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On the cusp of retirement, Chamber of Commerce president reflects on career

Soon after graduating from Virginia Tech in 1979, Frank Tamberrino left Virginia for Florida, leaving mid-Atlantic winters in the rearview mirror. He spent the next 20 years working in several chamber of commerce and economic development positions along Florida’s Gulf Coast before a decade-long stint in Columbia, Tenn., about 50 miles south of Nashville. And then, in 2009, it was back to bitter north country to run the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

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Collaborative Divorce in the Shenandoah Valley

Divorce is a legal process where at the end of the day, two people dissolve a relationship and disentangle themselves financially from each other. It may seem straight forward, but divorce can be quite emotionally and financially traumatic, leaving some people with serious lifelong scars and ongoing anger. There are many different processes for obtaining a divorce, and each has certain pros and cons. The goal of this article is not to raise one above another, but to instead highlight how one of those options attempts to achieve loftier goals for the divorcing couple.

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Area health officials plan impending initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

Anticipating that the first COVID-19 vaccines will be administered locally in the next several weeks, the Virginia Department of Health is working with hospitals and healthcare associations to plan the initial distribution. According to Dr. Laura Kornegay, director of the VDH’s Central Shenandoah Health District, several criteria still must be met before people begin receiving vaccines. One is a final Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for two vaccines produced by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna

Art in the time of COVID

While any celebration has been difficult during this global pandemic, Harrisonburg’s artist co-op wasn’t about to let its 20th anniversary go unacknowledged. So its staff sought to pull it off by tapping into the same creativity and emotion used to make beautiful art.

Virginia’s new policing laws follow Harrisonburg’s lead on some policies

While local and regional activists have applauded law enforcement reforms the state legislature passed in October, those new measures might not change much for officers and residents in the Harrisonburg area because similar policies are already in place.

Central Shenandoah Health District seeing ‘significant community transmission’

Although not at emergency levels, cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 have been trending noticeably upward in the Central Shenandoah Health District. “The district has seen a significant increase in cases and general increases in hospitalizations related to COVID,” said Dr. Laura Kornegay, health director for the district, in an email to The Citizen.

Shoppers visit downtown retailers for Small Business Saturday

Heather Brown has done some Christmas shopping online this year, but on Saturday she was among the steady stream of shoppers who visited Harrisonburg’s downtown stores and restaurants. Brown, of Harrisonburg, said she was not aware it was Small Business Saturday, but wanted to support the local businesses just the same.

Dear Elderly Aunt, was I wrong to call the paramedics for a sick colleague?

I called the emergency squad because I didn’t know how to handle it and she wasn’t immediately responsive. It turns out she has a chronic medical condition, which I didn’t know about. And she’s angry at me for calling the paramedics, which she views as an over-reaction … Was I wrong to call the paramedics? What should I do now because I still have to work with this person?

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