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Massanutten Technical Center

MTC Bistro / Culinary Classroom – project update

The culinary arts classroom at Massanutten Technical Center was in need of a revamp. The existing classroom was built in 1972 and according to MTC Director Kevin Hutton “It just wasn’t up to date with where it needed to be.” He worked with his staff to develop a...
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air leaks

Is your home comfortable? Energy Audit Follow up

An energy-audit is a great “tune-up” for your existing home. I have been offering energy-audits for free for people in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County now for about four years. My goal is to help people reduce their monthly bills by identifying easy to correct...
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Home Energy Use Average Survey – Please help!

I am working on a research project that looks at different wall types (2 x 4 wood, 2 x 6 wood, ICF, other) compared to annual energy usage. The more data I can collect for each wall type the closer I will get to scientific conclusion. If you have a moment, can you please fill out...

Snow and Concrete – how to melt away your problems

Well we finally have winter with snow! This makes some of us happy, and some of us who like warm weather. . . not so much. But it is cozy inside, and nice when you don’t need to go out. Have a cup of hot chocolate! I (Phyllis) have posted before about importance of not...
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Chamber awards

Volunteering for a better community

Congratulations to Judith Trumbo, Business Person of the Year, Welhelmina Johnson, Diversity Leadership award, the Thompsons for the Family Farm Steward award, and Rocktown Kitchen for Entrepreneur of the year at this year’s Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce...
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2019 New Year’s Resolution: Save The Environment!

As a Junior at James Madison University studying Architectural Design, I’ve heard my share (and more!) about sustainable design and how our environment is worsening each year. But as a college-level architect, I know my sustainable designs and ideas won’t be...
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light switch

Look For Air Leaks If Your House Is Cold

This time of year it is sometimes hard to get warm. Does your house have that one room that is always a few degrees colder than the rest of the house? Are there places in your home you don’t use this time of year? Look for the air leak if your house is cold or uncomfortable...
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Biltmore Estate

Architect Travels: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Guest Post by Architect Deborah Smith. I am a self-proclaimed homebody, but nothing will peel me off the couch faster than getting to travel and experience new places and old/new buildings.  The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. has been on my list of places to visit for quite...
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Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center

Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center kicks off capital campaign

We love working with non-profits in our community that are doing good work. The Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center is one such client and have just kicked off their capital campaign. This organization provides full-day child care and learning opportunities in a secure...
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coat hanger

Locally Made Well-Crafted Custom Gift Options in Harrisonburg

Are you looking for a locally made well-crafted gift for someone special this year? Check out Unlimited Creations & Design, LLC. They have made several items for me and it is always beyond expectation. Bryan Shirkey is a true craftsman. He created this coat rack for my office...
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