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Linglestown Gazette: Backyard news, 11.13.09

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Backyard news, 11.13.09

NOTE: Comments about Sheetz (see last item) need to be posted by 11 am, 01.14.09.

Anyone going to Obama's inauguration in D.C. next Tuesday?

At least one Lower Paxton Twp. resident will be on the scene – Jay Purdy. And, if all goes as planned, Purdy will be sharing photos and a brief eye-witness account of the historic event right here on the Gazette.

Purdy made history a few years back by getting elected as a Democratic candidate to Lower Paxton's supervisors board even though an overwhelming majority of voters in the township were Republicans. He has been active with the Lower Paxton Historical Society and is an avid Civil War reenactor.

I've got Q-Tips ... Solid Rock Book Store closed for eternity sometime during the last week or so. ... Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center on Linglestown Road has divided its property into two lots, but the golf driving range is expected to continue operating for now, according to the new township newsletter. ... Keller Williams of Central PA, a real estate firm, recently moved into the office building on N. Lockwillow Ave. that previously housed a scrapbooking store. The building is located next to the Candlewood Suites motel project that is being constructed at the intersection of N. Lockwllow Ave. and N. Mountain Rd. ... If you're a newbie to this blog, CLICK HERE to learn about Q-Tips.

Baseball sign-ups Linglestown Baseball Association will hold its first registration session for the 2009 youth season this Saturday.


Saturdays: January 17, 24, 31
9:00 am - noon
Wednesdays: January 28 and February 4
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sign-ups at the Baseball Clubhouse - Koons Park

Grassroot activists keep tabs on local officials ... Community watchdog group SWAN has published another newsletter with recaps of recent township meetings. Below are a few notable items:

– The township Authority voted to raise the quarterly sewer rate by $10. The new rate of $116 will start with the April 2009 billing. (11.25.08 Authority board meeting)

– The township is going to help Koons Pool obtain a loan to make sure the club has enough cash on hand to open the pool this summer. (12.03.08 Parks and Rec Board meeting)

Linglestown Life church received approval to double the size of its facilities located just north of the village square. The project will add classrooms, a worship center, a hospitality area and a recreation space. (12.04.08 Zoning Hearing Board meeting)

Free lunch on Sheetz ... To my suprise and pleasure, I received an invite from the fine people at Sheetz to have a free lunch tomorrow at the Hershey Hotel. I guess MTOs won't be on the menu??

All I have to do is tell Sheetz executives what my take is on their new store on Allentown Blvd. across from Ollie's Bargain Outlet.

What's your two cents on this store? Post a comment and I'll gladly pass along gripes, compliments, whatever.



At 11:05 PM, Blogger Doran Payne said...

On the *newer* Sheetz:

I go to this store at least 3 to 4 times a week before work and I have to tell you BB, it is the best Sheetz in the area. Now, I haven't eaten their food but I do stock up on my soda and Vitamin water for work and service is always fast and friendly. This being the exact opposite of the Linglestown Road store. Now, the employess are always great in the store but it is the store itself that is the problem. The layout is all wrong and it is cramped while waiting in line and one usually ends up blocking the main entrance.

This is NOT the case with the *newer* store. They have finally gotten the lay out right and the store is very open. They have a line up at the counter to avoid three lines at each register. I give it a thumbs up.


At 7:09 AM, Blogger  said...

Thanks much, BP! Good stuff.

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Kim said...

I agree with Doran - the new Sheetz is great! We've enjoyed their food and coffees. It's convenient for us and the gas prices are the lowest in the area (along with Hess down the road). Plus the ATM has no fees. It's all good.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger  said...

Thanks for contributing, Kim.

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Q said...

I received the same invite...wish I could join you...love that they have a car wash at that location..

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to post a drawing of the plans to expand the church? Where will the additions be added?

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Harry said...

I really agree with the comments that the new Sheetz is the opposite of the old Sheetz.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Harry said...

Where was Solid Rock Book Store?

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Q said...

Solid Rock was located in the strip mall with Shenk's, the pizza shop and the chinese place on Mountain Road. They were originally in one of the larger spaces and moved into a smaller one.

At 4:35 PM, Blogger  said...

Comment from "anonymous" that took an unnecessary potshot at another reader has been deleted.

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Manager at the Paxton St. Sheetz is really cute- Brandon

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill, why do you have the choice to be anonymous? Maybe you should not allow anonymous blogs.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger  said...

Blogger has the option of blocking "anonymous" comments.

For now, I'm not going to block them since few readers are posting comments. Instead, I'll delete comments that are inappropriate or mean spirited.


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