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State environmental news roundup – September 2021

Several Southwest Virginia (SWVA) communities have received funding to support “industrial, agricultural, community development, and tourism” economic development projects to help them transition from a dependence on coal. A Cumberland Plateau Planning District commissioner echoes the value of such projects, arguing that prior efforts have a good track record.

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State environmental news roundup – August 2021

A proposed Botetourt County wind farm in missed a deadline in the approval process; the developer appealed that determination. Offshore wind (OSW) is coming to Virginia and the State Corporation Commission has opened a docket anticipating a “coming application from Dominion Energy Virginia for its massive offshore wind proposal”; a blogger discusses pros and cons. OSW is under review for the North Carolina coast; if built, some of the energy produced would be sold to the Virginia market. Area residents differ in their receptiveness to the prospect of large wind turbines offshore.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – July 2021

In local solar news, a Harrisonburg non-profit, Give Solar, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity affiliate to put solar on several newly constructed homes this year. The hope is to provide “a path to homeownership and sustainable energy” and to expand the model to other Habitat affiliates in the state.

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Community Perspective: Harrisonburg Jeepers

A contributed perspectives piece by Tom Arthur President Eisenhower called the jeep one of the four tools of victory that won World War II. (The other three were the C-47 transport aircraft, the portable bazooka, and the atomic bomb.) The jeep was used by all the allied armed forces to replace the WW1 cavalry as command …

Statewide environmental news roundup – June 2021

Dominion has approval to continue operating the Surry nuclear plant for another 20 years. Google’s Loudoun County data center will be powered by carbon-free energy for 10 years. The EPA awarded Virginia’s DEQ $300,000 to convert “brownfields” into sites producing renewable energy. Southwest Virginia solar advocates are pleased at a new contract between Appalachian Power (ApCo) and several of its jurisdictional customers that will allow them to use Power Purchase Agreement arrangements to put solar on their schools and other facilities.

Financial Insanity

Every day we move around in our communities observing and interacting with the world around us. Our brains are constantly processing and analyzing information. This is a good thing, since it generally keeps us out of trouble. Unfortunately, this constant analyzing can turn into the incessant comparing and critical judgement of others. It is hard not to look around and observe neighbors, friends, and coworkers and see what is going on in their lives. Normally this is not a problem, but if we allow ourselves to somehow feel inadequate because of it, it could lead to unhealthy changes in our own behavior.

Community Perspectives: Reflections on Vietnam in 1968

By Harold W. Smith Harold W. Smith is a participant in the Virginia War Memorial’s Mighty Pen Project and served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army. This Memorial Day, Smith has shared three of his writings with the project, saying they are some of his experiences “while in Vietnam in 1968 during the Tet Offensive, the …

Community Perspective: Has Jim Crow Returned to Harrisonburg?

A contributed perspectives piece by Dennis Askin You would think that in the 21st Century with all the educated individuals, professionals and hardworking citizens in Harrisonburg, we should have erased the racism that was so prevalent in Virginia since before the Civil War. I served in a war and my country with pride in the …

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