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Area nonprofits struggle to fill volunteer positions even as COVID wanes

For the first time since fall 2019, the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is looking forward to a mostly normal “Day of Action” next week – but volunteers are hard to find.

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Council takes up ‘paper alleys,’ how to comply with the law to allow group homes for recovery addiction, and a lingering question about Airbnbs

Harrisonburg’s city staff will now try to figure out how to adhere to federal law and revise zoning language to accommodate housing for those recovering from addiction. 

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U.S. Secretary of Education stops at city public schools during weeklong tour

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Bluestone Elementary School in Harrisonburg on Tuesday as part of a multi-state, weeklong bus trip called the “Road To Success Back To School Bus Tour.”

City seeks input on plans to reroute University Boulevard, which will mean big changes for that corridor

As Harrisonburg prepares for the estimated $10 million project to reroute University Boulevard, the construction is expected to improve traffic flow while adding a walking and biking path — but will also lead to some big changes in that area, including the demolition of eight homes. 

In a group job interview, school board asks candidates to outline priorities and views

Two former school board members and one newcomer fielded questions from the Harrisonburg City Public Schools’ board Tuesday as each made a case for being the one to fill the seat of Nick Swayne, who resigned last month after taking a job in Idaho.  

With arrival of invasive ‘hitchhikers,’ ag officials step up efforts to stop the spread

After hitchhiking to the Shenandoah Valley, an invasive insect could be making a home here, which can come at an environmental cost, according to Virginia officials who are tracking the Spotted Lanternfly. 

I-81 update: Del. Wilt says construction to widen the section that goes through Harrisonburg could start soon

Plans for the improvement and widening of Interstate 81 through Harrisonburg are moving along, and the public will begin to see roadwork soon to support infrastructure changes for the widening, said state Del. Tony Wilt. 

First group of high school nursing program grads set a high bar

Johana Alvarenga’s first hands-on experience in health care involved taking patients’ vital signs, getting them dressed and helping them eat — personal care, which she said we too often take for granted. Her first patient reaffirmed her passion for nursing.

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