Archive | January, 2009

Obenshain’s ABC bill rejected

Friday, January 30, 2009


Sen. Mark Obenshain’s bill that would have privatized Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control stores was killed in the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services today. In a statement released on Facebook this evening, Obenshain said: … although we lost a skirmish today, this fight is not over. This proposal has is resonating with people across […]

Ice Bowl benefits Food Bank

Thursday, January 29, 2009

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The Annual Harrisonburg Ice Bowl takes place this weekend Saturday January 31st at Westover Park. The Parks & Recreation Winter Activity Guide (page 6) says: Join us for this annual fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and Our Community Place soup kitchen. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the BRAFB, or […]

Repost: “Sideblog” Feedback

Thursday, January 29, 2009


You may have noticed the new combined feeds, in the right sidebar of the hburgnews homepage, called the “sideblog”. I wanted to give a quick run-down of what our intentions are with the sideblog and get some feedback from you all.

Home Is Where The Vote Is

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


The issue of where college students can and should vote arose in Harrisonburg last fall, and came up again on Sen. Mark Obenshain’s recent survey: “Do you believe that college students whose primary residence is with parents or guardians out of state are entitled to register to vote in Virginia?” Now Del. John Cosgrove is […]

City farm-to-school program featured in Flavor Magazine

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


“Trista Scheuerlein recently wrote an article in the fall 2008 issue of Flavor Magazine entitled, ‘Teach (and Feed) Your Children Well.‘ The article highlights the work of Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Rappahannock County Public Schools, and other school systems efforts to utilize and serve local food and farm products in school cafeterias as part of […]

“inclement weather” open thread

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Today is the first occasion this winter for a snow day open thread. Lots of schools are closed today due to inclement weather, including HCPS and JMU. What are you seeing? Is your work/school closed? How are the roads?

Curt resigns GOP finance post

Monday, January 26, 2009


Last June, local Republican Party activist Walter Curt was appointed finance chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Today the RTD reports that he has resigned in frustration (h/t Adam Sharp). In a letter to admonished RPV chairman, Del. Jeff Frederick, Curt wrote: “Unfortunately the problems of structure, power projection, consultant interference, interpersonal difficulties, years […]

Question of the week: favorite book with a local angle

Friday, January 23, 2009


You may not feel like you have much time for reading lately, but if you did, here are some books by local authors and/or with some connection to the area:

Heartland Breach Hits Home

Thursday, January 22, 2009


It’s quite possibly the largest data breach in history: credit and debit card payment processor Heartland Payment Systems may have compromised tens of millions of transactions due to malicious software in the company’s processing network. The effect has been far-reaching, including bank customers in the Valley. John Marr and Tina and Sheena (who wanted their […]

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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.

  • 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.