Archive | November, 2009

Smoking Ban Effective Tuesday

Monday, November 30, 2009


The law banning smoking in Virginia restaurants (that don’t have non-smoking rooms with separate ventilation systems) goes into effect tomorrow. There are two stories about the smoking ban in the DNR today. Finnigan’s Cove already has a non-smoking room with separate ventilation, so their smoking policy will remain unchanged. Jenny Jones reports that owners of […]

Soon to be gone

Friday, November 27, 2009


Nature is trying to reclaim this building along South Main Street in Harrisonburg, and teenagers with brightly colored paint tried to get it first. The construction of the Erickson Avenue Extension will finally take it before anything else can. The highway will be the building’s conclusion, but I don’t know if there’s any to be […]

Daytrip: Alamo Drafthouse, Winchester

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Guest blogger Kirsten reports on her recent stop in Winchester’s recently opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. “Who’s business plan was this?” I wondered after downing a pint of Guinness Stout and a festive Dogfish Punkin Ale. Half of me really was in awe about the idea of eating and drinking while you watched a movie, but […]

Carpool with RideShare

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Why carpool? Well, it all starts with the environmental and monetary costs of transportation. Close to 30% of greenhouse gases released in the U.S. come from transportation. The less gasoline we burn, the better it is for our atmosphere. Driving also costs money. Nationally, the average daily commute to work or school is 16 miles […]

The Grates Must Go

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


City council could vote tonight to make Harrisonburg a little more bike friendly.

Mercer Recognized For Her Help

Monday, November 23, 2009

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TV3 reports that the teacher who helped Maria Martinez through the process of postponing her voluntary deportation, was recently recognized by The Promise Group for her work. Sandra Mercer, a teacher at Harrisonburg High accepted the teaching excellence award for her efforts in supporting student Maria Martinez Diez. “I spearheaded a drive to keep her […]

The Shrinking AP

Friday, November 20, 2009


The Roanoke Times reported yesterday that “The Associated Press discharged an undisclosed number of news employees Tuesday, and their ranks included Sue Lindsey, a veteran journalist who has been the correspondent for the AP’s Roanoke bureau since 2005.” Lindsey covered the greater Roanoke/Shenandoah Valley area. Lindsey said she did not know what the AP intends […]

Rain Barrels

Friday, November 20, 2009


Do you know how much rain water can be collected off a 800 sq. ft. roof top during a 1-inch rainfall event? Answer: 500 gallons! And Harrisonburg receives an average of 36-inches per year which means the 800 sq. ft. rooftop has the potential to collect 18,000 gallons of water per year! Rain barrels are […]

Lasting Change in South Africa

Friday, November 20, 2009


A wonderful story for me was working with a project called TLC. The lady that started, Colleen Pietersen is an incredibly energetic and encouraging lady. She had a beautiful mansion in South Africa which she sold and used the money to purchase farm land for multiple projects serving the communities of Cape Town. She allows people to live on the land and provides food and shelter for many. She offers events as often as she gets donations to encourage individuals (women’s days, children’s event days, etc) in the community. She offers basic education for those that can’t afford school. I had the unique opportunity to spend time with her and get to know her heart for the community.

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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.