Interested in chess in Harrisonburg? Here’s your opening.
In an age of seemingly online everything, Harrisonburg’s local chess club continues to attract new members — and strong competition — in part because many of the players prefer playing their opponent across the table rather than across cyberspace. And at the Harrisonburg Chess Club, which has been a fixture in the city since about 1985, that competition is friendly and recreational with casual instruction mixed in, but also can be intense with some well-established experts among its regulars.
When you take a hike, bring a notebook — and other experts’ advice about better understanding the Valley this spring and summer
Don’t just stop to smell the flowers when you’re on your next hike — sketch them. That’s what Nichole Barrows does. (This and other audio stories through the Shenandoah Valley Ever Green project outline advice and expertise about the natural systems at work in the Valley this spring and summer.)
Community Perspective: Can you replace your car with an ebike in Harrisonburg? Possibly.
A contributed perspectives piece by Brent Finnegan I was two-thirds of the way up the hill on Paul Street headed toward Ott when I couldn’t pedal any farther. I dismounted my bike and commenced the walk of shame up the remainder of the hill. When I reached the summit of Old Town hill I waited …
Statewide environmental news roundup – May 2023
Dominion issued its latest long-range Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Governor Youngkin announced that the 2023 IRP “validates [his] energy plan released in October 2022….” The plan calls for “new gas plants [and] advanced nuclear [that Dominion said] will be needed to meet soaring demand.” “Renewables alone aren’t expected to meet a projected increase in demand for electricity in the coming decades, Dominion … said in [its] … filing …. That means the state’s largest electric utility may seek to keep most of its existing power stations online for decades to come and seek to build additional small natural gas and nuclear units.”
New Rockingham County superintendent: ‘We can inspire our students to dream big’
After Rockingham County School Board members interviewed superintendent candidates from as far away as Alaska, they ultimately selected someone close to home to be the district’s next leader.
This article was written by a real person, but the presentation the reporter covered used AI
When Chris O’Brien prepared his presentation on artificial intelligence and automation for attendees at this week’s Valley TechCon.23 conference, he turned to ChatGPT to determine what information he should include, which reduced the time he would’ve spent researching and using search engines.
Speed cameras to go up in road construction and school zones; Council approves new budget
New speed monitoring cameras aimed at protecting the safety of road construction workers and children will pop up in construction zones and school zones across the city next month now that the city council unanimously approved a new ordinance Tuesday night.
New mural adds fun, color to Explore More Museum’s 20th anniversary — and downtown
Frankie Leech said her dad and his co-worker did a pretty good job painting a mural on the outside of Explore More Discovery Museum, but that’s not all.
New safety features on the horizon for Harrisonburg High
Harrisonburg High School is slated to try a new monitoring system that uses artificial intelligence to recognize weapons in hopes of preventing a school shooting and reducing police response times.