Blue Ridge town hall set for Monday, June 12

SAVE THE DATES – Town hall meeting on plan to transform Blue Ridge Country Club into a retirement-style housing community with almost 350 units will be held this Monday, June 12 at Spring Gate in the Village, which is the former church located across from St. Thomas Roasters coffeehouse in Linglestown. The event will promptly start at 7 pm.

The town hall is especially for citizens who have no idea how government goes about approving or rejecting proposals like the one local developer Triple Crown Corporation needs to move forward with the Blue Ridge project.

Ironically, the Lower Paxton supervisors will discuss the Blue Ridge plan the next day (Tuesday June 13) during their monthly workshop meeting that will start at 6 pm at the Municipal Center on Prince Street.

Check back for more details about Monday’s Blue Ridge town hall.

CLICK HERE if you have no idea what this is about or need a quick refresher.
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New social network is perfect companion to Linglestown Gazette

If you want more local gossip and community news about the Linglestown area and Lower Paxton, a free private social network called Nextdoor is something you need to check out – now.

The page for our area, Nextdoor Linglestown, has been growing like crazy in recent months because your neighbors are finding out about lost pets, getting tips on who to hire to power wash their deck or paint a bedroom, learning what doctors and dentists are top notch, and receiving alerts when a bear is roaming around a neighborhood.

This online community takes sharing the latest at the fence with your neighbor and puts it on steroids. Seriously!

Plus, folks are using it to sell household items and their services. Heck, I found a great person who did a wonderful job taking care of my beloved dog when I recently took a vacation.

All you need to get started is to sign up for a free log-in. Yup, it’s free. CLICK HERE to join Nextdoor Linglestown, and then be sure to share it with your friends and family who live in your neighborhood.
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Disclaimer – Linglestown Gazette receives no compensation for promoting Nextdoor. And if you’re curious, CLICK HERE to learn how Nextdoor makes money.

CD, LP ballot set for fall election

A small number of voters in the Linglestown area made their way to the polls Tuesday for the primary election to nominate Republican and Democratic candidates for the fall vote.

For Lower Paxton’s two seats on the Board of Supervisors, Republicans Lowman Henry and Chris Judd will face Democrats Jacob Kreider and Catherine Scheib.

For school board, Eric Epstein topped Richard Mazzatesta in both the Republican and Democratic races for a four-year term to represent a region that runs along Lower Paxton’s western border. Odds are good that Epstein secured a second term on the board Tuesday.

There also was a race in the same area for a two-year seat, and Eric Mock and Richard Mazzatesta will face off for this spot in the fall.

For the school board seat that represents most of Lower Paxton, Justin Warren and Pamela Pertillar won nominations for the fall election.

LP supervisors race contested on GOP ballot

Editorial by Bill Bostic, publisher of Linglestown Gazette

Two seats are up for grabs on the Lower Paxton Twp. Board of Supervisors this election season with Supervisors Bill Seeds and Bill Hornung opting to not seek re-election.

Fortunately, three solid candidates are on the Republican ballot in Tuesday’s primary election. The two Democrats in the race – Jacob Kreider and Catherine Scheib – will get on the fall ballot as long as no one mounts a last-minute write-in bid .

Best known among the Republicans is Lowman Henry, who previously served as a township supervisor and county commissioner. Beyond being an experienced local official, he has been actively involved with the Colonial Park Rotary Club, including serving a term as president and leading club’s effort to erect a clock in the Linglestown square.

Chris Judd and Timothy Pramik, the other Republicans on the ballot, don’t have the Henry’s experience in township affairs, but both have been involved in the community. Judd is finishing his stint on the Central Dauphin School Board and Pramik has been a firefighter with Colonial Park Fire Co. #1 for 47 years.

Judd has teamed up with Henry on the campaign trail and both of them have been endorsed by the Dauphin County Republican Party. Meanwhile, Pramik appears to be banking on support from the firefighting community and is being aided by some of the same folks who helped state Sen. John DiSanto win his seat last fall.

Henry’s experience in public office and civic affairs would be a valuable addition to the board. I’m not in a position to endorse either Judd or Pramik because I haven’t talked to either one of them.

CLICK HERE for more information from PennLive’s voters’ guide about the Republican candidates.

WARNING: CD taxpayers asked to make $189 million decision in the dark

Editorial by Bill Bostic, publisher of Linglestown Gazette

You probably share with me a strong dislike for making important decisions on the fly, especially when information needed to make good decisions is lacking. Sadly, this is the situation Central Dauphin taxpayers find themselves facing in Tuesday’s primary election.

I filled out an absentee ballot for the primary election a few days ago and discovered that I had no idea who was running for school board in my area. Thanks to Google, I found the names of two candidates but scant information on their background and campaign platforms.

This is outrageous because the nine, unpaid citizens elected to the school board are charged with running a $189 million enterprise that’s funded with our hard-earned tax dollars. More importantly, they make decisions that impact the quality of education that our community’s students receive.

I applaud all the folks who are running for school board. They’re not the problem. The culprit is the lack of a news organization to keep an eye on one of the state’s largest school districts. As President Trump often tweets, “Sad!”

Currently, I’m not able to do this because I work a full-time job. The Patriot-News and PennLive had been doing it until the company’s owners pulled the plug on covering day-to-day happenings of local governments and school districts.

The lack of news coverage in our community needs to be fixed for our community and school district to thrive. Citizens have been kept in the dark too long already.

I’m looking at a possible solution for providing more local news on Linglestown Gazette and hope to roll out details in the near future. Needless to say, citizens will need to pitch in a few bucks a month to make this happen.

In the meantime, below is a list of school board candidates in Tuesday’s primary election. By the way, some of the races likely will be decided Tuesday because all candidates cross-filed to get listed on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

Maybe you’ll have more luck getting the lowdown on these folks than I did before you head to your polling place.
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Region 1 – Penbrook, Paxtang and Swatara Twp. (vote for up to two candidates)

Jeanne Webster, incumbent (appointed in March, 2014)
Beth Sviben
Brian Faleshock, incumbent

Regions 2 – Middle Paxton Twp. and along western border of Lower Paxton Twp. (4-year term)

Eric Epstein, incumbent  (PennLive article)
Richarad Mazzatesta  (Facebook page)

Regions 2 – Middle Paxton Twp. and along western border of Lower Paxton Twp. (2-year term)

Eric Mock, incumbent  (PennLive article)
Richard Mazzatesta  (Facebook page)

Region 3 – most of Lower Paxton and West Hanover townships

Justin Warren
Pamela Pertillar
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Note: PennLive recently published a voters’ guide that has background information on candidates. It’s helpful but does not have the level of information that a reporter or two covering the district would provide.

Updated with link to voters’ guide.

Vote to set stage for medical marijuana in Lower Paxton

Although it doesn’t clearly say it on the meeting agenda, Lower Paxton Township supervisors are expected Tuesday evening to designate areas where businesses in the medical marijuana industry that’s gearing up in Pennsylvania can set up shop.  (The planned vote is listed under old business as Ordinance 17-05 with no mention of medical marijuana.)

Municipal officials across the state are doing the same thing so they’re prepared if a medical marijuana entrepreneur approaches them for permission to locate a manufacturing facility or dispensary in their area. No proposed facilities have been discussed to date during public meetings in Lower Paxton.

The proposal would allow growing and manufacturing operations to be located in the industrial park that is south of Union Deposit Road along I-83 and along a stretch of Rt. 22 on the eastern side of the township. Meanwhile,  dispensaries would be allowed along the commercial district on Jonestown Road/Rt. 22 and near I-81 in the Linglestown area.

By the way, the marijuana that will be prescribed by doctors starting next year for cancer, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease and several other “serious medical conditions” isn’t the type that is smoked. The drug can be dispensed only in pill, oil, liquid, cream, solution or vaporization form – sorry, no dry leaves and little to no marijuana buzz will occur.

The supervisors will meet at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4 at the municipal center at 425 Prince Street. Meetings are also televised on Comcast and Verizon cable systems.

LP to get tasers, better PR and antiques in 2017

To kick off 2017, here are recent actions taken by the folks who govern Lower Paxton Township. Thanks go out to members of Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better known as SWAN, for keeping an eye on the township’s affairs.

*  Lower Paxton Township police will be equipped with Tasers at a cost of $65,000 to better protect officers.

  The township supervisors recently approved a 2017 operating budget that totaled about $56 million and held the line on the property tax rate. In a related matter, most township employees are in line to get a 2.5 percent cost-of-living-allowance pay hike.

*  After some bad experiences dealing with ABC27 News, township officials are looking to hire a public relations person to work on the township’s newsletter and website, deal with the media, serve as a liaison between the township and local organizations, and coordinate some in-house activities.

*  Devonshire Memorial Church is seeking permission from the township to construct a community recreational center on their property located along Devonshire Road between Costco and Spring Gate Winery. Church and township officials are trying to determine how to best address a regulatory issue to allow the project to move forward.

  The township’s Friendship Center will undergo several renovation projects that include adding a climbing wall, renovating two large rooms, installing some new flooring, and doing painting and electrical work. The supervisors have approved construction contracts for just over $400,000 so far, and other contracts will be finalized this year.

*  The Zoning Hearing Board recently issued a ruling that clears the way for an antique store to set up shop in the Linglestown square in one of the houses across from Eagle Hotel. No word yet on when the store will open.

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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. For times and locations, CLICK HERE and then click the schedule that appears. (It says 2014, but the same schedule is used every year.)

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.

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.

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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Photo credit:  PennLive.com

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.