My inaugural stab at being the What’s On Your Mind? guy attempts to unravel the mystery of this building located in Roanoke at the intersection of Franklin Road and Reserve Avenue, SW. Do you know how Reserve Avenue got its name?
If you could imagine the perfect use for this empty building, what would it be? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Oh, and welcome to the blog. If you you have a question that can’t be answered with a simple Google search, send it to me and I’ll do my best to help you out, and if I can’t answer, we’ll throw it to the crowd that I hope will check into this space regularly.
So here it is… this week’s column:
Welcome to the new and hopefully improved What’s On Your Mind. As a longtime subscriber, I’ve been reading this column for what seems like forever, and I only hope I can do it justice. If you’ve ever seen former WOYM columnist Kevin Kittredge in person, you know I’ve got big shoes to fill.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking that years ago people might have written to the paper to ask questions that today we can answer with a click of the mouse, but what this column should aspire to be is the place you can go to get the answers to un-Googleable questions. If you want to know whatever happened to the actress who played Thelma Lou on Andy Griffith, you can Google it, or better yet, ask Ralph Berrier Jr. But if you want to know, as I do, which animals at the Mill Mountain Zoo are the ones that make up the cacophony of howls when a siren-blaring ambulance goes by in the valley below, then I’m your guy.
In addition to our weekly space in the paper, I hope to continue the conversation online on the new What’s On Your Mind Blog, where you can stop by and ask – and help me answer – the tough questions, creating our own little local search engine for life’s persistent questions.
So to begin, a reader asked about the old Navy Reserve building at Franklin Road and Reserve Avenue in southwest Roanoke… read more here.