Scholarship Wine Festival at Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Alumni ,New River Valley Chapter, hosted the 6th annual Wine Festival at the Virginia Tech Holtzman Alumni Center, Saturday, June 7 from 12 – 5pm for benefiting the Chapter’s scholarship fund.

The chapter scholarship fund benefits the New River Valley area high school students attending Virginia Tech. The festival features wineries each year from around the region, food and beverage concessions, specialty items from local vendors and music. The event was held on the grounds of the Holtzman Alumni Center which is adjacent to the Inn at Virginia Tech. Preston’s, the restaurant located within the Inn at Virginia Tech, had their famous crab cakes for sale. Tickets were $20 dollars in advance and $25 at the gate.

According to a study done by William Setzer lignin-derived oak phenolics, although found in small concentrations, may contribute to the beneficial antioxidant, chemopreventive, and cardioprotective effects of red wine. Another study finds that moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease.

You can make your registration for future fundraising events or make a New River Valley Chapter donation here.

 

 

Industrial Hemp’s Background

Communities across the United States are pushing for the legalization of industrial hemp and marijuana. There is legislation in Virginia that could possibly legalize the farming and cultivation of industrial hemp. Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of the psychoactive properties that the marijuana plant contains. An amendment in the Farm Bill passed both the United States House and Senate allowing colleges and universities to grow hemp for academic or agricultural research purposes. However, The Farm Bill’s amendment only applies to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal.

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Until the 1930’s Virginia legally cultivated and used industrial hemp in many products. More than 25,000 products can be made out of the raw materials in hemp such as textiles, rope, cellulose plastics, resin, particle board, paper products, shampoo, vitamins and oil. The three raw materials in industrial hemp are fiber, hurds and seeds. H.R. 525 has been introduced to the United States Congress with the intention of removing Industrial Hemp as a schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act. Under current United States drug policy, all cannabis varieties, are considered a schedule 1 controlled substance.

Industrial Hemp Activist and Expert Rick Patterson

Rick Patterson has become one of Virginia’s biggest Industrial Hemp Activists. One of the main reasons Patterson has joined the fight for Virginia farmers is the potential for Cannabis to cure or reduce the suffering of individuals with Cancer, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, anxiety disorders/ depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Brewing at The 4th Annual New River Brewfest

April 12, 2014 Fairlawn, VA- The 4th Annual New River Brewfest was held from 12 p. m. to 6 p. m. at the Nesselrod Bed and Breakfast. Samples of beer were made available from some of Virginia’s finest breweries.


Breweries participating in the event included: Bull and Bones, The Damascus Brewery, Devil’s Backbone, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Parkway Brewing Co., Three Brothers Brewing Co. and Sunken City Brewing Co.

 

150th Anniversary: Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain

April 6, 2014 in Pulaski County, VA Daniel Young explains what a blacksmith did during the Civil War at the The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain reenactment. The gates at New River Valley Fairgrounds opened at 9 a.m. for the general public and there were over 300 re-enactors participating in the festivities.

The battle of Cloyd’s Mountain was one of the fiercest battles fought in the Civil War with high casualties on both sides. The creeks surrounding the battlefield “ran red with blood” as the Confederates lost approximately 538 soldiers and the Union Army lost 688.

Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

New River Valley Fair Grounds in Dublin, VA. (April 6th, 2014) Union re-enactors getting ready for performance. 150th Anniversary: Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. (Photo by: Charles Shomo/Full Sail University)

 

Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

New River Valley Fair Grounds in Dublin, VA (April 6, 2014) Union Soldiers preparing for battle. 150th Anniversary: Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. (Photo by: Charles Shomo/Full Sail University)

Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

New River Valley Fair Grounds in Dublin, VA. (April 6, 2014) Confederate soldiers preparing for battle. 150th Anniversary: battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. (Photo by: Charles Shomo/Full Sail University)

 

150th Anniversary: Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

Cloyd’s Mountain in Pulaski County, VA (April 6, 2014) Confederate Soilders firing upon Union Soilders. 150th Anniversary: Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. (Photo by: Charles Shomo/Full Sail University)

Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

Cloyd’s Mountain in Pulaski County, VA (April 6, 2014) Union soilders getting ready to fire canon. 150th Anniversary Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain (Photo by: Charles Shomo/Full Sail University)

 

Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

Cloyd’s Mountain in Pulaski County, VA (April 6, 2014) Confederate troops firing on the Union. 150th Anniversary: Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. (Photo by: Charles Shomo/Full Sail University)

 

Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

Cloyd’s Mountain in Pulaski County, VA. (April 6, 2014) Confederate Soldiers relaxing before battle. 150th Anniversary: Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. (Photo by: Charles Shomo/Full Sail University)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hashtag Event Happening in Emergency Management.

March 26, 2014 in Christiansburg, VA Tanya Ferraro, Roanoke Valley Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, explains how hashtags are important when using social media during an emergency and to help prepare you for the increasing potential of a disastrous event on a local or national level. 

Fun with Emergency Management

Ferraro and one fellow employee at the Roanoke Valley Reserve Medical Corps made a parody video to the song Royals by artist Lorde to help get their emergency management message across. Ferraro believes the message of emergency preparedness is better received when fun and creative ways are used.

Industrial Hemp Could Be Virginia’s Next Big Cash Crop

March 23, 2014 in Riner, VA Jim Politis, former chairman at Montgomery County VA Board of Supervisors, has a mission to revitalize industrial hemp as a crop for Virginia farmers.

An amendment in the Farm Bill passed in both the United States House and Senate allowing colleges and universities to grow hemp for academic or agricultural research purposes; however, the bill only applies to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal. Virginia is currently not a legal state for industrial hemp.

A revitalization of the industrial hemp industry is underway and the worldwide hemp sales are continuing to increase. Industrial hemp contains three raw materials: fiber, hurds and seeds. More than 25,000 products can be made out of the raw materials such as textiles, rope, cellulose plastics, resin, particle board, paper products, shampoo, vitamins and oil. Until the 1930’s Virginia legally cultivated and used industrial hemp in many products.

Industrial Hemp comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant; however, it contains less than 1 percent of the chemical responsible for psychoactive properties.  Under current United States drug policy, all Cannabis varieties, are considered Schedule 1 controlled substances under the Controlled Substance Act. Industrial Hemp is controlled and regulated in legal states by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors supports the adoption of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. H.R. 525 has been introduced to the United States Congress with the intention of removing Industrial Hemp as a schedule 1 controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act. Politis plans to continue his campaign to repeal the prohibition of industrial hemp in Virginia.

 

Jim Politis and Rick Patterson

Home of Jim Politis in Riner, VA (March 23, 2014)
Rick Patterson and Jim Politis discussing the market for Hemp.

Rick Patterson, a local Hemp stock expert, explains, “One thing that people don’t realize is hemp is not a new crop. Hemp has been used for over ten thousand years, and as America is the largest importer of hemp products in the world, it is time for Virginia and other states to take advantage of the recent federal Farm Bill and become leaders in the inevitable upcoming industrial hemp boom.” He continues, “If Virginia doesn’t act soon, we will be playing catch up for years to come.”

 

Becoming a Radio DJ for 105.3 The Bear

March 16, 2014 in Fairlawn, VA radio personality and DJ for 105.3 The Bear, Drez Nunya, explains why and how he got into the radio business. 105.3 The Bear is the New River Valley’s Rock radio station and home for the Virginia Tech Hokies’ Sports Talk Radio. 

Nunya is assistant program director at Cumulus Media and DJ at WBRW 105.3 The Bear. Nunya fell in love with radio at the age of 7 when he was playing with a tape recorder similar to the one found in the movie “Home Alone.” Nunya attended Radford University studying media and focused his attention on radio with an internship at the college radio station. Immediately after Nunya’s internship he was offered a job at 105.3 The Bear because of his experience and unique on-air talent.