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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

A rendering of the exterior of proposed condominiums in Midtown.

Our December issue of the magazine came out this week. If the cover isn’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, our stories certainly will. Pick up a copy at one of our distribution locations or read online. In the meantime, catch up on this past week’s news, linked below.

CheerNotes is a greeting card company that specializes in representation for underrepresented communities, our online story reported. Founder Asha Banks, of Harrisburg, assures their website has something for everyone.

New condominiums may be headed for Midtown, our online story reported. A Harrisburg-area developer has proposed over a dozen units for the former Salvation Army building.

COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth have reached a new weekly high, our reporting found. The average new case count neared 8,000 per day this past week.

Our editor reflects on this month’s holiday in his December “Editor’s Note”. While many of the stories have a COVID angle, Lawrance highlights the signs of hope they point to.

The Harrisburg School District is educating its students 100% virtually. Our magazine story discusses how students, families and educators are handling it.

Local nonprofits are learning to adapt this holiday season as COVID changes plans. Our magazine story spotlights a few organizations and how they’re keeping the spirit.

McNees law firm will provide free legal services to five Black-owned businesses in south-central Pennsylvania. Businesses that are over 50% Black-owned can apply before Dec. 11, our online story reported.

A medical marijuana dispensary opened this week in Allison Hill, our online story reported. Zen Leaf opened at 137 S. 17th St., across from Hamilton Health Center, the first of three retail locations that the company plans for Pennsylvania.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Harrisburg will be virtual this year due to the pandemic, our online story reported. There will be a video countdown to midnight featuring local organizations and businesses.

A rent relief program will be available to tenants in debt, come mid-December, our reporting found. Residents behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 crisis can apply for up to $5,000.

Sara Bozich has your weekly list of fun activities! Her Weekend Roundup has events to put you in the holiday spirit.

Small businesses’ creativity during COVID was the topic of our editor’s column in this month’s magazine. Inspired by a scene from the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Lawrance compares the passionate businessman, George Bailey, to the many hard-working entrepreneurs in Harrisburg.

News around the state fiscal code bill has our editor feeling grateful. He thanks everyone who worked to allow Harrisburg to retain its current earned income and local services tax rates, which should help the city greatly over the long run.

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