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The Roanoke Star-Sentinel November 4 - 10, 2011

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P1–3 Take note of our extended local political coverage this week that gives information on all the local races. The Polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday!

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Big Ideas P5– In addition to coverage of the Cityworks (X)Po below, Johnny Robinson adds a personal view from last week’s “Imagnineering” conference.

Huge Upset! P7– Cave Spring Up-ends #1 Christiansburg just as our own Bill Turner predicted . . . Where DOES he keep that crystal ball?

Country Art P11– The first annual “Art in the Country” held in Botetourt draws big crowds while highlighting the work of 16 local artists.

As the final days of local elections play themselves out culminating on Election Day Tuesday November 8th, it is clear that both Republicans and Democrats are pulling out all the stops. The Republican Party of VA is putting money into ads that are hitting hard against incumbent Democrat John Edwards in Roanoke City’s 21st Senate district. His opponent, Republican Delegate Dave Nutter, is working Roanoke City and especially the Lee-Hi precinct where he was heavily supported in the primary

Botetourt Voters Looking at Changes

Some Botetourt County voters may find that they are looking at different names on the ballots than they expected this year when they go vote in November. The county underwent district changes on several fronts. Locally, the Blue Ridge District changed its lines so that some Elections citizens in the Valley District will now vote in the Blue Ridge District. While the Blue Ridge District was the largest affected, some residents in the Troutville area may also find that they are now in the Valley District instead of the Amsterdam District, or vice versa. In the Virginia State Senate race, the county is now entirely in the 23rd district. It was previously in the 22nd district. Candidates for this race are Republican Stephen D. “Steve” Newman and Democrat Robert W. T. Short, Sr. Additionally, several districts in the southern end are split between the 19th and the 17th districts in the Virginia House of Delegates race. Voters in the

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against Tea Party candidate Tripp Godsey. Governor McDonnell has been there for Nutter. U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb were here for Edwards. Several forums highlighted the differences between Nutter and Edwards. Nutter says Edwards will raise taxes and kill jobs. Nutter signed the no-tax increase pledge. Edwards said Nutter voted to cut public education funding and that he has no plan for funding transportation. Nutter voted against outgoing Del. Bill

Cleaveland’s work-around that allows the Roanoke City School System to start their school year prior to Labor Day. Another closely watched Senate race pits old rivals Republican Senator Ralph Smith and former Republican and now Independent candidate Brandon Bell. The two candidates fought it out in a 2007 Republican primary in the 22nd Senate district with Smith getting the win. Senator Bill Stanley moved to the 20th district to challenge Democratic incumbent Roscoe Reynolds, leaving his 19th

district open for Smith to relocate. It seemed Smith would have no challenger until rumors proved to be accurate when Sen. Bell announced his run as an Independent. This 19th Senate district race quickly became interesting. At first Bell’s campaign seemed lackluster. In response Smith appeared to be laid back, appearing complacent, as if to say why spend > CONTINUED P2: Election

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ne of the things that make the Rescue Mission’s Drumstick Dash unique is the variety of musicians who are stationed on every corner along the Dash Race Route. The Rescue Mission is accepting nominations for talented individuals and groups to perform Thanksgiving Morning. “As the event grows each year, we need more musicians along the route,” said Tiffany Rawling, Rescue Mission EVE Network volunteer who coordinates the music. “This is a great opportunity for churches, families, schools and other groups to showcase their talent.” When asked what kind of music was needed, Rawling replied, “Gospel, bluegrass, jazz, country western, pop, opera, show tunes, hip hop, rock, barbershop, ballads, soul, calypso, Celtic, classical, blues, folk – really anything

that is family rated is fine with us.” In the past five Dashes, the Mission has had a great variety of music performed by bagpipers, Suzuki violin players, banjo pickers and flute and trombone players. Some of the musicians are professionals and some are performing for the very first time before a live audience. This year they are hoping to add steel drums and a bell choir to the mix as well as singers of all types. All musicians are welcome! So if you “feel the music,” sign up today to perform Thanksgiving morning. The Dash Team will assign you a corner and provide a sign for your group. Contact: Tiffany Rawling, Musician Coordinator for the Dash at trawling@mail.roanoke. edu. or call the Mission at (540) 343-7227.

Volunteer of the Year Maurice Turner with Greenways Coordinator Liz Belcher. The Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission held its annual picnic last Sunday, recognizing the volunteer groups that are helping to shape and maintain the valley’s growing system of trails. Greenways commission Community chair Mark McClain also singled out corporate backers like Novozymes and Roanoke Cement, which have made “a major commitment to our bridging the gap campaign.” What “the Gap” refers to is a four-mile section of the Roanoke River Greenway that is not yet fully funded and built. Once in place it will complete an 18mile continuous segment of the

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Festival of Ideas Captures Imagination of Many at (X)Po Put a bunch of very creative people in one room for three days, with wildly diverse backgrounds, from all over the country, and see what happens, what ideas bubble to the surface. That was the concept behind Ed Walker’s CityWorks (X)Po, held last week at the new Charter Hall atop the refurbished City Market building. Developer and CityWorks founder Ed Walker masterminded the event, which aligned itself with something called the Small Cities Movement. Focused on big ideas for small towns of 100,000 or less, those in attendance got to hear from a variety of speakers, several locally-based but most from outside of the valley. Organizers hoped to attract 350 to the threeday conference- but almost 500 signed up and they ran out of programs. Speakers ran the gamut from local food advocates to poets (Tech’s Nikki Giovanni), from

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Attendees network during a break at the CityWorks (X)Po. downtown planning experts like Kennedy Smith to hip-hop musician Toni Blackmon. There were authors, environmental advocates, filmmakers, government workers (including Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill), entrepreneurs, architects and storytellers. Documentary maker Susan Brecker was extolling the benefits of film festivals in small cities. Her late husband Michael

Brecker, the jazz musician, fell ill to leukemia, the subject of her film. The New Yorker spoke at the (X)Po. “I believe film festivals can energize small cities,” said Brecker during a break in the conference. “It can bring people together through entertainment. I really believe film festivals are a wonderful way to add cohesion.” Ernie Zulia, head of the theater department at Hollins

University “and a huge fan of my hometown,” said he was using CityWorks (X)Po “as an opportunity to charge my batteries. This is one of the most inspiring days I’ve had in years. It feeds and generates more ideas. You’ve got to appreciate the smaller connections that are powerful and generate a lot of community development. It’s all about collaborating and exchanging ideas.” “The energy is really starting to be infectious,” said Sharon Rappaport, who runs the creative firm The Farm out of Roanoke and New York City with her husband. She volunteered for CityWorks (X)Po, helping to keep things organized and on track. Rappaport said she was “really energized” by what she had heard. Former Roanoke City Councilmember Rupert Cutler said the Star City can now compare itself favorably to small urban hotspots like Asheville and

Boulder, CO. “We’re right up there,” he claimed. He enjoyed listening to Kathryn Walker – Ed Walker’s wife – talk about the “Must See TV” performance art event several years ago, which led to an arrest outside the City Market building, “and how we learned from that.” Cutler also took note of a speaker from Portland, OR, describing how that city has added more bicycle lanes in order to become more pedestrian friendly. “We need to do that,” said Cutler. Roanoke Regional Partnership director Pete Eshelman said the movement started in Portland made him see that “the potential of what cycling can mean to Roanoke, not only for health, but for economic vitality. That’s what I’ve walked away with so far.” Event Zone executive director Larry Landolt called it an > CONTINUED P2: Ideas


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money when his opponent barely has $6000 in his campaign fund? Then the Bell press releases starting appearing, charging that Smith didn’t live in the cabin rented from his campaign manager, Steve Mabry. Bell charged Smith with lying about where he was living, even producing ads showing a secluded cabin on Bent Mountain. Smith countered saying that he owns four properties in the area besides the cabin he rents on Bent Mountain and that his residency “meets the letter of the law in all regards.”

John Edwards and Dave Nutter The first sign that Bell was getting funds before the State Board of Elections disclosure deadline came with a plethora of TV ads. Many wondered where Bell was getting the money for all the expensive TV ads. When the disclosure deadline came, it

Brandon Bell and Ralph Smith revealed that the Senate Democratic Caucus contributed over $200,000 to Bell’s campaign. Smith quickly pointed out that Bell’s true colors were now evident and took to thee airwaves himself with TV ads disparaging Bell’s votes to increase taxes. November 8 will tell if Smith has an unshakable hold as the more conservative candidate. The 17th House of Delegates race with Republican Chris Head hoping to fill the shoes of outgoing Delegate Bill Cleaveland is less contentious. His opponent, Democrat Freeda Cathcart, though mounting a heartfelt campaign with little funding, has mostly kept a lid on the rancor and it looks like Head has smooth sailing to the House of Delegates seat. Head, as a conservative, admits to bucking his Republican Party leaders on some issues. As owner of a senior living center, “Home

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“emotional day. My head spins in terms of ideas.” He saw some concepts and themes that could be folded into Festival in the Park. “The biggest thing for me is that it’s collaborative. It’s all about reaching out.” Landolt was impressed by the creativity of Roanokers he had never met before. Sean Luther, executive direc-

Instead,” he believes regulations for the protection of seniors’ welfare are warranted. He contends that some regulations are sensible but too many make business operation difficult. Weeding out the unnecessary senseless regulations for business will be one of his goals. Another surprise came when Head said he supports passenger train service. He said he rides the train south as often as he can.

Chris Head and Freeda Cathcart Head’s Democratic challenger Freeda Cathcart has touted her midwifery initiative, support for public education and women’s rights. She home schools her three sons. Democrat Onzlee Ware in the 11th district, Democrat Clerk of Circuit Court Brenda Hamilton and Republican 8th district Delegate Greg Habeeb are unopposed. By Valerie Garner info@newsroanoke.com

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candidate for Board of Supervisors on the ballot, issues surrounding the incumbent have grabbed the spotlight. Donald M. “Mac” Scothorn received the Republican nomination earlier this year, and Don Assaid, who had been the Republican candidate for the last two elections, decided to run as an Independent. However, problems with his petitions led the county’s Electoral Board to disqualify him on the grounds he did not have enough signatures. Changes in the districts meant that one person who circulated petitions for him lived outside the district and his petitions were invalid. Assaid is now running a write-in campaign in an effort to keep his seat. Scothorn is an optometrist with Vistar Eye Center in Botetourt. He has served on the county’s Parks and Recreation Board for eight years. He helped implement Read Mountain baseball and has assisted in procuring amenities around the area. He said his best qualification is his “deep concern for the individuals in the county” and his ability to work as a team player. He has lived in Botetourt since 1992. Assaid has served on the Board of Supervisors for the last eight years. He is currently a financial professional with AXA Equitable in Roanoke. He said he is a “proven conservative” who believes in lower taxes and accountability. He also said he has the flexibility required to attend meetings and that his strong financial background lends itself to

> Greenway greenway. A public Bridging the Gap campaign will soon be in place, seeking smaller but more numerous donations from the public, after corporate targets and grant money has been identified. (See greenways.org to make a donation.) Representatives from Roanoke City Council, the City of Salem and Roanoke County were on hand, demonstrating the valley wide effort that is the greenway system. The Roanoke River Greenway goes through each jurisdiction, which is responsible for construction within its boundaries. Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, who helped secure federal funding for a Roanoke River flood reduction project to kick start greenway construction, called the efforts to date “a wonderful collaboration of federal, state and local governments. We’re making great progress.” Logistical problems concerning two bridges that were to take the greenway over the river at Vic Thomas Park towards Salem have delayed the opening of another mile-long segment until next spring – the prefab spans weren’t built in time. Goodlatte spoke of the ultimate goal for the greenway system – a trail that stretches from Montgomery to Bedford County, with the Roanoke Valley at

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> Botetourt Cloverdale, Blue Ridge, and Coyner Springs precincts will be affected by this change. Voters who live in the 19th district will choose between Republican Jerry R. Johnson, Democrat Lewis B. Medlin, Jr., and the incumbent, Independent Lacey E. Putney, while voters who live in the 17th district will choose between Republican Chris T. Head and Democrat Freeda L. Cathcart. Blue Ridge District In the Blue Ridge District, incumbent Billy W. Martin, the Republican nominee, will face independent candidate Samuel C. Foster, in the race for Board of Supervisors. Martin, who is completing his first fouryear term as a supervisor, retired from the U. S. Postal Service as the Roanoke postmaster. He is also an artist with a local following. He is currently chairman of the board of supervisors and has served on the education committee and numerous others. He has lived in Botetourt County for 31 years. Foster is retired from Botetourt County Schools, though he continues to work there part-time in the budget and policy division. His work with the school system included implementing and monitoring the Botetourt County Schools budget. He continues to run his family’s farm. He has lived in Botetourt for the majority of his life. Also in the Blue Ridge District, D. Scott Swortzel is running unopposed for the school board seat. Valley District While the Valley District only has one

fiscal responsibility. Assaid has lived in Botetourt County for 22 years. Also in the Valley District, Michael W. Beahm is running unopposed for the school board seat. Fincastle District In the Fincastle District, Incumbent Larry B. Ceola will face Independent candidate L. W. “Jack” Leffel, Jr. in the Board of Supervisors race. Ceola, who received the nod as the Republican nominee, has served on the Board of Supervisors for a year. He took the seat vacated by Don Meredith when he passed away. He is the owner of Cavalier Automotive in the southern end of Botetourt County. He also owns a tree farm. He said his experience in running a business for 34 years has taught him how to deal with people and daily business operations. He has lived in Botetourt for 36 years. Leffel, who is a farmer and owner of a hunting preserve, has served on the Botetourt County School Board for 12 years. He is currently the School Board chair. He has overseen the school board budget and served on the county’s Blue Way committee as well as the Upper James River Water Trail. He said he knows about leadership and can effectively help the board members get along. Leffel has lived in the county his entire life. Also in the Fincastle District, John E. Alderson, Jr., is running unopposed for the school board seat. By Anita Firebaugh info@newsroanoke.com

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the center. “Its putting Roanoke on the map,” he noted. Since the first volunteer recognition picnic in 2002 there have been countless volunteer hours notched, both on the paved greenway system and on unpaved trails built at venues like Carvins Cove, noted greenways coordinator Liz Belcher. Those people have maintained trails, donated or planted trees; they’ve been members of Pathfinders for Greenways, Kiwanis, the local Appalachian Trail Club, the Star City Striders, the Elfin Society from GE, etc. The Midweek Crew, largely a group of retirees that help build trails, has even been farmed out to surrounding counties. “We are spreading our influence … across the region,” said Belcher. The Midweek Crew can be counted on “anytime there’s something extra to be done,” she added. Crew member Maurice Turner was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year. Some on the crew are 80 years old or more and were also honored with special calendars. Eight miles of the Roanoke River Greenway, in the city, Roanoke County and in Salem are finished; six more miles are funded said Belcher. Two-plus miles will be open by the spring of 2012 and other segments are about to be built. There are about six miles where funding

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Bob Goodlatte gathered with volunteers for a picnic on the new bridge connecting Wasena Park to Vic Thomas Park. is needed. “We’re really focused on the four miles in the middle,” noted Belcher. Roanoke County is also working on several miles that will extend from the 13th Street terminus to the Blue Ridge Parkway. That would bring it to more than 20 miles, almost long enough for a marathon. “That has been my goal,” said Belcher, who has been running her own marathon of sorts for the past 15 years, trying to drum up support and funding for the urban trail system that has the Roanoke River Greenway as its spine. A connection to the Tinker Creek Greenway coming soon will provide another longer path for bike riding, walking and jogging. Belcher is also looking for the Bridging the Gap campaign to help cover the 6-7 million dol-

lars needed for that four mile stretch in the middle of the Roanoke River Greenway. About two million has been raised so far; Belcher hopes to secure the rest in the next year or so and be done with construction by 2014. One aspect that helps when it comes to raising money for greenway construction; “there’s an economic development potential related to the greenway,” said Belcher. “You have to have the business leaders and the elected officials supporting the project to get it finished.” She has no doubt the project is on the right track. “It warms your heart to see all of the people that are out here [on the greenway].” By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

From page 1 tor for Downtown Roanoke Inc., said several staff members were attending the (X)Po. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for those of us from Roanoke, to stop and see what we’re doing, and realize that we’re a leader in a lot of things.” Visual artist Katherine Devine was excited to see so much creativity and visualizing involved

in the process at CityWorks (X) Po, and in other cities. “Creativity is behind everything - looking at how we live, how we drive, how we eat, how we choose to live creatively.” Kennedy Smith, who helped revitalize downtown Charlottesville, talked about the decline of downtown centers in the 50’s and 60s, as the automobile, cred-

it cards, air conditioning and suburban malls led to several decades of decay. “All of these things together took their tolls on downtown,” noted Smith. Roanoke has been through that and is on the upswing. CityWorks (X)Po may just be another step in that process. By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net


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Roanoke County Races Take Some Twists And Turns

All was quiet in the Roanoke County Board of Supervisor races until a week ago when incumbent Catawba District Independent Chairman Joe “Butch” Church’s leadership style came into question. Some say Church is overly controlling, while others say that his style is a sign of passion for the job. Recent revelations still hang heavy over his campaign for reelection. The question as to whether Becky Meador, the board clerk was terminated in 2010, or “just not who Church wanted handling his Butch Church and Charlotte Moore agenda,” has yet to be answered. Carter Turner, Church’s Independent opponent wanted nating the county’s support for it. to know what the $23,000 paid to the clerk Moore, elected as a Democrat, is defendupon termination was called. If it wasn’t sev- ing her seat as an Independent for the first erance, then what was it and who authorized time. She defends Church’s leadership style. it and why? Whether her defense of Church will help or Church had a falling out with the Repub- turn away voters is unclear. At times Church lican Party but was successfully elected as an and Moore seem joined at the hip with ElsIndependent in the last election. He wick holding hands with both of still holds some grievance with them on many issues, leaving the party as was demonstrated Altizer and Flora on the sidewhen use of the county’s meetlines. ing chamber led him to lead the Republican Carla Bream is effort to ban use of it for politichallenging Democrat Nancy cal party meetings. The chamber Horn for the County’s Comhad been left in disarray after a missioner of Revenue. Bream contentious Republican mass faults Horn for a lack of remeeting, according to Church. sponsiveness on the part of Roanoke County RepubliHorn’s office—specifically not can chair Mike Bailey at the answering the phone immediCarter Turner time called Church’s move “vinately with a live person. Horn dictive.” Supervisor Charlotte touts her assistance to veterans Moore and Ed Elswick supported Church’s and ongoing education of her staff. Indepenaction at the time, but supervisors Altizer dent Bruce Love is also challenging Horn and and Flora convinced them to back off from says he brings a wealth of real-world business the proposal at a subsequent meeting. experience to the job. Republican David Drake is also challengDemocrat Sheriff Mike Winston, Coming Church. Drake wants to bring a fresh monwealth’s Attorney Randy Leach and look to the board. Treasurer Kevin Hutchins are unopposed. Cave Spring District Supervisor Charlotte For the county school board Catawba DisMoore is also fending off challengers. Repub- trict representative A.C. Burke is challenglican George Assaid and Independent Stan ing incumbent David Wymer. Cave Spring Seymour said they would end the county’s District, incumbent Odell “Fuzzy” Minnix is support for ICLEI. ICLEI is claimed to be an unopposed. affront to property rights and is condemned By Valerie Garner by the Roanoke Tea Party. Moore supports info@newsroanoke.com ICLEI. Church said he would consider elimi-

Republican Bream Looks to Unseat County Commissioner

The Roanoke County Commissioner of Revenue position comes up for election once every four years and this year Republican challenger Carla Bream seems to be upping the ante more than in years past in an effort to unseat Current Commissioner Nancy Horn on November 8. Horn has been in the job since 2001 when a special election was held to replace longtime commissioner Wayne Compton, who passed away. Bream, who said that “until my candidacy there has been no real opposition,” has been campaigning door to door “getting my name out.” She has been a fixture at local football games and back to school nights as well as speaking at luncheons, dinner groups and civic league meetings. A resident of Roanoke County since “the first grade,” Bream has an AS in Business and a BS in public administration from Virginia Tech. She and husband Mike have one grown son, Andrew. She has also been an occasional contributor to this newspaper. Bream supporters held a brunch fundraiser at the Commonwealth Ballroom 109 Kirk last month, which drew several area and state Republican politicians and candidates who spoke in support of Bream’s campaign, including Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Sheriff Octavia Johnson, State Senate candidate Dave Nutter and House of Delegates candidate Chris Head. Beginning with Young Republicans at Cave Spring High School, followed by College

Carla Bream and Bob Goodlatte talk issues and strategy. Republicans at Virginia Tech, Bream has been involved in politics for decades. She says “I wanted to stay involved to see if I could make a difference.” She is currently on the executive board and is a magisterial chairperson on the Roanoke County Republican Committee. She is also serving her second term as president of the Roanoke Valley Republican Women, and is a member of both the Virginia and National Federation of Republican Women. Those positions might have been sufficient had Bream not encountered difficulty getting an answer about her state tax return. She recounts a sequence of events; “last year my state income tax return, which was prepared by an accountant, did not match what the accountant had calculated. I called and went through the endless voicemail tree and left a message. I waited three days and no one called.” Bream said she called again and waited three more days before going to the office in person. She was told by an office worker that it was “fine now” but according to Bream “she couldn’t tell me what happened, other than it was ‘fine now.’”

From that point on, Bream began to question procedures at the Commissioner of Revenue office and concluded she can improve upon the ways business is done. Bream has specific items on her agenda, beginning with “bringing back good old-fashioned customer service,” which she claims is “sorely lacking.” Bream says that the “endless voice mail tree” even goes so far as to refer people to two other numbers. She wants to implement “phone filing … because there are a lot of people who don’t have internet access and [that] is disenfranchising people; there are a lot of senior citizens and poor people who do not have internet access from their home.” Regarding the progress of the campaign, Bream says “it’s wonderful; I’m getting so much support from people I don’t even know.” She points out that “you have to run as a party, but it’s not a political party job. You have to follow the code of Virginia. You either do it right or you do it wrong.” She also points to a prized endorsement by former treasurer Fred Anderson, who says … “The office of the Commissioner of the Revenue desperately needs Carla’s help…” Bream adds, “I’m running my campaign like this is my job interview and I want the citizens of Roanoke County to hire me and I think they will.” By Cheryl Hodges cheryl@newsroanoke.com

A Different Type of Candidate in the 17th District Farm owner. Grandin Court Neighborhood Association president and community volunteer. advocate for midwifery. Former teacher and insurance agent. Freda Cathcart may not strike some as the typical political candidate, but she picked up the mantle and decided to run as the Democratic contender for the 17th District House of Delegates seat when no one else did. This Tuesday (Nov. 8) she’ll square off against Chris Head for the seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Bill Cleaveland. “I never actually considered serving in a public office,” admits Cathcart, “but when I saw the challenges our state faces and at the time nobody stepping up to challenge for my party … I offered to step up. Now I’m on quite the adventure.” Cathcart said she has enjoyed meeting people during the campaign, talking about ways “to bring prosperity back to our state.” Cathcart inherited a basic philosophy from her father, who was an insurance broker, that everyone should leave the negotiating table feeling they got a fair deal. “Everybody should feel that their needs are met. Focus on the needs of a community first,” said Cathcart, “then look at

Freeda Cathcart the wants.” Jobs are what she is hearing about, as is funding for education. “Those can go together,” she points out. “Investing in education is a wonderful way to stimulate the economy.” Having fewer teachers for more pupils is stressful and not conducive to a good learning, added Cathcart, who taught public school for a while. “We want well-informed, educated citizens; that’s the bottom line.” Cathcart also advocates for wellness programs that can lead to fewer problems down the road as a way to reduce healthcare costs. Her brush with the General Assembly in the past came from advocacy for a midwife program in Virginia, work-

ing with a coalition of “pro life and pro choice advocates,” to have certified midwives legalized in the Commonwealth. She testified for midwifery in the General Assembly, went to committee meetings and conducted one-on-one with legislators. “The [annual] session is really intense when there are [in Richmond],” noted Cathcart, who was later appointed by thenGovernor Tim Kaine to an advisory board on midwifery. Her experience there, learning how to implement the midwifery law, “will be helpful as well,’ she believes. The midwifery bill passed wasn’t exactly what Cathcart and others wanted, but it was the best they could get at the time and meant their two-page bill didn’t become a 50-page document. Learning the art of compromise is a valuable lesson when dealing with the General Assembly. “Later you can take greater steps,” she notes. Cathcart has expressed concerns about cuts in health care programs, which could affect her family directly, with the possible loss of a family farm in Floyd County to help pay for her mother in laws care now covered by state programs. She suffers

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from dementia. “I’m really concerned about our family and other families too, that they receive the support that they need from society.” As for infrastructure, Cathcart seems open to a hike in the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and rail improvements: “it hasn’t been raised in 20 years. That’s not really in line with the rest of our lives.” She was told by one business owner in southwest Virginia that he may move out of state when it comes time to expand, due to poor road conditions that affect shipping of products. “I know these are hard economic times … so I’m thinking that it needs some type of integrated program, something that’s fair for everybody.” That could mean a smaller gas tax hike and tolls perhaps in spe-

cific areas where work on roads is most needed. “But we need to deal with this transportation issue.” In a Republican leaning district, Cathcart faces an uphill battle perhaps against Chris Head, who lost the nomination to Bill Cleaveland several years ago. The owner of a home health care company, Head has a leg up

on name recognition from his run for the GOP nomination just two years ago. Undaunted, Freda Cathcart soldiers on as Election Day looms. “Our greatest days are ahead of us. We need to remember that. I’m willing to serve the public. I have the education and experience.” By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

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ust after midnight, the indifference to emotionally old lady heard her hus- devastating cruelty, apparently band in distress. She got authored by a loving God. The up to go to his bedroom, fell at cynicism of unbelievers thunthe doorway and lay there, too ders loud. frail to rise. As she listened, her I take a tenuous position husband’s breathing stopped. here, one I cannot ably defend: She was found by neighbors everything has a purpose, and at 11:00 AM the next morn- all events, possibilities. That ing; she on the floor, he dead we cannot often discern the on his bed. I heard this story purpose and necessity of pain from her physician. He told does not cost us the case, but it me of the woman’s unavailing does leave us in the courtroom grief, made worse by lacking either witthe effects of broken nesses or evidence. sleep and loss, and by So, what might be the sudden, menacing the possibilities atprospect of facing the taching to this poor future alone. She hears woman’s loss? Her him yet in her empty treating physician is house. She thought given the opportunity they’d be married forto participate in or to ever. There’s nothing stand back from the Lucky Garvin that scours away dewoman’s grief; his lusions like burying soul nourished - or an old friend. Pray God we not - by the widow’s tears. We never see such a day; but we are confirmed in the choices will… we make. The finest minds of all time And me, what is my task? have taken upon themselves Her bereavement sets me to this brave and hopeless ques- this wondering, and to chrontion: why such things must icle her sorrow that it not pass happen; what is the mean- unnoticed, swallowed up in ing of loss; what is its final the many moments which significance? This is an unre- shape a day. That’s all, to write solved dilemma, the answer it down; to pass on to some vital to support belief. Thus, anonymous other, who - readit is a question for mortals, ing these thoughts now or angels have no need of faith. years hence - will be moved to After a life-time of marital thinking; or, by the story, be partnership, such an end sug- confirmed in faith, a hovering gests God is mythical, Heaven scale within the reader finally empty; our prayers are duti- brought down by this tiny fully delivered to a non-exis- weight on the side of loving; tent mailbox. Spiritual hearts of belief. Better yet, that this are at a disadvantage here: we reader, now shadowed in the cannot reconcile such a blind mist of what is to be, take this

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thought and go further into the mystery than I am able. There was a little girl with cancer, who, in the process of t is late October. The sea- covered, foldable-bellows affair, dying, brought her agnostic sonal cycle governs our vintage 1914, that sits in a place physician to faith. Perhaps, lives, indoors and out, as of honor on my dresser. like the leaves of a tree, we summer and autumn morph The timeline of my life in picfall when our work is done... into one more winter. In the an- tures begins with the dazzling Consider this: the old woman nual ritual of vertical migration, flash of round, hot-frizzled suffered a brief, passing hor- long sleeves, wool and fleece bulbs a few days after my birth. ror soon forgotten by all but descend from upstairs; cotton At two years come the masher. But her loss - like the little and short sleeves and sive Olin Mills airgirl’s - may yet be made holy pants go back up. brushed, gilt-framed Inevitably, too, in by its effect on another, for I studio portraits—pabelieve the smallest deed - a this domestic flux to rental enshrinements smile, a sympathy, if it restores and from the Very of the children of my or fashions the faith of another Back Room have deera—that hung on the scended a few ware- is made holy by its effect. formal living room That effect may be affirma- housed boxes of conwalls of my childhood tion, or maybe prologue, for tents that are stacked homes all those years. the occasioning of the spirit is around me in odd And for 15 years sometimes revolutionary, usu- corners now for two thereafter flows a ally evolutionary, but every weeks, awaiting their stream of images into Fred First fate too long deferred. happening has its place. this box at my feet, Among this derIn the intricate geometries obligatory specialof bereavement, the new wid- elict cargo is a crate of old fam- occasion shots of insipid smiles ow seems to have come up ily photos, handed down from from kindergarten on. But sudshort in the transaction. Even the small tribe I belonged to denly, after high school, I disthough ‘‘Angels guard those more than a half-century ago. appear without a photographic who weep, and those who for- I inherited jurisdiction over trace—extinct, vanished from ever sleep,” hers seems a task this box when my mother, in a time as subject-in-focus. No without reward as she waits similar storage triage in her Bir- longer the photographed, I have alone for prayer’s effect. She’s mingham apartment not long become the photographer belost a husband and spent the ago, found that the time had hind the lens. night helpless on the floor. come to pass down this chaotic I have seen the world through To receive the sympathy and jumble of summer vacation and the camera now for forty years, solace of well-meaning others school photos from the 1950s. and standing back at a distance seems short measure indeed. She could no more bear to toss to acknowledge the place of this Perhaps I’m trying to solve them out than I can now. medium in my life, I consider the mystery having read but So I’ve been “gifted” with a myself fortunate to have grown half the book. Suppose there is few hundred ancient photo- from babe to man in the era of an Elysium, and our existence graphs, black and whites and popular photography. is eternal. Now on a continu- sepia-toned 3x5s that show Every one of the tens of um more vast and inclusive, mini-me in all white, reluctantly thousands of instants that I’ve suppose that when she dies, displaying my Easter basket on a pressed the shutter has emthe pain of his leaving is soon warm, Alabama April morning; bedded a memory in time and assuaged by the knowing of me in black and silver under an place. The intentional vision of why it had to be so. 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reveals a small rectangle of the world I chose to put in my camera’s frame at the instant I chose to press the shutter. And in each mental image, like the technical details of my digital photo files, is embedded invisible, me-only information about the shot: Who was I with? What did it smell like that day? Where did I go next? What did the air feel like on my skin? The photographic urge has run deep in humanity since the first cave drawings of early history. The price of personal photography drops, even as the size of the hardware shrinks and the ease of instant “development” becomes elementary. Shirtpocket cameras have brought the realization of that “share our where” impulse to Everyman. We are increasingly Homo photographicus. We create and archive our personal and collective stories more and more with pixels of light that record who and where and perhaps why we have been. And so, in not so many years, when I begin making arrangements for the migration of some few meaningful objects from my past into my children’s present, I’ll not send a cardboard box of faded silver on wrinkled paper. I imagine a day when, instead of an urn of ashes on their mantel, far more of who I was will be contained in a small, unremarkable hard drive that holds fifty thousand moments of life, stories each, illuminated by the most remarkable, immortal light. Fred First / Floyd County VA Books: slowroadhome.com

Slow-Cooked Brisket in Onion Gravy 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper 1 6-ounce can tomato paste 2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter, softened 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce -Cut brisket into two or three pieces small enough to fit into a Dutch oven; pat dry. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and brown the brisket one piece at a time, about 2 minutes per side, adding an extra tablespoon of oil if necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer the brisket to a 5-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 6 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste. Add beef broth and salt; bring to a boil. -Transfer the onion mixture to the slow cooker. Cover and cook until the brisket reaches desired tenderness, 4 to 5 hours on High or 8 to 10 hours on Low. Transfer the brisket to a cutting board and slice or shred. Place in a serving dish; cover to keep warm. Transfer the gravy to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil rapidly for 5 minutes to reduce slightly. -Meanwhile, mix butter and flour in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. Once the gravy has reduced, lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Stir in Worcestershire sauce. Whisk half the butter mixture into the gravy and return to a simmer. Cook, stirring, until it thickens slightly, 1 to 3 minutes. If the gravy does not thicken enough (it should have the consistency of a cream soup), add the rest of the butter mixture and repeat. Do not overcook. Serve the brisket with the gravy. -Leigh Sackett


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ost people love adventure, and they hundred eighty degree turn at the bottom, and love dogs. That's going to come in then charge all-out to the sliding glass door, skidhandy in about a hundred words ding at the last second past grandma's old piano. or so from now. I say that because when I was a In the spirit of competition, neither of us gave an teen I had a Boxer. This wonderful breed is typi- inch when we raced or wrestled. Never. fied by an overwhelming sense of adventure and This was a longstanding ritual, nay tradition, is driven by impulses best understood between me and my buddy. by kids. Anyone who has ever had a Alas, traditions are too often broken. Boxer or known one understands this One afternoon, while my mom was all too well. My dog and I shared an busy grading English papers and enjoyoverwhelming desire to experience ing a relaxing glass of wine, Duke and life at its fullest. Sometimes this maniI grew restless and decided to engage fested in a good wrestle. Other times it in our sibling rivalry. He needed to go involved his tunneling out from under outside to his dog run and, as was the the fence surrounding his dog run and custom, we began our daily foot race terrorizing the neighborhood, judging downstairs. Neither of us wanted to be from Mrs. Kusack's phone call regardthe first to slow down. At the very last Robert Adcox ing her once-proud azaleas now strewn second, I realized I was going to have across her back yard or multiple trash to try to stop him before it was too late. cans tipped over along the curbs of Charring Throwing what must have been a near NFL-caliCross Drive. ber tackle, I missed him by inches. "CRASH!" was Mind you, one can't forget shirts pulled glee- the all-consuming sound for what seemed like an fully off of clotheslines -decorated with highly hour as the dog put his face down and bulled his suspicious pawprints- and redeposited by the Jen- way through, followed by me as I bounced off of nings's back door. Duke's character (his name is the threshold chest first, ending up halfway inside changed to protect his identity) was one of "live the house and halfway out on the patio. While for today and live it well." Rarely a day went by the dog sustained a small cut on his cheek, I was that he didn't do something unique due to his spared any injury except for some very painful hilarious personality. (He learned to nibble the ribs. "Rob? Are you all right?" and "How's the lowest-lying apples on the tree in the back yard dog?" were immediately followed by mom's conand leave the cores still hanging!) The dog, by the sumption of valium and a trip to the vet. The dog, way, was a natural-born offensive lineman. Twice thank the Lord, made a full recovery. Following in one night he managed to chop-block dad while that episode, dad replaced the glass in the door galloping full speed through the house. with plexiglass. Other adventures were a little more destructive. That worked out great; Duke and I were then Not chewing, but actually eating, all four corners able to learn the finer points of hockey-style of the coffee table when no one was home was checking. Thankfully, neither of us were ever sent a prime example. Not one speck of sawdust was to the penalty box. left behind or within all of those chew marks. He My parents were better refs than I gave them experienced limitless bouts of daring. Many of credit for. those those came every afternoon when I let him Contact Robert Adcox at out into the back yard. Specifically, the dog and robadcox@hotmail.com I would race down the stairs, make a sharp one-

The Preacher’s Corner - From The Older Brother’s Room

“The Roanoke Valley is a great place to raise a family.” I hear that statement a lot. As a father to four children under the age of eleven, I couldn’t agree more. This is a great place to raise a family. If you ask people why they believe this is “a great place to raise a family,” you will get all sorts of reasons. Strong schools, slower pace, friendly people, low crime rate, affordable housing and on the list goes. When I press people on the deeper question, “What kind of place is good for raising a family?” – it often comes back to living in a place with “good people.” I like that answer personally because, after all, I live here and I am a good person. I don’t disagree that our valley is filled with many “nice” people. My concern is that this is not necessarily a great thing for raising a family. In fact, it might even be a really dangerous thing. Let me explain. Some years ago, Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse was serving as the pastor of a church in downtown Philadelphia. In a sermon in which Barnhouse speculated on what his town would look like if Satan ran the place he said, “if Satan took over Philadelphia, all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches would be full every Sunday . . . where Christ is not preached.” Many of us in this valley attend church regularly; help out with the PTA or other civic groups. We coach sports teams and wave at our neighbors. All of those things do make for a “nice” place, but when it comes to “raising a family,” my primary desire is that my children trust in Christ and live for His glory all the days of their life. I want them to know the Lord Jesus and to make Him known. Now as I read the Scriptures, what strikes me is how much of the Bible is written to disquiet the hearts and souls of very “nice,” moral, religious people. I am sure that it would have been said that Jerusalem was a “great place to raise a family.” Jesus seemed to go to great lengths to confront those who seemed to be the most comfortable. In

fact, in Luke 5:31, Jesus declares, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” For Jesus, the best place to “raise a family” is a place that is filled with repentance. The Apostle Paul builds on this idea when in Romans 2 he asks the moral and virtuous readers in Rome, “do you presume on the riches of [God’s] kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” That hits home for me because too often I presume, or take for granted, God’s kindness and patience towards me. I wonder how often my own “nice-ness” is simply presumption masquerading for something else. I model presumption before my children, going about my life too often never reflecting on and rejoicing in God’s great mercy to me through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in atoning

for my sins. When I focus on that reality, repentance is the only possible and appropriate response. So, don’t give me a “great place to raise a family” but rather help me to create a great community marked by repentance. I am raising my family in this valley, praying that through Jesus and the power of the gospel, it becomes a valley of repentance. I am seeking to make it so by beginning in my own heart, my own home and my own community. How about you, are you living a life of repentance or presumption? Are you seeking to create a great community marked by repentance or simply taking for granted it’s “a great place to raise a family?” * - Column name taken from Luke 15:25-32 Ed Dunnington is the Senior Pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian in Roanoke, visit them on the web at ctkroanoke.org

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espite the efforts of about thoughtfully and creative- and community market venue. Headquartered in the renomany, I have never ly considering the future of our been one to appre- communities within our small vated City Market Building’s ciate poetry like I probably cities. It’s about sharing ideas, Charter Hall, Cityworks (X)po should, but Nikki Giovanni’s enlightening others on things features, along with those from got my attention. As she reads which have been successful in afar, some of Roanoke’s most her “Tennessean by Birth,“ I’m one community and therefore enlightening speakers. Beth Macy, Roanoke Times awardpulled like teeth in taffy from having potential for others. Kennedy Smith is in the spot- winning journalist, encourages my residual morning funk. This spunky, world-renowned poet light now. My son seated next us to “get out of our zip codes” has soul, and we’re obviously off to me has given me the heads and become familiar with the up on her, describing smaller communities, such as to another big day at some of her work in those of the large immigrant the Cityworks (X)po. Charlottesville. Smith’s population in our midst, within The Cityworks (X) presentation fasci- the larger ones. And Macy repo defies easy defininates with examples minds us that, whatever media tion. This two-andof rediscovered down- is used in this day of so many a-half-day “festival towns, micro-industry sources, it’s still all about the conference” is unlike in compact spaces, story! Aaron Dykstra, local anything I have ever and improved busi- small-manufacturing/ handexperienced. It’s all ness success through crafting success story, shares his about Small Citenhancement of the passion for building bicycles. ies –those with less John W. Robinson web of space and Roanoke City Manager Chris than 100,000 or so place in communi- Morrill shares his ideas of afresidents- and Big fection and attachment to one’s Ideas, and the Roanoke-based ties. Theaster Gates regales us with city as elements ensuring an organizers have invited nationally and internationally-known thought-provoking journeys engaged community. Bonz Hart speakers from across the United of community projects and de- describes why he has based his States to come and share their signs which result in restoring world-wide company Meridium strong connections of place be- in a small city like Roanoke, Jefexpertise and enthusiasm. Jim Kunstler is on stage now. tween the diversity of “opposite ferson Center Executive Director Cyrus Pace tells us about his The outspoken expert on par- sides of the tracks.” “Some of the best stuff hap- dedication to music education ticular challenges that cities may face in the coming decades pens in the ‘interstitials,’” re- and its importance in the life of “calls it like he sees it” and his minds head organizer Ed Walk- a vibrant city and Brett Lemon insight is thought-provoking. er, referring to creativity and shares his “Faces of Roanoke” He’s talking about the changing connections spawned during photography project. And the face of American life as the era conversations struck up among list goes on. More connections between of cheap energy passes. Wow, new and old acquaintances durI’m thinking, this stuff demands ing the off-times of the confer- people and places are made. our respect and deep consider- ence. 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Roanoke Valley SPCA Kennels Undergoing Renovations

During the week of November 7-12, dogs and puppies at the Roanoke Valley SPCA Adoption & Education Center will enjoy a brief time in foster care while their kennels at the RVSPCA are being repainted. Repainting the kennels is necessary to allow meticulous cleaning and minimize infectious diseases that often affect animals in confinement situations. All dogs and puppies at the shelter will be going to their temporary homes on November 4th and 5th and will return to the shelter on November 14th. Cats and kittens will not be affected and can be seen at the Adoption & Education Center, located at 1340 Baldwin Avenue in Roanoke. Anyone looking for a new best friend during this time is encouraged to visit the Animal Gallery on rvspca.org. Dogs and puppies will be available for adoption during their foster period by making an appointment with Tracy Smith, Director of Adoption Services, at 540.339.9512, to schedule a time to meet. Off-site locations for adoptions are being researched. Information will be posted on the RVSPCA website and Facebook as details are available. Many of the dogs will also be available for adoption at a PetSmart Adopt-a-Thon on November 12th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Dogs or puppies held at the Regional Center for Animal Control & Protection, waiting for rescue or to be transferred to the RVSPCA, will be available by contacting the Regional Center at 540.344.4922.

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery A home fire impacts the life of an American family every 85 seconds. By providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms cut in half your family’s risk of dying in a home fire – but only if they work. So, when you turn your clocks back, on Sunday, November 6, also make a lifesaving change in your household – change the batteries in your smoke alarms. This simple habit takes just a moment, but is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire. In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the USFA (United States Fire Administration) recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home: • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries. • Test alarms once a month using the test button.

• Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested. • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas. • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms. • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms. • Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Roanoke Fire-EMS offers free batteries to citizens – stop by any station to pick yours up. Visit the Roanoke EMS Website at www.roanokegov.com/fire-ems for more information.

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VT Corps of Cadets to March in Roanoke Parade / Commemorate Veterans Day On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Highty-Tighties, the Color Guard, and the Gregory Guard will represent the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets as they march in the Virginia's Veterans Parade in downtown Roanoke. Fullhart will serve as the Senior Reviewing Officer for the parade which will start at 11 a.m. On Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. the Cadets will hold a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony in the War Memorial Chapel to recognize all veterans and to honor the service that Virginia Tech men and women have given our nation. All are invited to attend this special ceremony. Retired Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, Commandant of Cadets of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, will speak, the service songs will be played, and then all attendees will be asked to proceed up to the War Memorial for the placing of a memorial wreath. At 11 a.m. University President Charles W. Steger will place the wreath in front of the cenotaph on Memorial Court. The Gregory Guard, the Corps of Cadets rifle drill team, will fire a rifle salute, and taps will be played. Eleven o'clock is a symbolic time on this special day. Veterans

Come out now to register your veterans and then join us November 5th at 2pm for the special event which will include: • Special dove release for registered vets • Opening prayer by the Christian Motorcyclists Association • Guest Speaker - Adrian Cronauer, co-author of the original story for the major motion picture, Good Morning, Vietnam!

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Day, formerly called Armistice Day, was initially created to celebrate the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. The Armistice took effect at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918. In addition, at 4:45 p.m., the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will hold a formal retreat ceremony at the flag pole on Upper Quad. The regiment will be formed between Lane, Brodie, and Rasche Halls. The Color Guard will lower the flag, Skipper, the Corps of Cadets cannon, will fire, and the Highty-Tighties, the regimental band, will play. The corps will also be holding two vigil ceremonies to honor our nation's veterans. Arnold Air Society, a professional service organization in Air Force ROTC, will be holding a 24-hour vigil at the Rock on Upper Quad from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday. Two cadets will be posted as guards and will change every half an hour. Volunteers from the entire Corps of Cadets will take turns. The second vigil will be located at the War Memorial. Echo Company will hold a 48-hour vigil from midnight Wednesday to midnight Friday. Two cadets will be posted as guards at the cenotaph and will change every hour. All current and many former members of Echo Company will participate in the vigil. All are welcome to come and view these ceremonies. The Rock is a memorial to Virginia Tech alumni lost in WWI and is located next to the flag pole on Upper Quad. Cadets salute this memorial whenever they pass it to honor the sacrifice of these men. All Hokies are encouraged to place their hand over their heart when passing it, as cadets do when out of uniform. The Pylons are a representation of Virginia Tech's values. The values engraved on the eight pylons are, (from left to right): Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty, and Ut Prosim. The Pylons are etched with the names of 427 Virginia Tech students and graduates who have died defending our nation's freedom. At the memorial's center, the cenotaph displays the names of Virginia Tech's seven Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. With a visitor's pass, parking is available on the Drillfield, and

along the Alumni Mall. Parking is also available in Perry Street Lots and the Perry Street Parking Garage near Prices Fork Road with a visitor's pass. A visitor's pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor's pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours. Find more parking information online at www.parking.vt.edu or call 540-231-3200. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. By Carrie Cox info@newsroanoke.com

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Patriot's Western Valley Title Bid Knights Stun #1 Christiansburg Falls Short In 34-0 Loss To Eagles With 26-21 Emotion-filled Win Patrick Henry's bid to capture the Western Valley District football crown came up short Friday night at Merrill Gainer Field as Franklin County decisively turned away the Patriots 34-0. On a rainy night in which temperatures stayed in the high 30s, the Patriots were their own worst enemy, turning the ball over five times, while only producing 127 total yards in offense. Patriot running back #5 Shaheed Fitzgerald takes the handoff from #23 Xavier Whorley as PH executes a double reverse against Franklin County last Friday night.

Patrick Henry's #14 Jha-Liel Harden briefly juggles the ball before bringing down a 30-yard reception against the Eagles.

On the other side of the ball, Franklin County amassed 389 yards in offense and outpaced the Patriots in first downs, 17-7. The Eagles led 14-0 at the half, with a pinpoint 16-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the second quarter giving Franklin County huge momentum heading to the locker room. The Eagles tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter and another in the final frame to pull away. Xavier Whorley led the PH rushing attack with 26 yards on 13 carries as Franklin County's

defense controlled the line of scrimmage. Ealy Ogden led the Patriot receiving corps with two catches good for 42 yards, while Jha-Liel Harden brought in a first quarter throw for 30 yards. Patrick Henry falls to 6-3 with the loss. The Patriots end the season this Friday night with a visit to cross-town rival William Fleming. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

VU-Lynchburg held Lincoln (Pa.) to 8 rushing yards on the afternoon, as the defensive effort led the way for the Dragons' 18-2 win in Saturday's Western Virginia Education Classic played at William Fleming Stadium.

Lincoln quarterback Doug Cook looks for an open receiver on his way to a 102-yard passing effort Saturday.

VU-Lynchburg running back #28 Mac Shinhoster breaks away for a second quarter touchdown run. Shinhoster was named the WVEC offensive MVP.

Christiansburg's defense (in white) tries to stop a Cave Spring offensive surge for a key first down. Demons the lead with a 39-yard run in the second quarter, before Wright dove in from oneyard out to send the teams to the halftime break tied at 14. Cave Spring went up 20-14

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VU - Lynchburg Downs Lincoln in 12th Annual Western Virginia Education Classic

A windy afternoon may have held the attendance down, but enthusiasm ran high for the 12th annual event that is a fundraiser for Total Action Against Poverty designed to get high school dropouts to return to school. VUL's Mac Shinhoster, who ran for 187 yards on 29 carries, and scored two

Don't underestimate emotion. Playing without their injured starting quarterback and only two days after sending fellowstudent Kendall Bayne off to Duke Medical Center, amid cheers and balloons, in her fight against adrenal cortical carcinoma, Cave Spring played a game for the ages Friday night at Dwight Bogle Stadium. With temperatures in the 30s and a steady downpour throughout, the Knights drove 85 yards in the fourth quarter to secure the come-from-behind 26-21 win over the state's AA #1 ranked, and previously unbeaten, Christiansburg Blue Demons. Senior Knight quarterback Reece Kingery was out with an upper leg injury sustained in the prior week's win over Blacks-

touchdowns, was named offensive MVP. Lincoln's Tim Green took defensive MVP honors.

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Cave Spring running back Sam Wright heads to the goal line in the Knight's stunning 26-21 win over Christiansburg last Friday night. burg that had him restricted to the sideline wearing a leg brace. Cave Spring went to heretofore untested Tony Simmons to run the Knight offense against the potent Blue Demon defense that had led Christiansburg to an 8-0 start. Simmons responded in championship fashion, rushing for 108 yards on 23 keepers. Simmons performance kept the Christiansburg defense offbalance all night, and paved the way for Cave Spring standout running back Sam Wright to riddle the Blue Demon defense for 208 yards on 36 carries. The game saw both teams score twice in the first half. Christiansburg's Zach Snell set the tone with an 84-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game. Wright answered with a 20-yard burst to the end zone, and 2-point conversion, to put Cave Spring up 8-7. Joey Augustin gave the Blue

on Wright's third touchdown of the game from 17 yards out early in the fourth. The Knights, who employed trick plays and 2-point formations after all four TDs, left the door open and Christiansburg took the lead,

21-20, with just under eight minutes left in the final frame on an Augustin 21-yard run and Jake Hamley PAT. That set the stage for the winning Knight drive. Simmons and Wright shouldered the load, as Cave Spring reached the Blue Demon 2-yard line. With everyone in the stadium expecting the ball in Wright's hands, Simmons rolled out and scored with 1:48 remaining. Cave Spring, which used 4 onside kicks in the game, held off a final Christiansburg drive on downs as the Cave Spring student section swarmed the field. Knights head coach Tim Fulton gathered his squad at midfield afterward in the steady downpour. Pointing to a fan wearing a 'Team Kendall' purple shirt, Fulton, overcome by emotion, told his team, "This is what this win is all about. I am so proud of you." On a miserable night, a team, driven by the thoughts of their 15-year-old classmate facing the fight of her life, refused to be denied. By Bill Turner info@newsroanoke.com

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Titans Roll Into River Ridge Volleyball Championship Cave Spring and Hidden Valley will meet for the fourth time this season Thursday night when the River Ridge volleyball powers square off for the district tournament championship at Cave Spring. Both teams won in easy fashion Tuesday night with the Knights defeating Salem and Hidden Valley knocking off Blacksburg. Both matches were 3-game sweeps. Cave Spring won the semifinal opener over the Spartans 25-11; 25-14; 25-12. The Knights’ power game overwhelmed Salem all evening

with all-state hitter Morgan Shannon firing 11 kills past the Salem defense and Shannon Craighead adding four. Craighead set the table all night for Cave Spring, tallying 37 assists along the front line that paved the way for point-after-point. Libero Lauren Sledd served up 7 aces to further frustrate the Salem defense. Although Salem’s Carleigh Studtmann connected on six kills for the Spartans, Cave Spring’s back line typically kept their offense in motion as Sledd and Shannon combined for 24 digs. In the nightcap, Hidden Valley took down a Blacksburg team they had gone 2-1 against this season, 25-12; 25-13; 25-18.Sarah Patterson had 22 assists along the front line for the Titans. That set the tone as Caroline Boone fired 9 kills past the Bruin defense and Lauren Thomas connected on 6. Libero Allison Burton pulled 9 acrobatic digs off the hardwood Cave Spring senior co-captain #1 Shan- for Hidden Valley. Both Cave Spring non Craighead puts up one of her 37 assists that fueled the Knight’s win over and Hidden Valley are assured of spots Salem.

Hidden Valley outside hitter #8 Jenny Clark reacts after a Titan kill splits the Blacksburg defense. in next week’s regional tournament, while Salem and Blacksburg will play at 5:00 Thursday for the third, and final, spot. Cave Spring is now 11-0 in River Ridge matches this season, and has yet to lose a single game in any match. Hidden Valley, which lost to the Knights in two regular season matches and a preseason tournament, will look to reverse the trend when the teams square off Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Cave Spring. By Bill Turner info@newsroanoke.com

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Well, the final week of the one may be a lot closer than you regular season is upon us. That think: Patrick Henry- 17 Wm. can only mean rivalry week for Fleming- 11 several local teams, as well as the Lord Botetourt at Northside final push to make the regional The Cavaliers got smacked playoffs which start next Friday. by Alleghany 35-0 last Friday. Last week’s predictions clearly Northside will be going for a 10-0 provided the pick of the sea- regular season on senior night at son, when Cave Spring Hickam Field. The odds knocked Christiansburg are stacked: Northsidefrom the ranks of the 38 Lord Botetourt- 9 undefeated. The pick William Byrd at here was Cave Spring Rockbridge County to win by two, and that Rockbridge looks to selection got plenty of recover after its loss to comment prior to last Northside that settled Friday night’s game. the Blue Ridge. Byrd Bill Turner Most of the readers looks to regroup afasked if I was pulling ter a late setback to their leg. A couple questioned Staunton River. The Wildcats if my column contained a mis- may have too many weapons: print. No, and, no. Rockbridge County- 28 Wm. To clear things up, in case Byrd- 20 you missed the final score: Cave Hidden Valley at Cave Spring 26 Christiansburg 21. It Spring was the worst weather in two The battle of Southwest Roayears with both sleet and steady noke County plays out at Bogle rain, but watching this game un- Stadium. Both teams come in fold on the sideline was worth with winning records and playevery drenched second. (See this off berths in hand. It should be week’s article!) one of the best in the history of It’s hard to believe the regular the Paint Can Trophy series. Sam season comes to an end, but back Wright may be the deciding facto business for this week’s super-7 tor: Cave Spring- 27 Hidden selections. Hopefully, we’ll go out Valley- 23 in style. Salem at Pulaski County Patrick Henry at William This used to be the biggest Fleming rivalry in Salem history. Pulaski The cross-town rivalry be- County picked up its first win last tween the two city schools has Friday and the Cougars knocked several subplots. PH lost big off Salem last year. The Spartans last Friday and was eliminated return the favor in Dublin: Safrom post-season play. Fleming lem- 24 Pulaski County- 19 broke a 19-game losing streak Eastern Montgomery at with their win at Halifax. This Glenvar

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Each year, we pause to remember and honor our loved ones with an annual Service of Remembrance. We invite all the families Oakey’s has served during the past twelve months to attend one of the Services of Remembrance listed below.

Saturday, November 12, 3:00 p.m. - North Chapel Memorial service to be celebrated at Oakey’s North Chapel, 6732 Peters Creek Road Saturday, November 19, 3:00 p.m. - Roanoke & South Chapel Memorial service to be celebrated at Oakey’s South Chapel, 4257 Brambleton Ave. Saturday, December 3, 3:00 p.m. - Vinton Chapel Memorial service to be celebrated at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 627 Hardy Road

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Glenvar had its way with Auburn last Friday, scoring 62 points. EastMont got shut out by Giles. The Glenvar scoreboard operator stays warm lighting the home team bulbs: Glenvar- 38 EastMont-19 North Cross at Virginia Episcopal The Raiders play for the first time in three weeks after an open date and a forfeit from Carlisle. North Cross should easily shake off the rust for a win over the Bishops: North Cross- 34 VES18 Off to this week’s mailbag: Dear Wild One: Which side of the football field should first down markers be placed? (Henry/Iron Gate) Answer: Good question, Henry. I researched it and came up with these facts. At PH-home sideline; Hidden Valley-visitors; Fleming-home; North Crossvisitors; Salem-home; Cave Spring-visitors. Hope that clears it up. Dear Gabby Hayes: We saw you in that cowboy hat during the Christiansburg-Cave Spring game. I’m sure you’re going to say you wore it due to the rain, but fess up-did you ride a horse to Bogle Stadium? (Wilma/ Christiansburg) Answer- Yep, Wilma, I did. And, I tied it next to your car. Hope you watched your step. Hi-O Silver, Away.! See you in Dodge City next week- meantime-send you questions to: info@newsroanoke.com

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Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech. The Course at Yale, located in New Haven, Conn., was this year's top ranked campus course, followed by Taconic Golf Course at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and Rawls Course at Texas Tech University. A total of five Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) courses also made the list: Duke University Golf Club was ranked 16th; the University of North Carolina's Finley Golf Course was ranked 23rd; the University of Virginia's Birdwood Golf Course was ranked 24th; and North Carolina State University's Lonnie Poole Golf Course was ranked 30th. The Pete Dye Signature Course has become a prime destination for golfers seeking challenging play in the serene setting of the western Virginia mountains. The course was used for the 2011 NCAA Regional Golf Tournament and received a nearly perfect 4 1/2 star rating from the readers of Golf Digest magazine in their "Best Places to Play" poll for 2011. Dedicated in 2006, the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech features five sets of tees along 2.5 miles of the scenic and historic New River. The yardage stretches from 5,142 for ladies to 7,665 for tournament play. In 2006, Golf Digest, the nation's leading golf magazine, named the Pete Dye River Course among the "best new remodel" golf courses in the nation. It was ranked fourth among the 170

courses considered, and was the only public, non-resort course in the top five. The Virginia Tech Foundation acquired the River Course, located between Blacksburg and Radford in Pulaski County, in 2002. In 2003, the course was rebuilt after Bill and Alice Goodwin provided the financial support to cover the cost of the design and construction of the new course and golf team practice and instruction facility. Pete Dye, widely considered one of the finest golf course architects in the world, was commissioned to renovate the course. A new clubhouse overlooking the course and New River was completed in 2009. "The Virginia Tech Foundation is pleased to again create a facility that enhances our region and places Virginia Tech among the best universities in the county," said Ray Smoot, university treasurer and chief executive officer of the Virginia Tech Foundation. To qualify for the campus list, courses must offer a discount to students or faculty. The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech is a daily fee public facility. Individual and family memberships are available and provide a variety of benefits for members.

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Commentary: Election Tampering Letter: Carla Bream for Roanoke and Fraud in Botetourt County County Commissioner of the Revenue

My name is Don Assaid and I am a two term Conservative Republican on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors representing the Valley District. I have been a strong voice for fiscal restraint and reducing taxes in Botetourt County which has not sat well with the more liberal element on that Board. Terry Austin, Buchanan District Supervisor, has tried to make good on a threat uttered 20 months ago to see me off the Board. He actively recruited a non-GOP Committee member, in conjunction with the GOP Party Chair, to run against me at the GOP Mass Meeting. The meeting was mass confusion especially due to this being a redistricting year. The lines were "out the door" and many people were placed in other lines after long waits in a previous line. Many got discouraged and left. Workers were seen giving out tickets to exchange for ballots before they had even registered which may account for the fact that there were more votes counted than voters registered. Agreed to protocols were not honored. In short, it was a very flawed process. Following my defeat, many friends and supporters urged me to run as an Independent Candidate which was a challenge with only 8 days to collect 125 signatures. However, many friends volunteered to help and we garnered 199 signatures over those next several days, checking each one against the State Board of Elections (SBE) website as we went to verify their status as a qualified and registered voter. Doug Gimbert, past Chairman of the Botetourt County GOP and a personal friend, garnered 72 signatures and was one of the last to personally sign the petitions that I circulated. The morning of August 23 (the filing deadline), we verified the remaining signatures against the SBE's website and were able to confirm that 175 were valid voters residing in the Valley District and the remaining 24 we could not confirm. We provided the Registrar with an

Excel spreadsheet detailing this information and turned it into her office at 1:30 pm on Aug. 23rd, along with a 3 page letter asking that I be notified of any deficiencies. At 3:30 pm that same day, the Deputy Registrar left a voice message on my cell phone advising that I "was certified." At 5:30 pm, I called the Registrar, Ms. Phyllis Booze, and she confirmed that I was certified and that I was fully qualified to be on the ballot and released that information to the media. What happened next is the basis of our allegations of election tampering and election fraud. Someone approached the Registrar with Gimbert's registration form from the Mass Meeting showing he had registered in the Blue Ridge District but listed a Valley District voting precinct - proof of the confusion surrounding the redistricting process. The Electoral Board then filed a complaint with the Commonwealth Attorney alleging fraud, which prompted the State Police Investigation. Instead of just disqualifying the petitions, they chose to file a complaint of fraud as a vindictive act against Gimbert. We also believe that contact was made with the SBE to accelerate their "flip" of Botetourt County (the date their computers flip over with the new redistricting data) from September to August 25th, the day before official certification by the Registrar. The Electoral Board then went back to the same VERIS System that they had already checked on the 23rd and "rechecked" it, which now showed Mr. Gimbert in the Blue Ridge District and unqualified to be my circulator, thereby throwing out the 72 signatures he had collected and leaving me 9 signatures short of the required 125. The Registrar then went back and "whited-out" the original petitions where she had originally approved Gimbert and wrote non-qualified over the space - a clearly illegal and criminal act.

Following my interview with State Police Investigator, Allen Brown, on Sept. 12th, he advised that the only scope of his investigation was to see if Gimbert had committed a felony and not to investigate the acts of wrongdoing we had alleged against the Electoral Board and the Registrar. Therefore, we filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request to look at other Independent Candidate submissions including Buchanan Supervisor, Terry Austin, to see if anyone had been given preferential treatment. Guess what we found? Mr. Austin's petitions submitted in 2009 included 4 that were improperly notarized by his spouse (a violation of conflict of interest.) One petition contained 9 signatures which were added a week after the notary's signature and amazingly, was approved by the Electoral Board and the Registrar. Could that have been because Mr. Austin's personal and Corporate Attorney Buck Heartwell was the Chairman of the Electoral Board at the time or that his campaign Treasurer, John Rader, was also on the Electoral Board? In short, Mr. Austin was not qualified to be on the ballot in 2009 apart from the unethical and potentially illegal acts of the electoral board and the registrar. In fact, he, the Electoral Board and the Registrar, should all be investigated to see if they committed fraud in submitting and approving these petitions in spite of all of the flaws. The minimal action should be their removal from office for gross negligence and incompetence while their acts to get him on the ballot could be perceived as a willful malfeasance to achieve their purpose. This cannot be allowed to stand. If it can happen in Botetourt County, it can happen where you are.

Dear Editor Please support Carla Bream for Roanoke County Commissioner of the Revenue. Over several years I have come to know Carla as a dependable and conscientious person who works diligently to accomplish goals and be successful in her business and personal endeavors. Carlas charming personality, business experience and commitment to customer service round out her thorough qualification to serve the people of Roanoke

County as their Commissioner of the Revenue. Carla will bring much needed personal service to the commissioners office. With Carla Bream as Commissioner of the Revenue a real person will answer the telephone, not an automated system. This kind of service has been lost in a vacuum of administration and needs to be discovered once again. Vote Carla for Commissioner! -Pamela "Ela" Fulghum Williams - Roanoke

Letter: Bell No Conservative

Dear Editor, I strongly supported Brandon Bell the last time he ran as a challenger for the Senate, but was disappointed when his record in the Senate failed to live up to his campaign platform. He had campaigned as a conservative but he didn't vote like one and regularly supported tax increases. After he was defeated for reelection Bell was appointed to a university board by a Demo-

cratic Governor, then endorsed the Democratic nominee for Governor, and this year campaigned with a Democratic U.S. Senator and the Democratic Leader in the House of Delegates. Bell has even been endorsed by the liberal EV PAC, a pro-homosexual group, which didn't even endorse Democratic Senators Roscoe Reynolds or Phil Puckett. Does Bell really expect us to fall for his claims of independent conservatism?

Senator Ralph Smith is a true conservative. He kept his promise not to raise taxes, has represented our region's values, and worked with Governor Bob McDonnell. His approach to job creation is based on 40 years of private sector experience. I encourage your readers to join my family in voting to return Senator Ralph Smith to Richmond again. Sincerely, JB Mixon - Roanoke

Letter: Time for Change

Dear Editor, Democrat Nancy Horn has done a poor job as Roanoke County Commissioner of the Revenue. Her office is consistent with it's voicemail trees and recordings. It makes me wonder if anybody actually works there. At her salary of almost $100,000 a year, Roanoke County citizens deserve better service.

Democrat Horn has been in office for over 10 years, far too long. It's time we got some new talent into the Commissioner's office. Please join me in supporting Republican Carla Bream for Commissioner of Revenue. Sincerely, David Hardin - Roanoke

Letter: Your Record Counts

Dear Editor Brandon Bell ran for the senate as a conservative and won. As one of Brandon's largest supporters, I watched him go to Richmond and forget about the conservative principles he ran on. I believe he focused more on what he needed to do to please the party leadership so that he might advance his own career. He participated in getting the Republican Party way off track and helped pass the

largest unnecessary tax increase in Virginia history. We are still paying for that mistake. It's obvious why he is running a negative personal attack campaign. Brandon would have a hard time running on his record. Ralph Smith unseated him in the last election running as a true conservative. He is a successful businessman who started his own business creating hundreds of jobs. He has focused on creating a business

friendly environment to create more jobs for Virginians, working tirelessly opposing tax increases, reforming regulations, protecting property rights and defending our right to work laws. Ralph runs on his proud conservative voting record and he has proven we can depend on him to do what he says he will do. -Tom Brock - Roanoke

-Don Assaid, Botetourt

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Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive and Well in Roanoke Valley The end of October was an exciting time for the small business community in this area. A business contest called EXPAND! announced its first winner of $35,000 worth of marketing, advertising and consultation prizes. EXPAND was the brain child of Lynda McNutt Foster and was brought to fruition by her company Synergize My Business (synergizemybusiness. com) and the Small Business Development Center rrsbdc.org. The award ultimately went to a company called Skill-Capped, Inc., (skill-capped.com) a business designed by gamers for the gaming community. They have a solid product with a clear vision. Sales for 2011 are on target to hit $500,000. Their win is only a small part of the story. Attendees at Super Synergy (www.supersynergy. org), an annual forum for entrepreneurs that’s been sold out for 3 years in a row, were treated to presentations by the five semifinalists in the competition. In addition, more than 175 business owners learned from more than 41 facilitators, speakers, and performers. The diversity of ideas, skill and ingenuity was a striking representation of the best that our area has to offer. There is no denying that despite a difficult economy, hope is alive and well among those with an entrepreneurial drive. All of the finalists had a company that would improve the local economy while

Kimberly Eakin, Team Captain with EXPAND! introduces The Mommy Doctors to the judging panel. Seated from left to right are: Chris Head, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, David Weisman, Director of Sales, ComCast, Linda Balentine, President Crowning Touch Senior Services, Bill Bundy, Principal The Bundy Group, Art Dunkin, President KD Capital Solutions. expanding their national reach. The entrepreneurs included Doctors Lennox McNeary and Cheri Wiggins presenting their company Milkin’ Cookies (milkin’cookies.com). They provide a natural, healthy lactation cookie for nursing mothers. Their healthy snack may soon be carried by Whole Foods. BlinkMatchApp (blinkmatchapp.com) is a resource for matching graduating students with employers. They recognize that the existing job application system is antiquated and are poised to take recruiting efforts by storm. One of their many accomplishments includes a licensing agreement with Virginia Tech. This company is spearheaded by the husband and wife team of Allan and Pam Tsang. Engagn (engagn.com) pres-

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FMLA issues are complex and difficult for employers and employees alike. What do you do when an employee misses work for 40 minutes during the middle of almost every day in order to pick up kids from school? What do you do when an employee advises they will miss 14 days of work due to entering a drug treatment program? What do you do when an employee leaves work for a few hours once or twice a month because debilitating headaches? Many employers might be tempted to terminate these employees. However, an employer may put itself at risk of liability under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by terminating these employees. The FMLA entitles eligible employees of certain employers to take unpaid leave for specific family and medical reasons. Whether the FMLA applies depends on consideration of four questions: 1) Is the employer covered? 2) Is the employee qualified? 3) Is the reason for the absence proper? and 4) Have the right procedures been followed? As to the first factor, the FMLA only applies to public employers, school districts and private sector employers that have 50 or more employees in 20 or more work weeks during the current or preceding calendar year. Consequently, most small private employers may not have to grant an employees unpaid medical leave. Second, the employee must be qualified under the Act. To be covered, employees must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months. The employee must also have worked at least 1,250 work hours during the prior 12 months. And the employee must work at a site where the employer employs at least 50 employees within a 75 mile radius. Third, the reason for the leave must also qualify. A qualified employee working for a covered employer may take leave due to a serious health condition. An employee may also take unpaid leave in order to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child, a foster child, a spouse, son, daughter or parent with a serious health condition, or the need to deal with qualifying exigencies arising out of a military assignment of a family member. It should be noted that not all medical condi-

ents easy to use applications for restaurants to receive immediate feedback by smart phone. Their business can provide solutions to other industries as well. They are capitalizing on the current trend of consumers scanning QR codes to receive information. The trio of entrepreneurs includes a graduate, current student, and a professor, all from Virginia Tech. Nature’s Nectars (drinkfrizzante.com) started out as an all natural drink manufacturer. President Sharisse Brookins is as bubbly and refreshing as her nectars. They may soon be revolutionizing the industry with their patented preservative. Look for them to bring their manufacturing facility to the Roanoke Valley as they expand. There is potential for their patent to provide real solutions to ! third world countries and their water supply. When vision meets action Professional House Cleaning great things happen in the Roanoke Valley. The combination of amenities that conspire to 1618Billy Roanoke Blvdexecutive Weitzenfeld, form the evolution of our homedirector of the Association of Suite A town continue to attract the Energy Conservation Profesbrightest and the best. Someday Salem, Virginia 24153 sionals (AECP), says the annual soon someone you know may 540-389-5252 be working for one of these en- Green Living & Energy Expo, to be held this Friday and Saturday trepreneurs. www.dustbunniescorp.com •(November gift certificates available 4-5) at the Roanoke Civic Center’s Special Events Center, is “geared towards the general public.” More than 2000 By Christine Slade attended last year. revivehair@cox.net Weitzenfeld, who used to run an energy audit program in the New River Valley, is always Tree Removal • Deadwooding • Gutter Cleaning pleased when school children Spring Aeration and • Overseeding young adults come through the free admission trade show, Mulch Delivered and Spread • Spring Cleanups looking for ideas on how to save Free Estimates •energy. FullyThis Insured year an expanded youth area will introduce young people to ideas concerning energy conservation. “That’s how we tried to dewww.oln-parish.org sign it,” said Weitzenfeld, who works out of Floyd. “That’s why we have it on Friday. These kids are the future. They approach the concept a lot different than Contact us: adults. They kind of embrace it.” 540-774-0066 Consumers, homeowners and professionals will all find food for thought at the expo, and many of the booths feature products 2505 Electric Road, or contracting services that can Roanoke VA, 24018 ! make a home or business more energy efficient. There’s also a panel discussion on Friday (1 p.m.) concerning wind energy, a hot topic these days considering there are proposals for wind tur-

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tions are sufficiently seriousto qualify under the FMLA. Typically, a serious medical condition is one that requires inpatient care or continuing treatment by a healthcare professional. However, a condition need not result in extended incapacity or disability in order to be a serious medical condition if the failure to treat the condition, would result in incapacity. Finally, in order to be covered under the FMLA, an employee must give their employer timely notice of the need for leave. Whenever possible, the employee must give at least 30 days advance notice. There are some circumstances the employer is required to inform an employee of their FMLA rights. For example, if an employer learns that an employee has missed work because of a qualifying, serious medical condition, the company may be required to supply that employee with written notice of their FMLA rights. Most employees are limited to 12 weeks leave during a 12 month period, although employees caring for a wounded veteran may take 26 weeks leave. The dates of the relevant 12 month period depend upon the calculation method chosen and disclosed by the employer. A company that fails to identify and disclose a 12 month allotment cycle would be required to employ the calculation methodology which most favors the employee. As a result, if an employer is not careful, they may be required to provide employees more than 12 weeksworth of leave. FMLA compliance is imperative. Employers that improperly terminate employees taking leave may face substantial civil liability. Similarly, if an employee is denied medical leave, they need to be certain to satisfy all of their duties under FMLA. A two year statute of limitations usually applies to FMLA suits. While the Department of Labor provides substantial compliance guidelines, covered employers and affected employees should confer with qualified counsel in order to ensure that they are complying with the FMLAs many requirements. Patrick Kelly is an attorney with Glenn Feldmann Darby & Goodlatte visit www.gfdg.com to learn more.

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Magae Hartzell with some of her impressionistic pieces. Last weekend Botetourt County picked up on a popular trend that has done well in Roanoke, and the results were very encouraging. The First Annual Open Studios Artist’s Tour, which was billed as Art in the Country, allowed visitors to visit 16 local artists involved with a variety of media. Several of those queried called it a big success, with a larger than expected number of visitors – and a sure bet to return in 2013. Artists were spread out in three locations: Fincastle, Daleville and Troutville. Nancy Dahlstrom teaches art at Hollins and works in her Fincastle home, where she also gives private classes. “I do etchings on copper and then print them onto paper,” said Dahlstrom, who just opened a brand new, sunny, working studio on her property, just up the path from a cozy home. “Monotype printing – you get one shot at it” – is also her bailiwick. An undergraduate course she took in etching led Dahlstrom to pursue that media as a passion; she says, “I just love the whole process.” Her long

battle with Lyme disease forced her to quit teaching for a while, and Dahlstrom says she “had to learn how to draw again.” Dahlstrom loved the concept of the Open Studios Tour. “We started meeting early in the summer [to plan]. It’s been terrific to interact with the other artists and I think it’s wonderful to have the public out. They get to see what artists do and get to see their spaces.” One visitor told her “he had no idea there were so many good artists in a small area.” She also explained etching to many of the laymen that stopped by. “They were amazed at how complicated it is.” Painter Edward Bordett helped organize the event. “We’re already talking about what we can do to make it more successful,” said Bordett, an exNew Yorker who likes painting city scenes. Noting that the tour was rather spread out, Bordett said “we’re hoping that people are willing to venture farther to get to the different locations.” Woodworker Joseph “Jake” Cress was a stage actor in years past. His series of ten handcarved chairs, featuring a claw foot and other oddities, were the result of more than 20 years of planning and building. Many are now in museums but one remains at his downtown Fincastle studio and home. The 1800’s era property also doubles as a bed & breakfast. “No electric tools [used],” Cress told one visitor during the Open Studios tour. Cress, who uses oak, mahogany and cherry wood that has been dried for at least two years, has one of his chairs at The Smithsonian. A friend who owned a saw mill gave him a “chunk of cherry [wood]” that started him on his way. Cress said of the tour, “we were delightfully inundated with people; this is wonderful.”

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Dreama Kattenbracker creates striking ceramic works.

Magae Hartzell, whose work can also be found at the Market Gallery in downtown Roanoke, displayed dozens of paintings, mostly abstract and impressionist. One entitled Roanoke’s Star City features just that – hundreds of stars, including the iconic one on Mill Mountain. The Troutville resident called the first Open Studios tour “so exciting.” She hopes it will tie in with other events in the future, like music concerts and wine festivals.

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Jake Cress showed off his clawed chair. Hartzell praised the county’s tourism department for pulling the artists together – something akin to “herding frogs,” she noted. “I think it’s a wonderful event. It couldn’t be better for the first time.” Hartzell enjoyed explaining some of her art to visitors that came by. “It’s going to be annual and it’s going to grow.” By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

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Four-month old Wilthe fundraising event. She liam wasn’t too sure what adopted Paisley from the was going on Sunday SPCA and guesses her age afternoon in Elmwood at about one year. Park. His parents, KrisTop fundraising inditen and Scott Miller of vidual was Waynette AnBlacksburg, were strugderson with $1362. Top gling to get everyone in fundraising team was Pups place as Grandma Beth Gone Wild who brought Via snapped pictures. in $1542. William in Grandma’s Kathy Perdue, Marketarms seemed to look puzing Director and Special zled as if to say, “who let Photo by Valerie Garner Events Coordinator for the the dogs out, Grandma?” William with Grandma, eyes wide for dogs. SPCA said, in past years The Miller’s dog Nero they raised over $30,000. had a pumpkin-headed head- dressed as a pumpkin himself It is their most profitable and less horseman on his back. kept glancing at Nero. Surely he popular fundraising event. William held in dad’s arms and was too young to make a conBy Valerie Garner nection. info@newsroanoke.com “With all the stuff I do to [Nero] he’s a good boy,” said Kristen. There was a parade of dogs through downtown before the winners of the costume contest were announced. Activities and booths with dog goodies were spread throughout the park. Dog owners mulled over invisible fencing and considered microchips for their pet for easy identification. Patricia Fellabaum of Roanoke held her prize basket of Photo by Bill Turner dog goodies. She and her dog A Golden Retriever -- dressed Paisley won best look-alike cosPhoto by Bill Turner as a prison inmate. tume. This was their first year in Clowning around in the park!

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