Guest blogger Alex sifts through a new report on health rankings in Virginia. Rockingham County ranks 18 in overall health statewide out of 132 ranked counties and incorporated cities, according to the County Health Rankings project, based at the University of Wisconsin, with Shenandoah County coming in at 24, Harrisonburg at 33, Augusta County at […]
Guest blogger Andrew chronicles his happy hour quest in downtown Harrisonburg. Photos by Randy Lowery Value: relative worth, utility, or importance (Merriam-Webster) So I’ve resorted to the hackneyed open-my-essay-with-a-dictionary-definition trick. But there’s a reason: serious confusion has come to surround the word “value.” People use it when they mean “cheap.” (Much like people seem to […]
Guest blogger Kirsten reports on her recent stop in Winchester’s recently opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. “Who’s business plan was this?” I wondered after downing a pint of Guinness Stout and a festive Dogfish Punkin Ale. Half of me really was in awe about the idea of eating and drinking while you watched a movie, but […]
A wonderful story for me was working with a project called TLC. The lady that started, Colleen Pietersen is an incredibly energetic and encouraging lady. She had a beautiful mansion in South Africa which she sold and used the money to purchase farm land for multiple projects serving the communities of Cape Town. She allows people to live on the land and provides food and shelter for many.
She offers events as often as she gets donations to encourage individuals (women’s days, children’s event days, etc) in the community. She offers basic education for those that can’t afford school.
I had the unique opportunity to spend time with her and get to know her heart for the community.
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.
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 ...
It’s rare that on opening night a new restaurant has all its ducks in a row, but Local Chop and Grill House does. Restaurateurs Craig and Bert Moore, the original owners of the Joshua Wilton House and partners in Cally’s, have jumped back into the business after a five-year absence with another excellent downtown dining […]