COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Author: Bridget Manley

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Summer events will be booming (even if city’s July 4th fireworks won’t be)

While the usual Friendly City Fourth of July event and fireworks display in Harrisonburg are cancelled for the second consecutive year, other annual festivities will return this summer. Here’s The Citizen’s guide to major events and festivals.

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Area groups work to help vulnerable populations get vaccinated

While COVID-19 vaccinations have become widely available, several Harrisonburg organizations have stepped up efforts to help people in vulnerable communities — including immigrants and refugees, as well as those experiencing homelessness — overcome hurdles to get vaccinated.

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Newly-hired police chief pledges ‘partnership’ between HPD and community

Harrisonburg city leaders hired Kelley D. Warner, a deputy chief from a Pennsylvania police force, to be the first woman to serve as Harrisonburg’s police chief.

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As guidelines change, more Harrisonburg playgrounds and park amenities reopen … but not all of them

The start of summer 2021 might not look like “normal” at parks around Harrisonburg, but city officials say more amenities are reopening. And playgrounds and pools, though not as crowded as they once were, will start to resemble pre-pandemic operations.

Rosetta Stone employees say they were blindsided by massive layoffs

The sweeping layoffs and gutting of the iconic Harrisonburg firm Rosetta Stone began Tuesday with a mandatory company-wide Zoom meeting. By the end, whole teams of people learned they would no longer have jobs.

Lucy Simms historic marker is part of an effort to reflect more of Virginia’s past

A historical marker will go up in front of the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center later this year as one of 16 new historical markers approved for 2021 — signs meant to show more about Virginia’s history than battlefields and presidential birthplaces.

Little Pantry aims to help others stock up

At the Singers Glen recycling center sits an unassuming cabinet next to the bins full of cardboard and newspapers.

JMU honors five people with new building names

On Monday, Feb. 19, the JMU Board of Visitors voted unanimously to permanently change the names of three buildings once named for Confederate officers, closing a chapter in the school’s history and advancing toward its goal of a more inclusive, welcoming and diverse campus.

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