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Greenhouses deliver holiday cheer to those in hospital

Hundreds of brightly colored poinsettias arrived at the Sentara RMH Medical Center and Hahn Cancer Center on Friday afternoon, just in time for Christmas weekend.

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Hospital leader warns of new COVID wave as part of ‘perfect trifecta’ of viral diseases

A Virginia hospital leader warned that the area could be nearing another surge in COVID-19 cases, at a time when the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), have also been affecting residents at high rates.

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Augusta Health marks one year of collaboration with Mayo Clinic

As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Augusta Health physicians and their patients for the last year have had access to the Minnesota-based clinic’s medical resources right here in the Valley.

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Sisters allow Valley flower farm to bloom — and are opening a new store

Starting up a farm is a tough business. Shipping fresh cut flowers offers its own set of challenges. Doing all of that just before the onset of a global pandemic — it’s almost a recipe for failure. Yet, at every challenge, a pair of entrepreneurial sisters have not only helped their business survive but thrive while establishing their farm in the Valley as one of the country’s top online shippers of fresh, direct-from-farm flowers.

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What’s a cohousing community? Inside the plan for Juniper Hill Commons.

Juniper Hill Commons is slated to be the first cohousing neighborhood built in Harrisonburg — the culmination of dream 10 years in the making. But before it can become a reality, it needs a few more future residents to commit to purchasing one of the 27 houses on the property, which is located on Keezletown Road. 

Cohousing members celebrate Earth Day where they plan to grow a community

On a warm, sunny Saturday, members of a Harrisonburg cohousing group hosted an open House to celebrate Earth Day at the future site of their community, Juniper Hill Commons, which could begin construction before the end of the year.

After an eclectic first round, seed fund aimed at jump-starting entrepreneurs prepares for next batch

A line of natural, cruelty-free, eco-friendly skin care products. An ergonomic trash can designed for people with limited mobility. And an app to help drivers find their vehicle after it has been towed.Those were the start-ups conceived by JMU students or graduates that received the first three $5,000 investments as part of a new element of entrepreneurship — a program called Bluestone Seed Fund. The program is expected to announce the second round of winning start-up proposals on March 22. 

Outreach program aims to help diabetes patients manage their care

Vernon “Shorty” Whetzel hadn’t been feeling well for a couple of days, but when he suddenly began to slur words and couldn’t walk, his wife, Lois, called 911. They both feared Vernon had a stroke because his sister died of a stroke at the young age of 30. In the ambulance on their way to Sentara RMH’s Emergency Department, the EMTs tested Vernon, who is 65, for high blood glucose, called hyperglycemia. His reading was far above normal.

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