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Bill Bostic

About Bill Bostic

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

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In case you missed it, the Lower Paxton Township supervisors again have received less than desirable media attention. This time it’s for holding a meeting that lasted less than one minute. The Gazette had the story last night on Facebook and Twitter, and WHTM abc27 weighed in with a story tonight.

Bill Seeds (PennLive.com)

The dispute centers on whether longtime supervisor Bill Seeds is a legal resident of the township and eligible to serve out his sixth term of office. He’s not running for re-election and his term ends at the end of this year.

His home in the village of Linglestown apparently has been sold and his wife told the world on Facebook that she is now living in Fenwick Island, Delaware. Bill is living with a son in Lower Paxton Township, according to Mrs. Seeds via Facebook.

As a journalist, I could get help sorting through the legalities of this situation by joining the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA). They have a lawyer on staff that specializes in dealing with situations like the one swirling around Bill Seeds and the entire Board of Supervisors. The annual fee to join for an online news organization is $500.

Bill Bostic, journalist

Honestly, the Gazette doesn’t have the funding to do it. The Gazette is set up as a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania and the application process to become an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is under way. Some commercial sponsorships have been secured and a few readers have become patrons, but the books are bleeding red ink every month.

If 10 readers would donate $5 a month over the next year, the Gazette could join the PNA and immediately get the specialized legal help to get to the bottom of Lower Paxton’s latest public relations dilemma.

At the time this article was written, the Gazette had 6 patrons contributing a total of $39 per month. The telephone call to join PNA will be made if the monthly total grows by $42 per month. (PNA will accept monthly payments of $41 and change toward the $500 annual fee.)

To become a Gazette patron, CLICK HERE and them click the “Become a Patron” button. The crowd-funding website Patreon.com accepts credit and debit cards and payments via PayPal.

Day-Tripping: Two National Parks, Fall Foliage & Fun

Take a day trip with Linglestown American Legion Post 272 …

In just a blink of an eye, a common field in Pennsylvania became a field of honor forever.

Linglestown American Legion Post 272 has graciously extended an invitation for a few Gazette readers to join them on a van trip on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 to that common field in Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 and its 44 passengers launched this tiny town into the world’s spotlight during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Wall of Names at Flight 93 National Memorial

You’ll stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center to take in its stunning architecture, explore the exhibit area and Learning Center, and then stroll the ¼ mile walkway to a wall that memorializes those who perished. From the wall area, you can look out over a field and see Flight 93’s final resting place that is marked by a huge boulder.

And there’s more …

After lunch you’ll travel north another 40 miles to a second stop — The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historical Site. Here you’ll learn about a transportation engineering marvel that was built to get boats on the Erie Canal over a major obstacle — mountains. The stop will include a tour of a house that once was a tavern and a popular stop for rail passengers, an engine house shelter, and a historic bridge.

And if you’re lucky, the hills and dales between Linglestown and our destinations will be ablaze with a palette of fall colors.    

Departure will be from the Linglestown American Legion Post 272 at 505 N. Mountain Road at 9 am sharp, with an arrival time back in Linglestown around 7 pm.

Be sure to reserve your seats ASAP because only 12 spots are available to Gazette readers.

The suggested donation for a non-Legion member is $50, and only $90 per couple. Your donation does not include lunch, but there will be a stop at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Somerset. Deadline for reservation is Oct. 16, 2017. Checks should be made out to Linglestown American Legion Post 272 and mailed to:

Linglestown Legion Van Trip
℅ Linglestown Gazette
6204 Elmer Avenue
Harrisburg, PA  17112

For more information, please call Bill Bostic at (717) 512-0722 or send email to LinglestownGazette@gmail.com.

CD Rams pregame – Keys to victory, game notes/videos.

By Bill Bostic
Gazette sports reporter

CD Rams head coach Glen McNamee

CD Rams head coach Glen McNamee’s keys to victory against Carlisle Thundering Herd …

#1 … Defenders need to stick to their responsibilities when Carlisle goes with tricky run/pass option plays.

#2 … Find a way to contain Carlisle’s “electrifying’ senior wide receiver Gavyn Barnes, #3, when he gets the ball off of passes or on kick returns. He’s made several ESPN-highlight quality plays already this season, according to coach Mac.

#3 … Winning the turnover battle could be key in this game. The Rams may need to force a turnover or two to come out on top.

#4 … Avoid physically breaking down in the second half for the third consecutive week. It’s going to be a hot Friday evening at Landis Field, and the Rams need to come into this one with better fitness and hydration than last week at Wilson.
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Sports reporter Bill Bostic

Bostic’s Game Notes — Tonight’s game is dedicated to families with a fallen military hero, referred to as Gold Star Families. Linglestown American Legion Post 272 motorcycle riders will set a flag line for the Gold Star Families when they are brought onto the field at halftime. … Linglestown Gazette’s independent journalist and sports reporter Bill Bostic will be hosting a tailgate at Landis Field prior to the game. CLICK HERE for details. … The Rams are #9 – up from #10 – in Penlive’s Dandy Dozen ranking. … Look for a post-game interview on Facebook Live with Rams assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Sean Rosler.
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Video Links — Pregame chat with the Rams senior tight end and wide receiver Grant Smith, #10. … Get to know Rams wide receiver coach, Jason Easter. … What did he say??? Rams defensive coordinator Sean Rosler goes into Xs & Os overdrive with Gazette sports reporter Bill Bostic prior to last week’s win at Wilson. Whatever he said worked. Yea!

Vote sets stage for changes at Blue Ridge CC

By Bill Bostic

By the slimmest of margins, a longtime country club on Linglestown Road is one step closer to growing homes and apartment buildings designed for seniors instead of grass.

Lower Paxton Township supervisors approved zoning changes Tuesday night for soon-to-be-closed Blue Ridge Country Club that were proposed by the landowner and developer, Lower Paxton-based Triple Crown Corporation (TCC). Board chairman Bill Hornung, Bill Hawk and Gary Crissman gave thumbs up, while Robin Lindsey and Bill Seeds cast no votes.

TCC has been working with township officials and meeting with the public for over a year to make adjustments to zoning regulations for a planned retirement-style, aging-in-place housing community. The company’s sketch plan (pictured above) includes four five-story luxury apartment buildings, town homes, detached single family homes, a commercial section along Linglestown Road, an assisted-living facility with a memory care unit, and a 30-acre public park.

The idea for the project came from the township supervisors as part of their effort to bring aging-in-place options to Lower Paxton.

The request to TCC came after township officials asked companies that have communities in the area for seniors to consider putting one in Lower Paxton. No one was interested, said Crissman.

The new wrinkle introduced Tuesday by TCC was a restrictive covenant that requires 75 percent of construction be housing, limits the number of dwelling units to a maximum of 370, requires the development plan be consistent with the concept plan (pictured above), and requires 30 acres be devoted to a public park.

“We wanted to provide a level of certainty that the plan that we’ve been presenting is the plan that would get implemented,” said Charlie Courtney, an attorney working with TCC.

TCC will begin to put together a full-blown development plan. Mark DiSanto, CEO of TCC, said it would take three to five months to get a plan ready to submit to the township for review. Once a plan is submitted, it normally takes several months of review by township officials prior to the supervisors getting the plan for final consideration.

If all goes well, a final vote on the plan could happen sometime in the second half of 2018.

Hornung, Crissman and Lindsey were disappointed that TCC plans to only include an assisted living facility but no skilled nursing care.

It’s possible that The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg could expand or the landowner for Sportsmen’s Golf Club could build senior nursing facility, said Hornung.

Crissman also called for the township and citizens to lobby the state for help with traffic congestion and dangerous intersections in the Route 39 corridor.
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* CLICK HERE for a PennLive story and video about TCC’s planned project at Blue Ridge Country Club.

* Linglestown Gazette plans to hold a town hall in the near future for citizens who are interested in pestering state officials for Route 39 improvements. Watch this Facebook page for details.

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Week #3 – Reading Eagle story on CD’s win over Wilson

Scholastic football: Wilson’s comeback falls short

Saturday September 16, 2017 12:01 AM

Football: Central Dauphin vs. Wilson  

 

For a fleeting moment, the comeback that was once unlikely began to feel inevitable.

Wilson trimmed a 22-point deficit to one possession and recovered an onside kick with 8:56 remaining.

Only 25 yards stood between the Bulldogs and a potential tying touchdown.

They never got those yards.

Central Dauphin held on to defeat Wilson 28-20 in a non-league football game at Gurski Stadium Friday night.

“I thought we were going to finish the comeback,” quarterback Connor Uhrig said. “We had a penalty or two and it just set us back. We couldn’t get it done then.”

A golden chance was in Uhrig’s hands.

The senior rolled out to avoid the rush and saw Alex Riedel running free in the end zone. Uhrig’s pass was short and fell incomplete.

Wilson turned it over on downs with 6:09 left and never regained possession.

The Bulldogs couldn’t overcome their early mistakes, which included breakdowns in the secondary and ill-timed penalties.

Central Dauphin quarterback Brady Straub burned Wilson for 245 yards on 11 completions.

Straub threw long TD passes to tight ends Grant Smith and Willy Shuller. Those combined with Mike Wise’s two touchdown runs gave Central Dauphin a 28-6 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter.

Wilson’s defensive line held its own. The Bulldogs struggled to end drives on third and long.”

Blown coverages again,”Wilson coach Doug Dahms said. “Things that we worked on all week. We’re making mistakes. I don’t know the answer other than to keep working”

Wilson (1-2), which couldn’t generate any plays down the field to that point, started to crawl out of the hole.

Abdul MacFoy’s 21-yard touchdown reception on a shovel pass and Iggy Reynoso’s 6-yard TD catch moved Wilson within eight.

Central Dauphin (2-1) had three personal foul penalties during that stretch. Two led to Reynoso’s score and the third allowed Wilson to kick off in Rams territory.

When Sean McAndrew recovered the onside kick, everything was going the Bulldogs’ way.

“We hoped,” Dahms said. “We still had the shot. We had it in the end zone. He dropped it. What are you going to do?”

A holding penalty and a sack impeded the drive and Wilson faced fourth-and-12 from Central Dauphin’s 13.

Uhrig couldn’t connect with Riedel and that was it.

“I want that one back,” Uhrig said. “I’m a senior, a leader on this team. I should make that throw.”

Wilson’s QB didn’t miss many. He was 23-for-32 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Reynoso was held in check for the third consecutive game with only 43 yards rushing. Wilson used short passes instead of relying on the running game.

Wilson’s slow start is so rare it makes one research the history books.

Central Dauphin has won three in a row against the Bulldogs. The last time they lost to an opponent three consecutive seasons was Pottsville from 1992-94.

They’ve lost two regular season games for the first time since 2007.

Wilson opens league play against Warwick at home next week. The Bulldogs’ 64-game league winning streak will be at stake.

“We’ve got to get better,” Dahms said. “That’s the bottom line. We can’t keep making mistakes. We’ve got to tighten up.”
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Contact Jason Guarente: 610-371-5079 or jguarente@readingeagle.com.


JASON GUARENTE | REPORTER
Reporter Jason Guarente covers the Reading Royals, high school soccer and track for the Reading Eagle.
Phone: 610-371-5058
Email: jguarente@readingeagle.com

Planned Rt. 39 shopping plaza takes step forward

By Bill Bostic

Forest Hills Commons, a proposed shopping plaza behind the Sheetz store at the intersection of Linglestown and Colonial roads, was advanced by Lower Paxton’s Planning Commission to the Board of Supervisors for review and a final vote. Commission members unanimously voted to recommend approval of the plan Wednesday night.

If approved by the supervisors, the plan calls for about 70,000 square feet of retail space on a 13-acre tract. The neighborhood plaza could attract two or three restaurants, a bank branch and a mix of other offerings. No fast-food restaurants or discount retailers are planned, said the developer, Eric Kessler of Vanguard Realty Group.

Prior to the vote, local activist Eric Epstein said there are outstanding informational items on environmental issues and some open question on the findings of a traffic impact study submitted by Kessler, who is a Lower Paxton resident. Epstein, who heads up a local watchdog group called SWAN, said he and SWAN weren’t in a position to endorse or oppose the plan until Kessler provides the requested information.

Epstein went on to thank Kessler for willingly meeting two times to discuss his project with SWAN members. Kessler also attended a town hall meeting sponsored by Linglestown Gazette on Forest Hills Commons and the planned retirement-style community at Blue Ridge Country Club. “This cooperation sets a new paradigm moving forward,” said Epstein.

Also, Linglestown resident Bill Bostic asked township officials to consider asking Kessler to make a contribution toward future improvements on Colonial Road at entrances to the Weis store and proposed plaza. The nature of the entrances could significantly change when the tract located between Weis and Dunkin’ Donuts to the east is developed, Bostic said.

The issues raised by Epstein and Bostic could be addressed during the supervisors’ review of the Forest Hills Commons proposal.

Developing story …

What we’re working on this week …

WEEK OF 9/3/17

Here’s what to look for on Linglestown Gazette the rest of this week, according to independent journalist Bill Bostic.

* Look for a wrap story on CD Rams football team’s tough loss on the road Friday against Manheim Twp.

* I’ll be attending the Lower Paxton Township Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, 9/6/17 to keep up to speed on a plan to develop Forest Hills Commons, a strip shopping plaza behind the Sheetz at the intersection of Linglestown and Colonial roads.

* I plan to keep tabs on a repair job for the traffic light at Linglestown and Patton roads that has been causing backups on Linglestown Road for a few weeks.

Alexis Hartwick

* NEW FEATURE ALERTGazette Sports Chat with CD grad and former CD athlete Joe Gilloway will debut on Wednesday with an interview with former CD Rams basketball and golf standout Alexis Hartwick. The show is sponsored by Ted’s Bar & Grill.

* PLEASE SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM – Linglestown Gazette will launch a fundraising drive to offset expenses to keep you up to speed on what’s happening in your hometown.

Wacky Weather Guy aka WWG

* Linglestown Gazette’s NEWS & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE SHOW will return on Friday if I can book a guest. CLICK HERE to view the most popular episode that features local artist Jessica Singer.

* The services of Koons Pool’s Wacky Weather Guy aka WWG have been acquired by Linglestown Gazette through at least the end of the year after intense negotiations with WWG’s cameraman and agent, Scott. Wacky will return on Facebook Live next week.

* Plus I’ll post other local stuff that I uncover along the way …

HAVE A GREAT WEEK IN AND AROUND LINGLESTOWN, THE CAPITAL OF LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP

One man’s death wish for big-box stores

A slice of life from the Bill Bostic, Linglestown Gazette’s independent journalist

I really, really HATE home fix-it jobs.

My MO is to put off doing these testy tasks until my wife, Barbara, rightly cracks the whip. There’s been a lot of putting off this summer because Barbara has been out of town caring for her sister who had a liver transplant. She’s back now and yesterday was my official catch-up day. I made a list of crap to buy and headed for one of the big-box stores in the area.

One item was a basic doorknob. Easy enough, right? WRONG times infinity.

The big-box store didn’t appear to have a basic, no-frills doorknob. There wasn’t a store associate to found — no surprise there — and I selected a knob that looked like it would do the job. Unfortunately, I spotted a problem when I unpacked the knob from its plastic home — one of the screws needed to attach one side of the knob to the other was nowhere to be found. It turns out that the human or machine that packed the item had wrongly put a third wood screw in the box instead of the correct screw. I guess you could say I was SCREWED big time.

I forged ahead despite the missing screw and ran into another problem — the insides of the doorknob were too big for the hole in my door. This discovery began an epic meltdown. My first moves were to grab a towel to cover the knob and then beat the hell out of it with a wrench that was close by in a vain effort to force it into the hole. When that didn’t work, I went for heavier artillery, a hammer, and repeated the process. This resulted in the knob acquiring a new look that rendered it unreturnable to the big box.

Mind you, my childish hissy fit by this time had devolved into angry outbursts about modern retailing that were sprinkled with a healthy dose of profanity. Barbara and our two dogs thankfully gave me a wide buffer area to act like a jackass. I ripped the parts out of the door and with great satisfaction threw the big-box not-so-basic doorknob into the trashcan at a speed that would get the attention of pro baseball scouts. Man did this feel good!

This episode is stupid, I know. But, stupid things happen when you stupidly lose your cool in a big way.

My next move was golden though. I headed to my neighborhood hardware store, Hornung’s Hardware.They had basic doorknobs and one of the store’s answer guys was johnny on the spot to help me select wood screws that I needed to do the job. Why didn’t I try Hornung’s first?

Did I tell tell you that I HATE home fix-it jobs?
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I noticed Bill Hornung, owner of Hornung’s Hardware in Linglestown, has started offering life advice in Facebook status updates that also include updates about specials at his store. CLICK HERE for the one he posted on Labor Day.

This article is NOT an advertisement for Hunung’s Hardware. It is a true slice of life. With that said, it is an example of what can be done for businesses that support local journalism. Contact the Linglestown Gazette on Facebook or at linglestowngazette@gmail.com for sponsorship info.

SCOUTING REPORT: CD Rams vs Manheim Twp. Blue Streaks

By Bill Bostic, Gazette sports reporter

Game Info:  Away game at Manheim Twp. in suburban Lancaster — Friday, 9/1/17 at 7 pm

Stadium Address / Driving Directions:  5134 School Road, Lancaster – From Harrisburg take 283 East towards Lancaster. Take Rt. 30 East to Route 501 North through Lititz. When you exit Lititz you will go through 3 traffic lights. The first light is at Stauffers of Kissel Hill Market (on your right). The second light is at the Lancaster Airport entrance and Freeze & Frizz Ice Cream Parlor (both on your left). The third traffic light is at the intersection of Rt. 501 and Rt. 722. Go through the third light and then approximately 1/4 mile later, right after the entrance to Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village – the school entrance will be on your left (not marked particularly well).

Gazette’s Bill Bostic

Keys to a CD victory:  CLICK HERE to view a video with Bill Bostic sharing highlights of an interview with CD head coach Glen McNamee after practice on Thursday evening.

Stage Setter:  This has become a early season rivalry game and CD has never lost to Manheim Twp. in their series that started in 2010, including playoff wins in 2012 and last season.

This will be the season’s first game for Blue Streaks. Offensively they feature senior quarterback Luke Emge (#3), who is headed to Harvard University, and senior running back Grayson Sallade (#1), who was last season’s top back in Lancaster-Lebanon League’s Section 1.

Manheim Twp. is looking to make the jump from a perennial bridesmaid to Berks County’s Wilson in the conference, and Blue Streaks head coach Mark Evans would love to find a way to upset the Rams to gain confidence heading into conference play. By the way, the Rams will meet Wilson in two weeks in another away game.

Jeff Reinhart of LancasterOnline reported Blue Streaks’ senior QB and Harvard commit Luke Emge has plenty of weapons at his disposal, including returning playmakers Grayson Sallade and Rece Bender (#10). But Manheim Township’s O – particularly those skill kids – will be tested by CD safety Michael Payton (#3), who had a whopper opener last week. Payton had two picks in the Rams’ 30-7 win over Susquehanna Township, as CD’s D held the Indians to – gulp – minus-22 rushing yards on 10 carries.

The game is available on radio from WMSS – 91.1FM. Eric Thomas will be doing the play-by-play announcing duties. CLICK HERE to listen live.

Lastly, Gazette sports reporter Bill Bostic is scheduled to do live reporting on the game for MaxPreps.com.

Analysis:  For the second week in a row the Rams have a healthy edge in the national and state rankings over their opponent. Unlike last week against Susquehanna Twp., Manheim Twp. appears to have offensive firepower that could make the Rams D dig deep to keep them out of the end zone. The Rams likely will have an edge on special teams due to the powerful leg of Ethan Van Buskirk (#20), which could be huge if it’s a close game.

It’s interesting that none of the pundits except me mentioned the defensive teams in this game. CD’s week #0 game showed that the Rams have a spirited D that won’t give up gobs of easy points. Meanwhile, no one has said a peep about the host’s D.

Bostic’s prediction:  My hunch is the Rams will use momentum picked up from last week’s opener, an aggressive defense and professional grade kicking game to continue the team’s winning streak against the Blue Streaks by at least a touchdown.

What Others Are Saying:  Jeff Reinhart of LancasterOnline offers good analysis but no pick – This game promises to be a real Class 6A doozie, and it feels like one of those games that could come down to the special teams: A key PAT. Maybe a fourth-quarter field goal. Or pinning someone deep with a kickoff. The Rams feature one of the top specialists in the Mid-Penn in senior kicker Ethan Van Buskirk (#20). He had a whopper Week Zero game in CD’s 30-7 win over Susquehanna Township with three field goals – from 23, 27 and 49 yards out – plus four touchbacks, making Hanna go 80 yards a bunch of times. Van Buskirk did misfire on a 52-yard field goal attempt. But hey, he was true from 49. So this kid’s got a big leg. If coach Mark Evans and his Blue Streaks’ defense make the Rams’ offense stall, that’s great. But they’ll have to deal with Van Buskirk’s big right leg.

PennLive’s experts are leaning toward a Manheim Twp. win (2 of 3 picked the Blue Streaks) based on the Lancaster County team’s high octane quarterback and running back. Truth be told, the PennLive crew offered little rationale for their pick.

Rams Tidbits:

* Team rosters — CD Rams; Manheim Twp. Blue Streaks

* 2016 records — CD 10-2; Manheim Twp. 6-5

* National/State rankings (MaxPreps) — CD 774/29; Manheim Twp. 1238/52

* Last year the Rams upended the Blue Streaks by count of 31-9 at Landis Field on 9/1/16 in CD’s first game of the season

* The Rams have a record of 77 wins-17 losses since Speed Ebersole Weight Room opened in 2010.

* CLICK HERE to view an overview of the Rams football team.

Eye on CD East Panthers: The Central Dauphin East varsity football team has an away non-conference game at Milton Hershey on Friday, September 1 at 7 pm.
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Featured photo shot by Neil Renaldi

Week #0 Wrap: CD Rams win big in season opener

By Bill Bostic, Gazette sports reporter

This is a final look at the Rams 30-7 win Friday night over Susquehanna Township that extended their winning streak in season openers to 10 years.

Analysis:  The Rams came out of the gate fast, scoring on game’s opening drive, and then didn’t let up the balance of game against a potentially dangerous Susquehanna Township squad.

What made this win so impressive was the fact that the Rams fielded a team loaded with players seeing their first action in a varsity game. Their lack of game experience didn’t show, which is a feather in the cap of the Rams hard-working coaching staff led by Glen McNamee.

There wasn’t anything flashy about the offensive performance – they quietly got the job done with running backs Mike Wise-Belle and Kollin McCullough piling up 73 and 74 yards respectively.

The biggest bang occurred in the first quarter when Rams kicker and punter Ethan Van Buskirk sent the ball through the updates from 49 yards. He scored 12 points – three field goals and three extra points. Ethan’s potent leg could be the deciding factor in a game or two when the youthful Rams start play in the tough Mid Penn Commonwealth Division.

On defense, the Rams came within a play of pitching a shutout. After keeping Susquehanna Township’s pitch-and-catch  game in check for the three quarters, the Indians sophomore quarterback Rashaan Carlton hit on an 84-yard pass play along the left-hand sideline with about six minutes left in the contest. The receiver, Roland Norfleet, beat the Rams cornerback and was off to the races when the safety went for the ball and missed.

Adam Burkhart, #46, statistically lead the Rams defensive game with four tackles, two assists and two tackles for loss.

The season opener was just what the doctor ordered as a warm up for the always tough Manheim Township Blue Streaks who will host the Rams this Friday at 7 pm.

Gazette video:  Check out post-game interviews with junior linebacker Adam Burkhart and head coach Glen McNamee.

Game report:  PennLive published a game report  that includes a video interview with kicker and punter Ethan Van Buskirk, #20 and quarterback Brady Straub, #7.

Box score and statistics courtesy of MaxPreps. (Free sign-up required.)

Scoretracker compiled by Bill Bostic for MaxPreps. (Free sign-up required.)
Eye on CD East Panthers:  The Panthers did not play last week. They open their season with a non-conference away game at Milton Hershey on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 pm.
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Photo at top courtesy of Neil Renaldi

SCOUTING REPORT: CD Rams vs Susquehanna Twp. Indians

By Bill Bostic, Gazette sports reporter

Game Info: Away game at Susquehanna Township High School on Elmerton Avenue — Friday, 8/25/17 at 7 pm

Keys to a CD victory CLICK HERE to view video.

CD head coach McNamee (left) talks with Bill Bostic (right).

Stage Setter: Tonight’s opening game of the 2017 season pits two teams in transition due to significant graduation losses. All the new personnel on both sides makes this week #0, non-conference matchup a bit of a wild card. The Rams are coming into the game with only one scrimmage under their belts instead of the normal two,

Many players for the Rams will be seeing their first varsity action because the team graduated 30 seniors last year and 21 starters will not be back, according Rams head coach Glen McNamee.

Offensively the team will be led by senior quarterback Brady Straub (#7) and place kicker Ethan Van Buskirk (#20), who was named by PennLive to the Preseaon All-Mid-Penn Conference football team.

Coach McNamee identified Susquehanna Township wide receiver Brian Garner (#4) as a player who the Rams need to keep close tabs on. The Indians also are expected to have some dangerous players fielding punts and kickoffs.

The game is available on radio from WMSS – 91.1FM. Eric Thomas will be doing the play-by-play announcing duties. CLICK HERE to listen live.

Analysis: It looks like the Rams could have an edge over the Indians on paper (see “Tidbits” below), but this game is hard to handicap with so many new starters on both squads. My gut tells me CD will prevail by at least two touchdowns.

Rams Tidbits:

* Team rosters — CD Rams ; Susquehanna Township Indians,

* 2016 records — CD 10-2; Susquehanna Twp 10-4

* National/State rankings (MaxPreps) — CD 1004/32; Susquehanna Twp 3917/166

* Last year the Rams upended the Indians by count of 31-9 at Landis Field.

* The Rams have a record of 76 wins-17 losses since Speed Ebersole Weight Room opened in 2010.

* The last time the Rams lost a season opener was 2007.

* CLICK HERE to view an overview of the Rams football team.

Bonus Videos:

Overview of prep for Week #0 vs Susquehanna Twp

Look at Susquehanna Twp, Week #0 opponent

CD kicker spotlighted, Week #0 vs Susquehanna Twp

Lower Paxton officials on hot seat with Blue Ridge plans

Editorial by independent journalist Bill Bostic

Lower Paxton Township supervisors face a decision next month on an issue that has attracted significant attention on Linglestown’s section of private, social media website Nextdoor.com.

Lower Paxton-based Triple Crown Corp. (TCC) has proposed a revision to the Residential Retirement Development (RRD) provision of the township’s zoning regulations at the behest of the township supervisors, who want more housing in the township that allows folks to “age in place.”

If the zoning changes are approved, TCC plans to file a plan for a mixed-use retirement-style community at what is now Blue Ridge Country Club located on the western edge of the township along Linglestown Road. It most likely would have about 350 housing units, some commercial lots along Linglestown Road and a 30-acre park that would be earmarked for the township to develop. Housing options would be luxury apartments and single-family and town homes, and an assisted care facility with a memory-care unit. Most of single-family and town homes would feature stepless entrances, single-floor living, wheel-chair accessibility and low maintenance.

TCC looked at the RRD and concluded that the regulation was a key factor in why developers for the most part have not pursued retirement-style housing in Lower Paxton. Only two developments used the current RRD and both were not very successful, according to TCC. The only one that I’m aware of is located along Union Deposit Road across from the Central Dauphin School District’s bus garage.

The revised RRD regulations that the township supervisors are tentatively scheduled to review on 9/19/17 have been developed over the last year with significant public input. TCC has revised the proposal numerous times to address input from elected and volunteer township officials and the public. To be fair, there is no way anyone can accuse TCC of crafting the proposal in isolation.

It’s also important to point out that TCC’s revised RRD has been unanimously approved by township, county and regional planning commissions each time it has been reviewed.

Is this a perfect ordinance? No.

Is it an improvement over the current one? I’d say a hundred times yes.

Is it a good fit for Blue Ridge Country Club? That question is hard to answer because there are folks making good arguments for and against it. Heck, the supervisors are split on the issue as evidenced by their rejection in May of TCC’s first proposal by a 3-2 vote.

Traffic issues on Linglestown Road are the chief concern of those who don’t want TCC to get the go-ahead to continue working on their Blue Ridge project. Without getting deep into the weeds on this issue, please note that the township supervisors rejecting TCC’s proposal over traffic congestion could land the township in court. For more information on this issue, take 15-20 minutes to view my interview with Fred Lighty, the longtime chairman of the Lower Paxton Township Planning Commission. (Skip over my opening comments and start watching when Fred shows up.)

The township supervisors are the ones on the hot seat. They sent TCC down the path toward redeveloping Blue Ridge as an “aging in place” housing community. TCC was not given a guarantee of anything, but the supervisors willingly worked with TCC as the company spent significant time and money crafting a revised RRD with the help of a ton of public input.

It will be interesting to see what the supervisors do on 9/19/17. I don’t envy the spot they’re in but that’s what they signed up for when they sought the office.

The question before the township supervisors and those who care about the fate of Blue Ridge is whether or not we are going to make a move toward bringing “aging in place” housing opportunities to our community.

If the consensus is yes, the supervisors better grab this chance and immediately start an all-hands-on-deck effort to address traffic congestion on Linglestown Road. The supervisors approving TCC’s revised zoning regulations and then letting others pursue ways to calm traffic congestion issues is unacceptable.