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The Roanoke Star-Sentinel April 30 - May 6, 2011

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Capturing the Scene Hayden Hollingsworth

New Medicine P4– Retired Cardiologist Hayden Hollingsworth examines the heartbeat of modern medical training and says that things have changed just a wee bit.

P6– Roanoke Aviator Gordon Ewald becomes one of only 29 pilots worldwide to receive his fifth set of credentials as a Master Certified Flight Instructor.

Fresh Start P8– New Mill Mountain Theatre Artistic Director Scott Treadway brings new ideas and energy to the re-invention of Roanoke’s local playhouse.

Artist Eric Fitzpatrick begins to lay out the composition of his painting as Joann Lampros and Anne Karr chat at the U.S. Kids Care 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the South Roanoke fire station lawn. U.S. Kids Care is a charitable group based in Roanoke that is run by children in the first through twelfth grades. It has raised money for a variety of local, state and national charities including: Angels of Assisi, The Roanoke Rescue Mission, Roanoke’s Refugee & Immigration Services, The Presbyterian Community Center, HopeTree Family Services, UNICEF, The American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity as well as Hurricane Katrina victims. Fitzpatrick is one of Roanoke’s most recognized and respected artists: See his work at:

Marathon Awards Medal to Man who Collapsed Near Finish Amidst tears, smiles and overdeserved the finisher’s medwhelming emotions, the doctor al. “Considering all he went who saved Ed Deitch’s life visthrough, he more than deited him at Carilion Roanoke serves the medal,” said Pete Memorial Hospital Wednesday Eshelman, race co-chair. Esand presented him with a finhelman said the committee isher’s medal from the National also wanted Deitch to have an College Blue Ridge Half Maraaward from the committee – a thon. running figure fashioned from “You saved my life! I can’t a railroad spike. The awards thank you enough,” Deitch were given to overall and agetold Dr. Karen Aldredge, who group winners in the race. revived him in the ambulance, Aldredge, who had not seen minutes after he crumpled to the Deitch since the ambulance ground Saturday about 100 feet ride, was visiting him for the from the finish of the 13.1 mile first time. Organizers thought event. Aldredge, who heads the Dr. Karen Aldredge who worked to save Ed Deitch’s life on the she was the perfect person to Emergency Room at the Veter- way to the hospital presents him with his Marathon Award. present him with his medal. an’s Medical Center in Salem and For his part, Deitch, who teaches a course for paramedics seemed in good spirits and hospital. at National College, was working the race Doctors say Deitch, who says he’s been a thought he would be released from the as part of the College’s title sponsorship. distance runner for three years, had partial hospital soon, surprised organizers by tellDeitch says he was having a great run, de- blockages in two arteries, and suffered a ing them he plans to run the race again next spite the rainy conditions and “… thought I heart attack. year, “with the permission of my doctors.” would pick it up the last hundred yards or Organizers promised him a free entry in The organizing committee of the maraso and sprint for a personal best.” The next thon and half marathon felt that Deitch next year’s event. “We would love to see Ed thing he remembers is waking up in the back here again,” said Eshelman.

Cave Spring Teacher Wins 2011 Golden Apple Award

Rising Star P9– Noah Jones, the 7-year-old son of Roanoke Performing Arts Teacher Kevin Jones, is now traveling the country with a national touring production of Beauty and the Beast.

Citizens of the Commonwealth have weighed in with their attitudes toward taxes, energy sources, protecting the environment, and a George Allen – Tim Kaine matchup in the Virginia Senate election in 2012. Gov. Kaine had not formally announced his intentions when the poll was conducted, but it was widely Politics believed that he would run for the Senate and Kaine officially announced April 7th. Sen. Allen had previously announced his candidacy. In a very early look at the possible battle for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb, registered voters in the Commonwealth preferred former Gov. and U.S. Sen. George Allen, a Republican, over former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, by 45 percent to 32 percent with 23 percent undecided. [The margin of error for this question was + 5.2 percent because it was asked only of the 360 registered voters in the sample.] Among the battleground groups, Kaine led among political moderates (41%-34%), while Allen led among Independent voters (40%-35%). Not surpris-


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In Stephen Biscotte’s classes, Crew and a new green outdoor “the students are expected to classroom and eating area. DO science, not just KNOW Each year, teachers from science” – so says one of Mr. across Roanoke County PubBiscotte’s colleagues. lic Schools are nominated by The Roanoke County Educa- students, parents, co-workers tion Foundation has and administrators announced that Steto receive the highest Education phen Biscotte, anataward presented to a omy and physiology teacher at teacher by the Education FounCave Spring High School is the dation. This year, 114 teachers recipient of the 2011 Golden were nominated to receive the Apple Award. Among his many award – 27 teachers were named accomplishments, Biscotte has as semi-finalists. implemented several new inIn addition to the Golden structional projects including > CONTINUED the PIT (Physicians in Training) P2: Golden Apple



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Step into History on Civil War Home Tour The Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will present “Civil War Homes Then and Now” on Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8. This inaugural tour of historical homes will showcase antebellum history in and around the Roanoke Valley. Those who take the self guided tour will visit eleven homes and d i s c ov e r a side of History the Roanoke Valley that is often unknown and overlooked and harkens back to a time long before pavement and horseless carriages descended upon Southwest Virginia. The tour sites are located throughout Roanoke County, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt, and Franklin Counties and will provide glimpses into a variety of hidden gems amidst busy city streets, suburban neighborhoods and rural pastures. The homes presented on the tour will not only be open to the


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higher percentage of their income in taxes, it may reflect a general discontent with the current tax code. Energy and the Environment Offered a choice of protecting the environment or promoting economic growth, respondents chose the former (47%-31%). However, when offered the choice of protecting the environment or developing domestic energy sources, they chose the latter (43%-39%). A majority of respondents (56%) think there is solid evidence of global warming (see frequencies link for precise wording). A plurality thought this is due primarily to human activities such as burning fossil fuels (40%), but nearly as many (35%) thought it is due primarily to natural patterns in the environment, and 18% thought it is attributable to both. Respondents were much more likely, however, to think that the national debt (56%) posed a greater threat to future generations than environmental damage (28%). Interviewing for The Roanoke College Poll was conducted by The Institute for Opinion and Policy Research at Roanoke College with a sample that consisted of 437 residents of Virginia. Questions answered by the entire sample of 437 likely voters are subject to a sampling error of plus or minus approximately 4.7 percent .


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represents a 12 percent increase for budget cuts alone and a 13 percent decrease for a combined approach from December when a similar question about state finances was asked.) Interestingly, respondents were split regarding whether the government should (47%) or should not (46%) redistribute wealth by increasing taxes on the rich. Respondents perceive that the rich are paying too little in federal taxes (63%), while middle income people are paying their fair share (53%) or too much (39%) in taxes. Opinion was evenly split regarding the poor paying their fair share (40%) or too much (39%), but 20 percent did say the poor are paying too little. Two-thirds (67%) said that corporations are paying too little. More than half of respondents (58%) thought that everyone should pay something in taxes, regardless of how much or how little they make, but 36 percent said that not everyone should pay. Most people (69%) perceive their tax burden this year as fair. A plurality of Virginia residents (44%) think they should pay less than 20 percent of their income in taxes. Residents of Virginia seem to be evenly split with regard to support for either the Fair Tax (41% think it is a good idea; 41% think it is not a good idea) or the Flat Tax (43% think it is a good idea; 44% think it is not). That said, they prefer either the Fair Tax (34%) or the Flat Tax (31%) to the current system of taxation (23%). While this seems to somewhat contradict the preference expressed above that the rich pay a


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ingly, Allen led among Republicans (78%4%) and conservatives (68%-10%) while Kaine led among Democrats (79%-12%) and liberals (83%-10%). Allen’s lead could be attributed to the large number of conservatives in Virginia, a finding that closely matches the December, 2010 Roanoke College Poll. General Views on Virginia and the Nation Perceptions of the Commonwealth have improved since the December poll, with almost half (49%) saying that things in Virginia are going in the right direction and 36 percent saying things are on the wrong track. (December results were 45 percent right direction and 43 percent wrong track.) At the same time, Governor Bob McDonnell’s approval rating is now 66 percent, up from 57 percent in December. With regard to the nation, 71 percent of respondents believe that things are on the wrong track with only 20 percent believing that things are going in the right direction. This is essentially unchanged from December. President Obama’s approval rating is now 34 percent, compared to 36 percent in December, well within the polls’ margin of error. Taxes, the Budget Deficit, and Wealth A majority of respondents (59%) prefer that the federal budget deficit be reduced through a combination of budget cuts and tax increases, but more than one-third (37%) prefer budget cuts alone, and only 4 percent want tax increases alone. (This


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additional award – the use of a brand-new 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV for one year, courtesy of First Team Hyundai. “We’re thrilled to embrace education and recognize the hard work of our teachers. We’re pleased we can help teachers know how much the community appreciates everything they do,” said David Dillon, President and General Manager of First Team Auto Mall. The car also comes with custom license plates that read GR8- TCR. (Great Teacher). The Roanoke County Education Foundation has provided more than $720,000 in scholarships to 1059 graduating seniors; more than $186,000 in classroom scholarships to more than 1000 teachers; and more than $265,000 to support travel and educational programs. In all, that’s nearly $1.2 million in support the teachers and students at Roanoke County Public Schools.

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Apple Award, the Education Foundation also named three Golden Apple finalists, one for the elementary school level, one for the middle school level and one for the high school level. The Golden Apple finalists were: Christine Stanley – First grade teacher at Bonsack Elementary, Laurel Look – sixth grade health and P.E. teacher at Glenvar Middle and Steve Franco – Theatre Arts at Glenvar Middle and High schools . The Education Foundation also recognized a new teacher who has taught in Roanoke County for three years or less with what is known as the “Green Apple Award.” The winner of the 2011 Green Apple Award is Janet Barney, a fourth grade teacher at Burlington Elementary School. “We are very proud of all the teachers at Roanoke County Public Schools,” said Education Foundation Chairman Lenora Downing. “The Golden Apple Award recognizes the best of the best when it comes to teaching. We were extremely impressed with all our finalists. It was very difficult to select a winner,” Downing said. In addition to receiving a check for $3,000, Biscotte received an

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Cuccinelli Reacts to Supreme Court’s Decision Partnership Announces Local Prescription Not to Expedite Health Care Lawsuit Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday April 30

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement in reaction to the United States Supreme Court’s decision not to expedite Virginia’s lawsuit against the federal health care law and its mandate to force individuals to buy health insurance: “We asked the United States Supreme Court for expedited review of our lawsuit because Virginia and other states are already spending huge sums to implement their portions of the health care act, businesses are already making decisions about whether to cut or keep employee health plans, and citizens are in limbo until the Supreme Court rules. Asking the court to expedite our lawsuit was about removing this crippling and costly un-

certainty as quickly as possible. We were gratified that both Republicans and Democrats in Virginia supported the effort to expedite. The Supreme Court rarely expedites cases under its Rule 11. Expediting our case would have been the exception and so, although disappointing, this is not surprising. " The Attorney Generals Office will next be making arguments in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on the morning of May 10th in Richmond. This case’s ultimate end point is likely the Supreme Court. "It will simply have to make its way through the Fourth Circuit first,” Cuccinelli said.

Walters New City Republican Chairman At the most recent regularly scheduled meeting of the Roanoke City Republican Committee, the Committee members elected Chris Walters as their newest chairman, to fill the remaining term of their former chairman, Jim DeLong. Walters term is set to expire in May of 2012, when he is eligible to run for a full two year term. DeLong resigned his post due to out of state business interests. Walters has been an active committee member for the last five years, most recently serving as Vice Chairman. He ran on the platform of engaging the vast number of citizens who stay home on election day, increasing the size of the committee and leveraging the strengths of the countless citizens of the community who are “tired of the

Chris Walters status quo, ambivalent to business as usual and are starving for common sense leadership you cannot purchase or achieve with consultants or studies.” Walters is a Roanoke College graduate, earned a law degree from the University of Richmond and is currently employed as a financial advisor

Local law enforcement agencies, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Western Virginia Water Authority are partnering to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four area locations. The public is invited to bring unused or unwanted medications to this free and anonymous event that is part of the nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that seeks to prevent prescription pill abuse and theft. Local area collection sites include the Roanoke Civic Center parking lot, the Salem Police Department, the Tanglewood Kroger in Roanoke County and the Daleville Kroger in Botetourt County. This initiative addresses vital public safety and public health issues. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from

with Scott & Stringfellow. He also serves as the chairman of the Roanoke City's Parks and Recreation Board, as an advisor to the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council as well as other boards. He is also a member of the Roanoke Bar and Virginia State Bar Associations. Walters stated, “I am a firm believer in traditional Reagan Republican ideals – free market Today seniors are bomsupremacy, limited government and American exceptionalism.” barded with information, and He and his fiancee Emily parent people always trying to sell them something. The average three cats and two dogs. senior expo is fun and exciting but sometimes doesn’t fosBy Carla Bream ter an environment for seniors that can be helpful and of use to them. Seniors are looking for one location to get helpful tips on senior scams, healthcare, legal questions, and more. This May, Valley View Mall and Pennsylvania Life are hosting the first annual Senior Resource Expo on Tuesday May 10, 2011. Seniors will have • Tour of Courthouse a chance to meet with only • Mock Trial non-profit organizations, and • Civil Process facilities that offer a service or • DARE Program resource to seniors. Over 20 • Self Defense vendors will be there strictly to • Firearms Training The purpose of the Roanoke help seniors by offering helpful Sheriff’s Office Citizens Acad- information and fun tips. This first annual Senior Reemy is to enhance the citizen’s source Expo will be hosting understanding and awareness of the role of the Roanoke City area facilities and organizations Sheriff’s Office. The program that can help seniors while prois designed to develop positive viding them with information relations between deputies and on various programs, classes, the community through educa- and even possible work option. The goal of the program is portunities. The Roanoke City to create a growing nucleus of Police Department will be on responsible, well-informed citi- hand to discuss senior scams, zens familiar with the services and how to avoid them. The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office Local Agency on Aging will have a table with information provides to the community. Interested applicants can con- on elder rights, life enhancing tact Sgt. Nicole Butterworth, 540- activities, and support for care853-5346 or email nicole.butter- givers. The Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Department will By Carla Bream have information on programs

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Roanoke City Sheriff ’s Office to Offer Citizens Academy The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office has established a Citizens Academy. The Academy will provide an opportunity for citizens who work and live in the City of Roanoke to become familiar with the daily operation and responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office. The inaugural Citi- Lt. Haddox holds a shank that zens Academy will be held on was made from a toothbrush consecutive Tuesday evenings, to be used as a weapon. April 19 to May 24, 2011, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at various loca- Sheriff Deputies to effectively tions. The next meeting date is perform their duties. The inTuesday, May 3rd. Upon com- struction is comprehensive, covpletion of the course, students ering different areas of the Sherwill participate in a graduation iff’s Office each week. Certified ceremony. The program is of- Sheriff’s Office instructors confered free of charge to citizens duct courses in the classroom who live and/or work in Roa- and in “the field” on the following subjects: noke City. The Roanoke City Sheriff’s • Jail History Office Citizens Academy is a • Functions of a Deputy Sheriff six-week interactive program. • Jail Tour Citizens Academy participants • SWAT Team Demonstration discover key components of the • Inmate Subculture training and skills required for • Court Systems

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Medical Education - Past and Future When Kids Cause Your Face To Turn Red


ecently, a group of re- thing but that. We were taught tired physicians were what we needed to know in guests for lunch at The order to become doctors of Virginia Tech Carilion Medical medicine in the mid-twentieth School and Research Institute. century. It was a no nonsense, We were given a talk by Dr. around-the-clock grind for four Cynda Johnson, the President/ years followed by, in many casFounding Dean, followed by a es, six additional years of traintour of the facilities. All of us ing. That first year would be had practiced medicine in Roa- remembered as one we would noke for decades; Drs. Douglas never want to repeat. Endless Fear and Charles Bray were the labs and thousands of pages of most senior. When they laborious text had to be first arrived in town the mastered before we ever institution was called encountered a patient. Roanoke Memorial and Medical education Crippled Children’s had not changed since Hospital because of the the Flexner report in polio epidemics that oc1910 which exposed the curred every summer. slipshod way doctors The contrast of those Hayden Hollingsworth were being trained. days with the new The study was sponmedical complex is amazing. sored by the Carnegie FoundaThe medical school building tion and in the aftermath many is flanked by the adjoining re- medical schools were closed as search facility and the Carilion new regulations were imposed. Clinic building. Across the During the next one hundred river stands Carilion Roanoke years, there have been few Memorial, one of the largest changes. Despite the astoundhospitals in Virginia. ing advances in technology, the Although we didn’t discuss medical school curriculum saw it, I am sure that we were all re- little alteration until the last playing in our minds our first few years. year in medical school so long Now VTC along with a handago. In just a few weeks the ful of other medical schools are initial class at VTC will have changing their teaching methnavigated those potentially ods in a radical way. Rather treacherous shoals but the cur- than didactic lectures and riculum they have experienced strictly controlled labs the new bears no relation to what we system is called problem-based encountered. learning. Six groups of seven This is not a piece about “the students each are assigned a good old days;” they were any- clinical case and are guided by


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a series of mentors to work out a total approach to the patient. The students themselves will be the teachers, each being assigned a particular aspect to present to their group. Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, histology, bacteriology and all the rest will be explored with close faculty supervision in relation to the case. After eight weeks the groups will be rotated, a new case assigned, and the process repeated. At the conclusion of the year there will be a week of individual study followed by exams. Not in a dingy basement of an ancient building where most of us labored have these 42 students learned. The latest in electronic teaching devices in brightly lit and attractive classrooms bring to their hands all the tools they need. Not a microscope to be found; all that is done by video display and capable of being connected to medical facilities around the world with a few taps of the keyboard. The library was impressive: There were virtually no books. Any text, any medical journal, any needed printed resource can be downloaded to the students’ computers. If studies are too wearing, there is an exercise facility to ramp up the energy needed to keep at it. After the lecture and the tour, we asked a few question but I suspect most of the group was as awestruck as I. The sense of vision to conceive such an effort, the monumental planning, the enormous financial resources brought to bear are staggering. I thought back to the prospective students that I had been privileged to interview and felt a sense of excitement for them, for the institution, and for our community. Dr. Ed Murphy of Carilion Clinic and Dr. Charles Steger, President of VPI have brought together these institutions in an unique joint venture. We should all hope its grand beginnings can achieve equally impressive success. They are off to a remarkable start. Now I want to talk to the medical students and hear how it went for them in this inaugural year, but first . . . exams. It surely must have been more fun than what my colleagues and I endured. Stay tuned.


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land one Sunday afternoon. We had waited for over an hour to be seated. Just before the waitress took our order, the twoyear-old tugged at her daddy’s sleeve and said, “Daddy, I need a clean didie.” Thinking of the diaper bag in the car, in the far corner of the parking lot, her father reached down to inspect the gravity of the situation. Imagine his dismay when she exclaimed, “Daddy! Don’t do that! That’s dangerous!” Skip was mortified. Would the other patrons think he was a child molester? When I taught pre-school children, I told the parents not to believe everything their children said about school and we would not believe everything they told about home. A friend of mine confessed that she experienced an embarrassing moment when her daughter told her what she had reported at school. This mother encouraged her children to celebrate important days in our country’s history, by telling them what events occurred on that particular day in the past – VE Day, when Germany surrendered and the World War II ended; VJ Day when Japan surrendered and the war in the Pacific ended. Her daughter reported one day, that when the teacher asked what day it was she replied, “ Is it VD Day ? ” We never know just how children will respond in their innocence; we adults see a different meaning – and our faces turn red. Contact Mary Jo at

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ll over this great land of ours college baseball teams of all levels are battling their opponents for the supremacy of their league. Division races are being decided as we speak as longtime rivals vie for a berth into regional play, or even a spot in the national tournament. Yet there are a large number of talented youngsters who will have to wait their turn, players who have been asked to forgo their first season of the game they have loved most of their lives. Contact Hayden at So is the life of a college shirt. By definition, to redshirt an athlete is “To keep (a college or school athlete) out of varsity competition for one year in order to extend the athlete's period of eligibility.” In the early days Loud noise of college sport, the purposely Mountain Standard sidelined players actually wore Time red colored shirts to distinguish Discs But I do like sleeping those players from their varsity in a ----. (from Where teammates. Although not conthe Wild Things Are) sidered to be outcasts from the Berets team, the days spent in redshirt Metric weight unit status can be difficult and often Wrath Leans (2 wds.) try an athlete’s loyalty to their Gone by chosen sport. Boxes for valuables California University of Miner's goal Pennsylvania (or Cal U as it is Revolutions per known), is a mid-sized school minute Magazine stand known for the success of their Salaam athletic teams and a nationally Congressional vote recognized Sports Management Aspire program. Recruited by head American Cancer baseball Coach Mike Conte, my Society (abbr.) Brassiere son Will traveled north this fall

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ll parents, I sup- tion was better when he could pose, at one time or see what was going on. Duranother experience ing the first part of the service embarrassment due to words -- the hymns, the scripture or actions of tactless offspring. reading, and the Gloria Patri I have concluded the best way -- when we were changing poto handle it is to laugh; al- sition -- standing or sitting, he though that is easier to do in was attentive. By the time the afterthought than at the mo- sermon began, he settled down ment the incident occurs. I’ve and went to sleep. We thought certainly had my share through we had perfect control of his the years and we always behavior. get a few laughs recallBut --- one Sunday ing these events when he didn’t settle down. we get together. He squirmed and talkFor instance, I reed and refused to obey member when our when I tried to quiet family attended the him. I knew he was birthday celebration for disturbing others, so a dear elderly friend – I picked him up and Mary Jo Shannon so dear, in fact, that started down the aisle we called her “Granny to leave the sanctuViar.” Although she enjoyed ary. All the way to the exit, he celebrating her birthday with screamed, “Please don’t beat friends, she was secretive about me, Mama! Please don’t beat her age and under no circum- me!” It took a long time to live stances would she reveal it. that down and convince my One of my sons was five years friends that I did not beat my old and proud to announce his children! age at each milestone. My daughter also had em“Granny Viar,” he asked, barrassing moments related to “how old are you?” toilet training -- and a verbally A deep silence ensued, and precocious daughter. This child I tried to explain that some did not want to use the childadults, unlike children, do not sized seat for the toilet. Her like to reveal that information. mother explained that her little After a few moments, he de- bottom was too small for the cided to redeem himself and adult seat. Those words came restore Granny Viar’s self im- back to embarrass her when age. “Granny Viar,” he said, “I they were shopping and an know someone in Staunton emergency required the use of who’s fatter than you.” a not-too-clean public toilet – Fortunately, Granny Viar for the mother. She did not sit was a forgiving soul and did down. Her two year old shoutnot hold a grudge against him ed, “What’s the matter, Momfor his faux pas. my? Is your bottom too big for My recovery from an in- the seat?” Significant laughter cident that occurred during resounded from other areas of church was more difficult. Har- the rest room. ry and I kept our two-year-old On another occasion, I was son with us during the service. with my daughter, son-in-law We sat in a pew near the front and my little granddaughter at of the church because his atten- a special restaurant in Mary-

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to continue his studies and play offer, Will recognized an opporthe game that was his passion tunity to gain a year of graduate since he could walk. study and quickly accepted. The Following a few days of stu- hard part of this decision would dent orientation, Will was on come later when the season bethe field with his new team- gan and Will would be camped mates, participating in fall work- out on the sidelines for the first outs and trying not to be over- time in his young life. whelmed by the talent Although redshirt’s that lead the Vulcan’s practice and workout to the NCAA Division with the team, suitII tournament the preing up for games and vious season. The intraveling with the club cumbent players were rarely, if ever, happens. helpful and welcomTo make the most out ing, as was the coachof this experience, Will ing staff who needed seized the opportuJon Kaufman to trim down some nity to concentrate on one hundred men who his studies, add fifteen showed up to try their hand at pounds of muscle and revamp college baseball. his baseball swing during his Although each participant was time away from the game. There considered, the group quickly were sad moments when my shrunk to thirty-four, includ- wife Janet and I could hear the ing current roster members and hurt in his voice on calls home, recruited freshman. With three yet Will continued to work and upper classman catchers on forge lasting relationships with the roster, Will had an outside his teammates, opting to make chance to be a bench player for himself available to pitchers who the upcoming season. The next wanted a little extra throwing few weeks were tense for Will as time or infielders who needed he battled for a roster spot. to see some more ground balls The closing of the fall season away from regular practice. culminated with a one-on-one As a father and a baseball meeting between the coaching enthusiast, I was greatly lookstaff and each player. Praising ing forward to watching my him for his skills and work eth- son play baseball for one of the ic, the coaches asked Will if he best Division II programs in the would consider redshirting due country this spring. I am the to the glut of experience at the kind of dad who would carry catcher’s position. Knowing that around the Vulcan’s press guide the school would pay for his fifth and bore anyone I could find to year in college if he accepted the share the joy of my son’s accomplishments. I will have to embarrass myClean Water & Soap self with that behavior next year, Touchless, Drive-Thru car washes may be cheaper or I suppose. Still, this season has faster, but, they use recycled water and soap suds carbeen very special and eye-opening. Although I did not experiafter-car. At Howard’s, we use clean water every car. ence the pride and joy of watch6 Month Guarantee on Hand Wash Wax ing my child fulfill his dream of playing college baseball this APPOINTMENT Vehicles Washed-Polished spring, I have gained so much ONLY more. I learned that the boy we Hand Wash & Wax raised had become a man, a person who could face a challenge (Exterior Only) and benefit and even grow from Complete Car Detailing - 35 Yrs Experience the experience. Red shirt? Red Badge of courage is more like it.

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Oh, For The Sake Of A Little Self-Esteem


ave you ever done an internet search on self-esteem? I just did and wow, I think satellites are still linking up to download information. With that many resources available, how can our children still be suffering from low self-esteem? Well, maybe they are not. Have you met many teenagers today? How can the most entitled group of individuals in our recent history be guilty of not thinking positively of themselves? The problem is exactly the opposite….. they think too highly of themselves. Unfortunately the whole self-esteem movement is another example of where we have missed the boat again with our children. It has been subtle but very damaging. Here are three examples. The first comes from a comment a prominent educator made to me several years ago. I was questioning why no one seemed to fail in school anymore. She stated that what would be accomplished by holding a student back would not outweigh the damage of that student’s self-esteem. Now, while that may sound absurd to some, it sounds great to many who have echoed that very sentiment to me over the years when I recommend holding kids back. Here is the absurdity. If we pass a kid along who we don’t believe can handle the emotional burden of realizing that they are not equipped to move ahead, how is that same child going to emotionally handle moving ahead unprepared which will lead to more academic struggle and failure? For the average child in this

situation there are two paths…. the question. Think of praise continue to fail and eventually like salt, too much spoils the drop out, or be passed along broth (kid). and graduate unprepared for The third illustration is one the future. of my favorites. At a conference A second illustration is the a few years ago led by someone notion that we are to continu- with the same type of credenally praise our children. By tials I have after my name, the doing so I was told,” they will presenter commented that we begin to think more should let our children positively of themselves.” win against us when The other day I actually playing childhood came across a pamphlet games. He said it was I have had for several an important part of years titled: 101 ways healthy development to praise your child toof self-esteem. At this day. Holy cow, that is a point let’s just say that I lot of praise. The issue Keith McCurdy am not usually a rabble with praise is this: a little rouser at conferences, goes a long way. When but I couldn’t resist. we overdo it we begin to create So I shared…. When my son both an expectation and desire was learning to play checkers, for it. Neither is healthy. I want I always beat him. I am older, my children to do what they smarter and have played checkare supposed to do in life not ers a whole lot longer than him. because they will be praised, Now, I did not gloat or make but because they know they are fun of him. I actually would supposed to. play him multiple times and When we overload the praise, explained how I beat him or we begin the very subtle pro- what moves he missed, but I cess of our children being con- beat him. To do otherwise is to cerned about what others think instill in him the notion that he of them…. hello peer pressure. is capable of something that he Another version of this is giving is not… or that his dad is really rewards for appropriate behav- bad at checkers. Only by not ior. We should give awards for giving my son a false impresexemplary achievements, not sion was he able to learn to be appropriate behavior. When we capable at the game, now he is reward too much, children and tough to play…. Yes the preeventually teenagers begin to senter was offended. I realized expect something for the least that just because he asked for little things they do. In other questions didn’t mean he really words, they develop a very self- wanted any. centered “what’s in it for me” atYes, this example is a little siltitude. I actually had a kid last ly, but it makes the point. Our week tell me that if he could goal is not that our children get some new toys or games he have a high self-esteem; it is that could do a better job with his they are equipped. Our job is to room. I’ll just about guarantee train, not inflate. he already has enough based on It is not surprising to me that

the higher self-esteem goes, the less the concern for others becomes. The higher a sense of humility, the more aware of the needs of those around us grows. When I think of great people, I rarely think of those I would consider as folks with high selfesteem. I would describe them as folks with a keen awareness of others, a history of overcoming obstacles and a connection to the real world. Here are three examples. If you are younger than 30, you may need to look them up. The first is Alvin C. York. He was born in a 2 room cabin in Tennessee and has no significant record of formalized schooling. The second is Audie L. Murphy who grew up in extreme poverty in Texas dropping out in fifth grade. The third is Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu who lived in poverty her entire adult life. According to today’s standards, they all suffered from low selfesteem and most historical documents support that they really didn’t think that much of themselves. The first was Sergeant Alvin C. York, the most decorated American soldier in WWI (great movie). The second was First Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated American soldier in WWII. The third, is Mother Theresa. The most important thing is not that our children see themselves positively, but that they see themselves accurately. Contact Keith at

How Good Words Go Bad


tart with a perfectly good the computer means all those word. Take, for example, grubby old files, those websites "cacher," which comes you shouldn't have visited, the from the Latin "coactare - to flame-mail you shouldn't have constrain" and which in drafted. It's not cool. ReFrench means "to hide ally, it's not cool at all. It's or conceal." But a lot deCache, one syllable, and pends on who is doing it sounds - not surpristhe concealing. If you ingly - like "cash." or I were to hide someSo, two words almost thing, we'd just be keepexact to a "t" but so diaing a lot of stuff out of metrically opposed. And sight. But if Louis-thethere's the problem. Mike Keeler Fourteenth hides it, oh With so little to differvery well then and laentiate them, they are di-freakin'-da. If the King puts a tailor-made for confusion, and secret into a letter, and then has it for hilarity. Need some elegant sealed with wax, then that letter women's clothes? Head on over has the royal stamp on it, so it has to (for great clothes gained a certain, um, "cachet." good enough to lay down in.) And that means a lot. Cachet. It Or read the Daily News' review means Mercedes, Yves St. Lau- of "MacGruber," and you'll find rent, and Remy Martin. It's cool. that the film has a certain "pop No, it's way more expensive than culture cache" (especially to trogcool. It's Cachet, two syllables. lodytes). A few weeks ago when But let's see what happens if Barron's reported on Starbuck's a different sort of person has the merger with Green Mountain Gaul to make "cacher" his own. Coffee, they concluded that Take, for example, a French trap- "The Starbucks brand lends new per, circa 1650, who is exploring cache to Green Mountain's marthe North American interior, ket power and patents." (Yumslamming back some bourbon, my, ground coffee!) And even doing what-all with the natives, Forbes, reporting just yesterday and finding himself in a nasty on why P Diddy will become the pinch every now and then. Per- first hip-hop billionaire, they athaps this Black-Jacques-Shellac tributed much of that value to his might need to unload some gold Ciroc brand of vodka, which "has in a safe place where no one but that cache in the market." he will ever find it. In that case, OK, the Daily News screwing he makes a quick "cache" in the up? Understandable. But Barwilderness, a hole in the ground ron's and Forbes? That makes filled with his junk, for the next it official: very few people untime he passes through. It's derstand the difference between grubby, it's gross. Cache. That something of quality, and a hole word, with its criminal under- in the ground. tones, has infected the Computer Contact Mike at Age, and today the "cache" of


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get overzealous about a lot of things! But one thing at the top of my overzealous list is … SPRING!!! As soon as that warm weather starts and those blooms abound, I want to get up early to watch the sunrise, go hiking, cut flower blooms, grill out, plant a garden and eat from the garden before it is even planted! I am ready for the warm season to take over. I love the battle between cold air and warm that plays out in March and April. It is so real and wild and truly amazing to be a spectator of it all but I am ready when warmth finally wins, and ever so ready to be in it! So here’s to Spring’s victory – may the warm breezes reign! This recipe is from the Food Network and it involves a lot of wonderful spring time grilling. So enjoy and have fun out there! For marinade: 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup fresh lemon juice, from about 5 lemons 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons smoked salt, or kosher salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley For grill: 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1/2 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined 2 ears corn, husked and cut into thirds 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, wiped clean 1 red bell pepper, halved and cored 1 yellow bell pepper, halved and cored 1 orange bell pepper, halved and cored In a medium bowl, combine the marinade ingredients. In a large bowl, combine half the marinade with the chicken breasts, chicken thighs, and shrimp. Toss to combine. Cover and let marinate for at least 1 hour. If marinating for longer than 1 hour, make sure to refrigerate. Place a grill pan over medi-

um-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Brush the corn with reserved unused marinade and wrap in foil. Toss the mushrooms with 1/4 cup of the reserved unused marinade. Grill the chicken breasts and thighs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 7 minutes a side. Grill the corn inside the foil, for about 5 minutes a side. Grill the peppers for about 5 minutes a side. Grill the shrimp and the mushrooms, about 2 minutes a side. Brush the grilled peppers with the last of the reserved unused marinade. Slice the peppers and mushrooms before serving, if desired. Arrange grilled meats and vegetables over the saffron orzo on a large platter and serve immediately. Saffron Orzo: 4 cups chicken stock 1 teaspoon saffron threads 1 pound dried orzo 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black


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Azaleas in Bloom

Spring at Happy Hollow Gardens: the azalea bushes are approaching full bloom at southwest Roanoke County’s Happy Hollow Gardens park off Mt. Chestnut Road. The former azalea nursery, purchased by the county as a park many years ago, features azaleas in several different colors and a number of walking paths. It’s worth a short drive to check them out! - Gene Marrano

Gordon A. Ewald To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 93,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 700 of them have achieved the Master distinction thus far. The last 16 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs while Gordon is one of only 17 Virginia aviation educators who has earned this prestigious "Master" title. In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."

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Earth Day, which was initiated more than 40 years ago by a Wisconsin senator, is now an established observance nationwide, and a long time hit here in the Roanoke Valley. Grandin Village hosted its annual Earth Day event last Saturday, featuring dozens of exhibitors that offered information on some aspect of living a greener life. There was also live music, kettle corn and face painting for those wanting to make a day of it. Roanoke City’s Citizens for Clean & Green, Roanoke County’s RC Clear committee, Valley Beautiful, Clean Valley Council and Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition were among the dozens of exhibitors on hand. Mark McLain, with the Cool Cities Coalition, liked this year’s format, which involved closing off Grandin Avenue near the Memorial Avenue end. “You also have a better variety of exhibitors [and] vendors here selling earthy stuff. All the environmental groups are out here. The Master Instructor desig- It’s bigger and better than it’s ever been.” McClain was also happy to see the City and nation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base Photo by Gene Marrano while increasing their profesLocal “Green Groups” gave out information. sionalism. Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their ex- County on hand with the two citizen-led groups cellence in teaching, but for their (Clean & Green, RC Clear) that are promoting engagement in the continuous carbon emission reduction to residents. “It’s really process of learning -- both their gratifying to us to see that type of support from local governments. That’s what has to happen for own, and their students.' The designation must be everyone to get on board.” McClain said some of those who showed up may renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA be green one day a year right now, coming to the requirements for renewal of the Earth Day celebration mainly to have a good time. candidate's flight instructor cer- “That’s okay, because we give everyone a chance to get their message out there. People take away what tificate. To learn more about the Society they have the capacity to take away.” McClain sugof Aviation and Flight Educators gests reducing energy costs at home and conserva(SAFE), visit For tion as a way to start going green; recycling and more information about the Mas- using less environmentally harmful products are ter Instructor Program visit the also good options. Several booths asked for support on issues like "Find a Master Instructor" section uranium mining and wind power including the of

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Attendees take in the sites along Grandin Rd. Blue Ridge Mountain Defenders which formed specifically to stop the proposed wind turbine towers that Roanoke County is considering for the Poor Mountain Ridge. Sue Karr and her husband Elden of Bent Mountain said they support renewable energy, but only when “it is responsible.” Placing 15-18 400’ towers on top of Poor Mountain in southwest Roanoke County does not meet that criteria, according to Sue Karr. “The little amount of electricity that is produced does not justify the industrialization of the ridges of Poor Mountain.” Karr says the process of erecting these towers and the cement bases needed amounts to mountaintop removal. Visitors to the booth on Saturday had plenty of questions noted Karr: “They want to learn more about why it’s not a good thing. The only thing about this [proposal] that’s green is the money the industry is making.” The Roanoke County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors are close to ruling on the permitting needed to build the electricityproducing turbines. Mark McClain and Cool Cities supports the proposed wind turbines however: “we’re confident that wind energy has a future [locally].” He noted that several Earth Day exhibitors were promoting wind power. Bill Modica has been involved with organizing the Earth Day event in Grandin Village for as long as he can remember. “This is the biggest it’s ever been. We’ve got over 60 exhibitors this year. It’s turned out to be a wonderful experience. Everyone is enjoying it. We’ve got really good diversity too. Earth Day has now become mainstream. We’re not a fringe group any more.” By Gene Marrano

North Cross Science Department Chair Receives Distinguished Expedition Grant At the 107th annual dinner for The Explorers Club in New York City in March, North Cross School Science Department Chairman (and RSS Columnist) Dr. H. Bruce Rinker received an Eddie Bauer/Explorers Club expedition grant on behalf of his research team from the BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) in Gorham, Maine. Dr. Rinker has been a National Fellow of The Explorers Club since 1998 and sits on the national science advisory board for BRI. Working in conjunction with The Explorers Club, Eddie Bauer funded a number of these first-time grants for cutting-edge research and exploration. Dr. Rinker's team will conduct a multi-year pilot study entitled "Climate Change, Environmental Contaminants, and Ecosystem Health in the Maya Forest Region of Mesoamerica."


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Local Aviator Achieves Rare Milestone

Master Instructors LLC has announced a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Gordon A Ewald, a Roanoke area independent flight instructor and a resident of Hardy. Recently, Gordon's accreditations as a Master CFI (Certificated Flight Instructor) was renewed by the Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for the Master Instructor designation as well as the FAA-approved "Master Instructor Program." He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2003 and has held it continuously since then making him one of only 29 aviators worldwide to earn the credential five times. Gordon is an independent flight and ground instructor at Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) specializing in instrument instruction and recurrent training. He also serves as a volunteer mid-Atlantic Angel Flight pilot and is on the board of directors of the Roanoke IFR Club.

Fieldwork will likely begin in the summer 2011. As an international collaborative, colleagues from Belize, Mexico, and the United States will be involved with the project. The annual dinner was celebrated by more than 1,000 attendees in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. North Cross seniors Kaki Comer, Tyler Lystash, and Amy Putnam also attended with their families as newly elected "Student Members" of the Club. The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide.

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Cave Spring pounded out seven hits, but three fielding errors proved costly as the Knights fell 5-1 in the non-district matchup. Cave Spring scored its lone run on a RBI double by Ryan Flora in the sixth. The Knights brought the tieing run to the plate with the bases loaded, but Brookville escaped the jam for the win.

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Lady Patriots Top Franklin County in Tennis The Patrick Henry Girl's Tennis team rallied to defeat the reigning Western Valley District champion Franklin County Eagles 5-4 at a match played in Franklin County. In singles action PH picked up 3 straight set victories on courts 1, 2 and 6 by Junior Allison Link, Senior Laura Hall, and Sophomore Martina Smith. Heading into doubles competition, the match score stood at 3-3. Perennially strong in doubles, Franklin County picked up the first win on court 2, taking the match lead to 4-3. Shortly after, the PH Freshman duo of Sabel Fink and Emily Hamilton took the win on court 3 in straight sets, bringing it back to 4-4. Meanwhile on court 1, Allison Link and Allie Greene had dropped their first set 6-3. Link and Greene picked up the pace and rallied under pressure to win the second set 6-4, which sent the match to a 10 point tie break which the PH duo won 10-2. Head Coach Katherine Smith said, "I'm so proud of the team this year, and

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Next Revolution 16's Win 28 Team Tournament

The "Next Revolution n Volleyball" 16 National Team, from Roanoke won the 28-team HiNeighbor Tournament in Asheville, NC last weekend. The team won all 18 games they played, beating the Asheville 16 National team in the final 25-10, 25-21. The team is composed of 10 girls from 9 schools. Tryouts were concluded Nov 22, and they've been practicing and competing in 9 tournament since then. The team has also traveled to Washington DC, Myrtle Beach and Atlanta. The team's record is 89-46 and their final action is April 30 - May 1st in Williamsburg. Tom Houser and Audrey Easter are the team's coaches. Coach Houser is also directing 8 camps this summer for all levels of volleyball players. To see more about the team and about the camps, visit Pictured: (front row) Hanna Podeschi (Hidden Valley High), Erin Holsinger (Home School), Morgan Robison (Patrick Henry High), Hannah

Helbert (Patrick County High), Maggie Eddleton (Christiansburg High). The rest of the team is (back row) Christina Dietz (Virginia Episcopal School), Gussie Revercomb (North Cross), Coach Tom Houser, Jordan Joyce (Bassett High), Aidan Guilfoyle (Roanoke Catholic). Not able to attend the trip were Sarah Gray (Hidden Valley) and Allyssa King (Lord Botetourt High)

Salem Red Sox Off to Hot Start, Return Home Tonight for 10-Game Stand

It's only April, but the Salem Red Sox are as hot as the dog days of August. The Sox have started the season 12-4 after Tuesday night's rainout at Kinston. Salem returns home tonight (Fri. Apr. 29th) to begin a 10-game home stand through Sunday May 8th. Potomac, Kinston and Myrtle Beach will be the opposition to visit Salem Memorial Stadium in that stretch. Sunday, the Red Sox came back from a 4-0 deficit to score 11 unanswered runs in defeating Potomac 11-4

The lady Pats now stand 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the WVD. (left to right) - Emily Hamilton, Sabel Fink, Jill Pritts, Meredith Matthews, Martina Smith, Kim Russell. (In front) Allison Link and Allie Greene. (Not pictured Laura Hall and Grace Mason.) especially the performance in tonight's win. Franklin County always plays tough and brings their A game, so to defeat them on their home courts feels really good." The Lady Patriots then went back on the road to Danville on Monday to take on George Washington, picking up another key 7-2 WVD District

win. Singles wins were scored by Laura Hall, Allie Green, Kim Russell, and Grace Mason on courts 2, 3, 5 and 6. Leading 4-2 after singles competition, the Lady Patriots swept the doubles matches with wins by Allison Link / Allie Greene, Laura Hall / Kim Russell, and Grace Mason / Emily Hamilton.

Red Sox first baseman #16 Reynaldo Rodriquez puts down the tag as a Potomac runner is nearly picked off at first. By Bill Turner Salem hitter #21 Vladimir Frias goes out of the yard for a two-run homer over the right field wall in the Red Sox three-run second inning.

North Cross Knocks Off Cave Spring

PH Girl's Lax Beats South County

On Tuesday evening, the PH Varsity Girl's Lacrosse Team defeated South County 10-4 on Kerr Field at Roanoke College. The Lady Patriots are now 8-1 on the season. Six different players had goals for PH. Claiborne Lucas led all scorers with 3 goals and Catie Vance finished the game with 2 goals along with an assist. Madeleine Blackwell and Casey Lewis each contributed 1 goal and 1 assist. Ann Johnson also scored a goal- her second this season. Hannah Cunningham had an impressive game in the midfield. She scored 2 goals, assisted 1, picked up 5 ground balls, and had 4 draw controls.

S The North Cross Raiders survived another anemic offensive performance by eking out a win over the Cave Spring Lacrosse Club by a score of 6-5 in overtime. North Cross's defense kept them in the hunt by shutting down an athletically potent Warhawk front line in the second and third quarters. North Cross now goes to 6-4 on the season.

Blackwell and Vance each controlled the draw twice. Caroline Rakes finished the game with 1 draw control, 3 ground balls, and 1 interception. The defense was led by Kate Spyhalski, Erin Shumate, Kelsey Smith, and Mac Beeler. Spyhalski, Shumate, and Beeler caused 2 turnovers each. The PH defensive unit, which has only allowed an average of 5 goals per game to be scored, was North Cross Attackman Chris Pollock outruns a anchored by goalie Alaina Girani. Girani had 11 Warhawk defender to the ball late in the game. saves and 1 interception. The Lady Patriots play again on Wednesday May 4 at Salem HS. The Raiders were jubilant after pulling off the win in overtime.

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Role Reversal: When Children Blue Ridge Marathon Becoming Part of Roanoke’s Business Plan Should Talk to Parents About Money

Created in part to attract runners to the Roanoke Valley from other parts of the country, the recent second annual Blue Ridge Marathon did just that – participants came from 37 states and Germany. In addition to the Blue Ridge Marathon, a criterium bike race in downtown Roanoke, a “Bike Fest” at the Civic Center and dozens of musical acts around the city made for an entertaining if somewhat soggy day. Most of the activities moved to various indoor locations downtown because of the rain. Race director Ronnie Angell said that despite the rain that fell on April 16, the event did what it was designed to do: it helped put Roanoke on the map as a destination for marathon races, in what he called “America’s Toughest Road Marathon.” That’s a title Roanoke is playfully sparring over with the City of Tucson, AZ, where the Mount Lemmon Marathon also treks up a mountain. A number of national racing publications covered the Blue Ridge Marathon this year, media reporting that was almost nonexistent in 2010 according to Angell. “That should definitely help us out more next

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As Baby Boomers grow older — and presumably wiser about economic matters — more are finding themselves in a position of caretaker for elderly parents. Raising the topic of money with parents can be difficult. But with the right choice of words, timing, and tone, you can open the door to a meaningful conversation. Select a Representative. An initial conversation about finances should be done one-on-one. Involving too many people can be overwhelming and appear threatening. If you have siblings, select one — perhaps the oldest, most financially knowledgeable, or one with whom your parent(s) may feel most comfortable — to lead the way. Remember, this is about your parent's money, not about yours or your children's. Be Sensitive. To some extent, our financial lives influence how we view ourselves as independent human beings. For many, old age is a time of coping with a series of physical and emotional losses: hearing, eyesight, mobility, memory, as well as friendships. With any conversation about money, be sensitive to the fears and concerns your parents may harbor about their possible loss of control or independence. Break the Ice Skillfully. A subtle opening could involve an anecdotal story about a person you know in common, a news article found in the

daily paper, or even about yourself. • I need help with my will. Who did you use? • How's Aunt Mary doing since Uncle Joe passed away? • Have you seen the new Social Security statements? • What was it like for your parents during the Great Depression? • Did you watch that TV special on hospitals last week? Start Slowly. Don't commence a dialogue during a crisis situation or try to resolve all details in one meeting. Raise questions that your parents can consider for a follow-up conversation. • I'll stop by for coffee next week, and we can continue our talk. Maybe you'll have those papers by then? Your parents may actually enjoy the attention. After several informal conversations, you may want to consider the help of a financial professional. For more information, contact the National Council on Aging ( and AARP ( Cindy Shively is a financial advisor with the Meridian Group / Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Roanoke. She can be reached at 540-983-4912 or

New MMT Director Raring To Go

Mill Mountain Theatre hasn’t been completely dark since live professional productions shut down there several years ago, but now MMT has taken a big step forward as it looks to raise the curtain again: the theatre’s Board of Directors has hired a new producing artistic director. Scott Treadway will become the second Mill Mountain Theatre employee of its new era on June 1. He comes to Roanoke from Flat Rock Playhouse (the State Theatre of North Carolina) in Western North Carolina, where he has served in various capacities over the past 27 years. The University of Tennessee graduate has experience on the stage as well, appearing in over 140 productions from Miami to Milwaukee. Treadway recalls attending a performance at Mill Mountain Theatre some time in the late 1980’s. Ginger Poole, Mill Mountain Theatre’s Managing Director and Director of Education, was formerly employed by Flat Rock Playhouse. The only paid employee at Mill Mountain recently, she has known Treadway for over a decade. “We’ve worked on stage [in various capacities] and have a long history together.” Poole, who said MMT will have an interim season until it officially reopens as a profesBy Gene Marrano sional live theater venue in cember 2013, is “very lucky” to have landed Treadway. The grand reopening will coincide with the remodeled Center in the Square’s planned reopening. Mill Mountain will then be “a different kind of theater,” said

Scott Treadway is MMT’s new producing artistic director. Poole. Until late 2013 the smaller Waldron stage on Church Avenue will host productions, with the Trinkle Main Stage off limits due to construction at Center, which is slated to start in June. Poole lauds the board of directors for the approach employed to bring the theater back, “slowly, cautiously and correctly. Roanoke is going to dictate to us what we can put on that stage.” Productions on the Waldron stage will retain the high production values MMT was known for, according to Poole, as they “strive to knock it out of the ballpark.” Treadway will move to Roanoke with his young daughter by June 1. Poole said hiring him was an important statement: “I think the timing is right. I think it’s now or never. We’ve got to make the next step to keep [regional professional theater] intact.” Conversations about what productions to stage have already begun. “The wheels are

turning,” said Poole. Treadway is excited about his career change: “Mill Mountain has always been one of those big companies you knew about growing up in the southeast,” said the Johnson City, TN native, “one of those success stories you always heard about.” MMT’s closing several years ago “reverberated throughout the industry, we couldn’t believe it,” said Treadway. He left Flat Rock last December and had planned to focus on his photography, before Poole convinced him to take a look at Mill Mountain’s plans. He was impressed by the board’s approach and soon it became “a love affair,” said Treadway, who originally acted just as a consultant for the process of bringing the theater back. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Roanoke a vibrant place: “I love the city.” The community involvement he sees in trying to bring MMT back impressed him. “There’s just such an anticipation to see the theater get back on line,” said Treadway, “this is a guaranteed success story. He’ll spend much of the next 18 months selling Mill Mountain to sponsors, donors and patrons. “We have to earn the public’s trust. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take many, many productions of consistent quality.” Treadway said it’s all about earning respect and trust. Flat Rock was drawing about 90,000 patrons a year when he left, after a cautious and slow buildup. Look for fewer plays, with down time and dark months to build anticipation for the new season. “I can’t tell you how excited I am,” said Poole, “I know what Scott is going to bring to the table, not only in talent andProfessio leadership, but what he’s going to bring to the community. We’ve been carrying the torch – and now 1618 it hasn’t been in vain. It’s really important to take this next step.Salem ”

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Young Actor Noah Jones is True “Chip” Off the Old Block A mere seven years old, Noah Jones comes from a family where his father Kevin has run a performing arts studio for years, preparing students high school age and younger for a possible career and college major in musical theater. Now Noah Jones is off on his own acting adventure, appearing as the young teacup “Chip” in a national touring production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a show that has been on Broadway for many years. Beauty and the Beast comes to the Roanoke Civic Center’s Performing Arts Theatre for two shows this Sunday (May 1). A second performance at 6:30pm had to be added after the matinee sold out. (see for ticket information). The Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio, which Jones runs out of his home in southwest Roanoke County, also stages several recitals a year, with students showing off the vocal skills and stagecraft they have learned. A year-end recital will take place at Jefferson Center on May 6; Broadway tunes are often the focal point of a KJPAS performance. (see KJPAS. com for more information) Kevin Jones, an actor and piano player himself, hasn’t worked with Noah at his studio but coached him on the side before auditions for Beauty and the Beast in New York last year. (eleven-year-old daughter Miranda has also attended KJPAS classes.) Noah was called back for several additional auditions and landed the role as Chip, which he alternates with another young actor. “They have a passion for this [and] love it,” said Jones of his two children. Miranda played Pinocchio in a Mill Mountain Theatre production last winter.

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Julia Louise Hosack as Mrs. Potts and Noah Jones as Chip. Noah is home schooled, pri- gone on to meaty roles, either marily by Melia Jones, Kevin’s in TV soap operas or in tourwife, who is also traveling with ing Broadway shows. “But not her son on the road. “That’s why at age 7,” notes Jones, adding this became very feasible for us,” that he and Melia are not typical said Kevin Jones, who will join stage parents by any means: “if his wife and son on the tour they wanted to play soccer that’s soon. Noah will play the role in fine. But it is nice to see that they Roanoke and Richmond so that have that interest.” family and friends can see him Speaking on the road from on stage. He does have speak- Fort Worth, Texas, Melia Jones ing lines and solo singing parts said her new life squiring Noah in the show. “He does it all,” said around was “a little bit crazy, but the proud papa, “in one of the fun. It’s been a journey.” Noah featured parts.” Kevin Jones has didn’t have much to say, only played keyboards in the orches- that he had been “to a lot of cool tra for legs of the Beauty and the places on the tour, it’s really fun.” Beast national tour in the past. Keeping up with his schoolwork “We’ve come full circle.” “will be hard” but Noah will do Noah Jones may be the least his best, with Melia’s help. Kevin affected by his new life on the Jones said he didn’t push Noah road. “He’s having a great time,” to continue with the audition said Kevin Jones. His son plays callbacks but his son wanted to with Legos backstage when not go forward. “He has to enjoy in a scene and listens for his this.” cues. He also seems unaware Noah will be leaving for Syrathat he earns hundred of dollars cuse the very next morning afper appearance for playing Chip. ter Sunday’s performances in Melia gives him two dollars per Roanoke. performance and the rest is put away for future use. Noah should be part of the By Gene Marrano tour until the summer of 2012 after joining the show in March. Several other KJPAS alums have

Book Review: “My Very Last Boyfriend” "My Very Last Boyfriend," is a light-hearted memoir written by Roanoke native Betty Cody Pence. The author describes it as "an airplane book," meaning that it is small in size and easy to pack. A reader describes it as "a book with a smile" which is accurate as readers will find in it her infectious sense of humor. Pence offers a view of America through the eyes of a spirited and fearless "girl" as women were proud to be called not so long ago. At age 90, Pence continues to chart her own course. Her grace and professional ease were on display when she modeled winter fashions this past Christmas at a large gathering of Roanoke area women. In addition to a long and successful modeling career, she is an artist, a writer, and a former Madison Avenue ad-woman, who tells of writing the ad, "Hitch your car to a star," which became "Hitch your

is not dark, but bright and forward looking. "My Very Last Boyfriend" is available at Ram's Head and Too Many Books. The price is $8.00 with $3.00 going to the Rescue Mission. The book, dedicated to her granddaughter, is a gift from the heart of Betty Pence to those who cherish their own memories of less cynical times and to those who wonder at them. Betty Cody Pence wagon to a star" for Texaco in the 1940s. Readers will enjoy the fun as the author takes them to proms and parties at Washington & Lee, Princeton, West Point and Annapolis, as well as events for U.S. sailors during World War II when she served as a volunteer for the Navy League in New York City. There is sadness, of course, but the tone of the book

By Gail Lambert

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Market Store Promotes Fair Trade Principles

Before coming to Roanoke six-and-a-half-years ago, Donna Bollinger worked with international organizations, a New York based international exchange program, and then had the opportunity to work outside the United States for a time. During this phase of her life, she met co-operatives and groups of people worldwide who, while they possessed extraordinary talents, frequently lived in deplorable conditions. While a divinity school student, Bollinger spent more time learning about different international groups and what they were doing. “Some of them,” she explains, “related to aspects that would more actually reflect the different cultural and faith groups that we were working with.” Out of these experiences, Bollinger founded Native Grace. Currently located at 308 Market Street in downtown Roanoke, Native Grace opened its doors for business in November 2008 and, within its first year, had to relocate to its present site. “After one year, we signed a lease to move into a space that was more than double our size. I took a couple of months setting up, and now have been in this location for just over a year. The community is incredibly supportive, and we very much appreciate that, and appreciate the fact that people care about where their products are coming from.” Native Grace sells products manufactured by artisans around the world in accordance with the principles of Fair Trade. The latter covers such issues as creating opportunities for economically and socially marginalized people, developing transparency and accountable relationships, building capacity, paying promptly and fairly (Bollinger points out that most the time individuals and co-operatives are paid prior to or as soon as their labor is completed), guaranteeing children’s rights, protecting the environment, and respecting cultural identity. May 14 will be observed as World Fair Trade Day. Groups that adhere to the aforementioned principles are certified by the Fair Trade Federation. “Fair Trade,” says Bollinger, “is the opposite of a sweat shop. There are safe working conditions for everyone.” Diversity characterizes both the items Native Grace sells and those who purchase them.

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American Life in Poetry BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Roanoke Student Named VA Tech Outstanding Graduating Senior

Virginia Tech has named Jane Jennings of Roanoke as the I love poems that take pains to observe people at their tasks, and here’s a fine one by Christopher Outstanding Graduating Senior Todd Matthews, who lives in Virginia. in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies for the 20102011 academic year. Jennings will graduated in May with a Bachelor of ArOne hand slops suds on, one the end, then shaves it off chitecture Degree and a grade hustles them down like a blind. and flings it away. Which is point average of 3.96 (on a 4.0 Brusque noon glare, filtered thus, splendid, and merciless. And all scale). She is ranked number loosens and glows. For five or in the wrist. Then, he looks at us. one in her class of over 300 stusix minutes he owns the place, We makers of filth, we splashers dents. dismal coffee bar, and us, its and spitters. We sitters and watchers. Because of her academic huddled underemployed. A blade, Who like to see him work. success she is a member of sevblack line against the topmost glass, Who love it when he leaves eral collegiate honor societies and gives it back: our grim hideout, including the Phi Kappa Phi begins, slices off the outer lather, half spoiled by clarity. Honor Society, Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society and flings it away, works inward, the National Society of Collecorrals the frothy middle, and carves, -Christopher Todd Matthews giate Scholars. with quick cuts, the stuff down, Jennings already has a signot looking for anything, beneath nificant amount of experience or inside. Homes to the last, in the world of architecture. cleans its edges, grooms it for

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neering and Planning allowed her to develop real-world skills by communicating with clients and product representatives, and working on construction documents under a project architect. In the summer of 2010, she held another summer internship with Interactive Design Group of Roanoke where Jennings created and edited construction documents for new construction projects as well as renovations. She was able to further hone previous skills as she visited project sites for as-built measurements, client meetings, and construction visits. Jennings also had the opportunity to produce marketing graphics, project renderings, and preliminary design concepts. Jennings' academic and scholarship success is not limited to Blacksburg. In the fall of 2009 she traveled to Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, with the Center of European Studies and Architecture at Virginia Tech and studied in their architecture program. The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community. Jennings is the daughter of Barbara Jennings and the late Curtis R. Jennings of Roanoke.


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News from the Roanoke Valley for April 30, 2011.

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