Streetpub raises big money

Deschutes check9 local non-profits will split the $81,000 raised during Saturday’s Deschutes Streetpub event – from the sale of nearly 40,000 beers. Pete Eshelman and Roanoke Outside helped organize the event. 241 kegs of beer were tapped during Saturday’s Streetpub in downtown Roanoke.  Eshelman says Roanoke Outside also helped recruit 278 volunteers to help out during the 8-hour event

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RCGA has new director

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The Roanoke Community Garden Association has a new executive director  – founder Mark Powell handed over the reigns to Heather O’Bryan two weeks ago. O’Bryan is a horticulturist by trade. The RCGA now has six community gardens in Roanoke City – with more than 100 families working small plots this year. O’Bryan had been teaching how-to classes for the non-profit – and will continue to do so

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Continued calls for Kionte Spencer investigation

Spencer presserA progress report on the call for an independent investigation into the death of Kionte Spencer this morning. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Taubman debuts new Legacies exhibit

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The Taubman Museum of Art’s special exhibition gallery has just opened its second show ever, this one focusing on local artists of the past. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Click below to hear more from the Taubman’s Amy Moorefield on “Legacies” and other upcoming exhibits (speaking with WFIR’s Gene Marrano):

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“Bigs” recruitment campaign going well

Big Brothers Big SistersBig Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia is attempting to recruit 60 new “bigs” in 60 days. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has a progress report:

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Save Our Town summit focuses on smaller localities

wfir-defVirginia Tech’s award-winning Save Our Towns program – which focuses on smaller communities in the Commonwealth – is holding a summit next month. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Many just starting to focus on political campaigns

WFIR Election 2016School is back in session, summer vacations are pretty much over and Labor Day is around the corner – so look for more focus on the presidential campaign as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Virginia Western president outlines latest expansion plans

VWCC 50thVirginia Western Community College president Bobby Sandel welcomed his predecessor – Charles Downs – back to campus on Friday to honor the past – and to look ahead. WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Streetpub features Deschutes and local craft brewers

Deschutes BreweryDeschutes Brewery and local craft beer makers including Soaring Ridge and Parkway Brewing will pour for a good cause tomorrow afternoon. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano

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VWCC unveils president portraits

VWCC portraitsAs part of its 50th anniversary celebration Virginia Western Community College unveiled photo portraits of the four presidents that have been at the helm since it became the state’s first community college. Current president Dr. Bobby Sandel spoke before the unveiling this morning. Also on hand outside the Whitman Theater was Charles Downs, who ran the school for 20 years before Sandel came aboard in 2001. Sandel also mentioned a 60 million dollar expansion plan that will start this fall

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