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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

A local family poses for the “Front Steps” project

What a week! This past week, the news never seemed to stop around the country with major stories breaking, especially out of the U.S. Supreme Court. In case our local coverage got crowded out, you can catch up now, as all our stories are listed and linked below.

Allison Hill Farmers Market is up and going for its inaugural year. Our magazine feature story shows how a community group is bringing local, fresh food to an underserved area of Harrisburg.

Bethesda Mission started work on its new women’s shelter, with a ceremonial sledgehammering to the old building. Our online story offers the details on where, when and how.

Black Lives Matter protestors once again gathered at the state Capitol. Our photo gallery offered a look at the scene as people rallied and marched.

COVID-19 new case count continued to slowly fall across PA. We published our daily updates for another week, as Dauphin and Perry counties finally turned green. We’ll now switch to a weekly update unless events warrant.

Harrisburg school district this week marked one year under state receivership. So, how has it gone? In our online story, we found that the receiver and her team received pretty good grades for their performance, though student academic achievement remains a concern.

Hope is making a comeback, at least around TheBurg newsroom. In his editorial, our editor cites this past week as potentially historic and certainly a step in the right direction as people continue to struggle and strive for equality and rights.

Juneteenth is upon us, with celebratory events taking place all over Harrisburg. Our preview story showed what was planned for this celebration of Black history, culture and freedom. We then shared an online story of one of the day’s activities, as the city took possession of a bronze map replica of the Old 8th Ward from the forthcoming Commonwealth Monument Project.

Lebanon County is the state’s wallflower, the only county to retain “yellow” status as all remaining yellow counties turn green next week. In our story, Gov. Tom Wolf says the decision is based on health policy, but health Secretary Levine hinted at additional motives.

Modern Rugs combines artistry and utility, the magic taking place in a completely renovated building in Midtown Harrisburg. Our arts writer went for a visit and, in his blog, expressed threads of delight with what he found.

Roger Baumgarten made the most of life under lockdown, using his photography skills to snap people under quarantine and, in the process, raising money for Salvation Army Harrisburg. Our online feature story tells how this one man was able to use his idle time to make such a difference.

Sara Bozich spend her first full week in the green zone, slowly getting used to life at 50 percent. Check out some of her best ideas for things to do this weekend around the Harrisburg area.

Shawan Rice and her band, Shawan and the Wonton, are arguably one of the best-known Harrisburg-based bands. Fittingly, we profile Rice as part of our series on local musicians for African American Music Appreciation Month.

Summer camp may look a bit different this year, but, well, doesn’t everything? Our online feature story explains how several popular local camps are adapting to pandemic times.

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