Author: Bridget Manley
What’s it like in D.C. today? A Harrisonburg police officer who’s part of the Va. National Guard gives us a glimpse
More than 21,500 National Guard members are deployed across Washington, D.C., to provide security for today’s presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Among their ranks is Harrisonburg Police Sgt. Scott Drugo, who is the Intelligence Officer & Gang Task Force supervisor.
For Black activists and leaders in the Valley, there’s more work the country must do toward achieving equality in America — that dream of which Martin Luther King, Jr. famously spoke. And that work continues today, as it did yesterday and will tomorrow in the far-too-slow bend toward justice.
Even when 2020 has been downright awful, there have been acts of kindness and opportunities that have bound Harrisonburg families and the community together.
Old age. Many spend life dreading it, fearing it and even fighting it. But maybe that’s the wrong approach. A collection of essays released this year argues that the later season of life can be as — or more — fulfilling and meaningful as other points.
The accident has haunted Harrisonburg resident Lori Mier her entire life. In August, she took a cross-country pilgrimage the place where it happened. Where her parents died. Where she and her sister were stranded over night. And where strangers saved her.
While any celebration has been difficult during this global pandemic, Harrisonburg’s artist co-op wasn’t about to let its 20th anniversary go unacknowledged. So its staff sought to pull it off by tapping into the same creativity and emotion used to make beautiful art.
While many voters will head to the polls Tuesday, the precincts won’t be nearly as crowded as past presidential elections now that a total of about 40 percent of Harrisonburg voters already cast ballots either at the early voting precinct at City Hall or through the mail.