Archive | February, 2009

Photo Tour of Downtown Restaurants

Saturday, February 28, 2009


Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has posted a set of pictures on Flickr that take you on a tour of many of Harrisonburg’s downtown eating options. (found via the “Ask Eddie” blog) Check it out here: Downtown Dining Hint: Click the button in the lower right to go Full Screen, and click “Show Info” at the top […]

Times Hard Enough to Close Stone Spring for a Year?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


At last night’s City Council meeting,  councilwoman Carolyn Frank offered the possibility of closing Stone Spring Elementary for a year as a cost-cutting measure intended to help the school board slice an estimated $2.4 million dollars from it’s budget, according to WHSV.  Stone Spring Elementary has the lowest enrollment of any of Harrisonburg’s eight public […]

H’burg “among the highest poverty rates” in Virginia

Monday, February 23, 2009


A story on TV3’s website reported, “Harrisonburg alone has an unemployment rate of over 25 percent. By year-end, more than 200,000 more people could be living in poverty.” I can only assume that the 200k number is for the state — there are only roughly 120,000 in the Harrisonburg metro area — but the 25 […]

If someone says it’s “too good to be true”…

Saturday, February 21, 2009


As reported by WHSV, a widely advertised “emergency liquidation sale” at Augusta Expoland this weekend has customers complaining.  Some customers are upset about the unadvertised $7 entry fee, while others say the sale doesn’t include the products advertised. The show’s organizer, Aroma Senses LLC, has been the subject of numerous complaints on as well […]

Midwives Alliance “on board” with regs

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


When Del. Matt Lohr introduced his midwife regulation bill, it was initially met by opposition from midwives, and stirred controversy on hburgnews. But a story in yesterday’s NVDaily reports: Lohr said the bill is motivated by a desire to protect mothers and children, and was brought to him by Dr. Catherine Slusher, an obstetrician and […]

Get a Piece of the Stimulus Package Pie

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


The Commonwealth of Virginia has provided a website where “citizens, groups, localities, and others” can request funding from Virginia’s portion of the federal stimulus package. From the site: Virginia is working to ensure the interests of the Commonwealth’s citizens are well represented in the federal economic stimulus package. The Virginia Stimulus website is a forum for […]

Better Models for Development nominations

Monday, February 16, 2009


The Valley Conservation Council (VCC) is currently seeking nominations for their annual Better Models for Development Awards.  The awards “recognize new development projects that best add to our region’s quality of life, environmentally as well as economically.” VCC’s Six Principles for Better Development are:

Erickson Avenue/Stone Spring Road begins!

Sunday, February 15, 2009


The City’s long anticipated Erickson Avenue/ Stone Spring Road Project began on February 9. On February 10, Public Works staff gave a presentation to City Council providing descriptions of each project phase, updates on cost and funding, and anticipated impacts to traffic during Phase I of construction.

Visiting Artisan Series

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing the work of Jon Gehman at the Hardesty-Higgins House. Harrisonburg Tourism’s calendar says that Jon Gehman specializes ” in pen and ink drawings of old barns, race cars, weird bugs (real and imagined) and anything else that would appeal to your creative nature.” He also does architectual renderings and models, […]

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