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Statewide environmental news roundup – November 2021

Several Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) protesters faced a judge in late October and were convicted on misdemeanor charges and fined. Both the State Water Control Board (WCB) and the US Army Corps of Engineers are considering whether to grant what’s called a “401” water crossing permit; this opinion writer from the non-profit Mothers Out Front said the WCB should not approve it. The non-profit Wild Virginia hosted an almost 3-hour citizen ‘public hearing” (because the WCB and VA’s DEQ refused to do so). An appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit asking the courts to strike down key MVP permits; the court could issue its decision by the end of this year. All this as the pipeline is nearing completion despite hurdles.

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Rockingham Schools superintendent seeks to quell concerns over student survey

After hearing some concerns from parents and grandparents of children in the Rockingham County Public Schools, Superintendent Oskar Scheikl on Monday sought to clear the air regarding a youth data survey going out to middle and high schoolers, as well as continuing objections to policies regarding transgender students.

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Winding its way through downtown, Valley 4th race offers a little normalcy

In the second year without official fireworks display or city-sanctioned celebrations downtown, the return of the Valley 4th Run on Saturday anchored this year’s July 4th festivities in Harrisonburg.

Mercy House’s Timberville location feeds into organization’s short- and long-term plans

Mercy House moved its second thrift store from University Boulevard to Timberville as part of the organization’s long-term strategy to offer affordable housing.

Our student contributor reviews Harrisonburg author’s children’s book: ‘MERIN And Her Very Bright STAR’

Harrisonburg Resident Lori Mier has published her first children’s book, MERIN And her Very Bright Star: A Story of Resiliency. Based on her story of losing loved ones as a child, the story touches on themes of connection, resilience, loss and community. We asked The Citizen’s student contributor, Latham Copeland, to read the book and write a review.

Amid COVID hardships, expert cautiously optimistic for speedy recovery

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment remains high and many industries, individuals and families continue to struggle. However, with vaccines rolling out and consumers chomping at the bit for more normal conditions, there is hope for an economic recovery by the end of 2021, attendees of an annual Economic Outlook Meeting hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce were told Friday.

Nearly 11 months in, here’s how local businesses have survived the pandemic and what they’ve learned

When the pandemic hit the United States last March and government orders closed down many of them temporarily, most local business owners were trapped in a kind of economic limbo. To survive, some businesses shifted their business models. Others pursued government loans to keep employees on the payroll. But, above all, many local Harrisonburg businesses learned they could count on the community’s support.

Area castle becomes its own attraction

When Ed Keens thinks of castles, he thinks of home — and not in a house-is-his-castle way, but in an honest-to-goodness-Game-of-Thrones-castle way.

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