Main Street Community Partnership

Main Street Community Partnership
11:04 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Mural Artist Wanted

This is the blank canvas. The mural is to fill the area bounded by the black lines.
Credit ValleyArts.ORG

The parking deck behind the old post office is to get a makeover: Harrisonburg wants an artist to design a mural.  The competition will favor artists residing in (or at least with a connection to) the city or surrounding county.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:53 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State's Only Worker-Owned Restaurant Turns Ten

Credit The Little Grill Collective

Harrisonburg's oldest restaurant, The Little Grill, has been running since the 1940s as a "greasy spoon" and then as a neo-hippie cafe with a lively live music scene. The old diner fare was gradually replaced with farm-to-table sorts of offerings.

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Main Street Community Partnership
9:20 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Winchester's Woman In Black

Credit https://www.facebook.com/mysteriouswomaninblack

In Georgia, Tennessee, and then Ohio and West Virginia, there appeared sightings of a loner on foot in a dark robe with odd headgear. In the connected age of smart phones and social media, a strange sight can become a global media fad. Someone tags a photo "#womaninblack" and others who see her follow suit. As the hashtags and Facebook sharing added up, public curiosity grew. Who was this mysterious woman in black and why was she shunning most contact with others?

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Main Street Community Partnership
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Plans For, And Opposition To, Proposed Fracking Pipeline in Virginia

A buried pipeline's linear clear-cut through woods. This pipeline is in Ohio.
Credit Analogue Kid

In July 2014, the first survey crews should be appearing on private lands along a proposed new pipeline's route.  Construction is expected to get underway in 18 to 24 months.

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Main Street Community Partnership
10:23 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Yes, Virginia, That Was Another Earthquake

Virginia earthquake of May 22, 2014 --summary of witness reports and detection equipment. Image credit: USGS

On May 21 of 2014, a weak earthquake felt at night in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Louisa, and elsewhere mostly just rattled nerves as the historic 2011 Virginia Earthquake leapt to mind.

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WMRA News
3:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oil Train Crash and 50-Foot Fireball in Lynchburg

Image credit: WSET via New York Daily News

The latest fiery oil train incident is in the WMRA area. In downtown Lynchburg, a CSX oil train derailed near the Depot Grille. Towering flames and a column of black smoke prompted a local state of emergency, evacuations, and warnings to avoid the area.

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Main Street Community Partnership
12:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Open Schools During Blizzards?

Image credit: Wikipedia user Burtonpe (adjustments by WMRA News /tw)
Credit Burtonpe

Some members of Albemarle county's school board supported keeping schools open during winter storms by temporarily switching school bus stops to the major roads most likely to be plowed first. However, the idea of schoolkids hiking slippery snowbound secondary roads in wind chill conditions alarmed some board members.

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Main Street Community Partnership
11:43 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Involuntarily-Inked Va Kids Could Get Out-of-State Help

Two Virginia girls involuntarily tattooed by their babysitter could get free removal treatments by a good Samaritan from the North.

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WMRA News
12:09 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Grisham, Banks for Innocence Project in Charlottesville (Event Wed.6pm)

WMRA's recent Virginia Insight episode about judicial false confessions, generated so much interest that it seemed wise to pass along info about a related event.

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WMRA News
4:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Activated: Zany "French" Redesign of I-64/US-15 Jct

Image credit: VDOT (Zion X-Rds project video: youtube.com/watch?v=kYOCC1oUivo )

Bad news: the unnerving experience of driving up the "wrong" side of the road for a bit.  Good news: big boosts in safety and in traffic flow. On Friday, Feb 21, Virginia's first-ever "French flip" intersection is scheduled to open just east of Charlottesville, at the once-sleepy but now overcrowded I-64 Zion Crossroads interchange.

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