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February 2016

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Thrill of the Ride

Thrill of the Ride

Behind the wheel of a car, Justin Nicarry gets a rush of adrenaline. The wheel in his hands, his foot hovering over the pedal and his hand on the gear stick, the Northern Lebanon High School senior forgets about the cancer that racks his bones.

Functional Strength-Training

Functional Strength-Training

Functional strength-training” is the hot term in the fitness industry right now, but what exactly is it, how do we do it and how does it fit into our exercise program?

A Place of Rest

A Place of Rest

The York County brothers are happiest while with each other, says their mother, Emmy Sasala. But when Van was hospitalized numerous times in his first year of life, the separation caused the most stress on Emmy and Jon Sasala’s two boys.

Marching Forward for Those in Need at The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region

Marching Forward for Those in Need at The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region

Life is good. Which is one of the reasons, according to Kirby, the pair volunteer with The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region.

Creating Community at the LGBT Center of Central PA

Creating Community at the LGBT Center of Central PA

It’s not surprising that lovebirds Heidi Notario and Tracy Hipple make time to volunteer in the Harrisburg community.

For the Furriest of Friends

For the Furriest of Friends

The toughest of felines often have the softest hearts, says Devon Geduldig of Mechanicsburg. After moving into her apartment and living there for a few months, she decided it was time to take on a roommate – a fury feline named Spotts.

Keeping Out the Cold

If you stood next to the windows in George Wormley’s Harrisburg home, you used to be able to feel the breeze creep through the cracks. While unseasonably warm temperatures in early winter meant the old windows didn’t cause too many problems, the Navy veteran knew colder weather was on its way.

Filling Bellies and Hearts at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Filling Bellies and Hearts at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

Twice a month, Mark and Sue Glessner visit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank with a passel of their friends, filling boxes with groceries that will be given to those who might go hungry without them.

An Accomplished Career

An Accomplished Career

Dr. David Leber has been on 35 overseas mission trips, rebuilding cleft palates and malformed ears. A board in his office shows before-and-after photos, plus a list of the countries where he’s been – Ecuador, Honduras, India, Iran, Philippines, Thailand.

Former Public Educator Leads Cyber School

Former Public Educator Leads Cyber School

When the Pennsylvania General Assembly envisioned charter schools within the state, the Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA) is precisely what its members had in mind.

Making a Difference – Part 1

Making a Difference – Part 1

It is said that the youth are our future, and they will run the world someday. They will be our teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers and leaders. There is no telling what one child’s future holds, but for Jump Street, a local nonprofit, their main goal is to enhance and create opportunities for the youth to help mold them into those future professionals who will lead our society.

Making a Difference – Part 2

Making a Difference – Part 2

The loss of a loved one never sits well, but the loss of a child is every parent’s worst fear. For one mother who has endured this painful loss, what has turned out to be her greatest tragedy has led to one of her greatest triumphs – putting smiles on the faces of unwell children.

Making a Difference – Part 3

Making a Difference – Part 3

Having a place to call home is something that can be taken for granted. We go home to warmth, comfort and a plethora of basic items that we use every single day. Toiletries, showers, beds, washers, dryers and even food – all these things make up our home. Although it may slip our minds how fortunate we are to have a place to call home, for the homeless, a home is something that is constantly on their minds.

Making a Difference – Part 4

Making a Difference – Part 4

When Planned Parenthood is mentioned as of late, people who don’t know about it other than from recent news coverage and political disagreements may have misconstrued perceptions of what this nonprofit stands for. Aside from what can be gleaned from pundits and cable news outlets, there is a robust list of services and facts that many people, including their own supporters and patients, may not know about Planned Parenthood.

Making a Difference – Part 5

Making a Difference – Part 5

The city of Harrisburg encompasses standard inner-city features, such as tall buildings, art attractions, restaurants, a downtown scene and the hustle and bustle of a big city. What makes Harrisburg unique is our direct view of the Susquehanna River and the natural scenery of the riverfront, lined with towering trees and a paved path.

Sadness and Social Media

Sadness and Social Media

With over one billion daily users, Facebook is the most popular social media site on the Internet. Though many aspects of the site are appealing, some research suggests that its use can lead to sadness, loneliness or feelings of depression.

1794 The Whiskey Rebellion

1794 The Whiskey Rebellion

On S. Hanover St., just a block off the main square in Carlisle, the one-year-old restaurant, 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion, sits as a tribute to the borough’s past as well as the distilled spirit that existed at the center of this storied American uprising.

Art Beat

Art Beat

Count the Gamut’s relocation as an achievement not just for the organization, but for the arts and the Harrisburg region itself.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert (Picador, $16, 319 pages, Paperback)

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.

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