Author: Mike Tripp

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Once a Marching Royal Duke, Always …

The last scheduled home game of the season always marks the return of MRD alumni, proving that once you join the band, you never leave. It doesn’t matter how long ago you graduated or how old you are; once a Marching Royal Duke, always a Marching Royal Duke.

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The Rocktown Rollers take on SuperNOVA

Things got serious at Funky’s Skate Center recently, with two roller derby teams facing off in fierce competition. Armed with roller skates, pads and mouth guards, Harrisonburg’s Rocktown Rollers battled the SuperNOVAs from Northern Virginia on Sept. 14 in a Women’s Flat Track Derby Association-sanctioned bout.

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Old ways live on in Hugo Kohl’s workshop

A light illuminates local jewelry maker Hugo Kohl, sitting at
his workbench, file in hand, shaping his latest creation.
“This is a one-off piece that may or may not make production,” he says, working deliberately.

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Sighting of Bigfoot and hundreds of exotic and (not so exotic) creatures is common at Harrisonburg landmark

In their workshop, a cat is born … next to a lion. Brian Miglionico slowly pulls back the molding to free one of the concrete felines, carefully so as not to break the ears. Tim Shifflett and Andrew Milroy peel away the other’s shell.

Local choir brings love and harmony to the final farewell

Music fills the Strite Auditorium at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) as 19 women lift their voices in song, practicing to be at their best when called for a private performance. Often, it’s for an audience of one person, facing the end of life.

Hoop dreams

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Anderson Ramos Rodriguez was yet another NBA fan who idolized LeBron James and dreamed of playing basketball himself.

“I’ve wanted to play my whole life,” says Rodriguez, now 18. “That’s what I love.”

Westover Park’s newest summer attraction debuts with a splash

On this early summer evening, a wave of kids crashes across the new splash pad at Westover Park. They’d been forced to wait through the usual adults stuff – talking, more talking, photo ops, more talking – but now, with the ceremonial ribbon finally cut, they  are turned loose.

Tree planting marks 150th anniversary of Newtown Cemetery

On Saturday, a tree-planting ceremony marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Newtown Cemetery. Nearly 1,000 people are buried at the property, purchased in 1869 by a group of trustees wanting to establish a cemetery open to “all persons of color.”

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