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Happy Sunday, Roanokers! I hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend and have found some things to entertain yourself with in our beautiful city. Here’s what’s going on in town… lesssgo!

But first, today’s weather:

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 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 Kay Strickland, chief development officer at Carilion Clinic Foundation. The organizers were pleased with the turnout for the event and said more book fairs would be held in the future. (WSLS)
  2. Dr. Robert Gourdie and his team at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute have done revolutionary work in the field of delivering medication to the human body. Through their efforts, a technique of using milk exosomes the size of the average virus was developed to deliver undamaged medication to hard-to-reach places in the body and he was selected to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Annual Junior Achievement Gala received as a result. We do the traditional academic stuff. We do rigorous research. We compile that research into peer-reviewed and published scientific articles. But we also take it a step further when we have an invention that looks like it’s going to be medically useful,” Gourdie said. The gala will be held at the Hotel Roanoke on November 16 (WSLS).
  3. 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 Nov 1st and the Virginia Department of Health test came back on Nov 4th. One other rabid skunk was found in the area this past 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 wild animals and animals you don’t know and ADVISE any unusual animal behavior you see. (WDBJ)
  4. The start of the holiday season means the return of the Salvation Army’s kettle bells in front of stores across the area, but this year the Roanoke branch of the Army says they are short on volunteers. The Army has 43 locations in mind across the territory and is trying to raise $125,000 for programs in the roughly month-long period. “We just pushed it as much as possible and also looked for people from the community to come and volunteer. If you just have an hour or a few hours or a day or whatever you can volunteer, we’ll would love to come because it 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 the Berglund Center Coliseum (noon)
  • ‘Peter and Wendy’ at Mill Mountain Theater (2pm)
  • First draft: a generative writing workshop and community effort at Ursula’s Cafe (3pm)
  • ‘Polar Express’ drive-in movie at the Salem Civic Center (6.30pm)

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 heart 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 wonderful and adoptable cats and kittens. One of the many ways we make our cats’ stay at the Roanoke Valley SPCA wonderful 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 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 firm believer in being yourself…unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman. To connect with Ian you can visit him on Facebook and Instagram. He doesn’t bite. Except on full moons.

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