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BEWHOYOUNEEDED

Be who you needed when you were younger!

Be who you needed when you were younger!

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Be who you needed when you were younger! What a powerful way to change the future! In a time of uncertainty, bitterness, and hatred, we all need to spread love. Giving your time can be an effective way to give joy to others and it can also give you joy.

I recently attended a final capstone presentation by two JMU students that I mentored. They stood before a classroom filled with other students and professors clearly nervous. The research they were doing was focused on offering solutions for affordable housing in Harrisonburg. I know from our conversations they had the knowledge they needed to offer a complete solution – they just needed to articulate it to the group. Their vision to create a better future for those in need is through the use of tiny houses.  Their presentation offered an “ideal” house design that included energy-efficiency, health, and durable solutions. What a powerful and rewarding project for our community and to be part of as a mentor. I gave them a little of my time and knowledge and they are going to change the world! Now that is a solid return on investment.

Be who you needed when you were younger!

I remember vividly my architecture teacher in high school, Sandy Workman, giving me this same gift. She shared her time and knowledge with me which set me on a path to help others through design. I often have high school students in my office through job shadow  placements. I am continuing to pay it forward. Nate, for one, has spent the year with me learning how to design a house. He also gets to see how an architectural office functions. He is closing in on the end of his time in the office now. I look forward to seeing how he changes the world.

Serving as a mentor for the next generation is an easy gift to give to others. Setting an example will pay back for a lifetime.

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Valley Business Keynote

Mark your calendar for Valley Business Keynote – July 18, 2017 – JMU’s Forbes Theater #VBKengage

Mark your calendar for Valley Business Keynote – July 18, 2017 – JMU’s Forbes Theater #VBKengage

Valley Business Keynote facilitates engaging ideas for local leaders to help them fulfill the Valley‘s vast potential by bringing excellent speakers to our area. 

Valley Business Keynote

The premier leadership event in the Valley returns to Harrisonburg on July 18, 2017. Valley Business Keynote is a must attend event. VBK inspires business leaders in the valley from Lexington to Winchester. Steve Rizzo, a former professional comedian and an executive coach will speak about the importance of quality of life for a healthy local economy. Steve is a self-proclaimed “attitude adjuster.” Most of all He provides common sense strategies to harness the power of your “humor being” to make the most out of every day. Steve is a hall of fame comedian turned motivational speaker. In conclusion, you will come away from this keynote with a fire in your belly for making life more enjoyable and productive. 

Valley Business Keynote

VBK organizer Andy Vanhook states “I think Steve brings a message that is important to everyone in the valley. It can tie us all together. There is a lot going on in our world that could pull us apart and divide us. Steve’s humor is one of those things that brings us together and builds community.”

Valley Business Keynote

Jennifer Owen-O’Quill will kick off #VBKengage this year. She will help local business leaders understand how to leverage change and conflict to deliver constructive results. Hence, this power packed duo will inspire, challenge, and invigorate you.

Valley Business Keynote

VBK organizer Cari Orebaugh states “Jennifer is a great fit for VBK. She speaks to how we are trying to help business leaders in the valley find ways to thrive.”

Valley Business Keynote

Finally tickets this year are $25 and sponsorship opportunities are available. Just go to valleybusinesskeynote.com for more information. 

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Rotary Club of Rockingham County end polio now

Rotary Club of Rockingham County, come visit!

Rotary Club of Rockingham County – We have bacon!

The Rotary Club of Rockingham County is a group of friends that work together to put service above self. We meet weekly for breakfast and we have bacon!

 

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Rotary International

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders. Rotarians provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary Club members in over 33,000 Rotary Clubs. Clubs span more than 200 countries and/or geographical areas.

Rotary exists to improve communities through humanitarian, intercultural, and educational activities. This is done especially through the efforts of polio eradication. Rotary also focuses on peace building; international education; literacy; clean water; and other community-based projects.

 

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Rotary Club of Rockingham County

Therefore, The Rotary Club of Rockingham County invests in the continued health and positive growth of our local area through:

We partner with other Clubs on broader initiatives.  We’ve worked with the Albemarle County and Massanutten Clubs on a clean water project in Limpopo Province, South Africa through UVA’s Pure Madi program. We are actively partnering with other clubs to organize the Harrisonburg Strawberry Festival . This festival benefits both City and County public parks.

 

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The Rotary Club of Rockingham County is a mid-sized Club with a big heart.  We routinely see 100% participation of members at projects large and small (and social events dressy and informal!).  We’re a Club that is, by its very nature, easy-going. As a Club past president said, “you have to be laid back if you’re going to meet before work once a week!”  However, we are passionately committed to the ideas and goals of Rotary.  Perhaps more importantly:  we’re a Club where you can make a positive impact in your community while making new friends over coffee, bacon, and a good breakfast.

 

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Come for a visit!

We invite you to join us at one of our meetings or events.  (You can find us most Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am at the Golden Pony in Downtown Harrisonburg.)  Explore how accepting the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” will benefit the communities in which you live and work. Also learn more about how it benefits your everyday life.

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Speech and Language Center Construction nearing the finish line

Here is an update on the Speech and Language Center. For past posts, check these our HERE, HERE, and HERE.  The exterior finishes are looking sharp and have been a drastic change from the original.

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There is a small storage area on the second floor including a loft space.

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The vibrant colors add life to the building.

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The large windows bring in lots of natural light.

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Harrisonburg Construction at the SVBA Home and Living Expo

Harrisonburg Construction at the SVBA Home and Living Expo

Harrisonburg Canstruction is scheduled for April 8th at the annual SVBA Home and Living Expo at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds in Harrisonburg. This food fundraiser benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. This year there will be teams from Blue Ridge Architects and the JMU Engineering school.  Last year this event produced over 6,000 pounds of food for the food bank.

Here are creations from the Lynchburg Canstruction event.

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Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors, and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food is donated to local food banks where the competitions are held.

For a preview of what you will find at the SVBA Home and Living Expo, Blue Ridge Architects have created their structure in advance at the Harrisonburg Municipal building. Stop by and see the chick emerging from an egg.

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Plan to stop by both the municipal building and the Home and Living Expo to see these creations and don’t foget to bring your own food donation. There is a huge need in our community where there are families that are going hungry. This local food bank serves an average of 114,400 people per month. Last year they distributed 24.6 million pounds or 20.5 million meals.

Check out this contemporary cottage

Check out this contemporary cottage

This home, designed by Ray Gaines in the Charlottesville office, features bold colors, careful details, beautiful tile, classic hardwoods, large screen porch, and lots of natural light. The clerestory windows and vaulted ceiling provide beautiful gathering spaces inside with connection to the outside. The large basement offers plenty of storage and expansion for the future. The railing detail creates interesting shadow lines while maintaining an open view.

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Speech and Language Center Construction update

Speech and Language Center Construction update

Read past posts about this project HERE and HERE.

The new building is taking shape at the Speech and Language Center in Harrisonburg. I have heard from many in the community that they like the new aesthetic. What do you think?

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As with many of our projects, we selected Marvin Integrity windows for their performance, but also for being a local window manufactured just outside of Roanoke, Va.

The siding materials and colors were selected to offer a modern, clean, and welcoming finish. The tower on the corner marks the entrance while also offering a well-lit interior space.

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Mom, I will see you soon, but not soon enough.

Mom, I will see you soon, but not soon enough.

My Mom

October 7, 1950 – February 15, 2017

According to her facebook profile:

I am an artist! I draw with DMC threads, do mixed media art, working with papers and findings, make beaded jewelry working with beautiful colorful beads. I have created a mixed media dollhouse and lots of painted and decorated birdhouses. I love books – all types of books! The most important and loved the absolutely best is my Ray, our sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. All this is, of course, is given to me by my God.

Patricia Ann Hendricks

Patsy

Mom

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A coal miner’s daughter, from a holler in West Virginia. She was the first-born of maybe the strongest woman to ever live, Mamaw. Patsy, Mom played next to coal trains and dump trucks surrounded by dirt roads and black dust. She grew up quick in a tough environment from birth. Finding her teddy bear to save her, she married Ray, Dad at 16 years old.

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Where do you start when talking about someone who is such a part of you that it is hard to separate what is her and what is me?

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From my earliest memories, I was momma’s boy. We looked alike. Acted alike. Both loved to shop. Both expressed our emotions loudly or passive aggressively depending on how happy or mad you made us. We could talk about anything and I mean anything – she knew all my secrets. For hours on end we could debate anything – we loved to debate with each other – on any topic.

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I remember one time I convinced her that the chickens we noticed behind Hardees were there because Hardees had fresh chicken and that is why it was so fresh. It took a long time of debating, but I won in the end and she believed me – at least that is what she told me to end the debate.

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Most often Daddy would leave the room if we started debating because he did not like to hear us argue, but to us it was fun (most of the time).

She was fierce about the people and things she loved. Family always came first. Ray, daddy, Papa, was the center of her life. Her husband of 49 years. They both taught me that no matter what, you take care of family first. They have never let anything stay in their way even when times were tough, they were always there for one another in the end. Married before either of them had experienced the world, they overcame all obstacles and lived out the vow of to death do us part.

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She gave me a note not long ago. It said “tell him I truly love him. He is the best husband any woman could have.”

She was so proud of her boys. Chris and Charles were her angels – if you ever talked to her you know there was little we could do wrong in her eyes. If you dared say something about us, you were on the “LIST.” And yes, she kept a list and if you got put on the list you probably did not get taken off the LIST. She was very proud of both of us for all that we have done and all that we will do in the future. She was the ultimate cheerleader / supporter / mom. I could ask her any question on any topic and she would give me a boost in the right direction – sometimes literally “so go do it” sometimes with a question like “so why are you not doing it yet” and sometime with encouragement like “you can do anything you put your mind to.” She had faith that if Chris or Charles wanted something they could and probably would achieve it.

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There was nothing more important to her than her grandbabies. They will always be her grandbabies no matter how big they get. Jared was the first and made her Granny. She loved him so much. Just a few days ago, she told me how proud she was of how he was doing in college and at work. She always wanted to tell me how amazing Zachary was doing at school, sports, and of course how he is sooooo good-looking. Hannah was her first granddaughter, my how she wanted daughters and she finally got one. She tried to take her home every time we got together. She always gushed over Hannah being beautiful and smart. Then came Sophia. A grand-daughter that loved makeup, jewelry, shopping, clothes, dressing up, and I am not sure how this happened, but they even shared the same packing skills – in other words if you own it pack it. She loved that all her grandbabies enjoyed reading like her. She loved making art for you and with you. She wanted you to be with her all the time. She was very proud of all of you for what you have done and she had high expectations of what you will do with your lives. I can tell you, just like Granny Moore has always been with me, Granny will always be with you, watching over you, protecting you, and guiding you. Listen and you will hear her love all the way from heaven.

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Outside of her immediate family few others were as close to her heart. However, there are a few that I know deserve mention.  Mamaw, Tonya, Janie, Debbie, Martha, Bill, Blake, Karol, Kelly, Jon, Carter, Henry, Kayla, Elly, and Randy. She loved her family.

Other than family she loved to travel – mainly to the beach. She loved her crafts – all of them – no really, if you could make it she was probably working on it. She loved Elvis, country music, electronics – although they never worked for her, reading, playing games, flowers, and of course her dogs. She faced life with a fierce love that is rare to see. From driving down sidewalks to burning dinner to decorating for Christmas, Halloween, valentine’s day, and any other holiday where she could make or buy decorations, to painting walls, to dreaming of the future she lived life as fully as her body would allow. She tolerated pain like I hope none of us can imagine or must face ourselves. She was and is my hero.

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Granny, Patsy, Mom you will be missed. You were the glue that held us all together and somehow always knew where that thing was in your system of organization. You will live on through all of us here and all those that you touched with your kind heart. I hope you found the heaven we talked about. I hope Debbie and Granny Moore were both there waiting on you as you arrived. I know you found Gunner, Yogi, and Mickey as soon as you arrived. I will see you soon, but not soon enough.

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Use the wind to find air leaks in your home – seal them up and save money

Use the wind to find air leaks in your home – seal them up and save money

 

It is supposed to be windy later today. The wind blowing on one side of your home will create a positive pressure on that side. The other side of the house will form a negative pressure. This causes your home to expand and contract – hopefully and not likely enough to see it, but you will be able to feel air moving. Use the wind today to find the air leaks in your thermal envelope (wall system) and seal them up. If the leaks are around doors and windows you can add weather-stripping to stop the leaks. Also check around the electrical outlets and light switches in the walls. The attic access is another place I often find leaks. You can use a candle or just put your hand next to the suspect place. Caulking the gaps around penetrations – medicine cabinets, recessed can lights, electric outlets (behind the covers) will reduce your energy usage and make your home more comfortable. If you want me to help find the leaks, call us for an energy-audit.

The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in

The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in

To read previous blogs about this project, click here.

The LOFTS at 83 South Main are ready for move in after months of work.

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It takes a special person to see potential in a building that has been neglected for so long. Fortunately our client was such a person. The LOFTS located in the heart of historic downtown Harrisonburg are now available for rent. Built in the 1880’s this South Main Street building has seen a massive revitalization. The exterior retains the historic character, but the interior of this building has been completely reconstructed and updated.

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The exposed brick walls, large windows, and modern amenities will make these units some of the most desirable for local professionals. Located less than a block from court square and right across the street from Jack Brown’s these units will not stay available for long.

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When we started the project there were considerable challenges. The floors sloped, there was fire damage, the windows were falling apart, and the plumbing / electrical / heating / cooling systems were a wreck. The previous building owner had not maintained the structure for many years. Once construction started we found even more structural issues that were hidden inside the floor systems and behind the plaster. This building needed a LOT of care to bring it back to a safe and comfortable dwelling. 

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Once Bryan Nesselrodt Construction completed their work you can see the beauty has been restored. The units are simple, but offer all the amenities you could want in a downtown LOFT. For more information on leasing, visit 83southmain.com. For questions about your next renovation project, just give me a call – we love saving old buildings and showing them love again.

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