Archive | November, 2008

Relative Housing Prices and Demographic Shifts in the Valley

Friday, November 28, 2008


A handful of stories in the local media this week have reported on the continuing state and regional shifts in age-related demographics, with some interesting implications for the Shenandoah Valley.

“Delayed Green Arrow”

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Have you driven recently on Port Republic Road, East Market Street, or Main Street, tried to make a left turn at a light and wondered “did that light just skip my turn?” Then found that the green arrow turns on when the other lights turned red again? You may have even noticed the new sign […]

Stabbing on Norwood

Monday, November 24, 2008


The Harrisonburg Police Department is reporting that two men were assaulted at about 12:15 am on November 24 on Norwood St. (which is near Carlton St. off of Reservoir St.). One received “non-life-threatening lacerations”, and the other has serious injuries including stab wounds and gunshot wounds and was taken to UVA medical center. The police are just […]

Young Local Shooting Victim Dies

Friday, November 21, 2008


It has been reported by those close to Reginald LaShay “Shay” Nicholson that after being put on life support, he died of his injuries last night. 19-year-old Shay Nicholson was the victim of the November 9 Harrisonburg shooting, which took place at a party at Hunter’s Ridge Apartments near JMU. Shay Nicholson had been listed […]

This week in Harrisonburg history

Friday, November 21, 2008


1926 – After a spate over who should choose the successor to famed fire chief Al Braithwaite, the City Council removes its city-funded apparatus from Hose Company 4 and Mayor Devier tries to recruit volunteers for a new fire company.  Hose Co. 4 insists it’s keeping the building. 1927 – Following a visit by Charles […]

For the historically minded…

Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Harrisonburg Tourism has released several snippets of its promotional videos onto YouTube recently.  One of them offers a brief overview of Harrisonburg’s history while promoting local attractions like the surprisingly excellent area history museum in Dayton: It’s very professionally done, though I had to chuckle at the images near the beginning of the video.  Nothing […]

Ahoy, matey!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Who would have known that we have an expert on African pirates right here in Harrisonburg? Dr. J. Peter Pham is a professor at JMU and director of its Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Today he’s been busy, sharing his knowledge of the recent unpleasantness in Somalia with NPR and PBS’s NewsHour and […]

Harrisonburg & Dayton, Green Certified

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


In April 2008, the Virginia Municipal League (VML) introduced the Green Government Challenge at regional Go Green Virginia forums across the Commonwealth. Forty-one (41) VML-member local governments participated in the Challenge and twenty-six (26) of them obtained the 100 points or more needed to receive certification. A sample of the Green Government Challenge can be found here. The City […]

looking ahead to 2009

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Yesterday’s 11/17 RTD article  Turnout sets record, just barely notes that 74 percent of Virginia’s voters cast ballots, up from 71 percent four years ago. Of course, many more people were registered to vote this year than four years ago — 3.72 million cast ballots, about 500,000 more than in 2004. In Harrisonburg,

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    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.

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    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.