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Saturday, November 28, 2020
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As a daughter in a traveling military family, Nancy Steller called the world her home and completed high school in Copenhagen, where she met her now-husband, Frank. The two lived in Denmark and Sweden before eventually moving to the U.S. in 1982, but they never stopped traveling and admiring…

Saturday, November 21, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
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On the first day of Christmas, your loved one may surprise you with a partridge in a pear tree, or an acrylic ornament, if they attend James Madison University’s X-Labs workshops.

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During the height of activism for Black Lives Matter over the summer, James Madison University’s Spirit Rock was defaced. Once a painted homage reading “Black Lives Matter,” the word “Black” was torn from the structure, limp shreds of paint scattered across the grass.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
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When Amy Strunk had a cancer scare this summer, it chilled her to the bone. For anyone who’s had to sit in a starchy office and hear the dreaded words fall out of a doctor’s mouth, they know the feeling, but the news was an even harder pill for Strunk to swallow.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Many of you thanked me by using the link I set out last week regarding grocery tech. Thanks for using it and for those who emailed. And as for the link again, here you go, ghtech.site/Walmart. Once again, if you use that specific link you will get $10 off of your first order if it is over $50.

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Children are home and the house is getting antsy on the countdown to Thanksgiving. Sound familiar, but want to enjoy some family fun that benefits the community? Look no further than your neighborhood park.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
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Each year, Explore More Discovery Museum closes for one night to transform the children’s exhibits into a chic gala event to highlight its yearly accomplishments and raise funds for future opportunities.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Sons Benjamin, 21, and Joseph, 18, both have left for work. It is 5 a.m. and I decided I’ll write this column while all is still quiet. The weather has taken a big change overnight. Yesterday, and for over a week, we have had nice, sunny, warm weather. Now this morning the temperature is in …

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Feeling rested and energized can be challenging beneath the endless gray blanket of clouds shrouding the region in autumn gloom and rain. Piping coffee and an umbrella can keep you warm, but local herbalists recommend using dandelion roots and citrine for a holistic remedy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Monday, November 09, 2020

Before I start with my main thoughts today, thanks to my buddy John for the idea. I would like to add a short follow-up to the last two weeks’ articles.

Saturday, November 07, 2020
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One Thanksgiving week I happened to visit a place of business landscaped with many Bradford Pear trees (Pyrus calleryana). I was astonished to see that the trees were not only loaded with fruit, they were also loaded with Cedar Waxwings, birds that migrate from more northern states to winter…

Thursday, November 05, 2020
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We are having nice, sunny autumn weather with temperatures in the 60s by the end of the day. It’s a good time to get the leaves raked and the yard cleaned up before the snow flies. We did have a coating of snow on Sunday, but it didn’t accumulate much.

“We need the honesty and courage to recognize the faults, flaws, and failings of even the greatest of our heroes — and to acknowledge our own faults, flaws, and failings.” — Cornel West and Robert George, Boston Globe op-ed

Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Tuesday, November 03, 2020
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Today’s the day. After months of barraging reminders to register and cast a vote, Nov. 3 has arrived. Now, all there is to do is sit back, wait and try to relax as Election Day unfolds.

Monday, November 02, 2020

Last week, we looked at some of the workplace changes that came out due to the pandemic. Mainly lots of people working from home (WFH). I did not mention schooling from home, which is another story entirely. For sure, things have changed. Some of those changes are good; some could give us ma…

Thursday, October 29, 2020
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Haunted hallways and howls of horror lie in wait around every turn where fiends of the night lurk and screech. Even Freddy Kreuger might run from the nightmares come to life in the twisted world of clowns, claustrophobia and creepy creatures at Shenandoah Caverns.

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‘Twas the eve of Halloween weekend, when all through the Valley not a creature was resting, neither scaly nor shaggy. The pumpkins sat wickedly carved in yards and on stoops, in hopes that trick-or-treaters soon would visit in groups.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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All dressed up with nowhere to go this Halloween? Head to downtown Harrisonburg, where your costume can mean prizes from several establishments.

Saturday, October 24, 2020
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For several years, VA Momentum has partnered with Massanutten Resort to bring a 2-mile race that challenges mathletes and athletes to find equilibrium in Pound The Peak.

Friday, October 23, 2020
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Share “Tender Love” with the Harrisonburg Salvation Army this weekend with two iconic stars of the 20th century.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
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When Tony Brown discovered Our Community Place in 2017, he was living in a tent. After deciding to leave his life in the woods behind, he walked into OCP, unsure of what he may find. Brown became a volunteer by the next week, moved to be a donor within months and found housing two years late…

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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During the warmer months, Billy Jack's Wing and Draft Shack and Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint acclimated to social distancing by offering seating in the parking lot across from Court Square. Now that the weather is cooling down, guests are dining in a new space.

Friday, October 16, 2020
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When farmers needed help in the past building a barn, the community historically came together for a “barn raising” as many hands make light work.

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Splotched watercolor and free form poetry weaves through each issue of Las Traumadas, a composition of raw emotions in verbal, hand-drawn maps guiding readers onto the path of internal and interpersonal healing through empathy and understanding.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Supper is over with, and I need to start writing this column. We had potato soup, side pork (from our pork we butchered last winter), cheese, and crackers. Daughters Loretta, 20, and Lovina, 16, aren’t home tonight. Loretta’s friend Dustin’s family is having a belated birthday supper for him…

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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Every morning, Rey Gotay goes to set up and open his newest business, Old 33 Beer & Burger Grill in Elkton, but the classic American-style eatery is far from Gotay’s first or last business endeavor. Operating and managing a business is his bread and butter, and it’s work he’s done since …

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Brothers Craft Brewing's Fall Coffee Fest is back for its sixth year this weekend, and beers are roast-flavored and barbecue has a coffee kick.

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Along Skyline Drive and throughout the county's landscapes, the world is softly swinging into a season of reds, yellows and amber, but at the corner of Water and Main streets, Kathy Roletter sat spinning her own field of colors.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
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Nancy Mandeville does everything right. She exercises regularly. She doesn’t drink, and she doesn’t smoke. But the cancer didn’t care.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

We have entered October, which brings us closer to the end of 2020. Leaves are falling, farmers are harvesting corn, gardens are being cleared out and tilled. All of these events are a sure sign that autumn is here. We went to the local u-pick orchard and picked grapes and our supply of appl…

Since we ceased, in March, being in person together, we have “met” on interactive video websites such as Zoom, Skype, Facebook rooms and Google meetings, while our body is still sitting on our couch at home.