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Farmers on the Square moves to the Carlisle Theatre

Farmers on the Square heads indoors for the winter at a new location starting in January.

The market will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Carlisle Theatre.

The winter market hours run from January through April. The first market date of 2019 is Jan. 9.

“We will still have a diverse array of products available including fresh produce, pasture raised meats, artisan cheese, bread and other baked goods, gluten free/vegan options, and more,” said Mackenze Burkhart, market manager.

Vendors for the indoor market include Good Keeper Farm, Star Hollow Farm, Three Springs Fruit Farm, Ploughman Cider, Pecan Meadows, Keswick Creamery, C.O.B., Talking Breads, Honey Bee Friendly, Guacamole Specialists, Larkrise Bakery and Esh’s Produce

Burkhart said the market will also host local bands through the winter.

The move was made after a few slow winter seasons at its previous indoor location, Project SHARE, Burkhart said. The change is expected to improve visibility and accessibility.

“We are so excited to stay downtown, and maintain the walkability that our customers benefit from during the summer season,” she said.

Theater manager Leslie Sterner said they are excited about hosting the market.

“Keeping it in the downtown area, I think, is important for continuity. And, we’re so happy to be able to be a part of it,” she said.

The market is a “hometown” event that Sterner hopes will lead to patrons spending more time downtown.

“Hopefully, people will come to the market, stay in town for dinner, and return for the movie,” she said.

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West Shore
Hardy brave cold at Humane Society's Penguin Plunge

The Penguin Plunge on Harrisburg’s City Island takes about two minutes and 22 seconds from the time the first swimmer hits the water until the last one comes out.

But it makes a big difference for the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

Megan E. Strausbaugh, director of marketing for the society, said the event is one of three major fundraisers for the year. It typically brings in about $30,000 to help keep the shelter operational during the slower months of the year.

A little more than 100 people registered for the event, and another 50 to 75 typically walk in on the same day to register, she said.

“With the weather being what it is, I would expect that to be a higher number this year,” Strausbaugh said.

The wind whipped around City Island as the plungers prepared for the big event, making it feel colder than the 52 degrees registering on weather apps, but it was far more comfortable than last year’s frigid plunge.

“Last year, we had to chainsaw open the ice so we didn’t have as many same day registrations. This year is a pretty good year to plunge if you’re going to do it,” Strausbaugh said.

Olivia Bosies of Camp Hill was among those who waited for the ice to be chopped away last year. This year marked her third year to participate after initially being invited by a friend from roller derby. She expected a whole group from Harrisburg Area Roller Derby to attend.

“I do this because it’s fun. It brings people together and also, of course, to raise money for the animals,” she said, adding that she has two rescue cats of her own. “What better way to bring in the new year than doing something a little crazy.”

Luke Bernstein of Hampden Township and Nathan Eifert of Dover didn’t know it would be a good year when they signed up for the plunge. Both were part of a team from Orrstown Bank who were participating in the plunge for the first time.

Bernstein joked about having his kids throw cold water on him to prepare for the plunge, but Eifert pointed out that the two also did what they could to insulate themselves against the cold water.

“We grew beards over the holidays,” he said.

Eifert planned to get in and get out, while Bernstein thought he may attempt a cannonball to get in quickly so he could get out equally as fast.

With minutes to go before the plunge, Eddie and Ty Dunn of Middletown waited on the beach with the rest of the crowd waiting to dive into the Susquehanna River.

It was nine-year-old Ty’s idea to do the Polar Plunge. His mom asked if he wanted to do the plunge, and he said sure. His strategy was to stay near the edge.

“I think it’s going to be fun,” Ty said.

Strausbaugh said most of the participants come from Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, which are served by the Humane Society. None of them have done the plunge for each of the 22 years the event has been running, but there are quite a few who have done it for 12 to 15 years.

“It’s become a Harrisburg tradition, New Year’s Day tradition, so there’s not much that we have to do to get people to participate,” Strausbaugh said.

Jason Malmont, The Sentinel 

Ryan Grothe, left, and Ryan Burgin, front, both of Carlisle, wade out of the Susquehanna River during the 22nd annual Penguin Plunge at City Island, Harrisburg. The plunge is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

Jason Malmont, The Sentinel 

Justin Snyder of Shiremanstown, dressed as Miss Piggy, walks down to the Susquehanna River waterfront on City Island to see what he’s gotten himself into Tuesday morning during the 22nd annual Penguin Plunge. The plunge is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

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Looking Ahead to 2019
Coming in 2019: New year, new buildings at former Masland site in Carlisle

The spotlight for redevelopment projects in Carlisle will shine on the former Masland/IAC site in the coming year.

Carlisle Borough is in the final stages of planning for transportation infrastructure improvements surrounding the site along Carlisle Spring Road, borough manager Matt Candland said.

The borough is focusing on acquiring easements and property needed for the work, he said.

“We’re making great progress. We’ve only got a handful of properties left,” Candland said.

The roadwork will center on two primary areas. The first is the five-point intersection of North Hanover Street, East and West Penn streets and Fairground Avenue at which a roundabout will be built. Also included in this project is the realignment and signalization of Carlisle Springs Road and North Hanover Street to eliminate a railroad crossing.

The second focus area is on a portion of Fairground Avenue and B Street from Fairground to North College Street. This project includes a roundabout at the intersection of B and College streets.

Candland said the borough expects to put its projects out to bid late next summer or early in the fall. Though some construction could be done yet in 2019, the bulk of the work will likely come in 2020.

Carlisle Auto Industries, a branch of Carlisle Events, owns the former Masland site and is planning retail and office properties as well as a restaurant and hotel at the site. A condo community for car enthusiasts, called Concours at Carlisle, is also planned.

Carlisle Events spokesman Mike Garland said the hotel will close its land deal with them in mid-January, and will start to build not long thereafter, weather permitting.

“The project as a whole has seen its share of setbacks due to the tremendous amounts of rain we have seen this year. There’s only so much that can be done when the ground is that saturated. As such, everyone is working as best they can to stay on task and stay on time,” Garland said.

Water and sewer infrastructure is in place and the stormwater area opposite the project is nearly completed. That project is expected to be finished by late April, Garland said.

At the nearby site of the former Carlisle Tire & Wheel, developers at PIRHL expect to finish the final few buildings at the Townhomes at Factory Square, according to Karen Averell, associate development project manager.

Currently, 24 of the homes have been rented and occupied, she said. Applications for the remaining 28 units are being processed, and those units should be filled by the end of January.

While work on Phase 2 of the project is in the approvals process, work on the green space between C and B streets will continue with additional plantings and benches, she said.

Reopening A, B and C streets through the former industrial sites is a key component of the redevelopment plan, and it is expected C Street will open first.

Construction could also begin this spring at the former Tyco site on Hamilton Street, according to Kristen Rowe, director of marketing and communications for the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.

The Real Estate Collaborative, a subsidiary of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp., acquired the site with plans to develop office, retail and restaurant or brewery space. The site is in the land development phase, which includes a traffic impact study.

The collaborative is looking for end-user tenants including long-term anchors like a restaurant, bank, urgent care facility or similar business, Rowe said.

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Favorite Stories of 2018
The Sentinel's Favorite Stories of 2018: Remembering a Carlisle legend

Word came into the newsroom at The Sentinel on June 14 that Clyde Barr, the legendary director of the “Big Green Machine,” also known as the Carlisle High School Band, had died.

Barr’s death was initially confirmed by the Carlisle Area School District Board of Directors at a Thursday evening meeting, setting off chains of phone calls, Facebook posts and emails among former band members sharing their stories.

Former band members called him an encourager, musician and friend who expected much out of his students. Some even called him a father figure.

“That’s a term that probably hundreds of kids would use, but it’s certainly true for me,” said former borough councilman Perry Heath.

Guest Editorial: Raising a glass of ice for Clyde Barr

My wife Janet and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Carlisle High School band director Clyde Barr. People like him come along only on rare occasions, and people of his stature are not always as humble in demeanor or as caring in their interactions with other human beings.

As a reporter who did not know him, it was fascinating to hear these stories and learn how Barr’s influence lingered long after the field shows ended. In these interviews, I found a man who didn’t back away from expecting much from others, demanding it with extraordinary patience and accepting the results with humility.

Barr’s lessons were passed on to me through his students. Maybe it could be said that in that way, Barr has had an effect on me though I only met him at his death.