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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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City’s groundbreaking restorative justice program offers second chances and accountability as alternative to criminal charges

Pierre Mbala and two friends were headed to get pizza on an overcast, chilly Thursday in late March, 2018. On the way, they stopped at a convenience store for a soda or maybe some candy, and to taste the freedom that comes with being 17.

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Split students up by grades? By area of study? By area of the city? School board soliciting input for how new and existing high schools will work together

The city school board will collect community input to help guide the design for the new high school — as well as how it will be set up and operated in conjunction with Harrisonburg High School — including through a public meeting Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas Harrison Middle School auditorium.

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With 3 weeks to the primary, Finnegan and Copeland ramp up their (different) approaches to reach Democratic voters

Brent Finnegan and Cathy Copeland, the two Democratic candidates running for the 26th state House seat, might leave little space between each other when it comes to their positions on issues, but the two are taking slightly different approaches to connect with voters before the June 11 primary.

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‘You should be happy.’ How one mom’s postpartum experience led her to find help in the Valley — and happiness

Three weeks and two days after my son was born, I left a voicemail for my son’s pediatrician — desperate for advice about sleep. I was blaming my lack of sleep on the baby. I thought maybe I was failing as a mother to provide him with enough milk. In reality, he was fine. I, however, was not.

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Hey Elderly Aunt, what advice do you have for me, upon my forthcoming retirement?

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Organizers of effort to memorialize the victim of a local lynching set their sights on Court Square

Charlotte Harris was in the custody of local law enforcement in Rockingham County on March 6, 1878, when a mob seized her and hung her from a tree – the only documented lynching of an African-American woman in Virginia’s history. The next month, a grand jury in Harrisonburg ended its investigation of the murder without returning any indictments. Judge Charles T. O’Ferrall, who oversaw that investigation, went on to become governor in the 1890s.

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Townie Summer comes to this college town

At the entrance, a metal sign proclaims, “Townie Summer.” Once a simple bit of local vernacular, some downtown businesses have begun to embrace the phrase. Susan Keeler, creative director at Pale Fire, says it’s about Harrisonburg having “that sleepy, small-town feel again.”

“It’s quiet,” Keeler said. “I think that’s what really sums up Townie Summer: it’s this calm.”  

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