Archive | December, 2008

Kai to be elected Mayor

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


The Daily News Record is reporting that “our” (former hburgnews blogger) Kai Degner has expressed interest in the mayorship, and that the now-democrat-majority City Council is expected to back him. DNR’s Jeff Mellott called the new Council members and found that Kai has enough votes to get it. The official vote is on Friday, so […]

HburgNews – 2008 in Review

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


As 2008 comes to a close, let’s spend New Year’s Eve looking back at our year of news. HburgNews had about 463 posts this year, which averages to about 9 per week. Though Brent took a break as lead poster and handed over the reigns in November, he still wrote over 70% of the articles […]

what to do with christmas trees

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Now that Christmas is over, many of you with Christmas trees might be wondering what options you have for disposing of them.

Workforce Development in the Valley

Saturday, December 27, 2008


UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Development has just released a report projecting job growth statewide and the relevant educational requirements VA will need to provide to meet that growth. With both state and local unemployment rates steadily rising, it’s timely and useful; at just 2 pages the report is packed with info.  Some takeaways […]

Noose Bill Already Controversial

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Sen. Mark Obenshain’s “noose bill” hasn’t even been introduced in the state Senate yet, but it’s already being supported and criticized by Virginians from across the political spectrum.

pubcasting feels the pinch

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


More bad news from the public broadcasting industry in a souring economy: stations across the country are laying off employees, and WMRA posted “a more urgent request than the usual public radio fundraising message.”


Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Tis the season for, among other things, renewing Freedom of Information requests for the coming year. If you want to be informed of meetings, you need to tell the public body once a year that you want to begin or continue receiving notice.

Goodlatte’s Committee Swap

Monday, December 22, 2008


Rep. Bob Goodlatte has to step down from his long-held position as ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee because he has maxed out his term limit for that position. But he’s about to become the second most powerful Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. Among other things, that committee handles legislation relating to crime, […]

Blue Ridge Permaculture Institute

Sunday, December 21, 2008


The Blue Ridge Permanculture Insitute will be hosting a 5 weekend, 72-hour course in permaculture this Spring: Sustainability Strategies for the Blue Ridge: Permaculture Trainings in Charlottesville, VA with Ted Butchart, Christine Gyovai, Dave Jacke, Dave O’Neill and Joel Salatin. Dates: Feb. 13-15, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, Mar. 14-15, Mar. 27-29, and Apr. 4-5, 2009.

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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.