News for Human Interest

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Red Wing Roots Announces Headliners for Seventh Annual Festival Harrisonburg, Va. – The Red Wing Roots Music Festival will return to Natural Chimneys Park in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for the seventh time this summer – featuring, as always, local favorites and festival hosts, The Steel Wheels . The 2019 festival will take place from July 12-14 in Mount Solon, Va. Festival organizers are ...read more
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Massanutten Resort Announces Action-Packed Weekend of Activities, Exclusive Discounts for 2019 Snow Moon Fest  Award-Winning Resort Invites Locals and Travelers to EnjoySnow Sports, Family-Friendly Activities & More March 1 – 3  Saturday kicks off with the 4K on the Fairway Race/Walk, taking place at Mountain Greens Golf Course at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Elkton Area ...read more
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Internationally renowned peacebuilder John Paul Lederach, who has committed his life and work to nonviolent approaches to conflict for more than 40 years, has been awarded the 36th Niwano Peace Foundation Peace Prize.Congratulate John Paul Lederach on his award! Lederach, currently a senior fellow at Humanity United, is a co-founder and the first director of the Eastern Mennonite ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Press Release
Thursday, February 14, 2019
McGaheysville, Va. – February 14, 2019 – Massanutten Resort today announced details of its highly anticipated 2019 Snow Moon Fest, as the popular event returns Friday, March 1, through Sunday, March 3.  The second annual event will feature three spirited days of snow sports, live entertainment, fireworks and other fun-filled activities including the torchlight parade to wrap up another ...read more
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/02/beloved-retiring-professor-to-give-emus-101st-commencement-address/  Judy H. Mullet, professor of psychology at Eastern Mennonite University, will provide the address for EMU’s 101st commencement on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. “In my travels to meet alums and seek support for the college, Judy’s name comes up again and again as one of the most impactful faculty ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
Monday, February 11, 2019
ROCKINGHAM – The potential for a wintry mix is in the forecast beginning Sunday night, and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) encourages member-owners to begin preparations.    SVEC will have extra support staff on standby, ready to respond, should the situation require additional help. The cooperative continues to monitor the progression of the storm and is in regular contact with ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
ROCKINGHAM – In January, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Committee awarded more than $14,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.   Operation Round Up is the cooperative’s charitable giving program that addresses crucial needs within our service territory. Member-owners voluntarily round up their monthly bills to the next even dollar, with funds accumulating in ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  2/7/19  HARRISONBURG — Tom Pearce, a member of the Harrisonburg Harmonizers, a barbershop-style men’s chorus, has serenaded unsuspecting women and men on Valentine’s Day in some of the most unusual places.Once, a wife ordered the group to sing to her husband at his workplace — a construction site — while he was in an earth mover. Another year, Pearce sang at ...read more
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Wu Wei, a 2006 graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, was named president of the China Christian Council (CCC) at the 10th Annual China Christian Conference in November 2018. Wu will give leadership to an umbrella organization based in Shanghai that oversees more than 60,000 churches and nearly 25 million believers.Pastor Wu Wei, back left, visits with Eastern Mennonite University students ...read more
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Monday, February 04, 2019
DNR 2/2/19  RICHMOND — Drivers on Interstate 81 in Virginia aren’t likely to have pay tolls anytime soon.The General Assembly has made clear recently that there is little appetite to move forward with a plan Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and some Republican lawmakers tentatively backed before the session started to add tolls to Virginia’s 325-mile stretch of the interstate.Legislators are moving ...read more
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Friday, February 01, 2019
Rockingham Insurance Celebrates 150th Anniversary by Giving Back to the Community HARRISONBURG, Va., January 7, 2019   Unless you have a time machine, you probably don’t remember 1869. But Rockingham Insurance reflects on the year fondly, because it was 150-years ago when several property owners met at a small church in Port Republic, Virginia, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Community ...read more
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Friday, February 01, 2019
YOUR HOMETOWNELKTON‘Mr. Elkton’ Settles Into New Role25-Year-Old Gooden Moves Into Mayor’s PostBy LAINE GRIFFINDNR 1/31/19  Daily News- Record ELKTON — If you had asked Josh Gooden 10 years ago if he would want to be mayor of Elkton, he probably would’ve said no.Now, Gooden said, he couldn’t imagine serving his community in any better way.“I’ve always been interested in community service, and ...read more
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Friday, February 01, 2019
BUSINESSBRIEFSCallahan Named Partner At City FirmDNR 2/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Clark & Bradshaw PC announced Quinton B. Callahan as a new partner of the law firm.Callahan, who joined the firm in 2014, practices state and federal civil litigation, with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation, according to a Tuesday press release from Clark & Bradshaw. He also serves as a corporate counsel ...read more
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Friday, February 01, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/01/alumni-journalists-lift-the-shifting-climates-podcast-off-to-a-strong-start/  The Shifting Climates podcast and website – aimed at “rehumanizing the conversation” on climate change by connecting it to topics of faith and justice – has released its first four episodes, to broad reception. The first two episodes, which each received over 400 views on their initial ...read more
Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/01/counseling-interns-contribute-to-holistic-care-at-the-harrisonburg-rockingham-free-clinic/  Graduate students in Eastern Mennonite University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program are gaining real-world experience – and providing needed counseling services at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic in Harrisonburg. The community placements are part of ...read more
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Friday, January 25, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/01/mj-sharp-to-be-honored-with-march-memorial-trek-up-kilimanjaro/  A group of family, friends and others moved by the life and sacrifice of murdered United Nations armed group expert and peacebuilder Michael J. Sharp ’05 plan to summit Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on the second anniversary of his death. The popular hike was “on MJ’s bucket list,” said his father, John ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDaily News-Record  1/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Gov. Ralph Northam rolled out a bipartisan proposal Tuesday for $2.2 billion in improvements along Interstate 81, which would be paid for in part by highway tolls.To make that happen, legislation establishing the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund must make its way through the General Assembly, which convenes today for the 2019 ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Anticipation continues to build for Valley business leaders as state officials suggested tolls Tuesday to pay for improvements to Interstate 81.Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced draft legislation to generate $2.2 billion for projects identified last year in a plan by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.An announcement from Northam’s ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
2. Bridgewater Source: Public domainOverall SnackAbility  7/10 Population: 5,906Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)Median Home Value: $209,200 (23rd best)Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (4th best)More on Bridgewater: Real Estate | Data | Photos Bridgewater is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  1/4/19  HARRISONBURG — Kristo and Mira Papa had a dream to open their own restaurant.Often, they would stay up until 4 a.m. planning and building Rocktown Kitchen inside the Ice House complex in downtown Harrisonburg.“I remember the nights when we bought chalk and drew out the entire restaurant on the floor,” Mira Papa said in a video played at the ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce officers and new Board members for 2019 elected at the January 3rd Annual Banquet, held at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. This year’s Executive Committee introduced at the Annual Banquet includes:Dr. John Downey, BRCC –ChairFrank Oncken, Skyline Roofing – Chair-ElectJoel ...read more
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Thursday, December 27, 2018
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  12/24/18  HARRISONBURG — Today would likely be a stressful one for hundreds of families in the area as they prepare for Christmas morning.But volunteers and donors helped to ensure presents are under the tree.For two long weeks this month, 82-year-old Margie Miller weaved through rows of thousands of toys piled into the Rockingham County Fairgrounds’ exhibit hall ...read more
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  12/18/18  HARRISONBURG — Like many high school seniors, 16-year-old Irene Liu faces the challenge of picking her future career.To help with that, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County schools joined together Monday for the inaugural “Rockingham-Harrisonburg Works” working luncheon held at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center.The luncheon ...read more
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Funding to go toward expansion of Pastoral Financial Assistance Program   GOSHEN, Indiana – Everence®, through its affiliate Mennonite Foundation, has received a second grant of $1 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The initiative supports religious organizations across the United States to reduce or alleviate key ...read more
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Harrisonburg, VA firm Yancey & Bowman, LLC, is pleased to announce the joining of their firm with Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP effective December 1, 2018.   With this union, Roanoke, VA based Brown Edwards will have over 350 associates in 10 offices located in Blacksburg, Bristol, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Newport News, Roanoke, and Wytheville, Virginia; Charleston and Bluefield, West Virginia; ...read more
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Massanutten Regional Library Celebrates 90th AnniversaryBy MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  11/19/18  HARRISONBURG — Carol Stickley remembers helping her mother alphabetize the punch cards for books at Massanutten Regional Library on days when she had a dentist or a doctor’s appointment.Her mother, Sandra Monger- Shifflett, was a librarian there for 37 years before retiring in 2014.She and her ...read more
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  11-19-18  HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham Education Foundation Inc. is kicking off a campaign to raise $25,000 to start an endowment for the supply depot, which saves teachers from having to spend out-of-pocket money on classroom supplies.This is the Foundation’s 25th year as the fundraising arm for Rockingham County Public Schools, and to mark the occasion it ...read more
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  11/20/18  HARRISONBURG — Massanutten Technical Center is in talks with area businesses to create apprenticeship opportunities starting next semester.“The reception from the businesses was very positive,” said Kevin Hutton, MTC director. “By the start of second semester, we are hoping to have signed multiple business sponsorships and work on student ...read more
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  11/20/18  HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrated National Philanthropy Day on Monday by hosting a luncheon at Hotel Madison to award community members who have given back to their community this year.The luncheon was attended by about 300 people.Each award was introduced with a video of the person who ...read more
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Friday, November 16, 2018
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record 11/15/18  HARRISONBURG — If the big check and the shiny blue balloons weren’t enough to grab teachers’ attention, the announcement that the grants they submitted to the Harrisonburg Education Foundation were being funded definitely did.Members of the foundation’s board traveled to each of the city’s nine schools, along with Massanutten Technical Center and the ...read more
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Friday, November 16, 2018
Longtime Volunteer Named As General ManagerDNR 11/15/18  ROCKINGHAM — A Grottoes native and veteran Rockingham County agriculture teacher was named general manager of the Rockingham County Fair Association on Wednesday.Rebecca Holloway, 38, of Grottoes, will take the helm of the organization, its board of directors announced in a press release.Holloway has been involved with the fair for decades, ...read more
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Friday, November 16, 2018
JMU Students Collect Items For Food DriveBy PETE DELEADaily News- Record 11/15/18  HARRISONBURG — For the last few weeks, Mac Richard and his fellow students in James Madison University’s College of Business collected food for the needy.In their eighth year collecting, the students gathered more 6,500 items to go to the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.“It feels good,” said Richard, a 20-year-old ...read more
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Friday, November 16, 2018
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  11/16/18  HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County Public Schools has created a panel to look at new ways to engage with students and the community.Among things the innovation committee will look at are ways to increase hands-on learning, improving school and community relationships, and how to support the emotional and behavioral needs of students.Formed this year, it ...read more
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  11/13/18  HARRISONBURG — Friendly City Food Co-op will raise its starting wage in 2019.Employees will see their hourly wage increase on Jan. 1, when the minimum wage goes to $11 an hour and $11.50 an hour after a 90-day period. The new starting wage increase affects both new hires and current employees who earn below that amount.“Our team members are the face ...read more
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018
  In Virginia, creating a safe environment goes beyond traditional crime fighting; it also means working to ensure no one is discriminated against based on race, religion, or other personal attributes. As Attorney General Mark R. Herring puts it, “No Virginian should be singled out for abuse, harassment, or mistreatment because of who they are, what they look like, how they worship, where ...read more
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Monday, November 05, 2018
JustTech Recognized on 2018 CRN Next-Gen 250 ListAnnual List Recognizes Solution Providers Transforming Business with Emerging Technologies November 5, 2018 – JustTech, a technology company focusing on managed print solutions, managed IT solutions and custom Xerox app solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named JustTech to its 2018 Next-Gen 250 list for the ...read more
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
  The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) Executive Committee and Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Jay A. Langston, Ph.D., as the new executive director of the organization. Dr. Langston is coming to the SVP from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) where he serves as the Managing Director of Business Retention and Expansion. In this role Dr. Langston ...read more
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