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Posted on: February 14, 2024

Valentines Style Guide by Burton's Cosmetology Class

Makeup tips from Burton Center

Just in time to help you get ready for a fun evening, Burton Center for Arts and Technology's cosmetology class has all the tips and tricks! 

Curling iron curls versus flat iron curls: If you are a ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2024

Roaming the 419 Corridor

Walking along sidewalk by Tanglewood Mall

 

The 419 corridor of Roanoke County has undergone recent changes to make the area a more vibrant, walkable destination for residents and businesses. It was exciting to learn more about these initiatives and upcoming projects d...

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Posted on: November 21, 2023

Roaming RoCo for the Best Holiday Gifts!

Holiday Shopping at Explore Park Artisan Market

It's the most wonderful time of the year... to support local! 

In Roanoke County we are so fortunate to have so many incredible local businesses! Last year I truly enjoyed checking out a number of businesses across the County as we made o...

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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Fort Lewis Fire Station Tour and Ride Along

Kaelyn in Ambulance ride along

 

October marks National Fire Prevention month, so who better to spend some time with than some of Roanoke County's fire and rescue experts? 

Station #9 in Fort Lewis fully immersed me in a C-Shift day in the life. Much like my visit at th...

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Posted on: September 13, 2023

Pickleball Fun Across the County

Roanoke County staff pickleball tournament

It's game time, Roanoke County! No, I'm not talking about football; we are talking pickleball! 

Recently, some staff roamed over to Garst Mill Park for a friendly pickleball tournament. We were fortunate enough to have USA Pickleball Ambassador,...

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Posted on: August 16, 2023

Homegrown Goodies at Catawba Valley Farmer's Market

Shopping with Wooden Nickel at Catawba Farmers Market

Hello from the Catawba Valley Farmer's Market! 

If there's one thing I dread doing, it is going to the grocery store, so last week I avoided the shopping cart collisions and hustle and bustle within the aisles by picking up a few things at t...

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Posted on: July 5, 2023

Roaming RoCo with General Services Team

Kaelyn operating solid waste truck

The alarm clock rang very early on the day of my visit to our General Services Department. I am not a morning person, so I have to offer major props to them for beginning their route by 7am every day!

I, first, got to hop in the truck and practic...

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Posted on: June 7, 2023

Kaelyn Goes Back In Time at Explore Park

Selfie on T-Rex Trail in front of an animated dinosaur

I'm back from my roaring adventure through Explore Park's T-Rex Trail! 

Alex and I passed through the time portal with Dino Don that led us down four different time periods. We saw a Dilophosaurus from the Jurassic time period, ...

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Posted on: May 5, 2023

On Par at Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course

Kaelyn About to Throw a Disc

Ever wanted to experience something that is recognized across the globe? We have the perfect opportunity for you that doesn’t involve a passport or plane ticket! Explore Park’s Mayflower Hills Disc Golf Course is ranked #40 in the world by UDisc, up 40 sp...

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Posted on: April 27, 2023

On Top of the World at Camp Roanoke

Climbing the Rock Wall at Camp Roanoke

I truly was on top of the world during a recent adventure to Camp Roanoke, and I think my heart is still racing from all the fun!

Camp Roanoke is nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it is beautiful!! Little did I know what was in store for me as I...

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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Insider Tips on TreeTop Quest (take 2)!

View from TreeTop Quest

Hi, Roanoke County!

We are truly swinging into spring now that Explore Park’s TreeTop Quest 2023 season has begun, which meant I had to check it out for “take 2” of “Kaelyn conquers her fear of heights” on ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

Vinton Fire Station Tour and Ride Along

Kaelyn in the firetruck

Wee-oo-wee-oo! Time is of the essence when at the fire station!

On today's Roam RoCo, I got to visit Vinton Fire Station, Roanoke County Station #2, where I heard the calls roll in, in addition to getting the exclusive tour! 

Upon my arrival, it di...

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Posted on: February 10, 2023

First Steps to Self Defense

Practicing self defense moves

Happy Friday, Roanoke County!

I feel like a whole new person after meeting up with Deputy Young and Captain Beheler from Roanoke County Sheriff's Office! It's no secret that safety has become an increasing concern for many, so when I found out about the va...

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Posted on: January 20, 2023

Kaelyn Explores the Brambleton Center

Program Planner at Brambleton Center

Hey there, Roanoke County!

Feeling inspired from my visit to Green Ridge Recreation Center, I decided to check out the Brambleton Center to continue on my journey towards a healthier, more balanced me in 2023. It is learned that I am epically failing on th...

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Posted on: January 3, 2023

Achieving Fitness Goals at Green Ridge Rec. Center

Thumbs up from Kaelyn at Green Ridge

Happy 2023, RoCo! 

It's day three of the new year, the first day back to work for some from the long weekend, which means it's go-time on achieving those New Year's resolutions. Some of the most popular resoluti...

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Posted on: November 25, 2022

Top Places to Shop in Roanoke County for the Outdoor Adventurer and Fitness Guru!

Working out at Pure Barre

  • If you're shopping for someone who thrives in a gym-like setting, consider gifting various membership or personal training packages at Green Ridge Recreation Center. They have a little bit of everything in their 76,000 square-feet-facility.&n...
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Posted on: November 24, 2022

Top 3 Places to Shop in Roanoke County for the Foodie!

Eating at Dogwood Restaurant

  • Check out RND Coffee in Vinton for multiple reasons. The first reason is to pick up some holiday donuts for your foodie friend or bags of coffee for your coffee lover. They also have monthly subscriptions which is such a fun gift! A second reason, is to g...
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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Top 3 Places to Shop in Roanoke County for a Pamper Queen!

Shopping for jewelry at Her Perfect Day

  • A personal favorite place of mine for some pampering is Polished salon in the Forum Shopping Center! They have a table in the front of the store full of pampering goodies as well as handmade exfoliant in an array of scents upon request. You can never go w...
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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Top 3 Places to Shop in Roanoke County for the Person Who Has Everything!

Kaelyn shopping at Windsor Gifts

  • PacaBerry Farm Shop has some of the most unique gifts you can find in Roanoke County thanks to their supply of products made with alpaca fleece. They have socks, ear warmers, hats, yarn, and even ornaments. If you order something online, be sure to use th...
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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Top 3 Places to Shop in Roanoke County for the Beer and Wine Lover!

Kaelyn Shopping at Southern Hills Homebrew Supply

  • For a gift that's a bit outside the box, consider gifting at-home brewing supplies. Southern Hills Homebrew Supply has everything your gift receiver could need to brew beer or wine including kits, bottles, corks, hops, and more! They can even mill it for ...
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Posted on: November 2, 2022

Adventure Dog Takes Kaelyn on an Adventure

Moki the Adventure Dog plays fetch

Fresh from my afternoon with Moki, a shelter dog at the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP), I don’t know who had the biggest adventure- Moki or me!

After hearing that the local shelters, including the RCACP, were at full capac...

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Posted on: October 28, 2022

Hello From the Top of McAfee Knob

Kaelyn and Keara at the top of McAfee Knob

Hey, RoCo!

I am writing to you fresh from McAfee Knob, and what. a. view. Despite living in Roanoke for the last few years, I have yet to cross the McAfee Knob hike off my bucket list. 

It's a 3.8-mile hike to the knob, the most photographed spot o...

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Fire Station Tour at Cave Spring Station #3

Kaelyn at fire station

Happy National Fire Prevention Month, RoCo!

To kickoff the national celebration, I decided to celebrate with none other than some of Roanoke County’s fire and rescue team. In doing so, I got to spend the better part of a day with the B shift team at Statio...

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

Conquering Treetop Quest

Kaelyn Smiling at TreeTop Quest

I am writing to you, RoCo, with sore muscles and an adrenaline rush! Why? I am just getting back from TreeTop Quest at Explore Park, and my friend Keara joined me!

Heading into it, Keara and I thought this was going to be a breeze, and I definitely would n...

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Posted on: October 19, 2022

First Time Camping at Explore Park

Kaelyn and Keara arrive to Explore Park

Hey RoCo!

The weather is finally starting to feel like fall! I even noticed a few leaves changing on my drive home from work the other day which confirmed those fall feelings. For many, fall means the last chance to pitch a tent, roast s’mores, or get the ...

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