Newly installed Judge Hanif Johnson led swearing in ceremonies Tuesday for Mayor Eric Papenfuse, City Treasurer Dan Miller and members of the Harrisburg City Council during inauguration ceremonies held Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 in the MLK Government Center.
Mayor Papenfuse was re-elected to a second, four-year term in November. During the inauguration ceremonies he recommitted to another four years of service with vision of making Harrisburg a more prosperous community. He took the oath of office on an historic Bible dating back to the Protestant Reformation.
“As Mayor of this historic and majestic city, I vow to do all in my power to fuel the renaissance that has enveloped our community, and to make our citizens proud to call Harrisburg their home,” Mayor Papenfuse pledged.
He expressed appreciation to the citizens of Harrisburg for their support of his administration and for the hard work they put into saving the city from financial catastrophe.
“We have achieved a lot working together these past four years,” the Mayor said. “But much work still lies ahead. As we look to the future, let us embrace the optimism and hope that is so palpable on our streets today.”
Harrisburg Poet Laureate Rick Kearns, the city’s first Latino Poet Laureate, offered a special tribute for the 2018 Inauguration.
Members of the Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestra provided musical entertainment, and students from throughout Harrisburg were inaugurated into a new Harrisburg City Council Youth Commission.
The Harristown Development Corp. provided refreshments for the historic occasion.
The Rev. James Jackson, Pastor of Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, offered the invocation and the Rev. Mack Granderson, Pastor of the Derry Street United Methodist Church, provided the benediction.
To view the ceremony, click HERE.
The City of Harrisburg has drafted a new plan for a composting facility on property it has been provided in Susquehanna Township.
The plan would allow the City to recycle leaves, branches, and brush in an environmentally friendly area that would also serve as an educational center for students. The City has revised the plan after meetings with residents in the Township and in the City of Harrisburg. The result is a plan that will meet the City’s needs for a recycling center while addressing the concerns of area residents.
For an overview of the recycling plan, click here: Composting-Site-Plan1
Please see link to city’s permit application, click HERE:
The proposed area for the composting plan is a 5-acre permit site with a total lease area of 13.1 acres. The Harrisburg
School District owns 41 acres in the vicinity of the composting site.
The proposed composting site will only accept processing for leaf waste, garden waste, yard waste, tree trimmings, and shrubbery. The City will include a 6-acre green belt buffer zone to allow space for wildlife and vegetation to continue to flourish.
NOTE: NO FOOD WASTE WILL BE ALLOWED AT THE SITE.
To comment on the plan, go to the LEAVE A COMMENT section HERE:
Police from several agencies throughout the region partnered with the Harrisburg Police Athletic League to take youth on the annual “Shop with a Cop” program. Police and youth met at the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center and enjoyed a hearty breakfast prepared by volunteers before heading out to Walmart to purchase Christmas presents for the children’s family. Everyone returned to the Heinz-Menaker Senior Center to wrap the presents.
This year the Harrisburg Bureau of Police participated in a “No Shave” November. Officers were permitted to grow a beard from mid-November until January 2nd for a donation of $25. The department raised $2,000 for the “No Shave” November and will present the money to HPAL during the “Shop with a Cop” event.
For more information regarding HPAL, please go to https://hbgpal.wordpress.com/
To see the video from last year’s event, please go to https://youtu.be/S8yITyXfuFs
“Peace on Earth, Peace at Home” was the theme of the 2017 Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the MLK Government Center, hosted Tuesday, Dec. 5 by the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council.
“Peace is the greatest gift we can have during this holiday season,” Mayor Eric Papenfuse told those gathered in the atrium for the annual celebration. “But peace must begin in our own hearts, in our own homes and in our own neighborhoods.”
Giant Foods provided refreshments for the event, and Samantha Kreps, Manager, Public and Community Relations GIANT Food Stores/MARTIN’S Food Markets, offered words of inspiration for the holiday season.
“We owe so much to their selfless sacrifice,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Today and every day, let us remember to say the simple but meaningful words, ‘Thank you for your service.’”
Mayor Eric Papenfuse will announce the completion of repairs to the Rebirth Fountain in Reservoir Park at a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at the fountain.
Repair of Rebirth Fountain was recently completed as a result of a years-long collaboration among civic groups and the City of Harrisburg. The fountain was installed in 1994 but had been dormant for years. It will resume normal operation in the spring of 2018.
“I would like to thank the Harrisburg Parks Foundation and the Special Projects Committee of the Greater Harrisburg Area, led by Mike Trephan, for their great work in restoring this beautiful feature of Reservoir Park,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “This is a clear example of what we can accomplish if we unite the public and private sectors in beautifying our city.”
The Harrisburg Parks Foundation and the Committee enlisted volunteers from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 520 and the Electricians Union IBWE Local to inspect the condition of the fountain equipment and to make the necessary repairs.
“We want to thank the local unions for covering the expense of the repairs and installations,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “And we must also thank our hard-working Department of Public Works for its efforts to ensure the project went smoothly.”
For more information, please contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications for the City of Harrisburg, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717 255 3015.