he was struck by a pickup truck while working in his yard.
His obituary attributed his death at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville to the injuries he suffered in the March 28 accident.
A neighbor said Inch, 70, was removing plastic coverings from lawn ornaments for a spring display in his yard along Route 104 when a pickup truck driven by Catherine Meiser, 65, of Middleburg, lost control on a curve and went off the road just south of Raspberry Street and struck him.
Knoebel’s storms back after flooding
April 29. Elysburg. Nearly eight months and 30,000 man hours in repairs after a historic flood closed Knoebels Amusement Resort, the Elysburg park reopened for the season Saturday, its new attractions drawing fans young and old alike.
The crowd exceeded Knoebels officials’ expectations.
“Today is a wonderful surprise,” said Joe Muscato, Knoebels spokesman. “The turnout has been very encouraging.”
Look around, and it is as though the record flooding that forced Knoebels to close for 10 days in September — with water levels reaching higher than 6 feet in some areas of the park — never happened.
Milton library moves to mansion
April 30. Milton. A new chapter began for the Milton Public Library on Sunday.
As soon as the red ribbon was snipped during the grand opening ceremony at the front of the building, the assembled crowd eagerly gathered inside to tour the 11,000-square-foot structure and the 6 acres that surround it.
The new library, located in the Rose Hill mansion at 541 Broadway, is the largest public property in Milton. The former library on South Front Street had about 4,000 square feet.
200 honor heroes
May 6. Sunbury. World War II re-enactors Jim Radel and Ed Thomas stood in their vintage military uniforms with a crowd of 200 at Saturday’s unveiling of the Northumberland County Hometown Veterans Banners program in Cameron Park.
“It’s a long time coming,” Radel said of the 77 banners lining Market Street between Front and Sixth streets, each bearing the photo, name, era and branch of service, hometown and sponsor of a veteran who served in the U.S. military anytime from the Civil War until today. “This is a good step in spurring more interest in veterans and participation in events.”
Said Thomas: “Our role is to tell their stories and this is a very appropriate way to honor them.”
The program is the brainstorm of a Sunbury Revitalization Inc., committee spearheaded by Elm Street manager Kristen McLaughlin, who visited other communities, such as Williamsport and Lock Haven, that showcase similar banners.