The week that was: news and features around Harrisburg

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On Friday, employees of the Harrisburg Public Works Department removed trash from an illegal dump on Atlas Street, between Maclay and Woodbine streets.

Community-centric journalism is at the heart of what we do, and several stories this week highlighted our purpose. Stay up to date with what’s happening in your community by reading this week’s news, linked below.

August Events in the Harrisburg area are in full swing. Find lots of fun ways to spend the month here. For even more ways to spend your summer days, check out our community corner.

A self-service bicycle program will return to Harrisburg under new management, our Online Story reported. The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will oversee the new “SusqueCycle” initiative to provide an alternate mode of transportation for the city.

Bob’s art blog shares the latest news in the art world from the Harrisburg area. Featured this month are a mushroom exhibit in York and a part-gallery, part-restaurant space in Lancaster.

Dauphin County hosted an event to help people understand and deal with trauma, our online story reported. The idea for the event came after residents expressed concern following a violent incident at the July 4 festival in Harrisburg.

Gigs headed to the Harrisburg area in August are among the best of the summer, writes our columnist. From pop star Lady Gaga to indie band Lord Huron to folk rockers Cordovas, there’s a bit of everything.

Free ice cream raised money for the Salvation Army of Harrisburg at an event in Riverfront Park on Thursday, according to our information. For the 10,000 scoop challenge, with every scoop of ice cream served, event co-organizer Moose Track’s donated $1 to the Harrisburg nonprofit.

Harrisburg and PennDOT installed two new signs to help deter truckers from passing under the railroad bridge on Front Street, where many are often blocked, our story Online reported. The city also plans to increase enforcement for those who break the law.

Harrisburg’s homeless population now has another place to shower, our Online Story reported. Amiracle4sure, with help from the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, has opened its facilities for weekly use by those in need.

Illegal dumping has been an ongoing problem in Harrisburg, but the city is taking increased steps to prevent it, our Story Online reported. The Department of Public Works will install new cameras and use its growing number of employees to its advantage.

local product enjoyed by central Pennsylvanians every summer is harvested by hand. In our magazine article, learn about the workers who transport your fruits and vegetables from farm to table.

Sara Bozic has a full list of events in its weekend summary. If you are looking for something to do, look no further.

Islands in the Susquehanna River are on sale for the first time in more than a century, according to our information. The pair of islands has an interesting history tied to the family that has owned them for generations.

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