Archive | January, 2007

C’ville schools looking to H’burg

Friday, January 26, 2007

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In an article in today’s Daily Progress, Charlottesville’s mayor says he admires Harrisonburg school officials’ bold move to adopt a resolution to ignore the federal standardized test requirements for ESL students. Charlottesville has nowhere near the number of ESL students we have — Harrisonburg schools have the highest percentage of ESL students in the state […]

bloggers and Obenshain

Thursday, January 25, 2007


As some of you may already know, yesterday was Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s “blogger day,” where (mostly Republican) bloggers from around Virginia went to Richmond to shmooze with politicians. Anyway, Vivian Paige and Myron both reported on the forum featuring Harrisonburg’s senator, Mark Obenshain. Chris of The Mason Conservative asked Obenshain an odd question about […]

Blacks Run, Stream Health

Thursday, January 25, 2007

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Blacks Run Stream Health Q&A Session Thursday February 1, 2007 Come anytime between 4:00 – 6:30pm Gilkerson Community Activities Center S. Dogwood Dr. Harrisonburg Adult & Kid-friendly event! I have discovered that nearly everywhere I’ve lived too many people are not aware that their local waterways are unhealthy and “impaired.” Those that know the problems […]

politicians & police cracking down (again)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


If you caught the story in today’s DNR, you know that Del. Todd Gilbert recently introduced HB2826, a bill designed to punish employers of undocumented immigrants. Of course, that’s assuming that the employers know who is and isn’t. Most or all of these workers have falsified documents anyway, and are inadvertently fixing our busted social […]

Hot Topic: Endless Caverns Proposed Development

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


[UPDATED 1/24 12:42 with a smaller Briefing Document file and pictures] Some of you may have heard about the proposed Endless Caverns development. Some may not. It’s an issue that I’m learning has some depth, intrigue, and – most importantly – significant implications on the future look and feel of this part of the Valley. […]

Webb to Rebut Bush’s SOU Speech Tonight

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Just a heads up – Senator Webb was picked to rebut Bush’s State of the Union speech tonight.  9pm.  Fox!      – kai

Koelemay on Harrisonburg

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


In a wonk column on Bacon’s Rebellion yesterday, Doug Koelemay, a Northern Virginia resident (and managing director of a huge PR firm up there) raved about Harrisonburg’s so-called “new economy.” From the column, entitled Investing for a New Economy: Who is going toe-to-toe with federal bureaucrats against a one-size-fits-all approach to educational achievement? Who is […]

Hanger vs Sime vs Sayre?

Monday, January 22, 2007


In August, Libertarian Arin Sime announced his intention to challenge Sen. Emmett Hanger for the 24th district (which includes part of Rockingham County). Now, the word is that Scott Sayre (of Waynesboro) may challenge Hanger for the Republican nomination. Sayre owns Sayre Enterprises in Buena Vista, which manufactures hunting and tactical gear, among other things. […]

Sparking the Conversation Conversation (not a typo)

Monday, January 22, 2007


Last Thursday, over 25 people got together at the Massanutten Regional Library to brainstorm how to create a culture of conversation in downtown Harrisonburg. Let me add to finnegan’s notes with minutes and an overview. Over 25 people showed up, including students from JMU, EMU, and Bridgewater; city council members Frank and Chenault; local bloggers; […]

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