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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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Backyard Gossip: Stuff you may have missed

Vaping coming to Linglestown … A Susquehanna Township man whose life was changed for the better by switching to electronic cigarettes – referred to by some as e-cigs – plans to open a retail outlet to peddle vaping products somewhere in the Linglestown area, according to PennLive. CLICK HERE for a newbie’s guide on vaping.

Keeping you safe … Lower Paxton recently hired two new patrol officers to fill spots opened by a retirement and a resignation. PennLive reports that the township employs 53 people in its police department.

CD sports updates … It’s hard to believe former CD girls’ basketball standout Alyssa Thomas already is a senior at the University of Maryland where she’s on track for becoming a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and three-time All-American. PennLive recently updated her strong play this season.

Unlike Thomas, another former top CD athlete has made headlines for getting in trouble with the law. Zayd Issah, who blew a chance to play football at Penn State, recently received probation for his multiple criminal offenses. It’s interesting to note that Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover, who seems to be a fair-minded jurist, handled the case. A PennLive report said Issah’s immediate goal is to find a post-secondary school to attend that will give him a shot at playing football.

Last but not least, CLICK HERE and HERE to check out where current CD and CD East athletes will be attending college next year and continuing their athletic careers.

Epstein in the news … CD school board member and statewide political activist Eric Epstein recently was featured in a WHP TV-21 report about lawmakers taking advantage of a loophole to purchase homes with tax dollars.

Vino preview … CLICK HERE for a sneak preview for a winery and tasting room that is tentatively scheduled to open next month. The owner, Marty Schoffstall, has a vineyard on his estate located about a mile south of the Gander Mountain store on Rt. 22.

Groundhog Day edition of Linglestown-area Backyard News

Just in case you plan to skip Sunday’s early-morning Groundhog Day party, here’s your weekend preview and community gossip update. Hey, let’s charter a bus and head to the Punxsutawney bash next year.

Cotolo & Cooney … If you love to sip coffee and other caffeinated drinks while listening to cool tunes, you’ll want to head to head to St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown. On tap is Frank Cotolo of Grantville on FRIDAY and Joe Cooney of Colonial Park on SATURDAY, 8 – 10 pm both nights no cover.

Come & get it … There will be an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast at New Love in Christ Church this SATURDAY from 7 – 11 am, and the buffet includes omelets made to order. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 5 to 11, and free for children under 5. (map)

Wanna save some $$$ … The Central Dauphin High Alumni Association is once again are offering their super-duper discount card that’s accepted at a whooping 38 local merchants. And, you do not need to be an association member to purchase a card. CLICK HERE for more info and keep in mind that this discount card is a great gift item.

Toast of the village … Linglestown soon will be home to a small wine-production facility now that the township zoning board signed off on the project. Three local men – Jeff Mauck, Aaron Hoke and Steven Kurtz – are teaming up to start Lucky Cask Wine Company that will be headquartered in a garage on Raspberry Lane near Koons Park. The business is bound to be the village’s best-kept secret because wine will be produced but not sold at the winery.

Way to go #1 … Mitchell Brady of Linglestown recently earned Eagle Scout status. His project was constructing cement pads for benches in the Linglestown square. (Submitted by Gazette reader Susan Seeds.)

Way to go #2 … The Colonial Park Rotary Club recently honored the six students from Central Dauphin High School, Central Dauphin East High School and the Dauphin County Technical School that attended the 53rd annual “Rotary Youth Leaders Conference” that was held last summer at Messiah College.

Pictured (L-R) below are Drew Goodwin, Colonial Park Rotary Club vocational chairman John Stoeckle, Savannah Carter, Mitchell Loser, Justus Steele, leadership program chairman Gary Crissman, Neal Rose and Kristin Evans.

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Smokin’ hot Backyard News for Linglestown & beyond

Lending a helping hand …   Linglestown Fire Company responded to a wild crash Monday along the river near Clark’s Ferry Bridge involving an 18-wheeler that hit a house. The mishap caused a fire to break out that destroyed the house and truck. Sadly, the driver, a 68-year-old man from Dillsburg, died at the scene.

Who is the happy-looking group? … Colonial Park Rotary, the community service group that is spearheading the town-clock project in Linglestown, recently inducted several new members.

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(L-R, new members shown in bold) Susan Ariail, Peggy Grimm, Ed Bulakites, Genevieve Peters; District Governor Dr. Hector Ortiz; Bill Bostic; Assistant District Governor David Ritter, Colonial Party Rotary Club President Lowman Henry; Dan Sheehan and Jaime Novinger-Toigo.

Central Dauphin off to good start in 2014 … The last two board meetings have been lively affairs with plenty of chatter among members. … The board appears ready to give a thumbs-up to a proposed financial literacy course for 9th graders. … The district could save $2 million over the next two years or so if a debt refinancing planned to take place in March goes as expected … Tweaks to improve the program for gifted students are being implemented.

1495559_607033316016680_334817064_nFacebook updates you may have missed … Lower Paxton Township supervisors hear plans for Linglestown’s 250th anniversary celebration | PennLive  … Old Navy and Ulta are coming to the Colonial Commons shopping plaza (pictured) | Linglestown Gazette … CD Rams boys’ basketball team is exceeding expectations so far this year, win tournament finale Sunday | PennLive  … PennLive high school wrestling expert says CD Rams are “by no means out of championship contention.” | PennLive  … State Rep. Ron Marsico will host seminar on concealed carry laws | PennLive 

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Linglestown Mayor lives on …  Fresh off a stirring appearance at Jingle Linglestown on New Year’s Eve (pictured), the mayor is prepping for his next trip into the squared circle on March 15. By the way, the story of the ole mayor is being told on Facebook and Twitter.


Wake up with Linglestown Gazette … Bob Rodgers, Linglestown’s clock guy, recently was overheard telling all within earshot at St. Thomas Roasters that he still wakes up every morning and checks his trusty laptop for the latest news from Linglestown Gazette. Bob has been a loyal reader almost from the start way back in 2006!

Linglestown Area Backyard Gossip, 12.02.13

New in the village … Linglestown’s newest retail outlet, Voodoo Mike’s on the square, is now open. The store’s website, which hasn’t been updated yet, sheds some light on the establishment.


Polly, on left, is pictured with former Rotary Club President Michele Legge.

Big doings coming in 2015 … Polly Murphy, a member of the Linglestown Area Civic Association, was a recent speaker at the Colonial Park Rotary Club. She spoke about plans in the development stage for a three-day event to celebrate Linglestown’s 250th anniversary that will occur during Columbus Day weekend in 2015. For additional information or to volunteer on the committee, you can contact Polly at (717) 652-5036.
Dr Charles Smith practice 1820's


Back in the day … Speaking of things historic, check out this photo of a Linglestown house that now is occupied by Pamper You Salon & Day Spa. It was built around 1821 and was used by a medical doctor, according to Jerry Miller, who is affiliated with Pamper You.


The heat is on … If you’re into soccer, take note that the season is under way for the Harrisburg Heat, a pro indoor soccer team headquartered at Sports City on Linglestown Road. Games are played in the Equine Arena at the PA Farm Show.

The team recorded it’s second win of the young season Saturday by overtaking the Cincinnati Saints in the closing minutes of the game. Below is the Gazette’s game report. Also, CLICK HERE for a post-game interview with the Heat’s leading scorer. By the way, the Heat are wearing the red and black striped jerseys.

Save The Date … The annual Linglestown Tree Lighting & Carol Sing is this Saturday at 6 pm in the square. And, Linglestown Gazette needs readers to submit photos because the blog’s only staffer, that would be B², will be out and about with Mrs. B². Please send photos to:

Linglestown Area Backyard Gossip, 11.26.13

It’s time to clean off the desk and share the Gazette’s pile of gossip with one and all to prepare for the big Thanksgiving weekend.

Let’s Make A Toast … Linglestown could soon have a winery if Lower Paxton Township’s Zoning Hearing Board approves a plan submitted by township resident Jeff Mauck. The board is scheduled to review the proposal on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm in the township’s municipal center in Colonial Park. (map)

The winery would be located in a garage along Raspberry Lane, the alley that borders Koons Park. There are no immediate plans for a tasting room at this time, according to a source helping with the project.
Linglestown Mayor gets into vino …
Yup, Linglestown Mayor Bill Bostic’s mug is now emblazoned on bottles of a sweet white wine produced by Spring Gate Vineyard in Lower Paxton Township. Marty Schoffstall, the vineyard owner, is gearing up to open a tasting room early next year. Spring Gate is located at the intersection of Devonshire and Devonshire Heights roads. (map)

Pro Soccer Features CD Grads …   The Harrisburg Heat, a pro indoor soccer team headquartered at Sports City near Linglestown, recently started their 2013-2014 season. The team plays home games in the Equine Arena at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Kenneth Fultz

     Kenneth Fultz

The Heat squad features three Central Dauphin High grads – Ken Fultz, Connor Malone and Justin Johnson. Fultz is the team’s leading scorer after four games and recorded an eye-popping six goals in the last two games.

CLICK HERE for a report on Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Freeze and HERE for a post-game interview with Fultz.

Honoring Our Vets … CLICK HERE for photos from ceremonies held at Linglestown American Legion Post 272 in commemorate Veterans Day 2013.

Gooble Gooble … If you want someone else to do the cooking on Turkey Day, check out this coupon offer from the folks at Mountain Road Diner, which is located off of N. Mountain Road at the I-81 interchange.

christmas treeHoliday Season Kickoff … It’s a tradition in these parts to get the holiday season started with an old fashioned Carol Sing & Tree Lighting in the Linglestown square. This year’s gathering will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. CLICK HERE for everything you need to know.

Cool Pool Gift Idea … Koons Pool is offering discounted 2014 season passes through the end of 2014. CLICK HERE for pricing info and membership application.

Help Needed … You can help shape the future of Linglestown Gazette by doing a soon-to-be-released online survey on Facebook. Plus, you’ll get gifts for sharing your thoughts!

Happy Thanksgiving to all Gazette readers!

Linglestown Area Backyard Gossip, 11.12.13

It’s time once again to catch up on news and happenings in the local world around you.


Former Central Dauphin School District lawyer James Ellison, who was involved in the district’s bus debacle, is being investigated for his work in a Chester County school district. – WHTM abc 27, includes video

Jay Wenger resigned from the Central Dauphin School Board in October because he moved out of the district. He was the only school board member that asked questions during public meetings about the district’s finances. The board plans to fill Wenger’s seat during their meeting on Dec. 3. – PennLive

Eric Epstein eked out a win over incumbent Linda Dallago in the school board election on Nov. 5, and Chris Judd retained his seat by beating back a challenge from Jay Purdy. – PennLive


Linglestown firefighters had a busy October, averaging one call per day. Plus, their soup sale was a big success. – Linglestown Fire Co.

La Piazza of Linglestown unexpectedly closed it doors and kitchen late in October. – PennLive

Sticking with restaurant news, popular village eatery Lio’s Pizza & Sub Shop has new owners, longtime Lio’s employee Dawn Packer and her husband John. One of their sons has been learning the ropes from former owner Tony Lio for the past two months. The Packers plan to keep the menu intact and are now accepting credit and debit cards. – Facebook

Professional holiday decorators Christmas Decor will be decorating the village’s Christmas tree in the square this year, reports Linglestown Area Civic Association. The community group will hold the annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 pm.


Word on the street is that there will not be a property-tax hike in 2014 for property owners in Lower Paxton Township.

Lower Paxton Township supervisors have received a final report on savings options for the Friendship Center, which is quickly becoming a burden on the township’s finances. – PennLive

New Hope Church located on the outskirts of Linglestown on Colonial Club Drive has received the go-ahead to build an addition on the back of the existing church that primarily will be used for children and youth activities. The plan calls for six classrooms, a multi-purpose room and an office to be constructed. – SWAN


LG_Mayor_01Linglestown Mayor, portrayed by Gazette publisher B², is expected to make a “big announcement” at a pro wrestling show at Sports City this Saturday, November 16. CLICK HERE for a video message and HERE for show info.

Backyard News, 09.12.13

Below are headlines published by that you may have missed.

Lower Paxton Township could be one of the first municipalities in PA to form a stormwater authority under a new state law.

Starbucks to pour java at Giant Food Store off Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township.

Lower Paxton Township supervisors deny rezoning for tract north of Union Deposit Road near CD East school complex.

Editorial: Face paint, bare chests, sports bras & masks: Do CD’s new rules for student rooting make sense?

CD board member Jay Wenger argues for school districts, including CD, to continue to have the option to use a financial investment, called swaps, that some feel is too risky.

Same man behind at least seven robberies near Linglestown and other spots in Harrisburg area.

Central Dauphin School Board asked to help a fired bus driver get his job back. 

Your Linglestown-Area Weekend, July 26 – 27

Hip hip hooray! Another week is nearly in the books and by darn the weekend is here again. Without further ado, let’s get into the fun stuff.

Big FRIDAY on tap … You got Frank Cotolo and his three-ring musical extravaganza at St. Thomas Roasters coffee house, 8 – 10 pm, no cover … or, grab a blanket or chair and head to Linglestown Village Market for Friday Movie Night Under the Stars! and take in the 1959 classic Teenagers from Outer Space, 9 pm, free … and if you’re still coming up blank, consider taking your blanket or chair to George Park for the final TGIF Summer Concert of the season to hear the Lower Paxton Township Variety Band under the direction of Jim Milbrand, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, free. (map)

SATURDAY free picnic, concert … The fine folks at Colonial Park Community Baptist Church are rolling out the welcome mat for one and all to eat, drink and be merry, 5 pm. CLICK HERE for details.

SATURDAY yard sale … This week’s one and only yard sale is set for 599 Colonial Club Drive in suburban Linglestown where you’ll find children’s clothing, toys, books, household and other good stuff, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm. (map)


Gazette publisher B²

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I messed up.

The post entitled “$162M of Your Tax Dollars on the Line Monday” incorrectly stated that the district’s property-tax rate would go up 1.7 percent.

The board had the option to raise taxes but opted to go with a no-tax-hike budget a few weeks ago.

Sorry for the error and any confusion it caused.

Linglestown-Area Backyard News, 06.20.13

Fireworks in the works … Linglestown Fire Company recently got a green light from the township fathers to hold its annual show at Koons Park to celebrate Independence Day. This year’s big bang will be on Wednesday, July 3. CLICK HERE for more info from the firefighters.

Paxton Herald highlights … The arrival of The Paxton Herald every Wednesday is a big event for many households in these parts. Below are five highlights from this week’s 40-page edition:

Section 1, Page 1 … A committee is working to honor former Central Dauphin East High School students who were killed-in-action or missing-in-action during their military service. If you know of a veteran who should be recognized, please call (717) 469-2407.

Section 1, page 4 … Friday is the start of summer and Rita’s on Linglestown Road is offering discounted prices for regular ices and gelatis.

Section 1, page 13 … If you have a green thumb, consider checking out the monthly meeting of the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center on Monday, June 24 at 10 am. Call Pat Hayes at (717) 362-3562 for more info. The group is based in Linglestown. (map)

Section 1, page 14 … Folks across North America who are into amateur radio, better known as ham radio, will drag their gear outside and operate with portable power to simulate disaster conditions this Saturday, June 22. Locally, you can see a demonstration Saturday morning at HACC’s Public Safety Institute located off Industrial Road at campus entrance 5.

Section 2, page 6 … Yard sales are happening this Saturday at 5010 Colorado Avenue (map), 1185 Fairmont Drive (map) and 7131 Charles Drive (map). Happy shopping!

speedo_manIt’s Speedo time … Too bad Gazette publisher B² doesn’t like to swim because he’s swimsuit ready this season thanks to expert help from his fitness trainer, Steve Gregg of Core Results on N. Mountain Road. Since starting October 31 last year, 2.5 inches have melted off his waist and the hip region is 3 inches smaller. If a ditzy 55-year-old blogger can do this, so can you. Disclaimer – B² receives discounted services from Core Results for publishing periodic progress updates.
Fireworks photo by Harold Neal

Millbock's Richard Cranium Rye

Linglestown Beer Guys to Release New Brew

Hey, I’ll drink to that!

Alan Miller and Albert de Bock, owner/operators of Linglestown-based microbrewery Millbock Brewing Company, are set to release a new beer Monday evening that they call Ale Killer Dogs IPA. CLICK HERE for details.

If you’re not familiar with Millbock, some of the morning gang that hangs out at St. Thomas Roasters gave one their offerings a try a few months ago. CLICK HERE to read their reviews.

4 Juicy Tidbits In This Week’s ‘The Paxton Herald’

The Paxton Herald, which describes itself as “Central Pennsylvania’s Largest Weekly Newspaper,” is headquartered in Lower Paxton Twp. not far from Linglestown.

Newspaper? Well, that might be a bit of an overstatement because the publication has no reporters.

But it’s worth plunking down 35 cents to feast your eyes on sometimes laughable opinion pieces, community announcements, advertisements and the incredibly fun to read free classified listings.

I scraped together four items in this week’s edition that pertain to the greater Linglestown area:

#1 … The Paxton Herald trumpets on the front page above the fold that it endorses Eric Epstein and Jay Purdy for Central Dauphin school board and Robin Lindsey for Lower Paxton Twp. supervisor in next Tuesday’s primary election.

#2 … Sticking with local politics, you’ll find ads for school board candidate Eric Epstein and Lower Paxton supervisor hopefuls Lindsey and Joel Jukus.

#3 … Paxton Herald publisher Annette Antoun is a longtime supporter of two men who formerly ran the Manada Hill Inn on Route 39 east of the truckstops that was destroyed by fire in 2002. Up until recently they worked out of the Shellsville VFW.

Antoun reports in a brief item on page 2, section 1 that the guys are now doing their culinary wizardry at Linglestown American Legion located next to Hornung’s Ace Hardware.

By the way, an ad for the Legion says a new menu is being introduced on May 23. You need to be at least a social member to eat there and consume your favorite beverages. Plus, you can rent the activities hall for banquets and wedding receptions.

#4 … Rounding things out (and this is a bit of a stretch), Lower Paxton Twp. has a legal ad to inform the public that a hearing will be held June 4 on the proposed re-enactment of the township’s Storm Water Management Ordinance. If you have an interest in where rainwater goes after it hits the ground, show up at the municipal center at 7:30 pm to weigh in on the issue.
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