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Community Perspective: Hanging out with Stephen Sondheim

A community perspectives piece by Tom Arthur: The last time I was in New York, a former student asked if I wanted to meet Stephen Sondheim, with whom he was friends.

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Community Perspective: The Winter Coat

A contributed perspectives piece by Anna Rose Geary.
It was the winter of 1927 and twenty-two- year- old Nenzi, my mother, wanted a dressy coat to wear to church and to special occasions.  

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

Trailblazers hope this new route that winds through the Valley will take stress off Appalachian Trail

A new long-distance hiking trail that will rival the Appalachian Trail in length is in the works, and parts of the route are already available to hike in the Valley. 

HEC among utilities accusing Dominion Energy of improper accounting, overbilling

The Harrisonburg Electric Commission is among a group of municipal power utilities that is asking federal regulators to review Dominion Energy’s accounting procedures before Dominion passes on millions of dollars of extra costs to the utilities and their customers.

A new fire station, a homeless shelter, Northeast Neighborhood improvements — council makes more picks for ARPA priorities

While the Harrisonburg City Council plans to collect community input before finalizing how to spend $23.8 million in federal recovery funds, council members on Tuesday pointed to specific projects they’d like to see at the top of the list, including a year-round low-barrier homeless shelter, a new fire station and infrastructure improvements in the Northeast Neighborhood. 

Downtown looks to build on big small business Saturday with December events

Buoyed by crowds and strong sales on Small Business Saturday, the Harrisonburg business community is planning to harness the momentum with expanded holiday-inspired activities in December. 

With public’s input, first master plan for downtown begins taking shape

The closed gas station on the southeast corner of West Market and South Mason streets should be turned into a pocket park. Something needs to be done to attract pedestrians north of Court Square. And murals should be added to the abundance of blank wall space on buildings. Those are some of the comments city officials and consultants have received since March, when they asked for the public’s input on how downtown Harrisonburg should develop over the next two decades.

Statewide environmental news roundup – November 2021

Several Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) protesters faced a judge in late October and were convicted on misdemeanor charges and fined. Both the State Water Control Board (WCB) and the US Army Corps of Engineers are considering whether to grant what’s called a “401” water crossing permit; this opinion writer from the non-profit Mothers Out Front said the WCB should not approve it. The non-profit Wild Virginia hosted an almost 3-hour citizen ‘public hearing” (because the WCB and VA’s DEQ refused to do so). An appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit asking the courts to strike down key MVP permits; the court could issue its decision by the end of this year. All this as the pipeline is nearing completion despite hurdles.

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