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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Mounted officers near the state Capitol building on Sunday.

There was plenty of national news this week, including the presidential inauguration, threats of violent protests at state capitals and, we can’t forget, that Bernie Sanders meme everywhere. Catch up on what happened locally. All our news is listed and linked, below.

BlueCross BlueShield Association reported that Millennials are more likely than Gen Xers or Baby Boomers to have a behavioral health issue, our magazine story reported. According to the report, 92% of millennials say the pandemic is hurting their mental health.

COVID-19 cases fell in Pennsylvania this week, our reporting found. Since last Friday, the commonwealth recorded an average of 5,651 new cases per day, according to the state Department of Health.

Gamers in the Harrisburg area have two board game cafés to choose from. Both Game Table Café and UrTurn Café welcome players of all skill sets, our magazine story reported.

Harrisburg School District officials announced a plan to return small cohorts of students to classrooms as long as COVID cases continue to decrease, our online story reported. According to Acting Superintendent Chris Celmer, elementary students and special education students will be prioritized.

MLK Day looked different this year due to COVID, but the Harrisburg community still found ways to celebrate, our reporting found. The Central Pennsylvania MLK Day of Service group held a full day of virtual events, and Wildheart Ministries hosted a small group of volunteers for a neighborhood clean-up.

Rent and small business relief programs in Harrisburg have taken off, our online story reported. Administrators of both funding initiatives said that they have been flooded with applications and are beginning to distribute money.

Sara Bozich introduced Stock’s on Second’s new hybrid concept, Dinno — “dinner and a show,” which launches on Friday. She also has tips for self-care and ways to stay entertained in her Weekend Roundup.

The state Capitol saw lots of police and PA national guard members, but not many protesters during the days leading up to the presidential inauguration, our online story reported. The FBI reported last week that armed protestors were expected at every state capital. However, it seemed law enforcement’s beefed-up security measures kept people away.

Talking Breads in Mechanicsburg locally sources items for its full menu of baked goods, meats and cheeses. They have everything needed for a perfect charcuterie board, as well as cookies, bagels, chocolate bars and more. Read more about the Mechanicsburg shop in our magazine story.

The Year in Art in Harrisburg is reflected on by our arts columnist, Bob MacGinnes. In the second part of his 2020 summation, he highlights local painters, muralists and designers who made this year in art spectacular.

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