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Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Author: Chase Downey

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Mercy House’s Timberville location feeds into organization’s short- and long-term plans

Mercy House moved its second thrift store from University Boulevard to Timberville as part of the organization’s long-term strategy to offer affordable housing.

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For graduates, it’s been tough. It’s been ‘weird.’ But it’s been ‘wonderful.’

This year, several contributors to The Citizen have been upper-level JMU students, who will graduate Friday as part of the class of 2021. They have weathered more than a year of social distancing, online classes and the constant threat of getting sick. So, we asked them to reflect on what it was like to finish college under the pandemic’s cloud, how they’ve been challenged, in what ways this has changed them and what they’re thinking about as they prepare to walk across the stage.

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How a Harrisonburg High School robot became a star

The robotics team at the Harrisonburg High School Governor’s STEM Academy has been racking up wins and awards at competitions this year with its fully mobile, agile and ring-tossing robot. Here’s how the team did it.

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Igloos, take-out and space heaters: How some Hburg restaurants survived COVID winter

After relying on outdoor spaces and reduced seating to stay open during the pandemic, many local restaurants and bars didn’t hibernate during the winter, but opted to innovate.

EMU hopes two-week delay and ‘COVID Commitments’ will keep classes on campus

Even after a false start of trying to open last month and James Madison University’s shift to at least a month of mostly online classes, Eastern Mennonite University has brought students back to classes, and campus leaders hope they can remain in person.

Video story: Magpie finds silver lining in pandemic’s black cloud

Magpie Diner is one of several new businesses that has opened in Harrisonburg since the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic this year. And while it’s added a whole new level of difficulty to the already steep challenge of opening and running a business, Magpie so far has thrived, its owners say.

Sage Bird Ciderworks pressed on amid the pandemic and plans to open this week

For many, the start of the pandemic meant occupying their time and learning new hobbies. But for Zach and Amberlee Carlson, it meant turning their hobby into a business: Sage Bird Ciderworks, which is scheduled to open this week.

After relocating and amid a pandemic, there is ‘Hope’

Mehretu Tekle dreamed of opening Hope Eritrean and Ethiopian Restaurant as a place of unity for the Harrisonburg community, where people could enjoy music and authentic food from the eastern African nations. All that was about to become a reality, but the COVID-19 pandemic put at least part of Tekle’s dream on hold.

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