Author: Eric Gorton
“We’ve got him!”
Those are the words Det. L. Brooke Wetherell dreams of one day saying to the families of victims of some of Harrisonburg’s oldest unsolved murder cases.
Unable to occupy the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center due to COVID-19, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County needed a location to hold its annual summer day camp in the city for a 19th consecutive year. Eastern Mennonite School came through, and with some modifications, the camp is running for the month of July.
“The basics of emergency response, having mechanisms in place locally for continuity of operations and having setups where folks are familiar with command structures and how to respond to emergencies, are things health care providers train for constantly,” said Dr. Laura Kornegay, director of the Central Shenandoah Health District, during an hour-long telephone interview with The Citizen.
The scenic grounds in the shadow of Massanutten Mountain just east of Harrisonburg are quiet now, the way they have been since the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down in mid-March. However, last week’s Great Community Give fundraising event, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, provided a bit of relief.
Fundraisers have been canceled or postponed, and normal operations are but a memory this spring for nonprofit agencies serving Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Still, leaders of several say they remain solvent and able to perform their missions as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers on.
Josh Williams said the uneasiness set in with all the news coverage at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It really hit home when a fellow resident was diagnosed with the disease and Gemeinschaft Home went into quarantine.