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Virginia Tech, Carilion break ground on medical school Governor Tim Kaine said he heard about it at Hotel Roanoke a few years ago, when approached by Carilion CEO/President Dr. Ed Murphy and Virginia Tech president Charles Steger: a medical school in Roanoke, funded by both entities. “I was immediately captivated by it,� said Kaine on Wednesday, when they broke ground at the Riverside Center on South Jefferson St. for the school. A $59 million bond package that was passed with bipartisan support in the General Assembly this spring will provide money for the building; both Tech and Carilion have pledged $15 million each towards the project. With Virginia Tech and Carilion having many of the instructors on board already, major staffing efforts won’t be needed--something Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart labeled “one [big] advantage.� Local elected officials, Carilion executives and a large contingent from Virginia Tech listened to Kaine and several other speakers be-

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fore they hoisted ceremonial gold shovels. The dean of what will be known as the “Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine,â€? Dr. Cynda Johnson, called it a “public-private partnership of two great institutions.â€? Ed Murphy said the state legislature had “stepped up,â€? on the building funds, “otherwise we wouldn’t be here today. This project was seen as important‌ for the Commonwealth.â€? Murphy said the medical school would make more cutting edge treatments available here, so fewer patients would have to travel out of town. The school will also help boost Tech’s reputation as a research institution, and has already made a difference in recruitment efforts as Carilion transitions to the clinic model of care at the same time. “They believe in the vision and what we’re doing,â€? said Murphy.

Blue Ridge Parkway gears up for 75th anniversary

Already big business for cities and towns along its 469 mile route, the Blue Ridge Parkway is gearing up for a 75th anniversar y Photo by celebrat ion Gene Marrano in 2010 that Governor Tim could potenKaine speaks tially bring at 75th anmillions more niversary tourists to the kickoff last National Park week. Service roadway. The Roanoke Valley could benefit greatly from the event, as noted during a news conference held at an Explore Park overlook last week. Governor Tim Kaine, Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Rick Boucher, Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers and Roanoke County Board of Supervisors chairman Rich> CONTINUED P2: Blue Ridge Parkway

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> CONTINUED P3: Medical School Gov. Tim Kaine at the podium: “A very important step forward.�

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ecently members of South Roanoke United Methodist Church unloaded more than 1800 pumpkins from a truck that travelled over 1800 miles to bring them here. The pumpkins are grown on a Navaho reservation in New Mexico. Youth, adults, and children all pitched in passing pumpkins hand-to-hand and one-by-one as the churchyard became a sea of orange. The

Pumpkin Patch, in its eighth year at South Roanoke UMC, has become a highly anticipated event in the neighborhood and is a sure sign that the fall season has arrived. Proceeds from sales through the month of October will benefit mission and service projects of the youth and other groups in the church, as well as, the Navahos in New Mexico.

The first thing former President Bill Clinton did when he stumped for Barack Obama in Roanoke on Sunday was make an endorsement – of the market square. “[A] remarkable presentation of your downtown area,� said the 42nd Election 2008 president, who also singled out local politicians like State Senator John Edwards and Roanoke Mayor David Bowers.



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Suds n’ Soapboxes at Roanoke’s first “Great Pub Debate� Teams square off at Fork in the Alley

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Do ales and issues mix? That question was brought to the forefront at the “Great Pub Debate,� held recently at Fork in the Alley on Crystal Spring Avenue. Standing on actual soapboxes, teams of McCain and Obama supporters held forth on their candidates‘ positions. Gordon Zeigler of the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Board moderated and Roanoke City Councilmember Dave Trinkle, owner of Fork in the Alley, hosted. Zeigler posed questions to both sides and allowed “last-word� rebuttals. The debate got off to a dramatic start on the topic of what life experience the different candidates had that would aid them in office. John Brill delivered an impassioned speech on McCain’s military experience and Congressional career that even some on the Obama side whispered was “Shakespearean.� Brendan Kerr of the Obama team said their candidate had gone through “what many of us

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Hank Bostwick reads a poetic tribute for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as Brendan Kerr cues the crowd. in America have� in his middle-class relation to the government’s past role upbringing, rising to become presi- with lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie dent of the Harvard Law Mac. McCain supporter Review. Kenton Steryous claimed Political Debate One particular issue that the crisis “doesn‘t have throughout the debate was to do with deregulation� the economic crisis, particularly in its and blamed the Clinton administra-



tion for pressuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ease credit requirements on sub prime loans, with legislation in 1999. Gretchen Weinnig of the Obama team argued that the legislation was “hijacked� by people who abused it for ill-gotten profit. She said that the legislation’s original purpose was to create opportunity for low-income citizens to buy homes. A CPA and corporate banker, Weinnig said that her industry is one of the most regulated in the world. A lack of reporting related to sub prime loans for million-dollar homes, she said, is a major reason why investment banks are failing. Health care was also a hot topic. Obama supporters pointed to his plan, which gives employers incentives to provide coverage and reduces administrative costs by going paperless. Matt Cordani said that McCain’s proposed tax credit of $5000 for health care would prove a greater advantage, and deregulation would al> CONTINUED P2: Fork Debate

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also added that some people couldn’t pay their health insurance because they bought houses they couldn’t afford, a cry went up from the Obama supporters: “don’t blame the American people for the crisis!” Not all of the debate, however, came in the form of straightforward policy discussion. Hank Bostwick took on a question about the role of government by reading a poetic tribute to Obama, as teammate Brendan Kerr held

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up cue cards related to the poem’s “talking points.” A question of how the candidates were inspiring also gave speakers room for personal anecdotes. Obama supporter Karen Pillis mentioned how her both her 17-year-old daughter and her 80-year-old mother, who had previously fallen off the voter rolls, were actively involved in the campaign. Frank Smith related how McCain had inspired him. While there was plenty of partisan sparring at the “Great Pub Debate,” the teams did come together on one issue: “Tip jars” were set up, where supporters of either side could give money when they thought the speakers had made a good point. The money collected will be given to a nonpartisan charity that both teams can agree on.

Before several thousand of the (mostly) party faithful Clinton appeared on stage promptly at 6pm after jetting in from a rally in Pennsylvania. He had appeared there with his wife Hillary Clinton and Obama’s pick for Vice-President, Joe Biden. It was the second time within nine months that Bill Clinton had campaigned in Roanoke; he spoke at Patrick Henry High School on Hillary’s behalf before the Virginia primary in February. Health care costs, energy alternatives and current economic woes were on the ex-president’s agenda; in each case he claimed Obama was more able to make things better than is Republican nominee John McCain. Clinton spoke from a crowded dais, where supporters held up a series of letters in the background that read “VA 4 CHANGE.” The Commonwealth has not voted for a Democrat presidential nominee since 1964. Regarding the current financial crisis Clinton said he was “so upset at some of the developments over the last month I could scream.” He claimed Obama has a good grasp of the situation and worked behind the scenes effectively when Congress discussed the bailout package: “he’s as smart as a whip. He’s got the right ideas.” The number of jobs created in the alternative energy sector, a key Obama campaign plank, could “blow the lid off this economy,” said Clinton, who also lauded the “serious” health care reform proposals put forth by the Illinois senator. “He has the best position on the issues,” claimed Clinton, still a rock star for many Democrats when he speaks in public. 11th district delegate Onzlee Ware was one of the local elected officials recognized on Sunday by Clinton when he By Aaron Layman came to the podium. Ware believes Obama has appeal to more than just hardcore Democrats, claiming that independents and “some of my Republican friends that supported me,” would pull the lever for the Democrat on November 4. Tom Mall was a delegate at the Democratic national convention in August. The Vinton resident says all of the negative campaigning and attempts to label Obama as a friend of terrorists (like former Weatherman William Ayers) misses

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the point. “I think this year people are turned off by the negativity. The issues are important. It’s the economy, stupid.” Clinton, who said several times that the country was in a “deep ditch,” spoke for about 20 minutes, and worked the crowd for a few more, before heading off to Richmond for another campaign event. “Barack Obama and Joe Biden are going to win [in Virginia] on Election Day,” predicted Clinton, who said the Democrat ticket would “restore the American dream.” By Gene Marrano

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Claiming that even after reopening the numbers are down significantly, nine food court vendors have hired the law firm of Lichenstein, Fishwick & Johnson, and are poised to file a lawsuit against Roanoke City if they are not reimbursed for lost profits and other “consequential damages,” stemming from the two week shutdown of the City Market building. Only Tavern on the Green, located outside the food court, has not joined the possible lawsuit. In a letter sent to City Manager Darlene Burcham, read aloud by John Fishwick at a Tuesday news conference, the group claims that “the City has implied in public statements that the tenants were responsible for the problem, and has inferred to the tenants that it will seek to assess them for repairs.” Fishwick claimed the “documents are clear,” regarding Roanoke City’s responsibility for keeping the Market Building clean and in good operating order. Fishwick and the tenants, who showed up en masse Tuesday, claim that areas in need of repair and cleaning after a mice problem was uncovered (and licenses to operate were suspended) were common areas – which is the City’s responsibility. “Our clients have instructed us to file a lawsuit over this matter, but have instructed us to try and settle these differences with the City on an amicable basis prior to any such litigation,” read Fishwick from the letter he authored. “The City should pay for the cost of any repairs,” he said afterwards, calling what happened “preventable neglect.” He talked

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The Greek food vendor known as Zorba – Adel Eltawansy – is part of a possible suit against the city. also about ongoing lost profits and “damage to the reputation of the businesses.’ Anita Wilson (Burger on the Square) spoke on behalf of other Market Building tenants via her own statement. “Our businesses have taken significant hits due to the failures of the City as our landlord,” said Wilson. “Our loyal customers have started to return, but we continue to suffer financially from the ways in which this completely preventable situation was handled by the City.” Wilson said food court tenants shared the common goal of preserving the downtown landmark, and looked forward “to resolving these issues with the City.” No doubt City Attorney William Hackworth, copied on the letters from Fishwick and Wilson, is exploring vendor contracts to see where they may be liable for any of the cleanup costs. Wilson estimated that business for the market vendors may be off anywhere from 40 to 60 percent since reopening on October 4. “These businesses have been damaged significantly by the downtime,” said Fishwick. “I think everybody wants to proceed in good faith.”

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Governor Kaine (center) with Carilion’s Ed Murphy to his right and Tech’s Charles Steger to his left at the ground-breaking for the new school. State Senator John Edwards is on Steger’s left. Charles Steger said the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine would be “a truly transformative project for this region,” as its two largest employers came together. State Senator John Edwards, whose district covers both Roanoke City and the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, recognized what the school could mean in dollars and cents: “the economic engine of Western Virginia is Virginia Tech and Carilion.” Kaine claimed that Virginia might be short by as much as one third when it comes to the number of physicians needed, especially in rural areas. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, expected to have an enrollment of 160 students when it opens in several years, could help close that gap. “A very important step forward in health care for the Commonwealth,” said the Governor. By Gene Marrano 


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of what’s going to become of our country if So-n-So (the other candidate) wins. And so much of it seems to hinge on these doggone debates! Not only that, but these debates are bringing back terrible memories of the speeches I had to give at Toastmasters. This is an organization whose purpose is to “develop public speaking and leadership skills.” Many, many moons ago I was a young fledging employee looking to prove myself, and found that a prerequisite for success in my department was to join our company’s Toastmaster club. Once this realization sunk in, I was a slave to the inevitability of the dreaded day: I was going to have to speak in public. Not only that, but I was going to have to speak in front of bosses as well as peers. In fact, the VP of the company came to almost every monthly Toastmaster meeting. My entire career, nay, my entire LIFE hung in the balance!

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I stressed over the “Icebreaker” speech for weeks. I wrote and re-wrote, and rehearsed, and acted out. Someone told me that a couple aspirin would calm one’s nerves. I tried it. Good thing no one suggested anything too outlandish or I might have tried that too. Fortunately I think my speech actually went ok. I mostly remember the morning leading up to it which was absolute torture. When my turn came, everything slowed waaaaay down. I think I had a near-death experience, because I found I was watching the whole thing from the ceiling looking down. I was looking pretty good down there, just talking away like an old pro. Too bad I still can’t claim it was me because there’s just no denying I was up on that ceiling. I wish I could say that participating in Toastmasters cured my nervousness about public speaking, but I have no idea and I have no desire


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to find out. I prefer survived when quiet anonymity. the media claims And besides I don’t the democrats like spending that won and the GOP much time with says they won. I’m my mind outside rather sure things my body. are still going half As the debate decent when the nights loom, my Saturday Night thoughts roam to Live spoof picks the candidate I’m on both candiCheryl Hodges rooting for. Are dates fairly evenly they preparing? and I’m laughing Are THEY nervous? Should through most of it. I send him/her some aspiWhen my husband and rin? To think that they can’t I got married 25 years ago, even bring notes! This is just Roanoke was far less built beyond awful. up, and we dismissed a huge I happened to be out in opportunity. We could have the car during the vice presi- bought a couple of lousy acres dential debate so we had it at Smith Mountain Lake for a on the radio. Being away reasonable price. But I never from the comforts of home saw myself as a lake person; I meant I couldn’t get up and don’t like murky water, and I leave the room when things didn’t want to take babies out get too tense, or if my can- there—talk about a stressdidate is looking weak. (Yes, ful endeavor! If I had been that could be either one.) So a little more adventuresome I plugged my ears through and had some foresight, we most of it. I didn’t even want might have bought a little to hear about it afterwards. something and even in this I know both candidates slow market cleared enough

to pay for a college education or two. No, I had to be cautious, and regrettably, shortsighted. And now I’ve done it again. With the elections right around the corner, I am regretting not making another investment. Our nation is so darn divided that I have heard for many months: “If THAT candidate wins, our country is not worth living in so I’m going to buy a boat and head out to float in the ocean for 4 years.” Why, oh why, didn’t I get in on the ground floor of cruise ships converted to rental properties, or maybe a flotilla of floating condos BEFORE we got to this point? I could have made a fortune, because either way, half of us claim to be outta here! Somebody get me an aspirin. Contact Cheryl at

Halloween shenanigans raise the stakes in Raleigh Court

n Friday, October 31st, an otherwise quiet Southwest City neighborhood will be transformed into a gauntlet of horror, a boulevard of blood eagerly awaiting troves of pintsized treat seekers. Over the past few years, Halloween has become quite an event in my neck of the woods. A competitive, yet friendly atmosphere prevails among a smattering of homes, neighbors bent on adding a peculiar chill to the already nippy October air. To the North of me, on Maiden Lane, the pioneering Hughes family is the standard by which all Halloweeners in this burg are measured (Halloweneers? That just doesn't sound right, does it?). The Hughes dwelling connotes a gigantic stationary All-Hallows Eve parade float, dotted with orange lights and comical gravestones. The benevo-



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lent innkeepers of this horror hotel treat every caller as a welcomed guest and the edifice serves as a meeting point - "Spook Central", if you will for the entire neighborhood. Just down the street a group of young upstarts are raising the stakes, converting the front of their rental into a full blown pirate ship complete with canons! Suited in full costume, these swashbuckling lads continually fire volleys at unsuspecting revelers eliciting screams and temporary deafness to all within ear shot. Following three such consecutive salvos my fearless Coonhound Mya buried herself under our bed ready to abandon ship! Not to be outdone by these Depp impersonating delinquents, I began to hatch my own Halloween strategy designed to attract hordes of street roaming kiddies and thus ridding myself and my family of the bagged sweets which financed our dentist's Lexus. As darkness descended on the final day of October I began to launch my plan. This year I would pose as "Swami Jon" the all-knowing, crystal ball gazing mystic and sultan of sweet treats. My crystal ball was an inverted fish bowl, my

turban fashioned my credentials, out of aluminum postulating that I foil and a wool cap. was not a true seer. I thought my headI assured him that gear looked great I was quite genuuntil a young visiine and that the tor remarked that famous dish "Veal it looked like I was Swami Jon" had making Jiffy-Pop been named after on my head. Neverme by a thanktheless, I was ready. ful client. Not a Jon Kaufman Soon the roving moan, laugh or youths would argiggle from this rive. tike, prompting me to tap on Prior to forking over the my magic crystal and inquire candy, I would stop each trick- "Is this thing on?" or-treater and proclaim "The Overall, I was pretty much bubble-gum is yours Sahib, a flop as a swami. My Jiffybut first I must read your for- Pop crown just didn't cut it. tune." Gazing wide-eyed into Towards the end of the night the ball, I would try to make a a child dressed as the Grim prediction related to their cos- Reaper darkened by door. tume. To a tiny girl dressed as Upon greeting this vision, I Snow White I offered the pro- slowly rose, abdicated my post phetic words "you will meet and sighed "I knew I would be six... no SEVEN dwarfs in seeing you sooner or later Sir, I the forest." She stared blankly am ready to go right now." as if to say "Grow-up mister," Thanksgiving is coming up. grabbed a Hershey's Crunch What do you think about a Bar and left. I did get a laugh twenty-foot remote controlled from a kid dressed as Darth turkey that flies around the viVader when I correctly pre- cinity dropping stuffing bombs dicted that he would be killed in it's wake? All I need is some by his son in the third movie. foil and four D batteries to get The right kind of audience me started. is critical for these kinds of things. Contact Jon at One future attorney ( tical of my powers) asked for

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Heating with wood in Botetourt County


hhhh, Fall, what a great time of year. As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler I’m reminded of many wonderful things in my life both past and present. Simple things like a warm meal on a cool night, hiking in the autumn woods, wearing sweaters and jackets again, the smell of dry leaves and wood smoke. And I’m reminded of heating with wood in our little Botetourt County farmhouse. More accurately, I’m reminded of cutting firewood, loading firewood, splitting firewood, stacking firewood, carrying firewood, “cozy” we were going to be. cleaning up firewood. Installing Gloria in our kitchen was When we first started out on our own, easy and simple –just kidding- and before long my wife and I lived in a 1920’s era farmhouse the first fire was blazing inside it. And our eyes in Botetourt County. We spent three great years were burning from the thick smoke filling the there before moving to town after the birth of room. Over time we figured out how to keep our first son. Adam was a year old when we the smoke down to a thin veil of haze. It was traded our country place for a Roanoke city early November by now and tending to oftenneighborhood, and went on to different sorts of cantankerous Gloria became more and more adventures. But I have so many fond memories a part of our daily routine. Winter, here we of our life in Botetourt that my mind takes me come! back there often, especially at this time of year. We soon discovered that keeping GloSome of the memories of that time are best deria fed was a full time job if one desired the scribed as “interesting” rather than “fond”, but house to be reasonably warm.. In those days I as they say, “it’s all good.” quickly learned all the skills associated with getWe bought the place, which was comting firewood, loading it in the truck, splitting it prised of the little house and ten forested and by hand and placing it next to the house in long pastured acres, in the heat and richness of the neat stacks. Occasionally we would beg the use summer, and immediately dove into tearing the of a gas-powered hydraulic wood splitter from place up. Yeah, we were young and foolish, as my neighbor down the holler. Now there is a opposed to old and foolish, and we set about wretch of a machine, certainly not one for the renovating the place top to bottom. “Re-doing” faint of heart. The thing was definitely a time may describe it better, since some of what we and labor saver, but it was most unpleasant to did was not necessarily better, just different. use. So I stuck to the fine aesthetic discipline of We didn’t have any money, but we did have splitting by hand, the sound and feel of it very enthusiasm. And any free time we had was appealing - that is until the novelty wore off in devoted to the project. Everything we did was about three weeks. with our own unskilled hands - whether replacAt times during those three winters, ing rotten wood or fixing faulty plumbing. No when we really concentrated on keeping Gloria doubt, some of what we did should have been stoked, the kitchen was indeed cozy, but most left alone. We opened up many a can of worms, of the time we were too busy with other things and along the way we learned some to keep up with it and the house was things about plumbing, roofing, decidedly chilly most of the time. electrical work, window replaceOne problem was that we were too ment, siding, framing, and life. My restless to be homebodies, so Gloria mother-in-law gave me a textbook had frequent opportunities to grow on modern carpentry, and soon that cold. When Marybeth and I would thick book was dog-eared and full return from a long day away from of bits of paper sticking out between home we would sit in the warm little its pages. And of course, one thing car for quite a while, working up the seemed to lead led to another. It was courage to face the frigid abode. The a busy time. time it took getting from a cold GloA few months after we John W. Robinson ria to a warm room was almost too moved into the place the cool nights much to bear sometimes, and we and shorter days got our attention, and our would simply head straight for bed. thoughts turned to how we were going to heat Once we came home after being away our humble little abode. With each passing day, on a cold weekend and, since I was not smart “cozy” was sounding better and better. The inienough to do what was necessary to prevent tial assumption that the ancient oil furnace and freezing problems, we were greeted with a surradiator system would carry us through was inprise. All of those old radiators had frozen and correct. But not to worry, we didn’t like those burst, and as the temperature rose above freezugly old radiators anyway, so we simply dising, black gook leaked out all over the place. mantled the old furnace and dragged it out of Another good example of ignorance leading to the cellar since it was cluttering up the place. I “adventure.” think this is an example of what is called “burnBut when Gloria was really cooking and were ing bridges.” sitting in the old rickety kitchen chairs in front I’ve found that ignorance makes a particuof her, life seemed particularly good. We listened larly fine entrance point into special advento the wind whistling through the shutters, rattures. Anyway, why not heat our poorly-insutling the window panes. Our 6-month-old son lated little home with wood? How hard could would be cradled, smiling and googooing, in it be? I still had contacts at the Alpine Outfitmy lap. Life doesn’t get any better than that, and ters store in Richmond where I worked during I have to say that I think we knew at least somedental school, and they sold wood stoves. We thing of that truth at the time and hopefully still picked up our new wood-burning beast during do. God bless you Gloria – wherever you are. the rain of Hurricane Gloria, hence the name of our cast iron beauty. Gloria came in about 15 Contact John at very heavy pieces, and as we drove her home in the back of the truck we could imagine just how


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Fatherhood/Grand-fatherhood: Responsibility and blessing


y grandson turns oneagainst her? Do you spend time with year-old next week. I your child during the holidays? Durhave to admit that I never ing your visitation time, do you spend thought I’d enjoy being a grandfather quality time with your child or do as much as I do. Now that my daughter you pawn your child off on relatives? and my grandson are living with my When spending time with your child, wife and I, the entire experience is that are you providing a positive environmuch more enjoyable. I love hanging ment? I could go on. But, I only have out with my grandson. I can’t wait to 500 words here. get home from work to spend time with My job as a grandfather is simple. him. I have no regrets about giving up My job is to make sure my grandson Jeff Artis my community activities and responhas a positive role model to imitate as sibilities to spend more time with my he grows older. Boys can never have grandson and my family. I‘m having fun. too many positive role models, especially in an Being a grandfather, like being a father, is age when boys are bombarded with so many negnot a right. It is a privilege. Children do not ask ative images of men, their wanna-be fathers and to come into this world. Children are a gift from grandfathers included. God. As such, we have a responsibility to take care My grandson is special for another reason. of them. Too many men are wanna-be men in this God has given my family a second chance. My area. These men swear they love their children, es- son died at 23 from a massive heart attack. Heart pecially their sons and grandsons. Unfortunately, trouble runs on my wife’s side of the family. In this so called love is nothing more than self cen- many ways, my grandson reminds me of my son. tered, self serving, ego tripping; a lie some men The two are so much alike and look so much alike, tell to make themselves look good, a lie to make that I’ve gained a greater appreciation of the time themselves look like a victim, a lie that leads to my son and I spent together before he died. nothing but a pity party. I simply adore my grandson. I enjoy being his When you ask these men certain questions, personal jungle gym. I enjoy being his personal you get are excuses for answers. Ask these men court jester and funny man. Most of all, I enjoy any of the following questions. Are you caught the time I spend with my grandson helping to up in your child support? Are you helping with make him into a real man. That‘s what grandfayour child’s medical bills and health insurance? thers are for. Are you using threats and intimidation to get your way with the mother of your child? Are you Contact Jeff at taking the mother of your child to court wasting the court’s time by making ridiculous accusations

preaCHerS Corner “God Is the Ruler Yet” by Pastor Gary Robbins

Growing up, my life was filled with wonderful sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures. I remember the scent of my grandmother’s perfume as I sat beside her at church. I remember the feel of her corset when I would throw my arms around her and give her a hug. And I remember the crispy fried chicken—and the banana puddin’ with ‘nilla wafers—that awaited me each Sunday when we got back to grandma’s for lunch. I remember the mounds of green-striped watermelons at roadside markets along Highway 109 and I remember listening earnestly to the dull thud, thud, thud as my grandfather thumped each watermelon, listening for the sound of sweet perfection. I remember the sound of summer rain falling on the tin roof at my grandfather’s lakeside cabin. I remember the thin, floating rainbows of gasoline that whirled around my Uncle Frank’s boat as he cranked the motor—and I remember the exhilarating spray as he powered me across High Rock Lake on old wooden skies. I remember the pimento and cheese sandwiches—with a big red slice tomato—that we ate at the cabin on tables made of plywood and sawhorses. I remember that special clang that

signaled that an aunt, uncle, or cousin had thrown a ringer. And I remember the quiet lapping of the waves late at night as we sat on the green porch swing listening to tree frogs and the buzzing of mosquitoes. I remember the taste of the persimmon pudding and coconut cake that sat on the oak buffet table every Christmas Eve—and the smell of those early cedar Christmas trees. I remember grandma’s thick, heavy quilts—made out of discarded upholstery fabric—that laminated us to our beds on cold winter nights. And I remember the wide-eyed smell of coffee, bacon, and homemade biscuits that greeted us every Christmas morning. I remember the yips, yaps, and yowls of the English setters and bird dogs as my grandfather and I scooped up Purina Dog Chow in chipped blue-enameled pans—and I can’t smell a bag of dog food today without thinking about the rickety old shacks that passed as my grandfather’s kennel. I remember the furry skin of the okra that grew out in the garden, the luscious decadence of my first banana split, and the scratchy burlap bag of peanuts that we hauled from Trinity to our new home in Chapel Hill. And to this day I love the taste of tree-ripened peaches,

the burst of spray that comes when you tear open an orange, and the warm aroma of freshbaked bread. These are just a few of the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and textures that enrich my life day by day by day. And I have to confess that on weeks like these most recent weeks— weeks when the headlines are unsettling and the financial news is dreary—these are the things that remind me that there is, even yet, a deep-seated goodness in God’s creation. They remind me of those special words in Genesis: “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed it was very good (Genesis 1:31).” There is an elemental goodness that neither dropping stock prices nor political attack ads can destroy. And although the sights and sounds and tastes and textures and smells won’t make the Dow soar and won’t transform the political landscape, they do remind me, in the words of that famous hymn, “that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”

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The bailout and the Virginia elections

he recent federal bailout has become one of the biggest issues to consider as you And, in typical Washington fashion, the bill that passed does little to nothing to address vote on November 4. This unprecedented government interference into our the factors that caused this problem in the first place. economy using $700 billion of taxpayer money is a dangerous and giant leap toThe media tells you this crisis was caused by the failure of capitalism and the free market. ward socialism and for all we have given up, it’s unlikely to even solve the problem. But the truth is the exact opposite -- it was caused by excessive government interference, We now have the nationalization of a huge part of the financial services industry in which distorted free market mechanisms. It was the government that forced banks to make America, with the government holding the mortgages of millions of private citizens, taking mortgage loans to people who couldn't afford to pay them back. Banks that didn't make a stake in one of our largest insurance companies, and buying $250 billion of stock in the loans to low income people were threatened with lawsuits, sanctions, and charges of racism nine largest banks in America. because many low income earners also happened to be minorities. The final bailout bill was 451 pages and packed with political bribes, such as a creation of Additionally, artificially low interest rates created by the Federal Reserve Bank made home a “Wool Trust Fund,” tax reductions for manufacturers of wooden arrows, $128 million for ownership seem like a bargain when it really wasn't, because it couldn't keep interest rates race tracks, $33 million for corporations operating in American Samoa, and $10 million for low forever, and when those rates inevitably rose, so did monthly mortgage payments. Brian Gottstein small film and television productions. Other alternatives to the bailout were proposed but Two government-created entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, were also a big part of never seriously considered, according to Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who cosponsored alternative the problem. They bought up these unlikely-to-be-paid-back mortgages and sold them as investments, legislation. implying to the investor that taxpayers would back them if they went sour. Fannie and Freddie also Whether a politician voted for -- or would have voted for, if he were in office -- this terrible bailout committed accounting fraud to paint a rosier picture of what was going on, and the congressional comtells you a lot about that politician, and whether he believes in free markets and free people or govern- mittees charged with overseeing them received “bribes” (in the form of campaign contributions) from ment takeover of entire industries with your money. As Thomas Jefferson said, “We must not let our Fannie and Freddie to keep the heat off. rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profuMost free-market economists have said the bailout only makes matters worse in the future by teachsion and servitude.” Those who voted or would have voted for this bill have chosen profusion (exces- ing people that they can take great risks and make big mistakes, but the taxpayers will bail them out sive spending) and servitude (economic slavery) for us. again when things backfire, because the government has already set the precedent. They also conclude Here’s the scorecard: that the bailout will likely prolong the economic downturn, just as government interference in the Congressman Bob Goodlatte voted against the bailout. His opponent, Sam Rasoul, said he was for economy in the 1930s prolonged the Great Depression. Rather than ripping the bandage off quickly it. Congressman Virgil Goode voted against it. His opponent, Tom Perriello, said he was against it, too, and enduring the momentary pain (ie. letting the free market flush this problem out itself and endurbut his statements show he has no grasp of the real cause of the crisis. Rick Boucher voted for it, but ing a year of bad economy), the government is mistakenly trying to ease the pain by tearing back the is unopposed. Bill Redpath (a Libertarian) and Governor Jim Gilmore, both running for U.S. Senate, bandage slowly, which we all know just makes the pain last even longer. would have voted no, while Mark Warner would have voted yes. Contact Brian at The only presidential candidate who came out against the taxpayer bailout was former congressman Bob Barr, the Libertarian. Both Obama and McCain pushed hard to get it passed.

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The Recipe of the Week from the Happy Chef by Leigh Sackett

Roasted Vegetable Paella I am determined to be healthier than I have been. I have started lifting weights again and I am going to resist the urge to eat Cheez-its and Goldfish crackers with my two year old pre-school friends, sorry guys, I will always sit with you at snack time but NO MORE Goldfish for Ms. Leigh. Bring your teacher an apple! Busy schedules are what hurt a lot of people’s health, but we just have to change our way of thinking. So I took some time this evening to look through my cookbooks for healthier choices than the staples we’ve been serving up lately and I found this Paella recipe. One of the great things about Paella is you can easily change it to your liking by adding or deleting ingredients, and it always turns 3 cups chicken broth 1 1/4 teaspoons saffron threads 1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips 1 large green bell pepper, cut into strips 1/2 pound zucchini, sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 jalapeùo pepper, seeded and chopped

out great! I am going to add shrimp to this recipe because as great as all the veggies sound I have to have some type of protein in there. (Gotta build those muscles!) It is fun and exciting to work towards a more healthy way of living - cooking new things, thinking about what you put in your body, feeling your muscles working. I especially like feeling my lungs getting stronger. I know I need to treat exercise and good health as something as necessary as breathing - it is simply basic to enjoying the fullness of this amazing life we have been given. So enjoy! Cook up your own new variety of Paella tonight and take a fresh new step towards healthy living!

3 plum tomatoes, chopped 1 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice Lemon wedges (optional) -Bring chicken broth and saffron threads to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat, and simmer mixture 20 minutes. -Toss together bell pepper strips, sliced zucchini, and 1 tablespoon oil; place in an even layer in a 15- x 10-inch jellyroll


pan. Sprinkle evenly with oregano and thyme. -Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender, stirring once. -SautÊ onion, garlic, and jalapeùo in remaining 1 tablespoon hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 20 to 25 minutes or until onion is caramelized. Add tomatoes, and cook, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. -Add uncooked rice and chicken broth mixture to skillet; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once after 15 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and zucchini, and cook 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired. featuring

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Helping out after Hurricane Ike Six employees from Roanoke City’s public service agencies are in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, manning the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the Cameron Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness. “We have been using the Emergency Support Function framework from FEMA to distribute responsibilities and manage the EOC,� said Tiffany Bradbury, Education / Information Specialist for Roanoke Fire-EMS. “Our mission this time is different than during Hurricane Rita, whose members filled a more operational role. We are working 12 hours a day in the Emergency Operations Center supporting the Parish's Recovery [from Hurricane Ike].� Pictured: members of the Roanoke Deployment team from left to right: Scott Agner (Water Authority), Audie Ferris (Fire-EMS), Alan Austin (Fire-EMS), Todd Reighley (Fire-EMS), Danny Brabham (Police), David Pope (Fire-EMS), and Paul Lynch (Fairfax Co. Building/Engineering). The contingent is scheduled to return to Roanoke on October 19th.

Roanoke Police Department looking for C.A.R.E. Patrol members The Crime Abatement Residential Effort (C.A.R.E.) Patrol is a partnership between the Roanoke Police Department, United States Cellular and the citizens of Roanoke. Using cellular phones and airtime donated by United States Cellular, citizen volunteers patrol Roanoke's neighborhoods and call in reports of suspicious or criminal activity, fire and medical emergencies, and public works problems. The program graduated its first group of 14 team members in September 1 997. C.A.R.E. Team Members act as extra eyes and ears for police, fire and rescue personnel. Team members who observe an incident use pre-

programmed buttons on their cellular phones to contact city dispatchers. Team members provide vital information to dispatchers and responding personnel, but do not confront suspects or intervene in incidents. The C.A.R.E. Patrol is administered and coordinated by citizens, with support and guidance by the Police Department. Before becoming team members, volunteers undergo more than ten hours of comprehensive training at the Roanoke Police Academy. For more information about joining the C.A.R.E. patrol contact Bob Clement, Roanoke City Neighborhood Services Coordinator, at 853-5210

Del. William Fralin (R-Roanoke) has announced that the Virginia Board of Education has released the inaugural Virginia On-Time Graduation Rates. These new, comprehensive rates are a result of House Bill 19, sponsored by Delegate Fralin that passed the General Assembly in 2006. HB 19 required the Virginia Board of Education to adopt a graduation-rate formula mirroring the recommendations of the NGA Task Force that would uniformly assess and report high school graduation rates at the state, local division and individual school levels. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is a graduation rate based on individual studentlevel data tracked over time that fully accounts for student mobility and retention patterns. Estimated graduation rates do not account for these factors. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate will be reported in October 2008 for students who entered the ninth grade for the first time during the 2004-2005 school year. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is calculated by dividing the number of students earning a diploma in 2008 by the number of students who entered the ninth-grade for the first time in 2004-2005 (Plus transfers in, minus transfers out). “I am glad this important step has finally arrived. A standardized method to enable comparisons of graduation data will ultimately benefit all school systems. I look forward to reviewing the results and, more importantly, to see how we can use these results to better serve our children in the future.� said Delegate Fralin. Delegate Fralin represents the 17th District in the House of Delegates and is a member of the Education Committee. The district encompasses parts of the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Botetourt County.

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Patriots Fall in District Opener

The Patrick Henry Patriots fell 35-21 to the Halifax County Blue Comets last Friday night. The loss drops the Patriots to 1-5 on the season, and 0-1 in Western Valley District play. The Blue Comets improved to 3-3 on the season. The Patriots were really just a few plays shy of a victory. The offense, still learning the nuances of the single-wing, racked up nearly 300 yards on the ground, controlling the clock and keeping the Blue Comets and their highpowered passing attack off the field. Quarterback Darren Thomas had 31 carries for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night, as well as a twopoint conversion. “Offensively we continue to play better,” Coach Bob Gray said. “I thought those guys did a really good job.”

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Tailback Michael Cole carries the ball for the Knights. Strike up the band! The Cave Spring homecoming parade heads down Chaparral Drive.

Trying to right the ship A season that started with much promise for Cave Spring on the football field has been more of a question mark lately. After getting out of the box quickly with wins over Alleghany and Staunton River the Knights have lost four straight, including last Friday’s homecoming game against Blacksburg (28-14). Zac OsborneWeds., led the 4th Cave Open Spring rushing Mic attack with just 39 yards, while sophomore quarterback Josh Woodrum was 11 Hosted of 27, forby145 yards McBroom passing in a losing Daniel cause. At least it was a good evening for the homecoming parade that wound its way from the Thurs., 5th neighborhood Adam Markham school on Chaparral Drive through the Penn Forest and on to Dwight Bogle StaFri.,a6th BrianCounty Grey and dium. The Knights are home again to battle strong Pulaski teamFriends this Friday.

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However, turnovers and a struggling defense were too much for the Patriots to overcome. Fumbles on back to back possessions in the second quarter led to Blue Comet scores and a 21-13 lead at the half. Patrick Henry tied it at 21 in the third quarter after a Thomas score and two-point conversion. The Patriots wouldn’t score again. Late in the fourth quarter, PH was stopped on fourthand-goal on the Blue Comet 5-yard line. After a Halifax touchdown, the Patriots were again denied on fourth down in a similar situation to seal the game. “It was one of those games where we couldn’t quite get over the hump,” Gray said. Defensively, Patrick Henry struggled with the Halifax

passing attack. “We gave up the big play too much,” Gray said. “We knew coming in that they want to throw it, but we couldn’t stop them. They have a good scheme and they do a good job with it.” The lone bright spot on defense for the Patriots was junior defensive back Terrell Wilson, who had two interceptions for the second week in a row. The Patriots look to bounce back when they host the Franklin County Eagles this Saturday. “They’ve been playing really well—and really physical—the past couple weeks,” Gray said. “It’s gonna be a tough game.” Kickoff at Patrick Henry is set for 1p.m.

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Cave Spring golfers going to states

Finishing just behind perennial powerhouse Blacksburg, the Cave Spring High School Knights fared well enough at the Region IV championship to earn a trip back to the state championship. The Knights’ Jack Wilkes finished one stroke back of Blacksburg’s Jake Mondy, carding a 71. Cave Spring teammate Matt Harman shot a 77. Next up are the AA state finals in Crozet, as Blacksburg shoots for its third straight title. Cave Spring goes to the state tourney under first year head coach Frank Rocovich. Wilkes, a junior, has known Rocovich (he replaced Mike Duncan as head coach), for a “long time. He’s a lot of fun and [the transition] has been really easy.” Wilkes was sec-

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Cave Spring’s Jack Wilkes hits his drive on the 17th hole at Hunting Hills Country Club earlier this season. ond in a VSGA match play event this summer and a medalist in zone qualifying for the State Junior Amateur championship. He also scored a 3-and-2 win in match play this summer against a South Carolina opponent at the 26th Virginias-Carolinas Junior Matches, where he beat a much higher seed. Wilkes, who has already talked to several colleges about playing golf after high school, also won the club championship at Hunting Hills Country Club over the summer and a Junior Hall of

Fame tourney. In addition he captured the Metro Invitational title, winning by seven strokes after not recording a bogey for 32 straight holes. Wilkes started playing golf “as soon as I could start walking,” with his father John being a big influence. He’s known Harman, another golf standout for the Knights, “since we were in Tee-ball [together].” As for his own game things are just clicking right now, as he said recently: “this summer has been a big springboard.”

PH Golf Team Falls Just Short – except for Vinson On Monday, October 6 the Patrick Henry golf team ended its season after a solid showing in the Western Valley District Tournament that was one putt short of becoming spectacular. A missed 35-footer on the 18th hole prevented the entire Patriot team from qualifying for the Northwest Regional Tournament, which was held this past Tuesday. As it is, lone senior Hunter

Vinson, who shot 76 to finish fourth in the overall standings, qualified individually for the regional tournament. It is the fourth time in as many years that Vinson qualified for the event. For the first time he will go further: Vinson carded a 77 at Forest Greens Golf Club in Triangle, Va., to move on to next week’s Group AAA state golf tournament. The Patriots averaged a mid-

dle-of-the-pack finish in each of their District matches, and according to Coach Chris Dowdy, have a solid foundation in place for next season. “I think we’ll be a better scoring team next year,” Dowdy said. “We have some guys who have gained a lot of experience this year, and that should only benefit us as we head into next fall.” By Matt Reeve


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Knights’ revenge


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Knights senior standout #3 Meredith Walker (above right) looms at the net for a set that led to one of her game-high 18 kills. Walker (above) controls the net with a block against the Titans. Hidden Valley’s Samantha Klostermann (below right) positions at the net for the Titans. She fired 12 kills past the Knights. After losing earlier in the season to Hidden Valley on their own home court – horrors! - Cave Spring High School’s volleyball team returned the favor by sweeping the Titans in their gym last Thursday. The Knights were 12-4 overall on the season as of Tuesday, 4-2 in the River Ridge District, while Hidden Valley was 13-2, 4-2. Salem remained at the top of the heap with a 15-1, 6-0 record. The district playoffs begin in less than two weeks.

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Faith Volleyball learning on the job The Faith Christian Lady Warriors volleyball team completed their season with a loss to Christian Heritage Academy in the play-in game of the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics conference tournament. The team finished winless for the season. The Lady Warriors struggled due to inexperience. Several of the varsity players were in middle-school, and a few had never played volleyball before. “It was quite a challenge,” Coach Ed Elliott said. “It’s tough for our younger kids to compete physically with the older players.”

Faith Christian #12 Laura Jordan (left) waits for a serve against Roanoke Valley Christian. Warrior #9 Anna Willis (right) serves for Faith Christian against RVC.

Several of the younger players improved tremendously throughout the season. Freshman A.C. Branch was the team’s “little sparkplug,” according to her coach, and Kristen Iler was described by Elliott as “the steady rock of the entire group.” Despite the team’s record, Coach Elliott remains proud of his players. “They kept hustling and never quit, and that’s all you can really ask of them,” Elliott said. “They hung in there and had a great attitude about it.” By Matt Reeve

One Team, One Dream: a story of pulling for a common goal Chris Manning was a member of the William Byrd High School Group Double AA state championship baseball team in 1997. A pitcher most of the time, Manning knew many of his Terriers teammates from Dixie League ball over the years, and it all came together for that one magical season in 1997. Now he has written a book, “One Team, One Dream,” about that William Byrd club. Manning, who went on to play college ball and had a minor league tryout, will sign copies of his book this Saturday, October 18th at the Tanglewood Mall Barnes & Noble, from 2 to 4 pm. The Roanoke City resident says he knew almost from the day of the title game that he wanted to write about the experience. “I thought this

would be great to tell the story again.” After hearing him talk about it for years, Manning’s wife Ashley told him to write about it – or stop reliving those glory days. The Terriers might have been a better club on paper in ’96 and in fact lost half dozen games in 1997, including a defeat at the hands of Salem, which just didn’t happen in those days. In addition there were hurt players and suspensions at the beginning of the season – including one handed out to Manning, an All-State pitcher the year before, for being at a party where alcohol was served. Somehow it all came together and the heroics that year included a playoff home run by light-hitting second baseman Randall Sell that kept the

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Chris Manning and his first book. dream alive. Such is the stuff that books like “One Team, One Dream” are made of. That was also the team’s slogan, adopted early in the season. They repeated that mantra before every game and had T-shirts printed up. “[We] were all on the same page,” says Manning,

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admitting that Byrd also had its share of lucky moments and fortuitous bounces that season. Head coach Rodney Spradlin almost didn’t come back in 1997; parents questioned his judgment after some moves in the state semifinals the year before and it wasn’t as much fun any more. Manning asked Spradlin to return for one more season and “guaranteed we would win the whole thing.” Which, amazingly enough, is exactly what happened. In compiling the book Manning found old teammates, looked at a videotape of that game and pored through clippings from various newspapers, many saved by a doting and very proud grandmother. Those that were there can relive the moment through his book says Manning, while others will see “how coming together as a team can [help you] overcome anything…the greater good was at the end of the tunnel.” In addition to the signing at the Tanglewood Mall Barnes & Noble this Saturday, Manning will appear at the Valley View Barnes & Noble on November 8th from 2 until 4.  For more information go to Manning’s website,, or the publisher’s site, By Gene Marrano


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Roanoke Community Garden Assoc. Meeting This month, Master Gardener, Shelby Snider, will be the guest speaker. Ms. Snider is the past president of the Master Gardener program. Also on the agenda will be a discussion on how the organization can expand their mission to involve more neighborhoods in the community gardening program. When - 6:30 p.m. Where - Roanoke Main Library For more - contact Mark Powell markdouglaspowell@hotmail. com.

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Rotary Club of Roanoke Valley Benefit The Rotary Club of RoanokeValley will sponsor a benefit dinner, dance with games and live and silent auctions, to benefit three local charities Friday, October 17. The Rotary Club, which is part of Rotary District 7570 of Rotary International, is expected to raise more than $20,000 for the Roanoke Valley charities. The evenings activities include a buffet dinner and a dance with music provided by Timeless, the souths premier band, featuring selections from big band to beach music, the 50s, 60s and 70s, and top 40. Various area businesses have donated to the charity affair and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions. Various other games will be played throughout the evening. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the sponsoring club or by contacting Ev Werness at (540) 556-4389 or Pete File at (540) 293-9105. When- 6:30 p.m. Where - Salem Civic Center For more- www.RotaryDance. com Stamp Commemoration

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National Friends of Libraries Week Celebration Look beyond the stacks on our BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR! Roanoke Public Libraries and Friends of the Library of Roanoke City invite you to help us celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Enjoy light refreshments prior to the tour to see what makes the “pages” turn! When- 6 p.m. Where- Roanoke Public Library, 706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke Cost - Free

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Not all boundaries meant to be broken Dear editor, Senator Barack Obama while visiting Berlin, Germany recently spoke to a crowd of thousands, and said that the walls between nations, races, Christians, Muslims and Jews must come down, he said: “In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more... not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice, it is the only way...the one protect our common security and advance our common humanity. That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another.The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand.The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians, Muslims and Jews cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down! “ It sounds like Senator Obama

was trying to tell our allies that a one world government is imminent. The Holy Bible tells us that God Himself put boundaries between the races and that He did this “according to the number of the children of Israel” See Deuteronomy 32:8 for verification. The God of the Holy Bible also tells us that we are to be a separate people. It is therefore incumbent upon us to stay separate, after all birds of a feather do flock together. Eagles have their nest and bats have their caves Barack Obama is calling for the tearing down of walls which God Himself has put in place. That certainly is not in the mainstream Christian belief. His speech sounded very much like he was pushing for the One World Order. Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee. (Matthew 26:73) Senator Obama, I can not vote for you in the coming Presidential election, your ideals seem to be going the wrong way. And after adding your thoughts about Christianity, to the pro-life and choice issues I can not support you. J. Harland Lawrence Roanoke

the course of global warming to providing healthcare coverage to all Americans to drafting a fair Farm Bill that gives small farmers from Virginia to Africa a fighting chance and consumers real choice, we must at long last take seriously the need to protect our democracy against the stranglehold of corporate power and the lobbyists who do its bidding. Gratefully, there is a movement afoot to Change Congress, with office seekers such as Virginia’s 6th district democratic congressional candidate Sam Rasoul pledging to only accept contributions from individual citizens (no lobbyists or PACs), to support the fundamental reform of congressional earmarks, to increase congressional transparency, and to support public financing of public elections. Barack Obama has galvanized millions with his message of hope and change, but he can’t make good on his many campaign promises alone.To realize real change, he will need a Democratic Congress that share his vision and his commitment to change to draft and pass legislation that turns rhetoric into reality, good intentions into the law of the land. Sam Rasoul is the 6th district’s brightest hope for change. If you will work for him this fall, I know in my heart of hearts that he will work for us for years to come.  

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Roanoke region must turn its Unserviced Workforce. attention to Unserviced Workforce Time is running out: the 7580 million Baby Boomers in the U.S. born between 19461964 will begin to retire this year and become eligible for Social Security benefits. Boomers will create an employment gap through retirement. The 50 million members of Generation X born between 19651980 will not be large enough to fill these massive employment gaps. Generation Y, born between 1981-1995, at 70-80 million, will not be ready to fill the immediate gaps left by Baby Boomers. Our region is already seeing this shortage in industries such as the trades, manufacturing, engineering, accounting, information technology, health care and it will expand to other industry sectors over the next decade. The local workforce can be separated into three categories – white collar, blue collar and the “unserviced� workforce. Two of the three are being serviced either by the public or private sector. However, the third group – called the unserviced workforce – is not being effectively assisted by either sector. White-collar professional workers are being serviced by private third-party groups (headhunters). Typically their skill sets are in high demand and companies are paying a premium for their services.

Professions such as health care, engineering, information technology, accounting, and architecture are all in high demand regardless of region. These workers are coveted because they will most likely drive the regional economy forward. The blue-collar skilled workers are being serviced by public third-party agencies (community colleges, workforce investment boards, employment commissions, staffing agencies, etc.). Typically their skill sets are in high demand. Companies often attempt to create a pool of candidates to become trained to perform these available jobs. Professions such as manufacturing, trades, technicians are all in high demand. These workers are coveted because without them they can stall the regional economy. The unserviced workforce is caught in the middle: Neither the public nor private sector is effectively serving this group. The private sector cannot make money off of this group and the public sector is not focused on this segment. The unserviced workforce can be characterized as: younger with potential or upside; has some form of higher education; has good skill sets, but not billable skill sets, which are in demand; and are looking for a “professional� job paying a salary between $25$50k. This is the critical mass

of knowledge workers who are underemployed and are told they are over qualified. These people are most likely leaving smaller regions for larger metropolitan areas to find better employment opportunities. How is this happening? 1. There is a myth that if someone has a college degree, then they do not need help finding a job. This is simply untrue. Savvy job search strategies and techniques must be used to find and obtain jobs in the region regardless of educational attainment. 2. There is a lack of understanding by job seekers in how to conduct an effective job search in terms of time spent and activities performed. Nearly 80 percent of jobs are never advertised and are uncovered through personal relationships. Less than 10 percent of people get jobs online. A job seeker must allocate time with the best return on their investment. 3. If someone does have a higher education degree and is struggling to find employment, it may be because their major (i.e. marketing, management, political science, communications, psychology, history, etc.) is not a billable skill, and is therefore not in demand in the regional economy. It does not mean one cannot locate opportunities with those degrees, it

Symphony Wins Small Business of the Year Award The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra received the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce 2008 Small Business of the Year Award for Not-for-Profit Arts and Culture Organizations. The award was presented as part of the Chamber’s 22nd annual Small Business Awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 30th at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center. The RSO was one of six organizations in the Arts and Culture category nominated by other local businesses. The RSO is proud of its deep community involvement in the Roanoke Valley and beyond. The orchestra partners each year with Opera Roanoke and their music director Steven White, now on staff at The Metropolitan Opera of New York. The RSO performs regularly with other local ensembles such as the Roanoke College Children’s Choir, local university choruses, as well as the Salem Choral Society and other community choruses. Other key local partners include the Jefferson Center Foundation, Center in the Square, and the local governments of the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, and City of Salem. With Center in the Square, shared backroom services have resulted in reduced costs for marketing, IT and payroll while strengthening the opportunities for the RSO to work closely with Center organizations. In 2007-2008, the RSO generated over $12,000 in admissions taxes for the City of Roanoke, plus nearly $15,000 paid in catering and meals for musicians and patrons, $32,000 to hotels, and over $58,000 for facility rental and related concert costs. As a non-profit

RSO Director David Wiley organization, the RSO receives grant funds from the City of Roanoke, City of Salem and Roanoke County totaling $58,400. For every dollar received from the municipalities, the RSO directly invests two dollars into the local economy. These figures do not include dollars spent on meals, hotels and other services consumed by the over 18,000 concert goers during and around RSO events each year. . The RSO works closely with local school districts to offer full orchestra performances twice a year to students through its Adventures In Music and Discovery Concerts. For the low admission price of $4 each, students from Roanoke and beyond can experience a live performance of symphonic music in a concert hall setting. The RSO looks forward to being around another 50 years by doing what it has historically done – run a good business.












just means there is more competition for available jobs. 4. Individuals must be responsible in obtaining new skill sets through lifelong learning, thus, making them employable in the regional economy. The global economy is changing our traditional model and people must adapt by acquiring new skill sets. Investment in this un-serviced workforce is essential to preserve continuity of existing organizations and the services and products they provide. Lack of qualified talent will re-

sult in stagnation, not growth. Further, this investment will assist in attracting and retaining young professionals; help with succession planning in organizations; and lead to sustaining the good work organizations have produced over the years. Finally, making an investment will demonstrate a commitment to this current segment and future generations. In closing, we must (1) examine the appropriate mix of resources allocated to each of the three workforce groups; (2) dispel the myth about college

degrees; (3) choose educational fields in demand; (4) offer job search strategy and assistance seminars; and (5) commit to lifelong and continuous learning. Time is ticking away ‌

Stuart Mease is employed by the City of Roanoke to attract and retain young adults. The City has created the Roanoke Connect database to assist job seekers who want to be in Roanoke. To submit a profile, go to

N. Edward Link, Jr. Attends Barron’s Winners Circle Top Advisors Summit

Exclusive Conference Hosts Wealth Management Leaders and Industry Decision Makers N. Edward Link, Jr. – Senior Vice President, Smith Barney Wealth Management, was invited to attend the fourth-annual “Top Advisors Summit� hosted by Barron’s Magazine and the Winner’s Circle Organization, which promotes best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public. The invitation-only conference was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on Sept. 24-26 in Boca Raton, Fla. In addition to Eddie were 85 of the Top 100

Financial Advisors in the U.S., as ranked by The Winner’s Circle and published in Barron’s April 21, 2008 issue. “The Summit has become a benchmark event for the financial-advisor community and proved to be an excellent time to hold this conference to generate ideas to help deal with the current market turmoil,� said Edwin Finn, president, Barron’s Magazine. “The top financial advisors came together with other industry leaders to share information and be proactive about finding solutions for their clients and for the industry overall.�

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One store can’t possibly be enough to hold all these goodies. Expanding sweetness, Roanoke’s premier chocolate and greeting card boutique opens its newest location on the Historic Roanoke City Market. After a successful launch of the flagship chocolatepaper in Cave Spring in the fall of 2006, owners Mark Burkett, Stan McCulloch and Matt Burkett knew their delicious creation was a concept ready for growth. Returning home to the Roanoke City Market was always a goal for Mark. Cards-Cards-Cards his first greeting card venture in the Roanoke City Market building was literally washed away in the Flood of 1985 after just a few short months of operation. Now, chocolatepaper offers the area’s largest selection of sensuous chocolates from around the world, distinctive greeting cards for all occasions, and gifts to excite the mind and tickle the funny bone. The Grand Opening Festivities begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Friday, October 17th and continue with a reception that evening. Tastings and giveaways will be held throughout the weekend.

All the gloom and doom about the economic slowdown has meant a slowdown in ticket sales at Mill Mountain Theatre for the first show of the season on the main stage. “Spitfire Grill� ticket sales had been about par for the course until last week, when our sales definitely slowed down,� said John Bryant, public and artist relations specialist for Mill Mountain. “So we sat down as a staff on Friday and discussed how we can make this show more affordable right now.� Bryant notes that there are always “rush tickets� available one hour before every show, a la Broadway. Those are seats that have not sold, available one hour before the curtain goes up for $20. “We've decided to release all the seats [as] rush tickets and make every seat for The Spitfire Grill $20,� said Bryant. “It's a way of making things more affordable at a time when people need to save money.� Bryant notes that Spitfire is all about a character coming into a bad situation, saving a diner and a town. “Good timing for our show,� he adds.

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Jemini dream: Tech grad, local architect/artist heading to Africa Frances Jemini, a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech and an architect for Balzer & Associates in Roanoke, wanted to make a difference. So Jemini, a project manager who will soon take her licensing examination after apprenticing for three years, searched the ‘net and found a group called Art in Tanzania that works in the impoverished Africa country. In January she will head to Tanzania, putting her professional skills to work by helping to design a building that will be used as a school. “I’ve always wanted to go [to Africa],� said Jemini, “a hands-on type of volunteering trip. It’s the easiest decision I made in a long time – by deciding to go.� Art in Tanzania is involved with many cultural projects said Jemini, as a way to promote community development. Jemini plans to be in Tanzania for six months, living in a house with other international volunteers located outside of Dar es Salaam, the economic capital of Tanzania. She’s already put aside $2000 of her own money for the trip. In the meantime Jemini hopes to raise additional funds for the trip by exhibiting and selling some of her acrylic paintings, mostly done in a style she calls juxtaposition. That is, two random objects moving in parallel; she calls that “a technique intended to stimulate creativity,� one she explored for her thesis at Tech. “I love the creative process,� notes Jemini, who didn’t take up painting seriously until she was in college. The juxtaposition style and textural paintings mean her creative works, “all have the same driving force behind them now.�

Jemini will show her work at the Stedman House Inc. design showroom at 2203 Crystal Spring Avenue, beginning Wednesday, October 22.  “Celebrating Art in Interior Design� from 5-9pm also features a reception (call 345-7797 to RSVP). Her works will remain there for a week during regular business hours. A friend will then host a showing/sale and reception for Jemini at her private home (1211 4th Street SW, 4:30-9pm) on October 25. Jemini is also involved with judging the Urban Effect design competition, wherein architects, planners, designers, etc. were asked to weigh in on three key locations in Roanoke: the City Market, along South Jefferson where the biomed park is going up and in the Riverland Road area. 80-plus Entries have come in from all over the world and the best will be cited at an awards ceremony at Center in the Square on November 14. The top entries will be on display there for several weeks; designs will then be forwarded to Roanoke City leaders for consideration. (see “Its going to inform City Council about what people think of Roanoke,� said Jemini, “especially people that don’t even live here. We hope it helps facilitate some good [ideas].� At this point in time much of Frances Jemini’s focus is on her upcoming trip to Africa. “This experience, I don’t see how it couldn’t change me at this point.� By Gene Marrano

“The bluff�(above) and “cornfield� (right). Works from Frances Jemini’s Juxtaposition series that are for sale.

Opera Roanoke season continues with Song of the Earth ropolitan Opera in New York as a substitute conductor, says that fact that an Opera Roanoke even exists here “speaks so well for our community. A lot of people are surprised when they find out we have an opera company.� Pride among Roanokers for their arts helps keep the company thriving said White, whose wife Elizabeth Futral is a well known soprano. She will sing at the November 2 Sunday concert, featuring composer Gustav Mahler and titled “Song of the Earth.� Song of the Earth is a collection of Chinese poems about nature, composed for two voices and orchestra. The work is renowned for its beauty and its deeply moving texts. Making

their Opera Roanoke debut will be mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby and tenor Donald George. Complimenting Mahler on November 2 will be a collection of arias by George Frederic Handel, sung by Futral, a resident of Copper Hill and one of the world’s leading sopranos. Her arias will provide a different perspective on the work of the composer of the Messiah.   International mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby Soprano Elizabeth Futral will has been described as “one perform on November 2. of the lushest mezzo voices able, and a limited number of on the planet.�   Tenor Don- student tickets are free.  Call ald George has sung in ma- 540-982-2742 for reservations. jor opera houses throughout (See for Europe, including Teatro alla more information on the new Scala in Milan.  season and Song of the Earth) Group discounts are avail-

The University Chamber Music Series presents "New Music from Virginia Tech" The Virginia Tech Department of Music University Chamber Music Series celebrates the music of composition faculty Kent Holliday, James Miley and Ivica Ico Bukvic with concerts on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon. Virginia Tech music faculty and guests will perform. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and are available in advance through the University Unions and Student Activities Box Office in the Squires Student Center, at (540) 231-5615 or online at and at the door one hour prior to performance time. All performances will be at the Squires Recital Salon located on College Avenue adjacent to downtown Blacksburg. Free parking is available in nearby Squires and Schultz Dining Hall parking lots. Kent Holliday studied composition with Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento at the University of Minnesota, where he received the Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition in 1968. Featured compositions by Holliday will be his Tango ExĂłtico, Rhapsody Exotique and Seasonal Sketches. James Miley, winner of the 2004 IAJE/Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, is cur-

rently assistant professor of composition, music theory and jazz studies at Virginia Tech. In 2006, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer with "After the Water, the Clouds," premiered by the James Logan Wind Symphony under the direction of Ramiro Barrera. Composer and multimedia sculptor Ivica Ico Bukvic's work is a balancing act between scientific research in new multimedia technologies for the betterment of the overall quality of life and a pursuit of new forms of artistic expression using newfound tools. Having received his doctorate at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Bukvic is currently working at Virginia Tech as an Assistant Professor in Music Composition & Technology, as the founder and Director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio (DSIS). Featured compositions by Bukvic include derelicts of time for trombone, computer, and 3D visuals and with delicate risk, an audio-visual work in collaboration with Dane Webster. Derelicts of time asks, "Do you believe in the "butterfly effect?" Based on the premise that the history of the human race is an ever-growing conduit connecting present with past.

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“Bluz over Africa� will raise money for OMNI’s Zambian mission

Founded in 1989, OMNI – short at a new school in Zambia that must for Orphan Medical Network Interalready be enlarged to accommodate national – has focused on providing more students. medical care for children in impovA medical assessment the Remines erished parts of the world, including were asked to make in Zambia led Russia, South Korea, India, the PhilOMNI to focus its efforts there. ippines, Romania and now Zambia, “We went over and found out that Africa. Karen Remine, a valley resithe needs were tremendous. That’s dent and registered nurse by trade, where we needed to start sending founded OMNI with her physicianour medical teams.� husband Stephen, and travels to Karen Remine, The annual "Bluz Over Africa" Zambia with volunteer medical teams OMNI concert will be held in Shaftman Hall several times a year. Any overhead is President at the Jefferson Center this Saturday, paid for by the Remines themselves, October 18. Tickets for general adfor teams that come from several states. Med- mission to the concert, which begins at 7pm, ical supplies are also donated by corporations are $18 and are available at the Jefferson Centhey have approached. ter.  There is also a VIP party that begins at On land deeded to them by the government 6PM and tickets for that cost $40 each. Tickthere, OMNI is in the process of building ets are also available through Karen Remine medical and educational facilities in Zambia, at 772-4334. Go to or colinpart of what Karen Remine calls a children’s for more about Bluz over Afvillage. “We currently have 155 children that rica and search the web for Orphan Medical we educate every day. We give them a hot Network International, for more on the work meal and medical care. They get uniforms that organization undertakes in Africa. that are provided by OMNI, [also] shoes and vitamins. A concert this Saturday at Jefferson Center 0./* (Oct. 18) is a fundraiser. “Bluz over Africa� 5IF'JGUI"OOVBM once again features the Ohio-based Colin Dussault Blues Project, which also entertained at last year’s inaugural event. “He’s fabulous, I hope everyone will enjoy it,� says Remine, who claims that OMNI is making a differ$0ODFSU ence: “I believe that [conditions] are better.� Her staff is now developing metrics that can measure any progress in helping people to help themselves. “It is improving the village,� Remine declares, especially where the level of health care is concerned. Colin Dussault’s Blues Project band, from the Cleveland area, is an award-winning VMUT B T T V blues-rock ensemble that has worked with %0--"3 #: $PMJO the Remines before, when they lived in Ohio. %0--"3 -*'& The couple came to Roanoke when Stephen #: -*'& took a position with Carilion. “He is a strong #3*$, #: supporter,� said Remine of Dussault. A sur#3*$, PVS&9$*5*/( prise guest performer from Las Vegas will -JWF"VDUJPO 0'BVOJRVF entertain on Saturday at a pre-concert VIP "GSJDBORVJMU  BGSJDBODSBGUT party (admission comes with certain tickets) +FXFMSZHFNTUPOFT 8*--)&-1SBJTFGVOET UPDPNQMFUFPVS DFSUUI S and an auction at intermission for fine jewelF C TDIPPMoBMSFBEZVOEFS P U D O 0 DPOTUSVDUJPOJO;BNCJB Z  $P ry, works of art and a handmade African quilt 4BQNUWV*S11EBBSUZQN will help raise more money. Carilion Clinic is  IFEPPS CMFBUU "WBJMB 303( a gold sponsor for Bluz over Africa. 5JDLFU8T88+&''$&/5& M M B O) JDF GUNTPBO$FOUFSCPYPGG 4IB+F The Remine’s adopted 11-year-old son, GGFS named Memory, is from Zambia and now attends Back Creek Elementary in Roanoke County. Proceeds from this Saturday’s show go towards a second phase of construction  QSFTFOUT











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