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Pilgrim’s Pride Reemerges

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Pilgrim’s Pride, the poultry processing corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy over a year ago, reorganized and reemerged from bankruptcy this week.

Blockbuster To Close

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


The franchise company that owns the Harrisonburg Blockbuster has filed for bankruptcy, and the local video rental store will close January 3, according to today’s DNR (I first found out about the closure from Josh, who was using the hburgnews hashtag on Twitter). Whether you view it as a sign of a bad economy, or […]

Greening Your Thumb: Wholistic Gardening from Seed to Table

Sunday, December 6, 2009


As most people have been cleaning up their gardens this fall, about 30 people have been participating in a 5-week course to learn how to create gardens and how to eat sustainably titled “Greening Your Thumb: Wholistic Gardening from Seed to Table.”  The course is being taught by Beth Schermerhorn, Adam Campbell, and Soula Pefkaros of New Community Project and meets once a week for […]

Richest Counties in the U.S.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Virgina has some of the richest counties in the U.S. The Huffington Post reports that, “among the fifteen most affluent communities, nearly half were located in Virginia and Maryland and were located in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.” While not among the top in the country, Rockingham County came out ahead of Harrisonburg. WSVA reports: […]

Carpool with RideShare

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Why carpool? Well, it all starts with the environmental and monetary costs of transportation. Close to 30% of greenhouse gases released in the U.S. come from transportation. The less gasoline we burn, the better it is for our atmosphere. Driving also costs money. Nationally, the average daily commute to work or school is 16 miles […]

The Shrinking AP

Friday, November 20, 2009


The Roanoke Times reported yesterday that “The Associated Press discharged an undisclosed number of news employees Tuesday, and their ranks included Sue Lindsey, a veteran journalist who has been the correspondent for the AP’s Roanoke bureau since 2005.” Lindsey covered the greater Roanoke/Shenandoah Valley area. Lindsey said she did not know what the AP intends […]

Candidates on Buying Local

Monday, November 2, 2009

Comments Off on Candidates on Buying Local reader Anne Nielsen surveyed all the House of Delegates candidates running in any part of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County (on behalf of the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley). See part one of this series here. Below are the results to the third and final question from her survey; What is your interest in […]

Valley Candidates on Alt Energy

Saturday, October 31, 2009

1 Comment reader Anne Nielsen surveyed all the House of Delegates candidates running in any part of Rockingham County (on behalf of the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley). She compiled replies to a 3-question sustainability survey, with complete answers from three of the four Democratic Party candidates for the House of Delegates. Anne says that […]

In “Recovery”

Monday, October 19, 2009


Your unemployed and underemployed friends will be so relieved to know that Harrisonburg’ economy is in “recovery.” According to MSNBC and Moody’s, local employment growth ranks 25 (first quintile) out of 392 (story via WSVA). Harrisonburg Economic Outlook

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  • Friendly City Grand Opening Set for July 9

    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.