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Midtown Man Personifies  Civic Involvement

Midtown Man Personifies Civic Involvement

If there is a Who’s Who of Harrisburg, David Morrison is in it. The 62-year-old Philadelphia native arrived in 1979 and promptly immersed himself in the city’s life and culture. He has yet to stop.

Presidential Pups

Presidential Pups

John Quincy Adams had an alligator, Martin Van Buren had two tiger cubs and Teddy Roosevelt had a menagerie of animals that included a rat and a black bear. Recent studies (UCLA, State University of New York at Buffalo) show that dogs take a big bite out of stress – their unconditional support calms and clarifies the minds of their owners.

The Yellow Birds

The Yellow Birds

Before two Virginia boys deploy for war, one promises the other’s mother that he will see to her son’s safe return, a promise he knows he’s unable to keep as soon as it’s uttered and one whose folly will be revealed tragically by the novel’s end.

Home Towne Square: A New Definition In Retirement

Home Towne Square: A New Definition In Retirement

When you think of terms such as 55-plus and retirement community, certain images come to mind: apartments and cottage-style homes clustered around a golf course, shuffleboard and bridge games. But truth be told, 55-plus isn’t what it used to be. And retirement doesn’t mean putting your feet up on the front porch. Well, that is unless you want to.

Earning Simulator Wings

Earning Simulator Wings

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter serves as one of the most utilized workhorses of the U.S. military. According to the U.S. Army fact file, the UH-60 provides air assault, general support, aero-medical evacuation, command and control and special operations support to combat and stability and support operations. I could not help but wonder if the U.S. military could possibly be convinced to allow me – an absolute amateur and often clumsy civilian with zero aviation experience – to get behind the controls and pilot one of these remarkable aircrafts.

Sophia’s at  Walden

Sophia’s at Walden

It all started at the market. The Broad Street Market, that is. Sophia Nelms, 55, opened a humble stand in the famous Midtown Harrisburg marketplace almost a decade ago. Now she has two restaurants under her name: Sophia’s on Market in Camp Hill and Sophia’s at Walden, her new venture in Mechanicsburg.

Osteoporosis & Strength Training

Osteoporosis & Strength Training

Osteoporosis is a condition that primarily affects post-menopausal women. After menopause, estrogen production and bone density decreases. Strength training is an important part of any exercise program, but is especially important for the prevention of osteoporosis, or for women who have already developed the condition.

Vintage “Junk” animates “Robot Girl”

Vintage “Junk” animates “Robot Girl”

One apt description for the art that Judy Kelly creates is “vintage assemblage.” Wandering through flea markets, she often finds the devices, machinery parts and assorted instruments of yesteryear required for her whimsical fabrications.

Changing the Lives of Veterans One Service Dog At A Time

Changing the Lives of Veterans One Service Dog At A Time

Chris Kurtonic, 29, refuses to talk about his three tours in Iraq as a corporal in the Marines. He won’t even talk to his wife and stay-at-home caregiver, Melissa, about his time in the Middle East. For a decade, he suffered. Then came along Samee Mae, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever from Susquehanna Service Dogs, who changed his life.

Leading Ladies

Leading Ladies

Every community benefits from the commitments of its most dedicated individuals. In the Harrisburg region, over two dozen women have earned the title “Woman of Excellence” due to each one’s contributions personally, professionally and socially. The YWCA Greater Harrisburg annually honors these “leading ladies,” and Harrisburg Magazine is privileged to share their insights, recollections, advice and humor.

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