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Warner Tackles Tough Issues in Roanoke The Good Earth P5– The Earth Day celebration on Grandin Road offers something for everyone in respecting the planet and going green.

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U.S. Senator Mark Wa r n e r stopped in Roanoke recently to look back on his first 90 days in Wa s h i n g ton and to discuss Mark Warner the hardships ahead. The junior Senator and former Virginia governor made two appearances at Schaal’s Metamorphosis on Jefferson Street. The first was to join members of the NewVA Corridor Technology Council in announcing the nominees of the business group’s TechNite Awards, which will be handed out at Hotel Roanoke in May. While there Warner discussed the role of technology and small businesses in the current economic climate: “We’ve got to support small businesses, because that’s where some of the new jobs are going to be.” One technological advance that Warner stressed is in the field of healthcare IT- primarily the digitization of medical records. “Healthcare, which is 17% of our GEP, has not been transformed by information technology,” Warner said. “It’s time.” While in Roanoke he > CONTINUED P2: Warner

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Council Moves Cautiously Forward

Faithful Helicopter Retires

Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham and budget officers formally presented the $257 million 2009-2010 Roanoke City Budget, which has shrunk almost $3 million from a year ago and is based on lower tax revenues for the first time in recent memory. Budget director Sherman Stovall said on Monday that the challenges presented “were not unique to Roanoke,” this year. The public has one more chance to voice their opinion at a special hearing in Council Chambers on Thursday, April 30, at 7:00 pm. Services will be reduced, some fees will be raised and 80 positions in the city will be eliminated - although Stovall said that this would be done City Council via retirement and attrition and that he believes that no employee will have to be laid off. Stovall also advised that a continued dedication to Roanoke City Schools “is accomplished through expenditure reductions.” Reduced library hours, the closure of two public pools, the end of loose leaf collections and the elimination of fire & rescue personnel at the Clearbrook station now staffed fully with Roanoke County personnel are among the cutbacks. Councilman David Trinkle


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Carilion Clinic's Bell 412 Life Guard 10 helicopter flies high above the valley on one of over 10,000 flights in service to patients across Southwest VA.


fter 19 years in service, Carilion Clinic is retiring the Bell 412 helicopter flown as “Life-Guard 10,” from air ambulance service. Since 1990 the Bell 412 has safely flown nearly 10,000 patients and dependably served her pilots and crewmembers. No other medevac aircraft has served the region longer. A new Life-Guard 10, a Eurocopter 145 which will be put into service later this month, is equipped with stateof-the-art safety and medical technology, and will also be a bit smaller and faster leading > CONTINUED P3: Helicopter

Music of the Holocaust One year ago on April 21, 2008 Roanoke Valley Rabbi Kathy Cohen observed Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland as a part of an 8,000 person march from Auschwitz to Birkenau. The event marked the movement from the concentration camp to the death camp. What was once the “Death March” has been renamed the “March of the Living”. It was long ago for her and a continent away, yet at this week’s Roanoke Symphony Orchestra program it became real again. “From the opening piece I could envision the camps,” Photo by Jim Bullington Cohen said. “The music was The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performs at the Jefferson playing there at the concen- Center in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day. tration camp. The confused crowds and the emotions of students saw the performanc- “It’s so important for everyone the people there were all evi- es during the day. It would to remember what happened dent as I listened to the mu- have been nearly impossible in Nazi Europe. Programs like for anyone in attendance to this build consciousness.” sic.” Wiley and Executive Direc“These pieces represent the leave untouched. Maestro David Stewart tor Beth Pline teamed to prodepth of hope and humanWiley first conceived this duce an event that delivered. ity,” Cohen continued. “It was program and brought it to Those in attendance were very haunting tonight – much Roanoke to comoverwhelmed with the music, more so than just memorate Hothe images and the message of In Remembrance listening to the locaust Rememthe horror of the Nazi Conwords.” brance Day. With centration and Death camps. Music impacts people and the RSO’s support, he was able Admiring the skill of the moves them to a new place. to combine gifted soloists, Audubon Quartet, patrons On Tuesday night at the Shaftman Performance Hall at the touching and poignant pic- were uncomfortable as GideJefferson Center well over 500 tures and an ensemble to cre- on Klein’s piece “Fugue for people witnessed this experi- ate a powerful, contemplative String Quartet” was played in ence first-hand. In addition, and hopeful event. “It’s not about the Jewish > CONTINUED thanks to a grant from a local P2: Holocaust credit union, almost 1,200 area community only,” said Cohen.




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Conflict Resolution Center – Collaboration, Not Confrontation

In 2008, the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) provided approximately $80,000 in assistance to individuals throughout the greater Roanoke Valley, an increase of $30,000 over the amount of assistance provided the previous year. Executive Director Cherie Hall says that with the current economic situation resulting in added stress for families, the non-profit has seen a significant increase in the need for services. Photo by Susan Ayers Those services include asExecutive Director sisting families dealing with divorce (reaching peaceful, Cherie Hall. healthy custody and visita- Franklin, Henry, Highland, tion agreements), guiding Lexington/Rockbridge and first-time offenders and vic- Montgomery, as well as the tims through the restorative cities of Roanoke, Salem, and justice process, and estab- Martinsville. lishing peer mediation proThe CRC has received high grams. marks from those who have It costs CRC an average utilized its services. In 2008, of $407 to successfully me- 97% of the participants in diate a case, yet the agency mediation indicated that the is committed to a policy of process was helpturning no one ful; 96% indicated away who can not Community they would use afford to pay. The mediation again if CRC’s stated misneeded and 98% sion is “to provide the com- said they would recommend munity with innovative, af- mediation to others. fordable, and cooperative Funding for CRC comes ways to resolve differences from grants, private donors, and transform relationships”. income received from serThe organization serves the Counties of Roanoke, Allegh- > CONTINUED any, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, P2: CRC Buena Vista, Craig, Floyd,



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worse. The stimulus, he said, freed up money for healthcare reform, tax cuts, and new technologies that may allow America to free itself from its dependency on foreign oil. “I, for one, think it’s crazy that we spend five hundred billion dollars buying oil from countries that don’t like us,” said Warner, adding that the figure did not include the cost of military action used to protect our sources. Warner’s teeth and fists clenched a few times when he spoke about another major challenge, shoring up the financial industry. Although it makes him angry that the government was giving money back to failing banks, he admitted that it was a necessary evil. The free flow of credit, he said, is “the lifeblood of any economy.” “If the credit markets freeze up, I don’t care where you are, a homeowner, a small business, a large business, you’re not going to be able to continue functioning…and we were at the verge of an absolute meltdown of the credit market.” The next step would be to develop a new system of regulations that will prevent another crisis, without restricting the free market system to the point where it is handcuffed. Warner also addressed the housing market. He began by illustrating the ways in which people’s inability to meet their mortgage payments was a public problem, not just a personal issue. “You’re seeing people lose 20 or 30, 40% of their home values, even though they’re playing by the rules and paying their loans because there are four houses on their block that are sitting foreclosed and empty,” Warner said. Although most of his speech focused on the challenges faced, Warner ended on a positive note. While he reiterated several times that the country is facing “the hundred-year flood” and there was no quick fix, Warner hopes and expects to see a positive turn by midsummer. “As gray as things are, I wouldn’t change our position for any other country in the world,” Warner concluded, “because we still have the size, strength and the free enterprise system to protect us.”

vices and fundraising activities. Hall says that the Center strongly advocates collaboration and partnering with other nonprofits and businesses in order to reach even more individuals and families. “We’re all here to serve the community together”. The CRC recently formed a partnership with Taubman Museum of Art, for work on the “Peace by Piece, Common Threads” art project, developed for children with challenges. Each child will paint their vision of peace on a quilt section and when it is completed they will have their own art exhibit at the Taubman. In addition the CRC is one of 21 non-profits chosen to receive proceeds from the “First Fridays at 5” events during the 2009 season. Now based at 4504 Starkey Road (Suite 120) in southwest Roanoke County (after moving from offices in downtown Roanoke), the CRC offers training workshops on mediation for individuals, businesses and Virginia Supreme Court-certified mediators. There are also opportunities to learn about healthy communication, customized training sessions and large group facilitation for businesses and organizations. The CRC can assist businesses and organizations with strategic communications, operational planning, organizational development and internal team building. Hall has a specific interest in the restorative justice process, which provides victims of crime the opportunity to meet the offender in a safe and structured setting. With the assistance of a trained facilitator or mediator, the victim is able to communicate to the offender how the crime affected him or her, to ask questions and to be directly involved in developing a restitution plan through which an offender is accountable for the losses the victim incurred. The offender is then able to

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locaust survivors, brought an uplifting shift to the evening with her solo performance. Specifically in “O, Beloved Father”, the Soprano delivered a stunning rendition. Later, the crowd experienced the depth of her voice during “All Soul’s Day.” The contemplative song’s image of younger love in easier days was captured by MarerWiley who clearly delivered exactly what the conductor needed. Maestro Wiley himself took some turns as he directed and played an uplifting piece near the end of the show. His knowledge of and experience with the piano were clear – to trained and untrained ear alike. In concert with the 15 person Chamber Orchestra, Wiley was able to bring out the best in everyone. Especially powerful was the perpetual keyboard movement in J.S. Bach’s “Allegro from Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor”. Leading up to the musical event the word “uplifting” was used frequently. Many wondered - some out loud - how an event centered on music in the concentration camps could align with that particular adjective. Behind the Barbed Wire absolutely captured the discomfort and hope that mixed freely. There was inspiration wrapped around sadness, death and fear. In that regard, it was just like the real lives of those who were interned at the concentration and death camps. While Cohen walked the walk during last year’s trip, this year she was able to remember the “March of the Living” as well as feeling something of the feelings the victims must’ve endured. All through music and a local event created just to help people remember. By Bruce Bryan

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said he was “not afraid” to discuss tax increases, while at the same time praising Burcham and company for a balanced budget they will vote on in May. “We haven’t had to dip in to the rainy day fund yet,” added Trinkle. City Market makeover: in the late council session on Monday the D.C. firm Cunningham Quill Architects, hired by the city as a consultant, presented their multi-media plan for the City Market building. Under that scenario the building would become more open and airy, with potential vendor access to the street and wider areas outside for dining. Fruit and vegetable vendors could set up kiosks in the center of the first floor. Bathrooms would be added on the first floor and the third floor assembly hall would be renovated into what Trinkle said was a needed meeting space in the city. 1930’s era plumbing is in dire need of replacement said Lee Quill, who suggested that the building would have to be vacated for 9-12 months if his

firm’s plan is used as a springboard for a full design. That would leave food court vendors scrambling to find a temporary home - if they intend to return. Quill put the price tag at $6.3 million - under $5 million if the assembly hall is done later. Burcham said she would like a “detailed discussion” with City Council on capital project priorities like the market building and the proposed amphitheater before moving ahead with bids for design. “This is a major move for the city,” said Quill, who termed it “rebranding the market. Everyone knows about this market building. [Its] a true resource.” Libraries: Michael Ramsey, president of the Roanoke Public Library Foundation, told council that despite the tough times the group should be able to raise enough money ($65,000 or more) to help fund programs the city library system cannot. Ramsey said libraries have now become “centers for economic survival,” for those that do not have computers, a place where residents can


search for jobs and work on resumes. More people use libraries also for entertainment when money is scarce, Ramsey pointed out. Defense for Johnson’s position: Joyce Johnson, scheduled to lose her position as the Mayor’s secretary as the city cuts 80 positions out of its budget, spent a few minutes at the podium on Monday, critical of the way the situation has been handled. Council member Court Rosen pointed out


that Johnson will not lose her employment status, one year away from full retirement, but will be placed elsewhere. “This is a personal decision that City Council did not get involved in,” Rosen reminded those in attendance. Gwen Mason, a fellow council member also involved with a personnel committee, said all departments “had to make a tough decision” when it came to slashing payroll and positions because of the budget

crunch. Etc: Roanoke City Police Chief Joe Gaskins implored citizens to be especially mindful as they drive on April 29th, which is a national traffic safety awareness day. He referred specifically while speaking at Monday’s City Council meeting to those using cell phones while driving. “We take traffic safety very seriously,” said Gaskins. Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea also sounded the warning about talking or texting while driving: “it is a dangerous practice.” The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau asked that its funding from the city not be cut during the public comment portion of Monday’s early meeting; John Dudley cited the “possibility for negative impact,” in attracting conventions, athletic tournaments and other events to the valley. Council member David Trinkle asked how the RVCVB’s efforts differ from those of the Regional Chamber or local governments. Dudley said all of those parties, including

the bureau, must often work in concert to attract visitors. He also said the bureau would support a small increase in the city’s hotel occupancy tax, if it was dedicated to the RVCVB. City Council also approved transfer of the old YMCA building to Anthony Smith, for his Muse Station project that will include apartments and retail space. Smith has pledged to spend more than three million dollars on the complex and must post a $650,000 performance bond before beginning any construction. Council approved an extension for IMD Development/Ivy Market project, from April 30 to September, so that the Walgreen’s store can be completed and remain eligible for ten years of tax incentives. IMD blamed the economic slowdown for the delay in completing the Walgreen’s build.

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Earth Day / Earth Month Activities Focus on Renewal

April is Earth Month and April 22 is the official National Earth Day event, which has grown past the tie-dyed set and become more mainstream over the past few decades. Global warming concerns and worries about dwindling resources may have had something to do with that. The emphasis in Grandin Village last Saturday was more about fun however, with a bit of education thrown in. Up and down Grandin Road there was music, visual art, free films on the environment and plenty of information on growing your own. People picked up orders for blueberry plants near the Grandin Gardens building – part of the edible landscape concept – while others learned about “slow food” concepts from local nutritionist Jeanie Redick, during one of several seminars held at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op. “Its basically the idea that whatever plants you put in

your yard could be producing food, as well as being esthetically pleasing,” said Brian Lang, who was handing out blueberry, raspberry strawberry and asparagus plant orders. “I was really surprised by how many people were interested. People…are looking for ways to produce their own food cheaper.” Tommie Edwards, president of The Heart of Virginia Foundation, played with his band in back of Grandin Gardens. Next door, his Center for the Integrated Arts, which will design arts programs focused on those dealing with mental issues, is about to open. “We hope it becomes an incubator for arts programs that can be [used] across the country, for wellness,” said Edwards, a former Virginia Tech running back who has battled mental illness himself. Edwards said the arts could also help build community. He’s kicking off the Center with programs in May, for

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An Earth Day drumming circle grooves on Grandin Road. adults and children. “This gives us some public visibility and a [permanent] location added Edwards, who will host the fourth annual Festival for Healing and Creativity this October. Local artist Polly Branch helped organize Earth Day in Grandin Village, which she

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and to find out what community groups and environmental groups are doing.” Further down Grandin Road towards Memorial Avenue a drum circle made up of whomever wanted to drum played on for long stretches. “This is our first year here,” said Michael McMillan, who quit the Northern Virginia rat race after thirty years and moved to Roanoke. He’s also the founder of the Roanoke Valley Drum Circle, which meets at Smith Park the first and third Mondays of the month from 6-8pm when the weather is warm. Drumming is “just something that connects people,” said McMillan, who appreciated being able to take part in Earth Day events. “We’ve got to be more conscious of what we’re consuming and what kind of waste we’re making – and we’re its going. We have

to be green. No matter what you’re doing you are affecting a half dozen other eco-structures. [Earth Day] is about getting back to the simpler things.” By Gene Marrano

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to better response time and improved safety. The decision to retire the aircraft was made after careful review by Carilion Clinic Patient Transportation (CCPT). While the CCPT staff will miss the aircraft that has been part of the Carilion family for so long, a new helicopter will ultimately improve their ability to safely care for patients. “For the last 19 years, the Carilion Life-Guard air ambulance program has relied on the Bell 412 helicopter to save thousands of lives and keep the flight team safe. In addition to those lives saved, countless children have been educated during safety in-

services, while climbing in and out of the Bell 412,” says Paul Davenport, director of Carilion Clinic Patient Transportation. “When the Bell 412 arrived many years ago it had the latest technology and capabilities. In the same way, the new helicopter will continue Carilion Clinic’s commitment to the safety of the program and to the communities we serve.” The retired Bell 412 aircraft will be completely refurbished by Air Methods, the company that leased the helicopter to Carilion Clinic. The renovated aircraft will get a new home and continue to serve as a civilian transport helicopter

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storm only reveals what was there all along." I learned the meaning of these words while I was in seminary, listening to a professor describe hurricane damage near his sister's home in Puerto Rico.  After one particularly strong hurricane had caused much damage, Professor Ortiz shared that because the storm had knocked down so many trees, all of his sister's neighbors could see each other's homes again.  It was the first time in years that any of them could look out their window and see their neighbors.The storm revealed many things previously hidden from view.   Some describe the current economic crisis as a storm-and as a meltdown, recession and depression-it all depends on who you ask.  Many persons have been significantly affected as their jobs have been eliminated, retirement accounts depleted, or homes foreclosed upon.  The Roanoke City Council is considering significant cuts to much appreciated services.  The Roanoke City School Board has redrawn attendance zones and contracted out school bus services.  All of thisand more-because there is less money for all of our budgets. But could it be that in the midst of these difficult economic times, this "storm" is revealing deeper issues?  Is there something that we should notice, other than the near universal "belt-tightening" that is happening? Could God be saying something to us that we would not hear any other way? As you consider your own financial situation, here are three questions of my own for your consideration: 1.  What is important to you?  At some level, I hope we all acknowledge that greed is a factor in this economic crisis.  The downturn began with the collapse of the home mortgage industry; we have read of persons signing for home mortgages

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they could not afford. I frankly do not know who is to blame here, buyers who wanted more than they could afford, or lenders hoping to make more money on risky loans. Nevertheless, we cannot blame this crisis solely on those who bought a bigger house than they could ultimately afford.   Let's face it: when we hear that American annual savings are either 0% or less of annual income, we ought to ask ourselves why we need so much stuff.  What inner need are we trying to satisfy by our spending? Hopefully these difficult times will force us to think differently about money, savings, and our possessions.  When will we have enough stuff? When we're living beyond our means, we ought to consider both our living and our means. 2.  Who is important to you?  Jesus tells us that we are to love our neighbors, but how do we love our neighbors who were already struggling before the current economic crisis?  Are we really living in a just and fair society when some live in crushing poverty?  Christian writer Gordon MacDonald says the following in the current issue of Leadership Journal: "Some modern prophet might want to ask us if today's meltdown is really the result of a few greedy Wall Street financiers, or if we all share a general responsibility for having bought into an economic system that has allowed some to become obscenely rich while allowing many others to grow obscenely poor." The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel speaks of a different kind of storm when he tells of the destruction of Sodom: "This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy" (Ezekiel 16:49, NRSV). How important to us are our poor and needy neighbors?   Can we move beyond stereotypes and into authentic relationship with persons of all economic levels, so that the concerns and needs of all our neighbors are important to us?   Is it time to look at how just our society really is? 3.  Where do you find your hope?  The voices of the church in third world countries can help us with this question.  I have had the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic.  In the midst of widespread poverty and governmental corruption, there is a vibrant, growing church that finds its ultimate hope in Jesus Christ.  I have visited with leaders from the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.  They report of a growing, evangelistic, serving church in the face of both poverty and religious persecution.  Their stories challenge me, and make me wonder of the depth of my own commitment.  Would I-and would all of us-continue to worship a risen Savior if we literally had nothing?  Or am I forced to rather uncomfortably admit that too much of my hope and security comes from my bank account and not from my Lord? Friends, ignoring important issues is easy, until a storm comes and blows things away.  But the storms only reveal what was there all along.What has this economic storm revealed in your life? Pastor Tim Harvey Central Church of the Brethren 416 Church Ave., SW Roanoke,VA 24016 342-0337

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Cinco de Mayo at Sweet Providence

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t's become one of our favorite pictures of our two sons—Kevin and Seth sitting in the back of the rusted old pickup truck, smiling and squinting in the sun. Yellow daffodils in a wooden farm basket border a sign advertising “EGGS—FREE RANGE.” That was a fun day, and the photo now sits framed on our mantle in our living room. We hope to take another one just like it at this year's event, and see how much the boys have grown. The “event” is the Cinco de Mayo festival at Sweet Providence Farm store in Check, a wide spot in the highway in Floyd County. And the pickup sits just off the road out front. Last year was the inaugural Cinco de Mayo bash, and it drew a small crowd that enjoyed a children's petting zoo (with cows, chickens, and ducks), music, food, and even an authentic pinata. The festival is back again, this time on Saturday, May 2, from 10 am-6 pm. Never heard of Sweet Providence Farm? I came across it by accident myself. You know the Photo by Dave Perry owner—he's the guy who sells the Christmas Two of the Houston kids help a boy with the trees at Tanglewood Mall every year. I speak of pinata at the 2008 Cinco de Mayo festival. John Paul Houston, financial advisor, father of find cows in the pasture and chicks in a greeneight, and proprietor of the Sweet Providence house-like building where classical music plays Farm store on highway 221 in Floyd County. It for their enjoyment. Across the highway is the was 2007, I think, and I was meeting a gentleportable chicken coop, a brainchild of Joel Salaman from out-of-town to discuss conservation tin, the Augusta County sustainable farmer and options on his farm. We rendezvoused at the subject of a good chunk of the book “The OnSweet Providence Farm store, where we quickly mivore's Dilemma.” John Paul is a big Salatin struck up a conversation with the affable and disciple, and he uses the portable coop to fertilengaging John Paul, who was manning the ize his pastures evenly. counter. Turns out John Paul had Yep, it's a neat place, run by a neat some interest in conservation on his guy with an interesting family. If 70-acre farm, too, and I gave him my you're not busy on May 2, take Bramcard. bleton Ave. until it becomes plain Whenever I find myself in Floyd, I old route 221 again, up and over make a point to stop by John Paul's Bent Mountain, and stay straight till store. You can't miss it—it's the big you come to Sweet Providence Farm, red-roofed building high on the hill to about 27 miles from Cave Spring your right as you head toward Floyd Corners. John Paul's flyer calls for an proper from Roanoke. Surrounded even better Cinco de Mayo celebraby Christmas trees-to-be by the tion this year, with door prizes and David Perry hundreds, John Paul's store carries a pony rides added to the mix, along variety of touristy standards—jellies, with Sweet Providence's ought-tohoney, barbecue sauces, and candy—along with be-illegal home-smoked barbecue and Mexican fresh produce, locally-raised meats and dairy, dishes as well. You can look them up on the Inand some baked goods so tasty, they should ternet, too, at carry a warning. My family loves the oversized ------chocolate chip cookies and the homemade pies, My column last month on losing a brother made with dried apples. Me and my wife's faprompted Murray Dalrymple of Roanoke to evorite is the fresh, giant soft pretzels, which I mail me about a program with which he is inbring her along with a birch beer when I get volved at First Baptist Church. “Grief Share” is back into town. a 13-week, Biblically-based program for people I mentioned John Paul's eight kids, who all who have lost a loved one. It's never good to try seem unusually mature and responsible for to deal with grief by yourself, so if you're strugtheir ages, no doubt a product of farm life and gling, check them out. You can reach Murray clean mountain air. What's even more remarkat 776-2920 or call the church at 224-3370 and able is that all the Houstons live in a modest speak with Jean Dickerson. white farmhouse just down the hill from the farm store that can't have more than a couple of Contact David at bedrooms. Surrounding the farmhouse, you'll

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f so, you have a lot of company. The lexi- warlords to take control of the Afghan governcon of the Middle East is so full of words ment in 1996 and ruled until the United States of which we have little understanding it’s engineered their overthrow in 2001. During that no wonder confusion reigns. Our former presi- time the Taliban, now a religious/political entity dent demonstrated he did not know the differ- went from conservative fundamentalists to vioence between Sunni and Shiite, along with many lently oppressive. members of congress who failed The CongresUnlike the Taliban, whose initial goals had been sional Quarterly quiz on such issues. Hezbollah limited to their homeland, al-Qaeda’s plan was to and Hamas: Shiite or Sunni? Taliban end foreign influence in all Muslim and al-Qaeda: Sunni, Shiite, neither or countries thus creating a perfect Isboth? lamic government. Their means were The differences and definitions of entirely military and after Sept 11, these terms are so complex as to re2001, the entire world was changed. In quire a lifetime of study. To have no Iraq al-Qaeda seized the opportunity knowledge of them is to condemn ourafter overthrow of Saddam Hussein to selves to a dangerous ignorance which come to the aid of the minority Sunfrequently masquerades as arrogance. nis in overthrowing the Shiites. While If we are to have any chance of living not much mention is made of it, the in conjunction with such cultures so ethnic cleansing between these two different from ours, we need to make Hayden Hollingsworth religious groups was unleashed by an effort to understand them. the instability that our invasion of In the daily newscasts, the Taliban and al-Qae- Iraq put in place. da are frequently linked together as if they are inSo what is the relationship between the Taliban, terchangeable. While they are both Sunni and the a political party of Sunnis and al-Qaeda, a Sunni most fundamentalist of Islamists, the roles they terrorist group, bent on establishing a perfect Isplay are quite different. lamic state? The Taliban, with the help of their After the former Soviet Union gave up and went Pakistani allies, give safe harbor, weapons and home from Afghanistan (that’s another saga), the training camps to al-Qaeda and allow them to act country was in a state of ruin and chaos. With no as part of their ministry of defense. viable government, it was ruled by tribalism and If one draws no other lesson from this sad warlords as it has been for much of the last cen- tale of terror it should be this: James Madison tury. The Afghan refugees in Pakistan, who had and Thomas Jefferson were right: Separation of fled from the Soviets, were in no hurry to return church and state are a prerequisite for freedom. home. The Taliban was born in Pakistan, starting Anytime there is an established state religion among theological students (talib means student) there will be life under tyranny. Thank goodness who believed that only through force could peace the Founding Fathers had the foresight to write and order come to their homeland. They created the First Amendment. a program of clear goals to restore peace, disarm Before getting too exercised about Muslim and the population, and realign social life with Islamic Jewish political states, Christians have an equally customs, choosing the most conservative inter- dark history. The Crusades I & II, the Inquisition, pretation of Islamic law. The Salem Witch Trials, the Holocaust all show Had it not been for Pakistani support, the Tali- what can happen when a church/state alliance is ban might never have moved beyond classroom formed. discussion. Since there was no law in AfghaniWe should be wary of any system, including stan, the Pakistanis were at the mercy of the war- our own, that believes religion and government lords in trading with Central Asia. For overland share responsibility for our freedom. Both are viroutes the shipments had to be transferred at the tal for civilization but need to operate in separate border to Afghan vehicles and that was the last spheres, each respecting the other while working the Pakistanis saw of their goods. The Pakistani for the common good. supplied weapons to the Taliban to make safe the trade routes to the West. The Taliban opened the Contact Hayden at passages and eventually defeated enough of the

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Kemper Steffe belts a triple over the centerfielders head during the 14-9 PH victory over Charlotte Catholic.

PH Baseball Keeps Rolling

Eight of the eleven games played by the Patrick Henry Patriots baseball squad (prior to the spring recess) have been contested in enemy territory. The road warrior Pats continued their baseball odyssey sojourning to North Carolina during the final days of spring break to take on the Charlotte Catholic Cougars in a double-header at Wingate University. Game one featured steady pitching courtesy of Kemper Steffe and raw power from the mighty bat of shortstop Yates Sayers who logged a single, double and a triple in the Patriots 5-4 victory. Sophomore hurler

Zach Whitaker slammed the door on the Cougars in the final frame to pick up his first save of the season. Gary Fitzgerald continued his painful assault on the records books getting hit with his ninth and ten pitch of the season. "I'm not sure what the record is for HBP's at PH, but I have a felling that Gary already has it" noted Head Coach Aaron Haigler. In game two the Cougars jumped out to a five run lead in the first. Not to be outdone, the Patriots exploded past Charlotte Catholic in the bottom of the inning featuring a soaring grand

slam home run off of the bat of catcher Will Kaufman. Pitcher Chad Osterhaus picked up the 14-9 win for PH, with reliever Cameron Simmons collecting the last six outs of the contest. Like his teammate Yates Sayers, Kemper Steffe fell a home run short of a cycle in game two in a three hit effort. Sayers smashed six hits in the twin bill, propelling the 5-6 Patriots to a sweep over the Cougars of Charlotte Catholic. Patrick Henry returns home to host district games against Halifax County and William Fleming.

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William Byrd's #11 Amber Altice beats the throw to the plate as Titan's catcher Kelsey Crotty brings in the ball.

Hidden Valley’s Kelsey Crotty connects in the Titan's win Saturday.

Softball Saturday:

Hidden Valley defeated William Byrd 7-4 in softball last Saturday By Jon Kaufman on its home field. The Titans are currently 4-5 on the season while the Terriers of William Byrd are 5-4-1.

Colonels Seek to Peak at the Right Time

Raiders Roll:

The North Cross boys defeated Hargrave Military Academy 14-4 in lacrosse action last week, in a game on its home field. (Above) North Cross’s George Revercomb fires a shot past a group of Hargrave defenders. Jamie Willis (Left) races past a Tiger defenseman on the way to an 11-1 halftime lead. Photos by Bill Turner

It takes time to build a sports program. You need talented players, strong leadership, and a consistent approach. Just ask William Fleming boys soccer coach Landon Moore, who is finally starting to reap the benefits of the foundation he began to lay five seasons ago. “This year I have some guys who are in their fourth year with me now,” said Moore, also the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Hollins University. “That’s really what is allowing us to improve the way we have. Those guys have a great work ethic, they know what it takes, and they know what our expectation level is.” The Colonels (4-3, 2-2) have already matched their win total from last season and currently sit in third place in the Western Valley District standings – a vast improvement from where the team was at this point last year. “I really didn’t have any expectations for the guys as far as our record goes,” Moore said. “We just want to improve with each game, and try to be playing our best soccer by the end of the season.” Despite their success, the team received a bit of a reality check two weeks ago when they were soundly defeated 4-1 by district frontrun-

ner Patrick Henry. “PH is loaded,” Moore said. “We did some good things and tried to hold our own, but they’re in a different class from us right now.” If the Colonels are going to get to that level, their senior leadership will lead the way. Centerback Nathaniel Scere, who Moore describes as “the guy who comes to mind when I think about leadership,” as well as Issak Abdullahi, lead a solid defense which boasts two shutouts thus far this season. According to their coach, Fleming will also have to improve their discipline. “It’s one of our biggest weaknesses,” Moore said. “The kids are extremely passionate, and they want to win. But it’s been hard to get them to tone it down sometimes.” After a rainout of a scheduled Tuesday match against Franklin County, the Colonels will face Patrick Henry again on Thursday. And though the outcome of the first contest was lopsided, Moore is confident in his experienced team. “Talent-wise, I think we can play with anyone in the area,” he said. By Matt Reeve

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The 42nd annual Kiwanis Club of Roanoke Metro Basketball Awards honored Unsung Heroes at local high schools, as chosen by the coach of each girls and boys team. The selections were based upon player's character, unselfishness and contribution to the team concept. The Kiwanis honor players from 13 schools in the areas served by the Kiwanis Clubs of Botetourt-RoanokeSalem and were awarded at the Salem Civic Center last weekend. (more unsung heroes next week) North Crossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Raider Kaki Comer with Head Coach Jennie Carter

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Help Me Help My Child Seminar Community Awareness & Early Identification of Learning Disabilities. National Business College, 1813 East Main Street, Salem. Please RSVP , by April 22 to Leslie Richards, The Achievement Center, (540) 366-7399 That 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Event Great party with dinner by Carrabaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, wine by Amrhein, live dance music by Monkey Fuzz. A fundraiser with the emphasis on FUN! Dust off that leisure suit and go go boots or your tie dye shirt and peace sign.Tickets: order online at ($40 each for 10+; $45 each for 2-9;$50 for 1) Thank you, Lynne Pope Earth Day Earth Day 2009 Celebration at the Williamson Road Library. 11:002:00 Saturday.April 25th. Earth Day activities at the Williamson Road Library will include conversation, story telling, a puppet show, food sampling, music, creating family trees - including a medical tree â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plus discussion of green jobs and careers, and development of a green,healthy and ethical economy. Neon Man at the Water Heater The Water Heater in Roanoke will host Slash Colemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning, Off-Broadway tribute to Mark Jamison, the late Roanoke neon artist whose work is seen around the valley.â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Neon Man and Me,â&#x20AC;? will be staged next Saturday,April 25 at 6:30 pm and again at 8:00 pm.

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The Future of Creation n interfaith celebration of Earth Day 2009, presented by Spirituality and Ecology, 5:30 - 7:30p.m. Sunday,April 26th, St. James Episcopal Church 4515 Delray Street,N.W.(one block west ofWilliamson Road).Topics include: can waging peace on nature lead to peace among men?; Kimoyo, which continues building bridges of understanding and support between cultures, and Sabbath Economics: an alternative to our maximum consumption, 24/7 culture that exhausts rather than restores creation.Also at 5:30,children are invited to participate in a face painting and mask-making workshop.

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Thirty of the most creative and inFlorida's 4T model. novative people in the region are parAs a result, our call to action is: ticipating in a yearlong project sponwe need your time, assistance and sored by the City of Roanoke, called participation in the process. To find the Roanoke Creative Community out more about each initiative, you Project. These 30 “Creative Connecmay do a search in Facebook. If you tors” participated in a two-day workhaven’t tried Facebook yet, now may shop March 30-31 to understand the be the ideal time to join the other 4T (technology, talent, tolerance, ter80,000 Roanokers who are using this ritory assets) economic development social networking site. Please conStuart Mease model pioneered by Richard Florida sider joining one of the four groups and the Creative Class Group, (www. listed below in some capacity after, and to implement it in four learning about the particular focus of each. sustainable projects. 81 Reasons to Connect: Meetings - Thursdays This economic development process is quite at 5:30 pm at Soft Solutions in Roanoke Conunique in that it does not resemble other efforts tact: (explores ways to furto stimulate prosperity. More than 90 people ther connect the Roanoke and New River Valapplied to be one of the original 30 members, leys, especially Blacksburg-Virginia Tech) and another 40 have opted-in to participate S.T.A.R. - a subgroup of the Roanoke Crein this initiative. The original 30 have set the ative Community Leadership Program. Meetagenda and are engaging the other individu- ings - Mondays at 5:30 pm at a member's home. als to help shape, refine and put into action the Contact: (deals with ideas generated from the workshop. issues of tolerance and promoting diversity in Communication by the project teams is tak- Roanoke as an asset) ing place via the Facebook online community, CNR2030: Growing a carbon-neutral region. and offline at periodic open meetings. The Meetings -Wednesday at 12 noon at 313 Luck bottom-up, grass-roots approach of this proj- Ave in Roanoke. Contact: mdame68@yahoo. ect has been more broadly discussed through com (green issues and how the region can use online media outlets such as blogs, Facebook, that for quality of life and economic developTwitter, and YouTube, in favor of more tradi- ment) tional media outlets. The Creative Class Group Roanoke YEA! – Youth Experience our Amewill be working with only two other regions, nities. Meetings - Monday at 5:30 pm at SpaVa Vancouver and Bloomington, IL, in this capac- in Roanoke. Contact: ity this year, (how to keep more young people here by showUltimately, the “Creative Connectors” will ing them more of the cultural, recreation and implement the four identified initiatives (tech- business opportunities, perhaps with the aid of nology, talent, tolerance, territory assets) and mentors) in the long-term, help create a model of ecoKids in the Valley Adventuring (KIVA) 540nomic development that engages people to 580-3015 (Chip) or 540-580-3547 (Ashley) address future economic challenges. This is a non-traditional model, focusing on place and people to drive sustainable long-term prosper(Stuart Mease works in Roanoke City’s ecoity. It's a different way to the same end, based on nomic development department)

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Larry Smith has started a delivery service company in Roanoke.

Chamber Members Plan for Better Times Ahead

Cautiously optimistic seemed to be the mood of some Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce members as they displayed their wares during the Business & Technology Expo at the Special Events Center last Friday. Exhibitors ran the gamut, from 24-hour fitness centers to banks, home delivery services and caterers. Larry Smith is taking the plunge and starting a business, even in these tough times. His Delivery Boyz service caters to seniors and others that need help with banking, grocery shopping, running errands, going to events, etc. The Roanoke resident calls it “non medical assistance for seniors or someone that is convalescing, or no longer drives.” Clients can reserve time by the hour. (see Smith has two vans to date and uses bonded employees. He’s hopeful about the future for Delivery Boyz, which he opened in January. “It’s developing,” said Smith, who also has a heavy-du-

ty parts business and invented a parts washer. “I’m having so many calls from seniors,” said Smith, who is working with the LOA. “I think there’s a big need for it.” Smith thinks the climate may get worse before it gets better but calls himself “an eternal optimist.” Expo exhibitors Duane and Shirley Ward opened Anytime Fitness in Bonsack several months ago and like the name implies members can go there anytime to work out. “It’s a great area,” said Shirley Ward about the business, which is located near the new Kroger. Duane Ward said they signed the lease papers before the recession hit, but believes that “people will spend money on what they think is valid.” Ward is hopeful about the future, and the economy: “we’ve been sheltered quite a bit. I think it will come back.” Ovations Catering, which operates out of the Roanoke Civic Center, is having to work harder to find business. Robin Griffin

says booked events are down about 20% vs. a year ago. “But its wedding season and we’ve been getting lots of calls,” said Griffin, who was at the Expo to network. The Vinton War Memorial is “hanging in there,” as a venue for receptions and business events said facilities manager Laura Reilly, who also had a booth at the Chamber event. She’s trying to convince more firms that would normally hold retreats out of town to consider the renovated War Memorial complex. “Have a great, elegant meeting, right here in town,” is the Virginia Tech grad’s pitch. “They are [still] booking,” said Reilly of business clients. “We just don’t have as much notice.” Often it’s been weeks instead of months. She’s learning to be light on her feet and adapt to the current business climate – as are other Regional Chamber members. “We’re doing okay,” said Reilly. By Gene Marrano

Red Cross Receives Grant

The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has announced that it is receiving a $49,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, enabling the chapter to build an infrastructure that can initiate and sustain a five-day disaster event with all critical elements–human resources, partnerships and equipment needs. The chapter is one of only 128 Red Cross chapters awarded funds as part of the Wal-Mart Foundation’s initiative to support disaster response and capacity building projects nationwide. “Thanks to the generosity of the Wal-Mart Foundation, we will increase our capacity to serve people in southwest Virginia and to be there to respond after a disaster, whether it is a house fire, flood or other disaster,” says Tom Brown, Executive Director at the Roanoke Valley Chapter. The Wal-Mart Foundation partnered with the American Red Cross to create a $5 million Disaster Readiness and Capacity Building Grant Program. Included in the plans are purchasing trailers that will be stocked with supplies for shelter operations to be strategically placed throughout the chapter’s service area which includes Roanoke, Botetourt, Franklin, Craig, Pittsylvania, Alleghany, Bath and Highland counties; and the cities and towns therein. Recruiting and training volunteers, holding drills and training exercises, and assisting neighboring chapters are also included in the plans.

Access Cuts the Ribbon

Access Advertising & Public Relations held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on April 3. The agency, profiled recently in the Star-Sentinel, recently moved into its newly renoSmith/Packett Announces Susan Eckert To Head Harmony Senior Services vated, 17,000-square-foot historic property on Patterson Ave. in downtown Roanoke.  Pictured, left to right:  Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers, Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Access CEO & Harmony Senior Services, LLC, has announced the appointment of Susan F. Eckert as President. Ms. Eckert was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for Sage Senior Living and Vice President of Chief Creative Officer Tony Pearman, Access President Todd Marcum. (photo courtesy Access) Operations for the Shelter Group in Baltimore, Maryland. She has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales, and marketing of senior housing and senior services including assisted living, independent living, adult day services, continuing care communities, dementia care and skilled nursing. The Roanoke Star-Sentinel is publishing a "Total Market Coverage" issue on Ms. Eckert’s leadership experience has included developing successful teams for company owned/operated and acquisition environments, including for-profit, non-profit and third party Friday, May 1st that will reach over 85,000 Readers ALL in the Roanoke Valley. management. She holds a BS degree in Social Work from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York Discover what so many others already have - and put the power of our highly and is a former licensed Nursing Home Administrator. welcomed, uncluttered, direct mail, income targeted newspaper to work for you! Harmony Senior Services, created in 2006 by Smith/Packett, is a fully-integrated management Call our advertising team today at 400-0990 services company, that provides management, marketing, strategic planning, training and consultOr email your ad file to ing services to the senior housing industry.



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Spring Fling at VWCC

Kandinsky Trio Packs House Photos by Bryan Muncy Fine Photography

Virginia Western 2nd year students Christopher M. Atkinson and Sarah Crizer look at artwork on the Virginia Western Colonial Avenue Bridge. The artwork displayed is part of the Juried Art Show organized by the college’s art department. The Juried Art Show runs in conjunction with the college’s Spring Fling event for students and employees.

On Saturday April 18th, the ever popular and highly regarded Kandisky Trio presented an unusual chamber music program at Roanoke College with guests trumpeter John Adler, trombonist Jay Crone, and violist Roger Chase.  The Kandisky Trio, who have been together for over 21 years, are composed of Benedict Goodfriend, violin, Alan Weinstein, cello, and Elizabeth Bachelder, piano.  They are the "Artists in Residence" at Roanoke College.   The program opened to a very large and appreciative audience by playing "Divertimento for trumpet, trombone and piano written by Boris Blacher.  Other selections were "Serenade for Viola, cello, and trombone by Persichetti, "Trio for trumpet, violin and piano by Ewazen" and "Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op.60 by Johannes Brahms.   Adler showed his exceptional trumpet skills by triple tongueing notes in the upper registers Crone displayed his crisp, mellow, and precise command of the trombone.  Both  Adler and Crone teach music at Virginia Tech and Crone is principal trombonist of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.  Roger Chase, originally from London, England, has played all over the world and currently teaches at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  His virtuosity on the viola was outstanding, especially in the "Serenade for viola, cello and trombone." The group received a standing ovation and rewarded the audience with an encore Virginia Western student Kathryn Perez accepts her first place rendition of  "Pick up your things," arranged by Chris Henson. award in photography from judge Pat Carr, an art teacher at   A reception where guests could meet the artists followed the concert in Olin Hall. Text and photo by Jim Bullington Cave Spring High School.

Pamela Jean Gallery Features Local Abstract Artist

Located directly across the street from the Taubman Museum of Art on Salem Avenue, the Pamela Jean Gallery is benefiting from downtown Roanoke’s visual arts renaissance. The gallery represents both regional and internationally recognized artists, while also supporting talented, emerging artists. A wide range of media is represented—including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, art glass, and jewelry. Local artist Chico Harkrader is an abstract expressionist whose work is available exclusively at the Pamela Jean Gallery. Harkrader’s bright and vivid paintings are of mixed media composition; most are “gallery-wrapped” canvasses, which do not require framing—for a very clean look. Harkarader’s sculptures, primarily composed of found objects, are playful and eclectic. Susan Saandholland’s work presents a variety of sharp, modern compositions "Sun Song 2" by Chico Harkrader of mixed media. Many of these pieces include local landmarks. Recently featured in American Art Collector magazine, Christine Graefe Drewyer’s oil paintings convey

a sense of peace and spirituality through nature-derived images. Drewyer’s subject matter is primarily focused on landscapes; her Tonalist style has been described as “representational with a soft edge Mexico City native Juan Astianex’s oil paintings on canvas represent a broad range of styles, the combination of which could evoke comparisons to Picasso. His Mexican heritage and urban upbringing is echoed through the recurring theme of carnival images as his subject matter, including monkeys and clowns. Lynchburg resident Michael Creed unites his fine craft skills and colorful imagination to produce furniture and sculptures that are both fanciful and functional. “Jitterbug” is a sidetable with a beetle semblance; it is a kinetic piece with side-leaves that expand and contract as you open a drawer—as if it could fly away! A Creed work would be sure to add fun and whimsy to any room. (Pamela Jean Gallery – 115 East Salem Avenue)

Jamie Bishop: A Retrospective on Display

Jamie Bishop: A Retrospective, an exhibition of graphic designs and photographs by Jamie Bishop, the Virginia Tech German instructor who died on April 16, 2007, in Norris Hall, is now on display in Blacksburg through July 14. The display will be shown at VTLS Inc. headquarters, located on 1701 Kraft Drive in Blacksburg. Viewing hours to the general public are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The works on display include sketches by Bishop from the early 1990s and his last photo cycle, South Main Series, made the year he died. Also on display are several graphic designs created by Bishop. Before his death, he had been accepted into the art program at Virginia Tech and planned to take his first classes in summer 2007. Bishop planned to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree and to pursue a career in graphic design. To reach VTLS Inc. from South Main Street, turn on Industrial Park Road SW, turn right and continue on to Ramble Road. Turn left on Kraft Drive.

Paradiso Owner Premieres Documentary Juan Garcia, owner of "Paradiso" restaurant in the farmers' food court had the world premiere of his documentary film "To Dream of Cuba." on April 17th at the Taubman Art museum. Local Colors organizer Pearl Fu introduced Garcia, also a City Market building food court vendor. Fu helped Garcia with his film by knocking on doors to help him find locations, equipments, props, editing, acting, etc. “Juan's deep devotion, commitment, talent, passion and hard work resulted in To Dream of Cuba,” said Fu. The film can be seen again on April 26th 7 PM at Hollins University. Garcia is hopeful of visiting family in Cuba now that President Obama has loosened restrictions.

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