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The West Shore Chamber of Commerce has elected a new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jamie Keener with Herbert Rowland and Grubic. Jamie B. Keener, AICP, is a Shareholder with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) and Senior Sales Executive for the firm's Eastern Region.
INTERIORS HOME, formerly Interiors Furniture & Design, launched its Grand Opening Celebration at its new Camp Hill location on Simpson Ferry Rd.  At their ribbon cutting ceremony on January 7th, Interiors Home announced a partnership with The Ronald McDonald House® of Hershey. 
The Millennium Music Conference celebrates 20 years of showcasing emerging talent by bringing hundreds of live acts and a nationally-respected keynote speaker to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on February 19-20, 2016.
JumpStreet is currently accepting applications for the Patriot News 2016 ArtsFest.
The 49th annual Art of the State is a juried, exhibit open to Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople. Presented at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Art of the State has established a tradition of exhibiting highly creative art chosen by a distinguished panel of jurors.
GK Visual announced that its documentary about the local craft beer community, Brewed in the Burg, will air statewide on the Pennsylvania Cable Network at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.
 
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors and the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) Board of Directors announced their 2016 Board Chairs. Deborah Suder will serve as Chair, Harrisburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors and Jewel Cooper will serve as Chair, CREDC Board of Directors for 2016.

Hershey Pantry Opens Cafe at The Hershey Story Museum

Friday, January 08, 2016 • 9:55 am
The Hershey Pantry, a popular eatery known for its hearty breakfasts, award-winning lunches and delicious dinners and baked goods, today announced its partnership with The Hershey Story Museum to open The Pantry Café at The Hershey Story, 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey. The café opens Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Dauphin County proudly welcomed familiar faces and newcomers to the ranks of County Commissioner and other officers of the row, on Monday, January 4, 2016.
See photo captions for names and details.
 

West Shore Chamber Announces Award Winners

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 • 11:02 am
The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Meeting & Luncheon on December 8, 2015 at the West Shore Country Club. Four local leaders that provide outstanding services to their businesses, employees and communities were awarded the Chamber's prestigious honors. The George C. Hoopy Award recipient was Lita Heckler of Edible Arrangements; the Les Ginanni Business & Community Connection Award recipient was Andrea Dietz of Urology of Central Pennsylvania; the Edward M. Messner Inspiring Business Award recipient was Steve Lubart of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company LLC; and the Business Achievement Award recipient was RJ Harris of WHP580.
Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III are reminding residents within a 10-mile radius of the Londonderry Township-based Three Mile Island (TMI) that a test of the facility’s emergency warning sirens will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 12:15 p.m.

As part of the test conducted by Exelon Generation, which operates TMI, all 96 sirens within 10 miles of the facility will sound for three minutes.

The purpose of the sirens is to alert residents to tune in to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcast station for information from state officials.

This test is the second of two semi-annual tests in 2015.

Operation Safe Holiday ensures safe rides home

Friday, November 20, 2015 • 9:24 am
Operation Safe Holiday and the SaferRide smart phone app combine smartphone technology, education, and enforcement to make this holiday season a safer one.
Hershey Area Playhouse is holding auditions for the first production of its 2016 season, Godspell 2012, Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Auditions will take place at the Playhouse, located at the corner of Sand Hill Road and Cherry Drive, Hershey.
 
Roles for five men and five women, who can sing, act and dance, are available. Those auditioning should come prepared to dance and with a song that demonstrates musicality and vocal range. Singing pieces from the show will also be part of the audition process. Prepared monologues are not necessary; readings will be from the script. Additionally, if those auditioning play an instrument, they are encouraged to bring the instrument along to the audition. Minimum audition age is 15.
Godspell 2012 is an updated version of the well-known musical that explores a portion of Jesus’ life, His death, and His followers. The Playhouse welcomes back Jan McCreary to direct this popular and meaningful musical. Performances will be held Feb. 11-14 and 18-21, 2016, at the Playhouse.
 
Additional information about the Playhouse’s 2016 season is available on the Playhouse’s website, HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com.
Capital Region Water, Lower Paxton Township, and Susquehanna Township have committed, by virtue of an inter governmental cooperation agreement, to working together on the Paxton Creek Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Strategy to reduce sediment from storm-water discharges and stream bank erosion and improve the health of Paxton Creek.
The Cumberland County Planning Commission it is seeking county residents to fill a vacancy on the Commission for 2016. Residents interested in serving on the Commission must be a resident of the county and will need to complete an application and submit a one-page resume for consideration. Potential members will serve a 4-year term and must be able to attend the Commission’s monthly meetings that are held at 7:30am on the third Thursday of each month.
Dauphin County Commissioners awarded a total of $42,000 in proceeds from their 19th annual charity golf outing to local organizations that serve the community in a variety of ways. More than 140 golfers took part in the charity event held on August 6 at Dauphin Highlands.

Pride of the Susquehanna Finishes Busiest Season Ever

Monday, November 09, 2015 • 9:36 am
After a sailing season that was both historic and challenging, the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society is preparing the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat for its winter dry-dock.
 
Harlem Globetrotters star and Harrisburg native Chris “Handles” Franklin joined Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, community leaders, and local youth to dedicate a newly renovated basketball court at 4th and Emerald Streets in the city. The dedication took place on Thursday, October 29th, 2015.

HIA to offer Electric Vehicle Charging Services

Thursday, October 29, 2015 • 2:05 pm
Passengers and visitors will soon have the ability to charge their electric vehicles at Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) while they travel or wait to pick up passengers. The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) board has approved an agreement with Blink Network, LLC to install two Direct Current Fast Charging Stations (DCFC) at HIA.
 
Blink Network is a subsidiary of Car Charging Group, Inc. (CCGI), which was awarded a PA Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant to locate electric car charging stations throughout PA. CCGI currently has over 13,550 charging stations in 35 states, including along the PA turnpike at New Stanton, Bowmansville, and Elverson. The stations at HIA will offer turnpike drivers a charging option midway between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
 
Each station will have two connection points and be available for users 24/7. A full DCFC charging time takes approximately 30 minutes. SARAA anticipates the first station, located in the cell phone lot, will be operational during the first quarter of 2016. The second station will be installed at a later time in the parking garage. The cost to use the station is 49 cents per kWh for guests or 39 cents per kWh for Blink Members, which is a free program. SARAA will receive 7% of net revenues generated from the sale of car charging services.
 
“We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our passengers and visitors,” said Stephen Libhart, SARAA board member. “Enabling drivers to charge their electric cars on site is another way HIA can provide an Altogether Better experience.”

HIA Noise Program to Come to an End

Thursday, October 08, 2015 • 1:28 pm
At their monthly board meeting on September 30, the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) approved an updated Noise Exposure Map for Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) that is expected to end the airport’s voluntary land acquisition and relocation program.
“In 2005, SARAA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted a study to determine existing (2005) and future (2010) airport noise impacts on our surrounding communities,” explained Tim Edwards, executive director. “Following FAA approval in 2006, a voluntary land acquisition and relocation program for portions of the boroughs of Middletown and Royalton began in 2008. Since then, 24 of the 47 eligible properties were voluntarily purchased by SARAA using FAA funds. Residents were then moved into similar dwellings outside of the noise impact area. The total cost for the home acquisitions, relocation and moving costs, and ongoing maintenance of the remaining properties was $4.5 million.” Homes were purchased as noise grant money was made available to SARAA from the FAA.
In 2014, the FAA required SARAA to conduct a new Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study to determine current (2015) and future (2020) noise conditions at HIA. The combination of changes in the fleet of aircraft that operate at HIA today compared to those that operated in 2005, and less flights per day due to airline mergers, has generated a decrease in noise levels in the area surrounding the airport. The resulting changes to the Noise Exposure Map means that remaining homes within the original noise impact area previously eligible for voluntary acquisition, are no longer eligible for the program at this time.

City-Wide Celebration for 2015 Harrisburg Marathon

Monday, October 26, 2015 • 9:46 am
YMCA Races recently announced a new course for the Harrisburg Marathon taking place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. The new flat, fast course remains a Boston-qualifier, and the 26.2 miles will take runners through beautiful Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Registration ends on Nov. 3.
The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is proud to announce that its Director of Education, Beth Sanders, was recently given the Pennsylvania Forestry Association's Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural History Education. The award was presented to Sanders at the Pennsylvania Forestry Association's annual meeting in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, October 17.
The PennDOT Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) has announced that it is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through October 31.
The American Bus Association (ABA) announced that the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North American for 2016 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.
The Dauphin County Election Board reminds residents who would like to vote in the general election on November 3 of important deadlines for registering to vote and obtaining and filing absentee ballots. The deadline for registering to vote before the general election is October 5.

Harrisburg Beer Week Announces 2016 Dates

Monday, September 28, 2015 • 9:10 am
Harrisburg Beer Week organizers have announced the dates for the 2016 Harrisburg Beer Week to run from April 22-30, 2016. The nine-day event is both a celebration and education of craft beer, particularly focused on the local industry and the impact it has on the greater Harrisburg area. The inaugural Harrisburg Beer Week included more than 140 events throughout the regional, from tap takeovers to seminars.
 
Harrisburg Beer Week will kick-off on April 22 with a VIP party in Harrisburg and closes with the “Little Big Beer Fest,” a unique festival featuring local breweries’ unique beers.
 
All proceeds from Harrisburg Beer Week serve to benefit Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 100% volunteer emergency response and rescue services organization. In 2015, Harrisburg Beer Week awarded HRRES with a $20,000 donation on-site at Harrisburg River Rescue’s Headquarters, 725 S. 22nd St., Harrisburg. The donation helps fund valuable facilities, equipment maintenance and training programs crucial to the safety of area residents.
 
Harrisburg Beer Week is a not-for-profit, collaborative grassroots effort focused on local craft beer advocacy through the development of a week-long multi-venue celebration that encourages participation in craft beer-centric events, demonstrations and education. Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services is the exclusive beneficiary of Harrisburg Beer Week. For more information, visit HarrisburgBeerWeek.com.
Due to a very successful first season, the Downtown Hershey Association announces that Farmers Market on Chocolate will remain open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 17, 2015.

Susquehanna Township Residents - Your Opinion Counts!

Monday, September 21, 2015 • 7:52 am
The Susquehanna Township Board of Commissioners and the Recreation Advisory Committee is asking township residents for their opinion on recreation concerns within Susquehanna Township.

UGI Presents $100,000 to Red Cross

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 • 9:51 am
As 200 volunteers gathered in Harrisburg to take part in a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Event on Friday, September 11, 2015, UGI presented the Red Cross with a donation of $100,000 to be used in its efforts to reduce the number of home fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over the next five years.

Hershey Volunteer Fire Company Station Expansion

Monday, September 14, 2015 • 8:40 am
Work is well underway to renovate and expand the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company station. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses, and government funding, the fire company is getting closer to achieving its fundraising goal.  The Fire Company still needs to raise $1.4 million to complete its capital campaign and stay on schedule to reopen its doors in early 2016. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted and may be paid over a five year period.
In an effort to help reduce the number of home fire injuries and fatalities, the Red Cross and United Way have joined forces for a Harrisburg "Fire Safety" event.  Installation of 1,000 smoke detectors in the Harrisburg community will take place on Friday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.
Internationally recognized jazz greats will take the stage at the ninth annual Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival, presented by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, PNC Bank and The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. The three-day outdoor festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 at scenic Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg.

Downtown Harrisburg Bike Library Makes Debut

Thursday, September 03, 2015 • 9:34 am
Harrisburg, PA – The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, in partnership with Recycle Bicycle* and the BikeShareHbg* initiative, has announced the launch of a Downtown Bike Library. The Downtown Bike Library is operated out of the Visitors Information Center located in the HDID Office at 22 N. 2nd Street.
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania has announced its named full-tuition scholarships for high school graduates seeking to enroll full-time for Fall 2016. In addition to the named scholarships below, the private, non-profit, university awards additional scholarships on this straightforward basis: $20,000 for a 3.8 high school GPA, $10,000 for a 3.3 GPA, $8,000 for a 3.0 GPA, and $6,000 for a 2.7 GPA.

PAHousingSearch.com website achieves successes during first three years, serving nearly 10,000 housing searches a week.

Online housing locator has proven its value most in the aftermath of storms

HARRISBURG – Three years after its launch, PAHousingSearch.com has helped thousands of people more easily find housing in Pennsylvania. More importantly, after natural disasters, the housing locator website has been an invaluable tool for helping displaced families quickly find safe and affordable living space.
On the occasion of its three-year anniversary, more than 96,000 housing units have been added to PAHousingSearch.com, with an average of 2,500 of those units listed as available each day. Statewide, 2,300 landlords are actively listing on the service. Additional listings are added daily. On average, more than 9,600 searches a week are conducted on PAHousingSearch.com.
Called into action after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, in just three months after the storms, the service’s supportive call center handled nearly 13,000 calls to list and find housing in affected counties of the state. More than 14,000 units were added to PAHousingSearch.com in the areas hit hardest. Having so many options helped people to more quickly recover from their misfortune by quickly relocating to safe, stable housing. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, PAHousingSearch.com was again used extensively by the Commonwealth as a tool to find housing for families displaced by flooding and other damage related to that storm.
“Looking for housing can sometimes be tedious, but PAHousingSearch.com really simplifies the process,” said Brian A. Hudson, executive director and CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
“We’re very pleased with the large number of Pennsylvanians who have been helped by this service during the past three years. Plus, after natural disasters, it’s proven to be a tremendous resource for finding available housing quickly for families in need. People in search of housing in Pennsylvania should make it their first stop.”
The homepage at PAHousingSearch.com was recently updated to enhance usability. Features available include basic, advanced and accessible searches to help people find housing best suited to their specific needs. Accessible searches let people with special housing needs, such as the elderly or those with physical challenges, locate housing with accommodations to help them achieve and maintain independence. Another tool – a proximity search on an interactive map – helps people find properties within a selected distance from work, school or other family members. The site includes a variety of other helpful tools, such as a rental checklist, a rental calculator and a moving calculator. Best of all, searching for affordable housing is free.
The site is just as simple – and free – for landlords to use for posting available units and has features to list numerous units quickly and increase marketing reach across other online classified outlets.
A toll-free, bilingual call center is available to help landlords and people seeking housing from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays at 1.877.428.8844.
Most of the listings on PAHousingSearch.com are for rental units, but a small number of for-sale homes are included. Homes that are available for purchase are limited to those that are a part of an affordable housing initiative, a foreclosure prevention program, or other specific community development or stabilization efforts. General for-sale housing is not available on this website.
PAHousingSearch.com is made possible by financial support from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Professional Affordable Housing Management Association and PHFA. Day-to-day operation of the housing locator is overseen by Socialserve.com, a not-for-profit that oversees housing locator websites in 37 other states and the District of Columbia.

Weekend Preview for August 28 - 30

Friday, August 28, 2015 • 8:12 am
Every week, HarrisburgPA.com's Weekend Preview walks you through some of the weekend's most exciting events. This weekend includes the 35th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival - Aug 27-30, Corvettes at Carlisle, a Discovery Walk at Wildwood Lake, the City Islanders vs FC Montreal on City Island, Living History Encampment at the National Civil War Museum and more! Read on for the full weekend lineup.
CAMP HILL, PA: The West Shore Chamber of Commerce congratulates two award winners at the third annual Luminary Awards Luncheon: the Shining Star Luminary Award winner Casey Khuri, Director of Operations at NAI CIR; and the Visionary Luminary Award winner Dr. Karen Scolforo, President of Central Penn College.

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse has announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the City of Harrisburg $3.714 million to remove lead and other health hazards from city homes.

The Central PA Friends of Jazz are set to host the 35th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival August 27th through 30th, 2015 in various area locations.

"Music for Murals" Fundraiser at River City Blues & Dart Room to Support the Preservation of the Mulberry Street Bridge Murals to be held on Sunday, August 23rd from 3:00-7:00pm at River City Blues & Dart Room (819 S Cameron St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104)

SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, PA – Demolition has began on four trash-filled, dilapidated duplexes on the 4700 block of Tuscarora Street to clear the way for five new homes in a project being funded by the Dauphin County Land Bank.

Harrisburg Restaurant Week 2015 is Heating Up

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 • 9:07 am

Harrisburg, PA- The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District (HDID) will soon be satisfying your taste buds with Harrisburg Restaurant Week, for not just one, but two weeks of dining pleasure from September 14 – 18 & September 21 - 25. The HDID will also be providing free parking for the event in the River Street Garage, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Monday through Friday during the two week event.

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. has been recognized by NeighborWorks America as a "visionary leader in community development." The honor came during NeighborWorks' opening reception for its 2015 Philadelphia Training Institute.

HARRISBURG, PA – Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries, George P. Hartwick III, in cooperation with Historic Harrisburg Association, are holding a series of guided walking tours of the spectacular interiors and the stately surroundings of the Dauphin County Courthouse in downtown Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC are currently accepting applications for both the "2015 Small Business of the Year" and "2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award". Deadline for submissions is September 7, 2015.

Cumberland County is conducting a Household Hazardous Waste(HHW) Drop Off Event on Saturday, August 22nd, from 9AM to 3PM, rain or shine, at the Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle.

HARRISBURG, PA.– The Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, first launched in 1988, announces that they are on the verge of welcoming their one-millionth passenger this summer. A special prize pack, including a vacation and gift certificates, has been put together as the Riverboat Society's way of saying "thanks" to everyone who has taken a ride since her initial launch.

Cultural Fest Kicks off at 4:30pm on Friday, August 7th!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 • 10:00 am

Dauphin County Commissioners and the County's Multicultural Task Force Committee extend a warm invitation to a free, open air street festival celebrating cultural diversity in Dauphin County. The festival will offer national and local recording artists, ethnic foods, crafts, Kid's Corner and more. Bring your lawn chairs. Family Activities will be provided by the Dauphin County Drug & Alcohol Department. For more info and a complete schedule, visit http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Parks-and-Recreation/Festivals-Special-Events/Pages/Cultural-Fest.aspx

HARRISBURG – In a recent story, Money recognized Pennsylvania as the state with the most assistance programs to help homebuyers and homeowners. The article draws on data posted online by mortgage website HSH.com, which ranks the 50 states and Washington, D.C., with Pennsylvania coming out on top.

Recyclebank recently recognized Derry Township for its outstanding new program launch at the annual US Conference of Mayors in San Francisco. Only three communities across the country were recognized for their support of the Recyclebank program.

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