Archive | September, 2007

ghost stories?

Thursday, September 20, 2007


I’m a little burned out on Clerk of Court and immigration talk right now, and I just received an odd PR from Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, so I figured I’d share it…

ESL numbers up

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Last year, Harrisonburg City Schools’ total enrollment in ESL was around 39 percent. The School Board stood up to the federal government over the issue of NCLB tests to non-English speaking students, but had little support from the state, and eventually caved, administering the test to all students. It’s no surprise to read in today’s […]

growth and development documentary

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Just spotted this on the Arts Council blog (via hburgblogs). A local documentary called “Changing Landscapes: Growth and Development in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County” is playing at the Court Square Theater this Thursday, September 20th at 8:00 pm. The film was produced by recent JMU grad Nicole Martorana. A question and answer session with filmmaker […]

prescription drug ODs

Monday, September 17, 2007


The Roanoke Times ran a story yesterday about the rise of fatal prescription drug overdoses in western Virginia.

Gods and Filmmakers

Monday, September 17, 2007


Imagine for a moment that the DNR had sent a reporter instead of a stenographer to speak to “Gods and Generals” filmmaker Ron Maxwell at the home of right-wing philanthropist Walter Curt. What questions might he have asked? Maxwell’s next project is a documentary film about immigration scheduled to be released in December, said a […]

the future of Blue Hole

Friday, September 14, 2007


I count myself among the local residents that have enjoyed spending time at Blue Hole*, the county-owned swimming hole in Rawley Springs. But according to WSVA, the County BoS will soon hold a public hearing “to get residents’ thoughts on the county declaring the property as surplus. Supervisor Bill Kyger says the county is struggling […]

neo-Prohibitionism in the ‘burg?

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Technically speaking, it’s legal to drink alcohol in the city. But the places you can do it, and places you’re allowed to be after you do it are few and far between. In case you missed the story in the DNR Thursday (I did, because it wasn’t online) City Council is expected to change the […]

AFP podcast

Thursday, September 13, 2007


If you want to hear me bumble on like an idiot, check out the latest Augusta Free Press podcast. I’m the second of three interviewees. The general idea is that every once in a while, Chris Graham will have me on the podcast to give an “audio digest” of some of the issues and discussions […]

Martin’s is open

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


I know that a lot of you try to avoid the big chain stores, and I’m trying to do better myself. But, I’m addicted to coupons and they sent them to me in the mail! So, I made a trip there this afternoon. I have to admit that even for the mass chaos that there […]

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