Martha Woodroof

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The Spark
11:54 am
Thu August 15, 2013

The Earth Connection

April Moore, who cut her activist teeth working for Ralph Nadar, now channels her activist energies and love of nature into her website The Earth Connection.

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The Spark
6:22 am
Thu August 8, 2013

"Big Deal" Park Planning in the 'Burg

Landscape Architect Ken Smith

He's Big Deal Landscape Architect Ken Smith.

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The Spark
10:59 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Wee Tiny Aeronautics

Dan Myers is "plane crazy"* for radio-controlled aircraft. Decades before drones were in the news, Dan and fellow land-pilots of the Valley Radio-Control Flying Club were soaring, diving, and corkscrewing over Rockingham County skies --while safely on the ground. 

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The Spark
10:46 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Beer-Vinegar?

Virginia Wine and craft-brewed beer are repurposed into vinegar such as you’ve never tasted before at Virginia Vinegar Works, in scenic "metropolitan" Shipman. Martha talks with  artisanal vinegar-makers Jay and Stephanie Rostow. 

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The Spark
11:54 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Artist Aaron Shifflett

Layers of clear plastic. Paintblobs. Paintstroke-oids  (sometimes actually cut-outs of biological digital images). A talk with Harrisonburg-based artist Aaron Shifflett. 

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The Spark
3:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Poet Greg Orr

Greg Orr began writing poems about death and loss and now writes poems about life and hope. 

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The Spark
8:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Public Radio Lifer

Al. Still doing radio. Photo credit: Jim Bishop

And our new leader.  Meet Al Bartholet, formerly (and "since forever") of WKSU public radio --who is the new head of WMRA.  His 7th grade essay about "what I want to be when I grow up" actually panned out.

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The Spark
6:49 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Roll's Essay

Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons user Matěj Baťha

Youngperson Alex Roll penned the essay "Presents" for her high school English class. 

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The Spark
6:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Dance China

Dancers from Chengdu Sports University

JMU Dance Professor Shane O’Hara just got back from China, where he and a bunch of his students taught –and learned– some new steps. 

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The Spark
1:17 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

I.T. "Nerdette" Renee Parilak

Some people are born "techies" --as a kid Renee and her dad electrified her dollhouse --like with wee tiny plug-in sockets. Courtesy photo.

Some people are born "techies" --as a kid Renee and her dad electrified her dollhouse (see photo). Today she makes websites. 

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