Take a tour of Keefer’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ house

YDR file; Dawn Keefer is framed next to a mural of her four sons in the new exercise area 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' created for her son Brian.

In 1986, Dawn and Steve Keefer found their dream house — a two-story colonial in Newberry Township. But when their son Brian was paralyzed in 2008, it suddenly seemed too small. They wondered if they could stay. They shared their struggle with the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” crew, which came to their front door last summer. Builders, volunteers and decorators ripped the house apart and rebuilt it with Brian in mind.

The Keefer family first set foot inside June 26 — the day friends and fans yelled “Move that bus!” They marveled at what they saw. And months later, so did millions of people who saw the home for the first time during Fridays episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

That morning, Dawn walked on the dark wood floors and gazed at the colorful walls she’s been getting used to since the build. This, she said, is her new dream house. Take a photo tour.

More links:
Find out what the family thought of the episode.
Check out all the coverage of the build.

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CapLive brings music to York stage through the end of the year

Two more shows have been announced for the CapLive series at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York:

John Doe will perform 8 p.m. Dec. 1. He returns after a 2008 performance with Kathleen Edwards. Tickets cost $15.
Duncan Sheik hits the stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $21. Take a trip back to the 90s with this pop hit “Barely Breathing” above.

Tickets to both shows are available online at www.StrandCapitol.org or by calling the box office at 846-1111.

Just added to the Strand: Peter Frampton will perform Feb. 1, 2012

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FlipSide guide 10/20/11

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JeromeBurnet.com; Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the 2011 Santa Cruz Blues Festival.

Ani DiFranco performs 8 p.m. Friday at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club, 223 Water St., to celebrate 20 years of “World Cafe Live” on WXPN. [$20 in advance; $25 at the door]
— Head to MyRuralRadio Fall Music Festival III 11 a.m. to 10 .m. Saturday at Naylor Winery, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown. [$15; Free for those 16 and younger]
— Listen to country classics re-imaged by LeAnn Rimes 7:30 Saturday night at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township. Read an interview with Rimes. [$47]
— Comedian Steven Wright will deliver his deadpan punch lines 7:30 Saturday night at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Read an interview with Wright. [$33 and $42]

Penn State York’s homecoming festivities run Friday and Saturday at 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township. At 7 p.m., State College band Velveeta will perform at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York Township. [$15 in advance or $20 at the door]
— Bundle up and head to the Fall Foliage Frolic 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Richard M. Nixon County Park. Find out where else to look at the leaves. [Free]

Eat and drink
— Grab your beer stein and head to Yorktoberfest noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York. [Free; prices for tickets for local beer and wine tastings vary]
PA Gourmet: A Cooking and Entertaining Experience runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlise Ave., West Manchester Township. [$18 general admission, advance tickets $12, $14, $25]
— Cheap Eats tries the home style Pennsylvania Dutch fare at The Honey Pot, Market and Penn Street Farmers’ Market, 380 W. Market St., York.

Also at the Strand: Kenny Wayne Shepherd performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. [$31, $35, $39] “Tree of Life” plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday. [$7]
— OrangeMite Studios presents “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at The Barn at Tall Fir Acres, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover. [$8]

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Watch ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’, attend viewing parties

You’ve watch and read all about the Keefer family for four months. It’s almost time for their major network debut. Watch the Keefers on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 8 to 10 p.m. Friday on ABC. It will be the first season nine episode to air on a Friday night. The show previously aired on Sundays.

Attend a viewing party:
Musser Home Builders hosts a viewing party for the Keefer episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 5 to 10 p.m. today at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, 1345 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg.
— Doors open at 5 p.m., and guests can enjoy food and a silent auction. Behind-the-scenes DVDs and photo CDs of the build as well as signed hard hats will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to the Keefer family build fund.
— At 7 p.m., the Keefers will take the stage. Erie Insurance will present the family with a check and other presentations will follow.
— At 7:30 p.m., ABC 27 will air a half-hour special about the local impact of the build. The Keefers’ “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode will follow.

More Extreme:
Trindle Bowl will host a viewing party and fundraiser for Brian Keefer 8 to 10 tonight when the episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs. The bowling facility, 4695 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, had a role in the makeover. A portion of proceeds from the party will go to offset the cost of Brian’s ongoing medical expenses.
— Dawn Keefer said that there will be a special viewing party for the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode Sunday at Lock Haven University, where Brian attends college.
— Paul DiMeo, a carpenter on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” will appear on “PCN Profiles” 10 p.m. Sunday on the statewide network Pennsylvania Cable News. In June, DiMeo helped on the makeover at the Keefer family home in Newberry Township. DiMeo grew up one of five children in Media and studied theater at Point Park College in Pittsburgh.

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YorkArts hosts Writer’s Eye competition

YorkArts; 'Lobster' by Ian Hart is part of the 'Biological Aesthetics' exhibit.

YorkArts is running it’s annual Writer’s Eye contest, which links the inspiration of writers to the creative vision of artists. Participants are invited to write a poem or short story in response to the artwork featured in the “Biological Aesthetics” exhibit at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver St., York, and the Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St., York. It is on display through Nov. 19.

Visitors can schedule a self-guided tour of the exhibit, which references the connection between science and the arts. The competition is open to students grades 4 through 12, college students and adults. Click here for details, rules and to download an entry form. Entries are due 5 p.m. Nov. 28.

An awards ceremony will be help during First Friday, Feb. 3, at YorkArts. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Grades 4 to 6; grades 7 to 9; grades 10 to 12; college and adult.

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Bring on the bars: Local attorney plans York tap room

FlipSide file; Scott Eden, plans to open a tap room in the first floor of the National House at the corner of Beaver and Market Streets in York.

This area has seen an influx of new bars. In the spring, The Boulevard Sports Garden opened in Springettsbury Township and Lux Night Lounge opened in North York. Since summer, two new breweries — Mudhook Brewing Company and Liquid Hero Brewery — set up shop in York.

Yet another bar is planned for York, according to business reporter Lauren Boyer. Attorney Scott Eden of Spring Garden Township leased the 2,140-square-foot space on the first floor of the National House, built in 1828 as a hotel at the corner of Market and Beaver streets.

Eden won’t brew his own beer, but plans to sell 25 craft beers from places like the Rogue brewery in Oregon, the Stone Brewing Co. in California, and Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown. Eden plans to serve soft pretzels, brats and sausages and pulled pork at the tap room, which he’s yet to name. Smoking inside will not be permitted, and hard liquor will not be served, he said.

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Local Halloween fan builds model of The Bates Motel

Submitted; A model of The Bates Motel from 'Psycho' build by Chris Thomas of Stewartstown.

Chris Thomas doesn’t decorate for Christmas or other holidays. But every October, he transforms his Stewartstown property into a Halloween haunt.

“Every year we’ve been doing more and more and more,” he said.

Last year, his wife, Laura, let him build a replica of The Bates Motel from the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho.” He looked at photos online, picked up some plywood and spent about eight weeks working on the structure. He finished just in time to display the hotel Oct. 1, 2010.

“It actually went pretty smoothly,” said Thomas, who works in Baltimore and does not have a background in woodworking. “I was in the zone.”

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York-based Primp Agency styles Bernice King for MLK memorial dedication

Submitted; Bernice King

The York-based styling house Primp Agency was hired to do makeup and hair for Bernice King — daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. She spoke Sunday to the crowd at the MLK National Memorial dedication ceremony in Washington, D.C. The dedication of the memorial had been rescheduled from the 48th anniversary date of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech due to Hurricane Irene.

Sha’ Summerlin, who runs Primp wrote this in an email message:
(Primp) appointed … lead makeup artist, Kimya Crawford of Baltimore, to set up shop inside Elder King’s hotel room at 7 a.m. on the morning of the dedication. Elder King was then ready to meet with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama. She then took her turn to honor her father’s memory after her brother, Rev. Martin Luther King, III and before President Obama made a poignant speech.

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New York Comic Con: A little something for everyone

The entrance into New York Comic Con

The term geek doesn’t have the same meaning as it used to. It has risen in popularity and the interested are more varied than ever.

So when my geek boyfriend, who has been talking about comic books, video games, card or board games and the like for two years now, asked me to go to New York Comic Con, I happily agreed to join him.

I just didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

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Remember: The Shady Dell

Dell rat doesn’t sound like a compliment. But generations of teens wore the term — coined for those who hung out at The Shady Dell — as a badge of honor. Jerri Jadick, 68, still does. She had the time of her life at the hangout south of York.

Back then she was Jerri Worley — a farm girl from Loganville. At 13, she wanted nothing more than to dance at the Dell. Her mother forbid her to go. Teenagers there were up to no good. Her father told her she could, as long as she got a ride. He knew the owner John Ettline. He was a good man. For weeks, she waited for her parents to agree. Then, one morning, her father didn’t wake up.

Jerri clung to his wishes and was soon calling her friends for a ride to the Dell. It became her home. John became her surrogate father. Read the rest of the story, view photos and listen to other memories.

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