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Thursday, February 21, 2019
For Immediate Release February 19, 2019                                  ​Contact: ​Ann Leatherwood    540.801.8779        Ann@valleyarts.org  artVISION ​ Student Exhibition​ ​ Opens March 1  at ACV’s Smith House Galleries    HARRISONBURG, VA – Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) announces the third annual ​ a r t V I S I O N : R o c kin g h a m C o u n t y Y o u t h A r t M o n t h S h o w ...read more
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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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Thursday, February 14, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  2/14/19  HARRISONBURG — Renovations are underway to prepare Eastern Mennonite School’s new building to bring the school’s elementary classes onto its campus permanently.The city granted the school a building permit for the renovations on Feb. 6.Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive, is a religious elementary, middle and high school in the Anabaptist-Mennonite ...read more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  2/12/19  HARRISONBURG— When Deanna Reed attended a Harrisonburg City Council meeting for the first time five years ago, her main concern was school overcrowding.However, when she looked around the council chambers, she noticed a consistent theme: men.As someone who mentors youth as a passion and a career, she said, something needed to change. She lobbied women she ...read more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENS Daily News-Record 2/12/19   HARRISONBURG — The Virginia Quilt Museum is launching its 2019 season on Feb. 19 with four exhibits that will run until the summer. The downtown Harrisonburg museum, 301 S. Main St., closed since Dec. 16, reopens with exhibits that will showcase local, regional and internationally made quilts representing a range of styles and techniques. “It’s ...read more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  2/13/19  HARRISONBURG — After offering after-school programs at Rockingham County elementary schools for more than two decades, the Parks and Recreation Department is planning to expand to the middle schools as well.According to the department, 470 children are enrolled in after-school care at Cub Run, Mountain View, McGaheysville, John Wayland, Fulks Run, John ...read more
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
DNR 2/13/19  ROCKINGHAM — The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Committee awarded more than $14,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in January.Operation Round Up, which launched in fall 2017, is the cooperative’s charitable giving program that addresses crucial needs within their service area, according to the SVEC press release.The cooperative serves around ...read more
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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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Monday, February 11, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News- Record 2/9/19  HARRISONBURG — The Harrisonburg Education Foundation raised $86,000 this past year, allowing the nonprofit to award 59 grants to teachers in Harrisonburg City Public Schools.HEF’s funds go toward such programs as the Innovative Educator grants, given to teachers in special education, technology, fine arts, finance and early childhood education who ...read more
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Friday, February 08, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  2/8/19  HARRISONBURG — The Arts Council of the Valley is offering couples a different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.The second annual Cupid Crawl takes participants on a guided tour through downtown Harrisonburg’s art scene with opportunities to interact with local artists on Feb. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Each venue includes drinks and appetizers.The Cupid Crawl ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
‘Forgivable’ Loan To Be Used For Affordable HousingBy JESSICA WETZLERDaily News- Record 2/6/19  HARRISONBURG — The Central Valley Habitat of Humanity was awarded a $ 500,000 “forgivable” loan Friday to be used for providing affordable housing to low- income individuals.David Wenger, executive director of the nonprofit, said the organization applied for the loan in October to help pay for upcoming ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
NewsInBriefInterstate 81 Bills AdvanceDNR 2/6/19  HARRISONBURG — Two bills that would create a yearlong study identifying funding for Interstate 81 improvements passed with little opposition in the House of Delegates and state Senate on Tuesday.Del. Steve Landes, R- Weyers Cave, and Sen. Mark Obenshain, R- Rockingham, proposed almost identical substitutes to their original bills last week in an ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  2/6/19  HARRISONBURG — Hotel Madison is offering a immersive weekend experience for wine aficionados and connoisseurs that includes educational workshops, tastings and food pairings.The inaugural Winter Wine Weekend, taking place Feb. 22-24 in the hotel’s conference center, will showcase over 20 wineries based in the Shenandoah Valley region, in partnership ...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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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Eastern Mennonite University undergraduate and graduate students who are planning health careers in pharmacy now have an expedited pathway to earning the required Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. A new articulation agreement with Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacyprovides annual priority enrollment for up to five undergraduate students and five graduate students in EMU’s MS ...read more
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Monday, February 04, 2019
Sentara RMH Exceeds Patient Satisfaction Goals   HARRISONBURG, VA – Sentara RMH Medical Center exceeded its patient satisfaction goals for 2018 on both inpatient and outpatient satisfaction surveys.  Sentara RMH inpatients and outpatients are asked in follow-up satisfaction surveys to rate their healthcare experience. The surveys are administered to a random selection of inpatients and to all ...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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Thursday, January 31, 2019
HARRISONBURG — Dean Brothers Inc., a Harrisonburg commercial, industrial and residential electrical company, will welcome Adam Roberson as its new CEO in March.Roberson, who has experience with strategic planning while working for a Minnesota- based commercial printing company now called Navitor, has spent the past 10 years as an executive and program director of a medical nonprofit and is in the ...read more
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Friday, January 25, 2019
https://emu.edu/now/news/2019/01/mj-sharp-scholarship-recipients-calling-is-to-raise-a-generation-of-young-peacebuilders/David M. Nyiringabo is the first beneficiary of the Michael J. Sharp Peace and Justice Endowed Scholarship Fund for students studying in the graduate program at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). The fund was established following the 2017 ...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 23, 2019
Attorney Nathan B. Greyard Joins Lenhart Pettit Lenhart Pettit is pleased to announce that Nathan B. Greyard has joined the law firm in its Harrisonburg office, focusing his practice on Banking and Creditor’s Rights, Commercial Real Estate, and Commercial Litigation.  Nathan has experience working with banks and lenders on loans workouts, special-asset litigation, and foreclosure processes, ...read more
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/23/19  HARRISONBURG — Massanutten Technical Center’s high school automotive training course welcomed a new car into its fleet Tuesday morning.The 2013 Ford Focus was donated by Harrisonburg Ford and will be the studied in- depth by students.The donation system is a simple process, said Kevin Hutton, MTC’s director.“We try to make it as easy as we can,” he ...read more
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP is pleased to announce Jennifer Theimer, CPA has joined the firm as a director in the finanical institutions practice. Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer was a Chief Administration and Risk Officer (CARO) in the commercial banking industry where she was responsible for managing strategic, financial, and operational risks across the organization.  At Brown Edwards, ...read more
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  1/22/19  HARRISONBURG — Amy Snider is ready to get to work.Snider will take on the role as assistant to City Manager Eric Campbell by the end of this month. Along with other tasks, Snider will be in charge of customer service and citizen complaints, project coordination, special projects and City Council-city manager relations.Her salary with the city will be ...read more
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Friday, January 18, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/18/19  HARRISONBURG — Legislation filed this week outlines where lawmakers will begin their deliberations on proposed tolls for Interstate 81.On Tuesday, state Sens. Mark Obenshain, R- Rockingham, and Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, introduced a bill that would fund improvements to the heavily traveled interstate. Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, filed companion ...read more
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Friday, January 18, 2019
By IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/18/19  HARRISONBURG — Business leaders, taking time away from their everyday work to do a bit of socializing, chatted around the pool area of the DoubleTree by Hilton on Thursday evening. The event, sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, had a serious purpose beyond food and drinks, though.The business community was invited to attend the ...read more
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
WARM WISHESA ‘Revolutionary’ FriendshipFriendship Industries President Retires After 43 YearsBy IAN MUNRODaily News-Record  1/17/19  HARRISONBURG — George Homan’s 1974 skiing accident didn’t stop him from becoming a CEO.“[The accident] resulted in me needing to change careers,” Homan said, and that’s how he found himself at Friendship Industries, where he would work and lead for more than four ...read more
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Monday, January 14, 2019
HARRISONBURG, VA – The Virginia Quilt Museum will be opening for the season on Tuesday February 19, 2019. The museum will showcase quilts from the museum’s private collection as well as 25 quilts from the Houston International Festival which will include some of the most famous names in contemporary quilt art as well as emerging artists whose innovative work has caught many collector’s attention. ...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
Hit The Ground RunningCampbell Completes First Year Leading HarrisonburgBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record 1/9/19  HARRISONBURG — Eric Campbell has spent a memorable fi rst year as Harrisonburg city manager and says his passion for local government has only grown.From Petersburg to Portsmouth to Charlotte, N.C., to Dallas, Campbell is no stranger to the world of city governance — he’s been doing ...read more
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
ArtWorks Gallery is excited for some changes coming to the Spring 2019 Semester at James Madison University! Gallery Director, Therese Smith is joined by Assistant Director, Caley English, and Graduate Advisor, Mallory Burrell. Therese Smith served as Co-Director during the Fall 2018 Semester. She is a Graphic Design Major in The School of Art, Design and Art History. Caley English was a ...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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Monday, January 07, 2019
DNR 1/3/2019  HARRISONBURG — Farmers & Merchants Bank announced promotions for employees at several of its branches in the Shenandoah Valley.Jonah Pence was promoted to senior vice president and market leader for F&M Bank’s Harrisonburg and Rockingham County offices, according to a bank press release.Pence, who lives in Cross Keys, has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech as well as ...read more
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Monday, January 07, 2019
By LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  1/5/19  HARRISONBURG — With most of its patients now covered by Medicaid, the Harrisonburg- Rockingham Free Clinic has changed its income eligibility requirements.The nonprofit health center’s board voted Dec. 28 to increase its income threshold for patients from 200 percent to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.In 2018, the federal poverty level for ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVELiving Life To The FullestRole Models, Challenges Shape Lori KiznerBy LAINE GRIFFINDaily News-Record  12/31/18  HARRISONBURG — Everything is different in Lori Kizner’s world.To her, it’s about mentoring college students and helping young kids reach their full potential. But it’s also about living.Living her life to its fullest potential.Kizner is known to most people in the ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
By JESSICA WETZLERDNR 1/2/2019  Daily News-Record  ELKTON — After almost three years with no one in the position, Elkton is now formally searching for a town manager.When Josh Gooden was elected mayor in November, he said he wanted to find a full-time town manager as soon as possible.“Filling the position is a top priority because it is needed for the long-term and the short-term planning of the ...read more
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Friday, January 04, 2019
CANINE CONNECTIONLocal SPCA Hires New DirectorBy SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  1/3/19  HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has hired a new executive director who wants to lower the shelter’s high euthanasia rate.Huck Nawaz replaces Anne Anderson, who retired at the end of the year after 22 years. Nawaz officially takes over as executive director this month.Nawaz, 36, most recently ...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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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record 12/29/18  HARRISONBURG — Janice Shanholtzer was just out of high school when she applied for a job at Truck and Equipment doing parts inventory.There isn’t a special or meaningful story about why she applied for the job she did. Shanholtzer was just ready to start working.But what is special and meaningful was that she stayed. After taking the job in 1962, ...read more
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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  12/29/18  HARRISONBURG — The blood donation center in Harrisonburg is reopening on Wednesday as an American Red Cross facility following the national blood donation and disaster relief organization’s acquisition of Virginia Blood Services in November.The former Virginia Blood Services donation center, located at 182 Neff Ave., will begin collecting platelets ...read more
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Friday, December 28, 2018
‘SOMETHING I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO’Field ExperienceNew Fair Manager’s Ag Roots Run DeepBy SHELBY MERTENSDaily News- Record 12/28/18  HARRISONBURG — Rebecca Holloway grew up on a farm in Grottoes and started showing market steers and hogs at the Rockingham County Fair at the age of 11.Her family has a long history at the fair, and she won several awards for livestock in her youth. She looked ...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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Thursday, December 27, 2018
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  12/27/18  HARRISONBURG — Terry Burkholder, who was tasked with reviving First Night Harrisonburg eight years ago, is retiring in the new year, making way for a new executive director.The community New Year’s Eve celebration on Monday will be Burkholder’s last. Michael John Betts will take the reins on Jan. 1. “This is my eighth year and First Night continues to ...read more
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
By PETE DELEADaily News-Record  12/20/18  HARRISONBURG — For the past few days, New Market resident Pam Presgrave packed up pencils, notebooks, toothpaste and other items that most people take for granted.Over the next few days, more than 5,000 packages will be delivered to Virginia inmates provided by Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach in Harrisonburg.“It makes me feel good knowing that they’re ...read more
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Longtime Faculty Member Had Been Serving In Interim CapacityBy MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News-Record  12/20/18  HARRISONBURG — Mike Busing got his first taste of the business world working in his family’s meat packaging company in Indiana. Busing said that’s where he believes he got his work ethic.But after years of working in the business, Busing’s dad told him to work hard in school so that he ...read more
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
NewsInBriefRockingham County Recognized For Annual Financial ReportingDNR Online 12/20/18  HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County has been recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for its excellence in financial reporting. The county earned its 36th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence.The Board of Supervisors released to the public the Rockingham County Comprehensive Annual ...read more
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
By SHELBY MERTENSDaily News-Record  12/19/18  HARRISONBURG — Starting next year, James Madison University will offer a new cybersecurity noncredit professional development certificate program for business leaders who want to learn how to better protect company and consumer data.The 20-hour introductory course consists of two full days of class in Harrisonburg and Roanoke, and two morning online ...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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Monday, December 17, 2018
OASIS PRESS RELEASE (for December2018/January2019 Events)  FIRST NIGHT: Dwight Martin will be playing at OASIS from 6:30-9:30; we will have complimentary warm drinks.  EXHIBITS:  VMRC (Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community: “OASIS and Friends” will exhibit at VMRC, showing in a variety of media. The exhibit will run from 13 January to 15 February, and will be in the Park Gables Gallery, 1491 ...read more
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Monday, December 17, 2018
BRIDGEWATER, VA. — Bridgewater College has announced a one-to-one $250,000 challenge grant from The Robert G. Cabell III and Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation, in Richmond, Va., to help fund the renovation of the Alexander Mack Memorial Library to create the new hub of learning on campus, the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons. In order to obtain the grant, Bridgewater must raise $250,000 in cash ...read more
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
By MEGAN WILLIAMSDaily News- Record 12/13/18  HARRISONBURG — Skyline Literacy has raised enough money to keep its doors open at least through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.After having its federal funding cut in recent years, the Harrisonburg-based organization for adults looking to improve their reading skills, attain citizenship, earn a GED or other ...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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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
By MAX LEEFor the Daily News-Record          12/10/18  The New Market- based Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation announced the preservation of 16 acres in an event in Staunton on Thursday.The 16- acre acquisition is part of the McDowell Battlefield. Terry Heder, the director of interpretation, education and history for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, said in a ...read more
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
DNR 12/11/18  HARRISONBURG — Park View Federal Credit Union announced that Sherwyn Smeltzer, a financial adviser, is now a certified financial planner as authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.According to a Park View press release, Smeltzer is a certified public accountant at the nonprofit, member-owned cooperative credit union based in Harrisonburg.The certified ...read more
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
On November 29, 2018, Ellen R. Fitzwater retired as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of F & M Bank Corp. after 19 years of service. The Board of Directors of F&M Bank Corp. appointed Michael W. Pugh as the new Board Chair.  Mr. Pugh has served as a director of the Company for the past 24 years.   Attachment: “Passing of the gavel” from Ellen Fitzwater (right) to newly elected Chairman, ...read more
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
By IAN MUNROFor the Daily News-Record          12/6/18  HARRISONBURG — Three state lawmakers representing parts of the Shenandoah Valley discussed a wide range of issues they hope to tackle in the upcoming General Assembly session with local business leaders on Wednesday.Dels. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, and Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, spoke to about 50 people ...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
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
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
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
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
Nonprofit To Add Services Page, ShenandoahDNR 11/14/18  HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg- based nonprofit that supports people with brain injuries is expanding into Shenandoah and Page counties.Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley announced Monday that it received state funding to bring its services north.Founded in 2005, the nonprofit combines public and private resources to provide ...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
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
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
Categories: Human Interest, Press Release
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
Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release
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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Monday, November 12, 2018
By PETE DELEADaily News-RecordROCKINGHAM — Two Rockingham County towns continue to rank among the safest in Virginia.SafeWise, a safety-focused community organization, released its list of the state’s 20 safest cities and towns this week. Bridgewater ranked No. 2, and Broadway followed at No. 3.Bridgewater had been ranked No. 1 for the last two years. It was replaced by Dumfries.“We were excited ...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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