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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Watch ‘The Muppets’ trailer

Who is your favorite Muppet?

Here’s a post on the recent Google Doodle honoring Jim Henson.

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1701 Studio celebrates its one-year anniversary

Submitted; T.R. Kaltreider in 1701 preparing for the 'Planting Houses & Building Trees,' exhibit.

T.R. Kaltreider will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 1701 Studio 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 5 at 1701 S. Queen St., Spring Garden Township. The public is invited to stop by to check out the art. Beer and wine will be served.

Kaltreider grew up in York County, but left at age 13. After working in the film industry in Los Angeles for a few years, Kaltreider moved back to the area to be close to his family. Around that time, he also discovered a love of painting. He showed a few pieces in Baltimore. And when a family property – an old ski shop at 1701 S. Queen St., Spring Garden Township – was not rented out, he decided to make it a studio/gallery. He collaborated with Baltimore gallery owner and curator, Jordan Faye Block to open the doors to 1701. The gallery and artist space has held a studio tour and exhibition on the first Saturday of each month featuring works by Kaltreider along with visiting artists. This summer, work started on a Sculpture Garden that now features works by David Page, Stewart Watson, Donald Edwards and a growing installation by Willa Frazer.

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Find out where to check out fall foliage

Biology professors and meteorologists predict a good show this fall for leaf-peeping, according to an article by metro reporter Teresa Boeckel. Sunday might be the better day, because Saturday is expected to be windy. Both days are forecasted to be sunny. Check out a map of where to view nature’s show. Be sure to upload your photos with the location to

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