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Bill Bostic

About Bill Bostic

Bill Bostic is the founder and publisher of the Linglestown Gazette.

Longtime LP leader passes away

Longtime Lower Paxton Supervisor Bill Hawk passed away Saturday.

He served as a supervisor for over 20 years and was the board chairman during most of those years. This spring he was elected as president of a statewide association of township officials.

“Hawk was proud that the Lower Paxton supervisors always tried to be a ‘listening board’ whenever citizens had opinions and ideas to share at meetings or during private conversations,” said Bill Bostic, publisher and editor of Linglestown Gazette. “He was a true public servant and a man that I count as a role model. Bill will be greatly missed.”

“Bill’s impact on Lower Paxton has been immeasurable,” said Lowman Henry, chairman of the township Board of Supervisors. “Lower Paxton developed into a major township over his years in office.”

“Bill made sure the township grew in an orderly fashion. He touched every facet of life in Lower Paxton over the last 20 years, and he was supportive of the effort to develop George Park and worked to assist the township’s first responders.”

Township Supervisor Chris Judd remembered Hawk in a Facebook post: “Politics can harden the heart, but I don’t know anyone who could detect an ounce of cynicism in Bill over his many years as a civic leader.”

No funeral plans were available at the time this update was published.

The township will have to fill Hawk’s seat during the next month or so. Contact the township office if you want to apply for the position.

 

 

Linglestown gets auto detailer

By Charles Zinn
Linglestown Gazette intern

CR Automotive Detailing is opening its doors in the Linglestown village in a beautifully remodeled garage in the square.

While it is not fully opened yet, customers can come and get car washes at 50-percent off this Friday and Saturday only.

“You get all our CR wash packages and any à la carte items” said Cameron Shirk, a manager at the store.

This will only apply to car washes, as there will not be price drop for car detailing. He also said this week is a training week, so service will be a little slower than when the business is fully up and running.

Karl Martin of Lower Paxton Township said he was very pleased with the car washes at CR and is considering getting a membership for his household.

“Our grand opening is still up in the air. We’re not sure yet, but our soft opening is this upcoming Monday,” said Shirk. He expects the grand opening to happen sometime around July.

The doors will officially open up at CR Automotive Detailing this Monday, but if you’re looking to get your car washed at a lower price, make sure to stop at the shop either today or tomorrow!
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Photos provided by CR Automotive Detailing

Wegmans coming to East Shore?

By Bill Bostic

Linglestown Gazette summer intern Charles Zinn has gotten to the bottom of the ongoing controversy over Wegmans adding a second store in our area. In short, it’s not happening anytime soon.

A Wegmans official in the public relations department said there are no plans for building a Wegmans on the East Shore, unless you count the Lancaster area as part of the shore area.

Not only that, but the rumor that Wegmans doesn’t build stores within a 50-mile radius of each other has been debunked.

Here are the main criteria that must be met for a second store to be added to an area like the Harrisburg region:

1. The site must be large enough to accommodate a big-box store and have adequate parking, which requires a huge lot.

2. The location must be easy to find and get to.

3. When it comes to population density, the company looks for a high volume of people, both for customers and the employees that will serve them.

The East Shore at a minimum doesn’t meet #3 because out-of-towners don’t consider the Susquehanna River to be a dividing line when figuring out population density. The store on the West Shore counts folks on the East Shore as potential customers.

So, get used to driving the 25-30 minutes it takes in light to moderate traffic to get to Wegmans in Silver Spring Township for the foreseeable future.
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Charles Zinn contributed to this story.
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Photo from The Carlisle Sentinel

 

 

Gazette Sports Chat – Meet CD Rams new boys b-ball coach

For the first time in a decade, the Central Dauphin Rams have a new head coach for the boys basketball team – and there’s a buzz around town that good things are in the works.

Gazette Sports Chat host Joe Gilloway recently set up shop at St. Thomas Roasters Coffee House in Linglestown to interview Wayne Fletcher.

Without a doubt, investing 20 minutes to watch this video from state to finish will be a worthwhile use of your precious time.

Why? Because Coach Fletcher is the real deal and has a plan for sometime soon putting a product on the floor that will fill the CD High gym with fans like days gone by.

By the way, this episode was recorded in late April 2018.

 

 

 

 

‘For Sale’ sign concerns youth soccer group

The appearance of a “for sale” sign at Sports City Harrisburg indoor soccer facility has raised eyebrows among parents and coaches affiliated Capital Area Soccer Association, or CASA. The area’s largest youth soccer organization has been based at Sports City for about three years.

Concerns that the group would lose its home base went through the roof when an article in Central Penn Business Journal quoted the landlord saying CASA may be leaving the facility.

To get the full story, CLICK HERE for a report filed with PennLive.com by independent journalist Bill Bostic.

 

 

 

 

Another CD tax hike is in the works

Central Dauphin’s school board is on a course to adopt a property-tax hike for the sixth consecutive year.

CLICK HERE to get up to speed with a report filed by independent journalist Bill Bostic for PennLive.com.

School board members Richard Mazzatesta, Eric Esptein and Justin Warren said earlier this week that the board will discuss in June ways to reduce the proposed 2.8 percent tax increase.

The key meeting on this issue is scheduled for June 11, which is the only time the board will be in one room prior to gathering on June 25 to take a final vote on the nearly $200 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

The Gazette will attempt to do a video interview with Mazzatesta and Epstein soon after the Memorial Day weekend to discuss the budget. They have been lobbying the board to hold the line on the tax rate this year.

 

 

CD East High dedicates sports complex gateway

The Central Dauphin School District community gathered Monday to dedicate a new gateway to a 14-field athletic complex on the CD East High campus.

The gateway is named after David Alexander, who was a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1964 and went on to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He served in Vietnam, where he lost his life in service to his country.

The project was fully funded with private money, said Ford Thompson, president of the Central Dauphin School Board.

Marty Gruver, a classmate of David’s at East High, spearheaded the project that took several years to take shape.

In addition to the gateway, David’s memory lives on with an annual award given to an East High male senior athlete.

Marty gives a brief backgrounder on David and the sports complex gateway in the video below.

 

 

Ted’s Bar & Grill visits Gazette Sports Chat

Gazette sports director Joe Gilloway visits with the co-owner of Ted’s Bar & Grill, Romeo LeMarco, in this episode of Gazette Sports Chat that was recorded on May 9, 2019.

The sports bar is a big backer of Central Dauphin athletics and was the first sponsor to sign on to support the Gazette’s sports department after it was started last summer.

Please take a few minutes to learn about the offerings at Ted’s, including a top-notch catering service, daily promotions and live music.

Next up on Gazette Sports Chat is an interview with the new Central Dauphin Rams boys basketball head coach, Wayne Fletcher. Look for this episode to be published sometime in the next week or so.

 

 

 

 

Reserve your spot in Memorial Day parade

On May 28, 2018 at 1 p.m. American Legion Post 272 will sponsor our 99th parade.

This parade will pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. A parade has been conducted by our American Legion Post every year since the first one on September 6, 1919.

The Linglestown Area Civic Association will again hold the Linglestown Memorial Day Mile run/walk at 12 noon. Linglestown Road from the Linglestown Firehouse to Balthasar Street will be closed from 11:45 a.m. until the parade ends at approximately 3 p.m.

Please pre-register to participate in the parade by contacting the Post Commander at commander.post.272@gmail.com

We appreciate the participation of all who help celebrate those veterans who have gone before us.

Robert H. Hoke, Linglestown Post 272, was chartered on 24 October 1919, and is one of the largest veteran organizations in Central Pennsylvania with over 800 Legionnaires.

The American Legion- was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1919; today it has over 1.75
million members.

The Department of Pennsylvania American Legion- is headquartered in nearby
Wormleysburg.

For Additional Information Contact:
Ken Stambaugh, Commander
American Legion Post 272
505 N. Mountain Rd.
Linglestown, PA 17112
Commander.post.272@gmail.com

CD Rams record walk-off win over Mifflin County

As Yogi Berra once opined, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Nowhere was that more apparent than a beautiful Tuesday afternoon at Central Dauphin High School as the Rams baseball team pulled off a come from behind seventh inning victory over the visiting Huskies of Mifflin County.

After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Rams wasted no time heating up the bats. After a Scotty McManamon double, centerfielder, Troy Schreffler (2-2, 2B, HR, 4 RBI,) launched his third round-tripper of the year with a towering ball to left.

Mifflin County would add four runs in the third inning off starter Jack Clemente.

The Rams stayed relaxed and answered in the bottom of the third inning to cut the deficit to 6-5. Left fielder Anthony Dorris led off with a walk and stole second. Mifflin County then committed an error, allowing Dorris to score as Dustin Sites, who walked, and Scotty McManamon advanced. Schrefflers sacrifice fly would plate Sites, and then Christopher Smith (2-3, RBI) smacked a laser that scored McManamon.

Mifflin County pushed a run across in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 lead.

After a few missed opportunities, the Rams came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. McManamon led off with a walk, stole second and third to set up the tying run. After a Troy Schreffler walk and defensive indifference that allowed him to advance to second, Mifflin County played the odds and walked the hot hitting Smith to load the bases and set up a force play.

That was just what senior catcher Carson Beleski needed. After falling behind with a 1-2 count, Beleski got just enough of his bat on the pitch and the ball dribbled down the first base line as McManamon raced home. The throw to force McManamon out at home went wide of the catcher, allowing Schreffler to sprint home with the game winner!

Reilly Shafer, a freshman, entered the game in relief of Clemente and held the Huskies bats in check over the next four innings, striking out four and scattering four hits to earn his first varsity win.

The Rams are back in action on Thursday at home against Commonwealth rival Red Land at 4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Rams upend Panthers in Four Diamonds baseball game

By Brian Zellers, Special to Linglestown Gazette

The third annual Four Diamonds on the diamond game took place Monday at Lebanon Valley College’s McGill Field and saw the CD High Rams outduel rival CD East High Panthers 8-0.

The Rams got on the board in the first inning scoring two runs when Scotty McManamon (3-4, 2 runs, RBI) singled home Cameron Scott, and Christopher Smith’s sacrifice fly plated McManamon.

Those runs proved to be all the offense CD would need with lights out Dylan Sims on the mound. Sims, earning his second win of the season, went six strong innings, striking out three while allowing only four hits.

Strong infield defense and great catches by outfielders Troy Schreffler and Logan Galloway helped the effort.

The Rams offense was far from done though. Carson Beleski’s towering three-run home run in the fourth inning added some insurance as did Christian Bate’s (2-2, 2 RBI) two out, two run single.

The Rams are back in action on Tuesday at home against Mifflin County and Thursday again at home against Red Land. Both games begin at 4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

CD boys lacrosse nails down 9th win

Story submitted by CD Rams boys lacrosse team

The Central Dauphin Rams met the Mechanicsburg Wildcats at Landis Field on Thursday night to take their record to 7-6 in the Mid Penn Conference, 9-7 overall.

Central Dauphin controlled play for much of the first three quarters, but Mechanicsburg played hard and the score stayed close. The score evened at 5-5 in the third quarter on a CD own goal off a failed defense to goalie hand off.

CD kept their composure through a very lopsided extra man ratio where Mechanicsburg was man up at least three times as much as the Rams.

The Rams got their rhythm late in the game and with five unanswered goals to finish out the game with a final score of 10-5.

Nick Koussis led all scorers with 5 G & 1A, Brenden Yingling had 2 G & 4 A, Max Anderson had 1 G, Kyle Mayberry 1 G and Derreck Hillman had 1 G.

The defense did a good job of controlling Mechanicsburg in 6 v 6 situations and David DeSousa played very solid in goal to help assure the win. Brian Madden got better at the faceoff x as the game went on and that helped CD control the game and the scoring.

CD next match up is at Cedar Crest on Monday May 7th at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Lower Paxton to assess new environmental fee

By Bill Bostic
Gazette editor & independent journalist

The impact of federal clean water regulations is about to take a chunk out of every property owner’s wallet in Lower Paxton Township – and there’s nothing local officials can do stop this environmental freight train.

The Lower Paxton township supervisors have retained a financial consultant to sort through options for addressing stormwater runoff, and Tuesday they approved spending $65,000 for the consultant to help create a stormwater utility fee to fund a remediation program.

It looks like property owners will have to cough up between $128 and $192 a year after the fee is enacted.

The township’s consultant has agreed to conduct public information meetings to explain the proposed environmental fee and to field feedback from citizens.

The money will be used to reduce the amount of runoff material that drains into the Paxton Creek and eventually the Susquehanna River. If this environmental program works, stream water will be cleaner which in turn will help to make the waters in the Chesapeake Bay healthier.

CLICK HERE for a story by independent journalist Bill Bostic about Tuesday’s vote and HERE if you want to dig into the nitty-gritty details of this issue.

Managing stormwater runoff and the potential high costs associated with the environmental initiative have been lurking around for years. Digging through the archives of Linglestown Gazette produced a link to an article published in 2011 by The Patriot-News.

Lower Paxton isn’t the only municipality dealing with this environmental headache. Many other communities in the Susquehanna River watershed are impacted too, and some of them have already established a stormwater utility fee or raised property taxes.

CLICK HERE for a PennLive article published a year ago that looks at how nearby communities are confronting this situation.