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Pile of local stuff – GMU, Thu, 3/22/18

Pile of local stuff is on tap for the GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE (GMU) for Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Ut oh! Wacky Weather Guy aka WWG is doing the deed today.

Title sponsors for this unique presentation of local news are Consolidated Insurance Services and 105th PA House candidates Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein for State Representative.

Local news galore on today’s show ably presented by the Gazette’s weather dude. What a treat!

Finally, please consider helping the Gazette to fund one or two summer interns by becoming a patron. CLICK HERE for more details.
Mentionables — Linglestown Fire Company #1 – Station 35, Colonial Park Fire Co. #1, Paxtonia 34 Fire Company, Koons Pool, St. Thomas Roasters Coffee House, Lower Paxton Township, Lower Paxton Township Historical Committee, Neil Renaldi, Joe Gilloway, Joe Murphy, Triple Crown Corporation, Next Level Basketball Performance Academy, Central Dauphin HS Boys Lacrosse, Todd Parlin



Meet the Singers, CD’s first family of basketball

Part 1 of episode 6 of Gazette Sports Chat uncovers Central Dauphin High basketball royalty.

You’ll meet Scott and Gabby Singer, a father-daughter duo, who were top performers on Rams basketball teams. And Gabby topped things off by playing a key role in the Lady Rams’ run in 2008 that produced a state championship.

The Singers are using their basketball prowess these days to help basketball players advance their games at their training facility, Next Level Basketball Performance Academy.

“This a must-watch for anyone into high school hoops,” said show host Joe Gilloway.



CD Rams lineman Heshler piling up offers

UPDATE (Jan. 24, 2018) – Central Dauphin High’s standout offensive lineman Bo Heshler will join the Warrior Nation of East Stroudsburg University to continue his academic and football careers.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL — Central Dauphin Rams senior offensive lineman Bo Heshler has received offers to continue his academic and athletic careers at two state universities, the East Stroudsburg University Warriors and the Bloomsburg University Huskies.

Heshler is scheduled to check out two more colleges this week, according to a Facebook update.

He was a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division first-team offensive lineman selection this past season.

Bo did the Gazette’s first-ever Ram player interview during the second week of training camp last August.

An earlier version of the post incorrectly reported that Heshler had decided to attend East Stroudsburg University.



BASKETBALL COLUMN: Lady Rams get home cookin’ with secret sauce

By Joe Gilloway
Gazette sports correspondent

Well, I was warned.

It was during an extended conversation Thursday evening with a friend who’s as intimately connected with Pennsylvania high school sports as you’ll find, and even more specifically Mifflin County high school sports.

I was told to expect some home-brewed officiating at the Lady Rams at Mifflin County Lady Huskies girls basketball game. I pretty much brushed it off. And not that my friend isn’t credible. I’d go to him for anything to do with high school sports. He’s been at it for decades. He’s known the players, the coaches, the officials, and anyone else connected to PIAA athletics, for just shy of 40 years. But I just didn’t think it could possibly be this bad.

I arrived at the school, and it was a sight to behold. As nice a school as you’ll find. Or at least close to that. Finished just six years ago I was told, the entrance looked like a courthouse in some upper-crust southern city. Like maybe in Savannah, Georgia, or Charleston, South Carolina. Okay, so far, so good. The place looked legit.

I was treated kindly by a handful of older men who were posing as “Security”. They made no objections when I told them where I’d like to set up my equipment to air my reports, and even asked if there’d be anything else I needed. Nice school … check. Nice people working the venue … check.

But then came what I was warned about.

The game tipped off, and I’d barely gotten my first Laffy Taffy unwrapped before our top scorer received her second personal foul call. Get opposing scorer into foul trouble … check.

Do players commit fouls? Certainly. Should they be called? Most definitely. In my best Ron Popeil voice, “But wait, there’s more.”

Our backup guard, Delaney, was assigned to blanket the Huskies best player, and it looked like more of a sleeping bag. Wherever their #3 went, our #13 was there. I know good one-on-one coverage, and Delaney was playing it. But after a spell of not being able to get into her normal offensive groove, #3 placed a forearm directly into #13’s chest, which literally pulled her off the ground and onto her back. This occurred just near center court, in view of everyone but the man mopping the floors of the palace lobby.

Do officials miss calls? Certainly they do. But are we starting to see a trend here? Yup.

So the game goes on, and it’s a tight one. The Huskies were, for the most part, playing well. They’re coached well, and they were executing. I’m not here to take anything away from a bunch of hard-working kids who were just trying to win a game. My hat is off to them. And they certainly weren’t in on anything outside of following Coach Herto’s plan.

But then came the Lady Rams’ push. They started to wear down the Huskies a bit, took a brief lead, and that seemed to be the signal. Yeah, I’m going there.

Senior forward Jamie Brann, who had no fouls at the time, came hustling up the court in an attempt to alter a shot by the Huskies #3. She committed a foul. Okay, that’s one for her, right? Nope. You see, we had a player with two personal fouls at the time, who was not remotely part of this particular play. And don’t you know, now she had her third. Her being in foul trouble, as it was just early in the second half, had a lot more value than making the call on the player with zero fouls.

I watched as the Rams coaches respectfully notified the official that he’d called the foul on the wrong player. And then I saw the official running down the court, shoulders shrugged, with a look of, “Hey, we ain’t perfect.” Those sitting at the scorer’s table were even trying to notify the official that he’d tagged the wrong player with the foul. What does that tell ya’?

So now we’re in the fourth quarter. Point guard Sam Gress is trapped, but not giving up the ball. She starts to get visibly smacked in her face by the overly-aggressive Huskies defenders. And no, I don’t blame the Huskies players. Again, they’re just trying to win a game. And basketball is a contact sport which often gets a little rough. But I watched Sam approach the official after the play, just to make him aware of what had transpired. She did so with nothing but courtesy and respect. That’s all Sam knows. She couldn’t be any other way if she tried.

But the official took exception, and told her, essentially, that if she didn’t shut her mouth and go away, she’d be assessed a technical foul. Typically a game official prefers a player approach him or her after the play, just as Sam did, and make them aware of things they may not be seeing. Not this guy. Seemed like an ideal opportunity to potentially make things a bit more of an uphill climb for Sam and her team.

So fast forward to close to the end of the game. It’s tight. The Rams are again operating on just a tad bit of momentum. Forward Nadia Romanchock, who was playing a whale of a game, gets the ball down low, just under the basket. She puts up a shot and a foul is called. The CD fans erupt. It’s just what they needed. The clock is stopped, and Nadia, a strong free throw shooter, is heading to the line to shoot two.

The official then walks over to the scorer’s table, and in a moment of what seemed like just a colossal brain fart, signals that the foul is on “#25 in green”. Has to be wrong. He’ll fix it, right? Wrong.

He called an offensive foul on a play we’ve all seen thousands of time. Player gets ball under basket. Player puts up simple little layup amongst two opposing players. Foul is called. Pretty common, huh? But how often to you see the player who is shooting the ball called for the foul? Probably only in settings like this.

Now we’re down to the wire. Somehow the Rams have stuck around and still given themselves an opportunity to win this game.

Our player, we’ll just call her #15, clearly has possession of the ball. The opposing player grabs hold too. Jump ball (or “held ball”, as it’s now referred), right? Possession arrow to the Rams. They’re gonna somehow pull this one out! But the Huskies coach calls a timeout, which was granted, and his team also is given possession of the ball. Cripes.

We are now officially in the Twilight Zone. It’s time to laugh or cry. Total free throw attempts for the Huskies 29, and for the Rams 15.

A college coach in attendance, who was there to watch one of his signees, called it the most poorly officiated game she’d ever seen. And this woman has been around the block. Knows basketball. Knows officiating. Been there, done that. And much more than most of us.

So what do you do? Well, take your lumps. Chalk it up to, “Sometimes that’s just what you get.” Sour grapes? You’d better believe it. Very sour. Extremely sour.

But I’ll never again discount my friend when he warns me of the pending officiating doom waiting up there just off Route 322 in Lewistown. Again, he’s from there. He’s seen it time and time again. Knows the routine. And he wasn’t just making small talk when preparing me for it.



Day-Tripping: Two National Parks, Fall Foliage & Fun

Take a day trip with Linglestown American Legion Post 272 …

In just a blink of an eye, a common field in Pennsylvania became a field of honor forever.

Linglestown American Legion Post 272 has graciously extended an invitation for a few Gazette readers to join them on a van trip on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 to that common field in Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 and its 44 passengers launched this tiny town into the world’s spotlight during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Wall of Names at Flight 93 National Memorial

You’ll stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center to take in its stunning architecture, explore the exhibit area and Learning Center, and then stroll the ¼ mile walkway to a wall that memorializes those who perished. From the wall area, you can look out over a field and see Flight 93’s final resting place that is marked by a huge boulder.

And there’s more …

After lunch you’ll travel north another 40 miles to a second stop — The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historical Site. Here you’ll learn about a transportation engineering marvel that was built to get boats on the Erie Canal over a major obstacle — mountains. The stop will include a tour of a house that once was a tavern and a popular stop for rail passengers, an engine house shelter, and a historic bridge.

And if you’re lucky, the hills and dales between Linglestown and our destinations will be ablaze with a palette of fall colors.    

Departure will be from the Linglestown American Legion Post 272 at 505 N. Mountain Road at 9 am sharp, with an arrival time back in Linglestown around 7 pm.

Be sure to reserve your seats ASAP because only 12 spots are available to Gazette readers.

The suggested donation for a non-Legion member is $50, and only $90 per couple. Your donation does not include lunch, but there will be a stop at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Somerset. Deadline for reservation is Oct. 16, 2017. Checks should be made out to Linglestown American Legion Post 272 and mailed to:

Linglestown Legion Van Trip
℅ Linglestown Gazette
6204 Elmer Avenue
Harrisburg, PA  17112

For more information, please call Bill Bostic at (717) 512-0722 or send email to

Vote sets stage for changes at Blue Ridge CC

By Bill Bostic

By the slimmest of margins, a longtime country club on Linglestown Road is one step closer to growing homes and apartment buildings designed for seniors instead of grass.

Lower Paxton Township supervisors approved zoning changes Tuesday night for soon-to-be-closed Blue Ridge Country Club that were proposed by the landowner and developer, Lower Paxton-based Triple Crown Corporation (TCC). Board chairman Bill Hornung, Bill Hawk and Gary Crissman gave thumbs up, while Robin Lindsey and Bill Seeds cast no votes.

TCC has been working with township officials and meeting with the public for over a year to make adjustments to zoning regulations for a planned retirement-style, aging-in-place housing community. The company’s sketch plan (pictured above) includes four five-story luxury apartment buildings, town homes, detached single family homes, a commercial section along Linglestown Road, an assisted-living facility with a memory care unit, and a 30-acre public park.

The idea for the project came from the township supervisors as part of their effort to bring aging-in-place options to Lower Paxton.

The request to TCC came after township officials asked companies that have communities in the area for seniors to consider putting one in Lower Paxton. No one was interested, said Crissman.

The new wrinkle introduced Tuesday by TCC was a restrictive covenant that requires 75 percent of construction be housing, limits the number of dwelling units to a maximum of 370, requires the development plan be consistent with the concept plan (pictured above), and requires 30 acres be devoted to a public park.

“We wanted to provide a level of certainty that the plan that we’ve been presenting is the plan that would get implemented,” said Charlie Courtney, an attorney working with TCC.

TCC will begin to put together a full-blown development plan. Mark DiSanto, CEO of TCC, said it would take three to five months to get a plan ready to submit to the township for review. Once a plan is submitted, it normally takes several months of review by township officials prior to the supervisors getting the plan for final consideration.

If all goes well, a final vote on the plan could happen sometime in the second half of 2018.

Hornung, Crissman and Lindsey were disappointed that TCC plans to only include an assisted living facility but no skilled nursing care.

It’s possible that The Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg could expand or the landowner for Sportsmen’s Golf Club could build senior nursing facility, said Hornung.

Crissman also called for the township and citizens to lobby the state for help with traffic congestion and dangerous intersections in the Route 39 corridor.

* CLICK HERE for a PennLive story and video about TCC’s planned project at Blue Ridge Country Club.

* Linglestown Gazette plans to hold a town hall in the near future for citizens who are interested in pestering state officials for Route 39 improvements. Watch this Facebook page for details.

Put Wacky Weather Guy to work for you

Koons Pool is closed for the season and Wacky Weather Guy aka WWG and KOONS POOL WEATHER show broadcast weekdays on Facebook Live is available to promote your business, group or special event. You can become the title sponsor for a week, a month or longer periods of time.

What you get as title sponsor:

  • Your name would replace KOONS POOL in the show’s name.
  • WWG would do one report each week from your place of business & you or one of your employees could serve as a guest weather reporter – script is provided.
  • WWG would spotlight your product and services as part of the report.
  • WWG would wear a hat and shirt that features your company logo and/or name – you need to provide the clothing.
  • Facebook updates for the report would include a link to your company’s Facebook page or website.

Basic rates:

    • $30 per week
    • Discounted monthly rate is $100
    • Contact Linglestown Gazette for a quote for a  sponsorship longer than one month

NOTE — Sponsorship revenue is split between Koons Pool and support of local journalism provided by Linglestown Gazette.

Book your sponsorship today by contacting

Linglestown Gazette.

One man’s death wish for big-box stores

A slice of life from the Bill Bostic, Linglestown Gazette’s independent journalist

I really, really HATE home fix-it jobs.

My MO is to put off doing these testy tasks until my wife, Barbara, rightly cracks the whip. There’s been a lot of putting off this summer because Barbara has been out of town caring for her sister who had a liver transplant. She’s back now and yesterday was my official catch-up day. I made a list of crap to buy and headed for one of the big-box stores in the area.

One item was a basic doorknob. Easy enough, right? WRONG times infinity.

The big-box store didn’t appear to have a basic, no-frills doorknob. There wasn’t a store associate to found — no surprise there — and I selected a knob that looked like it would do the job. Unfortunately, I spotted a problem when I unpacked the knob from its plastic home — one of the screws needed to attach one side of the knob to the other was nowhere to be found. It turns out that the human or machine that packed the item had wrongly put a third wood screw in the box instead of the correct screw. I guess you could say I was SCREWED big time.

I forged ahead despite the missing screw and ran into another problem — the insides of the doorknob were too big for the hole in my door. This discovery began an epic meltdown. My first moves were to grab a towel to cover the knob and then beat the hell out of it with a wrench that was close by in a vain effort to force it into the hole. When that didn’t work, I went for heavier artillery, a hammer, and repeated the process. This resulted in the knob acquiring a new look that rendered it unreturnable to the big box.

Mind you, my childish hissy fit by this time had devolved into angry outbursts about modern retailing that were sprinkled with a healthy dose of profanity. Barbara and our two dogs thankfully gave me a wide buffer area to act like a jackass. I ripped the parts out of the door and with great satisfaction threw the big-box not-so-basic doorknob into the trashcan at a speed that would get the attention of pro baseball scouts. Man did this feel good!

This episode is stupid, I know. But, stupid things happen when you stupidly lose your cool in a big way.

My next move was golden though. I headed to my neighborhood hardware store, Hornung’s Hardware.They had basic doorknobs and one of the store’s answer guys was johnny on the spot to help me select wood screws that I needed to do the job. Why didn’t I try Hornung’s first?

Did I tell tell you that I HATE home fix-it jobs?

I noticed Bill Hornung, owner of Hornung’s Hardware in Linglestown, has started offering life advice in Facebook status updates that also include updates about specials at his store. CLICK HERE for the one he posted on Labor Day.

This article is NOT an advertisement for Hunung’s Hardware. It is a true slice of life. With that said, it is an example of what can be done for businesses that support local journalism. Contact the Linglestown Gazette on Facebook or at for sponsorship info.

NEWS & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE SHOW featuring LP public servant Fred Lighty, 7/21/17 (Episode #5)

This show was recorded at Spring Gate in the Village in Linglestown, which is available to be rented for special events. 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:

26:47 – 22:45 Intro to Linglestown Gazette’s approach to providing local news and community info

22:44 – 3:15 Interview with Fred Lighty, Lower Paxton Township Planning Commission chairman – topics covered include public service, proposed development at Blue Ridge Country Club & how citizens can get involved in updating the township’s Comprehensive Plan

3:14 – 0:00 Quick look at the week ahead in Lower Paxton Township

Show links:

Lower Paxton Township Planning Commission (See second listing)

9-question citizen survey on issues related to an ongoing update to Lower Paxton’s Comprehensive Plan (Scroll down to see first survey question)

Dauphin County Comprehensive Plan

Regional Growth Management Plan by Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

How to contact Lower Paxton Township officials:

* Township supervisors’ voicemail — (717) 724-8327

* Email addresses to use for submitting written comments about the proposed zoning changes related to Blue Ridge County Club:

  • George Wolfe, township manager:
  • Planning and Zoning Department:


Episode #4 – Interviews with Polly Murphy & Wacky Weather Guy

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

Sign up to help with Gazette’s promotional video

To get more info or to volunteer to portray a “disappearing” journalist, please contact the Gazette by sending email to -or- contact the Gazette via Facebook.

Date:  Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Time:  11:45 am until 12:15 – 12:30 pm

Location:  Spring Gate in the Village in the village of Linglestown, Pa. (Map)

What you will do:  You will not act per se or have to say a word. You will be supplied with a prop by the Gazette that will make you look like a journalist — it could be a reporter’s notebook and pen, a videocam, a microphone, a point-and-shoot digital camera or a tablet computer. The scene will have 3 or 4 people lined up across a stage. The edited version of the video will show journalists disappearing one by one to denote the lack of community reporters, sometimes called beat reporters, in Lower Paxton Township and Central Dauphin School District.

What to wear:  Business casual outfit (request a call if you need more info)

How many are needed:  3 or 4

After the shoot, participants are invited to grab a bite to eat and drink at St. Thomas Roasters.

Gazette launches weekly show on Facebook Live

Below is a link to the Linglestown Gazette’s first News & Lifestyle Magazine Show on Facebook Live.

The show is just under 30 minutes long. That may seem long, but it’s a magazine show, not a quickie YouTube video. You taking the time to view all or parts of the show will help you connect with your community and find out what in the heck is going on.

You can watch it from start to finish or use the guide below the to go directly to specific topics.

For Gazette readers, the most important segment is the one from 16:28 – 6:47 on what is happening with local journalism in Linglestown, Lower Paxton Township and Central Dauphin School District. Please watch it.

CLICK HERE to view the show.

Topic guide:

0:00 – 28:43 … Intro to Linglestown Gazette’s News & Lifstyle Magazine Show on Facebook Live

28:44 – 25:52 … Tribute to Pittsburgh’s Fred Rogers of children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”

25:53 – 23:08 … A Linglestown mom, Christina Ziser, is trying to find a kidney donor

23:09 – 21:43 … Lianne Snyder, sister-in-law of Gazette journalist Bill Bostic, had successful liver transplant surgery

20:26 – 16:37 … Update on proposed retirement-style community at Blue Ridge Country Club

16:28 – 6:47 … Where are the local news reporters? How Linglestown Gazette will serve the greater Linglestown area, Lower Paxton Twp. & CD School District

6:36 – 4:37 … First volunteer reporter submits news tidbit to the Gazette

4:38 – 1:50 … Koons Pool updates

1:44 – 0:35 … Why a lot of news isn’t showing up on the Gazette

New social network is perfect companion to Linglestown Gazette

If you want more local gossip and community news about the Linglestown area and Lower Paxton, a free private social network called Nextdoor is something you need to check out – now.

The page for our area, Nextdoor Linglestown, has been growing like crazy in recent months because your neighbors are finding out about lost pets, getting tips on who to hire to power wash their deck or paint a bedroom, learning what doctors and dentists are top notch, and receiving alerts when a bear is roaming around a neighborhood.

This online community takes sharing the latest at the fence with your neighbor and puts it on steroids. Seriously!

Plus, folks are using it to sell household items and their services. Heck, I found a great person who did a wonderful job taking care of my beloved dog when I recently took a vacation.

All you need to get started is to sign up for a free log-in. Yup, it’s free. CLICK HERE to join Nextdoor Linglestown, and then be sure to share it with your friends and family who live in your neighborhood.
Disclaimer – Linglestown Gazette receives no compensation for promoting Nextdoor. And if you’re curious, CLICK HERE to learn how Nextdoor makes money.

CD, LP ballot set for fall election

A small number of voters in the Linglestown area made their way to the polls Tuesday for the primary election to nominate Republican and Democratic candidates for the fall vote.

For Lower Paxton’s two seats on the Board of Supervisors, Republicans Lowman Henry and Chris Judd will face Democrats Jacob Kreider and Catherine Scheib.

For school board, Eric Epstein topped Richard Mazzatesta in both the Republican and Democratic races for a four-year term to represent a region that runs along Lower Paxton’s western border. Odds are good that Epstein secured a second term on the board Tuesday.

There also was a race in the same area for a two-year seat, and Eric Mock and Richard Mazzatesta will face off for this spot in the fall.

For the school board seat that represents most of Lower Paxton, Justin Warren and Pamela Pertillar won nominations for the fall election.