Although the weather outside was wet and dreary, the 2018 Pennsylvania Home Show’s opening on Thursday afternoon felt more like a welcome breath of spring.
The 44th annual event, which runs through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, is filled with more than 200 exhibitors offering everything from spring landscapes and patios to bathtubs and kitchens to lenders and tiny houses.
“Our exhibitors cover everything you could possibly think of. Anything that you could think of that would be in a home is here. It’s one-stop shopping,” said Dave Sheppard, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg. The show is produced each year by the Home Builders Association.
Sheppard said he expects this year’s show will attract between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors during its four-day run. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. March 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 2 and 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 4.
New this year is the Chefs on Show fundraiser that takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, featuring chefs from local restaurants. Attendees can purchase tickets for a chance to vote on the best chef. Proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg, which assists “the less fortunate” and senior citizens with home repairs, Sheppard said.
Also new this year is a tiny house display by Craft and Sprout of Greenwich, Connecticut. Proprietors Tori and Ken Pond welcomed a steady stream of curious visitors into their 298-square-foot mobile pool house. “There are lots of different uses for these. Some people live in them, but you can use them as guest houses or a man or woman cave,” Ken Pond said.
Joanne Erb of Port Royal said the “very cute” model would make a “great guest house,” but she would defer from living in it full time. Erb and her husband were there to plan for a master suite addition to their home and evidently, this wasn’t it.
Nearby, around 50 students from Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School were busy working on four construction projects. Three of the four projects were sold before the Home Show began, carpentry instructor Jody Snider said. The projects were a 24’-by-24’ garage with a second floor, a storage building, a pavilion with an enclosed end, and an outdoor bar.
Snider was one of four Cumberland-Perry instructors accompanying students from the school’s masonry, electrical, HVAC, landscaping and carpentry shops. Haylei Kelly, an 11th-grader from Newville, was working with a team of four students who were laying pavers for the pavilion’s landscape. “I like the physical work and seeing what everyone else can do from different perspectives,” Kelly said.
Another new feature at this year’s show is a wine and spirits garden that also offers finger food. “We’re trying to create an atmosphere. We want to try to make it an experience for the people who come here,” Sheppard said.
Christopher and Julie Peck of CP Tile LLC, Newburg, have participated as Home Show exhibitors for eight of the 21 years they’ve been in business, they said. CP Tile offers bathroom and basement remodeling, along with other services.
“Coming here absolutely helps our business. For a Thursday, it’s been good here so far,” Christopher Peck said.
Besides Peck, several other exhibitors cited a rise in business after participating in the Home Show. West Shore Windows & Doors has taken part in the show for 12 years. “A good amount of people stop by to see us here. People know West Shore,” said field team sales representative Mathew Awau.
Vendor Nancy March of Secure Credit Repair in Camp Hill said she enjoyed the show’s overall experience.
“It’s a great place here. I’m looking forward to a great day and seeing some beautiful displays,” March said.
The Sentinel has a new leader who is likely familiar to many in the Carlisle area — Lee Enterprises formally named Kim Kamowski as publisher Thursday morning.
Kamowski, 36, replaces former publisher Gary Adkisson, who left in November to become publisher of The Bismarck Tribune, a Lee Enterprises newspaper in North Dakota.
“Since beginning her career with The Sentinel, Kim has progressively moved into areas of higher responsibility,” said Lee Tier 3 Group Publisher Cathy Hughes. “Her knowledge of the area and her advertising experience make her the perfect choice to lead the team in Carlisle, and we look forward to working with her as the newest Lee Enterprises Tier 3 publisher.”
A 1999 Carlisle High School graduate, Kamowski has deep roots in the local community. She began her career with The Sentinel in 2008, advancing to print sales and marketing manager, interim publisher and now publisher.
“It’s really exciting,” said Kamowski, who has been interim publisher since November. “I’m from this area. I’m dedicated to this community, so I’m excited to lead this company and its role in the future of our community.”
Kamowski serves as a board member for the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County and Summerfair Carlisle; a Carlisle Family YMCA board intern; and a Leadership Cumberland Fellow in the Class of 2018.
This is the first time The Sentinel has had a Cumberland County native as publisher since shortly after Lee Enterprises purchased the newspaper in 2002. Kamowski said she hoped her local roots can continue to build the connection between the newspaper and the local community.
“I want to put faces with what we do,” she said. “I want the community to know who we are and understand what we do and why we do what we do. I’m excited for it.”
Kamowski takes over The Sentinel at a time when the news industry is constantly changing and evolving. She said she is looking forward to taking The Sentinel into the future by continuing to provide news to readers across a variety of platforms.
“We’re still here and we still serve a valuable role in this community,” she said. “We are so multiplatform now. Our focus is delivering news where and when our readers need it and supporting this community ... my community.”
One of Kamowski’s first initiatives will be guiding The Sentinel operation as it moves in the coming months to a new location in the Wheelhouse building at the corner of North College and B streets in Carlisle.
HARRISBURG — A deputy U.S. marshal shot and killed in Harrisburg in January was struck by a bullet fired by a task force member, Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo said Thursday.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill was fatally shot Jan. 18 while serving an arrest warrant with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. At the time, The Associated Press and other news outlets reported it was a bullet fired by Sturgis that killed the 45-year-old Hill. The U.S. Marshals Service says ballistics and forensics contradict those initial indications.
The task force went to the home in the 1800 block of Mulberry Street to arrest 30-year-old Shayla Pierce for terroristic threats and related charges. After Pierce was handcuffed, a man in her home, 31-year-old Kevin Sturgis yelled, “are you looking for me?” from the top of the stairs, Chardo said.
Sturgis then fired on task force members as he descended the stairs. His first shot struck a task force member in the elbow. Another task force member returned fire toward Sturgis, and one of the bullets fired in self-protection passed through a wall and struck Hill, Chardo said in a news release.
Task force members retreated from the home then shot and killed Sturgis when he exited the house and continued to fire on deputies, striking one of them in a ballistic vest.
Chardo said officers were justified in their use of deadly force on Sturgis, who was wanted in connection with the shooting of a pregnant woman in Philadelphia.
“Based upon all of these circumstances, Sturgis is responsible for both his own death and the death of Deputy United States Marshal Christopher Hill,” Chardo wrote in the news release. “Sturgis maliciously and unnecessarily set in motion the exchange of gunfire that led to both deaths.”
“The investigation revealed that all the task force members performed very well under extremely stressful circumstances,” he said. “Deputy Marshal Hill died a hero. And the results of this investigation do not in any way diminish the heroism exhibited by the other members of the team on that day.”
Hill was an 11-year-veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Each legislative session thousands of bills and amendments are introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Only a fraction become law, and an even smaller portion receive wide media coverage.
These bills impact the lives of people living in Pennsylvania every day.
Each week The Sentinel will highlight one bill that has not received widespread attention.
About the bill
The United States is in the midst of another round of debates about possible gun control legislation following a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in February.
Pennsylvania is not immune from this debate.
Several bills have been introduced in the state Legislature aimed at addressing gun violence through things like background checks and bans on certain types of firearms or accessories.
Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Montgomery County, has introduced a bill that doesn’t focus on the gun per se, but rather how much ammunition it can hold.
Boyle’s bill, House Bill 2112, would ban the purchase, sale or possession of “large capacity ammunition magazines.”
The bill would limit magazine capacities to 15 rounds of ammunition or five shotgun shells.
Boyle noted in his co-sponsorship letter that larger capacity magazines were used in mass shootings in numerous mass shootings including one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Columbine High School in Colorado.
“In some cases, large capacity ammunition magazines can hold up to 100 rounds of ammunition,” Boyle wrote in a co-sponsorship letter. “While typically associated with machine guns or semi-automatic assault weapons, large capacity ammunition magazines can often be used in any semi-automatic firearm that accepts a detachable magazine. Due to their ability to hold so many rounds of ammunition, large capacity ammunition magazines significantly increase the lethality of the automatic and semi-automatic firearms using them.”
There are 12 exemptions to Boyle’s bill including those for law enforcement and for the possession of any large capacity magazines purchased before the enactment of the ban.