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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

A Black Lives Matter mural was painted on the Harrisburg Improv Theatre in Midtown last weekend.

These summer weeks seem to fly by. If you missed any of our reporting amid the crash of the waves or the routine of work, we have our week’s stories listed and linked below.

A Black Lives Matter mural was painted in Midtown last weekend, our online story reported. Organizer Mike Fitzgerald hopes it will create dialogue and promote social justice in the community.

“Candles on the Water” promotes peace and harmony through its 75th annual commemoration of the bombings of the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. In our magazine story, read more about the event and how it connects to Harrisburg’s Peace Garden along the Susquehanna River.

The 2020 census approaches its final two months, and we have an update on response rates thus far. Read about how Dauphin County is encouraging participation and why some fear the Latino community will be undercounted.

Commonwealth Monument Project leaders presented Dauphin County commissioners with a bronze replica of a map of Harrisburg’s Old 8th Ward. Our online story has more on that, as well as updates on the monument scheduled to be unveiled Aug. 26 on state Capitol grounds.

COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are finally declining after a month of increasing cases. There was an average of 747 new diagnoses each day last week, our weekly reporting shows.

Harris Family Brewery has joined other local brewers to create a special “Black is Beautiful” beer. They hope the message will spark conversation on racial inequality while enjoying a good drink. Read more about their latest collaboration with Troegs Brewery as well as two other partnerships.

Musicians have taken their tunes to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guitar teacher Paul Wegmann has done the same with his lessons. Read more in our magazine story.

A proposed citizen’s policing advisory board was the topic of discussion at a Harrisburg town hall Thursday night. Our reporting outlines city residents’ criticisms and frustrations with the lack of power of the board as it stands.

Sara Bozich has a great lineup of events in her Weekend Roundup. Find the list that includes a drive-in movie event, a yard sale and Virtual Beer Olympics, here.

Schools in the Harrisburg area are making plans for the upcoming academic year. Our magazine story tells how brick-and-mortar schools are split on whether to return to in-person classes or virtual. Many students seem to be turning to cyber charter schools for their education.

TheBurg’s editor has what he calls a “mask problem” in his August magazine column. Read about his journey to embracing the mask, despite the discomfort, and additional thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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