Archive | August, 2007

Refugee Resettlement In Harrisonburg

Sunday, August 12, 2007


In Saturday’s paper, there’s an article about Iraqi refugees coming through the resettlement program to Harrisonburg, via the Virginia Council of Churches. I’m actually surprised that I haven’t posted anything about that program before.

WPA mural

Saturday, August 11, 2007


This video is several years old, but it was just posted on YouTube a few days ago.

550 Homes

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


The DNR reports a request to rezone for 550 homes the quarry area previously proposed as a shopping center. Let’s guesstimate 3.5 people per home, 1.5 of them school children.  That’s two elementary schools and 192,000 gallon per day of water. The planning commission meets tonight at 7.

PAC tour passes through Harrisonburg

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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As with the BABE Rally, I picked this one up on the feeds… The PAC Tour (Pacific-Atlantic-Cycling Tour) passed through Harrisonburg yesterday evening. The PAC Tour is a 26-day bike ride from Everett, WA to Williamsburg. Many of the participants are keeping weblogs on their daily progress. Some have amusing observations about Appalachian culture, and […]

emergency radios

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


This is probably in the DNR today yesterday, but I wouldn’t know, because their website is currently down. Harrisonburg has received $1.2 million in federal Homeland Security money that will be used to buy a portable radio tower and 300 to 500 radios that will be used in the event of a statewide or national […]

Harrisonburg’s National Night Out: Today

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


This might be a little too late, but I wasn’t thinking earlier… Tonight is National Night Out around the country and right here in Harrisonburg. Nieghborhoods throughout Harrisonburg (DNR article) and the Valley will be holding little block parties, cookouts, and providing opportunities to get to know your neighbors and other members of the community. In Harrisonburg, National Night […]

Lohr: Confused, or scared?

Monday, August 6, 2007


It’s only August, and we’ve had the second Matt Lohr teenager knocking on our front door. “Not interested,” Deb told him, firmly. It was only July when we had our first one. “Not if Lohr was the last man on Earth,” I told that one. The questions: Why return, after the first rebuff? Don’t they […]

Eat Local Foods and Buy Local Products

Sunday, August 5, 2007


In this month’s issue of eightyone, the covery story featured “Eat Local Challenge” by Sonya Shaver. Shaver tells us about her and her family’s 30-day experience of eating only food grown and/or produced within 100-miles of where she lives. I have been going to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market to buy fresh green beans, beets, swiss […]

shoddy editorializing

Saturday, August 4, 2007


I generally steer clear of the opinion section of the DNR for lots of reasons, but Josh drew my attention to yesterday’s rant about NPR “celebrating” the anniversary of the Chinese army, decrying it as a classic liberal media moment. The writer(s) of the editorial alleges the tease for the NPR story was, “We’ll go […]

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