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Perspectives: My image (and others’ perceptions)

I was sent to go door-to-door with a friend of mine, who was from the area. She is white, blonde and an American girl. I came to the U.S. in 2016 from Kurdistan region of Iraq. Every time she rang the bell, we were met by nice people with a great sense of welcoming. The first time I rang the bell, a gentleman opened the door. He asked me with a stern tone: “What do you want?”

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Hey Elderly Aunt, how can young people be better prepared for the real world?

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Glut of short-term rental applications could keep planning commission burning the midnight oil

The most recent planning commission agenda packet – containing a first batch of short-term rental special use permit applications – was so large that it broke the city website, eventually had to be uploaded in three parts, and pushed the commission’s meeting well past midnight.

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From exploring Medieval chain mail to detecting illicit vaping, local high school students showcase their research and hard work

The projects cover a wide swath of topics: a patent-pending tool to analyze DNA, a device aimed at addressing a modern twist on “smoking in the boys’ room,” and a comparison of the strength of historic patterns of chain mail.

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Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

Amid housing crunch, council approves request for major apartment complex along Port Republic Rd. corridor

A six-story apartment building cleared a key hurdle and could soon spring up on Peach Grove Avenue near the intersection with Port Republic Road.

Let the games begin: Previewing the 2019 Harrisonburg Turks

Of the many, many things to do in Harrisonburg on a summer evening, few have been around as long as the Harrisonburg Turks, a local baseball team with a tradition stretching back almost 100 years. The Turks open their season at 7:30pm on Friday, May 31st, with a home game at Veterans Memorial Park against the Charlottesville Tom Sox.

A reflection on Memorial Day, 2019

Let the Words Fly

Once, maybe twice a year I get to let loose

in salty language with others

who once wore the same cloth. We

Westover Park’s newest summer attraction debuts with a splash

On this early summer evening, a wave of kids crashes across the new splash pad at Westover Park. They’d been forced to wait through the usual adults stuff – talking, more talking, photo ops, more talking – but now, with the ceremonial ribbon finally cut, they  are turned loose.

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