Up With People Coming to Harrisonburg to Benefit the Childrens Museum

Up With People released a press release stating it will bring its cultural show to Harrisonburg for a series of performances scheduled October 25-November 6.  The performances will benefit the Harrisonburg Childrens Museum.

Press Release:  When the multinational cast of Up with People takes the stage at Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg on Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 31 at 4 p.m. audience members will find something for virtually every musical taste and interest. [A special show is scheduled at the new Forbes Center – more information soon]

Long before American Idol began discovering and refining new talent or High School Musical tapped into the exuberance of young ensemble casts, Up with People pioneered these attributes while touring the world with their optimistic message of global cooperation and goodwill. Continue reading “Up With People Coming to Harrisonburg to Benefit the Childrens Museum” »

Virginia Biodiesel Conference Convenes in Harrisonburg

Approximately 75 people convened today at the Virginia Biodiesel Conference.  Hosted by Virginia Clean Cities, the event sought to bring together producers, users, and policy experts to discuss the state of the biodiesel industry in Virginia.  Attendees included representatives from Red Birch Energy, Reco Biodiesel, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, Public Policy Virginia, Virginia Soybean Association, and many more organizations.  Elected officials included Delegate Tony Wilt (26th House of Delegates District) and Harrisonburg Mayor Kai Degner, who facilitated the event in his professional position as the Fairfield Center.   Continue reading “Virginia Biodiesel Conference Convenes in Harrisonburg” »

EMU Signs Agreement to Build Va.’s Largest Solar Panel Array

Posted below is a news release from Eastern Mennonite University marking the formal announcement that the university will be proceeding with plans to install solar panels on the library roof. This effort, led by Tony Smith, the co-director of EMU’s MBA program, was first announced last spring. In April, the city council approved a rezoning to allow the construction of the project.

At the time, Smith and his colleagues hoped to install enough panels on campus to generate 1 megawatt of power. Over the summer, a number of factors prompted the university to scale back the solar project. The first phase, which began this week, will generate 104.3 kilowatts with panels on the library roof, and will still be the largest solar array in the state. The university plans a second round of construction to install panels on canopies above a parking lot, adding another 300 kilowatts of capacity. Continue reading “EMU Signs Agreement to Build Va.’s Largest Solar Panel Array” »

Still ‘Speedy’ After All These Years

Phil Helmuth, executive director of development at EMU, accepts the keys and title to Margaret Martin Gehman's 1967 Volkswagen Beetle. Photo by Jim Bishop

HARRISONBURG – At age 88, Margaret Martin Gehman of Harrisonburg has lost a little of her trademark drive, largely because she has parted company with a faithful friend.

Dr. Gehman and her trusty, albeit a bit rusty, mechanical steed, a blue 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, are almost synonymous to many observers. For years she motored the streets of the greater Harrisonburg area even though she preferred walking to as many destinations as possible. She has been a resident of Continue reading “Still ‘Speedy’ After All These Years” »

This post was submitted by Jim Bishop.

Tea Party Revolts over Nothing

The Tea Party/Republicans claim the Democrats are dismantling free enterprise and building up unprecedented debt. Bailing out Wall Street and the car industry, and stimulating the economy were emergency measures. The Tea Party/Republican complaints go to the long term, what to do about the crushing entitlement costs.   Continue reading “Tea Party Revolts over Nothing” »

This post was submitted by Bishop Dansby.

Recent EMU Grad Remembered in Ceremony

EMU junior Julia Johnson reflects on fellow New Zealand seminar participant Jason Marner. The red oak tree planted in Jason's memory is in foreground. Photo by Lindsey Kolb

HARRISONBURG – The 15-foot-tall red oak tree stood erect and vigilant on the hillside, a symbol of the person it would memorialize.

A group of some 100 supporters surrounded the tree Friday, Sept. 17, as tributes and reflections were shared on behalf of Jason Marner, 21, a spring 2010 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University.

Marner, a business administration graduate of EMU, had completed a two-year internship at Dynamic Aviation in neighboring Bridgewater while a student and had begun work there on Monday, June 28. Continue reading “Recent EMU Grad Remembered in Ceremony” »

This post was submitted by Jim Bishop.

Terrorist Victory?

http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/profiles/images/9-11_1.jpgNine years after the most horrendous attack on American soil, we look back on that tragic September day and reflect on what has transpired since then. When those nineteen fanatics commandeered four jet airliners to use them as weapons against us, we were dumbfounded that our open society could be so vulnerable. The sense of horror and frustration soon gave way to anger, and under the leadership of President George W. Bush, we mobilized an international coalition of nations to take the fight to the terrorists. Continue reading “Terrorist Victory?” »

Valley Delegation to Attend Stewart’s Million Moderate March

Shenandoah Valley residents are organizing to attend Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity,” scheduled for October 30 on the National Mall.  Lowell Fulk, among others, is extending an invitation for people up and down the Valley to carpool to the event described by Stewart as being “for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.”

Currently the Valley-centric Facebook event shows close to 2,000 people having been invited to attend.  See Fulk’s email below: Continue reading “Valley Delegation to Attend Stewart’s Million Moderate March” »

Skatan Worshipers #2

Skateboarding on Court Square

Skatan Worshipers is an annual art show that takes place at The Artful Dodger every October right here in Harrisonburg. The main focus of this show is to showcase the aesthetic achievements of skateboard culture. Maybe you caught the exhibit and/or opening last year, maybe you just saw a bunch of people skateboarding downtown on Oct. 2nd and wondered why, well this is why. Continue reading “Skatan Worshipers #2” »

This post was submitted by Paul Somers.

Harrisonburg Town Hall to Spotlight Community Safety

Harrisonburg’s Northeast Neighborhood Association will host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the recent shootings on and around the Kelley Street area and propose solutions to make this, and all neighborhoods, a safe place to live.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 in the Lucy Simms Center, located at 620 Simms Avenue in Harrisonburg. Continue reading “Harrisonburg Town Hall to Spotlight Community Safety” »

This post was submitted by Becky Johnston- Strong Families/Great Youth Coalition.

An invitation to Aikido: The Art of Peace

Aikido is a Japanese self-defense art that is built on principles of conflict transformation. It may look like a martial art, but its founder called it the ‘art of peace’. The aim is to resolve conflict in a way that harms neither the ‘attacked’ nor the ‘attacker’. Continue reading “An invitation to Aikido: The Art of Peace” »

This post was submitted by Phil Easley.

Sept 18: EMU Quintet to Spread Harmony Through Music

Press Release HARRISONBURG – Eastern Mennonite University’s faculty artist series will present an evening of chamber music by “Musica Harmonia,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Martin Chapel of the seminary building at EMU. Continue reading “Sept 18: EMU Quintet to Spread Harmony Through Music” »

This post was submitted by Jim Bishop.

The Making of a 91-yr-old Activist

Maxine Keier, Photo by Diana Woodall

“I’m 91 years old and these are the scariest times of my life.” This statement made by Maxene Kleier of Bridgewater piqued my curiosity, so recently I arranged to interview her at her home. Why do some of us identify as activists, or progressives, and some don’t?

DW: You say you’ve been an activist since you were born?

MK: My parents both believed we all have an obligation to other people. My mother volunteered until she was in her late 70’s–for Meals on Wheels, for example. I was raised in that tradition. I think some of the problems of today are related to the fact that real caring for one another is not exactly held as a desirable value, as it could be. I’ve never seen such disregard for ethics as I see now.

We are living in a secular system, and any attempt to change it into a theocracy is very scary, and we do have that going on now. Continue reading “The Making of a 91-yr-old Activist” »

This post was submitted by Diana Woodall.

Governor McDonnell: Global Warming Skeptic

Governor Bob McDonnell held a town meeting at JMU last week. I had an opportunity to ask him whether he was prepared to support policies that would reduce greenhouse emissions to avoid the worst impacts of global warming (see video inset).
In the course of his answer, he revealed that he thought it was still debatable as to whether climate change was anthropogenic (caused by man). This and other statements made it clear that none of his policies would be based on the assumption that man’s use of fossil fuels was the cause of climate change.

It is clear that this administration takes its cues from coal and the electric utilities that run largely on coal. McDonnell specifically stated that he is a “supporter of coal.” He more than once stated that no one Continue reading “Governor McDonnell: Global Warming Skeptic” »

This post was submitted by Bishop Dansby.