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Volunteers work on a porch in Northwest Roanoke. It is no secret that much of the housing stock in Roanoke City is getting older, and that there are some owners who can’t afford to do much-needed repair work. That’s where “Rebuilding Together” – formerly “Christmas in April” – comes in. Every spring, scores of volunteers come together in Roanoke to do repairs of up to $2500-3000, typically on several dozen houses. Owners of homes in need of repair can apply for help through local social service Community agencies, including LOA. Private funds are raised to support the annual project, which is part of a nationwide undertaking. Those selected after the qualification process open their homes to volunteer crews in April. The number of homes to be worked on depends on how much money is raised and typically includes such projects as roofing, repairing or building porches, painting, plumbing, and handicap ramps. Rebuilding Together board member Alan McClellan, also the operations director, stopped by a home in Northwest Roanoke

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At this past Tuesday’s meeting of the School Board Audit Committee, the City Municipal Auditor Drew Harmon recommended that Brown Edwards & Co., LLC be selected as the schools’ new independent auditors. If the School Board concurs, they will replace KPMG for the 2010-2011 school year. Brown Edwards & Co., LLC has an office in Roanoke on McClanahan Street. Having a local presence weighed Local Govt. in their favor, and City auditor Dawn Mullins remarked that “they were easy to talk to.” Their successful bid came in at $30,000 for a single audit and $15,500 for school activity fund audits. This was less then KPMG had charged for the current year. Other clients of Brown Edwards & Co., LLC include the cities of Lynchburg, Salem, Bedford and Blacksburg. Harmon cautioned the committee to keep in mind that the schools’ audits need to be completed before the city audits. The city is still using KPMG and having separate, independent auditors may require some adjustment. Separately, Pete Ragone of KPMG briefed the committee on the 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Internal controls that are in need of improvement were identified. As a high-risk auditee, 50% of federal fund expenditures were

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Tim Sykes of Blacksburg gives God the Glory as he crosses the finish line as the winner of the inaugural Blue Ridge Marathon held in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Local runners crafted one of the most challenging and beautiful marathons in the country. The full marathon course included 3,076 feet of total elevation gain and 6,140 feet of total elevation change. The breathtaking views and stunning Blue Ridge Mountain scenery offered some reprieve to runners as they persevered to the finish line but only about half of those who started were able to complete the grueling course. Proceeds from the inaugural run will go to the non-profit, FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway. - See page 7 for full coverage.

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Blue Ridge Parkway Tree Planting Transplant Recipients Share Appreciation Brings Community Together As urban sprawl threatens the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 1,228 views, nearly 150 supporters of America’s most visited National Park Service site decided to do something about it. “FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway,” in conjunction with the Roanoke Kiwanis Club and other community-based organizations, recently spent three hours planting hardwood and pine seedlings on the parkway. When fully grown, the 500 trees will shield the view of homes currently visible from the parkway. The day began with volunPhoto by Park Ranger Shawn Rhodes teers arriving by bus at the site, registering, and sharing con- Josephine Eaton may be small, but she and her father, Robversation as they waited to be- ert, know the big value of planting trees. Three year-old gin. Bob Boeren, a supervisor Eaton joined more than 65 youth and 77 adult volunteers with the Virginia Department to plant trees on the Blue Ridge Parkway. of Forestry, was on hand to inYouth Volunteer In Parks prostruct the volunteers on how adding soil and water. “We’re all very blessed to gram, the FRIENDS of the Blue to plant the seedlings to ensure their survival. Once he was fin- have this ribbon-like park go- Ridge Parkway tried to involve ished, the volunteers went to ing through our land,” said Da- as many youth as they could vid Bowers, Mayor of Roanoke with the event. As Bowers exwork. and member of the plains, “It is not only a good Ranging in age Kiwanis club. He was thing to do, it is the responsibilfrom two months Environment impressed with the ity of all who enjoy the resource to 84 years old, the number of young to involve their youth. It’s imvolunteers all had a common interest – their love people on site at the planting, portant for us, as stewards, to for the Blue Ridge Parkway and observed, “The youth here show these (youth) how to care and its views. The sun shined will someday be able to drive the entire morning as the vol- this road and say, ‘I put a tree > CONTINUED unteers worked, gently placing there.’” In support of the Parkway’s P2: Tree Planting the seedlings into the holes and

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Being a transplant recipient to receive the transplanted is no laughing matter. heart that has been beating in However, the opposite his chest for the past 13 years. would seem to be true when A dapper dresser who drives a observing a group of them at sporty little car, he points out a recent dinner gathering. The that although he is 86 years joy and laughter old, his heart is only being shared was 55. His new heart Organ Donors genuine and conhelped him care for tagious. There his wife of 54 years, were enough jokes and witty 53 days and 2 hours as she remarks flying around to make lived for four years after having everyone’s sides hurt with a stroke – an opportunity he is laughter. How can people who grateful to have had. have been through so much A former pilot, Cecil manlaugh so easily? Perhaps it is aged to attend a reunion of his because they, unlike most, are reserve fighter squadron -- on acutely aware of the fragility the way home from the hosof life. Often times they have pital after his transplant. Two been at death’s door and the in- years ago he traveled to Prague finite possibilities of a life well and Berlin. While his credenlived are always in their mind’s tials and sheer drive sound imeye. pressive, it is his kindness and Hearing their stories up close generosity that leave a lasting and personal is a life-changing impression. transaction. He explains, “I made a pact Prior to 1997, John Cecil, with myself never to do anya heart recipient, had a “best thing to dishonor what the friend.” His name was “George” original owner of this heart and he was an IV bag. George would have done. I have never and he were constant compan- cheated anyone or hurt anyone ions. At the age of 73, Cecil had intentionally; I treat others like already had two bypass surgeries and the time had come when he could hardly move > CONTINUED at all. He waited 27 months P3: Transplant

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the office of Refugee and Immigration Services - Painting and planting projects at the Mill Mountain Zoo - Assisting participants of the Blue Ridge Marathon - Working with the animals at the SPCA to prepare them for adoption and promoting Project Sticker Shock- a RAYSAC sponsored youth-driven initiative where youth volunteers placed stop sign stickers that display a warning message about the penalties for providing alcohol to anyone under 21 on beer cases and wine coolers. This prevention initiative took place at various Stop-In locations around the Roanoke Valley. Global Youth Service Day is the largest volunteer initiative in the world. Students from throughout the Roanoke Valley joined millions of youth in the US and in 120 other countries who have planned community service projects and special events. Jamelia Ford, a student at Patrick Henry High School, shared her experience as a returning volunteer. “Global Youth Service Day is a really fun event that I look forward to all year long. I always meet new people and learn something new. I love that I can choose an issue that I care about and make a difference. This is my third year participating in Global Youth Service Day and now I volunteer all the time. It’s fun to see your community come together and do good things.� Immediately following the service projects, the volunteers were invited to a celebration held at the Virginia Museum of Transportation where they celebrated the day of service with fellow volunteers, local dignitaries, and WSLS 10’s Dawn Jefferies. The participants enjoyed free food and listened to music from Jammin’ JJS. In addition, each volunteer received a t-shirt, a free week pass to one of several YMCA locations and a free ticket to an upcoming Salem Red Sox game.

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Family Service of Roanoke Valley (FSRV) joined over 100 organizations around the world in sponsoring Global Youth Service Day 2010. Celebrating the spirit of community and the value of our youth, FSRV mobilized over 800 young volunteers as they participated in the 22nd Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) last Saturday. In the Roanoke Valley, over twenty service projects took place, led by youth who have been planning this service event throughout the school year. Family Service of Roanoke Valley was selected by Youth Service America as one of the country’s lead agencies to organize Global Youth Service Day 2010. The event offered simultaneous service projects for both youth and families. The celebration kicked off on Friday with an American Red Cross Blood Drive that was held at Tanglewood Mall. Saturday’s featured service project was a “Laps for Love� walkathon at Hollins Park where hundreds of volunteers participated to support a diverse range of community agencies including Refugee and Immigration Services, SWVA Second Harvest Food Bank, Goodwill Industries and the SPCA. Other projects fell under the themes of hunger and homelessness, helping the environment, veterans and senior citizens, children’s health and welfare, animal care, education and awareness and restoring our community. These projects included: Serving meals at the Rescue Mission - Assisting with Healthy Kids Day at the Kirk Family YMCA - Working at the SW Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank - Painting at the West End Center on Patterson Avenue - Planning entertainment for the residents of the Veteran’s Hospital - Working in the food pantry at the Presbyterian Community Center - Painting and decorating pillowcases for children at the Ronald McDonald House - Gardening projects at

last Saturday to watch volunteer carpenters shore up a wooden porch roof. Several other houses had already been worked on earlier in the month. “We do have skilled laborers,� says McClellan, who estimated that upwards of 300 might have gotten involved this year, “[and] nobody is paid to do any of this stuff.� They make an exception to hire professionals for jobs like siding replacement. A major grant from The Foundation for Roanoke Valley ($100,000), plus smaller

but substantial donations from Wachovia, SunTrust and Carilion helped fund repairs this year. Since 1998 more than 300 homes have been renovated by the Rebuilding Together program locally. McClellan makes it a point to travel to each house, meeting with the homeowners. “The appreciation is just incredible. Most of them are very [grateful].� McClellan estimates that several hundred people may have applied this year for the few dozen slots that qualified.

> Auditors audited. There was a delay in completion of the audit, primarily related to the implementation of the new financial system that became operational July 1, 2008. Historical data prior to this date is still available on the old system. The schools’ new system started with a blank slate. The system vendor Harris School Solutions has servers located in Canada, and a trainer available in Texas. The software solution is called Aptafund and Now covers human resources,Now pur-

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From page 1 Volunteers benefit as well. McClellan called that a “reverse mission,� where “the people that work on them probably get as much out of it as the homeowner does.� Crews that come back year after year gain more experience with the types of work to be done, which means that McClellan gets fewer calls these days from homeowners complaining about some facet of their makeover. Some businesses send groups of volunteers annually. “[Many] volunteers come back year after

year,� added Rebuilding Together’s Ralph Stiles, who was making the rounds with McClellan. “They try it one time and get such a thrill out of it they come back.� “We are active year round,� said local chapter president Ed Murray, but every April on Rebuilding Day we pull out all the stops, [and] we allow people to accept help with dignity.� By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

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I would like to be treated.” He adds, “I have been frightened enough a few times in my life to have my knees knock, and I think you should live life to the full until you die.” Another transplant recipient, Tom Philips, is a slender grandfather who loves to rave about his family. He shares, “For me, my heart transplant in 2003 was all about family. My wife has been my guardian angel for the five years that I progressively worsened waiting for a new heart, and ever since, trying to rein me in whenever I get too rambunctious or cocky. She still won’t let me go to UVA for quarterly visits by myself. [She’s] afraid, I guess, that I’ll miss something.” Family for Philips means six children and fourteen grandchildren, five of whom were born after his transplant and have “shared my rebirth with me.” This is the family “that has accompanied Alice and me to 3 different Transplant Olympic games, cheering me on as I flailed away on a bike, in ping pong games, in a race walk, or in the water . . .wondering, I’m sure, whether I was going to sink to the bottom.” He proudly adds, “The oldest grandchild is 17 and looking at colleges. The youngest, at ages two and three, allow me to get on the floor and roll around and act like a kid.”

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From page 1 Philips becomes a bit philosophical, saying, “I used to count the days of my new life, but after reaching 1000, then 2000, I stopped counting -but still enjoy every day as a new day in a new life.” Penny Baynton is a petite woman who is the force behind “Transplants United,” a support group for organ donors and recipients that meets monthly in Salem. She is also a double transplant (kidney and pancreas) recipient. She can quickly recall the misery she experienced prior to her transplant. She recounts that “After 22 months on peritoneal dialysis I forgot how it felt to be well. After 38 years of Type 1 Diabetes, I forgot how it felt to be free. Post-transplant, I’m free of the immediate concern that my blood sugar will go too low or too high, both of which cause life-threatening complications, often landing me in the hospital. I lost sight in both eyes on two separate occasions and would have gone blind but for laser technology. In 1997 at age 45, I had a heart attack. My worst nightmare came true about six months later when my kidneys stopped functioning.” Baynton, too, is left with a deeper appreciation for the second chance she has been given. She wants people to know that “I learned that

Star Sentinel Writer Receives Two VA Press Women Awards

The Virginia Press Women (VPW) held their annual conference in Roanoke this past weekend, which included workshops, speakers, a progressive dinner, and even a visit to Floyd to treat conference attendees to the legendary weekend “Jamboree.” One of the highlights of the conference included naming the winners of the annual VPW 2010 Communications Contest. The awards were presented by 2009-2010 VPW President Gwen Woolf at The Taubman Museum of Art. Susan M. Ayers, Roanoke Star Sentinel contributor, received two awards. She received Second Place in the category "Special Articles - Government or Politics" for the article, “City Reveals Plan for ‘Superbranch’ Library” published November 6-10, 2009 in The Roanoke Star-Sentinel. Ayers also won Third Place in the category "Special Articles - Reviews" for the article, “Cole is Still Unforgettable,” published October 2-8, 2009 in The Roanoke Star-Sentinel. Ayers said that “it was very humbling to receive the awards. I joined VPW last year. I have found it to be a great organization with very talented and accomplished members. Many of these communications professionals have been active members for several years.” She added that “the educational and networking opportunities are endless.” VPW is a diverse organization of professional communicators in Virginia that is open to women and men. Its members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television stations, schools, colleges, government, corporations, non-profit agencies, communications businesses, and a variety of organizations and associations. As of December 2009, the Virginia Press Women had 150 members -- the statewide membership is a collection of four districts. Virginia Press Women Inc. was founded in 1958 and incorporated in 1973. It is affiliated with the National Federation of Press Women. Both organizations promote the highest ethical standards, foster exchanges of journalistic ideas and experiences, offer continuing education opportunities to members and serve the public's right-to-know. Ayers explains that she “stumbled upon the

life is never completely independent, but interdependent. I think I’ve matured through the experience of transplantation from self-absorbed isolation to awareness of and gratitude for the similarities and marvelous diversity of life. I have a heightened appreciation for interdependence versus independence, the love of family and nurturing relationships versus personal ambition that sometimes got in the way. I celebrate each day with joy.” Baynton offers her gratitude and spiritual perspective as well, saying, “Two complete strangers offering me the ‘gift of life’ is evidence of God’s mystical and mysterious grace. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-17 and in the following Chapter 13, the Apostle Paul eloquently describes a spiritual transformation that I’ve experienced. I am blessed and what greater joy is there?” Regardless the difficult and varied journeys most transplant recipients have travelled, they tend to “arrive” at the same destination – one of renewed hope and a heightened appreciation for each day they are alive. For more information on Transplants United phone 800-847-7831 ext. 4914, and for information on organ donation, visit www.kidney.org.

Left to right: Transplants United Members Bob Johnson, Elaine Baynton, Penny Baynton, J.R. Hughes, John Cecil, David Aronson, Syrinda Hughes, and Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bergevin of LifeNet Health. Editor’s Note: Reporter Christine Slade is an organ donor who through this generous act, extended her own granddaughter’s life by 13 years.

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for the land.” Susan Mills, Executive Director of FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway explained, “The viewshed experience provides adults and children/youth the opportunity to make a difference by planting the seedlings and trees that buffer the encroachment of both residential and commercial development along the Blue Ridge Parkway.” FRIENDS is a non-profit organization tasked with supporting the Parkway through volunteer, educational, and fundraising efforts. She added that “being part of solving an issue of encroachment makes the community feel involved and increases their sense of making a difference for their beloved Blue Ridge Parkway.” Trees were not the only thing that benefitted from the care of the volunteers – the Parkway and the Roanoke area were impacted as well. “Each planting brings a community together,” explained Mills. She continued, “In addition to encouraging a community to work together, the viewshed Susan Ayers in her writing studio. plantings provide an opportunity for children and youth to leave group, and after emailing a couple members,” es- their computer games and teletablished a connection that stuck. She found that visions behind and experience people were very encouraging, and in the words of activities in the outdoors. national President Cynthia Price, who addressed the group, “We are like a family.” Ayers says that the VPW members are “so accomplished; some have had books published, some teach at major writers’ conferences — it really was humbling to receive these awards” from the group. Roanoke has a Saltwater Fish Store! The awards are especially gratifying as Ayers • Large selection left a long career in the mortgage business for • Live corals health reasons, and later decided to pursue free• Aquariums & equipment • Delivery & set-up lance writing without knowing whether she could • Maintenance for home or business be successful at it. According to the VPW, she is 540-580-7755 1428 Roanoke Road (Across from Lord Botetourt High School) quite successful --- enough to be counted and recognized amongst their ranks.

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As a result families, community groups, scout troops and individuals call a year in advance wanting to know when the next tree planting will take place…volunteering is the perfect conduit to helping an individual feel they are making a difference.” For more information about volunteering for the Blue Ridge Parkway, contact Park Ranger Shawn Rhodes, Volunteer Coordinator, at (828) 271-4779 x242, or shawn_rhodes@nps.gov By Shawn C. Rhodes, Park Ranger info@newsronaoke.com

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“When Was I Supposed To Be Where?” What Love Can Do… Welcome to spring. Is your schedule hectic? If you have kids, I’ll bet the answer is YES! Soccer and baseball practice, games, tutoring, scouts, school programs, work, volunteering at school and church……and that is just one week. It is the time of year when I hear the most about stress coming from being overwhelmed with activities and obligations, and this year is no different. We as parents can become so consumed and committed that we lose our enjoyment and our only hope is that all of the busyness will soon end and then we can relax and enjoy our family. Maybe we are doing something backwards. It often flows like this: Most of our energy is directed towards our commitments, activities, practices, etc. We begin feeling guilty that we aren’t spending quality time with our kids or family so whenever we get a break we attempt to cram in something fun. Then whatever leftover time we have, if we have any at all we, we share with our spouse in a last minute dinner or TV show when the kids are away or asleep. Then on Sunday we think about God if we are not too involved or tired to attend church. If this sounds famil-

iar, no wonder you are stressed. you have kids? Are you honorYour process is backwards. ing God in how you love your If you spend most of your husband or wife? energy on the outside world Family: Yes, this comes after of commitments, then family, marriage and it is more impormarriage and God in that order; tant than any one individual I would suggest that your focus activity of a child. Is there an needs to be the reverse: God, ongoing process of activities as a marriage, family and then out- family? Are there limits on how side world. much any one person can be God: The primary doing outside of the focus is your individfamily? Are there ual relationship with clear boundaries to Christ. Are you living keep in the good and in a way that honors keep out the bad inGod and is obedient fluences? to his commands? Outside world: Do you spend time Now you are able developing this relato interact with the tionship in an ongooutside world of ing manner? Are you activities without involved in a larger jeopardizing your Keith McCurdy body of believers family, marriage or that encourage one relationship with another in this growth? When God. This way, the committhese things are true about us ments and activities that weigh individually we are in a health- on us only have a small and ier place to manage a marriage manageable influence. relationship. To follow this outline, the Marriage: Yes, this comes rules are simple. You start before family. The marriage is with God and only move to the the center and foundation of the next category when you have a family just as God is the center healthy approach in place and and foundation of the marriage. you don’t sacrifice a higher level Do you spend time building area for one below. You don’t this relationship? Do you have focus on Family until you have regular, uninterrupted time a healthy approach with Marwith your spouse, especially if riage; in fact you may even let

family suffer some until the marriage is healthy. Yes, this also may mean that a child’s or adult’s activities suffer or have to be sacrificed for the benefit of the Family. This way we are focusing on what is truly important rather than what seems urgent. Many years ago there was a short article written called the “Tyranny of the Urgent” by Charles Hummel. If you have never heard of it, look it up. In it he discusses the notion that we often focus on what is urgent, not important. In other words, we focus on what is pressing rather than deciding what needs to be addressed due to its importance in our lives. This simple readjustment can not only reduce a great amount of stress, it also helps us to develop a healthier approach to our lives. Take time this week and evaluate what order you operate with. Does it start with God or the outside world? Coming from an addict of fundraising and volunteerism, the ongoing challenge is to put the correct order in place. Contact Keith at psycyou@msn.com

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from its source to market in the its way to the Pacific, and floats United States, approximately 7 all the way to the Philippines. liters of fresh water Then it gets caught are used to make the in the North Pacific bottle, bottle the waGyre, which swirls it ter, and transport it back into the center (as well as a quarter liof the ocean, where ter of fossil fuels and a it becomes part of pound of greenhouse the North Pacific gases). And the thirst Garbage Patch. It's for sources of water a vast continent of that can be bottled is DUH, already bigleading corporations ger than the conMike Keeler to buy up any water tinental United they can find, denyStates. It's out ing millions of people access to there, it will never break down, safe and affordable water. and it's growing with every sip. But all this compares to the So here's a crisp and refreshgreat DUH, the mega-DUH, ing idea. Go to your kitchen. the "what the heck were they Turn on the faucet. See that liqthinking?" DUH. The bottled uid stuff flowing out? It's called water industry creates about 1.5 water. Drink some. million tons of plastic per year. Otherwise the planet will be About 20% of that plastic is re- destroyed by DUH. And that's cycled. The other 80% goes into a FACT. landfills or washes into streams Contact Mike at and rivers. Much of it makes info@theroanokestar.com

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The mutt lay motionless in Then he would cock his head our front yard, snow matted in and look pleased with himhis coarse brown hair, eyes half- self when praised- “Good dog, closed and mucous running Sam!” When asked to pop from both nostrils. I feared he birthday balloons, he bounced would not survive the bitter from one to another as if atcold of that January day. tempting to set a speed record. “Please, Mom, please let me We were fearful for Sam’s life take care of him,” my son John when he contracted parvovirus pleaded. before a vaccine was available. We had recently experienced But with the help of a good vet the tragedy of losing two dogs and my willingness to adminwithin a few years, and Harry ister medications, he pulled and I did not want our children through. He was also allergic to experience such heartbreak to flea bites, which required again. The older children were special attention with pills and now in high school and John ointment, but by then Sam was was twelve. With their many another member of the famactivities they could do without ily and we were willing to do another dog. whatever was necessary to keep Besides, this dog belonged him with us. to neighbors, although they Within a few years all the seemed indifferent children were in colto his welfare. John lege and our home befriended him, and was a bit calmer. longed to own him, Sam was growing but we knew he beolder and arthritis longed to the neighslowed him down. bors, regardless of When Harry and their neglect. I traveled, we had Now he was ill to leave him at the and compassion vet’s. When we reforbade me to leave turned, his joyous Mary Jo Shannon him there to die. We bark and all-over carried him inside and nursed wiggling expressed his warm him back to health. His owners welcome. moved shortly afterward, leavAll three children worked in ing him, and he became our Roanoke during summer vacathird dog – Sam. tions, and Sam enjoyed their But what a mess he was! John company almost as much as bathed him, which improved they enjoyed his. Kathy made the doggy odor, but I wondered him a special braided collar how anyone could love that un- with a bell attached, and during kempt, dumb animal. Even af- Christmas holidays his frolter a bath his coat was dull and icking was punctuated with a shaggy; his demeanor listless. merry jingle. He slunk about with his head In time Sam lost his hearing and tail drooping. I didn’t have and slowed down considerably. to worry about Sam jumping He was content to spend most on the sofa – he couldn’t jump. of the day curled up sleeping on But John did love Sam – they his mat – a discarded fake-fur were inseparable. He brushed poncho that Kathy made when his brown coat until it began ponchos were the fad. Once to shine, and his tail, curled I accidentally bumped him upward like a question mark, when he was asleep. Startled, wagged enthusiastically, ex- he jumped up and bit my ankle. pressing his pleasure. Realizing what he had done, he I noticed a sparkle in Sam’s hung his head and looked at me brown eyes that told me he apologetically. A pat on his head was more intelligent than I had and words to indicate I was not imagined. Soon he developed angry with him reassured him, a repertoire of tricks. When but for several days he seemed John snapped his fingers, Sam subdued and his body language would jump into the air and said, “I’m sorry.” twirl around. When John asked At last his health deteriorated him to “tank”, he crept across rapidly and we faced the inevithe carpet on his belly like a table decision. He apparently G.I. on maneuvers. He tapped had a stroke for he could not the spring-type door stop on control one side of his body. the back door to alert us to let Harry carried him to the car him outside; one quick bark and we drove one last time to signaled he was ready to come the vet. Thirteen years before we inside. had nursed him back to health The difference in Sam’s per- because that was the compassonality was remarkable. He sionate thing to do. Now comwould cock his head and look passion required that we let the at us as if asking a question, and vet end that life. We both shed I’m sure he could actually smile! tears. As Grandmother ShanJohn’s Grandmother Shannon non said, “That just shows what noticed the change in him and love can do.” commented, “That just shows what love will do!” Sam loved birthdays and Christmas. He helped open Contact Mary Jo at gifts by chewing the curled info@theroanokestar.com paper ribbon until it popped.

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LWH—Living While Hispanic

It’s sometimes daunting how much times ally, that amounts to billions of dollars a year. have changed. As the change occurs, it seems That is a partial explanation for the $30 aspirin scarcely noticeable at first--then it becomes so tablet you may find on your itemized ER bill, monumental it affects everyday life. Recent should you happen to ask for one. events in the world of immigration politics So critical has the problem become that have brought this into sharp focus. In Arizona Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into the idea of official documentation has led to a law a provision for law enforcement officers firestorm of criticism. to require a document of official identificaGrowing up in Roanoke in the 1950’s, I tion for anyone who “they might reasonably would wager there were not a dozen families in suspect is an undocumented immigrant.” The the city who were new immigrants. ACLU and their minions must feel I was in college before I ever heard a as though they have awakened in foreign language being spoken here. litigation heaven. It will be interestThe first ethnic restaurant was on ing to see how quickly this reaches Salem Avenue and did not appear the Supreme Court. until the late 1960’s. People comWhile I am always leery of commented: “Imagine . . . real Chinese paring such actions to those of a food right here in the Star City!” fascist state, the concept of an offiThe only time the word “immicer of the law approaching anyone grant” came into play was in conwho they choose and asking, “Paversations about Ellis Island or the pers, please,” does smack of brown problems of Mexicans stealing shirts, jackboots, and yellow stars across the Rio Grande into Texas. Hayden Hollingsworth of David. Their pejorative description was The dilemma facing Governor “Wetbacks”; there was still water in the river Brewer is understandable. It is not her fault then. that Arizona is in this position. The federal Itinerant crop harvesters were around, but government, who should have taken ownerthey were almost universally poverty-stricken ship of the immigrant problem, has been in a Americans. When the trickle of “foreigners” state of near paralysis for years. It was only a became a substantial stream that turned into a matter of time before a state would take action torrent is difficult to say. The social problems on its own. The bumper stickers will soon be and upheavals that have resulted were, at least out there: “Arizona 2010—The Alabama of in the public mind, never considered until 1963.” That isn’t fair. There is nothing of the they had reach near-insoluble proportions. evil, mean-spirited malice of George Wallace While the border states of Texas and Arizona and Bull Connor in this, but class distinction have special problems of their own, no section is written all over it. of the country has been spared the necessity President Obama has called the law “illof supplying goods and, more importantly, advised,” but it is going to take lot more than services to tens of millions who have arrived, labels and name-calling to bring this into line legally or otherwise, in the last half century. with principles which we, as Americans, treaThe economy has found a place for many sure. If only the governments, federal and of them to work, although their employment state, had addressed the problem 40 years ago, is generally menial, providing barely enough we wouldn’t be in this mess, but in 1970 we had on which to live and none of the benefits that too many other things on our collective minds most citizens take for granted. to see the nightmare this would become. Health care has been a flash point. When Stay tuned. It may get worse before it gets immigrants, documented or not, become ill, better. they go to emergency rooms where they are almost universally treated. Without any form of insurance, the cost of such care has been Contact Hayden at shifted to the indemnified patients. Nationjhayden2003@cox.net

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Bean & Salmon Salad with Anchovy-Arugula Dressing In my own life, when I am not eating right it is simply because I have not planned out our meals well. It is like with most things in life - for it to be done successfully some planning and organization has to happen. I did not graduate from college by just breezing by and not thinking ahead. Well some may argue with such a statement, mainly my parents (but I got it right by my senior year.) But what I mean to say is being healthy takes forethought and work but it is so worth it; when I begin to eat healthily again I always wonder why I fell off course. I guess life is hectic and we have cluttered so much of it up that we forget to take care of many important things - not just the way we eat. The mind, body and most importantly spirit should always be the top priority in our lives; without them our God-given potential will simply never be reached and who knows how far we might go in life if we do our part. My experience is that He

always does his. So trust the good things that surely lie down the road and make a new start with this great recipe! 1 1/2 cups baby arugula 1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 oil-packed anchovy fillets, finely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped shallot Pinch of salt, plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cups cooked cannellini beans, well drained, at room temperature or warm 1 7-ounce can wild salmon, any bones and skin removed, flaked 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes 1 stalk celery, sliced diagonally 1/4 inch thick Freshly ground pepper to taste 4 large leaves butterhead or Boston lettuce avocado, sliced, for garnish -Place arugula, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, anchovies, shallot and pinch of salt in a food

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Preacher’s Corner

- By Ed Dunnington

From The Older Brother’s Room

In the past I have referred to Jesus as our elder brother. That is a wonderful familial description but it begs the question, “Whose brother is he?” “Is everyone a member of His family?” This is the question that Jesus deals with in John 3 when he tells Nicodemus that in order to see the kingdom of God, you must be born again. Paul says even more explicitly in Ephesians 2:3 that before we are born again we “were by nature children of wrath.” How would you like going on the “wrath” family vacation? The phrase “children of wrath” means we are “by birth children of disobedience.” It is within that context that Jesus calls us to be “born again.” When we realize that our family of origin is set on disobedience, and that we are active participants in that disobedience, we begin to see our need to be born again. For some, this hits close to home as you have experienced the destruction of abuse, abandonment or divorce within your earthly family. You feel like you have lived the “wrath family” experience. Others of us think because our family looks good, it is not a family of disobedience but we must understand that any failure to love our family, friends and neighbors perfectly or failure to love God with everything we are and have is disobedience. So how do we get out of this dysfunctional family? In Ephesians 2:4-5 Paul writes, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” Being born again is a work God the Father does to adopt us because of his great love. God adopted us out of our abusive family of “wrath” at the price of His Son. It is only when we come to admit that we have participated in the destructive nature of our family of origin, admit that we do not want to live that way anymore, turn from it and put our trust in the death of our elder brother for our sins are we born again. In talking about this subject, author and pastor Sinclair Ferguson wrote, “What, then, is this new birth of which Jesus spoke, which lies at the heart of belonging to God’s family? It has often been understood to be a special, personal, conversion experience. In recent years it almost became fashionable to

be ‘born again’; it was described by the media as a sociological ‘movement’. But very often the phrase denoted little more than having a religious experience of the vaguest kind. The New Testament means something much more specific.” Do you understand the specifics of being born again? In order to be born again our elder brother, Jesus, had to ransom or purchase us. In order to be born again, we must be redeemed and the only way for that to happen is for the Father to pay the adoption costs. What are they? The cost for our adoption is death, so being born again means that we trust in the finished work of Christ for our entrance into our new family. His death paid the price of our sin, his resurrection canceled the debt of our sin and the ongoing work of His Holy Spirit is renewing us to rid our hearts of the residue of remaining sin left in us from our former family. The pain and blood of our second birth are incurred by the Father, the blessing and joy are all ours. Let me just say at this point, there are many who think they are born again because we are “respectable” but we need to see that for many of us, we simply became members of a different family of wrath that manifests disobedience differently. These families abuse and destroy through religious activity. We attend church faithfully, volunteer in the nursery and may

even serve in leadership as a way to become adopted or to prove how worthy we are of being adopted. One of the marks of these families, is a lack of assurance that you are a child of God. The main difference between a child of God and a moral cultural Christian is the motivation of the heart. A moral child of wrath who has not put their trust in Christ is seeking to be good in order to win God’s affection. An adopted child of God seeks to live his life for God’s glory, which results in doing good. As one poet wrote, Our pleasure and our duty, Though opposite before, Since we have seen his beauty Are joined to part no more. To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, And hear his pardoning voice, Changes a slave into a child And duty into choice. Which family are you in? Do you know the joy and delight of the Father for you? Do you know the freedom of adoption, growing in your new family traits? Are you seeking to repent more and more and believe that Christ’s work is indeed finished for the Father’s children? It is my prayer for myself and you, from one older brother to another… Ed Dunnington is the Senior pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian in Roanoke. Visit them on the web at christthekingroanoke. org

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During the month of April the Roanoke Star Sentinel will feature a Q&A section with the seven candidates running for Roanoke City Council. At a time when budgets are strained to the limit and past visions for the city are under heavy scrutiny, we urge our readers to pay close attention to the answers found on these pages and to then get out to vote on May 4th. “You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” - John Quincy Adams

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Besides schools what is ONE high priority project you’d like to see completed in your term? The renovation of the City Market building is an investment that will benefit the economic vitality of the entire downtown business district, so it is first on my list of capital projects. What service/program (not school related) would you restore first when the economy improves? I would look at cuts that have been (or will be) made in other services to youth. Providing positive programs to keep our young people on the right path, and turning around those who already are in trouble, will pay significant dividends in the long run. What is the single greatest thing Roanoke needs to do to improve the quality of life for its citizens? The most important improvement will come through listening better to our citizens, increasing their opportunities for public involvement, ensuring that they know their voices are heard, and letting them know that their city council and city government appreciate them.

Mike Powell Besides schools what is ONE high priority project you’d like to see completed in your term? Making Roanoke City the best place in the country to live and run a business is the project everyone on council should have been working on already. What service/program (not school related) would you restore first when the economy improves? Our first priority should be paying off Roanoke City’s debt not looking for ways to spend money again. What is the single greatest thing Roanoke needs to do to improve the quality of life for its citizens? Stop electing members to council who overspend, overtax, and break promises to Roanoke’s residents.

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Besides schools what is ONE high priority project you’d like to see completed in your term? I would like to see Roanoke attract and retain a high profile company engaged in a future oriented technology. I would like the company to pay a livable wage and potentially employ 200-300 persons. What service/program (not school related) would you restore first when the economy improves? I would restore or begin to fund programs to address our air quality and storm water management needs. What is the single greatest thing Roanoke needs to do to improve the quality of life for its citizens? Roanoke needs to focus on attracting and retaining companies that provide livable wage jobs for its citizens.

Ray Ferris Besides schools what is ONE high priority project you’d like to see completed in your term? I’d like to see the Valley governments come up with a cooperative, comprehensive plan to handle the storm water management issues, which in my view is a regional and not just a City of Roanoke issue. What service/program (not school related) would you restore first when the economy improves? Restoring services or programs when the economy improves implies that the services or programs eliminated were not part of the “fat” in the budget to begin with, but were, in fact, items that were valuable enough to our citizens that they will be willing to pay for them again in the future. If there is enough revenue to restore a program, the alternative to restoring that program is to return that money to the taxpayer in the form of tax cuts. Nevertheless, a program worthy of restoration might be loose leaf collection. What is the single greatest thing Roanoke needs to do to improve the quality of life for its citizens? A simple, but yet complicated answer: Diversified Economic Development. We need to make Roanoke a more business friendly place, which means nurturing businesses that already call Roanoke home while bringing in new businesses to employ our youth. This means that public education must be viewed as a positive in the City of Roanoke for all the obvious reasons, and that we must continue to develop our relationship with our neighbors, which includes the New River Valley and, of course, Virginia Tech. Further, we cannot underestimate the important role that Virginia Western Community College will play in this equation, which includes the Roanoke Community College Access Program (CCAP). Being “business friendly” in today’s world encompasses maintaining and protecting our natural amenities, which is a major selling point when new businesses look at the Roanoke Valley. “Business friendly” does not mean that smoke stacks will pop up all over our beautiful valley, but it means that our children will return to Roanoke to work here in service, medical, research, and high tech industries and, consequently, start their families in the City that we love.

Tony Walker Besides schools what is ONE high priority project you’d like to see completed in your term? The Bridge Maintenance, Repair, and Renovation Program. There are approximately six bridges throughout the city that are in need of repair. I feel that this program improves the needed maintenance and repair of Roanoke’s infrastructure to support the transportation system. By proactively addressing the repairs now will save the city from additional costs and repairs in the future. What service/program (not school related) would you restore first when the economy improves? Bulk trash pick-up to return to regular schedules instead of alternating weeks. This will help neighborhoods by removing eye irritating bulk trash sitting on corners or in front of housing for lengthy periods of time. It also helps the beautification of neighborhoods with the appeal to new home owners wanting to purchase housing. What is the single greatest thing Roanoke needs to do to improve the quality of life for its citizens? Stabilize and grow the economy. This could be completed by proactively managing the fiscal budget. The proactive fiscal management will provide support to existing businesses and support our city school system. The three areas (proactive fiscal management, economic development, and supporting the city schools) triangulate and support one another. The triangulation will strengthen the economy, lower Roanoke’s tax base, increase Roanoke’s amenities, all of which will help promote a successful image for the Roanoke City. Also, the draw of businesses, entrapenures, and families will generate revenue for the city. This will allow Roanoke the ability to provide adequate services to it’s’ citizens, as well as strengthen the communities and create a positive atmosphere to live.

Colonel Bob Craig Besides schools what is ONE high priority project you’d like to see completed in your term? Storm Drains. Of the identified $55 million storm drain “problem,” it appears that $7 million of work should be done immediately because it is a real health, safety and environmental threat. The work should be funded with bonded debt. The remaining work can also be done over time with bonded debt. Subsequently the entire system should be with a combination of bonded debt and operating income. To do otherwise is irresponsible. What service/program (not school related) would you restore first when the economy improves? Even before the economy improves, I would insure more money is devoted to maintaining Roanoke’s infrastructure. During the past ten years the City has built things we don’t need and can’t maintain. Not only can the city not maintain what it has recently built, it has not maintained what it already owns. Schools and storm drains are prime examples. The problem with a “balanced budget” is all that is seen is what is going to be done - unseen are all those things that won’t be done because the money is spent on other things. (And in my opinion for the past ten years, less important things because of the inability of the Council to establish rational priorities.) This is the reason there is a “storm drain problem” and a school roof problem, and why the Fishburn Mansion and Buena Vista buildings are falling down. And the list goes on and on and on . . . For once, instead of shouting, “look at what we are doing” perhaps the city should show the citizens a list of things not being done because the money is spent elsewhere. What is the single greatest thing Roanoke needs to do to improve the quality of life for its citizens? Get control of the budgeting process. Council consistently fails to set priorities for the operating and capital spending budgets and begrudgingly funds the school system as if it is a necessary evil. Without priorities budgets are meaningless. There are two Roanoke Budgets. The first is the Operating Budget. It consists of two components: the city and the school system. “The city” (reluctantly) provides funding to the school system using a plucked from air number that can’t be justified and hopes the school system will go away and not bother them for additional money. The city does not understand the school system’s “business model.” The city thinks nothing of taking money back from the schools. This year, during February, the city took back $2.5 million dollars from the school system. Council members, who were shouting how much they supported the school system at this time last year, raised no objections. Taking that much money, that late in the school year, crippled the school system. Once the funding allocation is made to the school system it must be inviolate. The second budget is the Capital Spending Budget. Capital Improvement Budget is a misnomer although the city seems to think money raised by bonds should be spent to buy new things we often don’t need or want, and can’t maintain - while often purchasing capital assets with operational funding. As a result the city now has the maximum load of debt allowable, $247 million, paying $27 million annually in debt service, had the bond rating downgraded by one rating agency, and has absolutely no capacity to manage any unforeseen problems using debt. That is dangerous, it is irresponsible and it must be brought under control or Roanoke will not be a better place to live.

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Besides schools what is ONE high priority project you’d like to see completed in your term? While I am proud of the fact that we have significantly expanded our greenways -- allowing citizens to enjoy the natural beauty and active lifestyle of our region -- I would like to see even more growth in this area. I feel strongly that our natural surroundings are one of the city’s – and region’s – greatest assets and one of our greatest economic development opportunities. The success of the recent Blue Ridge Marathon – which brought over 1,000 runners and countless spectators into downtown – is a perfect illustration of how to capitalize on our spectacular surroundings. Specifically, I would like to see the Roanoke River greenway, including sections in Roanoke County and in Salem, completed in the next two years. What service/program (not school related) would you restore first when the economy improves? I would re-evaluate the funding to Social Services first -- especially those effecting our socio-economically disadvantaged youth. This is our most vulnerable population and therefore will feel the impact of the recession the most. I have often been the leading voice expressing that we must ensure children are offered a strong foundation for success. Youth services and programs are a huge part of this equation. The health and well-being of the children in our community are an important measure of our success as a whole. We need to restore their hope for a bright future by offering as many advantages as possible. What is the single greatest thing Roanoke needs to do to improve the quality of life for its citizens? A more efficient and wellfunded Parks and Recreation program would make great strides to further improve the quality of life in our region. Well-maintained and improved parks and athletic fields – along with expanded greenways, mountain biking and hiking trails would build upon the success we have seen in this area in recent years. This change would also address the fact that Roanoke needs an improved downtown park that would serve as a gateway from the Jefferson Street corridor. This would also allow for an improved music/ staging venue to attract commercial grade acts and would better accommodate our highly successful and signature festivals. I feel strongly that a focus on such amenities will support Roanoke’s continued growth as Southwest Virginia’s urban arts and cultural hub.


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Blue Ridge Marathon Winners Get Bragging Rights and Expensive Watches The inaugural National College Blue Ridge Marathon proved as tough as promised, yet all the runners finished under the seven hour time limit. The fastest among them was Tim Sykes of Blacksburg, VA who covered the mountainous, 26.2 mile course in 2:42:17 a pace of 6:12 minutes per mile. Fastest among the women was Karen Ostergaard of Asheville, NC. She covered the course in 3:30:14. “I was able to maintain my pace throughout the race, said Sykes, I felt really good out there today.” Sykes was a little more than two minutes ahead of second place finisher George Probst, also of Blacksburg. Tim Workman, of Hendersonville, NC finished third in 2:57:51. Only five runners managed to break three hours. On the women’s side Beni Thompson of Roanoke, Va. faded after leading early, but still held on for second in 3:34:02. She was followed by Sara Zaragoza of Roanoke who clocked a 3:38:57. The course, described by organizers as “one of the most challenging, but beautiful marathons in the country,” took the more than 400 registered runners from downtown Roanoke over Mill and Roanoke Mountains for the first 16 miles of the race. The course features more than six thousand feet of change in elevation, and much of it is run on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to conquering the difficult course and the rest of the field, Sykes and Ostergaard had a nice prize waiting for them – Tag Heuer Watches, donated by Fink’s Jewelers. The watches are valued at about $5,000 each. Finks CEO Marc

Women’s winner Sara Zaragoza with Marc Fink and daughter Katheryn.

Fink was on hand to present the watches during ceremonies inside the Taubman Museum of Art. “This course represents what the Tag brand is all about, Fink told the crowd of assembled runners, “Rugged and beautiful.” He said the inaugural Blue Ridge Marathon was a natural fit for Tag and for Finks. It showcases our beautiful part of the world in a unique way. I’m pleased we could As the first-ever Blue Ridge be a small part of it by offering an additional in- Marathon and half marathon centive for people to come here.” wound up on Saturday, it seemed there were runners milling about everywhere downtown. Many wore the medals given out for finishing around their neck; others talked about how difficult the course was. Some ate oranges or other complimentary post-race snacks; others drank water and generally reveled in what was for a day at least, a runner’s paradise. Tim Sykes of Blacksburg may have crossed the finish line first, completing the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 16 seconds, but Roanoke was the big winner, attracting runners from a reported two-dozen plus states and several countries, among the 800-plus that signed up to run. The son of Roanoke Star-Sentinel contributing photographer Jim Bullington (Texas Tavern owner Matt Bullington) finished sixth. Meanwhile, along the marathon route on Avenham Avenue, residents came out to offer encouragement, sometimes turning on boom boxes that blared inspirational music. “It’s a major deal,” said Mark Frye, “I can’t remember a marathon ever coming down Avenham. [We’ve] got the party going on.” Frye would like to see the Blue Ridge Marathon return, adding, “This is a draw for Roanoke.” Dana Podell wore a tall “Cat in the Hat”style hat and had

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music ready when marathon leader (and eventual winner) Tim Sykes ran by around 9:40 a.m. “I’m so interested in these insane people that will run this length,” said Podell, who was also an official volunteer, charged with performing traffic control when necessary to keep runners safe. Her son Ike, who runs crosscountry at North Cross (a mere 3.2 miles) said he might be inspired to run longer lengths. “[But] I’d have to get lots of training before I even attempt something like this.” He and fellow cross-country runners may Runners persevered through “laugh at people that actually the long stretches in the [run marathons],” but they do mountains. talk about attempting one. “It’s lived up to its expectations, but just incentive to try.” Tim Sykes thanked God and it’s doable. It’s a great layout.” his family for the support they Sykes was even able to enjoy “the gave him, adding that knowing views along the way. It makes it the course was primarily down- well worthwhile.” A fellow Blacksburg resident hill after mile16 provided him a (George Probst) finished second mental boost. He had just drivin the marathon, while Karen en the course for the first time the night before. “It definitely Ostergaard of North Carolina lived up to its expectations,” said was the top female finisher. Sykes of a layout that reached to Many of the half-marathoners the top of the Blue Ridge Park- appeared to be trying that disway and the Mill Mountain tance for the first time, like Lee Gardner, an Atlanta resident Star. This was Sykes’ fifth mara- and Bedford County native. “It thon, and the first in three years. was great. It was good to come “This was right up there with home and run one. If I can do the Boston Marathon [but] this this, anyone can do this…No was harder. People shouldn’t be marathons for me - but halves intimidated about coming out definitely.” to do it next year. The climb up By Gene Marrano Roanoke Mountain definitely gmarrano@cox.net


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Blacksburg Defeats Cave Spring 2-0 in Girls Soccer Tuesday

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North Cross Defeated By Blue Ridge School 11-6 in Baseball

Blacksburg found the net at the 10-minute mark of the first half and later added an insurance goal as the Bruins won the River Ridge matchup at Cave Spring.

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Cave Spring midfielder #22 Tori Doyle chases down a Blacksburg attacker. Knight's junior #5 Lauren Stiles cuts off a Bruin attacker as they battle for possession.

Roanoker Named to United States U20 National Team

Roanoke Star player, Parker Walsh, has been named to the United States U20 National team. Parker is currently playing for Karlsruhe SC in Germany. He has made previous appearances with the national team at the U15 and U17 age groups and has played in some of the most prestigious events worldwide and played against some of the best players in the world. The Roanoke native grew up playing soccer in the area’s elite Roanoke Star Soccer Club. Parker is one of many players who have developed his talents in the club and have gone on to compete at the highest level. Parker is a versatile player who, ac-

cording to coaches, spends countless hours training to improve. Roanoke Star Director of Coaching & Player Development, Graham Maclean says, “Parker is a great soccer player, but also is developing into a fantastic young man. He truly is a credit to his family. He has represented Roanoke Star tremendously well over the years and I am sure he will represent the U20 National team with the same standards of excellence. He is the type of player and person you want your kids to use as a role model.” Many Roanoke Star players have gone on to play in college, on the national team,

Parker Walsh and in Europe. Another Roanoke Star player, Will Hare, is currently playing in Sweden for IK Brage. By Alan Crowder info@newsroanoke.com

Roanoke Rampage on the Loose – For Charity A new team composed of players from local law enforcement and firefighting/rescue agencies played the second of two home games at Salem Stadium last Saturday. The Roanoke Rampage drew an estimated thousand-plus for the match against the Washington DC Generals. Teams in the nationwide public safety league raise money for the charities of their choice, via game ticket sales and donations. The Rampage chose “Steps 4 Billy,” which aims to educate people about a form of lymphoma that felled retired Roanoke City Fire Battalion Chief Billy Obenchain. The long-time Vinton Town Council member lost his 9-year battle with a rare cancer last December. Firefighter and Rampage operations director Todd Stone remembers Obenchain fondly. “He was one of the smartest firemen I ever met. The firemen loved him … that’s no exaggeration.” Choosing to support research at Duke Medical Center, where Obenchain went for experimental treatments, “just feels right,” said Stone. The Rampage, who have two road games remaining, feature a roster of players who competed in high school – some several decades ago, as well as a handful that went on to play in college. One Rampage player even turned pro: former William Fleming star and UVA defensive back Jermaine Hardy spent time with the Carolina Panthers. See roanokesbravestfootball.com for more information on the team and how to contribute to Steps 4 Billy.

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E-Waste Day Attracts Steady Stream of Recyclers Keeping old computer terminals, TV’s, microwaves and other electronic appliances out of landfills is the motivation behind Roanoke’s “E-Waste Day,” held for a second year at the Civic Center last Saturday. A steady stream of vehicles stretched around the backside of the complex, waiting for volunteers from Cox Communications, the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition and others to take unwanted electronic items off their hands. Cool Cities Coalition member Mark McClain, also a local Sierra Club official, said some electronic components can be environmentally hazardous, while in other cases certain parts, metals or plastic housings can be recycled. “Everybody’s got this stuff, and it’s really good they’re bringing it in. A lot it can be recycled and reclaimed.” The push to replace old-style televisions

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ously you’re not getting all of it here.” He estimated that Photo by Gene Marrano 1200-1300 vehicles may have come through last Saturday, Roanokers paid $5 each for pancakes, sausage, hot coffee and good conversation. with five or six items each to Thousands came out last Saturday to the Roanoke Civic Center for the 15th annual Kiwanis discard. “Do the math,” noted McClain -- “there’s a lot more pancake and auction day, which raises money every year for the agencies and projects supported by the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke. Groups supported by the Kiwanians, both with money and sweat of it out there.” equity, include the Community Outreach Program, the Harrison Museum of African American By Gene Marrano Culture, Key (student) Clubs at local high schools, Roanoke Rescue Mission, Apple Ridge Farm, gmarrano@cox.net Family Services of Roanoke Valley, the greenway system and Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Lichtenstein Elected Vice President Of The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Roanoke attorney John E. Lichtenstein was elected vice president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association for 20102011 at the Association’s annual meeting. Also elected to leadership positions in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association were Matthew B. Murray of Charlottesville, president; Edward L. Allen of Fredericksburg, president-elect; Lisa P. O’Donnell of Norfolk, vice president; Barbara S. Williams of Leesburg, vice president; Thomas J. Curcio of Alexandria, vice president; and Stephanie E. Grana

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Virginia Tech Research Counters Risky Image of Popular Financial Investments

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On the other hand, decreasing your rate might cause you to unnecessarily sacrifice your standard of living in your early retirement years, when you have the greatest chance to truly enjoy your newfound time. Order of Depletion Conventional wisdom says to draw down taxable accounts first and keep tax-deferred accounts growing. For many people, that rule of thumb holds true; but again, for others it may not apply. Wealthier investors, for example, may want to spend tax-deferred assets with the intention of bequeathing taxable assets, which receive morefavorable tax treatment when inherited. Other investors may want to sell low-basis assets first, so they don’t incur the income later and trigger higher taxes on their Social Security benefits. You’ve worked too hard saving for retirement to not get the most out of it. So once you’ve crafted a strategy for withdrawing income in a tax-efficient way, aim to review your situation on a regular basis to make sure you stay on track for the retirement you deserve. Mike Kemp is a Financial Advisor located in Roanoke, VA and may be reached at 345-1555. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its affiliates do not provide tax or legal advice. To the extent that this material or any attachment concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. © 2009 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.

Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

The Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center welcomed guests to their facility located off of Peters Creek Road in North Roanoke on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 for a ribbon cutting and open house. The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and the staff at the center held this open house to welcome and educate the public about autism and the effects on their students. Angie Leonard, Executive Director of the center, along with Craig Balzer and George Young, Co-Chairmen of the center all spoke on the fact that the venture is a labor of love and the excitement for the future of the students. After the ribbon cutting and speeches, guests were given tours of the facility and treated to lunch.

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United Health Group Employees Making Friends at Friendship Manor

More than 140 employees at the United Health Group call center in Roanoke volunteered at the Friendship Manor retirement community last weekend, spending time with residents there. UHG workers have a bit of a kinship with Friendship residents, since the company’s insurance products cater By Sookhan Ho to those eligible for Medicare info@newsroanoke.com plans, primarily senior citizens.

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“It kinds of puts you at the same level as the people that are calling us,” said Twila Waller, a member of United Health Group’s LEET team that encourages employee teamwork and social networking. Waller hopes that UHG employees can return to Friendship a couple of times a year,” as they have done in the past. The majority of United Health group’s employees nationwide – more than 70,000 in all – spend time volunteering every year, The activity took place during National Volunteer Week, designed to encourage people to lend a helping hand. Many United employees visited an orthopedics wing at Friendship; some sat and talked oneon-one with residents, others helped with coloring exercises, and several crooned songs on a karaoke system.

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“I’ve never had a group like this,” said Ellen Grimes-Babione, an activities assistant for Friendship Manor. Despite some offkey singing, several residents were sad to see the group depart after several hours. “It’s always good to talk to somebody,” said one. “We hate to see you leave,” added another. Besides helping bond UHG employees closer to the types of folks they might take calls from -- often about “Part D” prescription drug plans -- Twila Waller said there was a simpler motive as well: “It is nice to give time.” It is not necessary to be employed by a particular company in order to spend time in the community helping others; check the Volunteer Roanoke Valley link at councilof communityservices.org for opportunities. -By Gene Marrano

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ating larger, freestanding sculptures. “I’m really wondering what I’m going to make…Kirk Avenue’s the place,” said Trinkle. “The art scene is thriving in Roanoke, Virginia. It’s such an exciting time to be here.” Meanwhile on Saturday, Jamie Nervo was setting out some of her paintings on a lawn in South Roanoke, sharing space with several other artists. Blue Ridge Marathon runners whizzed by early in the morning while others got ready for the

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Once again several dozen local artists opened their homes and working studios for the 10th annual “Open Studios” tour over the weekend, welcoming fellow artists and art lovers. Among the highlights was the opening of a new working art studio/ gallery at 110B Kirk Avenue in downtown Roanoke, owned by Ann Bondurant Trinkle. Trinkle, the wife of Roanoke City Councilman Dave Trinkle, earned a master’s in fine art (for sculpture) from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been working out of her home until now. Dozens showed up for the opening reception last Friday and more stopped by over the weekend as part of Open Studios. “This is beyond luxury for me…I’m so excited,” said Trinkle, referring to her new space. Trinkle’s work on display now at 110B Kirk Ave. includes carved wood. “They are paintings with sculpture on them,” is how her daughter describes it. “It’s been sort of [my] mode for the past ten years.” Before that Trinkle was more prone to cre-

FRANKLIN ROAD all different types of folks,” said MARSHALL AV Nervo, “people that are into art E and people that are just browsing. It’s just a fun [weekend] to The Roanoke City-sponsored most events – including the Down By Downtown add to the get out and look at art.” “Creative Connector’s” program Outdoor Stage -- and special great vibe of the city and secures For of events ThANkS Toour oUr SPoNSorS Nervo liked that so schedule much was (based on Richard Florida’s SPEciAl discounts will be offered by parreputation as a great place to happening last weekend, andand other info: book on the Creative Class) led ticipating downtown business- live and do business,” he adds. right along Avenham Avenue in to an initiative called S.T.A.R.: es. Discounts can be obtained To round out the experience, some cases. “The more that’s go- The Spirit of Tolerance & Art in by presenting a laminated “VIP the group will host a “Music ing on, the better for Roanoke. I the Region. They are kicking off pass” which are available at the Summit” with key music indusGraphic Design by: www.viziworx.com think it’sfacebook.com/DownByDowntown great.” the inaugural Down By Down- participating venues and at try professionals, including a town music festival -- a music 101.5 The Music Place. national music agent and radio By Gene Marrano event celebrating culture and “We have over 1,300 fans on program director, at The Red gmarrano@cox.net diversity – this week in down- Facebook, a multitude of local Room in Blue 5 on Thursday, town Roanoke. and regional bands wanting to April 29 at 7 p.m. Musicians The festival started Wednes- play, and have had an amaz- will have unprecedented access day April 28 and will run ing response from venues,” said to these key industry individuthrough Saturday, May 1. Bands Bruce Bryan, one of the event als to learn about the elements from all genres from rock, pop, organizers. “The city is clearly needed to make it in the music and hip-hop to classical, blue- ready for a musical event of this business. grass and Americana are slated magnitude,” he added. The event is free and open to to appear. During the week, In support of the event and in the public. The distinguished venues such as Gala Studio, recognition of Roanoke’s grow- panel will be moderated by Kirk Avenue Music Hall, Blue ing status as “Virginia’s Music Susanna Rinehart, associate 5, Martins Downtown, Fork In City”– Councilman Dave Trin- professor in the Department of The City, and the Jefferson Cen- kle sponsored a Proclamation Theatre and Cinema at Virginia ter will be offering an exciting declaring the festival “Roanoke Tech. concentration of musical expe- Music Days.” Mayor David riences to celebrate culture, di- Bowers joined him in presentFor more information visit versity and Roanoke’s growing ing the proclamation to mem- www.STARroanoke.com of find music scene. bers of the group in City Coun- them on Facebook/DownByThe festival will feature an cil Chambers last week. Downtown Outdoor Showcase from 1 p.m. “Supporting the initiatives to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 1st and efforts of these young proWEDDING at the corner of Kirk Avenue fessionals is exactly how we PHOTOGRAPHY and First Street – the exact geo- keep them excited about livBenjamin McBride and the little red hens. 540-312-4585 graphical center of Roanoke ing in Roanoke,” said Counciltalents in hopes that many children and families City. There is no cost to attend man Dave Trinkle. “Events like BY PROFESSIONAL will be inspired and enjoy the charming tales. PHOTOGRAPHER ‘To God be the glory for His unspeakable gift.’ WILLS HOLLAND We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to Focusing On write this story about our family experience, Excellence & Artistry Old, New, Used Antiques, and that God led us through the process.” At Affordable Prices The McBrides have written other children’s Furniture, Gifts, WE ARE stories to be published in the near future. “The THE ALPINE GROUP Quilts and more! Chickens and the Ice Cream” is available for www.alpineonline.com purchase for $12.99 through many local retailVISIT OUR ers, with book signings scheduled at Barnes Come see us at 3514 STATE OF THE ART and Noble and Maggie Moo’s on Franklin Road Williamson Road 5000 SQ FT STUDIO in SW Roanoke.

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Faith Christian School enjoyed having local authors Dr. Mark and Mrs. Kimberly McBride read to the kindergarten students on Tuesday, April 20th. Dr. and Mrs. McBride have recently published their first book, “The Chickens and the Ice Cream,” about a real-life adventure they had with their son at the local Homestead Creamery. The back of the book reads, “find out why a young boy and two curious chickens’ encounter is so funny and mysterious. A farmer and his wife come to some new realizations about their farm and how it only takes one family to help uncover the mystery behind this story.” Dr. McBride shares, “Kimberly and I … wrote this book in order to capture a delightful family experience at the local creamery. It was inspired by the glorious day and the eagerness of [our son] Benjamin to share his ice cream with those little red hens. We have both had a desire to write children's literature (books) for some time and this opportunity was the starting point… Also, we feel that God intervened and allowed Kimberly to meet the illustrator through her email experience in sharing and witnessing about Christ and remarkable ways He had worked in each of their lives. Our goal in writing children's books is to glorify God with our

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Valley Beautiful Announces Garden Contest

The Valley Beautiful Organization is proud to offer its Garden and Landscape Contest. This contest is open to all levels of gardeners. Residents, Businesses and Organizations may enter to win prizes of up to $100 per entry category. New gardens and new gardeners are encouraged to enter, but all levels of gardeners are welcome. Entries will be judged by members of the Valley Beautiful Board on or about August 15, 2010. Winners will be notified by mail. Awards

will be publicized through local media and on the Valley Beautiful website. Applications may be obtained at your local library, the Chamber of Commerce, and garden centers and nurseries throughout the valley. An entry fee of $10 is required with the application. Photos are encouraged with the application. See www.valleybeautiful.net for more information or contact Wendy Jones at 362-3292 or e-mail WRABA@ntelos.net.

Join us for our 2nd annual geocaching event!

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Discover the “hidden jewels” of Roanoke County and geocache your way to some amazing “gems!”

WHAT:

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. Using the provided clues and coordinates, you, your team or family will be challenged to search for hidden caches in areas throughout the County, with point values given to each team based on order of arrival. This is a FREE event, and there will be prizes!

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Saturday, May 15th Registration: 10:00am-11:45am* GPS Instruction: 11:00am Treasure Hunt: 12:00pm-5:00pm *You may choose to register your team in advance. A limited number of GPS devices are available with a deposit.

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Your hunt begins at: Garst Mill Park 2599 Willowlawn St. Roanoke, VA 24018

For more information or to register in advance call 387-6078 ext. 251 or visit us online at www.RoanokeCountyParks.com

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti Friday, April 30th at 8:00 pm & Sunday, May 2nd at 2:30 pm

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