Archive | March, 2009

Television a right?

Monday, March 9, 2009


On today’s Morning Edition, NPR featured a story about how the digital TV switch is leaving some people in rural areas, like Bergton, in the the dark. The loss of the local television signal has some wondering whether television is a right. Locals say the only other detailed source of local news, weather and emergency […]

Harrisonburg protesters head to Farmville

Saturday, March 7, 2009


About two dozen Harrisonburg residents gathered in the parking lot near Klines in preparation to caravan to Farmville, Virginia to protest the approval of a new immigrant detention center there. The People United wants the Farmville town council to rescind their decision to allow Immigration Centers of America (ICA) to build a new facility there.

Ken Burns on SNP

Friday, March 6, 2009


Documentarian Ken Burns is in Staunton tonight to promote his upcoming documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. I interviewed him before the preview screening, which is a dual fundraiser for WVPT and the Shenandoah National Park Trust. The filmmaker-historian talked about why he made the series, his own experiences in Shenandoah National Park, […]

Taste of Downtown & International Dining Club

Friday, March 6, 2009

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As Josh, Andy, and Lisa mentioned in the comments on the Photo Tour of Downtown Restaurants post, the Taste of Downtown event is back next week on March 10-12. Downtown Harrisonburg restaurants will be offering lower-priced fare, including sampler platters. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of if there’s a restaurant you’ve been meaning […]

Twitter taking off in Harrisonburg

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


During the past several months, tens of thousands of Americans have been jumping on yet another social media bandwagon: Twitter. The number of “active users” of the microblogging service has grown 900% in the last year, according to Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone. The effect of that growth can be clearly seen in the Harrisonburg community.

The Death of Jeff White

Monday, March 2, 2009


News and rumors of Jeff White’s death have been swirling on Facebook and Twitter for about 24 hours. Most accounts I’ve seen report that the Lieutenant colonel died of heart attack during a church service in Texas yesterday. Expect a story with more details in tomorrow’s DNR. Jeff was politically active in local conservative circles. […]

Snow Day Open Thread

Monday, March 2, 2009


You know the drill. Someone has already added several snowy pics to the Flickr pool.

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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.