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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

A Verizon 5G pole in front of the Susquehanna Art Museum became a work of art, this week.

This week brought lots of stories on new businesses, projects and even unique new art installations. For any of these that you might have missed, all of our coverage is linked, below.

Glitz Soap Co. in Mechanicsburg offers an abundance of unique, handmade vegan products ranging from soap and shampoo bars to soothing lotions. In our magazine story, read about how owner Alicia Miller transformed a hobby into a successful business.

Halotherapy, or salt therapy, allows you to immerse your body in salt and fill your lungs with concentrated salty air to harness its curative properties. In our magazine story, find information about salt rooms in the area.

Harrisburg Academy held a fundraiser to support Ukrainian refugees, our online story reported. They also plan to offer scholarships to any displaced Ukrainian students that may arrive in the area.

Harrisburg City Council has two new members this year as Jocelyn Rawls and Ralph Rodriguez were elected to serve. Our magazine story introduces readers to the new officials and shares their backgrounds, interests and hopes for the city.

The Harrisburg School District held its first in-person board meeting in two years, since the pandemic began, our online story reported. At the meeting, officials discussed staffing shortages and recent violence.

Harrisburg University announced an official opening date for its new academic building in downtown Harrisburg, our reporting found. HU President Eric Darr said that he expects the 11-story building at S. 3rd and Chestnut streets to debut for the university’s spring 2023 semester.

Jeff Nichols noticed that the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg was looking for a new CEO and saw it as a chance to return to his passion for history, our magazine story reported. In his new position, Nichols has been working to rebuild the museum’s attendance, which dropped during the pandemic.

Jennie Jenkins-Dallas announced her candidacy as a Republican for the 103rd legislative district, our online story reported. Last year, Jenkins ran unsuccessfully for City Council as a Democrat and previously ran unsuccessfully for mayor.

In Mechanicsburg, a $5.3 million, three-phase revitalization plan is set to begin on March 26, our online story reported. A vacant building at 1 W. Main St. will be demolished to make way for a town park—honoring the town founder’s original vision.

The Millworks received zoning approval to move its brewery operations into a brick building at the rear of the restaurant, directly across Sayford Street, our online story reported. With the extra space in the Millworks restaurant, owner Joshua Kesler plans to expand the dining area.

A mobile barbershop will visit Harrisburg neighborhoods with resident Anthony Pierce-Rodriguez offering free haircuts, our reporting found. He plans to use the mobile shop as a way to build relationships with community members and share his story to encourage others.

Rob Mort of Harrisburg, is a caring, mild-mannered van driver for Boyo Transportation Services by day. By night, he is “Rob Noxious,” an aggressive, loud-mouthed professional wrestler, who now is a fan favorite. Read about the two faces of Mort, in our magazine story.

Sara Bozich has lots of fun ways for you to spend your weekend in central PA. Find them, here.

The Susquehanna Art Museum partnered with Verizon to transform a large 5G pole by the museum into a work of art, our online story reported. The bright, colorful design was created by local artist Stephen Michael Haas.

Trader Joe’s is set to open at a new location in Mechanicsburg next week, our online story reported. The grocery store will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and officially open for shopping on March 31.

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