Adventure Us: Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Hidden away on a mountain ridge at the end of a steep, windy – but beautiful! – drive west from Roanoke into West Virginia is an old fire-tower that has been converted into one of the best bird-watching stations in the region. Dubbed the “Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory,” this 3,812 foot high perch offers views…
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Illustrious Roanokers, Part 3: Dr. Charles T. Pepper

Following the pattern of loosely interpreting “Roanoker” to mean someone who has influenced Roanoke’s development, let’s consider…  Dr. Charles T. Pepper (1830 – 1903) A doctor and pharmacist from nearby Rural Retreat, Dr. Pepper is renowned for his greatest medicinal creation: a concoction of herbs, roots, and… you guessed it… carbonated water. This beverage would…
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Roaming Roanoke: Chuck E. Cheese

This week’s blogging destination is a popular chain restaurant for kids – Chuck E Cheese! Chuck E. Cheese has pizza and games – it’s many kids’ dream, haha. The national chain has been around for decades (43 years according to the website). So many of us parents have childhood memories there (playing skeeball!) and now…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services You may have seen someone write a note to communicate their order at a coffee shop. Or maybe you’ve seen someone use a device that speaks for them according to the buttons they press. These are examples of augmentative and alternative…
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How the New Normal Brought Back Family Dinners

The COVID-19 virus most certainly brought the world to its knees and created a new normal for most families; working at home was suddenly a new and welcome change for many parents, and family dinners are making a comeback. It’s a difficult job juggling work-at-home duties, chores around the house, pet needs, wrangling the kids,…
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Moving and Learning – School Readiness

January 5, 2013

Moving & Learning                        By Kris Meyers, M.Ed. Did you know that young children today are less physically active than ever before?  Physical activity plays an important role in early brain development.  In fact, young brains grow best when children are able to move and interact with the world around them “Research suggests young children can…

The Invisible Crime: Opening Our Eyes to Child Identity Theft

January 5, 2013

Robert Chappell Jr. is no stranger to criminal activity. After working in law enforcement for 27 years, and most recently as a criminal investigator with Virginia State Police, Mr. Chappell started to notice that the trends towards “schemes and scams” of identity theft began to morph from a crime against adults into an offense directed…

Ear buds: Are they really all that dangerous?

January 5, 2013

  You’d better believe it! As early as the 1980’s, audiologists (spets in testing hearing) began noticing hearing loss in folks using the Walkman and other portable music devices which utilized ear phones. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2010 warned that nearly 1 in 5 adolescents between the ages…

Doctors by Day, Milkin’ Cookies by Night

January 5, 2013

  During the latter part of 2009, full-time physicians and mothers Cheri Wiggins and Lennox McNeary-Keyes found themselves living on the same street, working in the same department, and struggling to nurse their new babies amidst the stress of their long work days. Little did they know that these seemingly coincidental commonalities would start them…

Healthy Smiles – Pediatric Dental Health

January 5, 2013

  For many years, we have all been used to hearing that children were having less and less dental decay. Fluoride had become the norm in our toothpastes and our water supplies. The economy was expanding, and dental insurance was available to numerous families with young children. Public awareness of good oral health and hygiene…

Miracles Happen…The Price Family

January 5, 2013

Jason and Susan Price of Salem received a true Christmas miracle seven years ago. After being born prematurely, their son Conner, a first grader at South Salem Elementary, opened his eyes for the first time. The road to get to that day was an uphill battle. The battle began Wednesday, December 7, 2005, the first…

Rainy Day Craft: Toilet Paper Tubes

January 2, 2013

Even with a house full of new toys, a bookcase full of fun books, and a yard ready for imagination;  a winter school break can still make your kids whine about being bored. I like to combat those whines and moans with a simple craft project with limitless possibilities- Toilet Paper Tube People. What I love…

Book Suggests for the Entire Family

December 10, 2012

Every year my wish list to Santa Claus was dominated by books. From Harry Potter to US History, Comics to Broadway scripts. To me, books are the perfect gift for any occasion! However sometimes it’s hard to find the best book for someone with so many choices out there. I’ve put together this list for…

A Merry DIY Christmas

December 4, 2012

In our holiday issue I shared my favorite DIY christmas craft- Salt Dough Ornaments. I love the versatility of the craft, you can literally make anything! It’s also great for all different ages and “Crafty” skill levels. But having grown up on an almost 100% DIY Christmases, I had so many more ideas I wanted…

Twelve Holiday Traveling Tips

November 26, 2012

Earlier this week I  boarded a train bound for my hometown in New England with my 2 year old daughter Charlotte so we could spend Thanksgiving with my family. This train ride lasted over 12 hours. Yeah, that’s right. T-w-e-l-v-e HOURS.  Charlotte is actually wonderful at traveling, but 12 hours in a confined space can…

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