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.
Yes! We are officially bestowing a "How-To-Do-It-Right" award upon the West Shore Chamber of Commerce's 65th annual Business and Industry night, held Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, in Camp Hill, Pa.
From the moment we snuck in the back door, to our stroll out the front, the West Shore Chamber's (WSC) Business and Industry Night/fair/expo/silent auction/party/baggers' delight was in high-gear and popping with energy. The theme for this year's event was TV Shows, and many of the exhibitors presented in grand fashion. Some of our favorites included AmeriChoice's "Let's Make A Deal" booth; Kessler's indoor "Primal Scream Outdoor Grillin' smell-i-vision"; Leigh-Ann Reitze's smile;  Quality's over-the-top Gilligan's Island castaways, (complete with 3-D printer making coconut-style radio transmitter parts - or were they bottle openers);  PA Landscape Group's "As Seen On TV" setup, low-tech but tons of fun; and a bunch of others.
President and CEO George Book was perched by the entrance, cheerfully welcoming exhibitors and guests. 
West Shore Chamber staff quickly processed registrations, answered questions, and roamed purposefully throughout the event rooms.
The tempo this year echoed every other WSC Business and Industry Night we've attended... fun, light, informative, and enjoyable.
Hats off to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce for producing an event that's welcoming, rewarding to attend, and offers a lasting impression for both guests and participants.
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2015 West Shore Chamber 65th Annual Business and Industry Night

Candid photos of sponsors, participants, and guests at the West Shore Chamber's 65th Annual Business and Industry night at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
Additional photos can be seen on the West Shore Chamber's Facebook profile page here.
The West Shore Chamber of Commerce is located at 4211 Trindle Road, in Camp Hill, PA. Their phone number is 717-761-0702. You can find all you want to know online at
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.

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