McDevitt, CD & CD East student athletes spotlighted

* There’s an interesting twist about the three members of Bishop McDevitt High School boys’ swimming team pictured above – they’re related to each other, compete together on a relay team and have qualified for the state’s biggest meet of the season.

Pictured (L -R) are freshman Jonathan Mata, sophomore Alex Pompei and senior Anthony Pompei. Alex and Anthony are brothers and Jonathan is their cousin and they will be swimming in the 200 medley relay with junior Wendell Banks this weekend in the state championships at Bucknell University.

Also competing at states for Bishop McDevitt will be freshman Jenna Clancy in the girls’ 100 backstroke event.

* Congrats go to Central Dauphin High’s Garrett Peppelman for winning his second state wrestling title last weekend. CLICK HERE for details from PennLive on how he won gold in his final match as a Ram.

* Central Dauphin East senior Chase Edmonds, an all-state football running back, was recently named to the Pennsylvania Big 33 roster new balance 855. Also, he was honored this week by the Colonial Park Rotary Club as the high school’s student-of-the-month. CLICK HERE for more from PennLive about Chase’s outstanding athletic accomplishments.
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Tom Mata, Jr. submitted information about Bishop McDevitt’s swimming team.

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.
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Pictured is the DeAngelo Trio who will be appearing SATURDAY at Linglestown Gathering Place.

School musical season starts this week

High school musicals are fun to go to even if you don’t have kids or grandkids strutting their stuff on stage. Check out the local offerings over the next three weeks.

March 7 – 9 … Central Dauphin High School this week will present “Pirates of Penzance.” CLICK HERE for info.

March 6 – 8 … Harrisburg Christian School presents “The Wizard of Oz.” CLICK HERE for info.

March 13 – 15 … Central Dauphin and Linglestown middle schools will present their spring musical “The Wizard of Oz” at the CD Middle School auditorium. CLICK HERE for show times and HERE to purchase tickets.

March 21 – 23 … Central Dauphin East High School is gearing up to present “Pippin.” CLICK HERE for show times and HERE to purchase tickets.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

How CD High seniors can get money for college

The Central Dauphin High School Alumni Association would like to inform
the students and parents of the Central Dauphin High School Class of 2014 that the
Association is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to the two CD seniors who best
exemplify “school spirit.” Eligibility or preference of selection shall in no way be
affected by race, religion, or gender.

The scholarship application requires that students do the following: continue their education at a post-secondary institution; have a reference from a school employee; list school and community activities; and write an essay.

Since 2006, the CDHS Alumni Association has provided $16,500 in student scholarships to the high school’s graduating seniors. Funds are generated through various fundraising events throughout the year, as well as members’ donations.

Applications are due Friday, April 4, 2014, and may be obtained in the CDHS Guidance Office or on the Alumni Association’s website. If you have questions about the scholarship, application, or procedures, send an email to CDHSalumni@verizon.net or call 717-541-0220.

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.

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.

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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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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CD board updates teacher subs, financial studies

 
Every month the Linglestown Gazette has allotted me space to provide updates on educational issues. The Central Dauphin School Board has recently reviewed two initiatives that I would like to share with you.

Source 4 Teachers

Substitute coverage for our teachers has become more difficult, and currently the Central Dauphin School District is only able to fill 72 percent of vacancies.

Problems with substitute coverage have largely been driven by two external factors:

The Affordable Care Act legislation prescribes that any entity with 50 full-time employees who work more than 30 hours must provide health insurance. This mandate has been temporally postponed, but is likely to be implemented in the near future.

Also, a ruling by the Public School Employees Retirement System now prohibits retired teachers who are collecting pensions from working for the district.

The Board voted in December 2013 to approve a 2.5 year contract with Source 4 Teachers. The company has a 98 percent “fill rate” record. The district will be able to utilize retired teachers, recruit new teachers and save up to $35,000 annually.

The contract with Source 4 Teachers includes two one-year renewal options when the initial contract period ends on June 23, 2016. The cost to the district will be $127.30 per teacher, per day, for substitutes who work one to 70 days; and $137.00 per day for more than 70 days. There will be no additional costs and the substitute teachers will be paid the same as they are paid now.

Financial Literacy

In response to a community survey, the district found that 85 percent of the participants in the survey thought students should be taught how to manage finances. Among those who responded were 1,030 community members and 1,433 parents of Central Dauphin students.

The Board reviewed a proposal presented by Central Dauphin Curriculum Director Shirley Hunter earlier this month. The Financial Literacy curriculum “is designed to teach students how to become financially literate adults. The course includes topics
that prepare students for financial decision making, goal setting, saving, budgeting, borrowing, spending wisely and managing credit.”

The cost to implement the program is $4,300 and it was approved Monday evening.

In a related matter, a recent study by the Institute for College Access & Success found that Pennsylvania college students graduate with the third highest debt level in the nation.

Students graduating for Pennsylvania public and nonprofit colleges are carrying an average debt of $31,675 compared to the national average which is $29,4000.

On average, seven out of ten graduating college students had student loan debt in 2012. The total amount owed in outstanding college loans is $1.2 trillion.