The school board candidates on why you should care about the school board

The very last names on the ballot for Harrisonburg voters next week will be the candidates for school board – a fitting place for an elected body that generally has a much lower profile than the city council (but has primary oversight of the biggest single item in the city budget). Old South High invited […]

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The best place, the best area

This fall, I’ve been excited to get involved in radio journalism for the first time, thanks to a new effort by our public radio station, WMRA, to up its local news game. One of the early projects that I’ve worked on has been Becoming American, a six-part series on immigration and citizenship in the area. […]

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Five encouragements for the creatives of Harrisonburg

This is a guest post by Andy Harbick. Like many of you, since the closing of the Blue Nile, I have been reflecting about local culture, small business, innovation and living boldly. I certainly will miss the Blue Nile: the lunch buffet, the art exhibits, the fine beer, the cool bartenders and the awesome community […]

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The beginnigs of an explanation for our recent jail population growth

For months, we’ve been wondering what caused the inmate population at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail to jump by 50 percent in the 18-month period between January 2013 and June of this year: Now, Moseley Architects – the consultant hired by the city and county to write a community-based corrections plan – has provided detail on […]

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Solarize Harrisonburg final public info session Tues., Oct. 21

Brief little FYI thing here, reposting a press release from Solarize Harrisonburg. ~OSH     The final information session for Solarize Harrisonburg will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Massanutten Regional Library. We now have more than 100 people signed up and ready to go solar as part of the […]

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A completely uneducated voter walks into a forum…

This is a guest post by Alex Sirney. I haven’t followed this city council election cycle as diligently as I would like, so as a result I came into Wednesday’s candidate’s forum at JMU’s Memorial Hall without a lot of background information on the candidates for the two open city council positions. I had seen […]

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Rumors Has It: Valley Playhouse Brings the Laughter to Court Square Theater

The Valley Playhouse wraps up 2014 with a rambunctious performance of Neil Simon’s farcical 1984 hit play, Rumors.  I sat in on a dress rehearsal yesterday at Court Square Theater, and even in an empty theater I found myself laughing out loud.  The script is definitely funny, and this time around the playhouse features some of the […]

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A Dispatch From the Country’s Longest-Running Sporting Event (Maybe)

In late August, I met a 91-year-old woman named Zula Casady, a lifelong resident of Mount Solon except for a relatively brief  and temporary stint in McGaheysville. I interviewed her at the Natural Chimneys Joust, which, as you might guess, is a jousting tournament held every year at Natural Chimneys. Zula says she’s been at […]

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A Virtual Tour of the (h)OUR Economy, Harrisonburg’s New Timebank

Since we launched the (h)OUR Economy in Harrisonburg a few months ago, the other Harrisonburg founders and I have spent a lot of time talking about timebanks in the abstract. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said or typed something along these lines: A timebank is an organization where people exchange “hours” instead […]

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Virginia Organizing to host Movie Night Fundraiser Oct 11

On Saturday, October 11 at 7pm, you can join others in your community for a screening of El Norte/The North at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  This 1983 film tells the story of a Guatemalan brother and sister who flee persecution at home and journey north the length of Mexico with a dream of finding a new home […]

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