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Lt. Governor Bill Bolling (center) presents a check to Bart Wilner (to Bolling’s right), President of the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Center as Roanoke Mayor David Bowers (Bolling’s left) and other leaders of the five localities that partnered with the Convention & Visitors Bureau look on. (Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Salem, Botetourt County, and Franklin County.) Tourism accounts for over 7000 jobs and brings more than $600 million a year to the Roanoke Valley. (See Full Story Page 9)

P7– The Patrick Henry Patriots begin the new era of Coach Alan Fiddler with a big win over Hidden Valley.

As part of the naturalization ceremony for 45 new United States citizens, Virginia’s U.S. Senator Mark Warner gave them a lesson on Washington DC gridlock. “Where I work right now it is kind of crazy,” Warner told the new citizens who took their oath Friday at the Poff Federal Building. Warner explained that in the past months “it seems like the politicians in our country are spending more time bickering than getting things done.” Sen. Warner has been making the rounds to all corners of the state and was winding down his whirlwind tour at a

NASCAR race in Bristol on Saturday. In messy.” Warner explained that the President, Roanoke he explained to the new citizens how a poll taken recently showed that 87 House of Representatives and the Senate percent of U.S. citizens “were pretty an- have to work together and compromise gry at Congress … I’ve not found the 13 to set national policy. “It is one of the percent that were not,” chuckled Warner. most unique forms of government [anyThe point he was trying to get across where] in the world,” said Warner. With their new citizenship was how important it was Immigration status “comes responsibility,” for them to be “active and he told them. Warner chalinformed citizens.” He called this one of the most important things lenged each of them to “become part of they could do to protect the country. He the debate”—to be respectful and to be told them how unique America’s form willing to listen and be willing to hear of government is compared to the coun- different voices … Even voices they don’t tries they came from - calling it “kind of agree with.


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He said “if you watch FOX news, turn on MSNBC. If all you watch MSNBC, turn on FOX news and realize there are different voices.” Warner said that “if we are to remain the greatest country in the world,” they as new citizens have to understand that “neither political party has a monopoly on the truth, a monopoly on patriotism or a monopoly on all the right answers.” He welcomed their new voices and personal experiences into America’s > CONTINUED P2: Citizens

9/11 Memorial Services To Reflect on 10th Anniversary

P8– A new wine shop opens on Brambleton Avenue while an old favorite next door is forced to close its doors.

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Wing Fest attendees sample chicken from a variety of local eateries.

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P9– Roanoke based Author Gina Holmes follows up her best-selling book “Crossing Oceans” with a new offering, “Dry as Rain.”


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Control of the Commonwealth’s Senate hangs in the balance pending the outcome of the 2011 November elections. Republicans have their sights set on capturing it after redistricting and reshuffling the political deck in State Politics efforts to secure party seats. “If the Senate of Virginia goes Republican, that would be a bridge too far … We cannot let that happen,” said incumbent Democrat Senator John Edwards. Traveling through downtown Roanoke, the 21st Senate district incumbent’s headquarters is hard to miss. Last Friday, he officially opened his Roanoke campaign headquarters on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Williamson Road. Democratic leaders, officials, friends and supporters filled the room as Edwards made his announcement. The headquarters campaign kickoff was followed by a fundraising luncheon at the Shenandoah Club with U.S. Senator Mark Warner as guest speaker. Education and transportation are two of Sen. Edwards’ prized topics. Edwards said the goal is to “ensure children starting as early as age four get an appropriate education.”


P4– Over several difficult years Joe Kennedy encounters music’s amazing ability to remind, reawaken and renew.

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Sure, it was about wings and beer – but it was about much more than wings and beer … even if that was lost on some of the thousands who showed up last Saturday at Elmwood Park for the second annual Roanoke Wing Fest to benefit Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia. Founded by a couple who were frustrated at not finding the right therapies for their young brain-injured son, Brain Injury Services helps connect people to the right resources when someone needs therapy, and also offers mentoring for in-house life skills as well. Wing Fest was one of about ten concepts pitched to executive director Helen Butler by Sponsor Hounds a year ago when the non-profit agency was looking for a fundraiser to replace the annual golf tournament, an event that had run its course. Butler liked the Wing Fest idea, especially since many more people could participate in > CONTINUED P2:Wings

What do you rememfaith and the terrorber from ten years ago, ist splinter groups that on September 11, 2001? hide behind one of the What were you doing world’s largest religions. when you heard – or Some rejoiced when watched on television – the Navy SEALS killed as jet airplanes slammed Osama Bin Laden after a into the World Trade nine year-plus manhunt, Center towers in New while others gave pause York, the Pentagon in to think about that very Arlington and a cornfield notion – executing a in Pennsylvania? man instead of bringing Few can forget. The him to trial. world has dramatically “The Day that changed since then, and Changed America” is an so has America, which aptly titled commemofound itself embroiled in rative service that will two wars, in Afghanistan be held at the New Life and Iraq, since 9/11. Christian Ministries Anyone who has been (5745 Airport Road) on Photo by Gene Marrano September 11 at 4 p.m. through the security procedures at a major airport The Monument at Olde It is one of several knows what extra cau- Salem Brick was fashioned events that day that will tion is being taken. We from steel beams that came reflect on 9/11 a decade all remember the color- from the World Trade Center. later. Since it’s also a Suncoded security system day, expect to hear the that ranked threat levels during the Bush topic addressed during regular church administration, and several thwarted at- sermons as well. “The Day that Changed tempts by domestic terrorists to inflict America at New Life Ministries is not more destruction upon innocent people. associated with > CONTINUED Many have grappled with their that congregaP2: Memorials thoughts towards people of the Islamic tion at all,” said

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Hit or miss showers and storms return during the afternoon Thursday and Friday with highs in the upper 80s to near 90. Showers and storms are possible for the holiday weekend as a cold front moves in. Temperatures will be in the low 90s Saturday and Sunday dropping into the mid 80s on Monday.

Edwards recognized Cabell Brand at the fundraiser as “one of his heroes.” Brand is chairman of the non-profit Cabell Brand Center that focuses on the environment, alleviating poverty and enhancing quality of life through education. Population shifts to the north have reduced Senate seats and “we’ll just have to work harder for Western Virginia,” said Edwards. Edwards echoed U.S. Senator Warner’s theme that “you just can’t get things done unless you’re willing to compromise.” He said there used to be a time in the Virginia Senate when Democrats who were in the minority and the moderate Republicans would work together “to get things done.” Edwards took the opportunity to deride his opponent, Republican Delegate Dave Nutter. Nutter was quoted as saying “there is no panacea fix” for transportation. “There is no panacea unless you’re willing to bite the bullet,” said Edwards. He said his opponent has “no plan whatsoever” to fund transportation. “Construction money is going to road maintenance and 38 percent of bridges are deficient,” complained Edwards. “My opponent’s answer is that there is no answer,”

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he said. Despite a tight budget, Edwards was able to secure $150,000 for the SmartWay bus that travels from Roanoke to Lynchburg, carrying passengers to the Amtrak train northward. “You can’t cut your way to prosperity … the Republicans want to cut, cut, cut,” said Edwards at the fundraiser. He said if it had not been for the Democratic controlled Senate, public education would have been slashed even more by his opponent in the House of Delegates. He estimated that the Senate saved 12,000 teachers’ jobs in 2010, according to the Virginia Education Association. Edwards also credited the Senate for holding the line in Medicaid cuts that would have cut reimbursements to doctors and hospitals. He said that they also saved the Commission for the Arts and killed ten out of twelve of the immigration bills that were unreasonable. He chided his opponent for wanting to abolish embryonic stem cell research. Edwards called that “a 19th century mentality.” “Creating jobs comes from investing in education and infrastructure. Public/private


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Farrell has also spoken at the Massing of the Colors, another annual event held at New Life. Vinton resident Angela Jasper will sing during the 9/11 event, as she has done at Massing of the Colors, a salute to military service. “His message is always timely and is well [delivered],” said Woolwine of Farrell; “he’s a very thoughtful man.” The service will also include testimony from invited guests and foreign-born local residents who are now citizens, speaking about “why they love America,” said Woolwine. “They have a remarkable story to tell of faith, courage and survival – people who have endured difficulties.” Green Memorial Methodist Church downtown will hold a

special service at 10 a.m. that day, centered on 9/11 ten years later, as will First Presbyterian, according to Woolwine, who adds that Congressman Bob Goodlatte is expected to speak on the topic in downtown Roanoke that afternoon. No doubt people will also gather at the 9/11 memorial located in the parking lot at Olde Salem Brick on West Main Street in Salem, a monument fashioned out of steel girders that came from the north tower of the World Trade Center. The former Olde Salem CEO, Fletcher Smoake, spearheaded the effort to bring the twisted metal wreckage to the Roanoke Valley, spending upwards of $40,000 in materials and labor

to turn it into a suitable place to pause and reflect on 9/11. 9/11 indeed was an event that some see as “The Day that Changed America,” a notion that many tell Woolwine about as he hands out fliers on the special program. “The one at New Life Ministries will have a special touch,” adds Woolwine. Contact him at 556-5338 for more information. What are your memories of September 11, 2011? Let us know via e-mail by Tuesday, September 6 and we may print them in next week’s edition: By Gene Marrano


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Football Classic Returns To Raise Funds For Dropout Program It almost didn’t happen when organizers had some difficulty lining up teams, but nonetheless the 12th annual Western Virginia Education Classic (WVEC) will return to the Roanoke Valley on October 29. The football game, which features two historically black colleges, raises money for TAP’s Project Recovery program, which the agency describes as a partnership with Roanoke City Schools. Project Recovery is an important program said Lea, as Roanoke looks for higher graduation rates and a better-educated work force. “You’ve got to get those students on the fringe,” he noted. Since its beginnings in 1995, Total Action Against Poverty, better known as TAP, has helped more than 800 dropouts return to high school, after tracking them down. A full time education specialist was hired by TAP in 2000, augmenting the need for funds raised by the WVEC game, which was the brainchild of Roanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea Sr., a former TAP board member and school board member. Virginia Union – where Lea played football – squared off against Livingstone College (NC) in the inaugural game on September 16, 2000. Victory Stadium, Liberty University, Ferrum College and Salem’s football stadium hosted the game before it moved to the new football field at William Fleming High School last year. This year Virginia University at Lynchburg – a former seminary college playing its first collegiate athletic schedule in over 50 years – will face off against Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in a 2 p.m. game. Tailgating begins at 8 a.m. and for many is the highlight of the day. “That’s the big thing about it,” said Lea as he spoke at a press conference, held on the William Fleming High School football turf, to announce the game. “It’s good for the [local] community,” added Lea, who was pleased to introduce his former coach at Virginia Union to the podium. Willard Bailey is now the athletic director for the fledgling Virginia University program. The school is jumping right into the frying pan – playing North Carolina A&T next week. That school will play Appalachian State, a 1-AA power (FCS) – which faces off against Virginia Tech on September 3. “I don’t know what type of team we’re going to have but I know we’re playing for a great purpose. We cherish the opportunity,” said Bailey, who has coached at several schools that

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Sherman Lea gives the details of the WVEC. have appeared in the WVEC. TAP chairman Lee Wilhelm said this year’s Western Virginia Education Classic “almost didn’t happen,” for an agency, he added, that has had “a tough year,” with budget cuts and long term staff illnesses. “They know how valuable [Project Recovery] is,” said Wilhelm of Lea and School Superintendent Rita Bishop, who was also on hand. “Project Recovery might have had to take a year off,” added Wilhelm, if no football game had come to pass this fall. With graduation rates up sharply in the city over the past few years, “it is even more important that Project Recovery moves forward.” TAP chief executive officer Ted Edlich praised Lea, who may run for mayor next year, as “the main driving force” behind Project Recovery. “Those [returned students] represent a cycle of success,” said Edlich. Lea also stressed how economically disadvantaged high school dropouts are in today’s world. Bishop, who delivers a list of dropouts to TAP every year for Project Recovery to work on, said it was “absolutely unthinkable,” that the WVEC might be canceled when teams could not be lined up. She agreed with Lea’s remark about dropouts: “if we don’t have an educated population we are doomed economically.” Football and tailgating comes first on October 29, as Bishop was quick to point out. “The game itself is a lot of fun. Come support our kids, but come have a good time.” Ticket information will be made available soon; contact TAP at 767-6221 for more details. By Gene Marrano

New Year Brings Change for Roanoke City Students

Roanoke City Public School students returned to school on Monday and were able to do so before labor day because of the recent passage of the “Labor Day Bill.” The pre-Labor Day start gives RCPS students a competitive advantage in preparing for rigidly scheduled standardized tests. Some other new highlights for the 2011-12 school year include: • For the first time, all RCPS schools are academically accredited and graduation rates are at an all-time high. • New partnership with the Kirk Family YMCA allows high school students to earn physical education credit through the YFit Program. • A partnership with the Virginia Western Education Foundation called “The Food for Thought Project” will create a significant community garden and teaching facility at James Madison Middle School. • A privatization partnership with Carilion results in a 16% increase in nursing coverage at RCPS schools.

• VH1 Save the Music Foundation awards two new $30,000 grants for musical instruments to Morningside Elementary and Crystal Spring Elementary. RCPS now has a total of eight elementary schools with musical programs thanks to the support of VH1. • Patrick Henry High School is the winner of the 2011 Supremacy Cup for having the best overall on-field athletic success among high schools in the Western Valley- a result of efforts to double the number of high school students participating in athletics over the past three years. • Preston Park Elementary will soon have a new gymnasium similar to the unique design of Grandin Court Elementary’s gymnasium. • To complement instruction and online testing, RCPS now has 1.7 students to each instructional computer-compared to 2.9 students per computer two years ago. • Fishburn Park Environmental Focus School won the award

for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Curriculum from the Green School Challenge. The bus fleet will also be newer this year-with more than 40% being less than four years old. All of the buses are equipped with security cameras and realtime GPS tracking units.

Roanoke County Police Officers Recognized For Youth Traffic Safety Efforts

Two Roanoke County police officers were honored with traffic safety awards at the 2011 Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Program on July 28 in Bridgewater. The YOVASO Awards Banquet, held at Bridgewater College, recognized organizations, indi-

Officer Todd Cunningham with the Roanoke County Police Department is the recipient of the 2011 YOVASO Volunteer of the Year Award for his volunteer work with YOVASO and his outstanding efforts to promote traffic safety among youth. viduals and schools from Virginia that had demonstrated exemplary efforts during the 2010/20011 school year to encourage safe driving among teenagers. Officer Todd Cunningham, SRO at Hidden Valley Middle School, received the “Volunteer of the Year” Award, and Officer Brent Hudson, SRO at Glenvar High School, received the “Best New School Resource Officer of the Year” Award. Officer Cunningham was recognized for his volunteer work with YOVASO and his outstanding efforts to promote traffic safety among youth during 2010/2011. Officer Cunningham serves on YOVASO’s Advisory Board and is also a member of the Executive Committee. During 2010/2011, he took a lead role in organizing and working at YOVASO’s first annual Softball Tournament Fund Raiser and also helped plan and work the 2010 Youth Leadership Retreat for 150 students across the state. He is the sponsor for the YOVASO Club at Hidden Valley Middle

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Officer Brent Hudson with the Roanoke County Police Department is the recipient of the YOVASO 2011 Best New School Resource Officer of the Year Award for his outstanding support and guidance to the Glenvar High School YOVASO Club. ership, the club participated in several statewide safety campaigns and increased safe driving educational and awareness efforts at the school.” Eighteen individuals, schools, and students also took home awards during the annual YOVASO Awards Banquet. Colonel Steven Flaherty, Superintendent of the Virginia State Police, thanked the recipients in his keynote address for their important role in the prevention motor vehicle crashes and fatalities on Virginia roads. YOVASO is a statewide youth leadership program for Virginia high school and middle school students. The organization, which has 88 member schools, is administered by the Virginia State Police Association and funded by a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office.

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Music Takes Us Back and Moves Us Forward

hen the earth Apartments. moved last Tuesday Her death more than a decade afternoon, I did ago turned much of that beloved what Americans do -- I tried to old music into steely blades decide whom to blame. I've been pressing against my heart. As watching and listening to a lot of a consequence, I turned away news shows lately, so the top two from the tear-starters and lost choices came easily to myself in books and mind: Barack Obama even TV, which would and global warming. have been unthinkable I was glad I thought a dozen years ago. of them so quickly. It I once had a difgave me time to ponferent caregiver who der their possible roles would ask why I never while I continued to played music. My anwork on the column I'd swer, I'm sure, was started to write. I called brief. I didn't want to it, "The Sound of Mutalk about music, lisJoe Kennedy sic." ten to it or think about Since having my stroke in Feb- it. No longer did the Beatles, Otis ruary 2009, I've contemplated Redding, Joanie Mitchell or putting together a photo essay Merle Haggard have the power called "After My Stroke." to lift my spirits. They could only It would show Kathy, my care- lower them. giver, arriving at work here, at The silent household made my house. It would show medi- me sad. I grew up in a house full cal staffers greeting me when I of music, with my father and arrived for my doctors' appoint- sister playing the piano and my ments. It would show my acu- brother Jim singing and playing puncturist standing by her sign; the guitar. my fishing boat, idle since Stroke A few months ago, I put on Day; the TV I bought to accom- an Otis Redding CD. The simple modate my visual impairment music, heard so many times, and my weekly pill box, worth its barely caused a stir in me. Then weight in gold, at current prices. I played some other stuff: jazz It would show my checkbook, and blues, a pinch of Sinatra. as wrinkled and worn as a cow- My spirits started to lift. Several boy's face on his 100th birthday, weeks later, a kind friend invited and it would show my box of me to the recent Gillian Welch CDs covered with dust to indi- concert at Roanoke's Jefferson cate how far I have wandered Center. The show was terrific from music, one of my loves. and my music appreciation was How did music affect my re- redlining. I loved it. covery? For starters, it brought Lately I've been listening to back memories of the friends a cast recording of "Stonewall and parties of my youth and Country," the historical drama young adulthood. I met my wife that ran for so many glorious at such an event, in the party summers at Lime Kiln Theatre room at Roanoke's Pebble Creek in Lexington. I marveled again

at the cleverness of the composers, Robin and Linda Williams, and I yearned for the time when Sharon and I returned season after season with picnic dinners and our children in tow, knowing they'd learn history and love the music and the pageantry. It was a perfect arrangement of the parental goals of learning and having fun. The other day, I rooted around and found an album full of emotions of several kinds: It is "American Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster" with baritone Thomas Hampson, accompanied by Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and David Alpher. I learned about Hampson years ago, when I sang in local choruses, chamber groups and the like and I loved the work of Mason and Ungar on Ken Burns' PBS series, "The Civil War." I'd enjoyed chatting with the duo years ago when they came to town with Garrison Keillor's, "A Prairie Home Companion." The CD includes a song that was featured, to great effect, at Sharon's memorial service. Marianne Sandborg, the gifted Roanoke soprano, sang it. It is, "Ah, May the Red Rose Live Always," and it contains these lines: "Why should the beautiful ever weep, why should the beautiful die." That's a verse to pulverize any heart, and it certainly does a number on mine. But that's the magic of music: It can pull us back to staggering emotions and helps us to reflect on and accept our losses, however huge they may be.


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hat is the biggest spectful to parents or rude to sibproblem with kids lings and yet we pile them in the today? When I car at all hours and drive them ask that question to a group of to practice …. all in the name of parents, I get many answers … teaching them to be a good teamgrades, drugs, promiscuity, rude- mate and follow through on their ness, attitude, disobedience, etc. commitment to the team. I would bet that as you Hey, what about the read this article, you first team … the FAMcan think of several ILY? We justify it in other additions to this our heads that if “julist. While all the isnior” doesn’t show up sues mentioned above for practice, the whole are commonplace toteam will suffer. He will day, most are a result or let them down and in consequence of another essence, I will let them issue in some way. down. After all, “juKeith McCurdy For the past twenty nior” is the best pitcher years in private practice, the most the team has … Who cares! The significant issue I have seen with most important role that junior children is the change from being will ever have, even if he is a star others-focused to self-focused. pitcher later in life, is a member This paradigm shift that has been of a family or community. taking place over the last forty We see the effect of this shift years in child-rearing has al- in academics as well, just much lowed a decline in the regard that earlier in life. Today children is shown others and has support- have preschool, kindergarten, ed the development of personal many variations of special eduachievement above all else. cation and support by classroom The basic teaching of manners, aides. It is rare for a child to courtesy and the respect for oth- begin first grade not knowing ers has been overshadowed by the how to read and many children pursuit of other well-meaning yet are even learning the basics of a misplaced ideals. One example is second language. If you talk to athletics. How many times have your grandparents about school, you watched a baseball game it is quickly realized that much with very “gifted” young athletes has changed. In their generawho bully their teammates and tion, there was no preschool, opponents or are rude to their kindergarten, special education parents after the game when they or teacher aides. Most children are told they don’t get to go out showed up in school not knowfor a Slurpee? How often do we ing how to read. That is what have a child at home that is disre- school was for. In their genera-


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tion, children showed up ready to learn. They showed up with manners and respect for authority. When I have asked teachers today which they would rather have, the child that knows how to read and write in first grade or the child that has respect for authority and others …. The answer is always, the child that is respectful of authority. When we allow our focus to become the personal achievements of our children, we do them a disservice. We teach them, often without knowing, that they and their achievements and accomplishments are more important than how they relate to others. They become self-absorbed. When we allow manners and courtesy to others to take second place to commitment to a team, we teach that how you act is not important, just what you achieve. They learn the end justifies the means. When you think … “Man, I would never talk to my parents that way.” You are probably right, we typically didn’t. It is time for kids to be taken back a few years and miss a few baseball games and show up to school being respectful. Just think how nice it would be to have a whole generation of youngsters learning to hold doors open and say “yes ma’am” and “ yes sir”. Contact Keith at

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s Woody Allen fa- tient care to a designated physimously said, “The cian, sometimes unknown to the bad thing about dying family and one who may change Contact Joe Kennedy is that you don’t get to practice.” each day. Frequently there will True, but one can certainly take be multiple doctors involved. Be steps to be prepared. I’m not sure that you get the name and talking about “getting reliable contact informaI am the slowest your affairs in order,” tion of a single physician carpet cleaner in Roanoke. as the old family phywho will deliver the imsician would eupheportant data to the family. mistically say when Too many sources invaritelling someone they ably lead to misinterpre“I will give your had 17 days to live. tation. This is about the famSecond, designate who carpet the time ily and friends making that family person will be. and attention the best of a bad situIn today’s litigious sociit deserves to ation when a loved Hayden Hollingsworth ety, hospitals and docone is very ill. tors may not commuproduce the best Do not accept as gospel that nicate with anyone whose name results possible.” th there is a finite time left. Marcus is not on the privacy form signed Welby may have known, but that on admission. In my practice • 2 rooms and a hall for $75 • 5 rooms and a hall for $155 kind of information is never cer- when there was difficult news • Furniture cleaning also available! 540-345-4090 tain. Every case is different; every to deliver, I tried to get everyone Danny Williams • 989-1825 • Cell - 765-7144 patient will respond in a unique together in one room at the same way. No physician can say any- time to hear what I said. Even if I thing more prognostically pre- had said the same thing to differcise than generalities about how ent family members at different for 8/19/2011 similar situations usually resolve times, invariably they were interthemselves. preted in unusual ways. Talking 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 51 Shooting Star, make a ---- as it passes. (from the In order to lessen the under- to one family member who is able movie Zathura) 11 12 13 standable confusion that sur- to transmit the facts to the others 52 European sea eagle 14 15 16 rounds serious illness here are in a reliable fashion is the key to 53 Hoopla seven lessons that I learned over avoiding misunderstandings. 54 Poem 17 18 19 20 55 Drug a career of attending critically ill Third, be sure that all your 21 22 23 24 25 26 56 Which chill and grille now features Chef Michael patients. questions are addressed. Too of27 28 29 Wright? First, be sure that all the facts ten doctors talk down to the pa30 31 32 33 distributed come from a reliable tient’s family and dismiss genuine DOWN source. Particularly in today’s concerns without really speaking 34 35 changing health care delivery to them. Do not let that happen. Happy face 1 36 37 38 39 40 41 system, it is hard to tell who is re- Families generally do not include 2 Adorer 42 43 44 3 Local heating and air conditioning company that ally in charge of the patient’s care. health care professionals; that offers 'a breath of fresh air'. 45 46 47 48 49 50 Often hospitals will assign inpa- does not mean that your ques51

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Treason Against The Planet


s a scientist, I am baffled by two “head in the sand” negative attitudes manifested these days by a sizeable sector of American society, albeit a politically conservative and scientifically naïve segment of American society. One stance is anti-evolution. Evolution is the reigning, unifying postulate in the life sciences that ties together all the rich biodiversity on the planet: past, present, and future. Its cognate in the physical sciences is gravity. Both evolution and gravity have stood the tests of time as unsurpassed explanations for the workings of the universe. Understanding and accepting evolution has repercussions in all sorts of related fields including agriculture, medicine, genetics, and urban studies. The second attitude is anti-climate change, or at least that portion of climate change caused by human actions. The evidence for global warming is unequivocal based on actual observations with the most rapid warming since the 1950’s and very likely (95% probability) anthropogenic, or human-caused. In other words, climate change is upon us; and it’s mostly our

own fault. Yet the naysayers go So let me provide a different on and on about “hoaxes,” “con- herald for both concepts: the spiracies,” and “lack of evidence” Roman Catholic Church. In with seemingly no interest in the case of evolution, Vatican the truth of the matters. officials have implicitly critiWhy? cized the literal interpretation of I can only speculate that both the Bible, defending evolution concepts – evolution and cli- against “useless” creationism. mate change – are complex sub- And, in the case of global clijects, often filled with mate change, the Ponarcane scientific jargon tifical Academy of that spooks the nonsciSciences has just pubentist. Further, we live lished an extraordiin an era of uncertainty nary document entiabout the economic tled innocuously, “Fate health and well-being of Mountain Glaciers of the nation. As carin the Anthropocene.” ing citizens, we are (See skeptical about viable roman_curia/ponsolutions emerging H. Bruce Rinker, PhD tifical_academies/ from the toxic political acdscien/2011/PAS_ quagmire in Washington; and Glacier_110511_final.pdf for we’re alarmed about our entan- the complete text.) For the reglement in a debt-ridden global mainder of today’s column, let economy. Naturally, we seek me focus my comments on this black-and-white solutions to encouraging publication. our pervasive issues. But evoluAmong the naysayers for antion and human-caused climate thropogenic climate change, I change are not easy explanations often hear reference to natural of our origins and our impact on cycles of cold and warm periEarth’s living systems. Denial ods in Earth’s history. In other maintains the status quo and al- words, don’t worry about clilows some to cast suspicion on mate change because the planet the messenger: with these two has cooled and warmed cycliconcepts, the scientific commu- cally throughout the millennia; nity at-large. what we’re experiencing today is

just a part of that overall natural sequence of events with no niggling consequences for our present rates of energy consumption. The Vatican document puts to rest this false and duplicitous attitude. It states unequivocally: “The primary triggers for ice ages and inter-glacials are well understood to be changes in the astronomical parameters related to the motion of our planet within the solar system and natural feedback processes in the climate system. The time scales between these triggers are in the range of 10,000 years or longer. By contrast, the observed human-induced changes in carbon dioxide, other greenhouse gases, and soot concentrations are taking place on 10-100 year timescales – at least a hundred times faster. It is particularly worrying that this release of global warming agents is occurring during an interglacial period when the Earth was already at a natural temperature maximum.” This statement about global warming sends chills up and down my spine. Notice the emphasis on “observed” and on “human-induced.” The scientific data are unequivocal and long-

The Preacher’s Corner - Offended at the Wrong Things? By Tim Harvey


hope that before you read this article, you’ll take a moment to read Jesus Parable of the Prodigal Son. For the purposes of this column, read Luke 15:11-24. When I was in seminary, our New Testament professor told us that, in a sense, parables are like good jokes. If you have to explain them, then you really missed the point. Such is the case with this parable. After reading about the actions of the father and younger son, we ought to get it by being either very relieved or very offended. To write a newspaper column about the interpretation means were behind before we even get started. But such is the way of things, so lets begin by asking a question: Which characters in the parable should be offended? There are several... First, the father should be offended by a son who no longer wants to be part of the family. We certainly see why imagine one of your children coming to you and asking for part of the inheritance. How much would it hurt to realize your own child wishes you were dead? How difficult would it be if you, like the father in the parable, chose to honor the request. What would you have to sell? Your car? Your house? What would others think? Second, the community that helped raise this man would be offended by a son who treats his father as if he were dead. Shortly after the son receives his share of the inheritance, he leaves town. This was certainly part of the plan all along, but I wonder if part of the reason the

son got out of town so quickly was to avoid the wrath of his neighbors. Would any of them sought to harm him for his actions? Lest you think that is not the case, consider Casey Anthony’s recent release from prison. Public outrage for her alleged actions was so great that she will need to spend a very long time living in an undisclosed location, lest the community around her rise up and take action into its own hands. Might the prodigal son have faced such a response from his neighbors? I believe it is likely. Third, the community where the prodigal son chooses to live is offended by him as well. After all the money is gone, no one wants this out of towner in their midst anymore. From my research into this passage, I learned that in the culture of Jesus’ day, you didn’t get rid of a person by asking them to leave. You got rid of them by asking them to do something so offensive that they would leave rather than do it. So someone offers this Jewish man a job feeding the pigs. He should have gotten the message, and packed up. Instead, he accepted the “Get out of here!” job. His shame is complete. So what is the son to do? Go back home and see if dad will accept him as a hired hand. It seems like a long shot at best. And yet, the father does even more than the son could have possibly hoped. Not only does he accept the son back into his home, but he completely restores the position of the son in everyone’s eyes. To see this, we need to under-

perspective of the father? Are we in a position to extend grace and forgiveness to persons who have sinned against us? Are our churches in a position to help people undo the earthly effects of sin in our lives? To help us all wrestle with this, I offer four basic questions. First, who are the persons who have most offended us? Second, are we willing to take an active role in their lives, walking with them as they seek to undo the effects of sin in their lives? Third, do we want persons like this sitting at our dining room table, or in the church pew next to us, or would we rather they go somewhere else? Fourth, are we willing to defend them in the presence of those who are still offended by their past actions? I hope you’ll consider these questions before you turn the page. Tim Harvery is the Senior Pastor at Central Church of the Brethren. Visit them at www.

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stand the fathers actions. Luke tells us that the father sees his son while the son was still a long way off. I’ve always imagined the father way out in the back forty of the family farm, working in the fields. But it may be that the father was at home in his village when he saw his son approaching. In order for the son to make it home, he would have had to pass by all of his angry neighbors. They might have prevented him from coming home, or even harmed him physically. So the father, out of great love for his son, runs to both welcome him back and to bring him home safely. But the father does even more than this. He orders the fattened calf to be killed and then throws a party and invites the entire town! Can you see the implications of this action? The son has offended both his father and his town in perhaps the biggest way possible. No one should want this young man around. But in this great reversal, the son is welcomed home to a feast and his father invites everyone to come. When they joined the party, they too would be welcoming the son back home. In all of this, the father undoes the earthly effects of his sons sin. Nothing the son has done to distance himself from his family is held against him. He comes home as a son and can continue his life from that point on. Normally, people view this parable from the perspective of the prodigal son, seeing Jesus great forgiveness of us in the actions of the father toward the son. But what happens if we view this parable from the

term. The causes condense into yet today that ancient institution a single biological phenomenon: has summoned its resources to Homo sapiens with an insatiable support evolution and humanappetite for more and more, re- caused climate change. In conclusion, the document gardless of the consequences. We have exhausted our credit, offers hope: “We are commitand now we’re exhausting our ted to ensuring that all inhabitants of this planet receive their credibility as a species. The Vatican document rec- daily bread, fresh air to breathe ommends three measures: (1) and clean water to drink, as we reduce worldwide carbon di- are aware that, if we want justice oxide emissions without delay, and peace, we must protect the (2) reduce the concentrations of habitat that sustains us.” warming air pollutants (such as Recently, conservative politimethane, dark soot, and lower cians have resorted to throwing atmosphere ozone) by as much around accusations of “treason” as 50% within a short period of like so much confetti in the time, and (3) prepare to adapt wind for anyone who disagrees to the climatic changes, both with their sentiments. Perhaps chronic and abrupt, that society it’s time to raise that same banwill be unable to mitigate. ner against those who misIt’s time to act. It’s also time to treat Earth, especially its richly turn our backs on the useless and evolved biodiversity. It’s treason naïve shrugging of responsibility against the planet. by political and religious pundits who have an axe to grind. The H. Bruce Rinker, Ph.D. Roman Catholic Church conEcologist, Educator, and Explorer demned Galileo centuries ago for his stance on heliocentricity




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"River Bassin" Tournament to be WF Stagecoach Comes To Town Held In Roanoke

Professional Kayak Angler Pioneer Drew Gregory will conclude his 2011 River Bassin Tournament Trail series,in Roanoke. The tournament will be hosted on Saturday, September 10, and will feature some of the top kayak anglers from across the country. “When looking for a potential grand finale location we wanted a region that boasted some of the most beautiful rivers and scenery in Angler Drew Gregory with a recent catch. the country, as well With all this going on, to go as numerous other activities along with what the Roanoke available for the whole family,” region already offers, it is hard Gregory said. “The search end- to imagine this won’t be one of ed quickly at Roanoke because the most exciting events in the it truly is a destination that an- kayak fishing world this year.” glers, their friends and family This year’s tournament trail will enjoy exploring.” expanded from five to 12 stops “I am really excited because across the United States, makthe finale will feature the typi- ing it the largest paddle-powcal exciting ‘results show,’ where ered fishing tournament trail the River Basser and Team in the world. The tournament River Basser of the Year will helps to increase positive awarealso be announced along with ness of the eco-friendly sport of the winner of the lake and river kayak fishing. division,” Gregory continued. The tournament is driven “However, we’ll also have live by a conservation-minded, music by local favorite, the Blue paddle-power only, catchMoonshine band, great local measure-photo-release format food, a film festival and numer- that promotes environmental ous kayak fishing pros will be sustainability. Anglers will fish in attendance to share the latest in surrounding rivers and take in the world of kayak fishing.

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Mayor David Bowers gives a wave of his cowboy hat as the Wells Fargo stagecoach arrives. Wells Fargo Bank officially celebrated its arrival into Roanoke last Thursday afternoon with a parade through downtown Roanoke that included the Patrick Henry band and Mayor David Bowers riding shotgun on the signature Wells Fargo stagecoach. A ribbon cutting followed at the bank's Jefferson Street entrance with Bowers, Wells Fargo officials and Roanoke's Ambassador of Good Will, Pearl Fu .

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Mission Sets Record It Would Rather Not

The Rescue Mission als and groups in the hit another new census community. It does record last week with 421 not take city, state or people seeking emerfederal funds to opergency shelter. This is ate its shelters for the the highest number of homeless, its medical people seeking shelter clinics, or its residential in the Mission's 63 year recovery programs. history. Of that number, Although the Res66 were children and 189 cue Mission is a Chrisresided in the Family tian Ministry, it serves Shelter. “When we run people of all faiths. The out of beds in a particu- Family shelter guests in the dinner line. youngest person in the For more information on the lar shelter as we did last shelter last week was a 4 the Rescue Mission. The Restournament trail, its stops across night, we provide mats week old infant girl and the U.S., its sponsors, hosts, that are laid down on the floor cue Mission operates the largest the oldest was a 69 year old man. partners and causes please visit with a quilt and a pillow,” said homeless shelter in the state of Many adults in the shelters Joy Sylvester-Johnson, CEO of Virginia and according to Mis- fer from physical and mental sion personnel the numbers of disabilities. Some are in wheel people seeking shelter indicates a chairs and carry oxygen tanks. We now offer whole new group of people have Unemployment and under-emAcupuncture, lost their permanent addresses. ployment continue to be major Laser therapy, & "Because we are the 'first line of contributing causes of the newly thic eopa At Hanging Rock Animal Hospital, we offer traditional, Hom defense against homelessness' homeless. Many have jobs, but as well as holistic treatments for your furry family members. treatments! and 'the shelter of last resort', often these are part time jobs we do not turn people away," and either have no benefits or said Sylvester-Johnson. Current do not generate enough money needs at the Mission include to secure permanent housing. fresh vegetables and eggs, hy"Our prayer is that in these giene and laundry supplies, and difficult financial times that additional evening volunteers to those who have safe shelter, food assist the shelter staff. to eat, and medical attention The Rescue Mission reports will, as a response of gratitude, that it is able to provide more remember those who do not," than $3 of services for every $1 continued Sylvester-Johnson. Please stop by to meet our great team, tour our hospital, and find out why it receives in donations. The "The statistics at the Rescue we offer the best compresensive wellness care for you pet. Rescue Mission depends solely Mission are a barometer of our Cinthia L. Honeycutt, DVM Todd Czarnecki, DVM, CVA Janice Annis, DVM on the donations of individu- community's overall health." 1910 Loch Haven Drive • Roanoke, VA 24019 • 540-562-4596

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North Carolina private school powerhouse Charlotte Latin came to Thomas Field Saturday with a clear-cut game plan. Hawks head coach Larry McNulty wanted to dispute the passing options of North Cross quarterback Thomas Weaver. "We knew the North Cross QB could hurt us if he got to set up in the pocket," McNulty noted after Charlotte Latin had defeated the Raiders 23-0 in the season opener for both teams. "Our plan was simple-apply defensive pressure." Weaver was pressured and chased from every angle while being clearly affected in a 7-for29 passing day that was limited to 82 yards in the air. On the other side of the ball, Charlotte Latin methodically rushed for 256 yards as the Hawks pulled away in the second half. The Hawks scored first in the opening quarter and led 6-0 after a blocked PAT. The game settled into a defensive battle as the partisan North Cross crowd waited for the hurry-up, nohuddle Raider offense to come up with a game-turning play. But, it was Charlotte Latin, and kicker Paul Griggs, that provided the stunner. Faced with a

fourth-and-long at the North Cross 40yard line with the play clock winding down, the Hawks called a time out to presumably decide on punting or going for the first down. When play resumed, on came Griggs to attempt a field goal from 57 yards. The Purdue-bound Griggs promptly North Cross wideout Hugh Cundiff hauls booted the wind- in a 33 yard pass from Thomas Weaver. aided kick just across "Our defense did a good the crossbar, putting the Hawks job," Alexander noted. "(Chris) up 9-0 with what was one of the Shelton and (Paul) Ross came longest successful kicks in Virto play. Our offense just didn't ginia high school history. "We knew they had a good execute, which was the result of kicker," North Cross head coach their pressure. When we were Stephen Alexander said after- still close, we never hit the home ward. "But, I wasn't expecting run ball." North Cross has little time to that." relax. Norfolk Christian visits North Cross had its bright Thomas Field Saturday afterspots despite the shutout. The noon for a rematch of last year's defense played tough against the Hawks all afternoon, in- VIS Division III state champicluding three interceptions of onship game won by the AmHawk senior QB Grayson Fos- bassadors, 29-14. ter. On offense, newcomer Evan Anderson led the North Cross By Bill Turner rushing attack by picking up 132 yards on 16 carries.

with Patriot Nick Ollie finding the end zone on runs of 4 and 26 yards. Patrick Henry came out Hidden Valley was led by QB smoking as the Patriot offense Michael Simonic, who threw paved the way to an impressive for 139 yards including a third opening night win last Friday quarter TD strike to Dee Fletchnight at Dwight Bogle Stadium. er. Simonic also scored on a The 42-14 takedown of Hidden 2-yard keeper after an acrobatic Valley gave first-year PH head catch by junior wide receiver coach Alan Fiddler a night to Jake Kite set Hidden Valley up enjoy in his Patriot debut. deep in Patrick Henry territory "It was a great first game," Fidearly in the second quarter. dler noted outside the PH locker "We just had too many firstroom afterward. "We were able game mistakes," Titan head to establish the tempo and go coach Scott Weaver noted. "You with the speed we wanted. Our can't do that and win, but these guys played well on both sides are things that are correctable." of the ball." Patrick Henry entertains BasAny doubts about PH quarsett this Friday night at Gainer terback David Prince were put Field. Hidden Valley looks to to rest as the junior signal caller regroup as William Byrd visits rushed for 108 yards and was Week one of high school tetourt won by 38 last week on Bogle Stadium this week. 6-of-9 throwing, including a football is in the books, and last the road; Salem plays its opener 55-yard second-quarter hookup Hidden Valley QB #11 Michael week’ s predictions set the bar as on the road, so expect the usual By Bill Turner with Xavier Whorley and a 47- Simonic looks to throw last yours truly went 7-1 for a .875 first-game jitters and miscues. Friday night against PH. percentage. Wish this I’m not buying any of it. had been Vegas-that reThings are always quiet cord could have nabbed around the Spartan camp a couple of Liberace’s until kickoff. With a lot pianos. of speed and 6’5” QB The Salem Red Sox fell Matt Hill looking over out of second-half conthe Botetourt landscape, tention with their loss the Cavaliers will be in Sunday’s final home summarily dismountBill Turner game of the season, ed by Salem. Salem-37 but the overall Red Sox Lord Botetourt-13 experience was strong in 2011. William Byrd at Hidden ValSalem Memorial Stadium was ley great, as always, and the team Enough is enough. Hidden offered a look at future major Valley went 0-10 in 2010 and The "Clash" cross country invitational held at Hidden Valley High School had 25 teams entered leaguers. dropped its opener to AAA Patthis year with approximately 700 runners total. The Boys' Varsity race covered the width of Now, on to week two of high rick Henry by 28. Byrd fell in its the starting line with quite a crowd stampeding off at the signal to start. school predictions, as all local home opener to Cave Spring. It’s teams hit the gridiron. time for HV to make a statement. In the Boys' Bassett at Patrick Henry If only the late Cubs broadcaster Varsity race, The Patriots showed they are Harry Carey could call the game. Blacksburg junior the real deal with last week’s big “Titans win, Titans win . . . “ HidNick Link was in win over Hidden Valley. PH eas- den Valley- 23 William Byrd-19 the lead until he ily beat Bassett last year and it Cave Spring at Martinsville accidentally veered looks like Alan Fiddler’s home Cave Spring escaped Vinoff course, running opener may be much of the ton with a win last week on the an extra hundred same. Bassett, which struggled at shoulders of running back Sam yards. Winner Carroll County, played in the in- Wright. The Bulldogs lost on the David Barney from augural game at Gainer Field in road to powerful Brookville after EC Glass still only 2007. PH- 28 Bassett-13 being close at the half. All four beat Link by a secWilliam Fleming at Amherst Cave Spring losses in 2010 came ond for first place County on the road. Martinville’s speed (16:50). Who dealt Fleming this sched- may be the clincher. MartinsThe Girls Varsity runners take ule? After last week’s loss on the ville-27 Cave Spring-21 on a tough hill climb. road against Franklin County, Northside at Pulaski County the Colonels board the bus again Northside passed the test By Cheryl Hodges to take on a Lancers team that is against Amherst County and looking for a punching bag after Pulaski County was stunned by losing to Northside. Amherst Radford. Look for Pulaski to be rarely loses two weeks in a row, improved, but not enough to Hidden Valley junior Carolyn Beth- much less at home. Amherst bring the Vikings to shore. Northel emerges through the trees as County-38 William Fleming-9 side-24 Pulaski County-13 the leader heading to the finish Salem at Lord Botetourt Glenvar at James River line for Girls Varsity. Her winning This one looks like a trap. BoThe Highlanders took Galax time was 20:13.

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Wine Store Completes First Year – Neighbors Close Up Shop After toiling for others in the beverage distribution business for 35 years, first in South Carolina and then in Salem for Blue Ridge Distributing, Bill Philips decided it was time to strike out on his own. As he said at an open house last weekend, which coincided with the closing of the Mojo Café next door, “it’s nice to open the doors, turn on the music you want to hear and welcome folks to your own place.” “I just decided to do something for me,” said Philips, who also offers “Breadcraft” products (baked in downtown Roanoke) and specialty dips / sauces. “Mr. Bill” even jokes with customers and friends that he’s retired; “I listen to good music and I have great customers. All I do is have fun every day.” Thus was born Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar, which will celebrate its one year anniversary on September 10 with live music and an even larger free wine tasting event than the weekly tastings Mr. Bill’s stages on Fridays (4-7) and Saturdays (noon-5). Philips really knows wine by the way – he has taught a credited wine class at Virginia Tech and lectured at Roanoke College, Radford University and National Business College. Philips said he hadn’t “counted in a while,” but knows the last time he checked that Mr. Bill’s featured more than 600 varieties of wine and several hundred beer choices. “We have the largest selection of Virginia wine in this part of the state,” noted Philips, who put that number at 150 or so. “There’s Virginia beer, cider and mead” as well. Repeat customers return because “they like what

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If you’re a womsignificant. an who owns a One way to help small business, close this savings you’ve got plenty of gap, of course, is to company. In fact, set up a retirement women own more plan for your busithan 10 million ness. But for many U.S. companies, women business and women-owned owners (and male businesses account owners, too), the for about 40% of perceived cost of all privately held setting up and Carl Grove firms in the U.S., running a retireaccording to the Center for ment plan has been an obstaWomen’s Business Research. cle. However, the retirement Clearly, the good news is that plan market has opened up women like you are entering considerably for small busithe small-business arena at a ness owners over the past rapid pace. The not-so-good several years, so you might news is that you may be fac- be surprised at the ease and ing a retirement savings gap inexpensiveness of adminisin comparison to male busi- tering a quality plan that can ness owners. help you build resources for To get a sense of this gap, your own retirement — and consider these statistics: help you attract and retain • According to the U.S. good employees. Small Business AdministraWith the help of a financial tion’s Office of Advocacy, professional, you can con19.4% of male business own- sider some of the myriad of ers have 401(k) or similar plans that may be available plans, compared with just to you: 15.5% of women owners. • Owner-only 401(k) — • The percentage of female This plan, which is also business owners with Indi- known as an individual vidual Retirement Accounts 401(k), is available to self(IRAs) is about the same as employed individuals and that of male business own- business owners with no fullers — but the men have more time employees other than money in their accounts. The themselves or a spouse. You average woman’s IRA bal- may even be able to choose a ance is about $51,000, com- Roth option for your 401(k), pared with $91,000 for men, which allows you to make afaccording to a recent report ter-tax contributions that can by the Employee Benefit Re- grow tax-free. search Institute. Although • SEP IRA — If you have these figures change con- just a few employees or are stantly with the ebbs and flow self-employed with no emof the market, the difference ployees, you may want to conbetween the genders remains sider a SEP IRA. You’ll fund

the plan with tax-deductible contributions, and you must cover all eligible employees. • Solo defined benefit plan — Pension plans, also known as defined benefit plans, are still around — and you can set one up for yourself if you are self-employed or own your own business. This plan has high contribution limits, which are determined by an actuarial calculation, and as is the case with other retirement plans, your contributions are typically taxdeductible. • SIMPLE IRA — A SIMPLE IRA, as its name suggests, is easy to set up and maintain, and it can be a good plan if your business has fewer than 10 employees. Still, while a SIMPLE IRA may be advantageous for your employees, it’s less generous to you, as far as allowable contributions, than an owner-only 401(k), a SEP IRA or a defined benefit plan. As a business owner, you spend a lot of time thinking about what needs to be done today, but you don’t want to forget about tomorrow — so consider putting a retirement plan to work for you soon. 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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Author’s Second Novel Examines Valley Tourism Gets Significant Boost From Lt. Governor A Fractured Marriage Roanoke author Gina Holmes had a hit on her hands with her first novel, “Crossing Oceans,” which became a bestseller on Christian book lists. A tale of a dysfunctional family, the 2010 novel told the story of Jenny, a single mother who thought she would never go home again. Holmes, a nurse by trade, who is taking a hiatus to write full time, has just released her second novel, “Dry As Rain,” which involves a married couple caught in an unusual predicament. The husband Eric has been unfaithful, causing his marriage to Kyra to unravel. When she suffers a concussion in a car accident, all memory of Eric’s affair is erased. He attempts to win back her love, never knowing when the memory of his indiscretion might return. Holmes will make several appearances to support her new book release, including a stop at the Roanoke City Main Library branch this Tuesday, September 6, from 6:30-8 p.m. She will read from “Dry as Rain” and sign copies of the book that are for purchase. She will also sign copies at Lifeway Bookstore (Valley View Mall) on October 21 and is trying to line up an appearance at Barnes & Noble Tanglewood. For “Dry as Rain,” Holmes said she had “very little time” to deliver it to the publisher, especially after her first version was rejected. One early book concept was also rejected as being too oriented towards a young adult audience; Tyndale House

Author Gina Holmes Publishers didn’t want Holmes to get pigeonholed as a young adult writer this early in her career. “There are no real common threads between “Crossing Oceans” and “Dry as Rain,” said Holmes, save for the fact that they are both “family dramas.” Holmes was pleased by the success of her first novel, realizing that “there are lots of great books out there that never sell very well.” Crossing Oceans wound up on several bestseller lists and Holmes won or was up for a handful of Christian book awards. “That just doesn’t normally happen,” notes Holmes, “so I feel really blessed.” “Dry as Rain” is about starting over again; as a child of divorce, Holmes used that as a stepping off point. “I see so many relationships that could be saved if people can forgive – if they’re willing to forgive and start over. “

Eric “has put a toe tag on his marriage,” in “Dry as Rain,” but when Kyra shows a renewed interest in him after the car accident, he is forced to reexamine the relationship. [Eric] is in a major dilemma when he realizes that as soon as all the bitterness is gone from her, he doesn’t feel it either. He takes that second chance. “That’s in part,” said Holmes, “because Eric is still in love with her.” Originally written as a he said / she said third person novel, that draft was rejected by the publisher, who wanted to see it all come from Eric’s point of view. “This one was a stubborn baby [to write],” she laughs. Holmes wasn’t sure where “Dry as Rain” would end up, and as a woman wasn’t sure if she could forgive a cheating husband. “I wanted to write him being punished … I could feel her pain [but] he turned out to be a pretty good guy.” She thinks men who have been in that predicament will benefit from the book. “There’s hard truth there.” “In the end he really did change – that really does happen for some people,” said Holmes of Eric. Does that afford him a second chance with Kyra? Pick up the book and find out. Holmes’ next book signing is scheduled for September 6 at the Roanoke Main Library. See for schedule updates. By Gene Marrano

Tourism is big business in Virginia, supporting more than 200,000 jobs and providing $17.1 billion in annual revenue statewide. It also accounts for 7000 plus jobs and brings $600 million a year just in the Roanoke Valley. Roanoke Valley officials hope to see those figures grow, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling was on hand this past Monday (Aug. 29) to present Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Center President Bart Wilner with the check. “It’s important for us to promote the tourism opportunities that exist all across Virginia. Certainly this effort to promote the Blue Ridge Mountains is going to be fantastic - and it’s going to bring more people into the area,” said Bolling. “They’re going to be staying in hotels; they’re going to be shopping in shops; they’re going to be eating in restaurants.” “It’s all about creating jobs,” said Bolling. “We’re just excited to be a partner in the effort [and] we thank the Roanoke Convention & Visitors Bureau for putting this program together, [and] the local governments for supporting it. It’s a delight for us to pitch in and be a part of it.” Bolling said “tourism is economic development” and part of the McDonnell administration’s economic development strategy. In fact, during the past 19 months, state support

for tourism has increased 30 percent, according to the Lt. Governor. The grant money will be used for a new website and marketing campaign to increase awareness of the Blue Ridge Mountains and to encourage travel to the area. Area partners will kick in $110,000 to match it. Those partners include Roanoke City, Roanoke County, the City of Salem, Botetourt County, and Franklin County Commerce and Leisure Services. The Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program awards approximately $1.4 million a year, and the Roanoke Valley’s grant was one of the three largest awards given this year, according to Bolling. “I think it speaks to the quality of the grant proposal that was put in,” he said at a news conference. “I know a lot of work went into this at the local level. There’s a lot of commitment and dedication to this project from organizations like the Roanoke Convention & Visitors Bureau, all of the local governments, and some private sector partners as well. You have that type of local enthusiasm; you [also] have a great product to offer, like the Blue Ridge Mountains. It helps elevate this project and it helps distinguish [it] from lots of the other great applications that we

Actress Kathy Garver Bringing 'Love Letters' to Roanoke Kathy Garver, who is bestknown for playing Cissy on the classic CBS sitcom "Family Affair," will co-star in a special, one-time-only performance of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play "Love Letters" in Salem on Friday, September 9, at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT). Proceeds from the show will benefit BCAT’s Center for Performing Arts, a four-year, advanced performing artsfocused educational program of the Roanoke County Public Schools. “Love Letters” centers on two lifelong friends reflecting on their hopes, ambitions, dreams and disappointments, while reading letters, notes and cards they wrote over the course of 50 years. Garver will play the character Melissa Gardner, opposite Roanoke-based actor Chuck Lionberger as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. “This is a wonderful play that gives the audience an insight into the relationship of two people, communicated in a way not often experienced,” Garver said. “Love letters are very personal, and sometimes depict the best representation of feelings that cannot be expressed face-to-face.

Kathy Garver In many ways, it is more honest and telling.” “We have had celebrities help us with fundraisers before, but I’m really excited to be working with Kathy,” Lionberger said. “I remember watching her on ‘Family Affair,’ so it’s a thrill and an honor to perform on stage with her.” During her lifelong career in Hollywood, Garver has provided character voices for many children's animated TV series and narrated many audio books. She has also appeared in a long list of TV shows and movies, including "The Ten Commandments," "Matlock," "New Love, American Style," "Adam 12," "The Patty Duke Show" and many more. Recently, she finished shooting the soon-to-be released family Christmas film "Santa's Dog," with Shorty Rossi of the popular Animal Planet series "Pit Boss." In the film, Garver co-stars as


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The Roanoke Star-Sentinel  
The Roanoke Star-Sentinel  

News from the Roanoke Valley for Septemeber 2, 2011.