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Winston Looks To Make Appointment Permanent

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Recent Roanoke County Sheriff appointee Mike Winston is looking to make a place he has called “home” for almost 40 years stay that that way. In order to continue as sheriff, Winston will have to emerge victorious in a November 2nd special election to fill the vacancy left by former sheriff Gerald Holt, who retired and then was appointed as US Marshal for Western Virginia. The Sheriff ’s race County Govt. has already seen the field of candidates lose its Republican hopeful, Steve Turner, who dropped out shortly after announcing his intention to run. Mike Stovall is running as an independent against Winston, who stepped in for Holt. “I’m hopeful that when Roanoke County voters decide who deserves their vote that they will look at my record, both personally and in law enforcement during my four decades with the Roanoke County Sheriff ’s Office,” said Winston. “The people of Roanoke County deserve someone who has a proven record of administrative and budget experience and will intelligently use their tax dollars to run a successful sheriff ’s office.” Winston’s career in law enforcement began at Virginia Western Community College. He went on to complete his studies at Radford University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree


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housands attended the 30th Annual Olde Salem Days this past Saturday, despite the less than perfect weather. Tents spanned a quarter of a mile along Salem’s Main Street, overflowing onto some side streets as well. Anything you could want, from reversible, one-of-a-kind purses, to jams and salsas, to bracelets made out of bicycle wheels, was available at the much-

anticipated event. Children everywhere ran around popping their cork guns, a timelessly popular item. With something for everyone, Olde Salem Days not only offered unique gifts, but entertainment in the form of rock climbing, face painting, and live music along its streets, not to mention the food. There seemed to be no sign of a struggling economy at this event!

P11– Celtic Scholar and best selling author Dr. Herbert O’Driscoll to speak at St John’s Episcopal Church.

Americans for Prosperity bills itself as an organization that wants Washington to put the brakes on any additional budget busting legislation. “We need to tell these big-spending liberals in Washington like [local Democratic Congressmen] Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello that ‘November is coming!’” The slogan was also found on the advance notices for the AFP tour bus, before it rolled into downtown Roanoke last week. That’s a tip-off as to which Photo by Gene Marrano candidates are most in line with Americans for Prosper- Former Roanoke Mayor and State Senator Ralph Smith adity – conservative Republicans dresses the AFP rally. -- although it does not officially freedom,” said Marchi before a get, opposed the health care bill endorse candidates. State AFP director Ben short rally got under way. “One and stimulus spending, and has Marchi got off the tour bus in of the ways to do that is to edu- spoken out against the proposed front of the Roanoke City dis- cate all voters as to the voting cap-and-trade legislation. “The opposite is true for Tom Perritrict courthouse, where a crowd records of their congressmen.” The health care bill and stimello and Rick Boucher,” added of about 30 people was waiting. ulus package passed Marchi. Included were 6th by Congress were in “Health care needs reform,” District CongressPolitics the crosshairs; they Marchi acknowledged, but man Bob Goodwere even called out ideas proposed by conservalatte, along with as wasteful spending via graphtives “have just been thrown fellow Republicans State Senaics on the bus. Marchi said it under the bus. Nancy Pelosi tor Ralph Smith and Delegate was important for Roanoke Bill Cleaveland. “We’re here to > CONTINUED preserve and advance every voters to know that Goodlatte has pushed for a balanced budP2: Bus Tour individual’s right to economic


In April Roanoke City’s director of finance Ann Shawver thought it “prudent to be conservative” in projecting sales tax revenue for fiscal year 2011. “Our sales tax revenue is taking us back to our fiscal 2004 times,” said Shawver. At that point it was projected that the meals tax would generate $4.4 million to Roanoke City Public Schools, City Govt. a n d Shawver cautioned that the actual number would be lower, “because that is one of the taxes that is contracting.” But this week Shawver had some good news. For the month of July the Eat for Education component of the prepared meals tax came in 4.3% above the estimate. In calculating for what are typically slow July spending habits, Shawver’s conservative estimate toward the RCPS funding goal was $359,000. (The expected monthly average to reach the $4.4 million goal works out to be $365,000 per month.) But


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Science Museum Reaches Milestone

Forty years old and about to undergo a bit of a transformation, the Science Museum of Western Virginia threw itself a birthday party last Sunday. It seemed as if half of Roanoke showed up. The 4th floor attraction at Center in the Square was jam packed with people of all ages, checking out the exhibits and interactive attractions. “For the Science Museum to have existed for 40 years is actually pretty Photo by Gene Marrano phenomenal,” said executive Visitors try out interactive director Nancy McCrickard, exhibits during the free adwho came aboard 3 1/2 years mission birthday party. ago. A group of local teachers the next 40 with a reinvention. and volunteers founded the We’re real excited to be partScience Museum, which was nering with the community to modeled in part after Califor- do that.” nia’s hands-on Exploratorium, Sometime next year, if all according to McCrickard. It goes as planned, Center in the moved to its curSquare will shut rent home at Cendown for major Celebration ter in the Square in renovations. Dur1983. ing that hiatus The collaborative spirit de- McCrickard said the Science signed to enhance what chil- Museum of Western Virginia dren might learn in a class- “should gain about 10,000 room “has been continued for 40 years,” said McCrickard, > CONTINUED “and now we’re looking to P2: Science


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and Master’s, as well as teaching there as part of the adjunct Criminal Justice faculty. Winston served as Holt’s second in command for nearly two decades, and many supporters give him credit for creating the first SWAT team in Southwest Virginia, a program that Roanoke County Police Department still uses today. Winston was also the first certified range instructor in the Roanoke County Sheriff ’s Office. “I have served at every level of this sheriff ’s office,” said Winston. “Our correctional facility is [ranked] 98th out of 4,000 local jails to

Mike Winston receive national accreditation. [That’s] an honor we have all worked very hard to earn and

ing right come November, so we have some green left in our pocket.” Smith also promoted Morgan Griffith as the best candidate in the 9th Congressional District, which extends into western Roanoke County and Salem. Referring to Democrat incumbent Rick Boucher, Smith said, “He always votes with [House majority leader] Nancy Pelosi.” “I think things will be a lot better for us [if Griffith wins].” Cleaveland, just finishing up his freshman year in Richmond, talked about the “extra money printed” in Washington these days to address debt from legislation passed in Washington since Barack Obama was

July came in at $374,000 – $15,000 more than expected. Compared to this time last year the meals tax as a whole is trending upward at .1% according to Shawver. Though it is only a very slight increase the number does give some hope for stabilization. If the trend holds true the city will meet the fiscal year 2011 funding total for RCPS. The anxiety that city prepared food establishments would experience a decline in patronage when the 2% increase in the meals tax went into effect seems to be unfounded – at least so far. The total city tax is 7% and with the state sales tax totals 12%. The 2% increase took effect in July for fiscal year 2011 and will sunset for 2013. A clearer view will take a few more

square feet of exhibition space on two floors, partially as a result of walls being taken down. That will open things up in a significant way.” The made-over museum that will emerge after Center in the Square reopens will focus on science-based careers, and it will have a focus on regional significance in the world of science. “Who knows what the jobs will be like in five years?” asks McCrickard. New exhibits already on the floor now are being studied as to how visitors interact with them; McCrickard said that might give planners design hints for attractions at the museum after it opens back up. “We really need to be looking to engage people in a very different way – people use technology differently to-

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“That means focusing on individual responsibility,” added Goodlatte. “Forty percent of what the federal government will spend this year will be borrowed,” said the long-term incumbent, who has no Democrat challenger this fall. “November is coming,” the AFP tour bus proclaimed in big, bold graphics. “There’s an electric current in the air,” said Marchi, predicting big gains by the Republicans in November. “People are charged up like never before.” By Gene Marrano

kle owner of two restaurants said at the April public hearing, “personally I’d like to see a broader approach.” Restaurants are big employers and he worried about hurting labor. Trinkle, who was chastised for paying the meals tax late on his two restaurants for eight consecutive months, paid the tax on time for July, according to Shawver. The city assistant attorney Tim Spencer decried use of the meals taxes for any purpose other than holding it in a lockbox for remittance to the city treasurer by the 20th of every month. “It’s not a slush fund,” declared Spencer in July. By Valerie Garner

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elected president. “Please stay strong at the local level,” said Cleaveland, referring to the push for reduced spending. “[And] please stay strong in November.” He asked those present to speak to others about getting to the polls if they were worried about the debt accumulating in Washington. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We need a government that believes in fiscal responsibility,” said Goodlatte, who espoused many of the same themes he touched on at a town hall meeting a week earlier. “We need a government that reflects the values of the people [and] a Congress that votes to cut spending.”

months to ensure the trend holds true. September taxes are due on the 20th. Another gauge of the effect of the meals tax would be to compare dining facilities. The effect, if any, on banquet accommodations at hotel and conference centers could take a few months to ascertain. At an April public hearing, the Hospitality Association opposed the meals tax increase, taking the position that it unfairly targets one industry. The association could foresee groups opting for a more tax-friendly locale for conventions. They compared the combined 19% lodging and meals tax to 11% at a place like The Homestead, saying that it makes it hard to compete. A survey of waitress tips would add another perspective. Councilman Dave Trin-

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maintain.” The interim sheriff has taken exception to at least one of Stovall’s claims: “Mr. Stovall [profiled recently in the StarSentinel] has made the inmate work program one of his main campaign points. I would just like to remind him that both of our inmate work programs have been operating at full force. Our Weekender Work Program is funded by a state grant and the Community Inmate Workforce is funded by budget savings from the 2009-2010 fiscal year. You may have seen our inmate work crews weed whacking and From page 1

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> Bus Tour won’t let stuff like [tort reform] be part of the package.” AFP is funded by 80,000 donors, according to Marchi. “Many are here in Virginia.” He also noted that “transparency issues at the state government level draw more bipartisan support.” When he spoke, 22nd District State Senator Ralph Smith derided the $51 million in stimulus money to be spent on renovating the federal Poff building as a symbol of Washington waste. Smith also asked those present to do something “green” – and that “doesn’t mean buying a fuel-efficient vehicle with an erector set motor.” According to Smith, it really means “vot-

From page 1 day. People just don’t stop and read [signs at museums].” As to when it may reopen, “everything is so dependent on [Center’s] schedule. We don’t really know what the schedule is.” In any case McCrickard has been looking forward to the major renovation “for three and a half years. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.” As for all of those people filing in for free on a Sunday afternoon, “we really want to get them back,” said McCrickard. The museum does offer “Free Fridays” once a month but “attendance is much lower then,” she noted, “compared to the horde that showed up last week.” By Gene Marrano

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Radford University Partners with Carilion for New Doctorate Program Radford University, Carilion Clinic and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences have announced that RU will base its new Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on the campus of the Jefferson College in downtown Roanoke. The DPT program, considered one of the most sought-after graduate programs in the health sciences, is expected to begin training its first cohort of students in June 2011. “This collaboration with Carilion Clinic and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences will enable Radford University to address a critical need in southwest and southside Virginia and an important need in American healthcare,” said Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle. “We are excited about this partnership and we are very pleased to play a larger role in a very significant health professions center.” Radford University’s Waldron College of Health and Human Services is home to three of the new graduate programs in the clinical healthcare fields that Radford University has established over the past several years. The university’s new Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) enrolled its charter class in Fall 2010. The college also launched a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program last Fall. Radford University, Jefferson College and Carilion Clinic have a long history of working together in health professions education, and the new collaboration will set the stage for future opportunities to collaborate. This new partnership will enable Radford to share space, services and resources, and position RU’s growing academic portfolio in the health sciences in the midst of a rapidly developing regional healthcare center. “This collaboration further enhances the growing health professions and medical education establishment in the Roanoke Valley, as well as creates another important link with the New River Valley,” said Carilion Clinic Chief Operating Officer Nancy Howell Agee. “It will also be a catalyst for future joint ventures, and we look forward to exploring those possibilities.” Private support has played an important role in Radford Uni-

versity’s ability to establish the new program, according to Kyle. A $500,000 gift from Medical Facilities of America played a critical role in the initiative, and Pennsylvania-based Genesis Rehab also provided $100,000 in financial support. “Medical Facilities of America is a Roanoke-based operator of skilled nursing facilities in Virginia and North Carolina, with significant presence in the Roanoke Valley,” said William Fralin, CEO and President of Medical Facilities of America. “MFA’s mission is to provide intensive rehabilitation services on an inpatient basis. We are proud of our part in this effort to provide the Commonwealth with additional highly skilled professionals in the field.” Basing the program in Roanoke will provide a more convenient location for the healthcare professionals expected to enroll in the program because this location enables students to access more caseloads and work with patients in the Carilion Clinic’s hospital system. It will also foster intellectual exchange with Carilion physicians, scientists, and teachers involved with their hospitals, in the Jefferson College, and in the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine. It will also help relieve pressing academic space shortages on the Radford University campus. As part of the agreement, Radford will lease approximately 7,900 square feet of space on the Jefferson College of Health Sciences campus, including classrooms and labs, offices, student lounge and lockers, conference areas and other spaces. The majority of the 25 students expected to enter the program each year will enter with a baccalaureate degree concentrating in the basic sciences, according to Dr. Raymond Linville, dean of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services. At full enrollment, the program will enroll 75 students. The DPT program will require 36 months of concentrated study, the curriculum will include 120 credit hours, and the program will emphasize an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach towards healthcare. The DPT, as compared to the Ph.D., is a practice-oriented doctoral program that educates practitioners as opposed to teachers and researchers.

Troutville's "Friends of the Park" Finds Ways to Fund Gazebo The power of Cat's Meow may not be known to everyone, but obviously it is a mighty force. In Troutville the little collectibles recently helped purchase a gazebo for the town's terrific park. Saturday, members of Friends of the Park dedicated the new gazebo at their Party in the Park gala. Proceeds from that event, which is in its fifth year, go toward park upkeep. Rachel Nichols, owner of Apple Barn II, which is within a block of the park, last year began creating a Troutville Park Cat's Meow collectible. "She paid for everything," Friends of the Park Chairman Lee Minnix said. "She worked hard at it." Not only did Nichols have the collectible created, in August she donated the sales of the first 75 pieces to the Friends of the Park for the purchase of the gazebo. The two-piece collectible sold for $40 and the gazebo, which cost $3,000, was paid for in two weeks. Nichols has been selling Cat's Meow collectibles in her Apple Barn stores in Botetourt for 20 years. She is the number one seller of Cat's Meow in the country. She has helped create over 250 pieces for the line. Many of the pieces represent local historic structures and colleges. Her best-selling collectable is a red, white and blue Mill Mountain Star. About a year ago, "some of the Friends of the Park mentioned they would like a gazebo," Nichols said. The 10' gazebo would provide a place for parents to sit and watch their children as they played on the swings, carousel, and other equipment. She thought this was a fine idea. "The park is kind of dear to my heart," she said. "I've got great-grandchildren who play there now." Her grandchildren also played in the park, and she knew that covered seating closer to the equipment would be welcome. So she designed the Cat's Meow collectible herself. She

was so sure that the gazebo would be purchased that she went ahead and included it in the design. The Town of Troutville, with labor provided by Scott Paderick and Cecil Bingham, poured the footers and laid the foundation. The Troutville Volunteer Fire Department donated the concrete and cement. In spite of a gray day, about 200 area residents turned out to see the gazebo dedication and to take part in Party in the Park events on Saturday. Because it was September 11, the park was decorated in red, white and blue in support of those who lost loved ones on that infamous day and in support of soldiers who are in warzones today. Party in the Park activities included a children's bicycle parade, face painting, a cake tasting contest, and music by the band Exit 162. Nichols also sold Troutville Park Cat's Meow collectibles from a place of honor at the gazebo. All proceeds for collectibles sold that day were donated to the Friends of the Park for park upkeep. By Anita Firebaugh

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n May 24, 1992 at we arrived at the school we were 5:02 p.m. my life quite surprised at how well orchanged forever; on ganized the move-in process August 25, 2010, it changed was. Parking directly in front of again. The baby boy who de- his dorm, we were able to carry buted two minutes into "Happy every item up one flight of stairs Hour" will join the thousands and into his room in under an of first year students begin- hour. Through the generosity of ning their trek through college. his maternal grandmother, Will Things around here will never owns the largest dorm refrigerabe the same, my son Will is now tor in the history of American a college student. college life. Brand new, stainless For most parents, watching steel and standing nearly five their offspring leave foot high, this model the nest marks a bitis the Cadillac of tersweet chapter in mini-fridges. Will's their lives. Although Nana, undoubtedly the maturity process concerned about her is a certainty (for grandson's culinary most people), it is well being, added a difficult to imagine matching microwave your son or daughfor good measure. ter out there on their Unlike most colown building for lege dorms, Calithe future. Wasn't it fornia University of just yesterday when Pennsylvania's acJon Kaufman they dismantled his commodations are grandparent's exermore like a large cise bike to see how it worked? hotel room. Even with all the I can clearly recall the Civil War trappings brought by Will and battle reenactment we attended his roommate Sam, there was when my petrified four year old still room for more. Sam's parson climbed up my body and ents surprised their son with a nearly strangled me when he thirty-eight inch flat screen teleheard the command to "FIRE vision on move-in day, which AT WILL!" wondering what he was really nice, but made Janet had done to rate a Confederate and I feel like a couple of paufiring squad. pers. Rising to the financial Memories in tow, Janet and challenge, we offered to enhance I accompanied Will to the roll- the atmosphere with a sofa or a ing hills of Pennsylvania to help futon, so the boys can entertain move him into his new col- fellow freshman in their swanky lege digs. From the amount of fresh domicile. clothes and gear Will packed, Completely unfamiliar with one would think that he was the area and not to be outdone, preparing to spend the rest of Janet and I went out in search of his days far from home. When sturdy furniture. Before I go any

further, allow me to explain the region surrounding the school. There is a very small town (California, PA) right outside of the university gates and after that there is thirty miles of cows between Will's dorm and any recognizable retail business. Fortunately our hotel was in a no-cow-zone. A couple of modest means, Wal Mart was our first stop. The only item Wal Mart had in stock was a futon that would trouble remaining erect in a light breeze. While exiting the store a local woman overheard Janet and I talking about our mission and suggested a discount furniture store nearby. Armed with my trusty Blackberry, I Googled the address, loaded it into the GPS, and off we went. Funny thing about GPS systems; they are only as good as the address you enter. Following the monotone instructions of Carmen our Garmin, Janet and I ventured onto a desolate stretch of road straight out of one of those mutant hillbilly cannibal movies you might find on Starz at 2 am. We saw goats, cows, and hay, but no loveseats, futons, or carnivorous locals of any kind. Surely this seemingly well meaning stranger who directed us to this mythical outlet was a shill for the aforementioned cannibals hoping to provide her kin folk with a southern style buffet with a side of Yankee, yet, on this day, it was not to be. We visited every possible venue that day and came up dry. Janet and I ended up ordering a futon online and shipping it to the boys. Although we failed in our mission, the power of the Internet saved us from total defeat. On Friday, we said our goodbyes, shed a few tears and headed south with an empty car and aching hearts. Parents enjoy every moment with your children, for one day they might be sipping a cold soda on their futon in cow country and your home will unbearably quiet. I miss him already.

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hen Harry lived with his parents for something. before we were married, he missed “I was just thinking I would like meat loaf, and out on a major gustatory delight. Al- there you’ve made it!” though his mother was an excellent cook, and her This happened frequently and I almost began home was filled with delightful aromas of vegeta- to believe I could read his mind. ble soup, macaroni and cheese and other temptI loved to cook and clipped recipes constantly. ing “home cooking” dishes, no scent of onion was I especially enjoyed trying new dishes, and since ever detected. Her husband did not like onions. So I was now a stay-at-home wife (at least for a few she omitted that pungent, flavorful vegetable from years), I had plenty of time to experiment. I disevery dish she prepared, whether raw or cooked. covered an article on Chinese cooking in a groHarry confided to me before the wedding that cery store magazine, and decided to make a comhe certainly looked forward to having plete Chinese dinner. onions included in his meals. Now ex I spent the entire day preparpressing such a longing to a new bride, ing that meal. As soon as Harry left anxious to please her husband, can have for work, I hurried to Mick-or-Mack unexpected consequences. to shop for ingredients that I did not Our furnished basement apartment have on hand – shrimp, soy sauce, on Avenham had a tiny kitchen – just rice flour, bok choy, etc. Once back space enough for a stove, sink, refrigat home, the fun part began– actually erator and a small table with two chairs. making the various dishes. But it was adequate for preparing our The fortune cookies claimed meals, and I took great pride in this my attention early in the day – and new responsibility. I had considerable took almost as much time as the rest Mary Jo Shannon culinary experience, having prepared of the meal! At last I placed a caremeals for my family during high school years, and fully inscribed, loving message in the center of I missed planning menus and preparing for more each one and pinched the edges of the cookie tothan one during the three years I taught school gether while it was warm and pliable. On to the and lived alone. Now I eagerly assumed the role other chores -- cutting vegetables, peeling shrimp, of cook in my own domicile. Every afternoon making egg drop soup and, of course, a bowl of around 5:30, when Harry walked home from the rice and hot tea. bus stop, dinner was ready. I was proud, to say the least, of what I accomOne day as he stepped off the bus and headed plished. I covered the table in the living room with for the back yard entrance to our apartment, he a freshly ironed starched cloth and at 5:30 precisesniffed the air and detected a mouth-watering ly, placed the steaming bowls of Chinese stir fry aroma. with rice in the center, near the pot of hot tea.. “Someone is having onions for dinner!” When I heard Harry whistling as he approached The closer he came to our abode, the stronger the door, I rushed to greet him. it became. “Come see what I made for dinner!” I shouted. That evening we sat down at our table for two His face did not wear the look of pleasant surand feasted on onions – onion soup, hamburgers prise I anticipated. with caramelized onions, baked beans with on“Can we put it in the refrigerator and have it ions… tomorrow night? I had lunch today at the Pagoda Eventually, I planned more sensibly. But I con- – a special, “All you can eat for One Dollar.” tinued to try to please my new husband. I read I tried to hide my disappointment. “Oh, well – recipe books and frequently tried new dishes. He the timing was off, but at least I knew what you always ate without complaint whatever I concoct- craved!” ed, and I glowed with his praise. Sometimes he Contact Mary Jo at simply suggested that I not try that recipe again. Harry said I seemed to sense when he had a yen

Prejudice at the Pivot Point


e have, thankfully, travelers with special attention passed 9/11 with- to those who don’t look like me. out a major catas- It must be more than airspace trophe . . . but we came close. congestion, I think to myself, In the weeks preceding, the fu- particularly when the flight atror over the proposed Islamic tendant screams at someone community center near the site who inappropriately leaves his of the World Trade Center was seat Once safely on the ground, compounded by the extraordi- I realize that I was being irranary news coverage tional . . . but it will given the Florida happen again when, man and his publicin the middle of the ity-powered bonfire. ocean on a floating Contact Jon at Andy Warhol said, luxury hotel, I think “In the future everywhat an indefensible one will be famous target this ship could for fifteen minutes.” be. Thanks to the perI doubt that I nicious pervasiveam alone in these ness of the internet thoughts, but beand cable news hind my paranoia that time frame has Hayden Hollingsworth are people who been considerably are not like me . wholesale fruits and extended. In the case of these . . and that’s probably a terrifivegetables since 1910 two recent events, I think fear is cally small number . . . the true 13 Little boy's name the root cause of near-hysteria radicals, whatever their cause 21 Mountain in our city of some. may be. I don’t suppose there limits Of all emotions, fear is one is anything psychically unsound 22 Sibling of the most potent of fuels; and about my reaction, but it does 25 Public transportation sometimes appropriately so. In feed the fire of my prejudice. 27 Cheats conflict, fear can motivate one Had I lost my Beloved on 28 Tons 29 Rampage to survive but even that can be that pristine September day my 30 __ matter double-edged: One can choose life would have forever been 31 Plus eighty is the total to fight, as the military medals changed. My sense of personal feet in height of the often say, in disregard for per- insecurity might be even higher Mill Mountain Star. sonal safety, or one can run. than it is and, certainly, I could 32 Tears Either choice can be laudatory never walk through lower Man35 A well loved city matriarch. or cowardly, depending on the hattan without the ache of her 37 Log boat context. absence being intensified. I 38 Women's magazine Since that horrific day nine would not presume to say what 39 Wall support years ago we all live with a new the true survivors must feel so 41 Forehead idea of terror, which is fear run my reaction may be quite dif45 Muffle amuck. When the airliner on ferent from theirs, but I hope I 46 Upon which I am a passenger circles would not place the blame on 47 Great! 50 Mayan language for an hour over LaGuardia an entire religion, but rather let 52 Paths (with no explanation) I find it lie where it belongs. 53 Fragrance myself looking at my fellow I do believe those planes were

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flown by people who in no way represent Islam as the Qu’ran expresses it. To think otherwise would be to say the Crusades and the Inquisitions, orchestrated by Christians against Muslims and Jews, represent the teachings of the Bible. And yet, it is of such broadbrushed thinking that prejudice is born. In the case of man (as they would say in Harry Potter) whose name shall not be spoken, the media and the internet share much of the blame for the uproar he caused. Here is a person who marches to a god that speaks to him alone. Such lunacy ought to be recognized for what it is, but ignored when it poses no threat to anyone. By giving him an international stage to spew his spittle, everyone (including him) is done a disservice. If one feels the Islamic Community Center is too close to the replacement for the WTC then, as Mayor Bloomberg has wisely asked, how far away should it be? Is Murfeesboro, TN, Sheboyan, WS, or some town in California we never heard of, too close? Obviously yes, in the minds of people who live in fear of those whose beliefs are different. Fear can do another thing: It can exaggerate danger. There are those who suggest that the community center will become a training ground for jihadists. We should continue to be vigilant, but not at the expense of the freedom of others. Sheik Abdul Rauf, leader of the mosque proposing to build the center, is a Sufi. He has a decades-long record of peaceDetails inside. ful reconciliation between Bottle Of Nestle Life Water Muslims, Christians, and Jews. with purchase of a Large Coffee. If ever there were a time to show that we believe in the first The Country Store Deli amendment, this is it. To allow prejudice on Starkey Road caters to pivot America away from that is to disclaim to your needs. Officeeverything meetings, we say we stand for in the Bill of Rights. tailgates, parties, any event, We are all out here together serving 1 to 1,000. on this molecule of the Universe Go to and we must not let prejudice determine to place an order today orour path. Stop In Poster Coffee.pdf

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Perils and Lessons of the Toy Car Caper

was five, certainly old enough to know better, but the temptation was irresistible. I mean, I had been crazy about vehicles of all kinds for as long as I could remember. How great to hold that little red car, to have it to play with, to keep it for myself. What harm could there be in taking it? There are lots of them in the box. No one will miss it. I was in Sonix Hardware and Toys at Towers Shopping Center, with my dad, on a mission to obtain a small, now-forgotten hardware item - something to aid in the completion of some project, no doubt. Sonix was on the lower level of Towers, near Bailey’s Cafeteria and the shoe repair shop, and it was my favorite store ever. Christmas presents from Sonix, given to me mainly by my paternal grandmother, were the best. My sons still have some of those presents, such as a set of child-sized real woodworking tools in their own special wooden toolbox. As my dad talked to the proprietor –maybe it was Mr. Sonix himself- I perused the toy shelves along the narrow aisles. What a wonderland it was, and my eyes were open wide. I walked along captivated, as if in slow motion. I paused as I came to the box of unpackaged toy cars. These were some of those elegantly simple cars, just a hollow metal shell of a body and axles and wheels. The one which caught my fancy was an otherwise nondescript generic sedan with a wonderful bright red paint job. It was about four inches in length and I thought it would fit in my pocket pretty easily. I picked it up and held it up close, inspecting the simple beauty of the vehicle. I may have glanced around to be sure no one was looking, but I doubt it. I just shoved it into my pocket, and smugly joined my father at the counter. I was tingling with excitement. On the long ride home - I think my dad took a lengthy scenic route - there were some unpleasant developments. As we rode along in the old Ford, me sitting on the expansive bench seat next to my dad, that little red car kept creeping out of my pocket even though I squirmed to keep it contained. It was weird how it just kept

coming out, I remember thinking. It didn't take long before my dad asked my where I got the car and I told him that my friend up the street, Anne Murphy, had given it to me. I thought that sounded reasonable, even if it was a few hundred light years from the truth. Obviously, the wheels were now turning in my dad’s head as he tried to figure out how best to handle this interesting parenting adventure. A little later, he asked me about the car again, about when and where I got it. I remember the friendly tone in his voice. Little did I know he was giving me a generous opening to come clean. I did not take the opportunity, and stuck to my story about the car being a gift from Anne. I was so clever. As the car ride continued (this is not the normal route home) Daddy started talking about jail –I didn’t know why- and how prisoners only get bread to eat and water to drink, and how lonely it is in jail. I squirmed a little as I held the car in my pocket with my grubby little hand. Arriving at home, nothing more was said about the matter, and I enjoyed playing with my new car in any semi-privacy that a family household of six afforded. Actually, the novelty of playing with it wore off pretty quickly. There was something about it that was a little uncomfortable. My dad, for his part, was jovial as ever and did not mention the car. Little did I know he was patiently waiting. A few days passed and we were getting ready for church on a Sunday morning. A vague discontent had been rising in my five-year-old heart, and suddenly I was overcome with remorse and guilt and shame. I ran into my parent’s room, flung myself onto the bed and tearfully confessed my crime. In the weeks that followed, I carried out my sentence. My punishment consisted of earning money to pay Mr. Sonix for the stolen car, through manual labor, then taking the money to him with a statement of my remorse and apology. The manual labor part consisted of moving a large pile of bricks which had been stacked beside the house, to another location. The bricks simply had to be moved,

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Johnny Robinson in his “stripes.” but I dorn’t now recall exactly why. I carried them one brick at a time, and a penny was dropped into a jar for each brick moved. By the time I had moved the stack I had accumulated a good many pennies, and it was then time to go see Mr. Sonix. One can imagine the trepidation with which I approached the proprietor, my dad standing well astern. I placed the jar of pennies on the counter and blurted out my offense and my apology. I was struck by the gentleness of Mr. Sonix, and as he and my dad talked quietly, I remember feeling greatly relieved about the whole thing. In fact, a feeling of peace was coming over me. After Mr. Sonix removed the pennies from the jar that amounted to the cost of the red car, there was still a large number still remaining. I offered to give him the entire sum, but Mr. Sonix kindly refused. He then had a few words to say about honor and integrity, the gist of which I will never forget, and he suggested that I save the money I earned, perhaps passing it on one day to those less fortunate. The consequence of this episode in my life – besides completely relieving me of any interest in shoplifting - was that I felt further instilled with the guidance and caress of steadfast and unconditional love; I felt that I was cared for very deeply. And I was - and am - and will always be forever grateful for it.

We all have colds at my house. So I have turkey pot pie on my mind (I always liked turkey pie better than chicken.) When I don’t feel well all I want is 7-up, pot pie and my momma. Do you remember being sick and staying home from school? I would lay in bed, my mom would wheel the little TV into my room and I watched PBS all day. We only had four channels and soaps were on the other three so it was a day of “Dr. Who,” “Zoom,” “3 - 2 - 1 Contact” and the “Great Space Coaster.” In case you don’t know those are classic PBS shows from my day. I loved being sort of sick and staying home from school; too sick to go to school but not too sick to draw cartoons or play with Colorforms. Remember Colorforms? Do they still make those? They were the greatest toy ever. I wish I had a colorform to play with right now and a turkey pot pie to eat. Oh well, that is what happens when you become the momma - you are the one making the pie! So plan ahead! We know fall is here and winter is on the way. We are most likely going to find ourselves under the weather at some point and wishing for some wonderful comfort food. So make some pot pies, freeze them and then when you are sick tell your husband or your oldest child to pop one in the oven, then wheel the TV over and watch some PBS! I am going to look for Colorforms on ebay tomorrow!

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The Preacher’s Corner - Are We Listening to the Best Voices?


wo weeks ago, in an email, I received an article concerning the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9-11. It was sent by an organization whose purpose is to foster and improve ecumenical (inter-church) and inter-religious relationships. With emotions running high because of plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero (and differing, strong reactions to that plan) and because of another plan that one commemoration of that tragic day in our nation’s history would include the burning of Q’rans, it was felt that pastors might need some guidance in how best to commemorate September 11. In the article, the authors wrote: “We believe that times of national tragedy call out the both the best and worst in people. America’s greatest successes as a nation have come when we have listened to the best voices and ignored the worst.” This statement got me thinking. As we know well, the voices “speaking” and competing for our attention these days are many and contradictory. Some of these voices are loud, shrill, and angry; they often drown out the more reasoned ones. Many, too, are the vehicles / media used by these voices to get their messages across. It’s hard not to listen to them. Those who read columns like this one believe our best voices speak to us from our sacred scriptures. From prophets, psalmists, poets, historians, storytellers, (and for Christians, evangelists and apostles, too) and from God who inspired their words we get a very different approach and message. These voices tell and retell us that God, who is our origin and our final goal, is also Love: slow to anger, faithful, merciful, and abounding in kindness. We cannot say “we love God and hate our neighbor.” They remind us that the best way to achieve reconciliation and grow in mutual understanding and respect is by a face-to-

face dialogue which includes active and careful listening and gently responding 1 Peter 3: 15). These same voices also call us to repent of any words and attitudes caused by pride, hatred, or by our fears. “Let the past be the past” is their mantra. In the mentioned article, the authors also named two proven ways to hear better the best voices out there. One way is to gather for prayer with others- specifically, to pray for healing and peace. You might remember that on Thursday night after the Tuesday attack nine years ago, the Roanoke community gathered at Victory Stadium. We listened to the scriptures that night. We sought to hear- in our fears- the voice of God who says in every generation and in every situation “DO NOT BE AFRAID. I AM WITH YOU TO DELIVER YOU”. [FYI: This Sunday (September 19), in anticipation of the International Day of Prayer for Peace two days later, a service of scriptures and prayers is scheduled at Oak Grove Church of the Brethren at 3:00pm. This is yet another opportunity for our valley to hear some of the better voices calling us to action, that is, to seek justice and peace.] The other way is to admit that we have listened to voices that have not been so good for us. And for that we need to repent and personally ask for forgiveness - both of God and of our neighbors (like our Jewish neighbors do this Saturday). We need to ask God to purify our memories and to free us from our “prejudices and scapegoating.” We need to ask God to speak anew to our hearts and spirits…”for this time your servant is (really) listening”. Joe Lehman is the Senior Pastor at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church. Visit them at


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Northside running back Wardel Penn-Timity looks for an opening as Knight defenders #20 Ryan Gerhardt and #59 Nick Frohock close. Something had to give. In a rematch of last year's Group AA Division-3 state semifinal, the Vikings and Knights, both 2-0, battled to a 14-14 halftime standoff before Northside took control in the second half to pull away for the 37-21 win at Jim Hickam Field last Friday night. After a scoreless first quarter, Northside appeared to be gaining the upper hand as the Vikings scored twice to take a 14-0 lead. Cave Spring quarterback Josh Woodrum scored on a 3-yard run to cut the Viking lead to

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North Cross Prevails 32-28 in Shootout with Blessed Sacrament

Fans at North Cross Thomas Field certainly got their money's worth Friday afternoon as the Raiders downed rival Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 32-28 in a game that saw the teams score in every conceivable manner with an amazing total of 10 lead changes. Despite 60 combined points, the largest lead by either team for the contest was five points. The back and forth first half ended with a 13-12 Knights lead due mainly to Blessed Sacrament's edge in the kicking game. North Cross scored two touchdowns in the opening half, only to fail on both PAT conversions. Blessed Sacrament found the end zone once, but the extra

North Cross #7 Brandon Cochran breaks into the open for a Raider gain. the right sideline for the Raider score. Micajah Lacy added the PAT and North Cross took a 25-22 lead heading to the final

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After giving Drew several autographed golf balls, Jay Don Blake asked Drew to sign a golf ball for him after the second tournament round at Del Monte. Most kids, when they turn 16, dream of getting a new car or something else special for their birthday. Cave Spring sophomore Drew Board got a gift he will never forget, playing alongside Champions Tour professional Jay Don Blake at Pebble Beach during Labor Day Weekend, as part of the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open. Board, who turned 16 on the last day of the event, said in an understatement perhaps, “this was a pretty good birthday present. I was very fortunate to have this work out like that.” The Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is an official Champions Tour tournament that pairs 78 junior golfers with 78 professionals. The tournament takes place on the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course and was televised nationally on Golf Channel during the Labor Day Weekend. Asked how he was selected, Board said, “there were several nominees from our [Roanoke] chapter plus nominees from the other chapters

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Raiders Win Volleyball Invitational Despite a strong 8-team field, North Cross showed why it is the defending VIS state champion as the Raiders captured three straight wins over Bishop Ireton, Hampton Roads Academy, and Paul VI. Raiders Kaki Comer and Gussie Revercomb were named to the alltournament team as North Cross improved to 6-0 on the season. Raider #10 Kaki Comer fires a shot past the outreached arms of a Navigator defender.

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Over the last few weeks I conducted a series of in-person town hall meetings and telephone town hall meetings throughout the 6th Congressional District. These meetings allowed me the opportunity to speak with thousands of my constituents and answer their questions. It is clear that the recently enacted “health care reform” law continues to be of great concern to a majority of Americans. This sweeping health care reform law, pushed by Congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama a few months ago, will dramatically impact every family, taxpayer and small business in America. As I have said time and time again, this monstrosity, which I voted against, amounts to a big government takeover of our health care system – one that will lead to few-

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Sixteen West Takes The Wraps Off Spectrum Design, along with the general contracting firm Breakell, Inc., held a ribbon cutting last week to reveal the completed first phase of renovations to a circa-1951 building at 16 W. Church Ave. Named “Sixteen West,” the LEED-certified historic preservation project will restore the former S&W Cafeteria building to its original Art Deco style and will transform the 37,000-square-foot space into a facility that will provide healthy living amenities for downtown residents, including an upscale fitness club, and food/grocer vendors. Loft apartments will

Chiropractor Hangs Out Her Own Shingle Dr. Nancy L. Meyer will tell riencing symptoms like back you flat out: “I’m good at what pain. “[Sometimes] they don’t I do.” What the chiropractic know what’s going on,” she physician does is work with notes. Meyer also spends time people suffering from muscuwith clients talking about lar-skeletal pain, be it from an their physical environment at athletic injury or from everyhome and at work, looking for day life. Meyer is tuned in to ways they can live healthier in the athletic aspect; she played everyday life. volleyball at a small college in Looking at a patient strucIndiana and has coached variturally and “bio-mechanicalous sports in youth recreation ly,” to take care of the pain, leagues and at the middle Meyer said the goal is to help school level locally. She treats people “enjoy their life betlocal high school athletes ter.” Machines that electrically Photo by Gene Marrano now. stimulate the muscles, deep Dr. Nancy Meyer at her x-ray station. Meyer recently opened her ultrasound therapy and tools Chiropractic Wellness clinic at to help patients restore their diagnose what ails a patient. “[We] can 4800 Pleasant Hill Dr. (Suite 101) in help people restore, as well as maintain, balance are all part of what ChiropracSouthwest Roanoke County, inside the their health, so that they can have a bet- tic Wellness offers. Titan Business Park just off Brambleton ter quality of life” said Meyer, who is ofMeyer went to Logan School of ChiRoad. She had been in business with fering a free examination/consultation ropractic in St. Louis after graduating Jeffrey Barker previously but that part- until the end of September to anyone from the University of Southern Indinership ended late last year. who makes a $35 donation to the March ana. “The nice thing about Chiropractic Meyer’s new place of business fea- of Dimes. is [we are] trying to keep people worktures state of the art therapy equipment Meyer, the mother of two herself, also ing, and not just [confined to] bed rest. and an x-ray station to help her quickly works with children that may be expe- We’re working on their joints to keep them working.” Sometimes her patients are amazed at what information she has retained about people and their ailments over the years, but Dr. Nancy Meyer isn’t: “It’s not hard for me, because I really care.”

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YMCA of Roanoke Valley announced today that Kim Bratić will be joining the organization in the newly created role of communications director. Bratić brings to the position twelve years of experience in marketing and communications, primarily in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Bratić has served as the marketing director at Jefferson Center where she oversaw the brand development, media relations, communications, advertising and graphic design. Locally, she has also helped build the brand and marketing strategies for Community School’s Annual Strawberry Festival, TAP Head Start, Mothers & More, Smart Beginnings, DLP Concerts, Down by the River Festival and Hollins University’s Gender and Women’s Studies department. Before moving to Roanoke, Bratić garnered experience in marketing and communications at two PBS stations—UNC-TV in North Carolina and WETA in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in telecommunications. Bratić will

begin her new position as communications director on September 27, 2010. “Few organizations have had more of a long-lasting impact on my life than the YMCA. It is where I first learned to swim and tumble and where my oldest daughter took her first dance class,” said Bratić. Throughout my career, I have actively chosen to work for non-profit organizations that are making the world a better place, and I am excited to be able to tell the many ways the YMCA is changing lives and making Roanoke a stronger community.” "The YMCA of Roanoke Valley is very fortunate to add to our team someone of Kim Bratić's experience, ability and passion for mission," said Executive Director Cal Johnson. "We feel Kim is the perfect fit for this new position, and will be able to provide the leadership to take us to the next level in telling the Y's story in an engaging and articulate manner. Y's all across the country are in the midst of an exciting re-branding effort, and having Kim with us to guide that work here in the Valley is a huge plus."

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Dr. Herbert O'Driscoll To Be Dodson Lecturer at St. John's Episcopal St. John's Episcopal Church is hosting its annual Dodson Lecture on Monday, October 18 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Herbert O'Driscoll, eminent scholar of Celtic Christianity and best selling author, is the featured speaker. The title of his evening lecture will be: "The Islands at the Edge of the World." Internationally known, Herbert O'Driscoll is the author of more than 30 books including The Road to Donaguile: A Celtic Spiritual Journey and God with Us: The Companionship of Jesus in the Challenges of Life. He has traveled widely in the Anglican Communion conducting preaching seminars and conferences

as well as continuing to lead pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland, England and France for the College of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. He was Warden of the College 1982-84, and he currently serves as an Honorary staff member of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia. The Rev. Barkley Thompson, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, notes "Herbert O'Driscoll is the Anglican world's leading authority on Celtic Christianity. He is a story-teller beyond compare. Those who attend the Dodson Lecture this year will be mesmerized by this prayerful and gentle scholar. We're in for a treat."

The Dodson Lecture begins at 7:30 and will be held in St. John's Church at the corner of Jefferson Street and Elm Avenue. The public is welcome to attend. A voluntary collection will be taken at the lecture to assist in underwriting the cost of the Dodson Lecture. A reception and dinner with Herbert O'Driscoll for sponsors of the Dodson Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. To become a sponsor call St. John's Church at (540) 343-9341 or e-mail Kristi Brown at kbrown@ Reservations are required. With a membership of 1500, St. John's is the flagship parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern

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Roanoke Valley Museums Celebrate Student “Dumpster Art” at the Co-op “Smithsonian Day” with Free Admission Start out with items found in The History Museum of Western Virginia, O. Winston Link Museum, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation join the Smithsonian Institution in its celebration of culture and learning, for everyone by offering free admission on Sat. Sept 25 to visitors presenting an easily accessible Museum Day Ticket. The Museum Day Ticket can be found in this month’s Smithsonian magazine and online at www.smithsonian. com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass get free admission for two people to one participating museum or cultural venue. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day 2009. Listings and information about all participating museums for 2010 can be found at www.smithsonian. com/museumday, along with the downloadable pass. “We have a good relationship with the Smithsonian Institution and are delighted to participate in the Smithso-

nian’s Museum Day program,” said Virginia Museum of Transportation executive director Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. “We’re in the planning stage to improve our facility, our exhibits and our visitor experience, and we’re remarkably fortunate to be working with William L. Withuhn, curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. With over 25 years experience at the Smithsonian, he is considered the nation’s top transportation exhibition planner and developer.” The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the Official Transportation Museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and home to renowned steam locomotives and other rail equipment, model trains, and antique cars. Located in the historic Norfolk & Western freight station at 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. (540) 342.5670. The O. Winston Link Museum is a short stroll away via the Goode Railwalk which offers rail-themed exhibits along the route. Located in the restored Norfolk & Western passenger station, the museum is devoted to the ex-

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The Roanoke Star-Sentinel  

News from the Roanoke Valley for September 17, 2010.