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[Valley Festivals]

Goodlatte Decries Deficit, New Health Care Bill

Serving It Up Hot!

Sixth District U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte held what he called an “America’s Speaking Out Town Hall” last Saturday at Virginia Western Community College. Goodlatte, the nine-term incumbent who will not face a Democratic opponent this November, spent Politics much of the 90 minute session bashing President Obama and the Democratic Congress for passing legislation that has added trillions to the country’s deficit. Goodlatte said the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives was “working to gather input,” ahead of the November 2 election, where many predict the GOP will take back the majority. “By far the most serious problem [is] out of control government spending,” said Goodlatte, who broke out charts put together by the Republican caucus. Future projected budget deficits are “the scariest part,” he added, with deficits perhaps four times higher than at any other time in American history. Goodlatte noted that he has introduced balanced budget amendment many times – to no avail so far. He also mentioned the European debt crisis, singling out Greece, where debt is currently about 120% of the country’s gross national product (GDP). “The U.S. debt currently stands at 93% of this country’s GDP,” said Goodlatte. As for the controversial health care bill,


100 years Young P3– Tony Hehn passes the century mark with family and friends and plenty of youthful enthusiasm.

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Roanoke’s first annual Wingfest, presented by BB&T and Haley Scion, was a big success as people from all over the valley turned out to try a variety of specialty wing recipes from eleven different vendors. From the Meze World Café to Kroger’s “Chef-Prepared wings,” visitors got to experience a full range of flavors that cost upwards of 50 cents to $1 a wing. Meanwhile, the 2010 Tailgate Games by Tailgaters United took place in one section of the park, including a corn hole and ladder golf tournament. In the back

ground, bands like The Astronomers, RagTop, Oxytone, and Fuzzy Logic added an extra element to the laid-back atmosphere that inspired people to get up and dance and enjoy the beautiful day. While only in its premiere year, Wingfest laid a solid foundation in providing great food, drinks (a variety of soft drinks, beer, and wine) and great music - all while fun and active tournaments offered a chance for trophies and a grand prize.

Mike Stovall has been a presence in education in Roanoke County Schools for over fifteen years as a member of the school board, serving as its chairman three times. This November, though, he aims to return to the field he started out in shortly after high school: law enforcement. The Vinton resident is running as an independent for Roanoke County Sheriff in the upcoming November 2 election. Incumbent Sheriff Mike Winston,

running as a Democrat, is his opponent. After moving on to private practice as Winston took over for the retired Gerald an investigator in 1994, an opportunity Holt, with the former Sheriff then be- in education arose the next year when coming a U.S. Marshall. Roanoke County switched over to electStovall started out as a 911 ing school board members, dispatcher for the Vinton Porather than appointing them. Sheriff’s Race lice Department in 1982, beHe ran in a three-person fore moving on to police ofcampaign for the Vinton disficer and crime investigation positions. trict seat and has been a fixture on the He had always envisioned being a de- board since. In addition to serving as tective, ever since his days at William School Board Chairman, Stovall has also owned Alert Driver Training in Vinton Byrd High School.



since 2007. When asked why he wants to get back into the law enforcement arena after a 15 years absence, Stovall says that he would like to finish his professional career there, “bring[ing in] new initiatives.” Among those are a more extensive inmate work program, where Stovall says he would like to see petty crime inmates (such as > CONTINUED P2: Stovall

A New Mission For Parsons – Serving In Africa

P7– The Patrick Henry Patriots are impressive in their season opener as they roll over Hidden Valley 35-7.

An artist’s rendering of the renovated atrium space at Center in the Square.

Center in the Square Announces Major Grants, Public Campaign

P11– Artist Dickie Eikcid steps out with a new downtown gallery called “Just Embrace Love Please.”

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Stovall Looks To Shift Gears This November

Pats are Back?

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Center in the Square has announced “Igniting Dreams, Energizing Promises” – the Campaign for Center in the Square -- a volunteer led $9 million capital campaign that will, when combined with $18 million in tax credits that have already been sold, fund the $27 million renovation of Center in the Square. The campaign has received a $750,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation and a $500,000 pledge from the Steel Dynamics Foundation. Combined with other donations, nearly $8 million has been raised towards Center’s $9 million fundraising goal. The public phase to raise the final $1 million is now officially underway. “This challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation is a really big deal,” explained Ab Boxley, campaign co-chair. “Center in the Square competed on a national level to win this award, which says a lot about the merits of the project. In order to satisfy the conditions of the grant, we have been challenged as a community to raise the final million by the first of the year.” “The pacesetting generosity we have also > CONTINUED P2: Grants

Elizabeth Parsons may be known better in these parts as an editor and writer for several local publications, but recently she has embarked on a new journey that will soon take her to Ethiopia. Parsons is the first employee at Kissito Healthcare International, a sister company to Kissito Healthcare, located near Valley View Mall. The non-profit Kissito manages nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in Virginia, Texas and Arizona. The closest facility is in Fincastle. Parsons will be heading to Ethiopia in Northern Africa just after Labor Day, where Kissito Healthcare International is building a 40,000 square foot hospital Elizabeth Parsons that she said will “touch literally thousands of lives and deliver care to one of labor will be used in Ethiopia and Parthis country’s most remote regions.” A sons speaks to the area director there evlack of health care contributes to an av- ery day. Materials that have been stored erage life expectancy of just 47 years in at CEO Tom Clark’s farm in Buchanan Ethiopia, according to Parsons, who ma- will be shipped from here by boat. (Dojored in cultural anthropology nations for the project are at Mary Washington Universtill being accepted at KissiNon-Profits sity. Mission work that Kissito Parsons estimates that it employees had been doing for years led will cost less than one million dollars to to the formation of the international erect the facility. Well known televangebranch. “They wanted to make it into a list Morris Cerulseparate company,” said Parsons, who lo has been the > CONTINUED has the title of programs director. Local principal donor P3: Mission



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Goodlatte said he voted against it “for many reasons,” earlier this year. One chart displayed a complex jumble of what he claimed were 150 new agencies and programs that the Obama-led health care reform would entail. “Truly stunning … we simply cannot afford it,” he said. Goodlatte wants to repeal health care reform – which will only happen if Republicans win back a majority in Congress. “We really are headed towards a cliff [otherwise].” He supports more limited reform measures in place of the massive bill. “A full repeal,” said Goodlatte would not be possible “until you have a new President of the United States.” Attendees were asked for their feedback and questions. One spoke of the “pent up anger,” and the need for more job creation. He also wanted to see the Bush tax cuts that are scheduled to end this year extended. Goodlatte responded to one query on education by saying it was “really a state

> Stovall

From page 1 and local issue. We try to do too much at the federal level.” That remark drew a round of applause. He’s not a big fan of No Child Left Behind, the program pushed by the Bush administration, calling it “well intentioned – but it did not turn out well at all.” The federal program also conflicts with Virginia’s Standards of Learning according to Goodlatte. Others in the audience wanted to see more federal accountability for its spending and measures to protect U.S. businesses from unfair foreign competition. Goodlatte wants to see the United States produce more domestic energy of all types, and to lessen its dependence on other countries. “Social Security reform,” said the congressman was “probably the easiest to fix,” although raising the retirement rate might be part of the solution. Goodlatte also wants to see more fraud investigators hired to go after waste in the Medicare system. Once again, Goodlatte stated his opposi-

Congressman Bob Goodlatte breaks out the charts at Saturday’s meeting. tion to the 51 million dollar renovation planned for the federal Poff Building in downtown Roanoke. By Gene Marrano

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those who don’t pay child support) out of jail , perhaps mowing grassmedians or performing other work. He says that he differs on this from Winston, who according to Stovall, claimed in February that there was not enough manpower to execute such a program. Other initiatives include restarting resource officer programs in Roanoke County elementary schools, where the Sheriff ’s Dept. would advise on awareness and safety issues. Stovall has a history of encouraging the placement of resource officers. His platform when he first ran for the School Board in 1995 included placing resource officers in middle schools. Positioning himself as a fiscal conservative, Stovall says he would have a goal of “doing more with less” should he win the office: “I need to ask how I can as sheriff, make it so we aren’t a drain on the taxpayers.” One action he would take to cut costs includes running the inmate canteen at the Roanoke County jail, rather than outsourcing those services. This, Stovall says, would free up money to be used elsewhere, such as providing sheriff ’s department employees with what he thinks would be an overdue raise. Consolidation of some positions through attrition would be another approach to streamlining the budget. Stovall says that

wise, because it allows the opportunity to just sit down and deal with people and their issues.” Roanoke County School Board candidates do not run on a party line. This approach falls in line with his management style says Stovall: ‘My key component is respect - and respecting everybody comes from … trusting them.” That policy of trust may have been tested when Turner, a police lieutenant and former Stovall campaign insider, split off from his campaign to seek the GOP nomination for the sheriff position. Stovall had no further comment on Turner, who eventually dropped out of the running due to time and money issues, other than to “wish him well in his career in law enforcement.” When asked what the main difference is between he and Winston, Stovall says that it would be their concept about the role as sheriff: “[Winston] says that it’s a police job; I say that it’s a leadership job.” Stovall is quick to note that serving as Sheriff would not separate him from working at the same level of intensity as his employees: “They’ll have all my support. I’ll work 3 to 11 … I’ll work ‘til midnight ... I’ll serve papers with them.”

Independent Mike Stovall seeks the Sheriff's office in Roanoke County. when an employee retires he would ask others if they would like to split the vacant position’s duties, with a suitable raise to compensate for the added work. He says that using this method as chairman of the Roanoke County School Board has allowed him to navigate schools through a tough funding climate over the past few years, without the layoff of a single full-time employee. Stovall also claims that running as an independent better benefits the people of Roanoke County (the Republican candidate, Steve Turner, dropped out early in the race). “Being an independent candidate, I can sit down with everybody,” he says. “I’ve been bipartisan on the school board and that’s

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received from Steel Dynamics Foundation is a tremendous example of their continuing support of and belief in our community and this project,” added Bob Lawson, campaign co-chair. “Other likeminded corporations, individuals, foundations, and governments have also been cheerful givers. Just like the effort to renovate the Hotel Roanoke, Center in the Square now needs the backing of everyone who is willing to help,” “We are extremely grateful to all of our donors, campaign volunteers, and tax credit partners,” commented George B. Cartledge, Jr., CEO of Grand Home Furnishings and Chairman of Center’s Board of Directors. “They have given generously and worked diligently, in

challenging times, to help fund this renovation project. As thrilled as we are to be able to see success on the horizon, we hope others will choose to be part of this historic undertaking and help us finish this campaign.” Beginning now through the end of the year, caring citizens in the region are invited to join the effort by pledging their support or making a contribution. To receive more information about the project or to make a contribution, contact Valerie McConnell, Campaign Coordinator, at 540283-9158, or visit Center’s website, at

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> Mission and the hospital will bear his name. “He’s pretty committed,” said Parsons, noting that Kissito International itself is a secular organization. A teaching hospital and university is part of the project’s Phase Two and over a period of ten years the Ethiopians will assume complete control from Kissito’s oversight. “The first [group] of staff will be Kissito folks,” said Parsons, who has also done mission work in Ecuador and project management elsewhere. Earlier this year she was in Haiti after the major earthquake. Kissito has a micro project in the works there, focusing on geriatric medicine and training local health care providers. “It’s a civilization in ruins,” she said of the Caribbean nation.

From page 1 “This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” noted Parsons, who speaks Spanish and calls herself “widely traveled.” Her mother grew up in Japan; a brother lives in Spain and her stepbrother resides in Kenya, so having a wide worldview is not new. “It’s sort of been ingrained in my psyche.” A relationship that Cerullo had with a late Denver businessman who built churches in Ethiopia led to the concept of a hospital. “We want to deliver healthcare… and alleviate suffering,” said Parsons, who called it a pilot project that could lead to similar facilities in Uganda and elsewhere. Parsons encourages people to follow the project on Kissito’s Twitter and Facebook pages, where

WWII Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday at The American Legion When Anthony J. “Tony” Hehn’s wife Nancy told him to put on his uniform dress shirt last Saturday for a dinner outing, she relays that “he was mad that he had to wear that out to dinner.” Unbeknownst to him, they were headed to a surprise party for his 100th birthday (actually Aug. 25) at the American Legion (Post 3) where he has spent decades as a member and volunteer – and where it was apparent that he soon forgot about the shirt and had a great time reminiscing with well-wishers. Over the course of the evening, several dozen friends, family, fellow college alums and politicians stopped by to congratulate him and commemorate the occasion. State Senator John Edwards and Congressman Bob Goodlatte, both on hand to deliver certificates of recognition, spent time chatting with the group; many a conversation centered on the amazing mental acuity and physical agility Hehn possesses for a person his age. Steve Storch, a 1967 Notre Dame alum, traveled from Oak Ridge Tennessee for the party. Storch and the Hehn family met at a college reunion weekend and have stayed in touch ever since; struggling for the right words to encompass his admiration for Hehn, Storch finally said, “He’s just a remarkable person - really.” A WWII veteran with a slight build, Hehn gets around surprisingly well. In fact, several times he had to be told to go ahead and “just sit down.” When he took to the mike to address the group and thank them for coming by for his birthday celebration, he invited any and all Notre Dame alumni (Hehn is Class of ’42) and fans to join him in the “fight song.” He belted it out from start to finish, never wavering, to the delight of everyone in the room. Hehn relished the enthusiastic response – he clearly enjoys being around people - and holding the rather rare title of centenarian, which garners a bit of extra attention, suits him just fine. In his impromptu address, Hehn said, “What a big gesture;

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Americans For Prosperity Summit in D.C. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), held their fourth annual “Defending the American Dream” summit in Washington, D.C. last weekend, which happened to coincide with Glenn Beck's “Restoring Honor Rally.” Friday welcomed over 3000 attendees from every state in the union, including over 500 from Virginia. Several buses from Roanoke and the surrounding counties trekked to the nation's capitol for the two day event. The morning featured several breakout sessions and grassroots training for youth and college students. The afternoon was given over to the welcome by AFP President Tim Phillips, who was followed by a slate of speakers. Phillips’ new slogan, “November is Coming,” is an obvious reference to the upcoming elections, which conservatives are pinning their hopes on. He said of Congress, “Keep voting Yes on more spending and more taxes and we are voting No in November.” He blamed what he calls the mainstream media for the four stages of the conservative movement -- “First they ignore us, then they ridicule us, then they attack us and then we win.” Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell congratulated Virginians on having over 35,000 AFP members in the state, with over 1.2 million AFP members nationwide. He compared Virginia, which has a budget surplus, to Washington, which is trillions of dollars in debt. McDonnell emphasized his focus on de-regulating the state versus the federal government, which is adding 60,000 new pages of regulations every year. The Tribute to Ronald Reagan dinner featured a slide show on the former President, along with a selection of his most famous quotations. Congresswoman Michele Bachman of MN startled the crowd with the fact that President Obama has put the country more in debt in the past 12 months than the previous 43 presidents put together. She said “if Cap & Trade passes, our electric bills will double overnight,” and urged everyone to contact their representative to express their views on what she termed “this job killing tax.” Conservative columnist George Will was the keynote speaker. He peppered most of his remarks with sports analogies, which went over well with Check out the crowd. He quipped, “Obama my coupon in the is Jimmy Carter 2.0 and we need Savings to hit delete.” Section! He spreads the blame around

Tony is surrounded by longtime American Legion buddies, including Jim Werner who arranged to give Tony a flag that had been flown over the Capitol in his honor. from the bottom of my heart, I’ll him to both Jackson, Miss., and never forget this and everyone Miami where he served, before who showed up … I don’t know they returned to Marion, Va. how… I haven’t the faintest idea after the war. Hehn retired from how [he got to be 100] … I was a career at Brunswick in Marion an altar boy, I served Mass, I was and later moved to Roanoke to great for prayer, I’ve been good be near their daughter and her to people.” Part-time caregiver only son, Anthony Russell, who for the Hehns, Sue Rohmer, is now an attorney with Gentry later added that “he prays three Locke. or four times a day.” A life serving others, years Many in the room were in retirement spent volunteerAmerican Legion members ing at Bingo nights, and heavy who have known Hehn for involvement with American years. One longtime friend, Tom Legion Baseball have kept Hehn Bradley, another WWII vet who busy doing things he loves, and calls himself “a 1925 model,” in the process he has won the brought a carefully wrapped hearts of many. package which contained a cap Steve Storch left a letter with he had monogrammed with Hehn which summed up his “Tony Hehn’s 100 years.” sentiments about their friendHehn enjoys telling the story ship and Hehn’s life; a sample of his enlistment experience, be- of his words may well speak for ginning with the fact that “at 32 many: “Thank you, Tony, for I was older than most recruits, the fulfilling life you have lived which was a big advantage for so well and for being a wonme, because I knew more.” He derful example to all of us with can’t stop grinning as he relays your life-long dedication and that “I looked around the mess service.” hall where they served beans By Cheryl Hodges and pickles. I said ‘holy smokes’ something must be wrong here. 9-24-07 No one is getting enough to eat – there is no food value in this meal. I went over the heads of some people and told the Captain, who agreed. [For some reason] three days later, they shipped me out of there.” He thinks that was because “they didn’t want to have to feed me!” As it turned out, Hehn spent his service stateside, which allowed his wife Nancy (who is Botetourt Sports Complex a very young 98) to accompany

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Rental cars get broken into all the time at the beach parking lots, and this one at Ke ‘e Beach at the Na Pali trail head is liable to be no exception. We make the interior of the car look as unappealing as possible –it’s not too difficult since we have been traveling in it for a few days- by artfully placing litter throughout it. The coup de grace is the pair of underwear draped casually over the seat. The car remains undisturbed during our hike into the coastal back country. The Na Pali coast on the Ha- The sure-footed Robinson boys on their Hawaiian pilgrimage. waiian island of Kauii is a sig- from the unannounced arrival I don’t know about anyone nificant piece of undisturbed of such a mountain of water, else, but I’m bushed and soon tropical island coastline. The we proceed happily, "leap-of- I’m stretched out in our 3-man incredible steepness of the faith" style. At other places tent surrounded VERY closely mountains rising from the inky along the trail signs announce by the four other members of blue sea has prevented develop- the possibility of flash flooding my family all in various stages ment of this part of Kauii, and of the creeks which flow steeply of sleepiness. I try to read a little it is now federally protected, down the clefts of rock from far but have trouble holding my draped only by a cliff-hanging above. eyes open and am soon lulled to trail. There are a few designated But this has been one out- sleep by the wild and hypnotic back country campsites along standing Tuesday. To be away sound of the surf crashing bethe 12-mile trail which ends at from the day-to-day mundane, low. the remote Kalalau with one’s own little Two hours later Marybeth Valley. family is always a and I are wide awake and sitThe trail is welltreat, but this is es- ting in the middle of the tent trodden, and much pecially nice. Sure amid a cacophony of intense of it has sunken a foot enough, the trail rain drumming loudly on the or so into the ground, descends steeply tent fly. The occasional bolts of so you’re walking in and opens to a val- lightning ripping across the sky a sort of ditch. This ley or canyon on a really get our attention. After is a safety feature bench 200 ft above a while I realize that I must go when accompanied the ocean. A stream out and monitor the state of the by young children, flows through the stream. The Kmart poncho feels but it guarantees a small tenting area. as thin as cellophane on my back John W. Robinson liberal coating of We have it to our- as I creep around the campsite fine Hawaiian mud selves and it really is paradise. under the deluge. The creek is on our legs (we’re in the tropics The remainder of the afternoon up, that’s for sure, but I’m reof course) which then seems to is spent splashing in the deep lieved when the rain stops and migrate all over the body from spots in the stream and climb- the clouds move past, revealing there. ing on the smooth boulders sur- a stunningly star-studded sky. The majority of the trail is rounding the campsite. Yes, the Marybeth and I sit up until spectacularly high above the ocean below is accessible but, the dawn starts to lighten the Contact Jon at sea, easily 1000 ft., and there believe me, it’s not suitable for sky, monitoring the level of the are places which give one pause, swimming at this time of year. stream, watching the stars, liswhen the ease with which one The crash of the monstrous surf tening to the crash of the surf, could slip off is contemplated. on the black rock is spectacular. the gurgles of the creek and the Our three young boys are sureDinner time and the boys are occasional sleep talk of someone footed –after all, the youngest wondering what is on the menu. in the tent. The boys, of course, is already three - but their dad Let’s see, how about a no-cook have slept through it all. needs watching out for. A couple of days later and meal of canned beans, some Where the side trail descends rice leftover from this morning, we emerge from the other Roanoke has a Saltwater Fish Store! all the way down to the ocean, apples and cookies . . . There worldliness that is the Na Pali • Large selection signs warn of tsunamis and in- are no objections, which is good coast. Our bodies and clothes • Live corals • Aquariums & equipment struct us on the need to get the since there are no other options are mud-saturated (years later • Delivery & set-up • Maintenance for home or business heck back up on the trail if we in the larder. It’s a lovely evening there is still Na Pali mud stains 540-580-7755 1428 Roanoke Road see one coming. Unconvinced as we picnic on the largest boul- on that favorite t-shirt) and our (Across from Lord Botetourt High School) of our ability to save ourselves der around. faces wear happy smiles. The

Sports have always left an ing. A resident of the Roanoke indelible impression on my area since 1983, I saw this opmind. Whether it was the first portunity as a sort of southern time I saw a game in a major rite of passage, like driving to league baseball park, the ac- the Roanoke star or visiting cidental hole-in-one I scored mini-Graceland. Armed with by ricocheting my tee shot off my tickets and an open mind, I of a sand trap rake, or the first set my headings south towards time my son hit a home run in Bristol. high school, moments such as The Tri-Cities area of Tenthese always remain vivid in nessee is somewhat similar to my head. Roanoke in terms of topograA few years ago I had the phy and is a scenic place except opportunity to attend my first for the huge chemical plant NASCAR race. The event was that sits in the middle of Kingthe Sharpie 500 in sport which makes Bristol, Tennesthe area smell like a see and I was asked combination of vinto host a group of egar and flea spray. VIP customers in It was in this city of the company suite. smokestacks that I Born and bred in would pick up my New York, I felt horguests. ribly miscast in this Cruising towards assignment. Car our destination, one racing was not really of my passengers considered to be a casually mentioned Jon Kaufman sport where I was that we would have raised. I'm not sure to park a few miles why that was, but I suspect that from the track as the surroundconsidering the average New ing streets are closed for the Yorker spends over half of their event. "A few miles?" I thought, life on the Long Island Express- "he must be trying to pull my way creeping along in two mile yankee-fied leg." an hour bumper-to-bumper He wasn't. Joining a parade gridlock, viewing a sport which of race patrons, we began our promotes long periods of driv- journey on foot. After the ing is somewhat of a "busman's first mile my legs were beginholiday," for most of these ning to wane; by mile two I rehardened commuters. Horse called reading about the Bataan racing, on the other hand, Death March in Western Civ combined an animal that was class and wondered if I would not indigenous to Brooklyn be discarded on the side of the and you can bet on the results. road if I wasn't up to the chalIn paramutual terms, that's a lenge. The final mile seemed pretty good Exacta. like twenty as I stumbled along. Accepting my assignment, Finally, like a great ray of heavI sought the advice of sev- enly light I beheld the glorious, eral friends who are NASCAR huge Bristol Motor Speedway in savvy. Unbeknownst to me, the distance, AND IT WAS ON I had been assigned to one of THE TOP OF A HILL! What the most popular events on cruel architect would design an the racing circuit. The more obstacle such as this at the end I heard about the event, the of our woeful walkabout? more excited I felt about goWiping the tears from my


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The First Day of School 1939 My initiation into the world that the first floor had two of education began in an un- grades to each of three rooms orthodox way. My family had – first and second, third and just moved to our new home fourth, and fifth and sixth. The near Verona in Augusta County, other room was the office and and my mother learned I would workroom for teachers. Seventh attend the school at Mt. Sidney, through tenth grades went up a few miles north of our home. the stairs for classes. I thought My parents believed in training that was why they were called children to be independent, and “high school.” since my father was busy setRemembering my mother’s tling our family after our recent advice, I eased into a desk dimove, and my mothrectly in front of the er had a three-yearteacher’s desk. My old and a toddler to first mistake! School care for, I would ride had actually started the bus to school a day or two earunescorted. lier and the seat was My mother pinned already claimed. I my birth certificate learned of it when a to the front of my boy pushed me out new cotton dress, onto the freshly oiled advised me to find a floor. The lovely lady seat near the front who was to be my Mary Jo Shannon of the classroom so teacher came to my I wouldn’t get into rescue, scolded the trouble, kissed me goodbye boy and tried to remove the oily and helped me onto the bus. stain from my new dress. I think The only element that ancient I know why the boy was seated contraption had in common directly in front of her desk. with school buses of today was One would think such a the color yellow. The flat roof rough initiation would result sagged, the headlights resem- in a strong dislike of school. bled two enormous bug eyes Not so. I loved the experience and the rumble could be heard from that first day forward. I before the bus came into sight. can still smell the new crayons There were no individual and the peppermint paste Miss seats. Instead, long benches ran Stuart made at home so that we down the middle of the bus and could paste cut outs from the on each side. Rowdy boys chose Sears catalog for our alphabet to sit in the middle and push books. I watched her make copone another as the bus rounded ies of worksheets using a tray of a curve. A kind teenager seated gelatin to absorb the purple ink me with her on the side, and I of the master. Then she pressed sat motionless, absorbing the sheets of white paper, one by strangeness and feeling as if one against the gelatin, and this were a dream from which I peeled them off, revealing a perwould wake any moment. fect copy, as if by magic. The kind teenager took me to I loved eating in the basement my classroom. I later learned cafeteria, where we bought veg-

etable soup or hot dogs for a dime. Some children brought potatoes or other vegetables to barter for their lunches. After lunch we were free to play – hopscotch, jump rope, or jacks. As we advanced to upper grades, we also had supervised physical education – exercises such as jumping jacks or climbing a rope suspended from a maple tree, and games – dodge ball and softball. During my first year of school, I decided I wanted to be a teacher like my idol, Miss Stuart. She let me help other children in the class and at the close of the year, she said my best friend and I had learned everything she taught the second grade so we were promoted to third grade. One of the advantages of combining two grades is the ability to allow students to progress at their own rate. This was a key element of the Montessori Method I was to use many years later. Looking back at my experience that first day of school, I realize how harsh it now seems. But I do believe it helped me to become independent and rely on myself in new situations. I took each of my three children to school on their first days, and I kept informed of their progress and needs, but I encouraged them to forge their own way through the educational maze. I believe we do our children an injustice if we allow them to depend on us too much. Independence and self reliance are keys to success. I learned that on my first day of school in 1939.

they were about to bloom. Peonies are among my favorite flowers and I was anticipating their arrival. I was horrified to see that the stems were intact, but all of the buds were gone; it was as if someone had taken scissors and cut the buds off. I called my husband out to take a look. He suspected that a rabbit was the culprit, but I knew that unless said rabbit was of gigantic proportions, that was not the case. I began to ponder all of the possibilities until the most likely came to mind. I called my youngest son to join me outside. As we walked along the row of headless peonies, he confessed that he had whacked the buds off with his baseball bat. In the eyes of a then tenyear-old boy, the tall stalks with nicely rounded flower buds resembled baseballs on

“Invest In A kid, Change A life” by Pastor Quigg Lawrence

Everyone is busy. I am busy, you’re busy, we're all busy. It is easy to use the “I’m so busy” card as an excuse. It was the same way in 1971. The country was at war and the sexual revolution and illegal drug use was in full gear. The wheels were coming off the world as we knew it. The economy, at least in our home, was terrible. I was a twelve-year-old boy with a tumultuous home life. Let’s just say my dad had some problems, was caught up in the culture and thereby not with me a whole lot. A pre-teen or young teenage age child is very vulnerable. If they have no father at home they are even more vulnerable. There were a few loving men that made the time to be a surrogate dad/big brother to me. In spite of their busy lives, they created space for me. Space to love me in tangible ways. I can tell you these men made a huge difference. Even small gestures were life giving to me. Mr. Jack Gaylord was my scoutmaster. He was funny, encouraging and he brought out the best in a boy. Mainly, he made time to be with me and the guys in our troop. He taught us how to pitch a tent, tie knots, cook on a fire, canoe, plan an overnight, train younger scouts, and how to see the good in people. Mr. Gaylord will never know how important he was in developing me as a man. The Reverend Holt Souder was my parish priest. He was also a very fun man and made space in his busy life for me. I served under him as an acolyte at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Goochland County. The thing is what I did was not really the draw; Being an acolyte was not that riveting. It was the relationship with a healthy

male role model person that was the draw. Parson Souder made time for me and treated me like a favored son. The amazing thing is we never did much outside of Sunday morning. Parson Souder did not have to take a lot of time off from work to be with me or take me on trips; he just loved me when we were serving together. Are there kids God has put in your life that have a tough home situation? Tweenagers or teenagers that you just know could use some encouragement from a surrogate mom or dad? Perhaps the Holy Spirit is prompting you to reach out to a particular kid? Obviously you would have to be very wise to make sure that there is not even a hint of improper behavior or to be alone in a way that could give way to accusation. BUT, with that stated, I believe it is time to open our eyes and stop letting the devil, pedophiles and cults snap up all our vulnerable kids. Where is the body of Christ? Where am I? Where are you? Are we pouring into any kids but our own? Maybe we could learn from Holt Souder and just love on kids intentionally in the settings where we normally spend time with them. Are you a Rec coach? Sunday School teacher? Schoolteacher, Youth group leader? Neighbor down the street? Other? Why not change the life of a kid by showing him or her the pure love of Jesus Christ. The amazing thing is YOU will be just as blessed as the kid that you invest in. Quigg Lawrence is the Senior Pastor at Church of the Holy Spirit located at 6011 Merriman Road in Roanoke. Visit them on the web at www.coths. org

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I fancy myself a passionate gardener; I love digging in the dirt, experimenting with new plants and battling the many weeds that seem to thrive under any circumstances. The lawn mower, weed eater, rake, and leaf blower are no strangers to me. I love the instant gratification that all of these implements help me achieve. It is quite pleasing as a gardener to look out over a freshly mowed lawn, a weedfree flower garden or a pile of leaves that have just been raked. My biggest challenge has been maintaining my gardens and lawn while raising four sons, with a dog in the mix. The dog seems to understand, better than the boys, that my gardens are sacred territory. He skirts around the perimeters as he chases rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels. The boys, however, see no boundaries. If a ball goes missing, they have no qualms about trampling through my flower beds, stomping and whacking plants as they go. Over the years, our yard has been a tell-tale sign of which sport is in season: During football season, we have a dirt strip down the center of the lawn. Spring brings us baseball season with permanent bases in the form of dirt spots. Fortunately, we have a concrete surface for basketball, though we do have to remove snow and ice, because they like shooting hoops, no matter the weather. I have a shade garden with ferns, hostas and monkey grass that has now become a memorial garden for broken pieces of statuary. Nestled beneath a Hemlock tree next to our patio, we have a collection of bunny ears, angel wings and other pieces of assorted concrete figures, all shattered on the patio by errant balls. With my three oldest sons in college now, my lawn and gardens have had a reprieve, yet the youngest son tends to wreak more havoc than his older brothers ever did. One spring, I ventured out to my garden to see my peonies, as

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Mmmmmm blue cheese is one of my weaknesses; it is my kryptonite. So on Labor Day when I am experiencing my annual end of the summer blues this is what I am going to make to cheer myself up. Nothing like blue cheese to get rid of those blues! And hey, we all need to remember that fall is an amazing time of year full of a variety of brand new adventures that are unique to this beautiful season – brilliantly colorful leaves, apples, cooler temps, spectatcular hiking, pumpkins, Halloween and delicious fall foods! We are so blessed and God’s timing is always so much better than our own. I will truly miss you summer . . . But hurray for Fall’s most perfect arrival!

a tee ball stand. After a brief emotional outburst, I curbed my anger, although I was disappointed as I had no peonies to bring inside. I laugh about the peony incident now, as one can easily see through the eyes of a young boy how tempting that must have been. Each year as I prepare my flower beds in the spring and clear leaves from them in the fall, I find a treasure trove of balls, reminding me that my lawn and gardens 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms have been a happy haven for 2 tablespoons butter 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean) my sons and their friends. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon pepper Pinch cayenne pepper 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese 2/3 cup barbecue sauce 4 onion rolls or hamburger buns, split -In a skillet, saute mushrooms in butter for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Set aside and keep warm. -In a bowl, combine the beef and seasonings just until mixed. Shape into eight thin patties. Sprinkle half of the patties with blue cheese; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal. -Grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 3 minutes on each side. Brush with some of the barbecue sauce. Grill 10-12 minutes longer or until juices run clear, basting and turning occasionally. Drain the mushrooms. Serve burgers on rolls topped with mushrooms.

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Mayor Bowers Travels to Honduras Roanoke College Building Recycled On a recent vacation and goodwill trip to the Central American country of Honduras, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers fulfilled his longtime dream of meeting the orphaned Honduran child he has been sponsoring for several years. Bowers visited the Amigos de Jesus Home for Children, which was established in 1997. The founders were a Honduran nun, a North American lay couple, and an Archdiocesan Philadelphia priest, Father Dennis O’Donnell. Amigos de Jesus is a safe haven for orphaned, lost and forgotten children of Honduras and the region. The property is a home, playground, bedroom and chapel for the 50 plus children residing there, according to the organization's website. Many of the children residing at Amigos de Jesus were rescued from the streets and slums of major Honduran cities, Honduras being among the poorest of countries in the Western Hemisphere. The centerpiece of the visit to the property was the Mayor’s meeting with a child he had been in contact with and had served as the ‘Godfather’ to for many years. Having travelled into a remote area of Santa Barbara, Honduras, the Mayor arrived at Amigos de Jesus and was led to a classroom of children during their studies. The children were neatly dressed in their smart school uniforms, attentively listening to teachers in the open air classrooms. Mayor Bowers was introduced to his “Godson’ James (name changed), who subsequently led the Mayor and others on a tour of the school and the surrounding plantation, culminating in a climb to the top of a steep hill where a 25 foot tall cross stands as a symbol of hope.

Mayor David Bowers and the children at “Amigos de Jesus.” Here James accepted gifts from the Mayor, donning a Virginia Tech hat and a T-shirt displaying the Roanoke city skyline. James’ warmth, gentle shyness and sweet smile assured that the Mayor’s visit would always be remembered. There was a poignant and tearful parting as the Mayor and James said goodbye to one another but having visited the orphanage, it is apparent that the relationship between Honduras and the Roanoke Valley will endure. If you would like to support a child, please contact Emily Ford, Administrator at Amigos de Jesus, 118 Woodland Ave., Malvern, PA 19355, Phone: 640-644-8237, Fax: 610-644-8246, or By Mark Douglas Powell

Countryside Still Looking For Answers Neighbors want to call it “Victory” golf course - reminiscent of the Victory Stadium saga that consumed council elections for ten years. “It sure feels like another deterioration scheme,” said Susan Hall who lives on one of the fairways. The three-hour open house Tuesday at William Fleming High School was a chance for neighbors to add comments on their respective locations dotting around the defunct golf course. Countryside’s fate was sealed in a city council closed session “show of hands” in February. According to Mayor David Bowers, he was the one dissenting hand that day. Sallie and Larry Fogle purchased their home on the tenth fairway in 2009 shortly after they were assured the golf course was secure. That was when five of seven council members voted to give Countryside a try with an investment of $1.5 million in repairs. The Fogles soon became another victim of council indecision they claim as the course was shut down just a few months later. Chris and Doreen Morris who brought son Conner in a stroller were disappointed with what they saw. They expected something more concrete. The sliced up property sections on boards had mainly possibilities in text on each side. The uses ranged from multi-family, retail, commercial, single-family, swimming pool, walking trails, ball fields, churches, community center, an equestrian jump and golf. Each resident was given sticky notes for comments. Not surprisingly the majority had “golf course” or “18-hole golf course” plastered on the boards. Several comments said to partner with William Fleming high school and include additional recreational opportunities. One comment said, “it was a complete waste of time.” Members of council dropped in – all except Mayor David Bowers and Vice-Mayor David Trinkle.

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There was one bright spot. Jess Newbern, III owner of the Trane building on Frontage Road, had an idea drawn by architect Ray Craighead. It lay on a table but was spotted and overrun with sticky notes that said “good idea” and a “great start.” On this rendering there was a twelve-hole golf layout. Sharon Blevins didn’t care for the commercial or open street that would bring Hershberger Road traffic through to Peters Creek. Her street and five others would connect to it per the Newbern plan. Tom Carr, Director of Planning listened to a “golf rater” associated with a golf magazine for about an hour. He wanted to remain anonymous but lamented over the golf course closing refuting the figures on an easel showing a list of golf courses in the red. He suggested finding “a first-class architect like Tom Doak and hiring him. Bite the bullet and invest some money in the golf course.” Carr explained that city council charged them with “if not a golf course then what’s plan B.” The golf course was purchased in 2005 for $4.1 million with Toll Brothers Construction pulling the plug on their interest in development in 2006. Another developer’s plan was rejected in 2007. City Planning Administrator Chris Chittum said they will put all the comments together and present it to city council on September 20 at 2:00 p.m. Council EXPERT TREE SERVICE will set the direction for the next round of planning. General conYour #1 Choice sensus is that execution of any for Quality Tree Service plan will depend largely on the •Pruning •Trimming health of the economy and the •Elevating •Crown Reduction •Complete Yard Cleanup •References land will likely remain dormant •Insurance Claims •Free Estimates for several years.

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Roanoke College's Lucas Hall reopens this fall after an impressive makeover. Renovations and an addition, which nearly doubled its size, make Lucas prominent in stature. Provisions in maintaining its beauty and enhancing its efficiency make it a stateof-the art facility. On certification, Lucas will represent Roanoke Colleges first LEED project, signifying the campus's commitment to sustainability. The new Lucas Hall is rich in technology, environmentally friendly and still classic. The original character of the structure remained intact while the College took it from 13,449 square feet to over 26,000. Early on, a commitment was made to seek LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council. Sustainable features in Lucas include mechanical, lighting and electrical systems designed to achieve increased energy efficiency, dual flush toilets, motion-activated faucets and light fixtures as well as high performance windows. A storm water treatment system captures and removes pollutants and rainfall runoff. Ninety-five percent of existing walls, floors and roof areas were retained or reused. At least 87 percent of non-hazardous construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills. Over 50 percent of all wood products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and more than ten percent of all materials used to renovate Lucas Hall came from recycled products.

The striking renovations at Lucas Hall. Design elements that include cutting-edge technology and flexibility of space were incorporated as often as possible. The building includes a high-tech media classroom, a computer lab, larger workspaces to accommodate more modes of technology and audio-visual equipment prominent in classrooms and meeting spaces. Two classrooms have retractable walls, which can be used to create one much larger space if needed. Television monitors in lobby areas will air telecasts related to foreign languages curricula. A rooftop garden terrace provides additional outdoor space to enhance the meeting and teaching experience. The successful renovation and expansion of Lucas Hall provides a lynchpin for Roanoke College's commitment to maintaining its classic setting while minimizing its impact on the environment.

Back To School Extravaganza Draws Crowd They lined up in the hallway and on the sidewalks outside – several thousand Roanoke City students and parents, waiting to pick up bags of free school supplies. It was the 8th annual Back to School Extravaganza, held this year at Patrick Henry High School last Saturday. Information was also available about various social agencies and school programs like the free and reduced price lunches many students in Roanoke City take advantage of. Bus schedules were also available for each elementary, middle and high school in the city. Students, parents and guardians also had a chance to meet principals and other administrators from the schools they will be attending (which begin September 7th.) Carla Brown has two children at Fairview Elementary and was picking up “basic school supplies,” including markers, notepads, glue, construction paper, even a box of tissues. According to Brown, it was worth waiting in line. Eric Fisher, the principal at Preston Park Elementary School, manned a table himself, handing out bags of school sup-

Parents and children line up outside the new main building at Patrick Henry High School. plies while greeting students. “Some fun items,” were part of the mix said Fisher. Roanoke City students received post cards inviting them to the event. “School supplies can be expensive,” said Fisher, “and this [provides] them with what they need to start school.” The Q-99 Pack the Bus promotion helped fill those supply bags after encouraging Roanoke residents to donate school items. “It’s gotten to be a big event,” said Fisher. Claire Arnold was at the PTA booth, hoping to recruit more parents. A vice president for the Central Council of the PTA, Ar-

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Cave Spring Defeats Staunton River 41-21 in Season Opener

Patrick Henry Grinds Out 35-7 Win In Season Opener Against Hidden Valley Patrick Henry fans surely were thinking “here we go again” Friday night at Gainer Field. Frustrated last year in a season opening loss to Hidden Valley, 44-14, the Patriots had fought hard in the first half Friday, only to go to the locker room trailing 7-0. Patrick Henry Head Coach Brad Bradley got a halftime message across and the Patriots responded with a five-touchdown second half as Patrick Henry pulled away for the 35-7 victory in the season opener for both teams. Hidden Valley controlled the tempo early as sophomore quarterback Chad Frazier was pushed into the starter's role after a season-ending ACL tear in a scrimmage against Giles put returning Titan QB Michael Simonic on the sideline. Hidden Valley scored in the first quarter on a 5-yard run by freshman Walker Brand that was

set up by a 60-yard gallop by Titan senior fullback Dylan Johnson. Patrick Henry came out in the second half with renewed confidence and Brandon Terry's 5-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes left in the third quarter pulled the Patriots even at 7-7. Patrick Henry put on a rushing clinic the rest of the way as they scored four touchdowns in the final quarter. The Patriots finished the game with 345 rushing yards on 49 carries. Fourth quarter touchdowns included 1-yard runs by Terry and Xavier Whorley, a 4-yard keeper by QB Zach Cochran and a 66-yard breakaway by sophomore backup QB David Prince. Terry led the PH rushing attack with 126-yards on 16 carries. The Patrick Henry defense also brought its A-game to the second half and held Hdden Valley without a first down.

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The much awaited 2010 version of Cave Spring Knight football took an early first quarter gasp, then turned the multi-faceted Cave Spring offense into high gear as the Knights rolled to the 41-21 win last Friday night at Dwight Bogle Stadium. Staunton River quarterback Cody Jones got the Eagles on the board first with a 57-yard TD run with just under 8 minutes left in the opening quarter for a 7-0 Staunton River lead. Featuring an offense led by 6'3" senior QB Josh Woodrum, Cave Spring unleashed an aerial attack that included receptions by eight receivers, as well as a rushing game that accounted for 209 total yards as the Knights scored 35 unanswered points en route to a 35-7 advantage at halftime.

Woodrum hit seniors Austin Micklem and Virgina Tech-bound Michael Cole for first-half touchdowns, and lightning-quick running back Sam Wright broke loose for a 72-yard TD run. Woodrum closed out the first half Cave Spring scoring with a pair of keepers, scoring from one and nine yards out. Wright tacked on the only second-half Cave Spring score, going in from 13-yards in the fourth quarter. For the game, Woodrum was 11-for-23 passing with 168 yards. Wright picked up 166 yards on 24 carries. Cave Spring returns to Bogle Field this Friday night as the Graham G-Men come to town looking for revenge for last season's 42-0 loss to the Knights in the first round of the state playoffs.

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S A trio of Cave Spring defensemen swamp the Eagle quarterback for a big loss.

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Expect Another Strong Charge By Knights Volleyballers When you talk about volleyball in this area one of the teams you hear about the most is Cave Spring High School. The Knights, who have become one of the premier teams in the state, will be returning five players off of last year's team that cruised all of the way to the state semifinals. Cave Spring made a strong run in 2009, as they claimed the River River District and Region IV crowns, before falling to eventual state champion Loudoun County 23-25, 25-18, 28-30, 25-23, 1510 in the Group AA state semifinals to end its season with a 23-4 record. Leading the Knights into battle this season are junior Morgan Shannon, an outside hitter, who was named to the All-Group AA first team. In 2009, Shannon tallied 360 kills (.319 hitting percentage), 285 digs and 61 aces. Junior Lauren Sledd, who posted 184 kills (.224 hitting percentage), 314 digs and 53 aces, senior co-captain Corey Jacobson, who had 104 kills (.192 hitting percentage) and 45 blocks, senior co-captain Rebekah Henderson, who notched 212 digs and 70 aces in 2009, junior Shannon Craighead, who was out with a knee injury last fall, will be returning to the line-up. Other Knights who will see court time include junior Kelsey Sine (she spent part of last season

recovering from a knee injury), sophomore Sarah Smith, senior Rachel Kennedy, junior Kelli Long, sophomore Alyssa McKinley, sophomore Marta Timmerman, freshman Kallie Wilkes and freshman Olivia Sass. "For our strengths we have ball control, defense and speed," said head coach Tamalyn Tanis, who is leading the Knights charge for her ninth season. She’s already won several state titles with Cave Spring, and is assisted by her husband Mark. "Once again, we are very undersized compared to teams in our district, so we will have to rely on consistency with our ball control to prolong rallies and give our offense time to work," said Tanis. To get back to the state championships in 2010, Cave Spring will once again have to battle a very competitive district slate. "It will between Hidden Valley, Cave Spring and Blacksburg, with Salem making a move late in the season," predicts Tanis. "[I’m] not sure yet who will win the district regular season. Hidden Valley has a big size advantage." Don’t bet against the Knights being there at the end however. By David Grimes

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Hidden Valley Sweeps Liberty Christian 3-0 In Volleyball

Hidden Valley improved to 3-0 on the season as it swept the Liberty Christian Bulldogs in 3 games, 2511; 25-19 ; 25-11 at the Titan gym Tuesday night. Hidden Valley had too much power at the net as the Titans took advantage of their height to dispatch the Bulldogs with a barrage of blocks and kills.

Hidden Valley senior libero #8 Kimberly McDow returns a Bulldog serve as setter #11 Lottie Meadows follows the flight of the ball. Photos and recap by Bill Turner Titan’s #13 Sarah Patterson serves for Hidden Valley.

Virginia Western Announces New Men’s Club Basketball Coach

Virginia Western Community College announced this week that John Elliott will return to coach the men’s club basketball team. Elliott’s official start date is September 1, 2010. Elliott previously served as the men’s basketball coach from 2000 to 2003, and was successful in leading Virginia Western to the Virginia Community College System State Championship in 2003. He currently teaches College Success Skills courses as an adjunct faculty member at the college. “John understands the community college environment,” said Natasha Lee, Student Activities Coordinator. “He is an enthusiastic person, and I believe he will be a motivator for our students.” In addition to men’s basketball, the Student Activities department coordinates a women’s club basketball team, women’s club volleyball team, and more than 30 social and academic student organizations. The office promotes student development and recreation by coordinating extra-curricular field trips and planning campus-wide events for the student body.

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Girls Varsity runners battle right up to the finish line as freshman CSHS Katie Fortner passes Blacksburg senior Tamzin Kaiser to win second place and third place respectively.

Terri Craig preparing her team for the season. reason: many of these young ladies at William Fleming have never played the game of volleyball until the first day of practice.

Terri Craig is the new Fleming volleyball coach. to the sport of volleyball. The self-described pseudo-tomboy grew up taking dance lessons and racing four-wheelers and motorcycles. Once she started high school at Northside, she fell in love with volleyball. During her junior and senior year as a Viking, she was an All-Timesland and an AllState honoree her senior year. She then attended Spartanburg Junior College in South Carolina and then returned a short time later to go to Lynchburg College. While at Lynchburg, Craig was forced to quit school due to health reasons and her sports life stopped for a while. After years of working she decided to take another stab at college and her beloved volleyball. At the age of 23 Craig returned to both college and volleyball at Ferrum College, majoring in Recreation and Leisure. She soon became the team's setter under coach Kelly Caputo. While at Ferrum, she was named Player of the Week several times and was also honored in the Dixie Conference as a Featured Athlete. Craig continues to hold the school record for assists in a season and is in the top three for career assists. Craig attributes much of her love for the game to David Turk, formerly the coach at Salem High School, and to Wayne Clark, a long-time VHSL volleyball referee. She started her coaching career as an assistant immediately after her senior year at Northside, working alongside Coach Beth Dunman in the fall and as an assistant coach for the Lady Vikings soccer team. She later was the Varsity Assistant coach for Staunton River High School, where she was teamed once again with Dunman. Craig then went completely out of her element and became JV softball coach for William Byrd High School in 2001 and years later she went back as JV Volleyball Coach. She was then an assistant coach at Hidden Valley High School and at East Montgomery High School. Last year she worked as JV Coach for Tamalyn Tanis, the four-time State Champion Volleyball Coach at Cave Spring High School. Craig says she is indebted to Tanis, who was instrumental in giving her superior coaching guidance and recommended her for the William Fleming High School position. Now she has undertaken the task of rebuilding a program that is known for losing. One

"There are no volleyball programs in the recreation league [at the] middle school level," said Craig. "They don't start learning the game until they hit the JV level. Craig also attributes some of the problem to a lack of money. "Most of them come from singleparent families and they just don't have the money to go to camps, play club ball or play [off season] Junior Olympics like the kids at other schools." Craig is planning several fund-raising events that will allow the team to raise money, enabling the Colonels to attend skill camps. Its all about getting better says the new head coach: "my … philosophy incorporates using a player's self-determination, skill, motivation, dedication to the team and personal pursuit of education to develop a program that promotes wellrounded excellence both on and off the court." How do the players feel about their new coach and her philosophy? "She's a breath of fresh air," said senior middlehitter Lara Turner, who has been playing since she was a freshman. "She offers you encouragement and pushes you to make yourself better." Senior setter Briana Cabbler, another four-year player, echoed those same thoughts: "she encourages you to get better. She doesn't put you down

or criticize you. She treats everyone the same and shows no favoritism." Both players agreed there is more unity and the team is a lot closer under their new coach. The Colonels, who went 0-18 last season, have high hopes of turning things around under Craig's leadership. "All good things take time and this team will see that I plan to be here as long as the school keeps me," added Craig. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will the William The Varsity boys run Fleming volleyball program. through a switch-back on the lower part of the course at Hidden Valley High School, kicking up some mud Photos and story by along the way. David Grimes By Cheryl Hodges

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Should You Worry About "Bond Bubble?" These days, many investors are focused on the volatility of the stock market. But if you own bonds, you’re probably looking at a different picture. In fact, bond prices have risen so much that there’s now talk of a possible “bubble.” If this happens — that is, if bond prices reach unsustainable levels and then drop sharply — how should you respond? Before we consider the likelihood of a potential bubble, let’s look at just why bond prices have risen so much. The chief cause is falling interest rates. When market interest rates decline, the price on existing bonds — which may carry higher rates — will rise. That’s because investors, seeking higher interest payments, will be willing to pay a “premium” to purchase those bonds. Bond prices are also being pumped up by the huge infusion of cash into bond-based mutual funds, spurred, in part, by investors’ concern over the stock market’s performance. Now, let’s return to the issue of a potential bubble. It’s almost impossible to predict such an event, but some factors would seem to lessen its likelihood. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, bond declines historically have been less frequent and less severe than stock plunges. Also, while interest rates will rise eventually, they appear poised to stay relatively low for a while. Furthermore, as investors remain somewhat pessimistic about the pace of the economic recovery, they may continue to be leery of the stock market, choosing instead to continue putting money into bonds, thereby helping keep prices high. Ultimately, though, even if a bond bubble were to occur, it wouldn't necessarily have a major impact on your investment success. Here are a few things to consider: Hold bonds until maturity. If you buy bonds for the income they provide, there's typically no need to sell them prior to maturity. No matter what happens to the market value of

your bonds, you will receive the same regular interest payments. And when your bonds mature, you'll receive all your principal back, unless the issuer defaults - an unlikely event if you purchase investment-grade bonds. Build bond ladders. You can't always anticipate changes in interest rates, but you can prepare for them by building a ladder of bonds of varying maturities. When market interest rates rise, you can reinvest the proceeds of your maturing, short-term bonds into the new bonds being issued at the higher rates. And when market rates fall, you'll still have the higher rates of your long-term bonds working for you. (Generally speaking, longer-term bonds pay higher interest rates than shorter-term bonds; this is to reward investors for the greater risk, and built-in inflation expectations, of the long bonds.) Be sure to evaluate the securities held within the ladder to ensure they are consistent with your investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial circumstances. Diversify. Of course, you don't want to invest only in bonds. Try to build a diversified portfolio based on your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon that could include bonds, quality stocks, certificates of deposit, government securities, bond funds and other securities. Keep in mind, though, that diversification, while helping reduce the effects of volatility, can't guarantee profits or protect against loss. Whether or not we see a bond bubble, these moves can help you — so give them a place in your overall investment strategy. Carl Grove is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones located in Roanoke, VA. He may be reached at 540-344-9211 or carl.grove@ Edward Jones, its associates and financial advisors do not provide tax or legal advice.

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he will travel to those places and talk to those people. He’ll look at the scenery and listen -- perhaps sometimes skeptically -- to their ideas. It might be a man who farms with horses instead of machinery. It might be a world class barefoot runner or a turkey caller. Maybe, the story of the turkey itself. The news show will include a type of story seldom seen on television news today. The style harkens back to the days of Charles Kuralt who took to the road in his motor-home to find interesting people and their stories. John’s stories will be about the people, who don’t often make the headlines. John will have a dedicated page on the FOX 21/27 website where he will invite

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A Labor Day Perspective: Effort and Opportunity In the spirit of Labor Day – I have been aging -- and even firing -- staff. Over the thinking a lot about jobs and the people years I have collected my own little list of who do them. With the overwhelming “Rules” that I thought might be useful for media coverage on the subject -- whether those who find themselves at any stage of you are a senior employee or recent col- the employment process. lege graduate – it’s hard not to feel a bit • Do your homework. In the informaobsessed with the employment issue. tion age – it is not difficult to learn about Who has a job and who doesn’t? the organization/company and Will I keep my job or become the people who work there. another pink slip? If I lose my This allows you to tailor your job – is it like a game of musicommunications to suit the encal chairs… Where someone is vironment and personality of left standing when the music the team. stops? • Write a personalized cover It’s stressful and sometimes letter. Most people who are at seems void of hope. the level of hiring employees With this anxious and know the difference between gloomy backdrop -- I recently a form letter you send to Stephanie Koehler had the pleasure of talking 100 other potential employwith a friend who was in the ers – and one that addresses final stages of hiring for a newly created them by name and focuses on their hiring position. Yes, that’s correct…imagine a needs. A simple phone call the receptiongame of musical chairs where there was ist can provide you with a department an extra seat when the music stops! While head’s name. I firmly believe this is the it was certainly a nice change of pace on thing that can instantly put you in the “for the “jobs” landscape – the hiring process your consideration pile.” Candidates put highlighted a different issue. Even in a sea lots of time and effort into the resume – of qualified and experienced candidates – but never focus on wrapping. Think of it many of the resumes, cover letters (when like a bookstore – isn’t it the often a crethey even remembered to add one) and ative cover that draws you in and gets you candidates seemed to fall flat. In some to pick up a book? cases it didn’t even seem obvious that the • Be sure to give them everything they person wanted the job at all! ask for. Go back and look over the job deWhile I don’t profess to be an expert scription – it usually has buzzwords and in employment matters – I certainly have indicators of what you should highlight had my share of experience in developing in your cover letter and interview. If it’s job descriptions, recruiting, hiring, man- not clear – call and ask for additional de-

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Poetry-in-Painting Series Highlights The Latest Downtown Art Gallery September’s ART by Night in Roanoke Asks Patrons “To Just Embrace Love” “Motion,Venus Anadyomene,” and “Memory” as well as William Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”. A final piece, entitled “Wordy Woman” is based on Suzun’s own observations about herself vis-à-vis her astrological sign : The Libra. Each poem was written down in Suzun’s own cursive handwriting -- a style she observes, is becoming less common in the era of digital communications. As opposed to reciting a poem, writing each piece out helped her more deeply absorb Rimbaud and Wordsworth’s words, as well as helped her hone in on her own writing. ART by Night is held on the First Thursday of every month from 5 PM to 9 PM. This cultural event showcases the thriving arts community in Roanoke, and the diverse galleries in the downtown area. There are openings, demonstrations, refreshments, live music, and much talk about art. The Wilson Hughes Gallery will also feature the sculpture and furniture art by John Wilson and will feature jazz guitarist Gareth Schoonover. For more information, visit: and

Just look for the large, stuffed toy alligator hanging out of the upstairs window. That’s what Dickie Eikcid says he might use as a signal to let passersby know his new gallery/working art studio is open for those that want to come up and look. Eikcid – a musician with several ensembles including Nancy and Two Meteors, DJ Dickie (self explanatory) and a music production specialist, has become the latest visual artist to hang out a shingle in downtown Roanoke. Sounding a bit like Lenny Kravitz or even Jimi Hendrix perhaps, Eikcid calls his new space “Just Embrace Love Please,” the same name he used for his just-closed gallery Suzun Hugh’s poetic painting, “Wordy Woman.” at Happy’s Flea Market. (He will continue to do custom Visual artist Suzun Hughes In her latest series Suzun exairbrushing on the weekends opens ART by Night on Thurs- plores the use of text as line to at the Williamson Road instiday September 2nd with a create form by using poems in tution.) new series of poetry-inspired multiple languages as a source paintings at Roanoke’s Wilson of text. Her goal is not to have Eikcid, a 25-year-old New Hughes Gallery. a legible reading of the text but Jersey native who moved to Through explorations with rather to seduce an emotional Botetourt County when he texture, color, luminosity and content from the viewer. was five years old, said he took surface, Suzun recreates the Suzun used five well-known up painting as a visual artist organic and man-made forms works for the project: Both just five years ago. He’s also around her into abstracted English and French landone outdoor murals and emunions of shape and color. guage versions of Rimbaud’s ploys several different media for his art, which often has a surrealistic quality. At his gallery opening (304B 1st Street, corner of 1st and Kirk Avenue, upstairs) Eikcid displayed drawings, paintings, even Yamaha: All Access magaskateboard bodies that had zine, recently released their been turned into works of art. Summer 2010 issue featuring He still enjoys playing synseveral photos of singer/songthesizer, bass guitar, drums writer, Diane Birch – taken by and the newly-learned trumlocal photographer, Brett Winter Lemon. The editorial team, pet, for groups like Nancy and located in New Orleans, spent Two Meteors, Audiomurder 2 days in the Star City preparand True Noke, but Eikcid ing and scouting for the shoot acknowledges that music is which included photos for the a “rough” industry for those magazine and a video element looking to be commercially vifor their website. able. Now, visual art has taken “Yamaha: All Access was facenter stage in many ways. miliar with my work – so they “It’s always been a passion selected Roanoke as their shoot and part of who I am,” said location,” says Lemon. “It is an “Europe” by photographer Brett Winter. Eikcid of his paintings. He honor to bring the cool cultural Photography by Brett Winter points to surrealist Salvador vibe of my hometown into the helped to capture and preserve this important moment in their Lemon can be viewed at www. Dali and “gonzo artist” Ralph national spotlight.” Looking for an edgy contrast lives.” Steadman as influences on his to the sleek black Yamaha piano, Lemon selected the raw interior of The Patrick Henry building located on Jefferson Street in downtown. The 1925 building is currently undergoing a complete renovation as part of a broad downtown revitalization effort. “As a cornerstone of our city’s history and a symbol of its rejuvenation, it just seemed like the perfect spot,” says Lemon. As part of this revitalization, Roanoke has developed a reputation as Virginia’s Music City – offering strong educational programming and spectacular live musical experiences. Diane Birch is a rapidly rising star featuring (sponsored by Yamaha Pianos) the art of Sue Steele Thomas and Suzun Hughes and was fresh off her appearance on such shows as Jimmy the music of Aaron Parker Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Howery Mezzanine, Roanoke Main Library Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David LetterThursday, September 9, 6 pm man. After the photo shoot, she performed to a packed house aaron parker at Kirk Avenue Music Hall in downtown. Additionally, The named Brett Winter Lemon as one of Virginia’s best wedding photographers in their “2010 Best of Weddings” issue. “I was particularly proud of this honor because the ranking comes from actual brides and wedding planners,” said Brett. information: 540-853-1057 “It’s gratifying to know I have

Local Photographer Receives National Exposure For His Work And Hometown.


Dickie Eikcid has opened his downtown gallery at the corner of 1st Street and Kirk Avenue. work. About a year ago Eikcid visions the cavernous studio as said he got “serious” about his an ideal performing arts space. art. “I really feel like putting He’ll branch out somewhat in something [noteworthy] on October, painting a backdrop the earth.” Having someone that will be used for a play at own an artist’s work, “long af- Studio Roanoke – a painting ter you are gone,” strikes him of Jesus he may use a model as profound and impactful. He for. took one art class in middle “I just let it flow – whatschool; other than that “I do ever my hand wants to do,” my own thing.” said Eikcid as people came It’s also been a year since and went at his gallery openEikcid decided he wanted to ing night party. “I can’t make make a living as a full time art- a mistake. I hang everything. ist, and the Just Embrace Love I never have a piece I’m Please gallery on 1st Street is ashamed of. When I decide it’s the next step. You may have done, its done. If you don’t like noticed the reed-thin, dread- it that’s fine. [But] I always get locked Eikcid, who has also really good response. I always been known to offer people just let it flow.” If you want to bike rides with a local “pedi- see Dickie Eikcid’s art, just cab” service. He’s a familiar look for that alligator hanging face downtown and doesn’t out of the window at 304B 1st mind chatting up strangers. Street. The new space “is just “I just talk to people, tell them going to change everything,” what I do – paint and have he vows. fun.” (See for Eikcid said he would even more information) “pull people off the street” to By Gene Marrano come see his paintings and





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Roanoke College Named To U.S. News List Of Up And Coming Colleges

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Roanoke College is named to a list of up and comers in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings for 2011. Roanoke tied with the University of Richmond in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category and is in good company with George Mason and Wake Forest universities in the National Universities section. College administrators surveyed in the spring of 2010 for the overall listings also were asked to nominate institutions that they think have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student

life, campus or facilities. The major change on campus at Roanoke this year was the launch of a new core curriculum, which eliminates the ordinary introductory courses that most colleges use as their core in favor of new topic-based courses that put the classic liberal arts skills into real world context. For example, instead of taking a typical Introduction to Statistics course, students explore statistics within the context of a topic that interests them. One choice is the course Does Gun Control Save Lives?, in which students analyze state and na-

tional data to determine the effectiveness of gun control laws. “Up-and-Comer describes perfectly Roanoke College. Roanoke is on the move upward and this list is a great affirmation,” said Roanoke College President Michael C. Maxey. Last year, Roanoke College was recognized by Campus Activities Magazine as the “Campus of the Year” for its student activity programming. The college also hosted former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as its Constitution Day speaker.

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