🌱 Salvation Army Bell Ringers Needed + Entrepreneur of the Year

Happy Sunday, Roanokers! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend and found some things to enjoy yourself in our fair city. Here’s what’s happening around town … lesssgo!

But first, the weather is now:

Mostly cloudy, showers around.

High: 73 Low: 61.

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Here are the top stories in Roanoke today:

  1. In recognition of National Literacy Month, the Carilion Clinic Foundation recently held its first ever 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 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 Chief Development Officer of the Carilion Clinic Foundation, Kay Strickland. The organizers were happy with the attendance of the event and said that many more book fairs will be held in the future. (WSLS)
  2. Dr. Robert Gourdie and his team at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute are doing revolutionary work in the field of delivering drugs to the human body. Through their efforts a technique of using milk exosomes the size of an average virus was developed to deliver drugs intact to hard-to-reach areas of the body and he was chosen to receive the award Entrepreneur of the Year of the Annual Junior Achievement Gala as a result. We do the traditional academic thing. We did rigorous research. We compile that research into scientific papers that are peer-reviewed and published. But we will also take a step if we have an invention that seems to be useful in medicine,” said Gourdie. The gala will be held at the Hotel Roanoke on Nov. 16 (WSLS)
  3. Another skunk in Botetourt County has tested positive for rabies and residents near Fincastle are being asked to share the news with Botetourt County Animal Control. The skunk was found on Nov 1 and the Virginia Department of Health test came back on Nov 4. Another rabid skunk was found this past summer in the area and recent reports from neighboring Craig County also testified to a case there. As a reminder to residents the Virginia Department of Health says AVOID contact with wild animals and animals you do not know and REPORT any unusual animal behavior you see. (WDBJ)
  4. The start of the holiday season means the return of Salvation Army bells to storefronts across the area, but this year the Army’s Roanoke chapter says they’re down to volunteers. The Army has 43 locations in mind across the area and is trying to raise $125,000 in programs over a roughly month-long period of time. “We’re just pushing it as far as we can and also looking for people from the community to come and volunteer. If you have an hour or a few hours or a day or whatever you can volunteer, we would love to have you come because that helps us even more,” said Noah Lind with the Roanoke Chapter of the Salvation Army. (WFXR)
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Today in Roanoke:

  • Ice Bumper Cars at Berglund Center Coliseum (Noon)
  • ‘Peter and Wendy’ at Mill Mountain Theater (2pm)
  • First Draft: A Generative Writing Workshop and Community Potluck at Ursula’s Cafe (3 pm)
  • ‘Polar Express’ Drive-In Movie at the Salem Civic Center (6:30 pm)

From my notebook:

  • Roanoke Fire EMS Department: “Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our providers recognized at Lewis Gale Medical Center for excellence in stroke and cardiac care!” (Roanoke Fire EMS Department via Facebook)
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA: “Mew! The weather may be getting colder, but our cat rooms are still full of adorable and adoptable cats and kittens. One of the many ways we make our cats feel good at the Roanoke Valley SPCA is with Felines 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 Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 from 10am – 1pm at 3601 Thirlane Rd. NW Suite 2 Roanoke, VA 24019.” (Greater Roanoke Workforce Development Board via Facebook)
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Slow news day, but there you have it. You are officially in the loop. See you tomorrow morning for another update.


About me: Ian Graham is a novelist, screenwriter, and freelance contributing writer. He’s a strong believer in yourself… unless you happen to be Batman. Always Batman. To communicate with Ian you can visit him on Facebook and Instagram. He doesn’t bite. Except for the full moon.

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