Archive | November, 2009

Local Needs Grow

Thursday, November 19, 2009


According to several recent news stories, more people are seeking food and shelter from local charities.  The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank says it is serving 90,000 people a month, compared to 70,000 a month at this time last year. Mercy House, a local shelter, reports that it is full and has a waiting list of […]

Community Impact in Cape Town

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


The dominant drug of choice among youth in Cape Town is Methamphetamine, Tik as the kids call it. They will do anything to get their hands on it and as a Mail & Guardian Online article I read stated regarding youth in Cape Town: "Most are unemployed, yet they spend an average R3 000 a month on drugs." R3000 is roughly $400 at the moment and probably a descent month’s salary in Cape Town. One of the most intriguing aspects of social change that I got to witness was the transition of the young adults (ages 15-18) and their relationship to the kids in the community (ages 7-11) as a result of the work myself and other young people from the church were doing.

EMU Fundraising for Eshleman Theater

Monday, November 16, 2009


As reported in the Staunton News Leader, Eastern Mennonite University is opening up their fundraising drive to the public for a new theater to be built in memory of Lee Eshleman, EMU alumnus and co-founder of Ted & Lee Theaterworks, who passed away in 2007.

The Murder Capital Of The World

Monday, November 16, 2009


Some of you may know that I spent the last year in Cape Town, South Africa. I went because I felt I had to, but I was hoping to make a difference. Cape Town is one of the murder capitals of the world an astounding rate of murder of 62 per 100,000 inhabitants. I had several unfortunate opportunities to experience this, but one incident really had a more lasting effect on me. My opposite neighbor was the only complete family in the community; by that I mean a family with a mother, a father and children living together. Pictured is father Randal, Rene and youngest son, Luke. One evening, Randal was asked to give someone a ride. Being the kind guy he was, he agreed and gave the man a ride. He suddenly found himself tied up in a serious Syndicate (mob) act ...

Introducing: the guest bloggers

Monday, November 16, 2009

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This is an open invitation to hburgnews readers who would like to become more active on hburgnews with minimal obligation. If you’re a writer or a local “expert” on something, we invite you to join us a guest blogger for one week (an idea stolen from my favorite blog, Boing Boing).

The Pub Owners Charged

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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Last night TV3 reported that criminal charges have been filed against the owners of The Pub. Charges against the owners of the Pub are going before a Rockingham County grand jury Monday. William Royer and his business partner, Terri Life, face three felony charges of embezzlement, one misdemeanor charge of money laundering and eight misdemeanor […]

Running For Sherry

Friday, November 13, 2009


There’s an emotionally evocative story in today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch about Sherry Anderson, the jogger who was killed by a drunk driver in a hit and run last January.

AT&T rolls out 3G in Harrisonburg

Thursday, November 12, 2009


iPhone users can rejoice. As of today, AT&T has 3G network coverage in the city and parts of Rockingham County. There has already been some buzz about it on Twitter this morning. From the official release: AT&T today announced the availability of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Harrisonburg, opening the door to […]

Low on the “Pedestrian Danger Index”

Thursday, November 12, 2009


According to a report released earlier this week by Transportation for America, the Harrisonburg metro area ranks lowest in the state on the Pedestrian Danger Index.

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  • 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.