Author: Eric Gorton

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Backpack Program Coalition forms to improve food distribution at city schools

A once-disjointed effort to provide food to Harrisonburg students in need now enjoys the support of a coalition that hopes to better serve them.

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Community leaders seek broad input to address central Valley’s key workforce concerns

Business leaders, nonprofit leaders and other community leaders from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are already talking about ways to address transportation, affordable housing and childcare hurdles in the central Shenandoah Valley.

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Facing substitute teacher shortage, HCPS central office staff roll up their sleeves

Jeremy Aldrich is no stranger to working as a teacher, but it has been a few years since he made the move to the central office where he now serves as Harrisonburg’s director of teaching and learning.

Harrisonburg looks to reboot tourism interest by luring conferences, events

The city’s relatively small size could be its biggest asset as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, said Jennifer Bell, Harrisonburg’s tourism manager since July 2019, who has been putting more effort into getting advertising in front of conference and event planners. Since October she has purchased four full-page color ads in Small Market Meeting Magazine, a full-page color ad in the wedding edition of Virginia Living magazine, a full-page ad in ConventionSouth Magazine and an assortment of digital advertising across various platforms.

Local restaurants endured the summer of ‘Now Hiring,’ but it hasn’t been easy for some

Like many restaurants and retail stores across the country, Harrisonburg businesses have faced some challenges in finding — and keeping — employees this summer, although their experiences have been almost as diverse as the types of food and products they sell. 

In a school featuring ‘stewardship’ learning, solar array will be the newest teaching tool

Shortly after Bluestone Elementary School opened in 2017, third grade students buried milk containers on the school grounds.

Harrisonburg to retain metropolitan designation until at least 2030

Harrisonburg will maintain its status as a metropolitan statistical area for at least the next decade – news the city was happy to receive last week. That’s when the U.S. Office of Management and Budget announced it would continue to classify communities with a population of at least 50,000 in the core city as an MSA.

For the birders: pandemic spurs new interest in area’s feathered friends

Disappointed that the barn owls were not putting on the hunting display he had hoped for, Matt Gingerich resorted to a smartphone app and Bluetooth speaker to mimic their call. Moments later, in the deepening twilight, a large, dark-colored bird darted above the pasture, making a beeline straight at him and his invited guest, photographer Bob Adamek.

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