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Harrisonburg’s population goes down but households in poverty ticks up

Although Harrisonburg’s total population decreased by 278 people from 2023 to 2024, the number of households in poverty increased by 356, or 2% of the city’s population.

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With state grant funding, HPD provides increased security for city’s Jewish & Muslim congregations

Passing the parking lot of Beth El Congregation in Harrisonburg, when you see a city police car parked in the closest spot to the street, it’s not a random occurrence. It’s for maximum visibility as part of a state-funded program to tighten security at the city’s Jewish and Islamic places of worship – a response to dangers posed by religious hatred nationwide and globally, especially since the Oct. 7 massacre of Israelis by Hamas and Israel’s subsequent war in Gaza.

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Dappled Things

Surely this is the most pleasant environment for walking: a shifting patchwork of brightness and dimness, a quilt of light.

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

Reed, Dent and Nasser Alsaadun win council primary, while Chris Jones is out

Mayor Deanna Reed and Vice Mayor Laura Dent cruised to secure two of the three Democratic nominations for city council, while newcomer Nasser A. Alsaadun won the third spot in the November general election.

A sign saying "we have moved" outside an old, stately white house.

Quilt museum leaves downtown Harrisonburg, and city looks to use its historic building

Downtown Harrisonburg bid goodbye to the Virginia Quilt Museum on Saturday, as it moved five miles down the road to Silver Lake Mill in Dayton and prepares to reopen June 29.

The Musical City

The June heat brings changes to the soundscape of the city. Winter is muffled and still; summer is loud, crackling, brash, and tuneful.

City aims to keep tobacco and vape shops 1,000 feet from schools and daycares

A new measure will prevent tobacco, smoke and vape shops from opening within 1,000 feet of Harrisonburg daycare centers or public and private schools.

Foodie Q&A: Wesley Engelbrecht of Sage Bird Ciderworks 

I grew up in Northern Virginia, specifically in the Chantilly-ish area. We ate a lot of home cooked meals from my mom. In early high school, I wanted to be a chef and own a restaurant. I ended up changing that career path and I went more into science and math for my undergraduate at James Madison University.

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