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Linglestown Gazette: April 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Square project: Water line still in limbo

No decision has been made yet on whether the Linglestown improvement project, sometimes referred to as the square project, will include the installation of a public water line along Route 39 in the historic village section.

Lower Paxton Township officials are still working to determine how many property owners want to hook up, said John Hollenbach, general manager for United Water Pennsylvania. “It's the company's desire to make it happen, but we can't foot the whole bill,” he said.

Without a doubt, the big stumbling block to getting public water in the village is the steep price for hooking up, which would cost property owners an estimated $3,000 – $4,500 per property.

The water line would increase property values of homes and businesses, provide a reliable and monitored water source, and most importantly bring fire hydrants to the village.

Meanwhile, the improvement project tentatively will be put out to bid early this summer. With skyrocketing fuel prices, I believe there is a very good chance that bid prices will outstrip available funding for construction, possibly delaying the project.

Planned improvements include two traffic roundabouts, decorative streetlights, benches, stamped concrete sidewalks and trees.

Developing story …

CD sports CD girls’ soccer team Tuesday secured a share of the Mid-Penn Commonwealth title by rattling Red Land 6-2. Jocelyn Weidner (pictured) rolled up a natural hat trick for the Rams, who also picked up a goal and two assists from Kate Yurkovic. Next up for the Rams is an away game Thursday night at 7 pm against second-place Cumberland Valley at Chapman Stadium. … In boys’ volleyball, CD’s Nick Sheleman pounded 20 kills and had three aces in CD's 3-1 triumph Tuesday over Cedar Cliff. Jon Lutz chipped in 13 kills and two aces for the Rams. CD dropped the first game and then ripped off three straight wins to close out the match. Game scores were 26-28, 25-17,25-20, 25-20. The team plays archrival Cumberland Valley in an away match Thursday at 7:30 pm. CV topped the Rams earlier this season. CD volleyballers are in third place with a 4-2 divisional record, 9-3 overall. The team has qualified for the Mid-Penn Tournament. … Moving to track and field, Chambersburg defeated CD by counts of 79-71 for boys and 94-56 for girls.

Source Link (soccer); Source Link (volleyball)

Soccer photo credit: John Gayman


Deadline nears for Mowing Contest

Deadline to enter is tonight, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at midnight.

The contest prize will be determined based on the number of entries received, and a minimum of 30 entries are needed for publisher Bill Bostic to dig up a great prize package. Twenty-two entries had been received at the time today's LTV broadcast was recorded.

CLICK HERE to enter.

Include your name and the number of times you think I'll mow my lawn this mowing season that will end for contest purposes on November 1, 2008.


Food pantry to serve Linglestown area

LifePoint Church located along Route 22 in West Hanover Township is opening a food pantry to serve those who are facing hard times and need assistance.

The church is looking to serve people living in West Hanover, South Hanover, East Hanover and Lower Paxton townships, but no one will be turned away. Only non-perishable food items will be distributed to start.

The grand opening is this Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 am to noon. Going forward the food pantry will be open on the first Saturday of every month during these hours.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call the church office at 652-1954. CLICK HERE for map that shows location of LifePoint.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Linglestown Monday update

Community notes Mikado Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar might have opened for business over the weekend. The new eatery is in the building at the intersection of N. Mountain Road and N. Lockwillow Avenue that formerly housed Senor Pepe’s Tex-Mex. The parking lot was packed with cars Saturday night. ... Gazette congratulations go out to Kyler Leinbach, a third grader at Linglestown Elementary School, who recently won first place in the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s 2008 poster contest. Over 20,000 third-grade students across Pennsylvania submitted entries.

More tax bureau scuttlebutt The Patriot-News editorial board weighs in on Central Dauphin School Board’s decision to dump Capital Tax Collection Bureau (CTCB), the agency that collects local income taxes for the Linglestown area. And, an earned income tax collector from Franklin County says the school board didn't do their homework and should be kept after school for pulling the plug on CTCB.

In my view, the controversy over CTCB is indicative of the need for the state’s horse-and-buggy style system for collecting local taxes to be revamped and modernized. Hopefully Rep. Ron Marsico and Sen. Jeffrey Piccola are Gazette readers.

Sunday’s big event Linglestown Elementary School PTO is hosting a Basket Bingo event this Sunday, May 4 at the Linglestown Fire Hall that will benefit the group’s playground project. There is limited seating, so CLICK HERE for details on how to get in on the fun.

LP news

* The Lower Paxton Township supervisors will conduct an administrative workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Center, 425 Prince Street. CLICK HERE to view the agenda.

* Lower Paxton is encouraging seniors to exercise with a free program.

* Lower Paxton, West Hanover, East Hanover and South Hanover townships are jointly seeking bids for trash and recycling collection for a five-year period starting July 2, 2008.

* Lower Paxton Township's Recycling Committee is forming a Heart Smart/Street Wise program, similar to the “Adopt a Highway” roadway cleanup program sponsored by PennDOT. Any group that might be interested or that would like more information should contact the Recycling Committee through Ken Shoaff at 657-5600.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

CD sports: Lady Rams slay Colts in soccer

By Bill Bostic

LEMOYNE (April 26) – The Central Dauphin girls' soccer team blanked the Cedar Cliff Colts 3-0 Saturday in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division matchup contested in Lemoyne. The Rams are the top-ranked team in Pennsylvania with a 10-0 divisional record, 13-0 overall.

CD had several scoring opportunities in a scoreless first half, including three free kicks fairly deep in Cedar Cliff territory.

The second half was a different story, as Allicia Yurkovic banged one home off a fast break that started from the half's opening touch.

High-scoring Jocelyn Weidner then netted one off a corner kick in ninth minute. Two minutes later, Weidner scored again after receiving a nice volley into the box from the midfield area.

CD's defense threw up a brick wall in front of senior goalkeeper Amy Gouldner, who was never severely challenged.

Player spotlight: Allison Snyder (pictured, #25 in green jersey) is a senior who anchors the Ram’s backline and handles most of the team’s restarts. Click the picture to see a larger version.

Results from other sports In track and field, defending state javelin champion Justin Shirk of CD placed third in the high school boys' event at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. He had a best throw of 195 feet, 11 inches. Brandon Heroux of Westfield, N.J., won with a 202-foot effort. … On the diamond, Chambersburg edged CD 5-3 Friday in Chambersburg. Rams center fielder Tom Healy had three hits and scored twice. … In softball Friday, Chambersburg pulled even with CD atop the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division standings after handing the Rams their first loss, 8-4.

Source Link (track and field); Source Link (baseball, softball)

Photo credit: John Gayman


Friday, April 25, 2008

Mowing Contest – You gotta play to win!!

Deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at midnight.

CLICK HERE to enter.

Include your name and the number of times you think I'll mow my lawn this mowing season.

The more people that enter, the more effort I'll expend to put together a great prize package for the winner. I've only received 7 entries at the time this post was published, and I'd like to see at least 30 before I'm going to go all out in search of cool prizes.

By the way, it may appear that I'm a bit stern in the video. Actually, I was winded. Hey, it's the start of the mowing season and I'm out of shape.


TGIF Linglestown

Saturday’s big event Chicken Bar-B-Q at New Hope Church, 10 am to 1 pm, drive-thru service, $7 for full meal, $4 for half chicken.

CD sports Allicia Yurkovic bagged two goals Thursday as CD stopped CD East 3-0 in Commonwealth Division action. The Lady Rams are undefeated in the 12 games they have played this season. Next up for the Rams is an away game tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, 10 am against the Cedar Cliff Colts at Lowther Field in Lemoyne. … CD boys' volleyballers traveled to Hershey and won the best of five match 3-1 with games scores of 25-18, 25-20, 14-25, 25-18.

Source Link (CD girls soccer)

Friends mourn death of Linglestown man The Patriot-News published an article today about Harold R. "Randy" Loew III of Linglestown who died tragicly last Saturday of carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to install an external drain plug on his 29-foot boat at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County.

Best of the Web My paid job requires me to spend hours on the Web every workday, and occasionally I come across stuff that's interesting, useful or just plain wacky. Here’s a sampling of this week's finding:

* A great retreat for your mind and body in nearby East Hanover Township.

* Beat high gas prices with this alternative mode of transportation.

* Sticking with the energy theme, try ecodriving for improving gas mileage 30 percent or more.

*Eww!! Bedbugs are a growing problem in south-central Pennsylvania.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Linglestown getting a touch of the Orient

Today’s top story A new business is gearing up to open on the village square next to St. Thomas Restaurant. According to a banner, Oriental Market and General Store will open Sunday, May 4. (Hat tip to Gazette contributor Q.)

I’ve got letters (from The Patriot-News) Addamay Hafer of Lower Paxton Township says Central Dauphin School District’s decision to switch to a for-profit tax collector will cost taxpayers big dollars, and rebuts statements by school board member Justin McShane. … Former Central Dauphin School Board member Helen Wagner penned a letter that takes current member Christian Malesic to task over his op-ed that questioned a proposed budget increase requested by Dauphin County Technical School.

CD sports Ouch! At the ballpark Wednesday, CD East's Levi LaFleur slammed a two-run, walk-off homer to pace the Panthers's 3-2 victory over CD. East’s Kevin Pagano drew a one-out walk in the seventh before LaFleur ripped CD reliever Zach Seaman's first pitch. Seconds earlier, Seaman took over for CD starter Kyle Weldon, who allowed no hits through 6 1/3 innings. The Rams are in third place in the division with a 5-3 record, 9-5 overall. … In another cross-township matchup, CD topped CD East 12-2 in softball as Kiersten Darhower, Tiara Tolene and Sam Sinisi each had two hits and Kelsey Shutt had two RBIs. The Rams are in first place with an 8-0 divisional record, 11-1 overall. … In girls’ lacrosse, Cumberland Valley topped CD 15-8.

Grass Mowing Contest update Hey, hey, hey, four entries were received today, pushing up the total number of competitors to six. Most of the guesses are in the same range. If there is a tie, I’ll pick one out of a hat to declare a winner. CLICK HERE if you’re not in the know. Deadline to enter is April 30 at midnight. Why wait? CLICK HERE to submit your entry today to get in the running for a great prize (to be announced later). In the e-mail, please include your name and the number of times you think I'll mow my yard this mowing season.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Linglestown hump day specials

Scanning the daily paper so you don’t have to Linglestown Middle School announces its honor roll for the 3rd marking period. … In Tuesday’s election, Judy Hirsh won the Democratic state Senate race, and will take on Republican incumbent Jeffrey Piccola in November. … More on Central Dauphin School Board’s decision to seek a new tax collection agency … Linglestown man dies in boat accident.

Contest update Two entries were received in the lawn-mowing contest. If you missed the big announcement, CLICK HERE for details, and please enter today!

One entrant asked if he could buy me a breakfast to rig the results. My response: Attempts to bribe the publisher are grounds for disqualification, so we better ask for separate checks. Hey, this is a serious contest! :)

CD sports On the soccer pitch Tuesday, goals from Jocelyn Weidner, Gabby Singer and Allye Landis fueled CD’s 3-0 victory at Carlisle. The team’s overall record is 11-0. … CD volleyballer Connor Ecklund dished out 37 assists and had three aces and three blocks in CD’s 3-0 sweep of Lower Dauphin. … In softball, Kelsey Shutt's two-run single in the 10th inning put CD past Carlisle 3-1 in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth showdown. Jessie Probst gained the win with eight strikeouts, allowing one walk and no earned runs. The Rams sit on top of the division with a 9-1 overall record. … Moving to tennis, CD moved up to a .500 division record in a shutout victory over Harrisburg. … Finally, in track and field, Rams boys and girls teams lost to Cumberland Valley.

Source Link (volleyball, soccer, softball)

Reflections on Hillary rally I attended Sen. Clinton’s rally Monday at the Zembo Temple in Harrisburg. (CLICK HERE to view a Linglestown TV report.) The Clinton campaign packed the place with labor union members, primarily AFSCME members. … To gauge how many people attended, a warm-up gal asked everyone to send a text message to her cellphone, and sweetened the pot by announcing that one person would be selected to meet Hillary backstage. I didn’t have my cell phone on me. … The secret service agents scared me. … I had a gigantic urge to shout out “Your go girl!” during Hillary’s speech, but decided to keep my big yap shut and focus on getting some good video. … As you would expect, the place was crawling with local and national media. All the satellite trucks (see picture) parked out the Zembo created enough diesel fumes to gag a rat. Presidential campaigns clearly are not "green."

Photos by BB

It’s Gazette contest time, again

As predicted on Monday, I did indeed mow my yard for the third time this spring Tuesday. You may be wondering why I’m keeping you abreast of my yard work. Here's the deal – it's Gazette contest time!

Here’s your challenge: Guess how many times I'll mow my yard this mowing season, which will end for contest purposes on November 1, 2008. Remember, I've already done it three times. The winner will receive a prize, possibly a prize package, to be announced at a later time.

CLICK HERE to submit your guess via e-mail. Entry deadline is April 30, 2008 at midnight. Good luck!

You’re fired! Central Dauphin School Board has given Capital Tax Collection Bureau the boot. CLICK HERE for a story by T.W. Burger of The Patriot-News.

Thanks for the plug Hat tip goes out to Linglestown Baseball Association for linking to the Gazette on the association’s Web site. Thanks much!

CD sports After getting nipped by a run Saturday, the Rams baseball team came back Monday to win by a run over Carlisle, 7-6. Andrew Roman's sixth-inning single plated Zach Seaman with the eventual game-winner. Nate Shroy went 3-for-4, while Roman, Tom Healy (two RBIs) and Seaman all cracked two hits for the Rams. The team's overall record is 9-4. … The Sunday edition of The Patriot-News did a feature article entitled “Year of the Ram,” which looks at the high school’s run of state sports championships over the past 14 months.

Source Link (baseball)

Monday, April 21, 2008

LTV: Linglestown just misses political spotlight

Since all presidential candidates refused to visit Linglestown during the primary campaign in Pennsylvania, the Linglestown TV (LTV) news crew decided to go to the one that came closest to the village.

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Election eve in Linglestown

* Hillary Clinton is making a campaign appearance today 10 miles away from Linglestown.

* I’m not sure why campaign volunteers for uncontested candidates in tomorrow’s primary election decided to decorate the village square with campaign signs (see picture).

* HELP NEEDED: Linglestown Gazette readers have expressed interest in holding a debate in the Linglestown area between the two candidates who will be competing to represent the area in the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and Republican challenger Toni Gilhooley, Planning needs to start now in order to get the candidates booked for a debate in late October or early November. Please send an e-mail to Gazette publisher Bill Bostic if you’re interested in finding out how you can help inform local voters about candidates in a key election this fall.

Other stuff Looks like Central Dauphin School District and some municipalities that it serves are looking for a new tax collection agency. ... New Hope Church is holding a Chicken Bar-B-Q this Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 1 pm. ... Thanks to TruGreen Lawn Care, I've already mowed my grass two times, and will probably hack it off again tomorrow. Grass mowing will be the basis of new Gazette contest – check back for details. ... A local singer-songwriter is penning a theme song for a music video that will feature the historic village of Linglestown. Watch for its worldwide debut sometime this spring.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Election Day, LaRue shooting and Earth Day

Get-out-to-vote notes ... As you probably know, Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. The marquee race is the Democratic presidential contest featuring Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Sadly, neither candidate opted to visit Linglestown.

The only contested primary for a local office is the Democratic state Senate race between Judy Hirsh and Alvin Q. Taylor. They are competing to challenge longtime incumbent Jeffrey Piccola in the November election. Below are links to information about Hirsh and Taylor:

* Two Democratic candidates call selves agents of change, The Patriot-News, 4/10/08

* WGAL TV-8 interview, part 1

* WGAL TV-8 interview, part 2

* YouTube video of Alvin Q. Taylor campaigning in Harrisburg along ticket line for an Obama rally, 3/29/08

State Rep. Ron Marsico is uncontested on the Republican ballot. No Democratic candidates are on the ballot.

Victim of LaRue Street shooting dies According to WHP TV-21, Natalie Boyles, who was injured in the shooting last week on LaRue Street in Linglestown, died Saturday morning. Our condolences go out to the Natalie's family, friends and neighbors. Below are links to related posts:

* NEWS ALERT: Killing reported in Linglestown, 4/15/08

* Latest on Larue Street shooting, 4/15/08

* Questions linger about LaRue Street shooting, 4/16/08

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22 My wife, Barb, asked me to remind everyone to do your part this Earth Day and each day to be a responsible steward of God’s Earth. You could pick up litter around the village, or volunteer to help the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy with its Riverfront clean-up or Waggoner’s Gap clean-up.

Also, the Paxton Creek Stormwater Project with hold a FREE hands-on conservation landscaping workshop that will show you how to improve the environment and enhance your community all at the same time, Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 – 9 pm, Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center, 425 Prince Street. CLICK HERE for details.

CD girls’ soccer bounces Chambersburg

By Bill Bostic

COLONIAL PARK (April 20) – Off a strong second-half effort, the Lady Rams notched their tenth straight win this season by slapping the Chambersburg Trojans 5-0 Saturday on the artificial turf at Landis Field.

Neither team mustered much offensive pressure in a scoreless first half. With the wind at their backs, the Trojans controlled the ball much of half but couldn’t break through CD's backline. CD's best chance came on a run by Allicia Yurkovic that ended with the ball clanking off the post.

CD quickly displayed its firepower by scoring in lightning-quick fashion in the second half, starting with a goal in the 6th minute of play by Jocelyn Weidner who used some fancy footwork to create space for the shot. Less than 3 minutes later, Allicia Yurkovic deposited one in the back of the net after the Trojan’s goalie mishandled the ball. Yurkovic bagged a second goal on a breakaway off a wind-aided kick by Rams goalkeeper Amy Gouldner.

Sarah Burkhardt (pictured in white jersey) closed out the scoring with two goals, including a 30-yard howitzer that found the top of the Chambersburg net.

Recap of other action Jessie Probst was 2-for-4, including a grand slam, to lift CD's softball team to a 9-0 victory Friday over Cumberland Valley. Probst also picked up the four-hit shutout victory. ... Behind four RBIs by Billy Felo and three hits by Sam Nott, CD's baseball team slammed Cumberland Valley 12-3 Friday. Felo earned the decision, allowing five hits in five innings. Andrew Roman and Nate Shroy chipped in two hits apiece for the Rams. On Saturday, State College sneaked by the Rams 10-9.– The Patriot News

Source Link (softball); Source Link (baseball)
Photo credit: John Gayman


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Linglestown baseball throws out first pitch

Linglestown Baseball Association officially started its 2008 midget baseball season Saturday on a sun-splashed day at Michael Jones Memorial Field in Koons Park.

CLICK HERE for highlights and photos of the opening day festivities.

Pictured is the first midget game of the season that featured the 2007 midget champs Cubs (in green) and last season’s runner-up Braves.


Friday, April 18, 2008

CD sports, Thursday action

In track and field, CD boys' and girls' teams came up short against Harrisburg at a meet held at Landis Field. For the season, the Rams boys' record is 2-1, and the girls' record is 1-2. … Cedar Cliff won squeaked by CD in boys' tennis 4-3, dropping the Rams to a .500 record of 4-4.

If you're looking for something to do Saturday, consider checking out the CD Rams baseball team that will be playing State College, 11 am, high school field; or the top-ranked CD girls' soccer team that will take on Chambersburg, 1 pm, Landis Field.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Linglestown weekend preview

Yard sale Saturday YARD SALE, 6303 Catherine St., 7 am – 2 pm, large Broyhill entertainment center, household items, toys, computer games, books, games, junior/other clothing. ... COMMUNITY YARD SALE, Blue Meadows Farm, St. Thomas Blvd., 300 homes, 8 am – 1 pm. ... ESTATE SALE, 6215 Blue Stone Ave., 8 am – 2 pm, bedroom set, lamps, tables, sofa, Christmas items, tools and much more.

Take me out to the ballpark Koons Park at Michael Jones Memorial Field (located next to the pool) is the place to be Saturday at 11:30 am for opening day festivities for the midget baseball season. Several games are slated for the afternoon, so pack your favorite folding chair and stop by for a game or two.

It’s chicken BBQ time again St. Thomas United Church of Christ located just east of the historic village is kicking off the BBQ season Saturday, 10 am to sold out, drive-thru service available. Hmm hmm good!

Kids stuff for sale Kids Market is setting up shop this Friday, 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 8 am to 2 pm at New Hope Church on Colonial Club Drive.

Music at Roasters According to Fly Magazine, St. Thomas Roasters coffee house will feature Just Dave, Saturday, tunes start at 8 pm, no cover. Who is Just Dave and what does he do? Please post a comment if you’re in the know.

Check out Hillary and Barack right here in Linglestown ... Linglestown Life has extended an invitation to Gazette readers to attend a special presentation at the church of The Compassion Forum, featuring exclusive Church Communication Network interviews with 2008 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Sunday from 7:00-9:00 pm. CLICK HERE for more info.

CD sports update, Wednesday action

At the ballpark, CD topped Cedar Cliff in an 11-9 slugfest on the West Shore. Nate Shroy had four hits for the Rams, including a three-run jack, and Zach Seaman pitched a perfect seventh inning to close out the game. CD is in third place, two games behind division-leading Chambersburg. … In softball, CD remained perfect in division play with an 11-1 defeat of Cedar Cliff. Rebecca Taylor had a two-run triple and Kiersten Darhower and Kelsey Shutt each had two hits for the win. Jessie Probst struck out nine for the Rams. … Finally, in girls’ lacrosse, CD downed Lower Dauphin 7-4.

Source Link (softball)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Linglestown hump day news 'n notes

Koons Pool update The pool tentatively will open Memorial Day weekend, and the price schedule most likely will be the same as last year, according to pool spokesman Chuck Barto. The club is need of some board members to help run the pool. If you’re interested in helping out, CLICK HERE to contact Chuck.

My family last had a membership in 2006, and we paid $215 to renew. My daughter told me that the price for a day pass for non-members was $7. Please leave a comment if you have price info from last summer.

A Gazette reader asked whether the pool gets crowded during weekdays. Based on my observations, early afternoons are busy with daycare kids that are bused to the pool – but I'm not sure if the children are allowed in the lap pool. Again, please post a comment if you are a pool member with firsthand details.

LP news After two hours of discussion Tuesday evening, the Lower Paxton Township supervisors chose not to decide yet on a proposed zoning change for Sportman’s Golf Course. CLICK HERE for a story by T.W. Burger of The Patriot-News.

CD sports Headlining today’s report, persistence paid off for CD girls’ soccer team Tuesday in their 2-1 win over Cumberland Valley. The Rams (9-0) are ranked first in the state and fourth in the nation, according to Patriot-News stringer Michael Bullock. … In boys’ tennis, CD moved to .500 in the division Tuesday, thanks to a 5-2 victory over cross-township rival CD East. The Rams won three singles matches and at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to secure the win. … CD men of the volleyball court rolled over Chambersburg 3-0 to move to an overall record of 6-3, one game behind division leaders Carlisle and Cumberland Valley. Jon Lutz powered the offense with 14 kills, four blocks and four aces, while Connor Eukland had 27 assists and two aces.

Source Link (tennis and volleyball)

Questions linger about LaRue Street shooting

CLICK HERE for story from today's The Patriot-News, HERE for a story about the coroner's report with video from WHTM abc27, and HERE for a follow-up report from WHP TV-21.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Linglestown Tuesday update

Kids stuff for sale Kids Market is setting up shop this Friday, 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 8 am to 2 pm at New Hope Church on Colonial Club Drive. I got some good feedback about this event after it took place last September.

From the Gazette inbox

* Host homes needed French students ages 13-19 are looking for host families to welcome them to the Harrisburg area August 6-26. You and your children will learn about life in France while showing these young people how Americans live and help them to improve their English. It’s great fun, and life-long friendships have been built on these visits. The visits are arranged through LEC, a non-profit French organization with American coordinators.

For complete free information with no obligation, please CLICK HERE to send an e-mail (include your phone number if you’d prefer a phone response) or call Linglestown resident John Robinson at 545-2979.

* Michael Parks, one of the voices on WHP 580 Talk Radio and other local Clear Channel radio stations, says he’s a Gazette reader and gets the RSS feed on his iGoogle home page.

CD sports In softball, Sara Romano’s home run helps CD (6-1, 1st in divison) to 10-0 win Monday over Red Land. … On the diamond, Red Land upended CD (6-3, tied for 3rd in division) 7-3. … On the court, CD boys' volleyball team topped Altoona in three straight games in a best-of-five match.

Brief lockdown occurs at CD High School

CLICK HERE for news brief from The Patriot-News.

Latest on Larue Street shooting

Updated at 1:50 pm ...

CLICK HERE for a story from The Patriot-News, HERE for a video report from WHP TV-21, and HERE for an update on the medical condition of the shooting victim.

The incident appears to be a domestic dispute that went terribly wrong, although there's no official word on what happened. If you're the praying type, I'm sure the family of the victims and their neighbors would appreciate you keeping them in your thoughts.

It must have been a very slow news day locally since TV news crews stayed with this story throughout the day. WHP TV-21 kept a news truck at Koons Park into the 7 pm hour Monday.

According to a source, TV camera operators ran through backyards along Larue Street in an attempt to film the scene while police were trying to determine what was happening inside the Boyles residence. Authorities quickly shewed them away.

Photo credit: DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Monday, April 14, 2008

NEWS ALERT: Killing reported in Linglestown

Shortly after noon, police and emergency workers escorted a person on a gurney to an ambulance, which then left the standoff scene at 6020 LaRue Street (pictured) in Linglestown. CLICK HERE for more from WGAL TV-8, HERE for photos, HERE for a report with video posted at 3:32 pm by WHTM abc27, and HERE for a story from The Patriot-News.

The shooting was the top story for local TV news operations. News crews from WGAL TV-8, WHTM abc27 and WHP TV-21 set up shop Monday afternoon at the Koons Park lot located at the end of Larue Street to do live reports for their early newscasts.

Linglestown Monday need-to-knows

Government watchdog ... Lower Paxton Township supervisors have a busy Tuesday on tap with an administrative workshop scheduled at 4 pm and a regular business meeting at 7:30 pm, Township Municipal Center, 425 Prince Street. Comcast cable subscribers can view a live broadcast of the 7:30 pm meeting on channel 20.

CLICK HERE to view meeting agendas. Nothing on the agendas appears to directly impact the Linglestown area.

One item of general interest: Under “New Business,” the supervisors will vote on a resolution to form a township Greenway Committee to work on implementing the recently enacted township-wide greenway plan. If you want to apply to serve on the committee, contact the township at 657-5600 or pick-up a volunteer application at the Township Muncipal Center. Those interested in a position will be interviewed by the Parks and Recreation Board, who will recommend members to the township superviosrs for approval.

* Village meeting on tap ... The Village of Linglestown Committee will meet on Thursday, April 17, 7 pm at Linglestown Fire Company’s brick building. The group is charged with assisting the township with the village improvement project tentatively slated to begin construction this summer.

Committee members for 2008 are Eric Kessler, Andrew Christine, James Griffiths, Gary L. Hoffman, John Kepler, Stuart Knade, William E. Minsker, Paul M. Rowe, Joseph Mack, Bill Twillery, Jerry Miller and Pastor G. Barry Stahl.

* New housing development? ... There might be a new housing development in the works somewhere along Wenrich Street. The township planning commission’s meeting agenda for April 9 listed a subdivision plan for Wenrich Heights. Developing story …

What’s up with Koons Pool? Has anyone received a membership renewal form in the mail from Koons Park Pool? If so, please post a comment with 2008 prices.

Other stuff Linglestown Gazette got a mention in the April newsletter published by Blue Meadow Farm Homeowners Association. Thanks for the plug! (Hat tip to Q) … Speaking of Blue Meadow Farm, there will be a yard sale at the housing community this Saturday, April 19. … CD School District is holding a public information session Tuesday night for parents and teens to learn about teen drug and alcohol abuse, Internet safety, gangs and the “choking game.” CLICK HERE for more details. … If you missed TV coverage of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s appearance at nearby Messiah College, CLICK HERE for news spot from WHP TV-21, and consider attending a FREE video program about the forum this Sunday at Linglestown Life church.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

CD sports update, Saturday action

CD senior Anna Muzio got some ink for her performance Saturday at the Pan-Ram Invitational track meet held at Landis Field. … In girls’ soccer, Allicia Yurkovic's goal in the first 10-minute overtime session lifted CD over Red Land 2-1 Saturday in a Commonwealth Division scrap. Jocelyn Weidner buried a penalty kick for the Rams during regulation play. … On the diamond, three hits each by Tom Healy (two RBIs), Scott Buckwalter (four RBIs) and Andrew Roman (three RBIs) headlined CD’s 15-5, five-inning victory Saturday over Big Spring.

Source Link (girls’ soccer and baseball)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Linglestown weekender

CD photography students getting some ink Life Images, a photography and journaling quarterly magazine, plans to publish photography and writing in its July 1 edition by the following CD High School students – Anila Bhatti, Danielle Bostic, Bekah Woolf, Bretney Endy, Nicole Albright, Kelli Stramatis, Dylan Sites, Adina Crouse and Kate Veronkis, along with their teacher Michael Bricker.

The work that will be featured came from a class project called “Facing the Demons,” which was featured in a recent Linglestown Gazette video.

The magazine is sold locally at Michael’s and Borders.

Music at Roasters update You missed a great time last night at St. Thomas Roasters as the Cotolo boys of Grantville put on quite a show. Thanks guys!

Tonight the coffee house located in the village square features the jazz sounds of Shoeless Grooves (pictured), 8 pm, no cover. CLICK HERE to check them out.

Take me out to the ballpark East Shore Twilight League champions Linglestown Twilight baseball team is looking for volunteers to fill the following game-day positions – scoreboard operator, game announcer and concession stand attendants. The team’s first home game is on Thursday, May 22. For more info, call 545-9558 and ask for Brian.

Tentatively, I’m slated to do some announcing and possibly post-game video segments that will be posted on Linglestown Gazette.

CD sports On the court, CD volleyballers got back in the winning column Thursday by defeating cross-township rival CD East 3 games to none. Senior outside blocker Nick Sheleman blasted 19 kills and three aces for the Rams (5-3, tied for 3rd in division). … In boys' tennis, CD (3-3, tied for 3rd in division) dropped a match Thursday to division-leading Chambersburg by a count of 5-2. … CD’s girls’ soccer team (7-0, tied for first in division) continued its winning ways Thursday downing Cedar Cliff 3-2. Allicia Yurkovic posted two goals and Sarah Dowhower one for the Rams. Source Link

Where other CD teams stand: Baseball, 5-2, 3rd in division; Softball, 5-1, 1st in division.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Linglestown weekend preview

Good food for your tummy ... Head to Linglestown Fire Company tonight, Friday, April 11 for a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 pm at the station, $6 donation.

Good stuff for your ears ... Music at St. Thomas Roasters on the village square Friday night, 8 to 10 pm features a must-see-and-hear performance by Frank Cotolo (pictured) and his sons, Jack and Ray. You never know what Frank will pull out of his magic guitar and music library, and this time around he’s vowed to do something never done before on a coffee house stage anywhere in the inhabited universe. Come on, turn off your computer and saunter down to Roasters. You’ll be glad you did!

Shoeless Grooves, a jazz band out of Anneville, is scheduled to perform Saturday at Roasters, 8 pm.

And, don’t forget the charity basketball tournament that benefits The Four Diamonds Fund at CD High School on Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. CLICK HERE for more details.

CD sports On the soccer pitch, Allicia Yurkovic's first-half goal, off an assist from Jocelyn Weidner, sparked CD to a 1-0 victory Wednesday over Manheim Twp. Amy Gouldner made eight saves for the Rams (6-0), who have yet to be scored upon this season. … In girls’ lacrosse from Wednesday, Carlisle defeated CD 9-7. Megan Mauck, Hayley Shaver and Kendra Sutherland had two apiece for the Rams.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

FINAL REPORT: Linglestown Gazette Food Drive


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Clinton, Obama coming to Linglestown, sort of

Linglestown Life has extended an invitation to Gazette readers to attend a special presentation at the church of The Compassion Forum, featuring exclusive Church Communication Network interviews with 2008 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Sunday, April 20 from 7:00-9:00 pm.

The special presentation at Linglestown Life on April 20 will give you an opportunity to see the full debate that will be held this Sunday at Messiah College, not just a sound-byte. CLICK HERE for more info.

CD Rams sports In baseball, CD dropped a home game to Chambersburg by a count of 2-1. … Moving to softball, CD slipped past Chambersburg 4-3 in 10 innings. Kelsey Shutt tripled to lead off the bottom of the 10th and raced home on a wild pitch. Freshman pitcher Jessie Probst earned the win in relief. … In girls' soccer, CD claimed its fifth straight win, drilling CD East 5-0 behind two goals each from the Yurkovic sisters, Allicia and Kate. ... CD boys' volleyballers suffered a 3-1 loss to Carlisle in Carlisle. … In boys' track, PIAA Class AAA javelin champion Justin Shirk of CD cleared 200 feet for the first time this year with a throw of 203 feet in the Rams' 87-63 Commonwealth triumph over Carlisle. … Shifting to girls' track, CD's Anna Muzio tossed 118-7 in the discus in the Rams' 78-72 win over Carlisle. … Finally, Jay Crosier heeds the call of the roundball, and takes post as CD boys’ basketball coach.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Gazette winner rewarded

Pictured is Linglestown Gazette publisher Bill Bostic (on left) presenting Pastor George Reynolds of Linglestown Life church with the Name-That-Street-Contest first-place prize, a token for a large cup of java at St. Thomas Roasters coffee house located in the village square.

Upcoming charity sports event WHTM abc27 to participate in a charity basketball tournament for The Four Diamonds Fund at CD High School this Saturday, April 12 from 9 am to 3 pm. CLICK HERE for more details.


Monday, April 07, 2008

Traffic watch: Nighttime repairs make I-81 a slow go

CLICK HERE for a video report from WHP TV-21.

Linglestown Monday exclusives

Today's post features items that you will only find on Linglestown Gazette.

Walk around the village

It looks like a construction crew is gearing up to finish work on the municipal parking lot located off of Blackberry Lane behind Linglestown Chocolate Cafe. The utility pole that had been blocking the entrance to the lot has finally been removed.

Linglestown Baseball Association
has erected a new scoreboard at the main midget baseball field located near Koons Park Pool. Opening Day ceremonies will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 11:30 am.

Staying in Koons Park, Lower Paxton Twp. has replaced the fencing at the heavily used volleyball courts. Applications are being accepted for a 12-week summer league that begins in late May and continues through August. CLICK HERE for a team registration form.

Government watchdog … The Lower Paxton Township supervisors will hold a workshop session tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8 at 6 pm, Township Municipal Center, 425 Prince Street. CLICK HERE to view the agenda.

The arts at CD Sunday afternoon I attended the final performance of the CD High School musical The Sound of Music. The cast and crew of the show did an outstanding job. The show’s lead star, Victoria Ernst who portrayed Maria (the part Julie Andrews had in the movie), appears to me to have a future in show biz. Gazette congrats to all who had a hand in producing the spring musical.

Comcast update Comcast’s broadband service was on the fritz for about 7 hours Saturday morning through early afternoon. Several attempts to talk with a telephone customer service rep were unsuccessful, which seems par for the course based on this Web site – COMCAST must DIE! (dot com).

Food drive update Thanks to all who contributed to the food drive last week at Amelia’s Grocery Outlet. I’m scheduled to deliver the donations to the food pantry at Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church on Wednesday. Check back later in the week for a video report.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Linglestown weekend grab bag

Updated Saturday, 4/5/08 at 2:05 pm

For those of you on the western fringes of the Linglestown area, Gazette contributor Q reports that a Dollar General store is coming to the Beaufort Plaza on Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Township.

In CD sports, the Rams boys’ volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Thursday against archrival Cumberland Valley Eagles. CLICK HERE for a game report from The Patriot-News.

Moving to the hardcourt, The Patriot-News reports that CD is poised to hire a new boys' basketball coach.

In Linglestown baseball, youth teams have started spring training at Koons Park. Opening Day is Saturday, April 19 at 11:30 am.

Sticking with baseball, defending East Shore Twilight League champions Linglestown Twilight team will play their first home game on Thursday, May 22. The team is looking for volunteers to fill the following game-day positions – scoreboard operator, game announcer and concession stand attendants. For more info, call 545-9558 and ask for Brian.

From the comments, Dennis and Betsy Shatto of Blue Mountain Music Shop on N. Mountain Road are new Gazette readers. Welcome aboard. … John Garland of Alton, Missouri, a former resident of Colonial Crest, enjoyed seeing the Video Postcard that was recently posted.

Saturday is the final day to participate in the Linglestown Gazette Food Drive at Amelia’s Grocery Outlet. Check back next week for the final tally on how much food and other household items were donated.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Linglestown weekend preview

Music at St. Thomas Roasters features the acoustic music of Paul Zavinsky on Friday, tunes start at 8 pm, no cover … Enjoy a family night to benefit Caitlin’s Smiles by attending a Pizza-and-a-Movie at New Hope Church, 581 Colonial Club Drive, Saturday, 5 pm, donations accepted ($6 suggested per person, less for small children). … Linglestown Football Association will hold its final early registration Saturday, 9 am to noon at Linglestown Fire Hall. … Watch for a new Community Calendar page that will be launched in the near future.

Traffic advisory More highway repairs are on tap in the Linglestown area. PennDOT will begin nighttime grinding on I-81 in Lower Paxton Township starting Monday. CLICK HERE for more details.

CD sports In a cross-town baseball matchup, Central Dauphin waltzed by CD East 15-5in five innings Wednesday behind the bats of Tom Healy (3-for-4), Sam Nott (2-for-4) and Kyle Weldon (2-for-3). Healy (four RBIs) homered while Nott and Weldon shared five more RBIs, easing Billy Felo to the abbreviated win. … On the soccer pitch, Allye Landis nodded in an Allison Snyder restart and Kate Yurkovic buried a penalty kick as Central Dauphin, the top-ranked Class AAA side in Pennsylvania, blanked Chambersburg 2-0 Wednesday in a matchup of the 2007 Commonwealth Division co-champs. Amy Gouldner made three stops for the Rams. … Staying with girls’ soccer, the Rams blew past Carlisle 4-0 today in a home game played in blustery weather conditions, running their record to 4-0 for the season. (Pictured is action from today's game; CD is in the white jerseys.)

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Food drive update The pile of donations continues to grow! Today I picked up 90 pounds of donations, running the total for the drive to about 250 pounds. To say the least, I’m blown away by the generosity of Gazette readers.

The drive runs through Saturday at Amelia's Grocery Outlet on N. Mountain Road, and you can get more details by clicking HERE to view a short video. If you haven't participated yet, please consider contributing a few items to this community-wide service project.

Linglestown postcard

Springtime flowers outside the Gazette newsroom

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Linglestown Hump Day News ‘N Notes

CD schools Central Dauphin school board member Christian Malesic was back in the news today. The Patriot-News published an op-ed piece that he penned on why he believes the proposed 3 percent budget increase for Dauphin County Technical School is too high. There’s no doubt where Malesic is on the political spectrum – he used the word “conservatives” five times in the article.

Government watchdog Lower Paxton Township supervisors tabled a request for a zoning map change Tuesday night for the Sportsman’s Golf Course after citizens asked for additional time to review the proposal. The landowners, Boyd Mahoney Partnership, hope to construct a senior age-restricted housing development, along with a mix of other types of housing, on the course and adjoining land. If constructed, the project would include building a street to connect Continental Drive in Susquehanna and Lower Paxton townships.

CD Sports On the diamond, Billy Felo went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Nate Shroy fashioned four credible innings to hoist Central Dauphin over Carlisle 14-2. Sam Nott chipped in two hits, including a home run, for the Rams, who took advantage of three Herd errors in a seven-run fourth. … In boys’ volleyball, Central Dauphin kicked off its Commonwealth title defense with a 3-1 victory over Cedar Cliff. Nick Sheleman paced the Rams attack with 17 kills, four digs and two aces. … Moving to softball, Kiersten Darhower pitched an 11-inning complete game, and Sara Romano delivered a game-winning, two-run double in the 11th as Central Dauphin beat Carlisle 4-3.

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Food drive update Gazette readers donated about 60 pounds of food and other items today, bringing the total received so far to an outstanding 160 pounds! The drive will continue through Saturday at Amelia's Grocery Outlet on N. Mountain Road, and the proceeds benefit the emergency food pantry operated by Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church on Derry Street. To get more details, CLICK HERE to view a brief video.

Here are a few much-needed items to consider donating – disposable diapers, soap powder for children’s clothes, ketchup, toilet paper, paper towels, peanut butter and canned goods.

Name-That-Street-Contest results

I received three entries for the contest to name the streets and/or locations pictured in the video in this post.

Rev. George Reynolds, the lead pastor at Linglestown Life church, submitted the winning entry with 7 correct answers. His prize is a cup of coffee at St. Thomas Roasters courtesy of Linglestown Gazette. Deb Schneider came in second with 5 answers. Brian Carl submitted an entry after the deadline – and that's a shame because he topped everyone with 9 answers. The locations of the photos and video clips are shown below:

1. Historic sign located on N. Mountain Road near the village square
2. Rear of southeast quadrant of the square that was taken from Koons Park
3. Tree buds on Elaine Avenue
4. Wenrich Street, steeple of St. Thomas United Church of Christ is visible
5. Mulch pile just off of Raspberry Lane in parking lot at Koons Park
6. Mess of TV cables at rear of an apartment building on Balthaser Street
7. Farm field located east of Wenrich Street
8. Linglestown Road (Rt. 39) at eastern gateway to village
9. New home being constructed on Warren Avenue
10. Balthaser Street at Koons Park baseball field near Elmer Avenue
11. Blue Mountain Music shop on N. Mountain Road in the village
12. Autumn View townhouse community being constructed off of Griffin Street
13. Crime Watch sign on Margaret Avenue
14. Building with graffiti on Raspberry Lane behind Hoover Funeral Home
15. Pasture east of the village; Blue Meadow Farms and Blue Mountain in background


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Linglestown Tuesday news and links

Blight update There has been some improvement in the condition of the former gas station on N. Mountain Road located just south of the historic village of Linglestown. The property is for sale. (The photo on the left was taken last fall, and the one on the right was taken today.)

Traffic advisory According to PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny, a repair project on the the N. Mountain Road bridge over I-81 near Linglestown started today, and the road should now be reduced to from two to one lane in each direction. The traffic restrictions on the bridge will continue for a little more than three months.

Other stuff CLICK HERE for some trivia on April Fools’ Day. … Did you know that nearly 10 million Americans were victims of identity theft last year? CLICK HERE for some need-to-know info. … Check back tomorrow for results of the Name-That-Street Contest.

Food drive update I’m happy to report that the Linglestown Gazette Food Drive at Amelia’s Grocery Outlet has gotten off to a great start. As of this evening, about 100 lbs. of food, paper goods and baby supplies have been donated. Thanks so much!

To get involved in this community-wide project, CLICK HERE to view a brief video, and then stop by Amelia's to drop off your donations in the cart (pictured) located just inside the store entrance.

If every Gazette reader and some shoppers contribute a few items, the emergency pantry that will receive the goods would be well stocked for several weeks.