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New Save-A-Lot opens Warriors at Nationals P9– With the state championship behind them the Faith Christian Warriors moved on to nationals.

Grandin Honors P7– Grandin Court Elementary was one of 89 schools to win the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

Outside the Box P3– Eli Bishop and Billy Chase discussed their guerilla marketing project with folks at 202 Market.

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Miss Virginia, Hannah Keifer, reads to patients in the Carilion Pediatric Clinic.

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Store owner Rett Ward cuts the ribbon with help from Councilwoman Gwen Mason and City Manager Darlene Burcham. A new Save-A-Lot grocery store had its official grand opening on Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by city dignitaries and a long line of customers who were on hand for a variety of specials and giveaways. The new store, part of the 1,200 store Save-A-Lot chain is located at 4142 Melrose Avenue and is locally owned and operated by Rett Ward of Roanoke. Sav-A-Lot will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This store is the first Save-A-Lot in Roanoke and brings a new style of grocery retailing to the area. Save-A-Lot said they offer consumers significant savings of up to 40% on high quality foods as compared with more traditional grocery stores and super centers. The store will offer a complete line of groceries including fresh meat and produce, dairy and frozen foods as well as a variety of household goods. Save-A-Lot also said that they have a unique

approach designed to deliver maximum value and quality to shoppers. The company says that by having smaller stores with an edited selection of products reduces operating and inventory costs and that this savings is passed on to the customer. Most products in the store are exclusive brands, made especially for SaveA-Lot, and formulated to meet the company’s high quality and freshness standards. The cost of advertising built into national brand products is also passed along to the customer in savings according to Sav-A-Lot. Local ownership is another unique aspect of the Save-A-Lot formula, offering shoppers friendly service and a locally appropriate range of products. Ward, the owner of the new store, also owns Tinnell’s Finer Foods, a Roanoke institution for over 70 years. Tinnell’s is located on Crystal Spring Ave. For more information about Save-A-Lot, visit

Going to the doctor is usually not something that anyone, much less a child looks forward to, especially when there might be the chance of having blood drawn or a much hated injection. Since March 2005 the Carilion Pediatric Clinic has been supporting a program called “Reach Out and Read.� This non-profit venture promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading to children, into the pediatric exam room. Their goal? To encourage a love for reading at an early age and also to promote healthy family time in the home. To date, the program has happily distributed over 9,000 books in both English and Spanish to their patients. Currently chaired by Pediatric Office Manager Education Kimberly Robertson and by Donna Deadrick CPN, the program provides the books at no cost through grant funding and donations. Approximately 75% of the clinics patient population participates in the Virginia Medicaid Program. Statistics show that this population typically has fewer resources available for the purchase of books. Additionally, many of these parents may have literacy issues that may hinder reading in the home. Many of these children may tend to fall behind other students when entering the system. This past Monday, the Pediatric  Clinic celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with a Readathon that started at 8 a.m. and lasted until the last few trickled out around 4:30 p.m. Featured guest readers included members of the Blue Ridge Women’s Club, employees from both Roanoke City and Roanoke County Libraries, Dr.Alice Ackerman, Chair of Pediatrics, Wanda Ostrander, RN MBA,Vice President of Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital and Miss Virginia Hannah Keifer, among many, many others. Hayden Barnes, Sr. Marketing Advisor for Pediatrics and Women stated that she was “very disappointed� that all the spots were full and she did not have a chance to read.� Coming into the clinic was definitely a pleasant surprise for the kids as they are usually pretty apprehensive about



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Sixty-one and single, Valerie fited from an education program Garner raised kids on her own, that worked with over-aged midgot a two-year technical degree dle school students, something from Virginia Western in the she would like to see strengthmid 1980’s and grew along with ened. Much of Garner’s platform the computer business. Now the can be viewed at her lively blog, vocal and visible opponent of de- garnerforcouncil.blogspot. She velopment at Counwants government tryside Golf Course to become more Election 2008 has set her sights on transparent and City Council, runadvocates posting ning as an independent. Garner numerous public documents on made it official on Monday at the the web. Holiday Inn-Airport, when her “Many believe we have to build Photo by Gene Marrano signatures were declared valid on every square inch [of RoaValerie Garner declared her as well. A “nose to know what’s noke City land],� Garner said, an candidacy for Roanoke City right and what’s wrong,� is one of obvious dig at the current counCouncil. her greatest assets Garner said, cil. Roanoke owns Countryside before reading a prepared state- and has been seeking a developer public facility. ment.  “I think I would bring that would turn it into a revenue “It’s not only the young profesthat to City Council.� producing upscale residential sionals that council should be foThe northwest city resident community. Residents in that cusing on,� Garner said, opening would like to see people stop area near I-581 want Countrycriticizing the school system so side left as open space or a recmuch and focus instead on mak- reation park. Garner would like > CONTINUED ing it better. Her own son bene- the swimming pool there be a P3: Candidates


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Nothing remains of the stately old oaks and maples that once lined the Roanoke River along Wiley Drive. The Corps of Engineers with City Council’s approval has cleared a swath along the river to form a bench cut to improve flood control. Many local residents protested that saving the trees and flood control could occur together, but in the end the clear cut won out. Counting the rings of these giants revealed that some were over 100 years old.



















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Girl Scouts go green with $100,000 gift from State Farm April 22 through the end of the summer, expect to see your local Girl Scout troops in action, and it won’t be to offer you a second helping of their famous Thin Mints. Instead, these young ladies are making history taking part in a national pilot program to educate the public about global warming and climate changes, thanks to a helping hand from State Farm Insurance with a $100,000 grant. The Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council, which represents 11,500 Girl Scouts in a 36-county area, will work with schools in Seattle, Washington in an innovative plan to help protect the health of the earth by training teens to teach their younger peers about the harmful effects of toxic emissions and energy waste. Andrew Varyu, a masters student at Harvard Divinity School, has been passionate about protecting the environment since high school and is the mastermind behind this project. In Sept. 2007, he attended the 60th Annual United Nations conference,” Climate Change: How It Impacts Us

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Andrew Varyu, Wendy Mellenthin, Jessica Fagan receive a check from State Farm’s Lesley Owens. All”, where he met Jessica Fagan, a lifetime Girl Scout and Compton Fellow. Fagan had been working on a one year grant to establish a Girl Scout program that would

address climate change. Together they worked to form a partnership with the Girl Scouts. The plan the duo came up with was based on a pilot that involved students

in Cambridge, Massachusetts schools and Boy Scout troops, who sold energy-saving Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFLs).The children raised $32,773 as they

stimutaneously created marketing materials and also devised an educational program for ninth graders to teach younger children about climate change. Varyu submitted a detailed and exhaustive request for funding to the State Farm Insurance Youth Advisory Board for help to support a pilot program using Girl Scout troops in Virginia and two high schools in Seattle. On Tuesday, March 4, State Farm was pleased to present a check for $99,759 at the GSVSC headquarters in Roanoke. Varyu said there are three parts to the program and that the project will meet the needs of all three at one time. 1) meeting the needs of the earth, 2) meeting the needs of the organizations raising money (schools, Girl Scouts, etc.), not just from donors and 3) meeting the needs of the manufacturers since it has been slow for consumers to catch on to the positive effects that using the bulbs can bring. Varyu said that the sale of CFLs

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Eli Bishop and Billy Chase talk about the ideas behind their Pink Box Project. book entitled Guerrilla Marketing, he describes this type of tactic as a nontraditional method of marketing that’s a low-cost or no-cost way of marketing, promoting, advertising, or publicizing. “Thinking outside the box” is how it’s often and appropriately described by some marketing professionals. The last notable guerrilla marketing campaign was in Boston, MA in 2007. It gained national attention as concerned Bostonians thought that the little magnetic light-displayed characters carefully placed around the city might be an act of terrorism. The police were called in to remove them, and the company involved received serious negative attention from both the police and the media. But that worst case guerrilla marketing scenario didn’t deter Chase and Bishop from engaging in this cutting-edge form of marketing, and it has certainly paid off. Their website has been a huge success, they’ve even sold pink box themed t-shirts and mugs on the site. The address is and the opening paragraph on the site cleverly

reads, “Got your attention? Great!  That was the whole point.  To get you right here. And now that you are here, let us tell you WHY you are here. You are here because we wanted you to be here. That is the power of visual communication, and viral/guerrilla marketing.” AD2, a membership organization designed to connect like minded advertising, marketing, and public relations students, recently partnered with the two VWCC students at 202 Market to help educate the public about the positive aspects of the pink box project. “So many people are getting involved in guerrilla marketing and I wanted to know how these guys handle their experience,” Taryn Anderson, President of AD2 said. They were both surprised at the early negative reaction to the project, but are very pleased with the turn around of positive attention it has ultimately received. For now, their plans are to concentrate on their studies at VWCC, and after graduation they’ll consider taking on more guerrilla marketing campaigns. “There is potential for future projects, but

we’re still in school and there will be plenty of time for that afterwards,” said Chase. Roanokers probably haven’t seen the last of these two marketing master minds, and maybe the pink box project will have better prepared Roanoke businesses for the next creative, attention grabbing, and innovative marketing plan Eli Bishop and Billy Chase develop next.

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> Candidates Powell will run for mayor against independents David Bowers and George Sgouros and Democratic incumbent Nelson Harris. The Democratic Party will have Court Rosen, Sherman Lea and Anita Price vying for council seats against Wishneff, Garner and Dale Edmonston. The Republican party does not have a candidate. By Gene Marrano

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What started out as a class project at Virginia Western Community College has now evolved into somewhat of a marketing movement for two communication design students, 29 year-old Eli Bishop and 30 year-old Billy Chase. Their classroom assignment was an exercise in thinking outside the box, figuratively speaking that is, while spending as little money as possible to help promote the college’s Communication Design program. $100 dollars and 100 pink boxes later, the project would set in motion an initial response that one might call explosive. At about 4 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 the plan became a reality as they randomly placed pink boxes on the door steps of various downtown area businesses. “The idea was really just for a school project that we were hoping to get an “A” on. We had certain rules to follow like not creating a bad image for the school, and not doing anything illegal,” said Bishop. Some probably recall seeing this story all over the local news. Most of the media focused on how Patrick Henry High School responded to the little pink box - calling in a bomb squad. It certainly caused a storm of controversy, but it wasn’t exactly the kind of reaction Bishop and Chase were looking for. They would have to initially apologize to the Roanoke County Safety Coordinator, principals of Patrick Henry High School, Virginia Western Community College, and the Roanoke City Police Department for the bomb scare. VWCC issued a public apology after the incident as well. But as news spread about the project, the response did get more positive, especially after people started learning more about the idea. Guerrilla marketing has been championed in recent years by Jay Conrad Levinson, who’s written a series of books on the subject and is considered by most marketing experts the “father of guerrilla marketing”. In his infamous 1984

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My windows look out on a very large world


aving been a teacher for many years, I received quite a collection of Christmas gifts and end of year thank you gifts from

children and families. One year I received a handmade gift from one of my first grade students. It was a framed, hand-stitched sampler that read, “I live in a

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very small house, to stitch this piece, just but my windows for me. look out on a very I’m certain that Kalarge world.” The tie didn’t select the letters were perfectcross stitch pattern ly formed with the that she made. It was help of small squares her mother or father in the counted cross who set her up with stitch fabric, and the the tools to stitch and same small stitches make a lovely gift. It formed small blue was undoubtedly her Diane Kelly birds on branches mother or father who framing the quote. On the back selected the quote from Conof the frame were the words in fucius as well. I can imagine typical first grade handwrit- the hours it took a six year old ing: “To Mrs. Kelly. Love, Ka- to stitch such a handiwork. The tie Stone.” I remember the day hours of stitching and reviewshe gave it to me. She was so ing the words and spaces must proud that she had learned how have cemented this quote into

her memory. Since receiving that gift, our family has moved many times, and with each new home, I have found a special place to hang this little cross stitch. It has been a wonderful reminder of the big world to discover outside of our windows, no matter the size or location of our home. The whole world is waiting for us to discover it with our children. The seasons beckon us to enjoy our senses in parks and out-of-doors. Sights and sounds trigger questions and observations that make for wonderful conversations, questions, and understandings. The world is

full and wonderful, but it takes us, the adults, to open the windows so that our children can look out. We have the privilege and opportunity to point the way for our children. Look out. Explore. Wonder. Examine. Go. I wonder sometimes what Katie is doing now. I can imagine how capable she must be as a young woman having had parents who taught her about the world with needle and thread but also much more. I hope she is enjoying a very large world. Contact Diane at

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A night of grace on the Kancamagus Highway

e drive through squalls of blizzard now and then in which the visibility drops to zero and I’m forced to slow the truck to a crawl. This will last for a minute or so then abruptly clear. A glance up through the pocked windshield reveals the bright stars among the fast-scudding clouds. We’re three college kids on our way to Pinkham Notch, to ski in the back country. Jess, at 23, is the oldest of our little threesome; my sister Ginny and I are a few years younger. We are used to trips like this one, and we think it’s nothing to drive an ailing 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser 19 hours nonstop to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a few days of discovery. I had bought the two-tone blue and white Land Cruiser the year before, and it is a beauty. It’s the first car I’ve purchased myself. The ample rust creeping up the body of the beast, and the severely deteriorating upholstery does not concern me much. It is a cool truck. Also, in these young and carefree days I am not overly concerned with careful mechanical maintenance and trip preparation of the vehicle. I tend to just add gas and go, a little oil now and then, maybe some windshield cleaner. Ice scraper? The plastic case of the Steely Dan cassette works OK for that. Spare tire? Yeah, I guess there’s one in there -or under there- somewhere. Tools? There is a rusty pair of Vise-Grips under the seat, I think. Jumper cables? Tire gauge? Spare gas and antifreeze? Nah, nah, nah. My mechanical genius of a father shakes his head in resignation over my knuckle-

headedness. once the left rear brake It’s cold, probably drum. It’s flattened around 10 degrees, on the side resting on and the heater of the the icy blacktop. Now Land Cruiser is havwhat? A long moment ing a hard time fightof silence comes to a ing off the chill which close as we hear variforces us to keep “fully ous sounds emanating clothed�, and allows from the wilderness, frost to form on the and we see lights movinside windows of the ing towards us. There truck. It’s about nine John W. Robinson are people coming! o’clock on a Thursday Apparently, out there night and this highway is desert- in the dark, in the snow, there ed. At one point I think I’m out of are a few farmhouses, and their gas when I remember to tap the inhabitants are coming to help glass of the gauge and the little these carefree kids from Virginia. needle springs back to life. I’m at Thereafter unfolds an amazthe helm, Ginny is dozing in the ing scene - a scene of which I am back seat, wrapped in a sleeping barely a part. I feel like I’m lookbag, and Jess is telling me about ing down on it from above. It’s canoe camping on the James so unexpectedly surreal that it is River. truly dreamlike. The angels quietSuddenly there is a great roar ly move among us. They are laden from the back end of the Land with lights, heavy jacks, prybars, Cruiser, accompanied by a no- large tool boxes full of things. ticeable drop in height of the left They first check to be sure we’re rear corner of the beast. Is that the not hurt, then they go about the left rear wheel I catch a glimpse business of repairing the noble of as it bounces though the snow- Land Cruiser. Self-sufficient folk, covered field next to us and then they confidently begin to do what disappears into the ice-choked most would think impossible – river? Hmmmm. I have very lim- that is the complete rebuilding of ited control of the vehicle, and as a crushed, rusty brake drum and we skid to a halt from our previ- all associated parts, including ous cruising speed of 57 miles per brake shoes, springs and all the hour. rest, in the dark, freezing cold of I notice that we have come to a blizzard. They reshape the bentrest right in the middle of an old up pieces, especially the flattened steel bridge, the kind that looks brake drum, by the careful aplike it was built from a huge Erec- plication of strong hammer and tor set. Ginny is fully awake by chisel blows. They piece back tonow, and we all three excitedly gether the sprung brake parts and jump out to see what’s up and to methodically adjust the brakes generally celebrate the fact that properly and check the brake we are still alive. We look into the fluid. They find the spare tire icy black river below us, the river –somewhat low on air but OKwhich just swallowed our wheel. and place it on the rebuilt wheel The cold is “bracing� as we evalu- drum. They borrow one lug nut ate the bent-up mess that was off of each remaining wheel, the

Don’t promise me the moon . . .

. . . and it turns cialist, ran seven times; out to be a change of Harold Stassen stood my light bulb! That’s for the nomination nine what I think every times. Nader, at age 73, time I listen to the won’t have a shot at those candidates troll for records. And he doesn’t more delegates. They have a chance for the seem to believe if White House either, but they repeat the same he may offer something mantra of change new: He might discuss often and loud Hayden Hollingsworth what he believes to enough somebe the critical issues how it will conand the devil take vince us that it can happen. the hindmost. They may be right: Say it ofThere is no shortage of topten, say it loudly and it might be- ics that must be addressed. The come something we accept. But it candidates, whoever they may be, doesn’t matter whether we come should be grateful that the curto believe it or not, change is going rent administration has left so to happen. The past seven years, many areas ripe for reform. While which from the vantage point of structuring their platforms they the present, has been one deba- would do well to understand that cle after another, may be viewed in no area is there a simple remquite differently in a half century. edy for the mess in which we find History has a way of writing itself ourselves. If it were simple, then in a surprising fashion. Certainly, even our present incumbent might that was true of President Tru- have figured out what to do. Not man. He was vilified by his own only is it complicated, there are no party as a failed haberdasher who single correct answers. To be sure became a United States Senator some are more palatable than othonly because of the corrupt Pen- ers; some are quite distasteful. The dergast machine in Kansas City. nominees will almost surely lean Surely, everyone must have real- toward endorsing the least objecized Franklin Roosevelt could tionable but, sadly, those may not not possibly survive his fourth be the ones that are the best. term, yet they chose Truman as In Iraq, no one can predict his successor. Maybe the Presi- what will happen if troops are dent knew more than the power withdrawn slowly or rapidly. The brokers when that decision was current downturn in violence made. Today, Truman’s legacy may be illusionary. The sectarian stands as high as any president in combatants may have decided if the last half of the 20th century. they scale down their activities we Because of the 22nd amend- will go home then they can leap at ment to the Constitution, we will each other’s throats without our have a change. The real question meddling, a practice at which they should be what shape will change have a thousand year’s experience. take? Even though we have been Or maybe they will decide to give at these campaigns for over a year democracy a chance. I wouldn’t now, platitudes aplenty still fill hold my breath on that one! the air. I would hope that, when Health care is in disarray and the dust settles and we have the the idea of turning it over to the final candidates we will begin to government will do nothing to hear something of substance, not correct that. It is hopelessly nathe continuation of the “Festival ĂŻve to think universal health care of Forced Smiles,â€? as columnist will solve the problem. Look at Eugene Robinson has called our single payer systems (read “socialcurrent political climate. ized medicineâ€?) and you will find There may be a chance . . . but hard facts that the politicians do it’s not a very great one. Ralph Na- not mention. To have a candidate der has, once again, announced say that we cannot continue at for the Presidency, his third at- our present level demands some tempt. Norman Thomas, a So- concrete plan . . . and nobody has

one of significant substance. It certainly can’t be done in the magical first hundred days. A realistic goal might be having a plan by the end of a first term. Immigration, the unbelievable national and personal debt, the impending collapse of our economy, the grotesquely bloated defense budget which includes maintaining occupying armies in Germany, Japan, and Korea when the nature of modern warfare has shown them unnecessary and we have no forward thinking policy on energy or on global warming. To think that a new President and a phalanx of politically poised advisers can solve these problems is ludicrous. Maybe a task force is needed for every area we are failing. The best minds in all these fields living here and abroad could gather the facts. We could learn first hand the good, the bad, and the ugly of what works in other countries who don’t have all these problems and then spend the next three years distilling the findings into something that might work for us. No one wants to talk about the hard truths that must be faced if we are to ever stop living in a fantasyland. Maybe Ralph Nader will raise the consciousness to that level. Alternatively, he may draw enough votes to give us another disaster. Despite his protestations that our current administration is not his fault, remember that in Florida, Nader polled 97,421 votes; Bush carried the state by 537 out of 5,962,657 votes cast. If exit polls are to be believed, 75% of those voting for Nader would have voted for Al Gore had Ralph not been on the ballot. Nader disingenuously says that’s not true: They would have just stayed home. Not all of them; if only 25% of them had voted, then how different things might have been. So change is coming. Let’s hope it will take us in the right direction led by whoever understands that it is anything but a quick fix. Breathholding is not recommended!

loss of the original ones being at the root of the mishap, and there we are, on four wheels again. In all of these proceedings, I really don’t recall seeing our benefactors’ faces or hearing their voices, beyond a soft murmur. We three Virginians have milled around in amazement until the repairs are completed and the “angels� fade into the whirling snow. We yell “Thanks!!� as loudly as we can, but I think the wind whips the words away before they reach their intended targets. We’re alone again on the bridge. We hop in the Land Cruiser and continue on our way, thawing out in the semi-warmth of the truck. We speak little beyond a few words of our good luck and gratitude for it, but I am vaguely

aware that what we have just experienced is more than just good luck. As the years have gone by, I often think about that cold night and the sweet and wonderful grace that was visited upon us.

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Unique, innovative funding could make Roanoke the choice for young and old

There has been a great deal of discussion over the past few years about the need to attract young professionals to the Roanoke Valley. In spite of all the talk, we’ve made little in the way of actual progress. Roanoke is looking down the barrel of a demographic crisis similar to that faced by our Social Security and Medicare systems. We are steadily losing population among people aged 24 to 39, and gaining at an even faster rate among those in the 55+ age groups. Becoming a retirement haven is not necessarily a bad thing for the Valley, but we cannot count on a steady influx of older people to solve our economic problems. Retirees will drive demand for specialized housing, healthcare, and financial services. The problem lies in the fact that older people as a group simply do not generate sufficient demand for the full range of other products and services required to maintain a balanced and thriving economy. Without that balance, opportunities for those of us in other fields will continue to diminish. Much of the public discussion to date has focused on what kinds of amenities are needed to attract young people to the region. Unfortunately, this approach is entirely backwards. All of the heated debates about amphitheaters and mountaintop restaurants are pointless. Amenities do not attract people; people attract amenities. Successful businesses make location decisions based on market research and demographic trends; not on city sponsored websites and email surveys. A city with an aging population is simply never going to attract the same high-end retailers and restaurateurs found in larger or faster growing areas. If we are to bring about meaningful changes for the future of the Roanoke Valley, we must demand more from ourselves and from our elected officials. There are three key areas that require our attention, and unless we make significant strides in all

three, we cannot hope to succeed. We must change our attitudes regarding change in general; we must improve our public schools; and we must make dramatic reforms in the way we pursue economic development. Among certain groups in the Roanoke Valley, opposition to any proposed change is the default position. Whether it’s building a new art museum, demolishing an obsolete stadium, or renovating Center in the Square, a sizable portion of the population will always protest, driven as much by reflex as by reason. We’ve got a serious problem when we place a greater value on the convenience of street vendors on the Market Square, than on the survival of the economic engine that makes their presence possible in the first place. Economic growth and education go hand in hand, and the state of our city schools is a major obstacle to growth. Without a quality education, our young people will not be prepared to take advantage of employment opportunities anywhere. Providing first-rate facilities is no substitute for providing a first-rate education. Future employers are not going to be impressed by the quality of our football stadiums, particularly if the quality of our graduates is not up to their expectations. Working together as a community to develop meaningful and effective educational reforms should be our highest civic priority. When it comes to handling economic development initiatives, our local officials have proven themselves to be remarkably inept. Unless we are content with failed projects like Explore Park, Miller’s Hill, and Countryside Golf Course, we must demand a change in the way we approach the entire concept of economic development. We need to recognize that it should not be the role of bureaucrats and politicians to initiate development projects in the first place. It comes as no sur-

prise that the responses to RFP’s for projects like Countryside, and the proposed amphitheater on Reserve Avenue do not meet the grand expectations of local officials. If these projects were economically feasible to begin with, there would be no shortage of developers clamoring for a chance to build them. The proper role for development officials should be to pave the way for desirable projects, backed by entrepreneurs willing to risk their own resources to create real economic growth. I believe that one of the best ways to do this is to adopt an entirely new method for the distribution of economic development incentives. Current city guidelines state that in order to qualify for incentives, a business must be planning to invest at least $5 million in construction and equipment, and must create at least 100 permanent full-time jobs. Politicians are especially fond of this sort of incentive package, since granting them affords the opportunity to bask in the publicity created by large numbers of “new” jobs coming to town. The sad truth is that these are rarely “new” jobs at all. Just ask the FreightCar America workers in Johnstown, Pennsylvania what happened to them when hundreds of “new” jobs came to Roanoke. Enticing employers to move existing jobs from one locality to another will always be a zero-sum game. With practically every municipality in the country competing for high-paying jobs, the resulting incentive wars usually result in bad deals for local taxpayers. One of the worst deals I can recall is the $9 million dollar incentive package granted to the developer of Ivy Market to build a Ukrop’s grocery store. In a city with a stagnant population, building a new grocery store doesn’t mean that people are going to buy more groceries. It simply cuts the pie into smaller slices for everyone already in the gro-

cery business. Without a net increase in sales, there will never be a permanent increase in jobs. This incentive package threatens the jobs of workers at Kroger and Food Lion, and shifts a larger portion of the tax burden onto every other business and property owner in the city. There is a better way to put incentives to work. According to the SBA, small businesses account for up to 80% of net new job creation nationwide. Instead of trying to steal existing jobs from other localities, we could use incentives to create an environment where new small businesses thrive. Instead of giving millions of dollars to established businesses, we could offer micro-incentives to encourage small business start-ups, or expansion of small businesses already in the city. Consider the $9 million in tax breaks for Ivy Market. What if that money were divided into smaller chunks of $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000, and awarded instead to hundreds of different small businesses in the form of low-interest loans or loan guarantees? The resulting increase in jobs would dwarf any possible benefits from the Ivy Market deal. Access to capital is always the biggest obstacle for new business ventures, and undercapitalization is the primary cause of new business failures. By providing a unique and innovative source of funding for new businesses, we could make Roanoke the location of choice for entrepreneurially minded people, both young and old. The jobs they create could ultimately provide the kind of promising career opportunities needed for young people in the Roanoke Valley. Chris Berry is a local entrepreneur and smallbusiness consultant. He can be contacted by email at

Why does Rockledge debate have to be all or nothing?

He mentions it under his biography and says he was, “involved with a few organizations locally.” The AMEU (Americans for Middle Eastern Understanding) says this about Rasoul; “A few months ago, the Hope Fund entered into a new kind of innovative partnership. An agreement was struck between a Muslim Palestinian humanitarian activist, Sam Rasoul, Roanoke College and the Hope Fund to provide a scholarship for a girl from the West Bank or Gaza.” I specifically asked Rasoul in the email whether or not he believed Israel has a right to the land they possess? The answer was evaded and side stepped with;“I believe in a peaceful two-state solution.  I believe economic development is the best way to attain peace by giving families a future.”  But, that doesn’t answer a specific yes or no question! Sam is also involved in the Valley Character organization. Apparently, Sam is still on what is called the “Interfaith Committee.” Some sort of ecumenical tolerance amongst liberal thinkers I would say. What’s strange to me as a Christian apologist is, that this is odd behavior for a Muslim. Islam does not accept “interfaith” or “diverse faith” convictions.The Quran teaches you are either in or out.We are considered “Infidels” according to the Quran.  Rather than ask Sam if he can tolerate other beliefs, ask Sam if he believes there is salvation in other faiths according to Islam? The website I mentioned earlier (AMEU) speaks volumes to me when I peek into the websites bookstore. In the midst of what may be considered good journalism are books that reveal some of the feelings toward the U.S. and Israel. Books like; “James Bamford, A Pretext for War  9/11, Iraq, and the abuse of U.S. intelligence agencies.” Or, “John Cooley An Alliance Against Babylon.  Author traces the Israeli factor in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.” In fairness to Sam he may have nothing to due with websites or organizations that are pro Hamas, anti U.S and anti Israel. But, that doesn’t mean he is not sympathetic to the root cause either. We must ask Sam what he believes about Israel. Does he believe the Jews are occupying Israel illegally? Or, as the website states, is Israel ”illegally confiscating additional Arab territory and occupying Gaza, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights.” Does he believe America is aiding this illegal occupation/confiscation?  Does he believe the land belongs to Palestine?  Yes, what a wonderful thing to help Palestinians get to the U.S.! But the question for me is why? Is it because he believes Israel is the enemy of the Palestinians and seeks to save Palestinians from the Jewish occupation?  You see, people like me and other Biblical evangelicals who believe the Bible is the word of God, know that it reads that that land belongs to the Jews. So, I want to know, if Sam gets into office whether or not he will cleverly undermine our current position?  When he is in office, will he do what he can to prevent any aid or support to Israel? In contrast, will he seek to promote Hamas or the PLO using “under the radar” or other unknown agendas? You see, by asking these questions now, we will know later if he has told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Moshe Ariyeh

downtown business people who are concerned not to worry. I would urge Mr.Tudor and the other downtown merchants to review Harris’s record of keeping promises. After all, it was just 4 years ago that he told the voters he would renovate Victory Stadium. If you want to assure yourself that Church Avenue is kept one way - vote for anyone but Harris. Winfred Noell

rors and all) used by the museum to identify the photographs. Granted, attribution is given to the History Museum as the source of the photographs. However, the implication is that the written work is an original effort.  There is a name for that in academia and it isn’t pretty.   I’m assuming Nelson’s editing efforts have been profitable.   I believe a few have had several printings and I’ll have to admit to having purchased a couple myself.  However, I believe the ethical thing would be for the Leader of the Band to share the royalties with the Museum that provided the photographs, which he has not done.  Not having done so makes the abuse of official position hypothesis even stronger. If there is anything pretty about this situation it is that the money Nelson receives from the book sales will be sufficient to pay for his own vacations in the future and he will not have to depend on wealthy benefactors who also do business with the City. Let’s talk amphitheater.   Mr. Trinkle, the Council member from Carillon, is bound and determined the City will have an amphitheater located on the scenic river front property, formerly the flood plain site of Victory Stadium, located in the new “Downtown South.”  Some one correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the City put out a request for proposal with included a provision for developers to also provide (some) financing for the project.  The polite term is “public private partnership” and is often code for the City being unable to come up with the funding itself. When discussing the amphitheater one should keep in mind that back in 2002 the City sold a bond issue, $18 million of which was for the renovation of Victory Stadium or building a multi-use amphitheater. For those who missed it, the money is gone.  It was spent for 3,000 seat stadiums for the two high schools.   I’ve always thought the rational decision would have been one 7,000-seat stadium used by both schools.  Now if you listen closely there is a chorus in the background with increasing volume for a 6000 – 7000 seat stadium at William Fleming.   At what cost?  At what return on investment? Both seem to be inconsequential questions in the Council decision making process. As for Mr. Trinkle’s amphitheater, my understanding is none of the developers were foolish enough to offer up funding for such an amphitheater.  They must have read the consultant’s study that said at best an amphitheater in Roanoke could only break even.  This is to say, the amphitheater in all likelihood would not be able to meet its annual operating costs.   Again, for those of you who missed it, our City Council, minus Brian Wishneff, is currently meeting behind closed doors to figure out how to get an architect and proceed with the amphitheater plans.  Why is the Council minus Mr. Wishneff? According to him, the terms of the Request for Proposal were not met – which means to continue a new RFP is required. So much for the rules. I agree with Mr. Wishneff and applaud his integrity for not going along with the shenanigans behind closed doors.   An amphitheater is not and should not be the number one capital spending project for Roanoke.  Nevertheless,Trinkle seems bound and determined to make it happen.  Is any of what I’ve just described illegal?  I’m not sure.  Is it unethical?  You bet your bippy. Now assume, difficult, as it might be, that Mr. Dowe was pure as the driven snow upon his election to the City Council.  Further, assume that Mr. Dowe is not very bright and very impressionable.  Is it any wonder that after six years as a Council member watching the maneuverings of the above mentioned individuals that he might think his sins of commission could be condoned rather than condemned?  Perhaps he could just claim to have never knowingly done anything wrong!   As I recall, before it was known that Alfred had his hand so far in the cookie jar, there were several who leapt to his defense, extolled his virtues as hard working, proclaimed his heart pure as the driven snow and that the “good of the city” was always uppermost in his mind. Somehow, “for the good of the city” seems to be absolution of just about anything in Roanoke, whether it is good or not. I think Nelson Harris’s forcing Alfred to resign and then publicly beating his chest about what an effective leader he is because he belatedly initiated action when he had no other choice but to do so, on a problem identified to him months before smacks of blatant hypocrisy. Perhaps we all owe Mr. Dowe a debt of gratitude for screwing up and making a fifth seat available in the upcoming election. Robert Craig

Dear editor, As a “young professional” who grew up in Roanoke, moved away for ten years to live in Chicago and Charlotte, and has now returned to my beloved hometown, I am perplexed by the debate surrounding the proposed development of property on Mill Mountain. Opponents to the Rockledge Center proposal argue that to build a small community center, restaurant, and café in the very footprint of the original Rockledge Inn would destroy their ability enjoy other activities on the mountain. Why does it have to be “all or nothing”? Is it not possible to hike, bike, take in the views, visit the zoo AND enjoy the option to dine or gather with a group of friends in a facility that accommodates guests of varying backgrounds and interests in any type of weather? None of these activities are mutually exclusive. I think there is room for everyone, while still preserving the spirit and beauty of the mountain. The Rockledge Center will allow more residents to enjoy Mill Mountain, create many incomparable experiences for visitors and those considering relocation or investment, and it will showcase that positive change is happening in Roanoke. It was never meant to be a panacea to every community challenge, but it’s a great start, and can have a dramatic, positive impact on our community. Melissa Byrd Board Member,Valley Forward Child’s poem for Mill Mountain

Dear editor, My daughter wrote the above poem after visiting the star one night. Stars stars everywhere, Up high in the air and one up high on a mountain in Roanoke.  Its a peaceful star that reminds me of Mars, But not for long. There’s going to be a restaurant up there.  After the restaurant comes there might be a smoky, crowded, noisy, loud and hard to breath bar  next to the star. Don’t make a war. Just think of everything you are doing wrong to the peaceful star.

Our family is planing to move to Roanoke after my husband retires from the military. We’ve lived in many different places but want to raise our two daughters in Roanoke because we love the beautiful mountains and friendly people. Roanoke is a great city with gorgeous country surroundings and atmosphere, and maintains a low crime rate. My husband is an avid cyclist and he is looking forward to biking on mill Mountain. We are both in the medical field and are confident we can secure good jobs in the area unlike many other jobs available in Roanoke.  I hope the city focuses on bringing good jobs to the area and improving the graduation rate  and schools. A restaurant on Mill Mountain will destroy what we love most about Roanoke-the ability to escape life’s everyday demands and enjoy tranquility and  beauty. Please save this unique park so all can benefit from the peace and serenity Mill Mountain offers-now and forever. B. Albright  Columbia, Maryland Rasoul’s religious stance is enigmatic

Dear editor, I saw the article promoting Salam Rasoul. I had to laugh because apparently nobody does research on these individuals who have backgrounds/convictions that could cause problems with the Jews down the road. (I did my research months ago when I recognized the name on signs all over town) Rasoul is a Palestinian who was born and raised a muslim. On his website he does not mention his religious beliefs, however, I did recently confirm by email he is still a Muslim but says he is not practicing. His name is Arabic and is found in the Quran 3:81 and it means messanger or prophet, depending on which translator you use. But he keeps his religion very quiet in his speeches and uses the name “God” in his biography instead of “Allah.” Rasoul is a Palestinian Humanitarian in favor of the Palestinian cause. He is involved in a project called the Hope Fund, but he does not elaborate on what it is.

Wray’s letter on target Dear editor, I just finished reading the letter to the editor from Christie Wray called, “More damage than anticipated.” I just wanted to say that I strongly agree with her.There is hardly anything green left in Roanoke. I was just telling my husband the other day, that by the time my kids grow up, there won’t be any land left in Roanoke. It sickens me. Everyday there is some new construction going on. As I was passing Oak grove, they are now building a new sub division in someone’s yard. Granted I think they had to pay that person for their land, but I always remember driving by their yard looking at their horses. Why does everyone feel the need to turn Roanoke into something like New York with buildings everywhere you turn? Like our streets aren’t busy enough. Building new buildings for commercial use in a public park is not the way to go.Why not start building things for kids so we can get them involved? Why does it always have to be a new building or restaurant? Don’t we have enough places in Roanoke to get a Burger? Whitney Hall Tudor, other merchants beware Dear editor, Mayor Nelson Harris has been quoted as saying he has asked the City Administration not to pursue making Church Ave a two way street. Harris is telling the

The Harris – Fitzpatrick – Trinkle machine loses a wheel Dear editor, In a recent e-mail exchange with Councilman Trinkle, he said my veracity with the City Council would be greater if I would say something “nice”. There is nothing wrong with my veracity.  I am extremely careful about the accuracy of the statements I make to the City Council.  I concede the delivery is blunt. Deliberately so. Given recent events I believe the veracity problem is with City Council - and it is getting worse daily.  First, we learn Alfred Dowe is a big spender.  Then Mr.Wishneff exits a council meeting because he believes what it is secretly doing vis-à-vis Mr. Trinkle’s amphitheater is wrong. I feel compassion for Mr. Dowe.  He has thrown away everything for chump change.  I don’t see much point in prosecuting him other than to record a felony conviction in order to prevent him from ever working in the financial services industry again. Unfortunately, when I look at the City Council membership and their actions, I have to conclude that Mr. Dowe has had some wonderful role models surrounding him.  I say that as someone who spent ten years conducting Standards of Conduct programs at various Marine Corps activities during my miss-spent youth.  I was occasionally in the unenviable position of determining what was or was not a conflict of interest or had the appearance of one.  It was also my signature going on the annual compliance certification.  The program was important and recognized as such for the simple reason that without integrity, there is no leadership. I don’t think my expectation for the conduct of public officials is any greater than that of any other citizen.  What I am talking about is nothing more than common sense about right and wrong.  Unfortunately, the “good old boy – you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” business has been going on for so long in Roanoke it is accepted as normal.  Well, it isn’t and there is no reason why it should be tolerated. Yet, we have a Council member who has had to publicly protest he has “never knowingly done anything wrong”.  I found the wording of that protestation interesting.  Under Virginia law, in certain instances, one is not guilty if they “did not knowingly do something wrong.” To my way of thinking, Mr. Fitzpatrick sitting on the Council while Executive Director of the almost bankrupt Transportation Museum is a clear conflict of interest.  Furthermore, if what I was told by a very reliable source is true, I consider it a gross conflict of interest for Mr. Fitzpatrick to have solicited the City Manager and Mayor for $5 million dollars for the Transportation Museum, with no spending plan, shortly after his protestation of innocence almost two years ago in the HUD scandal. I also question the ethics of his being the Executive Director of the Transportation Museum while being the head of the Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum.  There is too much overlap between the two activities for my taste. Additionally, Mr. Fitzpatrick’s occasional late night forays in his restored buses don’t quite fit with the stated mission of the Coach and Trolley Museum As a former IRS employee and former Financial Director of a firm providing services to non-profit organizations, I often wonder how well the Coach and Trolley Museum would fare if audited as a non-profit entity vis-à-vis a hobby. Then there is our esteemed “Leader of the Band” the Honorable Reverend Doctor Mayor himself.  He seems to be making hay out of his vigorous but less than timely action on the Dowe imbroglio.   I don’t care for Nelson Harris.  I consider him lacking in integrity, a hypocrite, more concerned with the welfare of C. Nelson Harris than anything else and a person whose word is worthless. Among other things, I have a problem with the collections Harris has published using photographs obtained from the History and Transportation Museums. I’m particularly irritated by the fact that so many of the museum photographs published by Arcadia Press use Nelson’s name with exactly the same descriptions (er-


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Grandin Court earns Governor’s Professor, students to research polar ice Award for Educational Excellence Laura Sweat, a Radford University freshman physics major from Roanoke, will be joining her professor, Rhett Herman and six other Radford students on a trip to Barrow, Alaska during spring break, March 8th  to March 16th. During the trip, Sweat and her peers will be determining the age of the sea ice by imaging the ice with geophysical equipment in several locations. They will specifically map out the ice/water boundary that lies one to two meters below the surface. The primary purpose of the trip is to deploy their geophysical equipment on sea ice that has been intact for at least several months, as well as sea ice that has been intact over the ever-shortening arctic sum-

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Jane Mobley- 5th grade teacher; Terri Pritchard- principal; Governor Tim Kaine and Bambi Sidwell-3rd grade teacher. Governor Tim Kaine recently announced that 89 Virginia public schools had met the rigorous criteria required to receive the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. This is the highest honor awarded by the State Board of Education to schools. In order to qualify for the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, schools and school divisions must meet all benchmarks set forth by the state and federal government. This includes meeting benchmarks for at least two years, meeting Gov. Kaine’s goals for achievement in reading and participation in the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Grandin Court was Roanoke City’s only school to receive this award. On Feb. 18, 2008, a team from Grandin Court traveled to Richmond to receive a resolution of commendation from the Board of Education.

science, sixth and seventh grade social studies and started a soccer program. At the time, Cook was a Waterfront Director at the Boys Scouts of Americas Camp Yawgoo in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. Despite his reluctance, and with a gentle urging from his wife, Cook accepted the position and the two, along with their then-one-yearold son moved to the deep south to try it out for a year. Now 36 years later, the Cooks have three adult children Ethan ’89, Ryan ’93, and Emily ’95, all of whom are NCS graduates, and Richard is still coaching and teaching at NCS. One of his biggest accomplishments on the soccer field to date, Cook led this years varsity soccer team to the state championship game in early November where they defeated Denbigh Baptist (Newport, News, VA) to win the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II state title for the first time. The successful season came

after the decision to move the boys soccer program from the spring to the fall in order to play competitively in the Virginia Independent School Conference. In the community he is perhaps most well known for his role in founding the Roanoke County Parks and Recreation, Roanoke City Parks and Recreation, aiding Bruce Mahan in starting the Salem Recreation Soccer Progam, and along with Steve Bodley starting the Roanoke Star Select Soccer Club. During his time in Roanoke, he has coached hundreds / thousands of young boys and girls (only a few who were on boys teams) on soccer fields across the valley and taught still hundreds more in the classrooms at NCS. “As I walk the halls of the upper school and talk with faculty and students in the dining hall, at athletic contests, and at a myriad of other locations, I am struck by the optimism and the feeling that we have a wonderful place to teach

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Cook receives Award for Excellence in Education

North Cross School Dean of Students, Upper School History Teacher and Varsity Soccer Coach Richard Cook is the recipient of the 2008 North Cross School Award for Excellence in Teaching. Cook received the award during the schools annual Founders Day celebration on Fri. Feb. 1, in the Carter Athletic Center. Despite the icy weather that caused a two-hour delay that morning, hundreds of students, faculty and family members attended the ceremony in which Cook joined the ranks of six previous award recipients. First awarded in 2001, the award recognizes a faculty member that has a minimum of three years teaching experience at North Cross School, expertise in his or her field, and the ability to effectively communicate that expertise/knowledge, the desire and commitment to grow professionally, and participation in the greater School community through co-curricular activities. Nominations for The North Cross School Award for Excellence are made by faculty, students, and alumni. “If the school seeks to impart its mission to its students, it can do so only through the efforts of the faculty, for while the mission lives in its students, it is carried forward, day in and day out, though the efforts of the faculty,� said Headmaster Paul J. Stellato during the celebration. “Who could meet this man and not know immediately and fully the schools mission: If to be simple is to be honest, respectful, and decent, Richard Cook is a simple man; if to be educated is to use ideas to enlarge ones understanding and appreciation of the world and all within it, Richard Cook is an educated man; if to be humble is to believe deeply and fully in the strength and value of every child who walks this campus, Richard Cook is a humble man.� A well-known face to students and adults throughout the Roanoke Valley, Cook is a humble man who doesn’t often stop to hear the praise of everyone he encounters. “To be recognized by my teaching colleagues and students is truly an honor,� said Cook. “I feel blessed to work at a school that believes in and strives for excellence among not just its students but its faculty and staff as well.� Cook began his teaching career at NCS in 1972 when he received a phone call from the Schools then-headmaster John Tucker. In his first year, he taught fifth grade

mers. The data will be analyzed to determine if there is a correlation between the exact shape of the ice/seawater boundary and the age of the ice. This trip is part of the class Arctic Geophysics, a research class designed to give undergraduates a real experience in original research. “These Students are all aggressive and hard-working,� says Herman. “This work will result in a number of presentations and refereed publica-

and great kids to work with,� said Cook during his remarks at the Founders Day event. Cook, who has a bachelors degree from Hartwick College, and a masters degree in History from the University of Rhode Island, will receive a generous stipend in recognition of this accomplishment.



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North Cross School Board of Trustees Chairman Anne Lee Stevens announced that Timothy J. Seeley has been selected as the school’s eighth headmaster. Seeley currently serves as the School’s Assistant Headmaster and Upper School Director. The appointment is the result of an extensive nationwide search that began three months ago and concluded this week. With unanimous approval from the Board of Directors, and at the recommendation of the School’s nine member search committee, Seeley has gratefully and enthusiastically embraced his new role, which becomes effective July 1, 2008. “Through his words and his actions, he has lived the School’s mission vigorously, modeling his love of learning, strong character, sense of personal integrity and responsibility, and a commitment to the good of the community and all within it,� said Stevens. “His passion for knowledge, devotion to students, commitment to excellence, and unbridled enthusiasm for his life’s work, will purposely and effectively serve the entire North Cross School community.� “I am extremely excited and humbled to be honored with the leadership of this great School,� said Seeley. “Our students and our families represent the very best of the Roanoke Valley and I look forward to working with them and my friends and colleagues on our outstanding faculty as we all help North Cross School develop into a truly exceptional school in every way.� Seeley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Dartmouth College (where he was a member of the 1978 Ivy League Champion football team), a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

During his 27 year career, he has taught many courses including Algebra, Ethics, Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities, and served four institutions, including North Cross School, in many leadership capacities that share his one common goal, “to enable each student to grow in mind, in heart, and in spirit so he or she can have a happy, full life and can contribute to the greater good. There is no more important work.� At NCS, he has served the School faithfully and admirably in many roles: as a teacher, coach, counselor, advisor, mentor, administrator, and consummate leader. Seeley’s accomplishments at NCS include successfully leading the School through its 10-year accreditation process with the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, creating programs to effectively serve students with learning differences, developing an academic schedule that allows students to more fully participate in the arts, science labs, athletics, cultural offerings and community-building programs. In his role as the dean of faculty, Seeley has been responsible for hiring and orienting new faculty members, professional development for full faculty, and curriculum development for grades JK-12, including core courses, the AP and honors programs, and electives. He has also worked closely with the entire Senior Staff on school-wide initiatives, such as enrollment, marketing, and crisis management. Seeley is an experienced educational leader who first came to NCS in 2001 after four years as the director of the humanities program at Northfield Mount Hermon School (Northfield, MA). At that time, he and his wife Susie, along with their three children, relocated to Roanoke. Their son Jeremy, who is now a sophomore at Wake

Forest University, graduated from NCS in 2006. During this time at NCS, Seeley has also served as an assistant coach to the varsity football team. From 1990 – 1997, Seeley worked as a Religious Studies teacher and the chair of the religion department at The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ). He has also taught at Phillips Andover School (Andover, MA) and Portsmouth Abbey School (Portsmouth, RI). The search committee, led by Stephen W. Lemon ’80, conducted the search process with the assistance of George Conway of The Education Group in Dallas. The search was narrowed to four highly qualified candidates, each of whom completed an oncampus interview process that included meetings with search committee members, board members, and advisory groups representing the School’s administration, faculty, parents students, and alumni. “The search committee is pleased and honored to be able to present Tim Seeley to the Board of Trustees,� said Lemon. “His passion for education and for the children in his care was evident at every stage of the interview process. Tim rose to the top of an extremely qualified national pool of applicants and his appointment is a strong testimony to his personal qualifications and character. He continues in the tradition of many great leaders who have honed their leadership skills through their experiences at North Cross School.� Seeley will replace outgoing Headmaster Paul J. Stellato who began in his tenure at North Cross School in 2001. Stellato will begin his tenure as the new Headmaster at Princeton Day School (Princeton, NJ) on July 1.

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The Roanoke City School Board is considering a proposal to change start and dismissal times in RCPS schools. If the School Board reaches a decision to move forward, the changes would be implemented in September 2008 at the beginning of the new school year. As part of the School Board’s review process, community, student, and employee feedback about the proposed change is requested. The School Board is seeking feedback in

Second, a public survey is being conducted. The survey, which will likely take about five minutes to complete, is available at HYPERLINK “� www. Paper copies of the survey are available on request at each Roanoke City Public School. The survey period will close on Wednesday March 12, 2008. The School Board is scheduled to make a decision at the April 8, School Board meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at William Fleming High School.

Patrick Henry talent show scheduled for March 12 For the first time in three years and the first time in their new auditorium, Patrick Henry will feature a wide variety of acts in their upcoming Talent Show to be held  on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30pm. Admission is open to the public for a nominal charge of $5.00. By all indications it will be money very well spent. Theater Arts teacher Steve Rittenhouse and SGA representative Nicole Doherty

have been busy behind the scenes holding auditions and making the hard decisions as to who will shine in the spotlight come Wednesday. The students tried out three weeks ago and then had to wait it out until Friday Feb.21 to see if their names made the cut. There are to be twenty-one acts in the fast paced 90 minute show that will include: solo vocalists, classical pianists, dancers, a rock band, a drum duo, comedians, jugglers,

and rappers among others. The groups will practice on stage for the first time on Monday and Tuesday to get ready for their big night. There will also be a special show for students only that will be held on Thursday. Mark your calendars for Wednesday evening and get ready to be entertained by the talented Patriots!

Patrick Henry freshmen have new class resource Incoming freshmen to Patrick Henry High School this fall will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of a newly designed class that will hopefully decrease the drop out rate and increase skills that promote success in several areas. The class will be called “Freshman Study Skills Seminar� and will be worth one full credit

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towards graduation. PH Principal Connie Ratcliffe and members of the faculty designed this class after exploring a number of ways to make sure that ninth graders are more organized and prepared for life in high school. Components of the seminar include; Internet safety, character education development, note and test taking skills, study habits, as well as social and human relations skills needed to be successful in major academic subjects.

Presently, this is not a required class, but that may change in the future after all feedback has been assessed following its initial run. Some students’ schedules may not allow for this particular class due to course of study - like those students enrolled in the Governor’s School, but administrators are trying to accommodate each and every need that may arise. “This does support our students but we need to meet their individual needs.� said Dr.Vella Wright, Assistant

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Faith Christian School, an independent Christian classical school serving students in grades K - 12, announces the following middle and upper school students to the A/B Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2007-2008 academic year. Grade 6 - Sabrina Chakhachiro, Emily Coleman, John Haig, Carl Heath, Kathryn Iler, Laura Jordan, Craig Kaltenbach, Meredith Kelderhouse, Chandler McGraw, Emily Phillips, John Richards, Davis Smith, Tootie Smith, Maggie St. John, Emma White, Brittan Wilcox Grade 7 - John Coddington, Ciara Craddock, Weston Dean,

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Mayes, Monica Pollard Grade 10 - Rhett Adams, Alex Bryd, Tatum Clinton, Luke Coury, Kathryn Conrad, Faith Gardner, Sarah Graninger, Victoria Head, Maggie Hedrick, *Rachel Nymeyer, Mark Strelow, Chandler Swartzenddruber, Alton Wampler (*parttime student) Grade 11 - Joanna Bayliss, Addison Moslow Grade 12 - Joan Coury, Tready Gardner, *Christina Nymeyer, Cullen Reed, Rachel Sherman, Bryan Strelow, Bo Waldo, Jonathan Willis (*parttime student)


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Faith Christian Girls win first game in nationals Faith Christian School won the VACA girls basketball state championship Saturday with a 56-41 win over Grace Christian of Staunton. The final, which was played at Timberlake Christian in Lynchburg, was the first state title for Faith Christian. Faith Christian jumped out to a nine point halftime lead and pulled away in the fourth quarter for the victory. Grace Christian clearly had problems dealing with the superior height and team strength of their Roanoke opponents. Warrior senior Rachel Sherman owned the paint, scoring 26 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. For her play, Sherman was named tournament MVP. Chris Nymeyer and Rachel Nymeyer each added 12 points for Faith. When asked about her inside dominance and rebounding, an obviously excited but modest Sherman replied, “I love getting rebounds!” She added, “It’s a real honor being named MVP. I owe it all to my teammates.” Head Coach Pat Wolfe felt it was the overall strength of his team that led to the victory. “Grace Christian was a very scrappy team from the outset,” he noted. “This is very big win for exposure to our basketball program and our school. It makes everyone aware of what Faith Christian has to offer.” In an interesting sidebar to the victory, it was

observed that when Faith Christian’s Tootie Smith entered the game with two minutes left, she was probably the youngest player to ever play in a high school state championship win. A clear fan-favorite, Smith is a sixth grader at Faith Christian. The team now got ready to play for a bigger prize as they headed to Dayton, TN for the NACA National Tournament. Faith Christian had a big send off for the girls as all students were dismissed from class and cheered them on as they left the gym and departed on the bus. The team’s first round tournament match-up was against Grace Christian School from Sanford, NC on March 5th and word reached Roanoke late Wednesday afternoon that Faith had taken a five point lead going into the fourth quarter. Faith went on to defeat Grace Christian of Sanford by a score of 49-33. This victory came in spite of the fact that there are three divisions in the National Championship Tournament and FCS, a Division III team, was accidentally placed a level higher in the Division II bracket. Next up for the Lady Warriors is a semi-final match-up with a team from Kansas that will be played on Thursday at 11:00 AM. A win there will propel Faith to an amazingly improbable match up in the Division II National Title Game.

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State Tournament MVP Rachel Sherman hugs teammates Morgan Oliver and Monica Pollard after the final buzzer Saturday afternoon.

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The Lady Warriors after winning the state tournament. They won their first playoff game at the national VACA tournament Wednesday.

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Lady Warriors were sent off by the entire student body Tuesday before the VACA national tournament.

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North Cross losses in VIS Division III title game After a thrilling semi-final victory over Carlisle on Fuller Clark’s game winning three point shot, with two seconds left in overtime. The Raiders lost in the final to Evangel Christian 74-62. North Cross had a 52-48 lead going into the fourth quarter but foul trouble by AD Banks and Brian Roach led to the downfall. Banks last foul came at the 5:36 mark of the quarter and sat the rest of the game out. North Cross still managed to maintain their edge until 2:45 left in the fourth quarter when Evangel Christian took the lead and never looked back. North Cross had a very uncharacteristic 21 fouls called on them in the second half and three key players ended up fouling out. Sidney Brown had 15 points to lead the Raiders in scoring. Glenn Williams added 11 points. North Cross played with great intensity all game, but it just wasn’t their day. The Raiders finished their season with an outstanding 24-8 record and will only lose

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Chicken Pot Pie I have always wanted to have a St. Patrick’s Day party maybe this will be the year! If so my plan will be to cook up these pot pies that are perfect for a crowd. This Southern Living recipe makes four large casseroles so start to plan your celebration.or freeze the extra pies for later! 2 recipes Pot Pie Filling prepared 1 at a time 4 (15 oz) packages of refrigerated piecrusts -Divide filling evenly among 4 (15 x 12 inch) disposable aluminum roasting pans. Top each pan with 2 round piecrusts. Cut slits in piecrusts. -Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until golden. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Pot Pie Filling 3 cups butter or margarine 2 large onions, chopped 6 celery ribs, chopped 3 cups of all-purpose flour 2 (49 oz) cans chicken broth 5 cups of milk 16 cups chopped cooked chicken 3 ½ cups of sliced carrots, cooked 3 ½ cups frozen peas, thawed 1-2 tablespoons of salt 1 tablespoon pepper 1 ½ teaspoons of poultry seasoning 2 teaspoons hot sauce

Senior Brian Roach to graduation. First year Coach Joe Lambert was proud of the way his kids played all season and felt that they demonstrated that they deserved a chance to play in the title game. The future looks very bright for coach Lambert and the Raiders Basketball team. Roanoke Catholic Season ends in the Semifinal of the VIS Division II Tournament. The Celtics saw their season close with a loss to Atlantic Shores 101-88 in Chesapeake. Three players were in double figures with Mindaugas Markevicius scoring 21 points, Clarence Turpin 19 points and Jamar Brown adding 18 points. The Celtics defense could not keep up with the hot hand of Steven Pledger of Atlantic Shores who scored 40 points with 7 three pointers. Andre Hawkins scored 29 points and Todd Haynes added 21.The Seahawks trailed after the first quarter but won the rest and are on their way to the finals. Roanoke Catholic finished the year with a 22-14 record.

By Mark Graham ’ve heard many asking about God and suffering these days. It’s the quintessential question of faith. How can you believe in God in the face of the suffering in the world? It’s the subject of Bart Ehrman’s latest book, God’s Problem. The UNC-Chapel Hill professor of religion argues the Bible fails to answer that question. The book is making a splash and raising doubts about God in the minds of many. Closer to home, we’ve suffered recently a string of tragic deaths in the community—an attorney killed by a hit-and-run; a construction worker killed on Electric Road; a Va Tech student killed crossing an intersection on campus. And last week, I had the funeral of a 44 year old husband and father. Believe me, the question, “Why, God?,” surfaced repeatedly. One of the difficulties we encounter trying to understand God in suffering is our modern view of suffering. Invariably, we understand it negatively, as an antithesis to God’s love. Christians in the early


Church, though, embraced suffering, even to the point of death, as the very means through which they knew God and experienced His love the most. Can we recover such a faith ourselves? Can it be possible for us to begin to see suffering not as God’s problem but as a blessing to us? I believe we can, but it will take some work. First, I suggest three presuppositions need to be in place prior to any serious struggle with suffering: God is real (He exists in reality, not just conceptually); God is love (love guides His relationship with us); and, God is sovereign (all seasons, plans, and times are by His governing). With these agreements in place, we are free to explore faithfully the possible meanings of suffering. The Bible describes at least four kinds of suffering and the purposes behind them. We find suffering as a test of faith. Think here of Job or Abraham preparing to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22). God does not give us such tests to flunk us, however! They are always intended to sharpen our faith in Him. We find suffer-

ing as a means to improve us in our walk with God. As Hebrews 12:5-8 says, suffering is a way God disciplines us for our own good, as a loving parent always does raising a child. We find suffering as a way to see God’s glory. Both the healing in John 9 and the raising of Lazarus in John 11 convey this meaning. Most especially, we see God’s glory manifested in Jesus’ suffering unto death on the Cross. Finally, we find suffering as a punishment for sin. Again, however, such punishment is always meant to make us repent from sin and return to God. We will always have questions about suffering and God. God knows our struggle. But Scripture is clear—God is always near and loving, and holding tight by faith to Him, we can begin to experience meaning (and even joy) in times of suffering. After all, without the suffering of Jesus Christ, what joy could we ever eternally have? Mark Graham is the senior pastor St. John’s Lutheran Church

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> March 6

Community School Info Session Parents considering preschool or kindergarten for their child in fall 2008 are invited to an information session at Community School. Following the classroom visits, parents are invited to enjoy refreshments and discuss their questions with Community School’s Director and Admissions Coordinator. When- 7 p.m. Where- Community School, 7815 Williamson Road For more- 540-563-5036

FairTax Educational Meeting Roanoke Area FairTax will show a 30-minute slide presentation, “The FairTax: What is taxed? What is not taxed? Can that be changed?” followed by 30 minutes of questions, answers and discussion. Come learn the principles of the FairTax and understand how it would be good for America. When- 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Where- Edinburgh Square’s Community Room, 129 Hershberger Road NW For

Thursday Morning Music Club Meeting The program will be Organist A. Robert Chapman presenting a recital on the new organ in the First United Methodist church’s sanctuary. Non-members are welcomed to attend the meeting and recital. The recital will include works by J.S.Bach, G. F. Handel, John Stanley, Simon Preston, R. Purvis, Noel Rawsthorne, and Louis Vierne When- 10:30 a.m. Where- First United Methodist

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Church in Salem For more- Contact President Judy Barger 540-563-4782

> March 7 Community Day with Sam Rasoul Come out and volunteer with me in a special COMMUNITY DAY to be held in Salem on the 7th of March at 2 p.m. at the VA Medical Center. When- 2 p.m. Where- CVA Medical Center in Salem VA For more-

> March 7,8,14,15 The Crucible The Colonel’s Theatre Company of William Fleming High School will perform The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s timeless play that puts truth on trial. The show is directed by Larry Van Deventer. In 1953 Arthur Miller proved that the pen is mightier than the sword by writing a play that shook America to its core. The Crucible is a gripping historical play about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. When- 7:30 p.m. Where- William Fleming High, Dickinson Auditorium Cost- $8 For more- 540-362-0139

> March 8 Grandin Court Elementary Book Fair Grandin Court Elementary will be having a Book Fair at the Tanglewood Barnes and Noble. Our day starts with free Starbucks coffee tasting, musical performances by Beggar’s Circus, Einstein’s Monkey and Kindermusik throughout the day. We have authors Leonard Adkins, Bud Feuer, and Scott

Reighard available for book signing. Students will perform Cup Stacking and Chess demonstrations. Student artwork will be displayed throughout the store. A portion of proceeds from store sales for the day benefits the Grandin Court PTA. When- Starts at 10 a.m. Where- Tanglewood Barnes and Noble Girl Scout Music Festival What do you get when you mix guitars, mandolins, banjos, singing, clogging and 175 Girl Scouts? You get the Heritage Music Festival, co-sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Fiddle & Banjo Club and Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council. The Festival will use hands-on activities to introduce a new music patch available to Girl Scouts. When- 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Where- Girl Scout program center at 5488 Yellow Mountain, Roanoke For moreJen Ward 540-777-5113 The Easter Bunny arrives at Tanglewood Mall The morning kicks off with “Wake Up with the Bunny” at 9:30 am. Breakfast by Chick-filA will be provided for each registered child, ages 10 and under, and one accompanying adult. After breakfast, there will be crafts and games, face-painting by the Joy Makers Clown Ministry, and giveaways by event partner Small Smiles Dental Center. Admission is a new children’s book for the Apple Ridge Farm ASPIRE literacy program. A parade to his Garden Gazebo will also take place. When- Starts at 9:30 a.m. Where- Tanglewood Mall For more- or 540-989-4388

> March 10

Business Basics This quick introduction to owning your own business will help you discover business planning, forms of organizations, marketing, and the realities of being a business owner. When- 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where- Roanoke Regional Chamber Boardroom Cost- $10/person. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. For more- 540.983.0717 ext. 239 or email

> March 11

Embracing the Infinite Sophia with Rev. Dr. Aphrodette North Lifestream is pleased to be offering this wonderful opportunity to plumb the depths of this ancient mystery under the facilitation of Aphrodette North who has done an exhaustive study of the mysteries and devotions that crystallize the ancient Sophia. When- 7 to 9 p.m. Where- LifeStream Center/ Studio Cost- $10 each class For more- Roanoke Jaycees Meeting The Roanoke Jaycees will hold a monthly membership meeting. The meeting is open to all people age 21 to 40. Members and non-members with an interest in the Chapter are encouraged to attend. When- 6 p.m. Where- Jefferson Center, Suite 300 For more- www.roanokejaycees. com

Directed and co-written by Ed Weinberger, creator of “the Cosby Show,” this retelling of the love story of Mary and Joseph, through romantic comedics, is sure to gain wide recognition and acceptance among families and audiences of all ages and backgrounds, touching on morals and values everyone can enjoy. Where- Roanoke Civic CenterCost- $32.50 For more- www.threetierent. com

> March 12 Becoming a US Citizen David Maxey from Refugee & Immigration Services will provide information and answer questions related to becoming a US citizen, visas and permanent residency. Light Refreshments will be served and the event is free. When- 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Where-Williamson Road branch Library For more- 540-853-2340 to register

> March 12 &13 Relexology II Class Lifestream is pleased to be partnering with nationally acclaimed Baltimore School of Reflexology in offering certification in Reflexology. CEUs will be given for each session completed. Please note that participants may enter the program during the beginning of any of the above class dates. When- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where- LifeStream Center Cost- $275 each class (minimum 6 students) Registration Required with a $75 non-refundable deposit due 2 weeks prior to classes For more- www.lifestreamcenter. org

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> March 13

Lunch ‘N’ Learn: Developing a Web Prescence Beth Garst of Howl’n Dogs Design will discuss how to get your business on the internet. Please bring bag lunch, cookies and drinks provided. Pre-registration and prepayment required. When- Noon - 1p.m. Where- Roanoke Regional Chamber Boardroom For more- 540.983.0717 ext. 239 or email sbdc@roanokechamber. org.

In-school Open House RVCS will hold an in-school open house. Activities for the morning will include a tour of the campus, observation of classes at any level, a question and answer session with the school administration, and lunch. RVCS is a private, coeducational Christian school for students in K3 grade 12, with a current enrollment of 370. RVCS was founded in 1973 and has 944 graduates. When- 9 a.m. until noon Where- 6520 Williamson Rd For more- Register on line at, or by calling Elaine Brown at 366-2432, ext. 120.

LOA Annual Meeting The LOA will present awards for public-private partnership, interagency participation, a staff award and the Babe and Sidney Louis Memorial Award for an outstanding philanthropist. The meeting is open to the public to attend. To make a reservation, send check or money order payable to LOA Area Agency on Aging to LOA Annual Meeting, PO Box 14205, Roanoke, VA 24038. Visa and Mastercard are also accepted. When- Registration beginss at 11:30 a.m., event begins at noon. Where- Calvary Baptist Church Cost- $10

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Advertising Sales Bella, the regional magazine for women, is growing and so is our staff! Be a part of the region’s most successful magazine. We have openings in several territories throughout Southwest & Central Virginia. With Bella, you’ll receive unlimited earning potential. Experience in sales a MUST! E-mail cover letter and resume to bella@ beckmediagroup. EOE. Accountant Representative, Sales Representative, Store Keeper, Clerk and Secretary Requirement (Computer Literate, Along With CV.) for more informarion write us below: Gina Shoes Limited EMail: Engineering Technician This person will work with experienced Hardware Engineers to perform complex PCB modifications, review assembly drawings, build test platforms, and assemble products. This person will also be called on to help engineers with their Hardware Acceptance Testing especially environmental tests. In addition this person will be called on periodically to help the Design Verification team perform Systems Acceptance Testing of our products.* High School Diploma required with a minimum of one (1) year experience in a technical position repairing and testing electronic equipment. JDSU 240-404-2211

Hardware Design Engineer JDSU, headquartered in San Jose, CA, has an opportunity for an Engineer interested in development for our Blacksburg,Virginia site. Become a key contributor in supporting the design and sustaining of all products and projects. In this role, you will lead a small, elite team developing products from concept to completion. BSEE or equivalent experience · Digital design experience in - Microcontroller/ processor, DSP, Programmable Logic (FPGA,VHDL,Verilog, etc.)· Schematic and layout PCB design experience in multilayer designs (required) JDSU 240-404-2211 Computer Design Engineer Position is responsible for understanding customer requirements and designing computer solutions to meet those requirements. Design engineer also manages the evaluation of new products and new components and acts as a pre-sales technical resource to help customers understand their options for industrial computing solutions. Engineer works closely with Purchasing to assist in vendor selection and vendor relationships, qualifies new vendors and new products, and assists Sales and Marketing to design new product offerings based on market research and market demand. CCS-Inc. 540-382-4234 hr@ccs-inc. com Web Designer/Developer Design & develop web pages.Advanced knowledge of HTML, CSS, Flash/Actionscript, Photoshop, Illustrator and CMS systems such as e107 or Joomla. All applicants must have intermediate knowledge of DOB scripting and demonstrate a working knowledge of designing for print media. A portfolio is required. Shelor Motor Mile 540-382-2981 Sales Rep New and Pre-Owned Vehicle Sales. High income potential with established dealership with great reputation in the Roanoke Salem area. Income ranges with current staff range from $45000 to over $100000 Pinkerton Chevrolet - 540-562-1337 - Computer Technicians CCS-Inc. is looking for Full-time and Part-time Computer Technicians. These positions will be responsible for the integration and manufacturing of industrial computer systems. The ideal candidates will have a strong background in troubleshooting computer hardware (including PC’s, laptops, & components), software problems and other related issues. Candidates should also possess excellent verbal/written communication skills. One year certificate from college or technical school; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred. CCS-Inc. 540-382-4234 hr@ccs-inc.

com Q.C. Inspectors - 1st Shift Final checks on circuit boards. Need to have soldering or QC experience. Express Personnel 540-389-8978 Material Handlers/2nd Shift Heavy lifting required. Associate will be trained on a variety of job duties to include operating a baler, running warehouse train, packing and picking. May eventually train on forklift and certify. Fast-paced environment. Must be flexible to work 1st and 2nd shift 10 hour days. Steel toed shoes and proof of HS diploma, HS Transcript or GED a MUST. Express Personnel 540-389-8978 Medical Receptionist Expanding medical office needs additional receptionist! Candidate must possess strong customer service skills, medical background a plus. Good computer skills, testing required, duties will include answering telephone, scheduling appointments, data entry, filing and other general clerical duties. Very busy environment, must be able to handle stress well. Must be able to work evenings and Saturdays when needed. Express Personnel 540-389-8978 Senior Computer Engineer Candidates must possess strong leadership skills and outstanding technical skills. Responsibilities include ability to resolve complex technical issues, design computer hardware, design and test computer systems, and impact product roadmap strategy. Expertise required in Microsoft operating systems and applications. Unix experience a plus. Excellent communication and customer service skills, innovative thinking, and the ability to manage competing demands. Position requires a B.S. in Computer Engineering or other engineering discipline with an emphasis on Computer Technology and at least 3 years of experience in a manufacturing or technology field. Masters degree and technical certifications preferred. CCS-Inc. 540-382-4234 Software Developer Position is responsible for the full lifecycle development of all internally developed reports and applications, administration of CRM and ERP systems, and administration of our internal and external facing websites. Ideal candidates will have 3+ years experience developing database driven web applications and reports, XML, ASP, HTML, JavaScript, IIS 5 and IIS 6. Computer Science or related degree preferred; knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint a plus. CCS-Inc. 540-382-4234 Sorting Technician Responsible for all visual inspec-

tion and sorting (both manual and mechanical) of recyclable materials delivered to the MRSWA Recycling Processing facility to defined specifications. Receive and sort materials into the following categories: green glass, brown glass, clear glass, HDPE plastics, PETE plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans, newspapers etc. This position requires ability to do heavy physical labor efficiently in an unheated warehouse environment. Express Personnel 540-389-8978 Support Technician Are you looking for an exciting fastpaced job in a dynamic atmosphere which allows you to grow and develop your skills while at the same time helping others in need? Qualtrax, Inc. (subsidiary of CCS-Inc.) is looking for a Support Technician to interact with internal and external customers to help troubleshoot, identify, and resolve software and training issues. Communication may be in the form of phone calls, emails, and GoToAssist meetings. Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems or the equivalent of 5 years of experience required. CCS-Inc. 540-382-4234 Technical Writer/Software Trainer Qualtrax, Inc. (subsidiary of CCSInc.) is looking for a Technical Writer/Software Trainer for its compliance management software product. This position will require strong technical writing skills and the ability to conduct training classes for new employees and customers. The ability to coordinate and conduct online training sessions by use of GoToMeeting is a plus. This position will interact with IT professionals, software developers, and regulatory professionals. The candidate must be able to translate very technical information into a training room environment with students of varying levels of expertise. The position will design and develop user manuals, training programs, and assist with customer implementations. Frequent domestic and international travel required. CCS-Inc. 540-382-4234 Welder-2nd/3rd shift Welding - weld truck bodies to frames, hydraulic lifts to trucks, etc. Need to have MIG certification. Need to bring weld equipment to interview and weld test. Express Personnel 540-389-8978 Accountant Prepare various adjusting entries, reports, and/or footnotes for the University’s annual general purpose financial statements and assist in the coordination for the production of the published financial statements. Responsible for the preparation of the quarterly Accounts Receivable report and supporting work papers

and for developing procedures to monitor financial accounts for unusual or unauthorized activity and ensuring transactions are properly recorded and classified. Requires BS in accounting or related field or equivalent experience/training. Virginia Tech 540-231-7448

Director of Civic Facilities Directs and coordinates the operations of all Civic Center Facilities. Responsibilities entail accountability based on measurable cost effective results for the substance, efficiency, productivity and quality of activities performed. Must be a City resident or secure residence within the City limits within 12 months of employment. City of Roanoke HR@roanokegov. com

Assembler-CCS-1st Good hand eye coordination is a must!!! Could be doing a variety of small parts assembly by hand or using simple machines. Several machines are foot-peddle operated.( Person needs to be very detail oriented approx. 70-80% of business is for the medical industry; so quality assurance is HUGE!!!) Good simple math skills and ability to read a ruler a must! Express Personnel 540-389-8978 Strategic Marketing/Sales Associate Growing and innovative marketing company is looking for a talented, enthusiastic sales associate to join our team. This person must be a motivated, creative, self-starter and have at least 5 years of sales and marketing experience, excellent communication skills and familiar with Roanoke area businesses. Knowledge of the Internet is a plus. Roanoke Biz2Biz – 540-563-2249

Police Officer Patrols assigned beat on foot, motorcycle, bicycle, in patrol car, or on horseback to control traffic, prevent crime or disturbance of peace, and arrest violators. May perform assigned work in either a uniformed or non-uniformed capacity. Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school with a major in social or police science desirable but not required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. City of Roanoke HR@roanokegov. com

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Valley AFC Soccer is proud to announce its association with U krop’s as its recretation league sponsor for the 2008 soccer season. Ukrop’s sponsored the Valley AFC rec league in the 2007 season as well.  Pictured are some of the team members showing their pride for Valley AFC, Ukrop’s and the game of soccer with Bill Martin, Food Manager of Ukrop’s.  Ukrop’s is located at 2331 Franklin Road.  Information about Valley AFC rec league and the upcoming travel team try-outs can be found at their website or by calling 774-7272.

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Synergy Cheer of Virginia all-star cheerleading teams attended the Cheer and Dance Extreme Mid-Atlantic Open Championship in Richmond on February 23 at the VCU Siegel Center. All 5 teams had outstanding performances.  Mini Embers placed 4th out of 9 teams in the level 1 Division, Junior Flames placed 1st out of 7 teams in the level 2 division, Senior Blaze placed 2nd out of 6 teams in the level 3 division, and Senior Heat placed 1st in the level 4 division against a set score.  The parent Burnouts also competed bringing the house down with their

amazing performance, and placed 1st out of 2 teams with a perfect score. Synergy Cheer was also awarded the Most Spirited Fans specialty award.  Several cheerleaders competed and did well in individual divisions as well.  Individual results were Callie Cook, Youth Individual, 1st place, Emily Craft & Lexi Neal Junior duet, 1st place, Skylour Stultz, Mini Jumps, 1st place, Emily Craft, Junior Jumps, 1st place, Morgan Firing, Junior Jumps, 2nd place and Nik Lucado, Senior Tumble, 1st place.

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The GSA Patriots were the Roanoke City Youth Basketball Pee Wee Boys’ Shootout Champs. The team members are:  Front Row (left to right):  Harrison Putney, Ryland Barnes, John Gardner and Luke Woodring.  Second Row (left to right):  Thomas Stockstill, Max Revercomb, Rob Brailsford and Romey Poore.  Back Row (Left to Right):  Coach Chuck Kepley, Coach Stewart Barnes, and Coach Todd Putney.  Not Pictured:  JB Breakell

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