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Big Day in the City Celebration Scheduled for August 10
Mayor Reed and the Harrisburg Downtown District Improvement Authority’s Big Day in the City Celebration is a new special event that will highlight everything center city Harrisburg has to offer. It takes place downtown on Saturday, August 10th.

The festivities include free, live performances by country music star Emerson Drive, male pop star Luis Fonsi, and Top 40 artist Jene, at 4th and Market Streets next to Strawberry Square; free IMAX movies at Whitaker Center; children’s events and activities; fashion shows; special merchandise sales; art exhibits and more.

Among the plethora of entertainment to be enjoyed that day, free admission tickets will be given away for the IMAX Theater, the Kunkle Gallery, and Big Science Theater in the Whitaker Center.

Restaurant Row will also be participating in the celebration with special offerings, including free hot dogs for children from The Spot.

The excitement also includes a Celebrity Fashion Show on North Street featuring downtown’s fine retailers such as Scarpe, The Plum, Kiss the Frog, Michael Boyd’s, La Femme Jolie, Eddie’s Men’s Shop, Savaglio, and many more.

Ongoing events include special sidewalk sales, free performances by the Popcorn Hat Players, a children’s scavenger hunt, and special art exhibitions in the Susquehanna Art Museum, the Art Association of Harrisburg, and in the City Government Center Atrium.

Free parking will be available all day in the Market Square Garage at North Second Street and Chestnut Streets.

For more information, contact the Downtown Improvement District at
717-236-6172, or visit their website at HarrisburgHello.com.

Brown Charter School News Three Board Members
The Board of Directors of the Ronald H. Brown Charter School (RHBCS) has elected the following new members to serve three-year terms: Rosemary Moore, Kathy Speaker MacNett, and Michael Stewart.

Moore is the Program Officer for The Greater Harrisburg Foundation, and has a background in public administration and economic development.

MacNett is an attorney with the Harrisburg office of Buchanan Ingersoll. Her practice emphasis is on labor and employment law.

Stewart is the acting executive director of the Harrisburg Parking Authority and was formerly a district justice.

"[Moore, MacNett and Stewart] bring unique skills that will help the school to grow and provide a quality education for the students," said George Luckette, RHBCS Chairman.

Located in Harrisburg, RHBCS is a Pennsylvania chartered public school dedicated to educational excellence in grades K-8 through innovative curriculum, extended activities and pupil/teacher/parent commitment.

Harrisburg Attorney Named U.S. District Court Judge
Christopher C. "Kit" Conner, Esq., a partner at the Mette, Evans & Woodside, has been appointed a Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Cornell University and The Dickinson School of Law, Conner is immediate past Vice President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Dauphin County Bar Association, and a life fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.

Highly regarded in legal professional circles, Conner is past Chairperson of the PBA Judicial Selection and Reform Committee and co-author of the law review article, "Partisan Elections: The Albatross of Pennsylvania’s Appellate Judiciary." He received the American Bar Association’s Distinguished Award of Achievement in 1990 for spearheading Pennsylvania’s first Judicial Reform Day.

"Mr. Conner has distinguished himself as a trial attorney over the last twenty years," said Lloyd R. Persun, Esq., Managing Director at Mette, Evans and Woodside. "He is the second attorney from our firm to become a member of the federal bench, and we are proud of his appointment. We know he’ll be a real asset to the court."

Fort Hunter Receives Grant to Restore Covered Bridge
Dauphin County’s Fort Hunter Park is a step closer to rebuilding a historic covered bridge, thanks to a $15,000 matching grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

According to Dauphin County Commissioners John Payne, Lowman Henry, and Anthony Petrucci, the grant will be used for engineering costs to rebuild the Everhart Covered Bridge in the forty-acre park.

Carl Dickson, director of Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, said the Everhart Covered Bridge is one of only two covered bridges in Dauphin County and one of only 26 kingpost truss bridges in the state. Decades ago, Margaret Wister Meigs saved the small covered bridge from destruction, enabling it to be rebuilt at Fort Hunter in 1941. The bridge was dismantled in 1980 with the development of Fort Hunter Park.

"This reconstructed bridge will greatly enhance the gorgeous scenery and historic significance of Fort Hunter," said Payne. "It is destined to draw more visitors to the park and enhance their experience of the grounds and its history."

Most covered bridges were built in the early to mid-1800s; 218 covered bridges remain standing in Pennsylvania.

Renovations Continue at Hershey Theatre
The dramatic transformation of the Hershey Theatre is continuing, with workmen and artisans toiling at every corner to restore the historic theatre to its original grandeur. The M.S. Hershey Foundation, which has overseen the theater’s operation since 1970, spearheaded the renovation project after an evaluation project in May 2000.

The three-year plan, with an annual budget of approximately $1 million, is being overseen by Albert Michaels Conservation, Inc., a company well known for its historic preservation, conservation, and replication of original structures and finishes.

First opened in 1933, Hershey Theatre was conceived by Milton S. Hershey, and designed by his friend, Lancaster architect C. Emlem Urban. The architectural plans were drawn in 1915, but construction was delayed until 1929. As a result, the theater was built during the height of the Great Depression under the watchful eye of D. Paul Witmer. The theater became one of the jewels of Hershey’s "Great Building Campaign," when many of Hershey grandest and most beautiful buildings were constructed, employing nearly 600 people who would have otherwise been without working during the country’s economic crisis.

Principal support for the restoration project comes from the M.S. Hershey Foundation.

State Law Requires Meningitis Vaccine for College Students
A new law signed by the governor says that all college students who live on-campus are required to receive a vaccination for the meningococcal disease, more commonly known as meningitis, a viral or bacterial infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord that can be fatal. If students refuse to get the vaccination, they will be barred from school-provided student housing.

Doing It With Doggie Style in Midtown
A new contemporary pet supply and services stores opened in Harrisburg on July 19. Located at 913 N. Second Street, Doggiestyle is an innovative pet store offering basic pet supplies, as well as indulgences for pets such as furniture and pet aromatherapy.

The distinctive exterior of the store, resembling a large doghouse, makes it hard to miss while driving down Second Street. The store also features the unique and pet-accessible Starbarks Coffee Bar serving both pets and humans.

"This is a unique and instantly inviting point of destination for both dog and cat owners. The owners of Doggiestyle have put together a blend of retail services for the midstate pet owner that really can’t be found anywhere else," said Mayor Stephen R. Reed.

Doggiestyle is open Tuesday thru Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. To contact Doggiestyle call 213-DOGS or visit them online at doggie-style.info.

Harrisburg Cougars Receive Rings
Harrisburg High School’s PIAA AAAA State Boy’s Basketball Champion received an unforgettable tribute from Mayor Stephen R. Reed last week when their championship rings were awarded. The rings celebrate the Cougar’s championship run ending with the capture of the state title. The tribute and the rings were made possible thanks to private funds and donations by various area businesspeople and supporters of the team.

"Pictures in the Park" Free Movie Series Starts on August 3
A new family event gets underway along the Harrisburg waterfront on Saturday, August 3, with the premiere of the new Peter Pan "Pictures in the Park" Movie Series.

Mayor Stephen R. Reed announced that "Pictures in the Park" opens on Saturday, August 3 with Air Bud: 7th Inning Fetch, followed by The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, September 7, with both films free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. The films will be shown in a large flat area of Riverfront Park just south of the Market Street Bridge. Boaters are welcome to view the films as well.

"This is a delightful and free way for the entire family to spend the evening together," said Reed. "The Peter Pan ‘Pictures in the Park’ Series features film fare that the entire family can enjoy, and parents need not worry about foul language or other more adult-oriented situations or scenes.

The Peter Pan "Pictures in the Park" Movie Series is sponsored by the city, area Weis Markets, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, and ConAgra Foods.

Art for Peace and Justice Exhibition
The Annual Arts for Peace and Justice Exhibition is scheduled through August 24 at Strawberry Square. The exhibition features non-juried artwork and is open for viewing from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The artwork showcased at this event is done by both local and regionally known painters, poets, and performance artists and displays their own unique commentaries on society.

A closing reception on August 24 from 1-4 p.m. is free and open to the public. Entertainment will be provided by the Andrew Bellanca Group, Lisa Barter Sparr, and Open Book. An open mic will also be available for local poets to share their work. Refreshments and free parking will also be available at the reception.

Once again, this year’s Arts for Peace and Justice Exhibition coincides with the annual Remembrance Week observance, presented in conjunction with the Harrisburg-Nagasaki Committee. Remembrance Week will be commemorated by the 24th Annual "Candles on the Water," which will take place on August 11 at the riverfront walkway between Walnut and Market Streets.

For more information on the Arts for Peace and Justice Exhibition call 732-8167 or visit artsforpeaceandjustice.net.

Poetry Readings at the Susquehanna Art Museum
The Susquehanna Art Museum will be hosting Poetry Thursdays during the Month of August. The program begins each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at 301 Market Street in downtown Harrisburg.

On August 1, 15 and 29, there will be an open poetry reading.

Jack Veasey will be the featured poet, August 8. Veasey, a teacher of poetry and co-host of Border’s monthly readings, will read selections from his eighth book, "The Moon in the Nest."

On August 22, Hanover poets Mike Hoover and Kathleen Adcock will read original works.

Poetry Thursdays are presented by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, and is hosted by Marty Esworthy. For more information call 233-8668.

Celebrating 175 Years in Elizabethtown
The community of Elizabethtown will celebrate their 175th anniversary on Saturday, August 4, with the dedication of a new clock at the Center Square at 1 p.m., and a community picnic from 2-6 p.m. in the borough’s Community Park.

The picnic will feature entertainment, children’s games, and food vendors. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches. A community photo is also planned.

The entertainment schedule for the community picnic includes:

Main Stage: Arcona Reel Band, 2-3 p.m.; Irishtown Road, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Fire in the Glen, 5-5:45 p.m.; and GEARS Concert Series, Anonymous Joe, 6:30-8 p.m.

Children’s Entertainment: Occasions Disc Jockey, 2-3 p.m.; Amos Karnacher, "Tails from the Barnyard," 3-4 p.m.; juggler Chris Ivy, 4-4:30 p.m.; and Ronald McDonald,
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Strolling Entertainment: Tom Reese, Wyndfall, 3-6 p.m.; Dreamakers Illusion balloon sculpting, 2-5 p.m., face painting, magic and Zembo clowns.

For more information, contact the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce at 361-7188 or visit etownonline.com.

Waffle House Raises Funds for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
On August 8th, the Waffle House at 3890 Union Deposit Road will donate 10 percent of food sales between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

During the summer months, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank experiences a five to ten percent decline in donations while the need for food increases. Kendell Hanna, Executive Director of the Food Bank says, "We are grateful for this form of donation. It raises funds and awareness."

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes approximately one million pounds of food and grocery products per month (equal to 750,000 meals), to more than 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in 27 Central Pennsylvania counties. These charitable food programs directly provide groceries and hot meals to less fortunate families. Of those people served by these feeding programs, nearly 43 percent are children under 18-years-old.

Senator’s Changes
The Harrisburg Senators recently announced that Justine Wayne will now be playing for the Florida Marlins organization. Wayne led the Eastern League in ERA at 2.37 and had a 5-2 record in 17 starts at the time of the trade.

In more baseball news, the Senators also announced that pitcher Saul Rivera has been added to the roster, as part of an earlier deal involving the Mets and the Expos. Rivera, who was 2-3 in 30 games, comes to Harrisburg from the Binghamton Mets, with an ERA of 3.03 with 13 saves.

The Senators now have 23 players on their roster.

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