Dappled Things

Surely this is the most pleasant environment for walking: a shifting patchwork of brightness and dimness, a quilt of light.


Reed, Dent and Nasser Alsaadun win council primary, while Chris Jones is out

Mayor Deanna Reed and Vice Mayor Laura Dent cruised to secure two of the three Democratic nominations for city council, while newcomer Nasser A. Alsaadun won the third spot in the November general election.


Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

A sign saying "we have moved" outside an old, stately white house.

Quilt museum leaves downtown Harrisonburg, and city looks to use its historic building

Downtown Harrisonburg bid goodbye to the Virginia Quilt Museum on Saturday, as it moved five miles down the road to Silver Lake Mill in Dayton and prepares to reopen June 29.


The Musical City

The June heat brings changes to the soundscape of the city. Winter is muffled and still; summer is loud, crackling, brash, and tuneful.


City aims to keep tobacco and vape shops 1,000 feet from schools and daycares

A new measure will prevent tobacco, smoke and vape shops from opening within 1,000 feet of Harrisonburg daycare centers or public and private schools.

Foodie Q&A: Wesley Engelbrecht of Sage Bird Ciderworks 

I grew up in Northern Virginia, specifically in the Chantilly-ish area. We ate a lot of home cooked meals from my mom. In early high school, I wanted to be a chef and own a restaurant. I ended up changing that career path and I went more into science and math for my undergraduate at James Madison University.

People at a table with microphones talking

RCPS board opts to leave Virginia School Board Assoc. for more conservative group

The Rockingham County School Board will leave the well-established Virginia School Boards Association in favor of a newer, more conservative group.

Scalpel … forceps … robot? Sentara RMH embraces robot-assisted knee surgeries

No, robots aren’t doing knee joint replacement surgery at Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center — but they are helping, Dr. Mark Williams told a crowd at a seminar earlier this spring. 

Work in Progress

There is a house in my neighborhood we call Finnegans Wake, after James Joyce’s famously dense, fantastically challenging novel. During his many years of writing this book, Joyce called his manuscript Work in Progress—a name that suits my neighbor’s unpredictable, chaotic residence.

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