Quay Park and the Machine

WORDS BY RICK DAPP If you travel down Route 15 from Harrisburg to Dillsburg, and steer off the four lanes that carry thousands of vehicles past that community daily, and turn left at the bank and onto Baltimore Street, you’ll...

The Rutherford House

WORDS BY RICK DAPP On a thoroughfare connecting the brash commercialism of Paxton Street to the more subdued tone of Derry Street exists a building, and the site of a park steeped in history that goes virtually  unnoticed by those ...

Did You Know

Could mining return to the Susquehanna River? Given the current federal administration’s stance on coal as an energy source it’s interesting to note that the black stuff that has played such an important role in Pennsylvania’s economic history has relied...

Off the Beaten Trail

Words by Rick Dapp A view from the Doyle shows the building's proximity to the Appalachian Trail. Harrisburg, due to its dual role as  state capital and transportation hub, has long been a town with a lot of hotels. At...

Fine Dining

Words by Rick Dapp Every region of the United States is blessed with food offerings that are idiosyncratic and, though they are exported to other parts of the country, remain identified with their place of origin. Central Pennsylvania is not...
WORDS BY RICK DAPP Travel north on Second Street in Harrisburg, and slow down as you approach Division Street. On the right, there on the corner, is a house that doesn’t fit the neighborhood. It’s Spanish in influence with a...

Did You Know: Movies

BY RICK DAPP Before there was television, before there were videotapes and VCRs (or Betamax for those unfortunate enough to believe that it would succeed), before there was Blu-ray, before streaming video, before you could watch a motion picture on...
The Old Camelback Bridge BY RICK DAPP, PHOTO BY CASSIE MILLER With the third installment of fuel-tax increases that were mandated by Act 89, the legislation that assured Pennsylvania the premier ranking of having the highest gas taxes in the nation,...

Did You Know?

WORDS BY RICK DAPP Central Pennsylvania is, providentially, endowed with a number of first-rate colleges and universities: Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Elizabethtown, Dickinson – to name just a few. Harrisburg, though, has had a somewhat difficult time of it, over...

Did You Know: Morse

The First Digital Network BY RICK DAPP When Samuel F.B. Morse created the code that bears his name and the device with which it would be used, he was one of the few who probably knew how important it would be...