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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.

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Harrisonburg Takes On The Citizen: Part Three

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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.

Tougher than dry turkey? How Hburg residents plan to tackle awkward political discussions this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner for some families doesn’t just involve occasionally competing over turkey legs or the wishbone. It can mean fighting over Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi, immigration policy and climate change, CNN and Fox News. Around here though, Harrisonburg residents told The Citizen they have some strategies to navigate those touchy political topics this Thanksgiving.

Now bringing you hyperlocal news of national importance

What happens when a scrappy little hyperlocal online news organization tries to pay Facebook $10 to promote a story? Facebook wouldn’t take our money, and The Citizen got caught up in the global web of suspicion over anyone trying to cover politics and “issues of national importance.”

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