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Where’s Walter P4– Hayden Hollingsworth misses Walter Cronkite and the good old days when news was news and opinions were shared at the water cooler.

Stuart Appleby became only the fifth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a round of 59 as he won the inaugural Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs by one shot over Jeff Overton. The victory was worth $1,080,000 which is likely the highest paying round of golf ever played within a couple hours drive of Roanoke. Over 178,500 patrons attended the week-long tournament, as the exclusive Greenbrier Resort exceeded all expectations, including the lofty ones set by owner Jim Justice. In addition to golf, the Classic hosted concerts by Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts. Above: Stuart Appleby (right) receives congratulations for his victory from Jim Justice as Jim Nantz of CBS Sports (center) looks on.

The Board of Directors, staff, and families of the West End Center for Youth are celebrating a banner year in the Center’s history. On the heels of its 30th anniversary last year, the Center has achieved its greatest fundraising success to date. The Center has just finished its 2009/2010 fiscal year, and has announced that the annual giving increased 18% over both the previous year and the average giving of the last decade. According to the Executive Director

Joy Parrish, West End Center’s success Center is well positioned to continue can be attributed to “the efficacy of the helping children with limited resources program, the teamwork among the staff, find unlimited opportunities. the board, and The AdvanceIn the beginning of the ment Foundation, and the 2008/2009 fiscal year, the Non-profit generosity of donors in spite board and staff developed a of the unprecedented chalstrategic plan that included a lenges of the current economic climate.” bold three year capital campaign to inWith such strong support from the com- crease operational reserves and to estabmunity, and with such meaningful out- lish a permanent endowment. The goal comes, both Parrish and Board Chair was to raise $2 million. Over the course James Creekmore, feel the West End of the last ten years, the annual giving



has averaged $520K. With the increase in annual giving to over $616K, the Center has now secured $1.368 million in pledges and gifts toward the campaign goal. The Center’s Campaign Chair, Walton Rutherfoord, said, “The obvious explanation for the campaign’s success is that [the] programs work and outcomes demonstrate that fact. For > CONTINUED example, over 80% of the P2:West End Center

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P8– Local women take advantage of a unique offer by the Salem Red Sox to learn the “innings and outs” of the nation’s favorite pastime.

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Governor McDonnell shakes hands with Dennis Cronk as Charkes Hunter (left) and City Manager Chris Morrill (right) look on.

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School Administrator Rita Bishop introduced Gene Jones, the new William Fleming principal, at Monday’s joint meeting with City Council and the School Board. “The only thing new about William Fleming is a new building and a new stadium,” Education remarked Jones. His lofty goals this year are to increase the graduation rate by 10 percent and increase the promotion rate of first time 9th graders. No slacking on the first day of school – it will be “homework from day one,” says Jones. He’ll make full use of technology to position Fleming at the “critical thinking level,” in an effort to make it the best school in the state. Jones, with his “comfortable shoes on and ready to roll,” took the school board and council members on a tour of the new stadium. Mike Farris, president of J. M. Turner, was the tour guide. While on the field, turf council members tossed a miniature football (not political) back and forth with little success. The turf is a composite of sand and recycled rubber. It will withstand football, lacrosse, discus, pole vaulting, shot put and long jumping for up to 12 years. Other School Business: Revisiting the school funding formula will take place through joint services during the upcoming budget cycle > CONTINUED as suggested by council P2: Fleming


P3– Roanoke County’s Second Annual “Touch a Truck” event brought young connoisseurs out in droves.

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Governor Bob McDonnell arrived at Steel Dynamics at noon on Wednesday and was greeted by Steel Dynamics General Manager Joe Crawford, Charles Hunter Chair of the Roanoke Economic Development Authority and Dennis Cronk, CEO of Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group. Vice-Mayor David Trinkle introduced Governor McDonnell and touted Roanoke’s two existing Enterprise Zones. Trinkle said, “as a small business owner myself I was able to take advantage of a grant.” Roanoke was the first city to create Enterprise Zones. In recent years it has been converted from a tax incentive program to a cash grant program. McDonnell started his address by saying, “I have three priorities: jobs, jobs, jobs.” He remarked that though the state “has a little bit of a budget surplus, we have a ways to go … the commercial real estate industry > CONTINUED P2: Governor

Stephen Turner ando.” nounced his candidacy for Turner summed up the Republican nominahis style of management tion for Roanoke County by saying that he “beSheriff last Friday at the lieves in teamwork ... I’m Roanoke County Courtnot going to have all the house. The special election answers.” Fiscal managewill be held in November. ment and belt tightening Thirty-five supportare two things he plans to ers, including the County bring to the office if electTreasurer Kevin Hutchins ed. Turner will examine Photo by Valerie Garner and Commonwealth Atthe budget and look for Stephen Turner torney Randy Leach, was ways to streamline where there to support Turner’s possible. nomination. Mike Bailey, Roanoke “I believe in transparency; there should County Republican Chair, introduced be no secrets,” said Turner. He concluded the candidate. by saying that, “no one should fear someTurner, 57, is a lieutenant with the Ro- thing coming out of this jail that will anoke County Police Department and a bring ill will. I don’t want any surprises.” graduate of Virginia Western CommuHe began his law enforcement career nity College and Radford University. as a Roanoke County sheriff ’s office auxAfter graduating from Andrew Lewis iliary police officer in 1976. In 1977 he High School, Turner enlisted in the U.S. became a Deputy Sheriff and was proArmy, serving as a military moted to lieutenant in 1989. policeman in South Korea. He He spent five years as a volCounty continued his service in the unteer firefighter with the Army Reserves in Salem until Cave Spring fire department. 1978. In 1990 he became a lieutenant in the He said that he prides himself “in be- newly formed ing fair to people and won’t expect any- Roanoke County > CONTINUED one to do a job they are not trained to police departP2: Sheriff



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member Bill Bestpitch. Bestpitch also wanted to have in place a 20-year school facilities remodeling and maintenance plan. “A roof replacement that you’re not ready for is not the kind of thing that should sneak up on us,” said Bestpitch. He found it “troubling that issues like that end up having such a tremendous impact on certain neighborhoods.” Bestpitch felt that parents had bought homes near schools they wanted their child to attend only to see them close. The family then moves out of the city. Council member Ray Ferris said there was “no excuse to move out of the city away from this school system … The perception of city schools needs to change.” Council member Court Rosen remarked that over the past two years investment per student had risen from $4200 to $4800. He praised the school system for successfully

From page 1 juggling the school closings while producing an optimum outcome. Bishop confirmed that the school’s facilities have “never been in better condition then they are in this school year.” Five million dollars has been spent for roof maintenance in the last two years with an additional five million of planned capital maintenance stretching to 2015. Council member Sherman Lea stressed the importance of student safety, saying that, “disruptive students [should be] moved out immediately.” Bishop produced a 2008 – 2010 drug dog search schedule. A total of 28 searches were conducted yielding “nothing found.” Forest Park Academy will be added to the schedule this year. “These kids know the searches are going to happen,” said Bishop. Bishop reassured Lea that the schools’ transportation system was prepared for

> West End Center Center’s students graduate from high school compared to the city’s 67% graduation rate. This statistic is even more impressive when you consider that many of the Center’s children are from economically disadvantaged families and considered to be at higher risk for academic failure than the general population.” With such effective programming and a strong funding base, the Center is sure to continue to lead the next generation of Roanoke’s youth to become productive citizens. The success stories that have come from the Center’s after-school and tutoring programs are numerous. Each child who attends the Summer and After-School pro-

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Anita Price and Mike Farris of JM Turner survey the new field at William Fleming. smooth operation this year. The outsourcing of the buses to Krapf Bus Company has yielded a saving of $250,000 and 30 new buses. By Valerie Garner

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grams learns valuable social and leadership skills, healthy decision making, as well as positive diet and nutrition options. Over the last 30 years, the West End Center has had a .03% teen pregnancy rate compared to the current 6% rate for Roanoke City. A few examples of the Center’s recent community efforts include the first annual 5K Race for the Kids, held on July 3rd, and the recent opening of the West End Center Community Garden, which is now open on Wednesdays from 4 – 7 p.m. To learn more about the Center, visit, or contact Becca Parrish, at (540) 342-0902. From page 1

ment. He supervised patrol officers and civilian employees at the emergency communications center. He and his wife Vicki, along with their two daughters, live in the Hollins area and are members of Southview United Methodist Church. He emphasized his family values. He said it was former Roanoke County Sheriff O. S. Foster who warned him to keep politics out of the sheriff ’s office. “I want everyone that’s employed here in the sheriff ’s department to know their

job does not depend on politics; they will have a job,” said Turner. Turner will challenge Democrat Mike Winston, who’s been serving as Roanoke County’s sheriff since the resignation of Gerald Holt on March 1. Roanoke County School Board Chairman Mike Stovall, a former Vinton police officer, is running as an Independent in the special election. By Valerie Garner

> Governor being largely flat, we need creative ways to identify new and innovative ways to cut cost and find new markets.” McDonnell said he wants to, “cut down on the tax burden and strengthen rightto-work laws, and reduce government bureaucracy.” He also stressed the need for government to be more helpful and friendly by partnering with the private sector. He thanked Delegate Onzlee Ware for his help in the General Assembly in that regard. With $75 million more dollars in the Governor’s Opportunity Fund, the governor plans to use it to entice businesses to Virginia with tax credits. He plans on opening up trade offices in several countries he recently visited including Holland, Germany and the U.K. He expects some good announcements in the next few months on business relocations to Virginia. In April McDonnell will be going to India and China. “You’ve got to be where the customers are to find these new markets,” said McDonnell. Crawford reiterated McDonnell’s remarks about expanding markets in China and India. “It’s getting more difficult to compete … we need to sell more steel,” said Crawford. Several Roanokers remarked that they were pleased to be able to speak directly with the governor and McDonnell made it clear that the feeling was mutual. “It’s your government, and we want to know how we can make it work better for you,” he said. “One of our ideas is to make government smaller and simpler while providing an immediate infusion of new revenue for transportation by privatizing Virginia’s state-run ABC stores,” said McDonnell. His philosophy is that state government must be fo-

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From page 1 cused on core priorities instead of services that should rightly be provided by the private sector offering Virginians more choice and convenience. Besides using the expected $400 million plus proceeds for critical transportation needs, he expects to keep the state’s general fund coffers full with the state’s share of instore liquor sales. Dennis Cronk expects privatization of the ABC stores to meet resistance by lawmakers and doesn’t necessarily think, “it is a done deal.” The interim report of the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring will be issued by September 15th. Governor Holds Town Hall Meeting Weds Night McDonnell is launching the ‘Virginia Speaks’ statewide town hall tour as a tool to garner input. Wednesday night’s town hall meeting at the Roanoke County’s Administration building on Bernard Drive was standing room only as expected. The capacity for the room was inked in a new policy adopted by the Board of Supervisors on July 27. Accordingly only 105 citizens were allowed in, but there may have been a few extras. Months of wrangling with political party chairs led to less severe penalties for breaking the new rule. It remains to be seen if the governor will have to pay a $70 deposit or get a pass by the Board of Supervisor -- three of which are Republicans. Thomas Ryder a Roanoke County teacher was one of the many that attended the meeting. “We have seen state per-pupil support drop from $5277 (a level that ranked

us 36th amount the states) to the current $4548,” said Ryder. Supporters for revising the number higher insist that the 16% cut in state support for public education has the highest impact on poor rural and urban divisions, undercutting workforce development, and ensuring that the existing patterns of poverty and unemployment persist. Prior to the meeting Ryder said he was hopeful that other teachers would also attend to press McDonnell. “The Governor shares our goal of a high quality teacher in every classroom; however, unlike state workers, Virginia’s teachers are seeing no bonus, and many are facing pay cuts or loss of employment. When we compare the salary of the average teacher to that of the average wage earner, Virginia ranks 48th. This [low] level of investment in the teaching profession will not ensure that our children have great teachers.” McDonnell has made sweeping cuts in the state budget, but his education proposals for Virginia have included moving $480 million per year from school administration and putting it directly into the classroom, establishing more specialized high schools to support high-demand industries and increasing online learning through virtual schools. McDonnell also has frequently expressed his support for President Barack Obama’s ideas on increasing parental choice through charter schools.

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Corinne Davis This year's winners are: Corinne Davis, a 2010 graduate of Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke County. This fall, she’ll attend the Shenandoah Conservatory, part of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., where she’ll major in musical theater. Corinne earned a 3.9 GPA at Hidden Valley, where she sang with the Ladies Ensemble. She won honors as most outstanding soloist at the National Performing Arts Festival competition in New York City, and was also honored by the Roanoke County Center for the Performing Arts as “Most Valuable Performer.” Corinne is the daughter of Dave and Pat Davis. James “Jay” Huckle, a 2010 graduate of Blacksburg High School. This fall he’ll attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. as a musi-

cal theater major. Jay earned a 3.52 at Blacksburg High, where he performed with a men’s a capella group and a madrigal chorus. Jay was named to the Virginia All-State Choir in 2010 and the Virginia Senior Honors Choir in 2009. Jay is the son of Bill and Susan Huckle. The students were selected from 16 students who were nominated by choral directors at area high schools. This is the sixth year that the Virginia Gentlemen have awarded two scholarships to area vocal music students. They were awarded plaques by the Virginia Gentlemen at ceremonies earlier this summer. The Virginia Gentlemen is celebrating it’s 50th year as a volunteer choral organization. The multi-award-winning group is the premier male a

A Real Hands-On Approach to Vehicles Take a field full of trucks – small ones, big ones, bigger ones and loud ones. Throw in a flying vehicle or two and watercraft. Add commercial vehicles, public safety vehicles, you name it. Then let kids climb all over and in them (curious adults too) and call it “Touch a Truck.” The second annual event, sponsored by Roanoke County

There were Roanoke County, Roanoke City and state vehicles – including a 17,500 lb. state police tactical truck with heavy armor – along with an assortment of private vehicles, heavy equipment, a Martinsville Speedway pace car, Virginia Tech’s student race car, etc. Elsewhere children tried swings that dangled from heavy equipment cranes or Touch a Truck was a busy (and fun place) last weekend.

The jet fighter cockpit was a big hit with the boys. Parks, Recreation & Tourism, took place at sprawling Green Hill Park just outside of Salem. Touch a Truck evolved out of the Summer Blast program and

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was a major hit with youngsters last Saturday. Climbing inside cappella group in the Roanoke and honking horns seemed to Valley. The Gentlemen cur- be the major goal of many. rently have 40 singers ranging in age from 17 to 75. They have performed in New Jersey, North Carolina and across Virginia.

Brian Clingenpeel, the public education specialist with Roanoke County fire and rescue, was there as well, demonstrating their show and tell safety trailer. It was filled with harmless steam to simulate smoke, as Clingenpeel stood at one end, urging children to “get low and go,” showing them the correct way to leave a house that’s on fire. “They do a great job of getting a variety of [vehicles] out here,” said Clingenpeel. “We’ve been swamped. We had over 350 people in the first hour. It’s a very good place for us to be.” During the school year, Clingenpeel, a former minister, brings the safety trailer around to county schools. “I think it’s a great idea,” said Singleton; “how many times do you see community events where the kids are welcome and invited to be a part of what’s going on?” He is going to suggest such an event to Franklin County parks and recreation officials. At Touch a Truck the kids were not only welcome – they were the stars of the show. Story and Photos By Gene Marrano

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NewsChannel 10 weatherman Jamey Singleton is back in the forecasting business with community-based Cable 12. The station doesn’t cover many hard news events, although the recent death of firefighters Posey Dillon and Danny Altice was a notable exception. “They are asking us, who in the world are we?” said Singleton of the Touch a Truck appearance. Some wanted to be in front of the video camera Cable 12 had set up at Green Hill Park, while others wanted to be behind the lens. “They want to push some of the buttons in the back of the van where our director is,” noted Singleton. Others wanted to learn about the green screen chroma key that weathermen like Singleton stand in front of when delivering a forecast. “All kinds of different skills that they’re learning in school right now,” said Singleton. That seemed to be the point of Touch a Truck – a chance to have some fun, encounter vehicles most will never get near, and perhaps provide fuel for thought regarding career paths. “I’m so excited,” said one young boy as he lined up for the chance to sit in a fighter plane cockpit.


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“And that’s the way it is.” that was the fuse burning toWhen he signed off the ward the dynamite the netnightly news with those work had placed in the chaswords, we all went to bed be- sis. Mr. Anchor subsequently lieving that was true; good or reported that was, indeed, the bad, we had the feeling that he case, but no one had told him had given us the headlines in a about it, so he thought it was balanced way. a real event. Decades later he Now one has to weigh care- trotted out the same excuse fully what is said. Has it been over the bogus letter of thenfully researched? Are all points candidate Bush’s military serof view presented without bias? vice. Maybe he was innocent Is there an agenda behind the on all counts, but the network histrionics? How certainly wasn’t. much relevance This last week we does the news have have been treated to beyond voyeurism? an even more disDoes the reporter/ turbing event: The anchor-person pay Shirley Sherrod Camore attention to per. The facts are whether we’re getwell known: Based ting the facts or on a misleadingly being more enteredited talk posted taining than a comon the Internet by petitive source? Andrew BreitAnd most disturb- Hayden Hollingsworth bart, a low level ing of all, does the Department of public really care that all those Agriculture employee was questions are frequently an- summarily fired. Once someswered the wrong way. one checked the actual facts, I first began to have seri- it took a pleasingly short time ous doubts about television for everyone who had rushed newscasts years ago when the to judgment (and there were nightly news aired a segment many) to scamper to the nearabout a brand of pickup truck est restroom and remove the that exploded, apparently egg from their collective faces. spontaneously. The film clip The only person who came out showed the truck innocently with enhanced dignity was the sitting in the middle of the “culprit” herself, Ms Sherrod. field and, suddenly it blew up. Then, to compound matters, it Seemed a little odd to me that was somehow the President’s they just happened to be there fault. Go figure. with their camera crew, but Thomas Jefferson, author of the anchor reported it as an many famous statements, once actual fact. The manufacturer said he would rather live in a astutely saw smoke coming country without a government from under the frame before than one without a newspaper. the explosion and suggested He might take a different view

of that now with instant news since selling wares seems to be the modus vivendi. If truth is served, so much the better, but that doesn’t seem to influence their quest for ad revenue, popularity, and survival. Out of habit and hoping that Walter Cronkite will descend from the studio lights, I still watch the evening news on a broadcast network. Aside from the anchorperson preening and every reporter starting their commentary with, “Well, (insert name of your favorite anchor) . . .” the most arresting thing about evening news is that you will find out more than you ever wanted to know about the health of the viewers. Nearly all commercials are about women constructed out of brass tubing who can’t control their bladders, excessive flatulence, arthritis in joints of which most are unaware they possess, pills that will instantly turn one into an amazingly sexy person, teach you to dance and improve your bedroom performance so dramatically that you may have to go to the emergency room to be rescued from your passion. That’s where the money comes from for the newscasts . . . Big Pharma, as it has become known. Science Daily reports the cost of advertising is almost twice the amount pharmaceutical companies spend on research and development. Because of the current climate of reporting, there may be an increasing market for the antigas preparations. So how do we really get the news we need? The answer is “very carefully.” One might even change the word to “skeptically.” At least we can amend Will Rogers’ comment about all he knew was what he read in the newspapers. Life must have been simpler then. I wonder what he would have to say about television, the Internet, bloggers, and journalists who are more interested in notoriety than truth.

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I have to start this article with a big praise to all of the folks who coordinated the “Diamond Dash” in downtown Roanoke on Saturday. If you are unfamiliar with this, it was a scavenger hunt through downtown Roanoke with 500 of your closest friends. The winning couple walked away with a $15,000 Ritani diamond ring. At this point two facts need to be shared: Yes, my wife and I participated in the hunt and No, we did not win the ring. The whole experience did however make for a wonderful afternoon. When we first arrived we really did not know what to expect. As we saw the other couples arriving, it was clear that it was not our typical peer group. Actually, upon reflection, the bike I was riding was older than most of the couples in the hunt. While we had attitude and wisdom, we were clearly outmatched by agility and the ability to text messages without concentrating on every letter and not knowing where to find correct punctuation symbols. Actually, I am still not sure where to find those on my cell phone and I want to know what the heck a droid is. Oh, there were a few others in the “cell phones weren’t invented until I was in college crowd”, but the majority were young “whipper snappers” as my wife so affectionately referred to them. Our claim to fame is that when all was said and done we actually held our own and finished much closer to the top than the bottom of the pack.

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across tomatoes in the summer and that is all you really need to start a good pasta sauce. The trick is to just make it with what you have! If there is no garlic in the house, don’t use garlic - no need to run off to the store, just make do. Tomato sauce is so fun that way, you can experiment and get creative with whatever you have - just pretend like you’re in a good episode of Iron Chef! So have fun my culinary friends, and if you come up with a good pasta sauce send it to us at info@ and we will put it in the Happy Chef! In the meantime here’s a good place to start . . . 5 fresh garden tomatoes 2 tbs. olive oil 1 medium green pepper, diced 2 banana peppers diced 1 small onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic minced ½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano 1 tbs. sugar Salt and pepper to taste 3 tsp. tomato paste 1 - 25 oz bag frozen cheese ravioli Freshly grated Parmesan cheese -Cut tomatoes in quarters and chop in food processor for just a few seconds so tomatoes are still chunky, not puréed. Pour tomatoes into medium saucepan and begin to cook on medium heat. - !n a small skillet Sautee next four ingredients in olive oil until tender, add sautéed ingredients to tomato mixture in saucepan. -Add basil, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper to tomato mixture. -Follow package direction to cook raviolis. - Simmer on low to med-low heat for 20-30 minutes. -Add tomato paste, stir until well blended, simmer 10 more minutes. - Let sauce rest 5 minutes -Serve sauce over raviolis sprinkle with fresh parmesan and ENJOY!


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Preacher’s Corner

Bodily Believing - by George C. Anderson A Christian view of the body has gotten a bad rap in a modern American reading. Some read the Christian writings of antiquity that emphasized a future liberation and conclude that ancient Christians were “anti-body,� and thus anti-bodily pleasure: “Poor, guilty God-haunted people, missing out on life in their viewing bodily existence as a regrettable trial so as to give souls a chance to be saved.� While this may be an accurate reading of some who lived on a guilty extreme, it is not fair to the Christian tradition in the main. It is a modern reading of ancient writings, a first world reading of third world realities. Consider how differently bodies were experienced in antiquity. Today, we Americans have reason to expect that most will live beyond an expected age of retirement with some measure of vitality. Older adults may not be able to bound up and down steps or play hoops with teenagers as they used to, but still are able to enjoy full lives. Many – not all – spend most of their lives enjoying good health, only periodic pain, and pleasures that come with good food, exercise, and what might too quickly be called “safe sex.� But consider life before modern medicine; before sterilization practices were used before surgery, before surgery even, before antibodies were developed in the early 1950s. Take for instance the year the smallpox vaccine was developed, the year of our country’s birth, 1776. Childbirth was the leading cause of death for young women. It was the unusual family that did not have at least one child die before adulthood. Many physical problems corrected by commonplace surgery today were then untreated leading to chronic, painful conditions. Periodic plagues could wipe out huge populations. Teeth rotted and joints ached without medicine to lessen the pain. Without refrigeration, food poisoning was commonplace. People lived with intestinal parasites. Basically, it was the rare adult who did not live with chronic pain and the experience of premature death among family and friends. And so, it wasn’t that people- even young people- hated their bodies. They were afraid of them. It was to that anxiety over the dangers of the body that Christian theologians offered advice for survival and hope and encouragement for eternity. To judge writings about a future liberation from bodies as prudish is to miss the pastoral care offered to people who knew death could come at

any time and who hoped they would not be forever trapped in carnal containers so often racked with pain and disease. And so, when the Apostle Paul talked about body and spirit, he was using a vocabulary the Greek world could understand in separating the two. But while he “spoke Plato,� he was not Plato. Paul proclaimed that we would be raised bodily with Christ. In other words, while pain and suffering will be left behind, we will maintain our bodily identity that separates us from each other, and from God, and thus allows for relationship. We will enjoy a new body and a new spirit, just as there will be a new heaven and a new earth. From his perspective, faith in the bodily resurrection helps one embrace bodily existence right now. He warns us others not to base their lives on servicing what will not last; seeking bodily pleasures as the end of life; but to live according to the Spirit. To live according to the spirit is to place bodily lives in service of God. Think of the faith he encourages as “Bodily Believing.� Bodily believing affirms and celebrates bodily lives even while being realistic about dangers and limits. It means taking care of bodies as temples so as to have strength to serve God. It means expressing physical intimacy as an expression of relational integrity. It means eating, because we need to eat to live; but also means being responsible about what we eat, how much, and what we should do in relation to those who do not have enough to eat. It means working; but working in a way that honors ethical standards. It means playing because God’s creation is good and play is a celebration; but it also means working for a world of peace and justice so others can be free to play. It means resting because bodies need rest; but also worshipping because our Sabbath rest is found in God. Maybe his words are harder to understand for those who do not live with pain and for whom death is a theory. But for those in the know about what happens with bodies, his words ring true and hopeful in calling for good management of bodily lives today while living in hope for a bodily liberation beyond death. (My thanks to Dr. Margaret Miles whose 2010 Sprunt Lectures informed this column.) George Anderson is Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church, visit them on the web at www.

A Little History on What Month You’re In and Why As we move from July into Caesar. Augustus declared his Germanicus. Emperor ComAugust, all thoughts turn to great-uncle a god, and renamed modus went off the deep end sandy beaches, lazy afternoons, the month of Quintilis as Julius, and renamed ALL TWELVE and the Roman Empire. in honor of Julius' birthday in months in honor of himself, but In ancient Rome, the year was that month. Augustus Caesar since he was a fool, nobody took originally laid out as ten months proved to be an excellent leader, him seriously. In the end, none stretching from early so after his death, he of these changes lasted. Spring to the winter too was declared a Yep, the ultimate measure of solstice. The first four god and the month fame is staying power. And for months were named of Sextilis was re- over 2000 years, nobody's been after gods (Mars, named Augustus. In able to knock Julius and AugusAphrodite, Maia and order to give Julius tus off their calendar pedestal, Juno) and the rest and Augustus equal or climb up there with them. were just numbered memorials, both of So hail Caesars, the only two (Quintilis, Sextilis, their months were mortals who achieved the ulSeptember, October, given 31 days. timate celebrity status: PermaNovember, DecemFrom that point nent Pinup. ber). After that, on, every Roman Mike Keeler there was a nonleader wanted to descript winter pebe "Emperor of the riod, before starting again with Month." Nero renamed April Contact Mike at Mars' month. as Neroneus; Domitian In 46 BC, Julius Caesar im- named October as Domitianus; proved things by defining Caligula renamed September as the winter period as two new months, named for Janus, the god of new beginnings, and for Februa, the Roman festival of purification. He moved the beginning of the year to Janus 1st, HANGING ROCK the day the Senate took office. ANIMAL HOSPITAL He also staggered the number “doesn’t your pet deserve the very best...â€? Do you have trouble remembering to give your Hanging Rockmedication Animal Hospital of days within each month, 31 dog heartworm every month? is a full-service veterinary in Martius, 30 in Aprilus, etc. We can now offer you a better solution to hospital. We offer many throughout the year, with Feb- once monthly heartworm prevention services to promote and ruary taking the remaining 28 PROHEART 6 is health an injection that is given at preserve the of your office that protects your dog form deadly days (except for Leap Years) for the pet. We have been serving heartworms for 6 months. Whenour the next a total of 365 days. It was a great injection clients isand Roanoke duepets you of willthe receive a reminder to the office for. the next injection. Valleytosince 1996 achievement, but Julius enjoyed return the new calendar for only a year $PNQSFIFOTJWFXFMMOFTTDBSFt'VMMEFOUBMTFrWJDFt5-$GPSFWFrZQBUJFOUt4VSHFry before he was assassinated. "DVQVODUVSFt)PNFPQBUIJDBOEIFSCBMSFNFEJFTt4QFDJBMJOUFSFTUJOFYPUJDNBNNBMT He was succeeded by his adJanice Annis, DVM Cinthia L. Honeycutt, DVM Todd Czarnecki, DVM, CVA opted great-nephew, Augustus -PDI)BWFO%SJWFt3PBOPLF V"t

Off the Beaten Path in La Dolomiti

“Buon giorno.� We’ve passed many day hikers today –the Italians love their mountains and love hiking among the high peaks- but the woman in Suisi, the town 1500m below us, was right. We’ve got the Bolzano Rifugio practically to ourselves. The old stone hostel is over 120 years old, and I can almost feel the presence of alpinists past as I enter the darkly paneled common room, breathing in the thick essence of the place. The good-natured, two-man staff on duty seem to be quite amused at this couple from the United States, out here in these mountains with their three young sons, knowing only a few bits and pieces of Italian, but possessing lots of American enthusiasm. The young men take good care of us, and according to my dog-eared journal “that was the best spaghetti I have ever eaten!� We are at an elevation of 2500m in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy. Known for stark, barren, and colorful rock formations and little vegetation, this place is otherworldly. In places it seems like an alien landscape. Early morning is my favorite hiking time. We’re climbing up a steep trail above the rifugio. Fog lies low among the peaks and soon hides the hut from view. It’s quite cool –jackets are zipped up tight- and everything has that extra-fresh feel to it. Breakfast was the standard bread and jam, and the hut keepers made sure we took along extra for our lunch later. The boys are scampering along ahead of us, the youngest especially keen to keep up with his big brothers. In a few hours we come to another hut –this one tiny and particularly cozy- in a protected pass called Sasso Lunga. The hut mistress has just cooked a batch of delicious kaiserschmarm -kind of a fruit pancake- and she insists that we sample the still-warm traditional treat. Okay, Bella, twist my arm. There was armed conflict in the Dolomites during World War One, when Italy fought Austria over the disputed border, high among the mountain ridges. Today there is still evidence of the struggle, and evocative are the tunnels bored through the mountains, and the via ferrata –“paths of iron�which one encounters. Via ferrata consist of iron ladders and

Adam, Ian and Taylor Robinson scramble across the Alps. chains affixed to the pinnacles many are leaving, and within an and cliffs, and allowed for troop hour after we arrive only the five movement over terrain which of us and the hut keeper and her would otherwise have required young family remain. The rest technical climbing. Today some are Italian day hikers, returnof the via ferrata are maintained ing to the valley below for the for use by modern hikers and night. I’m instantly moved by climbers, and many of the trails the place. The fiery, dark-haired we traverse today are along mule hut mistress is definitely queen tracks created during the war. of the roost and never speaks in Hiking affords opportu- an even tone of voice. Passionnity not just to experience the ate, she argues with her husmountains close-up but to band like she’s going to kill him meditate and daydream and one instant, and the next minute plan for adventures beyond the she is as loving as can be. She is current one –that’s right, plan- delighted to have us Americans ning for the next one already. visit their hut and even her sulStrange, huh? Besides imagin- len husband softens up after a ing animal shapes among the while, as he watches our sons rock spires we walk among, the play with his. I’m fascinated boys are planning a tree house with the “relaxed� standards this morning. “I think we’ll of cleanliness of the place –the have a special ladder that hangs husband-cook’s kitchen apron is down inside from the top all the absolutely black with grease and way to the ground, with some the squat toilet out back is not kind of trap door in the ceil- for the faint of heart- but I can ing and the floor.� They plan to tolerate it in light of the spirit of construct it when we get back generosity and passion for life home. It may never happen, but which fills the shabby rifugio. Above the hut is a rock outit doesn’t really matter, I think, as just the fun of planning it is cropping which is just right for hard to match. watching the shadows lengthen Late afternoon finds us step- and the light change as evening ping through a real lunar land- comes. As the sun drops lower scape. Scree slopes crunch un- in the sky the spires around us der foot and limestone spires light up in enrosadira, or "altower overhead, bright white in penglow," that alpine light efthe sun, striking against the blue fect that creates golden glowing sky. The Dolomites, named for peaks in the fading gleam of the an18th century geologist, are sun. We just sigh in reverence at made up of calcium carbon- the sight and the feel of it, our ate, much of it actually ancient powers of speech being, as they coral reef 230 million years old. are, inadequate. It’s getting chilly out as we reSheesh, I think, and we’ll only enter the cozy hut. Rosina serves be here for a few days. The big sun is sinking in the us perfectly prepared linguini, sky and according to the map cheese and spinach. The wind we’re close to the Passo Princ- rises that night and the narrow ipe rifugio, our destination for bunks cradle us. The window the night. Sure enough, Adam panes rattle and from the kitchspots it up ahead in one of the en emanates, gently muffled, only flat areas around, dwarfed Rosina’s hearty soulful laugh. by soaring cliffs above it. There are lots of people around it, but Contact John at as we approach we notice that

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Drop-Box For City Payments Removed From Reserve Avenue

As of Monday, Aug. 2, the payment drop-box for the City Treasurer's Office located on Reserve Avenue has been removed due to the demolition of the Parks and Recreation Building at that site. City Treasurer Evelyn Powers is working to determine alternate locations for payment drop-boxes. A notification will be sent out and information posted on the city's website once the new locations have been established. The current drop-box in front of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building at 215 Church Ave. will remain in place with no changes.For more information, contact the Treasurer's Office at 540-853-2561.

RCPS Holds School Choice Meetings for Five Schools

According to No Child Left Behind Act regulations, students at Title I schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two years are eligible for the School Choice Option and /or supplemental education services. Parents of students who attend the schools below are invited to an Open House at their school to learn about No Child Left Behind legislation and school choice options. Open House -School Choice/Supplemental Education Services Information Meetings: Thursday, August 5, 2010 Westside Elementary School cafeteria, 6 PM /. Monday, August 9, 2010 Hurt Park Elementary School cafeteria, 6 PM / Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Round Hill Elementary School cafeteria, 6 PM / Thursday, August 12, 2010 Lincoln Terrace Elementary School cafeteria, 6PM / Monday, August 16, 2010 Addison Middle School cafeteria, 6PM. Students must be enrolled in their home school prior to the start of this school year in order for school choice transfer requests to be reviewed. For more information, please contact Dr. Vella Wright, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at (540) 853-6113.

Salem After Five set to Wrap Up Successful 2010 Season

The popular “Salem After Five” concert series wraps up another successful summer on the Salem Farmers Market Friday, August 20th at 5:30 pm. The featured band for the fifth and final concert of the summer is “Domino” and proceeds from the event will benefit the Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry. The popular concert series is sponsored by the City of Salem Parks and Recreation, Q99-FM, RE/MAX - Real Estate One of Salem and Pepsi. Admission: Adults - $5, children 12 and under are free. There will be a children’s play area set up in the Market, as well as food vendors featuring Bastian’s Bar-BQ, Salem Pizza & Subs, Salem Ice Cream Parlor and Ol’ Mule Hot Dog Co. No coolers, outside food or drinks, rollerblades, skateboards or pets allowed on the premises. For additional information call Salem Parks and Recreation at 540-375-3057

Girl Scout Information and Sign-Up

For girls in Roanoke County and Roanoke City South West The Trefoil Service Unit will hold two Information and Sign-Up events: Monday August 30th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Roanoke County Library Headquarters on 419 meeting Room and Monday September 20th 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Raleigh Court Library, 2112 Grandin Road - Outside the front entrance. Girl Scouting is open to all girls in Kindergarten through grade 12. Come learn about Girl Scout opportunities, and sign-up your daughter. Questions, contact Trefoil Service Unit Team Manager 540-774-3607.

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Average retail gasoline prices in Roanoke have risen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/g, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Roanoke during the past week, prices yesterday were 3.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 2.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 21.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. "Gasoline prices in a majority of the United States have been stuck in narrow range over the past several weeks," said Patrick DeHaan, Senior Petroleum Analyst. "The longer oil and gasoline prices remain in this tight range, the harder it will be for prices to break out of that threshold." DeHaan cites the lack of significant economic improvement and quiet tropics thus far as a reason prices have failed to move significantly. "Unless we start seeing consistently good economic news or several large tropical storms, gas prices should remain relatively muted," he adds.

Low-Phosphate Dishwasher Detergents That Work

There are several low-phosphate dishwasher detergents that performed very well in Consumer Reports’ latest tests, which is good news for the traditionally low-scoring eco-friendly products.Consumer Reports tested 24 low- or no-phosphate dish detergents and found four Recommended products. Although none equaled the excellent (but now discontinued) product that topped CR’s Ratings in August 2009, seven were Very Good. Consumer Reports testers smeared dishware with a mix of 17 foods (pots got a mac-and-cheese blend) and then baked on the foods and cleaned the items in identical dishwashers to assess how each detergent performed. Finish Quantum (30 cents per load) topped the Ratings, followed by CR Best Buy, Finish Powerball Tabs (22 cents per load), which scored Excellent for dishes and pots, and bested some detergents that cost more. Cascade Complete All In 1 (28 cents per load) and Cascade with Dawn ActionPacs (23 cents per load) earned a score of Very Good in CR’s tests, but all Cascades, like all Finish products, aren’t equal. Other Cascade and Finish products were scattered throughout the Ratings. Past tests found that some low-phosphate products performed the worst overall, but the newest formulations are worth a try. Here are the details on Consumer Reports other findings: • Bleach made little difference. Most of the top performers have no bleach, and it didn’t seem to act on baked-on soils. Bleach might help though with tea or similar stains. • Enzymes might help. Most of the tested detergents have enzymes, which can break up food for easier removal. • Types might not be a tipoff. Tablets and pacs tended to score high and gels low, but it’s too soon to say whether that trend will continue. • Quantumatic isn’t worth the price. At $10 (44 cents per load) for the dispenser and first cartridge, Finish Quantumatic dispenses 12 doses of detergent from a cartridge automatically. It performed well, but takes up space in the dishwasher and is less effective than other products that cost less. Consumer Reports also tested Martha Stewart Clean liquid detergent which would have been lowest-rated of all, but the company said it has since changed its formula. More information on phosphate-free detergents can be found in the September issue of Consumer Reports, available on newsstands August 3 and online at

Is Fatherhood Dying?

If you know a child in a single-parent home, that child is most likely being raised by Mom. According to the latest U.S. Census figures from November of 2009, 84 percent of the custodial parents in the 13.7 million single-parent households in the U.S. are mothers. Only 16 percent of custodial parents are dads. Many fathers blame the court systems, which they believe favors the mothers in most cases, but one expert believes that men have more control over that paradigm than they might think. “When it comes to deciding who gets the kids, it’s natural for judges to want to place them with the parent who is nurturing and sensitive,” said Michael Taylor, motivational speaker, life coach, and author of A New Conversation With Men (www. “Let’s face it. In most cases, it’s difficult to cast most fathers -- even the good ones -- in that light. But I don’t think it’s out of reach for any man to become that person, and to exude it in his daily life.” Taylor believes that the greatest challenge we have in our society right now is to redefine masculinity. “Most men are tired and frustrated with their lives and are looking for something new and different,” he said. “Men want


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to learn to be genuinely happy with their lives but most of them do not know how to accomplish this. They are sold on the bill of goods by the past generation that men are aloof and authoritarian, and that’s part of being a man. The first thing we need to do is discard all the media and culture madness that has created the problem in the first place. I believe that every man can learn to be a great husband, a great father and a trusted friend. To get there, we need to break the bonds of a culture that has taught us all the wrong things about what it means to be masculine, and embrace a new paradigm of masculinity that empowers them to reach their full potential.” The cornerstone for this new paradigm, according to Taylor, includes developing stronger connections to the ideas of love, compassion, understanding, acceptance and forgiveness. These qualities are not signs of weakness,” Taylor said. “They are actually signs of strength, and when men reject these aspects of themselves, it leads to all sorts of dysfunction and unhappiness. We’ve grown up in a culture that teaches men that marriage is a prison, and that being monogamous is somehow not manly, when in fact, the successful and happy husbands and fathers out there know that to be the opposite. If we can reverse these beliefs, I believe we will begin to see a dramatic reduction of issues like high divorce rates, high school dropouts, domestic abuse and high incarceration rates.”

National Night Out Against Crime Marks Its 27th year

Sherman Lea takes questions from Virginia Stuart, Mary Young and Rosanne Saunders. National Night Out is an event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness while strengthening neighborhoods and fostering policecommunity partnerships. Neighborhoods all over Roanoke City hosted events Tuesday night by turning on their porch lights and dishing out fullblown all-you-can-eat buffets. Gruff the crime dog made his rounds followed by police and Fire/EMS crews who enjoyed a short-lived break while talking with the people they serve. It’s all about fighting crime and sending a message to criminals that the neighborhoods are fighting back. Criminals were in hiding Tuesday night. Camaraderie between the police and citizens took over the streets. This year the Countryside Neighborhood Alliance fought back by having their watermelon feast at the entrance of the now closed golf course. The dead end has been host to unsavory activity since the course closed and overgrown weeds created a hiding place for uninvited guests. The solution is coming per Acting Police Chief Chris Perkins and Zone 4 Lt. Mac Babb. Perkins and Babb solved the problem of blocking the fire hydrant located at the dead end. A gate will be erected and fire sta-

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Frank Beamer Guest Speaker At Roanoke Valley Sports Club Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer was the guest speaker Monday evening at the annual Hokie preseason football banquet held at Hidden Valley Country Club. Beamer offered a rundown of the upcoming Tech season and his high expectations for the team. He noted that this year’s offensive squad looks exceptional with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback and extensive depth in both the running back and receiver positions. “With the size and speed we have in our receivers, it gives us the opportunity to score quickly, “ Beamer pointed out. “We have numerous strong running backs. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.” He noted that the motto for

the team this year is respect. “We want respect among our teammates, our opponents and our audience. “ Beamer answered questions from the crowd and gave his opinion of the recent realignment that took place in college football, noting that he had expected four, 16-team mega conferences. “It’s all about who brings value to TV,” he pointed out. “And, there is still uncertainty over where Notre Dame Beamer answers questions will end up.” Monday night at Hidden ValHe was especially proud that ley. Tech was recently rated number one by a Raleigh newspaper in pionship’ in his remarks. “We a ranking of teams in a category should be good,” he said with a relating to graduation and win- grin. ning seasons. The coach, however, avoided Photo and recap by Bill Turner using the term ‘national cham-

High School Football Practice Opens For 2010

Cave Spring Head Coach Tim Fulton rallies the Knight’s squad Tuesday afternoon. Practice for area high school teams offically started Monday with cooler than expected conditions. But the dog days of summer are sure to return as two-a-day sessions get serious. Most area teams open their season on Friday, August 27th.

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Red Sox Back at the Top of the Carolina League

For the first time in nearly three months, the Salem Red Sox have risen to the apex of the Carolina League. At 60-44 overall after winning four of five in last week’s homestand at Lewis-Gale Field, the Red Sox have reassumed the top record in the league for the first time since early May. Entering Monday’s action, the Red Sox sat one half game ahead of the Winston-Salem Dash in the overall standings and one game ahead of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the second-half standings. Despite beginning the second half with just two wins in their first nine games, the resurgent Red Sox have found their stride, taking 16 of the last 25 from their Carolina League brethren. Although Salem’s last four wins have come only by a total of six runs (two by one run and two by two runs), the Sox have proven the mettle to prevail in a variety of ways, regardless of whether the final is 9-8 or 2-0. In fact, those were the two final scores in Salem’s abbreviated two-game sweep of the Lynchburg Hillcats on Thursday and Friday (Saturday night was rained out and will only be made up if absolutely necessary for playoff determination purposes). Thursday night featured some raised emotions, as the benches cleared in the third inning when the pitch that immediately followed two homers flew up and in on a Lynchburg batter. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, but there were no physical confrontations. And when the baseball resumed, the Red Sox used two four-run innings, including a magnificent two-out rally in the last of the seventh, to surge to a 9-8 victory. Friday’s action included very little offense, yet the Red Sox were able to find the winner’s circle again. Will Middlebrooks blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, and there

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sional racer, Isaac Howe, of the Mountain Khakis fueled by Jittery Joe's team, acted in a way that will never result in a single shred of controversy, but should be remembered for just as long as Schleck's chain and Contador's reaction. The young rider from New Hampshire took the win in the criterium, 4th in the time trial, but missed the crucial break in the road race to finish 3rd overall. On the final lap of the road race, as the lead group

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was getting ready to wrest free of the fading field, two riders collided, throwing an unfortunate third off the left side of the road, which had no shoulder, and 40-50 foot straight drop into a dry creek bed as the likely destination for the seemingly doomed racer. Howe, however, saw the incident, and saw the rider go down. He stopped immediately and managed to grab the ankle of the rider as he was about to plummet over the edge. Howe, who currently sits in 2nd overall in the yearlong USA Crits series, waited with the fallen rider for motorcycle officials to arrive. When they did, Howe set off in pursuit of the field, which he quickly rejoined, but at that point, the winning break was long gone. At the time, few knew what the 24 year old had done, but it soon became clear that Howe had in fact saved the rider's life. It's hard to remember sometimes that we are fans of, and take part in, an immensely dangerous sport. Winning is great, but consideration for our fellow competitors means more than anything. Howe's actions in Blacksburg were a refreshing reminder of what we as cyclists are capable of.

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Research Institute Head Shares His Vision Wielding a $50 million dollar start-up budget and an intent to employ 50-100 people by year’s end, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VCTRI) Executive Director Dr. Michael Friedlander has the ears of many in town. The new biomedical institute, slated to open Sept. 1st., is adjacent to the Virgina Tech Carilion Medical School on South Jefferson St, which welcomes its first class earlier this week. On July 22 the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC), a local trade group centered on the intersection of technology and business, hosted Friedlander at their monthly “Tech and Toast” breakfast meeting in Roanoke. Friedlander spoke about the opportunities for biomedical innovation that the institute could provide. He first put forth the question of “how to go about making a difference” by way of research. Making a difference, Friedlander said, requires defining focus areas, identifying talent, providing resources and forming partnerships. After giving a brief overview of the focused research areas planned for the VCTRI, (including the study of degenerative aging disorders, technological advances such as imaging and bioengineering that can be used in treatment), he honed in on one particular area of research that the institute will undertake as the main subject of his presentation: cognitive functioning in the brain. One of the first issues covered in Freidlander’s wide-ranging survey of cognitive function was brain injury. Positing brain injury as a “silent public health

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