Archive | August, 2008

Digg local?

Saturday, August 30, 2008


If you’re wondering why it’s been a little quiet here lately, I recently started a new job, I’m starting work on a new documentary, and I’ve been packing up to move across town. So, I probably won’t be able to devote as much time to hburgnews as I have in the past. But that might […]

Wal-Mart marketing to locavores?

Thursday, August 28, 2008


There was a story on a recent Morning Edition about Wal-Mart moving in on farmers market territory. The company is attempting to change their image by trying to appeal to environmentalists and locavores by selling local produce in their Supercenters. …the nation’s top grocery seller is highlighting its purchases of “locally grown” produce. While the […]

Obama ads on smutty 98Rock site

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


File this story under bizarre. ClickZ, an online marketing trend tracking site, reports Obama ads “showed up on an array of local Clear Channel rock radio station Web sites [including Harrisonburg’s 98Rock] featuring content some would consider inappropriate for a radio station, much less a presidential campaign.” A screenshot of features Obama’s ad alongside […]

Warner addresses Democratic National Convention

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Tuesday evening in Denver, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to provide his support for presidential candidate Barack Obama. Following a standing ovation and rhythmic chant of “Warner, Warner, Warner” from the audience, he took the podium shortly after 9:40.

Webb’s TPM interview on qik

Monday, August 25, 2008

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Sen. Jim Webb was just interviewed live at the DNC by Talking Points Memo blogger, David Kurtz via qik. Webb gave Kurtz several of his signature no-nonsense answers about the convention, but when asked how the election is shaping up in the “Appalachian region, which has been a problem for Senator Obama,” Webb only mentioned […]

Obama office in Bridgewater

Saturday, August 23, 2008


A month ago, Barack Obama’s campaign surprised some when they opened an office in downtown Harrisonburg. Today, they expanded their center of operations into the county, opening an office on Main Street in Bridgewater. Organizers expected about a dozen volunteers, but twice that many showed up to offer their services and help coordinate canvassing efforts […]

Virginia 511 upgrades

Thursday, August 21, 2008


VDOT just launched their “new and improved” 511 phone system and website for up-to-date info on wrecks and construction on the roads. I’ve used it in the past for email updates, but the interface was very web 1.0. I couldn’t get information specifically for Harrisonburg, and I didn’t care for the deluge of emails about […]

Candidate List

Thursday, August 21, 2008


This is probably old news for many people, but I’ve been looking for the Candidate List for the November 4, 2008 election so that can do some reading in advance. I had a difficult time finding it, so I wanted to share. Those interested in seeing a complete list of who’s running for council, state senate, school […]

Back to school safety

Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Back to school season has descended on the Valley and the Virginia State Police have made several suggestions for improving the safety of area children. Perhaps what is most disturbing are statistics from the 2007 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts indicating that juveniles accounted for 404 pedestrian injuries and 260 biking injuries statewide. For fatalities, seven […]

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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.