Archive | March, 2010

The Pub Shutting Down?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


The Pub (formerly Alston’s Pub on Deyerle) is reportedly closing its doors. A story in today’s Daily News Record states two employees have confirmed the establishment is closing today, while the owners declined to comment.

McDonnell Promotes Crescent Corridor

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Bob McDonnell was one of five governors to sign an open letter published in the Washington Post last week, requesting federal funding for a massive rail alternative that aims to reduce truck traffic on I-81. As much as 40 percent of the traffic on Interstate 81 in Virginia is made up of trucks on a […]

Gearing up for cycling

Sunday, March 28, 2010


The experiences of the recent Hburg group working trip to Davis, San Francisco and Sacramento have been covered by Hburg News here and here; local news stories also appeared on WHSV and the DNR (paywalled). The group brought back invaluable information about ways to develop and retrofit bike infrastructure, from segregated bike lanes and sharrows […]

Up for the Count?

Saturday, March 27, 2010


This site provides an interactive way to check on current local census participation rates down to the city and county levels.  Census numbers determine allocation of General assembly and Congressional district seats, as well as the distribution of federal funding.  Interesting that city participation rates lag those of the county.

Irish Pub Coming to Court Square

Friday, March 26, 2010


Colm McCormack and and his business partner, William Benson, had to watch St. Patrick’s Day come and go without celebrating it in their own Irish pub in Harrisonburg. “We just couldn’t find the right building,” McCormack explains. “It was heartbreaking, but we did have to let St. Patrick’s Day slip. But it’s coming again next […]

Degner Announces Run for Lohr’s Seat

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Mayor Kai Degner “unofficially” announced he is running for the Democratic Party nomination in the 26th district of the House of Delegates. According to his website, an event officially announcing the campaign will be held next week. After much consideration and many humbling pledges of support, I have elected to pursue the unexpected opening for […]

Wilt Running for Delegate

Thursday, March 25, 2010


The Daily News-Record reports that Tony Wilt of Broadway “will formally announce his candidacy for the special election for the 26th House District today.” Wilt would be running for the Republican nomination. Last week, Del. Matt Lohr announced he would vacate his seat to become Commissioner of VDACS. Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to announce […]

MACRoCk 2010: Laying the Foundation for the Future

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The weekend of April 2-3 marks the return of MACRoCk, Harrisonburg's own indie music festival, to downtown. As MACRoCk celebrates its 13th year (its third downtown) the event's steering committee looks to position the festival for future success.

Jost: HCR Bill “A Step In The Right Direction”

Monday, March 22, 2010


Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past month, you know that last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed a monumental and controversial healthcare reform package. I emailed Harrisonburg resident and nationally-renown healthcare reform expert, Timothy Jost, to get his take on the historic bill.

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