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Linglestown Gazette: September 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

More on Hollywood Video closing

According to news reports, Alabama-based Movie Gallery, Inc. is closing about 520 underperforming and unprofitable Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery stores around the country.

In addition to the store on the outskirts of Linglestown, stores in Elizabethtown, Chambersburg and York are being shuttered in central Pennsylvania.

Over the next two months, the stores will be selling off their stock at a discounted price and finally closing their doors.

The company has been burdened with $1.1 billion in debt due to its takeover of Hollywood Video in 2005. The store closures are part of a plan worked out with lenders to remedy loan defaults.

Movie Gallery is the second-largest North American video rental company. It will operate 4,000 stores after the latest closures.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Any Penn State fans in Linglestown?

JoePa and his Nittany Lion gridiron team could have their hands full trying to get a "W" against Illinois on Saturday, according to Patriot-News sports pundits Horvath and Flounders.

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Linglestown weekend happenings

* Merchants of Linglestown are sponsoring a Fall Festival this Friday through Sunday. CLICK HERE for more details.

* Saturday – Chicken corn soup dinner at Linglestown Fire Co. from 11 am until supply is sold.

* Saturday - Linglestown Church of God, located across the street from the fire company, will hold a flea market from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, and a chicken BBQ from 10:00 am until the birds are gone.

* Saturday – The Pfeifers will be in concert at New Hope Church. Concert starts at 7:00 pm. Free will offering will be taken. CLICK HERE to view map with location of church.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

AT&T expands high-tech cell service to Linglestown

AT&T's third-generation (3G) broadband mobile network has expanded to the Harrisburg area, including Linglestown.

If you'ren not up to speed on 3G phone services, CLICK HERE for more info.

The expanded service most likely will lead to people spending more time staring at their cell phones and paying higher phone bills.

On a related note, state lawmakers are taking another crack at banning use of hand-held phones while driving.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Linglestown shopping update

* The merchants of Linglestown are sponsoring a Fall Festival this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30. Specials promotions, tastings and light refreshments will be offered at ...

- Chocolate Cafe
- First Impressions
- St. Thomas Roasters
- Linglestown Flowers & Gifts

Festival hours are Friday 10-8, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 12-4.

* Hollywood Video is closing. The store shares a parking lot with the Weis on Linglestown Road.

Monday, September 24, 2007

C.D. field hockey suffers first loss

In a battle of undefeated teams, Central Dauphin couldn't handle perennial girls field hockey power Lower Dauphin tonight at Hersheypark Stadium. When I headed for home, L.D. was ahead 6-1 with about three minutes remaining to be played.

CLICK HERE for game report by The Patriot-News.

Colts drop tight games to Cumberland Valley

Linglestown Colts varsity youth football teams came up on the short end of tight games on the road against arch rival Cumberland Valley yesterday in Keystone Midget Football Conference action.

PeeWee: Linglestown 2, CV 7
Pony: Linglestown 6, CV 14
Midget: Linglestown 6, CV 16

CLICK HERE to view league standings.

Linglestown travels to take on Susquehanna next Sunday, Sept. 30, in week #6 of the season. Games will be played at the Susquehanna Township High School field. First game starts at 1:00 pm.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

C.D. field hockey in big game

Central Dauphin and Lower Dauphin field hockey teams, both undefeated, will clash Monday night at Hersheypark Stadium. Game time is 6:30 pm.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Linglestown events

The weekend is fast approaching, so here's a look at local happenings this weekend and beyond:

* Friday & Saturday, Sept. 21-22 – Kids Market at New Hope Church. CLICK HERE for more info.

* Saturday, Sept. 22 – Linglestown Twilight baseball team will hold car wash from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at Commerce Bank located in the Paxton Square Shopping Center on Allentown Blvd. Price is $5 for cars, and $10 for SUVs, trucks and vans. Proceeds benefit the Linglestown Baseball Association.

* Saturday, Sept. 22 – Boy Scout Troop 11 will hold a car wash at Linglestown Fire Co. from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Upcoming events:

* Sept. 28-30 – Fall Festival presented by the merchants of Linglestown.

* Sept. 29 – Chicken corn soup dinner at Linglestown Fire Co. from 11 am until supply is sold.

* Sept. 29 – The Pfeifers will be in concert at New Hope Church. Concert starts at 7:00 pm. Free will offering will be taken.

* Oct. 11 – Linglestown Garden Club's fall foliage trip to Penn's Peak Showplace in Jim Thorpe, Pa. CLICK HERE for show information. Cost of trip is $62. For more information, call Helen Drathler at 234-8979.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

WHP TV-21: Linglestown Square update

CLICK HERE for video report, and HERE for text report.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kids Market is coming

If you need clothes and toys for little ones, be sure to check out the Kids Market at New Hope Church this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22.

CLICK HERE for more info from The Patriot-News.

Be on lookout for this guy

This a composite of a man sought in a series of daylight burglaries in homes off Linglestown Road. Anyone with tips is asked to call 717-657-5656.

CLICK HERE for more information from The Patriot-News.

Sketch from PennLive.com.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Linglestown community watchdog

There are two municipal meetings scheduled this week:

* Lower Paxton Township supervisors will meet Tuesday night, Sept. 18 at 7:30 pm at the municipal center, 425 Prince Street. Several right-of-way agreements for the Linglestown square project are on the agenda.

The meeting will be televised on Comcast cable channel 20.

* Village of Linglestown Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday night, Sept. 20 at 7:00 pm at Linglestown Fire Company's brick building.

I'd call the township office at 657-5600 to verify the meeting location – last month the meeting was moved to a committee member's home.
CLICK HERE to view the township's Web site.

Linglestown Colts update

Linglestown Football Association's varsity youth teams won two of three games on the road in Mechanicsburg on Sunday in week #4 action. The Colts midget team suffered its first loss of the season.

SCORES (Colts team records are shown in parentheses):

PeeWee: Linglestown 26, Mechanicsburg 0 (undefeated)

Pony: Linglestown 13, Mechanicsburg 0 (3 wins, 1 loss)

Midget: Linglestown 6, Mechanicsburg 12 (3 wins, 1 loss)

Linglestown travels to take on Cumberland Valley next Sunday, Sept. 23, in week #5 of the season. The field is located at Good Hope Middle School. Games start at 1:00 pm.

Linglestown's 'Tomato King' to till new lands

A former Warren Avenue resident and Linglestown Gazette reader referred to as the "Tomato King" in a blog post is starting a new life in Lancaster. CLICK HERE for the story.
Below is a revised version of the blog post referred to above:

The Linglestown legend, Steve Berkoski (aka the Tomato Man) has left the area. On Saturday (9/16/07) he married his long time girlfriend, Deb Martin. The nuptuals were held in Refton, Pa., and they are residing on a 73 acre Lancaster family farm. Now he can grow produce by the gross. His only concern is that they can only receive three TV channels, one of which is the "Cheese Channel." I am sure it is only a matter of time until he becomes a "Lancaster Legend."

-- Submitted by Joe Berkoski on 9/19/07


"People stayed in our parking lot overnight," said Kevin Lang, store manager. "We had 2,000 people at the doors when we opened at 7 a.m. We did the "Wegman’s Cheer.’ Then we let the people in to shop." And shop they did.

- From today's Patriot-News on Wegmans mega-supermarket's opening on Sunday. CLICK HERE to read the story.

For the record, I wasn't among the throng at the front door.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Music at Roasters

Check out this video if you didn't show up at St. Thomas Roasters on Friday night. You'll see and hear Frank Cotolo give a stirring rendition of "California Here I Come."

Frank's next performance at Roasters will be Saturday, Oct. 6.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Garage on village square gets new owner

The former John's Service Center will soon be Murphy's Automotive. The sign was posted this afternoon.

Sale of the property will be finalized late in September, according to the real estate agent handling the deal.

FREE world-class entertainment

Tomorrow night, that's Friday, Sept. 14, guitarist and singer Frank Cotolo will be performing at St. Thomas Roasters coffeehouse located near the village square in Linglestown. He will be on stage from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

Sing along, enjoy some java, make holiday ... no wagering will be allowed.

CLICK HERE to sample Frank's tunes as lead singer for the band Henry Morgan and The High Grass Boys.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Linglestown real estate auction a bust

No bidders showed up at the auction Monday evening for properties on the northwest corner of the Linglestown square. "For rent" signs have been posted in the windows of the former St. Thomas Creamery.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Village briefs

* Lower Paxton Township supervisors will discuss the Linglestown square improvement project at a workshop session tomorrow night, Sept. 11, 8:00 pm at the muncipal center, 425 Prince Street.

CLICK HERE to view the meeting agenda.

* 9/11 remembrance service will be held at the tomorrow night, Sept. 11, 6:30 pm at the Linglestown Fire Company. The evening's speaker will by Dauphin County Judge John Cherry.

* Daniel Alexandre, 18, son of Julien and Kimbra Alexandre of Lower Paxton Township, has received the Eagle Scout award, the highest achievement in Scouting. He is a member of Troop 68 in Linglestown. CLICK HERE for the announcement that appeared in The Patriot-News.

* Linglestown Garden Club's fall foliage trip to Penn's Peak Showplace in Jim Thorpe, Pa., is set for Thursday, Oct. 11. CLICK HERE for show information. Cost of trip is $62. For more information, call Helen Drathler at 234-8979.

Own a piece of historic Linglestown

Four buildings on the northwest corner of the Linglestown square, including the former home of St. Thomas Creamery, will be auctioned off tonight at 6:30 pm.

Plus, two residential properties just east of Lio's Pizza & Sub Shop are up for sale. The asking prices are $159,900 for the white home on the left, and $139,900 for the tan home on the right.

Pair of Colts teams remain undefeated

In youth football action at Koons Park on Sunday, Linglestown Colts peewee and midget squads easily upended Harrisburg Packers teams. Linglestown's pony team suffered its first loss to the Packers in a close game.

I watched about half of the midget game. The Colts had a decided size advantage, and broke a few long running and passing plays for scores.

PeeWee: Linglestown 20, Harrisburg 2
Pony: Linglestown 0, Harrisburg 8
Midget: Linglestown 30, Harrisburg 0

Linglestown travels to take on Mechanicsburg next Sunday, Sept. 16, in week #4 of the season.

CLICK HERE to view the Web site of the Linglestown Football Association.

Linglestown Colts runner (obscured by Colts player #36 in blue) gets tackled by Harrisburg Packers defenders.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Good stuff cheap

I spied a couple yard sales that will be held tomorrow, Sept. 8, in Linglestown:

* Craft & flea market at St. Thomas United Church of Christ located less than a mile east of the historic village of Linglestown.

* Neighborhood yard sale on Elmer and Elaine avenues. Turn onto Margaret Avenue from Linglestown Road to enter the development. Margaret Avenue is near the sharp curve on Linglestown Roat at the eastern edge of the village.

Both events start at 7:00 am.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

More on Wegmans

As reported a few days ago on this blog, the countdown has started for the opening of Wegmans mega-supermarket in the greater Linglestown area.

I've never shopped at Wegmans, and I bet many readers of this blog are in the same boat.

So, here's a couple items to get us up to speed on what all the fuss is about this store.

CLICK HERE to hear Internet radio personality Frank Cotolo of Grantville tell about his first trip a few days ago to a Wegmans at the Jersey shore.

And, believe or not, the Wegmans store in our area is aiming to attract shoppers from as far away as York, according to The York Dispatch. Holy cow!!!!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Prep begins for Sheetz store

Demolision work has begun on the old Geo's Family Restaurant on Allentown Boulevard and the motel behind the restaurant to make way for s Sheetz convenience store.

Geo's has moved to the Country Oven at the Best Western on Mountain Road.

Paxtonia firefighters conducted a training session at the restaurant on Saturday, Sept. 1. I think they were sawing through the roof.

Reese's Motel is slowly being torn down.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Colts continue winning streak

Colts pony team (blue jerseys) on offense against Paxton.

Linglestown Colts varsity football teams rolled over Paxton on Sunday at Koons Park. All teams are undefeated through the first two weeks of the season.

PeeWee: Linglestown 40, Paxton 0
Pony: Linglestown 41, Paxton 0
Midget: Linglestown 36, Paxton 6

Linglestown hosts Harrisburg this Sunday, Sept. 9 at Koons Park. First game starts at 1:00 pm.

Colts pony cheerleading squad in action.

Lower Paxton Township meeting tonight

The township supervisors will hold their first business meeting of September tonight at 7:30 pm at the municipal center, 425 Prince Street. CLICK HERE to view the meeting agenda.

The agenda includes an item related to the right-of-way plan for the Linglestown square project.

The meeting will be televised on Comcast cable channel 20.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Summer's not over ...

Don't let anyone fool you about the sun setting on summertime on Labor Day.

Fortunately for lovers of warm weather like me, summer won't officially end until September 23. Plus, there's Indian Summer to look forward to in October or early November.

More good stuff about Linglestown will be posted over the next few days. Be sure to check back on a daily basis.