Free Pancake Friday, Oakland Avenue, Pittsburgh

“Pancakes! Get your free pancakes!” The voice is loud and authoritative, and it cuts through the crisp morning like a fishmonger’s. Danny Santoro, a junior computer engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University, bends over two hot griddles on his front lawn, pouring scoopfuls of batter from industrial-sized mixing bins and waiting until the pancakes bubble…

Encore! Home School Productions have appointment with death

Encore! Home School Productions, an independent theater group composed of home schoolers from across Central PA, will perform Agatha Christie’s “Appointment with Death” at Trinity High School in Lower Allen Township from April 19-22. The group’s 2011 performance, “First Impressions,” earned them three Apollo Award nominations, defining the group’s perseverance as an acting group and…

Friday Photo: A Plowman’s Perspective of Harrisburg Snow Removal

This article first appeared in the January 2012 issue of TheBurg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It’s 11:35 PM on Wednesday, December 7, and I haven’t left home at this odd of a weekday hour since Black Friday. I bend over my steering wheel and crane my neck toward the sky: still no snow.  Front Street is as…

Dads and daughters enjoy Londonderry township’s dance

The following is taken from an interview of participants at Londonderry township’s Fifth Annual Daddy-Daughter dance.  An abridged version appeared in The Patriot-News on Friday, October 28, 2011. WHITE TIGHTS, BLACK TIES: Londonderry townhip fathers and daughters celebrated one another at the fifth annual Daddy-Daughter dance, a heartwarming evening of games, prizes, and music at…

Local band Colebrook Road aims to ‘draw people’

The name Colebrook Road is both a bluegrass band — and a place. As a band, it’s a five-member musical powerhouse based in Harrisburg who has written Pennsylvania-inspired songs like “Dry Ground Blues” and “Delta Skunk” and has performed in various venues, including many across the mid-state. As a street, Colebrook Road runs across Central…

Friday Photo: Kill Your Television

I found these words on a street on which I’ve never walked before.  I do not know the street name, but what I know for sure it was north of Maclay, the unofficial dividing line between Harrisburg’s Old Uptown and “real” Uptown, between poverty and prosperity, between black and white.  When living on the farm…

‘Architecturally Speaking’ gives new perspective on old art

Drive past Steve Zeigler’s warehouse on Lexington Street in Susquehanna Township, and it’s likely you won’t notice anything besides a junkyard. Surrounded by a chain link fence, the warehouse faces an old coal shed whose storage bays spill with porcelain bathtubs, a blue park bench, a pile of metal grating. Then you see the gates:…

Part 2, Local Literacy: Students meet reading project goal

In July, about 60 students at the Hansel and Gretel Early Development Center in Susquehanna Township were offered a challenge that sounded like a training schedule: read a collective 50,000 minutes in six weeks and win. The students, ages 4-12, weren’t daunted. They faced the summer reading project head on and overwhelmed the goal, reading…