Happy Sunday, Roanokers! I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing weekend and have found some fun things to do in our fair city. Here, what’s happening in the city … less!
But first, today’s weather:
Mostly cloudy, showers nearby.
Highest: 73 Lowest: 61.
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Here are the top stories in today’s Roanoke:
- In recognition of National Literacy Month, the Carilion Clinic Foundation recently hosted its first-ever book fair at its Tanglewood Mall headquarters. Patients and their parents received free books, and local author Nancy Ruth Patterson was on hand to sign copies of her book Captain Carilion. “It’s clear that people are excited about the opportunity to have books to read and are interested in what other new things are out there,” said Kay Strickland, Chief Development Officer at the Carilion Clinic Foundation. Organizers were pleased with the turnout at the event and said more book fairs would be held in the future. (WSLS)
- dr. Robert Gourdie and his team at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute are doing revolutionary work in the field of drug delivery to the human body. Their efforts led to the development of a technique to use milky exosomes the size of an average virus to deliver intact drugs to hard-to-reach places in the body, and he was selected to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year award at Junior Achievement’s annual gala as a result. We do traditional academic things. We do rigorous research. We compile this research into peer-reviewed and published scientific works. But we also take it a step further if we have an invention that looks like it will be medically useful,” Gourdie said. The gala will be held at the Roanoke Hotel on Nov. 16 (WSLS)
- Another skunk in Botetourt County has tested positive for rabies, and residents near Fincastle are asked to share the news with Botetourt County Animal Control. The skunk was found on November 1st and the Virginia Department of Health test came back on November 4th. One other rabid skunk was found in the area last summer, and recent reports from neighboring Craig County confirmed a case there as well. As a reminder to residents, the Virginia Department of Health says to AVOID contact with wildlife and animals you don’t know, and to REPORT any unusual animal behavior you see. (WDBJ)
- The start of the holidays means the return of the Salvation Army’s kettle bells in front of area stores, but this year the Army in Roanoke says they’re short on volunteers. The Army has 43 cities in mind throughout the area and is trying to raise $125,000 for the programs in about a month’s time. “We’ve just been pushing it as much as we can and we’re also looking for people from the community to come and volunteer. If you’ve got just an hour or a couple of hours or a day or whatever to volunteer, we’d love for you to come because it helps us even more,” said Noah Lind of the Roanoke chapter of the Salvation Army. (WFXR)
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Today in Roanoke:
- Ice bumpers at Berglund Center Coliseum (noon)
- “Peter & Wendy” at Mill Mountain Theater (2 p.m.)
- First Proposal: Generative Writing Workshop and Community Potluck in Uršula’s cafe (3:00 p.m.)
- Drive-In movie ‘Polar Express’ at the Salem Civic Center (6:30 p.m.)
From my notebook:
- Roanoke Fire EMS Department: “Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our providers who have been recognized by Lewis Gale Medical Center for excellence in stroke and heart care!” (Roanoke Fire EMS Department via Facebook)
- Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Meow! The weather may be getting colder, 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 Street 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 can serve.” (Straight Street Roanoke Valley via Facebook)
- Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board: “Meet the Metals at Virginia Career Works! Join us for a series of recruiting events on Tuesdays November 15th, November 29th, December 6th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at 3601 Thirlane Rd. NW Suite 2 Roanoke, VA 24019.” (Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board via Facebook)
Slow news day, but there you have it. You are officially on the course. See you tomorrow morning for the next update.
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