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Radio Smart Talk: Rotary club service; City of Harrisburg status report

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 15, 2013 8:40 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, April 15:


With Pennsylvania's primary looming in May, the race for mayor of the city of Harrisburg is attracting more attention than usual for a municipal election.  Even those who don't live or vote in the city are interested in the campaign.

Incumbent Democrat Linda Thompson is being challenged by three other candidates in the primary -- Lewis Butts, Dan Miller, and Eric Papenfuse.  Nevin Mindlin is running as an independent.

The numerous controversies surrounding Thompson is one reason the race is being watched, but Harrisburg's many financial difficulties is another.

Just last week, the Patriot-News reported the city and Harrisburg Authority would miss another payment on bond debt for the city's trash-burning incinerator.

Tara Leo Auchey of Today's the Day Harrisburg and the Patriot-News will provide an update on the city on Monday's Radio Smart Talk.

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Also, local Rotary clubs are about to mark 100 years of service to Central Pennsylvania.  We'll hear from two Rotary officials about their mission of Service Over Self.  You may be surprised at how much service Rotary clubs perform across the region and around the world.


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  • Matthew Smith img 2013-04-15 08:06

    Matt from Perry County:

    Thank you so much for doing this program.

    My first Rotary meeting was three years ago. I responded to a personal invitation, knowing nothing of the organization. It turned out to be just a bunch of locals interested in service. I couldn't believe it! I joined the next week.

    Being a Rotarian enriches my life. As it turns out, giving to strangers is supremely rewarding. It helps me keep my life in perspective. Whether we're doing local service or international service, I am filled with gratitude -- for my family, my health, my opportunities -- and that's not always a perspective I've had.

  • David img 2013-04-15 08:23

    I am very familiar with Rotary -- But, if I wasn't and wanted to know more, could I just visit a Rotary meeting without being invited, just to check it out?

    Thank you!

    David Ritter