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Linglestown Gazette: Three nail trivia challenge

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Three nail trivia challenge

Gazette congratulations go out to Brian Carl, a village of Linglestown resident and a staffer at Linglestown Life church, for being the first reader to submit a correct response in the Gazette trivia contest #1 – Name the resident, business, group or organization that donated the land now known as Koons Park to Lower Paxton Twp.

Brian credited his father, Harold Carl, for helping him come up with this correct answer:
The simple answer is the Linglestown Fire Company donated the land to the township.

The long answer is, Pete Koons originally owned the land (just basic pasture which he may have used for his livestock business at the time). He donated the land to the Fire Company. Following that, the township wanted the fire company to donate the land, however, at the first meeting it was an item for vote, the vote failed and they chose not to donate the land. As the story goes, the fire company later called a special meeting with the purpose of voting on donating the land again, and this time it passed. One of the stipulations of the donation was that every year, Linglestown Fire Company be allowed to hold their firemen’s carnival on the grounds.

So, Pete Koons to the Fire Company, then the Fire Company to the township.
Gazette reader Charles Hoffer and Sean Harp also successfully completed the trivia challenge.

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At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Old Pops said...

Does anybody know what years the carnival was held at Koons Park?

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember going to the Fireman's Carnival as a child. I looked forward to it every year. Does anyone know why we no longer have it?

At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say that they we had them at least in to the late 70's early 80's because I remember going over and riding the Salt and Pepper shaker and playing Donkey Kong when it was new.

As for when they started, I have no idea.


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