The Week that Was: Information and options round Harrisburg – The Burg Information

Lou and Anna Vazquez recently opened Harry’s Bistro in Harrisburg.

Our February magazine came out just in time for a cold, possibly snowy weekend—the best time to cuddle up with some good reads, in our opinion. This issue is packed with inspiring stories of Harrisburg community members who faced tragedy during the pandemic and business owners thriving despite the odds. Don’t forget to catch up on this past week’s news, listed and linked below.

An apartment conversion for the former First United Methodist Church at 260 Boas St. received zoning approval on Tuesday, our online story reported. A tiny house community for veterans was also approved by the zoning board to be built on vacant land along the Susquehanna River.

B’hold Beauty opened in Steelton, adding to the area’s growing number of Black-owned businesses. Our magazine article tells owner Brittny Holder’s story and her mission to help people meet their hair goals.

CARES Act funding faced some criticism from the Harrisburg School District’s acting superintendent, who said that cyber charters are getting too much of the money, our web story reported. Commonwealth Charter Academy officials had the opposite view.

The Civic Club of Harrisburg experienced vandalism at the end of December, which caused around $13,000 in damage. Club President Marybeth Lehtimaki said that community members have already stepped up to help, our online story reported.

Dave Schankweiler virtually announced his run for Harrisburg mayor on Friday. He outlined his top agenda items, including decreasing violent crime, increasing accessibility within the administration and supporting the school district. Read our online story for more information on his platform.

Our Editor reflects on the holiday-filled month of February and looks forward to the promise of spring in his Editor’s Note.

Gloria Martin was our January Artist in Focus. Her paintings and illustrations often combine the realistic with the fanciful, with a dreamlike quality to many of her pieces.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC hosted its annual Legislators’ Forum to allow local members of the PA General Assembly a chance to share their agendas and concerns. Many discussed the impacts of COVID on the Harrisburg area, our reporting found.

Harry’s Tavern lives on as father-daughter duo Lou and Anna Vazquez opened “Harry’s Bistro” in its memory. Lou, a past owner of the original tavern, hopes his new venture will be a fun, musically inspiring place for people to hang out, our online story reported.

The Historic Harrisburg Association unveiled its top five preservation priorities for the year, our online story reported. The list includes Balsley House, a dilapidated, double building located downtown; William Penn High School; Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell UMC; Harrisburg State Hospital campus and Prospect Hill Cemetery Gate House.

“Ice in the Burg” will replace the city’s “Ice and Fire Festival,” still incorporating ice sculptures, but forgoing the traditional entertainment and vendors. Over 40 sculptures will be found around the city, our online story reported.

Sara Bozich has fun virtual events for what could be a snowy weekend at home. Check out her local listings, here.

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