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Bridgewater is a small town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our town is home to Bridgewater College, varied industries and stores, and comfortable residential neighborhoods. bridgewaterva.com is a community website with an open discussion board, just below, called “Bridgewater Buzz.”

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How profound

Today’s Dear Abbey…the question was asked ” Who told people they look good in skinny jeans?” Abbey’s response….”the salespeople”.
With the exception of a very few, most people look like light bulbs from behind. High wattage light bulbs, at that.

New clinic site

The Daily News-Record reports: “Sentara RMH Medical Center is eyeing a property in Bridgewater as the potential home for a new primary care facility. The hospital has an option to buy 8 acres of town-owned property near the intersection of Dinkel Avenue and Don Litten Parkway . . .” I for one hope it happens — would be great for the community. I could even hope that in the increased development to follow, it might also draw a Wendy’s (my favorite fast food not already represented in our area).

Public funds and bike lanes

Bike lanes on newly built roadways are the current “right thing to do”. To put this in a different perspective, the bike lanes are 3 feet wide. A typical car lane is 12′. So the bike lanes on each side equals about one half of a car lane. On a typical 4 lane road this would increase the amount of construction by 12.5 % as well as the cost. At a point in the not to distant past, a mile of road cost about $1,000,000 (probably a low estimate now).
So, our public money is funding bike lanes at a additional cost of about $125,000 per mile. The ironic part is that these lanes are unused 99.5% of the time. Is this an effect way to use public money?

As an after thought, has anyone else noticed the $40,000000 University Athletic Park on Port road. You know, the one with no activity ever. At least , that was student fees, not public taxpayer dollars.

Flying Pizza

New name on the New York Flying Pizza store. I forgot how to spell the new name but there is a big “grand opening” sign too. Anyone know what’s going on?

Harrisonburg K-Mart closing

The Harrisonburg K-Mart on Market Street is closing. I am sorry for those who will lose jobs and I hope they find new work without too much difficulty. That said, the store closing is part of the natural cycle of moving assets from those who do not use them well to those who do. This was a mismanaged store that — just to name one example — did not have all of its cash registers open, with many customers in line, on the biggest retail day of the year. That’s the last time I was in there. I look forward to new owners developing the potential of a truly prime retail location.