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Linglestown Gazette: September 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Saturday morning Linglestown happening

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Open Mic Night at Roasters this Saturday

St. Thomas Roasters coffee house in Linglestown is the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 2, for Open Mic Night from 7:30–10 pm.

The event will by hosted by Ray Wright and Ed Mashas. They will provide the PA and mics.

To sign up, call Ray at 798-7650, or just show up and perform as a walk-in.

Linglestown's Java Geof gets TV time

St. Thomas Roasters owner Geof Smith is featured in a WHTM TV-27 News report on rising coffee prices.

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday's big event

Click the box above for more details about this Linglestown-area event, and CLICK HERE for directions to the church.

To get info posted about your community event, send e-mail to Linglestown Gazette.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lower Paxton news briefs

* Township officials that operate the sewer system are mulling a small rate hike of $4 or $5 for 2011 to avoid a bigger hike down the road. The current quarterly rate for residential properties is $116.

* Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church is working on plans to construct a 1,400-seat sanctuary in the northwest corner of their property along Allentown Boulevard. Recently, a church representative gave an informational presentation on the project to the township supervisors.

* The township is preparing to refinance a portion of its existing debt. If approved, the refinancing would result in net savings of $264,000 in 2011, or the savings could be spread over several years. The supervisors agreed to take up this issue during their Oct. 19 meeting.

* CLICK HERE for recaps of recent township meetings.

SWAN, promoting sensible development with adequate infrastructure in Lower Paxton Twp.

Latest updates on Linglestown construction

Below are notes from last week’s meeting of the Village of Linglestown Committee, an advisory group that reports to the Lower Paxton supervisors.

for Linglestown Gazette

Constructions crews with Leon E. Wintermyer Inc. of Etters are continuing to push toward restoring two-way traffic in the village of Linglestown prior to Oct. 15, the state’s cutoff date for paving. In the event work is delayed, the contractor has filed for an extension of that deadline until Oct. 31 and hopes to have that request approved.

Wintermyer also hopes to complete all curbs and sidewalks this fall, and plans to go to two shifts, if necessary, to get the work done before winter. The company also intends to work through the winter as weather permits on other items including streetlights, benches and repair work as needed.

Installation of the two roundabouts and the flagpole in the square will likely need to wait until spring. Tree planting also is expected to occur next spring.

The village committee and merchants association formally praised Wintermyer for the way they have executed the project so far. The work is ahead of schedule, the cooperation between the contractor and the residents and merchants has been very good and there have been very few serious problems or complaints.

The township expects related paving work on Raspberry and Blackberry alleys to start soon and to be completed in October.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Lower Paxton man appears on national news

Lower Paxton resident and citizen activist extraordinaire Eric Epstein briefly was featured on a national NBC News story about this week's firestorm over Pennsylvania monitoring the activities of citizens.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Linglestown weekender

Friday night ... St. Thomas Roasters will be perking with the steel guitar sounds of Sterling Koch. I've heard him do his thing several times at Linglestown's top non-alcoholic meeting spot, and his tunes are a perfect match with java and delicious baked goodies. He'll be on stage from 8–10 pm, no cover.

Sunday night ... Hallelujah, Elvis is coming to Linglestown! Linglestown Church of God is sponsoring an evening of gospel music performed by Elvis impersonator Brad Crum. The church is located across from the Linglestown fire station. Show time is 7 pm, and a good-will offering will be taken to help offset expenses.

Below are upcoming and events and special offers from the Merchants of Linglestown. (Click on the image below to view a larger version.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friday's big event

Econ Wealth Management invites Gazette readers to take part in a charity food drive festival this Friday, Sept. 17, from 9 am to 4 pm.

If you stop by and bring some canned/packaged food for donation, it will benefit one of two local food banks. Also, they will have games for kids and adults, and food from some local establishments that will be served during the breakfast and lunch hours.

The festival will be held outdoors at the office complex located at 4755 Linglestown Road, which is a few doors west of Colonial Golf and Tennis Club.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Linglestown alley to be paved this week

UPDATE: According to a reader's comment, the paving project was postponed until October to allow uninterrupted access to businesses while Linglestown Road is being reconstructed.

Blackberry Lane, the alley located north of the square, is supposed to be paved this week, according to a post on a PennLive.com forum by a Linglestown resident. The section from Blue Mountain Parkway to North Mountain Road will be improved. Lower Paxton Township is using grant money to fund the project.

No construction was evident when I walked the alley this afternoon.

The alley has become a key alternative route for eastbound traffic on Linglestown Road to get to the square, Lio’s Pizza & Sub Shop and other businesses.

Check out the “slow down” sign in the photo. Homeowners along Blackberry Lane say motorists regularly travel at high rates of speed on the alley, and they are concerned that the problem will get worse after it is paved.

I’d say 25 mph 15 mph is an appropriate speed since the alley is narrow and has numerous driveways and residential garages. (Suggested speed limit changed based on reader feedback.)

Raspberry Lane, which is located just south of Linglestown Road, will be paved this fall after stormwater drainage work is completed.

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Linglestown construction update

for Linglestown Gazette

The race is on for work to be completed by the end of October to restore two-way traffic on Linglestown Road. Below are highlights from the Village of Linglestown Committee held in August:

The contractor, Leon E. Wintermyer Inc. of Etters, is now working ten-hour shifts five days a week in an effort to restore two-way traffic by the end of October.

Initial work on the eastbound lane has been completed, and excavation work on the westbound lane is well under way. Vehicular traffic through the construction zone continues to be one-way in the westbound direction.

The two roundabouts – one in the square and the other near the firehouse – will not be completed until next spring.

PennDOT planned to set the speed limit on Linglestown Road in the village at 35 mph, but some citizens are pushing for 25 mph for safety reasons. After the project is completed, PennDOT will do a traffic study to determine the appropriate speed limit. Officials hope that the roundabouts, parking areas and narrowness of the road will result in the lower speed limit being used.


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Lower Paxton officials to talk solar energy

The Lower Paxton Township supervisors have a light agenda for tonight's first business meeting of September.(Municipal Center, 7:30 pm)

After the meeting, a workshop session will be held to discuss the status of a proposed solar farm project at the old municipal landfill on Conway Road.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Labor Day fireworks in Lower Paxton

You have a chance to cap off the summer season Monday evening by taking in a fireworks show sponsored by Paxtonia Fire Company. The rockets will launched from George Park on Nyes Road starting at 8:30 pm.