Why do they call them ‘the dog days of summer?’ Its origins, explained | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 31, 2021

It all stems from ancient astronomy and Classical literature.

Pennsylvanians going for gold in Tokyo | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 24, 2021

Happy weekend, all. The 2020 Summer Olympics (happening in 2021, of course) officially started Friday in Tokyo with Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka lighting the cauldron.  While this year’s Olympic Games promise to look different than previous years, more than 600 American athletes have made the trip to Japan to compete in their respective sports, including 21 who hail from […]

PFAS 101: What they are, why it matters | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 17, 2021

These man-made chemicals are used for a variety of purposes, including making waterproof cosmetics, stain-resistant fabrics and carpeting to non-stick cookware. To summarize, they are abundant in our daily lives.

Catching up on this week’s biggest stories | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 10, 2021

From election audits to 5G, unemployment to opioids, there was no shortage of news this week, despite it following a holiday weekend.

Traveling this July 4 holiday weekend? You’re not the only one | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 3, 2021

Whatever and wherever your plans are this July 4 holiday weekend, expect crowds. People will be hitting the road in large numbers.

Trading one pest for another: Goodbye, cicadas; Begone, spotted lanternflies! | Five for the Weekend

BY: - June 26, 2021

Happy weekend, all. Just when you think the bug parade across Pennsylvania has ceased, (bye, Cicadas!) pests like the nymph stage Spotted Lanternflies (SLF), pictured above, make their appearance. I had the misfortunate of discovering SLFs at my home in Lebanon County this week, which means I spent most of the week plotting their demise. According to the […]

It’s Juneteenth in Pa. Here’s how and where to mark this historic day near you | Five for the Weekend

BY: - June 19, 2021

It's Juneteenth in Pennsylvania this Saturday. No matter where you live in Pennsylvania, here are some of the ways you can mark this historic day.

Looking for a summer read? Join our book club | Five for the Weekend

BY: - June 12, 2021

Anyone who wants to join is welcome! It’s free – all you need to do is create a Goodreads account to get started. You can find our group here. 

The return of vacation season? | Five for Your Weekend

BY: - June 5, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, reporting back after a few weeks in Alaska! Even fully vaccinated, I wasn’t sure my trip to the 49th state would happen this year after, well, everything, but it looks like I’m not the only one “getting back out there.” According to an April survey from Tripadvisor, an […]

It’s 1-4-3 Day Weekend in Pa. Commit a random act of kindness | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 22, 2021

"A little kindness goes a long way—especially this year," Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday.

Welcome aboard, Marley! | Five for the weekend

BY: - May 15, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. Before we adjourn for the weekend, I’m sure you noticed a new name and face on the Capital-Star page this week! Please join me in welcoming our newest staff reporter, Marley Parish, to Harrisburg! Marley will be working diligently to cover the state Senate for the Capital-Star among other things! In case […]

The week in 5 tweets | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 8, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. From local and state news to national headlines, a lot happened this week. In the spirit of trying something new, we’d thought we’d share tweets about some of the week’s biggest stories (with a Pa. angle, of course). Disclaimer: The Capital-Star sharing these tweets with readers is not an endorsement of any candidate, lawmaker […]