Sunday’s “Biddy Bowl” is a pint-sized Super Bowl

Dave Ross Biddy Bowl

Dave Ross Biddy Bowl

Think of the “Biddy Bowl” as a pint-sized Super Bowl featuring six-year-old football players … the gates at Bogle Field open at 12-30 on Sunday for the Dave Ross Biddy Bowl, featuring two games with teams from Roanoke County, Salem and Franklin County. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Last day on the job for airport director

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (roanokeairport.com)

Roanoke-Blacksburg
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As of tomorrow there’s a changing of the guard at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport … as the long-time executive director steps down. After 25 years on the job Jacqueline Shuck is retiring. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Mill Mountain Zoo announces matching grant

Mill Mountain ZooThe Mill Mountain Zoo Board of Directors has announced a $100,000 “Renew the Zoo” challenge grant … a Roanoke couple (Ed and Barbara Keetas) and the G.E. Foundation’s matching gifts program will donate that amount if the zoo can match it by February 28th… the grant would be used to retire debt and for the zoo’s Winter Fund.  Board members pledged to solicit private and corporate gifts. Chriss Davies Ross is President of the Board…she spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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CHIP and Carilion hold deed signing ceremony

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Robin Haldeman (CHIP) at left and Nancy Agee of Carilion Clinic

CHIP of Roanoke Valley has a new asset for its balance sheet as of this morning … it now owns the building where the children’s health care provider is headquartered on Third Street. WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains:

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High School football coaches look out for concussions

WFIR Health NewsHigh School football is all about community, team spirit – and hopefully enough wins to make the playoffs. But concussions and watching for players that may have suffered one is also a reality. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Public information meeting addresses youth substance abuse

prevention councilIts being billed as a community conversation … “What every parent should know about youth and substance abuse” … the latest public forum on issues like heroin and prescription drug abuse will be held in Roanoke County tonight from 7 to 9 at the South County library. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Ebola forum at Virginia Western draws packed house

Ebola forumVirginia Western student requests for more information led to a forum yesterday on a very current topic – the Ebola virus … the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Western Community College teamed up to offer the public forum on Ebola. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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New executive director at airport discusses future plans

Aviation summitThe incoming executive director at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport talked about his future plans at an aviation summit this morning. Tim Bradshaw is coming home. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Human trafficking the subject of a forum at Virginia Western

WFIR_Logo_SMIt happens right here in Roanoke – human trafficking – and its the subject of a forum at Virginia Western Community College this morning. The opening speaker is Congressman Bob Goodlatte… more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Roanoke beer lovers have a new destination

Barrel Chest - Martin Keck

Barrel Chest owner Martin Keck

Many people associate October with “October Fest” … the German celebration of all things beer. A new retail shop in Roanoke County is a beer lover’s dream (they have plenty of wines also) – and is developing quite a following. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on “Barrel Chest”:

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Click below for more of Gene Marrano’s conversation with Barrel Chest owner Martin Keck:

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