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Roanokers Run For Others Keith McCurdy

Less is Better P4– Keith McCurdy says do a little less for your kids and they are likely to be far more responsible adults.

Tech Awards P6– Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and U.S. Senator Mark Warner helped hand out the awards at last Thursday’s Technology Council Banquet.

Local Voice P8– Dave Ross has been one of the leading sportscasters in the Roanoke Valley for more than three decades.

Unexpected Help P9– Women in Roanoke’s Sudanese refugee community will soon have their own website to sell their handmade goods thanks to some enterprising students.

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Runners competing in all three events began their races last Saturday morning at Vinton’s Fallon Park.

“Mannathon” Raises Money and Awareness For Ministry The Manna Ministries Food Bank in Vinton is $20,000 better off after that amount and then some was raised at the second annual “Mannathon,” a series of 8K and 5K races that was held at Fallon Park last Saturday. The course for both races (walkers also took advantage of the 5K course) made its way through the blue-collared neighborhoods of southeast Roanoke City and 8K (about five mile) racers trod for about a mile on the Tinker Creek Greenway before heading back to the finish line, which was also at Fallon Park. Manna Ministries accepts donations of food and clothing, which is distributed to the working poor weekly during a Thursday night open house. People can come in, enjoy a hot meal, take non-perishable food items with them, including food for their dog or cat, and select items from a clothes closet. What began as a ministry of Parkway Wesleyan has expanded to include volunteers from many churches and groups. Each month over 1,000 families wait in lines that wrap around the building to receive a box of food. In addition, the families at Manna are offered clothing, toys, books, toiletry items and snacks - along with acceptance and love - from over 60 volunteers. More than 400 people showed up to race or walk on Saturday,

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Nicole Faut admits to being raised in a dark, colorless world. She watched her mother nurse her baby sister while high on crack. Her father struggled with his own addictions. Faut says her life was chaotic but she found a way to make peace with it ­ by excelling in school and allowing her emotions to spill over on canvas. Faut, of McGaheysville, Va., will graduated with honors from Virginia Tech this month. An interdisciplinary studies major in the Department of Religion and Culture, with minors in history and medieval and early modern studies, she is also the recipient of a 201213 Fulbright award. A determined youth, Faut says she “did not want to use my family life as justification

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Nicole Faut, a Fulbright winner, poses with her honors project. The project illustrates the angst in a local community over a court case involving the public display of the Ten Commandments.

mostly in the 5K (3.1 miles) category. Awards were given for the top overall male and female winners (see mountainjunkies. net for a complete list of finishing times) and for the top three finishers in a number of age categories. Vinton Mayor Brad Grose, newly reelected in an unopposed race of his own earlier in the month, was on hand to give a few opening remarks before the opening horn signaled the beginning of the two races. “Manna is just a wonderful ministry. It serves a segment of our society that needs help. It serves the working poor – that’s what I really like about it.” Grose said about 17 churches are now involved in supporting Manna Ministries, which is located on Walnut Street in Vinton. Runners went by the storefront headquarters as they raced back toward Fallon Park last Saturday. The Town of Vinton used to make a cash donation to Manna Ministries but in these button-down times it now offers inkind contributions like police help with crowd control at the Mannathon. Grose doesn’t mind having all those people come through Vinton either. “We’re obviously glad to see all of the runners out, the more the merrier.” The Mannathon noted Grose, also helps get the word out about the ministry itself. > CONTINUED, P2: Mannathon

Moving Municipal Elections Easy But Council Unsure At the request of Councilman Sherman Lea and a nod from Mayor Bowers at the May 7 council meeting, acting City Attorney Tim Spencer was instructed to look into the possibility of holding local elections in November. At that time Spencer couldn’t give exactly what steps need to be taken to make such a move a reality. In 2002 a bill passed in the General Assembly (HB 378) that gave municipalities the option for November council elections. According to the Attorney General’s Office it has been enshrined in the Code of Virginia Section 24.2-222.1 ever since. A simple resolution by council would get it done; another option would be a citizen referendum. This is not the first time this issue has been visited. In the 2010 elections it was a topic for candidates along with non-partisan elections. The three candidates who won election answered the question as follows: Bill Bestpitch said, “I support moving city council elections to November, not only to encourage more voter participation but also to eliminate the cost of separate elections in May.” Ray Ferris said, “Moving Election Day to November is certainly a tempting idea, but if it means coupling local elections with national or state contests, I am against it.” Dave Trinkle’s answer was unclear. “I believe there are many benefits to having the election in November, the main one being reduction of costs and one ‘political season’ instead of two. The only negative would be that local issues may get lost in the > CONTINUED P2: Municipal

David Baldacci Captivates CVB Audience Industry leaders and local and state officials celebrated the economic impact of tourism and film production in the region at the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) Annual Meeting last week at The Hotel Roanoke. “We were delighted to have an extraordinary lineup of great speakers to highlight National Tourism Week, to celebrate the recent launch of the new “Virginia’s Blue Ridge” destination brand, and to showcase the unique partnership between tourism and Virginia’s film industry,” said Landon Howard, Executive Director of the Roanoke Valley CVB. The event featured keynote speaker and #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, whose novel “Wish You Well” is slated to become the next film produced in the region. He expressed how this novel has a unique tie with his

David Baldacci (L) and Roanoke CVB President Bart Wilner share a laugh together at last Thursday’s meeting. family roots in Virginia. In an interview Baldacci said, “Virginia was always where this movie was going to be filmed, it was where it was set and Virginia is a character in this book. So, if we didn’t make it in Virginia, it wouldn’t be worth making.” Also on hand were Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and

First Lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, announcing the celebration of National Tourism Week, May 5-13, when tourism is recognized for it’s role as an economic development driver across the country. > CONTINUED P2: Baldacci


> Mannathon High pressure will dominate our weather Friday through Monday and will allow us to see partly to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures through the period will be warm, topping out in the mid-to-upper 70s.

Although Manna Ministries relies primarily on donated food and clothes for distribution to the working poor, fundraising events like the Mannathon can help fill in the gaps. “Together we raised well over $25,000 for the Manna Ministries Food Bank – and we promise to stretch every penny out of every dollar raised,” Manna Ministries Board Chair Ron Willard noted in an email the day after the race. Volunteer Ann Sheehan, who works for Jefferson Surgical, was in charge of race registration at the Mannathon. She started volunteering last fall when her son went off to college. “There are times when we run low on food and have to purchase from the food bank,” said Sheehan. The turnout for the second annual Mannathon was about double what it was at

the inaugural event in 2011, according to Sheehan. “[I’m] very impressed,” she said. A number of churches signed up groups for the Mannathon, whether they were running or walking; several of them toured the Manna Ministries building before the race. There was even a spirited competition between several Presbyterian church groups. Sheehan kidded that Presbyterians are competitive by nature, and that her own church – Second Presbyterian – will have to get involved next year. A number of runners pulled double duty, also racing later on in the day at the Gallop 4 the Greenways 5K, raising money for the valley’s growing greenway network. Besides the money raised, there was another benefit from the race, said Sheehan – raising awareness for the overall mis-

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mix with state and national issues.” In a council briefing following the elections then-City Attorney Bill Hackworth told council all it would take was a resolution. With no clamoring by city residents to change elections to November, the issue faded from their radar until another May election rolled around. Neither rain, nor sleet nor snow keeps 15 percent of dutiful citizens from voting in May. The other 85 percent of registered voters who don’t vote in May are not going to be the ones pressing council to change the elections to November. This past week I queried four council members again. Vice Mayor Dave Trinkle is

against it saying, “I favor spring elections as I believe local issues will get over-run by national issues and party politics. We do need to get higher voter turnout somehow.” Ray Ferris said, “From what I’ve heard from elected officials in other jurisdictions where municipal elections have been moved to November, it seems to be the consensus that November municipal elections are a mistake.” Court Rosen said he is “open to a discussion with citizens about it. That said, and having attended many functions with local officials around the state over the last four years, including at Virginia Municipal League functions, the consen-

> Fulbright for giving up on myself.” Instead she bought canvases, oil colors, and brushes. “Colors called to me, shouting their names from every object and scene I looked at,” Faut wrote in her personal statement in the Fulbright application. “They whispered the secrets of beauty in everything, when otherwise darkness … true, impenetrable darkness would have snuffed everything out.” Faut’s own experience with creative expression has paved the way to India, where she will conduct her Fulbright research. Faut’s project, titled “Bhiti Chitra: The History and Applications of Murals in South India,” seeks to explore the connections between the pressures of society, spirituality, and expression. Faut will study murals and arts administration using the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath College of Fine Arts in Bangalore as her home base, traveling to the caves in Ellora, Ajanta, and temples in the region as well. “I will be looking at the history of mural painting in South India, and comparing my findings to contemporary mural projects in Bangalore,” said Faut. The city of Bangalore has launched an arts program that aims to cover nearly every building face in the

city with murals. During her year in Bangalore, Faut says she plans to examine how the city is accomplishing the project from an arts administration perspective and analyze how South Indian identity is articulating itself through contemporary public art as compared to the ancient art in nearby areas. Faut also received a Critical Language Enhancement Award and will spend three months taking advanced classes in Hindi in an immersion experience. “I will also be learning the regional dialect, Kannada, because my project depends on getting a sense of modern Indian identity and culture where I will be studying.” She anticipates a September departure. Peter Schmitthenner, chair of the Department of Religion and Culture, taught a course on the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and noted that Nicole’s “artistic project and presentation for that course was among the most inspiring student work I have overseen in all my years of teaching. In addition, Nicole has taken full advantage of the many things Virginia Tech has to offer, both in terms of academics and student organizations.” Faut has completed and will be involved in internships at

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Josh Robinson from Raleigh Court Presbyterian church hands off the winning platter to Janet Chisom from Salem Presbyterian. The two churches were in a friendly competition to see who could bring out the most runners to the Mannathon. sion, which is all about assisting the working poor: “a little bit of what we’re about.” (read more at mannathon.com).

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From page 1 sus I hear from those representing localities where elections have been moved from May to November is that it is a mistake and that May dates work best for local elections.” Bill Bestpitch said, “I agree with Sherman that this is an important issue and should be decided with lots of citizen input, so I will listen carefully to the community before deciding how to vote … My concern would be that, while more voters may show up, they may not vote for city council candidates at all, or their votes could be less informed.” Mayor Bowers and Lea are both on the same page in giving it serious consideration from indications at the May 7 coun-

cil meeting. Anita Price did not respond. Bestpitch, Ferris and Rosen all pointed to local candidates not being heard above the voices of those running for higher office. They pointed to issues like sold out media, voters who would vote straight party line anyway or not vote down the full ballot. All council members share Ray Ferris’ frustration. “I don’t know why folks don’t vote. Voting is easy and only takes a few minutes. The polls are open for 13 hours on Election Day and there’s a polling place within a mile of every voter in the City of Roanoke.” By Valerie Garner info@theroanokestar.com

From page 1 various art programs and camps, including the Djerassi Artists Residence Program in California and United Arts of Central Florida. She has presided over the Virginia Tech chapter of STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition; led the Young Democrats; and served the feminist group, Womanspace, where she helped coordinate Take Back the Night for three years. She has also been a volunteer for several political campaigns. Proficient in both Hindi and German, Faut is a teaching assistant for “Traditional Asian Cultures.” She has contributed to the undergraduate research journal Philologia, and frequently wrote editorials for the Collegiate Times opinions page. A Gates Millennium Scholar of 2008, Faut also earned a Presidential Campus Enrichment Grant and was a research assistant in the Department of Religion and Culture her senior year. A creator at heart, Faut has exhibited several of her own murals and art projects over the last four years, even dedicating her honors work to the local “culture war” in Giles County over the hanging of the Ten Commandments in area schools. In Bangalore, Indian artists are part of a massive administra-

tive endeavor for creative revitalization. As Faut explores the correlations between creative expression and society, she says she hopes to return to the United States and add her experience to the efforts of modern American artists and art administrators. Faut affirms, “I know firsthand that we need more colors in this country.” The Fulbright program, established in 1946 by legislation sponsored by Sen. J. William Fulbright, is America’s flagship international education exchange activity. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The program is designed “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Since the program was established, thousands of United States faculty and professionals have studied, taught, or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States.

By Jean Elliott info@theroanokestar.com

> Baldacci “Tourism is a key component of our administration’s economic development strategy,” Lieutenant Governor Bolling said. “In 2010, visitors to our state generated $19 billion dollars in spending and supported more than 204,000 jobs in the tourism industry. Tourism is big business in Virginia, and that’s why Governor McDonnell and I will continue doing everything we can to support this vital industry.” The economic impact of films produced in Virginia generated $344 million in 2010. The Roanoke Valley experienced a 6% increase in tourism related expenditures in 2010 which generated 7,000 jobs and over $134 million in local employee earnings. Local tourism industry professionals honored at the Annual Meeting included: Trixie Averill, Roanoke Valley CVB Marketing Advisory

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Chair, received the Tourism Ambassador Award for outstanding efforts, dedication and support toward the promotion of the region and its many tourism attributes Roanoke City Manager, Chris Morrill, Roanoke County Administrator, Clay Goodman, and Salem City Manager, Kevin Boggess - each received the Golden Star Award for their outstanding commitment to facilitating economic growth in the tourism industry Granger Macfarlane, former Virginia State Senator, received the Presidents’ Tourism Excellence Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in developing and promoting the tourism industry in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Roanoke City Approves Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 Monday’s council meeting was quick and painless with no discussion except to thank staff for their hard work in assembling the 2013 fiscal year budget for final adoption. City Manager Chris Morrill’s “budgeting for outcomes” task began in September of 2011. The $252.8 million budget was approached conservatively. Revenue is faring well and running slightly ahead of budget for 2012 due to outperforming sales tax, meals tax, occupancy tax and BPOL tax revenue that offsets a decline in real estate assessments. The 2013 budget allows for one-percent growth over 2012. City employees will get a three-percent raise if they meet performance levels. The step grade has also been adjusted. City retirees are receiving a 1.5-percent COLA increase. Various fee increases were adjusted more or less for purposes of consistency rather than revenue gains. Parking tickets will go from $10 to $20 for all infractions. Athletic fencing rental now at zero will be $150 per section. Open space rental will change from $150 for eight hours to $150 per day. Towing of inoperable vehicles will have a $45 administrative fee. And EMS fees will go up from $350 to $375 for basic life support with advanced life support be-

Roanoke City Council deliberates the 2013 budget. ing raised from $600 to $650. Fire protection permit fees will increase by $10 and a fireworks permit rate schedule will be implemented - from $250 for 30days notice to as much as $1500 for short notice. Roanoke City Public Schools will get $72.8 million and the city’s two-percent meals tax will sunset on June 30th. The temporary tax dedicated to the schools gave the school system time to adjust to a reduction in state revenue. RCPS closed schools and reduced expenses. At the joint meeting with the school board Councilman Court Rosen asked School Board Chairman David Carson how he felt about getting through the next fiscal year without the 2-cent meals tax. Carson said that they were in “reasonably good shape but spending down savings.” He complained about Roanoke not getting the assistance needed from the state. “In

the absence of that occurring it would benefit us to reduce spending,” he said. The $12 million RCPS squirreled away came from both the meals tax and stimulus funds. Carson said their fund balance would prevent teacher cutbacks and give teachers a one-percent raise. “We are not spending excess but spending down savings,” repeated Carson. Deputy Superintendent Curt Baker said, “It is clear that the Virginia Retirement System is going to be the wild card if it keeps increasing.” The draw down comes to $4 million this year and is a third of our total fund balance, he said. In an email Tuesday Carson said, “We appreciate council, all is fine, and all will be fine if the state funds school systems as it should.” By Valerie Garner info@theroanokestar.com

“Knock Off ” Drugs Becoming More Widespread in Southwest Virginia Summer is around the corner and law enforcement officials and representatives of other prevention groups from around the Roanoke Valley gathered Wednesday to warn parents to be on the lookout for synthetic drugs their children might be exposed to. With names like "Scooby Doo Snax" and "Amped", they're being sold in tobacco and convenience stores. "You've heard of Spice, K2; these are synthetic forms of marijuana," says Roanoke City Police Chief Chris Perkins. "Now, we're finding products that are designed to mimic the effects of other illegal drugs." He says they're referred to as bath salts, potpourri, or other generic names. The makers of these synthetic products mark the packages with phrases like, 'Lady Bug Attractant', 'Glass Cleaner', or 'For Novelty Only'." He says some packages are even marked, "Not for Human Consumption" in an effort to disguise their use. But instead of containing actual glass cleaner, the small packages which sell anywhere from $20-$50, contain a Dranolike product. Perkins says the high received from these drugs has been compared to the high from methamphetamine and cocaine. "The reactions range from erratic behavior to hallucinations, causing people to become violent to themselves or others", says Perkins. In addition, they

Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins and other law enforcement officials stand together in support at the press conference. can cause high blood pressure, Emergency Department kicking seizures, brain damage, and and screaming and hitting the EMTs, nurses, and physicians even death. City of Salem's Common- that are trying to care for them." wealth's Attorney Tom Bowes Freeman says there's no antisays there have been four con- dote for the drugs once they've firmed deaths linked to synthet- been consumed. Steve Pfleger ic bath salts in Western Virginia. with the U. S. Attorney's OfTwo of those are from the Roa- fice says this problem started in some of the big cities in Virginia noke Valley. Dan Freeman, a nurse with but has now moved to rural arCarilion Clinic Trauma Servic- eas. "It's been happening largely es says the effects of these drugs in the Western District in the can last for hours to days and last few years where we've seen even weeks. He's treated thou- an upswing in it and so that's sands of patients over the past led to greater education efforts, 15 years who have been under greater prosecution efforts, and the influence of drugs. "Among greater efforts just to get people the challenging of these cases to understand the problem." Speaking to adults, Chief Perare those that stem from an unknown chemical substance such kins said , "We say, 'Ask quesas those found in synthetic bath tions, educate yourselves on this topic, contact your local, state, salts and synthetic marijuana." Freeman says over the past 18 or federal law enforcement months, Carilion's Emergency agencies, and do your civic duty Department has seen a signifi- to help us impact this serious cant increase in emergencies public safety and public health where synthetic drugs are a sus- issue'." pected cause. By Beverly Amsler "They often present to the info@theroanokestar.com

A “Companioning” Philosophy of Caregiving

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hat’s a phrase that often the shelves just the day before has negative connota- they were ripe enough? The lettions but there are some tuce, the fresh green vegetables, things that we ought to be able and the fruits without a blemish to take for granted. When I turn . . . in only a few days they will on a faucet, I know there will be be beyond their prime. I don’t clean water. In the United States think the grocer just assumes few need bottled water. Flip a they will all be sold, but has to light switch and there will be il- plan his inventory so there’s no luminations. Turn the waste. key in the ignition and Moving on down the car will start. There the aisle we get to the are other things that we cheeses. Not much of should give a little more a problem there; they thought to before just get better with age, assuming that’s the way but the dairy products things will always be. are another matter. In Take grocery shopping, some markets, the “Sell for example. by date is weeks A large supermaraway, but in others Hayden Hollingsworth ket, I have been told, you have to look at stocks about 50,000 items. The the back of the rack to find one average distance traveled from that will last out the week. I have production to distribution point asked dairy managers why that is said to be 1500 miles. When is so and I get little information. the doors automatically open we “I just rotate the cartons and can be assured that whatever we keep the racks full” is the stanneed in the way of food and sta- dard reply. It must have someples will be there. The dried and thing to do with the processing. canned goods may have a shelf I wonder if those with a date six life of years; frozen foods may weeks hence glow in the dark as be good for months, but think soon as the refrigerator door is about the perishables. closed. Those bananas from Central Take a look at the frozen America; how did they get to shrimp. How long has it been

since they were in their Asian farm pond? Of one thing you can be certain: it’s very difficult to get fresh shrimp from our shores. The red meats come next and the variety of cuts extends the length of several first downs. There are more beef cattle, chickens, and turkeys than there are people in this country. It’s a good thing the livestock doesn’t know what lies in store for them but we know they will be safe food for our families. Benjamin Disraeli once said, “If you would develop a taste for sausage or the law, don’t watch either of them being made.” When you get to the processed meat products, don’t spend too much time with that thought; just buy the bologna and move on to the bakery. Some of that is prepared in the larger markets and the fragrance follows the freshness. I suspect in the next generation, there will be few who can match the quality of the mass produced bakery products. When we get to the wine and beer section, there is a dizzying array of selections. Hard to imagine the logistics of keeping those coolers and shelves filled, but at least, they will last a long time. The soft drink lanes . . . even more choices. Walk up and down the aisles twice of any supermarket and you will have covered a mile. If you take a person from a third world country into such a place for the first time, they will, I can assure you, be speechless. Even after years, they still look in awe at the unlimited quantities, remembering all too vividly the struggle to grow food in their homeland. So we take for granted that the food will be there, that anything we want will be available, that it will be fresh and it will be safe. It’s a good thing to remember that the vast majority on this planet do not enjoy such blessings. A swallow of water is a risk for most people in the world. On your next trip to the supermarket, try to envision the shelves totally bare and think about how to put food on the table that evening. And to that dreary thought, do you worry about roadside bombs on the way home? Blessings should not be taken for granted! Someday, things may be quite different.

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et’s all do a little less for being primarily need based, it is our children this week. now primarily want based. I mean it, let’s do a little When a 9 month old cries less. Oh, I know - this flies in they are hot, wet, hungry, etc. the face of current trends in our but when a 2 ½ year old cries, culture and I am sure our kids you said “No” to something. If won’t like it, but come on, they we miss this transition, we miss can handle it. a significant opportunity and You see, I am a little stuck. I begin fueling dependency, enam fighting the urge titlement and selfishto comment on things ness. At this point we like the recent Time are to go from keeping magazine cover article, our children “happy”, or the idea that the govwhich really did mean ernment is pondering meeting all of their about kids not work“needs” to allowing ing on the family farm, them to be frustrated or even the notion that by not responding to lemonade stands are all of their “wants”. somehow needing to Keith McCurdy This does not mean be taxed and have a that we should in any business license. way stop comforting or being All of that is so tempting, but affectionate with our children. I learned a long time ago that to It means that we need to make waste time on ridiculous things a transition. As a very old wise is in and of itself, ridiculous. So woman once told me, “If you are instead of that, I am encourag- old enough to climb out of the ing all of us to do a little less for high chair, you are old enough our children this week. Let me to work.” When a child can make my case. navigate that maneuver, they Our children make a transi- can handle a little burden. tion somewhere between the This is not a new concept. ages of 18 months and 2 years When someone demonstrates that we need to keep up with. a little independence, give them Prior to that age, their expres- a little responsibility. This is the sion of emotional distress (cry- transition that we have to make ing, screaming, fussing, etc.) with our children. To miss this is primarily need based. In is to begin developing unhealthy other words, when a 9 month dependency and we will forever old cries, he is usually hot, wet, believe that if we are not keephungry, etc. ing our children “happy” then Somewhere between 18 we have failed as parents. months and 2 years for most We make this transition in kids, they attain basic mastery a couple ways. First, we begin of two key functions … speech to say “No.” Prior to this we and mobility. They can now did not need to set boundaries, demonstrate some control and our children were mostly incayes, defiance both in word and pable of violating much. Once deed. From this point forward, they begin walking and talkthe display of emotional distress ing, they often begin climbing is very different. Instead of it and sassing. These things have

to be reined in with very clear boundaries and supported with good consequences. We begin the process of connecting cause and effect in this way and they won’t like it …. this is known as the “terrible twos.” This is the establishment of authority in the home and it is vital at this age. Where our children first learned that we were the supplier of all things, they now learn that we are the controller of all things. The second part of the process is that we begin adding responsibilities to our children. At the age of two a child can handle picking up toys (and many other things) before they are allowed to move on to something else. It used to be that we required much and gave little in the form of privileges. Today, we give much and require little responsibility. We have it backwards. When we give children responsibilities, the struggle to manage those requirements develops both the ability to handle frustration and leads to future maturity. This is the goal. The disturbing reality is that we are surrounded by a culture that encourages us to keep our children from maturing in a healthy manner. Because of that, most of us have missed the transition. No worries, it is not too late to begin now. We can choose to operate counter-culture. It is as simple as beginning to require a little more from our kids. So, this week, do a little less for your kids …. they may just surprise you. Contact Keith at psycyou@msn.com

The Happy Chef by Leigh Sackett Strawberry Spinach Salad

It is strawberry season and my son Anthony is so excited. He loves strawberries. I rarely serve up strawberries in creative ways, I usually just slice them and place them on Anthony’s plate. Although as I bite into a strawberry I often think - strawberries need to be in more recipes other than just deserts. Contact Hayden at They are certainly great in jhayden2003@cox.net deserts - the crowds that always come out for the Strawberry festival prove that! A good thing served simply like just sliced and placed on a plate is always a beautiful thing. I love the wonder of God’s foods just as they are but I also love a perfect combination, which is God’s design as well! This recipe is just that - like the famous Strawberry Shortcake or chocolate covered

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strawberries, it is a perfect combination yet without all the calories. So head out to the strawberry patch and pick some perfect plump strawberries and make this delicious and healthy salad for your family. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 tablespoon poppy seeds 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon minced onion 10 ounces fresh spinach rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces 1 quart strawberries cleaned, hulled and sliced 1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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hecking my email There isn't much to pick! one evening, I was Thanks to a book of children's surprised to see one stories, I was able to find the from my daughter Kathy with answer. The title is "The Travthe intriguing subject line “I eling Musicians." Four anineed to pick your brain.” I knew mals -- a donkey, dog, cat and she and Skip were in France for rooster-- are growing old and a meeting connected with her are no longer useful to their job at NC State, and they had masters. The donkey decides left a few days early for some to go to the city and become a personal time prior to the musician. On his way, he meets meeting. the others and invites them to Coincidentally, go too. When night their daughter Sarah, falls, they stop in who was enrolled at the woods to rest. Sotheby Institute in The rooster goes London, was also in to the top of a tree Paris on a week-end and sees a shining field trip at the same light of a house in time. When Sarah the distance. They asked the professor if go the house to see she might stay in the if they can spend hotel with her parthe night. The dog ents, an invitation gets on the donMary Jo Shannon was extended to key's back, the cat include her parents on the dog and on the visits to museums with the rooster on the cat, so they her class. I could not imagine can look through the window. why Kathy would need infor- They see robbers sitting around mation from her mother! I was a table eating. They decide even more surprised when I to scare the robbers and eat read the content of the email: the food after they leave. The “What was the name of the donkey brays, the dog barks, story, a fairy tale or classic kid's the cat mews and the rooster story, about the 4 traveling crows. The robbers flee and the animals that talked: a donkey, animals eat the food. They go a dog, a cat, and a rooster? At to sleep in spots that suit them. one point they climbed on each The robbers return when they other's backs to look in a win- see the lights are out. One robdow. I'm almost remembering ber enters the dark house and either 'Beggars' or 'Robbers' in sees the cat's eyes glowing in the title. Maybe a Grimm?” the dark. He thinks they are I knew the story she referred coals and strikes a match, and to, but couldn’t remember the the cat jumps at him hissing name, so I consulted a volume I and scratching. The dog jumps had picked up at a library book up and bites his leg, and as he sale – The Family Treasury of is crossing the yard, the donkey Children’s Stories, Book I, and kicks him, and the rooster atop soon located the story in ques- the house crows loudly. He tion – “The Traveling Musi- runs to the other robbers and cians.” tells them a witch got into the So I replied with a brief sum- house, spit at him and scratched mary of the story and the title: his face, a man hiding behind “WOW! What a request! the door stabbed his leg with

Well, the new Roanoke Star banner now has a week under its belt, with everything being very well-accepted by the reading public. I’ve had numerous compliments on the new banner and masthead we now display. (OK, readers, take a 30-second timeout and glance at page one, then get back to my column.) One reader suggested I should take advantage of another Roanoke Star to promote my column. Apparently, there is a webcam atop the Mill Mountain Star where you can watch people as they stroll onto the overlook, doing what most people do on an isolated mountain late at night. I noticed a lot of public displays of affection (do these people have any idea they’re potentially being watched in Taipai?) despite it being a clear night where watching airplanes land in the distance would seem to be

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olleagues and friends Environmental Protection Tony Oppersdorff Agency) that have otherwise and Kyrill Schab- provided exemplary models for ert published a delightful col- the world at-large. Rather than laborative paperback in 2011 moving forward toward longentitled “Best Nature Sites of term sustainable solutions, too Mid-Coast Maine,” (Waterline often we seem to backtrack for Books, Jefferson, ME). With short-term political gain. Then over 150 spectacular Tony said something photographs, this little to describe this headvolume offers sucin-the-sand attitude cinct site descriptions, that stopped me in my easy-to-read maps, tracks. Apropos to our and sidebars with a stances as individuals, wealth of natural hisTony’s statement also tory information about nearly defined us as a the U.S. Route 1 corspecies. ridor from Brunswick “I don’t need to bail to Belfast. If readers H. Bruce Rinker, PhD because the leak is in have not visited the your end of the boat.” area heretofore, then When I asked him you might consider a vacation the source of the quote, he readin the Northeast with this book ily attributed it to Isaac Asias your guide – the trip and the mov. I did a couple of literature book combined as stunning en- searches, however, that did not trée into the wilds of the North yield any speech, essay, or book Country. by this wonderful American Just before I gave an Earth writer, professor, and master of Day address this spring to an in- science fiction. I have a sneaky dependent school in the region, feeling that it was really Tony’s Tony and I engaged in a discus- brilliant originality and skillful sion about plastics pollution as knack to capture the moment in just one of many human-caused a turn of phrase. Both his writecological stressors on fragile ing and his photography corwildlife and ecosystems around roborate this view of his talents. the world. He and others asked “I don’t need to bail because if I remain hopeful, given the the leak is in your end of the enormity of our negative in- boat.” fluence on the natural world What a splendid, but spooky, around the globe. I replied affir- metaphor! matively, pointing to the young The boat, of course, is Earth people in my audience eager to with its incredible, intertwined make a difference by taking a biodiversity, all woven together stand against pollution and oth- in a complex and ancient tapeser injustices that we pour onto try of life and nonlife: 30 million Earth’s rich biodiversity. or more species linked together I did admit, however, how on our little planet of rock and exasperating it is to witness the water. The leak is multifarious badly informed political assaults and human-caused. Pick your in recent months on biparti- poison: greenhouse gases, acid san-supported environmental rain, heavy metals deposition, legislation (e.g., the Clean Air pesticides, and petroleum spills Contact Mary Jo at Act of 1970 or the Endangered or other types of “poison” such maryjoshannon@ymail.com Species Act of 1973) and regu- as plastic trash, forest fragmenlatory organizations (e.g., U.S. tation, rampant development,

a knife, a monster in the yard struck him with a club and a ghost on top of the house cried out, "Throw the rascal up here!" The robbers never dared to go back to the house and the animals made it their home. Now, let me know why this story came to your mind!” Immediately, I received this reply: “That's it! That's it! I remember it now! I remembered the robbers, but thought that was part of the title. Very well done! Was it possibly a Grimm? OK, why do I ask? For some reason, Skip and Sarah were watching a TV show in German. I was getting dressed. Came out of the bathroom and they were trying to figure out if the animals were actually talking, or was it the narrator? (Remember, all the dialogue is in German.). I said, 'Oh I know that story. The animals are traveling together. Yes, they can talk and understand each other's languages.'. Then they said 'you're making that up. You've never heard that story. What's it called?' All I could come up w/ was the word 'beggars.'. So I figured you'd remember since you were the one who read it to me so many times. I think it was in that old worn book that had the story of the old woman who turned into a woodpecker, or did a woodpecker turn into an old woman! Sure wish we still had that book ....Thanks for again being my 'Momapedia.' What amazes me is that all this discourse took place in less than ten minutes, across the ocean, involving two languages! Welcome to the 21st century!

Wild Bill’s Weekly Sports Roundup

the obvious activity. see Indians circling the wagons, I decided the mountaintop robbing a stagecoach, or shootweb-cam would be the per- ing bow and arrows I can’t ever fect place to promote Wild Bill recall Indians sitting around the Sports, so I headed up there last teepee watching television. weekend for a test run. UnfortuAnyway, it’s all been put on nately, there is no audio, hold until next week. so I planned I’ll have to Right when I was ready hold up signs displayto go on the air, with ing key scores, standquite a gathering on the ings and breaking sports overlook, the star went news. dark with its 11 o’clock To run the test, I emcutoff. ployed my on-camera Live and learn. news desk, which for This Saturday is Bill Turner logistics is a card table horse racing’s Preakand lawn chair. I also ness Stakes, so we thought it may be appropriate, in continue with Wild Bill’s, “’Know case the FCC was looking in, to Your Triple Crown Racing.” open my broadcast with a testThe Preakness is actually two pattern. years older than the Kentucky I’m staying with protocol, us- Derby despite taking second ing a test- pattern that has In- fiddle. dians in headdress displayed in In 1918 there were 26 horses each corner. No idea how this in the race .... so many that two got started, since, as a longtime winners were declared. Now, fan of Westerns, you usually it’s limited to 14. And, in 1994,

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Adrea Seefeldt became only the second female jockey in Preakness history. Local high school baseball and softball hit the final week of the regular season this week, with most district tournaments set for next week. Rain played havoc Monday and Tuesday with athletic directors now pushed to reschedule games At this point, it would be safe to assume that several Roanoke teams will be in the thick of things to potentially advance to the Spring Jubilee in Radford the first week of June. The Wild Bill ‘Big-11’ Top-3 in baseball finds Lord Botetourt (17-1), Northside (16-1) and Hidden Valley (11-5-1) holding the top three spots. Potential shakeups are in the crystal ball as Botetourt and Northside were set for a Wednesday rematch, as well as a Hidden Valley-Cave Spring showdown on tap Thurs-

day. In the ‘Big-11’ softball poll, Northside (18-1) remains the prohibitive favorite, with William Byrd (14-5) and Glenvar (14-4) taking second and third. Finally, to the mailbag, where one UVA fan chimed in on the recent basketball upheaval at Virginia Tech. From Hoofan Bob in Roanoke: How appropriate that the Tech basketball folly occurred one century, to the month, from the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.

invasive species, and overpopulation – wherever we humans live and travel, we seem to stress the fiber of life to the breaking point. The price of conservation is eternal vigilance. For any person to suggest that “you have an environmental problem, but I don’t” is a grossly naïve, even suicidal approach to modernity. Indeed one might live a stellar life of minimum-to-zero impact on the natural world, but we’re all in the boat together. That vessel’s sprung a big leak, and we’ve got to fix it – all of us – or we will all drown. The “fix” includes effective science education; a renewed sense of stewardship for creation; decisive volunteerism; and strong, bipartisan environmental legislation. John James Audubon called our impact “this war of extermination [that] cannot last many years more.” In his informative book about Maine’s mid-coast communities, Tony Oppersdorff added a cautionary note about seabirds such as eiders and scoters: “Conservation efforts are ongoing, but continued habitat loss, pollutants, oil and plastics in the environment mean that the great numbers of seabirds that lived in these waters are probably gone forever.” Gone forever. What a horrible realization of humankind’s potential impact on other kinds of life! It’s time to bail, plug the holes, and fix the boat. And every man, woman, and child on the planet can have a role in fixing the rigging so that we sail pleasingly into a sustainable future on our little boat called Earth. H. Bruce Rinker, Ph.D. Director of Scientific Advancement and Development Biodiversity Research Institute bruce.rinker@briloon.org

The similarities are glaring. The ship was in trouble and began going down. Captain Greenberg was tossed overboard, leaving yeoman Weaver to pilot the ship. Fortunately, James Johnson was on a nearby shore, renting lifeboats. Despite the SOS being answered, others began jumping ship as well. She went under among a flurry of bubbling. Send your own nautical and aviation inferences to: info@ newsroanoke.com

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Bolling and Warner Help Technology Foundation Awards $33,000 to Combat Substance Abuse in Roanoke Council Recognize Region's Innovators

Carilion Clinic's Project "Back on Track" program is receiving a major boost, thanks to a $33,000 grant from Foundation for Roanoke Valley. The grant comes from the Foundation's Thomas P. and Lewise S. Parsley Fund, which was established in 1991 to support a number of interests including community outreach programs that address substance abuse. Project "Back on Track," a program of Carilion Clinic's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, was started in 2011 to provide intensive, outpatient counseling services to youth with substance abuse disorders. This program uses the country's most promising treatment approaches for adolescent addiction and for reducing juvenile crime. The goals of the program are to: (1) avoid youth criminal offenses and (2) prevent further substance use among youth participants with the aim of long term relapse prevention and recovery. The program involves clients and its families for a minimum of 12 weeks intensive of services and 12 weeks of aftercare. "The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is committed to providing the necessary intake, assessment, psychiatric and counseling ser-

L to R: Dr. Mark Kilgus, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry; Michelle Eberly, FRV Program Officer; Cheri Hartman, Project Back on Track, Grant Projects Manager. vices integral to the successful implementation of Project Back on Track, as well as program evaluation and grant administration services. This is a promising collaborative that brings together partner organizations with solid professional reputations as longstanding service providers in this community. Funding from Foundation for Roanoke Valley will make it possible to study the project's effectiveness as replicated here in our community and will offer the possibility of documenting evidence of impact needed to secure sustainable funding support," said Dr. Cheri Hartman, Project Back on Track, Grant Projects Manager.

Alan Ronk, Executive Director of Foundation for Roanoke Valley added "The Foundation has a long history of supporting effective programs aimed at improving an individual's quality of life. We are delighted to provide this grant and look forward to seeing the positive impact that it will have on youth struggling with addiction issues." Foundation for Roanoke Valley currently administers over 250 named endowment funds and awards approximately $3 million annually to benefit the community. For information on the Foundation, visit www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 9850204.

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Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and U.S. Senator Mark Warner were paired as speakers at the Technology Council Awards Banquet Thursday evening. Bolling is traveling the state as part of the “Virginia Growing Stronger” tour highlighting the state’s successes in creating an environment for small businesses with technology being a large part of the state’s success. “We’re doing better right now than almost anybody else in the country,” said Bolling. Senator Warner said that 80 percent of all jobs that have been created in the last 20 years have not come from traditional companies but rather from start-ups. “Those that succeed transform marketplaces,” he said. The Educator Award, presented by Patrick Patterson President of Novozymes Biologicals, Inc., went to Stephanie Crawford of Montgomery County Public Schools and Dr. Linda Gooding of Roanoke Valley Governor’s School. The award recognizes a K-12 educator in the region that promotes math, science and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders. Brian Hamilton, Economic Development Director for Montgomery County, presented the Rising Star Award. It went to Lujure in Blacksburg. The company has developed an application that helps clients customize their facebook fan pages. They have over 60,000 users. This award recognizes a local technology company whose “star is rising.” It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the region. Roanoke County Administrator Clay Goodman presented the Regional Leadership Award to former executive vice president and chief operating officer of Virginia Tech, Minnis Ridenhour. “I really do see the future of this region,” he said. This award recognizes one of the county’s own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to his home community. Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill presented the Entrepreneur Award to the co-founder of ADMMicro, Mark Vincent. They have since been acquired by GridPoint but still maintain their office in the city. This award recognizes one of the city’s own that exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker with "nerves of steel" to blaze a new path in the technology field. The Innovation Award sponsored by SAIC and presented by Mary Ann Bonadeo went to PowerHub Systems of Blacksburg. Their smart batteries

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Several children and their parents put their model building skills together and built a robot during the annual Indoor Robot Parade at the Science Museum of Western Virginia in the Tanglewood Mall. The event began with a robot workshop and ended with those robots being part of the tabletop parade. Henry Bass was one of the organizers of the event. He says the families were building a basic line follower robot that “is equipped with a single sensor that’ll look at light and dark and follow a line, and then also a bumper in front.” There was a main box with batteries that served as the brain and the various parts, including legs and wheels, were fitted onto it.

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enable utility providers to integrate renewable energy sources back into the power grid. This award recognizes an individual, a group or organization that sets the standard for thoughtful leadership and innovation in their respective field. “They are doing something new or different.” The Peoples Choice Award was presented by Ed Lawhorn of Suntrust Bank and was accepted by the co-founder of MoGo Mobile, Daniel Burgess. The company is doing research in educational games. The audience chose this award winner that allows the opportunity to learn more about other up-and-coming companies in the region. Ed and Katherine Walker were surprised with a secret RUBY award. Russ Ellis, past president of the Technology Council, framed them as social entrepreneurs for the region. He said that from time to time there are achievements that are not easily classified into an award category. The RUBY Award recognizes them as models for others to emulate. Ed Walker gave credit to the RBTC saying, “It is doing the trench, front line work for the most important challenge that we have which is to knit these twin valleys together.” The night was not complete without a roast of outgoing Executive Director Cory Donovan who took the helm in 2007. Derick Maggard will take his place. Bethanne Trexell, the office manager with the RBTC for 2 ½ years said, “In working with Cory I cannot testify enough to his good nature, his character and his moral and ethic standing.” She said when they started working together in 2003 there were 35 people going to the morning technology breakfasts - now there are 250. Trexell said, “His passion and dedication was intoxicating and contagious.” By Valerie Garner info@theroanokestar.com

Creative Builders Gather at Indoor Robot Parade

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Russ Ellis (L) with Ed and Katherine Walker

Janie (L) and Katie Young work on assembling their entry. The robots were part of the Mindstorm kit by LEGO, which Bass says is popular for the FIRST LEGO League kit competitions and the FIRST Tech Challenge. (FIRST stands For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.) The kits can be purchased for about $270-$280 online. Sam English and his 10-yearold son, Matthew, from Roanoke County were following an instruction booklet with no words, only pictures. Putting together a kit is something rather new to them. “We have one (an old generation model robot) that we picked up at a yard sale and so we played with it but it didn’t have all the pieces,” says Sam who thought they might have some pieces left over this time around. “Look at the diagram and find the pieces,” was Matthew’s strategy to building the LEGO robot. At another table, Jennifer Young from Lexington watched her daughters, 9-year-old Katie and 6-year-old Janie, build their robot. The family was going to move into a new house Saturday but they postponed the move so the girls could come to Roanoke and participate in the event. Jennifer says Katie is very interested in science “and has been wanting to build a robot for awhile.” Katie even received a model car kit for Christmas to

encourage her creativity. Jennifer had a feeling the family would be ordering a LEGO kit afterward. She says the girls weren’t intimidated at all by the project. “They already know how to do the basic LEGO parts so this is something that they’re familiar with.” She says Katie is interested in learning how to write the programs to make the robot move, “because she has ideas of what she wants the robots to do for her when she grows up. In fact, she wants to design a robot that’ll help her with her homework. But I think if she’s able to design the robot that helps her with her homework, she’s not going to need a robot to help her with her homework.” Katie says she likes robots, “Because they’re cool. Sometimes they’re helpful.” Bass says the purpose of the event was very simple. “We’re just introducing some folks to the idea that robots are a fun and exciting discipline. This is part of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council and our STEM outreach for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And we want folks to see that science and math is fun and that it’s got real practical applications.” By Beverly Amsler info@theroanokestar.com


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Patrick Henry-William Fleming Battle Cave Spring Defeats Blacksburg In Western Valley District Baseball 14-4 To Forge Tie In River Ridge

Patrick Henry and William Fleming battled it out on the Colonel's diamond Thursday afternoon in a Western Valley District cross-town rivalry won by the Patriots. The grills were on fire adjacent to the Colonel dugout as the Fleming and Patriot fans as well as the media enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda during the district matchup. Patrick Henry picked up its fifth win of the season, while the Colonels, still looking for their elusive first win of the year, bat- PH batter #16 Austin Lowman eyes a low delivery as he earns tled impressively all afternoon. a base on balls for the Patriots.

Cave Spring scored eight runs in the bottom of the first, fueled by a leadoff homer by Griffin Stanley, and the Knights easily dispatched Blacksburg 14-4 in a River Ridge baseball contest shortened to six innings by the slaughter rule Friday afternoon at Knights Field The Cave Spring win, coupled with Hidden Valley's 5-3 loss to Pulaski County, leaves the two Southwest County teams and Christiansburg in a virtual tie for first-place heading into this week's final regular season games. Knights batter #2 Austin Epperly connects for Cave Spring in Cave Spring's Ben Walker their 14-4 win Friday afternoon. went 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Graham Harkey to pick up the win. Andrew Peterson connected on a walk-off two-run single to plate Jordan Bryant and Steve Klaiber, ending the contest on the ten-run slaughter rule. The Knights finish the regular season this week with games at Christiansburg and Hidden Valley. The Titans host Salem and Cave Spring to determine the regular season champion.

Patrick Henry first baseman #20 Andrew Stockstill holds Fleming baserunner Zach Whitley close after Whitley reached on a single.

Cave Spring's Ben Walker went 3 1/3 innings to pick up the win over Blacksburg.

William Fleming catcher Drannan Altizer settles under a skied popup behind the plate to make the putout.

By Bill Turner info@theroanokestar.com

North Cross Downs VES in State Quarterfinals

The North Cross Raiders took on a greatly improved VES lacrosse team on Tuesday and came away with an 8-5 victory. The Bishops came to town ready to play after being shellacked by the Raiders earlier in the season by a score of 15-2. VES scored the opening goal and then went up 3-2 on spirited play before North Cross reeled off 4 unanswered goals late in the second period. Kurtis Naslonski scored 6 goals and Paul McNeil recorded 12 saves in the victory. Junior Naslonski has verbally committed to play at D1 powerhouse Villanova in the class of 2013. North Cross travels to Charlottesville on Friday to play The Covenant School in a rematch to see who will go on to Saturday’s final. North Cross split games with the Eagles during the regular season. North Cross senior #18 Paul Ross works his way around a check from a VES defender.

Raiders Advance in VIS Division II State Girls Soccer

Raider #23 Anna Robison uses some fancy footwork as she controls the ball against a Gator defender.

Paxton Helmer broke a 1-1 halftime tie with a goal early By Bill Turner in the second half, and India Helmer added an insurance info@theroanokestar.com goal with under two minutes left in the game as North Cross advanced in the VIS Division for your 2 state girls soccer tournament health, life and with the 3-1 win over Greenbrier insurance needs. By Bill Turner Christian Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Field. • Health insurance

Raider #19 Chris Pollock circles behind the VES goal to beat the Bishop defense.

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Northside Rallies To Overtake Rockbridge County 11-10 In Blue Ridge Softball Softball fans got their money's worth, and more, as Northside scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to outlast Rockbridge County 11-10 Thursday afternoon at Viking Field. There was nothing on the line as the Lady Vikings, undefeated in Blue Ridge play, had secured the regular-season title in a prior win over William Byrd. Ditto for Rockbridge (2-7 Blue Ridge), whose seed in the district tournament had already been deter-

David Joppich Defeats Fellow-Patriot Andrew Bazak in WVD Tennis Final

Patrick Henry's David Joppich held off PH teammate Andrew Bazak 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) last Thursday at Rivers Edge Complex to capture the Western Valley District singles tennis championship. The match began Tuesday, but rain forced the completion to Thursday afternoon. (L) Andrew Bazak returns a shot against Patriot teammate David Joppich.

(R) David Joppich took the WVD singles championship Thursday afternoon with the 3-set victory.

Northside's Brie Pinero is greeted at the plate after her sixthinning homer tied the game at 10. mined. So much for standings. Late arrivals must have sensed an easy Northside blowout after the Lady Vikings scored nine runs in the bottom of the second. Rockbridge scratched out a run in the third, then stunned the crowd with nine more in the fifth to take a 10-9 lead. The big blow from Rockbridge came on a 3-run homer from Kelly Huffman that left the yard with room to spare. Northside showed why it's 18-1 overall when Brie Pinero connected on a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie things up at 10. The Vikings loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh before Pinero was called out on strikes. The game went to extra innings with the International TieBreaker put into effect. Rockbridge, starting the extra frame with a runner a second, moved the player 60-feet from the plate on a sacrifice bunt. When the next batter sent a shot

to the left side, Northside shortstop Katelyn Bowden threw home where catcher Kathleen Carr got the tag for the out. In the bottom of the eighth, Taylor Grubb sacrificed the opening runner from second to third. Caitlyn Porterfield followed with a perfect push-bunt that scored the winning run without a throw. "A pretty exciting game," Northside Head Coach Lynn Richmond noted afterward. "We got some decent defense at the end that pulled it out. It's the end of the regular season, and these are games of pride.” "I can't say enough about Brie Pinero," Richmond added of the senior captains' key homer in the sixth. "She comes to play. Plus, it helps to get the experience with the ITB in effect."

By Bill Turner info@theroanokestar.com

Veteran Sportscaster Has Been A Local Fixture For Decades

Dave Ross has been a part of the media fabric in the Roanoke Valley for the past three decades-plus, and he’s now finishing up his first year as president of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club. Ross was most recently seen and heard on television with WDRL until that independent station went under a few years ago. There he broadcast high school and college sports, including Roanoke College basketball games. Ross, who was also once a sportscaster for Channel 10, has resurfaced on the radio side, broadcasting games for ESPN Radio-1240am and recording sports vignettes for Fox Radio 910am. High school basketball games were on Lady Viking pitcher #24 Ross’s agenda this past season, when he witRuthie Williams came to the nessed Cave Spring’s run to the Group AA state By Bill Turner circle in the late innings to title game, where the Knights lost. “You can’t info@theroanokestar.com pick up the win for Northsay enough about the job [Head Coach] Billy side. Hicks did,” said Ross. The Knights made that run without a J.J. Redick or a Josh Henderson on their roster either. “That says a tremendous amount about a coach’s ability,” notes Ross. The Hidden Valley and Glenvar boys’ teams also impressed Ross, who believes the valley “probably has the best high school coaches in the state. They don’t have the population base [as in other parts of the state]. Look at how many teams make it to state championships. They do a great job.” Ross has called games that featured future professional players in several sports, and remains impressed by the level of talent that comes out of the Roanoke-Lynchburg-New River Valley area. Ross has been president of the Roanoke Valley Sports Club for the past year. The group meets on the third Monday of every month at the Salem Civic Center, to eat dinner and listen to a guest speaker. In the 1970’s when Ross first joined the club, “it was huge.” Before speaker fees for the most prominent sports personalities went through the roof it wasn’t uncommon for the likes of Bob Knight, Woody Hayes or Lefty Driesell to address the club. Now the speakers are usually more local – and affordable – but Virginia Tech and UVA still send football coaches to the Sports Club as speakers. Former pro athletes from the area or head coaches from college programs around the state are also headliners. Often a second speaker will talk for a few minutes about a local team or school as well. UVA men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett was the guest speaker at a recent meeting. Ross InÊtheÊheartÊofÊRaleighÊCourt said schools like Virginia and Virginia Tech can 1307ÊSummitÊAvenue,ÊSWÊRoanoke,ÊVAÊ24015 be competitive at the highest level in the ACC and notes that Bennett took his Washington (540) 342-2593 State team to the Sweet 16 once. Players that leave college after a year or two make it more

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Sudanese Women In Roanoke Get Unexpected Help Online Women in Roanoke’s Sudanese refugee community will soon have their own website to sell their handmade goods, thanks to a team of Pamplin College of Business students who undertook the website development as their senior class project. The students — all business information technology majors in professor Alan Abrahams Business Analysis Seminar in IT class — are Elon Daghigh of Fairfax Station; Daniel Booth of Blue Ridge; and Michelle Ching of Fairfax. The developed website is on a temporary, grading server and will be moved to a live server and domain once these are set up, said Daghigh, who led the project and, along with Booth and Ching, is training the women to use the site. “Sewing is a way for the Roanoke Sudanese Women’s Group to come together to learn a new skill while practicing English,” the students wrote in their report. The women sell their goods — including bags, dolls, blankets, placemats, and garments — at community events to raise money and awareness. The proceeds support the Sudanese Peace Dancers, a youth group, and development projects in Sudan. “By selling their goods at community events, the women educate their neighbors about Sudan, South Sudan, and all refugees who live in the Roanoke Valley,” the students noted. Community events, however, offered only a limited pool of customers, and the women wanted to expand their market through an e-commerce site. Through Dan Nemes, a project manager with AmeriCorps VISTA and coordinator with the Coalition for Refugee Resettlement Project at Virginia Tech’s Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships, the women were linked up with Abrahams’ students. The students envisaged a website for online customer transaction processing and inventory tracking. The system would allow customers to add products to their shopping carts and create individual accounts to allow them to view previous orders and store personal infor-

At the BIT Senior Showcase Day, business information technology senior Elon Daghigh answers a visitor's questions about his team's project to create a website to help Sudanese refugee women in Roanoke market their handsewn goods. mation for speedier checkouts, their report noted. “A site editor should be able to edit inventory levels as well as add, remove, or edit product information.” The complete website has received favorable feedback from Nemes and the Sudanese group members. “The website is striking,” said Nemes, adding that the women were all generally impressed with the site. “It was a pleasure to work with the students from Professor Abrahams’ class.” The students went to Roanoke earlier this spring to meet with members of the women’s group whom they have emailed regularly during the course of the three-month project. The women “did a great job being ‘customers’ in that they were quite clear on everything they wished the site to accomplish,” Daghigh said. “It is certainly very rewarding for us to be able use our talents and skills developed over our years at [Virginia] Tech to help the Sudanese women’s group,” he said. Being able to work with an actual client gave him and his teammates valuable experience, he added. “Michelle and I are beginning our careers as [information technology] consultants, and bringing in outside expertise to help an organization accomplish its goals is at the core of what consulting is about.” The class projects, Abrahams said, allow students to apply software discussed in the course, which provides a comprehensive study of decision support systems as managerial tools, particularly in an ecommerce environment. “The course emphasizes problem

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