New challenge for Mill Mountain Zoo

Mill Mountain ZooMill Mountain Zoo’s Board of Directors has another fundraising hill to climb – after successfully matching an earlier grant challenge over the winter … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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ANIMAL CARE ITEMS
HVAC Contractor Donation of System Upgrades for several Zoo Structures
DryMat or Similar Product
Stainless Steel 3 Basin Sink for our Commissary
Restaurant Kitchen Quality Stainless Steel Counters
Chopping Blocks (Plastic or Material Easy to Sanitize)
Chefs Knives
Instant Water Heater
Waterproof Flooring for Holding Building (Swimming Pool-Type)
Solar Installation for Holding Building
Batteries of all sizes

FOR OUR ADMINISTRATIVE NEEDS
Heavy Duty Shredding Machines (2)
Quality Drop Safe
Conference Table & Chairs
Office Supplies
Gift Cards from area big box stores
Sam’s Club Membership
Point of Service Hardware and Software

MAINTENANCE & GROUNDS
All Terrain Utility Vehicle
Flowering Plants, Hanging Baskets, Bulbs, Perennials
Mulch – good quality
Landscape Fabric
Paint & Painting Supplies
Pressure Washer (2)
LED Lightbulbs
Motion Detecting Outdoor Lights
Snow Blower
Ice Melt
Water Heater
Screen Doors (2)
PA System for the Zoo Choo
Canopy for Amphitheater
Banners of All Sizes & Art Work
New Floor for Gift Shop – Stamped Concrete

Check out our Amazon.com Wish List for other items.

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Floyd Fest 2015 rededicated to “boutique” status

Floyd Fest 2015The 14th annual Floyd Fest 5-day music festival – “Fire on the Mountain” is the theme – begins July 22nd … but tickets are on sale now and the co-founder says lessons have been learned over the past few years … as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Click here to hear more from Floyd Fest co-founder Kris Hodges (speaking with WFIR’s Gene Marrano)

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Roanoke’s only dog park temporarily closes as second one gets ready to open

Roanoke-CityRoanoke City’s one and only dog park at Highland Park is closed, but only for several weeks. City crews are moving the large dog area down the hillside to flatter land that’s easier to maintain. And as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, a second dog park will open in the city later this spring.

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Attorney seeks to block Sweet Briar closure

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ The Amherst County attorney is asking a judge to block the closing of Sweet Briar College and remove its president and board of directors. Ellen Bowyer sought the injunction in Amherst Circuit Court on Monday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Bowyer’s complaint says the closure “is not only precipitous and unwarranted, it is also unlawful.” It asks that a special fiduciary be appointed to take control of the college’s assets. An attorney for the college did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages from The Associated Press seeking a response. Sweet Briar has announced that the Class of 2015 would be the final graduating class at the 114-year-old college. President James F. Jones Jr. cited financial reasons for the closure. An alumnae group also is fighting the closure.

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