Author: Gracie Brogowski

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JMU increases winter session course offerings

JMU’s annual winter session, which gives students the opportunity to take certain courses during winter break over a two- week period, begins Jan. 3. This year, the university decided to increase the number of classes available to the JMU student body.

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Without a permanent low-barrier shelter, here’s how organizations are helping people experiencing homelessness this winter

As the weather has gotten colder, groups that work with Harrisonburg’s homeless population have had to get creative, especially during a period in which the city doesn’t have a permanent shelter for the first time in two years.

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Loaner program steps up to fill gap with medical equipment

In the wake of recovering from injuries, illnesses or surgeries, not everyone has access to — or the money for — equipment, like hospital beds, shower seats, walkers and wheelchairs.

Local barbecue landmark celebrates 75 years — and patrons are revved up

The kitchen is filled with cooks chopping up pork for a pulled pork sandwich, breading a freshly cut chicken leg for some hot fried chicken or using the tongs to pull out strips of steak from a pan onto a bun for a homemade cheesesteak.

Programs partner to offer first fall season of Challenger baseball in Harrisonburg

As the bat hits the ball, the parents all cheer. The batter, a young girl in a motorized wheelchair, zooms toward first base. This isn’t just little league — it’s an inclusive version in which children with disabilities participate and is now expanding to the fall season. 

When you give a porch a show: The birth of Silk Moth Stage

Aili Huber has been regularly directing plays since she was 14, a passion that has taken her across the country. So when she was building a new porch on her house in west Rockingham County a little over a year ago, all those stages she had worked on seemed to manifest themselves in the porch’s design. 

For programs aimed at helping people with disabilities, funding remains a challenge

A pair of organizations continue to help people with disabilities be more involved in the community, including training them for jobs or providing them with volunteer opportunities. But those agencies find themselves constantly grinding away with fundraising and grant requests to pay for those programs.  

New Sentara urgent care center to open on Stone Spring Road

Sentara will open an urgent care center in Harrisonburg next month, adding another option for the community’s non-emergency medical care, which is spread thin especially on weekends. 

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