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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.

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 …

Bocce ball returns to Koons Park

The bocce ball courts at Koons Park that fell into disrepair in recent years have been upgraded and are ready to be put into use this week. And, if you’re really into this kind of sport, the courts can also be used for a game called petanque.

Odds are you’re not familiar with bocce and petanque. Well, you have a chance to change that this week.

The Rotary Club of Colonial Club and the Lower Paxton Twp. Parks and Recreation Dept. will be holding an open house on the courts at Koons Park on Wednesday, July 19 from 6 to 8 pm and Thursday, July 20 from 1 to 3 pm and 6 to 8 pm.

Township residents are welcome to come and see the improvements made at the park at the open house sessions and meet members of the Rotary Club to hear the plans for all courts and how residents can become involved in helping to organize activities. There will also be a demonstration of all activities provided and the equipment used.

The Rotary Club has made this possible through the generosity of the club members who continue to assist the parks and recreation department improve the recreational activities for residents of Lower Paxton Twp.

For additional information please contact the Lower Paxton Parks and Recreation Dept. at 717 657-5635.

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

Fireworks tonight in Linglestown’s Koons Park

Fireworks in Linglestown at Koons Park will start between 9 and 9:30 pm TONIGHT. Get there early to find a decent parking spot.

To get a jump on the crowd and a great view of the show, head to Koons Pool for their annual fireworks party that is open to the general public. Admission price is $3 per person and there will be inexpensive food for sale. CLICK HERE for more info.

The annual fireworks show is sponsored by Linglestown Fire Company and Lower Paxton Township.

Blue Ridge town hall set for Monday, June 12

SAVE THE DATES – Town hall meeting on plan to transform Blue Ridge Country Club into a retirement-style housing community with almost 350 units will be held this Monday, June 12 at Spring Gate in the Village, which is the former church located across from St. Thomas Roasters coffeehouse in Linglestown. The event will promptly start at 7 pm.

The town hall is especially for citizens who have no idea how government goes about approving or rejecting proposals like the one local developer Triple Crown Corporation needs to move forward with the Blue Ridge project.

Ironically, the Lower Paxton supervisors will discuss the Blue Ridge plan the next day (Tuesday June 13) during their monthly workshop meeting that will start at 6 pm at the Municipal Center on Prince Street.

Check back for more details about Monday’s Blue Ridge town hall.

CLICK HERE if you have no idea what this is about or need a quick refresher.
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Photo credit: PennLive.com

LP supervisors race contested on GOP ballot

Editorial by Bill Bostic, publisher of Linglestown Gazette

Two seats are up for grabs on the Lower Paxton Twp. Board of Supervisors this election season with Supervisors Bill Seeds and Bill Hornung opting to not seek re-election.

Fortunately, three solid candidates are on the Republican ballot in Tuesday’s primary election. The two Democrats in the race – Jacob Kreider and Catherine Scheib – will get on the fall ballot as long as no one mounts a last-minute write-in bid .

Best known among the Republicans is Lowman Henry, who previously served as a township supervisor and county commissioner. Beyond being an experienced local official, he has been actively involved with the Colonial Park Rotary Club, including serving a term as president and leading club’s effort to erect a clock in the Linglestown square.

Chris Judd and Timothy Pramik, the other Republicans on the ballot, don’t have the Henry’s experience in township affairs, but both have been involved in the community. Judd is finishing his stint on the Central Dauphin School Board and Pramik has been a firefighter with Colonial Park Fire Co. #1 for 47 years.

Judd has teamed up with Henry on the campaign trail and both of them have been endorsed by the Dauphin County Republican Party. Meanwhile, Pramik appears to be banking on support from the firefighting community and is being aided by some of the same folks who helped state Sen. John DiSanto win his seat last fall.

Henry’s experience in public office and civic affairs would be a valuable addition to the board. I’m not in a position to endorse either Judd or Pramik because I haven’t talked to either one of them.

CLICK HERE for more information from PennLive’s voters’ guide about the Republican candidates.

Vote to set stage for medical marijuana in Lower Paxton

Although it doesn’t clearly say it on the meeting agenda, Lower Paxton Township supervisors are expected Tuesday evening to designate areas where businesses in the medical marijuana industry that’s gearing up in Pennsylvania can set up shop.  (The planned vote is listed under old business as Ordinance 17-05 with no mention of medical marijuana.)

Municipal officials across the state are doing the same thing so they’re prepared if a medical marijuana entrepreneur approaches them for permission to locate a manufacturing facility or dispensary in their area. No proposed facilities have been discussed to date during public meetings in Lower Paxton.

The proposal would allow growing and manufacturing operations to be located in the industrial park that is south of Union Deposit Road along I-83 and along a stretch of Rt. 22 on the eastern side of the township. Meanwhile,  dispensaries would be allowed along the commercial district on Jonestown Road/Rt. 22 and near I-81 in the Linglestown area.

By the way, the marijuana that will be prescribed by doctors starting next year for cancer, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease and several other “serious medical conditions” isn’t the type that is smoked. The drug can be dispensed only in pill, oil, liquid, cream, solution or vaporization form – sorry, no dry leaves and little to no marijuana buzz will occur.

The supervisors will meet at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4 at the municipal center at 425 Prince Street. Meetings are also televised on Comcast and Verizon cable systems.

LP to get tasers, better PR and antiques in 2017

To kick off 2017, here are recent actions taken by the folks who govern Lower Paxton Township. Thanks go out to members of Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better known as SWAN, for keeping an eye on the township’s affairs.

*  Lower Paxton Township police will be equipped with Tasers at a cost of $65,000 to better protect officers.

  The township supervisors recently approved a 2017 operating budget that totaled about $56 million and held the line on the property tax rate. In a related matter, most township employees are in line to get a 2.5 percent cost-of-living-allowance pay hike.

*  After some bad experiences dealing with ABC27 News, township officials are looking to hire a public relations person to work on the township’s newsletter and website, deal with the media, serve as a liaison between the township and local organizations, and coordinate some in-house activities.

*  Devonshire Memorial Church is seeking permission from the township to construct a community recreational center on their property located along Devonshire Road between Costco and Spring Gate Winery. Church and township officials are trying to determine how to best address a regulatory issue to allow the project to move forward.

  The township’s Friendship Center will undergo several renovation projects that include adding a climbing wall, renovating two large rooms, installing some new flooring, and doing painting and electrical work. The supervisors have approved construction contracts for just over $400,000 so far, and other contracts will be finalized this year.

*  The Zoning Hearing Board recently issued a ruling that clears the way for an antique store to set up shop in the Linglestown square in one of the houses across from Eagle Hotel. No word yet on when the store will open.

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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.

Five things to know if you live in Lower Paxton

As Thanksgiving approaches, here are news briefs to feast on about recent Lower Paxton Township government meetings. Details were provided by members of Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better known as SWAN.

Townhouse community approved … Township supervisors recently gave a thumbs-up for Triple Crown Corporation to build Wynchase, a townhouse community near Olde Liberty Square in Colonial Park. The plan calls for 14 townhouses and a single-family home to be constructed along Queen and Byron avenues. (map)

Charter school is coming to LP … Infinity Charter School has received the township’s OK to set up shop on a Locust Lane property near ABC bowling center.

There were a number of concerns raised about increased traffic and the location being in a primarily residential neighborhood. After discussing the proposal, the township supervisors voted to approve the plan because all township zoning requirements were met and the state had issued a highway occupancy permit to the school.

CLICK HERE for additional information about the charter school’s plans to remodel and expand a building that previously housed a health food store and more recently a Hindu temple.

Heroes Grove update … Plans are in the works to put a cover over the stage and improve seating at the Heroes Grove amphitheater next to the Friendship Center in Brightbill Park. The committee working on the project told township officials that the improvements will make the amphitheater more desirable to be rented for performing arts events and other outdoor activities. CLICK HERE for details about the planned improvements and fundraising effort.

Parks & Rec news … The Friendship Center will soon undergo an interior construction project to improve the fitness center area and add a large climbing wall. Also, the township recently refinished tennis courts in Brightbill and Koons parks and installed new playground equipment in Kohl Park.

LP receives donation … VFW Post 148 located on Union Deposit Road recently donated $500 to the township. Half of the donation will benefit the police department’s K-9 unit and the other half will be earmarked for the department’s annual Night Out for Public Safety at George Park.
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Photo credit:  PennLive.com

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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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.