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Old ways live on in Hugo Kohl’s workshop

A light illuminates local jewelry maker Hugo Kohl, sitting at
his workbench, file in hand, shaping his latest creation.
“This is a one-off piece that may or may not make production,” he says, working deliberately.

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Strength in Peers hopes to extend reach in the Valley to help with addiction, homelessness

Strength in Peers — the resource center devoted to helping people recover from substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness — opened a new location in Luray last week as it seeks to expand its reach across the Valley.

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Airbnb owners operating without a permit don’t get council’s approval — for now; Another noise ordinance change passes 2nd reading

For the first time since requiring special use permits for short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs, the Harrisonburg City Council decided at Tuesday’s meeting to kick an application back to the Planning Commission for a second review.

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An entrepreneurial, adventurous local couple has charted a new & mostly gravel bike route across Virginia

For their latest “experiment,” serial experimenters David Landis and Anna Dintaman have mapped out a 550-mile bikepacking route across Virginia. The new TransVirginia Bike Route—or TransVA—connects Washington, D.C., to Damascus using existing rails-to-trails and rural dirt or gravel roads, often on public lands.

Untapped Talent: From winning the Green Card lottery to feeling lost

In the second installment of The Citizen’s “Untapped Talent” series, Ako Talabani tells his story of winning the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program lottery only to find his advanced degrees from Iraq don’t translate into professional careers in the U.S.

Hey Elderly Aunt, how do I escape a job I don’t like working for my dad’s best friend?

Dear Elderly Aunt: I’ve been working for a small firm owned by my father’s best friend. But it’s making me miserable. The people there are fine, but the work isn’t what I want to do, and I’ve started dreading going to work. I’m in the process of looking for another job, but I’ve made the decision that I need to quit soon no matter what. How do I break the news to both my dad and his best friend (my boss)? I mean, it’s not like I can tell them that I hate my job and the work the firm does, right?

Former DNR photographer files discrimination suit against new owner Ogden

Nicole “Nikki” Fox, former photo editor for The Daily News-Record, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Ogden Newspapers of Virginia, LLC, the company that bought the newspaper in spring 2018, along with other Virginia papers owned by the Byrd family.

A ‘Barn-Raising’ Mentality: Rural Democrats See Cooperation as the Key to Success

It’s late on a Saturday morning, the unofficial last weekend of summer, and the heat and humidity are already on the rise. While November may seem a long way off, political candidates are well aware that there are now less than 10 weeks until Election Day. And so, Brent Finnegan and Kellen Squire are putting “leather to pavement” in a residential neighborhood just off of Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg.

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