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Ho Ho Ho! 5 FREE ways to ring in the holiday season

Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm Tree-Lighting Festivities at the Friendship Center of Lower Paxton Township will feature a sing-along of holiday favorites in anticipation of Santa arriving by fire truck. Enjoy free refreshments, arts and crafts for kids, and free door prizes from local businesses. (map)

Sunday, Dec. 4 at 6 pm The Linglestown Christmas Carol-Sing and Tree-Lighting will be held in the village square thanks to Linglestown Area Civic Association. Following the activities at the square, the Linglestown Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a homemade cookies and hot chocolate event at the fire company’s social hall, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be there to greet children. CLICK HERE for more details.

Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 18, 12:30 – 4:30 pm Festival of Trees will be held at Fort Hunter Mansion & Park in the Tavern House. Get more information by clicking HERE, and view a map by clicking HERE.

Sunday, Dec. 18 … The annual Santa Run is again on Linglestown Fire Company’s events list. Look for signs to be posted to mark the location and time when Jolly Ol’ St. Nick will show up in your Linglestown-area neighborhood.

Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11 pm Jingle Linglestown, the village’s New Year’s celebration, will be held in the square. CLICK HERE for more info.

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Five things to know if you live in Lower Paxton

As Thanksgiving approaches, here are news briefs to feast on about recent Lower Paxton Township government meetings. Details were provided by members of Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better known as SWAN.

Townhouse community approved … Township supervisors recently gave a thumbs-up for Triple Crown Corporation to build Wynchase, a townhouse community near Olde Liberty Square in Colonial Park. The plan calls for 14 townhouses and a single-family home to be constructed along Queen and Byron avenues. (map)

Charter school is coming to LP … Infinity Charter School has received the township’s OK to set up shop on a Locust Lane property near ABC bowling center.

There were a number of concerns raised about increased traffic and the location being in a primarily residential neighborhood. After discussing the proposal, the township supervisors voted to approve the plan because all township zoning requirements were met and the state had issued a highway occupancy permit to the school.

CLICK HERE for additional information about the charter school’s plans to remodel and expand a building that previously housed a health food store and more recently a Hindu temple.

Heroes Grove update … Plans are in the works to put a cover over the stage and improve seating at the Heroes Grove amphitheater next to the Friendship Center in Brightbill Park. The committee working on the project told township officials that the improvements will make the amphitheater more desirable to be rented for performing arts events and other outdoor activities. CLICK HERE for details about the planned improvements and fundraising effort.

Parks & Rec news … The Friendship Center will soon undergo an interior construction project to improve the fitness center area and add a large climbing wall. Also, the township recently refinished tennis courts in Brightbill and Koons parks and installed new playground equipment in Kohl Park.

LP receives donation … VFW Post 148 located on Union Deposit Road recently donated $500 to the township. Half of the donation will benefit the police department’s K-9 unit and the other half will be earmarked for the department’s annual Night Out for Public Safety at George Park.
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Traffic concerns stall proposed school on Locust Lane

Infinity Charter School is gearing up to relocate to a property at 5405 Locust Lane (map), which is just west of ABC bowling center. School officials are working with Lower Paxton Township to obtain approval to remodel and expand the existing building that previously housed a health food store and more recently a Hindu temple. The school, currently located in Penbrook, has about 250 students and 30 staff members.

Lower Paxton supervisors last week delayed voting on the plan because state transportation officials might require a flashing school sign on Locust Lane at the school site. Citizens can comment on the proposed project prior to the supervisors deciding whether to grant final approval during their next business meeting on Oct. 4.

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One of two proposed school driveways along Locust Lane with Rosemont Drive in the background.

Officials are concerned the location of the school’s entrance and exit driveways could cause problems with residents turning onto Locust Lane from Rosewood Drive, which intersects Locust Lane directly across from the proposed school site. Over 100 vehicles, including more than 20 buses, are expected to enter and exit the campus every morning and afternoon that the school is in session.

Members of the township’s Planning Commission also had concerns about traffic when they reviewed the plan air jordan 6 sale. Their recommendation for the supervisors to approve the plan included a condition for school officials to seek permission from the state to post school zone signs on Locust Lane.

Infinity is an independent public school located in Central Dauphin School District and is funded with school tax dollars from home districts of its students. It serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
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Watson Fisher with Stray Winds Area Neighbors contributed to this report.

Post updated to describe possible traffic signal on Locust Lane as a flashing school signal.

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Study aims to tame Linglestown Road traffic

The days when Linglestown Road was a country road are long gone. Even though there’s no way to eliminate traffic tie-ups during rush hours, a study that’s about to start could prevent the road, officially referred to as PA Route 39, from turning into another congested area like Route 22 in Lower Paxton Township.

Thanks to a $235,000 gaming grant recently awarded by Dauphin County, regional planners are gearing up to study the Route 39 corridor from the Susquehanna River to about a mile beyond the intersection of Routes 39 and 22.

Traffic counts are underway and talks are taking place to possibly extend the study area into West Hanover and South Hanover townships, said Eric Stump with HRG, an engineering firm in Harrisburg that will lead the study process.

Other studies of the corridor have been done in the past, but this one will take into consideration future development that could take place and how it will impact transportation nike air max 1 lovers, said Eric Epstein, a local activist who helped spearhead the new project.

The study will identify potential improvement projects on Route 39 and intersecting roads. Also, suggestions will be offered on ways local officials could improve traffic flow and safety in the corridor by amending land-use regulations.

Having a fresh study in hand will help local officials obtain money for road projects, said Stump.

The study is expected to 12 to 18 months to complete and meetings for the public to provide input will be scheduled.
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Updated with revised description of focus area for the study and information on how the study will be used.

Linglestown Gazette taking indefinite break

This experiment in publishing local news and community information on the Internet unfortunately has come to an end, at least for now. It recently has become apparent that all the pieces needed to start a media business are not in place and being a one-man operation is not sustainable over the long haul.

Special thanks go out to my wife, Barb, for giving me the time and space to work on this project, Davis Shaver for providing technical assistance on a volunteer basis, Thad D’Ambrosia for helping stage events sponsored by Citizens for CD Schools and the morning gang at St new balance trainers sale. Thomas Roasters for keeping me on the straight and narrow.

And, of course, thanks to all readers and those of you who have provided encouragement and feedback over the years.

I have not ruled out restarting the Gazette at some point because, in my opinion, Linglestown, Lower Paxton Township and nearby communities need a news source that’s totally focused on the area.

Contact me if you want to discuss ideas or pick my brain. You can reach me via email at linglestowngazette@gmail.com.

Regards,
Bill Bostic

Weekend preview for Linglestown area

* Live music at St. Thomas Roasters near the Linglestown square features Rhoads Butt on Friday and Michael Carbon on Saturday, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no admission charge.

* The Ultimate Wrestling Experience is gearing up to present a fantastic lineup of pro wrestling matches Saturday evening at Sports City. The event includes an appearance by WWE legend Kevin Nash. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 pm and the big show is expected to start at 6 pm. CLICK HERE for more info.

* Free Spirit East is Harrisburg’s newest semi-annual consignment event for children’s items and it’s coming to Linglestown next week. CLICK HERE for details about the sale.

* Other events are planned in the greater Linglestown area this weekend. Surf over to the Gazette’s Community Calendar to get in the know.

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McDevitt, CD & CD East student athletes spotlighted

* There’s an interesting twist about the three members of Bishop McDevitt High School boys’ swimming team pictured above – they’re related to each other, compete together on a relay team and have qualified for the state’s biggest meet of the season.

Pictured (L -R) are freshman Jonathan Mata, sophomore Alex Pompei and senior Anthony Pompei. Alex and Anthony are brothers and Jonathan is their cousin and they will be swimming in the 200 medley relay with junior Wendell Banks this weekend in the state championships at Bucknell University.

Also competing at states for Bishop McDevitt will be freshman Jenna Clancy in the girls’ 100 backstroke event.

* Congrats go to Central Dauphin High’s Garrett Peppelman for winning his second state wrestling title last weekend. CLICK HERE for details from PennLive on how he won gold in his final match as a Ram.

* Central Dauphin East senior Chase Edmonds, an all-state football running back, was recently named to the Pennsylvania Big 33 roster new balance 855. Also, he was honored this week by the Colonial Park Rotary Club as the high school’s student-of-the-month. CLICK HERE for more from PennLive about Chase’s outstanding athletic accomplishments.
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Tom Mata, Jr. submitted information about Bishop McDevitt’s swimming team.

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The week ahead – 5 things you need to know

#1 … Central Dauphin School Board will meet Monday evening at 7 pm in the lecture hall at CD East High. Agenda items include a presentation on the budget for next school year and the appointment of a new school board member to represent Swatara Township and Penbrook and Paxtang boroughs. CLICK HERE to view the agenda.

#2 … Lower Paxton Township Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold their monthly workshop meeting Tuesday evening starting at 6 pm in the Municipal Center, 425 Prince Street. One item up for discussion is a proposed committee to help the township celebrate the 250th anniversary during 2017. CLICK HERE for the meeting agenda. By the way, the meeting will be broadcast live on cable TV – Verizon channel 22 and Comcast channel 21.

Also, you can get a rundown of recent township meetings by clicking HERE for the latest newsletter from Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better known as SWAN.

#3 … Central Dauphin and Linglestown middle schools will present their spring musical “The Wizard of Oz” at the CD Middle School auditorium this Thursday through Saturday, March 13 – 15. CLICK HERE for show times and HERE to purchase tickets.

#4 … The Central Dauphin Hign School Band Booster Association is proud to host the 7th annual IndoorRAMa this Saturday, March 15, at the high school. This indoor competition will feature over 40 drumlines and indoor guard and dance groups, including a special appearance by the Penn State Indoor Drumline. CLICK HERE for event info.

#5 … Last but not least, the zany world of pro wrestling is returning to Linglestown this Saturday, March 15, at Sports City on Linglestown Road. The Ultimate Wrestling Experience has a long list of indie wrestling superstars lined up to appear at Knight of Glory 3.

Linglestown Mayor, portrayed by Gazette publisher B², is expected to make an appearance. He will be looking to settle the score for the beat downs that he endured at earlier shows. CLICK HERE for a preview of the mayor’s match, and HERE for show time and ticket info.
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Linglestown Weekend Preview

Here’s this weekend’s menu of stuff to do just beyond your backyard. Enjoy!

Fun in the sun? … There’s a buzz in the air as temps are predicted to climb into the 40s over the weekend and low 50s early next week. Plus, be sure to move your clocks ahead one hour SATURDAY night with the return of daylight saving time.

Prep that honey-do list … Head to the Pennsylvania Home Show time at the Farm Show if your abode is in need of repairs, renovations or simply a fresh look. The show runs through Sunday and there’s free parking everyday.

Music sampler … Two all-time favorites are scheduled to be on stage at St. Thomas Roasters coffee house this weekend – Sterling Koch and his amazing steel guitar on FRIDAY and the always entertaining folk music group Rayzen Kane on SATURDAY, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover.

And, live acoustic music by the DeAngelo Trio is being offered SATURDAY by the folks at Linglestown Gathering Place, which is located across the street from St. Thomas Roasters in the home next to the former La Piazza restaurant, 8 – 10 pm, free. Plus, check this out – this week’s free snackage is Rosemary crust pizza with Cremini & Merlot sauce and Brie.

Shopping opp #1 … First Impressions Boutique, Gifts & Day Spa in Linglestown is offering a free gift with $25 purchase of BareMinerals make-up or skin care. This offer is good through Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Shopping opp #2 … Simply Chic Consignment Boutique is holding a huge Winter Clearance Sale. The shop, which specializes in women’s fashions and jewelry, is located on Linglestown Road about halfway between the village and Colonial Golf & Tennis Club.

More stuff to do … Event info has been rolling into the Gazette at a good clip of late, so be sure check out the Community Calendar from time to time. Better yet, CLICK HERE to start receiving free email calendar updates.
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Pictured is the DeAngelo Trio who will be appearing SATURDAY at Linglestown Gathering Place.

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School musical season starts this week

High school musicals are fun to go to even if you don’t have kids or grandkids strutting their stuff on stage. Check out the local offerings over the next three weeks.

March 7 – 9 … Central Dauphin High School this week will present “Pirates of Penzance.” CLICK HERE for info.

March 6 – 8 … Harrisburg Christian School presents “The Wizard of Oz.” CLICK HERE for info.

March 13 – 15 … Central Dauphin and Linglestown middle schools will present their spring musical “The Wizard of Oz” at the CD Middle School auditorium. CLICK HERE for show times and HERE to purchase tickets.

March 21 – 23 … Central Dauphin East High School is gearing up to present “Pippin.” CLICK HERE for show times and HERE to purchase tickets.

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Weekend Preview & Community Updates

Tired of winter? Me too, but spring is only 20 days away. Meanwhile, have a great weekend!

Saturday starter … The folks at New Love In Christ Church in Paxtonia will hold their fantastic all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast this SATURDAY, 7 – 11 am. They put out a nice spread that includes omelets made to order. CLICK HERE for details.

Get into art … St. Thomas Roasters coffee house will host an art show this weekend by Messiah College undergrads Jesi Zinn and Jeff Tan entitled Hé Mù, which means “peaceful relations” in Chinese, free admission.

Local students honored … Colonial Park Rotary Club recently honored Allie Amstutz from Central Dauphin High School, Kristen Evans from Dauphin County Technical School and Justus Steele from Central Dauphin East High School as students of the month.

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Pictured above (L-R) are Colonial Park Rotary Club Vocational Service Chairman John Stoeckle, Kristen Evans, Justus Steele and Colonial Park Rotary Club President Lowman Henry. (Missing from photo – Allie Amstutz)

Recognizing citizenship … Lower Paxton Lions Club recently presented Sofia Tadych of Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) with the club’s Outstanding Citizenship Award. Sofia is an experienced mason and will be assisting preparations for the new clock in the Linglestown square.

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Pictured above (L-R) are Lion and Teacher at DCTS Bob Brightbill, Sofia’s mother Marianne Tadych, Sofia Tadych, Lion John Osuch and Sofia’s sister Renee Tadych.

vapingE-cigs coming … Vaping & e-cigarette store is replacing short-lived Voodoo Mike’s Variety Store at the Linglestown square roundabout.

Gazette news … Linglestown Gazette publisher Bill Bostic, aka B², is participating in a business mentorship program with Ben Franklin TechCelerator @Carlisle. The goal of the eight-week experience is to shake out ideas for raising funds to enable the Gazette to better serve the community.

Contests coming … If all goes as planned, two contests with great prizes will be announced in the near future.

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Backyard Gossip: Delectable treats & much, much more

Get ready for fasnachts … New Hope Church, located on Colonial Club Drive near Linglestown, is gearing up to make a huge pile of doughy delights to help kick off the Easter season and to raise money for the church’s mission projects in Swaziland, Africa.

Pick-up times for fasnachts are Monday evening, March 3, or Tuesday morning, March 4. You can order a half dozen for $5 by sending an email to newhopeoffices@verizon.net or calling the church office at (717) 545-3400. (map)

Earlier wake up call? … Central Dauphin School Board will be back in action Monday evening with only routine business appearing on the meeting agenda. The meeting will be held in the lecture hall at Central Dauphin East High School and will start at 7 pm.

The most notable item is a proposal to change the daily start time at Central Dauphin High School from 7:45 to 7:40 am to enable current seniors to meet the state’s requirement for instructional time.

CLICK HERE for a PennLive article that looks at a proposed policy on students’ rights of  expression that will be up for a vote during Monday’s meeting.

Parade coming to Linglestown … There is a good chance that Central Dauphin High School will kick off Homecoming festivities next fall in Linglestown with a parade and after-parade activities. Tentative date for this new event is Sunday, Sept. 28.

Champion athlete … Gazette congrats go out to Rachel McCormick of Central Dauphin High School for winning the Mid Penn Girls’ Diving Championship. CLICK HERE for an interview with Rachel that appeared on PennLive.

Musical anyone? … Believe or not, the season for high school musicals is fast approaching. Central Dauphin High School is presenting “Pirates of Penzance” early next month, including a free matinee performance for senior citizens. CLICK HERE for info.

Park plans approved … Lower Paxton Township supervisors approved a master plan for Koons Park in Linglestown and the undeveloped Wolfersberger Park that borders Wenrich Street just east of the village. But there’s a catch – the township doesn’t have funding to immediately put the plan into action. CLICK HERE for details from PennLive.

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5 cool things to do this weekend in Linglestown & nearby spots

#1 … Kick off your weekend by feasting on mac & cheese named “Awesome” at Smoke BBQ. Read about the dish in a PennLive article by foodie Sue Gleiter.

#2 … Next, do more feasting – this time with your ears – on live music at St. Thomas Roasters. This weekend’s offerings are a wide-ranging solo set by Henry Koretzky on FRIDAY, and bluegrass tunes on SATURDAY by a local group called Rough Edge, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover.

#3 … Hey, why not make it a music marathon weekend by taking in free shows that are part of the Millennium Music Conference. CLICK HERE for the full schedule and locations that include Linglestown’s very own Blue Moose Bar & Grille.

#4 … If you want to hear some cool tunes, Linglestown Gazette publisher B² says go to the Midtown Scholar bookstore in downtown Harrisburg for the Millennium Music Conference show by Cello Fury, FRIDAY, 7 pm (map). This three-piece group does amazing stuff with their stringed instruments! The group is pictured above.

#5 … If you have spring fever, for heaven’s sake go to the Pennsylvania Garden Expo at the Farm Show. CLICK HERE for info.