Joyce E. Williams

Current Role: Bureau Chief, Roanoke
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Give me a home where the buffalo roam – in Virginia?
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If consumers were grocery shopping for crackers in early February in the Roanoke area to complement their homemade soup, they may have encountered bare shelves. And for the non-cook, the soup aisle may have been empty as well.
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What people wore 300-plus years ago in Virginia tells us a lot about how they lived. But historic sites in the state face a challenging task in accurately depicting the clothing that was used in colonial times.
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Lynchburg-area residents and AARP volunteers gathered for an in-person dinner group event for the first time since the pandemic began.
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AARP Virginia sponsored celebratory MLK Day luncheon.
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Community leaders from the Appalachian region of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee gathered in early November to address the needs of the 50-plus communities in the three states.
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Equipping the Vulnerable to Protect Themselves
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Celebrating grandparents, grandchildren and everyone in-between.
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Adding to poverty, lack of adequate housing and transportation, and food insecurity, the rural areas of Appalachia face problems with access to adequate and appropriate health care. Efforts to combat those issues were highlighted recently in the continuing series—Livable Appalachia—hosted by AARP Virginia, AARP North Carolina, and AARP Tennessee.
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The kids are whining, “We don’t have anything to do.”  Grandpa says, “The doctor says I have to get some exercise.”  Aunt Tilly needs distraction from the stress of her job.  “I love to paint.  I just wish I knew where to take a class.”  What to do!
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