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Harrisburg, PA, United States

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Past articles by Mike:

Friends build treehouse from recycled materials

Longtime friends and neighbors have created a giant treehouse. → Read More

Captive alligator at Lake Tobias lays eggs, builds nest in exhibit

Something wild is happening in Dauphin County that hasn't happened in several decades--a captive alligator at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park is honing its parental instincts. → Read More

Heavy rain impacts trees, helps some crops

After days of pounding rains and flooding things are returning to normal for many people across the Midstate but mother nature takes a little longer to dry out. → Read More

Millersburg's town Christmas tree is dying, will be removed

A decades-old landmark in downtown Millersburg is reaching the end of its lifespan. → Read More

Invasive snakehead fish found in Lancaster County

Something is in the water in one part of Lancaster County. Local anglers say they've been catching an invasive species that's menacing looking and could be a menace to native fish. → Read More

Farmers markets thrive amid struggling agriculture industry

Pennsylvania farmers are having a tough time these days with several industries struggling amid lower prices for goods, but there's still one place to rake in business. → Read More

River rescuers say many variables affect search efforts

After a 16-hour-long search of the Susquehanna River beginning late Monday, efforts to locate a missing 3-year-old girl were suspended Tuesday afternoon. → Read More

Mifflin County family issues Earth Day challenge

At the end of a long county lane, the Goss family operates the scenic Bella Vista Farm. → Read More

Tire collection aims to prevent mosquito-borne diseases

More than 2,000 tires are on the way to a recycling facility following a massive collection on Wednesday. → Read More

SBA head's tour stops in Mechanicsburg

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration took a tour of a Mechanicsburg business to see how they were able to find success with the help of the agency. → Read More

Streamside traditions continue ahead of trout season opener

The nearly two decades old tradition of camping out overnight before the season opener of trout season continues at Quittapahilla in Lebanon County. → Read More

Community voices concern over proposed Halifax school cuts

HALIFAX, Pa. (WHTM) -- Members of the Halifax Area School Board got an earful from concerned community members on Tuesday night. → Read More

Trout stocking underway ahead of regional opening day

HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) — The regional opening day for trout fishing is still a few weeks away, but thousands of fish are beginning to appear in Midstate waterways. → Read More

New distillery set to open Saturday in New Cumberland

NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM)-- A distillery is the the newest tenant at the former Coakley's property on Bridge Street. Dead Lightning Distillery is set to open on Saturday, March 3. There will be a grand opening ceremony at 10:45 a.m. "We're very excited to be part of the new neighbors. Work together and → Read More

Schnupp settles into wildlife management role at PGC

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -- Dr. Matthew Schnupp is settling into his new role with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The native of Wheeling, West Virginia was hired by the PGC in January as Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Management. The executive role oversees a large staff of biologists and others across the state who collectively → Read More

Adams County resident falls victim to re-shipping scam

Police are warning the public about a re-shipping scam. → Read More

Couples spend Valentine’s date night forging steel

PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) -- It appears that romance burns at 1700 degrees. On Wednesday evening, six Midstate couples spent a Valentine's date night at The Drunken Smithy, learning how to forge horseshoes into the shape of a heart. "We're bladesmiths. We make swords," said Greg Ramsey, co-owner of The Drunken Smithy. "but on weekends, we → Read More

Restaurants, grocery stores gear up for Super Bowl Sunday

Eagles fans may be hungry for a win but *everybody* at a super bowl party comes hungry. Mid-state grocery stores and restaurants are hoping to profit off that hunger. → Read More

Alcohol education message targets kids ages 8-12

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has unveiled a new education campaign, encouraging parents to speak to younger children about alcohol. The statewide campaign called 'Know When. Know How," is described as a research-based education and prevention effort targeted to parents of children ages 8-12. The PLCB based the message on its → Read More

Environmental groups warn of road salt impact on waterways

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -- When winter weather strikes Pennsylvania, a massive fleet of PennDOT plow trucks and salt spreaders await a speedy dispatch. But environmental groups warn the over-use of salt and other chemical road de-icers can have a negative impact on waterways. "Of course, salt is used to keep our roads passable and keep → Read More