Every month, Feeding America Southwest Virginia and its partners provide nearly 130,000 people with meals or groceries. They are now approaching their busiest time of the year with the upcoming holidays. Volunteers are moving and sorting new donations into the food bank at Feeding America Southwest Virginia. While some of the shelves are stocked now, spokesperson Amanda Allen says most of this food will be gone within days.
Christmas is only 5 weeks away, and while you may be having luck on the shopping list, you might have a hard time finding one of the easier items, a Christmas Tree. "Most people around here have been sold out since August," said Robert O'Keefe. Christmas trees are a hot commodity amongst retailers this year. The reason is a shortage on one of the bigest holiday symbols. O'Keefe who owns Rifton Farm & Nursey in Floyd County says we're feeling the effects of something that happened about 10 years ago.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s over the weekend bringing the first hard freeze of the fall season. Experts say you should check a few things to make sure you don't end up spending money repairing pipes, or letting the heat escape from your house. Firstly, make sure to disconnect all hoses on the outside of your house. Even if the hose is rated to be frost proof, it's a good idea to take them off the hose bibb. Water can freeze inside the hose causing damage to your pipes.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".