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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.

Jump-Starting 2014 in Linglestown & Beyond

Happenin’ time in the square … If you missed this year’s Jingle Linglestown, check out the video highlights from the party held at Murphy’s Automotive in the square. The event was hosted by Linglestown Area Civic Association (LACA) and former radio personality Tim Burns was the master of ceremonies. (CLICK HERE if you do not see the video.)

Free live music in the village …  This weekend’s lineup of tunes at St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown is Rhoads Butt on FRIDAY and Sides to Die on SATURDAY, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover.

Get ready for milkshakes … The holidays are history + it’s snowing = PA Farm Show. The biggest indoor ag event in the country kicks off Friday when the famous food court opens at noon.

For breaking news and bonus local content, surf over to the Gazette’s Facebook page and click “Like.”

The featured photo at the top of this post was taken by Kelly McEntee.

Linglestown-Area Backyard News – Holiday Edition

Guess what? Santa stopped by the Gazette’s satellite newsroom at St. Thomas Roasters today and dropped off a pile of holiday tidbits that he needed delivered ASAP to all the good readers of this blog. Have fun unwrapping this motherload of yuletide cheer.
Shop til you drop for a good cause … Our friends with Linglestown Area Civic Association, better known as LACA, have teamed up with First Impressions in Linglestown to offer you a special holiday-shopping event  this Thursday. CLICK HERE for details.
Give the gift that keeps giving …  Central Dauphin High School Alumni Association is once again offering the best discount card in the region with a new list of participating businesses for 2014. These cards make great stocking stuffers, thank-you gifts or just a thoughtful surprise for anyone in the central PA area. CLICK HERE for a list of 38 local deals.

The price is $10 per card, but you can “buy one and get one free” if you place an order by Dec. 31, 2013.

To order, simply send a check payable to CDHSAA, 910 Wenrich St., Harrisburg, PA 17112. If you enclose a business-size SASE, the group with send you the cards and copies of the list of participating businesses as soon as your order is received.

Cool pool deal … You still have time to put a discounted 2014 season pass to Koons Pool under the tree for someone special if you take action by Dec. 31, 2013. Family passes that go for $250 can be nabbed for only $200, and individual passes with a regular price of $160 are now available for a mere $135. CLICK HERE to download an application.

fb_likeDon’t miss out! … Are you aware that Linglestown Gazette posts breaking local news and special features on Facebook? CLICK HERE and than click “Like” to join in on the fun.

Have you seen these strange lights in the night sky near Linglestown? …

Linglestown Area Backyard Gossip, 10.03.13

B² (left) & Lions Club President John Petrina

B² (left) & Lions Club Pres. John Petrina

Gazette does community events … Linglestown Gazette publisher Bill Bostic, aka B², recently spoke to the Lower Paxton Lions Club.

His talk, which included little-known facts about the village of Linglestown, focused on the importance of local news sources and a brief look at the content on Linglestown Gazette.

Contact B² via email at if you would like him to speak at a community group meeting.

LACA_puzzleChristmas gift idea … Share the village of Linglestown with your family and friends by giving them a 250-piece puzzle that depicts the modern-day village and a brief history of the origin of “The Town of St. Thomas.”

Proceeds benefit the Linglestown Area Civic Association, the folks who stage community events like the New Year’s Eve celebration in the square and the upcoming 250th anniversary of the village’s founding that will take place in 2015.

CLICK HERE for an order form that you can print. Deadline to order is Oct. 31.

Save the date … Linglestown’s annual Fall Festival is back and better than ever. It will be held Oct. 18 – 20 and will feature music, historical events, kids’ activities and special offers from village merchants. Check back for more info about this event sponsored by Linglestown Merchants’ Association.

Linglestown jingles in 2013

By Bill Minsker

The first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration in Linglestown – called Jingle Linglestown – was successfully held in the village square Monday evening. This event was created and organized by the Linglestown Area Civic Association (LACA).

Jingle Linglestown host Tim Burns

Event host Tim Burns

Hosted by local radio celebrity, musician, and humorist Tim Burns, the festivities featured musical entertainment, food and non-alcoholic beverages, and climaxed with the ringing of bells to usher in 2013. About 250 people of all ages attended the event.

In addition to periodic music and humor by Burns, a group called “Mixed Nuts” and two other impromptu local groups provided music.

Thanks go out to Jim Murphy for allowing the event to be held at his business, Murphy’s Automotive Service, and to Boy Scout Troop 68, the Linglestown Fire Company, Linglestown Gazette blog, Lower Paxton Township Lions and Lioness Clubs, and LACA for providing food and beverages. Traffic and safety assistance was provided by the Linglestown Fire Company Fire Police.

Stefan Klosowski wards off evil spirits

Stefan Klosowski wards off evil spirits

Two costumed characters roamed the crowd to frighten away evil spirits, so as to insure a fine beginning to 2013. This ancient European custom known as Sylvester Claus was introduced by LACA member Stefan Klosowski and president Doug Kepler. As midnight neared, Klosowski led the gathering in the premier singing of his newly-created song, “Oh Linglestown,” which was sung to the tune of “America, the Beautiful.”

With weather perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration, the public gathering rang in the start of 2013 with the assistance of a large countdown clock and the use of hand and cow bells, including collector bells sold by LACA.

LACA hopes to expand Jingle Linglestown a year from now by getting more people and organizations to join in the fun of staging a community gathering to kick off 2014.

Christmas season unwrapped in Linglestown

The look and feel of a down-home Christmas was ushered in Sunday evening during the Holiday Tree Lighting & Carol Sing in the square.

The weather was very un-Christmas-like, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of about 75 residents who turned out to celebrate the season.

The Linglestown Area Civic Association put the event together and Doug Kepler, the group’s president, did a nice job manning the bullhorn as the master of ceremonies.

CLICK HERE for more photos.

Photo by George Gallion

Holiday season kicks off Dec. 2 in Linglestown

Volunteers strung lights on the Christmas tree in the square last Saturday.

The annual Christmas carol-sing and tree-lighting sponsored by the Linglestown Area Civic Association will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 beginning at 6 pm in the village square in front of St. Thomas Restaurant.

Sacred and secular holiday music for the carol-singing will again be provided by local music group “Jay and the Jingos.” At the end of the holiday singing, the village Christmas tree will be lighted.

Following these activities in the square, the public is invited to go to the social hall at the Linglestown firehouse for hot beverages and cookies supplied by the Ladies Auxiliary of the fire company.

Community events in the works for Linglestown

The new Linglestown Area Civic Association got off to a great start last week with about 35 people in attendance at the kickoff meeting held at the Linglestown fire hall.

Longtime Linglestown resident and village booster Bill Minsker (pictured below) spearheaded the formation of the group and chaired the meeting.

Ironically, Minsker boarded a jet the next day for a five-month stint in Poland to work with an outreach program to that country that he operates. But never fear, the group will elect officers in February and at least one person has volunteered to be president.

Numerous community projects were discussed, including family picnics, flea market days and continuing the annual Christmas carol sing and tree-lighting ceremony. Also, the need to start planning for Linglestown’s 250th anniversary in 2015 was mentioned.

Minsker enthusiastically outlined his ideas for holding an annual New Year’s Eve celebration in the Linglestown square starting next year called “Jingle Lingle.” At the strike of midnight, everyone would celebrate the start of the new year by ringing bells. He had photos of commemorative hand bells that the civic association could purchase and sell to partygoers.

Minsker’s New Year’s Eve plan is the best one that I heard to date. He said one of his students in Poland came up with the “Jingle Lingle” idea as they discussed their holiday activities during a Skype phone call a few weeks ago.

The civic association gives Linglestown-area residents an opportunity to give our community more of an old-fashioned hometown feel. To make it happen, many people are needed to help stage events and raise funds.

Please consider coming out to the civic association’s next meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 pm at the fire hall to get involved with making Linglestown a place that feels like home.