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Blue Ridge Bluegrass is Back

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Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers will appear at the Blue Ridge Music Center June 23rd.

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he concert season has returned to The Blue Ridge Music Center and will begin with this week’s annual Friday night concert that is set to welcome The Wayne Henderson Festival to the area. Next week (Saturday night June 23rd) the center welcomes noted Bluegrass-gospel performers Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers as well as The Snyder Family. Hailing from Xenia, Ohio, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers have an energetic mix of bluegrass, gospel music, a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor as well. The group has performed at The Ryman Theater, on Song of the Mountains for PBS and toured across North America (through 20 states) each year. Their newest album, Hymns from the Hills, is #15 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts; but more importantly, this groups sings their bluegrass and gospel songs from the heart. Opening up the show will be The Snyder Family band from Lexington, NC featuring Samantha Snyder on fiddle, Zeb Snyder on guitar, and father Bud Snyder on bass. Samantha started playing music > CONTINUED P2: Blue Grass

River and Rail Restaurant Offers Southern Cuisine

Children Too! P6-7– Our monthly Children’s Pages are also in this issue - check out the great activities for the youngsters!

Originally from North Carofor dinner, Tuesday through lina, Aaron Deal, the executive Saturday. (see riverandrailreschef for the River and Rail Restaurant.com for updates and taurant, which recently opened to make reservations, or call its doors, has plenty of family 400-6830). ties to Virginia. “I have a family Deal describes River and in Richmond,” he explains, “and Rail’s menu as “Southern and my father and his family were French comfort food.” The raised in Danville - so the South restaurant is “designed to be and the food that is served in warm and welcoming and that this area have always been very is going to resonate throughclose to my heart. Its what I was out the dining room. We will raised on, its what I enjoyed as have outside seating available. a child.” Lee and Karri Atwood The menu itself is designed to teamed up with friends Whit be friendly—[for] vegetarians and Lauren Ellerman to open and people who have gluten the eatery, hiring Deal, who Aaron Deal has opened a restaurant in the former Lipes Phar- allergies. We’re able to accomwas a semi-finalist for the James macy location on Crystal Spring Avenue. modate anyone and everyone Beard contest. who comes in and dines with In addition to the Southern inus.” ed in South Roanoke (2201 Crystal Spring fluence in his dining tastes, Deal was clas- Avenue, in the former Lipes Pharmacy The River and Rail is designed to accomsically trained on French food. The River space), serves both kinds of food to the modate diners who have just completed a and Rail Restaurant, a 70-seat facility locat- public. Current business hours are 5-11pm > CONTINUED P2: River and Rail

Grace Run Honors Fallen PH Alum

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Sports Roundup P8– Bill Turner’s weekly sports roundup takes a final look at high school Spring sports, the national sports scene and the ever entertaining mailbag.

Now in its 7th year, the annual Run with Grace 5K drew more than 150 runners and walkers to Patrick Henry High School last Saturday. Run with Grace was established after the sudden death of former Patrick Henry High School cross country and track standout Grace Lovegrove, who died after suffering cardiac arrest as a freshman at Christopher Newport University, while on a training run in 2005. Run with Grace supports the PH cross country and track teams, and a scholarship established in her memory. Harrison Toney was the overall winner this year, but the biggest win-

ner perhaps was the drawing power of Grace Lovegrove, and how more than seven years after her death she brought former friends and track teammates out to the Patrick Henry cross country course for a 3.1 race. Among those who came were coaches and teammates from Christopher Newport, where Lovegrove was just a freshman. Grace’s mother Lisa was all smiles on Saturday as she helped keep things organized before and after the separate women’s and men’s races, and the one-

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A collage of pictures and mementos honors Grace Lovegrove.

Incumbent 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte didn’t have to wait long for Tuesday’s primary results to roll in showing an inevitably wide margin of victory. Goodlatte received almost twice as many votes as did his primary opponent, Karen Kwiatkowski, who received 34 percent of the vote. Seven percent of active voters participated in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Kwiatkowski won the city of Harrisonburg by 14 votes and came close in Rockingham and Page counties. Roanoke City and Roanoke County went for Goodlatte overwhelmingly, at 71 percent and 77 percent respectively. Tuesday evening Goodlatte celebrated his win with his wife Maryellen, his daughter Jennifer and about 70 supporters at Ho> CONTINUED P2: Goodlatte

Countryside Proposal Saves Barn and Silo An amendment to the Countryside Master Plan irritates neighborhood ABEAR Performance Training has submitted a letter of interest for development on the former Countryside Golf Course property. The proposed project would renovate the former barn and retain the adjacent silo. The property is located at the intersection of Frontage Road and Highland Farm Road. The 8½-acre area would be developed with a baseball infield, batting cages and bullpens, and an unlit field for football and soccer practice. Sale price negotiations are continuing. City Council reviewed the proposal and has given approval to open up the concept to public review and move to the formal proposal stage. Council approval at this stage does not involve any commitment by the City or ABEAR said Chris Chittum Planning Administrator. ABEAR is a for-profit athletic performance trainer. They provide instruction, programs > CONTINUED P2: Countryside


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at three years old and Zeb at seven. Since that time they have recorded CDs and won numerous awards including a fiddle hand crafted by Luthier, Jimmy Edmonds and a guitar made by Wayne Henderson at the 2007 Jimmy Edmonds Homecoming. This year both Samantha (now 13) and Zeb (now 17) won first place ribbons in the 2011 bluegrass fiddle and guitar categories at The Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax. The concert starts at 7pm, Saturday June 23 with seating opening at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $10 or $8 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are free. For info call (276) 236-5309 x112. Tickets are

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available at The Galax Visitor Center, online at www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org and at the gate. Come early and enjoy the free new museum, the “Roots of American Music.” (Please bring lawn chairs and a picnic if you would like. Smokehouse BBQ will be available for purchase.) The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The summer-evening concert series occurs every weekend through mid-September in the outdoor amphitheater at the foot of beautiful Fisher Peak (only 10 miles from Galax). (Right) The Snyder Family Trio

> River and Rail run or walk, or are arriving from elsewhere for a date night or special dinner. “We can really accommodate any of that,” says Deal, “and I think that’s really one of the main focuses that we’ve tried to maintain, not only with that, but with our price point being very reasonable.” Entrées won’t cost over $28 and $30, and smaller plates and appetizers can be shared throughout the table. “It’s really meant to be a true dining experience,” says Deal who adds that he wants the facility to be not only for special occasions but one for

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people who want a burger and who’ve gotten off work as well. “I really want this to be a restaurant that local Virginians can get very passionate about and that they believe in. That is my goal because I think that’s where it’s going to sustain us, and that’s what’s important to us.” The River and Rail will feature staples of beef, chicken, pork, etc. Deal gets excited about the prospect of serving deviled eggs “and wonderfully cured and produced country ham. All sorts of different grains [as well]. There’s local mills, there’s local

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produce. We will be offering a lot of vegetarian dishes, a lot of vegetable dishes. You’re looking at fresh pastas that we’ll be making in-house, all sorts of things like you might find in a rustic or bistro type atmosphere.” The designation “River and Rail” is meant to be a homage to Roanoke City, since the Roanoke River and the railroad industry played such an important part in the area’s development. “When you think of The River and Rail,” says Deal, “you think of Roanoke and we want to be a Roanoke, Virginia, res-

mile fun run. “Every year more and more people come out – it’s a good neighborhood race,” said Lovegrove. The scholarship that money is raised for goes to an “average kid,” said Lovegrove. The best students get academic assistance she said, while the best athletes also can get tuition assistance. Run for Grace is designed to help those in the middle of the bell curve. “We wanted a well-rounded kid who did well in school and who also was not necessarily a [varsity athlete].” The Foundation for Roanoke Valley administers the scholarship now, but the winner is chosen by a committee at Patrick Henry. Carilion Clinic has been a major supporter of Run with Grace, both financially and logistically on race day, as Lovegrove points out. Even those without direct ties to Patrick Henry return every year to help, by running

or assisting with registration, course monitoring, etc. “She would of loved it,” said Lisa Lovegrove with a chuckle about Grace, “she loved being the center of attention.” As the first grandchild and the only one for six years she got plenty of attention. Grace was also about 5’8” and 100 lbs, which lent itself to the runway modeling she did on occasion. She “ate like a horse,” as well said mom; a caricature of Grace used on the race website depicts her holding a Cheerwine and a Hardee’s Thickburger – two of her favorite calorie-laden treats. Tim Scott ran with Grace for just one season at Christopher Newport, but he comes back for the 5k anyway. “Her personality and just spreading the love that she showed everybody at CNU,” is why he returns to run. “I just want to continue to run with Grace every year that I can.” Cassie Stilley helped

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ideal for light commercial such as offices, educational uses, and light industrial development for assembly. Chittum said that it matched the plan under the “commercial” criteria as a nonprofit that would bring 10-15 jobs. No public meeting is planned for the proposal. Comments, questions and concerns should be directed to Chris Chittum, Planning Administrator at Chris.Chittum@roanokeva.gov Phone: (540) 853-2356. An amendment to the Countryside Master Plan is going before the Planning Commission June 21. A date will be set for a public hearing. The amendment is to change the 12-acre parcel that once belonged to the Roanoke Regional Airport from agriculture to recreation. The Planning Department initiated the change when the neighborhood rejected the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op plans to house over 400 chickens on the site. The Northwest Recreation Center has plans for a soccer

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An artist’s rendering of the Countryside barn and silo. sportsplex and use of the tennis building. Charles Price, Council Member Anita Price’s husband and Clay Dawson have been working with the city to fit four soccer fields in what was designated for recreation on the central parcel of the former golf course across from the William Fleming stadium. All four fields will not fit together in the current configuration and Northwest Recreation approached the planning department and asked to place two of the soccer fields on the agricultural parcel. The parcel is centered between two neighborhood groups – Miller Court and Countryside

Neighborhood Alliance. Neither group wants soccer fields adjacent to their homes that have already devalued by an average of $22,000, said Vince Barci of Countryside Drive. Susan Hall who lives on Ranch Road said, “I can’t understand why we are already amending the Master Plan after we’ve had all these meetings. Now after seven years of meetings we have to fight the city again. I’m tired of this – where is the promised certainty.” By Stuart Revercomb -Valerie Garner contributed to this report.


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Save A Ton Website Now Includes Energy Calculator An educational and marketing campaign that deals with saving energy has now won awards for its website and print ads, and has received kudos from the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors for a school-based program that encourages students to come up with energy conservation ideas. The Save a Ton campaign, conceived by Roanoke County’s RC CLEAR committee with help from Roanoke City’s Clean & Green citizen’s group, is all about showing local residents and businesses how they can each save one cubic ton of carbon emissions each year. Now the Save a Ton website (www.saveaton.org), which has won awards recently for its design and message, features an energy savings calculator. Visitors can calculate their annual financial savings by implementing several simple steps – using compact fluorescent light bulbs, driving a bit less, turning the thermostat up this summer and using energy-efficient appliances, for example. RC CLEAR, the county’s ICLEI-affiliated group, wanted to make sure saving a ton would not be a difficult task. More savings can be realized through additional insulation, weather stripping, etc., something pointed out to local residents and business owners during a round of free energy audits performed by contractors hired by TAP. “The Save a Ton site offers lots

of easy tips to help residents of the Roanoke Valley and beyond save a ton of money on energy costs,” said Anne Marie Green, director of general services for Roanoke County. “Now, with an energy savings calculator, it takes just a few minutes to figure out what you can save.” The calculator also provides the option to calculate carbon emissions. Save a Ton is a multi-media campaign that encourages people to visit www.saveaton.org to learn about energy savings and share their ideas and results on social media. The website offers tips, links and resources in five categories – lighting, vehicle efficiency, energy conservation, weatherization and water conservation. The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is overseeing administration of the Save a Ton website and the related Facebook page, a task that falls in part to Jeremy Holmes. “The goal there is to provide energy saving tips and show things that have a real impact on household budgets,” said Holmes, “things that save you money pretty quickly.” In fact appealing to people’s bottom line – for those not necessarily interested in reducing carbon emissions for more altruistic reasons – was a major goal for RC Clear and affiliates when launching the Save a Ton campaign. The website will also

LewisGale Offers New Procedure for Detecting Early-Stage Lung Cancer

When it comes to detecting early-stage lung cancer, LewisGale Regional Health System offers one of the most advanced lung navigation system available in the area at LewisGale Medical Center. LewisGale is the first in Western Virginia to offer the super Dimension i∙Logic System as an option for patients with lesions deep within the lungs. The Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) combines GPS-like technology with a catheterbased system to locate, biopsy, and prepare to treat lung lesions that were previously hard to reach. “This device allows us to go into the outer aspects of the lungs, in a minimally invasive manner, which we previously could not reach without open surgery or a chest needle biopsy,” said LewisGale Pulmonologist David Killeen, D.O. “This system allows us to use the patient’s CT scan in combination with electromagnetic sensors to locate the abnormality inside the lungs that was detected on the scan. It operates a lot like the GPS system in a car.” During the procedure, a bronchoscope is placed through the patient’s mouth and into the airways of the By Gene Marrano lungs. This is an outpatient gmarrano@cox.net procedure, so patients typi-

guide people to local contractors and retail outlets, where they can find some of the resources needed to make their home or business more energy efficient – from compact fluorescent light bulbs to outfits that can provide energy audits. Holmes points out that saving on energy costs – and reducing carbon footprints – can be an economic development engine. “We’re finding that there are more and more folks interested in providing these services. We’re trying to build up that program.” Overseeing the website conforms to the commission’s goal of regionalism, since local governments in both the Roanoke and New River Valleys are supporting Save a Ton. “It just sort of made sense that the Regional Commission… would sort of take on the management of it…and take pressure off the local governments, ” said Holmes, who oversees sustainability efforts for the commission and heads up the Ride Solutions program that encourages alternate transportation methods like bicycling. The Save a Ton campaign is supported by the Clean Valley Council, Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition, Community Alliance for Energy Efficiency, Ride Solutions, RC CLEAR, Roanoke County, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, City of Roanoke, City of Salem and Town of Blacksburg.

laboration, outcome measurements, and the program's financials and budget. In addition to focusing on the three impact areas of education, income and health, UWRV will be using this transition as an opportunity to open the community investment process up to the community at large, making it a more competitive process for future funding. Of the 53 programs receiving funding, 26 programs were awarded varying increases from what they have received in the past. "There are so many worthy programs in the Roanoke Valley and we would like to be able to fully fund all program requests," said Wayne Strickland, Chair of the UWRV Community Impact Council and Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission. "The nonprofit organizations in the Roanoke Valley are making a great difference in our community; however, we have some very ambitious goals in the areas of education, income and health so we have to be extremely strategic in allocating funds now and well into the future." The hope is that the new funding system by UWRV ultimately will help local nonprofits work together and will allow the community to better track the progress of important community goals, however, the UWRV board members recognize that the new open process will leave gaps in some important

cally go home the same day. “It’s about improving the patient’s survival rate,” said Killeen. “If you can catch an abnormality when it’s small and hasn’t spread, the likelihood of a cure is much higher.” ENB can also be used in the treatment of lung cancer. Doctors can use this procedure to place markers around a confirmed cancer to more effectively target the tumor with radiation therapy while sparing healthy tissue.

“We are pleased to offer this type of high-tech procedure in Southwest Virginia,” said Victor E. Giovanetti, President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “We want patients to know that they don’t have to travel outside the area to find some of the most advanced, life-saving treatments.”

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Roanoke Valley United Way Awards Grants to 53 Nonprofit Programs

The United Way of Roanoke Valley (UWRV) has awarded grants to 53 nonprofit programs that serve the residents of the Roanoke Valley. The goal of this year's community investment process was to create an impact in the three main focus areas of education, income and health. By focusing on these three priorities and investing funds in programs that align with them, UWRV hopes to solve root issues that affect the building blocks of a good life. The goals are that children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and later on in life, that individuals and families are financially stable and that all citizens of the Roanoke Valley lead healthier lives. UWRV received 54 grant requests totaling more than $3 million. More than 80 community volunteers spent over 1,200 hours reviewing program applications, conducting site visits and question and answer meetings with program staff, and deliberating at length as they conducted the program reviews to ensure that programs demonstrated the closest alignment to UWRV's impact goals in the areas of education, income and health. Volunteers were instructed to look at the funding process through a whole new lens and to not consider past allocation amounts, but instead to look at how each program fits in with UWRV's new education, income and health impact areas. Each program was evaluated on alignment, program need, col-

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community programs. To help those programs that performed well but did receive lower funding, UWRV has set up a transition funding pool that has been specifically designed to reduce the potential impact of the funding loss resulting from the increased competition from this year's process. This one-year "assistance" is not meant to restore the program to its original funding level, but is there to help the agencies adjust to the new funding level and to step them down over the next 12 months. "We have a great responsibility to be good stewards of the money that is donated to the United Way. It is our goal to make sure that every investment is utilized to support programs that are going to make the biggest impact in our community," said Frank Rogan, President and CEO of UWRV. "This process is one of the main reasons why donors believe in our mission." Aside from investing in diverse programs that are making significant and positive impacts in the community, UWRV is putting resources towards coalition work, focused collaborations, and volunteerism to make our community a better place to live. During fiscal year 2012-2013 a total of $2.972 million will be granted to these programs.

Roanoke Fire-EMS personnel are currently testing fire hydrants throughout the city. Fire hydrant flushing is necessary to both test the function of the hydrants and to flush sediments that build up naturally over time in water lines. The testing should be complete by the end of July. While the hydrant flushing will remove most sediment, many residents may experience temporary water discoloration. While discolored water is ordinarily safe to drink, it is best to flush any discolored water from pipes by turning on all cold-

water faucets in your home or business at once. Avoid turning on hot-water faucets so the discolored water is not drawn into hot water heaters. This flushing should remove discoloration in less than five minutes. "We annually test hydrants to ensure that they are in proper working condition," said FireEMS Chief David Hoback. "We regret this temporary inconvenience to the city's water supply," said Hoback, "but hydrant flushing helps maintain the proper functioning of hydrants for the safety of citizens over the long-term."

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as searching the entire field of EQ on the internet, will give a comprehensive picture of what this movement entails. There have been 16 areas of emotional intelligence identified as essential. The title of each is somewhat self-explanatory, although each encompasses a vast array of behaviors. Here is the simple list: Emotional Self Awareness, Emotional Expression, Empathy, Flexibility, Assertiveness, Interpersonal Relationship, Stress Tolerance, Self-Regard, Social Responsibility, Impulse Control, Self-Actualization, Problem Solving, Happiness, Independence, Reality Testing, and Optimism. How much of these traits each person has as part of personality is contingent on a host of factors, of which genetics and parenting, educational and societal exposure may be quite important. That they can be modified is beyond doubt. If you are a valedictorian or if you have had few educational advantages, EQ is important and can be altered in a positive direction. There are online testing sites for assessing where one stands on this scale, just as there are for IQ. Some are free and worth every penny you spend. This is a complex process and if one is serious about it then find a reputable resource for testing. It will be worth the cost. I once took an online IQ test and I don’t intend to repeat it. It surely has not increased. If it has declined I don’t want to know it. I took a free EQ test and it showed that I was highly developed emotionally. From the phrasing of the questions anyone who can read would have done as well. Attached were interesting offers to buy products, which I resisted. And to you graduates from elementary school (which now features cap and gown) to the Ph.D. candidates, here’s wishing you the highest success of which you are intellectually and emotionally capable. Just remember, learning is a lifelong process and it’s not just about facts.

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“It is summer and I don’t have of mulch dumped…..under my to do anything I don’t want to”… basketball goal….without my ..I was told by a ten year old boy permission. The message was the other day. Actually, I have clear. You want to play basketheard about twenty different ball, you move the mulch. Yes, versions of this over the past our parents were clearly more few weeks by many children. intelligent than we ever knew. In many of these cases parents Ask yourself this question: have been struggling Do you and your all school year to get spouse do something these same kids to do for the general upkeep their chores, finish and functioning of the their homework, turn home every day that off the video games, benefits everyone in it? go to bed, etc. and now Why shouldn’t your the pressure is off. As kids? I have asked this one parent commented question often over recently, “I don’t have the past months to Keith McCurdy to worry about any of several kids and none those things for three have disagreed with it. months, whew”. Quite frankly, They understand the logic, they many parents are more relieved just don’t like it. In summer than the kids that summer is fi- we have the opportunity, withnally here. out the distraction of school, I fully agree, summer should to teach cause and effect very be filled with fun, staying up late, simply. Require daily service of going to the pool, vacations…. your kids. but let’s not miss a great opporThe motivation is there in tunity to do a little fine tuning the form of freedom, the pool, with our kids, or really our par- or just goofing off. Just put enting. In summer we have a things in their way. It can be wonderful time to more firmly as simple as a list on the fridge impress the “cause and effect” each day with requirements that mechanism in our children. I need to be taken care of before used to look forward to summer anyone goes to the pool, has a breaks as much as the next kid. friend over, goes to the movies, I wanted to go to the pool, play etc. Yes, this means that little basketball, and in general just Johnny has to take out the trash goof off….and I did. and clean the bathroom before Yet to this day I still remem- he gets to do what he wants. It ber the beginning of several is great to give freedom, just resummers when my mother quire service first. would have a dump-truck load By requiring service over the

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summer we begin to address the underlying issues related to most school-year problems like homework and chore avoidance. When children are required to serve, they don’t typically like it, but they get over it. They learn that how they feel about it really doesn’t matter. Children begin to expect to have responsibilities that are followed by privileges and freedom and, more importantly, they learn that when a parent says you have to do ____, they will back it up. Without an expectation of service or obligation, our children become entitled. They develop an expectation of freedom and privilege just because they want it. It used to be that we required much of our children with some freedom and privilege given. Now it seems that we are expected to provide much freedom and privilege without obligation. Challenging this message is one of the biggest cultural battles a family can face and yet it is nothing new. There is much truth in the apostle Paul’s writing that “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat”. Challenge your children to do a little service to the family this summer. It can go a long way in making the return to school a bit healthier.

The Preacher’s Corner by Gary Robbins

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The Origins of Father’s Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm--perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to dis-

dain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products--often paid for by the father himself.” During the 1920s and 1930s, a movement arose to scrap Mother’s Day and Father’s Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents’ Day. Every year on Mother’s Day, pro-Parents’ Day groups rallied in New York City’s Central Park--a public reminder, said Parents’ Day activist and radio performer Robert Spere, “that both parents should be loved and respected together.” When World War II began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father’s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day may not have been a federal holiday, but it was a national institution. In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

Memorable Father’s Day Quotes -It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home — it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.~ Margaret Truman -To her the name of father was another name for love. ~ Fanny Fern -It’s amazing when you have a girl. ‘Cause if you’re a man, it like opens up your eyes. And you know, I realize I’m the man in her life. And my relationship with my daughter is going to affect her relationship with men for the rest of her life. ~Chris Rock -It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life. ~Dawn French -The father of a daughter is nothing but a highclass hostage. ~Garrison Keillor -I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met

was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. ~Hedy Lamarr -Fathers just have a way of putting everything together. ~Erika Cosby -He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn’t afraid to go into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures….but he was never in them. ~Erma Bombeck -A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold -Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla. ~Jim Bishop

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low. Place egg yolks and 1 teaspoon water in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until mixture lightens in color, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sugar and whisk for another 30 seconds. Place the mixture over the simmering water and whisk constantly for 3 to 5 minutes, or until there is a clear line that is drawn in the mixture when

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living longer, how many doctors recommend honoring parents? God promises a long life to those who honor their parents. "I honor my parents by obeying," says Christine, 10. "Like when they say to get them some water, I do it. I treat them like a king and queen." I'll bet Christine's parents treat her like a princess. It's so easy to take parents for granted. Can you imagine a society where the Bart Simpson attitude wasn't glorified? Why imagine when it's within your power to be gracious to your parents instead of disrespectful? They're not perfect, but neither are you. "I love my mother and father," says Gardner, 11. "They are the best. I try to obey them. I know they love me, and I love them." Something tells me that Gardner will never visit a psychiatrist's office to find himself. Because he knows his parents

love him unconditionally, he's secure and able to love them in return. Love fosters love. Years ago, I saw my friend Peter reprimand his 2-yearold son with a light tap on his hand. Following a gentle tap, his son began to cry. The light tap hardly warranted tears. Suddenly, I understood and said to Peter, "Your disapproval hurts worse than the tap on the hand." He nodded. Only a father who loves his son can evoke such a response. This is the power of unconditional love. God's love for his children is akin to parents' love for theirs, with one very important difference: Even the best parents have flaws. God is perfect. Jesus is the ultimate example of a son honoring his father. He listened to his Father's voice and did only what he heard from his Father. His love for his Father and desire to please him was so great that he could say, "He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him" (John 5:23). Their will was one. Obedience and honor are interconnected. The Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus humbled himself and "became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross."

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Knights Drop State Baseball Semifinal 4-3 To Powhatan

Cave Spring battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to knot the score at three, but Powhatan plated the deciding run in the top of the sixth as the Indians knocked off the Knights 4-3 in the Group AA state baseball semifinal Friday afternoon at Calfee Park in Pulaski. The Knights got themselves in a hole in the top of the first after a pair of walks set the table for Indians' Zach Bartlett. Bartlett deposited a hanging curve deep over the right field wall that left the historic Calfee Park with room to spare, land-

Cave Spring first baseman Jordan Bryant drops the tag on a pickoff attempt of a Powhatan baserunner. Schaller averted further damage by the Knights, coaxing a forceout at the plate on an Austin Epperly grounder, followed by a strikeout of Klaiber.

Cave Spring starter Steve Klaiber looks in for the sign Friday afternoon at Calfee Park. ing in the front yard of a house that sits well above the signature short porch of the stadium. Cave Spring and its starting pitcher, UVa-Wise bound Steve

Cave Spring catcher Ryan Gerhardt comes up throwing after fielding a Powhatan bunt attempt. Cave Spring tied things up in their half of the fifth. Stanley opened with a single and was advanced to second on a perfectly executed Austin Epperly sacrifice bunt. Stanley moved to third on a sac-fly to center, and scored moments later on a wild pitch.

Indian baserunner well off the bag. Powhatan scored the eventual game-winner in the top of the sixth when Tyler Allen's deep drive to center barely escaped the outreached glove of center fielder Stanley, scoring pinchrunner Joe Manion. Cave Spring was unable to mount a second comeback in the last two opportunities. The Knights finished the season at 18-9. Powhatan followed up their win over the Knights with a 4-1 win over Brookville Saturday in Radford to claim the AA title. "It was a well-played game by both teams," Cave Spring Head Coach David Dunstan noted

Knights batter Griffin Stanley has his batting eye as he takes a pitch just below the knees.

Knights catcher Ryan Gerhardt settles under a skied popup behind the plate. Klaiber, settled down and the Knights began their comeback. Knight's third baseman Andrew Peterson drew a one-out walk in the second, before Jake Schuyler's single sent Peterson to third. Ryan Gerhardt followed with a base on balls that loaded the bases for Cave Spring. Reece Kingery, hitting in the 9-spot for Cave Spring, sent a single up the middle, plating Peterson and Schuyler, cutting the Powhatan lead to 3-2. Griffin Stanley walked to reload the bases, ending the day for Indian starter, and one-handed pitcher, Andrew Corbitt. Corbitt had intrigued the Calfee crowd with his talented ability to juggle his glove into a fielding position, after each pitching effort. Powhatan reliever Jamie

The Knight dugout comes alive as Cave Spring mounts a comeback. Klaiber, in the meantime, had settled in on the mound for Cave Spring with the help of the talented Knight infield who turned three double plays. Shortstop Terrell Simmons and third baseman Peterson both started twin killings around the horn on grounders, with Peterson adding a third when he gloved a scorcher to the hot corner and caught a wandering

after the game. "We didn't hit in the spots we needed. It happens. I'm proud of these guys. Steve (starter Klaiber) battled all day. Walks will kill you." "We had a great season," Dunstan added. "This is a great group. They've been to the states three years in a row." By Bill Turner info@theroanokestar.com

Swanson, Watts Grab Titles In Roanoke Valley Golf Hall Of Fame Championship

University of South Carolina and former Hidden Valley standout golfer Meredith Swanson fired a final round 2-under 71 to run away with Sunday's Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Women's Championship at Ashley Plantation. It was Swanson's third straight WHOF title and sixth overall, the first coming when she was 13 years old. Her 5-under, 139 two-day total bested runner-up Lyndsey Hunnell by nine shots. In the team competition, Roanoke Country Club cruised to a 38-shot win over Hanging Rock. Cave Spring's Meagan Board, 16, helped RCC to the victory with a final round 76, tieing her for third in the individual race with eight-time winner Dot Bolling. W&L-bound Sara Moir, also from RCC, tied for fifth with Hanging Rock's Sara Cole at 159.

Roanoke Country Club won its fourth straight women's Hall of Fame team championship as Meredith Swanson (second from right) claimed the individual title, her third straight and sixth overall. In the men's championship, 17-year old Korey Watts fired a final-round 71 and 3-day total of 209, as he held off a trio of challengers down the stretch to win the title by three shots over Marshall Bailey. Watts' playing partners in the final threesome, ex-pros Matt Chandler and Jus-

tin Young, tied for third at 213. In the men's team competition, Hanging Rock posted a 4-shot victory over runner-up Botetourt Golf & Swim Club. By Bill Turner info@theroanokestar.com

Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup

High school spring sports finally reached its con- nections to the Roanoke area. Former Roanoke Exclusion last weekend with the VHSL Spring Jubilee press goaltender and current Smith Mountain Lake at Radford University. resident Daniel Berthiaume was the Kings goalie Here’s a look at how the Wild Bill ‘Big-11’ teams during the 1990-92 seasons. Berthiaume, known fared in all the various spring sports during the fi- even then as ‘The Bandit’ first took to the pipes for nal stretch. LA in October 1990 against Vancouver, before goCave Spring lost in the Group AA State Baseball ing 27-21-5 in his stint with the Kings. Semifinals, 4-3, to eventual champion Powhatan at In Major League Baseball, the upstart Washinghistoric Calfee Park in Pulaski on Friday ton Nationals are atop the National League in a game that started only two hours after East heading into this weekend’s interleague the Cave Spring graduation ceremonies matchup at Nationals Park against the New were completed at the Salem Civic Center. York Yankees. Expect record crowds in DC Great effort by Head Coach David for anyone making the 4-hour trip for FriDunstan and the Knights in a hurried day night’s game or the afternoon contests road trip that saw mortar boards switched on Saturday and Sunday. to baseball caps before manning the first The NBA Finals between the Miami base dugout. Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder Bill Turner Hats off to Powhatan starting pitcher should be a dandy, as the Thunder startAndrew Corbitt, who throws for the Ining five should give plenty of challenges dians despite having only one hand. Corbitt posi- to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. tions the glove on his left arm, fires to the plate with It’s just over two weeks until the much-anticipathis right before quickly juggling the glove back to ed Greenbrier Classic PGA TOUR stop at the Old his right hand to gain the ability to field. Great ex- White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virample of how perseverance and determination can ginia. With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson and Tom overcome an obstacle. Watson among the pros in this year’s field, along In the Group A boys tennis team final, Glenvar with Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Toby Keith and Lionel fell to George Mason 5-0. The Highlanders were Richie on the Greenbrier Concert Series stage, reeliminated by a Mason team that won its third cord crowds are expected. straight state title and who have provided Glenvar’s At press time, tournament badges priced at $189 only loss for two consecutive years. were still available through Friday, June 15th at It’s only mid-June and the start of the high school First Tee Roanoke Valley and area high schools, football season is over two months away, but area where part of the proceeds are returned to the lostandouts take to the gridiron next Friday (June cal organizations. The badges include admission to 22nd) at William Fleming for the Southwest/Cen- each day of golf and all concerts. tral Virginia All-Star Classic. Finally, we conclude this week with a correspon“Big-11’ players picked for the Southwest All- dence that took me to task over the now-famous Stars include Ryan Gerhardt and Tyler Francis Mill Mountain web-cam. Arlene, from Roanoke, (Cave Spring), Marty Bishop (Salem), Jacob Mabry blasted me that she has enjoyed the web-cam and (Glenvar), Gino Saunders and Adam Hardister the views it offers of the overlook and vistas of the (Northside), Keith Jennings and Joe Barton (Wil- Roanoke Valley. “I’ve never seen anyone displaying liam Byrd), and Nick Conte (Patrick Henry). their fanny, nor can I see the first sign of a flag or The head coach for the Southwest squad will be flagpole. You shouldn’t put that stuff in.” Tim Fulton of Cave Spring, while Heritage’s Brad Well, Arlene, a prior week reader’s comment Bradley will lead the Central. Bradley should be referred tongue-in-cheek to the hilarious Fannie a familiar name to Roanoke high school football Flagg, a long-time co-host of the old Candid Camfans. He was head coach at Patrick Henry before era show. It was not intended to reference buttocks moving to Amelia County two seasons ago, leading or the stars and stripes. to the arrival of Alan Fiddler at PH. Until next week, I’ve got to regroup. I see the AbMonday night’s Stanley Cup final saw the eighth- solut . . . Now if I can just find the Bloody Mary seeded Los Angeles Kings dispatch New Jersey 6-1 mix. to take the best-of-seven series 4 games-to-2. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was named MVP of the FiSend your inquiries to: info@theroanokestar.com nals, garnering the Conn Smythe Trophy. Another prior Kings netminder has some con-

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Homeless Survey Identifies The Most Vulnerable

Well-educated people either unemployed or under-employed are showing up in homeless shelters. The economy still remains sluggish, says the report on the homeless in the Roanoke region. Many of those who experience homelessness over and over have alcohol, drug and mental health problems that are very difficult to address. The region has an excellent system of emergency and transitional housing and services. Under funding has made it difficult to maintain a sufficient amount of quality, affordable housing in areas with good public transportation. The number of people identified in the 2012 Point-In-Time (PIT) count that took place in January is slightly higher than in 2010 and 2011. For the third year the Community Housing Resource Center partners and the service referral network worked to stabilize the impact. The Blue Ridge Continuum of Care and the Roanoke Alleghany Regional Advisory Council on Homelessness worked diligently to use scarce resources. Creative new partnerships brought the Alleghany Highlands service providers into the network. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to conduct an annual point in time count [PIT] of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. The Virginia PIT occurs yearly on a single night in late January in each jurisdiction. The Roanoke Valley/ Alleghany Regional Advisory Council on Homelessness is the lead entity for conducting the annual point-in-time count in the Roanoke region. The data collected provides valuable information to area service providers, policy makers, and the general public on the individual and family challenges and barriers associated with homelessness. A report issued to the Virginia House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development states that in the annual 2011 point-in-time count conducted by localities statewide, at least 9,025 individuals were homeless during a 24-hour snapshot in January 2011. Four to five times that number may actually experience homelessness at some point during the year, according to national homeless studies. Many of these persons have special needs based on situations ranging from physical or mental disabilities to chronic substance abuse. Of the total homeless population, many

are also victims of other circumstances such as job loss or domestic violence. In 2012 the number of homeless in the Roanoke Region increased by 4.7% from 536 in 2011 to 561 in 2012. An inability to pay rent, lack of jobs and substance abuse problems were most often cited as reasons for being homeless. The 4.7% increase is calculated based on HUD’s counting criteria, which does not allow inclusion of the homeless who are counted in jails. There would actually be a decrease of one percent (6 people) this year (579) over last (585) if jailed populations were included in the count. In the City of Roanoke, unemployment ranged from a high of 9.1% in January 2011 to 7.9% in December as compared to ranges of 6.9% to 6.1% in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These and other socio-economic indicators continue to be painful reminders of the effects of the economic downturn on vulnerable individuals and families, concluded the report. Of those surveyed this year, 55.4% came to Roanoke in a homeless condition as a result of referrals, seeking services and shelter availability. The annual point-in-time survey coupled with the use of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS can determine whether the homeless population is increasing or decreasing. It is a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and strategies in place to help address the issue of homelessness. Included in the Point-inTime survey for this year are homeless individuals who were also surveyed as part of the Virginia Coalition to End

Foundation For Roanoke Valley Announces Over $100,000 In Scholarships

The Foundation for Roanoke Valley awarded more than $100,000 in educational scholarships during its annual scholarship reception. The Foundation administers 49 endowed scholarship funds, and it received more than 700 applications for scholarships this year. Recipients were selected on a competitive basis using criteria established by donors at the creation of the scholarship endowment. The Foundation’s largest scholarship, its “Holland Scholar Award,” is always at least $10,000 and is given annually to an outstanding graduating senior from the Roanoke Valley who shows exceptional promise in his or her future college career. For 2012, the $14,000 scholarship was presented to Ashley L. Cummings, a senior at James River High School. Cummings will attend Liberty

Homelessness [VCEH] 1000 Homes for 1000 Virginians initiative. The goal of the initiative is to identify and house the most vulnerable homeless people. These individuals cycle between the streets, emergency shelters, hospital emergency rooms, incarceration and mental health facilities. The combination of poor health status, mental health and/or substance abuse issues and homelessness make them far more likely to die while living on the streets. Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant students administered the 100,000 Homes Vulnerability Index. The instrument will be used prioritize those individuals that have been homeless the longest. Of these 561 individuals who were homeless 240 homeless adults participated in the PIT survey process. Children under the age of 18 were not surveyed. 100% of shelters elected to participate in the survey. Seventeen people surveyed who were experiencing homelessness on the streets met the Vulnerability Index criteria. These individuals reported 45 emergency room visits in the previous three months and 14 inpatient hospitalizations in the past year. Many have suffered physical attacks. Three individuals were in need of immediate housing due to their medically vulnerability condition. A by-name registry will be used to track these individuals from one year to the next. The survey is confidential Over 100 basketball campers and will serve to identify new strategies for adequate hous- were having the time of their lives learning fundamentals of the ing. game as well as life-lessons at the Twin Hoops Basketball Camp. By Valerie Garner The event, under the direction info@theroanokestar.com of Damon and Ramon Williams, continued daily throughout this week at William Fleming.

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High Heel Diva Dash

The Roanoke City Sheriff ’s Office is sponsoring their first annual High Heel Diva Dash, at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 15th on Wiley Drive at Rivers Edge Sports Complex. It is located between Franklin Road and Crystal Spring Avenue. Ladies and a few brave men will put on their most comfortable two-inch heels or higher and run the 100-yard dash to the finish line. The top three male and three female finishers will receive a trophy and a prize. The Sheriff 's Office is encouraging everyone to register and race to be the first ever Roanoke High Heel Diva Dash Champion. You could win a Pandora bracelet with a high heel charm. The proceeds from the race benefit Roanoke Relay For Life. Put on your most com-

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