Author: Eric Gorton

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HEC bills rise again as natural gas prices continue climb; SVEC also raises rates

For the second time in six months, rising natural gas prices have prompted the Harrisonburg Electric Commission to increase the fuel charges on each customer’s bill.

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Energy-saving upgrades at Black Heritage Project to cut electric bills, promote cultural awareness

The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project should see significantly reduced electricity bills once renovations to its building on Hill Street are complete sometime this summer.

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Proposed development would address shortages for low-income home buyers, renters

The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) is hoping to address a shortage of affordable housing for low-income and first-time homebuyers with a new development off Erickson Avenue and Garbers Church Road, across from Harrisonburg High School.

Veterinarian’s suspension cuts into already-short supply of pet doctors

When Harrisonburg veterinarian Ayman Salem had his medical license suspended on March 22, an already short supply of pet doctors grew even shorter.

HEC announces plan to sell solar energy from Acorn Drive plant

Energy from the sun will be available to residential customers of the Harrisonburg Electric Commission sometime this summer, albeit at a little higher cost than energy from the grid, according to details published on the HEC website.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance earns accolades for response during pandemic

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has received two state honors through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s annual awards program, including an “MVP” award for its response to help small businesses through the pandemic.

With $600,000 grant, city fire dept to start community paramedicine program

In Lexington, Kentucky, ambulance calls have decreased almost 7% since the city implemented a community paramedicine program in 2018, according to a recent story in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia hopes to see similar results locally when the city fire department launches its own program sometime in the coming year.

Harrisonburg mental health expert keeping eye on rollout of behavioral crisis response system

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County will reap the benefits of learning from others when the time comes to roll out new, state-mandated protocols for addressing emergencies involving behavioral health.

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