Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Roanoke, Virginia

first_imgYou don’t have to venture outside city limits to find world-class adventure in Roanoke.The Blue Ridge Parkway runs right through Star City, offering endless outdoor opportunities in town. The Roanoke River and Greenway are also close by, and so is the Murray Run Greenway. But the most celebrated outdoor oasis is Carvin’s Cove Nature Preserve. This preserve—the second largest municipal park in the nation—is only minutes from I-81 and less than eight miles from downtown Roanoke. Visitors to Carvin’s Cove have access to an 800-acre lake with available boat rentals and more than forty miles of well maintained multiple use trails.The Mill Mountain Star Trail is a 3.4 mile out-and-back that takes hikers along the Roanoke River to the summit of Mill Mountain, Roanoke’s highest point. Atop Mill Mountain you’ll find 500 acres of public parkland and impressive vistas stretching as far as 60 miles.Just beyond Roanoke is even more epic adventure. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest is a beloved biking destination, and many of the country’s top runners flock to Roanoke each year for the Blue Ridge Marathon.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? Roanoke won last year’s Best Outdoor Towns contest; can it pull off a repeat?Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

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What’s the state of Iloilo City today?

first_imgAnother initiative to address hunger, said Treñas, were the community kitchens hosted by 204 daycare centers and 37 barangay halls. Iloilo City has been under varying levels of community quarantine since March – enhanced community quarantine, general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine. Treñas said 1,903,036 meals were prepared by community kitchens which started in March and ended in June. In a press conference yesterday, Treñas gave journalists a sneak peek of his SOCA, such as the successful distribution of free “Ilonggo pandesal” to communities in an effort to combat hunger while the city was on lockdown. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas is expected to tackle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – mainly the city government’s response to the pandemic – in his State of City Address (SOCA) today, his second since his election last year. Treñas said some 43,000 pieces of pandesal were baked and delivered to the barangays for two weeks. He cited the help of bakeries and suppliers that volunteered for this endeavor. His SOCA will be broadcast in his official Facebook page beginning at 6 p.m.center_img A total of 205 daycare workers, 180 supplemental feeding workers and 447 parent-leaders of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program were tapped to cook and distribute prepared meals. Treñas will also be outlining to the Ilonggos how the city could move forward from COVID-19, and specifically how it can revive its economy hobbled by the community quarantine which is now on its fourth month. The city’s chief executive cited, too, the cooperation extended by Ilonggo businessmen to the city government.Aside from helping produce Ilonggo pandesal, he said, they also donated COVID-19 test kits./PN Treñas also said the city government’s “Uswag Sewers” were able to produce 215,465 pieces of facemasks. The mayor also cited the targeted COVID-19 mass testing of the city government covering initially frontliners. As of July 16, said Treñas, 9,484 swabs were performed for reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT -PCR) test and 8,642 rapid tests.last_img read more

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