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Posted: March 29, 2013

Bryce Resort Announces Addition Of Mountain Bike Park

BASYE — Bryce Resort recently announced a lift-access mountain bike park as an addition to its mountain adventure activities. 

Bryce partnered with Whistler, British Columbia-based Gravity Logic to design and build the park. 

Bryce Resort and its mountain staff hope to develop a fun, challenging mountain bike park. The objective is to attract individuals and families to the resort, provide quality instruction for first-timers, as well as generate “buzz” among experienced mountain bikers. Orientation programs with rentals, lessons and an introduction to park riding will be available.

The resort has partnered with Trek, a mountain bike company, to provide bikes. 

Construction of the park will begin at the conclusion of the ski season and is scheduled to open in June.

Downtown Renaissance Recognizes Award Winners

HARRISONBURG — On Feb. 25, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance recognized downtown businesses and volunteers at its annual celebration and reception, held at Clementine in downtown Harrisonburg. In addition to celebrating the organization’s 10-year anniversary, HDR also launched the 2013 “Friends of Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance” campaign and announced the winners of the Design Excellence, Volunteer of the Year and Partner of the Year Awards.

HDR’s Design Committee determines Design Excellence Award winners through careful consideration of those projects that have made a significant contribution to the preservation and beautification of the downtown district. Four categories were identified and winners were selected from a pool of 31 projects, including: outdoor innovation, Ruby’s Lounge & Patio; creative renovation, Larkin Arts; façade enhancement, Quick Source Learning; public improvements, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, and honorable mentions, Capital Ale House and MODdisplays.

HDR also recognized the collaborative efforts and incredible dedication of its volunteer and partner organizations through the Volunteer of the Year, current and former HDR board members, and Partner of the Year, the City of Harrisonburg.

The event was sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust, First Bank & Trust Company, Pendleton Community Bank, Pioneer Bank, StellarOne Bank, Summit Community Bank, SunTrust Bank, Union First Market Bank, United Bank, Wells Fargo, Clementine, Downtown Wine & Gourmet and the Joshua Wilton House.
For more information, call (540) 432-8921 or visit  HDR online.

Everence Sharing Fund Distributes Nearly $900,000

HARRISONBURG — Everence distributed $899,426 in Sharing Fund matching grants in 2012 to 1,926 households to help with basic living expenses throughout last year. Of that amount, more than $45,825 was donated via churches in the Harrisonburg Region.

The Sharing Fund provides money to match what local congregations have donated to help people with basic needs. Churches from 26 denominations participate.

Sharing Fund grants are made possible by members doing business with Everence; because of the organization’s tax status, money that would be paid in federal taxes is distributed instead through mutual aid — including the Sharing Fund. 

Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. Everence is a ministry of Mennonite Church U.S.A. and other churches. For more information, visit or call (800) 348-7468.

For more information, contact Joseph L. Lapp, Managing Director, (540)

Design Downtown 2013 Call For Contest Entries 

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has opened the 2013 Design Downtown Contest, seeking works by local artists and university students. 

Through the contest, HDR asks artists to celebrate the growth and changes of the historic district through a design that illustrates the spirit of downtown. The contest is not limited to a particular medium, though it should be easily reproducible in a 2-D format. All entries must include the artist’s signature with the date “2013.”

The contest will close at 5 p.m. April 5.

Entry forms are available on the HDR website. All submissions should be sent to, include the entry form and a high-resolution digital rendering of at least 300 dpi as an attachment. 

For 2-D graphic designs, a vector-based format file should also be attached. All 3-D entries can be dropped off at the HDR offices at the Hardesty-Higgins House at 212 S. Main St. in downtown Harrisonburg. 

The winner will be announced at First Fridays on May 3, as well as on Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s Facebook page, Do Downtown blog and website. 

An exhibit featuring the top designs of the contest will also be held May 3. The winning design will be reproduced on downtown merchandise to be sold by HDR at events and in various venues throughout downtown. 

Contest details can be found in the attached submission agreement and list of rules and regulations. 

For more information, email, or contact Nicole Martorana, promotions manager for HDR, at (540) 432-8909.

Volunteer Farm In Need Of Donations, Manager

WOODSTOCK — In preparation for the upcoming planting season, the Volunteer Farm is seeking donations.

Funds raised will benefit the purchase of drip tape for the irrigation system; the purchase of seeds, estimated at $5,275, and a potato plow, estimated at $340. Donations may be made online through PayPal, by visiting the Volunteer Farm online, or sent by check or money order to the farm.

The farm is also in need of volunteers and welcomes school, business and church groups, as well as families. Volunteers may sign up online by visiting the website and selecting “Sign up to volunteer.”

Questions may be directed to

The farm is also searching for a farm manager. Qualifications include experience with large-scale vegetable production, drip-tape irrigation and current pesticide license. Interested parties should send resumes Questions may be directed to (540) 459-3478

— From Staff Reports

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