🌱 Operation Turkey Drop 2022 + Ukrainian refugees settle in Roanoke

Good morning Noke! It’s time for the dreaded Monday edition of the Roanoke Daily Newspaper. After a long weekend of turkey, soccer, and shopping, it’s time to get back to normal. Read on for updates on…

  • Virginia Tech’s Animal Cancer Center is exactly where you expected it to be
  • Meet Roanoke County’s new assistant director of commerce
  • For farmers in the region, winter means early preparation

Let’s motorize!

But first today’s weather:

Airy with clouds and sun.

High: 57 Low: 36.

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Here are the top stories in Roanoke today:

  1. Two Ukrainian refugees from the Uniting for Ukraine program reached their destination in Roanoke last August. Jenya Shulym and her 8-year-old son Egor came here after fleeing the Russian invasion of their homeland. The program allows Ukrainian citizens who have American sponsors to come to the United States, and nearly 80,000 people have done so, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Jenya’s childhood friend Anna and her American partner Travis were her sponsors. “My life stopped on February 24th. We’ve been living in hell for eight months, I never thought that my child would be a child of war. This journey has been so long and scary, just into the unknown, but I had one goal, to save my life and my child’s,” Jenya said in a recent interview. (Roanoke Times)
  2. Operation Turkey Drop, a ministry of the Fellowship Community Church in Roanoke County, has fed nearly 700 first responders in the past week. People in the community and businesses donated the filling, mashed potatoes, bread and desserts, and the Wildwood Smokehouse in Salem donated the turkeys. “We just realized that they [first responders] are taking time away from their families and loved ones over the holidays and so we just want to thank them for the sacrifice they make in their time and in a tangible way provide them with a meal that they may not be able to reunite with their families,” said co-coordinator Julie Summerville. (WDBJ)
  3. For farmers, winter is more than just a nuisance, it has to be endured and prepared for months. While most of us might need to shovel a bit of snow, watch out for ice on the roads, or throw on an extra layer of clothing, Johnny Divers, co-owner of Roanoke County’s Chapel Creek Farms, said, “Usually we start planning for the winter time around.” in August. We’re starting to check willows, see how they look, cover some of them with nitrogen. We’re starting to stockpile pasture because our goal is to graze cattle 300 days a year.” With the rising cost of daily necessities, having enough of what’s needed to run the business is now more important than ever . “All of these costs are higher. They’re higher than before, and that can affect the bottom line,” said Scott Baker, representative of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. (WFXR)
  4. Virginia Tech’s Animal Cancer Care and Research Center in Roanoke has lived up to expectations set in the two years since it opened next to the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute on the Carilion Riverside campus. “Although the Clinical Oncology Veterinary Service opened during the pandemic, it is where we expected it to be in terms of caseload and clinical reputation,” said Margie Lee, the cancer center’s interim director. The facility has treated over 2,000 dogs and 300 cats referred by local veterinarians and currently has 62 dogs enrolled in experimental clinical studies (Roanoke Star).
  5. The Roanoke County Office of Economic Development has hired a new associate director with a wealth of local experience. Danielle Poe comes to the office from the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission, where she was executive director for three years and also worked for Downtown Roanoke Inc. as an economic development specialist. Poe will be working with another recently hired Megan Baker, who took over the top spot in the office after longtime owner Jill Loope moved to another department in preparation for her retirement. (Roanoke Times)

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Today in Roanoke:

  • Downtown Roanoke, Inc The Elf-on-the-Shelf® Adventure (All day)
  • Free yoga for the people at the Roanoke Main Library (5:30 p.m.)
  • Irish live music session at Big Lick Brewing Co. (6 p.m.)
  • Christmas Concert “We Need a Little Christmas” with the Roanoke Valley Choral Society at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center from Roanoke: “What am I? I’m one of the smallest birds in North America. Despite my tiny size, I winter in most parts of the United States and can endure nighttime temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit!” (Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke via Facebook)
  • Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge: “This Friday, December 2nd is opening night for the 3rd annual First Bank Tinsel Trail at the historic Fincastle in Botetourt County. Join in the fun with beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations!” (Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge via Facebook)
  • The Roanoke Rescue Mission: “Here’s a quick look at some amazing photos captured at the 17th Annual Roanoke Drumstick DASH rescue mission, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners! Many thanks to Exposure Roanoke for the great photos! There’s more to come! 🦃👏📸” (The Rescue Mission of Roanoke via Facebook)
  • Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism: “Roanoke County’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Monday, December 5th at 6:30pm at the South County Library! This year’s “Christmas Classics” theme includes visits to Santa, live music, kids’ crafts and activities for teens!” (Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism via Facebook)
  • Virginia Children’s Theater: “Here’s a sneak peek at our NEW version of the classic tale that’s as old as time – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. 📸 A huge thank you to photographer extraordinaire Richard Maddox!” (Virginia Children’s Theater via Facebook)

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Furious. Okay, that’s it for the dreaded Monday issue. You’re in the loop and ready to walk out the door! See you tomorrow morning for another update.


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