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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 that he founded 35 years ago.

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Survey reveals ‘vibrant’ opposition to proposed school schedules

As the Harrisonburg City School Board considers new school day times, the early returns from a survey of the district’s staff and community members show that a lot of people aren’t fans of the proposal. Board members said the pushback wasn’t a surprise, but when presented in color, the strength of that opposition was striking. 

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Adagio House seeks to provide respite and support for caregivers

April Hepler has known that she wanted to be a psychotherapist since she was in middle school and had imagined creating a retreat center since she was in college. Then, when her son was born with disabilities, her professional and personal experiences intersected and led her to found the nonprofit organization Adagio House in September 2019. 

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Community Perspective: School Board Breaks Promise to Protect Parental Rights

A contributed perspectives piece by Hilary Moore As many know, the Rockingham County School Board recently pulled 57 titles from our school shelves, some in response to parental complaints, others without complaint. By unilaterally pulling books, rather than referring concerned parents to the many tools already available in our schools that help parents control their …

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Approvals for recovery homes and Northeast Neighborhood improvements move ahead

Local mental health organization Strength In Peers can now use a house on North Main Street as an addiction recovery home after the city council on Tuesday approved the rezoning of that property to allow for boarding houses. 

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Here’s what’s behind the proposed new school times — and why some families are concerned

The Harrisonburg City School Board is considering new start and end times for schools, and the potential changes aren’t going over well with some parents. 

Surveys and meeting on Monday to allow for parents, students and public to weigh in on proposed school times

Harrisonburg City Public School leaders are inviting parents, teachers, students and the public to a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Skyline Middle School to discuss potential new start and end times in the city’s schools.

Student protest group, backed by adults, vows lengthy fight with RCPS

The Rockingham County School Board is in for a lengthy fight over its decisions to temporarily remove 57 books from school libraries and to adopt model policies regarding students’ sex and gender identities.

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