Gene Marrano

A multi-faceted protest this afternoon near the Virginia Tech Carilion campus, spurred by the Virginia Municipal League conference being held at Hotel Roanoke this week. On hand were those opposed to natural gas pipelines, proposed redevelopment near the Higher Education Center in Gainsboro and plans for the Evans Spring property near Valley View Mall.  Pipeline opponents plan to protest outside Hotel Roanoke about what they claim is a too-cozy relationship between Dominion Energy and Governor Northam, when the Governor address the Virginia Municipal League conference tomorrow morning. Dominion Energy is an investor in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Martin Jeffrey is a northwest city resident and activist:

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Daniel Lemons (left) with John Schop from VWCC (submitted)

A chef from Center Stage catering has been awarded a full scholarship to the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program after winning a competition last week at the annual memorial gala named for the late restaurateur. Daniel Lemons received an $8000 scholarship to cover the two-year Virginia Western Community College program. He’s particularly fond of barbecue. Lemons recently was named lead chef at the Blue Ridge Hotel in Roanoke.




Tricked out Airstream/G Marrano photo

Those passing through the Roanoke City market area last night may have noticed what looked like a “pop up” restaurant with two Airstream trailers equipped as lounges, dining tables and food stations. It was the launch of the Pink Flamingo Food Company. Long-time caterer Jim Schaal says they will offer the onsite service in a variety of settings. Last night they catered an outdoor wedding rehearsal dinner.