You What’s On Your Mind readers are a curious lot. You want to know more about local geography – where things are and why. So when I stumbled across a Facebook group called “Roanoke, Where Am I?” I thought of you.
Started by professional musician and repairer of iPhones Jeff Maiden, the group is a place where people can post pictures and ask folks to try to identify where they were taken. I’ve been spending way too much time there recently, and invite you all to check it out too.
I asked the members of the group what they liked best about it, and Carol Warner Mesimer, who lives in Franklin County but works in Roanoke, summed it up best. “Seeing the posts is like a treasure hunt from my own home. As I go about my day around town, I look at Roanoke with different eyes, looking for that unusual, quirky spot that would make a good picture to post.”
If you’re curious, here’s a link. You’ll have to ask to join the group, but it’s not an exclusive bunch and Maiden assures me that all are welcome. Roanokers, Where Am I?
Q: I was wondering how many noise ordinance tickets the Roanoke City and Roanoke County Police have issued since the first of this year? How many were for loud music and how many where for loud motorcycle mufflers? Do they selectively issue tickets? Why?
I am sure I will have the Hells Angles circling my house if published.
Paul Gensurowsky, Roanoke County
A: I’m going to answer your question, but first I have two of my own. Do we even have Hells Angels in Roanoke? And why isn’t there an apostrophe in Hells Angels? Shouldn’t it be Hell’s Angels?
A quick internet search reveals that except for the 1930 Howard Hughes film about two brothers who join the Royal Flying Corp to fight the Germans, (four stars on the IMDB website) the common spelling does NOT include what would seem to be the required punctuation.
But to answer your question, assistant Chief of Police Chuck Mason helpfully sent along the county’s noise ordinance, which states that, “It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the County of Roanoke to promote an environment for its citizens free from excessive noise that jeopardizes their health or welfare or degrades the quality of life within Roanoke County.”
As promised, here are the links to the web pages that contain the noise ordinances for Roanoke City and Roanoke County:
Roanoke City: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=11474