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For graduates, it’s been tough. It’s been ‘weird.’ But it’s been ‘wonderful.’

This year, several contributors to The Citizen have been upper-level JMU students, who will graduate Friday as part of the class of 2021. They have weathered more than a year of social distancing, online classes and the constant threat of getting sick. So, we asked them to reflect on what it was like to finish college under the pandemic’s cloud, how they’ve been challenged, in what ways this has changed them and what they’re thinking about as they prepare to walk across the stage.

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Program to help people waste less and grow more with composting

The Covid-19 pandemic forced people to shift their food buying and eating habits away from restaurants and more toward grocery stores and cooking at home. As a result, tons of food waste are being sent to the landfill with regular curbside trash pickups. So the environmentally conscious are encouraging composting.

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School board, residents urge city council to ‘get on board’ with new school construction

After discussing the addition of more mobile units in Harrisonburg High School’s parking lot to ease overcrowding, several school board members on Tuesday called on the city council to more fully commit to re-starting the new high school’s construction.

A long climb toward creating a national scenic area could reach new heights

As she drives along a dirt-and-gravel road between Reddish Knob and Flagpole Knob, Lynn Cameron points out particular stands of trees and pockets of brush like a city dweller might point out their favorite coffee shop or a friend’s house they used to visit.

Co-op’s roots grow deeper as the store gets bigger

What started as a two-aisle “little natural food store” has grown into the now decade-old Friendly City Food Co-op — which just keeps growing. The store spent much of the last year gradually phasing in its 2,000 square foot expansion. And as the store celebrated its 10-year anniversary last week with a series of in-person and online activities, store leaders are dreaming of opening a second location over the next decade.

Blue flags and Denim Day raise awareness of sexual violence

Exactly 6,581 little blue flags flapped in the wind as they lined James Madison University’s Quad last Thursday. Each flag represented a JMU student who has or will be sexually assaulted in their lives, based on the student population and the national sexual assault rate.

City prepares to shift to more short-term and permit parking downtown

Those who work and live in downtown Harrisonburg may soon need to find creative places to park or might need to buy a permit because most of the city’s 10-hour parking spots are slated to disappear by mid-August.

Transferring prisoners from MRRJ ‘alleviates pressure’ — for the moment

With an abrupt transfer of 180 inmates to Virginia Department of Corrections facilities last week, the Middle River Regional Jail reached its lowest population in seven years.

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