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Stories of hope, gratitude, tributes, sustainability and homelessness in Hburg dominated in 2019

The waning days of the year offer an opportunity for reflection — a quick check of what happened in the previous 12 months and how the community changed for better or worse. Of all the stories The Citizen published in 2019, these were the most shared, read and buzzed-about of the year.

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Zap! Pow! Zam! Comic book crusader ‘Superior Sam’ crushes bullies and stereotypes of amputees

Chris Barcomb wrote the “extreme” page of his high school yearbook — metaphorically and literally.

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The Hub. Co-working in downtown Harrisonburg.

Remembering a lucky man

In the summer of 2015, days before I moved away to Brazil, I took my son and went to say goodbye to my grandparents. He was 1. They were past 90. They saved him packs of cookies from the retirement home cafeteria, and I let him eat all he could because it made both parties so happy. After a hug and goodbye, as I closed their apartment door, I wondered whether it might be the last time I’d see either of them. They seemed healthy enough, but past 90 is past 90. And as it turned out, Grandpa had less than two months left.

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Behind the screams in the Fear Forest

Shrieks filled the air as night finally fell on Fear Forest, a local haunted attraction near Cross Keys. As the last of the ghouls filed in under the enormous skull that serves as the Forest entrance, a line of customers began to form, eager for the all-in-good-fun terror that awaited them.

Harrisonburg Takes On The Citizen: Part Three

As part of our first birthday celebrations, we asked community members to submit a piece about Harrisonburg – it’s past, present, and future. This is part three in the series. Deanna Reed, Mayor of Harrisonburg First, I want to say congratulations to The Citizen for making such a huge impact on Harrisonburg and being an …

Harrisonburg Takes On The Citizen: Part Two

As part of our first birthday celebrations, we asked community members to submit a piece about Harrisonburg – it’s past, present, and future. This is part two in the series. “There is Power In Place“ By Andrea L. Dono, Executive Director, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Paris may be more than 4,000 miles away, but the conversations …

City readies for next telecommunications trend — microtrenching

Harrisonburg could soon see cable and internet providers employ a new way of hooking up fiber optic lines to homes using a process called “microtrenching,” Tom Hartman, director of public works, told the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

Sighting of Bigfoot and hundreds of exotic and (not so exotic) creatures is common at Harrisonburg landmark

In their workshop, a cat is born … next to a lion. Brian Miglionico slowly pulls back the molding to free one of the concrete felines, carefully so as not to break the ears. Tim Shifflett and Andrew Milroy peel away the other’s shell.

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