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Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens

Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens

Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens offers event-linen rentals - tablecloths, napkins, runners - in 140 fabrics, plus custom linens for purchase.

Whimsy in High Places

Whimsy in High Places

What is it about inaccessible places that make our imagination churn and call out to our other selves?

Painter Applies Extraordinary Skills to Portraits and Landscapes

Painter Applies Extraordinary Skills to Portraits and Landscapes

As painter Mark Topp discusses the elements of his craft, both comprehensible and oblique phrasing peppers his speech. There is “You learn by doing.” Or, “I do my best work when I’m not even thinking about it.” And, “You need to think through the materials…the painting and the painting experience are one.” None of it surprises those who know Topp, a 2008 émigré to the Harrisburg area.

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar in Hershey

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar in Hershey

Just off of Hershey Park Drive in the Park Village Plaza, mere minutes from the numerous Hershey attractions and Penn State Hershey Medical Center, the latest Arooga’s location is poised to open this month. This ­– the eighth incarnation of the popular Central Pa. spot for wings, sports and much, much more – will be the staging ground for the future of Arooga’s.

For the Public Good

For the Public Good

The path to becoming an attorney is one of hard work and dedication, filled with hundreds if not thousands of hours of study as well as years of college and law school. Then, there is the infamously difficult bar exam to pass. The process is anything but easy, but, oftentimes, if those who pursue the career of lawyer and find gainful employment, the rewards are high – status, power, finance and, to many practitioners of law, charity.

On the  Matter  of Marriage

On the Matter of Marriage

Whitewood V. Wolf is a federal lawsuit arguing that Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act violates the fundamental right to marry and the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. We take a look at the case itself and the social discussion surrounding it.

My Favorite Fiction Books of 2013

My Favorite Fiction Books of 2013

If we’ve connected on Twitter or Facebook, you know this column isn’t the only place I’m reviewing books. Annually, one of those other publications asks me to compile a list of my 10 favorites of the year. Of the 60-odd books I reviewed this year, these are the ones that brought me the most pleasure.

Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary

Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary

For this Adventure Chick column, M. Diane McCormick traveled to Lancaster County's Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary to play with some rescued reptiles.

People of Carlisle

People of Carlisle

This month's photo story shows readers a few people that photographer Lisa Bennett came across while visiting Carlisle.

Executive Director Finds  Godly Purpose in “Encore” Career

Executive Director Finds Godly Purpose in “Encore” Career

This month's Face in the Crowd features Jodie Smiley, executive director at Paxton Ministries. Find out more about Smiley and Paxton Ministries which is the well-kept secret that Smiley is trying to bring to light.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

By their very nature, monuments are solid objects permanently placed to remind us of the past, and Harrisburg, as well as the Central Pennsylvania area, is rich with granite and marble memorials to people and events that serve as silent reminders of the area’s story. A stroll on the grounds of the capitol complex provides an array of edifices erected to those people and events that constitute our history. A walk down Front Street, along the Susquehanna River, offers even more confirmation of the desire to remember past events and personages. However, if one travels uptown, a monument exists on the corner of Third and Division streets that has a more curious history than any other in the city.

The Empathist

The Empathist

Petra Gross is an assistant public defender in the Dauphin County Public Defender's office, who maintains a hectic, often six-days-a-week schedule as legal counsel for those who can't afford it. Gross views the world through an ever-focused lens of defensive advocacy, drawing on her ability to empathize, understand and compassionately guide clients through a complex legal system many do not understand.

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