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August 26 - September 1, 2011

5.8 Earthquake Rocks Valley / Atlantic Seaboard Primary News

P3– Dave Nutter defeats Tripp Godsey in the 21st District Republican primary while Brandon Bell files as an independent for the 19th.

Preacher’s Corner P5– George Anderson takes a “pleasure trip” to Greece and comes back with some inspirational thoughts about our greatest cathedral.

Ready, Set . . . Kick Off! P7– Check out our High School Football and Volleyball previews by Sports Writers David Grimes and our ever intrepid Wild Bill Turner.

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P9– A record setting number of cadets were received at Virginia Tech last week. The Corps has been matriculating at Virginia Tech since 1872.

It was a bumpy Tuesday afternoon in Roanoke and for most of the eastern seaboard as a 5.8 magnitude earthquake was felt from Georgia to Toronto, Canada and as far west as Illinois. “There will be aftershocks,” said John Hole, Professor of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. The professor was right as a 4.2 magnitude aftershock hit Fluvanna County at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night. The quake occurred at 1:50 p.m. and lasted about 45 seconds. The epicenter was located in Mineral in Louisa County which has a popula-

tion of 430. Mayor Pam Harlowe said, Residents described their experience “everyone in town is quite shaken up.” As differently. Some thought it sounded like she rode around checking the small city, a train while others described it like a she saw that all the brick chimneys of the big wind or explosion. Those in vehicles historic town had crumbled but didn’t feel anything. Minthere were no injuries. Schools eral’s local grocery store had Historic Quake had cracks and were closed. all its shelves emptied into “It is a good time to clean out the aisles. cabinets since they were already empLynn Payne (retired Roanoke County tied for us,” Harlowe said with a nervous school teacher) of Glen Allen was very laugh. “The little town of Mineral is only close to the epicenter. She said, “Our one square mile in size and the older whole house shook hard. There was a homes are structurally weak anyway,” very loud rumble; I could see the walls moving. I thought a train must have desaid Harlowe.


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On Tuesday Night the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors received an earful from citizens at a public hearing but tabled their vote on a proposed large wind-turbine ordinance until their SeptemCounty Gov’t ber 13th meeting. At which time board chairman Butch Church said they will enact some kind of ordinance. None of the supervisors indicated which way they would vote relative to accommodating the Poor Mountain site. Most of the comments conveyed by dozens of speakers – more than 50 signed up for their three minutes at the podium – have been covered in previous hearings before the board or the Roanoke County Planning Commission, which approved its version of an ordinance that would cover large wind turbine installations in the future. “We would like to work in



railed. I ran outside, but there were no trains passing by. Then I saw my neighbors running outside.” Sue Preddy of Roanoke said she was under a beauty salon hair dryer and “her head kept hitting the sides – she thought the dryer was malfunctioning.” Roanoke City’s Mike Guzo, Emergency Management Coordinator, put out a message saying what people should do in an earthquake. He said to remember


Fred Gusler, Roanoke City Senior Planner gives details. There was a different twist to the second meeting on planning the future of the Evans Spring property last Thursday evening at Lucy Addison Middle School. After senior city planner Fredrick Gusler gave an overview of why the land is tarCity Gov’t geted for de velopment, he broke the crowd into four separate groups. The previous meeting in July was crowded and it was difficult to hear questions and answers. The smaller group with Gusler still had all hands raised at once and Gusler had a hard time keeping up with


The Snyder Family band from Lexington, NC features Samantha Snyder on fiddle, Zeb Snyder on guitar and father Bud Snyder on bass.


n Saturday, September 3rd, three of the hottest youth bluegrass bands: The Snyder Family Band, Loose Strings and Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder will perform at the Blue Ridge Music Center as part of “The Next Generation” concert. These talented groups are on the rise and demonstrate that the traditional music of the Blue Ridge has strong footing with the younger generation. Alumni Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) from Galax and Sparta will make a special appearance. Best of all the concert is free, thanks to the support of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Info and tickets are available online at or by calling (276) 236-5309.


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Gideon’s Army Full of Love and Surprises The kick off to last Saturday’s “Tools for School” event held at Brown Robertson Park was rousing and uplifting and had lots of kids rallying around Reverend Edward Mitchell, a pastor from Moneta who led the prayer, and the event’s organizer, Alex Hash, who heads up “Gideon’s Army Community Services.” Gideon’s Army is the group Hash founded just under a year ago and though it is relatively new on the scene, is already impacting people for the better, thanks to Hash’s unwavering determination to make a difference, and a lot of volunteers who share his vision. Just before sending the kids off to enjoy the various activities stationed around the park, Hash hollered “Ready! Aim! Achieve!”—and with that the kids rushed off to check out the attractions. Like other events organized by Hash and his volunteers, they had several goals in mind for Tools for School. One is to be of practical help to the community … in this case, supplying kids with backpacks and other needed school supplies. The group’s bigger picture goal is to involve more people in helping each other, and experiencing the satisfaction that comes with helping somebody else out, even in a small way. Hash calls it “changing the

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Rev. Edward Mitchell tells the kids “you can be anything you want to be” at the “Tools For School” event at Brown Robertson Park last Saturday.

Resource Officer W.D. Wood explained that the unit is a complete command center that is often brought in when there is a crisis, and also makes “appearances” at public events. The kids just enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny. Twanna Banks brought her children and said that the event “really gives the kids something fun to do,” adding she thought it offered so much more “compared to other types of events” that were giving away school supplies. Kimberly Cook, who was baby-sitting her neighbor’s three little girls, said “this was a really nice turnout.” Hash estimated that Gideon’s Army distributed over 300 book bags with supplies inside them. He said, “We still had several families that were not able to get any supplies because we ran out.” They directed those families to other places they can receive help. Most of the attendees were neighborhood kids but Hash said there were families from all over the area who came. Hash added, “The kids were thrilled when they realized we were giving book bags because we only advertised school

world one neighborhood at a time.” Army and a school supply distribution Hash himself is the personification of were behind the festivities, they would this effort. He was laid off from a job and have thought that it was a mini Festiduring the time he spent lookval, complete with bouncy ing for work, he realized that houses, hotdogs, drinks, fun Community he needed to get the focus off music, face painting, basketof himself and on others if he ball, candy apples, and even was going to be content, prompting him the Roanoke City Police’s Mobile Comto organize “Gideon’s Army.” mand Unit (MCU) on hand for kids > CONTINUED If onlookers didn’t know that Gideon’s to visit and climb all over. Community P2: Gideon’s



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A cold front is expected to sweep across the area Thursday and as a result we could see scattered showers and storms throughout the afternoon and evening. A stray shower or storm could remain in the area Friday but, by Saturday Irene looks to be off the coast enough that we will stay dry. We could see an isolated shower Sunday otherwise, the weekend is looking nice with highs close to seasonal.

that it could be a foreshock and there could be another one even stronger. He said to “drop to the ground” and “take cover under a sturdy table” at the first sign of a quake. Roanoke County elementary schools sent students home a little early. The high schools and middle schools were evacuated safely and the buildings were checked for damage. All were deemed safe. The quake was the largest on the East Coast since 1897. Federal buildings and National Monuments were closed as aftershocks were highly likely. Trains were delayed for much of the day as Amtrak officials inspected stations and railroad infrastructure. A water pipe burst, flooding the Pentagon and though flights resumed at JFK and Newark, there were long delays. The 104 year old National Cathedral in Washington sustained significant damage to three of its spires and several plaster arches. There was a crack in the Washington

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Monument and to break the tension, one tourist said that it was leaning but he could not tell if “it was to the left or to the right.” Two Nuclear reactors at the North Anna nuclear power facility in Louisa County shut down safely as they were designed to do. Governor Bob McDonnell issued a statement saying in part, “All indications are that emergency response plans and orderly evacuations have gone well . . . I would like to encourage all Virginians to check on neighbors and loved ones and to continue cooperating with law enforcement and emergency personnel. All resources of the Commonwealth have been put on alert to assist in any way necessary as we move forward.” Members of the Washington and Lee University community quickly made their way to the Geology Department in the Science Center, where the department’s two seismographs had captured the earthquake on ! seismograms.

Washington and Lee geology professor David Harbor shows James Crawford the seismograph print out from Tuesday's 5.8 earthquake. “There are earthquakes in this part of the country, but they are relatively rare events,” said Paul Low, a visiting assistant professor of geology at W&L. “With the preliminary estimate of a 5.9 on the Richter scale, this would actually be an historic event. The largest previous earthquake in Virginia was also 5.9, in 1897 in Giles County, Va.” “We’re in an area that hasn’t received a lot of tectonic activity

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This meeting reflected a shift in the discussion. Speakers seemed to realize that an ordinance is coming; now their focus is to make sure it protects residents living near these types of installations against loss of property value, health hazards and the like. “[We’re] asking for a reasonable ordinance. Make sure you’ve made the best possible decision,” noted Bent Mountain resident Patty Haines. Some liked the proposed ordinance first crafted by the Planning Commission, while others wanted to see the setback from turbine tower to adjacent property increased or decreased. Many seemed okay with the 60 decibel noise limit from tower to adjacent property line – but others wanted to see the noise limit lowered. While the regulations would cover installations anywhere in Roanoke County, the focus of Tuesday’s (Aug. 23) public hearing was the 18-tower wind turbine farm proposed for leased land on Poor Mountain, from Chicago-based Invenergy. “You have an excellent ordinance,” said Jonathon Miles, a professor at James Madison University who spent 18 months

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From page 1 at the Department of Energy recently, in the section devoted to wind power. “We have potential and we have an opportunity [on Poor Mountain].” Those who spoke against the ordinance, or more specifically against the Poor Mountain proposal, talked about 440’ towers and 165’ turbine blades that would mar the view shed, cause harm to bats and birds, or might pose a health hazard. Supporters of the wind ordinance tried to debunk such theories saying claims to that end are based on old data. Rob Lawson said he came with his family to live in Roanoke about eight years ago, with the mountain views being a primary consideration. Even the Sierra Club, which endorsed the Invenergy proposal locally, opposes wind turbines in areas known for their scenic beauty, according to Lawson. “Why would [Poor Mountain] even be on the table?” he asked. Private pilot Jerry Pulverino disputed any notion that the towers would be a hazard to those flying in and out of Roanoke Regional Airport. “Airplanes do not routinely fly over Poor Mountain – we fly around

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supplies. We had 10 different styles and tried to make sure that girls got the pretty ones and the boys the more dark colors.” One thing Alex Hash is never in a shortage of is “thank you’s” His appreciation in seeing his community come together is unending. He said in an email to his “army,” “I am sure you each saw the fulfillment on the faces of all the children in attendance … Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” He wasn’t the only thankful one; Hash related that “many parents came up to me and expressed such gratitude for the book bags. One mother was

it,” said Pulverino. “What we put on Poor Mountain is not going to have a direct impact. Southwest Roanoke County resident James Garris, a long time local activist, acknowledged that an ordinance is likely to be enacted soon. Now he just wants it to be a good one; “adapt a framework of rules – what information is expected from an applicant? Having that framework is so important.” Garris reminded others in attendance that a special use permit would still be required for each particular installation – involving another public hearing and a vote from supervisors. “We have once again heard some very good points, pro and con,” said Butch Church as the public hearing, more than three hours long, wrapped up. “We’ll make our decision on September 13th. It’s a difficult [issue] no matter where you stand.” The September 13th meeting is not a public hearing. Church does wish to see the wind turbine debate wrap up, saying “we want to do the right thing [but] we don’t want to labor on forever and ever.” By Gene Marrano

From page 1 in tears because she had four kids, and was not sure how she was going to purchase book bags for all of them.” Gideon’s Army next volunteer opportunity is planned for September 20th. They will be collecting canned goods and other foods to partner with Southwest VA Food Bank for their “Stamp Out Hunger Month;” the group will also be volunteering at the Food Bank that day. For more information or to volunteer call 540-632-1251 or email gideonsarmy2010@ By Cheryl Hodges

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Brandon Bell Files As Independent Candidate For 19th Senate District

Last Monday the former Virginia State Senator in the 22nd Senate District officially became the Independent candidate in the 19th Senate District—a race people are calling a “rematch” though Bell dismisses the term. It can’t be ignored that Sen. Ralph Smith won against Sen. Bell, the Republican incumbent, in a 2007 primary. However, Bell was confident and relaxed when he filed. His confidence stems from what he has heard from 19th district constituents. He says “they are tired of both political parties standing in their respective corners with their arms folded - unwavering and refusing to compromise.” He also says he has learned a lot from past elections - both the primary and his loss to Democratic challenger Sen. John Edwards in 1995. It was a family affair Monday afternoon at the Roanoke County Registrar’s office. Bell, 52, was accompanied by his wife Debbie, 6 year-old daughter Sarah and 2-½ year-old son Parker. Sarah insisted on having her name on dad’s petition and a separate piece of paper was attached to the clipboard inscribed with “Sarah Bell.” Above her name was “D-A-D-D-Y” with backward “Ds.” Sarah proudly handed the clipboard over to the Registrar. Sen. Bell still clings to the “conservative” side of the political spectrum and when asked what kind of conservative he is, he said “a reality-based conservative.” He contends that “it’s about solutions and not locking yourself into a position that’s uncompromising.” He sees the Republican Party pulling itself apart. After filing, Sen. Bell challenged Sen. Smith to at least five debates throughout the district. “Not just forums, but actual debates where [they] could ask each other questions directly,” explained Bell. “A good back and forth debate like on the Senate floor or in the British Parlia-

Brandon Bell with son Parker, wife Debbie and daugher Sarah. ment,” he said with a grin. He asked for civic groups or anyone to host a debate and invite both Bell and Smith. If both agree to the format it would be time to drop that remote control and attend this no-pay-for-view event. He suggested having four candidates, including those in Roanoke’s 21st senate district. Smith proposed a bill requiring 72 hours to read the State’s budget before voting. Bell suggests an amendment allowing legislators to “take a recess” for a week and let constituents weigh in on the budget before returning to Richmond for the vote. He repeated that if elected he would neither caucus with the Senate Democrats or the Senate Republicans. “It’s time for people to get out there and tell both parties they are being too extreme,” said Bell. He’s seen party loyalty dwindle and extreme elements take over party identification. He pointed to Smith as being part of the extreme few. “This is the big dramatic contrast people are going to see … people will see [Smith] is not flexible enough in today’s environment,” said Bell. In the primary Smith used Bell’s support for “smoking legislation” as an issue that brought at least a small group to Smith’s side in 2007. “It’s interesting that over the years [Smith] has been [in Richmond] he hasn’t introduced a bill to repeal it either,” said Bell. Bell, pointing to his two children said, “not having them ex-

posed to second-hand smoke was more important.” “People don’t take chances enough in politics,” he added. Bell couldn’t recall any other former member of the Senate with a party label who later ran as a “true Independent.” It’s not so easy to “do your own thing” when chained to a party. If you break ranks “you may find that you are not on a committee you really want to be on or you may not have your bill heard,” said Bell. It would take 27 members of the Senate to vote a member off a committee. “You’re much more able to vote conscience in the Senate,” he said. The rule of twenty-one (21): Bell said he would be able to do more for the Southwest district because “both parties will need him on every vote.” Even with a wider majority between the parties they still have to please a wide range of views and interests on their home turf. In general Bell thinks Governor Bob McDonnell is “doing a good job” though he believes that funding for the Virginia Retirement System and funding for roads has only been delayed and Virginia will have to pay in the end. “The [Governor’s] ‘borrow and spend’ approach to fund roads won’t work indefinitely,” Bell said. He added that “we need a new revenue stream.” Over time the gas tax would result in a diminishing-return revenue stream as more electric and hybrid vehicles take to the road. They would pay no tax and get a free ride. “It should be a payas-you-go system,” he said. He wouldn’t rule out some form of tax. Bell says he cares about social issues “but if someone is not able to provide food for their family and doesn’t have a job, that trumps everything.” By Valerie Garner

Republican Unexpectedly Nominated In Challenge To Unseat Putney The Republican Party leadership tried to convince him not to run, claims the newly chosen nominee. Monday evening a Roanoke Tea Party member won the nomination at the Republican mass meeting for the 19th District House of Delegates, according to Christine Broughton, Botetourt County Republican Chair. The vote was 26 –18. It came as a surprise even to the only nominee, Jerry Johnson. “I didn’t think I’d get the nomination,” said Johnson in a phone call. “That’s how our Democracy works,” said Broughton. Jim Crosby, 19th House of Delegates District Chair coordinated the committee meeting. The 19th HOD district covers Botetourt, Alleghany and portions of Bedford County. Del. Lacy Putney, though an Independent, caucuses with the Republicans and Chairs the Appropriations Committee. He has held the seat since 1962. Johnson, 72, is technically retired but still works as an electrical contractor and is a licensed real estate agent. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he lives in Botetourt County with his wife of 50 years. He has two children and six grandchildren. He has lived in Virginia since 1988 - part of that time in Franklin County and eleven years at his current residence in Botetourt County. Johnson is running for one

Jerry Johnson reason only, he said in a phone interview Monday evening. He wants to “change our system of government,” by repealing the 17th amendment. The Seventeenth Amendment established direct election of United States Senators by popular vote. The amendment supersedes the part of the original Constitution, under which Senators were elected by state legislatures. His goal is to have any state on its own “propose a constitutional amendment without going through Congress.” The other “49 states” would do the same, he said. Once ratified by 75 percent of the states, the 17th amendment of the U.S. Constitution would be repealed. He proposes in section two of a revised 17th amendment that there be “one U.S. Senator per State who serves at the pleasure

of the State Legislature.” A section three would have all federal judges serving three-year terms. This would prevent what Johnson calls “judicial activism.” If they “overstep their authority” they will not be reaffirmed when their term expires, Johnson explained. Johnson says he told the 44 gathered at the mass meeting that he “will be elected [and] will accomplish that goal.” All of the Virginia state legislators that he has marketed his proposal to have said “You can’t do that.” “They’ve never given it a thought … show me in the Constitution where it says a state can’t do that,” demanded Johnson. “They are all wrong and I am right,” he said. Johnson said “his nomination Monday night was the only Republican mass meeting in the State of Virginia where a vote was taken on an unopposed candidate.” It was a vote to give the nomination to him or to nobody, he claimed. Johnson believes that the 18 votes against him were Putney supporters. He had just enough personal friends and supporters from his church to grab the nomination. Once certified, Johnson joins Democrat nominee Lewis Medlin in an attempt to unseat Delegate Putney in November. By Valerie Garner

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Nutter Defeats Godsey in Low Turnout Republican Primary registered voting Dave Nutter on Tuesday, Nutter handily defeated received 66 percent Tripp Godsey in of the total vote, Tuesday’s 21st Disaccording to the trict Republican Virginia SBE unofprimary. But as the ficial tally. Nutter numbers rolled in achieved the win by from Virginia’s State garnering 85 perBoard of Elections, Dave Nutter cent of the vote in Godsey, the Roanoke Tea Party candidate, held a Montgomery County where the slim lead and ultimately carried turnout was heaviest. Nutter said in a phone call that both Roanoke County and Roanoke City. Godsey’s campaign he “was sunburned and tired but manager, Greg Aldridge, was ready for the run to November.” emboldened, saying that Nut- He felt he had Montgomery and ter “with all of his money and Giles County in the bag all along, the governor’s support - we still and had spent Tuesday at Roanoke’s Lee-Hi precinct. cleaned his clock here.” Nutter walked Lee-Hi and “Godsey was a big winner today,” said Aldridge in a phone won that precinct as well as South call. Aldridge says they have Roanoke precincts one and two. started a Tea Party in Blacksburg “You can’t walk every precinct where they plan to launch the and you can’t take a primary for granted,” said Nutter. same strategy. “It’s a struggle to get people Aldridge then confirmed Godsey’s commitment to sup- out,” said Nutter. He recounted port Del. Dave Nutter for the how even his friends were saying that he was going to win anyway, general election in November. With 2.3 percent of those so he put all his effort in getting

his supporters to the polls. Nutter attributed Godsey’s lead in Roanoke City and County to the Valley being Godsey’s home. He plans to work heavily in the Roanoke area going into the general election. “We’re well positioned going into the general,” said Nutter. “We’ll secure the Republican base and make sure they know who I am,” he said. “In the primary you are talking to a very select group of people and in the general election you reach out to all people,” said Nutter. He will hold to his message that the issue is jobs. “It doesn’t matter whether you live in an urban or rural area or the racial makeup – it’s still about jobs,” he said. Nutter said he is looking forward to debating Democrat incumbent John Edwards who he will face on November 8. By Valerie Garner

Mayor Gives State Of The City Address: “Big MAC” Is Back Though Revised

safe and our teachers are staying in the “Witness for yourself the ‘revival school system,” he said. He thanked of Roanoke,’” said Mayor David BowSchool Board Chairman Dave Carers at Thursday morning’s State of the son and Superintendent Rita Bishop City address. Gone was the ambitious for their dedication. “Big MAC,” replaced by a lesser lofty He admitted that “maybe we didn’t goal for the “AC.” pick up the leaves” but Bowers still In his 2010 State of the City adsees a sense of pride in the residential dress Bowers said Council needed neighborhoods. to “jump-start our ‘Big MAC’ capital Bowers recognized the new police improvement program.” The Mayor delivered his speech at the “Big M” – Mayor David Bowers chief, Chris Perkins, for his new innovative crime-fighting techniques the renovated third floor of the Market Building named “Charter Hall.” A renovated - walking neighborhood streets once considered Elmwood Park, with a less costly stage than the unsafe and neglected, but are now on the rebound. proposed 2010 amphitheater, is being designed by “They are part of the revival,” he said. He hopes the SmartWay bus connection will out-of-town consultants so the “Big A” becomes a receive continued funding and looks forward to “Small a.” In 2010 the Mayor said Countryside Golf Course completion of the Valley View I-581 interchange should remain an 18-hole municipal course, with that will bring $100 million to the city coffers as a tennis and a swim center. Though there is a new town center. “We’re just not downtown Roanoke plan now he says “we need to keep the ‘Country’ in anymore,” said Bowers. Bowers called for expanded pre-kindergarten, Countryside.” By all appearances the “Big C” will daycare and education for youth as he recognized become a ‘little c” in 2011. This year after thanking Joyce Waugh, President Kris Meyers from Smart Beginnings. Smart Beginof the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, nings has had a positive impact on child developBowers heaped praise on all the historic restora- ment in our community. The Mayor’s second challenge was focused on tions in downtown. “We’ve got something for everybody here in Roanoke. ‘Revival’ is what we are health, saying, “there is no shame in getting exercise in the fresh air.” Roanokers need to be good seeing right outside the window today,” he said. He checked off the revival list: The Patrick Hen- citizens and he called on Nancy Agee, the new ry, the Medical School, the Cotton Mill, Fork in the President and CEO of Carilion Health Systems, to City and the new homes and community gardens join in a community initiative for good health. “I in Hurt Park, Belmont, Nazarene and Jackson Park challenge each [Roanoker] to lose a few pounds,” said Bowers. neighborhoods. Bowers said people want to move to Roanoke. He praised the Old Southwest neighborhood and recognized their designation as “the number “They like the diversity of our people – there is much one neighborhood in the nation.” He touted the to do. They like the restaurants and the stores, the festivals. We have turned the city around – steady downtown traffic jams as a sign of revival. “Most importantly of all, let’s think about our as she goes – people are noticing,” said Bowers. schools and our safe neighborhoods where we live,” By Valerie Garner said Bowers. “Graduation rates are up, schools are clean and

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The Ticking We May or May Not Hear Every Drought Ends with a Good Rain


always cringe a bit when piness out of a day. Each one is I hear people use expres- wrung dry and cast aside as they sions like, “I can’t wait for eagerly grab another. They know Friday; TGIF” or, it’s ‘Hump Day’ how to do it, but cannot explain [Wed.] because the weekend is their method to me. Children almost here. It seems to are our superiors in so me those folks have a many ways. problem which I, until They come to life as recently, have shared. If a naturally gifted class, I’m looking forward to possessing a mastery a day, that’s okay, unless they cannot teach; an I’m missing the one in artless spirituality and a front of me. A day is an naive sophistication; a irreplaceable thing to fundamental connectLucky Garvin waste. In spiritual terms, edness with living we I suspect there’s no such lose as we grow older. thing as ‘a day off.’ Has this paradox ever struck Adapted from Robert H. you? The longer we live, the Smith: less we laugh. I recently read The clock is wound but once that children laugh 400 [or was And no one has the power it 4000?] times a day [each "ha" To know just when the clock will counts as one, I guess]; adults less stop than 30 times per day. Children... At a late or an early hour. wise is the person who will take Now is the only time you own; them as mentors. Live, love, toil with a will. The answer, I think, is that the Place no faith in tomorrow, young - immune to aging, not For the clock may then be still. being old enough to have any I have watched my kids and meaningful sense of the future, figured out one of their secrets. even of "tomorrow" - live for the For some time I have been en- moment. vious of their ability to tap hapI need to learn to live not for the moment, but in the moment. This does not, needless to say, minimize the importance of future planning and considerations, but draws to center focus the truth that each day has its joys, challenges, lessons, and beauties; each day is all of life; life and compressed encompassed into a single brief span and presented to us one measure at a time. When we lose sight of this reality, while we steadfastly and Contact us: doggedly discharge our daily 540-774-0066 responsibilities, it is easy for us, without a thoughtful consent, to allow the future to substitute for 2505 Electric Road, the present. Roanoke VA, 24018 Fascination, a word and con!

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cept familiar to children, has been forgotten by too many adults. Most of us possess the capacity to be fascinated. I am enchanted with my Sabrina, my kids, writing and wildlife; and of that allure, I enjoy the benefits of the companions of fascination: focus, energy, happiness, creativity; and there is another blessing: while fascinated, I no longer hear the ticking of that indifferent pendulum which counts off the moments of my life. Now, I no longer fear that sound; but have a sense of urgency to grow as much as I can before the final chime. I anticipate rebuttal. "Well, kids are young; their whole lives are in front of them. They have no cares and all the time in the world." No cares? A bit cynical are we? `Their whole life in front of them?' We all think that, adults and youngsters alike. But the truth of it is that all of our clocks are wound to an uncertain tension. Perhaps the Creator says to one, "You will live out the three score and ten." And to another, "For this assigned task, you be in mortal form but for five earthly years; no time for you to take the measure and substance of your dreams before you come again to Me." I think there is no sorrow in that pronouncement; for sorrow is a thing of earth. The metronome comes unnoticed to the ear of those who are fascinated. We are led to what focuses us by our bliss; a yearning; a homing beacon that sets a light in the storm; not a safe harbor; but the right harbor; for each of us. So, for me, at least, it is important that each day I pause; I look at the sky, smell the air, and look afresh into the faces of those who create and cast my life, be they my Sabrina, our dogs and cats and critters, or a patient I just met [Think of this: of all the patients who visited all ER’s in the world this day, at this hour, why is this particular person in front of me? Now?] Then, when my time is done, whether I move into vistas incomparably more breathtaking than this, or, I go to eternal sleep, I shall go with the full knowing that I appreciated each and every day. Tick. Tick. Tick. Do you hear the pendulum?

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taintops have cut against the resistant rock of the east ridge of our valley, then the west, then back again—each time widening the valley floor by imperceptible inches in hundreds of years—an unthinkably long time to our mortal perspective, a flash of time in a million years of eternal wind and sun, frost and floods. Floods are cataclysmic, sudden, drastic and evident in their consequences. Drought like this is chronic and insidious. It drains life invisibly, quietly, leaving no record in the sands of geology’s time. But it is an abundance of water that has carved the hollow of the creek bed and made the valley wide—not water’s absence. It is an abundance of water that has nurtured the broad-leaved forest that covers these mountain hillsides and allowed them to persist in this leafy biome. Drought has not formed this landscape, and it seems reasonable to have hope that it will not subdue it now. We will miss the rains for a few more weeks, for maybe one more season, or two. But we must learn to see the cycles of wet and dry as the land sees it, and be patient. If history is any lesson, water will tell the story. Find Fred’s Slow Road Home on Amazon at Fred First / Floyd County VA Books: Blog:

When Jokes Are In The Genes

study of the Shannon ally close relationship with Skip, genome would reveal, our son-in-law. They enjoy each I suspect, that the Y other’s company, and spend chromosome contains a specific hours discussing basketball, gene for playing practical jokes. football, work, and other mutual These Shannon males play interests. Skip is especially fasci“good jokes” – ones nated with wines and that do not harm perfar more knowledgesons or property but able than we are on add humor and spice this subject. He reads to daily life. John, our magazines devoted to youngest, most cerwine enthusiasts, vistainly received this its local and foreign gene from his father. vineyards and winerAn entire column ies, and knows which would be needed wines are best to to enumerate the serve with various countless examples dishes. In fact, he Mary Jo Shannon of John’s practical has become a true jokes, as many of his friends and wine connoisseur, as well as an colleagues will testify, so I’ll save excellent cook and we enjoy the Contact Lucky Garvin at that for another day and focus meals he prepares and serves on on an example of such behav- special weekends at the cabin. ior by his father, my husband On one occasion several years Harry. Harry has an unusu- ago when we were visiting Skip

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his selection is from Our valley is a tiny crease Slow Road Home, carved by water in the more written in August recent stages of Appalachian 2002, a lament during one of the mountain erosion. The core of worst droughts in living memo- the Blue Ridge formed nearly ry for the old-timers who live in a billion years ago when land our part of Floyd County. Hun- masses collided, lifting up a masdreds of wells went dry that year. sive bulge of fire-hardened rock. We’ve never since seen the creek It is hard to conceive now that dry up completely. But these green and gentle it’s getting mighty low mountains began as a again, and we’re conbare and rocky dome, cerned, but hopeful. higher and more cragThe cool breeze is gy and hostile than towelcomed today, a day’s Rockies. respite from the unreMillennia passed lenting heat of summer. like seconds on naBut the wind and sun ture’s clock, and water are also the enemy bein unbelievable floods Fred First cause they carry away has worn away the old what little moisture rerock, one granite grain mains in the pasture grasses, for- at a time. Time and water have est and creeks. More than that, done their work and smoothed even the underground waters off the rough edges of these old that are the source of streams mountains. Fragments of those like Nameless Creek are silently ragged summits of granite and ceasing to flow. More water has quartz now lie in beach sand evaporated from tree and soil to and delta soil, and stayed nearer the thin clouds overhead than home as the persistent small has fallen from sky to earth dur- boulders an early owner pulled ing the past three months. from our pasture to form a liNo current moves the surface chen-encrusted rock wall along of the creek, though minnows the creek. still stir the shrinking pools in One has only to dig down a claustrophobic frenzy. They a few inches over by the barn struggle to find edible specks in (or suffer the jolting stop of a twhat little water remains in the post driver) to know that river shallow depressions here and cobbles by the tens of thousands there along the drying creek bed. have been left there in the sanWe are in the midst of a sad and dy soil, washed long ago down awful drought. There is a ten- Nameless Creek, whose waters dency to take the malice of this meet Goose Creek not a hundry, parched weather personally, dred feet from where I sit. but we should keep the cycles of These two creeks tumbling nature in perspective. down from those ancient moun-

and Kathy at their home in Cary, North Carolina, Skip showed us a case of expensive wine he had just purchased He was especially pleased that he got a discount on the case, and intended to keep this wine to give as gifts to clients. He carefully placed it in the closet for safe keeping until needed. That’s when a diabolical thought entered Harry’s mind. The next day while Skip was at work, Harry hurried to the grocery store and purchased a bottle of “Night Train,” the cheapest wine that Kroger had for sale -- $1.99. Then he conspired with Kathy. They removed one bottle of the expensive wine, Kathy agreed to hide it where Skip would not be likely to find it, and Harry replaced it with “Night Train.” They were careful to glue the box top so Skip would not know someone had tampered with it. Months later, when Skip opened the case to remove a bottle, he noticed that one bottle was different. Kathy came running to see what was wrong when she heard him scream. “Someone cheated me!” he shouted. “Either someone at the winery or someone at the store thought they pulled a fast one. I’m going to the store first, but I won’t stop until I get this straightened out.” “Slow down,” Kathy warned him. “Talk to my father before you do anything rash.” “What good will it do to talk to Dad? What can he do about it?” “Just talk to him,” Kathy said calmly. Skip respects his wife’s opinions and usually takes her advice, so he called Harry and told him what had happened. He was astounded at Harry’s burst of laughter. When Harry explained his joke, Skip admitted it was a good one. He was relieved to see Kathy had retrieved the good wine and was presenting it to him with a big smile on her face. This joke is, of course a favorite story at family gatherings as we laugh about the time Harry really got Skip. If only Harry could have gotten the cheap stuff in that fancy bottle . . . Contact Mary Jo at


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Harry Burn Was A Good Boy

The Preacher’s Corner - Cathedral of the Spirit By George Anderson


y wife and I had an opportunity to go to Greece to enjoy a vacation with my daughter, Paige, who lives in Eastern Europe. I’m also a Presbyterian minister who didn’t fully appreciate the fact I would be visiting ancient biblical sites. A vacation turned into continuing education. One site we visited was the Acropolis in Athens. As many readers know, the Acropolis is a complex of temples sitting on top of the highest hill in Athens. The most impressive temple is the Parthenon, once housing a huge statue of the goddess Diana. Symbolizing power, vision, artistry, accomplishment and beauty, the Acropolis was a place people would go to great trouble to see. Much money over the years had been spent to build it, but money was to be made. This came home to me in a particular way when visiting the Acropolis Museum. That museum is a wonder; built on top of an active archeological dig. Through glass floors outside and inside the museum, you can look down below to see the excavated evidence of a crowded neighborhood with shops, houses, streets and wells. In the museum, I saw several plates on display, each depicting a wedding. The inscription below the plates said that they were among 20 found at the site of one of the temples where it was popular for weddings to take place. Twenty in one place? I thought, “Gift Shop!” Could these plates have been for sale as keepsakes for those who came to the Acropolis to be married? Gift Shop or not, it certainly was true that the Acropolis was a place people would visit to gain something. They would come to the Theater of Donysious, where the plays of Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes were first performed offering insight into the comedic and tragic dimensions of life; to be entertained by the music offered at the Odeom of Herodes Atticus (and still used for performances today); to learn from philosophers who opened minds to practical truths of mathematics and logic, aesthetic truths of form and function, and hopeful truths of a more pure world beyond this imperfect one of decay and mistake; to visit the temples of the gods hoping to win some kind of notice and favor; to see the statues to gods, especially the one honoring the god of their own land. There was even a statue to the “unknown god,” just in case theirs was not represented. Still, there was money to be made from those seeking inspiration, including those seeking contact with the divine. Some of what Paul saw when he toured the Acropolis was a religious industry. He saw that in the minds of many, spiritual significance was sought in the grandeur of buildings and the promise of ascending a hill to visit the temples and statues to which the gods might descend. Paul began to speak out about the God he believed could be known as intimately on a remote island like Patmos as on a hill in Athens. Philosophical debate was the thing to do in Greece and some Epicurians (not religious) and Stoics (more religious), were intrigued by Paul’s arguments and invited him to speak to them on a favorite spot



George Anderson points to the Acropolis on Mars Hill. on Mars Hill that had a good view of the temples of the Acropolis. On my visit, we went up Mars Hill, and I had my wife take a picture of me doing what any red-blooded minister would do; imitate Paul by pointing to the Acropolis in making a point. The point Paul made is one he would make again in Corinth and Ephesus, the same point Martin Luther would make centuries later when he posted his 95 Theses which led to a dramatic drop in the sale of indulgences: the sale of “God’s blessings.” It is the same point that will always need to be made as long as there is a human longing to know God and an impatient desire to satisfy that longing with what can be bought or built by human hands. “The God who made all that is,” Paul said, “the Lord of Heaven and earth, cannot be contained in shrines and or anything made or sold by human hands. The living God is the one in whom we live and move and have our being.” Quoting Greek philosophers in making his point, Paul did encourage the building of something that brings life to death (he did have the resurrection of Jesus as his text). I’ll call it a magnificent cathedral. God wants us to build this cathedral with the materials of the human spirit. The Cathedral of the Spirit is one that has a foundation of grace and the walls of reconciled relationships, and provides ample room for justice and compassion. As much as I enjoyed my trip, you don’t have to go to Greece, Israel, or India; the Crystal Cathedral or the Mormon Temple to discover spiritual magnificence. The glorious magnificence of the Cathedral of the Spirit can be found within and among those who learn to forgive, love truly, and serve selflessly. George Anderson is the senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. Visit them on the web at

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y son just had a Harry Potter birthday party and since I was a fan of the books long before he was born, a Harry Potter party is no small venture in this house. We went all out and had a blast. And it occurred to me that this may be one of the last “kid theme parties” that my children ask for. Soon they may feel they are too cool for such things. The same thing happened to Dora! Dora the Explorer was adored in this house. I was forced to play in the Dora dollhouse, the Dora kitchen, dress up the Dora doll - ALL DAY LONG! As much as Dora could wear me down I did feel such sadness the day my daughter declared, “Dora is for babies.” I thought of poor Woody in “Toy Story” and I just hugged Maddie’s Dora doll and told her it would be ok, some little girl would love her again one day. But the thing is my children are growing up, they do that you know! Now my children like things that are a little more appealing to me than Dora they are interested in the world, people, how things work, they have opinions, they are caring and they have developed a great sense of humor! Like all little ones, they are working their way

towards the people they are to become and it is so wonderful to watch. My kids are in that moment that you wish you could freeze for you know it is fleeting – they still like being with me; they even still want me to do lame mugglelike magic tricks at their Harry Potter party. I am aware it is a window in time that only lasts a few years so you have to enjoy it while you can! We should never take any stages in life for granted and especially these magical late childhood years. I will miss them when I send them to school next week and they will certainly grow and change so much over the course of the coming school year. I guess part of the reason I like “Toy Story” so much is that we are like Woody at the window watching Andy grow and change. Our love is constant, never changing and yet we watch these little ones change and grow and move through the world and sometimes move away from us and more into their own. It is so very beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I suppose it is a bit like our relationship with God. I suppose that is one reason he gives us children, so we can know some part of a love that is His for us. We are so blessed!

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dough. -Shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. -Roll out the pastry and use it to line the forms. Chill in the refrigerator for another 40-60 minutes. -Preheat the oven to 350F and put a baking sheet in the over to heat up. -Gently heat the Golden Syrup in a small saucepan. -Add the butter and stir until the mixture is smooth. -Remove the saucepan from the heat and gently stir in the cream and the beaten egg. Be careful not to scramble the egg, if, however, egg white cooks a little, then pour the mixture through a fine sieve to get rid of the egg white lumps. -Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for 30-35 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling has set. -Allow the tart to cool for a few minutes before serving with whipped cream.

e was elected to the Don't keep them in doubt! I Tennessee legisla- notice some of the speeches ture in against. They were 1918 at the age of bitter. I have been 22, making him its watching to see how youngest member. you stood, but have But in his first term not noticed anything he was put into the yet. Don't forget to crosshairs of histobe a good boy and ry, when the Con(vote for) ratificagress of the United tion. Your mother." States proposed the Harry Burn raised 19th Amendment his head, voted to give women the "aye," gave the Mike Keeler right to vote. Tennessee propoIn order to become law, the nents their 49/48 victory, gave Amendment needed to be ap- the Amendment its 36-state proved by 36 of the 48 states. approval requirement, and 35 states had done so, and 4 gave women the right to vote. more were yet to vote on the Legend has it that, when the issue, when summer came. In news was announced, antiorder to vote on the matter, suffragists stormed the hall special summertime sessions and Harry Burn had to hide would have to be called, and for his safety. The next day, he of the 4 remaining states, only addressed the legislature and Tennessee agreed to do so. explained "a good boy always The session took place on does what his mother asks him August 18, 1920. Harry Burn to do." arrived in the chamber wearing a red rose in his lapel, sigContact Mike at nifying his long-standing opposition to the Amendment. Proponents of the Amendment wore yellow roses. By looking around the room, it was easy to see the legislature was pretty evenly split between red and yellow. Indeed, when NEW CLASSES the votes were counted, it was Starting deadlocked, 48/48. With only the vote of Harry Burn left to be counted. and again on He reached into his pocket. He pulled out a letter which his mother had written him 540-345-4090 and read aloud, "Dear Son: Hurrah and vote for suffrage!

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Roanoke City Convocation Touts School Division Milestones

There were hugs and welcome back greetings all around as teachers and administrators met again for the yearly convocation that Roanoke City Schools holds every summer just before classes begin. There was plenty to cheer about this year, as School Board Chair David Carson and Roanoke City Schools superintendent Rita Bishop explained during their remarks. Carson singled out and called to the stage local legislators, including the retiring Bill Cleaveland, who pushed through a vote in the Virginia General Assembly on the last day of the session, establishing a new law that will allow Roanoke City to decide when it wants to start the school year. Previously, city schools were not permitted to open until after Labor Day, unless snow days the year before made it likely they would again need an early start. Now the school division can decide when the doors will open each year; this year they will open Monday (Aug. 29), before the Labor Day weekend. “[We] tried to start the school year when we thought it was best,” said Carson, “like [in] 47 other states.” He praised Cleaveland – who spearheaded the effort, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Ralph Smith, Del. Onzlee Ware and Del. Greg Habeeb for their support, across party lines, in getting the law changed. The drum line from William Fleming High School greeted teachers and school staffers as they arrived at the Roanoke Civic Center’s Special Events hall, and the debate team from Westside Elementary demonstrated their skills with a timely topic – the pros and cons of standardized

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fine arts classes, up from 33 percent not long ago. “It’s all about them – the children,” Carson reminded his audience, adding “how do we help you help them?” Bishop was presented with flowers and a resolution from the School Board honoring her service before speaking. As usual she was looking ahead. “It’s all about what comes next,” said Bishop, who spoke of a vision “that the district will be a model for urban education [elsewhere].” Bishop mentioned severely under-performing districts in Detroit and Los Angeles, where high school graduation rates are abysmally low. “Sustaining our progress is really important,” Bishop warned, ‘[and] it’s going to take all of us…all of the time, everywhere.” Bishop also noted the varied demographics in the school district, which always presents a challenge: “we can never lose that focus on all children – education is the civil right of this century. Our diversity is a source of strength, [and] all students are capable of meeting high standards.”

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Community High School Starts Year In New Home

The start of a new school year also means a new home for Community High School, a private, alternative school in downtown Roanoke that places a heavy emphasis on liberal arts. Community High School has moved from 2nd Street and Campbell Avenue to its new home just across the railroad tracks at 302 Campbell SE, in a building formerly owned by the Taubman Museum—which had hoped at one point to use it as an education center. Instead, the Taubman board sold it to a non-profit; now the renovated former warehouse and retail location, almost 100 years old and rechristened “Big Lick Junction,” houses Community High School on the ground floor and a dozen apartments upstairs. Community High School also uses one space upstairs for an arts studio, making its total occupancy more than 11,000 square feet in all. One room at the school is slated to become a fitness center. Founded about a decade ago, Community High School, which currently enrolls about 60 students, will debut in its new space the day after Labor Day. Small class sizes (5-12 students) are a principal attraction for many parents and students; financial aid helps a “significant percentage” afford the $9900 yearly tuition for grades 9-12, according to academic director Josh Chapman. A significant portion of students, “maybe half,” said Chapman, come from the Community School in Hollins, which Chapman calls a “sister school.” Almost all come from the Roanoke Valley. Students have a 9-5 day with block scheduling. Classes are seminar based and have a college feel to them. “About half of the faculty members have taught in college,” said Chapman. Second career artists and scholars are also brought in to round out the academic expe-

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testing. The school’s step team also put on a rousing display of their talents, before Carson and Bishop took to the podium to review the past school year and to look ahead. “We’ve got lots to celebrate,” said Carson, who then ticked off several high notes: a high school graduation rate of 83 per cent, a division record (up from 57% in 2005), and every school academically accredited for the first time ever. With the number of students in Roanoke receiving free or reduced lunches over 70 percent, Carson marveled at the accomplishment, even as he chafed at the demands of No Child Left Behind and the financial challenges it creates. “You did it,” Carson told teachers to a round of applause, “I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of all of you.” Third grade, 5th and 8th grade reading scores are at alltime highs across the division; the number of industry certifications given out by career and technical teachers has more than doubled, to over 400 now, from a few years ago; fifty percent of middle and high school students are now enrolled in

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Community High School has moved into a renovated warehouse space on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke. rience. “I look for people with multiple areas of competency and enthusiasm,” said Chapman, who earned a degree in anthropology, and has two master’s degrees—one in social science, and one in creative writing. Also new at Community High School is the latest live theater space in Roanoke, a 150 seat auditorium that will be used by drama students and will also be rented out to parties like the Gamut Theatre troupe, No Shame Theater and perhaps Mill Mountain Theatre, which will be without its main venue for the next year as renovations at Center in the Square take place. “It’s important for us to collaborate,” said Chapman last week, as he watched teachers move in to their new spaces and student volunteers load books onto shelves in the library. The Community High School building features the original brick walls and wood flooring, giving it a bit of an industrial look, unlike any other school in the area. One entrance room, featuring the original pine timbers, will also become a gallery space that will feature curated shows open to the public. “Rehabbing an old building fits well with the school’s philosophy,” said Chapman. “I think the location is fantastic,” said arts teacher Brian

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High School Football Preview

North Cross: With the loss of 10 starters from last year’s team that finished as state runner-ups in the VISAA, Division 3 playoffs, this could be a rebuilding year as North Cross School prepares to do battle this season. The Raiders, who return five starters, will be relying heavily on a trio of players. “We are returning starting quarterback senior Thomas Weaver, who was a second team all-state in 2010; senior Paul Ross is moving to left tackle and senior Chris Shelton will be handling the snaps,” said head coach Stephen Alexander. Weaver completed 119 of 245 passes for 1700 yards in 2010 and has been looking good in camp thus far, while Ross is an all-state lineman. “We hope to be able to move the ball through the air and on

“Depth will be an High school football is upon lost on a late-game bomb in last the Celtic opponents an extra issue so staying us and that can only mean Wild year’s Region III final to Harri- win, and Catholic a boost in the healthy is key this Bill’s predictions for another sea- sonburg after being a state final- points rankings. That playoff opseason.” son. Several key matchups high- ist for the previous three years. portunity ended with a road trip North Cross will light this Friday night football Don’t expect Northside to of- and loss to Blessed Sacrament, play all of its home lights. No lumens necessary Sat- fer the Lancers any last-second 48-7. No worry for Catholic in games on SaturAm- this one. Roanoke Catholic-41 urday when North Cross opens chances. Northside-22 day afternoons its season at home in a 2:00 p.m. herst County-13 Carlisle-6 this season, openWilliam Fleming at Franklin tilt. Galax at Glenvar ing the season this If hurricane Irene holds off, County Galax rolled into the playoffs Saturday at home The Colonels are look- last year for the first time since fans can hopefully stay against Charlotte Coach Tim Fulton of Cave Spring High School. dry and avoid the uming for improvement 2002. They may be headed there Latin School. Kickafter last year’s winless again. Glenvar ended the season brellas. Last year we youngsters last season was ac- made it through the enoff is 2 p.m. campaign. Lee Johnson 6-4, but Kevin Clifford’s squad Hidden Valley: After suffer- celerated due to injury. It will tire season without precan be expected to get fell short of the playoffs. The ing through a winless campaign be fun to see the kids get after it cipitation, which may be Fleming turned around. Highlanders are always tough in 2010, the future is looking this season with all of the experi- a bad omen for 2011. Franklin County is the at home, but Galax looks too brighter in southwest Roanoke ence they gained from last year.” defending Western Val- good to be tripped up. Galax-35 Irregardless, if my County, as Hidden Valley re- The Titans open their season on predictions go awry, ley District champion Glenvar-23 Bill Turner turns basically every player and Friday, Aug. 26, when they host I’ll take the blame and and the Eagles have Charlotte Latin at North looks to turn things around in a Patrick Henry at Bogle Field. be all wet. We’ll also ofspeed and size. Travel- Cross (Sat) Game time is 7:30 p.m. tough River Ridge District. ficially open the infamous mail- ing to Rocky Mount is not the North Cross opens against Cave Spring: With the loss of bag again, so drown me with all easiest way to start the season. North Carolina private-school The Titans return 10 offensive starters this season, which several skilled players from last your questions and comments. Franklin County-34 William powerhouse Charlotte Latin in include senior Michael Simonic year’s regional runner-up team, Now, let’s get to week one. Fleming-13 a 2:00 p.m. kickoff. North Cross Cave Spring is looking for its Lord Botetourt at James made it to the VIS Division III Patrick Henry at Hidden younger players to step up this Valley River finals in 2010, before losing to season, as the Knights work to Lord Botetourt finished the Norfolk Christian 29-14. NoThe Patriots have a new head make another playoff run in a coach in Alan Fiddler and QB 2010 season at 3-7 and Tater body can accuse the Raiders competitive River Ridge Dis- David Prince brings another Benson’s club looks ready to of scheduling easy opponents. trict. year of experience to the of- make a run in the Blue Ridge. Look for North Cross to run the Gone from last year’s team, fense. PH is coming off a 6-4 James River points to this contest hurry-up, no-huddle offense in which finished second in the record in 2010, its first winning every year for bragging rights in front of the expected standingdistrict and lost in the regional season since 2000. Hidden Val- Botetourt County. Home team room-only crowd at Thomas semifinals to Richlands, is the ley regroups from a 0-10 record gets the nod. James River-25 Field. The numbers may favor likes of safety Michael Cole, last year with senior QB Michael Lord Botetourt-19 Charlotte Latin on a hot August who is at Virginia Tech, and Simonic behind center after a Roanoke Catholic at Carlisle afternoon. Charlotte Latin-27 quarterback Josh Woodrum, season-ending ACL injury in a Carlisle is still looking to es- North Cross-20 now at Liberty. 2010 preseason scrimmage. The tablish its football program in Offensively, Cave Spring re- Titans return 19 starters who are the private-school ranks after Send your questions to: info@ turns five starters. “We return eager to prove a point. This one going winless in 2010. Roanoke three of five offensive linemen looks to be a shootout, but PH Catholic made the VIS playoffs and a running back,” said head may have the bigger guns. By Bill Turner last season with the help of a coach Tim Fulton. Returning rare forfeit, which gave one of PH-28 Hidden Valley-13 to the backfield will be Sam Cave Spring at William Byrd Wright, who put in some imThe Knights reached the repressive numbers last season. gional final in 2010 before fallAsked about the offensive areas ing to Richlands 36-23 on a that needed improvement, Ful- very cold night in far Southwest ton replied, “We always want to Virginia, finishing at 8-4. Byrd execute better.” On defense, the failed to make the playoffs with North Cross advanced to the State Final Game where they fell Knights also return five starters. its 4-6 record, but never underto Norfolk Christian who has four players committed to UVA. “We are returning three of four estimate the strategy of Terrier (Wilfred Wahee, Courtnye Wynn, Mario Nixon and Kwontie linebackers,” added Fulton. Moore, who was ranked the number one linebacker in the head coach Jeff Highfill. Byrd New to the Cave Spring is looking for a quick start, but Licensed & Insured country by schedule this fall will be William Cave Spring has all the Wright Byrd, Martinsville and Lord answers - look for gamebreaker REPAIRS – NEW SALES - EXPERTS the ground in our spread at- (QB, injured all of last season), Botetourt. They replace Staun- Sam Wright to set the tone in tack,” added Alexander. Offen- sophomore Walker Brand (TB), ton River, Graham and Patrick this one. Cave Spring-29 Wilsively, Alexander mentioned junior Garrett Pierce (FB), se- Henry-Roanoke. The Knights liam Byrd-19 that “we must replace two dy- nior Dee Fletcher (WR), junior open their season this Friday Amherst County at Northnamic receivers from 2010, as Jake Kite (WR), senior Shane night with a road trip to Vin- side Foley (TE), senior Trevor Hol- ton when they take on William well as a starting tailback.” The Vikings are still steamDefensively, the front seven dren (LT), senior Jared Repass Byrd in a 7 p.m. encounter. ing over what could have been are very athletic and physi- (LG), junior Chris Moses (RG), after its stunning 12-10 loss to cal. Senior Paul Smith, second and junior Jordan Parke (RT). Brookville in last year’s playoffs. “We will offer a more balteam all-state last fall, anchors By David Grimes Amherst County is a perennial the line, while senior George anced attack with Simonic back powerhouse that will ensure a Revercomb, a second team all- from his 2010 knee injury, along record crowd for opening night conference player, leads the with the continued developat Jim Hickam Field. Amherst linebacking corp. “We graduat- ment of Brand,” said head coach ed three starters in the second- Scott Weaver, who is starting his ary, so we’re relying on return- third season at the helm. 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Roanoke Valley High School Volleyball Teams Gear Up

Cave Spring: Mastering its River Ridge District opponents will be the key this season for Cave Spring, as the Knights look to make a another ride deep into the playoffs. “Whoever wins the district will have an easier path to the Final Four, but in the end it won’t really matter ... mastering our district opponents will be the key to getting into the state finals,” said head coach Tamalyn Tanis, who is starting her 10th season at the helm at Cave Spring. The Knights finished second in the district before winning the district tournament, ending its season with a 21-6 mark after falling to eventual state champion Loudoun Valley in the state semis. Returning for the Knights: Senior Morgan Shannon (OH/ RS), who currently has 999 kills and was a first team all-state selection the last two seasons; senior Shannon Craighead (S), who was a first team all-state selection as a setter in 2010; senior Lauren Sledd, who has helped lead the team to the final four the past two seasons as an OH her sophomore year and as a libero last fall; senior Kelsey Sine (MB), who has developed into a very quick middle and decent blocker

after coming off an injury her sophomore year; junior Alyssa McKinley (OH), who started as OH last season and now has a greater understanding of the offense, according to Coach Tanis. Newcomers to the varsity program include junior Erin Holsinger (MB), who has entered the public school system for the first time. “She is extremely athletic with a very high vertical jump,” says Tanis. Junior Sarah Smith (OH/RS) was on the team last year and displayed her deadly serve in the state semis and sophomore Olivia Sass (RS/S), who gives the team more size on the RS and a good set of hands. When asked about the team’s strengths and weaknesses, Tanis replied, “Our weakness is still our overall size compared to our neighbors down the road. However, what we lack in height we make up for in athleticism. Plus, the team is training very hard physically and ball control is always a huge emphasis for us so that we can run a fast tempo offense.” As for Cave Spring’s outlook in 2011, Tanis noted, “We have a tough schedule this season with a tournament at Virginia Beach against mostly Group

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Last year’s Roanoke Catholic Volleyball team had a lot to celebrate in reaching the State Championship Game. AAA schools. We also have another tournament scheduled with Western Albemarle, Loudoun Valley and Deep Run. The district will once again prove to be very competitive and tough. Blacksburg has shown much improvement the past two years, Salem is getting on the upswing, and Hidden Valley is huge as always.” The Knights open the season on Sept. 1 at Liberty Christian. Hidden Valley: With six returning starters back from last year’s state semi-final team, Hidden Valley is once again looking to make the trip back to the Group AA state championships in Richmond this season. The Titans, who went 24-3 last fall, claimed the River Ridge District and Region IV crowns, before falling in the state semis under head coach Carla Poff, who is starting her seventh season at the helm. Returning this fall: senior Sarah Patterson (setter), who has committed to JMU; junior Jenny Clark (OH), senior Allison Burton (L); junior Lauren Thomas (RS), junior Caroline Boone (MB) and junior Sarah

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Gray (DS). Those new to the varsity program this season are sophomore Madison Morris (MB), junior Emma Sweet (OH), junior Shannon Conway (RS), sophomore Skylar Kendrick (DS/L), sophomore Hannah Podeschi (S/RS) and junior Savannah Kramer (DS). “We are tall and have lots of hitters and passers,” said Poff when asked about the team’s strengths. Poff sees her team’s top games being against Blacksburg and Cave Spring. As for the Titans outlook this season, “We hope to repeat, but have lots of work to do.” Hidden Valley opened its season on Tuesday, Aug. 23 by beating Patrick Henry in 3 games. Northside: the Vikings look to defend their Blue Ridge District volleyball title this fall, as they return eight players off of last year’s team. Returning for another season for Northside, which finished 7-1 in the district and 14-11 overall, are senior Kathleen Carr (OH), junior Kelsey Jarrett (OH), junior Caitlyn Porterfield (S), senior

Erin Thompson (MH), senior Rebekah Washington (OPP), senior Marta Jones (L), senior Kelley Sharpe (DS) and senior Danielle Taylor (DS). Matches with Osbourn Park, the 7th Annual Viking Fall Classic and all of the Blue Ridge District encounters are the key contests for Northside this fall. “We are looking forward to great competition,” replied coach Crawford, when asked about the season outlook. The Vikings open their season on Saturday, Aug. 27, when they host the 7th Annual Viking Fall Classic starting at 9:30 a.m. North Cross: This year North Cross comes off back to back VISAA Div.3 state championships after beating Roanoke Catholic in last year’s final. With the loss of 4 starters, North Cross has their work cut out for them. Returning from last year, however, are senior all state setter Alexandra Martin and junior all state OH Gussie Revercomb. With the addition of newcomer jr. setter Lynsey Barker, 8th grader MB Piper Roe (5’11 and growing), and a host of JV and Varsity players that have stepped up to fill the vacant spots the Raiders feel that they can compete for the top honors again. Jr. Ashley Donaho will step into the MB position, senior Nikki Bates from libero to OH, jr. India Helmer DS, sr. Shelby Lipes DS,RS, jr. Grace Cates MH, sr. Adrienne Wynd RS, sr. Sarah Kate Holley RS, and jr. Crystal Edwards MH will all add their talents to help North Cross on their quest for a 3-peat. Roanoke Catholic: A new head coach at Roanoke Catholic

will be counting on six returning players to carry the Celtics back to the VISAA, Division 3 state volleyball playoffs in 2011. The Celtics, who won the Blue Ridge Conference with an 8-1 mark and was second in the state tournament, will be led by Aaron King. Returning for Roanoke Catholic, which ended their season with a 24-5 overall record are junior Ava Perez (S), who had 578 assists and 119 aces in 2010; junior Anna Barrera (DS/L), who tallied 54 digs; junior Maria Barrera (OH/DS), who notched 54 assists; sophomore Anne Deer (DS/L), who had 111 digs; junior Mairin Guilfoyle (OH/MB), who posted 181 kills, 121 aces and 166 digs; and senior Amie Scott (MB), who recorded 36 kills and 32 blocks. New to the varsity program are freshmen Alexander Arnold (MB/OH) and Allison George (S/RS), sophomore Danielle Dorman (RS), junior Sarah Fraze (OH) and eighth-grader Ashley Deer (S/RS). “The youth of our team is a both a strength and weakness,” said coach King. “We know they [players] are going to make mistakes, but the potential is there for them to contribute.” The rookie coach sees the Celtics top games as those being with LCA, North Cross and Eastern Mennonite. “We will try to continue the success of last year’s team,” said King when asked about this season’s outlook. Roanoke Catholic opens its season on Friday Aug. 26, with a road trip to Westover Christian Academy in Danville. By David Grimes

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As a young girl, Ann Turner took up the hobby of sewing but soon discovered that there was more to the craft than just making something to wear. “It’s all about problem solving and I’ve discovered a passion for it. I can create anything I want and the only limitation I have is what I put on myself,” she By Gene Marrano laughed and added, “I have no limits! Everyday, every project is exciting and satisfying.” Ann, who is owner of Alter Plus in Roanoke, is an inspiring and successful teacher for those who want to just mend or those that have ideas and visions that can’t be bought in stores. “The first thing you must do is learn your machine. It’s your friend. If you know it well, it will do what you want it to do. Together you can create your vision. Ann admits that over the 22 years she has had her company and the “I’m not going to say how many years I’ve been sewing,” she hasn’t named any of her sewing machines, “But I do talk to them and it did make me very sad to retire several of my machines. I just simply wore them out.” “I like to teach at all levels.” She enjoys getting a student from the beginning and helping them buy the machine that is right for the types of projects the student has in mind. Then she takes time to explain all the details on how it works and what it can do. “Then we can practice and problem solve using tricks that most people who don’t know their machine wouldn’t even imagine.” “It’s great fun.” “It’s exciting too when someone will come to me with a project that they haven’t done before and they say that they don’t know how to make my machine The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets prepares to be accepted after preliminary training. do what I want it to do.” From a project that would Three hundred eighty-five new members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets reported to place lace inserts into a wedding the Virginia Tech campus in early August one week before the rest of the campus, for New Cadet Training. The Class of 2015, at 385 strong, will push the Regiment to an overall size of over 960 cadets, the largest corps since 1969. Throughout the week the new cadets were taught by approximately 100 upper class cadets on how to march and perform military drill with precision, how to properly complete a military obstacle course safely, how to rappel down a 40-foot tower, and competed in athletic team-building competitions. In recognition of completing their initial training, a parade marking the acceptance of the new Cadets was held last Saturday. The incoming Class of 2015 joins a long standing tradition at Tech which began with 132 cadets in October 1872, when all students were cadets and Virginia Tech was known as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is one of just two military corps in the country within a large public university. arts, crafts and clothing from vendors as well as an assortment of Indian food allowed visitors to get a true taste of another culture – or perhaps to further embrace their own roots. Also

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featured was a mock wedding ceremony in full ethnic garb and with Indian customs; the couple that took part will actually wed in a few weeks and used the occasion as a dress rehearsal. The annual festival, in its fifth year, is the brainchild of the India Heritage Society in Roanoke.

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dress, to embroidery for a christening gown, piping, beading and high fashion and embroidery, are all fun and most often there is a time limit on when the project needs to be finished. “I can problem solve with them and help them get the project done beautifully and on time. It’s very interesting to work on some of the ideas and visions people have.” Last week, Ann was approached by a woman who was going to Hawaii. “Her favorite linen Capri’s were thread bare on one knee and she really wanted them repaired if possible. I chose a light weight polyester/cotton material and created a liner. The liner would take the pressure of the movement of the body and relieve the pressure on the outer material. I used a simple zigzag on the worn section and matched the stitching on the other leg. “It looked like it was supposed to be there and had always been part of the garment. The pants were still lightweight and comfortable for hot weather but now they would last.” Ann said she spent about one hour figuring out the best way to solve the problem, buy the lining material, create the liner and sew it all back together. Ann said she charged $18 for the work.. “I get people who travel and buy wools from Ireland and silks from China but don’t have any idea what to do with the fabric. We sit down together and figure out the best use of the fabric and then create a design. That’s a lot of fun.” Besides teaching and handling alterations, costume design, home décor, monogramming, embroidery and Haute Couture, Ann is one of only a handful of seamstresses who repair historical fabric items. “I spent time in a woman’s home in Virginia about a month

Ann Turner puts finishing touches on a Civil War “day dress.” “A lady would wear this to a tea or other daytime social event.” ago. She had antique quilts that had been damaged in cleaning. I stayed at her house because she didn’t want the quilts to be taken from her home. I was able to recreate the original hand work and you could not tell they had ever been damaged.” Ann is in Pennsylvania this week, making a “great coat” for two men to wear with their Civil War reenactment uniforms. “In that time all sewing was done by hand. You can imagine how thick the layers are. While the primary sewing of the coats will be done by machine, the button holes and other detailing are done by hand and even the buttons have to be put on historically correct. There are 24 buttons on each coat.” “It’s a great project,” she said happily as she was driving north from Roanoke. “The skills I have - a lot of people aren’t renewing. A lot of skilled seamstresses are leaving us and there is no one replacing them.” Who would be the best person to take classes from Ann? “If you have an interest in sewing, let’s explore it together.” For more info call 312-6051.


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