Archive | January, 2009

Jail Study: Already Crowded, Will Get Worse Fast

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


A 2007 study by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission projects that the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail will be at more than double its capacity by the year 2025, and called for beginning the design and construction process in the 2009 session of the General Assembly, which is already underway. 

Harrisonburg Rock Lotto

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Earlier this month (January 8th) a group of musicians gathered at the Blue Nile and pulled out numbers out of a big foam cowboy hat. And so began this year’s Harrisonburg Rock Lotto! What is a Rock Lotto? A rock lotto is where a bunch of musicians from the greater metropolitan Harrisonburg area  put their names in […]

Inauguration Day Open Thread

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Post your thoughts, feelings, and hopes for the next four years.

Purcell Park Stream Restoration Begins!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


After several years of planning and hard work by many dedicated people and agencies, the Purcell Park Stream Restoration project’s groundbreaking will be held on Thursday January 29, 2009, 10AM at Purcell Park. The groundbreaking event is open to the public; everyone is invited to attend. Artist Rendering of Purcell Park in 20 years

Local Inauguration Viewing Locations

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Here are the local University locations where you can view Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, January 20 around noon: James Madison University – Grafton Stovall Theater and Festival Ballrooms Eastern Mennonite University – Common Grounds Coffee House Bridgewater College – Cole Hall Auditorium Know of others? Add them in the comments!

Lohr Proposes Midwife Legislation

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Delegate Matt Lohr has introduced two bills to the House of Delegates that may limit the practices of Certified Professional Midwives. HB 2163 is an amendment to § 54.1-2957.9. This amendment would require midwives to give informed disclosure to their clients about the risk of home delivery. The second bill, HB 2167, would require the […]

Soup & Socks, downtown Sunday

Saturday, January 17, 2009


“Soup and Socks: The Friendly City Takes the Chill Off” is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, January 18, at the Rockingham County Courthouse in downtown Harrisonburg. This event “is one of several in the Valley, according to Pam Cox, regional Shenandoah Valley coordinator for the National Day of Service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin […]

Impact of the Rosetta Stone deal

Friday, January 16, 2009


Earlier this week, the Harrisonburg City Council voted unanimously to approve the sale of the old HPD headquarters to Rosetta Stone.  What will be the effects on the city’s bottom line, and what are the potential scenarios for the future?

Setting the agenda?

Friday, January 16, 2009


Sen. Mark Obenshain’s 2009 legislative survey is up on his website. He’s asking for our “thoughts on the most critical challenges facing the Commonwealth this year.”

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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.