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MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New Sound

MMT Unveils New Season, New Program, New Sound

Mill Mountain Theatre launches its 2015 Season with the all-new Mill Mountain Music concert series and in a venue that’s newly equipped with the region’s most up-to-date sound system. The combination will be an evening of familiar piano music that’s an extraordinary audio feast. The premier evening is Saturday, March 28. The place is MMT’s […]

VTC Discovery About Beliefs Could Be Useful Tool in Addiction Treatment

VTC Discovery About Beliefs Could Be Useful Tool in Addiction Treatment

Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their cigarettes were nicotine free. “Our research group has begun to show that beliefs are as powerful a physical influence on […]

Rescue Mission and Manna Ministries to Join Forces

Rescue Mission and Manna Ministries to Join Forces

For the first time in its’ 67-year history, the Rescue Mission will begin distributing food boxes to more than 800 families when it partners with Manna Ministries this Spring. Manna leaders approached the Mission late last year when Parkway Wesleyan Church, which started Manna in Vinton 15 years ago, decided to phase out the program […]

How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

America’s love affair with the automobile, as a recent Washington Post piece points out, is largely a fabrication. Author Emily Badger recounts the myth’s origin in 1961 as the launch of a very successful public-relations campaign to, among other things, build support for massive infrastructure projects that were proposed in cities across the country – projects […]

VTC Scientist Receives $2 million Grant to Study Childhood Virus

VTC Scientist Receives $2 million Grant to Study Childhood Virus

Sarah McDonald, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $2 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how a common — and, in the developing world, sometimes deadly — childhood virus builds itself anew. Rotavirus infects nearly all children worldwide within the first five years […]

Historic Garden Week to Feature “Springtime in South Roanoke”

Historic Garden Week to Feature “Springtime in South Roanoke”

Historic Garden Week will feature “Springtime in South Roanoke” on April 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Seven uniquely beautiful homes will be featured this year: 2731 Carolina Avenue – The Irons Home. Situated on a spacious corner lot, this 1936 Colonial with clapboard addition is surrounded by boxwoods, yews, hollies, azaleas, cherry laurels, hydrangea, […]

Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Down by Downtown and Blue Ridge Marathon Announce 2015 Main Music Acts

Organizers of the Foot Levelers Down by Downtown Music Festival and Blue Ridge Marathon are once again expanding the schedule in Downtown Roanoke as a part of the 6th Annual event (April 16-18). The weekend of live music kicks off Thursday night at over a dozen venues, continues with a free concert Friday evening featuring […]

Forgotten Canneries Exhibition Showcases Lost Legacy of VA Foodways

Forgotten Canneries Exhibition Showcases Lost Legacy of VA Foodways

Though little evidence can be seen driving rural roads today, hundreds of small canneries once dotted the Virginia countryside. Yet by 1950, nearly all of them were closed, leaving behind workers’ memories, empty buildings, and a wealth of wonderful graphic art. This legacy is explored in a new gallery exhibition Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries: A History […]

VA Family Farmer Named as Finalist for “Courage in the Face of Power”

VA Family Farmer Named as Finalist for “Courage in the Face of Power”

Martha Boneta, owner of Liberty Farm in Paris, Virginia, has been nominated as one of three finalists for the annual Weyrich Awards for “Courage in the Face of Power.” This prestigious award will be given on the evening of Wednesday, February 25th,  honoring “leaders in the conservative movement who have made significant contributions in the […]

“Love Your Parkway” Cleanup Nets Far Less Trash and “Other”

“Love Your Parkway” Cleanup Nets Far Less Trash and “Other”

What a change a year can make. Last year, volunteers with Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway-Roanoke Valley Chapter uncovered 1,189 whipped cream canisters and other trash and recyclables strewn from J.P. Fishburn to the top of Roanoke Mountain. The volunteers were amazed to learn the canisters were linked to a form of substance abuse, […]



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