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Armed Forces Day in Harrisburg gives the region a chance to honor ... - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com
"For us, this takes on special meaning," Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed said, noting that Pennsylvania has one of the largest National Guards and is one of the largest contributors to the armed forces. The day also holds special meaning for the...
State welfare department, Dauphin County probe death of Harrisburg ... - PennLive.com
Ayveionse's death on May 6 was ruled a homicide this week by Harrisburg police but the Dauphin County Coroner's Office has requested more forensic tests be done before it issues a ruling. While the exact cause of death has not been determined,...
Reading falls to Harrisburg as Worley has rough outing - Reading Eagle
Worley was tagged for six runs on seven hits in five innings as the Harrisburg Senators defeated Reading 6-1. The Senators scored five runs on five hits in the fifth inning against Worley (3-1), who entered the game with a 2.11 ERA....
Harrisburg Senators Snaps Losing Skid With 6-1 Win Over Reading ... - MLN - The Raw Feed
The Harrisburg Senators broke a seven-game losing streak and a 15-game road losing streak with a 6-1 victory Friday over the Reading Phillies. The Senators, the worst-hitting and lowest-scoring team in the Eastern League, put together a five-run fifth...
Mayor's Race: Harrisburg needs answer for incinerator - PennLive.com
The Harrisburg Authority board says it's finally functioning as intended, but the next mayor will be charged with figuring out how to end the financial drain. All the mayoral candidates except Les Ford told us they would look to sell the incinerator at...
Strong winds hit Harrisburg - The Southern
BY LES WINKELER, THE SOUTHERN HARRISBURG � Strong winds during a storm early Thursday morning in Harrisburg sent toppled more trees and damaged property, officials said. Loretta Oxford of Harrisburg, who was surveying the damage to her home at 22 W....
Ex-Pa. trooper guilty of helping prostitution ring - Philadelphia Inquirer
AP HARRISBURG, Pa. - A former Pennsylvania state trooper was convicted of helping truck stop pimps and prostitutes by tipping them off about police operations. Shawn C. Dillard, 39, of Harrisburg, was convicted by a federal jury on Thursday of aiding...
Harrisburg Young Professionals group holds Home Tour Saturday - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com
by DAN MILLER, Of The Patriot-News Harrisburg Young Professionals will hold its 11th annual home tour Saturday from 2 to 5 pm in uptown Harrisburg. The tour is part of HYP's ongoing efforts to promote city living. The event will feature tours of 10...
Mourners remember Harrisburg University student who was shot to death - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com
by JOHN C. WHITEHEAD, The Patriot-News JOHN C. WHITEHEAD/The Patriot-NewsEdith Duncan, top, of Harrisburg hugs Theresa Granthon during the May 15 funeral for her son, Brandon Granthon, a 27-year-old Harrisburg University student who was shot and killed...
Harrisburg man charged with using credit cards stolen from Camp ... - The Patriot-News - PennLive.com
by CHRIS A. COUROGEN, Of The Patriot-News Camp Hill police have arrested a Harrisburg man, saying he used credit cards stolen from a borough home. Eric Justin Palmer, also known as Eric Wheeler, 37, of the 1900 block of Park Street, is charged with two...

Harrisburg Transportation Center

Harrisburg Transportation Center is located in Pennsylvania

The Harrisburg Transportation Center (formerly Pennsylvania Station, Harrisburg) is the main and only currently used railway station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is located on the eastern edge of Downtown Harrisburg between the intersections of Aberdeen and Market Streets and 4th and Chestnut Streets. The well-situated station is the primary hub for passenger rail and intercity bus services in the Harrisburg metropolitan area and South Central Pennsylvania.

The current station is the third on the site. Though technically a union station (meaning it was utilized by several railways), it was never identified as such in publications such as the Official Guide of the Railroads and Steam Navagation Lines or Pennsylvania Railroad Timetables. The first two stations were shared by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), Reading Railroad, Northern Central Railway (NCR), and the Cumberland Valley Railroad (CVR). The third (and current) station excluded the Reading Railroad, which built its own station in 1856, and the CVR maintained a small depot adjoining the much larger NCR/PRR station. The CVR station was razed sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The Reading Railroad discontinued passenger service into Harrisburg in the 1950s and its station was torn down in the early 1960s to make room for a new post office.

The current station was built by PRR in 1887 and significantly rebuilt with its distinctive barn roof in 1905 following a serious fire in 1904. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and is also designated as a National Historic Landmark. The station is one of the few railway stations in the United States that still has a train shed above the tracks. It also has a red brick exterior, unlike many of the still-used U.S. railway stations built slightly later in the early 1900s that have white stone facing, such as 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and Union Station in Washington, D.C.

The building, which is owned by Amtrak and managed and operated by the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority, contains office space above the building's main lobby that is used by various tenants. It also contains a moderately large meeting room called the Pennsylvania Room that can be used for meetings and other large gatherings. Passenger facilities are currently limited, but the station does have a newsstand on the first floor that sells newspapers, magazines, food, and beverages. It also has various food and beverage vending machines in the intercity bus terminal portion of the building on the basement floor. Non-retail facilities include small lockers on the basement floor for short-term personal storage and both restrooms and pay phones on both the first and basement floors.

The station is within 1/2 mile walking distance of most jobs and cultural amenities in downtown Harrisburg. The Rachel Carson Building, which houses the offices for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is located on the opposite corner of Aberdeen and Market Streets from the Transportation Center. Most other state buildings and offices in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, including the Pennsylvania State Capitol building itself, are also located within convenient walking distance of the HTC, to the northwest of the station. Most Dauphin County and Harrisburg city offices are located to the southwest of the HTC near the intersection of 2nd and Market Streets, within 3 blocks of the station. Strawberry Square, Harrisburg's downtown shopping mall, is located approximately 1 1/2 blocks west of the station, while the Whitaker Center, a science and arts center that contains an IMAX theater, a more conventional performance theater, and other science and arts-related attractions, is located roughly 2 blocks southwest of the station along Market Street. Another performance theater, Forum Place, is located about 1.5 blocks north of the Transportation Center. Finally, most of the bars and upscale restaurants in downtown Harrisburg are less than 1/2 mile west of the station, along 2nd Street.

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology's new academic building is currently under construction at the corner of Fourth and Market streets, one block southwest of the station.

Amtrak provides service to the station via the Keystone Service and Pennsylvanian routes, which operate along the Keystone Corridor and Northeast Corridor. The Harrisburg Transportation Center is the western terminus of Amtrak's Keystone Service, which provides the bulk of the Amtrak service to and from Harrisburg. Primary cities served on Amtrak to and from Harrisburg include Lancaster, Philadelphia, and New York to the east and Altoona, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh to the west. Both staffed and Quik-Trak machine ticket service are available for all departures and red cap service is also available. In Federal Fiscal Year 2007, it was the 2nd busiest Amtrak station in Pennsylvania and 21st busiest in the United States.. It ranks slightly ahead of the Lancaster train station in both categories (Lancaster is 3rd and 24th respectively).

With both Greyhound and the various Trailways operators, many in-state and out-of-state cities and towns beyond those listed can be reached via transfers.

The local public transit operator in the Harrisburg area, Capital Area Transit (CAT), has many local and express bus routes that stop either along Aberdeen Street almost immediately outside the Transportation Center or 1/2 block away on Market Street between 4th Street and Aberdeen Street. These nearby CAT stops that are within easy walking distance of the Harrisburg Transportation Center enable convenient transfers between local public transit and intercity rail and bus services.

The public transit provider in York County, Rabbit Transit, operates its commuter-oriented RabbitEXPRESS bus service on weekdays between the city of York and downtown Harrisburg. Like the Capital Area Transit buses, the RabbitEXPRESS does not stop at the HTC itself but does have stops within one block of the facility.

Finally, R & J Transportation, a charter/tour bus company, has scheduled weekday, line route commuter service between Schuylkill County and downtown Harrisburg. R & J has stops within one block of the HTC, though no tickets for R & J's service are available at the Transportation Center.

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Harrisburg Senators

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The Harrisburg Senators are a minor league baseball team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The Senators play in Commerce Bank Park, located on City Island in Harrisburg; originally opened in 1987 as Riverside Stadium, the stadium seats 6,302 fans. The "Senators" nickname refers to the host city being the capital and thus home of the Pennsylvania legislature. The team colors are red, navy blue, and gold, the same colors of the parent club, the Washington Nationals.

Harrisburg has won nine Eastern League titles and is the first team in league history to win four titles in a row: 1927, 1928, 1931, 1987, 1993, and 1996-1999.

The city of Harrisburg has a long history of professional baseball. In 1901, the first baseball club in Harrisburg was created. In 1912, Harrisburg won the first of three Tri-State Association championships in a row. In 1915, an affilitated International League team moved from Newark, New Jersey to Harrisburg. The club lasted one year before moving to the New York State League, and disbanding. This left the city without professional baseball for seven years.

In 1924, the first incarnation of the Senators joined the newly formed New York-Penn League, which was eventually renamed the Eastern League. Initially, the Senators and most of the other New York-Penn League teams were not affiliated with a Major League Baseball team. In 1925, Joe Munson hit a .400 batting average, a record which stands to this day in Senators history, and 33 home runs, a Senators record that was not broken until 1999. In 1927, the Senators started a five-year campaign with three Eastern league championships, winning titles in 1927, 1928, and 1931. The year 1932 brought the Senators an affiliation with the Boston Braves. The original Harrisburg Senators' reign ended in 1936, when flood waters from the surrounding Susquehanna River ruined their home ballpark, Island Field. The flood effectively ended Eastern League participation for the next fifty-one years.

Another team representing Harrisburg affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates formed four years later, though in the smaller Interstate League. Like the Senators before it, the team gained success quickly, winning the league title one year later with stars Billy Cox and Dennis Taylor. The success, however, was short lived, as the team moved to nearby York in 1943. Another team affiliated with the Cleveland Indians was created, but was not as successful. The Interstate League disbanded this Harrisburg team in 1952, and any form of professional baseball was not played in the city for the next 35 years.

In the mid 1980s, Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed initiated a revitalization plan that included a ballpark for a new Minor League Baseball team in the city. In 1987, Harrisburg opened Commerce Bank Park (then known as Riverside Stadium) to the current Senators of the Eastern League, originally affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This franchise was moved to Harrisburg from Nashua, New Hampshire, and had also played in the Massachusetts cities of Holyoke and Pittsfield.

Like the original Senators, success was quick, winning the Eastern League championship in its very first season. In 1991, affiliation shifted from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Montreal Expos, an affiliation continuing through that team's move to Washington, D.C. The first several years of affiliation with Montreal brought consecutive championships from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, the Senators played the Norwich Navigators for a shot at their record-setting fourth consecutive Eastern League Championship. In the bottom of the ninth inning of game 5, the Senators trailed by 3 runs, but with 2 outs, the bases loaded, and a full count Milton Bradley hit a walk-off grand slam to right center field to win the fourth straight championship for the Senators, an Eastern League first. In 2003, Sueng Song pitched the first no-hitter in modern Senators history.

The official colors of the Harrisburg Senators are red, navy blue and metallic gold. The home and away uniforms resemble those of the Washington Nationals, with a red cap for home games and navy blue for away. Both caps include the "H" and streaking baseball logo, with the "H" in the same script as the Nationals' pretzel-shaped "W." The white home jerseys include red and navy blue trim around the collar and sleeves with the "Senators" wordmark in red with metallic gold bevels and navy blue outline. The grey away jersey has navy blue and red trim around the collar and sleeves, with the "Harrisburg" wordmark in navy blue with metallic gold bevels and red outline. Both wordmarks are identical to the Nationals brand.

In 2007, the Senators added a unique logo to their brand, incorporating the prevalent and much reviled mayfly into the "H." Because of Commerce Bank Park's location on City Island in the Susquehanna River, thousands of mayflies are attracted to the ballpark's bright lights and die. The dead mayflies fall onto the fans below, obscuring their view.

The city of Harrisburg paid $6.7 million in 1995 to acquire the team from the previous owners of the franchise, who were planning to move the team to a new taxpayer-financed ballpark in Springfield, Massachusetts. Instead of appeasing the desires of the ownership group with a new stadium, Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed led the city of Harrisburg to purchase the team instead. The previous owners had bought the team only six months earlier for just $4.1 million. Citing the ballpark as the major link in his downtown revitalization project, when asked how he could afford the hefty price tag, Mayor Reed responded by asking, "how could we not?" For a time, the Senators remained one of the only sports franchises in the United States to be completely owned by the community it is based in. In 2006, the city put the team up for sale to combat a major budget deficit. Mayor Reed stipulated that the new owner must keep the team in Harrisburg for at least 29 years. The team was eventually bought by Senators Partners, LLC of Northbrook, Illinois, headed by Jerry Reinsdorf's son Michael, for an Eastern League record $13.25 Million.

In mid 2005, Peter Angelos, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles, gained the permission of the AA Eastern League and the AAA International League to move Baltimore's AAA affiliate from Ottawa to Harrisburg. One of the hangups with the agreement was that a buyer for the AA Senators franchise had to be found. The Ottawa franchise moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania as the AAA team for the Philadelphia Phillies, renamed as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Baltimore Orioles also signed a player development deal with the Norfolk Tides of the International League. The Tides will now be the AAA affiliate of the Orioles. With all links to the next level of baseball ended, with two AAA teams now in eastern Pennsylvania, and the nearby cities of Lancaster and York gaining independent franchises, the future of AAA ball in Harrisburg is doubtful.

Commerce Bank Park will receive a much awaited $30 million renovation ($19.1 million in state funding). Originally the renovation was to begin in 2005, however delays in state funding for the project were postponed until 2008, meaning the improvements won't be implemented for Senators fans until the 2009 season at the earliest. Final designs for the project have been completed by HOK Sport, and the city has floated $18 million in bonds to cover its share of the projected $30 million cost. The project calls for 1,700 more seats, 20 skyboxes, 766 club seats, a second level, a new party deck and restaurant, new picnic areas, a children's play area, new clubhouses, state-of-the-art concession areas, and a new entryway. The overall look and feel of the new stadium improvements will ultimately give a Camden Yards feel to it, utilizing historic brick architecture for the stadium's new entryway and grandstands.

Every Harrisburg Senators ballgame is aired on 1460 the Ticket (AM 1460 WTKT - Clear Channel). The games are also streamed on the team's website senatorsbaseball.com. Some games are also aired on the local TV station, Comcast Network, and occasionally has games aired on MASN.

The players listed below had at one time or another, played for the Senators before going on to the Major Leagues.

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Harrisburg International Airport

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Harrisburg International Airport (IATA: MDT, ICAO: KMDT, FAA LID: MDT) is a public use airport located eight nautical miles (15 km) southeast of the central business district of Harrisburg, a city in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is owned by the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority.

The airport code MDT is a reference to the surrounding community of Middletown, which is a suburb of Harrisburg. Planes landing at MDT from the south are often routed near or over Three Mile Island, only a few miles from the airport. The airport, frequently referred to as HIA, is the primary commercial service airport in South Central Pennsylvania and ranks as the 3rd busiest airport in Pennsylvania for both passenger enplanements and cargo shipments.

In 1998, the Commonwealth transferred ownership to the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA), the board that oversees ownership of the airport. The Authority board consists of community volunteers appointed to staggered, five-year terms by the elected officials from Cumberland, Dauphin, and York counties, the cities of Harrisburg and York, and Fairview and Lower Swatara townships.

Approximately 1,400 people work within the airport system of Harrisburg International Airport.

Despite the closure of Olmsted AFB in 1969, the US Air Force continues to maintain an Air National Guard presence at Harrisburg International Airport in the form of Harrisburg Air National Guard Station and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 193rd Special Operations Wing (193 SOW), an Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)-gained unit flying the EC-130 Commando Solo aircraft. The 193 SOW is the sole operator of this critical aircraft asset for the entire US Air Force and in 2001 transitioned from the EC-130E to the new EC-130J variant. The wing has seen extensive Federal service in recent years in support of Operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Harrisburg International Airport covers an area of 680 acres (275 ha) at an elevation of 310 feet (94 m) above mean sea level. It has one asphalt paved runway designated 13/31 and measuring 10,001 by 200 feet (3,048 x 61 m).

Runway 13 is equipped with a CAT III approach allowing operations down to 600 ft RVR (Runway Visual Range). The airport is also equipped with a Surface Movement Guidance Control System (SMGCS) that allows for aircraft and vehicle ground movements during reduced visibility specifically below 1200 ft RVR down to 600 ft RVR.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005, the airport had 71,190 aircraft operations, an average of 195 per day: 54% air taxi, 22% general aviation, 13% scheduled commercial and 12% military. At that time there were 29 aircraft based at this airport: 17% single-engine, 28% multi-engine, 31% jet, 3% helicopter and 21% military.

Built in 2004, and attached to the new terminal building via a climate-controlled sky bridge, the Multi-Modal Transportation Facility (MMTF) is a four-story facility that handles all forms of ground transportation. The top three levels provide 2,504 parking places for Short-Term Hourly, Daily, and Long-Term public parking. The first level accommodates all limos, taxis, hotel shuttles, public and charter buses, plus the rental car ready/return lot.

Inside the first floor lobby area, travelers can access six rental car counters, restrooms, flight, and bus information displays, and a seating area. On the second floor of the lobby area, climate-controlled moving sidewalks connect to the aerial walkway which leads directly into the terminal building.

Route 7 of the Capital Area Transit System provides bus transportation to and from downtown Harrisburg and surrounding communities. A new rail terminal is being constructed adjacent to the MMTF and will provide Amtrak service via the high-speed Northeast and Keystone corridors. CorridorOne, a commuter rail system serving the Harrisburg metropolitan area, will also provide service starting in 2009.

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg was formed on March 3, 1868 as decreed by Pope Pius IX. The diocese covers 15 counties of south-central Pennsylvania including: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York. The seat of the bishop is in St. Patricks Cathedral (built 1907), which stands one block away from the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

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