Happening in Harrisburg
Issue No. 12
November 7, 2011
(Above) A young boy inspects a hose on one of the Harrisburg Fire Department fire trucks at the Oct. 8 Open House.
Additional photos from the event can be found in this newsletter as well as at HarrisburgNC.org on the "Event Photos" page.
Email your Harrisburg photos to Melinda Skutnick, email@example.com
. At least one picture from all submissions will be featured here each month.
1st Annual Health Fair
A spotlight on health and wellness.
The Town-hosted 1st Annual Health Fair was quite a success, thanks to two dozen participants and many visitors on Oct. 7.
This inaugural event featured a variety of health and wellness information, from pet-related materials to keeping your bank account and waistline healthy. The Town's Wellness Committee looks forward to sharing more tips with guests at next year's event.
The Town of Harrisburg extends our appreciation to this year's vendors:
- Ardsley Internal Medicine
- Avante Rehabilitation
- Bank of North Carolina
- Beachbody Coaching
- Carillon Assisted Living
- Celedon Road Organics
- Chad Johnson Orthodontics
- Chartreuse Organic Products
- Empowered Fitness
- Essential Kneads Massage
- Family Foot Care
- Gold's Gym
- Harrisburg YMCA
- Honest Living
- Juice Plus
- Local Government Credit Union
- NC League of Municipalities
- Omni Health
- One 24 Health & Wellness
- Paragon Surgical
- Smith Environmental Solutions
- University Animal Hospital
We also thank each and everyone -- both Town staff and community members -- who joined us this October. Thank you!
Visit our Facebook page for more photos:: www.facebook.com/harrisburgnc.
Crystal Bost, Chairman of the Harrisburg Wellness Program
Looking to keep fit over Thanksgiving? Try these three tips.
- Participate in a local Turkey Trot.
- Prepare healthy side dishes for the big day.
- Eat a good breakfast on Thanksgiving morning so that you aren't starving when it's meal time!
Comments from Communications
Melinda Skutnick, Communications Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to this newsletter and the occasional notice from our Parks and Recreation department, our email subscribers regularly receive the weekly "In & Around Harrisburg" publication. Filled to the brim each Thursday with events from the Harrisburg area, the email helps provide our residents -- and those subscribers interested in our town -- with information about a variety of activities that occur in the following two weeks. No reason to sit around the house, wondering what you should do on a Saturday afternoon when "In & Around" is at your fingertips, providing a few options within driving distance.
From fundraisers to festivals, barbecues to blood drives, organizations and businesses are welcome to submit their regional events to be included in future editions. Each event is published in the two issues prior to its occurrence as well as on the "Community Events" page of our website, HarrisburgNC.org
. All activities should be non-profit in nature. The Town of Harrisburg avoids the publications of items that are solely business advertisements.
To have your event considered for future "In & Around Harrisburg" editions, email details to email@example.com
. Sharing information about what happens in our area is what Communications is about and I look forward to discovering new and exciting activities for our residents to explore with your help.
Happy Birthday, Harrisburg!
November 4Care to wish someone special in the community a "happy birthday"? Want to see your own celebration day listed? Email those birthday notices to Melinda Skutnick, firstname.lastname@example.org, for publication in future issues.
Rob Scaggs -- age 20
Olivia DelCamp -- age 4
Lindsay Hartman -- age 30
Ben Knudson -- age 12
John Melvin Emery -- age 59
Lydia Hatfield -- age 9
Josh Watkins -- age 30
Johnny Bryant, "The Cornhole King"
Luke Burdette -- age 11
Kattie Gill -- age 21
Harrisburg Town Hall
4100 Main Street
P.O. Box 100
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Parks & Recreation
4088 Stallings Road
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Harrisburg Fire Department
Public Works Department
Water and Sewer Emergency
Looking for employment with the Town of Harrisburg? Job openings are posted to our town website, HarrisburgNC.org, under the "Employment Opportunities" tab.
Click here to view which positions are currently accepting applications. Job postings remain on our website until they are filled.
Calendar of Events
Nov. 3-- 5:30 p.m. -- Economic Development Committee meeting @ Town Hall
Nov. 14 -- 5:30 p.m. -- Harrisburg Town Council pre-meeting @ Town Hall
Nov. 14 -- 7 p.m. -- Harrisburg Town Council meeting @ Town Hall
Nov. 15 -- 7 p.m. -- Planning and Zoning Board meeting @ Town Hall
Nov. 28 -- 7 p.m. -- Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting @ Town Hall
Harrisburg Town Council
Drip, drip, drip: Public Works
For a number of years the Town of Harrisburg has looked to improve pedestrian access and connectivity throughout the community. The Town began requiring new developments to install sidewalks as part of their projects as far back as the late 1990s. The Harrisburg Bicycle Pedestrian Connectivity Study was initiated by the Town Council in 2004 and completed by the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in 2006. This plan spawned numerous projects to improve sidewalk connectivity. Harrisburg's Town Council has supported construction of several of these sidewalk projects since the study was completed. In 2007-08, a sidewalk was installed on a portion of Rocky River Crossing Road and along Roberta Road up to Carl Parmer Drive in Town Center. In 2009, a sidewalk was installed along Robinson Church Road adjacent to the Historic Post Office area of Harrisburg Park. In 2010-11, sidewalks were installed on both sides of Highway 49 to connect sections of sidewalk throughout the business corridor. All of these sidewalks have been well received by residents and are used almost daily by pedestrians.
Due to the popularity of the sidewalk projects, the Town's Council and staff began to look at installing sidewalks on a grander scale. The major roadblock to these ambitious plans was lack of funding, which led to an extensive search for grant opportunities. The Town applied for and received a $300,000 grant from a program administered by the NCDOT named Congestion Management-Air Quality (CMAQ).
Upcoming sidewalks on Morehead Road and Morris Drive will be funded by this CMAQ grant. This project will complete a loop around the Town Center through the Rocky River Crossing neighborhood onto Highway 49 and into Harrisburg Park. Surveying and design have been completed for this project and easement acquisition is underway. The Town greatly appreciates the numerous property owners that have donated easements to make this project a reality. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2012.
From the Front Lines: Harrisburg Fire Department
Bryan Dunn, Fire Chief email@example.com
Did you remember to "change your clock, change your battery" this past weekend? It's time to inspect your smoke alarm, and change your battery. Make sure it works; it's a sound you can live with.
If you need 9V batteries, we have them available at the Harrisburg Fire Station 1 Administration building.
Winter time is getting closer and home fires are a reality. Make sure you have your furnace checked and serviced. Never leave appliances unattended while in use.
Cooking fires continue to be the most common type of fires experienced by U.S. households. This is even more apparent during the holidays. There is an increased incidence of cooking fires on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of fire injuries in homes. These fires are preventable by simply being more attentive to the use of cooking materials and equipment.
Finally, thank you to all who attended our open house in October. We had more than 100 kids complete the Jr. Firefighter Challenge and more than 400 in total attendance. We look forward to hosting the community once again next year in October 2012.
Would you like to see more photos from the Oct. 8 HFD Open House?
Visit the "Event Photos" page under "About Harrisburg" at HarrisburgNC.org.
Safety First: Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department, Harrisburg Division
Internet Survival Tips for Kids and Teens:
- Never give any personal information to anyone you meet online. That means first or last names, phone numbers (they can be used to track down your home), passwords, birth dates or years, or credit card information.
- Never meet up with anyone you don't already know. Don't tell anyone your schedule; don't say where you'll be hanging out. No party announcements. People are often not who they say they are. It's true: 1 in 5 kids will be sexually solicited online.
- Don't fill out any "fun" questionnaires that are forwarded to you, even if they're from your friends. Remember, you're in a world where everything can get forwarded. All those personal things about you could land in the hands of someone who could use them to harm you.
- Make sure you know everyone on your buddy list. If you haven't met the people face-to-face, they may not be who they pretend to be. Also, Instant Messaging strangers is an invasion of their privacy.
- You do not have to answer emails or IMs from people you don't know. As a matter of fact, you shouldn't. Who knows who they are? Even if they say they're "David's friend," David could be a lucky guess. "Kids" you meet in chat rooms may actually be creepy adults.
- There's no such thing as "private" on the Internet. You may think so, but it's not true. People can find anything they want - and keep what you post - forever.
- Be careful about posting pictures of yourself (if you must, don't post ones showing behavior you wouldn't want your mom, teacher, boss, or potential college advisor to see). Just because an older sibling has posted snaps on a site doesn't make it a smart or a safe idea. Pictures with identifiers like where you go to school can be shopping lists for online predators.
- Don't send pictures of other people. Forwarding an embarrassing picture of someone else is a form of bullying. How would you like it if someone did that to you?
- Don't download content without your parents' permission. Many sites have spyware that will damage your computer. Other sites have really inappropriate content. Your parents can check your computer's URL history, so you can't hide where you've been.
- Never share your password with anyone but your parents.