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Turbine Hearing Figures to Be Lively Tomato Party! P3– Bill Turner gets invited to the Eastmont tomato festival and discovers a hilarious and light hearted celebration.

Animal Wisdom P4– Lucky sees two completely different approaches to life as he observes two of the many animals at the Garvin sanctuary.

Curt Baker, Deputy Superintendent for Roanoke City Public Schools.

P6– ”The Virginia Shootout” Scale Model Show and Contest draws hundreds to Roanoke to see who builds them the best.

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Excursions P10– The Roanoke Historical Rail Society gives the details on upcoming trips to Abingdon and the “Eastern Continental Divide.”

Roanoke City Council put Curt Baker, Deputy Superintendent for Roanoke City Public Schools on the spot Monday morning. What was thought to be a routine request to approve renewal of the $10 million line of credit with Wells Fargo turned into financial sausage making. Causing the heartburn was an increase in the banking fee from $2000 last year to $35,000 for fiscal year 2012. Even City Gov’t if the LOC is not used during the year, RCPS will incur the fee. Wells Fargo indicated that they could not continue to subsidize the LOC anymore. The LOC has been used for overdraft protection and liquidity issues since 2008. Under questioning from Councilman Ray Ferris, Baker assured him that “it


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black bear in Southwest Roanoke County enjoys an impromptu meal of birdseed at the property owner’s expense last week. The resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, lives within a mile of the new Wal-Mart on Route 220 just south of Roanoke. Bears are not uncommon visitors in

parts of the county and are foraging far and wide this time of year as they seek to bulk up for the long winter snooze that begins in just a few months. This particular bear did not wish to leave the property and had to be “motivated” by several warning shots before he finally moved on.

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The “battle lines” have been drawn: local environmentalists and others looking for Roanoke County to make a statement about supporting alternative energy sources, versus homeowners in Bent Mountain worried about aesthetics, property values and any harmful health effects associated with wind turbines that generate electricity. The next potential “battlefield skirmish,” as it is may be, will take place at Tuesday’s public hearing during the RoCounty Gov’t anoke County Board of Supervisors meeting (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.) at the county administration building off Electric Rd./Rt. 419. The hearing is for a proposed countywide ordinance that would set guidelines for all wind turbine projects; Board-approved special use permits would still be needed for each particular application. “Enter another player,” said Diana Christopulos, executive director of the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition, which conditionally supports a proposed wind turbine project on Poor Mountain, on leased land


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Five years ago a volunteer group of parents came together to form Katie’s Place, a residential farm community in Blue Ridge for individuals with special needs. The mission of Katie’s Place is to improve the quality of life for people by providing them with opportunities to pursue the rewards of self-satisfaction, growth, and community in a rural, farm-like setting. To date, Katie’s Place has been serving individuals of all ages by providing respite weekends twice a Alan Ronk, Foundation for Roanoke Valley Executive Director; month. Now, with a $25,000 grant re- Louise Dillon, Katies Place Co-President and Joy Parrish, Katies ceived from the Foundation for Place Co-President. Roanoke Valley’s Youth Leader- two days per week, giving parThe Philanthropy Project was ship Committee (YLC), Katie’s ents and caregivers the oppor- established in 2006 by FoundaPlace can begin its day support tunity to work outside the home tion for Roanoke Valley to inprogram which is designed to or tend to other responsibilities. troduce high school students to enrich the lives of special needs Joy Parrish, Co-President of the world of philanthropy, both adults and create an inclusive Katie’s Place added, “Because of in terms of philanthropy’s role in environment. this grant, Katie’s Place will be being a productive citizen of the “Day support in this rural area able to begin providing services community and philanthropy is very much needed,” said Amy much sooner than otherwise as a possible career option. The Baker, Director of Katie’s Place. would have been possible.” program also develops leader“Our focus is to provide services The YLC received twenty-four ship and consensus-building to those who have grant requests total- skills. finished high school ing over $617,000 This large impact grant has Non-Profits but are unable to and were charged taken the YLC over the $100,000 continue to higher with the tough task level in cumulative grants. education or transition into the of gaining consensus among mainstream work place.” the group on a single project to For more information about This grant will provide schol- fund. “I am so impressed with the Youth Leadership Commitarship assistance for 5-8 individ- the YLC’s ability to understand tee and how to get involved, visit uals transportation costs, and the plight of their disabled peers. www.foundationforroanokevalstaffing needs. The day support They showed great compassion program will include options to and maturity in arriving at this attend five days, three days or decision,” said Parrish.



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Sixth District Candidate Ready to Challenge Goodlatte

Karen Kwiatkowski announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for Virginia’s 6th congressional district Thursday at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton. During her speech she challenged incumbent Republican Bob Goodlatte to a series of public debates. The Roanoke Tea Party has offered to host the first debate Photo by Valerie Garner after the fall elections. “We expect at least three debates. I am Karen Kwiatkowski addresses ready to meet the incumbent the June Tea Party meeting. anywhere in the 6th district “His constituents are not and talk publicly about the ishappy with him,” she claimed. sues,” she said. Chip Tarbutton, president Kwiatkowski’s campaign theme and election promise of the Roanoke Tea Party, said “is simple and rock-solid,” she they’d look at endorsements says and “Reduce, Redirect and for 2012 after Virginia’s 2011 Rein-In” the federal govern- elections. If a primary were the ment, she said. She describes method selected, it would take herself as a conservative consti- place June 12, 2012. Thursday she said the “[Retutionalist. publican] party If you count the talks the talk, but “applause-o-meter” Politics does not walk the interruptions durwalk … I am a Reing Karen Kwiatpublican who honors the Conkowski speech to the Roanoke Tea Party in June, it signals a stitution, believes in liberty and future endorsement. She hit all is a hard-core fiscal conservative.” the right notes. Kwiatkowski believes that the When asked why she thinks Patriot Act is unconstitutional Goodlatte needs to go, Kwiatkowski said he is “a go-along, get-along guy … he is an es- > CONTINUED P2: Sixth District tablishment Republican.”


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was not a facility for cash management.” Baker said that Wells Fargo representatives told him the increase was necessary. The banking industry is adapting to financial regulations imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act and is preparing for other impending financial regulations. These regulations are anticipated to impose higher capitalization requirements for loans and debt facilities. “The Dodd-Frank Act requires higher reserves to be set aside, resulting in a per annum increase to .35% basis point,” explained Baker. He said they had accessed the LOC ten times over the last three years. Baker told council that they “will insist on an early termination clause with [Wells Fargo] if a lower cost alternative can be found.” Councilman Bill Bestpitch lingered on the subject of alternatives to RCPS “cash flow issues,” asking Baker whether they have had any “overdraft issues.” Baker recounted that on one occasion, when the bank did not record their deposit in a timely manner, it was accessed overnight. In that case no interest was charged. Bestpitch grilled Baker, making a point that prior to 2008 before the city and school system severed their financial ties. neither RCPS nor the city had a LOC. Baker was asked if there had been overdrafts or cash flow problems prior to July 2008. Baker was not on board most of that time, saying that as far as he knew it had not been a problem.

near the current location of radio/TV towers and AEP transmission lines: the Tea Party, which has opposed wind turbine projects across the country, according to Christopulos, as a government infringement on the rights of adjacent property owners that don’t want them in their backyard. “There’s still a lot of hurdles they have to meet,” cautions Christopulos about the proposed wind turbine farm. “No formal application from Chicago-based Invenergy is on the table yet,” she adds. Christopulos expects a number of local Tea Party supporters to speak on Tuesday as well. The local Sierra Club chapter also supports the wind turbine ordinance and the Poor Mountain project. The Board of Supervisors could vote on the ordinance af-


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Bestpitch hinted that the city and school systems should reestablish their joint financial management arrangement. “The cost to the taxpayers of the city of Roanoke is whose money we are talking about [pre2008] would be zero,” said Bestpitch. “I think this council has demonstrated over and over again our strong support for public education,” said Bestpitch. He lamented over the amount of school supplies the $35,000 would buy. “I happen to know for a fact … that we have teachers … reaching into their own pockets to buy school supplies,” he said. “As someone who feels a strong obligation to represent the interest of the taxpayer, I just can’t see spending $35,000 just to have a line of credit,” said Bestpitch Councilman Court Rosen said he didn’t have a problem and understood from a business point of view the need for a line of credit. “I think it’s smart … it’s the school board’s prerogative,” he said. Director of finance, Ann Shawver confirmed that low cash flow situations occur both for the city and the school system about the same time every year. It would be difficult for the city to “backstop” the school system she explained. Shawver’s request for Proposal for a new bank would take six months. In her discussion with a Wells Fargo representative, Shawver said that she got the impression that the city and school system would be

hard-pressed to find another financial institution that would be less costly. Councilman Sherman Lea said, “to me what is being done by Wells Fargo [equates] to some issues we’ve had with loan sharks.” Lea said he understood the need for the line of credit but that he was “tired of sitting up here and being held hostage” in situations they had no control over. In the end City Council tabled the LOC approval until the next council meeting though Shawver explained it would take 30 days or more. Council asked that Baker and Shawver work on “alternatives” for their next meeting. Mayor Bowers was absent and council members Lea, Ferris, Bestpitch and Price voted to table while Trinkle and Rosen voted “no.” School Board Chairman, David Carson said in an email: “I regret the position that the bank has put us all in. I understand and share Council’s concern. I also appreciate that the school finance folks are trying to be extra careful with respect to RCPS finances - a job they have done extraordinarily well for my entire time on the Board. As we have with many difficult issues that have confronted us over the past several years, we will work through our concerns together.” By Valerie Garner

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ter the public hearing or could delay a vote until another meeting after digesting all of the comments received. The Roanoke County Planning Commission put off a vote several times after hearing detractors talk about reduced property values, diminished natural viewsheds and the harmful effects of whirring turbine blades before voting 3-2 to recommend passage of the ordinance by the Board of Supervisors. Several months ago the BOS did enact an ordinance covering smaller wind turbine projects; however they are nothing like the 443’ towers, 18 in all, proposed by Invenergy for Poor Mountain. Christopulos is perplexed by one recommendation made by the Planning Commission, which called for a half mile set-

> Sixth District and the 16th and 17th amendments should be repealed. Though she would abolish the federal income tax, she doesn’t support the Fair Tax. By abolishing the 17th amendment, she would return the power to governors and state legislators to appoint Senators to the U.S. Senate. “It has produced U.S. Senators who cannot be accountable to the people they represent,” she said. Kwiatkowski or Goodlatte will face Democrat Andy Schmook-

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ler, who so far is the only Democrat seeking the Democratic nomination. Both Schmookler, 65 and Kwiatkowski, 50 live in Shenandoah County close to the West Virginia border. She plans to take Goodlatte to task on his votes for Obamacare, raising the debt ceiling, and affirming the USA Patriot Act of 2001. “The Patriot Act is unconstitutional,” said Kwiatkowski. She admonished Goodlatte for not proposing the elimination of ethanol subsidies, then reversing his stance when “establishment leaders of the GOP told him to.” “Fortunately, my opponent has in many ways been working hard to get me or someone like me elected,” said Kwiatkowski. She opposes all subsidies and reduction of the budgets of federal agencies and audit of the Federal Reserve. “I oppose the

back from a wind turbine tower to an adjacent residence, saying national standards for health and safety are more like 110% of the height of the tower; she’s hopeful supervisors will change any ordinance to something along those lines. She claims that concerns about health hazards is based on outdated information and old technology. A Federal Aviation Administration study signed off on the location of all but three towers, saying they would not be an impediment to flights in and out of Roanoke Regional Airport. The agency did say three turbine towers might have to be moved, shortened or taken out of Invenergy’s plans. Christopulos also believes a wind farm, which would feed electricity created into the AEP grid, could send a message about

the Roanoke Valley, helping to land high-tech companies with a similar green attitude. It could also be an educational tool and a tourist attraction, with a proposed community center at the former Bent Mountain Elementary School serving as the information center. Speaking of “green,” with a property tax rate tied to the amount invested, and Invenergy proposing to spend a $100 million on Poor Mountain, Roanoke County could see $800,000 in tax revenues in the first year of operation, according to Christopulos, who will likely hear plenty of opposition at next Tuesday’s meeting. “It just depends on how people respond to it. You can’t really tell until we’re there [at the hearing].” By Gene Marrano

From page 1 politically-demanded printing of money and tax increases of any kind,” she said. Kwiatkowski supports bringing the troops home to “conduct real border defense” and placing them under governors’ control. By the government’s actions she believes that “Social Security and Medicare have been made into dangerous Ponzi schemes … “we must transition away from being a nanny state,” she said. She would support reducing congressional pay and benefits and support legislation to require all members of congress to read bills before they vote. “No earmarks,” she said and “do away with the No Child Left Behind legislation.” “A truly free market is the only way to keep America strong and productive,” said Kwiatkowski. Kwiatkowski is a retired

USAF Lieutenant Colonel. She lives on a farm near Mt. Jackson with her husband. She has four grown children and two grandchildren. She has a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University of America. She admits to having no significant political experience, saying that her articles, opinion pieces and public speaking engagements have been her participation in politics to this point. From May 2002 to February 2003, she served in the Pentagon’s Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA). While at NESA, she wrote a series of anonymous articles, “Insider Notes from the Pentagon.” Kwiatkowski was in her office inside the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11, 2001. By Valerie Garner

Bringing “LOVE” To Roanoke! Roanoke is in the running for a statewide tourism promotion as part of the “Bring LOVE to Your Town” event. The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) opened a Facebook vote on Wednesday, August 17 that ran through Thursday, August 18 to determine which town in Virginia will receive the giant sized L-O-V-E letters to display. The VTC will install the artwork at the winning destination on August 31 to be on display through September. The promotion ties into the Virginia is for Lovers marketing campaign which promotes Virginia as an ideal destination for families. "Our iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand is about love pure and simple, and has been for more than 40 years," said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. "The LOVE artwork has great social media buzz and promotes the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation.”

The RVCVB is vying for the state’s “LOVE” artwork. More than a dozen Virginia Art. As the gateway to Downlocalities have nominated their town Roanoke, the letters will be location to display the LOVE highly visible from Williamson artwork and were part of the Road as well as Interstate 581. Facebook voting. If successful, The LOVE artwork is 16 feet the Roanoke Valley Convention wide and eight feet tall. & Visitors Bureau has chosen to If successful, visitors will be display the LOVE artwork at the encouraged to take a family piccorner of Williamson Road and ture in front of the artwork and Shenandoah Avenue. This loca- share it on Facebook at www.Fation is next to the Visitor Center and O. Winston Link Museum. and on Twitter, using the special The backdrop is of Mill Moun- hashtag #LOVEVA. tain as well as the Roanoke Star and the Taubman Museum of

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Red Devil Warriors Raise Funds

Preparing for the 2nd Annual Cueballs for a Cure on August 20, members of the Red Devil Warriors, a nonprofit cancer support organization, showed off their fiery roasted chicken chili at the Chili Cook-Off and Bike Show at Biker Church Roanoke. The event benefited the Salvation Army’s Turning Point & Starting Point programs. “The Red Devil Warriors got their name from a chemo treatment that patients nicknamed the “red devil,” said the organization’s Vice President Yvette Michaud. “We started out helping our friends and family who were battling cancer and it grew and grew. We support with random acts of kindness, including supplying chemo treatment rooms with drinks and snacks, hand knit afghans, help with

Left to right, Hailey Tomasello, Shannon Sparr, Warriors President Bonnie Blake, and Secretary Madeline Edwards. transportation, financial assistance and anything we can do to ease their situation and provide support and comfort,” she said. The charitable organization is

selling 1-in-200 chances to win raffle tickets for $50 each to win a 1991 Harley Davidson Sportster. The raffle is this year’s annual fund raising event.

“TomatOlympics” Highlight Eastmont Tomato Festival

"Ain't nothin' in the world that I like betterthan bacon n' lettuce n' Eastmont tomatoes.” That’s the first two lines of the official Eastmont Tomato Festival song and it summed up the outlook of hundreds of people who gathered at last Saturdays Shawsville’s Meadowbrook Center for the fourth annual event that offered everything a tomato lover ever dreamed of - and then some. Every kind of tomato imaginable was on display as well as tomato art, the TomatOlympic games and the requisite crowning of the 2011 Tomato Queen which highlighted an afternoon that took away everyone’s worries and more than once had the crowd roaring with approval and laughter.

The 2011 Eastmont Tomato Queen, Barbara Dillard. The Tomato Queen pageant opened the day’s festivities with, unlike prior years, a sizeable group of tomato queen hopefuls vying for the crown. Last year’s queen, Terry Ellen Carter, was on hand to pass the crown which had come with much to shoulder. So much, in fact, Carter had adopted the stage name Juliet Roma to get her through her one year of fame and glory. After all the tomato seeds had settled, Barbara Dillard was named the 2011 Queen, much to the audience’s approval. “It’s a great moment,” Dillard pro-

Tomato Pageant MC Robert Pilkington (left) questions pageant queen-hopeful Dave Angle, aka T. Audrey Tomato. claimed afterward. “I prepared all year... just to get my nerve up.” Dillard was undecided if she was going to adopt an alias. But, a late entry and their subsequent appearance on stage had the onlookers rolling in the aisles. The final contestant, entered under the name T. Audrey Tomatoe, drew some suspicions from the throng that were well-deserved, despite T. Audrey being adorned in a tasteful tomato-red gown. After an impromptu gathering of the judges, order was restored and Dave Angle (ah, T. Audrey) was unanimously crowned Tomato King of Queens. The TomatOlympics clearly put a new twist into the sporting aspect of the tomato. Races, obstacle courses involving tomatoes and a tomato-eating contest that tested everyone’s gastronomical fortitude drew a large number of contestants. The games ended with Tomato-Target-Man, aka Robert Pilkington, being pelted with a sizeable assortment of the juicy fruits as he wore a shirt featuring a large bull’s eye. The festival plays on the fact that there were numerous tomato farms and canneries in the Eastmont area during the first half of the 20th century. Proceeds of the festival benefit the Karen Cronin Legacy Fund which awards a grant towards an arts or gardening program. Cronin, a prior Tomato Queen herself, was a well-known volunteer in Montgomery County. Cronin died in February from complications from a scuba diving accident in Hawaii. Her hus-



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“Fired Up” Event Looking For More Runners

A first time event planned for next month in Roanoke is making a last minute plea for 5k and 10K runners, before that portion of the program is canceled. “Fired Up for a Cure,” sponsored by Roanoke City Fire-EMS, will raise money to fight breast cancer, with proceeds from the scheduled footraces, a silent auction and other activities going to an organization that provides mammograms and pap smears to low-income women who otherwise can’t afford those services. Tiffany Bradbury, the Fire Prevention Specialist for Roanoke Fire-EMS, says that unless they can convince more area runners to sign up by August 24 (for the September 24 event) they will have to cancel the footrace portion of the program. Runners can register online at roanokeva. gov/playonline. There’s also a link on the website, which includes a calendar of all local footraces in the area and links to registration pages. A nurse from Carilion and a Roanoke firefighter came up with the original idea for a breast cancer fundraiser, and “it’s kind of turned into a big thing,” said Bradbury, who left WSLS-10 to coordinate public relations for Roanoke Fire-EMS. In October many fire departments will wear pink on certain days to promote breast cancer awareness – something they will do in Roanoke City. A 5K walk has now been included, to attract those not inclined to run. The 9 a.m. races start from the Roanoke Civic Center and end there, and include a portion of the Lick Run Greenway. Afterwards from


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Roanoke’s fire safety trailer will be on hand, with batteries for smoke detectors available as well. Overall said Bradbury, Fired Up for a Cure is a “show of support for women and families that have battled breast cancer.” The department has seen members lose their lives to cancer in recent years, one reason part of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Bradbury said only a handful of runners had signed up as of last week; the 5K and 10K races need a combined minimum of 100 in order to proceed, since there are timers to pay and the like. “I guess it just wouldn’t make sense [financially otherwise].” If the race is canceled, those that have signed up will get their money back, Bradbury assures. The 5K and 10K runs are $30 per person; the 5K walk is $20. If the race has enough people sign up by August 24, registration online and on race day will continue until September 24. Bradbury would like to see a flurry of registration activity this week however, to ensure that the race will go on. “[We’ve] been posting stuff up all over town,” said a hopeful Bradbury.

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e has no sense of relishes his fresh food and wabeing less than any ter, demands little, runs on his other. He is toler- wheel for miles, burrows under ant and urbane; and though his bedding and is content with we have many animals in our his lot. He is one of God’s more home, I swear the most solitary self-sufficient little creatures. and unsung of them is our gerTHE LAW OF THE PACK bil [Actually, my `step-gerbil’; Several years ago, a friend of he actually belongs to Sabrina.] ours wisely judged he could no But issues of legal longer be a fit owner ownership aside, this to his little black and inoffensive little quadwhite bird dog, ‘Branruped impresses me. di.’ He asked if we Now, it’s true I could would take her on. Yes, fertilize the White but not without some House lawn twice a misgivings. The rest of week with what he our dogs are Dobie’s; leaves on the bottom eighty pounds and of his cage [I’m someup. From her perwhat surprised a vegspective, little Brandi Lucky Garvin etable garden hasn’t must have felt like a sprung up spontaneously in prairie dog among buffalo. the corner of his cage, given his But Brandi knew a trick: she diet of seeds and the amount of fully understood and abided by ‘mulch’ available]; and yes, he the law of the pack. That law beats noisily on his water bottle gives order to a group which when he wants me to put him might otherwise tear itself in his little exercise ball and let apart, destroying the hopes him roll around the floor. He and the life of any individual pounds with an imperial dis- involved therein, and thus, pleasure, feeling he has been the group itself. Perhaps this is most patient but said patience why, over generations, the law has been completely and jus- evolved; it forges the group to tifiably exhausted. “Thank you a common purpose and order. very much, and it’s about time Only rarely can an individual you showed up!” But I would creature in the wild survive on fuss too. its own. He refuses to allow his sleep In terms of ranking, there patterns to be dictated by his are leaders, or alphas [not species. To wit, he snoozes necessarily male], then betas, whenever he bloody well wish- gammas, deltas, etc., down to, es, and stays awake for periods and very much including the of his own choosing. But for lowest-ranking member of the the most part, his little life is pack. For a human two-some rounded by sleep. who might own a single dog This precious little creature and feel themselves excluded is growing slowly older like from this law, they should the curling of a leaf stem [not think again. In any dog’s mind, unlike someone else I know.] there must be a pack; no excepBlithely ignoring the fact that tions. There must be an alpha; he and his kind seem to have no exceptions. One or both of been set on earth for the spe- the humans must be the leader, cific purpose of rounding out or the dog will assume that role; the bottom of the food chain, this is the dog who will not folhe cheerfully lives his little life, low commands. Why should

the boss obey subordinates? Although Brandi has more energy than a potful of coffee, she knows her place; she was the littlest, the weakest; so that’s how she acted; and since then, has gotten along just fine. Watching her, I am moved to wonder if any human being has been so happy with so little. Her long tail, a metronome of her overall happiness, beats so rapidly her hindquarters are drawn to this extravagance of pure joy as to make you fear for her vertebrae. When she gets excited she dances, her front legs beating a staccato on the floor any drummer would be proud to call his own. She vocalizes, “Row! Row! Row! Almost like the old children’s’ rhyme about the boat. But for the want of a few consonants, I’m convinced she could speak fluent French. She is the last dog in or out of the door; the last one up the hill on the morning run [although I would surmise she’s holding back those after-burners of hers.] This is all part of knowing her place. The rules, while unwritten, are nevertheless inviolable. This is neither condescension nor a stark violation of political correctness. This is a law which governs dog packs, and, in the animal world, may well spell the difference between survival and expulsion, or worse . . . The world has its ways, doesn't it.

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alt Kelly, on the amendment to the Constitution first Earth Day in for a balanced budget. That’s a 1971, paraphrased safe idea because it would never Commander Oliver Perry’s mes- get the two-thirds vote to get out sage to General William Henry of Congress; they can’t get that Harrison after the battle of Lake many votes to agree on what Champlain in 1813. In the com- time it is. Three-fourths of the ic strip, Pogo was disconsolately state legislatures then have to ratlooking at a polluted stream ify it; that would take years. Most when he made his pronounce- important, such an amendment ment. The environment has does nothing to address the curimproved greatly in the past 40 rent fiscal mess. years, although much remains to We have seen what the Tea be done. Party members of Congress As it turns out the battlefield have offered us: Standing at the has been broadened to much precipice on two banana peels. If more than pollution, but it is there were easy solutions (as they still the same enemy: us. We insist) they would have been are headed for a confound. We are now tinuing financial crisis faced with choices that and given the recent no one wants but, as performance of our all our mothers told elected officials, there us, sometimes we have is little room for optito do things we don’t mism. like. Every thinking Congress has apperson has seen this pointed a committee. coming and most have How innovative! Rebeen sickened by the member the Simplack of political will of Hayden Hollingsworth son/Bowles Comour leaders. There is mission report last more than enough blame to go year? It contained many proposaround, but it is time to lay the als to address the federal deficit battle plan on the table and stop among which were Social Secupointing accusing fingers. I took rity cuts, tax reform, Medicare Congressman Goodlatte at his and Medicaid changes, along word when he said he wanted with decreases in discretionto hear from me. I told him that ary and defense spending. All Congress had two choices. They are sensible; all are the third rail could protect their jobs with of political life. The report was pointless political posturing or ignored. No politician wants they could face the unpopular to touch them because it seems Look for Lucky’s books locally choices that will have to be made tantamount to defeat at the polls. and on-line: The Oath of Hippo- and risk loss of their congressio- It is totally disingenuous that a Super Committee will produce crates; The Cotillian; A Journey nal seats. Needless to say, I did not hear an “Aha!” moment for Congress. Long Delayed. back but he supported the bill Our government, at every (Morgan Griffith did not). Bob’s level, needs to choose on which favorite point seemed to be an side they will fight this battle. Contact Lucky Garvin at


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Will it be to protect their jobs which consist of casting votes for a living? Or will it be one of accountability and making the hugely unpopular choices that must be made, even it means going back to employment in the real world? One would hope that the general disgust we, the people, feel for the performance of our elected officials will keep us from succumbing to the pap they constantly offer us. We are the ones who will suffer if nothing serious is done. We are the ones who must sacrifice to save the country. The politicians will plod along pretty much unaffected. During World War II everyone buckled down to gas, food, and shoe rationing. We saved bacon grease, we walked instead of driving, and we saved scrap metal and paper. Compared to what the Brits suffered, it was little more than an inconvenience. It was for a cause in which we all believed and few complained. If we are to survive this economic crisis we must have the same willingness to make sacrifices, albeit of a different type and with less certainty of the outcome. Congress can get this done and we can hope the electorate will not punish them for making hard choices. If they choose to protect their jobs at our expense, then shame on them. They are on vacation and now is the time to give them an earful. At least they’re not in Washington arguing endlessly with those who hold opposing views. It is truly the time for us to stop being our own enemy and work for what the Founding Fathers called the commonweal. I hope we have the courage to make the sacrifices needed even if Congress doesn’t. As Tom Paine said in 1776, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Listen up, citizens and leaders alike; it was true then and it’s true now. If we’re not going to be part of the solution, then get out of the way. We are certainly a major part of the problem.

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have questions. These are QUESTION TWO not topical queries such What is with the ever rising as, “If the United States skunk population in the Raleigh credit rating has really been Court area? lowered, does the Department Growing up in Long Island of Defense require a co-signer my only skunk encounters were if they needed to purchase a few visiting the stuffed, motionless, extra Stealth Bombers? No sir, pre-historic replicas in the Mumy questions are those which seum of Natural History and have baffled far more Peppy LaPew. Last developed minds than year’s infestation inmy own. Today, I seek troduced us all to the the assistance of you, insidious Stink Bug, an the loyal readers of the armored annoyance Roanoke Star Sentinel which swarmed into to help me decode every home in large the mysteries which numbers. Oh yes, and plague your humble they are indestructible servant. to boot. Vacuum them, QUESTION ONE beat them flightless Jon Kaufman How does a man with a rolled up newswho has been unempaper, or mash them ployed for four plus months be- with your shoe, this breed is the come magically selected for jury Chuck Norris of insects. duty on the very day he begins But now this season, Southhis new job? west Roanoke is hosting a skunk The same wonderful system invasion. Though not nearly as which granted Casey Anthony ambitious as their winged predea get-out-of-jail-free card man- cessors, these two-tone rodents aged to obstruct employment as- do put the bugs to shame in the similation by presenting me with “stink” department. I am beginyet another opportunity to wait ning to think that the manifestain a large room with a gathering tion of these odor carrying raidof equally perturbed citizens. ers could be a sign of more dire I fully understand the impor- times ahead, sort of modern day tance of performing one’s civic plagues forewarning us of the duty, however, where were the Mayan prediction of the upcomdocument toting deputies when I ing cataclysm in 2012. Moses was wasting away my life watch- saw frogs falling from the sky, ing ten straight hours of “Crimi- why not skunks strolling past the nal Minds” on cable? Fully and Grandin Theatre in packs? freshly educated on the motiQUESTION THREE vations and characteristics of a Why is local television news so serial killer, I would have gladly limited in their sports reporting? jaunted down to the courthouse Each night, prior to retiring for and lent my expertise, but no, I the night, I watch the local news. was served a juror appearance The hard news and features prenotice before the ink was dry on sented are excellent productions my offer letter. In my world, ev- as is the weather on all three local ery day is April 1st. affiliates. Sports coverage, how-

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Change Comes Fast To Religion Reporting


few weeks ago columnist Hayden Hollingsworth reflected on how medical education has changed since he was trained as a cardiologist years ago. Coming across a 22-year-old report taken from a survey involving the Religion News Service, I was fascinated to see how not only churches but how they are written about has changed in the public press. The changes come about because what were for centuries two institutional bastions of society have changed so much in the past 25 years. Middle class Americans used to go to their church and read their newspaper. Today both communication of news and supporting a church have broadened to the point where neither seems as effective as it used to be. I like the metaphor of a searchlight versus a directed beam. We can bring in more people, but does quantity necessarily equal quality? When I began my career writing about churches for the daily Roanoke evening paper more than a half century ago, the newspaper valued churches as supports of society. The executives went to church. To that end, much of the Saturday evening paper was devoted to information about what would be happening in the city's congregations the following day. One of my major tasks was to type a long list of sermon topics which had been sent in on cards by clergy. It was taken quite seriously. It seems incredible now that a newspaper would devote so much space, but then more Roanokers seem to have gone to church. Until a few years ago it was routine for me to cover major denominational meetings; little about them is regarded as newsworthy now.

Today in the Roanoke newspapers religion gets its due chiefly in the acts of people; one must read between the lines. Of course, that's what one's religion is meant to do: lead a believer to treat others as he would want to be treated and to give credit to a supreme being through various forms of worship. But I notice in news stories about people, even when their faith is acknowledged, that their particular congregation is rarely mentioned. I wonder why. At one time, as a 1989 survey indicated, most daily papers carried news about the institutional church and they accepted paid advertising from faith communities. Ads for churches are fewer now; they never brought in a lot of revenue. Seeing the well-regarded Atlanta Journal and Constitution recently on a Saturday, I notice its nod to churches in a personal column by a woman editor and a half page of small ads, some placed by a denominational office. The whole paper, like our local publications, is much smaller. The RNS professional organization, to which I once proudly belonged, may no longer even exist.

The survey of 22 years ago showed that readers then wanted to read church news, It examined the issue of whether newspapers should give readers only what they want --sex, sports, scandals-- or what they need --information about their government, schools and churches. The trend, even then, was to broaden religion coverage, a trend now intensified by the common words, "inclusion" and "diversity." There are now at least four ways of getting the day's news-newspapers, radio, television and the Internet. The advertising dollar has been split many ways. As for churches, the denomination of one's family matters less than it once did. Being friendly and offering conveniences are what bring in younger people who are sought everywhere. Those with a conservative outlook continue to hold to inerrant Scripture and fear watering down the faith. Others will always see adaptation to the culture as also biblically based. To which we can only say, change is constant. Contact Frances Stebbins at

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Mission Models Roam Market

Where were all the glamorous women in formal attire going on a Wednesday afternoon in downtown Roanoke? This year, National Thrift Shop Day, celebrated on Wednesday August 17, was hard to overlook. From 12 noon to 1 p.m. fourteen "Mission Models" were positioned in the City Market area wearing thrift store formal wear to showcase the large selection of formal apparel that the Rescue Mission Thrift Store offers. "People don't often associate thrift stores with formal wear, but after this they surely will!" said Gail Strickler, one of the organizers of the event for the Rescue Mission. "We want women to know there are not only beautiful but also affordable prom dresses and evening gowns for all occasions at a third or less of the price normally charged right here at our store. What better day to let people know this than on National Thrift Shop Day. " Models included Rescue Mission staff as well as volunteer college students and business women, all wearing formal wear and accessories they found at the Rescue Missions Thrift Store, located at 402 4th street SE. Rotating around the building every three to five minutes, the models will also wore oversized price

Rescue Mission staff members & participants in Models on the Market, Kyle Edgell (black dress) & Gail Strickler (red dress), pose in the Thrift Store formal. tags to show what the entire outfit would cost if purchased at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store. "I'm very shy and this is one of the few activities I feel comfortable doing," said April Saul, a Roanoke College math major who was also a model for the event. Mary Ellen Apgar, a Rescue Mission Recovery Program graduate said, "It's fun to get all dressed up and be a part of this performance art on the market to support the Rescue Mission. I’m excited to help promote an event for a place that did so much for me."

"Shopping thrift is great for our personal budgets, but I am even more excited about its other advantages," said Joy SylvesterJohnson, the Mission’s CEO. "Although this particular event featured the Rescue Mission Thrift Store, we hope it helps to create a thrift consciousness which is great for our sister thrift stores and the ecological health of our entire community. Shopping thrift provides a helping hand to such causes as shelters for the homeless, abused women and children, veterans services and sheltered workshops for those with mental and physical challenges. Thrift store shopping is a win, win, win, win, win situation!" The Rescue Mission Thrift Store is an earned income practice of the Rescue Mission, the largest homeless shelter in the state of Virginia, where as many as 400 men, women and children find safe shelter each night. One hundred percent of the profit earned from the Thrift Store and its sister store at Second Helpings goes to provide safe shelter, nutritious food, and quality medical attention for homeless families. For more information about the Rescue Mission, call 540-3437227.

Goodlatte Presents War Medal to Area Veteran

Congress Bob Goodlatte awarded the Bronze Star to Charles D. Easter last week at his Roanoke office. In April of 1945 Easter and his 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division were in the Italian War Zone and as the #1 Scout, Easter's job was to report German enemy positions back to the platoon leader. Easter reported that while he had some help from Italian Partisans in the vicinity that they were ultimately "mostly in the way" of American efforts to drive the Germans out. He also reported that fire fights were generally brief as the Germans were retreating towards Switzerland and that they wound up capturing many of them. He also mentioned that one of the highlights of the campaign was liberating the city of Bologna from German occupation.

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J. R. Pope of Richmond has been building models for 50 years. As he recalls, the first kit he ever built was an airplane that his father bought him. “We sat in the kitchen and he showed me how to cut things off the tree and how to use the glue.” From there, Pope evolved his skills to where now, “I’m probably better than I was twenty years ago.” Not only is modeling fun for Pope, it’s a release. “Some people think it’s tedious,” he says. “To me, it’s a pressure release to just sit in the shop and work on these.” Pope and his fellow lobbyists gathered last Saturday at the Roanoke Civic Center’s Exhibit Hall for this year’s "Virginia Shootout Scale Model Show and Contest." Presented by the Roanoke chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society, the contest covers a wide range of categories: aircraft, military vehicles, ships, automotive, space and science fiction, figures, dioramas, and miscellaneous subjects.

A well presented German Stuka Dive Bomber model. The purpose of the Shootout, explains Roanoke IPMS chapter President Dennis Smith, is “to promote model building through historical renderings” and “accurate depictions of actual vehicles, whether they be in World War I, World War II, civilian [or] commercial. We have figures [from] science fiction to factual figures.” While most of the entrants are adults, there are kids competing in the contest. “We have a ‘Make and Take’ program where kids can come in and build models for free,” says Smith. “We’re trying to promote it and get more kids interested [to] give them something other than electronics.” This year’s Shootout far surpassed last year’s contest. Smith says, “We’ve actually sold more tables this year than we have the last several years, and the models on the tables are excellent quality

David Garcia, Gary Griffith and Bob Dedmen, all of Richmond, meticulously judge a WWII Fighter Plane Model. and (there are) more entries.” Mike Carroll, a hobbyist from Lynchburg, was one of several vendors at the Shootout selling model kits. The kits he and fellow hobbyists sell come from the collections that they’re “thinning out” as he puts it. Other vendors offer a range of news kits. “Some of us probably make some money, and others are probably breaking even,” says Carroll. A model builder himself, Carroll had two models entered in the Shootout and focuses his model building primarily on military subjects such as armor and tanks. Another vendor, Chuck Connors, who makes his living primarily as a high school science teacher, was selling his “stash” of model kits from his basement. “I take the money I make from here and kind of spend it on other hobby items - it’s kind of like recycling.” Joe Marranca, a judge at the Shootout, explained that models are evaluated according to IPMS rules. “Essentially, we’re looking at finish and then the overall presentation of the model, how well the model is put together, the alignment of the model, whether or not there are glue marks left on it, how well the paint is put down, whether or not there are any blemishes in the paint - any sort of mistakes.” Asked what advice he’d give to anyone interested in taking up model building, J. R. Pope “wholeheartedly” suggests they just do it—whatever their age. “It’s a good hobby to get into, it makes you creative. It [can be] frustrating but it’s also something that you can do in the winter time when the snow’s blowing down the street. You can just go off into a corner and build.” By Melvin E. Matthews, Jr.

City Updates Policy for Reduced Price Meals Roanoke City Public Schools has announced the 2011-2012 policy for providing free or reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch, and/or School Breakfast Programs. Each school and/or central school nutrition office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. Household size and income will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown in the chart below, may be eligible for either free or reduced price meals. Children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be automatically eligible for free meals. Children who are homeless, migrant, or runaway may also be automatically eligible for free meals. Foster children, who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court, are eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Children who are members of

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Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup

High school football begins one week from tonight with the August 26th openers for most teams. Key matchups to keep an eye on in week one are Patrick Henry at Hidden Valley, Cave Spring visiting William Byrd and Northside hosting state-power Amherst County. The following afternoon, North Cross opens at 2:00 p.m. when North Carolina private school stalwart Charlotte Latin invades Thomas Field on the North Cross campus.

The big night that the Roa- year as the backdrop of the old noke Valley has been waiting Cave Spring Middle School is for readies itself next Friday as gone in order to make way for high school Friday-nights (and a new structure. On September Saturday afternoons for the 9th, the field will be given a new North Cross faithful) resume in name to honor two longtime ernest. Cave Spring coaches, Bill EdWe'll again keep you up to munds and Charlie Hammes, speed with our eleven Roanoke- during a pregame ceremony. area teams; the highlights, disFans of night games will have trict races and of course, the a letdown at North Cross, as the ever-reliable analysis and pre- Raiders have moved all home dictions. Last year's .824 games to Saturday afterrecord may be hard to noon for 2011. As dusk top as the talent and fell earlier and earlier coaching keeps getting each week last fall, North better. Cross played a couple of In addition to an asgames in near darkness sortment of new oppoin the fourth quarter, nents for most of our prompting the muchteams, there's a new face needed change. Tough on the sideline and a to crank up the passing Bill Turner new name coming to game when the only an otherwise SW County site light is from the moon. of demolition, and a case of no While football is on everymore night games for one pri- one's mind, it's important to vate school program. note high school volleyball Alan Fiddler takes over as likewise opens later this month. head coach at Patrick Henry All indications point to several The Colonels look to superb conditionwith hopes of bringing a cham- local teams being set for a state ing as a key to 2011. pionship atmosphere to Gainer championship run. Field like he fashioned in West The Salem Red Sox are still By Bill Turner Virginia. PH gets a good test in the hunt for a second-half in their opener, as the Patriots title, a requisite for making the travel to Hidden Valley. Carolina League playoffs. UnAt Bogle Field, the Southwest fortunately, the numbers are not County home of both Cave favorable. After Monday night's Spring and Hidden Valley, the win, Salem trailed first-place sun will seemingly set later this Winston-Salem by 5 games. If

Fleming gets its kicking game in order Tuesday morning in preparation for their opener at Franklin County.

Spartans Take Opener In River Ridge Golf Matchup

the Dash simply play .500 baseball the rest of the way, the Red Sox would have to finish 15-5 in its last 20 games- highly unlikely at any level. I want to thank the Eastmont Tomato Festival for my invitation to participate in last weekend's TomatOlympics (see related article in today's edition). I'm ready to affirm the validity of tomato-throwing at a human target as a bona-fide Olympic sport. Definitely more crowdpleasing action than curling. Finally, we close this week with Wild Bill's road report, and a heads up to all local entrepreneurs. The Route 221 realignment is now in high gear with blasting, excavating and delays the order of the day. In what is to become Roanoke County's version of the infamous Golden Gate Bridge, surely it is time for someone to propose an exciting "bridge day' where traffic will be reduced to pedestrians and hang-gliders will sail into Back Creek. This has festival-like big dollars written all over it. Remember, you heard it here first. Send your inquiries to: info@ By Bill Turner

Red Sox Fight For Final Playoff Spot

Salem used balanced scoring to take the first of six River Ridge golf matches Tuesday afternoon at Hunting Hills Country Club. Led by Will Chisom's 73, the Spartans (302) pulled away for a 14-shot win over second place Cave Spring (316). Hidden Valley took third at 321. Salem's four-player total included a 75 by Austin Smith and a pair of 77s by Andrew Butts and Alex Hart. Cave Spring's Nick Brediger tied Chisom at 73 for co-medalist honors, while the Knight's Drew Board joined Smith at 75 to tie for third.

The Salem Red Sox return home Monday night (Aug. 22nd) for the final homestand of the 2011 season. WinstonSalem invades Salem Memorial Stadium for a four-game set Monday through Thursday, followed by a visit by the Wilmington Blue Rocks, Friday-Sunday.

The shadows falling over Salem Memorial Stadium foretell the end of the current 2011 campaign.

Salem's Andrew Butts looks to save par on the tough 10th hole at Hunting Hills. Cave Spring's Drew Board putts for a birdie on the par5 14th hole Tuesday on his way to a round of 75.

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Salem's Garrett Sweeney blasts from the trap to save par at Hunting Hills par-5, 14th hole.

Red Sox slugger #24 Josue Peley digs in for his pitch earBy Bill Turner lier this week against Myrtle Beach.

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We can't believe What happened to that the city is prethe proposal for “tenparing to house 400 nis” in the tennis buildCHICKENS in our ing? The City wants to Northwest neighboruse it for bathrooms hood. In addition instead? there will be rows We are in agreement of greenhouses that that this is NOT a look like old military "Neighborhood Plan" barracks or airplane and our homes will hangers just down certainly devalue more the street from our if this plan goes forhomes. Is that the ward. The city councommunity garden The weeds continue to grow at Countryside. cil, city manager and proposed by the city planning staff should Valley has had soccer tournain the Neighborhood consider and respect Master Plan? Or did we not un- ments for years. Every time an- the needs and desires of our derstand the community garden other organization needs hotel neighborhood rather than the concept. At least the City will rooms during the soccer tourna- personal ambitions and desires get $100 a year for leasing the ments we are unable to find any. of a council member’s spouse or property that was actually given Soccer tournaments are nothing even those of respectable busito them by the airport in a land new to Roanoke. ness people such as the Food CoThe City will get zero (0) dol- Op. Why does it ALWAYS seem swap deal. Sounds like a lot of lars for this complex. They pres- like we the citizens who pay the chicken droppings to us! Then we find that on another ently get tax dollars from hotels taxes don’t matter? part of the Countryside property and restaurants during soccer We are definitely missing the city is considering a Soccer tournament time anyway. So why something with this whole deciSports Complex proposed by did they close the golf course? sion. The city said it was not in Northwest Recreation Club that They need tax base dollars the a hurry to do anything with the takes more acreage than allotted city claimed. Just a thought -- do Countryside property except for in the Master Plan. Their plan is you suppose they are planning sprucing up the hayfields of the to enlarge and remodel the ten- to close the soccer fields at Riv- 10th, 11th and 12th fairways with nis building into bathrooms and ers Edge and someone has plans trails and landscaping. Maybe we locker rooms, etc. - all of this for to build on that property? Now are just in shock that these plans there would be tax base dollars would even be considered and soccer tournaments. Excuse us, but the Roanoke unless of course the building is we have not gotten to the meat of for non-profit use. what is going on. Hopefully it is not what it appears to be. We are still waiting to see I am the slowest where the $1.5 million dollars for the property will be spent carpet cleaner in Roanoke. that was approved by city council on Monday. That was the same amount of money it would have taken to keep the golf course op“I will give your erating. We have high hopes that carpet the time it will now be used to restore the damage done to our home values and attention that once were adjacent to lush it deserves to green fairways.

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Letter - In Response to Marrano Tea Party Commentary Dear Editor: In response to 8/12/11 Commentary regarding Tea Party objections to our community being tied to ICLEI, consider these facts: Local government, residents, & businesses are capable of coming up with common sense ideas for energy efficiency and life style improvements that support our environment, without being tied to unknown, unelected "councils" from outside. Also, taking grant money means tight strings and outside control over what should be local decisions over our local lives. I have used compact bulbs for over ten years because they save energy costs. I do not want energy audits in my home unless I call and ask for one. I also object to using children to control behavior of adults, as you mention is planned in the schools. We pay taxes for a real education, and that is not going as well as it could be, if there were more local control of education. "Community planning" with ICLEI, goes a bit deeper, and as I understand, gradually, phases out the Right to Private Property by dictating where development can take place in smaller and smaller "clusters"as quoted in UN Agenda 21 documents.

Some may think this is fine, but most people I'm sure, do not. The 14th Principle in "Principles of Freedom 101" is Life & Liberty Is Secure So Long As The Right To Private Property Is Secure." It is our duty and responsibility as citizens to be informed. I believe most people are intelligent, well meaning, & reasonable. They may just be busy and a bit lazy about investigating controversial public policy on their own. It's easier to follow along with seemingly harmless community plans with nice sounding names that no one can disagree with, with no indication of where they might lead or what the end goals are. But imagine my surprise and disappointment to see "Tea Party and their ilk". Ilk? Local citizens with concerns about our freedom and well being, who have done their homework? "Kooky talk", "Fringe movement" coming from an editor of this paper, of all papers, who has not done his homework and misses the point of the concerns of many people, about ICLEI. -Kathleen Hall

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Basically it is not a problem of politics than have a little humility, affirm whatever goodbut of the human spirit. ness and truth their political opponents may have Some children grow up, but some never out- and work together? grow this childish and demonic need to be right. produce the best In forty years as a Presbyterian minister I met with -The Rev. Dr. William R. Klein, Roanoke results possible.” -Susan Hall and Dawn Lamb countless couples on the verge of divorce. By the on Ranch Road - Neighbors to • 2 rooms and a hall for $75 • 5 rooms and a hall for $155 Proposed Chicken Coops and • Furniture cleaning also available! Members of Countryside NeighDanny Williams • 989-1825 • Cell - 765-7144 borhood Alliance Recently my wife and I spent she pulled to the side of the road down a passing car seeking insome time at Peaks of Otter cel- and shared her frustration with formation that might get us on ebrating our 54th. Anniversary. the confusion we were experi- the right “track”. 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Expert Reveals Secret is to Start With “A Little Soul” Debt-ceiling debates, creditrating crises and international economies teetering on a double-dip recession might just be more than enough to scare would-be entrepreneurs out of the risky business of pursuing their ambitions. But not all of them. Self-made success story Melissa Evans believes innovators who have come to know their true strengths and align their business with their purpose and natural abilities will succeed even in turbulent times. “Entrepreneurs and companies who have a clear understanding of who they are operate with certainty and confidence, which are the two things businesses and customers want most in these troubled times,” said Evans, a healthcare industry consultant and author of Sole to Soul: How to Identify Your Soul Purpose and Monetize It (www.soletosoulbook. com). “Everyone is not broke in this economy, some are thriving. Monetizing your purpose is the best way to have an abundant life.” Hers is a modern, spiritual take on a classic economic theory: Countries and individuals are most successful and efficient when they know what they do best and focus on it. Aspiring

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Railway Historical Society Plans Trips to Abingdon and "Eastern Continental Divide" The Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society has announced two unique round trip train excursions that will take place the first weekend in November. For the first time in over 15 years the trip scheduled for Saturday, November, 5 will run from Roanoke to Abingdon, where passengers will have over three hours to see a variety of pre civil war historical attractions such as the “Barter Theatre” and the “Martha Washington Inn.” The newly opened Southwest Virginia Artisan Gateway “Heartwood” will complement the traditional attractions in this historic town. Passengers will also have the opportunity to stay on the train to nearby Bristol where seats will be turned for the return trip. Always among the most popular routes, the Bluefield trip is Scheduled to run out of Roanoke on Sunday, November 6. The train will head up to the “Eastern Continental Divide” before following the scenic New River for 38 isolated miles into the Nar-

rows before reaching the West Virginia State Line. Another steep grade will take the train to “nature's air- conditioned city,” Bluefield, where passengers will be within a short walking distance of several restaurants and outdoor vendors. The Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau has many special activities planned for the train's passengers. The Abingdon (Bristol) trip will depart Roanoke at 8:00 AM EDT, arrive Abingdon at 11:45 AM, leave Abingdon at 3:15PM, and return to Roanoke by 7:00PM EDT. Special activities have been planned by The passenger train will depart the Abingdon Convention and Roanoke on November 5th.

Visitors Bureau. In addition to many dining options in Abingdon, a box lunch is available for purchase in advance by passengers and is highly recommended for those choosing to remain on the train to Bristol. The Bluefield trip will depart Roanoke at 8:00AM EST arrive Bluefield at 11:30AM, leave. Bluefield at 2:00PM, and return to Roanoke by 6:00 PM EST. Both trains will have comfortable, carpeted Amfleet coaches with convenient rest room facilities, hosted by informative car hosts. In addition to Coach Class, the Roanoke Chapter is offering two types of First Class service on board. There

Blue Ridge PBS Wins EMPixx Award For “Virginia State Parks” The Blue Ridge PBS production “Virginia State Parks: 75 Years and Still Growing,” first broadcast in June 2011, has been honored with a Platinum EMPixx Award from the American Pixel Academy. The award, announced August 2, put the station’s new documentary among the top U.S. and Canadian contenders in the regional television documentary category. Blue Ridge PBS also won a Gold EMPixx Award in the television education category for “Shaping the World: Conversations on Democracy – Thomas Jefferson & Patrick Henry.” “The documentary category was particularly strong, with a number of Emmy-winning pieces that were selected among the EMPixx winners this year,” said David E. Carter, Executive Director of American Pixel Academy. The Academy is a coalition of professionals and educators in Enquist Aug 19.pdf 1 the pixel media. The distinctive

EMPixx statuette signifies the industry’s transition from film to pixels. “We’ve had great viewer response to the ‘Virginia State Parks’ documentary,” said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS president and CEO. “We are proud to share this award with our partners at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. An EMPixx Award affirms viewer comments that this is a local production worth watching.” “Virginia State Parks,” created as part of Virginia State Parks’ 75th anniversary celebration, invites viewers to share in the natural beauty and compelling stories behind many of the commonwealth’s most spectacular public treasures. The Emmy Award-winning Blue Ridge PBS production team visited all 35 state parks for the production, crisscrossing Virginia from the mountains to the coastal beaches. 8/17/11 11:58 AM American Pixel Academy judges

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A majestic view from Grayson Highlands State Park. described “Virginia State Parks” as “Well done,” and commended it for a “powerful opening with excellent music, excellent visuals, well edited.” The documentary also received high marks for “good use of vintage photos, and black and white film.” “The Gold award for ‘Conversations on Democracy’ is also well-deserved recognition,” Baum added. “This wonderful series is made possible thanks to a long-standing partnership with Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, a stellar example of our commitment to producing engaging educational programs for students and teachers in our region.” “Shaping the World: Conversations on Democracy – Thomas Jefferson & Patrick Henry” is the 10th episode from a popular interactive history project. Fifth graders from Brookneal Elementary School gathered in the Blue Ridge PBS studio where they met and interviewed Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, portrayed by living history interpret-

are magnificent, glass enclosed dome cars as well as luxurious lounge cars. The Chapter will have complementary musical entertainment aboard and lite snacks, beverages, and souvenirs will also be for sale. The Roanoke Chapter NRHS is a non-porfit organization, and proceeds from these trips are used to restore and preserve historic railroad equipment and facilities in the Roanoke area.

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Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg’s many years at the helm of Roanoke College’s choral program have commanded an audience and won many fans. Earlier this year, the music professor and director of the Roanoke College Choir and Oriana Singers received the Naomi Brandon and George Emery Wade Professorship in Music. A professorship creates an endowed position for a college professor, allowing the college to recruit and retain in-demand faculty. Wade, a 1936 graduate of Roanoke, and his wife, Naomi Brandon, bequeathed money to create this award. The late Wade was a scholar of music, literature, math, and history, as well as an amateur pianist and composer. His passion for music and strong belief in liberal arts education led him to give back to Roanoke. Sandborg was chosen for the professorship because of his contributions to Roanoke’s music program, especially choral music. He has directed the Roanoke College Choir since 1985. He also was director of the Roanoke Valley Choral Society for 14 years, and he founded the Canticum Novum Chamber Singers. For

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Roanoke V/A Regional Office Relocated

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (V/A) Regional Office in Roanoke, and Veterans Service Organizations that are co-located within the current regional office facility, must temporarily relocate due to modernization and reconstruction of the Richard H. Poff Federal Building. “V/A is committed to serving Veterans and their families and has taken steps to minimize any impact of this move on Veterans, employees, and other stakeholders,” said Acting Regional Office Director Leigh Ann Skeens. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the renovation of this

General Services Administration building is expected to take two to three years. Relocation of regional office employees began in May 2011 and is now complete. Effective immediately, Veterans and their families should visit the VARO at its central location — 116 N. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016. Official correspondence should be directed to the VARO’s new address; however, contact phone numbers remain the same. For more information please call 1(800) 8271000.

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Looking for a Place to call Home this fall? Join us at St. John’s! Bid summer farewell by fully reengaging with faith and fellowship! Enjoy a fantastic fall at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Roanoke. All are welcome!

St. John’s Sunday Service Schedule Our Fall Service Schedule begins on Sunday, September 11: 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:50 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

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The Roanoke Star-Sentinel  

News from the Roanoke Valley for August 19, 2011.