Archive | April, 2007

Fairfax backs out of NCLB fight

Saturday, April 21, 2007


If you’ve been following the saga of Harrisonburg City Schools’ fight against the No Child Left Behind “no exceptions” federal testing standards, you know that Fairfax was a key “ally” (for lack of a better term) of the H’burg school board. A story in Thursday’s Washington Post reports: [Fairfax Schools Superintendent Jack] Dale said that […]

“The Big Here” – Water

Saturday, April 21, 2007


The other week finnegan posted a quiz called “the big here,” which included several questions about the local environment. finnegan had shared the quiz with me and I took an attempt at answering as many questions as I could. Even as an Environmental Specialist, I learned that I do not know as much as I […]

“You look good in maroon and orange.”

Friday, April 20, 2007


I was among the hundreds that came out to the ceremony at JMU on The Commons today to support and honor those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. It began promptly at noon and with some words by the student member of JMU’s BOV, Stacy Fuller and the moment of silence was observed. Then […]

JMU not alone in Title IX lawsuits

Thursday, April 19, 2007

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In case you’ve been following the Title IX sports program cuts at JMU, you should check out this USA Today article from today’s paper. James Snyder is a [JMU] freshman considering transfer. He has applied to North Carolina, George Mason and High Point.

guard unit headed to Iraq this year

Thursday, April 19, 2007


The DNR reports that the Harrisonburg National Guard Unit will be headed to Iraq later this year. Company A, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, which includes eighty soldiers from this area will begin training in June. Of course, this is all part of “the troop surge,” and raises several questions, including: Is the Guard adequately equipped?

Gil’s blog

Thursday, April 19, 2007

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It appears Gil Colman and his wife started a blog yesterday to update friends and family on his condition. Good idea. I’m sure his phone and email have been busy.

New Dominion podcast

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


For those of us living in iWorld, a local news podcast seems long overdue. Chris and Crystal at The New Dominion have started a weekly podcast of Valley and Virginia news. The podcast debuted on Monday, in the midst of the breaking VT shooting media frenzy, but I figured it’s worth pointing out now. And […]

Gil’s story

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


The following email was forwarded to me. You may have read about local Virginia Tech student Guillermo “Gil” Colman in the DNR yesterday. Gil is one of the surviving victims of Monday’s VT shooting. This is a far more detailed account of what happened to Gil, as told to one of his fellow church members […]

the day after

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


A few links: DNR article about two locals that were shot. GOPHokie (a local who goes to Tech) has been blogging about it, and will likely continue. McCloskey cartoon (I never thought a political cartoon could evoke so much emotion) Lansing cartoon AP pic

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