COVID-19 vaccines given to residents of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County population that is fully vaccinated

Author: Eric Gorton

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Area delegates say strong economy key to helping vulnerable residents

At a virtual town hall held just prior to the start of the 2021 General Assembly session, two area delegates told local nonprofit service providers that a strong economy holds the key to resolving economic challenges facing many in the community – including improved employment opportunities, a dearth of affordable housing, child care availability, food insecurity and more.

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Pandemic intensifies struggle for Shenandoah Valley’s working poor, survey shows

Families who live paycheck to paycheck are having the hardest time making it through the pandemic, according to a recent United Way survey seeking insight into the pandemic’s impact on Shenandoah Valley families.

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City’s pursuit of clean energy sets ambitious goals, raises some questions

While formally calling for a transition to 100% clean electricity in 15 years, the city council has placed Harrisonburg in the middle of an ongoing debate over how electric utilities can move away from power sources that burn gasses contributing to global warming.

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On the cusp of retirement, Chamber of Commerce president reflects on career

Soon after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1979, Frank Tamberrino left Virginia for Florida, leaving mid-Atlantic winters in the rearview mirror. He spent the next 20 years working in several chamber of commerce and economic development positions along Florida’s Gulf Coast before a decade-long stint in Columbia, Tenn., about 50 miles south of Nashville. And then, in 2009, it was back to bitter north country to run the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

Shoppers visit downtown retailers for Small Business Saturday

Heather Brown has done some Christmas shopping online this year, but on Saturday she was among the steady stream of shoppers who visited Harrisonburg’s downtown stores and restaurants. Brown, of Harrisonburg, said she was not aware it was Small Business Saturday, but wanted to support the local businesses just the same.

Apartments, retail stores may replace shuttered Regal Cinema property

Coming soon to a theater near you: apartments, restaurants and retail establishments?

Ready for sunshine: Volunteers plug in major solar installation for EMS

An overcast sky and a few sprinkles Saturday didn’t dampen the spirits of volunteers and others who swiftly snapped 357 solar panels into place on the roof of Eastern Mennonite School.

Public housing tenants may get rent reprieve next year; HRHA relationship with City Council ‘a work in progress’

Public housing tenants in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County could have more incentive to gain employment or improve their employment, perhaps as soon as the middle of 2021, under a new program being planned by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

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