Author: Mike Grundmann

Page 1/1

With state grant funding, HPD provides increased security for city’s Jewish & Muslim congregations

Passing the parking lot of Beth El Congregation in Harrisonburg, when you see a city police car parked in the closest spot to the street, it’s not a random occurrence. It’s for maximum visibility as part of a state-funded program to tighten security at the city’s Jewish and Islamic places of worship – a response to dangers posed by religious hatred nationwide and globally, especially since the Oct. 7 massacre of Israelis by Hamas and Israel’s subsequent war in Gaza.


Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

The Homegrown Par-3 on Naked Creek

Haven’t heard of Naked Creek Golf Course? In the wilds of Weyers Cave, it’s not a business, it doesn’t advertise and it can be easy to miss on 2 acres with a house in the middle and only four holes to play.


When a cat gets stuck / in your neighborhood / who you gonna call?

Ah, the good old days, when firefighters would rescue cats in trees. Wait, they still do.


The art of listening & other reflections of a chaplain

This is a minister who went from a troubled and dangerous workplace to one that seems a slice of heaven.

Whether it’s science or not, practitioners of water witching swear by its seeking powers

Some swear a forked branch from a peach tree is best. Others cut a coat hanger in half. Still others use bronze. Water witching is holding sticks or rods in front of you while you walk, hoping they’ll dip or cross when you’ve hit a patch of groundwater ideal for a well.

A composite image with a headshot of a man and the webpage of a blog called Harvspot

Harvey Yoder to retire from his job … but not from his activism 

Harvey Yoder, 84, is finally retiring … sort of. Yoder—a soft-spoken Mennonite pastor, activist, blogger and newspaper columnist in Harrisonburg—is stepping down March 18 from his day job as counselor at the Family Life Resource Center.

Scroll to the top of the page

Hosting & Maintenance by eSaner

Thanks for reading The Citizen!

We’re glad you’re enjoying The Citizen, winner of the 2022 VPA News Sweepstakes award as the best online news site in Virginia! We work hard to publish three news stories every week, and depend heavily on reader support to do that.