This Week in Harrisonburg: October 9, 2010

DebSF -- October 9th, 2010

A few additional local news items from this past week:

  • WHSV reports on a $2 million grant heading to the  Harrisonburg Community Health Center from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase capacity at the community health center.
  • According to AFP,  the 44th annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale held last weekend was a great success, raising over $280,00 for the worldwide relief and service program of Mennonite Central Committee and topping last year’s totals.
  • From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, October 26th, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors, in cooperation with Ver Standig Broadcasting, will host a Harrisonburg City Council Candidates Forum at the Spotswood Country Club.  It is open to the public, compliments of HRA. The forum will be broadcast live on WSVA; anchor Jim Britt will serve as moderator. The public will also have an opportunity to submit written questions for the candidates by sending them in advance to
  • Very nice piece in the  News Leader on downtown Hburg restaurant Union Station.
  • The holiday season is coming, and WHSV reports that downtown stores are getting ready, with workshops and plans for cooperative ventures.
  • If you’re not yet ready to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hannuka and Kwanza, HDR’s popular Haunted Harrisonburg walking tour will be offered nearly 20 times this October, almost doubling the number from last year.

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What did we miss? What’s happening in your neighborhood?
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5 Responses to “This Week in Harrisonburg: October 9, 2010”

  1. Thanh says:

    Both the Daily-News Record and the Augusta Free Press reported on the energy efficiency projects the City of Harrisonburg is undertaking at the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center.

    Story Links:
    – Daily-News Record:
    – Augusta Free Press:

    Also, 14th Annual Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival started on Friday October 8. This weekend long festival takes place in Stokesville, VA, 25 miles southwest of Harrisonburg, and is the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition’s biggest fundraiser each year.

    Festival Link:

  2. Harvey Yoder says:

    Here’s an upcoming event I hope will generate interest:

    This Monday, October 11, there will be a 12-1:30 forum at the Massanutten Regional Library to discuss some of the recommendations of the 2009 Governor’s Task Force on Non-Violent Offenders. Presenters will include Mr. Sherman Lea, Regional Director for Community Corrections, Western Region, Mr. Gary Wagner, Western Regional Manager, Ms. Tessie Lam, 39th District Chief Probation and Parole Officer, and Mr. Peter VanAcker, Superintendent of the Harrisonburg Diversion Center.

    The forum is free and open to the public, with a special invitation to local citizens involved in legislation, law enforcement and the court system. Cosponsors of the event include the the Fairfield Center, Gemeinschaft Home, the local chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Family Life Resource Center, Kingsway Ministries and EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

  3. DebSF says:

    I’d not been aware of the Cities in Focus series, but the one on NYC is interesting. It focuses on pedestrian spaces, fixes to the bus system (97% are very satisfied with the system), and building bike infrastructure. Politically, the sustainability angle is downplayed. They talk about making tangible, near term improvements in quality of life, safety, and bettering business conditions in the city. It’s not about doing something to save the world or because it’s the right thing to do. It’s about doing them because they make sense for the city. Over the period, they say they’ve decreased traffic fatalities 20% and increased city life expectancy by 1.7 years. “Biking is not just for the brave and the spandexed.” Video is 5.53 mins.

  4. Paul in the burg says:

    I realize this is off topic, but is anyone having trouble with Comcast this weekend. My connection stinks! I just want to do some fact checking before I go yell at some poor, unsuspecting receptionist tomorrow morning…. (kidding)

  5. Thanh says:

    Check out this wonderful PBS video about how our local Harrisonburg City Public Schools are connecting nutritious and foods from local farms to school lunches.

    Its about 5 mins long.

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