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Veterans Day Parade King Cosby P3– At age 73 the king of straight up, clean American humor left Roanokers rolling in the aisles last week.


Questions P4– No matter what you think of the original concept, Hayden Hollingsworth believes Valley leaders should get creative in reinventing the Taubman.

November Madness P8– Did someone say volleyball? Local high school tournaments are now underway in every corner of the state and we have them covered.

The first Veterans Day parade in Roanoke since the 1930’s featured military heroes, politicians and others saluting the contributions made by members of the Armed Forces dating all the way back to World War II.

Veterans Day Parade a Blast From The Past Roanoke’s first VeterBob Eaton, Virginia ans Day parade in more Veterans Parade Committhan seven decades started tee chairman, said beforewith an e-mail from a city hand that there had been employee suggesting such “overwhelming support an event last year. It came and requests to participate to fruition last Saturday in the parade. This parade morning, as almost 2000 is the result of one e-mail participants wound their sent last November. It is way from Jefferson Street really amazing to see how to Campbell Avenue, then fast things have develdown Campbell to a reoped.” view stand in front of the Also involved were City Market building. a number of Army ReSeveral thousand people serve and National Guard came out to watch, offerunits, Infantry divisions, ing “thank you for your Jr. ROTC groups from loPhoto by Gene Marrano service” greetings to the The Virginia Tech Highty-Tighties led off the parade, passing cal high schools, the U.S. veterans that rolled by on throngs of cheering Roanokers waving flags. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, floats, on foot and in vintage marching units from local parade. automobiles. Many waved businesses and American Last November, Jeff Shawver, Build- Legion posts, the Disabled Veterans of American flags handed out for the ocing Commissioner for the City of Roa- America, VFW posts, local public safety casion. Members of Roanoke City Council, noke, sent an e-mail to a number of groups, etc. 6th District Congressman Bob Good- business leaders, fellow veterans and From all accounts if appeared that latte and State Senator John Edwards, a VMI alumni in the Roanoke area ex- the Veterans Day Parade has enough former Marine himself, also took part. pressing his desire to see a Veterans momentum to once again become an Marching bands from Patrick Henry, Day event make its return. A Virginia annual event, honoring the men and William Fleming, Cave Spring and Wil- Veterans Parade committee was formed women who have served this county liam Byrd High Schools helped add to shortly thereafter and a donation from in the military during times of war and the pomp and circumstance. Virginia ITT Night Vision helped jump-start the peace. By Gene Marrano Tech’s Highty-Tighties band led off the parade planning.

Unfortunate Accident Gives Roanoker New Passion

Opera Rules P11– At least when a Metropolitan Opera star like Richard Zeller is in town. Check out Jim Bullington’s review in Arts and Culture.

Greg Habeeb, a 34-year-old attorney and partner at Gentry Locke Rakes and Moore said that he was getting calls asking him to run for Morgan Griffith’s seat even before Tuesday’s election results were in. Griffith, the 52 year-old Majority Leader in Virginia’s House of Delegates d e f e at e d 8th District 28-year Democratic incumbent Rick Boucher to become Congressman-elect for the 9th district. Trixie Averill, 6th district Republican chair kicked off Habeeb’s announcement in front of a crowd of over 100 supporters outside the Old Salem Courthouse Monday. Republican officials surrounded Habeeb as he confidently announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 8th district House of Delegates. Former delegate William Fralin, Senator Ralph Smith, Congressman Bob Goodlatte,


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Habeeb Will Try To Fill Griffith’s Shoes

Like many parents, Katherine town apartment balcony, which Wilson had spent many nights he openly admits was during a lying awake, worrying about night of drinking. He miracuher grown child’s whereabouts lously survived the fall; however and safety – afraid that some- he broke his neck (a C-7 break) thing terrible might happen. and is paralyzed from the waist Son Kyle, 20, had been heading down because of his injuries. down the “wrong path,” spend- This devastating turn of events ing too much time socializing has brought hardship but also and seemingly unconcerned positives to Kyle and his family. about his future. She finally got Last weekend family friend to the point that she realized, Cindy Podeschi and her busi“I just couldn’t do it anymore. I ness partner Joanie Johnston told Kyle that it is his life and I held “Art Heals,” - an art show could not live it for him.” / juried art competition / fundUnfortunately, it wasn’t long raiser they put together to raise after that that her worst fears money to help with some of the came true - in June Kyle fell Photo by Cheryl Hodges four stories (50 feet) off a down- > CONTINUED Kyle Wilson with artwork that he created for the event. P2: Passion

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Prevention Council Garners National Recognition

A recent meeting of the Roanoke County Prevention Council. The Roanoke County Prevention Council is poised to announce a major national award to be received from CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America). The Prevention Council, which strives to curb abusive beCounty News haviors among local youths with a variety of programs, will announce CADCA’s “Got Outcomes” Coalition of Excellence Award,” shortly before it is honored by the Roanoke County School Board this Thursday (Nov. 11) night. CADCA will hand out the awards officially during a February event in Washington D.C. The organization singled out the Council’s efforts to delay the onset of alcohol use by teenagers, in part by reducing their access to


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Roanoke County Board of Supervisor Mike Altizer and Congressman-elect Morgan Griffith flanked Habeeb as he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination. I am proud to be a Republican … but I do not distinguish people along party lines, geographic or any other lines.” “I want to bring leadership to Richmond for all citizens of the 8th district.” Habeeb saw last Tuesday’s election as a message that, “voters are not asking for more partisan fighting – they are crying out for true leadership.” The Blue Ridge business journal named Habeeb one of the top 20 business leaders under 40-years old. Habeeb is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Goodlatte energized a crowd of Republicans still giddy from the elections characterized as a Republican tsunami. Goodlatte said Habeeb “had big shoes to fill – literally” that brought chuckles as both Griffith and Habeeb looked down at the obvious difference in their shoe size. “It’s going to be a short campaign,” said Goodlatte giving some comfort to Habeeb’s wife Christy and their three young children Daniel 5, William 3 and Anna 1. Griffith said he had known Habeeb as a 17 year-old at Christiansburg High School student. He had traveled to the

dulge; we are consumers of everything; we abuse our lifestyle.” He points out that the technology that has brought his generation texting and facebook can make getting into trouble too easy; “we always have the people there” at a moment’s notice. Kyle is also looking to his future now. In addition to wanting to do everything he can to regain mobility and independence, he is planning on going back to school – “maybe Western, to follow up with art.” He says he just “fell into it my sophomore year when [classmate] Annie Weaver said ‘c’mon and take this elective with me.’” It became a passion and focus, and he also lauds his experience with art teacher “Mrs. D” – Sandi D’Alessandro, who “was like another mom to me.” Along with 100 + artists, including Greg Osterhaus, Katrina Bell, and D’Alessandro, Kyle exhibited some of his own artwork at the event. Podeschi says that many volunteers worked on the project and proceeds

from the sale of art, t-shirts, and concessions all went to Kyle. Katherine Wilson said the event was “just great—I love the energy; it’s overwhelming to see all the people who helped and came out.” Wilson says she believes that “Kyle had this happen for a reason. He is an awesome kid who has never met a stranger. While it’s [being paralyzed] very sad for him, I told him he can reach out to people and use this to help others get their lives under control.” Even though it has only been five months since the accident, Kyle is inspiring those around him by doing just that. To purchase t-shirts or send a donation to benefit Kyle, contact Cindy Podeschi at 540353-8379 or email


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high school to put on a presentation honoring Habeeb as Virginia YMCA’s Model General Assembly Youth Governor. Habeeb expects people to hold him accountable for his principles - “the Constitution says what it means and it means what it says. While I believe that government is not always the problem, it is very rarely the solution.” Habeeb added that he “believes in personal freedom and personal responsibility … and the entrepreneurial spirit.” He added his belief that “life begins at conception. The circumstances of that conception does not define the value of that life.” Habeeb hasn’t taken a position on Privatization of ABC stores but philosophically he thinks, “there are very few private type industries we should be playing in. Once we have played in that industry for so long you just don’t go out overnight to change it. Clearly Richmond has become dependent on the revenue stream. We’re going to have to reduce dependency on some of those revenue streams.” When asked who would be a valuable mentor for Habeeb in the House of Delegates if elected, Congressman elect Griffith suggested Delegate Dave Nutter (R-7), Terry Kilgore (R-1) or even Roanoke City Democrat Delegate Onzlee Ware. Habeeb said he’d look to any

it and by changing community norms. “It’s a big national award,” said Nancy Hans, a former educator who is now the Council Coordinator for the Prevention Council of Roanoke County. Since the program is federally funded, awards honoring its effectiveness should help secure future grants, according to Hans. Roanoke County School Superintendent Lorraine Lange, Judge Phil Trompeter and Roanoke County assistant police chief Donna Furrow will be on hand for the award announcement as well. The Prevention Council,

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Greg Habeeb surrounded by Republican dignitaries. member of the Roanoke area delegation. According to Averill, the 6th district will set the closing date for nominations at their meeting Friday, November 12. Certification of the 9th congressional results won’t be concluded until November 22 and Griffith will formally give up his house seat at that time. A special election requires that 45 days must elapse before the voting takes place. That would set the election to be on January 11. The 2011 General Assembly session starts on January 12. Other Items: Roanoke County Democratic Party Chair, Brian Lang issued a press release saying that, “the Democratic Com-

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family’s needs. Podeschi got the idea when she heard that the family could really use a handicap accessible shower to make their challenging daily routine easier. For a young man who suddenly lost so much, Kyle is disarmingly upbeat, often flashing a handsome smile even as he speaks of the tragic accident. He appears to have good movement in his upper body but for now, he is confined to a wheelchair. He says people at the physical therapy rehab tell him he was extremely fortunate in the way he fell – obviously from that height he should not have survived. Another positive is that Kyle’s life has been turning around. He says he has a message for his peers: “Don’t binge drink!” Rather than try to sugarcoat the situation, Kyle wants to get the message out and though it has come at a high cost for him, he knows his condition will help get their attention. He describes his generation, saying “we are full of consumers; [meaning] we in-

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mittees of Salem and Roanoke County are currently conducting a vigorous recruitment and screening process for candidates for our party’s nomination for the upcoming special election in Virginia’s 8th House of Delegates District.” “The Search Committee is interviewing candidates of diverse backgrounds, including candidates who have not traditionally identified themselves as Democrats but share our belief that residents of the 8th District deserve a strong, fair-minded leader who places the voters’ priorities above partisan ideology.” By Valerie Garner

From page 1 “Our [target] numbers are down 10-12% since 2002,” said Hans. The marathon runner and triathlete, also the mother of four, warns about a new threat to young people, a drink that combines high alcohol content with caffeine. “Four Loko” has been described as liquid cocaine and recently sent nine college students in Washington State to the hospital. Hans would like to see Four Loko outlawed; politicians in states like New York are considering that. “A new threat,” Hans calls it.

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Cosby Leaves Roanokers Rolling in the Aisles

In a bygone era entertainers had to depend on good writing, good subject matter, and their own talent to entertain an audience and get laughs. Whether it was in the movies, radio, TV, or stand up comedy, great comedians like Milton Berle, Flip Wilson, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, and many others could entertain for hours and never use an off color word. Use of profanity was the fastest way to be shunned by the public and dropped by networks and other mediums. In the movie "Gone With The Wind" Clark Gable shocked the world by saying "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Just the use of that one word caused a cascade of complaints and criticisms from all directions. Things changed after that and today most comedians rely on a steady stream of "off color" language to get laughs and entertain their audiences. Except Bill Cosby. Cosby has been in the entertainment business in a variety of ways since 1962 and has yet to ever utter one word of profanity in any of his many shows. Once again, on Friday night at the Roanoke Civic Center, to a packed house, he kept his audience howling with side splitting humor for over 2 hours and never once used an offensive word. His animated delivery and homespun stories relating to his life as a parent, grandparent, and husband are delivered in a way that everyone in the audience can identify with. Even when he gently touched on the subject of erectile dysfunc-

tion saying when he heard the term "he thought it was some kind of dinosaur" it was said in such a way that no one could be offended. Or when one of his children said "I did not ask to be born" he told her that "when she was swimming toward the egg she could have made a left hand turn" it wasn't his fault she didn't. He says he intends to "hurt your face" with laughter and he does. Bill has been married for 46 years to Camille, and one gets the impression that she runs the

household when he describes a statement made by their gardener who said "we both work for the same woman." Cosby got his start in the early sixties with appearances on the "Tonight Show" and went on to create "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," "The Cosby Show" (one of the most successful shows ever on TV), and several others. Cosby is also a strong advocate for public edu-

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“Cool Congregations” Hope to Keep Churches Warm for Less

Representatives from area churches attend a “CC” meeting. Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition has been around since 2006 -- educating and raising awareness of ways our area can curb global warming “by bringing about a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, both those originating in the Roanoke Valley, and those that originate elsewhere as the result of the use of electricity in our community.” This past April, a spin-off of Cool Cities, “Cool Congregations,” was organized to initiate a focus on area faith groups, bringing them together to discuss ways they could address energy usage and reduce high bills in their places of worship. Under the mantra “There is more that unites us than divides us,” the group has held several brown bag workshops open to all faith groups. According to Chad Braby, Chair of Cool Congregations, the idea of working together to find ways to “save money and to

address a greater mission of creation care” has wide appeal. By their very nature, congregations have a concern for the moral responsibilities inherent in caring for their buildings as well as in having an influence in the surrounding community. Many area congregations are housed in large, older buildings that quickly feel the impact of mounting energy bills, particularly with the extremes in weather last winter and this summer. Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church hosted the most recent workshop, which covered the process of performing a comprehensive energy audit. A follow up workshop is planned for November 17 and will look at “results from energy audits and discuss strategies [to] make small changes to achieve large impacts.” In light of uncertain billing rates in recent years, this could not come at a better time. Rev. Josh Robinson, Associ-

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cation and is very active in the black community in trying to get people to take responsibility for their children. He has received honorary doctorates from over a dozen universities, the 2003 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and many others. He keeps up with all of the modern means of communication by being on Facebook and Twitter. At the age of 73 Cosby shows no signs of slowing down, as he left Roanoke immediately following his performance to go to his next show.

ate Pastor at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, had this to say in response to Rev. Fulbright’s question about what fears the attendees have with regard to creation care in the world: “One of my biggest concerns is that environmentalism isn’t being taken seriously. Even if this whole global warming stuff is a conspiracy and a bunch of hype, at the very least, we have an obligation to be good stewards of God’s gifts, and our congregations should be leading the way in making sure this message is understood in terms of our environment.” Looking to 2011, the group hopes to get specific and address issues like energy efficient lighting, energy efficient appliances, HVAC challenges and will also evaluate overall return on energy conservation investment. According to Wendy Mellenthin, steering committee co-chair, congregants “want to donate money for programs re-

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If You Build It, Will They Come? Ill-Fitting Costume Wreaks Horror

Field of Dreams, notwith- crash of the economy came afstanding, the answer in Roa- ter the juggernaut had already noke is “No.” Twice we have been launched from the planbeen shown that. First, under ning stage. While a few thinking the stewardship of Bern Ewert people saw it coming, virtually and others, Explore Park blos- no one understood the magsomed along The Blue Ridge nitude and the devastation the Parkway. At the time, recession would cause. and in fact even today, That’s not the fault of it did not seem like such the museum’s staff or a far-fetched idea. More board. After that, one people traverse that scecan rattle on endlessly nic road than visit many about exorbitant exof the national parks pectations, the egocencombined; and they do tricity of the wealthy it each year. Why virtuthat supported the ally none of them took Hayden Hollingsworth mammoth increase the one mile detour to in scope and cost, the Explore Park still seems odd . . . style and location of the new but that’s what happened. building in the flood plain, and The fate of The Art Museum so on. of Western Virginia, now The In defense of the major doTaubman, is not as hard to de- nors, they have given generously cipher. When I served on their to charitable causes, not only board years ago, the floor plan here in Roanoke, but all over the was an architect’s nightmare, but world. I hope they will continue the space was utilized in inge- to support local organizations, nious ways. That improvements but given the publicity they have were needed was a case against received, one could hardly blame which no one would argue. them if they look elsewhere to Much has been written about make worthwhile donations. The Taubman and its problems. None of those facts, however, Some were unforeseeable. The are the current issue. It would

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seem that the museum is unsustainable in its current iteration. But there it sits. I can think of few worse things than having it close. Any 66 million dollar building sitting vacant in the middle of downtown would be a huge negative for the city. While their reach may have exceeded their grasp, the board is now faced with a new and even more daunting task: What to do? They are asking for help. Meetings of interested citizens have been held about how to save a sinking venture. Simply throwing more money at it is not a solution. As the saying goes, that would be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. A way must be found to preserve it; the museum’s cultural and educational values are irreplaceable. Since the first floor is unusable for art because of the flood issue, maybe that portion could be developed as a profit center. The Mall on the Market, an educational facility in conjunction with local schools and colleges, a cultural hub similar to The Jefferson Center, or corporate offices . . . there are many possibilities. David Mickenberg, the executive director, has an impressive background as a scholar and an administrator. When he took this job, I hope he saw the iceberg in the distance. If he did, then his courage is to be admired. If he didn’t, then the seemingly impending disaster will be all the more personally painful for him. Creative minds available in the community will need to come up with some suggestions. The city, which contributed to the project, should be centrally involved. After the Market Square Building renovation is completed, City Council must know that the structure across the street should serve a more useful purpose than a tourist’s eye-catcher from Roy Webber Expressway. Like it or not, the building is there; it has a purpose and a mission. We, as concerned citizens, need to be a part of its future, whatever that may be. Of one thing I am sure: Simply propping it up financially and hoping the corn stalks will someday part as floods of art lovers come seems as unlikely as Field of Dreams.

Ever had a three foot tall princess chide you bing an Exacto knife held over from my advertisabout your weight? I have, and it happens almost ing days, I began to surgically alter the Jedi Masevery year. Halloween has become a destina- ter’s head to meet my specifications. Practicing a tion event in my Raleigh Court neighborhood. somewhat passable Yoda voice between sales calls Throngs of costumed kiddies ascend upon our the week prior to Halloween, I readied myself for streets, seemingly bused in from every corner of battle. Normally, Janet and I ramp up the candy asour fair city, to roam door-to-door and feast on sembly line and produce two hundred small bags sweets. To me, it’s the best time of the year. My wife Janet, a horror movie fanatic, loves of assorted candy for distribution. This year those Halloween. Each year she decks out the house bags were gone before 8pm. I am told that there in full fright regalia, including hanging skeletons was a line of trick-or-treater’s stretching from our and a tiny, fully functional demonic village. Over sidewalk to our porch at one point during the the past few years the neighbors have been up- evening. I missed witnessing that spectacle while ping the stakes as well. Diagonally across doling out goodies with very limited eye our street, a young family outfitted a full sight. The hole I cut in Yoda’s mouth had allowed me to breathe, yet the combigraveyard complete with buried smoke nation of very tiny eye holes and sweat machines and eerie sound effects. Janet, running down from my forehead made seizing the challenge, volleyed back with vision nearly impossible. Blindly gropa few additions of her own and the decoing into our cauldron of candy, I filled ration frenzy was on. bags, plastic pumpkins and pillowcases When “Devil’s Night” finally arrives with sweet treats until the well ran dry. our fabulously creepy home becomes Still, the Yoda voice went over well and an open house for any candy seeker to Jon Kaufman I even posed for a picture with a child stop by, have a hot bowl of potato soup, or grab a snack or two. A core group of dressed as Darth Vader (something friends usually join the festivities, supplying ex- Yoda wouldn’t normally agree to). Near the end of the night, that small girl tra candy in case we run short. Some come in costume, some help distribute treats and others dressed as a princess I mentioned approached me just hang out and enjoy the evening. Halloween noticing that I was a tad too large to be playing a character that is only about two feet tall. Sizing would not be the same without them. This year Janet donned the cape and fangs, me up front head to toe she whispered “Yoda, you evoking a frightful vampire hostess. Stuck for have gotten so big, what happened to you?” Stuck something original, I decided to search the inter- for an answer, I replied that too much candy can net for a fright night identity. Scanning an array of make even a Jedi Master a bit paunchy, to which costume websites, I decided that I would portray she responded “Yeah, I guess so” with a slight roll of her eyes. Exposed as a fraud by an eight year the venerable sage of the Star War series, Yoda. Purchasing the “deluxe” Yoda mask, I waited old, I laid down my light-saber for the rest of the patiently for the mail to arrive with my alien dis- evening. Where was the power of the Force when guise, however, when the package appeared the I really needed it? Perhaps the Jabba the Hut inflatable worm cosmask was way too small for my lunar sized head. Not only was the mask incredibly tight, I could tume would be more suitable for a character of my barely breathe or see with it on. I thought about girth? There is always next year in our little galaxy sending Yoda back for a refund before realizing not so far, far away. that a predicament such as this would never derail Contact Jon at the real Yoda. Something had to be done.

Wounded Warriors Last Battle

With Veterans Day this month, my thoughts turn to a presentation made recently at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem. A nurse practitioner and specialist in hospice care for former military service men and women, Deborah Grassman, spoke on "Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle." "The battle" represents the bad memories of real battles which for some men --fewer women-come back to haunt them as the end of their life approaches. Medical personnel like Grassman, an age contemporary of some Vietnam conflict vets, are now seeing how even after 70 years or more World War II solContact Hayden at diers and Marines especially are re-living the horrors they experienced long ago.

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Speaking especially for people like chaplains and nurses who work in facilities for aging vets, Grassman said Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is most likely to show up in those who killed someone face to face. In Vietnam especially where guerilla warfare was evident, the possibility of being killed without warning caused almost constant fear, she related. And now with casusalties from America's latest war since 2003 some of the same conditions -- unexpected and seemingly senseless death or permanent maiming of a buddy--are almost certain to fill hospitals for years to come. It's important, said Grassman, for spouses, parents and siblings of such casualties to accept the mental trauma for what it is -a disabling condition in some ways as bad as the loss of a leg. The hospice nurse, who has worked with war casualties at a Florida veterans' hospital for 26 years, pointed out that when men are subjected to such sights as children and other innocent civilians being killed --perhaps by their own weapons--they react in three ways. Some can face the reality, can talk about it at the time and learn wisdom from the experi-

ence. Grassman said they may eventually see some grace in what happened. Another group acts out their trauma in anger and bitterness which might turn into violence. In World War I such soldiers were regarded as "shell shocked." Other names have been given,for in all wars the guilt and terror feelings are the same. A third group of traumatized vets are those who have buried their guilt and terror so deeply --for fear of being thought cowards -- that it is not recognized until they themselves are facing death. How should a loving relative deal with such late-life terrors? Grassman suggested asking the patient if he was ever in danger while in the military. If they show some interest in telling a story, encourage them by listening carefully and noting especially feelings. Asking if anything is worrying them now may encourage the veteran to participate in prayer for forgiveness and healing. And when this takes place, Grassman said she has seen remarkable relief and even joy expressed in the final days of life. By Francis Stebbins

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Talking Turkey - Very Long Distance One November day long ago, our older son Harry, called home from UVA with an unusual request—“Mom, can you tell me how to cook a turkey?” When our children were young, I encouraged both of our sons as well as our daughter, to learn to cook. Harry found it a pleasant pastime. His culinary creations were usually desserts or caramels to give for Christmas gifts. He even baked a cake for his sixth grade teacher at Raleigh Court Elementary School for Valentine’s Day. But a turkey? He explained that he planned to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for three friends and their dates, but he needed a bit of advice before beginning. So I tried to remember all the steps for roasting the big bird, hoping I did not omit any

crucial details. He felt confident send him one? he could manage the vegetables, Now just how does one send pumpkin pie and cranberry a turkey by airmail to Germany? sauce without my help. As soon Regretfully, I explained it was as the call ended, I made a note not possible. Later he called to give him a cookbook for again. The good news was that Christmas. he had found turkeys! Harry reported that The bad news was they the dinner went well, were fifty dollars each except for the gravy. It – and he had to buy was lumpy. Heartened two, since his guest list by his success, many had grown to twenty. years later when he But he still had a growas pursuing a seccery list of items for ond law degree at the me to send for this University of Muaffair – things that Mary Jo Shannon nich, he planned anwere not available in other Thanksgiving dinner for German markets: two bags of his German friends who had Pepperidge Farm dressing and not experienced this special several cans of cranberry sauce. American custom. This time his One of his friends had offered request was beyond my capabil- his home for the celebration and ity. He could not find a turkey Harry was pleased to learn that in any of the markets; would I the kitchen had two ovens. He

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“What Opportunity Would You Have Me Seize?” At a recent football game, one team was yards away from scoring when the other team intercepted the ball and ended up winning the game by one touchdown. Football teams aren’t the only ones to squander their chances; we do it, too. In Jesus’ parable in Luke 16:113, the Master—the CEO—has heard that a certain manager has been squandering his master’s property. It’s as if the pink slip is filled out and waiting in the middle desk drawer, but first the CEO asks the manager for a self-audit. Today, he would have asked for the manager’s laptop and shown him the door, but this is not a lesson in wise business practices. It’s more about what we do with the opportunities that rise before us. The almost-former-manager is at a critical juncture. We face crises, too, and sometimes our responses are not very creative. We rely on instinct and get angry, or yell, or feel paralyzed, or deny there is a crisis. At this intersection, the manager examines potential roads until his brain settles on a good one. Since his debts have been discovered, he creates a plan of action that will make others indebted to him. Before that pink slip is in hand, he reduces the debt of one vendor to 50% of his total bill and of another vendor to 80% of his total. It’s an ingenious response, because everybody wins something. The master gets parts of his bills paid; the olive oil and wheat vendors get a discount; and the crafty manager, though jobless, has two new friends who are now indebted to him! At first, we think this is the twist in Jesus’ parable, but instead, Alan Culpepper notes that, “The master praises the [manager] for his foresighted, shrewd action…. [His action]

casts an aura of honesty and goodness on his master [but also] shrewdly provides for his own future…. Jesus admonishes his hearers to cast caution aside, seize the moment of opportunity, and make provision for their future before God. The kingdom is at hand” (New Interpreter’s Bible Vol. IX, Abingdon Press c. 1995, p 309). This text asks us, “How are you doing with your Master’s resources?” If we are squandering our Master’s resources, we can seize the Master’s opportunity by going in two directions: deeper and farther. When we first send our roots deeper into relationship with God, spending time with God as our sole focus, we will gain the breadth and strength to stretch our branches farther to connect with and embrace others. Partners are waiting for us—among those who seek to minister and among those who need our ministry. As a green first-year student at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, I appreciated a younger, smarter peer arranging for a student conversation with a well respected professor. While I can’t remember the

words Dr. Hinson spoke that evening, the wind of the Holy Spirit was blowing in that living room. The winds of freedom blew through and collapsed the mental shackles that had kept me bound to the God and Jesus I had met in children’s Sunday school, but never questioned enough for my faith and understanding to grow. The sharing of this good news was made possible because my peer seized an opportunity, not selfishly for a one-on-one conversation, but for the community, and the reward was mine. I was invited to delve deeper into my relationship with God, and that made me want to stretch farther to share the good news with more people. God seeks to be connected with us through Jesus, and constantly beckons us to connect with and help each other. Ask the Holy Spirit: “What opportunity would you have me seize?”

was so exuberant I determined to do my part to make this dinner a success. So I went grocery shopping and mailed a very heavy package of the aforementioned items to Germany. I was pleased to learn that although he could not find pumpkin in Germany he had decided to bake coconut pies instead. Harry no longer needs to have his mother send him groceries via air mail. He recently bought a farm in Rockbridge County, and now has FIVE white "turkeys in waiting" who will soon take their turns in becoming Thanksgiving dinners. Life sure changes fully and fast.

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Now a year old, Carilon’s Riverside Center celebrated its anniversary with "Another Cup of Jazz" last Saturday, an open house that showed off the diagnostic services and state of the art equipment available at the South Jefferson Street campus. In addition to the live music and free food, visitors could meet physicians, visit the various departments housed on site and check out the Lifeguard 10 helicopter outside; they also attended forums on topics like breast cancer and sports concussions, and many tried their hand at using the daVinci Robotic Surgical System. Senior Director of Operations Beth Linville said opening Riverside Center has meant Carilion patients can see a physician, then often stay in the same building if specialists are required or tests are needed – no more hop scotching around town for services. In some cases, said Linville, satellite facilities have been closed, although others have actually expanded their

Lifeguard 10 was a big hit outside the Riverside Center. scope. “We have any number of medical and surgical specialties [here]. Anywhere from internal medicine to [outpatient] neurosurgery,” said Linville. Riverside departments also promote wellness “and can quickly … take care of the problem.” It’s not uncommon to have a patient see several physicians “the same day,” said Linville, “instead of waiting for 5 - 6 weeks. That’s what we strive to do.” Riverside also offers a wide

array of imaging services that allows for a speedy diagnosis often on the same day. Medical specialists “talking to each other, working with the patients,” has been the biggest benefit at Riverside Center said Linville, “making the patient the center of the care. The patients really like the campus. It's really the future of health care - doing the right thing at the right time.” Concussion Forum: Dr. Thomas Miller, a former athlete who also works the sidelines at

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Cave Spring Defeats Hidden Valley 34-10 In Battle For SW County Cave Spring jumped out to a 34-0 lead early in the third quarter and coasted to the River Ridge regular season finale for

both teams. The Knights were led by Sam Wright’s four touchdown runs and a Michael Cole TD reception. Cave Spring QB

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Josh Woodrum rushed for 103 yards. Hidden Valley scored the game’s final ten points on a Chad Frazier to Kolton Lescure hookup and a 30-yard Kevin Draudt field goal on the final play of the game. Cave Spring advances to a regional playoff spot after a first round bye this week. Hidden Valley’s season is complete.

Cave Spring running back #11 Michael Cole picks up yardage as Titan linebacker #43 Kyle Stanley lunges for the tackle.

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Hidden Valley quarterback #10 Chad Frazier looks deep as a Knight defender closes.

Cave Spring Sweeps Martinsville In Region IV Volleyball Cave Spring advanced to the Region IV volleyball semifinals with the first-round 25-15 ; 2517 ; 25-13 win over Martinsville Monday night at Cave Spring. Morgan Shannon and Corey Jacobsen combined for 23 kills while Shannon Craighead recorded 27 assists.

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The regular season has come marketing seems to have hit to an end and five of our Roa- the high school ranks big time. noke Valley teams are advanc- What's your opinion on all this ing to postseason action with and the best/worst you've seen. hopes of bringing home a state (Junior/Elliston) title. In Group AA, Northside, Answer: Well, Junior, I really Cave Spring and Salem all have think the high school apparrel first round byes this week and is great. Shows a lot of school will play against an opponent to spirit and the garb is usually be determined from games this pretty sharp. I have some myFriday night. In the VIS self after hearing the playoffs, North Cross guy at North Cross anopens Friday night at nouncing 8 or 10 times Hampton Roads Acada game, "EVERYONE emy and Roanoke Cathlooks good in Raider olic travels to Richmond gear." I finally checked to battle Blessed Sacrathe stuff out at halftime ment-Huguenot (both one Friday and he was games at 7:00 pm) See right. However, I think the rundowns later in it may have been a Bill Turner the column. setup. I donned my For the last week of new Raider shirt and the regular season, my predic- a cute girl asked me if I was a tions resulted in a 6-2 record sophomore. and a season ending remarkAs for the the oddest gimable winning percentage of mick, it may be at the college .824. I have been informed by level with those flashing ad the grand poobah at the RSS, mirrors in the bathrooms at that this column will continue Lane Stadium. After some prowith playoff games until the last nounced tailgating at the Duke team bows out or runs the table game, I checked these out near for a state championship. I have section 13. Quite frankly, if I'm agreed with the understanding in the market for a condo or any that my regular season record is Montgomery County real estate, official and my postseason pre- I prefer to visit a realtor, not a dictions are for entertainment toilet in a football stadium. Plus, purposes only. Likewise, any everyone glaring in the mirrors reproduction or dissimilation of made me nervous. But, I think I these picks without the written found the solution- I grabbed a consent of the RSS (or the NFL) few of those VT car flags when is prohibited. they were tossed in ditches afThe mailbox keeps getting ter the loss to James Madison. full, so I might as well show my If held at the right height when appreciation by answering a few standing at the urinals, it gives again this week. you quite a bit more privacy. Dear Great Predictor: My (The flags are machine washson's team is already selling able - warm water, like colors, of shirts that proclaim a state course.) championship. Do you think Dear Wild Bill : A couple that's jumping the gun? (Har- weeks ago, you predicted Flemold/Anon. address) ing would beat Halifax, which Answer: Not if you'll buy one they did. Then, a week later by the end of this week. Fleming had to forfeit the game. Dear Wild Willy : Sports Do you have to take a loss in that

situation? ( B. Bowden/Florida) Answer: No, BB. Dunlop and Williams, the official guidebook of football predictors, states the following in section 231.9-B; 'if a game's final score is posted on a scoreboard with :00 seconds left, and/or the predictor is made aware of said score by radio, TV or newsprint, the prediction is deemed official.' For this game, I did not see the former, but was at a roadside pub to watch the latter. Send your inquiries to: info@ Let's move to the two contests for this week: North Cross (7-3) must travel across the state to take on Hampton Roads Academy (9-1). The teams have one common opponent, Bishop Sullivan, whom Hampton Roads took down by 8 points and North Cross by 21. The Raiders have had a week off to prepare for this one, which makes Stephen Alex's hurry-up, no-huddle offense that much better. The Navigators have an all-star running back and potent rushing game, but North Cross' schedule included some brutal opponents which featured the same. This one should be close, but in the end North Cross makes the Navigators seasick. North Cross - 35 Hampton Roads - 32 Roanoke Catholic (7-3) has the hideous task of taking on powerful Blessed SacramentHuguenot (9-1) for the second time in two weeks. The last time saw BS-H win by 33. With the rematch again in Powhatan, there is no reason to change horses. BS-H has scored 32 or more points in all 9 victories. Blessed Sacrament - 37 Rke. Catholic - 12. By Bill Turner




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VT Hoops Features Former Hidden Valley Stars As Virginia Tech prepares for its upcoming women's and men's basketball seasons, sophomores Abby Redick and Ben Boggs, both Hidden Valley graduates, look to make an impact on their respective teams, when the season opens on Friday, Nov. 12 with a double-header at Cassell Coliseum. Redick, who scored 1,038 career-points in leading the Titans to two state championships, played in all 30 games for the

Abby Redick Hokies last season as a freshman. The 6-1 forward averaged 2.5 points per game coming off the bench for the Hokies, who finished 15-15 overall and 4-10 in the ACC. The Virginia Tech women, picked to finish 11th in the 12team league this season, will be counting a lot on its five freshmen and five sophomores right out of the gate. "The freshmen and sophomores are two of the most talented groups to come to Virginia Tech," said head coach Beth Dunkenberger. "Our biggest job will be figuring out who is going

to play and when." One of those looking for more court time will be Redick, who played 408 minutes last season. Her brother is ex-Cave Spring and Duke star J.J. Redick, now with the Orlando Magic. Two older twin sisters played D-1 ball for Campbell. "Abby is looking very good in our workouts," said Dunkenberger. "We are trying to let her move away from the basket a little bit more. She is a great three-point shooter and we're trying to find her spot where she can catch and shoot." Added Dunkenberger: "She has one of the brightest basketball minds." "There is more of an opportunity to get more playing time this season," said Redick. "We do have a lot of freshmen and sophomores stepping up, so I'm looking forward to an opportunity to get more minutes and to be to a contributor." As for looking to take more three-point shots this season, Redick, who was 4-for-24 outside the arc said, "I have been working during the summer and the last couple of months on my guard-skills and getting more shots up." Redick and her Hokies teammates open up their 2010-11 season on Friday, Nov. 12, when they host Presbyterian in a 5:30 p.m. tip. Another former Hidden Valley standout looking to contribute to the Virginia Tech men's basketball program this season, is sophomore Ben Boggs. The 6-4 guard, who broke his leg during his senior season at Hidden Valley, saw very limited action during his Hokie freshman year.

"I’ve been working hard this summer," said Boggs. "My leg is feeling a lot better. Last year at the beginning of the season I wasn't even sure if I could go a full practice because I was still having a lot of pain." In his 216 minutes of playing time last year, Boggs averaged 2.2 points per game and 1.4 rebounds. Asked about his goals this season, Boggs stated," I want to be a knock down shooter and

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Patrick Henry Advances in Group AAA Northwest Region Volleyball Patrick Henry defeated Forest Park 3-0 Tuesday night at the PH gym to advasnce to Thursday's Northwest Region semifinals. The Patriots had little trouble in the 25-12 ; 25-16; 25-18 sweep. Patrick Henry’s Liz Brailsford finesses a shot at the net for a PH score. Patriots #9 Cathy Ren fires a shot between the Forest Park defense. Photos and recap by Bill Turner

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I've talked to the coach about knocking down open jumpers and threes, as well as being a good defensive player." "Boggs is a hard-nosed, tough guy, who can make shots," said men's head coach Seth Greenberg. "He is an un-selfish player, we just need for him to make shots and compete on the defensive end." Being picked No. 2 in the ACC Preseason Poll, said Boggs, "[is] great. It shows that our program is on the rise and we are [capable of] having a good year. . . . But we still have a lot to prove." The Hokies, who return all five starters from last year's 25-9 team (10-6 ACC), open their season on Friday, Nov. 12, when they host Campbell in a 7:30 p.m. tip off.

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The lady Raiders took one more step towards a repeat of last year’s State Championship by sweeping Westover Christian Tuesday night in straight sets 25-21, 25-20, 2511. The Bulldogs came out strong in the first game, testing the Raiders, but seemed to have the air knocked out of them after giving up the ByDavid Grimes opener by a score of 25-21.

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Honoring Those Who Have Served and Sacrificed It is truly an honor to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans. America was founded on the principles of liberty, opportunity and justice for all, and on Veterans Day we recognize the men and women of our armed forces who have valiantly defended these values throughout our nation’s history. We ensure that their willingness to answer the call of their country on foreign battlefields will not quickly be forgotten. Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, began as a day of remembrance for those who died during the First World War. The national holiday was made official by Congress in 1938. It was 16 years later that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation, “to honor veterans on the 11th day of November each year . . . A day dedicated to world peace,” and formally named the occasion Veterans Day. Our fallen heroes gave their lives so that we may continue to enjoy the benefits of a free and great democracy. From the minute men drawn up on the grass at Lexington and Concord, to the bloody woods of Chancellorsville, to the sailors fighting the Japanese in the Pacific, to daring pilots flying missions over Germany and defeating Hitler, to courageous Marines landing at Inchon in Korea, to soldiers in the jungles of Vietnam, to crushing Saddam Hussein in the Gulf, to fighting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard have fought for the

cause of freedom. President Calvin Coolidge once said, “the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” It often takes a day like Veterans Day to pause and remember the values and principles that this nation was founded upon. And when we remember, we think of those who have sacrificed in honor of those principles. These are the veterans of our wars, past, present and future -- they are the ones who have stood guard over the principles that have created this great nation. And it is in their memory and names that we must commit to ourselves that we will never forget their sacrifices, that we will not allow their blood to have been shed in vain and that we will, every day, act in accordance with those principles that they fought for. We must always pay tribute to those who have made our nation great, strong, and most importantly – free. While it is virtually impossible for us to sufficiently convey our national gratitude, to adequately express our unyielding pride to those who have worn the uniform of this great nation, I humbly say thank you to these true patriots and to the countless brave Americans who have sacrificed their lives for this country. It is through your sacrifice that our nation remains the land of the free, and the home of the brave.


that Armenia is almost 100% Christian while Turkey is nearly 100% Muslim. Here are some questions we might ask ourselves. If the US president in 2001 had been a liberal, would the same conspiracy theory have been created and propagated? Do we trust our antagonists more than our own leaders? (It has been reported that Cuba's former head-of-State Fidel Castro believes it was an inside job and Venezuelan President-for-life Hugo Chavez believes the attacks were self-imposed.) Have any 'facts' been revealed and circulated that could provide firm evidence of US government complicity in the 9/11 attacks? If you believe Rosie O'Donnell, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were hatched by the US government. If you believe Rosie and other 'truthers', you may have to spend the rest of your life lamenting that Present Franklin D. Roosevelt probably sent scrap iron and steel to Japan prior to December 7, 1941 so the Japanese could attack Pearl Harbor and that President Clinton was in cahoots with blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and his co-conspirators for the attack on the twin towers in NYC on Febraury 23, 1993.


We read in the Roanoke Times recently that the Taubman Museum is now reaching out to the troops for ideas and suggestions on it's future course. I find it interesting, all be it amusing, that they are NOW calling on the troops to discuss a redirection as to which way the Titanic should sail. All the elitist hottie totties who came up with the original idea for a play house for their artsie tartsie wall hangings certainly did not have any interest in hearing from the poor'ol common folks on our thoughts and ideas when the museum began. If they had, maybe they would have kept the IMAX Theatre that people in the whole region would have flocked to in lieu of investing the bulk of

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Local Press Gives Credence to Interesting Opinions An Associated Press article by Christopher Torchia recently appeared in a local newspaper. The title of the article was, "Conspiracy Theories Still Abound'. A photo under the article's title shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declaring in a speech to the United Nations that most people in the world believe the United States was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." This is the same world leader who denies that the Jewish Holocaust (genocide) ever occurred. Below the photo with the above comments is the following quote, "Initially, I was doubful about the conspiracty theories. But after seeing the events in later years, I don't have any doubt that it was their (United States') own operation to find a pretext to hit Muslim countries."- Shaikh Mushtaq Ahmed, Pakistani Bank Manager. In the article the following comments are quoted,"That theory might be true," said Ugur Tezer, a 48-yearold businessman who sells floor tiles in the Turkish acpital, Ankara. "When I first heard about the attack I thought, 'Osama,' but then I thought the U.S. might have done it to suppress the rise of Muslims." The Turkish government refuses to accept responsibility for their role in the Armenian genocide of 1915-1918 during which time, death came to more than one million Armenians. Note

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Nearing Retirement? Give Yourself a Financial Check-Up As you approach retirement, you will quite likely be assessing your financial situation to determine if you have saved and invested enough to afford a comfortable future. Generally, financial professionals advise that to maintain your current lifestyle you will need approximately 70 percent to 80 percent of your current annual income each year in retirement, although your own situation may differ based on your personal goals and finances. Taking an in-depth look at your finances and an inventory of your retirement funds approximately five to seven years before retiring will give you time to make adjustments to help you meet your goals when retirement time comes around. Will I Have Enough Retirement Income? Generally, retirees turn to these sources of income: Social Security benefits; earnings (including part-time jobs); personal savings and investments, including IRA accounts or additional employee savings plans; and company retirement plans. According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security may account for only about 40 percent of your income in retirement¹. Personal investments and savings, company retirement plans and other sources will have to make

up the remaining portion of your income—about 60 percent. After calculating your projected retirement income, you also need to examine your current expenses and determine which items will increase or decrease, which will be eliminated and which will be added after you retire. By reviewing this information early on, you can develop a sense of whether you’ll have the necessary income to cover your expenses once you retire. Compare your expense calculations with your projected sources of income and determine whether you will have a surplus or a deficiency. At the same time, determine at what point in retirement you will need to begin drawing on your retirement plan assets. If, after comparing your expenses with income, you have a surplus, you are on the right track to enjoying a comfortable retirement. However, if you note a deficiency, you can make decisions now to help ensure that you will have a relatively comfortable retirement later on. Should I Adjust My Asset Allocation Strategy? Having a good understanding of investing becomes more important as you approach retirement. Examine all the investments available

Pamplin College Of Business Receives Dominion Foundation Gift

Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business has received a $40,000 gift from the Dominion Foundation to help Pamplin students with their career search. "We are appreciative of Dominion's investment in our plan to better connect our employers to our students and vice versa by using innovative technologies that Generation Y and the private sector expect," said Stuart Mease, Pamplin's director of undergraduate career services. The gift will be used specifically to create a Web application to match students with their ideal employer and employers with their ideal recruits. "This system will generate leads and provide a userfriendly experience where both students and employers can be identified based on specific preferences," Mease said. Pamplin students continue to be popular among employers, with five of the college's majors routinely among the 10 majors most sought after by recruiters visiting campus, according to the university's career services office. The college's Business Horizons career fair, organized annually by Pamplin undergraduates, attracted more than 130 employers this fall. The college was among 16 higher education institutions in the state to receive gifts of

From left: Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen, Pamplin undergraduate career services director Stuart Mease, and Dominion philanthropy manager Cindy Balderson in Pamplin Hall. up to $40,000 from the Dominion Foundation for projects that focused on work force knowledge and skills and energy conservation. "We see the importance in funding and cultivating the innovative studies that are happening at our colleges and universities and their potential for the future," said William C. Hall Jr., a vice president of Dominion and president of The Dominion Foundation. The Dominion Foundation's focus areas include preservation of natural resources, work force development and education, diversity initiatives, neighborhood and community development, and basic needs for food and shelter. Dominion is one of the na-

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through your retirement plan and determine into which category—stocks, bonds or cash equivalents—each of them falls. Next, assess your level of risk. As people prepare to retire, they generally want less risk in their investments than in the past. Since your income from employment will have stopped or decreased considerably and your assets may be invested over a shorter period, it may be more difficult to recover from loss. Therefore you may want a lower-risk investment strategy than before. Whether you intend to use your money over a relatively short period or spread it out through your retirement is another important factor. Important Points to Consider There is no set asset allocation strategy that works for everyone. Before determining which strategy best fits your personal situation, keep in mind that different people have different financial resources and expectations regarding how long they will be in retirement. Therefore, individuals have different risk tolerances and investment horizons. And remember, no matter what asset allocation strategy you choose, there is always some level of risk and no guarantee that you will not experience a loss. Also, keep in mind that you need to look at

your holdings as a whole. Consider your personal accounts, retirement accounts and any additional sources of retirement income that you may have. By planning the entire picture you will be better able to develop a portfolio that reflects your immediate and long-term goals. Your financial advisor can help you determine if your strategies are on the right track toward a secure retirement and help you find ways to maintain your position or work toward your goals. 1. Source: “Income of the Elderly Population Age 65 and Over 2006”, EBRI Notes, Vol. 28. No. 12, December 2007 Cindy Shively is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney located in Roanoke VA and is a member of the Meridian Group. She can be reached at 983-4912. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its affiliates do not provide tax or legal advice. To the extent that this material or any attachment concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

Gypsy in the Village Does Her Part Everyone needs to feed their inner gypsy once in a while, and Urban Gypsy ( is the place to go. The store, relocated to Grandin Village, is owned by Ashley Ernest, a self proclaimed gypsy. Her young years included moving from Texas to England and back again. Along the way she developed a great deal of flexibility, wisdom beyond her years and a variety of accents. The environment she has created in her retail establishment is lush and intimate at the same time. Expressive color on the walls reflects a depth of texture that is refreshing and is reflective of Ernest' personality that is both welcoming and worldly-wise. This is no ordinary box store with thirty something of the same thing on the rack. When she stocks her store she does it with a critical eye. It is easy to find the unique and unusual alongside her supply of staple items - like great camisoles and tees and leggings with lace. Whether you're looking for a classic item with a slight twist, or want to treat yourself to something new while taking a walk on the wild side, you won’t be disappointed at the selection. If you’re looking for comfortable shoes with flair, this is THE place to go. Ernest, a native of San Antonio, Texas, came to Roanoke on vacation ten years ago. She happened to be here on one of those “mist over the mountain” days and immediately fell in love because it reminded her of England. Fancy that! Three days after arriving home, she packed up and moved to the Star City and has been an valley asset ever since. She has a loyal clientele and on a recent visit to the store I noticed both shoppers as well as local shopkeepers alike coming and going. Ernest has a unique perspective on retail. “I always listen to the non-buyers.” She is interested in pursuing a relationship with her customers and if you share something about yourself, she will remember it the next time you meet. This provides a nice level of customer service rarely seen

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Ashley Ernest waits on appreciative customers. in the hustle and bustle of commerce in this day and age. She has made quick friends with other local business owners and that relationship is reflected in the “girls night out” that will be held on Thursday November 18th from 6-8 p.m. During the event two local artists who are tenants in the building she occupies, Joe Hagerty and Katherine Devine, will be painting on canvas in her windows. The artwork will be auctioned off, with the winner announced at the Grandin Village Holiday Open House on December 4th from 12-5 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Unbridled Change (, a local Equine Therapy Organization that serves disadvantaged youth and abused women throughout the Roanoke Valley. Between her interactions with customers and her involvement in the local business community associations, Ernest has turned out to be one of those exceptionally good neighbors that make the Star City shine. You can reach Urban Gypsy at 540-400-8552. The store is located at 1320 Grandin Road SW. By Christine Slade

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South Korean potter Kuk-Hyun Park “threw clay” on site. The event wasn’t as widely attended as hoped for, but The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge organizers were pleased that Artview: Visions & Voices once again put a spotlight on the creative forces in the Roanoke Valley. International and regional artists created installation pieces - on site - at the Roanoke Civic Center’s special events hall, some with the help of local high school students. Artview also promoted Roanoke’s sister cities, since artists that represented many of the sister cities – from Brazil, Korea, France, Poland and Russian – were on hand. Rhonda Hale, artist services & education director for the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, said less than 1000 paid their way in for the three-day showing at the Civic Center. Nevertheless said Hale, “everyone who has come has been impressed, and really enjoyed it. They’re very accomplished artists.” Added Hale, now “they get what an installation [art piece] is.” Hale liked the exchange between the artists and students at local high schools and colleges, including Virginia Tech, during workshops in a two week period leading up to Artview. Through an interpreter, South Korean potter KukHyun Park, representing Roanoke’s sister city of Wonju, said he liked the Star City “very much ... very impressed.” Park noted how similar Roanoke and Wonju were in population, their proximity to mountains and other characteristics. Park said the level of artist activity in Roanoke was also “very good.” Pearl Fu, head of the Local

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Colors organization and chair of the Sister Cities subcommittee for its counterpart in China, also helped stage international cooking demonstrations during Artview. “It’s a wonderful concept but I’m so sorry some of the artists from [every Sister City] couldn’t come,” said Fu. “But it’s a wonderful idea. Having the local and regional artists all come together [with the international guest artists] to show the diversity. It’s very innovative and very creative. I think it’s done really well.” She hopes the word gets out about Artview, so if it is repeated more people will show up. Fu and a friend were visiting with Russian-born artist Grigory Gurevich, who was showing off his patented “Magic Book,” where paper photo strips of people’s portraits can be configured in many different variations, perhaps hundreds. Katie Domlenson, a Northside High School student, helped paint a paper tree and arrange newsprint leaves all around it. She also assisted local artist John Wilson with his installation piece, which involved circuit boards. “It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun. I love art.” She also hopes Artview returns. “Roanoke is a beautiful place; we should keep art in it.” In keeping with the theme of installation art, pieces created on site, Hale said they would probably all be dismantled last Sunday night, as Artview made room for another event at the Civic Center – this weekend’s Stocked Market.

"Low Anthem" Reflects Many Influences

They’ve toured with The Avett Brothers, The Swell Season and others. They’ve played in Europe a half dozen or more times, at Bonaroo, Lollapalooza and in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Now, The Low Anthem will bring their melodic mix of genres to Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center on Wednesday, November 17, opening for legendary songstress Emmylou Harris. National Public Radio called The Low Anthem a “frequently gorgeous mix of folk, rock and wrenchingly atmospheric ballads.” A group for the past three years or so, The Low Anthem, all twenty-somethings, is guitarist/lead singer Ben Miller, upright bassist/drummer Jeff Prystowsky, classically trained clarinetist Jocie Adams and Mat Davidson, a relative newcomer who plays a number of instruments. The band formed in Providence, Rhode Island, and has a wide variety of experiences musically. “We all bring different music to the band,” said Prystowsky. The Low Anthem’s second release, "Oh My God, Its Charlie Darwin," received critical acclaim. A new album is due in February. They’ve never been in Roanoke before, but Prystowsky said in a recent phone interview that Davidson has family ties in the Roanoke area.

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“I call it folk and rock n’ roll,” said Prystowsky in describing what the band does, with songs that evoke everyone from Leonard Cohen to Dylan, Tom Waits and others that have “stranger arrangements.” Part of that stems from playing with vintage instruments. “To just call it folk doesn’t describe the whole sound,” noted Prystowsky. The collaboration with Emmylou Harris will be six concerts old by the time they arrive in Roanoke on November 17, when Prystowsky said the tour and the band “should be hitting our stride.” He has met Harris once and is spending time going through her album catalog. Prystowsky admires Harris for the way she has experimented with different musical genres over the years – something he says The Low Anthem also strives for. “She constantly reinvents herself. I have a lot of respect for her for doing that.” Prystowsky said audience reaction to Charlie Darwin “has been an amazing experience,” especially for an album that was released locally at first before the Nonesuch label picked it up for wider distribution. “It was quite a surprise… suddenly a record label was involved and we were playing in Europe. Everything happened at once. It was trial by fire.”

The Low Anthem is touring with Emmylou Harris. Opening for Harris is something Prystowsky looks forward to. “I’m quite a fan of hers. I think our [styles] fit well. She’s such a lovely and beautiful person.” Their new song Apothecary Love, which has country overtones, “is very much her style. I think we have overlap and common influences.” Roanoke audiences can judge for themselves on November 17. Visit and for more information. By Gene Marrano

Met Opera Star Brings Roanoke Crowd to Their Feet

Fans of opera and classical music enjoyed a rare appearance at the Jefferson Center on Sunday, Nov 7th, by well known Metropolitan opera star Richard Zeller, accompanied by pianist Michael Barnes. Zeller's powerful and rich baritone voice filled the room with a variety of music ranging from Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Henri Duparc. One of the most notable songs that highlighted Zeller's powerful delivery was "Voltre Toast" (Toreador aria) from the opera "Carmen." This particular song demands a strong delivery and stage presence, which Zeller readily produces. He sings as easily in the upper ranges as the lower ones and never lacked for clarity. Also well received was "Te Deum" from the opera "Tosca." Music from Rachmoninoff followed and Zeller then demonstrated his ability to sing a variety of music by closing the program with "Some Enchanted Evening" from "South Pacific" and "Ol' Man River" from "Showboat." Zeller and Barnes received a very well deserved standing ovation. Barnes is an especially gifted pianist who seems to enjoy listening to Zeller sing as well as By Gene Marrano playing for him. He has played for such notables as Pavoritti, Sarah Brightman, Julianne Baird, and others. Zeller’s background includes many international orchestra

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appearances, as well as domestic. He recently appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Zeller has made numerous appearances with the Metropolitan Opera and many other companies. His frequently performed Verdi baritone roles include Falstaff, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Don Carlo and others. Zeller immediately left Roanoke for an appearance in Portland, Oregon. The recital was part of "Stars in the Star City Recital Series" presented by Opera Roanoke. The next performance is scheduled for January 23, 2011, with another star from the Metropolitan Opera, Leah Partridge.

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Open Saturdays!

er TWO TWO months months FREE b m e l on two bedrooms v on two bedrooms No pecia and and S ONE month FREE

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM - Thursday, November 18, 2010 ROANOKE COUNTY HEADQUARTERS/419 LIBRARY 3131 Electric Road Roanoke, VA 24018 (540)772-7507 Our program will be presented by: SUE KARR - BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN DEFENDERS

Stop by and see for yourself.

New Amenities throughout all of our properties, including:

• ALL NEW kitchen cabinets with under-cabinet lighting • ALL NEW refrigerator, stove, range hood and kitchen countertop • ALL NEW dishwasher & garbage disposal 410-1 Westside Blvd. • PLENTY of Parking as well as a convenient bus route

Roanoke Va 24017

Invenergy has proposed a wind energy project that would involve installing wind turbines on Poor Mountain in Roanoke County. Due to the complexity of the project, Common Sense will devote both our November and December meetings to this issue. For further information, contact Richard Evans at (540)815-1905.


BUY DIRECT & SAVE! The Picture Frame Outlet

at Shell when you shop at Kroger



See store for details. Fuel discounts are limited to up to 35 gallons of fuel per purchase. Points earned in the current month are available for use through the end of the following month.


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Memorial Bridge



Warwick St


It’s easy to use your Kroger Plus Card for fuel savings at Shell. For every 100 points you earn at Kroger, you instantly save 10¢/gal. on quality Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines. Pick up a brochure at your participating Shell stations for more details. Start saving today! At Shell, we want you to get the most out of every drop.



Grandin Theater

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Memorial Ave Norwich Park










Wind Turbine Meeting

on on three three bedrooms bedrooms You’ll love all the changes we’ve made at West Creek Manor for you and your family plus you’ll save money with our affordable rents and energy-eficient apartment homes!



ONE month FREE


The Roanoke Star-Sentinel  

News from the Roanoke Valley for November 12, 2010.

The Roanoke Star-Sentinel  

News from the Roanoke Valley for November 12, 2010.