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October 22 - 28, 2010

[Breast Cancer Awareness]

Pink Ribbon Formation Volleyball Service

Photo by Cheryl Hodges

A Glorious Goodbye P5– Fred First gives us three ways of rejoicing in the extraordinary autumn beauty of the Virginia mountains.

Monster Musical! P11– Gene Marrano reports that Kevin Jones and his young company are putting on a “Howling Good” show on Saturday Oct 30th.

For the second year, Hidden Valley High School students dressed in pink or black to join together to form a giant “pink ribbon” in the school’s parking lot. The event was organized to honor two of the school’s teachers who are breast cancer survivors, Pat Ammen and Beth Davis. Principal Rhonda Stegall joined history teacher Chuck Parker, who used a megaphone to guide the process while looking down from the roof above. Students documented the formation with both camera and video. Stegall estimated about half the student body took part in the event.

Pink Ribbon VW Bug is a Rolling Reminder

Kim Griggs loves her job beside her in traffic give and these days her profesher a thumbs-up; people sion follows her everywhere often take pictures; almost she goes in her newly decoevery little girl who sees it rated “pink ribbon” bug car. says “I love that pink car!” Griggs is a Women’s ImagGriggs says that while the ing Specialist with Lewisyoung girls are attracted to Gale Imaging at Brambleall the pink and the whimton. Her eye-catching little sical look, she is getting her car is often found parked message to “the moms who on a slant in front of the know what I’m representbuilding where she hopes ing.” it serves as a reminder for While she did this entirewomen to get their yearly ly on her own, Griggs says Kim Griggs’ pink Volkswagon is all about the message. mammogram. that the “medical commuGriggs spent a sizeable nity has been supportive of sign of pink camouflage and the pink amount of her own money to get the ribbon. We included the front hood and me doing it.” Some doctors let her know custom “paint job” which is actually a the back glass.” The car speaks for itself, of their approval; one called to tell her kind of “cling wrap that you can take off, but Griggs says it is “my personal private that “I absolutely love it; you did a great but it’s going to stay on as long as I am protest against the government or any job.” working in this profession,” according doctor who thinks a yearly mammoThe pink bug car has really livened to Griggs. Providing she doesn’t run it gram is not necessary.” things up for Griggs, but she is adamant through a car wash, she is told the cling The suggestion in recent months that the only reason she did this was “to wrap will stay intact. She came up with that women might not need mammo- encourage women to still get their mamthe idea late in the summer, thinking it grams before age 50, and perhaps not mograms done yearly.” would be great to have it done by Octo- even annually, did not sit well with her. Lewis-Gale Imaging is located at 4330 ber, breast cancer awareness month. Brambleton Ave., 540-283-3700 and Her resolve in combating that position is Her friend J.P. Arrington, Owner/ unmistakable. Like many, she has been Longwood Signworks in Rocky Mount Designer of Longwood Signworks in touched by the disease; a close friend can be reached at 540-489-3851. Rocky Mount, did the job at her request. in her 30’s and two aunts died of breast By Cheryl Hodges - Griggs had a general concept for the cancer. design, saying “I came up with phrases Griggs is constantly getting positive See more Breast Cancer Awareness informaI wanted, and he came up with the de- feedback on her car’s new look: people tion on The Pink Page - Pg. 6

Apple Butter is in The Air at Poage’s Mill

Bill Turner

Perfect Score! P7– ”Wild Bill” Turner goes an amazing 10-0 in last week’s Fearless High School Forecast and answers your questions from the mail bag.

At last Monday’s council meeting Mayor David Bowers suggested that a separate resolution be included in the legislative package that would address the dangerous drug “K2.” The drug, sold as incense, City Govt. is said to contain a synthetic marijuana substitute. Bowers suggested either uniting with other localities or preparing a separate resolution. Roanoke County Board of Supervisor member Mike Altizer has already asked to add language in the county’s legislative package that would label the drug a “controlled substance.” The drug has been linked to dangerous reactions ranging from vomiting to seizures and is known to increase cardiovascular issues and poses potential life-threatening problems to other areas of the body. The legislative package includes: TransDominion Express Commission to be responsible,


P3– The William Byrd volleyball team serves it up in a big way both on and off the court.

Fred First

Legislative Package Sets Priorities for Roanoke City

Last Saturday proved to be an idyllic fall day, complete with blue sky, gentle breezes and lots of sunshine. This is the season many organizations and churches are holding craft fairs, bazaars, and in the case of Poage’s Mill Church of the Brethren, Fall Festivals. Route 221 had small hand-painted signs every half mile from the Kroger on Brambleton directing motorists to their church 3 ½ miles down the road. The congregation of 150 has accumulated quite a following for their homemade apple butter, according to E.B. Shoemaker, their Pastor for the past five years.

With a giant kettle containing a fresh batch of apple butter simmering out back, the day got off to a great start with homemade breakfast served from 8 to 9:30. Many of the church’s congregation was on hand to help prepare breakfast, sell baked goods and some yard sale items, as well as prepare freshly pressed apple cider (served at no cost) with a 100-year-old press. Others manned the funnel cake and caramel apple station, while the age-old tradition of preparing apple butter

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Photo by Cheryl Hodges

L-R Bobby Harris and Pastor E.B. Shoemaker look on as Harold Stump adds spices to the kettle.


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Greenway Volunteers Honored

Bob and Maryellen Goodlatte with the framed greenway photo given to the congressman. The Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission honored volunteers and donors in the Pathfinders for Greenways program with a picnic and several awards last Sunday. The event took place at Salem Rotary Park, the starting point for a one-mile segment of the R o anoke R i v e r Community Greenway that was dedicated within the past year. Many took advantage to walk the new trail before the picnic got underway. Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, later honored for his help in securing federal funds that helped get the Roanoke River Greenway started (the $64 million flood reduction project), noted that Salem “has been very aggressive about building their greenways…without flood reduction project [funds].” Salem is building their portion


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> Poages Mill Another cold front sweeps through for Friday bringing temperatures back into the 60s for daytime highs. The rain, at this point, looks to hold off until early next week, which means another beautiful weekend is in store for us with sun and clouds and the 70s for daytime highs.

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fell to several of the men who seemed quite at home with the process. Shoemaker referred to church member Harold Stump as the “chief of apple butter; [he] knows what to do and how to put it together.” Stump studied his measuring spoons and carefully added spices according to an old family recipe, which no one seemed to know the exact origins of. Stump has made it “since 1992, 75 kettles since [I] started.” Everyone agreed that the church’s apple butter is some of the best around, drawing in many from the community who don’t want to miss getting a couple more jars each year. This event “involves most of the church” according to Shoe-

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maker, who added “the community really comes out for it.” The main draw for those stopping in seems to be the apple butter, but many enjoyed the fellowship, and looking over a display of Edward Light’s (son of the church’s oldest member Ezra Light, 95) homemade miniature wood cabins, as well as the goodies for sale both inside and outside the building. The picturesque church building is a perfect setting for those out on that short fall excursion – with enough history in the old structure to be a satisfying stop on a fall weekend drive. Couples have planned to be married there because of its beauty and nostalgic appeal.

The large wooden beams and beautiful stained glass windows are worth the visit; the apple butter is the icing on the cake. The old kettle was turning out another perfect batch around 3:00; both quart and pint jars are still for sale, with proceeds being divided between the church’s benevolent fund and the establishment / update of the church’s website. For more information, or to buy apple butter at $8 quart/ $5 pint, or Light’s miniature cabPhoto by Cheryl Hodges ins, contact the church at 774Macie Emerson (daughter of 2379. Poage’s Mill Church of the Zack and Jennifer Emerson) Brethren is located at 6550 Bent happily starts on her 3rd Mountain Road. By Cheryl Hodges bag of popcorn at the Fall Festival.

> Greenway of the greenway towards Roanoke, as the city works its way west. “Let’s get this greenway [built] all the way across from the Bedford County line to the Montgomery County line,” said Goodlatte, who also noted the progress that had been made so far: “we’ve come a long way baby.” Salem City Council member Jane Johnson noted that the section of the Roanoke River adjacent to what is now called Salem Rotary Park (near 419 and Apperson Drive), “wasn’t quite so beautiful,” before it was cleaned of debris. “A lot of time and effort was put in to this park.” Greenways coordinator Liz Belcher, who works with all local jurisdictions to get the

From page 1 urban trails built, said the annual picnic was started 10-11 years ago “as a way to say thank you,” to all of the volunteers that build trails or contribute private funding. In announcing the award for Goodlatte – a large, framed photograph of the Roanoke River Greenway taken from the 9th St. Bridge in Roanoke – Belcher said, “this person has done so much for our community. I cannot think of a person more deserving of this award.” Goodlatte and his wife Maryellen, a prominent local attorney, posed with the photograph. “This is going in my office,” remarked Goodlatte. Also honored as the Outstanding Contributors of the Year was the “midweek crew,”

> Legislative

a cadre of mostly people with the flexibility to build and maintain trails at times other than on the weekend. “These guys work 50 weeks a year,” said Belcher. Besides having a catered picnic, some walked away with safety devices they could wear while running, walking or biking on the greenways. Belcher made another pitch for greenway etiquette, which was the subject of a program recently offered by Roanoke City Parks & Recreation. “Give a warning while passing in the morning,” Belcher quoted reading from a list of rhymes concerning greenway By Gene Marrano biking etiquette.

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within the TransDominion Corridor, for identifying needed construction, reconstruction, improvements of or repairs to railroads and their facilities and equipment necessary to provide enhanced passenger rail service, coordinated with freight rail opportunities, within the Corridor. Passenger Rail Service Funding to extend passenger rail service from Bristol through Roanoke and on to Lynchburg and then to Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia (the “TransDominion Express”). Passenger rail service between Roanoke and Lynchburg should be given priority. Until funding is available for rail service, Roanoke asks that funding be made available to institute bus service between Roanoke and Lynchburg that will be coordinated with train schedules. School Start Date authorization to set its school calendar so that students are required to attend school no earlier than two weeks prior to Labor Day. Evictions as defined in the Code of Virginia require sheriffs to remove the personal property and place it in the “public way.” Neighborhoods have complained that it creates an unsightly pile of belongings that draws scavengers and subjects personal belongings to the weather. The nuisance is an expense to the City’s taxpayers. The Code of Virginia should eliminate the provisions permitting

the personal property being placed in the “public way.” Education Funding by the state is a constitutional duty and the City opposes shifting funding responsibility from the state to localities. The state should consider alternatives to generate additional funds to fulfill the constitutional commitment to education including raising the sales tax or decreasing the amount of funding for the personal property tax exemption program. The state should not continue to maintain and increase educational requirements while at the same time decreasing state funding. Virginia High School League should be examined to ensure its mission, activities and decision-making processes are consistent with those of the state Department of Education and supportive of all Virginia school districts and the unique characteristics therein. Other wish list items included reduced requirements for legal notices, a plastic bag tax, the sale of spray paint to minors, outdoor smoking limitations, weapons in government buildings and opposition to eliminating the business license tax or the machinery and tools tax. City Council will meet with legislators in November. By Valerie Garner

Market Building Transfers Out of City’s Hands Market Building Partners LP, general partner of Market Building GP, LLC submitted the successful bid at the 2:00 p.m. city council meeting on Monday. It was the only bid received. The public hearing was held at 7:00 p.m. and with an uneventful and unanimous vote the city ended five years of control over the Market Building. The 40-year agreement sets out the terms to perform the renovation, repair and operation of the Market building for a consideration of one-dollar a year. The project is now eligible for state and federal tax credits


through the Market Building Foundation that consists of seven members: Phil Davis, Hotel Roanoke Conference Center Commission, Beth Deel, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gordon Hancock, Economic Development Authority, Stephen Lemon, DRI representative, Sherman Stovall, City's Director of Management & Budget, Larry Davidson - at large and Doug Waters - at large. Market Building Foundation, Inc. will take the next step and search for management of the building. The management agreement will be fee based and

contain expectations for fulfillment of defined services. Responsibilities for management will include staffing, accounting, cleaning, custodial, security and routine maintenance. The agreement even details light bulb changing, snow and graffiti removal, and touchup painting. The selected management group will also be a part of establishing the lease rate structure and other vendor charges. Tenants are being offered an incentive to return to the building at its expected completion date in April 2011. Prior retail sales vendors will receive $15,000 for equipping their space. Prior

food vendors will get a hefty $35,000 – an increase from the original $20,000 incentive. Locally and regionallyowned retail sales, restaurants, and food court vendors will be recruited to lease space. There is no exclusivity clause to prevent more than one sub shop or hamburger vendor from locating in the building. The management group selected will also operate the multi-purpose event venue on the second floor. By Valerie Garner


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Beautiful Music at St. Andrews

The Roanoke College Jazz Ensemble and Roanoke College Choirs presented a joint program on Sunday, October 10th at St Andrews Catholic Church to a near capacity audience. The choirs are directed by Jeffrey Sandborg and the Jazz group by Joseph Blaha. Selections presented by the Jazz Ensemble included "Cooke's Delight" by Les Sabina, "I Got Rhythm" by George and Ira Gershwin, and "God Bless the Child" by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog. Choral numbers were a Newfoundland folksong "The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle" by Eleanor Daley, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Jimmy McHugh, and "The Storm is Passing Over" by Charles Albert Tindley.

Selections on the newly installed "Jennie Laurie Memorial Organ" were "Air on the G String" and "Amazing Grace." There was no charge for admission and all contributions went to help pay for the newly installed organ. Photos and Story by Jim Bullington -

Terriers Score Points Off The Court With Community Service

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Floyd County Groups Win Grant for Childhood Obesity Specialist The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has granted the Multi-Disciplinary (MD) Team of Floyd County $59,841 to fund the hiring of a childhood obesity prevention specialist. New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) will oversee the contract. NRVCS, SustainFloyd, garden development agency "Plenty!," and the Floyd County Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) served as the primary partners in writing the grant application. The new specialist is expected to develop a strategic plan for sustaining obesity prevention programs for Floyd County children. The Multi-Disciplinary Team is a non-profit organization of human service professionals and civic organizations whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for children, families, and vulnerable adults in Floyd County by improving access to health, wellness, and educational opportunities. Michael Burton, SustainFloyd Director, was instrumental in the MD Team’s applying for the grant. “The opportunity came to my attention as something that might assist SustainFloyd’s Farm to School Program, but then we started envisioning more possibilities,” said Burton. “We met with Kathy Kenley at Community Services, looked at kindred community programs and decided on a more communitywide approach.” Kathy Kenley, CPP, Prevention Services Supervisor of NRVCS will supervise the new obesity prevention specialist. “The obesity epidemic in our nation, including Floyd, is a tremendous liability to community wellness,” said Ms. Kenley. “Obe-

Floyd County elementary school children harvest potatoes as part of SustainFloyd’s Farm to School program. sity prevention is a new frontier for us, and we're very excited to be a part of this project." The Floyd Farmers Market, where County residents can buy locally grown produce, "Plenty!,” a group that delivers produce to families and organizes school and community gardens, SustainFloyd’s Farm-to-School Program and other efforts were cited in the grant application as contributing to the County’s work to prevent childhood obesity. The prevention specialist will assess and coordinate the various programs to provide an organized, county-wide approach to the prevention of childhood obesity. The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Virginia 23rd in obesity prevalence among the nation’s youth. Statewide, nearly a third (31%) of Virginia’s youth are considered overweight or obese. In Southwest Virginia, 28% of children are obese. Specifically, in Floyd County, 45% of 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th graders in Floyd and Willis schools were found to be overweight or at risk of being overweight.

The new childhood obesity prevention specialist is expected to analyze trends in County childhood obesity, and formulate a list of action items to encourage better nutrition and physical activity for Floyd County children. For instance, the specialist could help implement procedures allowing vendors at local farmers markets to accept government food vouchers for families; formulate ways to improve the funding of outreach, education and transportation to encourage the use of local farmers markets by lower-income residents; and suggest ideas to develop community and school gardens. Formerly known as the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth was established by the Virginia General Assembly to lead statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. SustainFloyd is a grassroots community organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and supporting a resilient local economy.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING CREATIVE presented by Teri O’Neill Keller

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William Byrd volleyballers help out at the Rescue Mission. William Byrd is not enjoying its best year ever on the volleyball court - the former state champions have a young squad this year - but off the court the Terriers are making their mark in the community. Members of the team and coaches recently spent a morning at the Roanoke Rescue Mission, preparing and serving meals, and making up beds in the sleeping quarters. Former Byrd standout Blair Bullock, now an assistant coach at her alma mater (she played club level volleyball at Virginia Tech) supervised on the early shift. “We think it’s a good thing for the girls to give back to the community.” The Terriers had spent time at the Rescue Mission earlier, reading stories and doing craft projects with children who stay at the mission with their mothers. “[They] will be good role models for the rest of the kids at the school who want to help,” said Bullock. Byrd player Macie Hoback, a junior, was upbeat as she chopped potatoes, despite the early hours – showing up at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday. “It helps us bond [and] we think it’s good to give back to the community. I think its good for us.” Hoback said the Terriers have participated in Angel Tree and Relay for Life events in the past, raising money for various causes. “Getting up early, coming out here to help other people, I think it really brings them together,” said Bullock, who didn’t get involved with community projects like this when she was at Wil-

liam Byrd. “It’s good – I think all the sports should have to do it.” Bullock is in her first year of coaching and also attends Jefferson College of Health Sciences, pursuing a degree in the nursing field. The junior varsity team showed up with head coach Amanda Stump later on, making up beds. “I’m very much for community service,” said the coach, a former volleyball player on a Byrd state title team herself. “I firmly believe that community service is something that they need to be doing. When they get to college, especially as athletes, they’re going to have to do it. You have to get them out there.” Like Bullock, Stump values the team bonding aspect. She’s a busy woman these days; Stump teaches at the school and coaches tennis at Byrd. Stump also organizes the annual Miss Smith Mountain Lake scholarship pageant, which will be held this year on November 13 at the Dumas Center in downtown Roanoke (7 p.m.). The winner goes on to the Miss Virginia competition in June. There are also teen and preteen events on the 13th. As for competition on the gym floor, the third year coach remains upbeat about the future of the Byrd volleyball program. “we lost some of our primary people,” said Stump, “[but] we have a lot of talent coming up.” By Gene Marrano

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How to Make a Cow

arly in my career as an ecologist, I learned how to make

way of ecological pyramids. viewpoint of energetics and Typically, the bottom layer of nutritional health. the pyramid is occupied by The Rainforest Action Neta cow. producers: grasses and other work and other conservation I had found the recipe plants that capture sunlight, groups have calculated that, in an old college text, long converting about 1% of the globally, we lose about 100 since discarded; but recently available radiant energy into acres per minute of tropical I rediscovered my notes from the stored energy of carbo- forests, some of these agothose undergraduate days at hydrates. The next layer of nizing losses due to grazing Virginia Tech with its details the pyramid is taken up by livestock or growing crops for of preparation and unusual primary consumers: herbi- animal feed. That amounts to ingredients. It was a recipe to vores such as groundhogs and an annual deficit of acreage feed a thousand people. rabbits that convert equivalent to the Ingredients: about 10% of that size of the state of 1 80-pound calf amount of energy West Virginia! So 8 acres of grazing land into their own bioreducing our con1.5 acres of farmland mass; the remainder sumption of beef 12,000 pounds of forage is lost (but not demakes sense en2500 pounds of grain stroyed) as heat and ergetically, nutri350 pounds of soybeans waste. The third tionally, and eco125 gallons of gasoline level of the pyramid logically. 170 pounds of nitrogen is populated by secIn addition to 45 pounds of phosphorus ondary consumers: the environment H. Bruce Rinker, PhD 90 pounds of potassium predators such as and economics, Various herbicides, insecsnakes and hawks a third aspect of ticides, hormones, and that convert 10% of that ener- sustainability is social equity. antibiotics gy into their biomass; again, I’m reminded of the Biblical 1.2 million gallons of water the remainder is lost as heat story of Jesus feeding the mulAs it turns out, making a and waste. If there’s a fourth titude, overlooking the Sea of cow is incredibly expensive or fifth level, then a similar Galilee, with a few fishes and and resource-intensive. The process of conversion and loaves of bread. Perhaps the recipe detailed the needs of the waste is followed. Though story is not about a miracle cow in its first four months, inefficient, this living system per se, but about the just disincluding the application of exhibits an otherwise effective tribution of the world’s finite drugs to kill its sex drive while energy pyramid applicable to resources. Could it be that corralled with other cattle and our recipe for making a cow. this great teacher convinced the issue of waste (produced It’s a simple expression of the his followers that fateful day by each cow at a rate equiva- 1st and 2nd laws of thermody- to share their meager meals lent to that of 20 people per namics in the natural world. with the less fortunate or less day). “After four months in The moral to the story is to prepared around them, learnthe feedlot, your cow weighs eat low on the ecological pyr- ing poignantly that such sharabout 1000 pounds and is amid to gain the most energy ing – rather than hoarding – ready for slaughter,” contin- and biomass from the system: could fill everyone’s stomach ued the cookbook formula. a very important lesson about and create an overabundance After removing the inedible sustainability for our ever- for their community? It’s parts, only about 440 pounds burgeoning human popula- also telling that Jesus distribof meat remain – a thousand tion. Scientists have conclud- uted fish and bread, not beef, 7-ounce servings in a mix ed that such a simple change lamb, or mutton, to the mulof steaks, pot roast, chuck, of diet – consuming the grains titude. As our nation recovstew meat, and less cherished ourselves rather than feeding ers from the dark excesses of cuts. Therefore, to produce them to livestock – could pro- the market, including the deone pound of meat protein, vide food for the entire popu- bilitating self-interests of the one must feed a cow roughly lation of the United States banking, insurance, health, 6 pounds or more of grain. for a year and still have some and real-estate industries, we Of course, one could always left for export. On the other need to remind ourselves that take those same 2500 pounds hand, if the entire world ate as no program for development of grain plus 350 pounds of high on the ecological pyra- is sustainable without social soybean for a single cow and mid as the average American, justice. instead bake them into breads then we would require more So my essay, “How to Make and casseroles, adding a few than twice the world’s exist- a Cow,” is really a lesson about vegetables, to serve 18,000 ing arable land and 80% of “How NOT to Make a Cow.” Contact Lucky at people – not just 1000! the world’s available energy! In these early decades of the The students in my biol- Thus, eating low on the pyra- 21st century, it’s time to “simogy and environmental stud- mid is perhaps nonsense (no plify, simplify, simplify,” as ies courses have analyzed the cents?) for steakhouses, but Thoreau instructed us 200 inefficiency of this process by pretty good sense from the years ago. 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Yes, You CAN Go Home Again, But The Glorious Good-bye of Autumn If You Do, Be Ready For A War I


he oldest college foot- done, Kansas produced a simiball rivalry west of the lar event in Lawrence, KS - and Mississippi is the "Bor- generated similar alumni turnder War" between Kansas and out - as the Jayhawks beat MizMissouri. The name is a refer- zou 12-3. Since that time, the ence to vicious guerrilla fight- Border War has proven not only ing during the Civil War, and one of the most attended college the first game in the series was football rivalries, it has been so played in 1891, just one gen- closely-fought as to defy statistieration removed from actual cal belief. In 1960, a Kansas win conflict. In that first game, the over then-number-one Missouri Jayhawks prevailed 22-10. For cost Mizzou the national chamthe first 20 years of the rivalry, pionship, but the game was later the game was played forfeited to Missouri at neutral site Kansas due to an ineligible City, to make it conJayhawk player parvenient for the most ticipating. As a respectators to attend. sult, as of 2009, the But in 1911, a new series stands at 55conference regula54-9. But in favor of tion required all regwhom? If you agree ular-season games to with the 1960 ruling, be played on campus, it's Mizzou; if not, it's and Mizzou was chothe Jayhawks. Imagsen to host the first ine that, a rivalry Mike Keeler one. so bitter the comMissouri Athletic petitors can't even Director Chester Brewer was agree on who's winning! worried that moving the game But all of that pales in comfrom Kansas City to little-ole Co- parison to the larger impact the lumbia MO would put a damper rivalry has had on collegiate on attendance. So he created a culture nationwide. After the weekend-long event, including attendance success of the 1911 a parade, a pep rally and a bon- game, other schools followed fire, and encouraged all Mizzou Missouri's lead in encouraging alumni to "come home" to cheer their alumni to "come home." their team against the hated Down at Baylor University, a Jayhawks. And what a turnout! game and concert called "home Over 10,000 Missouri alumni coming" had been held as early poured into Columbia, to watch as 1909, and by 1915 the event their boys fight to a 3-3 tie. had become an annual offerThe next year, not to be out- ing. And up at Illinois Urbana,


a weekend-long event that included a football game, concerts and class reunions was held in 1910, without the name "homecoming." But it's Mizzou that's credited with creating and spreading the idea of "homecoming" across the nation. By 1920, most colleges and universities had made it a staple of their annual calendar. Today, there are also winter homecomings, spring homecomings and homecomings for specific sports. A recent popular twist is "courtwarming" for the basketball team, an innovation that has proven especially popular in, of all places, the state of Missouri. As for the original, the Border War is no longer the homecoming game for either Kansas or Mizzou, and it is has been moved back to Kansas City. And the arguments continue. In 2004, M&I Bank began sponsoring the event, and renamed it "The Border Showdown." But that was met with indignation, as fans, players, alumni and even national press outlets refused to bow to political correctness. Former Kansas coach Dom Fambrough, when asked in 2007 what he thought of the new name, told CNN, "It's a g***amn war! AND THEY STARTED IT!!" Contact Mike at

t seems fitting to celebrate the transition from summer to fall, missing the freedoms of the former, looking with a mix of dread and anticipation at what lies ahead. Here are three journal-records of the season, selected from Slow Road Home: a blue ridge book of days. Changing of the Guard Just when we humans are starting to wind down our daylight busy-ness and go inside for the night, thinking how good it’s going to feel on these cooler nights to pull the covers up to our chins, there are other creatures that make good use of the nocturnal side of the human day—lives lived while we dream. First as shadows lengthen late in the day come the birds that feed overhead. Chimney swifts and nighthawks sweep the air with wide open mouths, scooping up invisible insects that rise like a cloud in the billowing thermals. Later will come the mammals that harvest the same in-flight feeding niche— the bats that we see mostly as shadows against the sky, black against deep indigo, erratically finding beetles and midges and moths by sonar. And last night, just before we reached the barn coming home from our walk at quarter ‘til dark, a screech owl trilled from the edge of the woods. Deer snorted and huffed indignantly as if to tell us we were infringing on their shifts, that we should go indoors, and

give them their due share of and lower surface of the leaf. solitude and sky. Soon the fungi and bacteria With the shorter days, the will consume blade and petinights are beginning to chill and ole. Like a thrift store shirt, a there will soon be no insects at leaf's matter will pass on and dusk, and those that feed on on, handed down until there is them will move on to find other nothing left but buttons and a work to the south. The deer will few bare threads. hide from hunters back in the Aural Vignette steepest woods; and the owls “Come” I said, motioning for will own the crepuscular hours Ann in the kitchen to follow. until spring comes. The two of us stood Falling on the front porch in There is a certain the darkness, listenexciting melancholy ing. in the coming of the Morning on first fall-like days—a Goose Creek in the letting go and a welOctober of our lives come all together. I sit sounds like this: here in the cool shade drops falling from with my feet stretched dew-wet branches; out into the slantbush crickets whiring sun’s warmth and ring, one from a Fred First comfort and watch goldenrod along the yellow leaves of walpasture whose song nut and locust flutter and sift to- blends with the next, higher ward the spent soil of summer. up in the meadow, and a dozen The last of the tiger swallowtails more in monotone requiem to lift and spiral as if to put those summer past; and beneath all yellows back in place for just a other sounds, and around them, few more days. the rift of water over rock, fallThe forest is still green from a ing into the hollow of itself, a distance, but a closer inspection spattering, tinkling liquid philwill show you that no leaf is un- harmonic of peace. touched by changes that shorter If there were no humans on days have brought. Their surfac- earth, this is what the world es are lightly filigreed by insects would sound like. And there are that could not have made a meal two, standing utterly still, and of them in the healthy prime of thankful. summer. Striped maples show Fred First / Floyd County VA patches of discolored spots, Books: red and yellow circles like ringBlog: worm, where fungal threads wind their way through the spongy spaces between upper

Preacher’s Corner - Tabitha by Dr. George C. Anderson

his column is reflection on a passage you may want to read first: Acts 9:36-43. Read through the Hebrew Scriptures and certain demands almost become irritating in their redundancy: take care of widows and orphans, widows and orphans, widows and orphans…, sometimes along with the elderly, sick and sojourners. Caring for the weakest among us is the best social justice activism of the biblical faith. So it is with the Christian faith tradition which is built on the Jewish prophetic tradition. Over the centuries, the Christian tradition practically has screamed at the top of its lungs that a baseline for simple justice is that the most vulnerable be cared for and have a voice. No Christian theologian worth listening to has ever said anything different. The massive biblical and traditional witness for justice for the dispossessed is like a large turkey in a small fridge. You can’t open the fridge to look for a soda without seeing it. Yet, to track whose interests have been served over the course of centuries, even in countries dominated by Christians, you can’t miss the frequent leaning away from those who need more than they can give. Here’s the system in Peter’s day… no different than Isaiah’s day, no different than David’s day, no different than Abraham and Sarah’s day: men work jobs, women birth and watch after children, and children grow up to support their parents. For those who fit the script, the system works. Widows and orphans are like people with pre-existing conditions. They don’t fit the system. Though the prophets saw widows and orphans as being at the top of the list of those needing to be cared for, the cultures that honored the prophets in principle often simply didn’t honor them in practice. The “unattached” were drains on the economy. Tabitha is a member of a community of widows who rely on each other, having no one else to rely upon. When, after she dies, Peter is asked to come quickly to where she lived, he does just that… even though it is like rushing to visit the run down Welfare Home for the Dispossessed sitting on the outskirts of town. Don’t think, though, that he goes because he’s a nice guy and is rushing to rescue women. He goes, because he is privileged to go.

We learn that from a beautiful detail in the story. When he arrives, the other widows surround Peter showing him treasures; a tunic, a scarf, a linen shirt, a cloak. Tabitha made these garments for them. She had been their minister. Actually, she had been their disciple. This is another beautiful detail. Here, and only here in the New Testament, a woman is referred to as “a disciple.” This widow, who one might assume to be dependent on others, is actually a church leader. In Acts, a disciple is someone who had a significant relationship with Jesus. Tabitha and Jesus were close. Having once received Jesus’ attention, she has served as a church leader in a ministry of compassion. Here’s yet another beautiful detail in this story: her name is “Tabitha,” an Aramaic name meaning “gazelle.” The Greek name for gazelle is “Dorcus” and so Tabitha also was known as Dorcas. In the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, we read in the second chapter of the Song of Solomon “My beloved is like a gazelle.” “My beloved is like Dorcus,” Luke is saying. “My beloved is like this widow who, knowing she is beloved of God, has given her life to loving others.” And the widows make sure that Peter knows it. “Look how she cared for us. Look at what she meant to us. See the tunic, the headdress, the linen shirt, the scarf.” And so it is an honor for Peter to be there. Tabitha is a fellow disciple whose loss is costing the church. So, who cares about widows? Well, Tabitha cares, and showed it through her ministry to other widows. Peter cares, and shows it through coming quickly when summoned and the miracle then performed through him (“Oh yeah, Tabitha is brought back to life!). And God cares, because this widow is his Dorcus, his beloved. This story seems to be Luke’s way of reminding Israel and the church that the conversion of powers is ultimately to result in life for those who are deemed the least among us; that those the world judges to be least are “the gazelles,” the beautiful beloved in God’s eyes. Despite what servants of special interests would have us believe, followers of Jesus must not ignore those who the greater culture sees as drains on their resources: the old, the children, the sick, the aliens, the disposed…, the

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William Byrd cheerleaders rally the crowd in cheers of support for the cure. In early October, breast cancer survivors and their families joined volunteers and Komen Board Members in front of the Mill Mountain Star to show Roanoke and surrounding communities the strength in living the message and mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The 3rd annual "Shout It From The Mountaintops" event was an opportunity for everyone

Attendees “shout it from the mountain top.” from survivors to supporters to shout out a message/sentence concerning breast cancer, breast screening, the latest facts about the disease, and a suggestion on how others can help - or simply a chance to shout about how happy they are to

be alive. To help kick off the event, local cheerleaders from William Byrd High School led the crowd in cheers and messages aimed at breast health and screening. Several community leaders lined up to the microphone to shout their support for the cause. “A Circle Of Promise” gospel choir, made up of local women, was on hand to inspire with their uplifting music. The Roanoke Valley's Signs were held to convey the second annual importance of mammogram RACE FOR screenings. THE CURE, 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk, will be held Green Hill Park on April 11, 2011. Race information is available online at

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As the nation marks the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society is encouraging women to choose to put their personal breast health first to stay well and reduce their risk of breast cancer. The Society is reminding women 40 and older about the importance of getting a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year to find breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. In addition, the Society recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam once every three years. The American Cancer Society also recommends magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for certain women at high risk. Women at moderate risk should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. An estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2010, and about 40,230 deaths are expected. While mammography is not perfect, getting a high-quality mammogram is currently the most effective way to detect cancer early because it can identify breast cancer before physical symptoms develop, when the disease is most treatable. Early-stage breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most treatable, so it is important that women follow recommended guidelines for finding breast cancer before symptoms develop. On average, mammography will detect about 80 to 90 percent of breast cancers in women without symptoms. Breast cancer survival rates are significantly higher when the cancer has not spread. “As the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, the Amer-

ican Cancer Society wants women to see the real tangible benefits of choosing to put their health first,” said Patricia P. Hoge, executive vice president for mission delivery and medical affairs at the American Cancer Society. “Women can take action and put their personal breast health first to stay well, fight breast cancer and save lives. More than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year thanks to early detection and improved treatment.” Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by taking additional steps to stay well by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced diet, and engaging in physical activity 45 to 60 minutes on five or more days of the week. Also, limiting alcohol consumption can reduce breast cancer risk; ­one or more alcoholic beverages a day may increase risk. Another way the American Cancer Society is helping create more birthdays is to help women manage their breast cancer experience when and if they are diagnosed. The Society offers newly diagnosed women and those living with breast cancer a number of programs and services to help them get well. Among these is Reach to Recovery, which helps newly diagnosed patients cope with their breast cancer experience. Other programs and resources, like the Look Good…Feel Better program help breast cancer patients manage the physical side effects of treatment and the Hope Lodge offers patients free lodging for those receiving treatment far from home. The Society offers information to help make treatment decisions and access to its programs everyday around the clock through 1-800-227-2345 or

The Positively Pink Parade Carilion Clinic’s Breast Care Center, Panera Bread, Star Country, CW5 network and Valley View Mall hosted the fifth annual Positively Pink Parade on Saturday, Oct. 16 to benefit the Every Woman’s Life (EWL) program. EWL provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured or underinsured women in the Roanoke Valley who are 50 64 years of age with low incomes. Uninsured women with low income under the age of 50 may also be eligible for screenings.

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Wild Bill’s Fearless Football Forecast

Franklin County used a tenacious ground attack as the Eagles rushed the ball 55 times to capture the Western Valley matchup last Friday night at Gainer Field. Patrick Henry was held to 42 yards rushing and 62 yards in the air as the Eagles improved to 6-1 , 2-0 . The Patriots fell to 4-4 , 1-1 . Patrick Henry entertains crosstown rival William Fleming this Friday Oct. 22.

Patrick Henry seniors #9 Kerron Tisdale and #22 Brandon Terry lead the Patriots onto the field for the 2010 PH homecoming. PH #4 Shawn Walker proves to be a tough tackle by three Franklin County defenders. Photos and recap by Bill Turner

Hidden Valley Drops 41-14 Decision To Christiansburg Undefeated Christiansburg (7-0) backed up their Group AA #1 ranking with an easy victory over the Titans last Friday night at Bogle Stadium. Dylan Johnson scored for Hidden Valley on a 14-yard TD scamper and Griffin Brand caught a 14-yard pass from Titan QB Chad Frazier for the two Hidden Valley (0-7) scores. Photos and recap by Bill Turner

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Well, after seeing the mailbag this week there’s no reason to plug in the applause meter. My RSS predictions were an ASTOUNDING 10-0 last week and several readers are asking for one-on-one hookups with my esteemed consort, Count Isvondalecky. Sorry everyone, the Count will be in Blacksburg to oversee the Hokies take on Duke this Saturday. He did mention that he sees VT doing better this week than the last time they took on some other Dukes. Now, let’s go to the bulging mailbag and pick a few questions at randomDear Wild One: Over the years you’ve obviously seen a lot of games, unbelievable plays and fantastic comebacks. What’s the most stupendous thing you’ve ever seen during a high school football game? ( Gretta / Roanoke) Answer: Cheerleaders Dear Mr. Bill: My husband and I were in Las Vegas years ago for the Super Bowl. They were making predictions for everything, such as when the first touchdown would be scored or how many field goals kicked. Do you ever get odd requests for a prediction? ( Mary and Tiny / Galax) Answer: Yea, Mary. Every Friday night at Bogle Stadium a heavyset couple tracks me down to predict when in the second half hot dogs and funnel cakes will be reduced to half price. Dear Wild: Will you pick an all-star team at the end of the year? (Roy / Salem) Answer: No need to, Roy. Just get a roster of every team. Any kid that will put on the uniform and practice for four months in weather ranging from 100 degrees in August to freezing rain in November is an all-star in my book. Please send your questions to: Here are the matchups for this week as district play gets serious. In the Western Valley District the big crosstown rivalry hits Gainer Field as Patrick Henry (4-4) entertains William Fleming (0-7). This one may be a lot closer than many think. Fleming has fallen to a string of tough teams, but the Patriots have been giving up points lately. The PH defense may hold serve in this one. PH - 23 Fleming - 19 Lord Botetourt (3-5) travels


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Former PH Basketball Coach Woody Deans was the overall winner of the Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour's October tournament held on October 19th at Blue Hills Golf Course. Playing in Division One (handicaps 0-11) Woody recorded a net score of 62. Other winners in Division One were: 2nd Place - Guido Edillon, 64; 3rd - Crady Adams, 64; 4th - Ken Voudron, 65; 5th - David Heath - 66.

Cave Spring Downs Pulaski 3-0 In River Ridge Volleyball Cave Spring improved to 6-1 (12-3 overall) in the River Ridge with the convincing 25-8 ; 25-9 ; 25-13 sweep over the Cougars Tuesday night in the Knight's gym. Cave Spring remains tied with Hidden Valley for the district lead as the teams look poised for their Oct. 28th showdown at Cave Spring. Photos and recap by Bill Turner Cave Spring's Kallie Wilkes serves during the decisive third game.

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Commentary - To Privatize or Protect is the Big Question for Virginia While shopping for a used pickup truck with my wife we came across a vehicle that was the very color, make and model that we were looking for. Even the price seemed right as we took the truck for a spin around the block. But that was simply how things looked on the surface. When we returned to the car lot, I took one final look at the truck before making the purchase and bent down to glance at the undercarriage of the vehicle. I was surprised to discover that rust was eating away at the truck from front to back. In an effort to hide its’ effects, a new coat of paint had been sprayed over the rusted metal but still the problem was clearly visible. Needless to say, we passed on the truck and continued our search. This coming November our elected representatives in Richmond are being asked to support a plan to privatize all of Virginia’s state run liquor stores. Like that used truck, this plan for some looks pretty good on the surface as it would remove our state government from the business of directly selling hard liquor while raising much needed capital for new bridges, roads and jobs. However, when one takes a look underneath all of the plan’s enthusiastic promotions, one sees unavoidable consequences and costs which would most certainly accompany the Governor’s proposal. Expanding the availability for hard liquor purchases will put a greater number of Virginians at risk while placing additional demands upon on our social services and law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth. In such matters of social concern it should be incumbent for every citizen to speak out on behalf of those who are most vulnerable and to warn others of the detrimental consequences for our society and culture which are posed by the Governor’s privatization plan(s). Let’s consider those things which must happen in order for all of the promises of prosperity associated with this plan to come to fruition. First, promoters of the plan are counting on increasing the number of locations for the sale of hard liquor across Virginia with the additional licenses available for purchase by private businesses. The liquor licenses would be distributed depending on business size: 600 would be sold to big box retailers such as grocery stores; 250 to convenience stores; and 150 to specialty beer and wine stores like Inari. If such a plan is passed, then stores like Walmart and other major retailers and grocery store chains could add liquor aisles where minors could view their slick promotions and attractive displays. That is quite a change from the current system that bans underage persons from even entering the premises of an ABC store. I sincerely doubt that the existing proposals will maintain the ABC’s

current 98 percent effective enforcement rate prohibiting underage purchase of alcohol. Presently Virginians consume approximately 21 percent less hard liquor than the national consumption rate according to figures from the National Institute of Health. The governor’s plan will more than triple the number of licenses available for selling hard liquor with the stated goal of increasing sales by 10.7 percent. The proposal clearly has the distinct potential for helping Virginia to catch up to the national level of alcohol consumption by increasing the number of hard liquor stores from 332 to 1000 in their quest for more state revenue. Rest assured that an increase in state revenue will be necessary given the increased expenses which others believe will result in health and social problems that Virginia will be forced to pay for in the future as a result of this plan! Secondly, by expanding the number of licenses (i.e.- stores) for selling hard liquor the commonwealth can expect to recapture sales from customers who now purchase alcohol in D.C. and Maryland. However the governor’s plan doesn’t predict any price or tax decreases in liquor stores while others believe costs will actually increase, leaving Virginia with one of the highest state taxes on liquor in the United States. Now in these difficult financial times is it realistic to presume that people in northern Virginia will suddenly abandon their familiar places for purchasing hard liquor, such as in D.C. and military bases where they can get liquor tax-free, and pay more for it elsewhere? In the words of State Senator Linda Puller, “That’s a very poor assumption!” Furthermore, the plan for privatizing Virginia’s ABC stores is being touted as a job’s program for small businesses. This seems somewhat unrealistic with the anticipated expense of the liquor licenses- going at auction and starting at $102,844. At this price, only big businesses would be able to afford them, bringing no economic help to mom-and-pop-type stores. And if that wasn’t enough, the proposed privatization plan or versions thereof, does not prohibit expanding the number of retail liquor licenses beyond the 1000 number in the future. The third part of the governor’s plan which must happen exactly as has been promised is that every economic prediction must come true. For the numbers to work out as supporters of the plan have said, Virginia would have to increase the sale of hard liquor (i.e. consume more hard liquor) while not experiencing any increase in related consequences for the use and abuse of alcohol. Is it unreasonable to think that the tripling of locations for selling hard liquor

across our commonwealth will require the hiring of more ABC enforcement officials to oversee the expanded number of retail stores? What about more Social Service workers to investigate spousal and child abuse, additional police and sheriff officers not to mention the increased financial loss in the private sector such as delinquent rent and mortgage payments, unpaid utility bills, lost wages and employment problems associated with increased alcohol consumption. Granted the one time $500 million license fee would be a help to Virginia’s economy; however, it would only be a drop in the bucket compared to the $8 billion dollars needed to bring our existing bridges and roads up to acceptable standards according to our Department of Transportation. The proposed plan as currently being presented in Richmond does have the potential for putting more families at risk for the sake of a few dollars more. I applaud the governor’s commitment of promoting free economic enterprise and business development in Virginia and I personally agree with his goal of limiting the states involvement in the sale of hard liquor. However, the plan(s) as have been proposed thus far which are aimed at accomplishing these things are not in Virginia’s best interest. I understand that the privatization of the ABC stores was a key campaign pledge while Governor McDonnell was running for office. Surely a plan for privatization can be devised which would fulfill the Governor’s pledge while not encouraging increased use of hard liquor, multiply the many problems associated with alcohol consumption or place many more families at greater risk. The truth of the matter is not that Virginia doesn’t have enough liquor stores but that we have too many already. This is the issue. In light of the personal pain associated with alcohol, the harm it brings to marriages and families, the accidents and deaths due to drunk driving and the many wrecked lives of young people who drink, I would argue that there is already too much beverage alcohol in beer, wine and liquor sales being sold in Virginia. Increasing the number of whiskey stores in our state will certainly not make our loved ones safer on the roads, decrease everyone’s auto insurance, lessen the strain on our state’s healthcare industry or improve family life for our citizens. Let’s urge those who represent us in Richmond not to increase the number of liquor licenses as proposed by the Governor. Virginia can do better!

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Relocated Restaurant Shows Off Local Roots With Gourmet Fare

Local Roots has really blossomed since moving from its rather cozy home inside the Grandin Gardens building to the old Plan 9 music store space next to the Grandin Theatre. A proponent of the increasingly popular farm-to-table concept, Local Roots has embarked on another ambitious project recently: bringing in award winning and award-nominated chefs from out of town. The latest was Edward Lee from 610 Magnolia restaurant in Louisville, KY, another proponent of the farm to table movement, where restaurateurs deal directly with local producers of meat, vegetables and other products. Lee, the chef and co-owner of 610 Magnolia, was invited by Local Roots head chef Josh Smith. A restaurant full of diners invited to the private six-course gourmet meal had dishes created alternatively by Lee (Rappahannock Oysters, quail egg and duck bak-kua; sweetbreads and butternut puree; lamb kalbi, green tomato kim-chi and speckled grits) and by Smith (Maine scallop, Golden trout, Dawson plum consommé and burnt orange pudding.) There were wine pairings for each course served as well. “We’re really getting culinary talent that is unprecedented [for Roanoke],” said Melany Mullens, a public relations specialist from the firm that represents Local Roots. She called it “the best kitchen in town.” Craig Rogers was one of the guests; the former college dean and electronics company owner now supplies lamb from his Patrick County farm to Local Roots and other businesses in Roanoke – and his Border Springs Farm lamb can be found in restaurants from New Orleans to New York. “It's fabulous for Roanoke,” said Rogers about Local Roots and its emphasis on

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The Kitchen at Local Roots was a beehive of activity. farm to table. “It’s really cutting a new trail.” Rogers noted that the visiting chefs coming in monthly have all been nominated for the James Beard award given to top chefs, or have won some regional designation associated with the honor. Lee was a finalist for best chef in the South. As for Smith, who cooked for a time at 202 Market before making his way to Local Roots, Rogers said “Josh’s artistry sets him apart from most.” Having a private audience come in to sample the goods, then perhaps go out and spread the word about Local Roots will help develop new patrons said Rogers. “It also helps Roanoke as a community – to develop a bit of a reputation. It can only raise the bar.” Also on hand was author Elizabeth Weigand, who signed copies of The New Blue Ridge Cookbook (Globe Pequot Press), featuring recipes from the region. Rogers has a recipe for Border Springs Farm lamb meatloaf in the book. “I looked for local restaurants that served truly, truly local foods,” said Weigand in describing one source for many of the recipes, “[and] a lot of farmer’s markets.” A beer soup recipe from Josh Smith is also in the book. The

head chef said he wants to “push the food scene in Roanoke.” As the restaurant’s reputation grows he finds it “so easy” to get visiting chefs here now. “Everybody’s moving in a direction where local foods are helping to make the [product better],” noted Smith. “The hardest part is finding the right ingredients.” Lee, who said he is “very connected to my farmers,” added that he would consider making a return visit if invited back: “what they try to do is incredible…to bring renowned chefs to a place like Roanoke. This is something special.” Lee and Smith met at a camping event Craig Rogers holds on his Patrick County farm for chefs every summer – he calls it “Lambstock.” Diane and Bill Elliott own Local Roots; after a night spent greeting diners, Diane Elliott said their goal was also “to raise the bar for Roanoke,” regarding the farm to table movement. “It just has a better flavor,” Elliott insisted. “It’s about being real [and] about what community is.” As for the new space? “We grew up. [Its] a big leap forward.”

If you have young children, or even if you just have some in your neighborhood, you know they will soon acquire large amounts of free candy, obtained by impersonating witches, vampires and other scary creatures. As an adult, of course, you’re unlikely to encounter too many monsters after Halloween ends. Yet as you go through life, you will find some things that are truly alarming — such as scary investment moves. Here are a few of these frightful actions: • Investing too conservatively — You could try to avoid investment risk by putting all your money into very conservative investments. However, as you’re probably aware, those investments typically pay very little in the way of interest, so your money could actually lose purchasing power, even with a mild rate of inflation. • Investing too aggressively — Just as investing too conservatively can be counterproductive, so can investing too aggressively. Obviously, you would like your money to grow, but the investments with the highest growth potential are usually also those that carry the greatest risk to your principal. • Putting too much money in too few investments — If you put too many of your investment dollars into just one or two types of assets, and a downturn hits those assets, your portfolio will probably take a big hit. • Waiting too long to invest — As an investor, your biggest asset may be time. The more years in which you have to invest, the greater the likelihood that you can make progress toward your important financial goals. • Taking a “timeout” from investing — During periods of significant market volatility, such as we’ve seen the past few years, you might be tempted to take a “timeout” from investing and stick all your money into very conservative vehicles until

everything “blows over.” But the financial markets will never be totally calm, nor will they be predictable. Market rallies can start unexpectedly; if you’re not invested when that happens, you may miss out on growth opportunities. • Ignoring tax-advantaged investment opportunities — When you invest in a tax-deferred investment account, such as your 401(k) and a traditional IRA, your money has the opportunity to grow faster than it would if it were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. If you aren’t contributing to your 401(k) and you haven’t opened an IRA, you’re missing out on a great chance to build resources for retirement. To make sure you don’t fall victim to these scary investment moves, you need only follow a few simple principles. First, take the long view — you will see ups and downs in the short term, but historically the market has performed well over the long term. (Keep in mind, though, that past performance is not guarantee of what will happen in the future.) Second, diversify your holdings among a variety of investments. Diversification, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss, but it can help reduce the effects of volatility. Try to build a diversified portfolio based on your risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals. And finally, consider boosting your 401(k) contributions whenever your salary increases and fully funding your IRA each year. Halloween comes but once a year, but scary investment moves can haunt you for a lifetime — so take the right steps to help avoid them. Carl Grove is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones located in Roanoke, VA. He may be reached at 540-344-9211 or Edward Jones, its associates and financial advisors do not provide tax or legal advice.

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United Way of Roanoke Valley invited key donors and corporate supporters to its Presidents Circle reception on Tuesday at the Shenandoah Club in downtown Roanoke. President’s Circle donors are those who have pledged $1000 or more for United Way, targeted for a specific organization or for its “Impact Fund.” The annual fall/winter United Way fund drive is off and running at many local places of business as well. “We’re off to a good start on the campaign,” said Jeff Marks, chairman of the campaign. Co-chair Gretchen Weinnig hailed those in the President’s Circle: “we can make such an impact on our community.” According to Weinnig, thirty percent of all the funds collected annually by United Way during its By Gene Marrano major campaign were represented by those ed to the reception. Marks, profiled in last week’s Star-Sentinel, was bullish about this latest annual

United Way of Roanoke Valley executive director Frank Rogan (center, background) welcomes reception attendees. campaign: “we’re going to pull out all the stops,” said the WDBJ-7 general manager. - Gene Marrano

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A Howling Good Show By Some Very Talented Kids Fifteen very talented high schoolers that attend classes at the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio in Southwest Roanoke County will take to the stage with Monster Musicals! at Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall this Saturday, October 30, for two shows at 2 and 7 p.m. The troupe will perform musical numbers from Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions, from shows like Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, The Addams Family, Jekyll and Hyde, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Young Frankenstein. Even an off-Broadway show “that nobody has ever seen or heard of,” said Jones - “Evil Dead” – will supply two songs. The show is scheduled to run approximately 75 minutes. Jones, an actor and entertainer in his own right, has been presenting Broadway-themed productions with high school students for the past nine years. It's always a free but tough ticket: you can pick up whatever passes are left at the Jefferson Center box office or take your chances in the standby line during the Saturday matinee or the evening performance. The event was moved from February to October this time around. “I got sick of the snow,” said Jones, who studied in New York as he learned his craft. “Now there are no weather issues.” The move also worked “perfectly,” said Jones, in using a Monster Musicals theme the day before Halloween. “They [the kids] come in with innate talent and they have a dream,” said Jones. “I just try and share my passion for performing and live theater with them.” Monster Musicals has

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Kevin Jones trains students of all ages in musical theater. been in rehearsals for six weeks; Six of Jones’ students were Jones runs his practices like a in last year's show. Jones audiBroadway show might. tions kids that are serious about “I want them to have the real musical theater for workshops experience here in Roanoke in middle school, then invites - the best we can. We’re over- those who make the cut to join organized in order to pull ev- his performing arts program erything off.” There are plenty of when they reach high school. costume changes this year and Those who attend the ana five-piece band that includes nual Broadway-themed shows Jones on piano who will accom- often “walk out with their jaws pany the actors on stage. dropping,” said Jones who reStudents come from high mains amazed at the level of schools in Roanoke City, Roa- professionalism demonstrated noke County and Blacksburg. by high school students. One “Destined for stardom,” Jones e-mail Jones received after last chuckles about some of the kids winter’s performance he recalls he works with. Several of his quite vividly: “it was halfway former students have gone on to through the show when they study musical theater in college; realized that teenagers were on at least one has graduated (Jor- stage and not adults. I thought dan McArthur) and has signed that was the greatest compliwith an agent. ment they could get.” Seniors from the past two For tickets visit the Jefferson years earned scholarships to the Center box office beforehand or prestigious Shenandoah Con- try the standby line on the atriservatory (Nigel Huckel and um level 30 minutes before each Corinne Davis from Hidden show on Saturday. For more on Valley High School.) “They’re the Monster Musicals! show or doing great,” said Jones, pleased the Kevin Jones Performing Arts that his school has been around School see long enough where he can see By Gene Marrano ex-students excel at the college level.

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Old World Meets New World at the 37th Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

With country cooks and crafters, wheat threshers and moonshiners, sheepherders and banjo frailers, the Ferrum College campus becomes a one-day showcase of western Virginia’s “real-roots” traditions. The 2010 Blue Ridge Folklife Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to Roddy Moore, director of the Blue Ridge Institute, two new musical events will be added to this year’s lineup. Norman Kennedy, a National Endowment of the Arts, National Heritage Fellowship Honoree and National Treasure Honoree of Scotland, will be featured in the Old World-New World Ballad Workshop, along with ballad singers Gin Burris and Rick Ward. In addition, Burris and Ward will join dulcimer masters Ken Bloom, Phyllis Gaskins, and Marsha Harris to explore the musical magic of one of Virginia’s oldest instruments during the festival’s Virginia Dulcimer Workshop. The festival, a Crooked Road Music Trail “major venue,” features three stages of the region’s best fiddle-and-banjo, bluegrass, gospel and blues music. More than 20 top roots-music artists—including crisp-picking Wayne Henderson, the joyful Spiritual Seven, bluesman Jeffrey Scott, and piano wizard Jeff Little—are on the 2010 lineup. “The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has more traditional music and crafts than any other festival in this part of the country.

A group of Coon Hounds leaps forward during last year’s race. For nearly four decades, the festival has showcased the best of traditional rural Blue Ridge crafts that have been passed down through the community,” says Roddy Moore, Institute Director. “The festival celebrates a contemporary lifestyle with a heritage twist.” More than 50 quality artisans will demonstrate rural Blue Ridge crafts rarely seen at area craft shows, from chair making and guitar building to knife making and rug braiding. Many of the crafts will be offered for sale. To highlight the working farm animals, the festival will include horse pulling, mule jumping, and coon dog treeing and swimming contests that test the talents of both animals and handlers. Border collies, too, will show off their skills herding sheep. The festival has its own “heavy metal” crowd drawn to the rumble of steam-and-gas-en-

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Steven White Opera Roanoke opened the 2010-11 season to a packed house at the Jefferson Center with the French opera "Faust and Furious, A Ride with the Devil!" written mainly by Charles Gounod. One of the most popular operas of all times it is a passion filled production that tells the story of an old man, Faust, who strikes a deal with the devil to regain his youth. In the process he ends up destroying the life of the woman he loved, but in the end he repents and finds redemption. According to Steven White, Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of Opera Roanoke, a fully staged production of Faust would cost approximately $140,000.00. By eliminating the costumes and sets the cost drops to just alittle over $40,000.00, still a tidy sum for one performance. The three main characters, beautifully sung, were Marguerite, (Barbara Shirvis, soprano),

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Opera Roanoke Opens "Faust and Furious!" Faust (Dinyar Vania, tenor), and Mefistofele (the Devil) Jeffrey Tucker, bass. Scott Williamson, General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, was the narrator. In addition to the principle singers and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Maestro White was joined on stage (and in the aisles), by over 175 members of the choirs of Liberty University, Roanoke College Childrens Choir, the Virginia Chorale, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In addition to doing a seemingly impossible job of conducting the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, all of the choirs, and the principle singers at the same time, White sings each part while conducting. It is a truly amazing feat -- displaying his tremendous talent and command of the entire production. He uses his baton, much as a matador uses his sword and cape, to take command of the entire cast. White later told me "this is the first time I've conducted most of this music, with the exception of one of the Gounod numbers, but it's all music I've known and wanted to do for at least two decades!" White left the next day to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he is one of the cover conductors. The entire group, especially the lead opera singers, did an outstanding job and earned a well deserved standing ovation. The next performances by Opera Roanoke will be recitals

gines and custom and restored cars. Dozens of vintage pieces of farm equipment include a working threshing machine, rock crusher, and hay baler. Hungry? From black pot chicken to pumpkin butter, more than 20 country foods are prepared onsite at the festival. In addition, there are plenty of take-home fried apple pies, cakes, hard tack candies and vegetables. Children’s folk games conducted throughout the day help to make the festival a family event enjoyed by all ages.

World Slavery: The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music Thursday October 28 6 pm Howery Mezzanine Roanoke Main Library

Ray Kamalay traces the development of early American music from its links to slavery up to the early jazz age. Discussion includes freedom, ancient and modern slavery, the Haitian Revolution, liberty, spirituals, blues, minstrel shows, ragtime and jazz. Ray, a longtime professional musician, performs music of the various genres.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway: Gateway To The Future The 469-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is often depicted as being “more than a road.” Superintendent Phil Francis interprets this in part by explaining that “many people see local communities as a gateway to the Parkway. We often think of the Parkway as a gateway to unique local communities and authentic experiences.” This communities-centered rethinking was a common theme during a three-day-long 75th anniversary event where you might have expected only nostalgic retrospectives of days gone by. But the conference, October 14-16 at Hotel Roanoke, cast its vision boldly toward the future. "Imagining The Blue Ridge Parkway for the 21st Century: Sustaining Communities, Environments, and Economics," was hosted by the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment in partnership with Blue Ridge Parkway 75, an entity that will endure beyond the celebratory anniversary event to help guide, advise and assist National Park staff in managing assets and programs.

Fred First with author Richard Louv. More than thirty speakers addressed some 120 community leaders and participants from a wide variety of disciplines and organizations, and from across the reach of the twenty-nine counties of North Carolina and Virginia through which the roadway passes. While the maintenance and oversight of the nation’s most visited National Park is a matter of

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fiscal concern in an era of continually declining budgets, the emphasis here was on the promise of cooperative programs that are increasingly likely in the Parkway’s next 75 years, with an emphasis on partnerships, stewardship and sustainability. One of those partnerships has been and will increasingly be with local educators, parents and grandparents to ensure that resident or visiting children take full advantage of the parks unique learning resources. Discussions at the symposium often turned to the importance of nurturing a connection with the next generation— those young citizens who will inherit decision making and stewardship for this national and natural treasure. Indicative of the importance of that focus was the Friday night keynote address of Richard Louv, best-selling author of "Last Child in the Woods." His presentation began with a quick disclaimer for all those in the audience—including Louv himself—who had secretly checked their phones since the dinner event began. “The problem is not what we’re doing. It’s what we’re not doing. The problem is not that we’re using technology. It’s that we’re not using nature” Louv stated. While describing studies that show such conditions as childhood obesity, attention deficit disorder and childhood depression are made worse by our modern indifference to and distance from natural surroundings for play and recreation, his message was overwhelmingly positive. “Nature deficit disorder” is not permanent, and it is possible to remedy in our society, now that we’ve been given the words to describe it. The phrase describes a kind of invisible ailment that so many teachers, parents and grandparents have acknowledged. We now know what to call the enemy, and that is half the battle. Louv cautioned that “we have to be careful how we talk about the future with our children.” He challenged the audience to understand that, if we are to succeed in the face of urgent natural resource and economic challenges, the coming decades will need to be some of the most creative in human history. He suggested a positive, “biophilic” perspective of working with rather than against nature, with a renewed sense of wonder, understanding and hope that can be rekindled by closer contact with the natural world. The author encouraged his audience to embrace sustainability, but mind the language. “Sustainability sounds too much like stasis. Kids are not interested in stasis. We’re not here to merely survive. This can be a better world. They can be

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The Blue Ridge Parkway at Tuggles Gap. better people.” Batteries and electrical outlets are not required for this. Asked what he considered the most encouraging change to come out of the work he’d started some five years ago to re-nature our lives, Louv responded that “it is the fact that, across the country and the world, so many individuals, organizations and towns have taken up the task.” Likewise, perhaps the most hopeful sign of positive change for the Blue Ridge Parkway in coming decades is the fact that so many individuals, partner organizations, towns and villages along its path—many in attendance at this symposium—will have taken up the task of the park’s care and best use. We will more fully comprehend that this “ribbon-roadway through a borrowed landscape” is a gateway by which we might reconnect our lives for good with the natural world and each other. One could only come away from this conference with the sense that citizens of Virginia, Carolina and the country are coming to embrace this one fact: this is OUR park. Imagine that! By Fred First

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