Archive | November, 2009

Local Needs Grow

Thursday, November 19, 2009

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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