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City’s estimated population falls for second consecutive year, thanks to the economy

One year’s slight population decline could be a blip. But two years in a row – as is now the case in Harrisonburg, according to the Weldon Cooper Center – looks more like a trend.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, our daughter wants to protest climate change. Should we let her skip school to do it?

Dear Elderly Aunt, Our 6th grader and 3rd grader have become increasingly interested in the environment and trying to stop climate change. They’ve been especially inspired by Greta Thunberg. Now our 6th grade daughter has suggested skipping school to protest climate change like Greta did. We’ve tried to steer her toward other actions, like writing letters and making posters. What kind of strategies would you suggest that would be effective ways for young students like her to send a message … without missing school to do it? — Proud Parents

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Community perspective: Harrisonburg as a playwriting center

Harrisonburg has inspired a surprising number of playwrights, TV and screen writers in Hollywood and New York City. The story began with JMU’s first playwrighting course taught in 1975, when Professor Roger Allen Hall joined the faculty of the new theatre program. Just four years later his student Phoef Sutton won the first National Norman Lear Comedy Award for his play “The Pendragon Institute.”

Redistricting. Bonds. And its name. Your guide to what comes next with the new high school

The shovels — both ceremonial and actual — have broken ground at the future site of Harrisonburg’s second high school, which is slated to open in fall 2022. But there are still major decisions ahead. How will students be divided between the two schools? How will the district navigate its programming focuses, with one school geared towards STEM and the other towards fine arts? And how will the new school arrive at a new name?

City public schools receives nutrition award for second year in a row

As is the case in many communities across the country, food security for students and their families is a growing concern for Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Last November, the division was recognized with an award from the No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign for the second year in a row.

More historic preservation? Alternative sites? Residents suggest ways to protect Denton building

With Rockingham County floating plans to purchase and potentially raze the old Denton building in downtown Harrisonburg, now is the time to consider a historic preservation ordinance to protect buildings and neighborhoods from destruction, the head of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance said Tuesday.

Mostly in their own words: After traveling the world, Barbara Camph finds an OASIS in Harrisonburg

In a new occasional series focused on the people who make Harrisonburg special, contributor Martha Woodroof introduces us to Barbara Camph, an ebulliently creative person of a certain age with purple hair and an infectious laugh.

In anticipation of MLK Day, gathering expresses hope for racial healing

By Kyle Kirby, contributor On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, politicians, filmmakers, churchgoers, students, and local citizens gathered at the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center in the name of racial justice and healing.  Sunday’s “Reality of Hope” event, organized by the Northeast Neighborhood Association, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), and Bethel African …

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