Archive | April, 2009

Uncharted depths for admissions

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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JMU had about 24,000 applications this year for freshman and transfer slots for 2009-1010, according to a story in the DNR. These numbers are tracked in the university’s statistical summaries. That looks like about 3,000 more applications than last year.

1918 Spanish Flu in Harrisonburg

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Today, the Department of Homeland Security identified swine flu as a public health emergency for the United States.  Between breaking news reports and news segments with medical information, attention is also turning to a forgotten chapter in American (and local) history: the 1918 “Spanish flu” which sickened half of the world’s population at the time and […]

Green Faith event

Saturday, April 25, 2009


On Saturday April 18th, about 125 people participated in an event called “Green Faith: Communities Linking Faith & Sustainability” at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Bretheren. This event was sponsored and organized by at least 10 local Mennonite USA and Church of the Bretheren congregations as well as local colleges (Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College) and […]

Vote nearer on “training center”

Friday, April 24, 2009


Opponents of a para-military training center near New Market seem to be making headway in organizing, although the Shenandoah supervisors will have the final word. (Technically, it’s called a “Corporate Training Center.” The “para-military” designation comes from residents’ suspicions about the demolition range.)

SBE task force to focus on residency requirements

Thursday, April 23, 2009


From the most recent chapter of the college student voter registration story, which gained attention last September: The State Board of Elections is forming a task force to examine the residency requirements of voters in Virginia.

Wind farm: who do you root for?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


The Forest Service recently rejected a wind farm in the George Washington National Forest, citing the need for new roads, availability of other locations, and failure to blend into the landscape. Is it a triumph for preserving green space, or a failure for creating green energy?

Harrisonburg Household Hazardous Waste

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


The first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for the year in Harrisonburg was held last weekend on April 18th. The good news is that the second HHW Collection Day will be on Saturday May 16, 2009. This event will continue to be held once a month through October on every third Saturday of the month between 8am-12noon at 2055 Berry Rd. Items brought there […]

Unidentified Body

Monday, April 20, 2009

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A man’s body was found near the WV state line on Rt. 33 on April 10. The police are investigating it as a homicide and need help identifying the body. It is believed the body had been dumped there within a month of that date. He was a young man, likely between 18 and 30 […]

WSVA 2.0?

Monday, April 20, 2009


Last year, I wrote that we were “Still waiting on WSVA’s website to join the 21st century.” Now it appears they have (using Joomla). VerStandig Broadcasting added an RSS feed to WSVA’s website, with individual URLs (permalinks) for stories, and they have enabled commenting. Streaming audio may be added next month.

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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.