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Tough First Year for Taubman Heavenly Help

P3– Renewanation finds support in high places as Truett Cathy anchors their benefit banquet at the Hotel Roanoke.

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It was a short-lived honeymoon for the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke as both attendance and revenue flagged amid a souring economy and in stark contrast to consultants’ “worst case” estimates. The museum began making a series of significant cost cutting and efficiency moves shortly after it opened on November 8, 2008 that have kept it on an even, albeit under-performing, keel. Museum organizers all concur that it has been a difficult time to begin such a project but insist that the museum is “here to stay.” On a positive note, Museum Director of External Affairs Kimberley Templeton advises that “things are going very well - memberships continue to grow, programs are well attended, and the museum continues to form partnerships and collaborate with other organizations in the community.” She also added that the “Art Matters” program is thriving and that the museum continues to get significant media coverage as evidenced by the 2009 International Architecture Award received in October.

Roanoke Based “World Relief Now” Thrives

Fifty Fifty P10– At age 67 Roanoker David Hurley has somehow found a way to run fifty marathons in fifty states.

“Morocco may seem like an exotic destination,” said Steve Huff, “but parts of northern Africa in that area also feature alarming pockets of poverty. It’s not all the setting of Casablanca that we think of.” Huff, 43, who is currently the director of Communication Design at Virginia Western Community College, took his wife Stacey to northern Africa in 2003. That’s when the couple decided to forego the gaming tables, and change their lives forever by changing the lives of others. “My wife and I started the non-profit organization World Relief Now (WRN) in October of 2005, after having traveled pretty extensively and having witnessed the acute poverty in many different parts of the world,” said Huff, a man with Hollywood good-looks and a penchant for BMW motorcycles. He looks a lot more like an actor poised to star adjacent to Steve McQueen in a film like “The Great Escape,” rather than a missionary. But mission work is exactly what he and Stacey Huff do. “We wanted to create an organization that would begin to fix things that we felt were fixable,” said Huff. “The mind-set behind the organization was to commit

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Steve Huff on mission in Africa. ourselves to finding the most efficient, effective way to reach out to those in need, not government to government, but person to person.” There are less than 50 individuals worldwide serving in the WRN organization, but that’s the way Huff wants it. His budget runs

tight from project to project with nothing left over for the crap tables, so to speak, and no overhead. “It may sound like a poor plan for a business, but it works perfectly for us,” explained Huff. WRN works from a vision to attainment of that particular vision, always striving for as much sustainability as the group can possibly achieve. Then they move on to achieve the next vision with its own budget and of course, its own bills. “It’s a personal, grassroots approach. We try not to be bureaucratic; however, it does take money,” confessed Huff. “But we are very proud of having learned how to stretch a dollar and we have no paid staff. Instead, we work with like-minded people all over the world and we depend a lot on the generosity of many folks world-wide.” WRN is beginning an exciting project in Brazil that began with a simple conversation between Huff and a man who just happened to be seated next to him on a plane, a man who also happened to represent corporate America. > CONTINUED P2: World Reilef Now

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On March 1, 2010, the physicians with Roanoke Orthopaedic Center (ROC) and Carilion Bone and Joint will combine to form a new practice known as Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics. The two groups have both practiced at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for many years, providing care and advanced medical technology to patients throughout the region. According to Carilion, both groups are “nationally recognized and known for their team approach to care and experienced physicians, nurses and physician assistants.”   “Several years ago we approached Carilion about ways to jointly advance the practice

of orthopaedics in the region,” said Roanoke Orthopaedic Center Specialist Hugh Hagan, M.D. “Together we can create a regional referral center for orthopaedic care.”   “We already have a common vision for the future of orthopaedics in the region, and our commitment to service and excellence in patient care,” said Carilion Bone and Joint physician Thomas Shuler, M.D. “Forming a new, comprehensive practice is the best way to move that vision forward.” Shuler added that “two primary advantages of the Clinic will be the ability to

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School Board Votes to Fire Willis The Roanoke City School Board voted on the fate of Susan Willis within minutes of starting their meeting Tuesday evening. The vote to dismiss Willis was not unanimous. Two school board members, Mae Huff and Courtney Penn, voted against the motion to dismiss her. Before the big vote, Huff motioned to allow Willis to resign by Friday, but that vote did not win out. Vice Chairman Jason Bingham made the motion that ended Willis’ career with Roanoke City. “Deny the grievance of employee number 5463, and dismiss number 5463 as an employee of the school board effective immediately,” he motioned. After the majority vote in favor of that motion, Chairman David Carson announced the school board would have no further comment. Latasha Suggs teaches at Monterey Elementary School. “I stand behind the decision by the school board. I’m glad they had the courage to make it,” Suggs said. City educator and council member Anita Price thinks the decision was just. “This has been a long process and certainly very relieved that some closure has finally been reckoned with,” Price said. The school board wants the public to have access to the > CONTINUED P2: Willis

School Board Wants Proffers Changed at PH

Its only been 2 short years since Roanoke City made “firm agreements” with the neighborhood surround Patrick Henry High School but Roanoke School Board Chairman David Carson is calling for more “bang for the buck” from the new stadium site. Carson is seeking to have proffers changed that will allow the lights at Gainer Field to be left on more often for events such as football and soccer practices. He will speak Patrick Henry to the Raleigh Court Civic League this Thursday night about that. “We are doing our best to be as above-board and forthcoming as we can,” Carson told the Star-Sentinel. “We are trying to get certain proffers amended in time enough to help the spring sports season at PH. My goal is to have everyone understand what we are asking and why, so that no one thinks we are skulking around. At some point in the coming months, I anticipate asking the planning commission to amend certain proffers.” Carson said when proffers were first offered, the school day


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“Corporate America generally wants to be involved in helping those who are less fortunate,” said Huff, “but the timing has to be right and some corporations need to be educated as to how to go about it.” That’s what WRN does so well. There are now projects in the planning stages for Malaysia. Maybe it’s serendipity, or maybe it’s just plain guts. Huff picked up the phone one day and called the president of Keen Footwear out in Oregon because he saw their advertisement in a magazine. He asked if the footwear company would like to partner with WRN by sending some shoes to families in a remote village in Senegal. The owner of Keen Footwear said that sounded pretty keen to him. “How about 1,000 pairs of new shoes?,” the owner asked.

Another project Huff developed is a product he calls “life straws.” “Life straws are personal water filters,” said Huff. “We’ve designed them to prevent waterborn illnesses. They only cost about $5.00, but last for about two years.” Another self-designed project created by Huff consists of packs of coloring books with descriptions of proper sanitation in big, enticing drawings for children in the villages of Asia, Africa and South America. Huff oversees each project, devoting his vacation days from the college to traveling around the globe protecting his assets: the friends he has made from Kuala Lumpur to Brasília; Yoruba to Botswana. “The common thread and the theme I keep seeing despite the

unimaginable poverty in many underdeveloped countries, is that people who have nothing are often very happy,” said Huff. “People living in conditions that seem dire to Americans are often happy and they will do all that they can to make others happy, perhaps because life is so basic, there are no distractions, or perhaps because that’s all they know.” Huff admits that he has formed very strong attachments to many people through his work in WRN, even though he knows he may never see them again. “I feel powerless sometimes, and I want to do much more,” said Huff, “but there’s an African saying: ‘You can only eat an elephant, one bite at a time.’” WRN’s major goals currently are: malaria prevention, pre-

ventative health initiatives and medical assistance, clear water initiatives, and education. “We work with both faithbased organizations and secular ones -- anyone who agrees that people need help, and wants to pitch in to do something about it,” said Huff. “I’ve often wondered how many things never got accomplished because no one dared to try.” Huff ’s best advice is not to think about it too much. It is best, he feels, just to dare to dream your dream, and then do it. “Life is for living,” he said, like a news flash that’s more than just a sound-bite. “It really is.” One look in Huff ’s eyes tells you he fully believes it. By Mary Ellen Campagna

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provide multidisciplinary care as well as focus heavily on program development.” The practice will be devoted exclusively to patient care involving musculoskeletal disorders and injuries and will be the only orthopaedic center in the region to provide a full-range of services including: joint replacement and reconstruction; arthroplasty and sports medicine; spine, fracture and trauma care; hand and microvascular surgery; foot and ankle surgery and pediatric orthopaedics.   Carilion also stresses that their patient-centered philosophy - including building an integrated care program alongside colleagues in neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and trauma surgery - will provide tremendous benefits as a result of the merger.   When asked if Carilion’s consent agreement with the FTC will have any impact on the move, Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart responded that “We believe that the consent agreement will allow us to move forward to form this new practice with the physicians of Roanoke Orthopaedic Center. The agreement states that we are free to employ physicians who approach us and express interest - which is the case with Roanoke Orthopaedic

Center. The agreement also states that conversations with physicians that were already underway at the time the agreement takes effect can continue - and the conversation with ROC began about 3 years ago.”  In July of this year the FTC filed an administrative complaint challenging Carilion’s 2008 purchase of the Center for Advanced Imaging and the Center for Surgical Excellence. Shortly thereafter Carilion offered to sell the two centers in a joint motion with the FTC and requested permission to hold settlement talks. Since that time Carilion and the FTC have reached a settlement agreement that is presently being considered by the commission for a final decision.   The physicians of Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics will continue to see patients at the current ROC location on Postal Drive and at Riverside 3, located in Carilion’s Riverside Center at the corner of Jefferson Street and Reserve Avenue. Carilion advises that it is likely that it will adjust some physician locations based on needs relative to physician functions including surgical and equipment requirements and that all patients will receive ample notification of any such changes. 

Riverside Center Outpatient Clinic Wows Visitors Carilion Clinic showed off its two-month-old Riverside Center on Saturday, in particular the new outpatient center located at what has indeed become a full-fledged campus for the local health care giant. Located next door sits the research building that opened last year, and across a plaza and parking area lies the new Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The school was being worked on even last weekend as visitors at the Riverside Center open house checked out the Lifeguard 10 helicopter and new medical equipment at the facility, while listening to jazz from the William Penn Trio. Carilion has consolidated many of the specialists that were located in several locations around the city and hired others for the River-

side Center, which now offers more one-stop shopping, in the shadow of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. “For the first time all of our practices are working together,” said Ellyn Roberts, the Regional Practice Director for Riverside 3. Where offices and departments (including internal medicine, neurology, oncology, etc.) were located “was well thought out and detailed,” she notes. Conference rooms can be used for public information meetings and classes. “The feedback we’re getting … is that this is just a great place. People love the building,” said Roberts. A sparkling new café on the ground floor looks more like something you might see in downtown Roanoke. In fact Riverside 3 is a “green building,” LEED certified and positioned to take advantage

of natural sunlight. Showers on each floor were installed in part to encourage those who may walk or bike to work to use them. Electric scooters can transport employees to the nearby hospital. A parking garage next door off of Reserve Avenue makes it easy to access Riverside 3, part of a total conversion in the area. Gone are most of the older, low-slung industrial buildings and the flour mill, which was reduced to rubble over the summer and carted away. Carilion was also showing off its new Medicare Advantage program, a health care plan that revolves around the hospitals and outpatient clinics in the regional system. Sales director Bryan Hyler said early reaction to the zero-dollar premium plan and two others that have a monthly charge for

more services has been favorable. Medicare-eligible people, mostly seniors, can begin signing up November 15 for plans that include prescription drug coverage. “Others have done it [hospital-sponsored plans] but they are new to this area,” said Hyler, who was handing out information and free pens. The plan promises to reduce paperwork and use more technology to share and store records. “That’s the super exciting thing. I think it fits really well in the Carilion Clinic model for better coordination of care.” Free breakfast, gourmet coffee, face painting and balloon artists helped make the Riverside Center open house a special day for people of all ages.

the public have an opportunity to see what the findings were able to put forth.” Teachers like Suggs say the whole situation shed light on putting children first. “The children are more important than a test score. We get all caught up in the SOL and AYP and they have to make a certain score, but in the end we need to remember

why we get in the business of education,” she said. It’s a decision in a case that may not be over depending on whether Willis decides to appeal.   Willis was not at the meeting, but her spokesman sent out a statement on her behalf. Part of it read, “Tonight’s decision of the Roanoke City School Board to uphold my

dismissal could not possibly reflect a thorough review of the facts presented during nine days of testimony which exonerated me.” In the statement, Willis said she has yet to make a decision on whether to appeal the case.

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ended earlier at Patrick Henry, making it easier to squeeze in practices before nightfall. “Since that time, the school day is ending either 30 or 40 minutes later, which has the effect of reducing the number of daylight hours available to practice.” It’s a numbers game said Carson: “There are also eight teams in need of athletic fields during a limited amount of time. The current proffers prohibit the use of lighting for any practices.” He points to a boys soccer team that had to practice in the gym before a regional soccer playoff last season because the field couldn’t be lighted. Carson said he has let it be known at School Board and City Council meetings that he

intended to seek a change in certain proffers regarding the use of lighting for practices and the scheduling of games. Maureen Eiger lives on Mt. Vernon. “Sound is the problem. You can’t block it out. I hear the yelling and screaming.” She said there are other “activities [going on] than what they initially promised. They could have something running there seven days a week.” Eiger said the height of the bleachers is higher than originally proposed, which allows more sound to seep into the surrounding neighborhood. She can block out the lights with curtains. “I can’t sleep … noise is the main problem.” Any proffer changes offered would have to go through the

Planning Commission, then City Council. “You can’t trust these people anymore,” said Eiger. For his part Carson is making it very clear that he seeks transparency in the process. “We are seeking to amend certain proffers.In that effort, I have spoken with a group of neighbors several weeks ago to seek input on what we are trying to do. I spoke with the civic league board last week. I am speaking to the general membership this week. This is after announcing at both school board and city council meetings last spring and this summer that we were seeking to do so.

Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy Addresses RENEWANATION Benefit Banquet

Chick-fil-A Founder and Chairman S. Truett Cathy was the keynote speaker at the RENEWANATION benefit banquet this week at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. “We were thrilled to host Mr. Cathy in Roanoke for the RENEWANATION Benefit Banquet as the keynote speaker,” said Bob Childress, franchise Operator of two Roanoke-area restaurants. The event included a threecourse dinner, live music, and updates on the RENEWANATION program that Cathy supports. His keynote address By Gene Marrano was delivered on the topic of having a Christian worldview in the marketplace and the importance of providing children a Christian worldview. RENEWANATION is a nonprofit organization founded in Roanoke whose mission is to offer every child a high quality, tuition-free Christian education as an alternative to secular education. Parkway Christian Academy in Roanoke is the program’s first affiliate school. The group raised over $300,000 last year and says it

Franklin County Joins Water Authority

The Roanoke City Council, the Boards of Supervisors of Franklin and Roanoke counties, and the Western Virginia Water Authority of Roanoke unanimously approved Franklin County’s membership to the authority last week. The membership will not be official until the State Corporation Commission grants approval. The Western Virginia Water Authority and Franklin County have previously worked together to acquire several private water systems in the Smith Mountain Lake area and to obtain money to extend the water system at Westlake along Scruggs Road. Before they voted, a public hearing was jointly held on Thursday, November 5 by the City Council of Roanoke, the Boards of Supervisors of Franklin County and Roanoke County and by the Board of Directors of the Western Virginia Water Authority of Roanoke at the Vinton War Memorial. The Western Virginia Water Authority was formed on July 1, 2004 between Roanoke City and Roanoke County, to become a regional entity for providing water and wastewater services to customers. It came about after an earlier period of drought that saw Roanoke City without adequate water supply when Carvins Cove was low; meanwhile neighboring Roanoke County had ample water coming from Spring Hollow Reservoir. Authority members say this regional approach has benefited customers in the Roanoke

Representatives of the Western Virginia Water Authority, Roanoke City Council, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors and the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. Valley by providing adequate water supply, fire protection and wastewater services for all customers, for many years to come. Fuzzy Minnix, the Western Virginia Water Authority Board Chairman, said “things accomplished, led by [former Roanoke County Administrator] Elmer Hodge and staff, helped bring about the authority’s leadership by both the County and the City. We welcome Franklin County as cousins just south of us.” “This is good for the region. It’s a good business decision,” said Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce President Joyce Waugh. Eleanor Dillard, a local resident attending the hearing, was a bit more cautious: “The more we add localities, the more we stretch our own resources. [But] regional cooperation is good if all are on equal basis.” Rocky Mount Town Manag-

er James Ervin preferred to see the event in a more positive light: “This is an exciting day and I want to say well done.” The joint resolution authorizing Franklin County to join the Western Virginia Water Authority was read and presented to Franklin County Administrator Rick Huff. “It is with a great deal of pleasure that we, the Western Virginia Water Authority, welcome Franklin County as our newest member and it is great to have them on board. Cheers to all,” said Minnix with a final comment. Bedford County already had a connection to water systems in Franklin County; future plans could include a link to Smith Mountain Lake and a return loop to Roanoke that would finalize a complete circuit, able to send water to places where it is needed most. By Susan Ayers

RENEWANATION finds support in high places as Truett Cathy anchors the benefit banquet at Hotel Roanoke. is on its way to meeting an aggressive target of $3 Million by the end of 2009. Cathy’s philanthropic efforts are frequently focused on benefitting children. He founded the WinShape Foundation in 1984 to help young people succeed in life through scholarships and other youth support programs. His WinShape Homes initiative is a longterm care program for foster children that provides consistent, long-term care for foster

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Two North Cross Seniors Make History

Two North Cross School seniors are the first in their families to attend an independent school and both are the first seniors in NCS history to receive full scholarships to attend Division I schools to play basketball. Anthony (AD) Banks will attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Toles Hartman will attend UNC Asheville. Banks played two seasons at Patrick Henry High School before transferring to North Cross in 2007. He averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots last season as a junior for the Raiders. Banks received offers from the University of Akron, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina, Appalachian State and South Carolina Upstate. “This is definitely a dream come true. I know I couldn’t have done it if I hadn’t come to North Cross,” said Banks. “It was just too hard to stay focused on the books before I got here. Coach [Joe] Lambert has really helped me focus.” At 6-foot-6 Hartman, who averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Raid-

L-R NC Head Master Tim Seeley, Tom Hartman, Toles Hartman, Raider Varsity Basketball Coach Joe Lambert, A.D. Banks and his mother Jada Barber at Wednesday’s signing. ers, had a strong summer playing for three AAU teams, including the Charlottesville-based East Coast Fusion in tournaments in Morgantown, W.Va., Chantilly, Va. and Las Vegas. He also received an offer from GardnerWebb University. Hartman has played on the Raiders varsity basketball team since coming to the school in 2008 from Christiansburg High School. His father, Tom Hartman, was an offensive lineman at Virginia Tech and had a tryout as a free agent with the

Washington Redskins in 1985 until a shoulder injury ended his career. Hartman credits the teaching and athletic staff at NCS for his success. “If I wouldn’t have come here, it probably wouldn’t have happened,” said Hartman. “I couldn’t be more proud of them both. I knew they both could do it if they worked hard, and they have definitely worked hard. I have no doubt that North Cross has prepared them well for the collegiate level,” said Lambert. (from

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Local Businesses, Governments and Consumers Look for Green Options The Floyd-based Association of Energy Conservation Professionals held its tenth annual Green Living and Energy Expo over the weekend, demonstrating to visitors that there is a better, more environmentally friendly way to live. The eighth AECP show that has been held in Roanoke ran the gamut of green exhibitors, from hybrid and electric cars, to fluorescent light bulbs and bicycle clubs. Information booths from the Western Virginia Land Trust, Roanoke Valley Greenways, the Sierra Club and others were also on hand to help encourage people to think green. Roanoke County’s table at the Roanoke Civic Center’s events center featured information about the citizensled RC-CLEAR group, the Roanoke County Community Leaders Environmental Action Roundtable. This new committee works with county officials, brainstorming about ways to make energy conservation and the reduction of carbon footprints as easy as lowering a thermostat or plugging leaks in windows and doors. Jim Vodnik, the Assistant Director of General Services for Roanoke County and the environmental coordinator, said they joined a group of local governments that advocate sustainable practices (ICLEI), then they set up the RC-CLEAR committee with members from each sector of the county. “The primary purpose… is energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction,” said Vodnik. RC-CLEAR will

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Energy-saving alternatives ruled the day at the AECP Expo. come up with an action plan “and take it out to the community. We need really large participation from the community in order to have an impact.” Roanoke County has set an ambitious goal of reducing its carbon footprint, the socalled greenhouse gas emissions, by 30 percent in the year 2020. Vodnik said anything the county government can do – like the hybrid cars it uses more and more of, or the LEED-certified public buildings it now constructs, will amount to just one percent of that total. The remainder of that 30 percent – 3 percent a year until 2020 - must come from businesses and residents that reduce their energy consumption, use alternative transportation, etc. “We’ve got to have community input,” said Vodnik, who appreciated being around others of the same ilk at the AECP expo. “A lot of good ideas are promoted here.” Other booths displayed wind turbines, solar panel sys-

tems, electric or hybrid cars, insulation systems and the like. Executive Director Billy Weitzenfeld founded the expo ten years ago; the statewide organization held its first two trade shows at Virginia Tech and in Salem before settling in at the Roanoke Civic Center. Weitzenfeld said the AECP doesn’t push any particular green agenda; it just wants to show what is out there in the way of technology for those interested in curbing greenhouse emissions and their carbon footprint. “The growth of this event has really reflected the growth and awareness on the part of consumers, students, professionals and contractors,” said Weitzenfeld, a builder who oversaw a weatherization program in Floyd for several years. “The purpose of the event is to get people excited…so that when they leave here they take action.”

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United Way Honors Batten The rain was pouring down outside, but inside the lovingly restored former Garden Club building on Avenham Avenue, now the home of David and Mary Ann Wine, the mood was warm and convivial, as about 100 of the most generous donors to United Way of Roanoke Valley gathered for the annual meeting of the Tocqueville Society - those who give at least $ 10,000 per year to support the organization’s efforts. They were there to honor the legacy of the late Frank Batten Sr. and all that he and the Landmark Foundation have done over the years for the United Way. They were also there to rally themselves and their peers to give even more to the cause of helping the less fortunate in the community, a group whose size has grown exponentially in the very challenging economy of the last two years. There to show them how it’s done in Norfolk was a modest young man in a tuxedo named Frank Batten, Jr. He was introduced by Ed Walker, Tocqueville Society Chair and intrepid recreator of a vibrant downtown, and Walter Rugaber, former Tocqueville Society Chair, publisher of The Roanoke Times, and President of Hollins University. Without a microphone, Mr. Batten, now CEO of the company his father built, quietly but passionately told a story about a boy who had a rough start, losing his own dad, getting in trouble in school and pulling mildly criminal pranks, but who through the mentorship of a caring track coach, started turning his life around in middle school. That young boy became Frank Batten Sr., whose work ethic, moral integrity, and extraordinary philanthropy became leg-

endary. Clearly the son, who has carried on his father’s legacy in a quieter but no less serious way, was moved by the opportunity to speak about his so recently lost father and by the sincere praise given to him by United Way’s leaders. He urged the members and prospective members of the Tocqueville Society to “Keep it up!” and even to give more to help their fellow citizens who are suffering. Also present at the event were representatives of the William C. Stephenson family, whose ancestor originally built the Wine’s home, known as “Fairacres,” and coincidentally, founded what became United Way of Roanoke Valley 85 years ago. The fourth William Stephenson was emotional when he thanked the Wines for saving and rejuvenating the beautiful old building and mentioned gratefully how they had preserved a paint handprint that his father had left on a wall as a child. “Generations of caring,” was the theme of the evening, and Mr. Batten, Jr. was presented with a specially commissioned bronze of an extended hand, titled “Giving” by sculptor Betty Branch, in recognition of all his family has done for the Valley. Corporate Sponsors for the event and presentation were Advance Auto Parts, Thomas Rutherfoord, Carilion Clinic, and Elizabeth Arden. Consistently humble and grateful for his own personal legacy, Mr. Batten said, “Thank you for this beautiful symbol of your mission. This evening is really about my parents, and so I am going to take this home to my mom.” By Linda Webb

Governor Tim Kaine announced that “Phase Two” of the Business One Stop online system will occur in December. He made that announcement locally earlier this week at a press conference with small business owners at the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce offices. Launched in May 2008, Virginia’s online business formation portal or “Business One Stop,” was designed to assist in the formation of new businesses in the Commonwealth. It was also meant to streamline the business formation process by automatically finding and filing the necessary forms. Stephen Roberson remarked that he “walked through the entire process to start a limited liability company in Virginia” and that his company, Paint & Bristle, LLC, is “growing and doing well in this economy.” Utilizing Business One Stop, he “was able to devote [more] time to marketing” his business. According to data supplied by the state, more than 15,000 entrepreneurs have utilized the online tool to aid their business operations and create jobs. Of those who have utilized the Business One Stop website, 57 percent have completed the forms. “This online tool and the efforts of the Department of Business Assistance allows businesses to take care of business, rather than spend days visiting different offices to fill out paperwork,” said Kaine. “At a time when people are concerned about the economy, small businesses continue to grow and generate more than half of the jobs here and in the New River Valley and by helping small businesses grow, we’re helping the economy grow,” said Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joyce Waugh.

The portal is not designed for businesses created outside of Virginia, seeking to initiate new operations within the Commonwealth, nor is it for nonprofit organizations and charities. (Those businesses can contact the Virginia Business Information Center at or by calling (866) 248-8814) Phase Two’s “Business Wizard” is similar to a program that students use to help them choose and pursue a new career, enroll in one of Virginia’s community colleges, pay for college, or transfer to a four-year college or university. Business Wizard is based partially on feedback from entrepreneurs who utilized Business One Stop and will further simplify and accelerate the process of business formation in Virginia. “It will move us to completing the process with a Turbo Tax type of set-up,” Kaine added. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) works with new and existing businesses to provide workforce incentives, loans, business information, one-on-one counseling for entrepreneurs getting started or with specific concerns, and educational opportunities. “Virginia Information Center recognized that people wanted to do more online,” said Virginia Department of Business Assistance Communications Manager, Will Vehrs. This summer, Virginia was cited by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top five states to start a business; recognized as “Best State for Business” and as a nationwide model for the fourth consecutive year by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. (a top U.S. corporate site relocation expert); and named the number one state for business by the financial-

Gov. Tim Kaine speaks at the Roanoke Chamber. news channel CNBC. Most recently, Forbes recognized Virginia for the fourth consecutive year as “Best State for Business.” Business costs, economic climate, growth prospects, labor, quality of life and regulatory environment were the six categories examined in the ranking process. Virginia was the only state to place in the top ten of each category. None of the other states placed in the top ten in more than three categories. “We know we’ve won acco-

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You Never Really Know . . .


eldom do we realize the impact our words and actions may have on those with whom we come in contact daily. Even the most routine and uneventful events can make a lasting impression; incidents long forgotten may be lodged in the memory of someone from our past. I was reminded of this recently when I received an unexpected package in the mail. I could not imagine what my alma mater could be sending me. I had not ordered any of the neat Mary Baldwin memorabilia and could only guess it might be literature about the college for me to distribute. I ripped the box open and discovered inside an unopened package. There was also a note from the Alumnae Office: “One of your former students wanted you to have a copy of his book. Enjoy!” I noted the return address on the unopened package -- Whit Wirsing. In Salt Lake City, Utah. Immediately my mind returned to the first year I taught school, fresh out of college. Whit was a small, quiet boy, one of the thirty-plus children in my third grade class at Crystal Spring. Curious to learn what book he had written, I opened the package, revealing a heavy volume, red and yellow – The Ultimate Spanish Phrase Finder:

The 2-in-one Bipital. So I suppose lingual Dictionary his teacher played of 75,000 Phrases, a significant role in Idioms, and Word his life. Combinations for His book repreRapid Reference to sents years of hard Everyday Expreswork and infinite sions by Whit Wirspatience. He began ing. Impressed, I work on it in Mexico looked inside and City in 1981, and Mary Jo Shannon read: “For Miss opened the comShilling from Whit. puter file in ValIt’s been 55 years, but I’ve never ladolid, Spain in 1998. It took forgotten you. “ eleven and a half years, and I was humbled to be remem- almost twenty thousand hours bered in such a poignant way. at the computer to complete. I could not recall any special He said when he signed the attention I had given Whit. contract with McGraw-Hill in Why would he remember me 2003, he had no idea it would for such a long time and ex- be another six years before he pend the time and effort (and held a copy in his hands. What money—you can imagine the a shame, I thought after all that amount of postage!) neces- work, for my copy to be wasted, sary to let me share his accom- sitting on a shelf in my office. plishment? A quick e-mail to Raleigh Court Presbyterian thank the Alumnae Office for Church has a mission group forwarding the book brought that works with Spanisha reply explaining his attempt speaking immigrants from to contact me. When he called Columbia and Mexico. I asked them to request my married the leader, Con Mays, a retired name and address, they in- Spanish teacher from Virginia formed him they could not give Western Community College, out that information but would if this book would be helpful in gladly forward the book. I was their work. He was impressed – amazed that a third grader said it was what he had needed would know where his teacher for years! He ordered two more went to college. copies, and returned mine so In reply to my thank-you let- nothing would happen to it. ter, Whit shared that his third So there it sits, in a special grade year was not a happy one. place on my shelf, reminding His mother was ill and spent me that we never really know most of that year in the hos- what we say or do might mean to those around us – or how the simplest act(s) might be made manifest by the Spirit in SMITH JEWELER D the most unimaginable ways. L S Since 1984 GO Contact Mary Jo at 2203 Crystal Spring Avenue


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ne of the most common issues that arise in premarital and marriage counseling is communication. Without fail, how we communicate sets the tone for so much in our relationships with our spouses and yet we spend little time actually thinking about and working on how we talk to each other. Most of our communication patterns have been developed since childhood and are subconscious habits by the time we get to marriage. Just because a habit served us well growing up does not mean that it is healthy in a marriage relationship. Here are three skills that I address most often when beginning a discussion about communication with a couple. Respond to what is said, not what it sounds like. Too often we are reacting to how someone says something rather than what they actually say. We focus on the tone or body language and make assumptions about what is meant rather than just dealing with the words. Growing up we are taught that people communicate in hundreds of ways with body language, posture, tone, inflection, etc. While this is true and can be useful knowledge when trying to sell a product or figure out if someone is lying to you, it is usually unhealthy to consider all of this information when dealing with a spouse in day to day communication. There

are many reasons If a wife asks what why someone might movie her husband sound negative, that wants to watch and have nothing to do he responds with with the message be“I don’t care,” he ing sent. When we has lost the right to focus only on the complain about the words we have a betchoice. After enter opportunity for during two hours productive commuof “The Notebook,” nication. When we he will likely be Keith McCurdy focus on how somemore forthcomthing sounds we get off track ing with information in the rapidly in a negative direction. future. By responding to what is said, Finally, give the benefit of it also makes the other per- the doubt. You are married, son more responsible for the this is your partner. It is a safe words they use which leads us bet that they care more about to the next skill. you than the topic at hand. If Say what you mean. This it sounds bad, don’t assume it may sound simple, but it is is a personal attack. If it comes amazing how often we com- across negative, don’t assume municate by giving hints or they don’t care. Your spouse is testing the water. An example in this with you, they are intiis the husband who says “Hey mate with you, they care more honey, do we have anything about you than what color you going on this weekend?” in- paint the living room. Everystead of saying “I really want to one has a bad day and it is very play golf this weekend, do we difficult to remove our emohave any conflicts?” Or when tional state from our commuwe are asked a question, in- nication. If we over-interpret stead of saying what we really our communication on those mean, we say things like “Oh, days, we begin to make issues it doesn’t matter” or “Anything out of trivial matters and can is fine with me.” When we are even think there are serious vague or fishing, we are not problems when none exist. showing respect for our part- Whether we understand this ner and can leave them feeling at the beginning of our marmanipulated. When we are riage or late in the game, it can not honest with a response, save a lot of heart ache. Put it we are often unhappy with into practice! the outcome and may tend to blame the other. When this is Contact Keith at paired with responding to only what is said, it holds people accountable for what they say.


a few opportunities to better practice these actions. In particular, I’d like to underscore four days among the 30 of this month. Granted some of these days have already passed but what they observe and celebrate cannot be relegated to a day or a season or to a particular religious tradition. In liturgical calendars, November 1 is ALL SAINTS DAY (following the festivities and frivolity of All Hallows Eve or Halloween. On this day we honor those who have persevered in the way they and we have chosen to follow - the way which makes all the difference for us too. The Church’s saints are ordinary people who lived in not-so-ordinary ways but in ways that are not impossible for us to live with God’s help. We think of the life and work of Damian of Molokai who in his risky and compassionate care and treatment of lepers caught the disease himself. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta reminded us that every place has its Calcutta and its poverty claims our response. The apostles Peter and Paul called for and labored for communion: unity amidst diversity. Francis of Assisi helped us to see that some of our brothers and sisters in

God’s great creation are not of the human variety. Who are “the holy ones” whose spirit, fervor and example light up and guide your personal pilgrimage to God? On Catholic calendars, November 2 is ALL SOULS DAY. It’s our Memorial Day of sorts. We remember our loved ones who have gone before us in faith. We name them. We give thanks for the way they enriched our lives. We commend them again to the care and mercy of our loving and forgiving God. On this day, we also lift up our sure and certain belief that the bonds God forges in life are eternal bonds: the story of those who rest in God continues. Our departed are not “lost” to us; with us they wait for the great day of resurrection and reunion. In remembering our departed, we are ourselves remember-ed. Name your loved ones who, in faith and in death, have gone before you. What is one thing you miss most about her/him/them? On November 11, Americans observe VETERANS DAY. It’s a holiday for some and for those prone to reflection it’s yet another gift. On this day we honor and publicly thank those who have served in our militaries- many who

fought in battle. With ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, conflicts in the Holy Lands, and civil unrest elsewhere in our world, this day gives us an opportunity to applaud soldiers, their families, and the sacrifices they made for the life and freedoms, the well-being and common good we Americans value. There’s no doubt that war is senseless. But the dedication and commitment of those who choose the armed forces is not without great meaning. Give thanks for our troops (particularly those you personally know) and pray war will soon be no more. And in a couple of weeks we’ll celebrate THANKSGIVING DAY. Sometime during that day (or weekend), we will gather around tables to count our blessings and express our gratitude to the One from whom all blessings flow (as impossible as both tasks are). This year, along with the things that usually make our lists, why not include a prayer of thanks for our saints, souls, and soldiers too!

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umans, like automobiles, are not designed to survive the test of time. Maintenance must be performed, parts sometimes need to be replaced, and when that day of reckoning comes, our chassis are often dragged away and piled up in a field full of broken bodies. While people are not machines, I contend that there are striking similarities between motorists and the cars they drive. Consider the photo that accompanies this byline. In automotive terms I might be described as a high miles clunker with noticeable body damage, modestly priced to sell, and open to any reasonable offer. My present vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Stratus, is indeed my four wheeled twin. Presently, my primary means of transportation is having issues with its gas gauge. Regardless of how much fuel I have deposited into the car, my gauge readings appear to be more rumor than reality. One moment the little red meter stick shows full, the next I am trudging down Williamson Road with a one gallon spouted container in tow. Growing weary of these surprise hikes I attempted to have the car repaired, however, the problem kept coming back like a sack of White Castle burgers.


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Over the years I have run out of gas a stunning amount of times. A prodigious collection of plastic red gas cans adorn my basement shelves. On one occasion, when a dry tank sent me on an impromptu journey, I was picked up in Jupiter, Florida by a Good Samaritan in a pick-up truck towing a bass boat. With no room in the cab, I placed myself behind the wheel of the vessel and pretended to navigate that boat straight down I-95 to the nearest filling station. A week later, following a particularly hideous sales day, I noticed my fuel gauge rising and falling like the Dow Jones after an election and began to fear the worst. Thankfully, I spotted a gas station in the distance and prayed that fumes might carry me to the pumps. Sputtering as I entered the station parking lot, I felt the car give out underneath me. It felt like I had four flat tires! Not even I could be that unlucky. No gas and four flat tires? Lurching through the lot I spied four fellows standing by the pumps, waiving their arms wildly and screaming in my direction. Were these service station attendants guiding me in for a landing? Were these gentlemen alerting me that my tires were flat? No, it turns out that

these men were cement contracLike my listless, dry tanked altertors who had just finished paving ego, I too have been struggling to the parking lot and I was steaming keep running. Gassed and void of through a full day of their work. energy, it was suggested that I subAnxious to see why the workject myself to the horrors of a sleep ers looked so upset, I parked, and clinic to help discover the reason for placed my left foot out of the car to my impending collapse. One restinvestigate. It became apparent to less night hooked up to an array of me that something was amiss when colorful wires gave me my answer. my foot sunk two feet down into It seems that I stop breathing an the soggy cement. If my memory average of forty-four times an hour Jon Kaufman of high school Spanish class serves, when sleeping, which certainly exone of the inflamed laborers made a very un- plains why I stumble through each day like a complimentary remark about my mother and tranquilized circus bear. the other three were near tears. Next week they will strap a breathing device Fearing reprisal for the destruction of their on my head which will make me look like a achievement, I tried to step back into the car vacationing snorkeler who has been separated and make a hasty get-away. When I lifted my leg from his tour group. I am really looking forto extricate my foot from the hardening goop, ward to that and promise to provide pictures my shoe came off and was quickly sucked up in here if possible. Until then, my twin and I will continue to the thick jaws of the setting concrete. Forsaking my footwear for safety, I climbed into my wobble around Roanoke not knowing how vehicle and plowed through the ruined job, my much we have left in our tanks. I’ll be the one victims aghast at what they had just witnessed. with a gas can in one hand and a five hour enIronically, the tire tracks formed a large semi- ergy drink in the other. circle, a smile (if you will) in the decimated Contact Jon at construction.

What Happens at the Star . . .

don’t know about you, but I am amazed that the city leaders could agree on it. But there it is, standing atop Roanoke’s Mill Mountain: the largest manmade star in the world. Built of steel and draped with neon, the 100-foot-tall star is anchored in 250 tons of concrete. Erected in 1949, the star celebrated the ascent of the “Magic City” as the region’s leader in business and culture, and in general epitomized the optimism of post-World-War II America. Today, sixty years later, the star is something of an oddity, that’s for sure, but we Roanokers love it and the park in which it resides. Mill Mountain Park, at over 600 acres, is one of the largest city parks in the country and arguably one of the most unique as well. Besides the zoo, Discovery Center, and picnic and play

areas, the park contains over 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and running. Living and working in the shadow of the mountain, I am a frequent visitor of the park. I find myself at the overlook beneath the star several times a week. And if you stand there long enough, you’ll see just about anything and everything. Often there are young lovers there, draped around each other like the Zit’s comic characters, the view from the star briefly distracting them from love. Formerly, such starryeyed couples were some of the main culprits in producing the graffiti found scrawled at the overlook. One might see something like, “Mike loves Jane Forever Plus More,” sentiments certainly valid for at least the afternoon. I say formerly, because you just don’t see as much graffiti at the star

as you did a few years ago. I guess, for one thing, the city does such an excellent job at cleaning it up. The addition of the webcam at the star overlook has no doubt had somewhat of a mischief-prevention effect and has also created another dimension of interest. Visitors are entertained by the thought of their friends and relatives looking at them on their computer screens. The uninitiated, arriving at the star, may wonder what in the world that family of five is doing waving madly at the steel structure above. “Stru-ange place dis Rewnoke . . .” On warm weather weekend nights the place comes alive, with all kinds of people of all ages and from all walks of life. It’s festive - a real party atmosphere at times. High School Prom season brings a parade of somewhat awkward, flow-

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er-bedecked dates had assumed. But no, they were from to the star. One South Carolina, but night I saw a long they did recently white limo drive visit Texas and were up. Doors flung still “in theme.” The open and a bevy of star garners people middle-aged womfrom further afield, en emerged from of course. Not long it and stormed the ago I overheard overlook. One two foreign lanlaughed and said, John W. Robinson guages being spo“look out, here come the menopause mamas.” ken at the star, and that doesn’t One in their midst was turn- include the odd variations of ing fifty, and the star was a key our mother tongue which are ever present at such a place. point on the birthday tour. Some early mornings I ride I enjoy talking to the folks from out-of-town visiting the my bike or walk or jog up to star. They may have strayed the star. Sunday mornings from the Blue Ridge Park- I often encounter, not only way, or might be in Roanoke signs of reverie from the night on business. They are always before, but a group of older charmed by both the star and gentlemen who meet at the the view. Recently, I met a nice couple decked out in cowboy hats and boots, from Texas, I

overlook for prayer. I quietly move amidst them and lean on the railing, gazing over the new day in the valley. The men’s voices rise and fall as they take turns leading the others in thoughtful prayer. They voice concerns, pray for strength and forgiveness, and give thanks. And as I turn my back on the men and the star and begin my descent of the mountain, I add my prayers of thanks for this beautiful mountain and others like it, and this colorful valley under the watchful gaze of the big man-made star.

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St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting its annual Dodson Lecture on Monday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Borg, one of the leading biblical scholars of this generation and best selling author, is the featured speaker. The title of his evening lecture will be: “Telling the Story of Jesus Today: How it Matters.” Internationally known, Marcus Borg is considered one of the most influential voices in mainline Christianity and is described by the New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.” He is an author of eighteen books including best sellers “Meeting

Jesus Again for the First Time” (1994); “Reading the Bible Again for the First Time” (2001); and “The Heart of Christianity” (2003); and recently released, “The First Paul.” He retired from Oregon State University in 2007 where he held the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture endowed chair. At present, Marcus Borg is Cannon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland Oregon. The Rev. Barkley Thompson, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, notes “Marcus Borg is the rare author who translates the conversation of scholars into a

vernacular that renders it approachable by regular, thoughtful people. Dr. Borg provides a compelling vision of the Way of Jesus and, through example, invites us to come to our own understanding of Christianity.” The Dodson Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in St. John’s newly restored church located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Elm Avenue. The public is welcome to attend. A voluntary collection will be taken at the lecture to assist in underwriting the cost of the Dodson Lecture.

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Football Playoffs Begin This Week The final weekend of the regular season for high school football was an eventful one, to say the least. Several area teams clinched last-minute playoff berths, while others improved their seeding for the regional tournament, which begins this Friday night. • William Byrd, once 2-5 on the season and going nowhere, captured the No. 6 seed in the Group AA Region III Division 4 playoffs by winning their final three games, including a 22-21 thriller against Alleghany. The Terriers will travel to Turner Ashby on Friday evening to take on the Knights. • William Fleming clinched a spot in the Northwest Region Division 5 playoffs after defeating G.W. Danville on Saturday. Despite their 7-3 overall record, the Colonels will be the No. 5 seed, and will have to hit

Tailback Derrick Palmer carried William Byrd to the playoffs. (file photo) the road to face Brooke Point Friday night at 7:30pm. • Northside celebrated their Blue Ridge District title last Friday evening by learning that they will be the No. 2 seed in the Region III Division 3 play-

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Titans Roar Back on Knights

Down 21-0 in the first half to their southwest Roanoke County rivals, the Hidden Valley Titans offs, which comes with a firstround bye. The Vikings (8-2) scored 28 unanswered points to down Cave Spring 28-21 last Friday. Titans star running back closed out the regular season David Williams, bottled up early by the Knights, broke loose in the second half and scored all four in style with a 51-26 thrashing touchdowns for Hidden Valley. Williams carried the ball 50 times for Hidden Valley and racked of Staunton River, which also up more than 300 yards rushearned a spot in the playoffs. ing – 177 yards in the fourth • Cave Spring and Hidden quarter alone. Both teams Valley both earned first-round made the postseason playoffs byes in their respective diviand are enjoying a bye week off sions. Despite the Knights’ 28until next Friday. 21 loss to the Titans last week, Cave Spring (8-2) will be the No. 1 seed in the Region IV Division III tournament, while Photos by TJ Witten Hidden Valley (7-3) clinched Sam Wright (at left with ball) the No. 2 seed in the Region scores early for the Knights. IV Division 4 playoffs, behind Salem, setting up a potential rematch with the undefeated Spartans (10-0), who finished their regular season by defeatPhotos by TJ Witten ing Pulaski County, 36-20. David Williams scores another touchdown for the Titans. By Matt Reeve

Raiders Finish Strong

The North Cross Raiders finished off its regular season schedule with a 40-0 shutout of private school rival Roanoke Catholic. The Raiders’ Tyler Caveness led the home team with 99 yards rushing. North Cross held the Celtics to just two yards overall in the game – 25 passing yards, minus-23 rushing. The Raiders meanwhile racked up almost 400 yards in total offense, 272 yards on the ground.

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50 Marathons in 50 States: The David Hurley Story

Dave Hurley didn't want to run Tennessee, Notre Dame, and the frozen another marathon. In fact, he never tundra of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, wanted to run—period. After a physical WI. “One guy ran through twice,” he back in the 1970’s, his doctor told him was so excited, said Hurley. he needed to get in better shape. A reThe very first race in New York City luctant Hurley took up running. took him through several of the bor“Back then not too many people were oughs, making it “a really multicultural running, so I'd wait until all the cars left experience.” His marathon in Alaska and run around Tanglewood Mall,” said was especially memorable. “Everything Hurley, 67, a Roanoke County resident is so green. You just OD0 on beauty,” and Tennessee native. Laps in the mall said Hurley. The field was small, too— parking lot turned into 5k races, which just 35 people. “They only had two age turned into 10k's, 10 milers, half-margroups: old and young,” he said. athons and eventually a marathon: the He once ran in three inches of snow Marine Corps Marathon in Washingin Frederick, MD. “We looked like ton, DC, in 1996. snowmen when we finished,” said “I swore I'd never do another one. Hurley. He remembers a beleaguered It was just really hard,” he said. But he co-runner telling him, “It hurts to walk ran another one in New York City in and it hurts to run, so I might as well the rain—and got pneumonia. (A sign run.” That's in contrast to the marathon from above?) Then he ran yet another in Salt Lake City, where it was 103 the one in Myrtle Beach—and it rained— day before the race. hard. “I thought the Lord was trying to Sometimes there was cash on the David Hurley in Montana tell me never to run another marathon,” line. In North Dakota, Hurley said, “I said Hurley. was third in my age group and won 10 So what did he do? He ran the Myrtle Beach event again the next dollars. It was cab fare for the airport.” He once raced through a year and almost qualified for the Boston Marathon. Then he ran a wild horse reserve in Wyoming and across a Montana grizzly bear race in Pittsburgh—and did qualify for Beantown. “After that I was sanctuary. hooked,” said Hurley, pneumonia, bad weather and all. Hurley ran 37 of the marathons with his good friend Terry Earlier this month in Wichita, KS, Hurley completed a feat that Graham, who ran all but one with a pacemaker. Graham had to only a few hundred Americans have ever done: running a mara- stop due to health problems and a new marriage (“I don't know thon in all 50 states, plus the nation's capital. He finished first in his which one caused him to drop out,” said Hurley). But soon thereage group in a very respectable four hours, 19 minutes. after while racing in North Dakota, Hurley met another Terry, this Hurley was a teacher for 41 years, mostly in Roanoke. Now, the one from California, and the two ran marathons in South Dakota, ETSU and Radford grad coordinates a Title I after-school program New Mexico, and Kansas together. “California Terry” has run three at 12 schools, and is also an adjunct faculty member at RU. He runs, marathons since having a heart valve replaced with one from a pig too, but not as much as you might think. A typical week involves last fall. just four days of running, and he averages only 40 miles a week or Hurley runs all of his races at a comfortable 10-minute mile pace. so, low by most distance running standards. The other three days “I run 26 miles and talk the whole way,” he said. “The first 20 miles he's in the gym lifting weights, which he credits with shaving as is the first half of a marathon, and the last 6.2 really get you somemuch as an hour off his time. times.” Hurley says he's competitive, but he enjoys marathons for the exHis quest for 51 complete, Hurley says he'll “take it easy and only perience as much as the competition. “At 67, I know I cannot run run two or three a year now.” as fast as someone in his 20’s or 30’s, so I only compete with my age And how long does the reluctant runner, the guy who was too group,” he says. He enjoys finishing in the top three in his age group, embarrassed to run around Tanglewood Mall in the daytime, plan because “fourth is as good as fourteenth. They usually only hand to keep running? His answer is unequivocal: “Forever.” out awards to the top three.” But more importantly, “there's a story By Dave Perry with each marathon” he's completed in his quest. There are the finishes in the football stadiums: the University of

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Khaki Comer goes high to send the ball over the head of a Richmond Christian defender in the Raiders first round win in the The Biddy Instructional Football League is for boys ages VISAA State Championship tournament this week. The number six and seven years old and it is offered through Recreational one ranked Raiders will next face Holy Cross of Lynchburg Friday at Noon and if victorious will advance to the state championship on Clubs throughout the valley. This year’s Vinton Terriers finSaturday at 10:00 AM at North Cross. ished with a record of 7-1 and have allowed their opponents only two touchdowns the entire season. They faced the Hidden Valley Titans in their last game of the season and won by a score of 36-0. RSS contributor Carla Bream noted that it is quite a sight to see a 50-pound boy in full gear telling his opponent he is going to squash him, and then seeing that same boy on the next play run off the field crying because he hurt his finger. (None of the boys pictured here of course.) The coaches do a great job of instructing the boys in the basics and keeping them focused on the game. Most of the boys said they wanted to play football for Virginia Tech when they grow up.

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Patriots Win WVD

Patrick Henry captured the Western Valley District volleyball crown by defeating the Franklin County Eagles 3-1 last Thursday. The Patriots advanced to this week’s Northwest Region playoffs but lost in the first round to Osbourn Park on Tuesday.

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Patrick Henry Varsity Volleyball Head Coach Patricia Sheedy stresses technique with her players in the Patriot’s match against Franklin County. Photos by Wade Thompson

Patrick Henry’s Liz Brailsford dinks ball for score over the outstretched arms of two Franklin County HS defenders in playoff match.

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Patrick Henry’s Sarah Miller (left) fakes a strike and serves as a decoy as teammate Liz Brailsford (right) goes up for the real kill against Franklin County.

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PH wins again: For the fourth season in a row, the Patrick Henry Patriots are the champions of the Western Valley District. The Patriots (15-8) defeated Franklin County 3-1 on November 5th to clinch a home game in the Northwest region tournament. “We’re such a young team, but I feel like we’ve improved every day in practice,” Head Coach Patricia Sheedy said. “It’s really exciting, both for now and for the future of our program.” Despite a rotation that includes four freshman and two sophomores, the Patriots thrived in district play, going undefeated in 10 matches. Liz Brailsford, recently named WVD Player of the Year, leads the team in kills and set a VHSL record for number of kills in one match in a September 19th contest against Deep Run High School with 42. The Patriots had been hoping to win a Northwest Region title for the first time in over a decade, but their dream ended Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss to Osbourn Park. The two teams had already met once this season, where the Yellow Jackets also prevailed 3-1. Knights Looking Strong: Cave Spring wrapped up the River Ridge District title with a 3-1 win over the Hidden Valley Titans on November 5th. (The Titans will also advance to the postseason however.) The Knights (20-3) have won 11 matches in a row, and 20 of their last 21, despite not possessing the prototypical height of most dominant teams. “Our tallest girl is maybe 5’8” or 5’9”,” Head Coach Tamalyn Tanis said. “We’re really small,

and without much size, we’re not a team that can fool around, we have to play smart.” Led by All-District performers Morgan Shannon, Taylor Baumann, and Jocelyn Kellinger, the Knights have perfected their own style of play, which has baffled their opponents. “We play really fast, with a quick offense and quick transitions,” Tanis explained. “We’re trying to create one-on-one opportunities for our girls so that we don’t face a double-block. We’re just trying to find holes – the other teams can’t cover everything.” Despite their limitations, the team has embraced the strategy, which led to an undefeated season within a highly competitive River Ridge District that produced two state semifinalists last fall. “The girls just know how they have to play in order to be successful, and they’ve become more confident as they have seen that it works, and that they can trust it,” Tanis said. After a 3-0 win in the first round of the region tournament against Marion, the Knights await the Patrick County – Tazewell matchup. A win there would probably lead to a fourth match against the rival Titans. The Knights have swept all three, but according to their coach, the contests have been very competitive. “They have a great offense and we have a great defense, and so far it’s just happened that our defense has won out,” Tanis said. “But each match has gotten closer and closer.”

By Matt Reeve

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Commentary: Roanoke EMS Inc. Still Needs Citizen Support I need your help! My name is Sherrie Agee and I represent Roanoke Emergency Medical Services, Inc. REMS for short. We are the City of Roanoke's only Volunteer Rescue Squad and are also documented as being the first Volunteer Rescue Squad in the world. The reason I am writing today is that we are getting ready to send out our annual Fund Drive letter to the citizens of Roanoke seeking donations for the upcoming year. This is where we need your help - a lot of the citizens of Roanoke have no idea we still exist and when they get this letter they think it’s a scam. Yet we are a legitimate non-profit that provides pre-hospital care to the citizens. Last year the City of Roanoke cut a significant amount of our budget and with funds being tight on our end and the economy being rough

on the citizens we don't want to miss any donations! REMS has been in existence since May of 1928. We were first established as Roanoke Life Saving Crew, and then merged with the Williamson Road Life Saving Crew to form Roanoke Emergency Medical Services (REMS), which is the volunteer segment of the City of Roanoke's Emergency Medical Services system. The historic Roanoke Life Saving Crew was formed by Julian S. Wise and is acknowledged as the first Volunteer Rescue Squad in the world. Our mission today is the same as it was in 1928: to provide excellent volunteer pre-hospital care to the citizens of the City of Roanoke and surrounding areas. We are located in the southwest area of downtown Roanoke. We are an ALS (Advanced

Life Support) agency and run an ALS and or BLS (Basic Life Support) truck Monday through Friday 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Our members are volunteers and receive no compensation for the services they provide. We work in conjunction with Roanoke City's Fire-EMS organization, which is the paid fire and rescue service. Our members are trained at the same level and standards as career staff. Our volunteers answer thousands of 911 calls each year. In addition to 911 calls our volunteers stand-by at many city festivals, parades, Civic Center activities, concerts and sporting events as well as participate in health fairs, mock disaster trainings and demonstrations for local schools. At the present time we have a combination of about 40 full and associate members.

These volunteers have many different creeds and different levels of certifications, but they all come together to serve the Roanoke community. The City of Roanoke provides an annual allocation to help us with our financial needs. It is provided with the understanding that this funding will supplement the donations given by the citizens - it is not enough to provide total financial support. Additionally we do not directly receive any portion of the funds that are charged to cover our services. Our members contribute by volunteering their time without any compensation, but because we work in conjunction with the City of Roanoke, citizens are billed for all EMS calls whether it is volunteers or the career staff that respond. We provide our own vehicles which is an expensive

service with constantly rising costs. We also provide all first aid supplies for the City units as well as our own, which is also a large expense. REMS has one paid employee, our Business Administrator, who is responsible for all offices duties. For more information on our crew you can look at our web site Another item worth mentioning


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Commentary: A Thanksgiving for the Arts

As we move closer to Thanksgiving, I want to express my sincere thanks to our region for supporting your Roanoke Symphony (and all of the arts) during these challenging economic times. It is important for all of us to celebrate good news where it exists, and the symphony is a true success story. The good news is -- the Roanoke Symphony continues to experience record ticket sales in both our classical and pops series, with 1,625 tickets sold for our opening masterworks concert and over 3700 for our recent pops concert with superstar Natalie Cole. While ticket sales are so important to the vitality of the RSO, even in record years they do not cover the cost of these programs. So please know that every contribution and sponsorship is needed and truly appreciated… especially now. Every citizen in our region should take great pride in the remarkable success of your

professional orchestra and chorus -- particularly that we are operating with a balanced budget year after year. Did you know the RSO alone invests close to a quarter million dollars in taxes and fees annually for the Roanoke Valley region and Virginia? The RSO is the region's very own artistic stimulus package! In a time of budget strain for local schools where our dedicated teachers have to do more with less, the symphony -- and all arts education programs -- are more needed now than ever before. We all recognize that support comes in many ways from volunteer time to monetary contributions and it is the spirit of community that drives us all to success. With that in mind, special thanks are due to The Roanoke Star-Sentinel for covering and reviewing important regional musical events and artists. Stories such as those about our “Rock Symphony Cirque” and the recent U.S. de-

but of a young, rising star violinist gives us all a glimpse into a bright future for the arts. It’s inspiring and exciting. And, did you hear about the RSO’s recent encore, involving electric guitar? What a wonderful illustration of how the arts transcend age and genre. Remember the first time you heard an orchestra, or a particular song or pianist? What was it that spoke to you, made you connect? The arts have incredible power to touch us. This is the journey that we share together, for through the arts we are invited to live our lives more fully, more sensitively and with vigor. I am grateful to serve with an amazing team of professional musicians, supported by a great executive staff, board, donors and volunteers that share in our vision and commitment. We remain a stable, strong, and vital pillar in our region particularly when we take the long

view, the generational view. The marketplace puts a shortterm price on everything, but the arts place not simply a price but a long-term value on those things that matter. Education, community, connections, partnerships with schools, businesses, and other civic organizations -- these things matter now more than ever. With your attendance and support your orchestra will remain vital, an artistic business model of excellence that generates not only excitement but is a vital part of the region's economic engine. Consider this a personal invitation from me, and your entire RSO team, to share in our successful 56th symphony season. Please support all the arts we need you and we welcome you all. David Stewart Wiley is Music Director & Conductor of our Roanoke Symphony and the Long Island Philharmonic in NY.

Commentary: City Struggles from Dog Park to Taubman I suggested a dog park back in 2000 while serving on the Parks & Rec. Comprehensive 10 year Master Plan Committee. I believe our current Councilman, Dr. Rupert Cutler also served on that committee. Now, nine years later isn't so bad when you consider how long it takes for many an idea or project to come to fruition here in Roanoke. We simply have got to stop building multimillion projects, like the Taubman and Ivy Market on consultant’s figures and council's fantasies and poor judgment. Both have failed in the first year. I find it utterly fascinating that the founders of the Taubman now admit, "Consulting firm predictions were too sunny for what already would be a challenging year." ( Roanoke Times, November 8th"). Am I the only one who believes that consulting firms are paid to tell you what you want to hear? That's why if we elected "true leaders" to city council, we could save a fortune on consulting fees.

Now, back to the Dog Park. I find it hard to believe it was designed by anyone who had ever visited a "Good Dog Park." One major design flaw among many was the placement of the water fountains. Instead of building them in the middle of the poured cemented-in area, they were built on the edge which has become just a dirty field area, now adding an unwanted mud pool for the doggies, and a feces littered dirt field in general. On a recent Saturday, there was not ONE pick-up glove in the four boxes. The City is fast showing it is unable or unwilling to keep up with the most basic supply needed for cleaning up after the dogs that use the park. Few well maintained dog parks are composed of strictly turf. It simply cannot be maintained to keep up with the wear and tear of so much use. I toured all seven dog parks in Arlington County, hoping someone here would listen to my comments. A grass field is doomed to fail in no time, as it

has now done. So we are often forced to come into a feces littered park with poorly placed park benches and a mud hole for your dog to waller in before putting him in your car to take home. Many a project, like the Taubman is built on the theory that, "If we build it they will come". Well, they are certainly not coming in the numbers predicted. There was never any doubt in my mind that if we built a dog park, that people would come, and come they have from great distances to use what is now a messy dirt field, with the city not even able to keep up with the most basic necessities for its proper use. I'm willing to bet that more people use the dog park than the Taubman. Hey - when it fails maybe we can turn it into an inside "Doggie Kings Dominion" to help spur on redevelopment in the Market area. If this city can't build something as simple as a dog park, what hope do you hold for any of the other grand schemes on

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A Recession Proof Business is Music to the Ears

Ever heard of the ditty Happy Days are Here Again? “It was actually written while the country was experiencing hard times. Music is often a tonic for what ails us. “During the Great Depression piano sales actually soared in the U.S.,” said Jim Hayden, owner of Hayden Music at Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke County. What customers may not know as they walk into the store is that they are in the deft hands of a musician, entertainer and writer – as well as a charismatic salesperson and business manager. When asked how hard his business has been hit due to the current recession, he just smiles. Hayden’s 38 years in the music business has paid off. “People don’t have the money right now to travel, so they’re looking for something entertaining to do in the home. Maybe that’s why more adults take piano lessons now than ever before.” At the Tanglewood store family lessons are offered for eight weeks - free of charge - with the purchase of any keyboard instrument. The store also sells a variety of guitars, some band instruments and sheet music. Hayden’s musician roots run deep: “I formed my own band called The Hayden Project, but as a young man I also had the op-

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portunity to perform with Santana, Sly and the Family Stones, Joe Ritchie and “The Joint Venture,” recalled Hayden, whose love affair with music endures. He still can’t wait to sit before the polished keyboard of a baby grand to strut his stuff, including a Christmas song he wrote that sounds like Currier & Ives in motion. The song depicts the lyrical sounds of a heartwarming holiday gathering. Hayden’s life has been about connecting people with music. For him it provides a kind of catharsis and comfort that almost nothing else can. Hayden’s route to the business side of music has taken numerous twists and turns. Many years ago he was playing keyboard coast to coast, being booked by the William Morris Agency, when another kind synchronicity came into play. “I had just finished an album and was walking in a mall one day when Bob Pierce signaled me to come into a retail music store. He was the Bob Pierce who created the highly lauded Bob Pierce Piano Atlas, and he started teaching me the ropes of the instrument business,” said Hayden. Before long Hayden was tapped to become the manager of that Sherman Clay Music

Virginia AIA Recognizes Visitor's Center and O. Winston Link Museum

tion. “When Campbell’s in D.C. provided all the pianos for President Reagan’s inaugural balls, I kept track by recording the serial numbers,” Hayden said. “One was used by Wayne Newton and the others were played by a host of famous stars, so I made medallions for each piano to record the occasion and sold 35 grands the next afternoon.” Smith Mountain Lake is home to Hayden these days because he says it’s one of the most paradisiacal places in the world - featuring water, forests and mountains. Hayden also plays in a band called “The Clue” at the lake, when he’s not jet skiing. He’s hoping to create some musical scores for a new film to be set there. After living in places like Phoenix, New York and Washington, this area is more his speed now; “the Roanoke Valley is big enough to get lost in, but small enough to preserve one’s identity.” Hayden has been, by his own estimation, a fairly private person, a man who believes that music is “the Technicolor of the World.” He has shared that vision with countless individuals. “That’s what it’s really all about for me.”

The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded architecture and engineering firm Spectrum Design a Jury Citation for the historic preservation and design of the Roanoke Valley Visitor's Center and O. Winston Link Museum. The award was presented at the Virginia Society AIA's 22nd annual Architecture Exchange East Conference in Richmond on Nov. 6. "We're honored by the recognition of this important project by our architectural peers," said David Bandy, Principal, Vice-President, and Director of Design for Spectrum Design. "It again exemplifies Spectrum Design is taking the lead in innovation for Virginia and the Southwest region. The Roanoke Valley Visitor's Center and O. Winston Link Museum continues to exhibit the characteristics that make the Roanoke Valley unique, and we're proud our work has had a strong impact on the community and on oth-

ers in the industry." Spectrum Design led the renovation of the 30,439 squarefoot former Norfolk Southern Railroad passenger station utilizing historic preservation tax credits to restore its 1949 appeal. The building now serves as a welcome center for the Roanoke Valley and a showcase for the framed photographic work of O. Winston Link - work which focused on the history of the steam engines built and used by Norfolk & Western in Southwest Virginia before the advent of diesel. The recognition is part of the Virginia Society AIA's Awards for Excellence in Design to recognize projects that contribute to the built environment as clear examples of thoughtful and engaging design. Out of 166 entries in the categories of Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Interior Design, 18 were selected for recognition by a jury of peers from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

North Cross Launches Netbook Initiative

The holiday season came a computer activity by viewing By Mary Ellen Campagna few months early this year for the screen of each of the about 150 North Cross School dents in their classroom at any upper school students who each given time. received a netbook, a small, The program, which was wireless computer, on Nov. 4. spearheaded by Information The distribution of these small Technology Director Zack personal computers is part of DeMoss and the School's Netthe School's new one-to-one work Administrator Stuart netbook program, designed to Rorer, has been in the works for enhance learning by introduc- six months. Upper school facing the students to a 21st cen- ulty members each received a tury learning environment. netbook over the summer and "Through this initiative, North have received training. TeachCross School students will gain ers will participate in activities the advantages of having com- throughout the year to learn difputer and internet resources as ferent ways to integrate the netan integral part of their educa- books into their daily lessons. In tion," said Headmaster Timo- the weeks before receiving their thy J. Seeley. "Not only will this netbooks, students discussed enhance their experience and and were asked to sign off on the learning, it will be another way School's Netbook Program User we prepare them to be as suc- Agreement and Network and Photo by Gene Marrano cessful as possible in college, Internet Acceptable Use Policy. Lt. Gov Bill Bolling (right) on a recent tour of ADMMicro. where they will find computers "This program will help our Point's portfolio of software lower their carbon footprint," ubiquitous there, and an inte- students become more organized and more productive in solutions, which aggregate and said Don Howell, CEO, ADM- gral part of many courses." "This initiative adds to our their academic pursuits," said manage distributed sources of Micro. "We look forward to load, storage and generation participating in GridPoint's already strong academic pro- Coordinate of Diversity and for utilities and their residen- exciting mission to enable the gram, and will allow teachers Student Resources Art Thompand students to access material son. "Now, every student will tial customers. smart grid." GridPoint's strength in data GridPoint pointed out that it and content that will enhance have computer and internet acanalytics and designing user values ADMMicro's leadership learning opportunities," said cess both during the school day interfaces will further enhance role as a high-tech innovator Upper School Director Mark and at home." NCS students seem to be very ADMMicro's energy manage- and employer in the Roanoke Thompson. School officials expect the pleased with the new program. ment offerings by enriching area and will continue its opthe experience for customers, erations there. ADMMicro netbook program to enable stu- "I think the netbook program is which include public sector has been featured in Fortune dents and teachers to continue great because it provides every and Fortune 500 businesses, magazine and was recognized class discussions, share docu- student with an equal opportuincluding leading national re- with a 2009 Rising Star Award ments and work collaboratively nity to have access to learning tail, pharmacy and restaurant by the NewVA Corridor Tech- from home, enable classes to beyond the classroom," said Juchains. nology Council, which serves go to internet sites together and nior Catherine Jessee. "I really like the idea, and feel "Our companies have a theSERVING growing technology indus- utilize the array of education THE ROANOKE VALLEY closely aligned vision, which try in the region encompassing material available online, and that it will be extremely benefiinvolves empowering our cus- Roanoke, Blacksburg and sur-! use various programs in math, cial to our classes. It will also be COUPON science and English classes. a good way to prepare us for coltomers with visibility and con- rounding counties. Using specialized software, lege," said Junior Stephanie Till. trol over energy consumption Home Improvements teachers will be able to monitor in order to realize savings and

GridPoint Acquires ADMMicro

GridPoint, Inc. has announced that it has acquired Roanoke based ADMMicro Inc, an energy management Cave Spring High School has systems company for the comreceived a $750 grant from the mercial and industrial (C&I) ExxonMobil Educational Al- sector. The acquisition extends liance program. Stop-In Food GridPoint's "smart grid" soluStores, Inc. worked with school tions to a broader customer officials to secure the grant base, further strengthening which is one of 2400 available to the company's commitment to schools across the country. The transform the distribution and grants were made possible by consumption of electricity. "The smart grid cannot be funding from the Exxon Mobil fully realized without integratCorporation. "Cave Spring High School ing intelligent facilities that works hard to make learning are equipped to automatically interesting and fun," said Roy achieve optimum efficiency," Foutz of Stop-In Food Stores, said Peter L. Corsell, CEO, "As an Exxon dealer, we are GridPoint. "ADMMicro is an proud to help young people of innovative company that has established a leading position the Roanoke Valley.“ The Exxon-Mobil Educa- in a rapidly expanding martional Alliance program is de- ket segment. Our respective signed to provide their retailers technologies are highly comwith an opportunity to invest in plementary and will benefit and Rd. consumers of the future of their communities producers 2711 Franklin the board." through educational grants to electricity Roanoke,across VA 24014 ADMMicro helps clients neighborhood schools. Exxon Mobil believes that as cost-effectively manage their members of the community, lo- facilities to increase energy efcal retailers are best qualified to ficiency. The company's energy work with local educators to help management and submetering identify schools and programs systems automatically monitor most in need of support. Stop- and control energy consumpIn Food Stores met stringent eli- tion, including HVAC systems gibility criteria before applying and lighting, and provide cusCOUPON tomers with online reports. for and being awarded this grant, including having a commitment The company's systems, which to provide a superior buying ex- are in use at thousands of sites nationwide, will enhance Gridperience for customers.


store. Of course, selling instruments didn’t stop him from signing music contracts with New York/Hollywood based firms. “I wrote a tune called “With This Ring” that The Persuasions later recorded,” said Hayden, “but I also wrote some scores for movies.” In the early 1970’s Hayden moved to Phoenix, Arizona to become an area manager of multiple music stores. In addition, he was a troubleshooter for stores in Boston and New York. By 1976 he was spending most of his time running six stores in New York City. He soon became the Eastern Regional U.S. Manager of the Hammond Organ Company. He had a desire to return home however. “I’m from Harrisonburg, Virginia originally,” said Hayden, “so I wanted to come back to the area when my dad got cancer.” On the journey back Hayden purchased a struggling Campbell’s Music store in D.C. Eventually, he bought eight stores in the D.C. area and became the largest piano dealer in Virginia - not bad for a guy who was 12 hours short of completing his college degree in business from James Madison. His stores in Washington even had a presidential connec-

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Cole Is Still “Unforgettable�

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra kicked off this year’s Picnic at the Pops Series with “An Unforgettable Journeyâ€? last week at the Salem Civic Center. Despite the continued downturn in the economy, there weren’t many empty seats in the house. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, with Maestro David Wiley attired in full western wear (cowboy hat and duster), first took the audience for a “Tour over Americanaâ€? beginning with a highenergy medley of western favorites arranged by Ralph Ford. The audience then took delight in “Yankee Doodle Dandy,â€? a patriotic medley followed by “Hello Dolly.â€? An upbeat rendition of “When the Saints Come Marching Inâ€? evoked toe tapping and hand clapping. “God Bless America,â€? the patriotic tune written by Irving Berlin, turned into a grand march tempo. There was also “White Christmas,â€? with snow falling gently on stage, and “Satchmo,â€? a tribute to jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Following intermission, Cole sashayed onto the stage attired in a stunning spaghetti-strap gown, sporting short chic hair. The audience greeted her with thunderous applause. Cole appeared to be in fine shape, despite a diagnosis of hepatitis C last year, undergoing kidney dialysis three times weekly, and then successfully surviving a kidney transplant. She also lost her sister to lung cancer - on the same day of her surgery in May. Cole’s father, the immortal Nat King Cole, had also passed away with lung cancer at age 45. Returning to the stage this fall, Cole has built a strong repertoire with a variety of songs, mainly in the jazz and blues style. While her father achieved superstar status, she has created an individual identity for herself that has endured and matured through the years. Cole captured the Best New Artist Grammy in 1975 and has earned six Grammys along the way, including Record and Album of the Year in 1991 for “Unforgettable‌With Love.â€? The CD was number one for five weeks and sold more than eight million copies in the country. It included a memorable duet with her father – his vocal track at least – on Unforgettable.â€? In recent years Cole decided to wait until she was ready to return to the songs that fulfilled her heart and soul and instead focused on other things, like an autobiography. In September 2008 her CD “Still Unforgettableâ€? received two Grammys and earned Cole a NAACP Award for Best Jazz Artist. Her performance with the RSO journeyed through big band, jazz, soul, and recalled legendary artists like her father, Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra. Cole’s versatility and wide vocal range mesmerized and engaged the audience. The most touching segment was during the posthumous duet of “Unforgettable‌With Loveâ€? when a screen suspended from the ceiling projected a slideshow above the orchestra containing images of Nat trading verses with his teary-eyed daughter on stage. Another duet with her father came during “Walking My Baby Back Home,â€? which was originally recorded by her father in the early 50’s. Cole said “putting that together with dad wasn’t that easy.

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Four Roanoke Students Attend White House Classical Music Workshops

Natalie Cole wows the audience at the RSO pops concert. I’m trying to hold it together up here. If it weren’t for your prayers the past year, I wouldn’t be here. Even strangers care.� Cole recalled her father’s cheerfulness as she sang, “Smile� and noted that Charlie Chaplin suggested the song to Nat. Other highlights included “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),� “Our Love,� “Come Rain or Come Shine� and “I’ve Got Love on my Mind.� At one point, Cole playfully said to the audience, “I’m sorry we’re having so many problems with the sound system [when her voice was lost in the music]. Who should I fire?� Then when someone’s cell phone in the audience rang loudly, with a big smile she inquired, “Is that a cell phone?� Both comments evoked laughter from the audience. Local songwriter/guitarist Cheryl Lunsford, who met Cole briefly backstage after the concert, said “she ended with a duet on the back screen with her Dad, she blew him a kiss...Unforgettable...still!� Cole’s performance proved that she is still at the top of her game, and is incredibly inspiring on a human level, after having successfully overcome many extremely difficult obstacles along the way. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra upcoming events: Handel’s Messiah on December 6 at 3:00 p.m. and Holiday Pops Spectacular featuring Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Roanoke College Children’s Choir, Salem Choral Society, and George Dyer, Tenor on December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Also, RSO partners with the Taubman Museum of Art to present the “Arts in Concert� Family Series. The November 21 performance, “The Junior Strings� featuring a real String Orchestra (violins, violas, cellos and basses) for kids only, and on December 5 with Maestro David Stewart Wiley, a visitor from the North Pole will lead the whole family in singing holiday favorites in a “Holiday sing-a-long. Both programs begin at 11:00 a.m. and will last for 40 minutes. For more details and to learn about events scheduled for 2010, visit or call (540) 343-9127. By Susan Ayers

Four Roanoke city music students found themselves in a most unusual place last Wed. Nov. 4th as they were invited to participate in classical music workshops at the White House. The event focused on 4 instruments: piano, classical guitar, cello, and violin. Because of a VH1 Save the Music Foundation grant that the city received, there was a connection that allowed city students to be included, according to Cyrus Pace, Coordinator of Fine Arts for Roanoke City schools. The Roanoke students were chosen based both on what instrument they play as well as on their musical ability. Two of the students, Shuqeria Jennings and Sarah Furrow, are pianists from William Fleming High School, and Will Adams and Erin Cao are cellists from Patrick Henry High School. There were 120 participants from cities across the country, including Detroit, Los Angelos and Kansas City. Mr. Pace and the four students left at 6 a.m. for a day trip to DC, giving them only a brief half hour to walk around the city before going through security check and into the White House where they “could freely walk around the first and second floors which was pretty amazing,� according to Pace. First Lady Michelle Obama

is behind the program which is an effort to “highlight the importance of arts and arts in education in America,� said Pace. The students first spent time in workshops led by four master musicians, then gathered in the historic East Room to listen to a speech by Michelle Obama in which she encouraged the students to put forth their best effort with their music, and “thereby discover that there is no limit to what they can achieve.� The final treat was a performance for the students by the master musicians, along with some help from selected students, including an 8 year old cellist who was “phenomenal.� Fleming student Shuqeria Jennings, who also writes and composes her own music, said the First Lady was “really nice and welcoming.� Her mother said Shuqeria hoped to be able to perform a classical piece she had previously written once she got to the workshop. Even though that didn’t work out, she said her daughter had a great experience saying “it’s not every day you get to actually go to the White House!� For more information and to see video clips of the music workshop, visit

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Poe-Ism Concert At Tech Celebrates 200th Anniversary Of Edgar Allan Poe

A concert of music inspired by the works of American writer Edgar Allan Poe will be performed Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon on the campus of Virginia Tech. The concert is a part of the University Chamber Music Series by the Department of Music. To celebrate the bicentennial of the American writer Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Tech pianist Tracy Cowden commissioned the set of songs from awardwinning composer Gregory J. Hutter of DePaul University. The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of "Spirits of the Dead for Soprano, Cello and Piano" by Gregory J. Hutter. "I confess I knew very little of the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe prior to beginning this project, notwithstanding some of the

L to R Benjamin Wyatt, Ariana Wyatt, & Tracy Cowden. more famous works such as "Annabel Lee," "The Raven" and "The Bells," states Hutter. "After reading the collected works, I narrowed the field down to a number of poems that I thought would lend themselves well to musical settings. While the

subject matter and settings vary between the poems, the reflective and melancholy tone of the text weaves one cohesive mood that is attributed to Poe's wellknown style."

The music spans more than 100 years and includes a wide range of compositional styles from late Romanticism to the modernism of George Crumb. Although the poetry is not as full of danger or terror as the short stories, they do possess a melancholy feel, and the themes familiar to Poe readers are all evident in the music chosen for this concert: death, loneliness, love lost. However, the lyrical nature of the poems comes through in all of the music. Tickets are $15 general / $10 senior / $5 student and are available at the University Unions and Student Activities Box Office in Squires Student Center. To order tickets, call (540) 231-5615 or visit the box office online

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The Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Virginia Ballet Team Up to Present “Classical Kids� Strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion will soon come together in Roanoke at a music concert performed for kids by kids. For the first time ever, Jefferson Center, the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra (RYSO) and Southwest Virginia Ballet will team up to present “Classical Kids,� a concert featuring music and dance, Sunday, November 15 at 3 p.m. As part of Jefferson Center’s Family Series, the concert begins with the Junior Strings followed by a RYSO performance that includes such favorites as George Bizet’s “Farandole, �Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld� and John Williams’ “Raiders March� from “Raiders of the Lost Ark�. This concert will also feature Rachel Hall, the winner of the 2009 Young Artist Awards (YAA), in a performance of the Harp Concerto in B-flat Major by George

Friedrich Handel. Miss Hall is the harpist for the RYSO and a member of the first violin section; she plans to pursue a degree in harp performance. Members of the Southwest Virginia Ballet, under the tutelage of Pedro Szalay, will join the RYSO in five selections from “The Nutcracker� by Tchaikovsky, including “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy� and the “Arabian Dance.� Concert goers are invited to come early to get a hands-on music experience in the "Instrument Petting Zoo." In an on-going effort to make the arts accessible and affordable to families, the Jefferson Center is once again offering $1 tickets to kids 12 and under. Adult tickets are $5/silver and $8/gold and can be purchased at the Jefferson Center Box Office: 541 Luck Ave., Roanoke, VA., by phone at (540) 345-2550 or on-line at


In Memory of

Family & Friends.

Each year, we pause to remember and honor our loved ones with an annual Service of Remembrance. We invite all the families Oakey’s has served during the past twelve months to attend one of the Services of Remembrance listed below. Saturday, November 14, 3:00 p.m. – East Chapel Memorial service to be celebrated at East Chapel

| 5188 Cloverdale Road

Saturday, November 21, 3:00 p.m. – North Chapel Memorial service to be celebrated at North Chapel Saturday, December 5, 3:00 p.m. – Vinton Chapel Memorial service to be celebrated at Vinton Chapel

| 6732 Peters Creek Road | 627 Hardy Road

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Let us make your Holidays more enjoyable! Come Celebrate at The Great 611 Steak Company 3830 Franklin Rd Roanoke VA 24014 540-989-4675 • Sun. - Thur. 11am - 9pm • Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm

Ernies Restaurant Located on Roanoke’s Historic City Market 210 Market Street (540) 342-7100

Free Homemade Dessert with purchase of lunch Expires Jan 31,2010

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Open at 10am on Sundays for Roanoke’s best brunch

Buy one lunch, get one free! (maximum value $9.00) Expires 12/2/2009

ere you will find an eclectic blend of Southern favorites, many with a Cajun twist, such as the Jazzy Wings or Pasta Mardi Gras. And with original specials added regularly, there’s always something new to try - stop by for a taste today.

Located in Piccadilly Square 3117 Franklin Road SE Roanoke, VA 24014 540-982-SORO (7676)

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News from the Roanoke Valley for November 13, 2009.