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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

The historic Jackson Hotel was demolished on Thursday.

Welcome to 2021, Harrisburg! The year has already kicked off with plenty of news–national and local. If you’re tired of the first type, check out this week’s local stories (which don’t include D.C. at all), listed and linked below.

Bob’s Art Blog, “A Year in Art,” showcases the creativity of local artists during 2020. From nature sculptures to paintings to interactive displays, a little bit of everything is highlighted here.

TheBurg Podcast was released today, featuring guests Andrea Karns of Karns Foods, our food writer Stephanie Kalina-Metzger and Harrisburg Bicycle Club’s Cindy Gorski. Our first podcast of the year warmly welcomes you to 2021.

Denim Coffee Company is coming to downtown Harrisburg, our online story reported. Founder Matt Ramsay said that they are excited for their third location and will likely open in February.

Farm Show milkshakes are on the move! The PA Dairymen’s Association rolled out a new food truck that they will use to serve their shakes from, since the Farm Show went virtual this year, our online story reported.

The historic Jackson Hotel in Harrisburg partially collapsed on Thursday after years of deterioration, our reporting found. The owners decided to demolish what was left for safety reasons. In its heyday, the hotel was known for catering to African American travelers who were not permitted to stay at white-only hotels.

Household organization is the subject of a Facebook accountability group, Project 10, started by Stacy Schroeder. Over the past two years, the group has grown to include over 150 people from central PA and beyond who encourage each other in their home projects. Read our story in the January magazine for more.

Lentil and rice soup is on our food columnist Rosemary’s menu this month. The Italian classic, but often overlooked, dish is sure to warm you up this winter.

Local grocers faced unprecedented challenges when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our magazine story reported. Some stores had to adjust to provide online shopping. Others dealt with supply chain issues, but all learned lessons in flexibility.

The national eviction crisis, due to the pandemic, hits home in our magazine story about Harrisburg residents struggling to pay rent. Hear from a resident who fell behind on payments and from local organizations offering assistance.

Retirement communities and group homes have had to get very creative over the course of the pandemic, our magazine story reported. Without family visitors, entertainers or volunteers, staff have found ways to keep residents entertained and fight off isolation.

Sara Bozich has a busy weekend ahead and plenty of ways for you to fill your time, as well. Take a look at her list of weekend recommendations, here.

“The Scarf Bombardiers” exploded through Harrisburg last weekend with scarves for those in need, our online story reported. Each year, they hang them in the downtown area of the city, on railings, bike racks and cow and duck statues.

Winter sports in the Harrisburg School District are back on, Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer announced. Student-athletes were originally benched, due to COVID concerns, but Celmer said they will now play with new mitigation efforts in place, our online story reported.

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