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Incumbent Mayor David Bowers capped off his closing remarks at last week’s City Council candidate forum with a surefire winning political strategy – mention your mother. Bowers said, “she said [to me] well, when you’ve got a car with four good tires why would you change one.” She is a wise woman thought son, David. Mary Bowers sat grinning in the audience. Past Roanoke City elections have had contentious issues that set candidates apart from each other or formed tickets around major issues like Victory Stadium. This year’s challengers are struggling to find an easy target in the calm sea of the current incumbent 1505

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council. Thursday evening at the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League a candidate forum was held. One Independent candidate, Brandon Bushnell, is challenging Democratic council incumbents Sherman Lea, Anita Price and Court Rosen. If the 80 or so attendees came looking for delineation between the incumbents and the challengers they came away empty. The mayoral contest between Democratic incumbent Mayor David Bowers and his Republican challenger Mark Lucas produced an entrepreneurial dialogue that was muted at best. Moderator John Carlin noted that

there were few issues available for a challenger to make a mark in this year’s election. That was evident by the softball questions and equally soft responses. The only issue Carlin asked about that has received some recent media play was the 2-cent meals tax that will expire on July 1. Councilwoman Anita Price’s response was non-committal. Though Price took the stand of her other colleagues saying, “a promise is a promise” she also hedged saying, Photo by Valerie Garner “as whether or not it should continue, that’s a question that relies upon our Sherman Lea, Court Rosen, Brandon Bushnell and Anita Price take questions. > CONTINUED P2: Tepid

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Making it Right P4– Keith McCurdy says that too many parents look for excuses for their children’s bad behavior in lieu of getting them to “own it’ themselves.

The Wasena Ice House which began servicing Roanoke in the early 1920’s will soon become “home sweet home” for many.

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Strong Run P7– Cave Spring’s championship basketball run ends in Richmond with a loss to defending state champion Brunswick.

Greater Tuna P9– ”Greater Tuna,” a two man tour-de force with 21 characters and many costume changes, comes to the refurbished Waldron Stage March 21-April 1.

estled in a quiet historic Roanoke neighborhood, a long neglected building is beginning to bustle with life. Wasena’s former Ice House will soon become one of the Valley’s most interesting housing alternatives. The River House, at 806 Wasena Avenue, is slated to debut this Summer and will house 128 luxury stu-

dios and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments that are adjacent to both the Roanoke River and the Roanoke Greenway. Ed Walker purchased the 146,000 brick building in 2004 with a vision to transform the empty storage facility into apartments. The potential for the building was inspired by the unique location on the green-

way and Roanoke River as well as Wasena Park. Tenants will have the benefits of city living while maintaining a connection to a hub of outdoor activities. For more information contact Michelle Rose at (540) 904-5989 or info@roanokeriverhouse.com.

The regular session of the Virginia legislature concluded late Saturday night with a watered down transportation bill void of any serious funding. Democrats proposed indexing the gas tax to inflation while Governor Bob McDonnell proposed diversion of a portion of sales tax revenue to transportation. Neither made it out of conference. However, McDonnell was successful with his “naming rights” proposal for Virginia interchanges, bridges and highways. Exhausted Senators immediately sought to interject some humor into the moment by producing signs “naming” their desks. Under pressure from the governor, two bills were rushed through at the last minute to reform the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). This will cost the Roanoke City School Board $4.3 million. Without a state budget RCPS is working with the governor’s proposed budget. Both the House and the Senate versions are more generous to schools. Roanoke City School Board Chairman David Carson said in an email, “while there is some increased state revenue under each proposal (a reasonably large chunk of which is because the RCPS student population is increasing), an increased VRS contribution rate wipes this out and then some.” “These are tough times, and I know the budget folks [in Richmond] are hard at it, but it would be nice to know what we are > CONTINUED P2: Budget

Renowned Astrophysicist to Present Lecture Evalyn Gates, Astrophysary state for most stars. icist, Author, and ExecuGates has a strong intive Director and CEO of terest in addressing the the Cleveland Museum of under-representation of Natural History, will preswomen and minorities in ent a public lecture titled, the physical sciences and “Einstein’s Telescope: The has written several articles Hunt for Dark Matter and on the topic of women in Dark Energy” on Thursday, physics. March 29. The event will be Her lecture will focus on at 7:30 p.m. at the Graduhow “gravitational lensate Life Center Auditorium ing,” which was dismissed at Virginia Tech. by Einstein in 1936 as a Evalyn Gates Gates’ book, with the same “most curious effect “ that title as her lecture, was pubhad little chance of ever belished by W.W. Norton in February ing observed, is currently one of the 2009. A book signing by Gates will be most powerful techniques for explorheld outside the entrance to the audi- ing dark matter of the universe. Using torium starting at 7 p.m. the warps and dimples in the spaceHer research focuses on various as- time continuum, which is described pects of cosmology and particle astro- by Einstein’s theory of general relativphysics, from neutrinos to the cosmic ity, as “cosmic lenses,” gravitational microwave background. Most recent- lensing allows us to search for black ly, she has been working on various holes and planets within our own galaspects of dark matter and searching axy, to map out dark matter in distant for ancient stellar fossils in the form of galaxies, and to detect the subtle inthe oldest white dwarfs. White dwarfs fluences of dark energy on the evoluare thought to be the final evolution- tion and formation of structure in the

Museum of Natural History in May 2010, Gates was the assistant director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and a senior research associate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Gates received her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Case Western Reserve University and held postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and the University of Chicago. She was a member of the theoretical astrophysics research group at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and spent seven years as an administrator at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Gates’ lecture is free and open to the public.

Gates' book Einstein's Telescope will be the basis for her lecture March 29.

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citizens.” Independent candidate Bushnell is basing his campaign on keeping the 2-cent meals tax - pointing to the fact that, “it has not deterred anyone from eating out.” Even without the increase the meals tax rose over the two years it was in force. “I am a huge proponent of the meals tax,” said Bushnell. He said he has a vision for what could be done by keeping the tax. “Taking the schools beyond adequacy; beyond good enough where we are vulnerable to a budget-cutting state government and the economy.” Court Rosen who first proposed the shortterm tax said it was meant as “a band-aid on a scab.” With the $12.5 million the schools have in contingency Rosen believes the tax should expire as promised. “You don’t tax people because you have the ability to and you can. You tax people because you need

to.” Sherman Lea said it took courage and boldness to implement the meals tax. “This council supports our school system better than any other urban city in the state of Virginia.” He recounted a gathering he attended in Greenville, South Carolina where developers told him that they wanted to see consistency in government when choosing locations for business development. “We have that – we have good regional valley collaboration,” he said. Bowers, in his opening remarks, was prepared for a little one-on-one with his opponent Mark Lucas. “My opponent suggests he is a visionary,” said Bowers. “I’m still that working class guy.” He hoped voters would agree that he has brought dignity and friendliness to the office. He contrasted the cordiality of council to the discourse in

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Washington and Richmond and read off a list of accomplishments. He emphasized the 1600 jobs created over the last four years. Mark Lucas didn’t take the opportunity to take a whack at Bowers’ mayoral style. Instead he mostly affirmed his opponent’s views but thought he could do better when it comes to jobs and growing businesses. Lucas and his wife Wendy own Lucas Therapies and have started and sold multiple businesses. Lucas, when asked what he would do differently to attract businesses, proposed an entrepreneurial day in the mayor’s office on every first and third Thursday. When asked later Lucas said he had a few more poignant remarks about the current Mayor that he decided not to use. “He was sitting right next to me,” said Lucas. By Valerie Garner • info@newsroanoke.com

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in fact facing next year budgetwise,” said Carson. The school board approved a $147 million budget Tuesday night. Deputy Superintendent Curt Baker believed that the state sales tax estimate of $12.8 million was overstated and used the more conservative amount of $12.2. Adding $3 million for raises leaves the schools with a projected shortfall of $10.3 million. The shortfall will come from the $12.7 million unassigned fund (savings). Roanoke City Director of Finance Ann Shawver said, “We’ll move along with our [budget] process as best we can – it has happened before and what we try to do is use some conservatism.” She hopes the state will present

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the city with a surprise uptick in funding. Though the city is on a separate pension system, the Sheriff ’s Department is on the VRS and that will impact the city. The city’s retirement system will change too. One option was presented at a briefing to council last year. “We are continuing to analyze different options with actuaries,” said Sawver. Most of that is in the public safety area. “We do benchmark against the VRS plan … we’re keeping tabs on what is going on at the state level.” Before returning to council Shawver said they would again reach out for input from city employees. It will be the end of the summer before they will have anything to bring back to

council so reform for city employees will be put off at least until 2014.

ert. “I don’t know from Alleghany to of a single educator Danville and Botewho answers the tourt to Floyd. Seibcall to teach, lead, ert will now repreand serve in public sent our area as the education because region nominee for he or she desires State Superintendent recognition. We do of the Year honors. so first and foremost “Alan Seibert is because we have one of the most Alan Seibert a heart for children, competent and innobut also because we care about vative superintendents I know,” our communities. For my peers, said Roanoke County Superinwho share this same philosophy, tendent, Dr. Lorraine Lange, the to recognize me in this manner 2011 State Superintendent of the is especially meaningful.” Year. “He consistently leads Sa“There is no doubt Dr. Seibert lem City Schools to be one the is deserving of this recognition,” finest divisions in Virginia. He said Alleghany County Super- is most deserving of the honor intendent, Sarah Campbell. of being named Virginia Region “He is an outstanding leader in VI Superintendent of the year." education and his commitment Seibert is a New Jersey native to student achievement is repre- who earned his Bachelor’s and sentative of all superintendents Doctorate degrees from Virin Region VI.” ginia Tech and his Master’s from Region VI encompasses 15 Radford University. Along with area school divisions in the his wife, Michele, and their three Commonwealth that stretch boys, the Seiberts have made

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their home in the community he has served for more than two decades. He was appointed to serve as Salem’s Division Superintendent in 2006, and before that was principal at South Salem Elementary. His educational career began in Salem in 1991 as an earth science teacher at Salem High School and he also has served the division as an assistant principal at both Andrew Lewis Middle School and Salem High School. “I am profoundly thankful to live and serve in a community where citizens and generations of elected and appointed leaders get it, and by that, I am referring to the well-researched and proven fact that communities with high quality schools have a higher quality of life for all residents,” he said

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RAYSAC Hopes More Schools Join After Prom Program Prom season is just around the corner, and RAYSAC - Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition is already raising funds to support the After Prom Grand Finale. This event helps keep area teenagers safe at after prom parties. “We have not had an accident that resulted in injury or death to a student at a participating high school since the program started 24 years ago,” said RAYSAC Coordinator Kathy Sullivan. And although the program has been a success, organizers are hoping even more high schools will participate in promoting drug and alcoholfree activities which are an excellent alternative to dangerous partying by offering students good music, food entertainment, prizes and fun in a safe environment. “We’ve had as many as 33 schools in the region participate in the past few years, but we would like to see closer to 40,” said APGF Committee Chair Ashley Hatcher. Sullivan said RAYSAC was making changes to required training for participating schools. Since schools from nearly the entire western half of Virginia are invited to participate in the RAYSAC APGF we have added an online training video. This online video will enable school representatives to do one of the required trainings online. Again this year, RAYSAC will offer a powerful incentive – a new car. The vehicle is a brand new Hyundai Veloster donated by First Team Auto Mall. It is the 21st year First Team has donated a vehicle. “We believe strongly in giving back to the community,” said David Dillon, president and general manager of First Team Auto Mall in Roanoke. “If our donation of a car keeps all those teenagers in a safe environment on prom night, it’s an easy decision.”

A new Hyundai Veloster will be given away. In addition to the car, organizers have added two iPads this year along with other electronics as incentives for youth to remain at their after prom parties. RAYSAC is looking for donations to pay for the other incentives. “We do our fundraising now, so we don’t interfere with the individual schools, which tend to solicit support closer to prom time,” said Sullivan. “We use the cash to buy gift cards, which the youth prefer.” The Hyundai Veloster and other prizes will be given away at the After Prom Grand Finale at Valley View Mall on Sunday, June 3rd. Four people will be chosen from each high school to participate in the day’s events. Every student at the finale will select from a group of keys to the vehicle – but only one key will work. The student, who successfully unlocks the car, gets to keep it. For more information on how to help keep kids safe on prom night or to make a donation to the cause, call Kathy Sullivan at (540) 982-1427 ext. 2123 or visit www.raysac.org

Award Winning Roanoke Student Turns Big Ideas Into Musical Reality Locher Grove had a dream; to provide one set of musical instruments for Roanoke City elementary schools. The Patrick Henry senior far surpassed his goal. He spearheaded the Noteworthy Music Festival-a music fundraising concert that netted about $15,000 - enough money to provide three sets of instruments for each school. Locker was one of a dozen students across the U. S. to take part in last summer’s Aspen Ideas Festival as part of the Bezos Scholars Program in Colorado. They heard from speakers such as Sandra Day O’Conner and Justice Stephen Breyer. “It was our responsibility to come back to our own communities and run some kind of festival to benefit some kind of cause in your community. So, music’s always been a big part of my life and I’ve played violin since I was six. The problem with Roanoke City is we have teachers, we have the capabilities to have more classical and band instruction, we just don’t have the resources.” The school division recently received a VH1 “Save the Music” grant, which provides one set of instruments per school. But “that doesn’t cover enough for students to take instruments home. You get to play

in the classroom once or twice a week and then they leave so they don’t get to cement the learning.” He ran into some challenges preparing for the concert. “The biggest thing is having people actually listen to you. I’m only a high schooler so when I call them, some people don’t quite take me seriously. But the biggest thing is that once you get people on board and (once they understand the purpose of the fundraiser) they’re much more willing to open up and (help).” Twelve bands performed at the event held at Patrick Henry High, including “Big Lik” whose keyboardist Linda Hanks is also Locher’s calculus teacher at the Governor’s School. “It’s such a good cause and he’s such a great guy,” said Hanks.

“We thought if it (this cause) inspires one child to pick up an instrument that otherwise maybe wouldn’t have . . . we have done so much. We’re so blessed to have so many things that I feel like anything we can do to help contribute to that would just be huge. We have so much equipment; we have so many things that we could just donate to people. And if other bands would just clean out their garages or just get rid of some of the old and give it to a kid that can have just something to practice on.” She says her husband, the band’s drummer, started out banging on tin cans because he wanted so much to play the drums. As a teenager, he purchased a drum set for $10 a month at a downtown Roanoke music store. “All he had was the snare drum and he just started with that.” “Even as a 14-year-old child, he would get his mother to bring him to the music store to put his little $10 on that snare drum.” Locker isn’t sure yet but says he might make the Noteworthy Music Festival an annual event. By Beverly Amsler info@newsroanoke.com

The Time Is Now For Your New Beginning Daylight savings time is here and Spring is just around the corner so Summer isn’t far behind. Soon there will be no more excuses for hunkering down indoors in front of the television or computer; no more reason for hiding underneath layers of clothing; no holiday excuse for overeating. Decision time is here. Are you going to finally make that commitment to yourself to get and stay healthy once and for all time? It really is up to you. First ask yourself what you have to gain. Here are some things you may not have considered: -Less medication and more money. If you lose weight and exercise you will likely be able to get rid of some or all of your medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar or pain medication. Add up how much money you would save every month. Many insurers are now adding a surcharge to premiums for those who are overweight, don’t exercise or smoke. You can save money on your health and life insurance too. Airlines may charge you for two seats if your weight makes it necessary to do so. -More energy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more gas in your tank to do the things you want or need to do? You can spend more time on your hobbies; more time with your family; take some classes; be with friends and family. Maybe you could plant a garden, walk your dog or even take a hike. Losing weight may even help you sleep better if you have sleep apnea. And sleeping better will help you lose weight. That is a win-win situation. -Greater life satisfaction. Taking care of yourself allows you to more effectively care for others.

You owe it to those you love and care for to be your best. It isn’t selfish to take time to exercise and eat right. It is just the opposite. When you are well and healthy you will be more able to give to others. Achieving even small goals will help you build on larger ones and may inspire others. Set a good example for those around you - especially children. -Mind & body connection. Becoming more fit physically can have a profound effect on your mental state. We are both our minds and our bodies. When one is unhealthy it often affects the other. Getting your mind-set right can help your physical being. It can be a vicious cycle that is difficult to break. Your body hurts so you don’t feel like doing anything so you become isolated which causes loneliness and sadness so your body feels worse and so on and so on. Making one small change in either system can have a positive outcome for both. Decide for yourself to take one small step for you and your health. Get outside and walk a bit. Give up soda. Decrease your portion size. Eat a healthy breakfast. Drink more water. Turn off the television. Let the sun shine on your face. Be a positive inspiration and role model. You can do it! Dr. Kenneth Luckay DO is the Medical Director at the Center for Medical Weight Loss located at 4515 Brambleton Ave in Roanoke. He can be reached at 398-1547 or Email: dr.luckay@cmwlroanoke.com.


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o this day I still remember what my mother would make me do when I got into a fight with my sister…I had to hug her and make up. Do I need to tell you how repulsive that was to a ten year old boy? I would have to say that I never really understood the point when I was a kid. I often thought it was just a type of cruel punishment that my mom enjoyed forcing upon me. Now as an adult, I think I get it. My mother made us “own” it. If we did the crime, we had to make it right. This type of simple, yet valuable, lesson is seen much less today. I regularly

deal with parents who struggle with having their kids “own” their bad behavior . . . and yes it is bad behavior, not just poor choices. “Johnny was upset, that is why he did that”, or “Mary has difficulty in those situations and others just don’t understand her way of dealing with her friends,” are the type of comments I hear regularly when a parent is either defending or excusing bad behavior. The issue is not WHY they may have done something, the issue is wrong, bad, inappropriate behavior is wrong, bad, and inappropriate behavior . . . and it needs to be dealt with. There are two obstacles that I

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see most that keep parents from I was asked recently by a parhelping their children “own” ent. My answer was sure, I untheir bad behavior. The first is derstand it, but it is still wrong. difficulty accepting that all chil- Feeling bad or angry does not dren do bad things justify hitting or sayand secondly, we over ing mean things to focus on “why” they someone. It might do them. be why you did it, but First of all, all chilit doesn’t in any way dren do bad things. justify the response as All children lie, cheat healthy or appropriand steal. For some ate. When we follow reason we are very this logic, we teach uncomfortable with our kids that a certain Keith McCurdy this as parents yet we degree of offense by know it is true. Our another justifies bad own experience shows us this behavior. This leads to a kid with our very own children who always blames everyone when they are toddlers. This else for their problems. There does not just disappear on its is no ownership of anything at own. We have to train them. that point. We can’t do this well if we act The good news is that our surprised as if Johnny is not ca- children and their behavior do pable of doing bad things. not dictate what kind of parents Regularly I hear from teach- we are. How we respond to ers about conferences or phone their behavior is a better indicacalls with parents who do not tor of our parenting. Secondly, want to accept that their child it is pretty easy to stop making has done something wrong. excuses and help a kid own These same parents defend their bad behavior. their inappropriate actions in First, call it what it is . . . bad, the classroom or towards other wrong, inappropriate behavstudents rather than hold them ior. Second, have them make accountable. In most cases, the it right. I have dealt with some parents are really defending of the most out of control, angry themselves. Many parents to- and violent kids over the years. I day believe that how their child have seen these same kids begin behaves is a direct indicator of to chart a different path when how they are doing as parents. the focus shifted from why No one wants to admit that they they did what they did to what are doing a bad job as a par- they were going to do to make ent so we defend our kids at all it right. When a child, or adult, cost. is held accountable for correctThe second obstacle to help- ing a wrong, they own it. Once ing our children “own” their they “own” it, they can begin to behavior is that we make ex- change it. cuses for them. We think why Take a look at how you apthey did it matters. I do not proach your child when they have enough paper to list all of are in the wrong. Do you hold the great excuses I have heard them accountable? Do you over the years as to why chil- have them make it right? The dren have done the bad, mean second step is vital for their things they do. There seems to healthy development. Apology be this notion that if the reason letters, seeking forgiveness, and is good enough, then the behav- making amends all serve as sigior doesn’t really matter. nificant character builders in a “It is understandable why child’s life. Mary acted that way, isn’t it?” Contact Keith at psycyou@msn.com

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an you remember doctor—immediately-- because the time when men he has had . . . “the four hour opened doors for ‘problem.’” women, when random acts of Saddest of all is that there is kindness received a friendly an audience for this; there are wave or a thank you, when advertisers who pay tens of milpeople actually looked and lis- lions to sponsor such drivel. tened when you were talking to And now we get down to the them, when hats were worn by nitty-gritty. It must reflect who gentlemen and tipped in greet- we are as a people and we woning? Those, and many der why much of the others, were standards world is mystified by of courtesy. How things what we seem to enhave changed! joy. Now, we have road Rush Limbaugh, rage, obscene gestures, Howard Stern, Don public displays of vulImus, to mention only garity, and more. As disa few, have parlayed turbing as these things our penchant for the are, I find their pubrude and prurient lic acceptance as the Hayden Hollingsworth, MD into personal fornorm even more tunes. When they alarming. have stepped over the line of I think I should write a sit- common decency, they suffer com; the formula is standard: little. They may be given a furA group of people, usually a lough for a few weeks, they offer combination of the painfully a totally lame apology such as, handsome or the inexplicably “I was only trying to be funny,” odd, are sitting in a living room. or sponsors may drop them . . Conversations are dismissive . only to be replaced by new and often rude. A door opens, ones. in pops a newcomer who ofHow refreshing it would be to fers in greeting a sexual double have a political candidate whose entendre followed by a laugh- views have been supported and track explosion. extolled by such broadcasts inIt goes downhill from there. terrupt their self-promoting Then there are the commercials, speech with a ringing disenall sowing the seeds of discon- gagement from such talk. There tent for your life and offering a was a revealing political cartoon remedy. The most obnoxious by David Fitzsimmons in The of all are those for “ED,” as it is Arizona Daily Star last week. euphemistically called. I would It depicted the Republican elnot be surprised if a middle ephant excusing himself from school teacher has not had a the commentator’s diatribe only boy tell her he must go to the to have Limbaugh smugly call

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after him, “You’ll be back.” Too, true, I am afraid. What producer has had the guts to fire such a speaker on the spot, to give him 30 minutes to collect his pencil and paper, and then evict him from the broadcast studio forever? What candidate would state publicly that he or she would not tolerate being in the same room with someone who had spouted such vile words? None of which I know. The reason seems to be that the public would not support such a forthright approach. How sad it is that we have lowered ourselves to such a level. The bad-mouthed broadcasters are not to blame. They are who they are, lamentable as that may be. The blame lies with those who will abide such behavior or worse yet, endorse it, excuse it, or laugh at it. That group, or so it seems, includes most of the population. If it were not so, then the problem would have corrected itself years ago. So there you have it: My Quarterly Curmudgeon Column. If I were not guilty of some of the infractions of common civility of which I have written, I could not convincingly speak against it. Unfortunately, I know personally the damage it causes to our society, particularly younger folk. If they don’t learn comity now, when will they?

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The View from the Mountain

n 2008 I participated in Washington National Cathedral’s pilgrimage to Iona, a tiny island in the Inner Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. Iona is the place where St. Columba landed in the mid-500s and founded one of the most important monasteries in Christian history. Iona is only three miles long and a mile and a half wide. During my time there, I explored virtually every square foot of land. I enjoyed getting away from the rest of our pilgrimage group and spending time in the wilderness areas of the island with only God and the wind to keep me company. For such a small place, Iona has an interesting variety of topography. One afternoon, I walked the marked path to the center of the island and across to its western coast. I then headed due north to a “dun” or high rocky hill that marks the island’s northwest corner. I scrambled to the top of the small mountain and edged as close to the precipice as I dared. From there I could see virtually the whole island. To the east, I could see the lights of the abbey blinking on, as dusk settled over the land. Suddenly I realized night was coming too quickly for me to return the way I’d come, so I decided to head straight across the Contact Hayden at northern end of the island, where jhayden2003@cox.net there was no path and the land-

scape appeared to be tall grass. Before coming down the small mountain, I made a mental picture of the landscape. Within a few steps of trudging across the island on my new route, I realized the tall grass masked boggy ground. The wet mud sucked at my boots and made walking difficult. To add a comic note, at that moment my wife called me on the international cell phone I carried, and just as I reported to her, “Honey, I’m stuck in a bog and I don’t know my way out,” the call was dropped! From the valley I couldn’t see my way to the abbey, and as darkness fell I feared getting lost. I said a quick prayer, and (maybe for the first time in my life) I was able to recall with crystal clarity the mental picture I’d constructed of the landscape. In my mind’s eye, I could see the narrow gap at the other edge of the bog, which would lead to the solid ground near the coast and then to the abbey. Eventually, I made it home without incident. If I hadn’t remembered the view from the mountain, I’d never made it through the valley. Early in Lent, churches in many denominations read the Gospel account of the Transfiguration, when the disciples on the

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Cave Spring’s Magical Run Falls Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup Short In 48-33 State Final Loss

Cave Spring head coach Billy Hicks (in suit) accepts the runner-up trophy. Cave Spring’s boys’ basketball team came up just short last Saturday afternoon, as the Knights dropped the Group AA Division 3 state final 48-33, against a Brunswick team that came in as the defending champion. Cave Spring fell behind early, but stayed within reasonable dis-

to potentially close to within one possession. Brunswick, with superior speed and height, regrouped for a 10-0 run down the stretch, pulling away in final three minutes. “My hat’s off to Brunswick,” Hicks said. “They were absolute-

Cave Spring #24 Connor Baker motors past Brunswick defender #3 Antawn Valentine in the state final at VCU Saturday afternoon. Baker's three-pointer and two free throws got Cave Spring to within 6 points midway through the fourth. tance to the Brunswick school that was making its sixth consecutive appearance in the championship contest. The Knights had defeated Brunswick in the 2009 and 2010 finals that secured back-to-back state titles for Cave Spring. For the Knights, few had expected that the road to Richmond would have been paved by a fourth quarter come-frombehind win over Abingdon in the Regional final, followed by a victory over Waynesboro in the state quarterfinal and a gutsy triumph over heavily favored Fluvanna County in last Tuesday’s state semifinal matchup. A partisan Brunswick crowd packed Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center for the showdown, and high school basketball’s biggest stage may have proved somewhat unsettling for the Knights. “I thought we came out a little tight,” Cave Spring Head Coach Billy Hicks noted afterward. But, Cave Spring narrowed what had been a 15 point lead to six points midway through the fourth quarter, and had the ball

ly the better team today.” Cave Spring opened the game with a plan to pack in the defense, to hopefully entice Brunswick into shooting 3-pointers. Hicks plan worked to perfection as the Bulldogs fired up seven shots from behind the arc in the first quarter, making only one. On the other end of the court, Cave Spring ran into what would become its downfall. Brunswick was tall and athletic on defense, and few Knights’ shots went uncontested. The Bulldogs led 15-4 after one quarter. A Shaquille Jones layup gave Brunswick a 21-6 lead with 2:00 left in the first half, before Cave Spring closed to 23-11 at the halftime break. Cave Spring defensive anchor, Jordan Bryant, said Brunswick’s 6’6” Brandan Stith, son of Bulldog head coach and all-time UVA leading scorer, Bryant Stith, was the big difference. “Brandan Stith is so long, he affected everybody’s shot,” Bryant said. “It was tough. The length they had affected everybody.” Brunswick’s advantage re-

mained in double digits throughout the third quarter, before Cave Spring leading scorer Amin Abuhawwas scored in the paint and was fouled with 1:02 left. The free throw cut the Bulldog lead to 31-21 heading to the final frame. Cave Spring offered one last push that got Brunswick’s attention. When junior Connor Baker hit a long-range bomb with 5:24 left, and followed with a pair of free throws at the 4:11 mark, the Knights were within striking range at 33-27. The Knights had the opportunity to make it a one-possession game after Bulldog Alfred Mason III rimmed out both of a pair of free throw attempts, but Cave Spring had two good looks from behind the arc rattle out, and the Bulldogs scored the next ten points. “I was all smiles on the sideline when we cut it to six and had the ball,” Hicks pointed out. “That was our window.” Cave Spring was led in scoring by Abuhawwas’ 16 points. Baker added 7, with Aaron Cupp and Ryan Gladfelter chipping in 4 and 3, respectively, Jon Evans (2) and Alex Couture (1) rounded out the Knight’s scoring. Jones scored a game-high 17 for Brunswick, with Brandan Stith adding 12, and Mason 11. Broderick Stith and Antawn Valentine each tallied 4 points for the Bulldogs. “Neither team shot well,” Hicks added. “We were 9-of-43 (20.9 percent) from the field. The Brunswick defense had a lot to do with that.” “The first two Brunswick possessions set the tone,” Hicks noted. “They missed, got the rebound, and scored.” “A lot of players stepped up this season,” Hicks said of his Knight squad. “We lost 4 games in overtime; otherwise, we could have been a 22-win team.” “We dedicated the season to Kendall Bayne,” Hicks added. “She was such an inspiration.”

March Madness for college Center in Richmond. basketball started this week, The only Wild Bill ‘Big-11’ and 68 teams will battle to de- girls or boys team to make a fitermine this year’s national nal was the Cave Spring boys. champion. The Knights made a valiant run For those mathemat(see article and photos ically challenged, have to left!) before falling you wondered how to talented Brunswick, many games (which in coached by all-time the first couple weeks UVA leading scorer seem endless) does it Bryant Stith. take to settle the matHats off to Brunster? wick for their second Easy calculationstraight title and sixth Bill Turner each game has one straight final appearloser, so 67 games will thin out ance. Maybe Brunswick had the crowd. Plus, all original 68 the advantage with the game teams, except one, will end the being a family affair. Two playseason on a losing note. ers on the 15-man Bulldog rosFor the record, three teams ter were Stith’s sons- Brandan from the state of Virginia made and Broderick. The two scored the field- UVA, VCU and Nor- 15 and 6 points, respectfully. folk State. With both underclassmen, Likewise, in the trivia cat- don’t be surprised to see Brunsegory, only two teams with less wick back in the 2013 final. than 20 wins are in - West VirCongratulations to the rest ginia (19-13) and via the Sun- of our ‘Big-11’ girls and boys Belt conference championship, teams for the commitment and Western Kentucky (15-18). hard work required to compete It’s been interesting to through the entire 2011-12 hear many so-called “brack- campaign. etologists” (what a goofy word As mentioned previously, coined by the ranters) pan the the most prestigious award of selection of UVA. Com’on guys, the season awaits a member of the Cavs were 22-9; although it each team when the Kiwanis becomes more evident each ‘Unsung Hero’ is announced year, the ACC power outside of during an exciting presentation UNC and Duke is fooling very scheduled for April 1st. few. Now to the always interestThe high school version of ing mailbag, where sportsMarch madness concluded last manship and a reader’s plea to Saturday with the full slate of reconsider my rating on the title games at the VCU Siegel “GoJo” gadget take this week’s

center stage. Dear Wild Bill: I watched the Cave Spring-Brunswick final on TV Saturday. The VCU arena looked packed. What was the greatest moment from that game? (Dennis/Roanoke) Answer: The one with 2:12 left. Cave Spring’s Connor Baker had gone down hard scrambling for a loose ball. While down on the court with a huge gash over his left eye, Brunswick Head Coach Bryant Stith offered words to Baker, followed by handshakes from all five Brunswick starters; sportsmanship was at its best. Dear GoJo Bill: I just love my GoJo hands-free suction cup device that allows me to jump rope while talking on the phone. I’ve lost 50 pounds and haven’t missed one piece of gossip. Won’t you reconsider the ‘NoGo’ rating? (Oscella/ Lexington) Answer: Well, Oscella, I might bend. I used a GoJo tactic on a couple of telemarketers this week, and the TV pitch may have merits. Works wonders when you see the pesky, dinnertime nuisances on the caller-ID, and answer “Seventy-seven, North Dakota.” They hung up ON ME four times. Until next week, GoJo your inquiries to: info@newsroanoke. com By Bill Turner info@newsroanoke.com

Hokie Hockey Progressing Through Post-Season

Virginia Tech’s club hockey team finished ranked #7 in the Southeast Region this season and is headed to the national championship tourney for the first time ever. On Saturday Feb 18, VT played Liberty in the Semi-Finals of the MACHA (Mid Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association) South tournament at Liberty University’s ice rink. Despite losing 3-2, the Hokies advanced to the Southeast Regional tournament, where their ranking set up a first day match up against #6 Kennesaw State University. The Hokies controlled the play early and often as they went on to a 7-5 victory over the Owls. On Day 2 of the regionals the Hokies faced inter-state rival Liberty University again. After an early exit from the MACHA South Tournament against Liberty the week before, the Hokies “knew the game would be difficult,” said Chris Arnold, communications direcBy Bill Turner tor for the team, which plays info@newsroanoke.com its home games at the Roanoke

Hokie’s Club hockey team could win a national title Civic Center. “[But] the Hokies came out flying in the first period, scoring the game’s first two goals and never looked back,” said Arnold. The Hokies defeated the Flames 5-3 to earn their first trip to the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) National Tournament in Ft. Myers, FL. The Hokies are now

one of the final 16 teams left in the country, and will be representing the Southeast region as the #4 seed on Pool B. That pool play is as follows: Friday March 16 Game 1 vs. William Paterson (#1 Northeast) 9:00 AM Saturday March 17 Game 2 vs. Utah State (#2 West) 12:00 PM Sunday March 18 Game 3 vs. Lindenwood (#3 Central) 9:15 AM Monday March 19 Semi Final # 1 Winner Pool A vs. Winner Pool C 1:30 PM Monday March 19 Semi Final # 2 Winner Pool B vs. Winner Pool D 1:45 PM Tuesday March 20 Championship Game Winner Semi #1 vs. Winner Semi #2 1:30 PM All games during the 2012 ACHA Division 2 National Championships will be videocast live on the internet courtesy of FastHockey.com. By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

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North Cross - William Fleming Scrimmage Prepares Teams for Openers The North Cross and William Fleming varsity Lacrosse teams squared off on Tuesday night to sharpen skills and get a measurement of where they are relative to other programs in the valley. The Raiders who have been fielding lacrosse teams for over 25 years had a distinct advantage against the Colonels who are only in their third year of organized play. The Raiders team scored early and consistently and looked to be working out the kinks against Fleming’s less experienced players. Both teams begin their seasons on Friday with North Cross opening up against New River Valley at home (5:30 PM) and Fleming traveling to Lynchburg to take on E.C. Glass (7:30 PM).

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William Fleming Baseball To Be Young Under New Coach

With only five starters back and a host of new talent, the William Fleming baseball team will be extremely young, as they prepare for the upcoming season under new head coach Jason Hall. Ready to hit the diamond for the Colonels are freshmen Dillon Schrader, Zach Whitley, Jalil Holmes, Richard Goad, Anthony Sledd and Billy Eaton. Sophomores Kemonte Gaskin, Ethan Hilton and Devante Terry. Juniors Jesse Ferguson, Jabari Webb, Mike Stuart, Dontae Harvey, Harold Cheridieu, Tyler Chumbley, Drannan Altizer, Joseph Ray, Justin Jackson, Andre Cardwell, Ollie Howie and Will Haifield, along with seniors Julian Johnson, Jamal Wilson and KJ Sims. When asked which players he thought would made an impact this season, Hall said, “Justin Jackson - 11th Grade. He has a great arm and potential to be a quality starter for us this year on the mound. Drannan Altizer - 11th Grade. He was thrown into the fire last year and caught every game and did a great job; he has a year under his belt and the desire to be the best. We are excited to see what happens with him this year. We have a great class of freshmen and sophomores that we will be keeping a close eye on this year.” “This year’s team is a different team; a young

team. This year we want to develop a team mentality. Of course we want to have a winning season. Who doesn’t want to see that? But more importantly, we want to put William Fleming Baseball on the map. We want people to notice that there is something exciting happening with WF baseball,” Hall stated. The Colonels are young and will take advantage of the desire that such players have to play hard but being young and embarking on a season with more new faces than old will also provide plenty of challenges. The Colonels see their top game of the season being with city-rival and Western Valley District foe Patrick Henry. “What a great rivalry,” added Hall. “So many of the players have grown up with each other, it’s hard not to circle that game.” “I am excited about this team and the chemistry. We have great leaders in the upper class, with promising talent in the younger grades. I am excited to see what will develop over the next three months,” Hall noted. By David Grimes info@newsroanoke.com

Knights Softball Poised To Defend Titles Lynsey Barker powers a serve over the net during one of last weekend’s match-ups. If you noticed a large number of teenage girls in spandex shorts last weekend in Roanoke you were probably seeing players that participated in the annual Shamrock Festival volleyball tournament. Now in its 13th year, “Shamrock” as it is known, is the largest nationally sanctioned tournament in Virginia, hosting 228 teams from all over the east coast that bring over 6000 visitors to the Roanoke Valley. The tournament was headquartered at the Roanoke Civic

Center Special Events Hall with 13 courts of volleyball being played simultaneously. The events started Friday night with a College Showcase highlighting over 300 girls displaying their skills for over 70 college scouts. Tournament play began on Saturday and ran through Sunday afternoon with games played all over Roanoke including gyms at Cave Spring, William Fleming, Patrick Henry, North Cross, Glenvar, Hidden Valley, Roanoke College, Hollins College and the Spectrum

Sports Academy (formerly The Edge). The tournament also acts as a fundraiser for the Roanoke United Volleyball Club which has 15 teams with players between the ages of 12-18 as well as a Volleyball Academy for younger children. Many of local teams placed well. “Roanoke 18s” – 2nd place Gold, “NRV” (also a local club) 18s – 1st place Silver, “Roanoke 15 White” – 2nd place Silver, “Roanoke 14 White” – 1st place Silver.

After losing only one starter off of last’s River Ridge District and Region IV championship team, the Cave Spring softball squad, behind eight returning starters, is poised to make another run deep into the playoffs in 2012. Donning the Knights uniform this season are Taylor Asimakopoulos (pitcher/infield), junior Lauren Roach (infield/outfield), senior Kayla Malkos (infield), junior Madi Billings (catcher), freshman Kylie Kent (infield), senior Noelle Patterson (outfield), senior Danielle Stump (pitcher/ infield), senior Dani Duff (outfield), junior Cortney Cooper (infield/outfield), senior Savannah Wilson (outfield), senior Hannah Sitze (outfield/ pitcher), junior Amanda Simmons (outfield/ catcher), freshman Abby Beatty (pitcher/infield), junior Victoria Muncy (outfield), senior Caitlin Ragan (infield) and junior Hannah Ferguson (infield). “This year’s team is filled with potential,” said head coach Lindsey Moore. “We only lost one starter from last year’s team. We have two returning starting pitchers who led us to the state quarterfinals last year. Also returning are all-district players Duff, Malkos, Stump, Asimakopoulos and Cooper. There are two freshmen on this year’s roster who are expected to make an impact. Kent was a standout third baseman for the JV team year and Beatty spent the majority of her time on JV in the pitcher’s circle. She will see time on the

mound this year, as well as time in the infield.” When asked about the Knights strengths and weaknesses, Moore replied, “We are a versatile team. Having so many pitchers is a good problem to have. The disadvantage to that is that we have to move positions around depending on who is on the mound. Fortunately, I have several players that can fill numerous roles on the team. Our infield is expected to be strong, with several veteran players. Our weakness this year will be in the outfield, particularly in the first part of season since we will be without all-state player, Duff, who is out for rehab from a shoulder injury. She is expected to be back in the lineup before the district games begin, barring any complications.” Cave Spring sees its top games being with nondistrict foe Northside and district member Salem. “I have high expectations for this year’s team at Cave Spring. We have a lot of veteran players returning to the lineup with the addition of some stand-out players from last year’s JV program. Like everyone, we have our strengths and weaknesses, but I believe with hard work and dedication this can be a great year for Cave Spring Softball.” The Knights opened the season on Monday at William Byrd with a 4-2 loss. By David Grimes info@newsroanoke.com

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With six returning starters, the Hidden Valley girls’ softball team has been working hard in the off-season to improve on last year’s 4-6 record in a competitive River Ridge District under new head coach Brett Newman. Newman takes over the Titans program after spending the last two seasons at Patrick Henry and at Lord Botetourt two years prior to the Patriots’ stint. Returning for Hidden Valley, who was 11-13 overall and lost in the opening round of the regional tournament last season,

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While the Trinkle How people react to main stage at Mill that – and to who did Mountain Theatre the judge in – are the may still be dark – siplay’s focus. There’s lenced first by finansomeone with “a dog cial problems and problem,” radio stathen by renovations at tion DJs that keep the Center in the Square townsfolk informed – the more intimate and assorted other Waldron Stage on colorful personaliChurch St. is gearing ties. Treadway said up for a third producGreater Tuna could tion. “Greater Tuna,” in fact to be about a two man tour-de“your family. I see my force with 21 charown family in this.” Scott Treadway, Ginger Poole and Mike Edwards acters and many, many bring Greater Tuna to the Waldron Stage. Being in the cozy Walcostume changes, comes dron space is “perfect,” seats about 120) came with new to the refurbished Walaccording to Treadway: dron Stage March 21-April 1. lighting, new risers for chairs “we’re right there in [people’s] It’s also a return to Roanoke for and renovated office space. laps.” former producing artistic direc- Poole and company moved back Treadway also called the decitor Scott Treadway, who left Mill in October; The Best Christmas sion to leave Roanoke “agony,” Mountain after less than a year in Pageant Ever and The Arctic Cir- adding that he was “thrilled to that position, returning to North cle, which came from the Hollins be back.” He had been to RoaUniversity playwright program, noke as an actor once before, in Carolina for family reasons. Treadway returns as one of preceded Greater Tuna. “Our fu- a children’s production (at the the two actors in Greater Tuna, ture is collaboration,” said Poole Performing Arts Theatre), what a comedy that details the goings- of The Arctic Circle; she expects he called “the worst show in the on in a fictional Texas town. more Hollins productions on history of earth.” The other actor is Orlando- the Waldron Stage in the future. Edwards said he and Treadway based Mike Edwards, who has “That’s the future for the arts – have their timing down to a sciperformed Greater Tuna with we can’t survive [otherwise].” ence – important since the other Expect a sleeker, slimmer, actor may be off stage doing a Treadway in a number of venues. The play itself dates back to smarter Mill Mountain when quick change. They’ve also done the 1970’s and is one of the most the main stage returns – but a “Tuna Christmas” play seven produced works ever. Directing not less ambitious, according to times. “They’re real people – just is Ginger Poole, Mill Mountain’s Poole. There will be fewer pro- a little bizarre,” adds Edwards of managing director and direc- ductions (around six per year) Greater Tuna. tor of education – currently the and a definitive dark period over There are a number of venues only full time employee at Mill the summer. There may be co- for live plays in Roanoke now but productions with other theater Poole is okay with the competiMountain. Poole said Treadway’s posi- companies as well. “It was crazy tion: “the more exposure that we tion won’t be filled right away: towards the end,” Poole recalls of as an arts community give [to the “our next move is a director of the time before Mill Mountain public] the better.” The granddevelopment, [at least] for the shut down in 2009, “we were do- daddy of them all – the Trinkle next several months until Center ing about twelve productions a main stage – could be back onin the Square finishes its renova- year, with a staff of 23.” Expect a line later this year. “We’re getting tions.” That’s slated to happen in full time staff closer to 6-7 people close,” said Poole, “I’m ready to December 2012. A new execu- this time around. see this [through] to the end.” Edwards said he is fortunate See millmountain.org or call tive or artistic director could be hired early next year, according to be working again with Tread- 342-5749 for more about Greatway in Greater Tuna, which they er Tuna, March 21-April 1 on the to Poole. The Trinkle main stage “will first performed together back Waldron Stage. Adult tickets are be the first to get the thumbs- in 1991. “It keeps cycling back $25. By Gene Marrano up to move back into Center in to us,” said the full time actor/ gmarrano@cox.net the Square,” said Poole, a veteran director. Five dressers will help play director who also runs act- Edwards and Treadway into ing and dance camps for chil- costume for their 21 characters; dren and adults. Directing a play some of those changes occur in like Greater Tuna “is a challenge,” as little as 11 seconds. “It’s pretty but Edwards and Treadway have magical,” marvels Poole. Greater Tuna details a day in helped make it easier for Poole. The Waldron refurbishing (it the life after a judge has died. Payment

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The Reel Deal: “John Carter”

The fantasy and sci-fi genre have many great movies such as Avatar or the Star Wars saga, but they all owe it to a book all the way back from 1917 called “A Princess of Mars” for their inspiration. Written by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars had a great plot, riveting sword-fights and spectacle to spare. Naturally a movie adaptation would seem inevitable, but the novel has endured somewhat of a development crisis, and other films such as Avatar have taken inspiration from the novel for their own film. Although some of its originality was lost on its way to the big screen, it is still an enjoyable and visually-stunning movie. The film focuses on the titular character John Carter, who one day finds himself transported to Mars. The world is dying from war and chaos, and unless John can unite everyone to stand against their enemy that seeks to destroy Mars they are all doomed to extinction. The biggest problem with John Carter is that it’s a bit confusing for those who have not read the book and are unfamiliar with the terminology and characters of the series. The movie tries its hardest, but 132 minutes can’t provide the amount of context the audience needs to understand the culture that the novel depicts. Another issue with John Carter is that it has a lot of common clichés found in fantasy/ sci-fi films today. Though not the movie’s fault, the surprises in the story are now worn out thanks to the other movies in the genre that have used them so regularly. Despite this, the movie is still very entertaining thanks to its spectacle and even its characters. The two leading actors, Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins, both do

very well in their roles and also gimmick. have great chemistry together John Carter may have been that makes them an enjoyable a better movie if it had been repair to watch. leased earlier, but it’s still a fun The story also has its interest- movie that provides just the right ing moments despite its famil- amount of old-school thrills that iarity. The art direca lot of films are misstion of the world of ing today. The movie Mars is great, and the is visually stunning, movie does a decent and the story has its job of immersing fun moments. It’s a you in that world. shame that the conWhat’s even better fusing intricacies of than the art direction the culture and some are the visual effects, flaws in the script which are stunning and plot are there to say the least. The because otherwise scope of the movie this is a pretty solid Seth Childers is massive, and with movie. Despite this, the epic battles and the best way to see massive landscapes, it’s hard this movie is on the big screen. A not to be taken with awe at how small HDTV will simply never immense this movie is in scale be able to portray the enormous and detail. Even the 3D is good scope of this film. despite being a post-converted By Seth Childers one, and it’s used to enhance the info@newsroanoke.com movie rather than serving as a

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Nylon is the most durable of all carpet fibers, according to Valerie Ottaviano, vice president of product design at Bentley Prince Street, Inc., a California-based carpet and rug company. When it comes to purely natural materials like straw, sisal and wool, she urges consumers to think twice. “They look great but can be tough to clean,” Ottaviano says. Sisal rugs don't react well to water or cleaners, for example. “Something made with a solution dye may not be natural, but it can give you better performance, depending on your household.”

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Perfect places for accent rugs Add flare to your floors with tips from Tam Wimolvan Vidulich, Chicago-based artist and owner of Tam Wimolvan Vidulich Carpets. Entrance way: While an accent rug is unexpected here, Vidulich says, “A round rug can create a mise-en-scène for the home. Here’s the place to make a good first impression.”

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lich says. “It can transform a mundane transit space into your own mini gallery.”

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or those who prefer the plush pile of carpet beneath their feet, Living room: Tie the room new materials and together with color, texture innovative adhesive provide and fabric. “Even the acousmodern options. tical properties of the fabric help create an atmosphere that enhances the moment, whether it’s a lively gathering with friends or a quiet evening with a book,” she says. Bedroom: Start the day with a warm welcome underfoot. “This often-neglected room deserves a little more love; after all, it is where we spend almost a third of our lives,” Vidulich notes.

Like all home industries, carpet makers are looking into sustainable options. Post-consumer nylon can be weaved back into new fibers. “We can actually strip previously used carpet, shave off the top and put that back into a new fiber while still creating premium-quality carpet,” Ottaviano says. There’s now carpet available that is made from yarn composed of used fishing nets. The production process is fed by different streams of post-consumer carpets, used fabrics and fishing nets together with industrial discards from all over the world. “This is really innovative, eco-friendly fiber and it looks gorgeous,” Ottaviano says.

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Breathers, beware! The air inside your home could need some serious cleaning. Here are the top 5 culprits

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coughs and sneezes that result from poor indoor air quality. Some are miserable enough that they can’t complete their homework or struggle to focus in school. Parents usually assume that their children are suffering from bacterial infections when the real culprit is closer to home: In fact, it is the home. “It can take a long time to convince parents that their children could be coughing because they’re allergic to something in the air in their bedrooms or living rooms,”

ersistent cough? Always sneezing? Having trouble concentrating or sleeping? There’s plenty of reasons this could happen, but it shouldn’t be because of the air you breathe, which is something that any homeowner can take steps to control. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician in New York, sees plenty of children with persistent

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stay put in your home.” Fortunately, homeowners can take some simple steps to lessen or eliminate five common sources of indoor air pollution. CIGARETTE SMOKE: Levine points to cigarette smoke as the most irritating form of indoor air pollution. Eliminating this is easy: Homeowners simply should never smoke inside their residences, she says. Cigarette smoke has a habit of lingering in a home’s carpeting, bedding, furniture and walls. DUST MITES: Another common cause of poor indoor air quality is dust mites. These critters are microscopic. And it’s not the mites themselves that cause people to sneeze, tear up or cough – it’s the excrement they leave behind. These dust mite pellets trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Because they can’t be seen, dust mites enjoy living in bedding, stuffed animals and furniture, undetected by homeowners. One way homeowners can cut down on this microscopic population is by keeping their residence’s humidity levels between 30 to 50 percent with a good humidifier. Homeowners also can cover their beds and box springs with allergen-proof coverings. PETS: Pets, too, are a common cause of indoor air pollution. The best solution is often a painful one; those who are allergic to pets, or who have children who are, might have to part with their furry companions. If the allergies aren’t too severe, pet owners can lessen the allergic impact by making sure their pets stay off the furniture and beds and by bathing them more frequently. MOLD/MILDEW: Tony Abate, vice president of operations at AtmosAir Solutions in Fairfield, Conn., says that mold and mildew can cause air quality problems.Mold and mildew usually pop up because of moisture problems, so it’s important to keep homes dry, especially in basements, crawl spaces and

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other areas susceptible to moisture. Abate, a certified indoor environ mentalist, recommends that homeowners make sure their downspouts and gutters are working properly, that the grading of the land outside their homes slopes away from their residences and that they stock a dehumidifier in their basements. CARPET: Dick Gebhart, technology manager for Owens Corning, a global building-materials provider, points to carpeting as a fifth culprit. Carpeting can prove an irresistible home to dust mites and chemicals that cause people to sneeze and cough. “I don’t think a lot of people are aware of indoor air pollution. They think that air pollution comes from the outside,” Gebhart says. “They don’t think about the impact that their furniture, their carpeting or even their electronic devices have on the quality of the air inside their homes.” Gebhart recommends that homeowners replace old carpeting. They also can invest in a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air – HEPA – filter. This filter prevents vacuums from kicking up an abundance of dust. Homes are built differently today, Abate says. Construction is tighter. This means that indoor air pollution is a more serious problem: Tighter homes increase the chances for mold, and they make it less likely that odors and allergens will simply drift away. This is why it’s so important for homeowners to take the relatively simple steps to eliminate the most common sources of indoor air pollution. “Things are getting bottled up and concentrated in new homes,” Abate says. “A lot of people find that they feel better when they leave their homes. You don’t want to have this type of sick-building syndrome.” © CTW Features

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Homeowners can provide relief for family members with allergies by purchasing anti-allergy bedding and pillows. Here’s a three-step guide to purchasing these bedding materials:

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Nonporous fabrics provide the best protection against allergens, though some complain that these fabrics also become overly hot. Microfiber polyester fabrics also will do the job and usually provide a more comfortable sleeping environment. A tightly woven cotton fabric also is a good choice. The good news is that manufacturers are happy to advertise when their bedding products qualify as anti-allergy, so they aren’t too difficult to find.

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Homeowners who purchase anti-allergy sheets and coverings should make sure that these products completely cover beds. This includes not only the mattress, but a bed’s box springs and pillows.

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Last Year’s Paint,

This Year’s Projects That stack of leftover paint cans should be put to good use. Try these easy DIY projects to help accessorize a room

Did you know? A dash of paint: Bold colors on a door, lamp or wall hangings can brighten up a room. By Dawn Klingensmith

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ot leftover paint from a recent paint job? Don’t consign it to the graveyard of paint cans in the basement. A small amount of paint can serve to touch up edges, molding or furniture. Incidentally, leftover paint stores better and is easier to identify in a clear plastic peanut butter or mayonnaise jar, recommends Chris Ring, vice president of operations and training for ProTect Painters, a national house-painting franchise based in Ann Arbor, Mich. As for the rest, why not use it instead of getting rid of it? Here are some projects that breathe new life into last year’s paint and create new points of interest around a home.

Repurpose an ornate picture frame as art in its own right. “Look for a frame at a

flea market or junk shop that is in good shape and has something about it that speaks to you,” says interior design consultant Holly Becker, founder and editor of decor8, the popular home design blog. “I like using ornate vintage frames because, with a little soap and water, a light sanding and a few coats of paint, you can lean it up against the wall or prop it on the mantel and use as a decorative element,” says Becker, also the co-author of “Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home” (Chronicle Books, 2011). “Just make sure to carefully remove and discard the glass and frame backing first.”

Paint only the shelf edges or door frames for an element of surprise. Painting the shelf

edges in a cupboard or closet adds an unexpected pop of color. It’s easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of paint; even leftover test pots will get the job done. “A strong, clean edge – perhaps in black with white shelves – is bold and graphic. That will give your cabinet or bookcase a modern edge,” Becker says. “If you tend to lean on the side of understated, go with something pale, like gray, mint or blue.” Painting the moldings

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t’s official. Your house has become an eyesore for anyone driving by – peeling paint, squeaky doors and dirt-covered siding attest to months, if not years, of neglect. But the toolbox is empty and you’re no home-improvement expert as it

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Luckily, people who are experts know how to spruce up a house exterior without breaking the bank. With three tools that are more than one-trick ponies, turn a run-down house into one that stops traffic – for the right reasons.

SPRAY LUBRICANT: A tool of 2,000 uses For just a couple of dollars, a bottle of household oil/lubricant can go a long way. The most ubiquitous of these lubricants is WD-40. In fact, the website for WD-40 lists 2,000 uses. Some might be repetitive, but some are surprisingly useful. There’s the obvious: the product fights rust on porch railings, metal patio furniture, barbecue grills and more. But Eileen Claar, Atlanta-based social media expert for Home Depot, says this is only the beginning. A squirt of lubricant on a porch ceiling fan’s blades keeps it moving smoothly, eliminating any squeaks or squeals when they’re spinning. When the holiday season approaches, those animated reindeer or waving elves on the front lawn might need a tune-up. Spray lubricant can make sure that these animated creatures move as they’re supposed to. “You don’t want reindeer that look like they have arthritis,” Claar says. Some lubricant on the base of the garage door makes sure that it won’t stick to the bottom of the pavement underneath, potentially saving it from some unsightly damage if the garage door faces the street. “Up to 30 percent of homeowners’ front exterior space is taken up by garage doors,” Claar says. “It’s important to take care of them.”

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PRESSURE WASHER: The power of water When Jason Cameron needs to provide a quick boost to a property’s exterior, he turns to one tool: the pressure washer. And Cameron knows of what he speaks. This licensed contractor is host of two shows on the DIY Network, “Desperate Landscapes” and “Man Caves.” He knows what’s easy and what isn’t. “The pressure washer is such an important tool,” Cameron says. “There are so many applications for it. Unlike a regular garden hose, which won’t give you the pressure you need, you can use a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime and buildup from just about any exterior surface. And that’ll leave your home looking so much brighter.” The pressure washer is also an economical tool when it comes to using water. Cameron says that it uses 70 percent less water to complete an average job than does a typical garden hose. Cameron recommends using a pressure washer to remove the gray that builds up along concrete porches over the years. It can also remove green mossy patches that collect on house siding. Cameron does advise homeowners to stay 12 to 16 inches away from their homes when using a pressure washer to clean siding; the fan tip gives a wider swatch of water when the user stands farther away, which allows people to clean more area in less time. Homeowners can also turn to pressure washers to brighten faded pavers, cinder block

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1 Resurface It

You may have seen the infomercials on late at night, but how much do you really know about resurfacing a bathtub? This product, also known as a bath liner or bath fitter, is created to match the dimensions of your tub and is placed directly on top of the existing area. Resurfacing covers up any ugly remnants of the tub without requiring the work of completely removing it. “Our product is 100 percent acrylic and the walls are all one piece, so if you have mold or mildew issues, we would get rid of all of it and then put a liner over the existing [tub],” says Saiema Quadri, an event manager at Montreal-based Bath Fitter. Bathtub resurfacing companies are increasingly adding options like grab bars, graphic art and other bathroom accessories attached to the liners. Bath Fitter, which operates in Canada and the U.S., offers an online tool where customers can design their own bathroom remodel virtually.

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One sticking point for the bath liners is that customers can get overeager to jump in their new shower or tub. “If people don’t follow directions to let the product sit so the adhesive can stick to the wall, something might pop off a little bit,” Quadri says, “but we’ll go in and fix that.” Search for bath liners or fitters for resurfacing companies in your area.

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Cons: • If the product develops a crack, water will get between old bathtub and liner, creating problems • In some cases, plumbing may need to be changed, which may require a permit and a licensed plumber

you’re better off completely replacing your tub. For instance, for those who want to add luxury features like massage jets, effervescence, builtin lighting and aromatherapy, a full replacement is the right choice. “It depends on personal preference,” says Aaron Hoegle, merchandising director in fashion plumbing of Lowe’s home improvement stores. “Do they want a new experience? What’s the motive?”

There are two ways to talk about refinishing a tub. For an easy fix to a small problem, there are DIY products that can repair cracks and chips in a tub if it is made of acrylic or fiberglass/gelcoat. For a full overhaul, though, refinishing is an inexpensive way to make a big difference in the appearance of a bathtub. “It’s about being able to bring your bathroom up to date on a reasonable budget,” says Jim Pierce, senior account executive at Chicago-based Beautiful Finishes. Refinishing typically involves first coating the existing surface in a base solution, sometimes known as an etching solution, which makes it easier for the new surface to adhere. Then a primer and topcoat are added. After the tub is refinished, it could take anywhere between four hours to seven days before it is ready for use. Pierce says many of his customers have tubs with the bright retro colors of the ’60s and ’70s and want to neutralize the colors to prepare a house for sale. Finishes are available in a variety of colors to match with bathroom décor. Other common customers are landlords who want to make their properties more appealing to renters, according to Pierce. The typical bathtub refinishing job, Pierce says, is about $300, though it can vary depending on the type of material, size of the tub and other considerations. Pros: • Usually the cheapest option • No need to redo plumbing • While you’re at it, you can refinish tiles and countertops, too

A new tub can accommodate specific requirements, like accessibility, the desire for a different style tub, high-tech features or green materials. For an aging home, Hoegle recommends a Kohler tub with a side that raises and lowers and is still customizable with bells and whistles that homeowners want. He cites accessibility as a growing concern for consumers looking to buy bathtubs. Delta has also released a new tub, he says, that is made

with low-emitting product for a healthier indoor environment. “It’s exciting because it’s an acrylic material for a fraction of the typical acrylic price.” While Hoegle says that refinishing and resurfacing are viable options for many homeowners who are looking for a cheaper option, it all depends on the current tub and the customer.

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