The Spark

The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Geek Gods vs Loose Screws?

Mechano Crab by Gakken photographed by Wikipedia Commons user PlusMinus

Western Albemarle High school has a powerhouse robotics club for students who enjoy designing and fabricating machines that can do things. This club has spawned two teams (The Geeks Gods and the Loose Screws) that are set to compete in their third consecutive Virginia state robotics championship. 

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The Spark
4:15 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

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Image credit: WMRA News (tw)

John del Re doesn’t participate in shape note singing just to make music, he participates to engage in community.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Hillside School Starter

Suddenly becoming a mommy prompted Charlottesville's Sarah Gerome to start a school.

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The Spark
6:32 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Rembrandts at JMU

WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets longtime art historian Kay Arthur who helped obtain a trove of Rembrandt art for an exhibit in Harrisonburg until Feb. 28.

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The Spark
11:11 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Chirp To Win

Some world-class performers --have beaks.  We meet canary expert Andre Dight.   As a lad, Andre was once decorated for agricultural/genetics achievement by Royal Family member, the Duke of Kent.   

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Surprisingly Good Author

I won? Really?

When Staunton’s Cliff Garstang won a state-level award for his novel, What the Zhang Boys Knew, no one was more flabbergasted by this than he was. WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets the the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction honoree. 

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The Spark
6:19 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

A Twang Thang

Greg Tutwiler was working as a DJ and doing some writing when work sent him to MerleFest. Now he is the energy and expertise behind Americana Rhythm Magazine, whose mission is to “promote the culture of Americana music, its fans, its musicians, its venues, and its history.” 

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The Spark
2:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Adaptive Snowfest

Live music, a film narrated by Robert Redford about adaptive athletes, and demonstrations of adaptive equipment are among the items scheduled during Snowfest at Wintergreen Resort on the weekend of 11-12 Jan, 2014. WMRA's Martha Woodroof had a chat with long-time Wintergreen Adaptive Sports volunteer instructor Seth Whitten about the festival.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Like A Rolling Ssam

Harrisonburg's foodie scene got more variety with the arrival of Mashita, a food truck serving Korean cuisine.  WMRA's Martha Woodroof chats with enterprising epicurean, Mikey Reisenberg.  

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The Spark
6:19 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Youthful APPeal

A chat with wise youngperson Linzy Cumbia, who designed our APP. So if you listen to WMRA through an iPhone, thank him. 

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