Author: Bruce Stambaugh
At first, I did a double-take. My wife and I had just turned the corner from Rawley Pike south onto Erickson Avenue, just west of Harrisonburg on Sunday. As we passed the Word Ministries Christian Church entrance, I noticed two large birds to my left, south of the church.Both birds furiously flapped their wings. But there was something extraordinary about what we were seeing.
Comforters are aptly named. They comfort their makers, the givers, and those who receive them. That’s what makes them so appealing, so magical, so comforting, pun intended.
What goes up must come down. That old axiom recently proved to be true for six Eastern Mennonite University engineering students. Only the results weren’t quite what they expected.
A series of unfortunate surprises caused considerable delay to the East Market Street construction project, ranging from extensive rock just below the old asphalt to an unexpectedly shallow gas main laid atop an old sewer line, not to mention some abandoned coal chutes and an improperly installed telecommunications duct bank.
The Harrisonburg Police Department has a new Wanted list featuring zero people suspected of committing crimes. Rather, after a recent ordinance amendment by city council, the police auxiliary is expanding from 25 to 35 officers.
A single phone call made all the difference for Skyline Literacy and the educational programs they provide. The non-profit organization, headquartered in Harrisonburg, which focuses on providing instruction for literacy skills and assisting legal immigrants in applying for U.S. citizenship, recently was awarded a $250,000 grant.
Inspired by one of the worst fires in this area in recent years, a veteran Harrisonburg firefighter has created a podcast aimed at clearing up some of the misconceptions about emergency services and allowing first responders tell their first-hand stories.
Although it was never his title or in his job description, Larry Shifflett was — and still is — a teacher with a heavy emphasis on local history. Shifflett headed the city’s fire department from 1983 to 2016, longer than any other city chief and, along the way, unintentially built a museum.