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Linglestown Gazette: June 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Linglestown fireworks show Tuesday, July 5

The popular fireworks show at Koons Park sponsored by Linglestown Fire Company and Lower Paxton Township will light up the sky Tuesday night starting at about 9:30 pm.

The show attracts a huge crowd, so arrive at 8:30 pm or earlier to get parking close to the park.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Linglestown construction update

Based on today's walk around the village, the focus of construction appears to be redoing Blue Mountain Parkway between Linglestown Road and the new bypass (pictured). This job needs to be done to match the elevation of the parkway with Linglestown Road, which was lowered by about two feet when it was rebuilt.

Next week final repaving is tentatively scheduled to start on Linglestown Road.

The entire project is on track to be completed sometime in August.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Persistence pays off in search for dog

I received word that a lost greyhound named Leah (pictured) was rescued after 19 days on the loose in the Colonial Park area. Information about the search for Leah was the subject of a recent blog post. Below is an excerpt from an email sent to the Gazette:

We had been able to draw her into feeding stations from time to time, so she was getting some nourishment. Unfortunately she is extremely thunder-phobic so every time we were on the verge of trapping her, a storm would hit and she be off and running again and we were back at square one until the next sighting.

At roughly 4:00 am on Friday, June 17, she showed up at her home and barked to be let in. She was dehydrated, had some lacerations/abrasions, some tick bites and had lost weight, but was miraculously healthy considering her situation.

Linglestown rides Frailey's bat to win

In East Shore Twilight League action Sunday, second baseman Mark Frailey banged out two doubles and a homer to lead the Linglestown Juggernauts to a 4–3 victory over first-place Palmyra.

Adam Chernicoff (pictured above), who plays college baseball at Lafayette College in Easton, was the winning pitcher. After Palmyra scored two runs to make it a one-run game in the seventh inning, shortstop Sam Phillips relieved Chernicoff and got the final out.

Linglestown (6–5–1, 4th place) plays its next home game at Koons Park this Thursday, June 30, against Steelton. First pitch will be hurled at 6 pm.

Linglestown first baseman Sean Frailey gets thrown out at first base in Sunday's game at Koons Park against Palmyra. Photo by Danielle Bostic.


Roundabout helps end police chase

A high-speed state police pursuit of a burglary suspect ended early today when the suspect's car crashed into one of the newly constructed roundabouts on Linglestown Road in Lower Paxton Township, reports The Patriot-News. CLICK HERE to read the story.

The crash caused first responders with Linglestown Fire Co. to get a wake-up call at 2:30 am.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nott leads Linglestown to diamond wins

Linglestown's entry in the East Shore Twilight League, the Juggernauts (5–5–1), broke out of their early season funk this week with a pair of wins over teams ahead off them in the standings.

In a make-up game Wednesday in Middletown, Sam Nott, a CD grad who plays college ball at Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland, smacked a two-run homer in the fifth to lead the Juggernauts to an 8–2 victory. Susquehanna Twp. product Joe Leo, a pitcher during the school year with Lafayette College, picked up the win with seventh-inning relief from Sam Phillips, another Susquehanna Twp. grad who now plays infield at Shippensburg University.

At Koons Park on Thursday, the Juggernauts dueled in a see-saw game with Lawnton. With the game knotted at five at the end of regulation, Linglestown won it 6–5 in the bottom of the eighth on a walk off single by Sam Nott that scored Natt Shroy, a 2009 CD grad.

Tom Healy, a CD product who plays with Nott at Mount St. Mary's, and Susquehanna Twp. grad Kyle Hollingsworth hit solo roundtrippers for the Juggernauts, and Josh Muscalus got the win in relief of Pete Hayden, the team's ace pitcher.

NEXT HOME GAME – Tomorrow (Sunday, Jume 26) against first-place Palmyra, 5 pm


Lower Paxton kids' safety and fun event

Members of Lower Paxton Township Police Department and Linglestown Fire Company will be on hand providing advice and knowledge to attendees of the Child Safety and Fun Day event today at Keystone Technical Institute. CLICK HERE for details.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Miscue at Linglestown roundabout

Somebody drove into the dirt area of the roundabout island at the square and mowed down signs early this afternoon. Pictured is a construction worker erecting a temporary sign to replace the damaged one.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Linglestown construction update

Notes from last week's Village of Linglestown Committee meeting:

* Final paving of Linglestown Road is expected to occur just after
July 4. The work will be done with flagmen directing traffic.

* Concern continues about the need for light shields on the new street lights to cut down on light directed toward homes along Linglestown Road. PPL wants to be paid for the shields, but township officials thought the shields were included in the original contract. Lower Paxton Township manager George Wolfe said he would contact PPL to seek a resolution on this issue.

* The question was raised about the condition of the portion of Blackberry Alley that runs behind Lio's Pizza and Sub Shop that was not part of a recent paving project. Township manager Wolfe clarified that the newly paved alleys are township property and were paved using funds from government grants, but the township does not have funds to improve the eastern portion of Blackberry Alley. The village committee voted to make a formal request to the township that the unpaved section of Blackberry Alley be repaired when funds become available.

Information for this post was provided by Stray Winds Area Neighbors, better known as SWAN.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Roundabout education

Still puzzled about how to drive Linglestown's roundabouts?

If so, check out a video by the state of Wisconsin that provides an in-depth look at roundabouts and a how-to publication from the folks at PennDOT.
Links provided by community watchdog group SWAN and the Linglestown Merchants Association.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Learning curve for motorists begins in roundabouts

Linglestown's newly opened roundabouts made the front page of today's Patriot-News. CLICK HERE to for the article that includes a video.

Below is a video report from WHTM abc27.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Linglestown roundabouts now open

I checked out the square roundabout during the 6 pm hour.

There was limited traffic at that time. Motorists in general appeared to be unsure how to properly maneuver through the roundabout. I saw a couple drivers traveling westbound on Rt. 39 who didn't realize that they had to yield to cars in the roundabout and entered it without first checking for other cars to their left.

Be sure to slow down when approaching the roundabout, and look left for traffic already in the roundabout before entering the circle.

for a short video on how to drive a roundabout.


Patriot-News looks at return of 2-way traffic in Linglestown

Two-way traffic will return to Linglestown Road as early as Monday afternoon, nearly 19 months after the start of a $4 million road reconstruction project in the Lower Paxton Township community. CLICK HERE to read more.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Linglestown has new home on internet

The Linglestown Merchants Association recently unveiled a new look for their website. Be sure to check it out and add it to your favorites list.

Also, the merchants are gearing up to celebrate Linglestown's new look this fall during their annual Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 21–23.

Several community members are helping to organize special events associated with the festival, and more help is needed. Please email Tina Robenolt for information about how you can help out.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Backyard News, 06.15.11

Soon bid goodbye to detour ... Now that the bad concrete at the roundabouts in Linglestown has been replaced, there's a good chance two-way traffic will be restored in the village this Friday or early next week.

Baseball update ...
After struggling at the plate in a 2-2 tie with Steelton and a 6-1 loss to Hummelstown, the Linglestown Juggernauts sandlot team had a breakout game Tuesday at Penbrook with a 15–5 victory. Mark Frailey and Kyle Hollingsworth each had a homer, and Pete Hayden was the winning pitcher. The team's record is 3 wins, 3 losses and a tie.

Next home game at Koons Park is this Saturday against Middletown, the East Shore Twilight League's reining champs. 5:30 pm first pitch.

Evening music ...
St. Thomas United Church of Christ, located one-mile east of the Linglestown square, will open its summer vesper series with bluegrass group Heart & Soul this Sunday, June 19, at 6 pm. The event will be held outdoors in the church's prayer garden. The public is welcome to attend. Be sure to bring lawn chairs.

Join the fun! ... PandaMania Vacation Bible School is coming to New Hope Church in Linglestown, June 20-24, 6:30-8:30 pm. Call 545-3400 for more information and to register, or go the church's website.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

New business opens in Linglestown area

The area has a new business opening today – Linglestown Village Market, located east of the Linglestown square.

CLICK HERE for feature story on the market by The Patriot News. Also, the market has been approved as PA Preferred program.

There are several stages of growth planned for the market over the next five years. The startup phase has a small indoor area and a large outdoor area. The first season's hours of operation will be 10am-8pm, Wednesday-Sunday. The community's response to the market will determine whether the market should be open year round.

A grand opening with special events and guests is slated for Saturday, July 2.
Photo by Danielle Bostic. Check out her work at her website and Facebook page.


Thursday, June 09, 2011

Gigantic yard sale Saturday

The folks at New Hope Church in Linglestown are putting on a super-duper yard sale this Saturday, June 11, from 7 am–2 pm.

Church members have cleaned out their garages, closets, attics and junk rooms and hauled a ton of good stuff to the church for the sale. The photo above shows just a small portion of what's for sale – clothing, electronics, toys, an automatic dishwasher, hammock including stand, and much, much more.

Proceeds will benefit New Hope's upcoming missions trip to Swaziland in Africa.

CLICK HERE for directions to the church.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Backyard News, 06.08.11

* Leah the greyhound that was the subject of a blog post a few days ago is still missing. The latest sightings have been in the Colonial Park area near Pep Boys and Olde Liberty Square plaza.

* The Linglestown Juggernauts sandlot baseball team evened their record at 2–2 Tuesday evening by upending Penbrook 9–4. Linglestown led throughout the game and put it away with a big 6-run fifth inning. Adam Chernicoff was the winning pitcher.

The Juggernauts are on the road Thursday in Steelton (Steelton Highspire H.S., 6 pm), and play two games at Koons Park on Sunday (Valley View at 2 pm, Hummelstown at 5 pm).

* The Lower Paxton Township supervisors decided to delay a decision Tuesday evening on a zoning issue related to the planned 449-unit housing development at Stray Winds Farm until June 21. CLICK HERE for background info on last night's public hearing.

* Good news for residents on Elmer and Elaine avenues in Linglestown – Lower Paxton Township will be repaving the streets this summer, according to township manager George Wolfe.

* Yesiree, he's back! Former Hollywood insider Frank Cotolo will once again make the trek from Grantville to put on a music and comedy extravaganza at St. Thomas Roasters this Friday, 8–10 pm, free admission.

French students to meet Linglestown families

LEC, a French student organization with American coordinators, invites you to welcome a French teen into your home this summer. Two groups of students will spend three weeks in south central Pennsylvania this summer, one July 7-27 and the other August 4-24. You can represent the United States by showing these young Europeans how we live our daily lives.

The students are coming to practice their English and to immerse themselves in American culture and family life. Ideal host families will have children at home, but all are welcome to apply. Homes without children may provide opportunities for students to interact with others of their age, such as neighbors, church youth groups, and sports teams or clubs.

Each student speaks English, is fully insured, and has his or her own spending money. They enjoy a variety of sports and activities and are anxious to learn about their American counterparts.

Host families will have the opportunity to show the students around our region, too, rich with history, recreation, and entertainment. In turn, the families learn much about the students’ home regions in France.

Families are reimbursed $80 per week to assist with expenses.

LEC has planned visits to the United States since 1972. Over the past three years, LEC students have visited families in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties. Last year, four students lived with families in Linglestown.

For complete information on the LEC homestay program, contact Linglestown resident John Robinson, LEC Capital Region coordinator, at (717) 545-2979 or e-mail.

To see student profiles and photos, visit the LEC website.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Backyard News, 06.07.11

* Work is under way to install a new roof on Linglestown Fire Company's fire station.

* The focus of road construction today in Linglestown appeared to be the roundabout at Linglestown Fire Company. There was no activity at the square.

* Mark your calendars – Fireworks at Koons Park are scheduled for Tuesday, July 5, courtesy of Lower Paxton Township and Linglestown Fire Company. Showtime is 9:30 pm.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Hearing to help determine fate of planned homes

Lower Paxton Township will conduct a public hearing Tuesday on a zoning change proposed by housing developer Triple Crown Corporation and backed by citizens group SWAN. The meeting will be held at the Municipal Center on Prince Street, 7:30 pm.

If approved, Triple Crown likely will move forward with a 449-unit housing development on the Stray Winds Farm tract located in the Colonial Road corridor.

CLICK HERE for a video that has background information on this planned development.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Sandlot baseball: Linglestown wins home opener

After dropping their first two games on the road, the Linglestown Juggernauts rolled over Palmyra 13–2 Sunday in East Shore Twilight League action at Koons Park.

The Juggernauts took command of the game by scoring six runs in the second inning on one hit, five walks, a hit batter and three Palmyra errors. Linglestown's designated hitter Nate Shroy put the game out of reach in the fourth inning with a three-run homer.

Third baseman Bryan Stovall had a stellar game for the Juggernauts at the plate with three singles and a run batted in.

Veteran Linglestown pitcher Pete Hayden went the distance, giving up only four hits and three walks.

The Linglestown Juggernauts have had very successful teams in recent years. They won the league playoffs in 2007, and the regular season and playoff championships in 2008 and 2009. Last season they finished second in the regular season and were defeated in the championship playoff series by Middletown.

If you enjoy baseball, be sure to check out the Juggernauts. Most of the players have college baseball experience.

The Juggernauts are scheduled to play two games next Sunday at Koons Park – Valley View at 2 pm and Hummelstown at 5 pm.


Saturday, June 04, 2011

Lost dog in Colonial Park

Lost Greyhound named Leah.

She's been missing since May 29 from Ethel Street, which is located near the Colonial Park Mall and the East Shore Area Library. The dog has been spotted in Devon Manor several times and was last spotted in that area on June 4.

She is very shy with strangers – please do not try to chase or approach.

If seen, please call Cassie and Kris Kelly at 540-1967 or 943-0511 day or night.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Linglestown two-way traffic a no-show

Unofficially, it appears the detour on Route 39 in Linglestown wasn't ended today as projected because work remains to be done the two roundabouts.

The photo was taken Thursday during the noon hour at the square.


Thursday, June 02, 2011

Linglestown buzzing with activity

Concrete work at the roundabout island at Linglestown Fire Company.

Paving the southbound lane of N. Mountain Road across from the Eagle Hotel.

Raspberry Alley at Koons Park was closed to traffic while a paving crew constructed speed tables.

Lower Paxton Township supervisor and Hornung's Hardware owner Bill Hornung preps the former church that is home to La Piazza of Linglestown for a paint job.
The photos were taken by Thursday morning by Danielle Bostic. Be sure to check out her website and Facebook page.


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Linglestown to return to two-way traffic soon

Updated with reporter's notes on 6/2/11 at 9:23 pm.

Linglestown Road is projected to be open to two-way traffic with both roundabouts in service this Friday, June 3, according to a report given during last week's Village of Linglestown Committee meeting. CLICK HERE for reporter's notes from the meeting.

To prepare for navigating through the roundabouts, CLICK HERE for a video with how-to instructions.
Pictured is the partially constructed roundabout island in the square of Linglestown. Eventually the center section of the island will be planted with grass and a flag pole will be erected.


Linglestown parade highlights

Pictured are members of Cub Scout Pack 68 from Linglestown Life Church throwing candy to children along the route of the Memorial Day Parade on Monday. The scouts and their leaders put together a great float in honor of the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

CLICK HERE for more photos from the Cub Scouts that were submitted by Kim Martin.