Author: Eric Gorton

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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.

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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.

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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.

Area Red Cross needs blood – and people

While the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross needs blood to address a shortage in the area that includes Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, it’s also in need of people who are willing to lend a hand at blood drives without rolling up their sleeves to donate.

Harrisonburg nonprofit looking to expand solar’s reach across Virginia

A Harrisonburg nonprofit wants to expand its efforts to make rooftop solar systems affordable to low-income homebuyers across Virginia.

Snow goose, Ross’s goose make Rockingham debuts for annual bird census

The Central Shenandoah Valley won’t be having snow for Christmas, but it might be hosting a pair of snow geese and a Ross’s goose, natives of the arctic.

Business advocates eyeing better days as Republicans gain power in Richmond

Democrats and Republicans will continue to clash in Richmond when the next session of the General Assembly convenes in January, but with a Republican governor at the helm and a Republican majority re-established in the House, representatives of two statewide business groups see cause for optimism.

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