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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 […]

K – 12 State Budget Cuts Imminent

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Senators Mark Obenshain and Emmett Hanger, and Del. Matt Lohr met with local officials and school administrators yesterday about the likelihood of state budget cuts for K – 12 education in January. The probability is high.

JMU to Host Virtual Fashion Show

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


JMU’s recently publicized virtual campus, launched in the online virtual world of Second Life, is hosting a virtual fashion show and open house “in an effort to introduce local and global community members to JMU’s virtual campus.”  The show will start at 4:00pm on Friday, December 4th Thursday, December 3rd, in Second Life.

Mercer Recognized For Her Help

Monday, November 23, 2009

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TV3 reports that the teacher who helped Maria Martinez through the process of postponing her voluntary deportation, was recently recognized by The Promise Group for her work. Sandra Mercer, a teacher at Harrisonburg High accepted the teaching excellence award for her efforts in supporting student Maria Martinez Diez. “I spearheaded a drive to keep her […]

Rain Barrels

Friday, November 20, 2009


Do you know how much rain water can be collected off a 800 sq. ft. roof top during a 1-inch rainfall event? Answer: 500 gallons! And Harrisonburg receives an average of 36-inches per year which means the 800 sq. ft. rooftop has the potential to collect 18,000 gallons of water per year! Rain barrels are […]

Racial Tension at BHS

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


There’s a story in today’s DNR about the ongoing confederate flag kerfuffle/racial riot shockwaves at my alma mater, Broadway High. Jenny Jones reports that at last night’s school board meeting, two parents (flanked by a dozen supporters) raised the issues of dress code and student safety.

Ford to Retire

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


From WSVA: Dr. Donald Ford has informed the School Board of his intention to retire as superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 school year.

DoE: LEP has lowest graduation rate

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Earlier this week the Virginia Department of Education released the state graduation “on-time” rates for the class of 2009. The numbers for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students in Harrisonburg was low.

Cycling & Pedestrian Awareness Week

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


This week, September 13-20, is Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness week reminding bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists that collisions can be reduced and even prevented in many instances by knowing the law and following guidelines.

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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.