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A Considerable Contribution

A Considerable Contribution

At the recent centennial fete of the Jewish Community Center in Harrisburg, the influence that the Jewish community has had on the city was celebrated, exemplifying the dynamism of the community that it has existed in for over 175 years.

February 2016
The Great Debate

The Great Debate

Google is an interesting search engine – actually much more than simply a search engine – and infinitely mysterious to confirmed Luddites who use it to glean facts as they research articles for publication. It’s unclear if Google knows where you’re physically located and sets its parameters accordingly, or if it is, like the Great Oz, all-knowing and omniscient. It provided an amusing narrative array when asked recently for information regarding an ongoing debate in the Central Pennsylvania region.

January 2016
Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Harrisburg is a place of long experience for ground, rail and air transportation and has been a crossroads for freight and passengers traveling both near and far. The history of aviation in the Central Pennsylvania region is well-established with not one, but two excellent airports serving the capitol city: Harrisburg International Airport outside of Middletown and Capital City Airport in nearby New Cumberland. But there’s another, largely forgotten, airport that served the flying public for many years, which has vanished – almost completely – in the face of progress and commercial development.

December 2015
Crossing the Harvey Taylor

Crossing the Harvey Taylor

There is one bridge in Central Pa. that defies any form of numerical highway recognition and connects the Camp Hill Bypass to Forster Street in Harrisburg – the M. Harvey Taylor Bridge. No one, including local broadcasters and traffic reporters, call it anything but “the Harvey Taylor” in their reports, nor does anyone traversing it either in a car or on foot. Built in 1952, the bridge was named for one of the most influential Pennsylvania politicians of the 20th Century, M. (Maris) Harvey Taylor.

November 2015
Steam Power & The Civic Club

Steam Power & The Civic Club

Unless you’re in the right-hand lane traveling down Front Street, it doesn’t really merit more than a passing glance, sitting there ponderously, all dark stone and Tudor beams, the only grand home on that thoroughfare residing on the river side of the street. Unless you take the time to explore it, The Civic Club of Harrisburg is just another building – impressive in stature and older than most of its companions on the other side of Front Street – engendering little more than a quick look through the windshield.

October 2015
Things Go Better with Coke – in Harrisburg

Things Go Better with Coke – in Harrisburg

17th Street in Harrisburg between Derry and Market is a potpourri of business, industrial and residential structures, a little worse for the wear and reflective of the impairment accompanying a number of neighborhoods in the city. One of the more noteworthy buildings along this stretch is the former Coca-Cola bottling plant at 227 S. 17th St.

September 2015
Things To Do With The Susquehanna

Things To Do With The Susquehanna

Many suggestions are made for things to do on the Susquehanna River, but not much about what to do with the river. It is what people have tried to do, or have done, with the Susquehanna that makes it so interesting.

August 2015
The Oldest House in Town

The Oldest House in Town

Seeking a superlative is never easy and often subject to contention, but identifying the oldest house in Harrisburg is easy – well, reasonably easy. The title of oldest house in Harrisburg is generally bestowed upon the Parson John Elder House. But, then, it wasn’t always in Harrisburg.

July 2015
Small, Yet Very Large

Small, Yet Very Large

Despite the functionality of the neighborhood, there’s a small element to it that has remained in existence for more than 60 years in its location at 1026 Herr Street. Just east of the Subway Café, and nestled between the fortress-like attitude of the Total Home Care building and the automotive surfeit of H&S Motors on the corner of Herr and Cameron, stands a unique testament to faith.

April 2015
Lost and Found

Lost and Found

By European or Asian standards of antiquity, the 108-year-old Pennsylvania Capitol is practically brand new. But it isn’t without its own sense of history when it comes to the design that architect Joseph M. Huston (1866-1940) bestowed upon it.

March 2015
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