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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.

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.

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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Linglestown Weekend Preview

Here’s this weekend’s menu of stuff to do just beyond your backyard. Enjoy!

Fun in the sun? … There’s a buzz in the air as temps are predicted to climb into the 40s over the weekend and low 50s early next week. Plus, be sure to move your clocks ahead one hour SATURDAY night with the return of daylight saving time.

Prep that honey-do list … Head to the Pennsylvania Home Show time at the Farm Show if your abode is in need of repairs, renovations or simply a fresh look. The show runs through Sunday and there’s free parking everyday.

Music sampler … Two all-time favorites are scheduled to be on stage at St. Thomas Roasters coffee house this weekend – Sterling Koch and his amazing steel guitar on FRIDAY and the always entertaining folk music group Rayzen Kane on SATURDAY, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover.

And, live acoustic music by the DeAngelo Trio is being offered SATURDAY by the folks at Linglestown Gathering Place, which is located across the street from St. Thomas Roasters in the home next to the former La Piazza restaurant, 8 – 10 pm, free. Plus, check this out – this week’s free snackage is Rosemary crust pizza with Cremini & Merlot sauce and Brie.

Shopping opp #1 … First Impressions Boutique, Gifts & Day Spa in Linglestown is offering a free gift with $25 purchase of BareMinerals make-up or skin care. This offer is good through Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Shopping opp #2 … Simply Chic Consignment Boutique is holding a huge Winter Clearance Sale. The shop, which specializes in women’s fashions and jewelry, is located on Linglestown Road about halfway between the village and Colonial Golf & Tennis Club.

More stuff to do … Event info has been rolling into the Gazette at a good clip of late, so be sure check out the Community Calendar from time to time. Better yet, CLICK HERE to start receiving free email calendar updates.
Pictured is the DeAngelo Trio who will be appearing SATURDAY at Linglestown Gathering Place.

Weekend Preview & Community Updates

Tired of winter? Me too, but spring is only 20 days away. Meanwhile, have a great weekend!

Saturday starter … The folks at New Love In Christ Church in Paxtonia will hold their fantastic all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast this SATURDAY, 7 – 11 am. They put out a nice spread that includes omelets made to order. CLICK HERE for details.

Get into art … St. Thomas Roasters coffee house will host an art show this weekend by Messiah College undergrads Jesi Zinn and Jeff Tan entitled Hé Mù, which means “peaceful relations” in Chinese, free admission.

Local students honored … Colonial Park Rotary Club recently honored Allie Amstutz from Central Dauphin High School, Kristen Evans from Dauphin County Technical School and Justus Steele from Central Dauphin East High School as students of the month.

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Pictured above (L-R) are Colonial Park Rotary Club Vocational Service Chairman John Stoeckle, Kristen Evans, Justus Steele and Colonial Park Rotary Club President Lowman Henry. (Missing from photo – Allie Amstutz)

Recognizing citizenship … Lower Paxton Lions Club recently presented Sofia Tadych of Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) with the club’s Outstanding Citizenship Award. Sofia is an experienced mason and will be assisting preparations for the new clock in the Linglestown square.


Pictured above (L-R) are Lion and Teacher at DCTS Bob Brightbill, Sofia’s mother Marianne Tadych, Sofia Tadych, Lion John Osuch and Sofia’s sister Renee Tadych.

vapingE-cigs coming … Vaping & e-cigarette store is replacing short-lived Voodoo Mike’s Variety Store at the Linglestown square roundabout.

Gazette news … Linglestown Gazette publisher Bill Bostic, aka B², is participating in a business mentorship program with Ben Franklin TechCelerator @Carlisle. The goal of the eight-week experience is to shake out ideas for raising funds to enable the Gazette to better serve the community.

Contests coming … If all goes as planned, two contests with great prizes will be announced in the near future.

5 cool things to do this weekend in Linglestown & nearby spots

#1 … Kick off your weekend by feasting on mac & cheese named “Awesome” at Smoke BBQ. Read about the dish in a PennLive article by foodie Sue Gleiter.

#2 … Next, do more feasting – this time with your ears – on live music at St. Thomas Roasters. This weekend’s offerings are a wide-ranging solo set by Henry Koretzky on FRIDAY, and bluegrass tunes on SATURDAY by a local group called Rough Edge, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover.

#3 … Hey, why not make it a music marathon weekend by taking in free shows that are part of the Millennium Music Conference. CLICK HERE for the full schedule and locations that include Linglestown’s very own Blue Moose Bar & Grille.

#4 … If you want to hear some cool tunes, Linglestown Gazette publisher B² says go to the Midtown Scholar bookstore in downtown Harrisburg for the Millennium Music Conference show by Cello Fury, FRIDAY, 7 pm (map). This three-piece group does amazing stuff with their stringed instruments! The group is pictured above.

#5 … If you have spring fever, for heaven’s sake go to the Pennsylvania Garden Expo at the Farm Show. CLICK HERE for info.

Valentine’s Day weekend in the village

If you have a bad case of the blues from all the snow and cold temps, this is the weekend to break out of your home and venture into Linglestown for a great weekend of free stuff and fun activities.

Things kick off FRIDAY evening with a Valentine’s Day musical showcase of love songs at St. Thomas Roasters coffee house by Frank Cotolo, assuming he can dig his way out of Grantville. He’ll be on stage 8-10 pm, no cover charge.

You’ll have a long list of stuff to do all day SATURDAY during the annual Chocolate Walk sponsored by the Linglestown Merchants’ Association. CLICK HERE to feast your eyes on the events, special offers and free deals being offered by participating merchants.

Last but not least, here’s a big, sloppy kiss for all Gazette readers and best wishes for a great Valentine’s Day weekend.

How to get down, get funky this weekend in & around Linglestown

Weekend happening #1 … Music at St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown is back in action with Sean Bennett on FRIDAY and Alexandra Madden on SATURDAY, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover charge. This is a cozy place to hang out and snuggle up to a steaming hot cup of expertly made coffee that was roasted right on the premises.

Weekend happening #2 … Basket Bingo is coming to Linglestown Fire Company this Sunday. CLICK HERE to get in the know. Wahoo!

Weekend happening #3 … Harrisburg Hunters’ and Anglers’ Association will host a turkey and ham dinner on SATURDAY, 4:00 – 5;00 pm (or until sold out). In addition to the two meats, the menu includes salad, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, roll, beverage and dessert. Requested donation is $8.50. (map)

Weekend happening preview …  The fun and fabulous Linglestown Chocolate Walk is nearly here. Grab your calendar – go ahead, I’ll wait – and circle with a red heart Saturday, Feb. 15 and then CLICK HERE to feast your eyes on the free stuff and fun times planned for you and your gang.

Get locally connected …  To help you cut through the clutter of the internet and life in general, consider adding your name to the growing list of Gazette readers who get an email when the blog’s Community Calendar is updated. CLICK HERE to get on the list.

Get listed … It’s simple to get events listed on Linglestown Gazette. Simply CLICK HERE and fill in the blanks. Plus, score brownie points by including a photo to go along with your listing.
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Weekend notes & happenings

Lower Paxton police officer to be honored at soccer game


   Doug Petras

Turn on the heat … Pro indoor soccer team Harrisburg Heat will be in action Saturday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s Equine Arena against the Cincinnati Saints, 7:05 pm.

Former Heat goalie Doug Petras will be honored at halftime. Petras is a police officer in Lower Paxton Township.

The Heat features three Central Dauphin High grads – forward Kenneth Fultz, goalkeeper Justin Johnson, defender Connor Malone.

Music at Roasters … Here are this weekend’s live music offerings at St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown. Rhoads Butt is slated to be on stage Friday and a group called Rough Edges will pumping tunes Saturday, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover charge.

Batter up … Linglestown youth baseball sign-ups start Saturday in the clubhouse at Koons Park. CLICK HERE for more info.

Cooking up good stuff … If you’re into chili and soup cooking, you still have time to enter a cook-off that will be held on Jan. 26 at St. Thomas United Church of Christ in Linglestown. Deadline to enter is this Sunday and you can get more info by clicking HERE.

Weekend grab bag for Linglestown & beyond

203 hat tips … Topping Gazette publisher B²’s ginormous pile of stuff is a big thank you to the 203 readers who took time to fill out the community survey. Your responses will help to fine-tune what shows up here and on the blog’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

And, in case you didn’t download the coupons offered as a thank-you gift for doing the survey, here’s a second chance at grabbing them. CLICK HERE for the coupon webpage – just print the coupons to use them.

Weekend entertainment … The Gazette’s community calendar has info on a Living Nativity on FRIDAY and SATURDAY, and Santa’s visit to the Linglestown area SUNDAY afternoon.

Speaking of Santa, the old guy from the North Pole also is scheduled SUNDAY afternoon to take a tour of West Hanover Township. CLICK HERE for details.

The heat will be on SATURDAY evening in the Farm Show’s Equine Arena when your pro indoor soccer team Harrisburg Heat hosts ReAL Harrisburg FC, 7:05 pm. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online. And, you can avoid the $8 parking fee at the Farm Show by parking on the HACC campus and walking to the arena. CLICK HERE to get a taste of the kind of action you’ll see at the game.

On the music scene, scheduled to do their thing at St. Thomas Roasters coffee house in Linglestown is steel guitarist Sterling Koch who will belt out the blues on FRIDAY and Just Dave, a longtime regular at Roasters, on SATURDAY, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover.

And, at nearby Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, you can enjoy Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s annual holiday jam that will feature festive goodies and seasonal tunes on SUNDAY, 1 – 4 pm, free. (map)

Dusting the furniture … That’s all for now, but B²’s pile of stuff has hardly been dented, so check back next week for more local news and happenings.

Hey, to make sure you don’t miss anything, start getting Linglestown Gazette’s free email alerts when the blog is updated by clicking HERE. After you sign up, you’ll get an email confirmation that has a link that you need to click to start getting updates.
Pictured is the Christmas tree that is giving the Linglestown square a festive look this holiday season. Photo by Gazette reader Edna Hutchins.

Ho, ho, ho season arrives in Linglestown area

Tis the season … Things kick off FRIDAY night with the Jingle Bell Bop at Lower Paxton Township’s Friendship Center, 6 – 8 pm, free. Enjoy the annual Tree Lighting festivities and a long list of family-fun activities, including Santa showing up on a fire truck.

The holiday season officially arrives in Linglestown this weekend in these parts with the annual Carol Sing and Tree Lighting in the square on SATURDAY at 6 pm. The gathering will happen in front of St. Thomas Restaurant, which will be serving free hot chocolate and coffee. Following the festivities in the square, Linglestown Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary will serve hot chocolate and cookies at the firehouse along with a blood drive and Marine’s toy collection. CLICK HERE for more info.

Checking the ole community calendar … Other weekend happenings listed on the Gazette’s Community Calendar are a pancake breakfast on SATURDAY and a display of nativities. CLICK HERE to check out these events and HERE to get event notifications via email.

Taste of Christmas at Roasters … The regionally famous coffee house in the village, that would be St. Thomas Roasters, is decked out for the season. Sources tell the Gazette that Frank and Jack Cotolo of Grantville are gearing up to do a Christmas show FRIDAY, and an act called Grit will do the honors SATURDAY, 8 – 10 pm both nights, no cover charge.

Housekeeping item #1 … The Gazette needs one or more readers to take photos at the tree lighting Saturday evening and send them to this email address –

Housekeeping item #2 … You can help the Gazette serve you better by filling out an online, 10-question survey, and you’ll get six coupon offers from local merchants as a thank you. CLICK HERE to make your thoughts and ideas known.

About the coupon offers – After you complete the survey, a web page will appear with a coupon that includes a web address. Put the web address in your browser’s address bar and then hit the ENTER key to access the six coupons mentioned above.
Pictured is a scene from last year’s Carol Sing and Tree Lighting event. Photo by George Gallion

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