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NEWS & MAGAZINE SHOW featuring Polly Murphy & Wacky Weather Guy, 7/14/17 (Episode #4)

 

Linglestown Gazette’s NEWS & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE SHOW, 7/14/17 (Episode #4)

Posted by Linglestown Gazette on Friday, July 14, 2017

 

This show was recorded at Spring Gate in the Village in Linglestown. Be sure to check out all the great things happening at Spring Gate Vineyard & Brewery located in the Paxtonia/Colonial Park area of Lower Paxton Township.

Topic guide:

29:24 – 26:22 Intro to Linglestown Gazette

26:21 – 20:05 Interview with Polly Murphy, head of Lower Paxton Township 250th Anniversary Celebration on 10/14/17

20:04 – 16:33 Update on proposed retirement-style housing community at Blue Ridge County Club

16:22 – 15:00 Linglestown American Legion Post 272 Baseball Team wins Dauphin County championship and head to regional playoffs

14:59 – 11:20 Koons Pool has daily weather reports, plus meet Wacky Weather Guy

11:19 – 10:24 Linglestown under-age-10 baseball team wins Futures Tournament

10:23 – 6:12 Sports is coming to Linglestown Gazette this fall – Gazette Sports Chat & CD Rams Football coverage

6:11 – 5:02 Central Dauphin School District update

5:01 – 0:00 Rundown on local events

Show links:

Bill Bostic interviewed on WHP 580 AM about Linglestown Gazette and local journalism

Lower Paxton Township 250th Anniversary Celebration & $2.50 admission days at Koons Pool and Devon Manor Pool

Lower Paxton Township 250 Years (Facebook page)

Linglestown 250 (YouTube page)

Koons Pool’s Facebook page – look for a daily weather report every morning

Linglestown American Legion Post 272 Baseball Team wins Dauphin County Tournament

Linglestown under-age-10 baseball team wins Futures Tournament

Central Dauphin School District

Archives:

Episode #3 – Plan for Central Dauphin High sports reporting unveiled, 7/7/17

Episode #2 – Show features interviews with Anthony Cristillo, owner of The Fat Man Clothing Co., and Aaron Smothers, the Gazette’s first volunteer community reporter, 6/30/17

Episode #1 – Debut show from Pittsburgh, 6/23/17

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.

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.

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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Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc

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.

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.

How CD High seniors can get money for college

The Central Dauphin High School Alumni Association would like to inform
the students and parents of the Central Dauphin High School Class of 2014 that the
Association is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to the two CD seniors who best
exemplify “school spirit.” Eligibility or preference of selection shall in no way be
affected by race, religion, or gender.

The scholarship application requires that students do the following: continue their education at a post-secondary institution; have a reference from a school employee; list school and community activities; and write an essay.

Since 2006, the CDHS Alumni Association has provided $16,500 in student scholarships to the high school’s graduating seniors. Funds are generated through various fundraising events throughout the year, as well as members’ donations.

Applications are due Friday, April 4, 2014, and may be obtained in the CDHS Guidance Office or on the Alumni Association’s website. If you have questions about the scholarship, application, or procedures, send an email to CDHSalumni@verizon.net or call 717-541-0220.

CD board updates teacher subs, financial studies

 
Every month the Linglestown Gazette has allotted me space to provide updates on educational issues. The Central Dauphin School Board has recently reviewed two initiatives that I would like to share with you.

Source 4 Teachers

Substitute coverage for our teachers has become more difficult, and currently the Central Dauphin School District is only able to fill 72 percent of vacancies.

Problems with substitute coverage have largely been driven by two external factors:

The Affordable Care Act legislation prescribes that any entity with 50 full-time employees who work more than 30 hours must provide health insurance. This mandate has been temporally postponed, but is likely to be implemented in the near future.

Also, a ruling by the Public School Employees Retirement System now prohibits retired teachers who are collecting pensions from working for the district.

The Board voted in December 2013 to approve a 2.5 year contract with Source 4 Teachers. The company has a 98 percent “fill rate” record. The district will be able to utilize retired teachers, recruit new teachers and save up to $35,000 annually.

The contract with Source 4 Teachers includes two one-year renewal options when the initial contract period ends on June 23, 2016. The cost to the district will be $127.30 per teacher, per day, for substitutes who work one to 70 days; and $137.00 per day for more than 70 days. There will be no additional costs and the substitute teachers will be paid the same as they are paid now.

Financial Literacy

In response to a community survey, the district found that 85 percent of the participants in the survey thought students should be taught how to manage finances. Among those who responded were 1,030 community members and 1,433 parents of Central Dauphin students.

The Board reviewed a proposal presented by Central Dauphin Curriculum Director Shirley Hunter earlier this month. The Financial Literacy curriculum “is designed to teach students how to become financially literate adults. The course includes topics
that prepare students for financial decision making, goal setting, saving, budgeting, borrowing, spending wisely and managing credit.”

The cost to implement the program is $4,300 and it was approved Monday evening.

In a related matter, a recent study by the Institute for College Access & Success found that Pennsylvania college students graduate with the third highest debt level in the nation.

Students graduating for Pennsylvania public and nonprofit colleges are carrying an average debt of $31,675 compared to the national average which is $29,4000.

On average, seven out of ten graduating college students had student loan debt in 2012. The total amount owed in outstanding college loans is $1.2 trillion.

CD board set to meet Monday evening

For those of you keeping tabs on the Central Dauphin School Board, they will meet tonight in the lecture hall at CD East High at 7 pm. The meeting is open to the public.

Budget update … Karen McConnell, the district’s top administrator, will give another in a series of presentations jammed packed with background information related to next school year’s budget that needs to be adopted by June 30. The board already has decided to cap a hike in the property-tax rate, if needed, to 2.1 percent, the highest allowed by the state next school year.

Clean-up work … Final votes are on tap for refinancing bonds to save the district about $2 million over the next two years and starting a financial literacy course for 9th graders.

CD board to hold first meeting of 2014

The Central Dauphin School Board members face a full agenda for their first business meeting of the new year Monday evening in Central Dauphin East High School’s lecture hall, 7 pm.

Informational agenda items include a 2014-2015 budget presentation and proposals for a financial literacy course and updates to the gifted program.

In a move to save money, the board will vote on refinancing a series of notes and bonds.

Under new business, the agenda lists a “settlement agreement” with no information on the parties involved in the case and the dollar amount, if any, associated with it. Keep in mind that most settlements involve the expenditure of tax dollars and the public has a right to at least get a thumbnail description of the case.

Also, the board will vote on spending $1.25 million with Comcast over five years to enhance the district’s computer network. Other bids for this service were $1 million or more higher in price.

Lastly, the board is expected to deal with appeals filed by two businesses to reduce the property value used to calculate their property taxes. The district is being asked to pay up $4,389 toward the review of an appeal filed by Best Western Premier and sign off on an appeal settlement with Rob Roy Enterprises. Property-tax issues are matters of public record, but the agenda does not list the reduced tax revenue that would result from approving the Rob Roy appeal.

Citizens have an opportunity to speak about school district matters during every meeting. To participate in the meeting, citizens need to sign up prior to the start of the meeting. There’s a sign-up sheet on a table located just inside the door of the lecture hall.
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CLICK HERE to view the meeting agenda for Jan. 13, 2014

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO MEETINGS – Go to the rear of CD East High and park in the lot bordered by tennis courts and the gymnasium. Enter the building at the door located about 50 yards to the right of the gymnasium’s main entrance. (You have to walk up a small flight of concrete steps to get to the door.) After entering the building, walk straight back the hallway to the Lecture Hall – the entrance is on the left side of the hallway.

CD office staff set to grow, again

The resignation of a top Central Dauphin administrator last summer touched off major changes in the district’s department of human resources (HR), and another piece of the overhaul is ready to fall into place.

The personnel report to be reviewed Monday evening by the school board shows a proposed hiring of a HR specialist at an annual salary of $35,000 plus benefits.

The proposed hiring comes after the district brought in a new HR director in August for $115,000 per year, which is $25,000 more than the previous director. More recently, two HR managers were hired at $80,000 a pop.

All spending increases are potentially problematic because the district again this year faces a major hike in its pension contribution to the state teachers’ pension program.

Superintendent Carol Johnson last month said additional staff was needed to address problems in the department’s operation and deal with an increased workload caused by Obamacare and new state-mandated teacher-evaluation requirements.

The proposed hiring on Monday’s board agenda comes at the same time the administration is proposing to hire Source 4 Teachers to provide substitute teachers, a move that should take away a chunk of work handled by the HR department.

Beyond voting on recommendations, the school board has had limited talks during public meetings about the increased staffing and cost to operate the HR department. The board is allowed by state law to talk in private about applicants who are vying for positions, but discussions on whether to add new positions need to be conducted during public meetings, according to a media specialist contacted by Linglestown Gazette.

Monday’s board meeting will start at 7 pm in the lecture hall at Central Dauphin East High School.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO MEETINGS – Go to the rear of CD East High and park in the lot bordered by tennis courts and the gymnasium. Enter the building at the door located about 50 yards to the right of the gymnasium’s main entrance. (You have to walk up a small flight of concrete steps to get to the door.) After entering the building, walk straight back the hallway to the Lecture Hall – the entrance is on the left side of the hallway.
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Pictured left to right are Assistant Superintendent Norman Miller and school board members Eric Epstein and Stephen Smith.

Epstein faces big change as CD board member

Eric Epstein, a Lower Paxton resident and Central Dauphin alum, was seemingly born to be a critic of politicians.

He has a statewide footprint as a political activist and has gone toe-to-toe with government officials over nuclear power, ill-gotten pay raises and broken labor contracts.

Now he has crossed over to the other side after being sworn into office as a Central Dauphin School Board member. Will he be able to change gears to become a team player, or will he find himself at odds with his school board colleagues?

He got in front of the camera Tuesday evening after the school board meeting to discuss his new role as an elected official.

BACKYARD NEWS: Bribe, new start and party invite

Trade ya 6 coupons for your thoughts … Your help is needed, and we’re willing to bribe you to give us about 5 minutes of your time.

To help Linglestown Gazette better serve you and other readers, an online community survey will be launched sometime on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Gazette publisher B² has rounded up six coupon offers from local merchants just in time to use this holiday season in return for you working through 10 simple-to-answer questions.

Please help out. Pretty please with sugar on top, even.

School board set to reorganize …  Central Dauphin School Board will swear in Eric Epstein and William Roberts Jr. as new school board members and elect officers during a reorganizational meeting Tuesday evening in the lecture hall of Central Dauphin East High School, 6:45 pm.

Beyond gearing up for 2014, the only piece of business on the agenda is a vote on whether to advance funds to replace the scoreboards in the gyms at Central Dauphin and Central Dauphin East high schools. The Panther Ram Foundation is footing the $51,000 bill and has $23,000 in the bank to date for the project. The foundation will reimburse the district $28,000 when the money is raised from a fundraising campaign that is under way.

High-tech LED scoreboards will replace the old boards that use light bulbs and require costly maintenance.

Save the date … The square in Linglestown will once again be rockin’ and rollin’ on New Year’s Eve this year thanks to Linglestown Area Civic Association (LACA). Festivities will kick off at 10 pm and the ringing of goat, cow and hand bells will mark the start of 2014 at midnight.

Community groups will provide refreshments and live music will fill the air during this fun community event.

For more info, contact Alex Carl by email at abkcarl@gmail.com.