The Week That Was: Harrisburg News and Reportage

Developer Justin Heinly (middle) and local officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Donaldson mansion in Harrisburg.

This weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the upcoming festivities at Harrisburg’s annual Holiday Parade. Before you head out to watch the floats and performers go by, catch up on this week’s local news below.

Bob’s Art Blog features your favorite West Shore exhibits this year. From York to Mechanicsburg to Carlisle, find out which galleries made the list.

chicken piccata is Rosemary’s favorite dish this month. Find her recipe and try it here.

The Donaldson Mansion, a long-dilapidated property in Harrisburg, has been given a new lease on life by developer Justin Heinly of Midtown Property Management, our online story reported. Local officials cut the ribbon on the renovated apartment building this week.

Harrisburg City Hall weighed up a plan to pay off the remaining $20 million of the city’s debt in one fell swoop, our report found. The city administration wants to start the year out of debt, while the council isn’t sure the big payment is the best idea.

Hattie’s Bread Box Bakery recently opened in Mechanicsburg, offering homemade sourdough breads, our magazine story reported. Owner Harriett Willis discovered the bread-baking trade during the pandemic and decided to open a micro-bakery, a growing trend.

homes for sale fell in October, but prices continued to rise in the Harrisburg area, our online story reported. Find out the number of sales and average prices for Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties, here.

linglestown has several women-owned startups that offer unique and personalized shopping experiences. In our magazine story, read about what they offer, from books to wedding dresses to women’s and children’s clothing.

The Merry Merchants Christmas Market in New Cumberland will feature more than 30 local artisans and makers on Sunday, November 20, our online story reported. According to event organizers, vendors will have “something for everyone” and plenty of gift-worthy items.

hollow threads of the north, an online business, offers one-of-a-kind homemade gifts, our magazine story reported. Meghan Eirkson, a Hershey resident, began selling her homemade products during the pandemic.

“Spirit of the River” is a larger-than-life work of art that Professor Steven Dolbin has spent two decades creating, our magazine story reported. The 37-foot-long sculpture represents themes of unity, ancestry, and culture.

Sara Bozich has a fun list of ways to spend the weekend in Harrisburg. Find it, here.

Seltzer’s Smokehouse Meats Outlet Store and Museum recently opened in Palmyra as a tribute to his famous Lebanese bologna, our magazine reported. The company has a long history in the area and displays it in the store.

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