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Monday morning Roanoke City council heard solidified changes to Roanoke’s reserve and debt policy. The Director of Finance, Ann Shawver presented policy changes that set the Undesignated Fund Reserve at 10% of revenue – an increase from the 8% high waCity Govt. ter mark. T h i s fund would only be used if the absolute worst happens,” said Shawver. This fund will max out in the $25 million dollar range. Roanoke “is not subject to flooding or hurricane events like some other entities,” said Shawver, explaining why 10% is sufficient “We only get hamstrung about creating bigger reserves when we’ve got budget challenges … had we had more in the reserves when we went through the very difficult recessionary time it might have given us more flexibility,” remarked Shawver. After reaching the peak in the Undesignated Fund Balance, Shawver recommended a new fund naming it the Economic Downturn Reserve. “This reserve would grow up to 5% of our budget,” said Shawver. This would peak at about $12 mil-
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Republicans Roll in State: Winston Wins Sheriff Race
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Mike Winston (left) celebrates his victory with top deputy sheriff Charlie Poff. Luckily from Mike Winston’s viewpoint the newly reelected sheriff from Roanoke County wasn’t overtaken by the anti-Democrat sentiment that sweept southwest Virginia and the country. Winston, running on the Democrat Elections ticket, almost doubled the vote total of independent Mike Stovall, 18,000 to 10,000, to hold on to the seat he inherited when Gerald Holt retired as Roanoke County sheriff seven months ago. (Holt is now a U.S. Marshall.) Winston took a concession call from Stovall around 8:30 at the Colony House motel Tuesday night, where Democrats had gathered to watch election
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ick Stevens of Roanoke, works steadily on his canvas to reproduce the full spectrum of brilliant colors that have blanketed the valley recently. The fall leaves in Southwest VA have peaked but valley residents can still enjoy some breathtaking views from the ridges and mountaintops that ring Roanoke. As color display goes, most observers have deemed
it to be a “very good year” owing largely to rains and temperatures that arrived at just the right time. Leaf pigment, the physics of light, weather conditions, plant species, and geography all play important roles in the colors of autumn and when all those factors come together perfectly, there’s no better place to paint (or be!) than Roanoke.
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Passenger Train Service Depends Eco-Entrepreneur From On Funding and Citizen Support Mexico City Challenges Hire a Veteran P10– Guest business columnist Bill Whitmore makes a strong case for hiring people with skill sets that have been forged and sharpened by the U.S. military.
Is Roanoke any closer to getting passenger train service again, something it has not had since 1971? Aside from the occasional excursion trains that arrive every fall, Roanokers must head to Lynchburg or Clifton Forge in order to catch an Amtrak train to other parts of the country. As he did last year, once again state senator John Edwards (DRoanoke) hosted a town hall meeting at the O. Winston Link Museum on the future of passenger rail service. Once again the lobby of the building, which Photo by Bill Turner also doubles as the Convention Visitors gather outside the O. Winton Link Museum after an & Visitor’s Bureau information excursion train arrives Saturday from Spencer North Carolina. center, was jammed with people. “Your interest and enthusi- (D-Botetourt County) and City much support is there for this asm makes all the difference in Manager Chris Morrill were bus bridge in jurisdictions other among those in attendance at than Roanoke City?” the world,” said Edthe latest town hall. The state director of rail and wards as the meeting Morrill said it was public transportation, Thelma Transportation got underway. possible that by Drake, was on hand to paint Last week’s update the spring bus ser- a realistic picture of passensession focused on two factors: the availability of funding, es- vice to the Lynchburg Kemper ger rail expansion locally. The pecially at the federal level, and St. Amtrak station could be in state is “working on a study,” the demand for such a service place; passengers would pur- said Drake, that would look at in the Roanoke Valley. Edwards chase one ticket that includes the feasibility of adding the bus estimated last year that the ear- both the bus bridge and train bridge that would take people from Roanoke to the Amtrak liest target date for the restora- fare. “We are very committed to station in Lynchburg, at least tion of passenger rail originating in downtown Roanoke try and put that bus bridge in,” until if / when the trains return would be 2015, if a combina- said Morrill. “[There are] logis- to Roanoke. Increased Amtrak service tion of state and federal funding tics to work out.” Cooperation from other local governments were in place. > CONTINUED Roanoke Mayor David Bow- may be a key,” said Bowers, P3:Train adding “it is regional. How ers, State Senator Ralph Smith
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It becomes immediately apparent, even to a high school audience, that Santiago Lobeira is worth listening to because he walks the talk of sustainability; because he is making clear in Mexico that “green” is both an economic and a moral imperative; and because he has succeeded in early efforts as an eco-entrepreneur to bring both corporate and government entities to a new level of environmental responsibility. Photo by And his passion for this work Santiago Lobeira with Dr. is contagious. Santiago, a lean, athletic Bruce Rinker. 38-yr-old native of Mexico and then that he would be persongraduate of Nicolas School of ally involved in making the the Environment at Duke Uni- changes he saw as necessary in versity, recently spent two days the way we relate to the natural with students at North Cross world that sustains us. School. He traces his path toFive years ago, Santiago met wards the masters degree at Dr. Bruce Rinker, North Cross Duke—and his commitment to Science Department Chair, the environment that has come at a time when Rinker was in since—to a day some twenty Peru as an ecologist years ago, when, as studying forest canEducation a young law student opy biology. The in Mexico City, he two have grown was preparing for that friendship over the years, his daily run. Warnings on the and on October 20-21, Lobeira television cautioned against spoke to classes at North Cross outdoor activities because the on biomimicry, on leadership air was dangerously polluted. This air-quality crisis became his wake-up call--his moment > CONTINUED of turning point. He knew P2: Eco-Entrepreneur
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man this district has ever had.” A special election will be held prior to the beginning of the General Assembly session to fill the seat left vacant by the now former House majority leader in Richmond. Griffith polled about 10,000 votes more than Boucher did in the 9th District race. The incumbent blamed the large amounts of money poured into the Griffith campaign as one major reason for his defeat. Boucher’s support of the cap and trade energy bill was portrayed as a threat to the coal industry, a position that did not go over well in parts of Boucher’s district. Griffith told a reporter that voters on Tuesday “were sending a message to the ObamaPelosi folks, that the agenda they want is not [the people’s]. Rick Boucher got a little too close to Obama and Pelosi.” Republican Bob Goodlatte easily won reelection in the 9th Congressional District, dusting off minor challenges from Libertarian Stuart Bain and independent Jeff Vanke. The long time incumbent said the Republican tidal wave was a repudiation of the Barack
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remain precariously close to the 10 percent limit until year 2015. Any additional downturn in revenue could quickly reduce the limited buffer. The new reserve and debt policy was adopted at the 2 p.m. council meeting. The Economic Development Reserve will be retained. The Commonwealth Building sale had just closed on Monday which adds $3 million to the reserve. Other topics at Monday morning’s briefing included an update from Roanoke City Manager, Chris Morrill on Budgeting for Outcomes. There are
ucts that convey a message, both in their packaging communications and by their use. A good example--and one that won points with Santiago’s audience at North Cross as upper-class students each received one--is the corn-based bio-plastic “germinakit” pen. When the ink is gone, the biodegradable pen contains arugula, dill, basil or fennel seeds with instructions on planting. Santiago’s business card has tiny arugula seeds imbedded in the paper. This is not a gimmick. Seeds offer a powerful metaphor of healthy growth and transformation. The message is: waste is food. Everything we make and use is going somewhere, and future products can be designed with a “cradle to cradle,” regenerative, biomimetic approach, modeling human industry on nature’s ecosytems cycling of matter and energy. Corporations in Mexico are increasingly understanding that this is the smart way to
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Obama-Nancy Pelosi agenda in Washington. Goodlatte accepted his victory at the Holiday Inn-Tanglewood, shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m. In the 5th district that stretches from Bedford to Charlottesville, Republican State Senator Robert Hurt is now a Congressman after beating one term incumbent Democrat Tom Periello. “Judgment day is more important than election day,” Periello said his late father Dino told him. “It’s more important to do what’s right than what’s easy, and that’s what I tried to do.” Periello said he would work with Hurt on the transition process. “People are yearning for change in this country, but it’s not the type of change that we got two years ago,” said Hurt as he accepted the victory. “They want jobs. That’s what this election is about. The private sector creates jobs in this country…not the government.” Expect to hear that theme from Hurt and other Republicans in Washington often over the next few years. By Gene Marrano email@example.com
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lion. It would not be used unless revenues dropped at least 1 ½ percent. Only half of the reserve could be used at a time. The budget option will not start until the Undesignated Fund reaches its peak which could stretch out to 2016. The policy for capping the city’s debt at 5 percent of assessed value of real estate was recommended to be further restricted to 4 percent. The debt policy will remain at 10 percent of the General and School Fund expenditures. It exceeded the policy for fiscal year 2010 at 10.2 percent. Shawver cautioned that current debt will
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results. “I had a lot of people helping me,” said Winston, who went around the room thanking supporters after Stovall conceded the election. “It was just a great team effort.” Winston said his office would continue to be “proactive - just like we have for the past seven months since I took office.” Charlie Poff left his post as the director of the Western Virginia Regional Jail to become Winston’s top deputy sheriff after Holt retired and Winston moved up. He and his boss raised their hands in victory after Stovall conceded. Asked to join his office by Winston,” I thought about it for five minutes,” said Poff, adding that Winston was his firearms instructor many years ago. Poff was a retired Roanoke City deputy sheriff before Holt coaxed him out of retirement to take the jail post. As for Winston’s win as a Democrat, Poff said the sheriff ’s department “serves all the citizens, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat. It’s time to vote for the man. They sent a clear message that they wanted to vote for a person with experience.” Poff said
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operate, and it is also the right way to relate to consumers and the planet. This new awareness makes the products of sustenta.com appealing as promotional gifts that can be branded with a corporate logo of the customer, and also carry the message of that corporation’s social and environmental responsibility. As well, each product placement brings sustenta.com towards its mission of being “the leading environmental marketing and communications company that with their products, campaigns and services and in conjunction with their clients, suppliers, allies and government, make sustainability operational.” When asked Santiago what was the most encouraging change he’d seen in the past few years with regard to humanity’s future well-being, Santiago said it was the fact that ordinary people everywhere are now talking about the issues like cli-
mate change, energy use, food production and appropriate technology. “And our best chance to make those necessary and urgent changes a reality,” he said, “is by educating our young people to take up the work, using the power of all forms of communication to tell the story of a new way of thinking about our relationship to the Earth and the future.” Dr. Rinker and Mr. Lobeira will meet again in 2011, when North Cross sends students to study in Mexico and Peru. The friendship between these two educators has offered opportunities for border crossings in both directions--of human learners and teachers, and of important ideas, that, like tiny seeds, may grow to be vast forests. By Fred First / Floyd County VA Blog: fragmentsfromfloyd.com twitter.com/fred1st
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in Lynchburg, including trains sponsored by the state, have been a big hit with riders. “You have made it very, very successful,” noted Drake. Smith offered a motivational line towards the end of the 90-minute session about service to and from Roanoke: “It’s a railroad town – let’s do it.” Adding service to Roanoke and other localities “requires increasing capacity on the tracks,” owned by Norfolk Southern and CSX. “We partner with them,” said Drake. The ultimate goal is
passenger rail service that extends all the way to Bristol. “We talk about Roanoke a lot,” promised Drake, a former Congresswoman appointed to her post by Governor Bob McDonnell. The state has worked with Norfolk Southern and Amtrak to “model” passenger train service originating from Roanoke, including a look at the track improvements – perhaps 100 million dollars or more -that would have to be made.
Roanoke City School Board Pushes For Early Start Date At Monday morning’s Roanoke City council briefing, City Attorney Bill Hackworth presented State Senator John Edwards with a 2011 legislative session wish list. Edwards was alone. Delegate Bill Cleaveland had met with them earlier and Delegate Onzlee Ware was expected but never arrived. For the second year in a row the Roanoke City School Board is pleading for the General Assembly to give them the option to start the school year earlier. Chairman David Carson has made it clear that he wants the option to start no more than two weeks before Labor Day. If school divisions miss eight days in five of ten years, they can get a Labor Day waiver. Roanoke County meets this criterion but the city does not. School board member Lori Vaught pressed a reluctant Edwards to support it. Vaught said, “having to meet higher standards of accreditation … with reduced funds is very difficult … we really need that extra time.” Edwards said after the meeting that, “it wouldn’t pass.” With a hungry school board waiting for an encouraging word, Vice-Mayor Dave Trinkle recapped a joint meeting they had with legislators. The meeting included Delegate Cleaveland. Trinkle’s question on school funding “got smiles from across the table,” he said. Edwards voted against the budget because it short-changed education. He said $234 million was being transferred from the general fund to a transportation fund in a “crisis situation” that wound up siphoning funds from education. Carson expressed fear that the federal stimulus-funding coming to the state would not go to education. He said, “at some point we hope that sanity will prevail from the state … the only sane ones seem to be our local council” - referring to the two cent meals tax increase. Neighborhood groups like Old Southwest pushed to remove conflicting statutes that mandate emptying personal belongings from an evicted tenant’s dwelling. Hackworth said, “there ought to be a better way
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Chairman David Carson and members of the Roanoke City School Board discuss the issues at Monday’s meeting. to do it.” Senator Edwards was enthusiastic when it came to establishing the TransDominion Express Commission. The Commission would identify needed construction, reconstruction and improvements or repairs for passenger rail service. Edwards thinks it is “really possible to start next year … it gets complicated … but it will happen.” The first step is money for bus service between Roanoke and Lynchburg. That would require about $100,000 from the city in operating expense. Trinkle worried that low ridership and the early departure time might have a negative impact on the ultimate prize. The train leaves Lynchburg at 7:38 a.m. To make the bus Edwards said he’s known people who had to spend the night in a hotel. Parking is difficult and riders don’t care to leave their cars unattended. The smart bus van carries 35 people. Edwards thinks that would be enough to justify rail service but he admitted to not knowing “the magic cutoff.” Bedford is showing interest and may share the cost to gain access. By coordinating with the freight, Edwards believes the route could be done in stages and cost less than the projected $100 million. In addition he said he had just discovered that Norfolk Southern agreed to transfer $20 to $30 million from
the Shenandoah Line to TransDominion. Other items: Edwards assured Hackworth that eliminating the authority of localities to levy the BPOL (Business Professional Occupation and License Tax) and machinery tax was already a dead issue. The city would like to join localities like the Outer Banks that charge five cents for each nonbiodegradable plastic bag. The collected funds could be applied toward environmental efforts. Edwards will also carry legislation from a resolution that passed at the 2:00 p.m. council meeting. It read identical to Roanoke County’s language declaring “spice” and synthetic cannabinoid drugs illegal. A reduction in advertising legal notices in “stated papers of record” was requested to defray newspaper print cost. Hackworth said it costs the city “over a hundred thousand a year easily” to comply with the mandate. 3-13-06
A survey to be finished by a December transportation conference in Roanoke may reveal how many Lynchburg train passengers actually come from Roanoke, perhaps providing more ammunition for funding the track improvements needed. “So far we do not have the funding in place for … this service,” said Drake. One meeting attendee suggested that a train link to Roanoke would also boost tourism to the Star City. Drake held out some hope to those that
would like to board a train some day, headed for D.C., New York, Boston or elsewhere: “In some of my conversations with Amtrak they do think the next logical extension is Roanoke.”
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ecently, I’ve wondered contrived for short-lived conveabout our seeming na- nience. tional obsession with Aside from their few advanhand-sanitizers, plastic drink- tages, do drinking straws have ing straws, and other products any ecological drawbacks? If so, of a pampered, hypochondriac do responsible substitutes exist? society. In today’s column, I Or perhaps alternative behavwill look at the issue of straws iors? and save the hand-sanitizers for In the United States, we dislater discussion. card hundreds of BILLIONS of Technically, a drinking straw plastic drinking straws every is a short tube of plastic in- year. That’s thousands of tons tended for the transof plastic thrown away fer of beverage from haplessly! They are its container to the a direct product of mouth of the drinker. the petrochemical inThe earliest versions dustry, an enormous were hollow stems of market that helps to grass, literally made enslave us to continof straw by the Sumued oil production erians, used for drinkand dependence. ing beer to avoid the Further, such plastics nasty solid byprod- H. Bruce Rinker, PhD leach known carcinoucts of fermentation. gens into our drinks The modern drinking straw was and, eventually, into landfills patented in 1888 by inventor and oceans where they can and Washington, DC resident wreck havoc for wildlife. With Marvin Chester Stone with at few exceptions (as noted above), least 10 different types of straws straws are frivolous, contrived, now available to consumers: energy-intensive, and ecologifrom crazy straws to miniature cally destructive – a vaingloridrink-box straws and even ce- ous symbol of needless waste. real straws. Single-use plastic Though aware of the issue, I straws are now standard fare for was not earnest about changing fast-food chains and sit-down my own behavior until a good restaurants, and many folks use friend and colleague named them at home regularly with- Santiago Lobeira visited from out thought to the throw-away Mexico. He’s a successful entreplastic after it hits the trash can. preneur in Mexico City, focused One advantage of using a straw throughout his stellar profeswhen drinking is the reduction sional life on sustainability of tooth decay; many soft drinks products and green marketing, have acidic properties so us- who helped found a company ing a straw reduces the contact called Sustenta.com. He walks time between tooth and liquid. the talk, so to speak, by using Another advantage is the com- a scooter and public transporfort they provide to patients tation to go to work each day, who need to drink but must lie installing waterless urinals and prostrate in their hospital beds. using green-roof and solar techMostly, straws are products nology in his home, and … re-
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fusing to use plastic drinking straws. Further, Santiago sits on several boards to help protect endangered species and ecosystems throughout his beautiful country. During his recent stay here in the Roanoke Valley, we visited several restaurants. When served his drink, my friend politely declined his straws and then offered our waitresses an explanation for his action. Ah, a teaching moment! By the end of his week-long visit, Santiago had me convinced along with several of my students and their parents to forego plastic drinking straws. Often times, such paradigm shifts begin from the bottom up – personal choices that trump the political status quo to bring about meaningful change. What are our alternatives to plastic drinking straws? Well, for one, do without. Why do we need them? If it’s for sanitation, then protest to the restaurant manager that you wish clean cups and glasses rather than decry the inconvenience of a meal without straws. If it’s for dental health or bedside expediency, then sturdy, inexpensive straws made of borosilicate glass or stainless steel are viable options. Otherwise do without! It’s time to ban plastic drinking straws altogether. If we wish to free ourselves from our national addiction to petroleum, let’s begin with plastic products such as drinking straws. Suck it up, America!
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Living to Die Well: A Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
ric Metaxas, known for his impeccably researched and nuanced biographies, has produced another one worth the time a large book takes. It’s Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and it has become a nightly reading ritual for me of late. While many biographies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor and theologian killed by the Nazis at the end of WWII have been told, this latest publication is providing a new opportunity for more of us to appreciate one of the richest lives of the 20th—or any—century. Regardless of our religious views or persuasions, Bonhoeffer is worth knowing. Born into one of the leading families of Germany—his father was the most important psychiatrist of his day, Bonhoeffer followed his passion for theology, earning his doctorate in the subject in quick strides. Contact Lucky at Early on, his professors marked him as Germainfo@theroanokestar.com ny’s next great academic theologian, but Bonhoeffer was a man of the heart as well as of the mind. So he moved toward the pastorate, assuming ministerial duties at a number of congregations in Germany and abroad. At the same time, Bonhoeffer became the spiritual, pastoral leader of the group of high-ranking German officials plotting Hitler’s death. Their assassination attempt failed on July 20, 1944, and the probe into the conspiracy meant a death sentence for Bonhoeffer and many others. He was one of the last prisoners executed by the Nazis before the Allied liberation.
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So many aspects of Bonhoeffer’s life strike me as deeply important, not the least of which are the lessons I am learning even now from him about the importance of living to die well. That’s one of the key reasons why the study of his life continues to draw more interest. Bonhoeffer shows us how to die well. During the last several months of his imprisonment, with his execution looming ahead, Bonhoeffer probably touched and changed more lives than he did in the previous 38 years of his living. He reached out to fellow prisoners to comfort them. He show great mercy and care for the guards over him. He wrote letters to family, friends, and strangers alike offering strength and encouragement. He drew deeply upon his faith in Jesus Christ, and prayed through a Psalm daily. At the end, when his body swung lifeless from the gallows, the prison doctor –a Nazi atheist— was moved to claim Christ and faith for himself because the doctor said he had never seen a man die like Dietrich Bonhoeffer died. It was the way Bonhoeffer died that led another to want to live. Living to die well, that’s one of the great legacies of this 20th century martyr. Don’t miss out on reading about him soon. Mark Graham is the Senior Pastor at St, John's Lutheran Church located at 4608 Brambleton Ave. Visit them on the web at: www.stjohnlutheran.org
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emory is a strange Clearly not learning the lesand interesting son that “objects may be closer thing. The mind than they appear”…suddenly it’s has a fascinating way of pro- upon you. Slam. tecting us from that which is I have a tendency to be contoo painful to recall and em- servative in my acceptance of bellishing the things that warm “friend” requests on Facebook. our hearts. And just when you It has always seemed odd to think you’ve got each category think I’d want to be cyber friends all worked out and filed away… with someone I don’t even want someone from your past sends to have coffee with. But last you a message on Faweek, I got a mescebook. sage that warmed my I am not one of thoughts about the those people who possibilities of reremained close with connecting with the all my friends from world that shaped childhood. Quite who I’d become. It the opposite really. read exactly like this: Not because I didn’t Stephanie, have good friends – I am trying to because I did. I have figure out if you good memories and are the Stephanie bad – like everyone Stephanie Koehler from Northeast Elelse. We all have ementary. I was in happy thoughts Ithaca from ‘78 to from our youth – and nobody ‘81. I knew a Stephanie in 3rdescapes childhood unscathed. 5th grade who had French Lop The invention of Facebook bunnies. She used to hypnotize has created an interesting prob- them by covering their eyes and lem for people like me – who flipping them on their backs. It approach each fork in life’s road was so funny because it looked as a new chapter, leaving places like they were sleeping. Is this – and often people – behind. the same Stephanie? Slowly – as the world becomes Laura more public and interconnected First, it made me laugh out – the past has a way of creep- loud – but then it made me ing up in the rear view mirror. think.
It made me think about how we remember the humans we encounter and the impact we have on each other’s lives. It made me think about how we work so hard to make a specific “mark” on the world or leave a “determined” legacy -- but in reality…it’s some small, seemingly inconsequential action that becomes indelible. It’s the things we do when we’re not even trying that illustrate our genuine nature and human quality. Are we kind to animals and strangers? Do we reach out to friends and forgive enemies? Are we generous with our gifts – even when they are few? I guess my Grandmother was right – character is who you are when you think nobody’s looking. And so it is. Yes, I am the 8-year-old girl who loved her French Lop bunnies and made my friends laugh. The question remains -- do I live up to that image as an adult? Thanks for the reminder that there is always someone looking.
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The Happy Chef
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Anthony’s Vegetable Casserole
Our idea of how things are or should be is often different from the reality that exists. I think we see this as parents when we think we have our kids figured out and then they pleasantly surprise us or not so pleasantly surprise us. My son is a bit of an enigma, he has a unique way and personality; just when I think I have him pegged he surprises me. The other day we were talking about pumpkins and he informs that a pumpkin is a fruit because it has seeds, which is what I would have expected him to say for they learn such things in second grade. But then he went into a long explanation of how fruits and vegetables are classified – he rapidly began talking about roots and fruits that grow from vines and trees and somewhere in there he said something about the coconut. He rattled it all off so quickly that it was hard for me not to laugh, I felt I was listening to my brother (the physician) explaining pulmonary function. Like with my brother, I was conBy Stephanie Koehler centrating hard trying to follow stephaniekoehler@cox,net all that Anthony was saying. Although Anthony’s fruit
vs. vegetable statements may be the beginning of what leads Anthony down a road to the study of agriculture, most likely he will find himself somewhere else in life. Although my brother knew he wanted to be a doctor somewhere around age five, most of the time the road takes us through many different turns and directions that mold us into the people we become and the careers and passions we choose. I did not find out I wanted to teach until I was a senior in college and I didn’t discover my passion for theology until I was 36. I like to imagine where life may take my children, but in the end I am glad it is not mine to pick and not even theirs - but God’s. They will take what they find along the way and it will become a part of them. Sometimes bad things happen and sometimes they get into things that can hurt them but sometimes what hurts the most has a great chance of being what ultimately heals the most. Whatever it may be - veggies or Lego engineering - I love that silly boy and I know that God does too and that is
all I really need to know, that is what makes it all OK. 1 (15 oz.) can shoe peg corn, drained 1 (15 oz.) can sm. English peas, drained 1 (15 oz.) can French style green beans, drained 1 cup cooked carrots 4 ounces water chestnuts, canned 1 cup chopped onion, sauteed 1/4 cup butter 1 cup celery, diced 1 c. grated cheese 10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup 1 c. sour cream 1 cup cracker crumbs 1 tablespoon butter Slivered almonds -Saute onion and celery in 1/4 cup butter. -Add vegetables and cheese to cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. -Spread in baking dish. cover with cracker crumbs, dot with butter and add Slivered almonds -Bake at 300 F. until bubbly and golden brown on top.
To Arms! To Arms! The Battle for Middle-Earth Rages Anew!
ollywood never had much hope for on, there was more money to be made! Before The Lord of the Rings. It was "the he'd even left the Oscar ceremony, Jackson was book which could not be filmed." But being asked about filming The Hobbit, the prequel then in 1995 an unknown director named Peter to Rings. But he had finally gotten the green light Jackson went to Hollywood to try to convince from Universal to shoot King Kong, and it kept Universal to do a remake of King Kong. Universal him busy for several years. Meanwhile, the rights said no, but they were impressed by his ambition to the Hobbit were owned by yet another entity, and asked, "What else you got?" Jackson suggest- Warner Brothers, and it took those several years ed shooting Lord of the Rings on location in New to work that issue out. At last, this July, it was anZealand, using no big-name actors nounced that the rights had been neand his own nascent effects company. gotiated, Jackson was back as director, Trouble was, the rights to the trilogy all of the relevant cast members from were owned by Saul Zaentz, who was Rings had agreed to participate, and negotiating to sell them to Miramax. The Hobbit had been given a two-film After months of discussions the projtreatment. Rings fans rejoiced. ect was obtained by New Line - a diviSo now Peter Jackson is the toast of sion of Miramax - with the profits (if New Zealand, right? Well...um...due to any) to be shared among Zaentz, Unithe success of the Rings and the growth versal, New Line/Miramax, the estate of the New Zealand film industry, the of author J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter JackScreen Actors Guild has been lobbying son's company, which is called, quite for better pay and benefits for Kiwi Mike Keeler appropriately for this insane venture, film workers. Last week, the leaders Wingnut Films. of 7 film workers' unions issued a "do What happened next was about as shocking as not work" order against The Hobbit and took to Frodo Baggins destroying the Dark Lord. Three the streets of Wellington in protest. Jackson had epic successes, almost $3B in receipts, 31 Acad- to awkwardly announce that he may have to move emy Award nominations and 17 wins, including a the filming....to Europe! Rings fans freaked (New perfect 11-for-11 for the final installment, Return Zealand IS Middle-Earth, after all). The Prime of the King, tying it with Ben Hur and Titanic for Minister of New Zealand jumped in. Finally, just most awards given to a single film. And, in true a few days ago, the Parliament of New Zealand Hollywood style, everyone started fighting over passed "the Hobbit Law" (seriously!) which classithe spoils. The various parties owned different fies most of the workers on the film as contractors shares of the domestic gross, the international (receiving pay, but no benefits), instead of as full gross, and DVD sales, resulting in an accounting employees of Wingnut. So now production can nightmare. 16 cast members sued for profits from finally proceed in New Zealand. merchandise bearing their likeness. Saul Zaentz Yes, it's just like the Battle of 5 Armies: complete sued, so did the Tolkien Trust. The final act of the pandemonium with a hoard of gold to be won. saga was Peter Jackson suing Miramax, the com- The Hobbit hits the big screen Christmas 2012 pany that had bankrolled the film. and 2013. Contact Mike at So now everybody hated everybody. But hold firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Field to Fork” Event Brings Local Food Producers and Buyers Together
Doug Chittum, Roanoke County's Economic Development Director, served as the moderator for panel discussion.
ing locally grown food. Doug Chittum, Roanoke County’s Economic Development Director, served as the moderator for this discussion. More than 150 producers and buyers participated in the event. Chittum summed up the day, saying “This networking event far exceeded any of our expectations, especially for someone like me who has spent my career in the economic development field, involved in more traditional business development efforts. It demonstrated that there is a strong need and desire among buyers and producers in this region to work together to grow our local food network . . . This was truly a regional program that has the potential to expand and pay
Roanoke Valley’s premier regional food networking event for local food producers and retail, commercial, and institutional buyers was held last Monday. Providing a venue where local growers and buyers can meet and network, organizers helped cultivate relationships that they hope will ultimately ignite and sustain a local foods movement in the greater Roanoke Valley. The initiative is rooted in the premise that the purchase and consumption of locally grown foods contributes to the environmental and economic vitality and health of the region. More than 150 producers and buyers particiThe afternoon included an opportunity for new pated in yesterday's Field to Fork event. farmers to attend a resource fair where they could access information on services and organizations dividends to future participants, and this type of available to support their efforts. The “Field to Fork” event also included a panel program is gaining ground all across our Comand interactive discussion with the audience on monwealth and beyond.” The event culminated with a dinner prepared by best practices for successfully buying and sellthe Culinary Institute at Virginia Western, featuring local foods Annual purchased from or donated by event attendees. SATURDAY NOV 6TH “Field to Fork” was organized VT EarthWorks, Virginia CoPrizes | Fellowship | Biker Blessings by operative Extension, Jamisons’ Starting at the Orchard, Runner-bean.com, ROANOKE Roanoke Natural Foods CoopHARLEY DAVIDSON DEALERSHIP erative, and economic developBack Parking lot of Building ment offices from Roanoke and REGISTRATION: 10:00-11:00 am Roanoke County with generous financial support from Roanoke DESTINATION: County, Roanoke, Salem, RoaJersey Lilly's, Rt.460. noke Regional Partnerships, VA NO RAIN DATE FAIRS, the Virginia Department CARS ARE WELCOME of Agriculture and Consumer All Proceeds go to Services, Vinton, Virginia Tech, R.F.T. S. C.M.A. and local businesses.
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The Stocked Market Kicks Off Holiday Shopping Season Many a front stoop is still adorned with pumpkins and mums, but that is about to change as the holiday season is getting under way. Here in the Roanoke valley, one of the long-standing traditions to kick off the holiday shopping season is to check out the annual “Stocked Market.” Sponsored by The Junior League, the event recently outgrew the Salem Civic Center, and will be held at the Roanoke Civic Center November 12-14 this year. A virtual Santa’s workshop, vendors come from near and far – offering something for everyone. From gourmet foods to jewelry to holiday ornaments and décor as well as fashions, accessories, arts, antiques, home and garden items and more, many make headway on Christmas shopping as well as year-round gift-giving. According to League President Nicole Terrill, “the Junior League is looking forward to our 22nd year of Stocked Market, our holiday shopping extravaganza. In 21 years, we have raised over $2 million which we have proudly given back to our community to help improve childhood health and welfare.” The League’s largest fundraiser, the signature event has become a huge undertaking, with a committee “comprised of 22 women, [who have] been working since February to put together this wonderful fundraiser; their efforts have certainly paid off,” according to Terrill. In addition to the plethora of browsing and shopping opportunities, Communications VP Allie Buth explains that “each year there are a number of different events within the Stocked Market.” Cox Communications is providing a lounge with TV’s tuned to football games for the men who decide to come along but don’t want to shop. There will also be a booth providing free gift wrapping, compliments of the Junior League and the Roanoke Adolescent Health Partnership (RAHP).
Stocked Market Vendor, “Miabby’s,” at last year’s show. For anyone who may still be dragging their feet getting in the holiday spirit, photos with Santa are being offered by Sunny~WYYD~Steve FM~WJJS (all Clear Channel stations). To get a jump on the busy weekend crowds and scout out this year’s offerings, there are also special shopping events planned. Splurge - A Preview Cocktail Shopping Gala (Thursday, November 11, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; $45/person or $80/couple) includes heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Encore Catering, two beverage tickets and a 3-day admission pass. Attendees will get a chance to win martini-set diamond earrings donated by Fink’s Jewelers. The Sneak Peek Preview Coffee event will be held Friday, November 12, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. ($15/person) and includes coffee and gourmet breakfast provided by Holiday Inn Valley View plus a 3-day admission pass. Nancy Ruth Patterson, Roanoke’s very own author, will be on hand for book signings. The proceeds from the event will be used to help fund many local organizations that the Junior League supports. This is the second year the League is concentrating on childhood health and welfare – contributing to places like Apple Ridge Farm, The Roanoke Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House, and others. Junior
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Cave Spring Falls to Christiansburg Wild Bill’s Fearless Football Forecast
Cave Spring found out the hard way why Christiansburg is the Group AA #1 ranked team in the state. In an endless offensive onslaught, the Blue Demons overwhelmed the Knights 42-18 last Friday night to remain undefeated (9-0) and take solid hold of first place in the River Ridge District. Cave Spring fell behind 21-0 by halftime, and although the Knights fought back with the opening two touchdown drives in the third quarter to cut the lead to 21-12, the Blue Demons regained control with a 74-yard TD run by quarterback Brenden Motley. Christiansburg pulled away with 14 fourth quarter points. Cave Spring closes out the
regular season Friday night with a rivalry matchup with Hidden Valley at Dwight Bogle Stadium.
Christiansburg QB Brenden Motley looks for yardage as Knight's defensive back #28 Sam Wright closes for the Photos and recap by Bill Turner stop.
Raiders Close Season With Win
The North Cross volleyball team (18-4, 6-3) finished their regular season schedule with a win over Westover Christian School Tuesday night 25-12, 2518, 25-14. The Raiders, ranked 2nd in the state, will start state tourney play next Tuesday night at North Cross. Raiders and Celtics receive All Conference Honors The Blue Ridge Conference All Conference teams were announced this week with several local girls taking honors. On the roster for the 1st Team All Conference were Roanoke Catholic senior Aiden Guilfoyle, sophomore Marin Guilfoyle and sophomore Ava Perez. North Cross was represented on the 1st Team by sophomore Gussie Revercomb, senior Emma Caveness and junior Alexandra
Martin. The 2nd Team All Conference list included Raiders se- #4 Emma Caveness sends nior Kaki Comer and Celtics ju- home a winning shot for nior Katherine Logue. Roanoke North Cross. Catholic varsity coach Maria Rushbrooke was named Coach of the Year.
SWAA Raildogs Play Final Game
The SWAA Raildogs ended a remarkable 10 year run as one of the dominant teams in Roanoke Rec. League Soccer last week. Starting in 2000 as nothing short of a ragtag outfit of “extra” 7-8 year old players that signed up late that year, the "Dawgs" were winless their first year. But the team hung together and persevered and went undefeated the following 3 years and ended their 10 year reign with an extraordinary record of 84-9-7. Coach Jason Bingham led the team to yet another undefeated record this The Rail Dogs, 10 years later as 17-18 year olds, celebrate season. after their final game.
Well, the last week of the high school regular season is upon us and this year has brought the end to an amazing streak. Not once have we had a bad Friday night weather-wise. Glad I didn't have to make that prediction in August because I would have thrown in at least two or three deluges somewhere in the schedule. Last week was the second straight 7-1 performance, with my only miss coming from the Cave Spring loss to those Blue Demons of Christiansburg. The proximity of Halloween should have told me how to pick that one right. That improves my season percentage to .837. If I keep this up, I'm going to Happy's Flea Market and look for a used loving cup to self-annoint myself as one of the area's top high school predictors. As a prior hockey player, I'll borrow from the tradition of the Stanley Cup and drink the nectar of the Gods from what I shall call the 'Otis Campbell Cup'. Hey, I like the idea so much, I might do it even if I blow all the remaining games. Now, let's get serious and take a peek into this week's maibag. Dear Wild Bill: I saw you at a game a couple of weeks ago. What do you do at halftime? Our grandkid plays in the band - can't you get off your butt and shoot some band pics? ( Nana / Craig Co. ) Answer: Well, Nana, as a member of the sports photographer's union, I get a mandatory break during halftime, during which I sit on the bench and enjoy all the great marchers. Admittedly, I've never been good at photographing music. Plus, if I do improve, I won't be doing high school bands - I'll be trying to hook up with Lady Gaga. Dear Mr. Turner: I heard you were a letterman at Andrew Lewis High School. Did you play football for any of those great Lewis teams? (Copey / Salem) Answer: Lord, No ! I did go to Lewis and do have 4 letters, but in a sport with a different shaped ball. Football was not for me - I didn't want to get scratched. Plus, in those days it seemed like autumn nights were a lot colder than now. My idea of a great Friday night was cuddled up with a cute chick and getting a little kiss when the mighty Wolverines scored. Early on, I found that was dif-
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Hokie Hockey Is Back A new coach, a new attitude and a new league have greeted area hockey fans as the Virginia Tech hockey team has begun a new season on the ice. The Hokies, who were the reigning champions in the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League, will be playing in the MACHA Conference this season, which is part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. "The team made a decision mid-way through last season to switch conferences, as they wanted to raise the level of competition," said Chris Arnold, Director of Marketing and Game Day Operations for Virginia Tech Ice Hockey. This is one of the premier conferences in Southeastern Regional Division, one which had nine of their 15 teams ranked in the top 15 at some point during last year. Virginia Tech is excited about the opportunity to join this premiere MACHA (Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association) conference. "This is a move up in overall competition." said first-year head coach Keith Houghton, who was a standout hockey player in his own right. "The teams are of much [higher] quality in the MACHA." With this conference change come some challenging home games, including a pair of games with University of Kentucky and East Carolina, as well as single games with Penn State, Maryland, Temple, Liberty, Monmouth and University of Maryland-Baltimore County which finished 4th in the country last year. The Hokies, who are a Division 2 club, will be returning about 14 players from last year's squad, according to Houghton, who established himself as the finest goaltender in Babson College ice hockey history after his arrival in 1980. He set numerous Babson and ECAC records, including most consecutive shutout minutes (203:38) and lowest career goals against average 2.38. Houghton’s greatest season came in 1983-84, when he allowed just 62 goals in 1,782 minutes to lead Babson to its first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship. A second-team All-American in 1984 and a first-team selection in 1985, Houghton remains Babson's all-time record holder in single-season wins (24), consecutive shutout minutes (208:38), and singleseason goals against average (2.08). He was also one of eight goalies who tried out for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. Houghton spent one year as a pro in the minor leagues with the Virginia Lancers, who were based in Vinton.
Virginia Tech Hockey has hit the ice. As for his Hokies, "we have some decent depth and I think we will be strong from the goalie on out," said Houghton, who replaced Mike Spradlin. "We have some freshmen coming in this season that are looking good.” Houghton, the Chief Credit Officer for Stellar One in his day job, and his entire coaching staff are all volunteers. "This is the ultimate in amateur sports," he added. "The coaches don't get paid anything and the players who make the team have to pay $1500 to help fund our expenses." As before the Civic Center put down ice the Hokies (a club team the university only provides about $7000 in funding) had to travel to Lynchburg for practices. The match-up against UVA (played in Sept.) is typically the team's most popular night. "This is our top home game," said Arnold. "Last year we drew more than 5,000 people to this game alone. The rest of the time, we averaged about 900 fans a game." The Virginia Tech Hokies ice hockey team plays all its home games at the Roanoke Civic Center, with a season that stretches into March. Admission for adults is $5, while children under the age of 12, Virginia Tech students and faculty are free. Tickets are sold at the Roanoke Civic Center Box Office. For more information about the team and a complete schedule visit www.virginiatechicehockey.com. By By David Grimes firstname.lastname@example.org
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Five area baseball players and contributors have been selected for induction into the SalemRoanoke Baseball Hall of Fame at the 20th annual Hall of Fame banquet scheduled for Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Salem Civic Center. This year's inductees are Anthony Amos, Harold Brown, Jerome "Budgy" Clark, Sam Lazzaro and Art Price. Amos is a William Byrd graduate who has been active in baseball all his life as a player, coach, and administrator. He coached American Legion baseball off and on since the '70s and is currently the coach of the Vinton Post 80 team. In 1998 he founded and coached the first AAU team in Vinton and the first 10-and-under team in the Roanoke Valley. Amos has played a big role in bringing AAU tournaments to the valley and has coached AAU, middle school, and NABF teams. Brown, a native of Franklin County, was a standout pitcher who went on to coach Little League ball. He was team MVP at Franklin County in 1976 and his team went on to the AAA state championship game. He pitched for Chipola College in Florida, where he had a 10-0 record in '78, and then pitched two years at Southern Illinois University. He was drafted by the Oakland A's
and Milwaukee Brewers but decided to return to Franklin County to be part of the family business. Brown passed away during this year. Clark was a standout baseball player at Salem High School and Virginia Tech. After an outstanding college career he went into the turf management business and held numerous positions in that field, including trips to Sweden, Croatia, and Italy to work on fields for the 2009 World Cup and Beijing, China for the 2008 Olympics. He has served as head groundskeeper for the Washington Nationals. Sam Lazzaro, an original member of the SalemRoanoke Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, has been involved in baseball for most of his life as an administrator, author, and sportscaster. His book "More Than A Ball Game: An Inside Look at Minor League Baseball" included many anecdotes about his days as General Manager and Vice President of the local Carolina League baseball team. Sam was named Executive of the Year in both the New York-Penn League and the Carolina League and his clubs broke attendance records in 11 of 14 seasons he was on the job. Sam is now a lawyer in Salem.
Lacrosse On Display At William Fleming The Southwest Virginia Lacrosse Association hosted a lacrosse exhibition game at William Fleming's new stadium last week where the Virginia Tech Hokies took on the UVA Lacrosse Club and Southern Virginia University in two separate matches. The purpose of the games was to showcase lacrosse to the William Fleming High School community so that interest might lead to further exploration of forming a team to represent the school.
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Other-Worldly Conference At SML Scott Melford is interested in UFOs and paranormal activity - and hopes that people who share his interest “are open-minded and willing to explore and examine new ideas.” Medford was one of a small group of people that gathered at The Point at Mariner’s Landing Resort and Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake recently for a oneday conference sponsored by the Virginia Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). While admitting that he really didn’t know what to expect by attending the event, or if he’d learn anything new from it, Melford said, “I’m always interested in learning and exploring things that I don’t understand. This seemed like a good opportunity.” The conference featured speakers and merchandise related to UFO’s (Unidentified Flying Objects), books, CDs, copies of newspaper articles and police department reports. There were UFO Club of Virginia Beach member patches and shirts, and copies of the MUFON “UFO Journal.” Founded in 1969, the primary purpose of MUFON, according to State Director Susan Swiatek, is “the scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of mankind.” One of the topics covered at the conference, a connection between UFOs and paranormal activity, was a subject of interest to two of the conference speakers, Clayton Trout and Dr. Shari Stacy. They co-host “Out of This World,” a radio program airing on WEHC 90.7 from Emory and Henry College. Stacy and Trout pursue their interest in UFOs and the paranormal away from their full-time occupations, respectively, an English professor at Southwest Virginia Community College, and public relations at the same college. “I became interested in UFO investigations through ghost hunting,” explained Stacy. “My ghost hunting partner [Trout] has been studying UFOs for practically his whole life, and he convinced me that some of the activity we were seeing was not the traditional ghost-type haunting—that it could also be UFO activity.” Trout stresses that whenever they get a report of some unusual occurrence, their main purpose is to help, rather than sensationalize these events. “Interviewing is the largest part of what we do [and] then we go back in with an investigation.” They utilize the latest scientific equipment available, in Trout’s words, “[to] help create situations,” with clients “[so] that we can either confirm what they’re experiencing or offer an alternative solution—too much electricity, an animal in the house,
things like that.” Thus far, the people Trout and Stacy have helped have been down-to-earth, mainstream types: school teachers, bed-and-breakfast owners, people who work in hotels, restaurant owners and people who own local theaters. “We’re always expecting to get that call where someone is claiming to be from the Planet Xenon, or something like that,” says Stacy, who adds, “I would like to have a case like that. That would be very interesting.” Another conference speaker, Richard Lang, has a background in flight instruction and law enforcement. In his view, the best UFO investigators are trained police officers or retired law enforcement types. “They spend twenty, thirty years of their life learning how to investigate.” “Such professionals,” said Lang, also a banker, “tend to be much more reliable in terms of accuracy and reporting data, which is what we’re really interested in,” as opposed to someone who has become an investigator because of an experience they had. A Physics Examiner in aerospace technology at the U. S. Patent Office, as well as sitting on MUFON’s Board, Robert Swiatek believes established science in the United States still views UFO’s with a skeptical eye on account of the government, other scientists, and the media. Swiatek said a lack of funding hampers investigative efforts. “We [have] independent scientists involved in the UFO subject but we don’t have the mainstream scientific community behind this.” Swiatek’s wife Susan, an art major, is interested in how UFO’s have affected popular culture, specifically artists and musicians. She said central Virginia, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Danville triangle—is extremely active - paranormally speaking. “I get a lot of abduction and close encounter reports.” Her husband Rob hopes that conferences such as this one will get people “to realize that we are dealing with a phenomenon here that is of appreciable significance, in the sense that we have sightings of unknown, unusual objects. Science needs to look into it and, in order to find out how these things behave, you’ve just got to look into cases and interview people. That’s all there is to it. It’s not easy to get a handle on the subject but when you do, you’ll find that you can’t explain some of these things - and some of them are mighty creepy.” For more information go to www.mufon.com.
Williamson Road Churches Changing With The Times
A few weeks ago I went to the 60th anniversary lunch celebration of the congregation I attended for 35 years in the Williamson Road neighborhood of Roanoke. Though still relatively small in numbers, St. James Episcopal parish, a block off the main artery into Roanoke from the north, is doing well these days with a female rector and a good balance of young and middle aged families and an outreach program larger congregations might envy. Watching churches change over the years, I've seen that - like the people who support them - they have their ups and downs. Many flourish for a generation and then fall into decline in numbers and influence. The Roanoke Valley is full of these churches. A universal lament these days is the need for more young adults with children. The Williamson Road churches are no different. With the exception of a few like Oakland Baptist and Huntington Court United Methodist, which date from about 85 years ago, nearly all the congregations that serve North Roanoke were started in post-World War II days. That was the era when men were returning from World War II and starting families. They were helped along by such federal government thank-benefits as the GI Bill for free college educations and easy loans for the small houses that in the late 1940s began springing up like mushrooms. The area was a level tract that was still in Roanoke County - until a major annexation brought it into the city By Melvin E. Matthews Jr. limits around 1950. The little houses are still there email@example.com and they sell for prices newly arrived immigrants to the United States can afford. In the past decade Williamson Road --"the Roanoke Valley's Main Street" -- has become ethnically mixed and a variety of folks have joined elderly couples and singles, some of whom are still living in the little homes they bought 65 years ago. Recently I talked to the Rev. Kenneth Lane who has been
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pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in the center of the Williamson Road community for 22 years. He joked that maybe one day he'll match the record of now-retired Harold Moyer who served Williamson Road Church of the Brethren for more than 30 years. Lane has seen many changes from his study on Epperly Avenue. As pastor of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) parish, he is committed to work with other clergy and lay leaders to bring God's love to people nearby whether or not they choose to become contributing members of his own flock. Right now, Lane counts six Williamson Road area congregations as supporters of Helping Hands which offers limited emergency help to needy people. The church he serves is the call-in point where volunteers often receive as many as 30 calls daily, he said. Gifts of about $30 are given for food and gas to people screened by such groups as The Salvation Army. At one time a lot of transients traveling on Williamson Road visited churches visible from the main street, but Lane said these have dropped off considerably since Interstate 581 directs them into downtown. Besides being deeply involved in Helping Hands, Trinity Lutheran has maintained a thrift shop which is open most Saturdays and staffed by volunteers. For many years its small profits assisted Roanoke Area Ministries or the Bradley Free Clinic but now the emergency fund benefits. It's used extensively, the pastor says, for members of the cooperating congregations supply it with clothing and household needs. Ministers of the six most active churches in the ecumenical program meet regularly to stay in touch and plan occasional events such as the Good Friday service. In the past other joint worship opportunities survived for many years. These included Thanksgiving and Easter sunrise services. Even earlier, about
eight congregations in the area used to hold outdoor vespers on summer Sunday nights rotating clergy leadership. That was before even Lane's time in the area. Some of the individual parishes have encouraged ministries to the new ethnic minorities which have moved in since the start of the new century. Huntington Court United Methodist offers its original church for a Hispanic congregation. St. James Episcopal houses a Sudanese group on Sunday nights. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox has become known for its annual ethnic fairs and dinners. Lane considers these churches, along with Bethany Christian (Disciples of Christ), Wlliamson Road Church of the Brethren and his own Lutheran group to be the most active currently in supporting Helping Hands. Others in the community have done more in the past and may in the future as newer clergy become more familiar with needs --at least Lane hopes so. With its many older residents, there's another joint monthly event that's grown to include at least 50 people who gather at the Williamson Road Senior Center for lunch and a speaker on a topic of relevance to this age group. Lane noted that each Third Tuesday at noon a free meal is served and provides fellowship and a chance to learn across denominational lines. These Williamson Road churches working together to make a small dent in human need represent a current trend in congregations in certain geographical areas taking on a specific project for financial and volunteer support. While ecumenical clergy groups clearly have declined over the past 20 years from what they were a half-century ago, some ministers have been able to inspire their lay members to help the needy where doctrinal differences are less likely to impede action. By Frances Stebbins firstname.lastname@example.org
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Maxx Performance has announced that it will open a research & development and manufacturing facility in the City of Roanoke, creating a projected 12-15 jobs over the next three years and investing up to $700,000 in equipment. The company will be located in the former Valley Rich Dairy building on Aerial Way Drive. Maxx Performance is a leading provider of microencapsulation/encapsulation technologies used by manufacturers of baked products, confectionary goods, dairy or meat products, nutritional supplements, and animal feed. The company’s products mask taste and off-odors, extend shelf life, and enhance flavor and texture to help manufacturers overcome application and processing challenges, optimize product delivery, and improve time to market. “Our new Virginia-based facility will house a state-of-the-art application test center where customers can evaluate our ingredients in their products and develop formulations that can be scaled up,” said Dr. Winston Samuels, president and CEO. “It will also allow us to work with the brightest minds at Virginia Tech to innovate more of the practical applications our customers need to succeed. Locating our facility in Roanoke enables us to give back to the region some of what was given to us while we were students at Virginia Tech.” Microencapsulation is at the leading edge in food formulation technology. For example, bitter tastes such as caffeine, green tea extract or certain vitamins and minerals can provide healthful benefits but affect how foods taste. Microencapsula-
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Due to increasing demand for its consumer and light truck tires, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) has announced it is expanding operations at its Salem, Virginia manufacturing plant. The $13 million project will include new tire-making machinery, upgrading and modifying existing machines and an increase in high-performance and light truck tire manufacturing flexibility. The expansion is slated for completion by August 2011. "We have seen very strong demand and our increase is well above the industry average," said Dan King, Yokohama vice president, sales and marketing. "We have gained more allocation from our offshore plants, but it is not enough. That's why the expansion at Salem will help fill the pipeline with our popular consumer tires such as the AVIDÂ® ENVigor™ and S.driveÂ®, as welll as light truck tires from our GEOLANDARÂ® line." King added that the strong demand for Yokohama tires is across the board. In June, for instance, YTC's parent company By Bill Whitmore the Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Arts and Culture Plan Receiving Plenty of Public Input Roanoke’s economic development department is home to the city’s public art initiative, and also to an “Arts and Culture plan” being crafted by next spring. It’s designed to be a blueprint of sorts - how to give local artists the support they need to thrive, while they in turn help Roanoke become a more interesting and vibrant place. There’s an economic consideration as well: A survey released in January showed at least 255 arts-related businesses in Roanoke, employing 1723 people or more. Roanoke City has held a series of meetings, more than a half dozen, with the most recent one focusing on the “creative class.” Director of Planning Tom Carr said the object was “to make a special effort to make sure we are talking to the artists themselves,” to be certain that all parties involved share “a common vision.” The artists may have a ways to go when it comes to making an impact on the general public: a survey now being conducted by Roanoke City shows that the top three cultural assets in the city are considered to be the downtown Farmer’s Market, the greenway system and the assorted festivals held at venues like Elmwood Park - no museums or galleries at the top of the list. Susan Jennings, director of the city’s public art program, told the several dozen gathered at Eureka Park last week that they were “essential to what we end up with,” as far as an arts and culture plan was concerned. The Roanoke Arts Commission is serving as a steering committee for the plan. Carr’s slide show included a quote from artist Brian Counihan, organizer of the Marginal Arts Festival: “if our local talent can work together we can produce something amazing.” Carr declared that Roanoke “is an arts and cultural center. What we have lacked is an overall vision.” The object of crafting such a plan, which will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council next spring, is to “get people moving in the same direction.” Roanoke already spends about two million dollars a year from its budget to support the arts – Carr figured that was higher proportionately than any other Virginia locality. After being turned down for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund the survey work, Carr said the city decided to go ahead
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Dan Merenda sorts artists’ suggestions and ideas by category. and do it anyway. “[We’re] relying on people in the community as our consultants.” Certain efforts must be incorporated into the plan: collaboration, education, innovation and inclusion among them. “How can arts and culture organizations help us with our goal?” asked Jennings. Artists were broken up into groups at the Eureka Park meeting and were asked to answer this rather wordy question:What do we as a community need to do in order to become a vibrant and prosperous community, where innovation in arts and culture engages people in all aspects of life… while facilitating sustained economic growth and development?” Participants wrote suggestions on sheets of paper, which were later tacked up on the wall. Among the ideas floated: local performing artists more involved with schools, more public murals, finding ways to get more people out for Art By Night, making vacant storefronts available to artists for working studios, venues where the under-21 crowd can listen to music, and sending an “art ambassador” from Roanoke to other cities. “You’ve come up with a ton of ideas,” said facilitator Dan Merenda. “If the plan works,” he added, “it will create jobs and help young people become more involved.” A public meeting will be held early next year to get feedback on the arts and culture plan, after it is presented to the Roanoke Arts Commission in December. By Gene Marrano firstname.lastname@example.org
Local MD Writes Father’s Humorous Biography
“Miracles on the Nars” Dr. Richard M. Newton, a Roanoke physician, is releasing a telling new biography of his father, Dr. Maury C. Newton. The book, "Miracles on the Nars," chronicles the antic-filled life of an able and witty Christian doctor based in a bowl of Appalachian mountains. From delivering babies in the Great Depression
to becoming delegate to the Virginia House of Representatives, Maury Newton knew no ordinary day. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing. com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com. This is also an eLIVE title, meaning each book contains a code redeemable for a free audio book version from TatePublishing.com. eLIVE Listen, Imagine, View, and Experience! The author was educated at Wake Forest College, the Medical College of Virginia, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, and did his cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He served five years in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, includ-
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Visiting Artview Sculptor Is A Man Of Varied Interests
He’s a sculptor and artist of many other media; he’s been a mime and was a friend of the late Marcel Marceau; he’s a sometime actor and all around Renaissance man. Now Grigory Guerivich will represent Roanoke’s sister city of Pskov, Russia this weekend at Artview: Visions and Voices, at the Roanoke Civic Center from November 5-7. Guerivich - who spent time in Pskov but was born in St. Petersburg, Russia - will join a handful of other international and regional artists in creating installation pieces on site. The public can view them all weekend at the Special Events Center, where Guerivich will also show off his “magic book,” and perhaps a slide show that details his work. Guerivich can has been in galleries and public places (like New York’s Penn Station) all over the world. He studied architecture in his early years. Guerivich has even acted in television shows like “Law and Order,” portraying a member of the Russian mafia. He and other visiting artists have spent the last few weeks in Roanoke, taking in the sights, conducting workshops at local high schools and colleges. Grigur is his “stage name. I’ve got many names because I have many faces,” he laughs. He’s representing Pskov this weekend at Artview but has actually been in the states since 1976, and now resides in Jersey City, New Jersey Working in “whatever media I like to work at this particular moment,” Guerivich said he likes to achieve “the highest potential,” for each technique or material that he employs. That includes life size bronze sculptures in New York City and New Jersey, at venues like the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Art related to the Holocaust, “which I did when I was out of work in Russia and very depressed,” can be found in Israel. Books of art he calls “Reflections” that feature original works can be found at the New York Public Library, in Russia and elsewhere. His magic books feature several pages of shapes that can be configured many different ways – sometimes hundreds – and he showed off one of them at local schools during his visit here. In the early 1960s the famous French mime Marcel Marceau came to Russia to perform mime. “I was absolutely impressed,” said Guerivich, who then formed his own troupe
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Grigory Guerivich made a stop at Ed Dolinger’s Dialog gallery on 4th Street along with several other visiting artists. and befriended Marceau. Guerivich traveled throughout Asia with his company for about three years. “It was a great success.” His acting credits include commercials and movies as well as TV. “I try many different things and it’s a great pleasure.” Last year Guerivich and his 18-year-old son, also an artist, had joint showings in Canada. At Artview, Guerivich will use 300 lbs. of clay to create a piece that will “constantly transform from day to day … whatever comes to my mind.” Part of his inspiration may come from the visit to the Roanoke area, where guest artists have spent time in Floyd, at a potter’s house in Craig County and at several welcome parties. At Artview he may even hold a pantomime workshop and hopes to show slides of his work. Guerivich is interested in hearing what people say when they come through Artview, this weekend. “The purpose of art is to share … to share beauty, to share your ideas and concepts.” When asked about a possible memoir or retrospective based on what has surely been an interesting life, Guerivich responded, “It’s difficult to look back . . . because I’m looking forward all the time.” Stop by his booth at Artview this weekend and he just might tell a story or two. For more on this weekend’s Artview see www. artview2010.com or visit the Roanoke Civic Center box office. By Gene Marrano email@example.com
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