Author: Bruce Stambaugh

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Terra incognita: Lessons from Harrisonburg’s Big Dig

A series of unfortunate surprises caused considerable delay to the East Main 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.

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Expanded Harrisonburg Police Auxiliary looking for a few good people

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.

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The Hub. Co-working in downtown Harrisonburg.

Federal grant ensures Skyline Literacy can continue its mission in the Valley

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.

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

Want to go behind the scenes with Valley-area first responders? There’s a podcast for that.

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.

Hidden museum holds links to Harrisonburg’s fiery past

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.

A life saved and a spontaneous act of gratitude could lead to more rescue celebrations

To say that Brad Schlabach is grateful to be alive would be a significant understatement. His wife, Jayne, takes it a little further.

“It’s a miracle,” she proclaims.

How one local restaurant decided to go green

Mr. J’s Bagels & Deli has gone green — and it has nothing to do with salads or even the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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