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Award-Winning Parks & Recreation Projects

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation was honored by the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society this month for two projects:  First Tee® Harrisonburg and the Blacks Run Stream Bank Restoration Project.

Carrizo Backs Out Of Bergton For Now

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


The energy company that had applied to drill for natural gas in Rockingham County says it’s moving on, reports Jeremy Hunt in today’s Daily News-Record. Representatives of Carrizo Oil and Gas Co. say the company is no longer “actively pursuing” a special-use permit to explore for natural gas in Bergton.

Conservationists Warn Against Drilling in Bergton

Monday, August 30, 2010


Three Rockingham County preservation groups are warning the Board of Supervisors of the potentially hazardous effects of unregulated drilling in Bergton. State mining officials will not require emergency management plans for a proposed Marcellus Shale natural gas well near Bergton

City, County To Hold Special Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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This September, the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County public works departments will hold a “distribution event” to give city and county residents the opportunity to purchase rain barrels and compost bins at a greatly reduced rate.

Gilbert Stirs Manure Regulation Debate

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Del. Todd Gilbert fanned the flames of a debate over farmer’s rights and water quality at a Young Farmers expo in Woodstock this past weekend. The Republican delegate from Virginia’s 15th House district criticized legislators’ and regulators’ efforts to reduce farm runoff (animal manure) from the barn to the Bay.

Activity Underway at New Community Project Home

Friday, July 30, 2010

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Activity Underway at New Community Project Home

Over a month after they closed on the property, the transformation is underway at the New Community Project‘s sustainable living homestead on North Main Street in Harrisonburg. While interior renovations are waiting on professional lead and asbestos abatement services, changes are already appearing in the back yard. Though only a few weeks old green bean, lima bean […]

Wilt Leased Land for Natural Gas Exploration

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Wilt Leased Land for Natural Gas Exploration

According to documents filed at the Rockingham County Courthouse in 2008, Tony Wilt, the Republican candidate for 26th district delegate, was one of many land owners in the Bergton area who leased land to gas and oil companies for natural gas exploration.

Spokes – The Biking Movie

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Spokes – The Biking Movie

The Harrisonburg group’s trip to Davis, CA has been covered several times here on hburgnews. Paulette Moore, a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and professor at Eastern Mennonite University came on the trip to document it. On May 22, Moore’s documentary “Spokes” was shown at Court Square as part of the Bike Month movie event. Now the […]

Safe Routes to Schools

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Safe Routes to Schools

This is a continuation of a series of posts for Bike Month. Each year, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) makes available Safe Routes to School grant funding to assist “localities and schools in the development of plans, activities, and infrastructure improvements to make bicycling and walking to school a safe and appealing transportation option […]

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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.