Archive | January, 2008

Smart Growth Symposium

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Via Scott Roger’s blog: the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association is hosting a “Smart Growth Symposium” Friday morning, February 22 at the Spotswood Country Club.

Bombay going Cajun

Thursday, January 31, 2008


I’m a fan of the lunch buffet at Bombay Courtyard on South Main, so when I read this rant on Craigslist, I called the restaurant, hoping it was false. But the owner confirmed that the operation will replace Indian cuisine with Cajun. They intend to make the switch from “Bombay Courtyard” to “Bourbon Street on […]

growth, immigrants, and the housing market

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Even though the population of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area grew almost 9 percent between 2000 and 2006 (according to the Weldon Cooper Center), it’s not helping the high end housing market, according to today’s DNR. But what about the less expensive houses? Scott Rogers has a post up on his blog about immigrants’ effect on the […]

Trees & Shrubs to improve your yard and our environment

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Each year around this time and through April (Arbor Day), a number of organizations such as the Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Department of Forestry, and local businesses sell or give out seedlings to eligible groups and individuals. This year, Turner Ashby High School’s Ecology II Class partners again with the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water […]

repeal driver fees now how?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


It’s pretty much unanimous: the “abusive driver fees” General Assembly passed last year were a bad idea. So, the Assembly made it a priority this year to undo what they had done last year. Only one problem: a 130-year-old state Supreme Court ruling prohibiting lawmakers “from ordering local courts to stop collection of fees or […]

Bridgewater Bypass

Monday, January 28, 2008


The period for public comment has ended. WSVA reports that “two build options for the road that aims to reduce traffic on Main Street and Dinkle Avenue […] have been presented, both with costs estimated above 40-million dollars. Both roads begin at Route 257 near the Rescue Squad, but join Route 42 at different points.” […]

former DNR writer charged in Oregon

Monday, January 28, 2008


From The Mail Tribune in Southern Oregon: former DNR political reporter, Andrew Scot Bolsinger, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing to face charges for first-degree rape and sodomy. According to the article, he has also “been named the defendant in a number of lawsuits involving several local businesses of which he was an owner or […]

documentary discussion group

Friday, January 25, 2008


If you’re like me, you like watching documentaries, but you want to discuss them with someone after the credits roll…

No Special Election for Commissioner?

Thursday, January 24, 2008


It had been reported there would likely be a special election for Rockingham County Commissioner of Revenue. Last November, county residents voted for deceased Commissioner Richard Connellee over challenger Ester Nizer. However, the Board of Supervisors voted 4 – 1 against holding a special election, as it would cost extra money, and likely have a […]

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