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Linglestown Gazette: April 2007

Monday, April 30, 2007

Trash day obstacle

The Linglestown area experienced another windy trash day today. Not pictured are wind-blown recyclables caused by cans tipping over.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Linglestown weekend happening

The weekend has arrived, and that means ... you guessed it, chicken BBQ.

New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Drive, will be offering up birds and all the fixin's on Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 1 pm. Proceeds will benefit a community park project at the church.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Marzoni's, not Hoss's coming to Linglestown area

Linglestown Gazette reported earlier this year on a Hoss's Steak and Sea House that was in the works to be located near the Sheetz convenience store on Linglestown Road. Actually, Hoss's has another plan in mind.

The Patriot-News reported today that Hoss's "is in discussions" to construct a brew-pub restaurant called Marzoni's at the location, and is firming up plans to open one on the West Shore in spring 2008.

The news article cited Lew Bryson, a beer expert who probably has visited every brew-pub, micro-brewery and brewery in Pennsylvania and beyond. I saw him a couple times on a PA Books, a TV show on Pennsylvania Cable Network. Lew definitely knows his brewskies.

Thanks to Q for sending in the news tip for this post.

Pictured is Marzoni's in Duncansville, Pa., located near Altoona.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Campaign signs appear as primary nears

Campaign signs have sprouted throughout the Linglestown area for the May 15 primary election.

Signs placed at the flagpole island at the village square caused a stir on the Linglestown forum on PennLive.com. (See item #99.) I walked to the square tonight, and the signs had been removed.

This election cycle features races for county and township offices, school board seats and some statewide judicial posts. Also, all registered voters have a chance to weigh in on a school property tax issue

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Monday, April 23, 2007

LP Historical Society to meet Thursday, April 26

The Lower Paxton Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. April 26 at the St. Thomas Roasters coffee shop on Linglestown Road in the village of Linglestown. The public is invited.

The meeting will focus on topics that should arouse your curiosity about local history. CLICK HERE for more details.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Part 2: Linglestown weekend happenings

There's a yard sale at the Blue Meadows Farms development tomorrow, Saturday, April 21.

Village to get new parking lot

Planned improvements in Linglestown that tentatively will go under construction this fall include a 60-space public parking lot.

Based on e-mail correspondence with Lower Paxton Township manager George Wolfe, the red box in the photo below is the approximate location of the lot.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Linglestown weekend happenings

Friday night music at St. Thomas Roasters coffee shop features Frank Cotolo, a.k.a. Mr. Linglestown, who will debut his show that he's calling The Blind Will Hear, The Deaf Will See Extravaganza. He'll start spreading the good news at 8 pm or so.

Chicken BBQ is on tap on Saturday at the Linglestown American Legion Post #272 on N. Mountain Road across from Hornungs hardware store. Birds will be ready to go starting at 10 am.

Tax bureau update

Capital Tax Collection Bureau directors were questioned by local officials who attended a meeting held at the Lower Paxton Township municipal center.

In recent months, several muncipalities and school districts, including Lower Paxton and Central Dauphin School District, have questioned the amount of tax revenue received from the bureau.

CLICK HERE for the full story from The Patriot-News.
Previous post: Missing tax dollars


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Linglestown history tidbit

St. Thomas United Church of Christ is Linglestown's oldest church, dating back to 1730. It is located east of the village at the intersection of Route 39 and Wenrich Street.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Village watchdog

* Lower Paxton Township supervisors will conduct a business meeting tonight at 7:30 pm at the municipal center, 425 Prince Street.

The meeting will be broadcast on channel 20 on Comcast cable.

* Village of Linglestown Committee will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm at the Linglestown Fire Company's brick building.

The committee has started to work on zoning and development issues. CLICK HERE for details.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

LP newsletter

Findings about Linglestown in the spring edition of The Lower Paxton Township Newsletter ...

* Village of Linglestown Committee members appointed for 2007 – Eric Kessler, Andrew Christine, James Griffiths, Gary L. Hoffman, John Kepler, Stuart Knade, William E. Minsker, Paul M. Rowe, Joseph Mack, Perry Pierich, Jerry Miller and Pastor G. Barry Stahl.

* Parking spaces will be added at St. Thomas Roasters coffee shop. The project in part aims to eliminate a dangerous traffic problem in front of the building.

* Final plans have been approved for Candlewood Suites, a three-story, 93-unit extended-stay hotel at North Mountain Road and Lockwillow Avenue. The developer contributed $11,000 to the township for improving the traffic signal at the intersection.

CLICK HERE for more details. (See second item.)

* Lower Paxton Township will construct and maintain a 60-space public parking lot on property owned by Linglestown Life United Methodist Church, which is located a block north of the village square.

The lot is part of the township's village improvement project that is expected to go under construction this fall.

Stewing over Blue Mountain Parkway bypass

CLICK HERE for letter sent to The Patriot-News about the route selected for the new loop road that will connect Linglestown Road and Blue Mountain Parkway.

This issue was decided by Lower Paxton Township officials in February. CLICK HERE for full details.

Note: Hat tip to Q for sending link to letter.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Take me out to the ballpark

Scene from the youth baseball opening day ceremony at Koons Park.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Linglestown yacht club

Ship ahoy, and anchors away from the Port of Linglestown. Post a comment if you can identify the location of this yacht.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Get ready to weigh in on tax-shift

The Patriot-News published a letter to the editor from CD School Board member Ford Thompson (pictured) about the May 15 ballot question on school taxes.

He refers to a calculator on the school district's Web site that will determine if the proposed 0.4 percent increase in the earned income tax is in your best interest. CLICK HERE to give it a whirl.

CLICK HERE if you're in the dark about your chance to weigh in on a school taxation issue.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Village history nugget

Did you know that Linglestown was a documented stop on the Underground Railroad?

CLICK HERE to learn more. (See second item.)


LP launches new Web site

Lower Paxton Township's new Web site came online last week.

Some sections of the site are still under construction. Meeting agendas and minutes will eventually be available by clicking the Notices link located in the left-hand sidebar of the home page.

Will tax shift snare you?

Will you be a winner or loser if the tax question in the May 15 primary election passes? Check out an article in today's The Patriot-News to get a better idea of how you would fare.

If you're in the dark about this issue, CLICK HERE to get caught up.

Not registered to vote? Say what???

Fortunately, you still have time to get in the game. Voter registration deadline for the May 15 primary election is Monday, April 16. To get information on signing up, call Dauphin County's voter registation office at 780-6360, toll free at 1-800-328-0058.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Village calendar

* Linglestown youth baseball season's opening day is this Saturday, April 14, at Koons Park. Festivities begin at 11:30 am.

* Chicken Bar-B-Que capital of the world?

- April 14, drive-through BBQ at St. Thomas United Church of Christ, 6490 Linglestown Road, starting at 10 am, $6 donation.

- April 21, BBQ at Linglestown American Legion Post #272, 505 N. Mountain Road, starting at 10 am, $6 donation.

- April 28, BBQ at New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Drive, 10 am to 1 pm, $6.50 in advance, $7 day of BBQ, half chicken only $4. Proceeds will benefit a community park project at the church.

Voter registration deadline for the May 15 primary election is Monday, April 16. To get information on signing up, call Dauphin County's voter registation office at 780-6360, toll free at 1-800-328-0058.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Music at Roasters

Frank Cotolo will be doing his thing tonight at St. Thomas Roasters coffeehouse near the village square, 8-10 pm.

Great coffee, great entertainment, great atmosphere ... can't beat it!!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Former LP supervisor seeks office again

Jay Purdy has announced his candidacy for Lower Paxton Township supervisor.

CLICK HERE for a press release that outlines his goals and has details about his first campaign "fun-raiser."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Linglestown, the early days

* Dane Maryott, a member of the Lower Paxton Historical Society, has put together a nice collection of historic photos of Linglestown. CLICK HERE to check them out.

* Heard at last month's historical society gathering held at St. Thomas Roasters ...

The group is planning to scour Blue Mountain near the village for the site of a B-25 plane crash that happened during the 1950s. Jay Purdy, co-founder and past president of the historical society, said there are a few locals who can point them in the right direction. (Photo is not from crash site in Linglestown area.)

Lower Paxton Township news

LP supervisors approved a lease Tuesday night for a cell tower at the township's sewage facility. CLICK HERE for a story from The Patriot-News.

The only other item of note on the meeting agenda was review of a sewage plan for the Sheetz convenience store that will be built at the current location of Geo's Restaurant.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Missing tax dollars

In recent days, I've been linking to articles in The Patriot-News about problems at Capital Tax Collection Bureau, the agency that collects the 2 percent local tax for Lower Paxton and C.D. schools.

In Sunday's edition, there was an article that explained the state's wacky local tax collection system. Be sure to check it out if you're following this issue.

CLICK HERE for background information. (See second item.)


Be a community watchdog

Below are Lower Paxton Township meetings taking place this week:

* Board of Supervisors will conduct a business meeting Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 pm at the municipal center, 425 Prince Street.The meeting will be broadcast on channel 20 on Comcast cable.

* Also on Tuesday, the Greenway Committee will hold a public meeting at 7:30 pm at the municipal center.

* Parks and Recreation Board will meet on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 pm at the Friendship Community Center.