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Brown creepers, golden crowned kinglets and tufted titmice appear for annual bird count

Bill Benish describes Brown Creepers as odd little birds and he means no disrespect.

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New director of Massanutten Regional Library likes what he sees

Since beginning his new job on Nov. 7, Zachary Elder has checked out an audio book to help pass the time on an eight-hour car ride, picked out a printed guidebook on the 50 best day hikes in the Shenandoah Valley and started taking a course to improve his Microsoft Excel skills – all from his new place of employment

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HDR receives $90,000 grant for music series; now seeks sponsors, volunteers

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance learned Tuesday from the Levitt Foundation that Harrisonburg was one of 15 localities chosen around the country for the grant, signaling the start of more hard work to make the series happen.

Flu, respiratory illness hitting central Shenandoah Valley, Virginia hard

Rockingham County Public Schools urged parents last week not to send their children to school with flu-like symptoms as cases of the virus climb across the area and region. Meanwhile, Sentara RMH is seeing more patients with flu-like and respiratory illnesses.

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Electric bills going up again because of natural gas prices; Acorn Solar goes live

Harrisonburg Electric Commission bills will increase this month because of the continuing rise in natural gas prices. This will be the third increase in 18 months, all because of natural gas prices.

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Acorn Solar set to start churning out power; Fuel prices might increase HEC bills again

Starting this week, the HEC grid could start getting energy produced at Dominion’s Acorn Drive solar plant. But so far, fewer HEC customers have signed up to get their electricity from that solar plant than the utilities’ leaders anticipated. 

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HEC looking to add subscribers to new Friendly City Solar Program

More than 150 Harrisonburg Electric Commission customers have signed up to purchase solar energy through the utility’s new Friendly City Solar Program, the HEC board learned Tuesday.

Area nonprofits struggle to fill volunteer positions even as COVID wanes

For the first time since fall 2019, the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is looking forward to a mostly normal “Day of Action” next week – but volunteers are hard to find.

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