Botetourt County announces a “Pink Effect”

Susan G KomenVirginia Tech football has its Orange and Maroon Effect games … now Botetourt County announces a “Pink Effect” in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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“Where are you Bobby Browning?” is shooting on location in Vinton

Bobby Browning - at firehouse

Bobby Browning film shoots on location in Vinton

The producers of the small-budget independent film “Where are you Bobby Browning?” have started shooting on location in Vinton and at Roanoke College … meanwhile the writer and producer of “Kicked by Grace” – filmed locally last month – has good things to say about the area.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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Click below to hear more from “Kicked by Grace” writer-producer Rick Garside on filmmaking in the Roanoke area:

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Health care roundtable is all about “21st Century Cures”

Morgan Griffith (R-VA 9th District)

Morgan Griffith
(R-VA 9th District)

“21st Century Cures” is a bi-partisan Congressional effort designed to help accelerate the approval pace for new medicines and treatments … Salem Congressman Morgan Griffith says the two-hour roundtable he is co-hosting is looking for solutions… WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Libertarian runs for 6th District Congressional seat

Will Hammer6th District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte doesn’t have a Democratic challenger on November 4th … but the Libertarian Party is fielding a candidate … 27-year-old Will Hammer says the success Libertarian Robert Sarvis had in garnering votes when he ran for Governor last year helped convince him to take the plunge….more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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5-K race will support non-profit educational programs

WFIR-LOGO-1Another 5-K race this weekend will support a local non-profit that provides educational programs … this one is a bit “spooky. ” The West End Center for Youth will holds its 4th annual “Spooky Sprint 5K,” at Wasena Park this Saturday. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Roanoke encouraging residents to use rain barrels for stormwater runoff

Fishburn park rain barrelsRoanoke City’s new stormwater manager wants more residents to save money on their monthly utility fee … and some local elementary school students are showing how … City residents who collect rain runoff from their gutters can save ten percent on that utility fee.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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New magazine is dedicated to “Life Outside”

Life Outside magazine

Life Outside magazine

Its been out on newstands for a month but “Life Outside” magazine has its official launch this weekend at the Go Outside Festival … the focus is on outdoor goings-on in the Roanoke and New River Valleys, and up towards Lexington. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with editor Kurt Rheinheimer:

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Grandin Theatre celebrates Virginia’s growing microbrewery industry

Grandin TheatreThe Grandin Theatre will celebrate Virginia’s growing microbrewery industry with a documentary and tasting tomorrow … it also raises money for the non-profit, independent movie house. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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The “Go Outside” Festival returns to Roanoke tomorrow

Roanoke-Outside-LogoFrom tomorrow at 6 through Sunday the fourth annual Go Outside Festival is back at River’s Edge on the old Victory Stadium site… there are ziplines to try out, kayaking in pools and trick bike pros … a flycasting demo. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Click below for more on GoFest from co-organizer Pete Eshelman:

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See the link below to the Go Outside Festival website:

http://www.roanokegofest.com/page/show/340301-home

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Tech hockey is back on ice

Tech HockeyThe NHL regular season has started … locally we have ice hockey as well … the Virginia Tech Hokies play at the Berglund Center. The club-level team skates at home tonight against Liberty at 7:30. The Hokies were 19-6-1 last season and made it to the regional playoffs. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with General Manager Chris Arnold:

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