Category: Harrisonburg Issues
When I was reporting regularly for WMRA, where Martha worked for many years, she and I would occasionally meet for lunch and talk shop. During one of these times, I confessed to her that I was supposed to have filed a story that morning but still wasn’t quite done. I hadn’t thought it was a terribly big deal until she cut me down to size.
On the south end of town just across the interstate from the city’s recycling center sits a disc golf course, unused and unfinished.
Harrisonburg City Council members met in person for the first time since 2020 and revisited key issues from that time: the new high school and a housing crunch.
When Massanutten Regional Library re-opened in March, Lois Jones, the library’s director, stood at the front doors, slightly concerned that the public might resist their masks requirement for those age 5 and older.
City leaders added a commitment to address “climate change challenges” as one of it’s short- and long-term goals during their biannual retreat over the weekend. And their debate over that — as well as a discussion over the city’s diversity — revealed the challenge of crafting lofty priorities to be specific but not exclusionary.
Disappointed that the barn owls were not putting on the hunting display he had hoped for, Matt Gingerich resorted to a smartphone app and Bluetooth speaker to mimic their call. Moments later, in the deepening twilight, a large, dark-colored bird darted above the pasture, making a beeline straight at him and his invited guest, photographer Bob Adamek.
On a sharply curved road just outside of Bridgewater proper and spitting distance from the Dry River, lies the 57-acre farm where Charlie Martin has lived and worked the land his entire life. It’s been in the family since his grandfather bought it in the early 1930s.
While the usual Friendly City Fourth of July event and fireworks display in Harrisonburg are cancelled for the second consecutive year, other annual festivities will return this summer. Here’s The Citizen’s guide to major events and festivals.