Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa!

Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa! (November 17, 2012)

Monday, November 22
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. What a beautiful weekend we just had!  I spent part of it at the Tanglewood Mall Barnes and Nobel store taking part in the Smart Beginnings Book Fair.  I was the "guest reader" at 11:00 Saturday morning...the event was to raise money for the many programs Smart Beginnings helps in the Roanoke Valley, including child care centers.
And speaking of kids, we aired a story this morning about how the number of ER visits has dropped in the last couple of years, after the FDA ordered children's cough and cold medicines to be removed from store shelves, due to a large of number of incidents involving children overdosing. But that does leave parents in a bit of a predicament...trying to figure out how to treat those stuffy noses and sore throats.  My five year old, Chris, often has a stuffy nose and has had some nosebleeds because of dry heat from the furnace.  We've started running a humidifier in his room, which seems to be helping.  Our pediatrician also recommends saline drops, just to keep the nasal passages moist. And there's always the old tried and true, Vicks Vapor Rub. Sometimes those "old-fashioned" remedies are pretty effective, and at least worth trying in this season of colds and flu. Of course, the best protection...get the flu shot.  It only takes a minute, but it can save you from DAYS of being sick..
Thursday, November 11
 If you are a veteran, thank you!! If you aren't, please take a moment and say thank you to our nation's servicemen and women, and pause to remember those who died while serving our country. My dad served in the grandfather was actually a soldier in World War One.  And what a gorgeous day to head out to any of the outdoor events happening in honor of the occasion. Bob was live at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford today on News 7 Mornin', and it looked absolutely beautiful with the waterfalls and the lights.  Very moving indeed....
  Jumping ahead to the weekend, if you are looking for something to do, head out to the annual Stocked Market at the Roanoke Civic Center.  Your Hometown Station will have a booth there, and we'll be handing out Salvation Army stockings to fill for a needy girl or boy in our area.  It is a lot of fun to fill the stockings (I usually alternate between filling one for a girl, then a boy each year). And it truly can make the difference for these children.  For some, this stocking may be the only gift they receive. I will be at our booth Saturday morning. If you get a chance, come by and say hello, and look for some holiday bargains!
Friday, November 5
Happy Friday to ya!! Hopefully, you've been watching our special Flood of '85 stories this week. There's nothing like re-living those memories through photos, video and interviews. Check out our special Flood of '85 page on our Web site. It's definitely been a long, busy week.Not only here, but also at home.  Tuesday was Parent-Teacher conference day at my son's school..Then I ended up taking the little fellow to the doctor. He'd been complaining about a sore throat, and sure enough, it was strep throat.  He's on the mend, and went back to school yesterday. There is so much going around, and the weather keeps changing from warm to cold, and back again.  If you haven't already done so, get your flu shot!  There's plenty of vaccine to go around this year, thank goodness. I'm supposed to get mine in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully, I can stay healthy until then, and keep the cooties away!   Have a great weekend everyone!
Friday, October 29
It's finally Friday...whew!! It's been a busy week.  I've been hard at it working on a sweeps piece airing next week marking the 25th anniversary of the Flood of '85.  If you lived here at the time, no doubt, you remember it.  I was in the ninth grade, and I remember standing outside waiting for the school bus.  The wind was awful, and it kept blowing my umbrella upside down.  I looked up and thought to myself, "This is bad."  Of course, it got REALLY, REALLY bad.  I remember the school buses weren't running, and I ended up getting a ride home with a neighbor's brother.  People were catching rides with whomever they could...But in other areas, people had to resort to boats to navigate the rising waters.  And for the days that followed, I remember being glued to the TV, watching the news. I remember hanging on every word that Robin Reed and Keith Humphry said. And as I've often told people who asked me when I decided to go into broadcasting, that was it. The journalism seed was planted there, and then I formally decided to go into broadcasting two years later... There are so many stories associated with the flood, but I am happy to be able to tell a couple of them.  Tune into News 7 next week for that!
  In the meantime, hope you and your family have a wonderful Halloween.  And if you're not sure when your locality is trick-or-treating this year, check the News page of our Web site. It seems like it's been Halloween for a couple of weeks now...My son Christopher's school had its pumpkin festival last week, and we've already been to one Halloween party.  He has a party at his school this afternoon, and then I'll be bringing him and Caitlin to the station this evening for the yearly costume parade on the Skytracker 7 weather deck during News 7 at 5.  Hope you have a great weekend...and be safe.
Thursday, October 14
Hope all is well with you.... If you're a parent, I hope you had the chance to see today's Early Years segment on News 7 Mornin. We interviewed registered dietitian Don Mankie. He brought in a healthy, delicious-looking array of foods perfect for your child's lunch box.  Mankie suggests lean meat like turkey on sandwiches, but also items you might not have thought of before, like hummus.  He advises chopping up fruits and veggies on the weekend, when people tend to have more time.  That way you can include healthy items, without adding time on to the morning routine.  And if you have kids...saving time is key!!  On the flip side, this is also National School Lunch Week. 
Whether your kid buys or packs... the goal is to keep them full and healthy.
  In other amazing was that rescue operation of the Chilean miners?  We kept switching to live pictures from Chile during yesterday's morning show.  I was just relieved to hear when ALL 33 men and their rescuers were brought up safely.  Each man has such a compelling story to tell, especially when you consider that no one has ever been trapped underground for that long, and lived to tell about it.  As much as I want to learn more about them, I do hope they're given the opportunity to re-connect with their families and get re-acclimated to life above ground before people start clamoring for exclusive interviews and TV specials.  And I'm sure someone somewhere will want to turn it into a TV movie....
Monday, October 4
Happy Monday to you....Hope your weekend was fun.  We enjoyed the beautiful sunshine on Saturday. I took my children to an outdoor birthday party...then we came home and decorated some little pumpkins.  I think we're going to head out to a pumpkin patch this weekend to find the perfect "Giant Pumpkin" for actual carving.  Did I mention how much I love this time of year??  And even though yesterday was cooler, it still wasn't bad for Chris' last Sunday of Fall teeball.  After all, it is "Fall ball" should feel like fall, right?  We were debating today in the newsroom, as well as on my Facebook page as to whether Halloween would be celebrated on the 31st this year..since it falls on a  Sunday.  My understanding is that it will be celebrated on the 31st.  If you have any feelings about this one way or the other...drop me an email at   I'm also soliciting anecdotes, memories, etc. from those of you who were here during the Flood of '85.  I'd love to hear your stories as we approach the 25th anniversary.  It's hard to believe that it's already been a quarter century!!  I was in the 9th grade at the flies...
Friday, October 1
October is here, and it's definitely one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves are starting to change, and Halloween costume ideas are swirling around in my head. LOL!  I am glad the rain FINALLY ended.  Too much of a good thing is NOT a good thing.  Hopefully you and yours made it through the latest round of rough weather without any flood damage.  Tomorrow looks to be fantastic and there is plenty of fun activities to check out.  This morning Bob previewed the Radford Highlanders Festival, which gets under way tonight.  And tomorrow from 10 until 4 is the Harvest Festival in downtown Roanoke.  There will be live music, crafts, pumpkins, and lots of fun for the whole family!