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April 24 - April 30, 2009
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.
P4– May 2 is a great day to head towards Floyd to catch the Cinco de Mayo Festival at Sweet Providence Farm.
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
P8– Head basketball coach Dugger Baucom talked about the Keydets strong showing in 08-09 and future hopes.
Creative Passion P10– Stuart Mease discusses what needs to happen for the “Creative Connectors” to be successful.
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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
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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