Sept. 11, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Five Harrisburg firefighters are being sent to South Carolina to assist with emergency responses to Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit the Carolina coasts within the next few days.

Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City officials are closely monitoring weather conditions in connection with the Category 4 hurricane but see no cause for alarm in the forecast for our region.

“Our emergency management staff is on guard and watching the forecast on an hourly basis,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “There is the potential for significant rainfall on ground already saturated from summer rain, and we will keep residents informed of any developments that would impact public safety.”

Fire Chief Brian Enterline says the Susquehanna River is expected to crest early Wednesday at 14 ½ feet, “but  the forecasts now call for the water to begin receding on Thursday.”

“Even as we expect minimal impact in our region from Hurricane Florence,” said Enterline, “we are proud to be able to send some of our best people to help the Carolinas battle what looks like a very powerful storm.”

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at



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Sept. 6, 2018, Harrisburg — Living relatives of Mary Sachs will join with leaders of Historic Harrisburg Association and city officials to commemorate the centennial of the opening of Harrisburg’s legendary Mary Sachs Store on Sept. 6, 1918. 

Location: Capitol Park, at Third and Locust Streets, with the Mary Sachs store as the backdrop.

Ms. Sachs’ impact on Harrisburg was trifold:  She brought world-class fashion and an international following; her elegant store on Third Street opposite Capitol Park helped establish Downtown Harrisburg as a center of commerce and culture; her generous philanthropy – a godsend to the needy and an inspiration to those who were well off – lives on today through the Mary Sachs Charitable Trust. 

The ceremony will feature brief remarks from two great nephews who worked in the store (22 departments, 200 employees) as teenagers.  Young ladies will model heirloom Mary Sachs dresses on loan from their original owners. 

The noon ceremony precedes a 5 p.m. opening reception for the new exhibit “Harrisburg’s Merchant Heritage and the Legacy of Mary Sachs” at Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, 1230 N. Third Street. 

News media may visit earlier in the day to get video of the exhibit or come during the opening reception.

For more information:

David J. Morrison

Executive Director

Historic Harrisburg Association

1230 North Third Street

Harrisburg, PA 17102

717-574-5370 (cell)

717-233-4646 (office)



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Sept. 5, 2018, Harrisburg, PA  – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a press briefing at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Cloverly Heights Playground, 1204 Rolleston St., to announce the renovation of five playgrounds in the City of Harrisburg.

Mayor Papenfuse will be joined by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Deputy Secretary Lauren Imgrund, as well as officials with Capital Region Water and Impact Harrisburg, which provided funds and resources for the renovations.

The collaboration among the agencies resulted in improvements to playgrounds at Cloverly Heights, Royal Terrace, Penn, and Sayford Streets; Norwood and Holly Streets; and Fourth and Dauphin Streets.

DCNR, the City of Harrisburg, Impact Harrisburg and Capital Region Water formed a partnership in 2017 to renovate the playgrounds.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at or call 717 255 3015.


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August 24, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, at the MLK City Government Center to announce plans for the Kipona Festival that will be held September 1-3 on Riverfront Park and City Island.

“This will be an exciting event,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “and we are expecting large crowds from Harrisburg and its surrounding regions to join us for what promises to be an incredible 102nd Kipona Celebration.” 

“I especially want to thank our title sponsor, Visit Hershey Harrisburg, and our Gold Sponsors – the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and UPMC Pinnacle,” Mayor Papenfuse said. “Without their support, we would not be able to organize such a great festival.”

This year’s event will feature returning attractions such as the Native American Pow Wow, Festival of India and canoe races. Back by popular demand are the Biergarten featuring Zeroday and The Millworks, Crab Cake Eating Contest, Doggie Rest Stop, Rubber Duck Race to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and an Artist Village with more than 30 local and national vendors with handmade arts and crafts. The Wirewalkers will also be returning with dramatic tightwire walks over the Susquehanna River. More than 120 vendors will be on hand and will offer handcrafted goods, shopping and food.  

Additional new activities slated for the Festival include a free Zombie Virus Mobile Escape Room on Saturday & Sunday where groups of 4-8 people can work together to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes before time runs out. The Zombie Virus Mobile Escape Room is presented by Harrisburg Escape Rooms and is a completely interactive and immersive experience – with a live Zombie! The wirewalkers will feature a new illuminated tightwire walk over the Susquehanna River in the dark on Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m. Following the wirewalkers, there will be a free outdoor movie under the starts featuring Disney’s Coco, presented by the Midtown Cinema.

Fireworks will be held on Sunday, September 2 at approximately 8:15 p.m.

With more than 30 bands in three performance areas along Riverfront Park, there will be non-stop live entertainment. The Children’s Festival will feature a children’s stage with performances by Gamut Theatre’s Popcorn Hat Players, Harrisburg Improv, the Maniacz dance group and a story hour with book readings by two local authors, Patti Tingen and Julia Mallory.

Street parking on Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 will be free. Parking on City Island will be $5. SP Plus will provide $10 special event parking in the Market Square garage from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.  Four hours of free street parking on Saturday, September 1 will be available using the code “LUVHBG” in the ParkMobile App.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors including Visit Hershey Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, UMPC Pinnacle, Belco Community Credit Union, Deloitte, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District and Green Mountain Energy.

For more information, contact Joyce Davis, Director of Communications, at or call 717-255-3015.



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Aug. 22, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – The City of Harrisburg has installed two warning signs for the Dock Street Dam on the East Shore of the Susquehanna River along the lower river walk area.

The signs are located about 200 feet upriver from the dam and about 100 feet downriver from the dam.  The signs are intended to alert boaters to the dam’s dangers.

The city also has posted signs on the walking path leading down from the parking area under the I-83 bridge. The City will install two additional signs on the West Shore of the river once the waters recede enough to permit safe access for city workers. 

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at or call 717 255 3015.


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Aug. 9, 2018 Harrisburg, PA – The City of Harrisburg has received a revised plan for Harrisburg’s exit from Act 47, and Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City officials are reviewing the document.

The new plan rescinds the onerous property taxes that the previous plan assessed for 2019-20, but significant property taxes remain possible in the third year of the plan.

“My goal remains for a path to exit Act 47 in a way that secures the City’s financial future – sooner rather than later,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “Anything short of this will not be acceptable to the hard-working people of Harrisburg, who have categorically rejected any plan that burdens them with more taxes.”

Mayor Eric Papenfuse has called for the state legislature to allow the City to immediately exit from Act 47 with its current taxing authority, and the legislature is slated to take up the issue in September following summer recess.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at


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City of Harrisburg Partners With Local Organizations To Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

3 Organizations Collaborate to Host Photo Shoot Highlighting Diversity in Our Region

Harrisburg, PA – In celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission and local marketing firm Suasion are hosting a community photo shoot at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at City Island, Harrisburg.

The goal of the photo shoot is to capture photography of local, realistic people with diverse disabilities doing everyday activities for use on the social media accounts, websites and brochures created by the host organizations.

The photo shoot was originally scheduled for July 26, the Anniversary of the ADA, but was postponed due to flooding on City Island.

“People with disabilities are not commonly or accurately portrayed in communications materials,” explains Theo Braddy, CEO of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania and one of nine Commissioners with the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission. “This lack of representation feeds the stigma that individuals with disabilities aren’t active, thriving, vital members of our community. This photo shoot will create a portfolio of photography representing people with diverse disabilities doing everyday activities and enjoying what our community has to offer with friends and family.”

Photo shoot participants, which are comprised of local individuals with diverse disabilities, families, couples and singles, are encouraged to enjoy the various activities at City Island while having their photos captured by Suasion, who will create a stock image gallery to store the pictures for future use.

“As a communications agency that works with numerous organizations that serve the disability community, we would benefit from having access to a variety of quality photos of people with

disabilities in real life situations and scenarios instead of actors posing as people with disabilities,” explains Karen Gross, Director of Marketing at Suasion. “Since there is a lack of available stock photography, we find that the same images are used over and over in advertising and marketing materials. We are honored to work with CILCP and the City of Harrisburg to fill a need and do so by accurately representing people with disabilities who are living and thriving in our community.”

“The Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC) is proud to participate in this event to raise awareness of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion,” said Shaashawn Dial, Director of Social Equity & Affirmative Action, which includes serving as Staff Liaison to the HHRC. “This event is the first of many initiatives from our office to help promote an environment of diversity, equity, respect and inclusiveness in our community.”

“We were thrilled by the number of people who RSVP’d for today’s photo shoot,” explains Theo Braddy. “The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, along with the City of Harrisburg Human Relations Commission and Suasion, looks forward to continuing to create opportunities to combat the stigma against people with disabilities and celebrate diversity in our region.”

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About the Center for Independent Living of Central PA

The Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) is a consumer controlled, cross-disability organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities to achieve and maintain independent lifestyles. The organization assists individuals with any type of disability in navigating through the maze of services and programs and connecting them with customized options that will enable them to reach their goals and aspirations as part of its Living Well With A Disability philosophy. To learn more about the CILCP, visit their website at

About the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission

The Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC), Ordinance 6-1983, as amended and reenacted is designed to administer, implement, and enforce the provisions of the City of Harrisburg’s Human Relations and Discrimination Code prohibiting discrimination. The Code applies to discriminatory practices, including, but not limited to, discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and lending, which occur within the territorial limits of the City of Harrisburg and to employment, contracted for, performed, or to be performed within these limits, or by those contracting with the City. The Commission shall consist of nine members, eight of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor and one of whom shall be appointed by City Council by resolution. The HHRC was re-instated November 2017. For more information, visit:

About Suasion

Suasion LLC, is a full-service marketing, communications and event coordination firm, providing strategic planning, public relations, advertising, website development, market research,

grassroots marketing and branding services to organizations driven by a social mission. Proudly celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Suasion effectively serves organizations in the health care, government, social and human services and disability markets using proven behavior and social change strategies that effectively influence audiences and shift perceptions. For more information, visit

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Aug. 3, 2018 Harrisburg, PA — The City Treasurer can now accept online credit card payments for refuse/disposal and parking tickets issued by Harrisburg Police under an agreement with Value Payment Systems of Nashville, TN.

Payments can be made through the website:  Payments can be made with Discover, MasterCard or VISA and will entail fees, including the following:

  • New credit card convenience fee is 2.35% ($1.00 minimum)
  • New debit card convenience fee is 1.50% ($1.00 minimum)

Payments made by 11:59 p.m. will be credited the next business day.

The City expects to soon be able to accept credit card payments in the Treasury Office, and to accept credit card payments for City and School taxes.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at

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July 31, 2018 Harrisburg, PA — Mayor Eric Papenfuse and City Councilman Cornelius Johnson announced “The Weekender,” a new free summer event for Harrisburg at a press conference on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

The Weekender festival will be held August 17-19, 2018 at several locations. It is a joint venture between the Harrisburg Housing Authority, the City of Harrisburg, Levels Ready Entertainment and The Singer’s Lounge 

National recording artists such as Sa Roc, Tobe Nwigwe and DJ Diamond Kuts will perform at the events.

The Event Schedule is as follows:

August 17th – HHA Community Day 4p.m.-8p.m.
Hall Manor

Friday offers family-friendly activities such as kickball, free food (1st 300 people), Live DJ, and field games. The day will also feature Health Screenings, a career fair, school supply giveaway, and an open mic for local talent to express themselves through poetry and music. Community organizations are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Email to request vendor information.

August 18th – Harrisburg Music Fest Noon-8 p.m.
Reservoir Park

The Harrisburg Music Fest will offer a fun-filled day of music and entertainment featuring rising stars, Sa-Roc, Tobe Nwigwe, Zariya, and veteran DJ Diamond Kuts. Founded in 2012 by Anwar Curtis and Jonathan Williams, both of Levels Ready Entertainment, Harrisburg Music Fest has drawn in the support of over 1,000 patrons every year and is a staple in the Harrisburg Independent Music scene.

August 19th – Reservoir Park

Unity Community 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Unity Community 3-on-3 Tournament will feature a live DJ, an action packet dunk contest, and some of the best players in the region. Email for more information.

The Singer’s Lounge Family Cookout 4p.m.-8 p.m.

The Singer’s Lounge is a platform created to showcase the talents of Harrisburg’s amazing soul singers. Every third Sunday of the month, over 300 people come to hear local talent perform songs from popular themes such as the 90’s, Motown and Gospel. Sunday’s show theme is the “Family Cookout” and will feature artists performing favorite summer hits and cookout anthems. Special guest artist will be 14-year old, award-winning singer-songwriter Zariya. There will be another special surprise guest.

Hotel rooms are being offered for the Weekender at special rates. Information is available here:




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Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., to announce plans for the July 4th Food Truck Festival. 

This year’s festival will be held 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. It will include more than 40 food trucks with items such as artisanal pizza, barbecue, crab cake sandwiches, jumbo lobster roll, wraps, burrito’s and gourmet Reuben’s. Festival favorites such as kettle corn, cotton candy, fried Oreos and funnel cake will be available along with Farm Show milkshakes!

 “This year’s celebration promises to be one of the best yet,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Last year’s festival drew nearly 35,000 visitors, an increase of 10,000 from previous years.  And we are expecting an even larger crowd this year.  I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey Harrisburg for helping to make this event possible.”

Non-stop entertainment will be featured on the Market Street Stage and on the acoustic music stage in Kunkle Plaza with performances by Maudlin Moon, Strangest Hearts, D-BO, Nearly York, Alex Allegra and Keith Goldstein.

Children’s Festival activities are free and include glitter tattoos, caricatures and balloons. Superheroes and princesses will meet and pose for pictures. Lawn games and activities will be available for play and children can also make a superhero mask with a princess or superhero for $5.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and feature a 15- minute show produced by ZY Pyrotechnics. The fireworks will include over 1,000 shells launched from the City Island beach.

Following the fireworks, a free outdoor movie featuring Moana will be presented by the Midtown Cinema. The movie will be held near the live music stage between Market & Walnut Streets. The wayfinding princess will meet and pose for pictures.

Street parking on July 4th will be free, parking on City Island will be $5, and there will be $10 parking in the Market Square Garage from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, D&H Distributing, UMPC Pinnacle, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Green Mountain Energy, Strawberry Square and Adventure In Fun.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at or call 717-255-3015.




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