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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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.
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.
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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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.
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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#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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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 email@example.com 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.
Two notable local projects are in the news:
Dauphin County vo-tech students were spotlighted in a video report by Chuck Rhodes of WHTM abc27 on the planned town-clock project to help celebrate Linglestown’s 250th anniversary in 2015. The Rotary Club of Colonial Park is spearheading the project.
Polly Murphy, a Linglestown resident who is heading up planning for the celebration, said the students did a great job presenting their proposals to clock committee representatives.
CLICK HERE to view Chuck’s report.
Also, an amphitheater project planned for Brightbill Park in Lower Paxton Township has received a state grant. CLICK HERE to read about the Dauphin County Heroes Grove Memorial.
Photo courtesy of WHTM abc27.
Linglestown’s famous – some say infamous – roundabouts have been around for over two years. The general consensus is that they have improved the flow of traffic in the village.
But there’s a snag, and it’s a big one – the roundabouts are too darn small for big tractor-trailers.
Believe it or not, 18-wheelers have been banned from traveling through the village since 1994, according to a state transportation spokesman with PennDOT. The ban is tough to enforce, but township police have stepped up patrols for illegal truck traffic in recent weeks and numerous citations have been issued.
One local trucker said most of the culprits are out-of-town truckers who were not forewarned by their dispatcher about the roadway snags in the village, or they’re using consumer-grade GPS units that that don’t note the roundabouts and long-standing prohibition for big rigs.
Is there a solution to the damage truckers are causing to the curbs, signs and plantings on the roundabouts, especially the one in the square? The answer is maybe.
Lower Paxton Township officials and state Rep. Ron Marsico met with PennDOT officials earlier this month to discuss the problem. Township Supervisor Bill Seeds, who lives in the village, wants the state to shrink the size of the square roundabout’s center section – the circular area with plantings and directional signs – to make it easier for truckers to maneuver through the tight space.
Poorly located warnings signs for truckers on Route 39 and the lack of signs on N. Mountain Road were also discussed, said township manager George Wolfe.
We’re waiting to hear back for the state on modifying the roundabout and road signs, Wolfe said last week.
After the driver of the rig pictured at the top of this post figured out how to make it around the square roundabout, she was followed by a local cop and most likely ticketed. The photo was taken on Aug. 20, 2013.
Below are news stories that you may have missed. Reading this post will make you the most informed dude or dudette in you neighborhood.
PinnacleHealth will open upscale hospital rooms in Lower Paxton Twp. (PennLive.com)
Shogun Asian Fusion to open in Lower Paxton Twp. near Target. (PennLive.com)
Mikado II restaurant near Linglestown rebounds after fire. (PennLive.com)
Central Dauphin School District voters meet school board candidates. (PennLive.com)
On a related note, Linglestown Gazette thanks the school board candidates in contested races who are pictured above for participating in the forum and WHTM abc27 weekend anchor Megan Healey for hosting the event.
Dauphin County police chiefs group sets trick or treat for Oct. 31. (PennLive.com)
Whoa! Linglestown store near square robbed at gunpoint. (WHTM abc27)
Getting down and dirty … Lower Paxton Twp. is using fill from sewer projects to do initial grading for proposed playfields at Wolfersberger Park in Linglestown, according to community group SWAN. The undeveloped park is located along Wenrich Street. (map)
Koons Park softball field
Koons Park project update … Work has restarted on the softball field at Koons Park now that Linglestown softball association leader Sam Hartley has recovered from an injury. He hopes to finish the project this fall, SWAN reports.
Stickin’ with Koons Park … Koons Park football field will sport a new scoreboard before next season kicks off, according to a report from SWAN. The old scoreboard apparently is on its last legs.
School walkers … Lower Paxton Twp. officials are finalizing a state grant application for CD School District to submit for funds to improve the safety for students walking to Linglestown elementary and middle schools. Info from SWAN.
Gazette testimonial … If you need a spot to hold a group meeting or banquet, consider checking out Mountain Road Diner located along N. Mountain Road at the I-81 interchange. The eatery is home base for the Lower Paxton Lions Club. (This is NOT a paid ad.)
Say what? … Sources tell the Gazette that some Central Dauphin residents have received automated phone calls gathering info on the upcoming school board election on Nov 5. One question is whether you would vote for a candidate endorsed by Board President Ford Thompson. Why would a person or group shell out cash to do this for a school board race in which winners get $0 in pay for their service?
Honoring vets … Work is under way at CD East High on a memorial for military veterans who attended the school. Information is needed on whether the following men died while serving our country – Gary Guss, Rolan Edward Paul and Dennis Wiley. If you can help, please contact Ed Wisehaupt at 717-469-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org via email.
Keep tabs on community events with a free email service from your friends at Linglestown Gazette. CLICK HERE to get the ball rolling. IMPORTANT — Be sure to click on the link in a follow-up email.
More citizen watchdogs are needed to attend Central Dauphin School Board meetings, and you, yes you, have a chance to get up and at ’em Monday evening. CLICK HERE for all you need to know.
And Tuesday evening is the annual bash organized by the Lower Paxton Township Police called “Night Out for Public Safety.” CLICK HERE for more info.
Pictured in the featured image is Stefan Klosowski in a tree costume at last the New Year’s Eve bash held in the Linglestown Square. It was posted to get your attention. Did it work?