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Kids Get New Head Gear

Senate Mired In Budget Impasse

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Lenten Living

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P5– Pastor Joe Lehman says that our penance during the season of lent is all about developing a listening ear, a humble heart and a willing spirit.

Stefan Duma, head of the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, fits a football helmet on his son, Brock, age 8.

Wedding Plans! P7– The wedding season is just around the corner. Check out our special Bridal Page for ideas and inspiration!

Better Sleep P10– Raquel Rothe is passionate about helping others find there way to a good night’s sleep.

The Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences has announced the first-ever publication with data on head impacts from youth football players. The paper is published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering and includes the details of over 700 head impacts measured on 7- and 8-year-old youth football players. Based on the importance of this initial publication, the

School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences is also announcing a new study to instrument and map the head impact exposure of youth football players for all age groups from 6 years through 18 years. This program will consist of over 240 instrumented helmets on six different football teams in Virginia and North Carolina. Called the Kinematics of Impact Data Set (KIDS), it is anticipated that this research > CONTINUED P2: Gear

Virginia Celebrates New Pollinators License Plate

Nature lovers who celebrate supply and ecosystems. Virginpollinators (insects and animals ia would be the first state with that carry pollen from one plant a Pollinator-themed license to another) could soon display plate. their enthusiasm with a “Protect About one-third of the food Pollinators” license plate. The we eat depends on pollination plate design features native bees, by a pollinator. Honeybees and butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees (such as bumblehoneybees, as well as Virginia bees, orchard mason bees, and native plants and the Blue Ridge sweat bees) are the most effiMountains. cient at this indispensable pro“So far we’ve had quite a lot of cess. The decline of honeybees interest from beekeepers, Mashas been widely publicized, but ter Gardeners, Master Naturalists, The new Virginia pollinators license plate needs your support. many are not aware that native and Audubon Society members,” bees and other pollinators are in and complete the application process online said Pollinator Plates developer Samantha or by postal mail. The plates cost $10 annu- decline, too. Gallagher. Native pollinators are especially imporally, or $20 for a personalized plate. Once The goal of the plate is to promote a state- enough applications are collected, the plates tant because they’re crucial for our ecowide dialog about the conservation of these will be introduced into the Virginia General systems to thrive. Wild flowers need to be precious species and the essential role they Assembly. After the plates are passed into pollinated to make seeds, which are eaten play in our food supply and ecosystem. by birds and small animals, which are then law, the DMV must approve the design. For the plate to become available, PollinaGallagher decided to create a special li- eaten by larger animals, and allow the food tor Plates must meet Virginia’s requirement cense plate for pollinators when she moved chain to sustain. of collecting 450 completed applications to Virginia and noticed the wide variety of and plate fees by this November. Drivers in- plates available to drivers. She wanted to For more information call 240-298-3570 terested in the Pollinator Plates can visit the highlight the importance of pollinators be- or email Or official website at cause of the vital role they play in our food visit

Read Across America Has A Twist This Year

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Elmer Gantry P4– Lucky Garvin unwraps the classic character Elmer Gantry from Sinclair Lewis’s novel and the Academy Award winning movie of the same name.

There was a new twist on Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) for Read Across America Day. For the first time members of four Rotary Clubs, several Kiwanis Clubs, Lions Clubs, Glenvar High School Key Club and Keyettes and Masons read in elementary classrooms across the valley. The cooperative project was spearheaded by Will Powers, immediate past-president of the Glenvar Rotary Club. Nineteen civic clubs in total read to students at several dozen schools. The Roanoke Valley

Rotary Club read to youngsters at Highland Park Elementary in Roanoke City and at Back Creek Elementary in southwest Roanoke County. At Back Creek, club president Jennings Byrd, donning his gaucho hat from Brazil, was one of several rotary members that read from new Dr. Seuss books, which they then left behind for the school’s library. Reading Across America is held each year on March 2, the anniversary of the birth date of Dr. Theodore Geisel – author of


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Larry Johnson (in striped hat) and Jennings Bird read Dr. Seuss.

After enduring national media attention that Virginia legislators and Governor Bob McDonnell fielded over ultrasounds and “personhood” the Republicans found something to hang on the Democrats. They are wielding a public relations campaign to shift the discourse to the failure of the Senate Democrats to vote for a budget. The Senate Democrats rejected even their own proposed budget. Governor Bob McDonnell realized that two could play the “media” game. McDonnell was first in a press release: “Senate Democrats may have put a timely budget at risk. I understand that their reason for this action is disappointment over the committee seats they hold. Essentially, with their vote today, they appear to have put committees ahead of communities. This is not the Virginia way. Throughout the budget process I, along with Senate Republicans, have repeatedly asked Senate Democrats for their input, > CONTINUED P2: Impasse

Railway Station Breaks Ground

Ever since the Virginian Railway passenger station at the intersection of South Jefferson Street and Williamson Road was heavily damaged by fire on January 29, 2001 the site has been an eyesore. Jeff Sanders, President of the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society said, “It is almost hard to believe today is happening.” In a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, the Historical Society commenced restoration of the passenger station. The chapter entered into a contract with G & H Contracting, Inc. of Salem on January 27 to perform phase one of the restoration. Their bid was the lowest at $493,000. Phase one, at a total cost of $625,000, will cover the acquisition and stabilization of the building, asbestos abatement and roof replacement. That phase is fully funded, said Treasurer James Cosby, and he expects it will be completed by July 20. Total cost of the project is projected to be $2.3 million and > CONTINUED P2: Railway

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Rain returns to the area on Friday as a cold front moves through. Temperatures will top out in the mid 60s. Sun and clouds are in the forecast for the weekend with highs near 60. Rain chances are in the forecast again for Monday and Tuesday with temperatures in the mid 60s.

program will greatly enhance the understanding of child brain biomechanics and will lead to improvements in youth practice and game techniques as well as the development of improved helmets specifically designed for children. The study is the first of its kind to look at the full age spectrum from age 6 to 18. As part of the KIDS study, each team will receive new helmets and new sensors fitted inside the helmet. Each time a player impacts his head, data are recorded and wirelessly downloaded to a computer on the sideline. The technology is similar to what Virginia Tech has used since 2003 to instrument its collegiate football team. The research conducted with the Virginia Tech football team has led to a better understanding of head impacts in football and how they relate to concussions. Furthermore, this research has led to the development of the National Impact Database, containing the first safety rating system ever available for adult football helmets (STAR Evaluation System). “In 2011 we collected the first data on

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the often tongue-twisting Dr. Seuss books. At Back Creek, Bird and company read books like Green Eggs & Ham, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Can You?, and Inside Your Outside. Teachers also read to students as in past years. Back Creek Principal Virginia Sharp noted that programs like the Book Buddies Club – where 5th graders read to kindergartners – and the school’s journalism club, help spur student interest. “Who’s reading the Cat in the Hat?” Sharp asked Rotary Club members as she led them down the hallways, sending volunteers into classrooms two at a time to greet teachers and students. It

From page 1 one team of youth football players. This new study for 2012 allows for dramatically increased sample size and head exposure mapping for all age groups,” said Stefan Duma, the Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering and department head who directs the project. “Through our biomedical engineering partnership, we are able to capitalize on world class faculty and facilities at both Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University. A project of this size would not be possible without our long-term partnership,” he added. Investigators at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will implement medical imaging protocols combined with brain computer modeling research to better understand the biomechanics of impacts. The KIDS project will utilize Simbex’s Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) technology in football helmets. This technology has been in use since 2003 at Virginia Tech. The KIDS study builds upon Virginia Tech’s ongoing multiyear, multi-

was back to school for Jennings Bird and Larry Johnson, Rotarians who chose Green Eggs & Ham and Inside Your Outside for their second graders. “[We] want to encourage them to read and help them realize how much fun it is,” said Bird of the Rotary Club’s goal in participating. This is the first year that civic clubs have covered all 37 elementary schools in the valley. “I bet you’d love to wear this hat,” joked teacher Kathy Good, donning one of those red and white striped hats worn by, of course, The Cat in the Hat. Johnson in fact did wear one while reading his book (showing off

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the illustrations after every two pages) while Bird stuck to his gaucho hat, which resembled an Irish Tam-O-Shanter. “I’ve got a semi-goofy hat,” joked Bird about his cap. “How big is your brain? This is quite a surprise,” Johnson read from Inside Your Outside, which described the inner workings of the human body in words designed to capture the attention of young readers – or listeners in this case. “Can you reach back there and feel your vertebrae?” asked Good of her students when Johnson read a passage about the back. Many of Geisel’s books, like Inside Your Outside, continued to be published long

after his death. “There’s lots of stuff to read, just look at that bookcase,” said Bird to students in Good’s class before it was his turn. “Dr. Seuss is always fun to read, isn’t it?” he asked. There were plenty of yeses from his young audience. “This has been fun to be here and read to you all,” said Bird before he and Johnson left the second grade classroom – and Dr. Seuss – behind.

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ideas and proposals regarding the budget. My office is ready to help facilitate productive discussions at any time.” Richard Saslaw, Democratic Senate Leader, and Donald McEachin, Caucus Chair, responded to the governor: “We submit the Senate Democrats are speaking loudly about how to come to an agreement on the new biennial budget. We must fund the core responsibilities of government in a fair and just manner. The electorate voted a split in the Senate in hopes for centrism – not radical imbalance. As leaders, we take our stand for fiscal responsibility and for meeting the needs of Virginians very seriously. We are eager to work with you to craft a budget that works for all in our Commonwealth, rather than simply scoring partisan political points.” The Virginia Municipal League, businesses and most recently the Virginia Association of Counties have weighed in. There are even radio spots that are negatively targeting the Senate Democrats. “It’s a matter of deadlines,” William Kyger, Jr., Rockingham County Supervisor said. “(Counties) are required by the laws of

though phase two has yet to be put to bid Cosby feels fairly confident about the accuracy of the estimate. They have raised $1.2 million in grants and private donations and anticipate about $700,000 in tax credits. “Depending on how the phase two bids come in it may be fully funded or we may need to go out and raise a couple hundred

institution study of head impact exposure together with Simbex, Dartmouth College, and Brown University funded by the National Institutes of Health that has focused on college athletes and has resulted in more than 20 peer-reviewed publications to date. It is anticipated that over 50,000 head impacts will be recorded through 2012 as part of this KIDS project. This data has implications that are not limited to improved youth football techniques and helmets, but also has applications toward improved head protection in other sports, as well as advancements in automobile safety designs. Funding for the project is provided by the both Virginia Tech and Wake Forest School of Medicine, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech.

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Virginia to accomplish our budgets by certain dates. I don’t understand why the General Assembly can’t set a date or deadline as well. And they need to do that. We’re asking them to do nothing more than their constitutional responsibility.” Senate Democrats responded to the VACo, “Recent history proves that local governments have been largely unaffected by previous budget disagreements. State funding for the current year is stable through July 1. That’s 116 days from now. That leaves almost four months for Republicans and Democrats to reach a compromise on the budget — and Senate Democrats are committed to working with Republicans to create a budget that includes all Virginians, not just some.” We concur with your observation that we are now in uncharted waters. No precedent exists for the imbalanced power in this evenly divided Senate.” In an interview, Roanoke’s Senator John Edwards said, “Had the Senate been organized the way it should be, we would not have this kind of budget and you would

not have extreme social legislation coming to the floor. The Senate structure was gerrymandered and doesn’t reflect the equal division in the committees. That is the basic problem,” said Edwards. Senate rules have always stated that it takes 21 votes to sustain the ruling of the chair. Edwards said, “Since they could not then come up with 21 they [arbitrarily] said the old rules don’t apply anymore.” They began using George Mason’s Manual Rules of Procedure that only requires 20 votes to sustain the ruling of the chair instead of 21. “On January 11 the old rules evaporated,” said Edwards. “Legally you continue with the old rules until you change them or else you have no rules.” “Did we have a vote to change to using George Mason’s Manual? – No, you need 21 votes for that,” said an exasperated Edwards. The easy way out of the impasse is for Republicans to reorganize the Senate a little. So far they’ve dug their heels in, he said. By Valerie Garner

From page 1 thousand more dollars,” said Cosby. The work on brownfield asbestos contamination has already started. “We are trying to complete the project in a year though that may be a little ambitious,” Cosby admitted. The passenger station served the Roanoke Valley from the time it opened in early 1910 until Virginian passenger service was discontinued in January 1956. Norfolk Southern Corporation donated it to the Chapter in 2005. Phase two consists of the interior work of the two buildings, landscaping and the parking lot with completion in about one year. Sanders thanked the chapter members, restoration partners, grantors and donors for the funds raised including Norfolk Southern and the many public officials and employees who have helped over the past eleven years. Skip Salmon, chapter secretary and president of Friends of the Virginian Railway said, “Many of the Friends of the Virginian are retired railroad employees who once worked for the Virginian. They are delighted that the reconstruction

Photo by Valerie Garner

Representatives from the City of Roanoke and the National Railway Historical Society Prepare to break ground. has begun.” The historic train station will serve partially as a transportation museum and a comfort station for the Mill Mountain Greenway. The museum will display exhibits and artifacts from the Virginian Railway to promote awareness and appreciation for the history of this railroad and its role in the development of Roanoke and Southwest Virginia. The site will also include a memorial to former Virginian Railway employees. Salmon paid respect to members who had passed away over the eleven-year long process of

raising money and preparing for the restoration. Wednesday a lighted railroad lantern burned in remembrance of them. The restoration of the Virginian Railway Passenger Station will provide many benefits to the City of Roanoke, its citizens and visitors. The project preserves a piece of Roanoke’s railroad heritage. It is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places because of its importance in rail transportation and its unique architecture. By Valerie Garner

Change Your Clocks / Smoke Alarm Batteries! On March 11 at 2 a.m. EST we will all be setting our clocks to Daylight Saving Time. The time change is a good reminder to check your smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether youre awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

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Roanoke City Forum Includes Independent Council Candidate

funding for education will again be cut. “In terms of competition in salary we are becoming less competitive with other school districts,” said Bushnell. Losing quality teachers translates to a lower quality education. “If we’re not careful about the quality of education that we have here it will translate to other problems we have in the city.” As a real estate agent, his grandmother equated the degradation of the quality of education with lower property values. “There is a relationship between the two,” he said. City revenue suffers along with city homeowners. “It’s a vicious cycle,” said Bushnell. Bushnell is concerned about “food security and food access.” Centralizing food production through urban farms and community gardens “takes the oil out of the equation,” said Bushnell. Food is cheaper when not trucked from faraway food sources. “Centralized food production will give Roanokers better access to healthy food – it’s something that everyone in Roanoke could get behind if they look at the benefits.” He will encourage volunteerism by skilled Roanokers in areas of code enforcement and home repair. He hopes to bring a younger perspective, energy and voice to City Council. Although Bushnell participates in the Occupy Roanoke movement he does not want to be painted as an Occupy Roanoke candidate – “I’m a Roanoke candidate,” he said. The movement deals with broad national issues and his focus will be all on local issues. His campaign slogan will be “Uniting the Star City.”


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these bills. Richmond legSenator John Edislators are shortwards was one of changing public four Senators to vote schools again this against the HB1130, year according the House version of to a group of 150 the bill and HB498. teachers at a rally The odds of a bill held Saturday at making it out of this the Martin Luther session are slim. King, Jr. monuRoanoke County ment in Roanoke. elementary teacher “If you’re for it and VEA District 4 – fund it,” they Vice Chair Thomas chanted. The VEA There were plenty of signs on hand last Saturday. Ryder said that the presented petitions She praised the taxation and pension benefit changes were a to legislators on Monday. additional revenue for schools Sonya Meekins, a Giles Coun- that will come from a sales tax promise broken. Ryder praised ty Special Education teacher and on goods sold online by Ama- the Senate for rejecting the budVirginia Education Association zon in Virginia – “but why stop gets. The VEA says there is another board member railed on the there?” Many corporations are politicians. “They spend no time paying no tax at all she claimed. slippery slope for public educain a classroom yet make deci- “It’s time to mobilize – it’s not tion. HB321 exempts 70 percent of a corporation’s charitable consions that negatively affect chil- too late,” she said. dren’s education,” she said. Roanoke State Senator John tribution it offers in the form of Leanne Worley from Frank- Edwards told the teachers that, scholarships to low to moderate lin County said that Virginia’s “these last couple of years we’ve income children so they can atpublic schools ranked fourth in had a legislature and a gover- tend private schools. The VEA the nation according to the Edu- nor who’s the least supportive of calls these “scholarships” just cation Week Annual Quality public education of any gover- another name for vouchers. The cap per year for an employer is Counts report. This, said Wor- nor in memory.” ley, was in spite of the obstacles Two bills SB498 and HB1130 $175,000 and for the state it is and underfunding by the Gen- are tinkering with teacher retire- $25 million. The tax credits suneral Assembly. ment. Teachers along with all set in 2017. “That’s not supportAmong the bills the VEA was state employees depend on the ing public education,” said Sen. opposing is HB576 that does Virginia Retirement System. By Edwards. Any slippage to private away with continuing contracts Tuesday a House substitute for and initiates yearly evaluations SB498 was rejected unanimously schools from public schools based partly on student prog- by the Senate. HB1130 was also reduces enrollment numbers ress. The group fears that when rejected by the Senate Tuesday. and funding to the locality that schools are forced to reduce They insisted on their substitute. still must maintain fixed costs. teacher staff due to budget cuts It is now in conference and reso- HB321 passed the Senate 20-20 with votes falling along party seniority could be bypassed in lution is unclear. lieu of subjective performance The language of both is con- lines. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling evaluations. fusing but Sen. Edwards’ aide cast the tie-breaking vote. At one point Virginia was Republican Richard “Dickie” helped clear it up. SB498 creBell of Staunton sponsored the ates a hybrid defined benefit ranked 3rd in the nation in stubill. Bell, a former schoolteacher, plan with a defined contribution dent/teacher ratio now we rank claimed that teachers should component (401K) that would 41st Edwards said. Ryder bluntly function as businesses and be- become effective for new em- called it “the trashing of our come “results-oriented.” Wor- ployees after January 1, 2014. It public school system.” Virginia teachers are paid ley called on teachers to “shout would have a four-percent condown” delegates like Dickie Bell tribution by the employee and a $7,000 less than the national to affirm that, “Teaching is a one-percent contribution by the average. “We’re in the bottom of profession.” employer. For current employ- the country,” said Sen. Edwards. In the past the Senate held the Worley called the current ees it is optional to switch. budget proposal a “bait-andLaw enforcement and the line on public education cuts. switch” touted by the governor Virginia State Police are not part “We not only said ‘no’ but we said as increased funding for public of VRS. To say that it will save ‘hell no,’” said Sen. Edwards. It is a wakeup call for educaschools. The actual result is a money for the Commonwealth 4.7 percent reduction per pupil and localities in the long run tion, said the teachers. compared to 2007, said Worley. can be debated. A reduction in By Valerie Garner “It’s 2012 and costs are higher cost-of-living increases is also in and we have more students.”

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On Thursday culation at the CarMarch 8 a candidate ilion Health Science forum was held at the Library System and Raleigh Court Child is now the LibrarDevelopment Center ian at Miller-Motte hosted by the Greater Technical College in Raleigh Court Civic Roanoke. League. Mayoral canHe takes his faith didates Democrat seriously. He is a incumbent Mayor worship associate at David Bowers and his Brandon Bushnell the Unitarian Univerchallenger Republican salist Church where Mark Lucas went toe to toe. In- he serves on the board of didependent candidate Brandon rectors and co-teaches one of Bushnell was also there to chal- the church’s religious education lenge incumbent Democratic programs. council members Sherman Lea, Bushnell says he reads textAnita Price and Court Rosen. books on anything that catches In an interview prior to the his interest. forum Bushnell, 22, said he Without a party machine beprefers being called a “progres- hind him he will be running a sive” candidate. He shuns party financially modest campaign. “I labels. think it’s very unfortunate about When asked why he didn’t the influx of money in this elecenter the Democratic primary tion. Philosophically that is he said, “I don’t want to play something I don’t agree with,” the games.” He doesn’t like the he said. idea of signing a piece of paper Bushnell plans small fundthat says, “I will always vote for raising events like house parties a Democrat and never anyone and dinner events. He has no else.” As a matter of principle he expectations of receiving thousays, “It is not right.” sands of dollars like the candiHot-button social issues are dates from South Roanoke with not the right priority that poli- party connections, he said. ticians should be focusing on. He differs from all other can“They are issues used to get didates in that he believes that “it folks elected and gain partisan is irresponsible to let the meals superiority.” Economic and tax sunset. Council is touting education issues should be a the line that a deal is a deal,” he politician’s priorities. You can’t said. “Lately they’ve been repoliticize everything – “taking ally ramping up their language up the trash is not a hot-button saying the schools are fine with issue.” this little cushion.” Bushnell says He attended Virginia West- that it is clear that the extra twoern Community College and is cent tax had no negative effect working toward a Bachelor of on business. Science degree in Library and A financial presentation by Information Science online Roanoke’s Director of Finance with the University of Maine at Ann Shawver shows an increase Augusta. His goal is to become a in the meals tax of 1.7% in fiscal Medical Librarian. year 2011 regardless of the addBushnell lives in the Wasena ed two-cent tax. Proceeds from neighborhood of Roanoke City the tax went to the city schools and has worked four years for and will end in July. the Roanoke Valley Library Though there is a $12 million System. He was Head of Cir- cushion Bushnell fears that state

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In the Mirror We Find Something of Elmer Gantry


fter watching Burt aligned with his own purposLancaster portray es than with God’s. Elmer Gantry in the Does Gantry presume a 1960 movie based on the nov- state of communion with his el by Sinclair Lewis, I went to Creator? Does he truly believe the library and looked over God shares his views? No. He the critical commentary on doesn’t care. The language of, the character of Gantry. They and the talent for, evangelism say little to commend him; are appropriated by Gantry in and they are right… the service of his own almost. advancement, and in They say Gantry is this, he holds another a con with a collar, a god foremost: Himfallen preacher. He is self. But, Lawdy, this an evangelist who inman can fill a tent! Do vites people into the I hear an “Amen!?” house of God where But what his critics he chooses not to do not see hangs on dwell. Here is a man this question: If the Lucky Garvin assuming an extersubject of God nevnal conformity of er enters Gantry’s virtue, but in truth, nothing thinking, does the subject contends for his soul; it is in of Gantry ever enter God’s the open possession of greed. thinking? The question is viGantry has faith in Gantry, tal as it appears God chose and nothing else. as His emissary Gantry The Vanity is his substitute for Apostate, sorely afflicted by faith; “goodness” is defined by self, to appeal to masses sorely what’s in it for him. He lives afflicted by doubt. A peculiar guiltlessly for there are no choice that. Was Heaven short proscriptions to violate. This of volunteers? If you want an preacher is inwardly more important task accomplished,

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This Week A Man Died On His 25th Birthday, After A Very Long Life


hen George Keller was a farm kid When he was 7, the United States was fighting in St. Louis, he thought he was in- in World War II; when was 10, the Oscar winner destructible. His favorite trick was for Best Picture was From Here to Eternity; he was to lie on the ground and have horses jump right 15 when Nixon was impeached; he was 18 when over him. He loved baseball, and one the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up. time he dove after a fly ball, landed on Finally, in 1996, his celebrated his the hood of a car, rolled off the other 21st birthday. His family joked that he side, and made the catch. He was a and two of his grandchildren - who also huge Cardinals fan, and he would take turned 21 that year - enjoyed their first the streetcar up Grand Boulevard to legal drink together. Sportsman's Park to watch them play. He had 21 grandchildren in all, and a In the 1926 World Series, his favorite great-great-grandson who was born in player, Rogers Hornsby, famously won 2011. Game 7 by tagging out Babe Ruth as he This past Wednesday, much of his extried to steal second base. Keller was tended family came to Columbia ReMike Keeler only 3 at the time. But his son later hab and Nursing Center in Columbia, said that Keller remembered that moIllinois, to celebrate his birthday. In a ment, and at the end of his life could still name bittersweet twist, George Keller died, with them every Cardinal player on that team's roster. all by his side. During Prohibition, when Keller was only 5, And so ended a life that perfectly defined lonhe would knock on the door of his aunt's speak- gevity, and effortlessly defied the laws of matheasy, and say the password, "Butch, are you there?" ematics. George Keller was born on February 29, Once inside, he would buy a cup of illegal bathtub 1912, and died exactly 100 years later, on Februgin for 50 cents. Prohibition ended soon after, but ary 29, 2012. At the ripe old age of 25. Keller would have to wait 65 more years to reach Contact Mike at legal drinking age.

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ifty years ago, maybe even twenty, such an event could hardly have happened in traditional Salem, but at the end of the month in which black history is recalled about 80 members of the adult choirs of the African-American Shiloh Baptist Church and the mostly-white St. Paul's Episcopal Church came together for a concert representing their musical traditions. The catalyst was Dr. James Abbington, a specialist in sacred music of the black tradition, who came to Salem from Atlanta where he is a faculty member of Candler School of Theology of Emory University. He also works with the GIA publisher of church music and has edited a recently published hymnal containing contemporary gospel, newly arranged spirituals as well as hymns familiar to most Protestant churchgoers. The Feb. 26 concert at Shiloh Baptist marked the second time the two choirs had prepared such a concert; they sang to a full house in Brotherhood Month 2009. The more recent program had competition from other black history events and was held on an afternoon when many were enjoying the early spring sunshine. However, that didn't damped the spirits of the singers or their audience of several hundred. Abbington the director is familiar to many African-American church members, for he has visited the valley over the past 35 years since his mother, Daisy Abbington, moved to Roanoke to work as a paralegal. The professor hails from the

Bluefield,W.Va. area when even as a teen his musical talent was evident. He has degrees from Morehouse College in Atlanta as well as from the University of Michigan. His achievements include authorship of several books on African-American musical heritage, being the national director of music for a major black Baptist group and leading workshops for choir directors under sponsorship of the music publisher. Several years ago while attending the summer convention of the American Guild of Organists, Abbington met Rose Ann Burgess, director of music at the Salem Episcopal parish. With ties to Roanoke and with both having grown up in Southern West Virginia, the musicians conceived the idea of a joint concert of the choirs of the churches which are one block apart in downtown Salem. Both have long histories in the city with the Episcopal church dating from 1852 and the Baptist from 1896. Shiloh's choir, one of several musical groups at the black Baptist church, is directed by Roscoe McFadden. He readily agreed to join the planning. The result was four anthems of contemporary gospel style sung by the Shiloh choir, four representing Anglican music of the Baroque period and an arrangement of the simple "Jesus Loves Me" sung by the St. Paul's choir and three more works of a modified gospel style which were performed by the joint choir. For the anthems of their own traditions, the choirs sang separately in the Shiloh loft,but

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Father/Daughter music: The dance between the new bride and her father. My Girl (The Temptations) Thank Heaven For Little Girls (Gigi) Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel) Unforgettable (Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole) The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler) My Dad (Paul Petersen) Hero (Mariah Carey) Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle) Times of Your Life (Paul Anka) A Song For My Daughter (Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire) Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John) The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra) Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart) Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion) My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion) Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison) What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) Through The Years (Kenny Rogers) Daddy's Hand (Holly Dunn) Daddy's little Girl (Kippi Brannon) Daddy's Girl (Peter Cetera) Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof - Sndtrk) Lullabye (Billy Joel) A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle) How Do You Fall In Love (Alabama) Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)

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First Dance music: First dance as husband and wife. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole) Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley) Can I Have This Dance? (Ann Murray) The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra) It Had To Be You (Harry Connick, Jr.) What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong) Endless Love (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie) I Cross My Heart (George Strait) I Swear (John M. Montgomery or All 4 One) A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle) As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss) (Michael Feinstein) When You Say Nothing At All (Allison Krauss) Faithfully (Journey) No Ordinary Love (Sade) Here And Now (Luther Vandross) I Can Love you Like That (John M. Montgomery) Power Of Love (Celine Dion) Tonight I Celebrate My Love (Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson) Everything I Do {I Do For You} (Bryan Adams) When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge or Michael Bolton) All My Life (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville) I'll Be There (Mariah Carey) On Bended Knee (Boyz II Men) At Last (Etta James) Don't Know Much (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville) From This Moment On (Shania Twain) Our Love Is Here To Stay (Harry Connick, Jr.) Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers) *These are the most requested songs, but there are many others. Ask your DJ.

isters for 142 items, ranging from $11 to $442, with kitchen and bath items as the most popular. • Forty percent of items are products a couple wants but doesn’t necessarily need. • Half of couple didn’t add items to their registry because of the price. • Sixty-nine percent of a couple’s wedding gifts come from a registry; 11 percent of guests, on average, do not give a gift.

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Cave Spring Advances To State Final With 76-59 Win Over Fluvanna County Cave Spring 6'2" guard Amin Abuhawwas has had a checkered basketball career at the Southwest County school. He didn't make the team as a ninth grader, and rarely came off the bench in the tenth. Maybe the time for some type of hoop clinic? Tuesday afternoon in the Group AA Division 3 state semifinal at the Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center in Richmond, Abuhawwas, the River Ridge player-of-the-year, was the one who put on the clinic, pouring in 29 points, as Cave Spring roared past Fluvanna

County 76-59 to advance to Saturday's 1:00 pm final against defending champion Brunswick. It will be Brunswick's sixth consecutive trip to the final, with two of those, in 2009 and 2010, ending in losses to Cave Spring. Tuesday afternoon it looked as if the Knights might be on the ropes against a talented Fluvanna team led by high-scoring senior guard YaYa Anderson. Abuhawwas had picked up his second personal foul midway through the first quarter, and with the Knight's leading scorer relegated to the bench, Fluvanna jumped on the opportunity to

Cave Spring #5 Ryan Gladfelter drives the baseline past a Fluvanna defender.

The Knights outscored the Flucos 26-11 in the third, increasing their lead to 17 heading to the final frame, which effectively put the game away. Cave Spring weathered one final Fluvanna run before sealing the win at the free throw line. Abuhawwas, after the early

Jordan Bryant ruled the paint in pulling down 11 rebounds and taking four charges. "We're physically tough, and we're mentally tough," Hicks added. "No one gives us a chance. But, Saturday afternoon, we'll show up." In addition to Abuhawwas'

Knight leading scorer #33 Amin Abuhawwas goes to the basket for 2 of his game-high 29 points in the win over Fluvanna. open a quick 9-point lead. Cave Spring managed to keep the deficit in check, and trailed 14-11 after the first quarter. Knights head coach Billy Hicks had little alternative but to send Abuhawwas back early in the second period, and the move turned out to be the gamechanger. "It was a no-brainer," Hicks said of his move. "The game was getting away from us fast." Abuhawwas responded to his coach's confidence by putting on a shooting exhibition during the next three minutes. He hit three consecutive bombs from behind the arc, and followed with

a fourth bucket, in scoring Cave Spring's first eleven points of the period. When Knight junior Connor Baker hit a running floater with 7 seconds left in the quarter, Cave Spring went to the locker room up 29-27. "We got #33 (Abuhawwas) on the bench, then we couldn't extend the lead," Fluvanna head coach Munro Rateau lamented in the media room afterward. Fluvanna made some halftime adjustments to counter Abuhawwas' 20 first-half points, but Cave Spring, led by junior guard Terrell Simmons, came out smoking after the break.

Cave Spring junior #24 Connor Baker weaves his way through the Fluco defense. pair of fouls, committed only one more the rest of the game. "I was a little worried when I picked up my second foul," he admitted. "I just played smart the rest of the way." The Cave Spring defense again rose to the occasion as junior

game-high 29 points for Cave Spring, Simmons added 13, with Baker tacking on 12 for the Knights. By Bill Turner

Late Heritage Run Downs Hidden Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup Valley 48-42 In State Quarterfinal Heritage overcame a five-point deficit to start the fourth quarter, and the Pioneers managed to escape the Salem Civic Center last Saturday night with the 48-42 win over Hidden Valley in the Group AA Division IV quarterfinal. Hidden Valley head coach Troy Wells had put a masterful game plan into action for the first three quarters that kept the talented Heritage team at bay and allowed Hidden Valley to control the tempo. Things looked good for the Titans in the early going. After Heritage scored the first four points of the game, Hidden Valley responded with a 12-0 run that put the Titans in control, and allowed Hidden Valley to hold the ball near midcourt as Heritage refused to come out of its tightly packed 2-3 zone defense. Hidden Valley went to the halftime break up 22-18. The action had been so subdued in that those first two quarters, there were only five fouls committed between the two squads. Heritage retook the lead in the third quarter 2726, before Hidden Valley closed with a 6-0 run on a Malik Williams 3-pointer and a Thomas Nave basket and foul, sending the Titans to the final frame with the 32-27 advantage. Things turned on a dime for Heritage to start the fourth quarter. The Pioneers went to a fullcourt press that led to several Titan turnovers. On three occassions, Heritage misfired from the field, only to have the rebound bounce their way for a stick-back basket. The resulting 12-2 run put Heritage up 39-34 midway through the final quarter and Hidden Valley could never get back over the hump. Dylan Hodson's long-range trey got the Titans to within 2 points with 3:43 left. Hidden Valley center Austin Beecher again closed the gap to two with just under a minute left. After a Heritage free throw, Hodson scored to cut the deficit to 43-42 with :36.4 left, but Hidden Valley would not score again and Heritage closed the game out with five free throws as Hidden Valley was forced to foul. "We had 12 second-half turnovers, and that was

Titan senior floor-leader #10 Daniel Rowe runs the Hidden Valley offense in the second half Saturday night. the difference in the game," Wells noted in the Titan locker room after the game. "I draw it on the blackboard all the time. There's a fine line between getting a W and getting a L. This game was a prime example of that." The Hidden Valley defense held Heritage to 16for-43 shooting from the floor, and the Pioneers hit only 1-of-12 attempts from behind the arc. "We handled it well in the first three quarters," Wells added. "I was surprised Heritage let us control the tempo and shorten the game." "We had a chance down the stretch," Wells pointed out. "These kids did everything we asked them to do." Williams led the Hidden Valley scoring with 12 points, all coming on 4 baskets from behind the arc. Hodson added 10, while senior floor-leader Daniel Rowe had 9 points for the Titans. Beecher (6) , Nave (3) and Will Pilat (2) rounded out the Hidden Valley attack. By Bill Turner

The VHSL Final-4 is in full naming new gadgets with twoswing at the Virginia Com- letter names, and the pair we monwealth University Siegel review in this segment are quite Center in Richmond. Last week the product. we showed the 8 Roanoke-area First, in what would best be teams still alive in state playoff described as being in the teleaction as they headed into the communications field, we have weekend matchups. Five were the now-infamous GoJo. eliminated and three remained When I first saw the pitch as the semifinal round started for this thing, I was convinced Tuesday. Here’s a look at it was a Saturday Night our local team’s games Live skit. Supposedly, a heading up to champihands-free suction cup onship-Saturday, March that holds any type of 10th. telephone handset or Group AA Division cell phone, the GoJo ac3 Boys: at VCU Tuescuses all other phones, day, Mar. 6th. Result: since they touch your Cave Spring- 76 Fluear, as being “gross.” Bill Turner vanna County- 59. After reviewing my Next-Cave Spring calling habits for the (18-11) vs Brunswick (28-2) at last half-century, I realize that VCU- Saturday 1:00pm cham- all the phones I’ve ever used pionship. were apparently gross. Group AA Division 4 Girls: The GoJo claims it is highat VCU Wednesday, Mar. 7th. tech because you can easily Salem (21-6) vs Courtland (29- answer any call with the speed 0) 10:30am. Next-winner above of ‘One-Mississippi.’ I vaguely vs Millbrook (29-0) VCU- Sat- remember my days as an athurday 7:00pm championship lete at a local secretarial college, Group A Division 2 Girls: at but I could swear we were told VCU Thursday, Mar. 8th. Glen- in telephone-etiquette class to var (23-5) vs Geo. Mason (24-5) answer with “hello” or “good af8:45pm. Next-winner above vs ternoon” and never with numGate City/Stuarts Draft winner. bers or states in your salutatory VCU- Saturday 3:00pm cham- introduction. pionship. We’re shown that with the Good luck to our remaining GoJo, you can readily do a three teams in their quest to backward somersault flip while bring home a state champion- talking. Sorry guys, but if I need ship! to do a somersault flip while With March Madness al- talking on the phone, I’ll simply most upon us, and those West tell the person on the other end coast basketball games on the to hold on, and set the receiver horizon, it’s time to take our down. No need to risk strangling periodic look at Wild Bill’s late- yourself with a phone cord. night consumer product update. The GoJo’s strength is shown There is apparently a trend in by holding a 5-pound laptop

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Mentoring Program Shows The Way For Youngsters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia, which covers the Roanoke and New River Valleys, is part of a century-old organization that pairs adult mentors with young boys and girls. In the Roanoke Valley more than 100 children are seeking those mentors on a regular basis, children that often come from single parent homes. More often than not it’s a young boy who needs a Big Brother, someone to attend a ballgame with, go shopping with or to just hang out. Funded in large part by United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters has lost some federal grants in recent years. Fundraisers, like the one coming up on March 17th help: its Bowl for Kid’s Sake at the Vinton Lanes, with teams of four encouraged to sign up. Start times for team bowling that day are at 10am, noon and 2pm. President/CEP June House said the Roanoke Valley and New River Valley chapters merged about a decade ago to form one agency. She came to Big Brothers Big Sisters after a stint in Garden City, Kansas in 2004, took a hiatus several years later but then returned. “I can’t imagine being anywhere else but Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said House, who experienced mentoring herself as a youngster. “I feel like it made all of the difference in my life.” Having someone show children that they can lead a happy, productive life is important said House. Growing up in eastern Kentucky, a mentor encouraged House to attend college – she was the first of her family to do so, with a father who was a coal miner and a mother who didn’t get past second grade. While some of the children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program locally have [two] wonderful parents,” notes House, many are from single parent households or live with guardians. In some cases a parent has been incarcerated and they live in poverty, “but we have quite a few kids that have stable, loving

Big Brother of the year Bryan Price and his Little Brother Desmond. environments [but] they just need that extra person outside of their family [as a mentor].” Parents often recognize that their children need that support. It’s harder to recruit male mentors, although they tend to stay longer. More boys than girls need mentoring, added House. Mentors do not need to spend lots of money or put on a show. “No cost, low cost, we really encourage that,” said House, “just spend time together.” The child mentored often becomes “part of a bigger family,” by encountering the mentoring adult’s own children. “Volunteers have a sense of extending their family,” said House, “it makes them feel good.” There’s often tickets donated for sporting events that volunteers can take advantage of as well. In Roanoke City alone there are more than 100 requests for a mentor, who spends time every other weekend with a child. In 1999 a school-based program was created, where mentors may meet with a child for lunch or during another period during the school day. Seeing children improve academically and decreasing the levels of juvenile delinquency are major goals. “We want to [foster] healthy relationships [with] an impactful mentoring program.” Schools often identify possible subjects for mentoring to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mentors must pass background checks and must have

time to make a commitment that can last several years. Some high profile business leaders have been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia, like Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman, Roanoke Civic Center General Manager Robyn Schon and Advance Auto CEO Darren Jackson. “Norfolk Southern is a great partner,” said House, who also singled out Roanoke City Councilman Dave Trinkle for his participation. She’s hoping to bring Roanoke City police officers on board as mentors also. “It’s a perfect fit,” noted House. Corporate partnerships and private donations help fill the coffers, but federal funding that supported a program where children with a parent in prison were mentored was affected by budget cuts last year. “It was disappointing,” said House. That population of children will still continue to be served, and events like the bowling fundraiser on St. Patrick’s Day will help. A music DJ and free snacks will be part of the event. “It’s a lot of fun – it’s going to be a big party,” promises House. See for more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia and the March 17 Bowl for Kid’s Sake fundraising event. By Gene Marrano

New Read Mountain Trail Provides Round Trip For Hikers

There are now more than six miles of walking trails at Roanoke County’s Read Mountain Preserve on the Roanoke County/Botetourt County line in the Bonsack area. That’s the word from Ron Crawford, founder of the Read Mountain Alliance, a loosely organized group of local stakeholders that have worked with Roanoke County, the Western Virginia Land Trust and several land donors to preserve the ridgeline of Read Mountain. While the four mile round trip hike to the top of Buzzard’s Rock has been open for about two years, another as-of-yet unnamed section that made its debut last month now means that hikers can take a round trip via alternate routes on Read Mountain before or after the climb to Buzzard’s Rock. The new 1.75mile (approx.) trail, built by the volunteer group Pathfinders for Greenways, connects to an old path that was built by the Conservation Civilian Corps in the 1930’s, accessible off the Buzzard’s Rock trail. “I call it the Rocky Way Trail,” said Crawford, who greeted hikers at the trailhead off Crumpacker Road last week, showing them the new options they had for hikes. He will present a finished map to Roanoke County’s Parks & Recreation department, which will officially name it. Retired physician Bill Gordge and other Pathfinders started work on the Rocky Way Trail about a year ago, according to Crawford, a retired architect and one of the partners at SFCS. “They’re a phenomenal group of people,” said Crawford of the Pathfinders that put in more than 700 man-days to build Rocky Way Trail. He calls it “one of the most beautiful trails in the Roanoke Valley.” It helps now create several loops in fact, with the help of a crossover path that features an outcropping called The Fortress. “When I first saw it I was reminded of Mount Rushmore,” said Crawford, “just an incredible space to be in.” He also

New Water Meters Can Tell If Leaks Are Present High technology is coming to Roanoke City and county homes and businesses. Electronic water meters will talk but hopefully not to you. The new electronic water meters will communicate with a tower and a computer that will analyze your homes water usage. A $32 million dollar meter project by the Virginia Western Water Authority in conjunction with Honeywell will improve water loss, save energy and reduce operating cost, said Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Water Operations. Customers would know “almost immediately” when they had a leak versus waiting 60 days for their meter to be read by field personnel, said Robertson. The presentation to city council Monday outlined how all this would be accomplished. Customers need to be aware that crews will be out replacing existing water meters over the next 18-24 months. The electronic meters have a 20-year guarantee said Robertson. The electronic meters will transmit data to communication towers than to network servers. This will eliminate manual meter reading and free-up resources in the city and county. Robertson estimated that 10 percent of water is lost through undetected leaks. Honeywell guarantees that to be reduced to a maximum of 2 percent. Robertson though thinks it is more than likely it will be zero percent water loss. Zone meters will monitor the flow in and out of defined service areas and will also be able to detect water pipes needing maintenance or replacement.

project is expected to pay for itself through the savings that Robertson expects to top over $1 million annually. Local labor will be used to install the 10,000 meters thereby creating 50 new jobs. Eventually customers will be able to monitor their water

consumption online through a separate Customer Information System project that will be installed concurrently with the meter project.

The trailhead at the Read Mountain Preserve. calls it a natural amphitheater and can envision music or nature programs there some day. That’s also where one part of a trail, hewn into 73 stone steps, is called “Jacob’s Ladder.” Future plans call for improving several other unmarked paths. Crawford received permission from Roanoke County to mark the new trail as it veers from the Buzzard’s Rock path. “It was probably the ‘ruggedest’ area to go through [for a trail],” noted Crawford. Monkey’s Head, Cascade Rocks and Devil’s Drop are featured stops named along the new footpath. Devil’s Drop features “a tremendous view,” looking south towards the Roanoke Valley, according to Crawford. There are big plans for trails in the Read Mountain Preserve, which will ultimately be connected to the Tinker Creek Greenway and thus (indirectly) the Roanoke River Greenway, Carvins Cove and even the Appalachian Trail. That would involve an initial connection through another piece of adjoining property that must still be

purchased or leased. A conservation easement that allows for tax breaks while retaining ownership is also a possibility. Easements and donations of land from Dr. Al Durham and Fralin & Waldron helped create the 258-acre preserve. A grant from Roanoke County helped fund the parking area, information kiosk and trailhead in the Orchard Hills subdivision in Bonsack. The principal access to Read Mountain used to be from Crawford’s property in adjoining Botetourt County. “I think there’s hundreds of people going through every week,” said Crawford, “they’re from all over the place.” Those trails may get busier now that the Rocky Way Trail provides for more looping round trip possibilities. “We can’t improve on the mountain,” noted Crawford, “but we can make it more accessible so that people can enjoy it.” By Gene Marrano

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Local Company is Passionate About Sleep New Director of Development Named Texas native Raquel Rothe opened SleepEZ Diagnostic Center, the Roanoke region’s only stand-alone sleep diagnostic and treatment facility, in November 2005. She had moved here to marry her husband, Thomas, bringing with her a career in respiratory therapy and experience in clinical sleep studies. She had initially thought of working at one of the region’s hospitals or teaching, but then Thomas found the perfect spot for a sleep center. Rothe remembers him asking her “how would you like to look at the mountains from your office every day?” The West Main Street location in Salem provided just that view. Inside, the atmosphere is just as restful. Four tastefully decorated bedrooms, featuring queen-sized beds, are soundproofed and contain no alarm clocks. Rothe’s decision to work for herself was guided by an experience she had years ago in Texas. She recounts the story of a husband and wife who arrived at the hospital-based facility where she worked and taught. Rothe noticed that they both had overnight bags with them, though only the husband – the patient – would be allowed to stay. They told her they had been married 30 years and had never slept apart. The next morning, Rothe noticed that the wife had slept in the parking lot - and she realized the staff probably didn’t get a very good study from the husband. Thus, spouses, partners and service dogs are welcome at SleepEZ. Rothe’s goal is for patients to feel at home and to maintain their regular sleep routines. In that way she offers a clear alternative to the more clinical settings found in hospital sleep labs. Rothe draws patients from as far away as Galax

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room. Each technician will observe no more than two patients at a time. Rothe has the ability to watch patients remotely from her iPad. Yes, there’s an app for that! Her passion for sleep awareness extends beyond her patients. Rothe blogs about sleep issues and posts on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “If you’re missing out on sleep, you’re missing out on life,” she says. In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week (March 5-11), she offers the following tips: • Give yourself “permission” to go to bed. Put away the to-do list and make sleep a priority. • Unwind early in the evening. • Develop a sleep ritual. Doing the same things each night before bed signals your body to settle down. • Keep regular hours to maintain your biological clock. • Create a restful place to sleep, such as a cool, dark room that is free from noise. • Sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation. Don’t sleep on a bed that’s too soft, too hard or too old. • Exercise regularly, but not within four hours of bedtime. • Cut down on stimulants, such as caffeine. • Don’t smoke. Smokers take longer to fall asleep and wake up more often during the night. • Reduce alcohol intake, especially shortly before bedtime.

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The Reel Deal: “Act of Valor”

The life of a soldier is not an easy clichéd dialogue which is seemingly Liza Ryan: Fragment ExMuseum of Modern Art; the borrowed from every war movie ever hibition Opening and Artist Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; one - a dangerous line of work that made. Lecture at Hollins Los Angeles and the Maison Européen de la constantly puts their lives on the line. The story also lacks in originality based artist and photographer Photographie in Paris, France, Yet in today’s society, most of us don’t quite grasp just how serious and danand depth. The narrative of Act of Liza Ryan connects emotion among others. Valor is barely passable as a TV epiand movement to explore the She was one of three Ameri- gerous being a soldier is. Act of Valor sode or a video game, but as a movie fragmented passing of time. The can artists selected to exhibit at promises to change all of that by givit is lacking. The events are extremely artist writes, “I describe time as the Biennale of Sydney (2006). ing the audience the eyes and ears of real U.S. Navy Seals to make the compredictable, and the drama is forced it is experienced, not as calcuRyan lives and works in Los Anand unconvincing thanks to the weak lated by a clock.” Her large-scale geles and is represented by Kay- bat feel more authentic. While the directors did succeed script and acting. photographs alternately depict ne, Griffin, Corcoran Gallery in Contacts: Seth Childers in creating action set-pieces that are The main focus of the movie is on chaos and realism, tranquility Santa Monica, California. Gail Strickler, 540-777-7687 both realistic and thrilling, the movie its action scenes, and it shows. As bad and terror, and the testing of A full color catalogue docuitself is generally poorly-acted, poorly-written, as the dramatic moments are in Act of Valor, the boundaries. A cinematic new menting the exhibition, with Lisa Ryan andrelated overall lacking in depth and originality. The action is intense and through realistic. The action work created exclusively for The museum’s 2011-12 essays by exhibitions Amy Moorefield, Muand programs are supported in part ourscenes comm this exhibition at the Eleanor D. work has been exhibited both seum Director, and Johanna directors’ intentions were noble but ultimately the are where having real U.S. Navy Seals in the lead Wilson Museum at Hollins Uni- nationally and internationally Ruth Epstein, Ph.D, Art Histo- movie as a whole is frustratingly inconsistent and roles really pays off and thanks to the great scenarios and almost complete lack of CG, it feels versity will unite these themes to in exhibitions at The Rijksmu- rian and Hollins University As- a bit flat. The movie focuses on a group of eight U.S. Navy almost like the real thing. uncover the unusual, non-linear seum, Amsterdam, Nether- sistant Professor of Art, will be lands; The Museum of Fine available in May 2012. Excerpts Seals who are tasked with rescuing a kidnapped Unfortunately, the action alone is not enough experiences of daily life. Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles CIA officer. When they rescue her they discover to carry the movie. The acting is so wooden and will open the poetry ofArt Mina Ryan, on hasFragment announced the Thurscall for entries for their 6th AnnualofPermanent day, March 8, with a lecture by County Museum of Art; and Hollins class of 1958 and moth- that she has information about a major terrorist the direction so poor that I never wound up truly this spring. Entry Monday, April 2. She er of Liza Ryan, will also be in- attack that could threaten the United States. The caring for the characters leaving it as a frustratingMiami Art Museum. Ryan at 6:00 pm in thedeadline Niederer isthe has also been the subject of solo cluded in this catalogue. Fund- movie has noble intentions and tries very hard to ly inconsistent movie that falls a bit flat like "Red Auditorium in the Visual Arts exhibitions at Reed College’s A reception will imme- sponsored by the League of ing for Liza Artists Ryan: Fragment is tell an emotional story with dramatic weight, but Tails." The movie has good intentions and tries to Art Center. Collection Competition, Roanoke diately follow at the museum. Douglas F. Cooley Memorial made possible in part by Kayne, unfortunately everything about the story is very tell a deep story, but it has neither the depth nor Association, provides a unique opportunity for regional artists’ work to the dramatic weight to do the U.S. Navy Seals jusThe exhibition will be open Art Gallery and The Herter Gal- Griffin, Corcoran Gallery and flawed. at the University One of the most notable problems is the act- tice. milies with almost no access tolery original art. of Massa- Wyndham Robertson. through April 21, 2012. ing - particularly the Seals themselves. They are Rating: 4/10 (Below Average) Ryan studied at Dartmouth chusetts. Ryan’s work is in the collecclearly not professional actors and all of their line College and the San Francisco For more information visit By Seth Childers ef Curator of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, will Art Institute before earning tions of the Los Angeles County or call deliveries fall flat and carry little to no emotional ent her ArtMFA Collection. weight. Making things worse is the stilted and at the California State Museum of Art; the J. Paul Get- 540.362-6532. ty Museum; the San Francisco University at Fullerton, CA. Her

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inal, non-allergenic art; wall art must be ready to be hung; no explicit g and materials; under 10 pounds.

Rescue Mission Announces Call For Entries For Permanent Art Collection Competition

ures and photography, must er supervision will not be or mail with completed form . The Rescue Mission has announced the call for entries for

their 6th Annual Permanent Art /Digital:

Collection Competition being at least 300 dpi held this spring. Entry deadline gest is dimension Monday, April 2. ast name-first initial-entry#.jpg) The Rescue Mission’s Permanent Art Collection

tion, sponsored by the League of Roanoke Artists and the Blacksal: burg Regional Art Association, marker provides a unique opportunity for regional artists’ work to be and appreciated by rmenjoyed and payment families with almost no access to original art. Amy Moorefield, Director and Chief Curator of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins UniDeadline versity, will be the jurist for the st Notification 2012 Permanent Art Collection. ry of Finalist Works to Mission Since her arrival to Hollin’s University in ionthe offall Winners of 2008, Moorefield has initiated a significant marketing campaign, muption seum partnerships, and a vibrant travof Show and Pick up Work eling exhibitions program. She comes to the Wilson Museum from Virginia Commonwealth University’s museum called Anderson Gallery in Richmond where she held the rank of assistant professor. During her seventeen years as a museum professional, she directed and curated several internationally recognized exhibitions and publication projects, many of which have received awards and panels. Moorefield has served as a juror, lecturer, and independent curator for several exhibitions, conferences, and arts festivals in the United States and abroad. Art has the power to open our minds to new possibilities. Art at the Rescue Mission does more than just decorate

the walls; it helps to create an enriching atmosphere and sends a message to people in crisis that there is hope. The goal of the Mission’s Permanent Art Collection is to attract and display quality works of art created by local artists that has been judged by a prominent jurist at the Rescue Mission. The Mission is home to most of the region’s homeless population. The sharing of talents is a blessing not only to the guests, staff, and volunteers in the Mission’s shelters, but to the participating artists as well. The "response" to a work of art is part of it. Questions about the Permanent Art Collection Competition? Contact Gail Strickler at (540) 777-7687 or Criteria: Adults 18 and over; original, non-allergenic art; wall art must be ready to be hung; no explicit content; sturdy, protective framing and materi-

als; under 10 pounds. Submission: Art, including sculptures and photography, must be original. Work completed under supervision will not be accepted. Send images via e-mail or mail with completed form and $20 fee for up to three entries. Entry Requirements - E-mail/ Digital: jpeg format, high-resolution, at least 300 dpi. 1000 to 2000 pixels on the longest dimension. File names should only include: (Last name-first initialentry#.jpg) Email entries to: gail. Entry Requirements – CD/ Digital: Write name on CD with a soft marker. Verify CD is readable. Send in CD mailer with your form and payment. CD’s will not be returned.

Calendar of Events: Monday, April 2: Entry Deadline / Friday, April 13: Finalist Notification / Friday, April 27: Delivery of Finalist Works to Mission / April 28 – May 5: Selection of Winners / Sunday May 6: Reception / Friday, June 1: Close of Show and Pick up Work

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