Wake-Up Call: The Virginia Institute of Autism

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Virginia Institute of Autism President and CEO, Ethan Long, and VIA Admissions and Family Support Services Coordinator, Hilary Nagel, about the work their organization is doing to help people on the autism spectrum. Topics include: The three levels of autism, and services offered by the VIA.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

SSV: Becoming An Age Friendly Community

From left to right: Peter Thompson, Kim Volker, George Worthington, Jeff Gould and Sue Friedman

Peter Thompson, Executive Director of The Center and a founding leader of the The Charlottesville Area Alliance (CAA), George Worthington the dementia services coordinator for Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and Kim Volker manager of Virginia Care is There, a geriatric care management company, spoke at the December 2021 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.

Peter presented an overview of CAA whose mission is to lead the advancement of an age friendly community which is good for everyone. CAA has been accepted as a partner in the WHO/AARP age-friendly network, which gives the group access to a global network of advisors and groups working toward similar goals. There are eight standards for successful communities including outdoor space, transportation, housing, social inclusion and health services.

George Worthington spoke on age and dementia friendly perspective working together and including a dementia friendly aspect to its plans such as dementia friends’ initiative to keep individuals involved in the community. He also presented information of the CAA’s social participation action plan to increase participation and education to foster the understanding of aging and dementia and CAA’s housing efforts.

Kim Volker provided information on CAA’s new alliance: citizen advocates to increase the engagement of citizens in legislative priorities identified by CAA. The final topic was the CAA goals for transportation such as bus stop improvements.

The three spoke at the Wednesday December 8, 2021 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville and simulcast on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was introduced by SSV President Jeff Gould and moderated by Vice President Sue Friedman.

Wake-Up Call: SARA – The Sexual Assault Resource Agency

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Renee Branson and Bass Wolf of SARA – The Sexual Assault Resource Agency about their organization’s work helping survivors of sexual assault. Topics include: What to expect when calling the SARA 24/7 crisis hotline and a review of the organization’s many services.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wake-Up Call: Post-Election Analysis

Jennifer Lawless and Paul Freedman

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Jennifer Lawless from the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Commonwealth Professor of Politics and Paul Freedman from the University of Virginia Department of Politics Program in Environmental Thought and Practice about the 2021 governors race in Virginia. Exit polls and voter demographics are discussed.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

SSV: Virginia and Climate Change

William Shobe

William Shobe, professor at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, spoke on the energy transition initiative that Virginia reduce electricity carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and the pathways to reach this goal cost effectively. He discussed not only the opportunities to accomplish this, but also the roadblocks to getting there. Professor Shobe spoke at the November meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.

In this podcast Shobe points out that in 2006 Virginia reached the peak of carbon emissions and there has now been a considerable drop off. The reason behind this decline is the decrease in coal use and the increase in natural gas. After years of minimal usage of renewable energy sources, there is now a growing interest in hydro, solar and wind energy production. Since 2010 the importation of electricity into Virginia has decreased reducing carbon emissions. Since 2016 solar production has become increasingly popular. Currently the cheapest new resource to build is solar. According to Shobe, in 2021 Virginia has produced the same amount of energy from solar as coal,

Professor Shobe is hopeful that costs will come down in some energy sectors and new technologies will be available to make products more affordable. In the end, he feels with advance planning and cooperation a zero-carbon emission goal may be accomplished.

Professor Shobe spoke at the Wednesday November 10, 2021 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville and simulcast on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was introduced by SSV President Jeff Gould and moderated by SSV Past President Bob McGrath.

Wake-Up Call: Sports Writing and UVA Sports

Zach Carey

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with journalist Zach Carey from Streaking The Lawn about University of Virginia sports and sports reporting. The 2021-22 UVA football and basketball seasons are discussed.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wake-Up Call: Secret Charlottesville

Marijean Oldham

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Marijean Oldham about her new book Secret Charlottesville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Topics include: Baby goat snuggling and the Blue Ridge Tunnel.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wake-Up Call: Local News Update with Charlottesville Tomorrow

Erin O’Hare (Photo: Charlottesville Tomorrow)

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Charlottesville Tomorrow Equity Reporter, Erin O’Hare, about recent stories in the local news. Topics include: Charlottesville’s Future Land Use Map and the situation at Midway Manor. Also, Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker’s decision not to run in the November election.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

SSV: Virginia 57th and 59th Districts Candidates Forum

From left to right: Bob Beard (Moderator), Matt Fariss, Philip Andrew Hamilton, Sally Hudson, Benjamine Moses, Louis V. Scicli

Incumbent Sally L. Hudson (D) and challenger Philip Andrew Hamilton (R) are seeking election to the 57th House District. Incumbent Matt Fariss (R) and challengers Benjamine A. Moses (D) and Louis V. Scicli (I), are seeking election to the 59th House District. All five candidates spoke at this Senior Statesmen of Virginia Candidates Forum. Topics include: improved broadband access for Virginia, more money for education and health care workers and COVID vaccination mandates.

The candidates spoke at the Wednesday October 13, 2021 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville and simulcast on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was introduced by SSV President Jeff Gould and moderated by SSV member and former news anchor for CBS19 Bob Beard .

Wake-Up Call: Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville / Albemarle

Ellen Osborne (left) and Catherine McCall

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Ellen Osborne, Executive Director and Catherine McCall, Citizenship Coordinator, of Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville / Albemarle about their organization’s efforts to help people achieve full literacy. Topics include: Literacy, illiteracy and functional illiteracy and the role of literacy tutors. Also, WordPlay tournaments.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wake-Up Call: International Rescue Committee

Harriet Kuhr

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville Executive Director, Harriet Kuhr, about her organization’s efforts to facilitate the immigration of refugees from around the world. Topics include: How refugees are settled in Charlottesville and efforts to settle Afghans in the wake of the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.