Author: Charlotte Matherly
If there’s one thing to know about Bob Schurtz, it’s this: He never throws away a book. it’s this: He never throws away a book. That philosophy snowballed into Downtown Books, his legendary — albeit overflowing — bookstore on Water Street. Sitting at the front desk littered with packages, CDs and wall-to-wall books, Schurtz explained how he came to own the store 45 years ago.
Being the author of a book that the Library of Congress will showcase might sound like the ultimate honor, but that’s not how Harrisonburg writer NoNieqa Ramos defines success. Ramos views her job as something much more important: “inventing young people.”
The city schools will update textbooks and curriculum this fall to more directly acknowledge slavery and white supremacy in U.S. history — changes that a state commission had recommended last year.
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.