Happy Sunday, Roanokers! I hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend and have found something to entertain you in our fair city. Here’s what’s happening around town… lesssgo!
But first, today’s weather:
Mostly cloudy, rain around.
High: 73 Low: 61.
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Here are the top stories in Roanoke today:
- In honor of National Literacy Month, the Carilion Clinic Foundation recently held its first book fair at its location inside the Tanglewood Mall. Patients and their parents received free books and local author Nancy Ruth Patterson was on hand to sign copies of her book, Captain Carillion. “It’s clear that people are excited about the opportunity to read books and are interested in what else is new,” said Kay Strickland, chief development officer at the Carilion Clinic Foundation. The organizers expressed their happiness for participating in the program and said that more book fairs will be organized in the future. (WSLS)
- Dr. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. Robert Gordy and his team have been doing revolutionary work in the field of drug delivery to the human body. Through their efforts, he has been selected to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the annual Junior Achievement Gala by developing a technology that uses milk exosomes of average virus size to deliver intact drugs to hard-to-reach places in the body. A result. We do traditional educational content. We do rigorous research. We assemble that research into scientific papers that are peer-reviewed and published. But we take it a step further if we have an invention that appears to be medically useful,” said Gourdy. The gala will be held Nov. 16 (WSLS) at the Hotel Roanoke.
- Another skunk in Botetourt County has tested positive for rabies and residents near Fincastle are being asked to share the news by Botetourt County Animal Control. The skunk was found on November 1 and the Virginia Department of Health tests came back on November 4. Another rabid skunk was found in the area last summer, and recent reports from neighboring Craig County confirm a case there as well. As a reminder to residents, the Virginia Department of Health is asking to avoid contact with wild animals and animals you don’t know, and to report any unusual behavior in animals you see. (WDBJ)
- The start of the holiday season means the return of The Salvation Army’s kettle bells to store fronts across the region, but this year the Army’s Roanoke chapter says they’re short on volunteers. The troop has 43 locations in mind and is trying to raise $125,000 in events over a roughly month-long period. “We’re pushing it as much as possible and looking for people in the community to come and volunteer. If you have an hour or a few hours or a day or you can volunteer, we’d love to have you. Come because it helps us even more,” said Noah Lind with the Salvation Army’s Roanoke chapter. (WFXR)
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Today in Roanoke:
- Ice Bumper Cars at the Berglund Center Coliseum (noon).
- ‘Peter and Wendy’ at Mill Mountain Theater (2 p.m.)
- The First Draft: A Generative Writing Workshop and Community Potluck At Ursula’s Cafe (3 p.m.)
- ‘Polar Express’ Drive-In Movie at Salem Civic Center (6:30 p.m.)
From my notebook:
- Roanoke Fire EMS Department: “Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our providers recognized by Lewis Gale Medical Center for excellence in stroke and cardiac care!” (Roanoke Fire EMS Department via Facebook)
- Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Meow! The weather may be cold, but our cat rooms are still full of wonderful and adoptable cats and kittens. One of the many ways we make our cats’ stay at the Roanoke Valley SPCA great is with Feline Enrichment volunteers!” (Roanoke Valley SPCA via Facebook)
- Straight Road Roanoke Valley: “Thank you Fleet Feet Roanoke for the wonderful gift of new shoes! We appreciate your support and generous sacrifice to help support those we are blessed to serve.” (Straight Street Roanoke Valley via Facebook)
- Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board: “Meet Metalsa at Virginia Career Works! Join us for a series of hiring events on Tuesdays November 15th, November 29th, December 6th from 10am – 1pm at 3601 Thirlane Rd. NW Suite 2 Roanoke, VA 24019.” (Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board via Facebook)
Late news day, but there you have it. You are officially in the loop. See you tomorrow morning for another update.
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