All posts by Trib

Food Forest flourishes in northwest

Ezekiel Nance from New Leaf Tree Care leads planting operations assisted by volunteers.
Ezekiel Nance from New Leaf Tree Care leads planting operations assisted by volunteers.

by Kamila Love

The weather Monday Oct. 12 was bright and beautiful, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect day for gardening. The morning sun was shining on the busy volunteers that were tending to the future Food Forest and Goodwill Community Garden just off of 24th St. NW.

Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) in partnership with Goodwill, Virginia Tech Landscape Agriculture Program put together the event funded by RCGA, Goodwill, Member One Federal Credit Union, Rutherfoord Insurance and Roanoke Valley Club. Continue reading Food Forest flourishes in northwest

Talented musicians continue to shine beyond the obstacles

Edge of Daybreak (1980)
Edge of Daybreak (1980)

by Shawn Nowlin 

Universally acclaimed musician Rick Ross once said in a song “they say we are a bunch of thugs, don’t stand for nothing, disgrace to our race, don’t belong in public, through it all I always told myself that we will make it.” Track #3 from Rick’s 2015 project “Black Dollar” essentially tells the story of a group of local musicians who had to overcome many obstacles to get where they are today. The journey musical group Edge of Daybreak (EOD) endured from serving time behind bars to creating powerful music is a story of perseverance, faith and perspective. Original members: Roanoke native Jamal Nubi (lead vocals), Cornelius Wade (guitar), James Carrington (keyboard), Harry Coleman (vocals) and deceased McEvoy Robinson (bass) first met while they were inmates at Powhatan Prison Complex located about 30 miles west of Richmond (VA). Continue reading Talented musicians continue to shine beyond the obstacles

City to cut ribbon on new Greenway Bridge

Overlook crosses Route 581 at Valley View Mall
New Greenway Bridge in northwest
New Greenway Bridge in northwest

Roanoke residents living near the Lick Run Greenway now have easy access to Valley View Mall thanks to a brand-new greenway bridge that spans across Route 581 to the mall area. The city will celebrate the opening of this bridge with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials at a ribbon-cutting and inaugural walk across the bridge on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. Parking for the event will be in the back of the Best Buy parking lot. Continue reading City to cut ribbon on new Greenway Bridge

Annual Spooky Sprint 5K reminder

West End Center for Youth will be holding its 5th Annual Spooky Sprint 5k on Saturday, Oct. 31 (Halloween morning)! The event will be held at the Wasena Park Picnic shelter and the racecourse will take part along the Roanoke River Greenway. Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate in this year’s Spooky Sprint 5k. Runners will be timed with awards given for best times in each age range. Continue reading Annual Spooky Sprint 5K reminder