Archive | May, 2007

Biking and Walking around our town

Monday, May 14, 2007


Remember how much fun it was to ride your bike around the block or to your friend’s house? Why not take your bike out today for a ride? You may have already heard about all the benefits of riding your bike and walking which include conserving fuel, contributing to cleaner air, reducing traffic congestion, reducing […]

Goodlatte, Obenshain, and cockfighting

Monday, May 14, 2007


In Maryland and North Carolina, cockfighting is a felony. In Virginia, cockfighting [for money] is a Class 3 misdemeanor. Congressman Bob Goodlatte voted for a bill that makes it a felony to transport animals across state borders for the purpose of fighting them. Bush recently signed the bill into federal law.

Goodlatte’s Spyware Prevention Act

Sunday, May 13, 2007

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Harrisonburg’s congressman, Bob Goodlatte has been on a crusade against online gambling for years now, but his disdain for spyware is perhaps less renown. Under current US law, spyware is not illegal.

Pure Water Forum workshop

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Yesterday, citizens, government agencies, and organizations from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia came to the Pure Water Forum‘s workshop on “Land-Water” Issues & the Virginia Watershed Alliance, which was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. (DNR, WHSV.) Topics covered in the morning session included –

what SOL stands for

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Schools are preparing to give students the SOL tests, and around 250 students in Harrisonburg “probably do not know enough English to read the SOL exam, which is being given statewide during the next three weeks.” From everything I’ve read and heard, Harrisonburg is not expected to meet federal accountability requirements this year. This may […]

Roles joins fight against Dominion Power

Thursday, May 10, 2007


Admittedly, not Harrisonburg news, but I can’t help myself… In March I wrote about Dominion Power’s plans to build a 500 kilovolt line through Rappahannock County, and the fight to stop it. So far, Dominion’s opposition hasn’t had much luck. A month ago Rappahannock BoS members, in an effort to build a legal case against […]

the unfulfilled promise of IPv6

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


For almost a year, the local media and national trade mags have been touting Harrisonburg as “the city of the future.” We were told that Harrisonburg would be the first place on the continent to have city-wide “next gen” Internet system, known as IPv6, and that World Airwaves was going to set it up. But […]

Roles responds to Earley’s comments

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Yesterday I posted about former AG Mark Earley’s comments on prison reform. Today Mark Obenshain’s opponent, Maxine Roles emailed me this response to Earley’s remarks:

Earley & Gemeinschaft

Monday, May 7, 2007


Today former AG Mark Earley is quoted in the Richmond Times, emphasizing the need for prison reform to “help [prisoners] successfully transition into society.” He’s critical of the “lock em up” crime policies he once helped to create.

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  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg’s consumer-owned grocery, invites the community to come see its new destination for natural, organic and locally-produced products at the store’s grand opening 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9 at 150 East Wolfe Street.

  • Friendly City Becomes Member of National Cooperative Grocers Association

    HARRISONBURG, VA — Friendly City Food Co-op, slated to open this month in Harrisonburg, Va., has become the newest member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide.

  • Harrisonburg Recognized as a Bike Friendly Community

    May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as National Bike Month.