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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Boutique Catering

On this edition of The Spark, Martha speaks with Mike Lund. Mike spent seven years in the kitchen of the famed Inn at Little Washington, working his way up to second-in-command under chef/owner Patrick O’Connell. These days, Mike does his creative, culinary thing at Mike Lund Food in Staunton.

Mike Lund on Facebook

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Destination Pluto

Artist’s concept of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015.
Credit NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben

 

In this episode of Our Island Universe, Pluto gets its due.

Learn more about NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, arriving in orbit July 14, 2015.

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New Rink Draws Kids From Near and Far
11:23 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Skating Away in Natural Bridge

Skate-clad feet on the rink at Stonebridge Skate Center in Natural Bridge Station.
Jessie Knadler

Been roller skating lately?

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Homelessness in Virginia: Part 4
11:23 am
Wed April 1, 2015

An Uphill Struggle to "Get Off These Streets"

Joseph Culver is 30. He's been homeless on and off since he was 21, and on the streets for almost three years.
Credit Kara Lofton

WMRA’s Kara Lofton met Joseph Culver in a common room at a day shelter in Charlottesville called The Haven.

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What's Wrong With the Orchardgrass?
11:18 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Why Is This Grass So Important?

Orchardgrass is valued for its nutritious and palatable hay, and has been a major crop in Virginia for decades.
Andrew Jenner

You maybe haven't heard of orchardgrass, but it's an important feed grass for livestock in Virginia, and has been a major crop here for decades.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

An Eye For Eating

On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with freelance, commercial photographer Ron Rammelkamp.

Ron is not shy. His response to being laid-off by Rosetta Stone, was to knock on the doors of Charlottesville businesses and ask if anyone needed a photographer. A knock on C-ville Weekly’s door lead to Ron’s deep professional relationship with the city’s food.

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Our Island Universe
8:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Hello Ceres!

NASA's Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres from about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) away on Feb. 25, 2015.
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

In this episode of Our Island Universe, we ponder the secrets of Ceres and anticipate the information we'll receive from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.

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Fracking Delayed is Fracking Denied
11:41 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Rockingham County Votes Down Long-Tabled Fracking Application

Rockingham County Supervisor Pablo Cuevas looks west out the window of his living room in Broadway, toward the ridges that surround Bergton.
Andrew Jenner

The edge of the Marcellus shale formation, a lucrative source of natural gas from fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, extends into the very western edge of Virginia.

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4th Annual "Walk for Hope"
11:05 am
Thu March 26, 2015

A Community Gathering to Prevent Depression and Suicide

Randy Hook is the director of counseling at Bridgewater College.
Credit Kara Lofton

On Saturday, community members and students from all four colleges in the Harrisonburg area will gather in Bridgewater to participate in the fourth annual Walk for Hope.

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Homelessness in Virginia: Part 3
10:53 am
Wed March 25, 2015

A Community Conversation About Hunger and Homelessness

The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority works with shelters in Harrisonburg and helps fund building projects through government grants.
Kara Lofton

Is there Hope for Hunger and Homelessness in Harrisonburg? City councilman Kai Degner certainly thinks so.

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