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New feature: Advice from the Elderly Aunt who’s been around the block (Episode 1 — Is listening to other points of view overrated?)

The Elderly Aunt offers her thoughtful responses to your questions about this wild ride we call life (just please, no financial questions). Her column will run on the second and fourth Monday of each month. To get the Elderly Aunt’s advice, email your question to [email protected] with the subject line “Elderly Aunt question.” 

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New pedal-powered compost business giveth, and taketh away

Rummaging through a bright yellow bucket filled with kale scraps, orange rinds and coffee grounds, Nidhi Vinod gives the go-ahead to dump the contents into a compost bin tucked into a corner of the parking lot by the Turner Pavilion downtown. She hands the bucket to Amelia Morrison who cleans it and places it back on the trailer which is attached to a bicycle. They grab the next bucket and check it for non-compostable items before adding it to the mix of kitchen scraps, fruit peelings, bio plastics and paper napkins.

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The Hub. Co-working in downtown Harrisonburg.

As weather forecasts improve, public perceptions still skewed by occasional whiffs.

“Sometimes the forecast is a big bust, like the horrible snow we got in December,” Urbanowicz recalled. “There was a 15-inch difference in the snow totals within forty miles. That’s the humbling part of being a meteorologist. You’re still trying to predict the future.”

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After a petition, press conference, and questions about process, city council postpones vote on HEC nominations  

The once-routine practice of appointing members of the Harrisonburg Electric Commission (HEC) attracted unusual attention this week, as some city residents raised concerns about transparency and the commission’s commitment to the city’s sustainability goals. As a result, on Tuesday night, the city council postponed action for a second month in a row on two appointments to the five-member commission that governs the city’s electric utility.

At city council meeting, equal rights brings crowd to its feet

“Good job, ladies! Good job,” said Mayor Deanna Reed, before a standing ovation from about 80 people at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening. The applause celebrated the council’s support for Virginia ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. Small girls with their mothers and men sporting ERA buttons were among those clapping alongside eight women who had worked on the issue since Congress first passed the amendment in 1972.

Several factors drive up cost estimates for new high school, but school board members confident in ‘options’ to move forward

The estimated cost of building the new high school has risen by $9.5 million, according to a presentation Grimm + Parker Architects made to the Harrisonburg City School Board on Monday evening.

Police chief wants officers to better connect with the community. Here are some ways he plans to do it.

As Harrisonburg Police Chief Eric English outlined his policing philosophies and answered questions from about 30 community members at his first town hall meeting Monday, he kept returning to a central theme.

What’s next for the Not Thomas Harrison House?

What has been called the Thomas Harrison House for many years — and what the city of Harrisonburg planned to spend $1 million to restore and turn into a museum of the founder’s life — now remains in limbo as city staff decides where to go from here. But some residents see an opportunity for the still-historic, if not as old as first advertised, building to delve into more of the area’s background. 

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