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Linglestown Gazette: Backyard news, 09.23.08

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Backyard news, 09.23.08

* Today’s Patriot-News includes a story by Lower Paxton Twp. beat reporter T.W. Burger that recaps the $5 million Linglestown improvement project that could break ground in March or April.

There’s one issue the article does not mention – the project could be delayed if construction bids significantly exceed funds earmarked for the project. This is a distinct possibility because construction costs have skyrocketed since federal government funding for the project was secured a few years ago.

On a related note, the Village of Linglestown Committee canceled its meeting last week, so there’s nothing new to report about the project at this time.

* There is an ongoing debate in these parts about the boundaries of modern-day Linglestown. I’m not going to dig into this issue in this post, but I can confidently say that a WHP TV-21 report wrongly says a stretch of Linglestown Road in Susquehanna Twp. is in Linglestown.

* I have some good news to pass along about Koons Pool. Some new faces have joined the pool’s board of directors and planning for next year is already under way. Also, a Web site for the pool is in the works.

* The congressional race in our area is heating up as Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Holden decided not to debate Republican challenger Toni Gilhooley next month in Lebanon County. The editorial board of the Lebanon Daily News called Holden’s decision “regrettable.”

* A few weeks ago I penned a letter to state Rep. Ron Marsico about a planned dog park in Lower Paxton Twp. As of today, I have not received a response to my Sept. 2 e-mail or the letter that I personally delivered on Sept. 15 to Marsico’s district office on Linglestown Road.

* I’m declaring today’s blogging experiment a success – one loyal Gazette reader showed up for the meet-up at The Eagle.

* Attention mowing contest entrants – Today I toured the yard at Gazette HQ pushing my trusty Honda lawn mower for the 24th time this season.

And, the pressure is on the put together a prize package for the winner. This is a great opportunity for Linglestown-area merchants to get some publicity. I plan to do a video with the winner and try to get media coverage. Please send me an e-mail or call 512-0722 if you want to donate a prize.



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