Archive | January, 2010

Obenshain, Hanger Co-sponsor “Umbilical Bill”

Thursday, January 21, 2010


State Senators Mark Obenshain and Emmett Hanger have co-sponsored a bill in Richmond that defines “independent and separate existence” of an infant regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut.

BRCC Haiti Group Gets Post Coverage

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


The Washington Post has an article today about a group of two Blue Ridge Community College students and two college employees who were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. The students…held a news conference Tuesday at their school, south of Harrisonburg, to describe how they survived the Haitian earthquake and made it home. […]

Lohr To Chair Ag Subcommittee

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Del. Matt Lohr has been appointed Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Agriculture in Richmond. WSVA reports: As Chair, Lohr will be responsible for setting the legislative agenda for issues that relate to agriculture, chairing all meetings, and directing the proposed legislation [for the state of Virginia].

RMH Receives Grant To Heat Water With Methane

Friday, January 15, 2010


Yesterday outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine announced $10 Million in funds for the Biomass Energy Grant Program in Virginia. Some of those funds are headed to Harrisonburg.

Old Dominion Coffee Co. Closing

Friday, January 15, 2010


A commenter in the Pennybackers discussion wrote, “ODCC will be closing January 18th according to a sign on the door.” Sure enough, there is a sign on the door. I asked someone behind the counter, and they confirmed it. Old Dominion Coffee Company will be closing its doors next week. This is the second small […]


Thursday, January 14, 2010


A new sandwich shop, Pennybackers, opened on Water Street in downtown Harrisonburg last week. Most items on their menu are “lunchy” things like salads and sandwiches under $8. If you’ve visited, share your thoughts below. Why “Pennybackers?” Their menu says: This building at 14 East Water Street dates back to the 1850s and has historically […]

General Assembly In Session

Thursday, January 14, 2010


General Assembly is back in session in Richmond, and Sen. Mark Obenshain and Del. Matt Lohr have introduced some familiar-looking bills. For Lohr, his HB393 abortion clinic bill looks an awful lot like 2008’s HB894. Obenshain is still working to redefine the triggerman rule, which Kaine vetoed more than once, but McDonnell will likely sign […]

HPD: Fewer Burglaries in 09

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


The HPD says there were 26 percent fewer (reported) burglaries in Harrisonburg in 2009 than in 2008. Here are the numbers they announced today: 2007 –- 264 burglaries 2008 –- 254 burglaries 2009 –- 187 burglaries.

Midtowne Market To Close?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Midtowne Market is closing. The locally-owned convenience store opened in January 2007, and was mentioned in several posts here. David Miller, a former hburgnews contributor is part-owner. I, for one, will miss it. Photo by Renee via the hburgnews Flickr pool. UPDATE: I have learned there is a group working on plans to keep Mindtowne […]

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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.