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Happy 4th of July Hokies!

04 July, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi Hokies, Dottie here—

I can't believe the Fourth of July is this weekend! Quarantine made it feel like time was dragging, yet here we are, preparing to celebrate Independence Day! With the holiday coming up, I wanted to provide a bit of background information on why we celebrate with fireworks on the Fourth of July. According to Reader's Digest, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife before the signing of the Declaration of Independence saying that the celebration of America's freedom “ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” 

The American people seemed to have agreed with Adams' proposal and have carried out the tradition each year since. This year, even with its setbacks, will be no different. Blacksburg and Christiansburg will be holding firework celebrations in these locations: 

- Property of the Old Blacksburg High School at 9:30 pm on July 4

No rain date


- Fireworks can be viewed from the New River Valley Mall or Walmart parking lots in Christiansburg and start around 9:15 pm on July 4

Rain date for July 5



Extra Fun Facts about the 4th of July

 1. Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs during the 4th

2. Only two men signed the declaration of independence on July 4, 1776

3. The designer of the 50-star flag lived in Lancaster, Ohio

5. The first 4th of July celebrations weren't much different than today's

6. Massachusetts was the first state to recognize the holiday

7. Three US presidents have died on July 4 including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe

8. The tradition of setting off fireworks began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777

9. The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration on July 6, 1776

10. Other countries celebrate the Fourth of July as a way to bring in American tourists



I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend! 

xoxo Dottie

Tips for Taking Care of your Fur Friends During the Summer

25 June, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there Hokies, Dottie again!

The temperatures are really heating up now that summer is here, and I'm sure you and your animals are spending a lot of time outdoors. I wanted to share some important facts and tips on how to take the best care of your animals during the summer months. 


1. Make sure they have plenty of water 

Dehydration is one of the most common side effects of being in the heat for animals. Some of the symptoms of dehydration include panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, and wobbly legs. 

2. Don't shave your pet 

Their fur actually helps to keep them cool in hotter temperatures. It is good to brush their fur regularly though. 

3. Mind your walking times 

Try to walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when it isn't as hot outside.

4. Keep their paws off hot surfaces 

Their paws can actually burn on hot surfaces like cement or asphalt.

5.  Make sure they are given their flea and tick medicine

Ask your vet what is best for your pet.

6. Avoid taking your dog around any firework celebrations 

The loud sounds can trigger their nervous systems and cause them to become anxious or afraid.

7. Never leave your pet in a vehicle 

Even at 70 degrees on a sunny day, the temperature inside a car can reach 104 degrees in just 30 minutes.

8. Use sunscreen on their nose or less hairy areas

Sunscreen for dogs- https://bit.ly/37YcnFB

9. Make sure your pet has access to shade if outside

Without shade, your fur friends can overheat especially if they are on concrete. 

10. Spend plenty of time with your fur friend! 

I hope you and your fur friends are having a great start of summer, and if you take your dog into the water, you may even want to consider a doggy life jacket! 

Until next time,

xoxo Dottie

Flying through Summer with Books

18 June, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there Hokies, Dottie here! 

I've been trying to figure out how to spend more of my time lately since the weather turned so rainy. After much thinking, I finally figured out what I'm going to spend more time doing– READING! I have set a goal for myself to read 20 books this summer. Everyone should set goals for themselves, and I think this is the perfect way to set goals as well as expand my knowledge. I have always loved reading, but I haven't always had enough time to do so. Reading isn't only beneficial for adults, it is also important for children. With kids ending school early and some kids not knowing whether they will return to school in the fall, reading is the perfect way to keep their minds going. 

Dr. Kelly Passek must have been thinking the same thing when she worked towards having children books delivered by drone in Christiansburg. Montgomery County Public Schools has partnered with Wing, a drone delivery company, to deliver books to children who live in the company's service area. Students can select from over 150,000 titles and have books delivered to their front yard for free.

After being inspired by Dr. Kelly Passek, I decided to create a list of adult and children's books that are currently trending to inspire you to read too! Hope you enjoy and click on the picture of the book to take you to a link for purchasing!

Books for Adults

1. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 

“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature....Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”The New York Times Book Review

2. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 

“Written with deep empathy and vivid characters who feel true to life, Little Fires Everywhere is a captivating, insightful examination of motherhood, identity, family, privilege, perfectionism, obsession, and the secrets about ourselves we try to hide.” Buzzfeed 

3. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 

"If you were the first of your friends to read Girl On The Train, and have read Gone Girl more times than you can remember, then here is your summer read. A thriller about a 15-year-old girl who has vanished and a mother who won’t give up hope. A perfect Pimm’s companion." -The Sun (UK)

4. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

"This sweeping love story is Hilderbrand's best ever. . . Her stories are relatable in an aspirational way, but her attention to detail is what makes her characters feel like living, breathing people you want to know. They would never skimp on citronella candles; they would save the least creaky rocking chair for you."

Elisabeth Egan, New York Times Book Review

5. The Girl Who Lived by Christopher Greyson

"The plot turns come fast and furious... Sharp characters enmeshed in a mystery that, particularly in its final lap, is a gleefully dizzy ride." -- Kirkus Reviews

Books for Children

1. Pete the Cat: Pete the Cat's World Tour by James Dean

2. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose! by Lucille Colandro 

3. If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Joffe Numeroff 

4. Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean 

5. Frindle by Andrew Clements 


Father's Day Gift Ideas

10 June, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there Hokies, Dottie again! Father's Day is right around the corner and I've been compiling a list of the perfect gifts for you to get for the fatherly figure in your life! Buying gifts for someone is one of the hardest things to do so I wanted to make it a little easier for you! I think there is something for everyone on this list and I've included the link for each item.

1. Classic Coffee Mug 


White Multicolor Mug- https://bit.ly/3cS9iaN

Blue Mug- https://bit.ly/3dRtbjF

#hashtag Mug- https://bit.ly/2Uunoc8

2. Outdoor Game to play with the Family

Spikeball- https://amzn.to/2YpwiZH

Kanjam- https://amzn.to/2MNuZyg

3. Grill Set 

Mr. Bar-B-Q set- https://amzn.to/2UvgUcY

4. Dad T-shirt

Green T-shirt- https://bit.ly/2MKGyWP

Blue T-shirt- https://bit.ly/37gIDDe

5. Leather Wallet 

Levi's Wallet- https://amzn.to/2zleOF7


Hope this list of gift ideas helps! 

xoxo Dottie

Time to Take a Hike, it's Summer!

03 June, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there Hokies, Dottie here! With the weather finally starting to warm up I thought it would be a great idea to go on a couple of hikes! I did some research and found out which of the hikes in the Blacksburg area have started to open and which ones are still closed. This is the perfect time of the year to get outside and explore! Go by yourself or go with your favorite friends to enjoy the outdoors! 


Open Trails 

1. Appalachian Trail 

2. Bald Knob Trail 

3. Cascades National Recreational Trail 

4. Deerfield Trail 

5. Huckleberry Trail

Closed Trails 

1. Angels Rest 

2. Dragon's Tooth Trail

3. McAfee's Knob



I hope this information is helpful! I think the Cascades National Recreational Trail is calling my name this weekend! Maybe I'll see you there...

xoxo Dottie


Farewell Interns

30 April, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment


to our 2020 Spring Interns 


Kimberly Newton, Virginia Tech 

Hi, my name is Kimberly Newton and I am a rising senior at Virginia Tech. I am a Public Relations major with a minor in Consumer Studies. When I first accepted the position to intern for the Blacksburg Partnership I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I am so glad I accepted the opportunity. At the Blacksburg Partnership, I have been able to work with great people and learn much-needed skills that will help me to succeed in my future career. I got to partake in the helping of planning events, assist in graphic design creations, partake in running social media platforms, and even write a couple of blogs. My favorite thing about interning at the Blacksburg Partnership has definitely been learning from my coworkers and gathering a better understanding of the kind of work I want to get into after graduation next year. My favorite Hokie bird is the "Hokie Pokie Dot" bird. As far as my favorite thing about Virginia Tech, I love the community here and how everyone is Blacksburg is proud to be a Hokie. My advice to future interns for the Blacksburg Partnership is to take it all in, take every opportunity to learn a new skill inside and outside of the office. My time at the Blacksburg Partnership has been so beneficial to me and I can't believe the semester is already coming to an end. Go Hokies!


Julia Hilburger, Radford University

Hi! My name is Julia and I'm a senior at Radford University majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. My favorite thing about Radford is the close-knit community. Over my 4 years there, I got to know professors and students in my field on a personal level. I love the fact that I could walk on campus and always see a friend or professor I know. During my time at the Blacksburg Partnership, I have learned important skills that I will carry with me as I graduate and enter the real world. One of the favorite things I've done as an intern is run the Humans of Blacksburg social media. I love doing interviews, getting to know a few individuals in Blacksburg, and then seeing the finished product on our social media pages.  The Blacksburg Partnership has helped me realize that I want to start a career in Event Planning or Public Relations. My post-graduation plan is to find a job in those fields in the DC/Arlington area. My advice to future interns would be to not take for granted your time in the office! My time working was cut short due to the pandemic. Working from home is still fun, but nothing beats being able to go into the office. Appreciate it! 

Corinne Marr, Virginia Tech

Hi, my name is Corinne Marr and I am a rising junior at Virginia Tech. I am majoring in public relations with a focus in event planning. I have always been interested in event planning and marketing, so when I heard about this internship I knew it would be the perfect fit. I got to learn so many new things with The Blacksburg Partnership. During my time I worked on social media posts, newsletters, press releases, advertisements, WordPress, marketing, logos, and so many more insightful skills for my future career. My favorite part about this internship would definitely be the amount of support and help I received from other interns and my three supervisors. Everyone was always there to help, even when things got a little different during quarantine. My favorite HokieBird is probably the executive bird because it portrays power, and I think that I would definitely want that on my desk at work. The only advice I would give to future interns is to try everything that they give you to your full potential. Take on this internship head-on and take advantage of all the opportunities they give you to learn new things. My favorite thing about Virginia Tech overall is the community. The amount of support I have at Virginia Tech is truly amazing and I am so grateful that I can truly say this is home.   

Keep Learning with Dottie

23 April, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there, Hokies! Dottie here!

I know this is a hard time and many of us are running out of things to do to keep our minds going. A ton of websites and universities are offering free online courses while in quarantine! This is the perfect time to learn something new or explore a topic that you have never had the time to learn about before. I've done some research and found a couple of courses I thought looked interesting and wanted to share them with you. Keep reading to see my suggestions!

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1. Moralities of Everyday Life offered by Yale University 

"We’ll discuss some clever studies that show how our moral behavior is powerfully influenced—often at the unconscious level—by the situations that we find ourselves in."


2. Introduction to Negotiation offered by Yale University 

"This course will help you be a better negotiator. Unlike many negotiation courses, we develop a framework for analyzing and shaping negotiations."


3. Seeing Through Photographs offered by MoMA

"This course aims to address the gap between seeing and truly understanding photographs by introducing a diversity of ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform their making."


4. The Science of Well-being offered by Yale University 

"In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits."


5. Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies offered by Bocconi

"Learn how fashion and luxury companies work and understand their brands, products, retail, and communication strategies. Travel through business models, international development, and product categories with industry influent experts."



Coursera is offering hundreds of free courses, so if none of the classes listed interest you, check out their website to find the perfect fit for you. I am going to start "the Science of Well-being" next week and will keep you Hokies updated on how it goes. Until next time, keep safe and keep learning! The website for Coursera is linked below! 







16 April, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi, Hokies! 

Dottie here— normally at this time of year we are getting excited for the Spring Game and remembering the lives lost on April 16, 2007, by participating in memorial events. Although there will be no events held on Virginia Tech's campus, we can still remember the lives that were lost and celebrate being a Hokie! 

This year the 3.2 for 32 Run in Remembrance will be a virtual event. The virtual run will last from April 16-18 and participants are encouraged to download an app (Stridekick) to track their steps. Virginia Tech is hoping to reach a goal of 32,000 total steps as a whole and is encouraging Hokies to post on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag, #VT32Run while participating. Hokies can download a printable bib to wear and show their Hokie spirit by wearing maroon and orange.

This is the perfect time to remember why we all love being a Hokie. You can reach out to a fellow Hokie and take on the challenge by completing 3.2 miles together. It's the perfect way to practice social distancing and to honor the lives of our fallen Hokies. Virginia Tech is home, and we will neVer forgeT. Stay safe, everyone! 





For more information on the Run in Remembrance event click on the link below:


For more information on all Day of Remembrance Activities click the link below:












Baking Sweet Treats with Dottie

09 April, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi, Hokies!

Dottie here— I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes for sweet treats that you can bake at home. If you're hungry for ways to pass the time, baking is the perfect activity to do just that!

1. Raspberry Cookies 

Ingredients needed: 

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Butter (salted)
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Lemon zest and juice
  • Raspberries (frozen)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice

Click below for full baking instructions:


2. Pastel Mini Cheesecakes

Ingredients needed: 

  • Shortbread cookies 
  • Butter
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Water
  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla bean paste
  • Salt
  • Cream
  • International delight sweet cream creamer 
  • Gel food colors
  • Whipped cream
  • Candy eggs and sprinkles to decorate

Click below for full baking instructions:


3. Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Ingredients needed: 

  • Cake flour
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Strawberries

Click below for full baking instructions:


4. Pineapple Carrot Cake 

Ingredients needed:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Crushed pineapple
  • Vanilla extract
  • Grated carrots
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract 

Click below for full baking instructions: 


5. Mini Egg Easter Brownie Parfait

Ingredients needed: 

  • Candy-coated chocolate Easter eggs
  • Whipping cream
  • White sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • 1 Batch of grandma's fudge brownies, or your own brownie recipe

Click below for full baking instructions:



I hope you enjoy these delicious treats! 




Spring Crafts with Dottie

02 April, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi Hokies! 

Dottie here— I wanted to share some fun spring crafts that you can do at home! This is the perfect way to keep busy in the house but also stay in good spirits now that spring is here! I found all of these crafts on Pinterest, so go take a look if you want to find more!

1. Cupcake Liner Flower Cards


Supplies Needed:

  • Cupcake liners in different colors
  • Brass fasteners
  • Yellow paper
  • 1-inch hole punch
  • ¼ inch hole punch
  • White index cards
  • Green paint
  • Scissors

Click the link below for full instructions on how to make the craft:  


2. Yarn Easter Eggs for Decoration 

Supplies Needed:

  • Liquid starch- 1 cup
  • Flour- 1/2 cup
  • Embroidery thread
  • Water balloons

Click the link below for full instructions on how to make the craft:  


3. Easter Egg Wreath

Supplies Needed:

  • Large colored plastic Easter eggs
  • Small colored plastic Easter eggs 
  • Pipe cleaners
  • 12" wire wreath frame 
  • Hot glue gun

Click the link below for full instructions on how to make the craft:  


4. Sock Bunny 

Supplies Needed:

  • Unmatched socks
  • Uncooked rice (around 1 cup per bunny)
  • Rubber bands
  • Black marker
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Scissors

Click the link below for full instructions on how to make the craft:  


5. Bottle Cap Flowers 

Supplies Needed:

  • 7 metal bottle caps per flower
  • 1 wooden skewer per flower
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Newspaper
  • ModPodge
  • Hot glue gun

Click the link below for full instructions on how to make the craft:  



Need supplies? New River Art & Fiber is offering local delivery in Blacksburg! They are also offering to ship items for a flat rate of $8 or free shipping on orders over $100. Check out their website for more information. 



Keep crafting and keep washing your hands! Stay safe!



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