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Wishneff calls for suspensions Luck in threes P8– The Palmerton sisters give Roanoke Catholic’s lady Celtics soccer team a triple threat on the field. Emma, Abbey and Hanna are tearing it up this year on the pitch.

Roanoke City Council member Brian Wishneff has accused the city manager’s office and current mayor of playing politics with the amphitheater development. Wishneff alleges the city manager’s office tried to influence the upcoming election by rushing a contract on the city amphitheater and then releasing it to the public at 5:46 p.m. Friday afternoon in order to undermine his press conference and chances in the upcoming election. In a letter to Councilwoman Gwen Mason, in her capacity as chair of the city’s personnel committee, Wishneff asked that City Manager Darelene Burcham and Assistant City Manager Brian Townsend be suspended with pay for 30 days while Mu-

nicipal Auditor Drew Harmon review the role each played in the timing of a press release. Wishneff also asked that Harmon review the potential role City Attorney William Hackworth had in the events and that Hackworth also be suspended if any action on his part was discovered. “This has to go off the charts as far as violating the ethics for a city manager,” Wishneff said Tuesday while traveling on business in Iowa. In his letter to Mason, Wishneff said, “I believe clearly the City Manager and staff were trying to influence the outcome of the upcoming Mayoral and Council election. Tenet 7 of the International City Managers Association (ICMA) says; Re-

frain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administration. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body.” Neither Burcham nor Townsend could be reached for comment, but the city released a statement from Burcham which said, “I serve at the pleasure of City Council. Any personnel action regarding my position would be handled by the City Council as a body.” She continued to say that Townsend was an employee of the city manager and as such she was responsible for the terms of his > CONTINUED employment. She P3: Suspensions

[April on Avenham]

Give peace a chance P7– Eric Harshfield of Roanoke and his UVA classmate Ana Jermec won a Davis Peace Prize for their sustainable water purfication system.

Lady Pats Kick it P9– Carter Norbo and the lady Patriots took it to William Byrd as Patrick Henry beat the Terriers 6-0.

Photo courtesy the Roanoke Valley Garden Club

Above is Fairacres, one of the four homes on this year’s Garden Tour in Roanoke. The Roanoke Garden Club sold the home to its current owners in 2003.

Garden Day in Roanoke April 26

This year the GarBelow is the walkden Tour in Roaing tour of homes: noke will focus its 2705 LONGVIEW attention on South AVENUE. This 1922 Roanoke and Avenbrick Georgian Coham Avenue. April lonial graces the 26 four homes will streetscape from a be open to the public high vantage point. for tours from 10 a.m. Its setting on the surto 5 p.m. The event is rounding lot is pro2705 Longview sponsored by the Mill portionate and lends Mountain Garden to a feeling of permaClub and the Roanoke Valley Garden nence. The Gilbert Butler family lived Club. The event is a fund raiser for his- here from the 1920s through the 1940s. toric garden renovations throughout Mr. Butler was a prominent commuthe commonwealth. nity leader and a vice president of the

Commission working to meet new standards

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission held a press conference on Tuesday, April 15 to address new environmental standards brought forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The new standard will be set in place to help lower the Ozone pollutants in the air. In order to comply with the new standards the regional commission is asking the community to do as much as possible to combat the Ozone pollutants in question. Individuals can have an affect in bringing the levels down. Buying energy efficient lighting, filling vehicles up with gas in the coolest part of the day (evening or morning), or turning the air conditioning down in order to conserve energy can all help. Businesses in the valley like Norfolk Southern, and Akzo Nobel, can also have a positive affect on improving air quality by using high-tech methods to ensure fewer pollutants produced in the air from burning fuel. Businesses are beginning to team P11– New Orleans musician up with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Henry Butler will perform Regional Commission to help improve air at the Jefferson Center Satquality and water quality. urday night for the “Leading “One way we are working with local Blind” series. businesses is to promote more car pooling by employees. This helps with lowering fuel

Singin’ the Blues

N&W Railroad. Although the house is traditional in design, the current owners have added their own distinct style in the mixture of old and modern furnishings and art. A handsome central stairway accents the entrance, with Persian rugs and English and American antiques decorating the interior. Of special interest in the living room is an American (Shenandoah Valley) step-back cupboard circa 1830 with its original glass and an unusual Federal fireplace mantel. Two sets of French doors lead to > CONTINUED an airy, bright P2: Garden Tour sunroom.

Photo by Micheal Beaulieu

The new EPA standards mean the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is asking the community for help in meeting those standards. usage but it is also cheaper for everybody. Roanoke Cement, is partnering with the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities coalition to find out what they can do to put better pollution controls into place. The Green Leadership Coalition that is working with the city is an organization made up of the area’s

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Old Southwest in Roanoke is a finalist for a NUSA Neighborhood of the Year award.

Old Southwest finalist for Neighborhood of the Year The historic neighborhood of Old Southwest has been selected as a “Finalist” for the 2008 Neighborhood of the Year Award presented by (NUSA) Neighborhoods, USA. These awards are a way for NUSA to recognize outstanding neighborhood organizations, government entities and businesses from all across the United States for their work in improving the quality of life in their communities. The 2008 Neighborhood of the Year Awards program will recognize exceptional accomplishments by neighborhood organizations during 2007. Awards will be given in three categories: (1) Physical Revitalization/Beautification in a Single Neighborhood; (2) Social Revitalization/Neighborliness in a Single Neighborhood; and (3) Multi-Neighborhood - Partnerships. Judging will be based on the extent of innovation, grassroots participation and capacity building exhibited by the nominated organization. Old Southwest submitted an entry for the Social Revitalization/Neighborliness category for their “Food with Friends” event which has > CONTINUED P3: Old Southwest

Artis resigns as SCLC president

It was 22 years ago this July that Jeff Artis walked outside his apartment and saw a young woman that caught his eye. It took him a month to work up the courage to talk to her. Photo courtesy Jeff Artis “She looked good,” Artis said. “I talked to Jeff Artis stepped her August the 17th. down as president of We had a conversa- the Roanoke SCLC eartion and then one lier this month. thing led to another and I asked her to marry me three weeks later.” He admits it was a little more complicated than, ‘happily ever after.’ He said he had to come to terms with the fact that he, a black man, was in love with a white woman. “A week after I met her I was like, ‘this is a really, really wonderful person. She would make a great wife if she wasn’t white,” Artis said. “And then it went from, ‘wait a minute, you not asking her to marry you because she’s white is racist. You can’t be a racist, you can’t be a hypocrite.’ So I asked her to marry me. She eventually said yes.” He said his internal wrestling had less to do with race itself, and more to do with his future political aspirations. “I knew that starting a new career in Ronaoke with a white woman would pretty much be the kiss of death to anything I wanted to do if I wanted to get involved in politics,” he said, “but I realized that was a racist mentality.” It’s out of love and commitment for his wife, Sandy, that Artis stepped down as president of the Roanoke Chapter of the SCLC earlier this > CONTINUED P3: Artis

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In the dining room is an 1892 portrait of Mrs. Julia Chaney, a relative of the owner. The portrait was painted by an eighteenyear-old artist from New York and features the original frame by Tiffanys of New York. Large central hallways on the ground level and the second floor give a spacious feel to the house.  A recently added master suite with a separate dressing area and renovated bath provides a comfortable and cheerful atmosphere. The two-level kitchen is large for a house of this era, and a back stairway conveniently adds access to the upstairs bedrooms.  A beautiful raised circular deck off the kitchen offers a lovely view of the city, and a patio with a water feature and extensive landscaping invites guests to stroll through the well-tended perennial gardens.  Open for the first time.  Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Lawson, owners.

country kitchen feel. The butler’s pantry was turned into a breakfast room, and a cozy banquette gives warmth to the room.  A fireplace was added to the den as well as French doors that allow the family to walk out onto the patio overlooking the garden.  The patio also features a scenic view of Mill Mountain.  Throughout the house, unusual artwork and pieces of furniture reflect the family’s interest in travel.  Interesting mixes of paint and window treatments in each room attest to the owners’ creative abilities. The grounds have been lovingly planned and planted by the owners, who have turned this corner lot into a beautiful garden enjoyed by the entire neighborhood.  A focal point of the landscape is a statue of the Roman goddess Minerva, discovered and purchased by the owners on a trip to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.  Many of the plants have been gifts from gardening friends, including the peonies, sedum, hosta, Lenten rose and many of the specimens in the rock garden.  Designed to bloom from early spring through fall, the shrubs, perennials and climbing vines are meant to be enjoyed for their variety of color and texture.  Open for the first time.  Mr. and Mrs. R. Gil Lynch III, owners.

armoires, French and American ice boxes, an English chest and a French antique bed that had been converted to a hall bench. Enhancing the faux-finished walls are works by artists Ann Hale, Betsy Glassie, Celeste Corbin, Lucia Sarto, Joan Limbrick and Deborah McGee.  Lovely Persian rugs cover the floors.  The kitchen underwent a complete renovation in 2007.  The grounds, originally designed by Blue Ridge Parkway landscape architect Stanley Abbott, feature a sunken garden with a Japanese maple collection.  A massive oak centers the yard, with azaleas transitioning the upper and lower gardens.  Ferns, hostas and hydrangeas predominate in the lower beds while the upper garden is a mixture of roses, gardenias, camellias and blackberry lilies.  Dr. and Mrs. Eric D. Swisher, owners.

ern gourmet kitchen, and the former coal cellar now serves as a plant room where the owners raise seedlings for their large vegetable garden. A state-ofthe-art wine cellar is also located in the basement. A grand entrance hall and staircase with original leaded-glass windows grace the landing, and original glass windows are featured throughout the public rooms.  Furnishings of note include an extensive art collection from the owners’ travels and antique floor coverings.   Fairacres’ exterior stone came from the nearby Rorer iron-ore mine, no longer in use, and thus the stone’s distinctive color is influenced by its high iron content.  Recently constructed, an adjacent five-car garage and office wing is separated by a breezeway and is architecturally compatible with the original house.  The property encompasses two and a half acres, recontoured with more than 150 specimen trees, and includes a woodland garden at the north end of the house, an extensive vegetable garden at the south end, and park-like landscaping in front.  This splendid historic estate with 21st-century relevance is a must-see.  Open for 2713 Avenham the first time.  Mr. and Mrs. J. 2730 Avenham David Wine, owners. 2713 AVENHAM AVENUE.  FULL TICKET:   $20.  No 2730 AVENHAM AVENUE.  Fairacres, one of the most promi- single-house tickets.  Tickets Built in 1932, this Tudor-style nent residences in Roanoke, was may be purchased the day of the house was owned by the Episbuilt in 1911-12 in the Tudor Re- tour at South Roanoke Methodcopal Diocese of Southwest Virvival style.  The house was con- ist Church.  Children 6-12, halfginia for almost seventy years.  It structed for business leader W. price.  Children 5 and younger, served as home to two Bishops C. 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In the April 11 edition we misidentified the individual in the photo accompanying the Roanoke City Talent show story on the front page. The person in the photo was Roanoke Public Library’s, River Laker. He was a member of the Roanoke Emerging Artists Repertory Company who preformed “Tiptoe Through

the Tulips” as Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki. On stage with Laker was Kate Abarbanel who played Miss Vicki. Steve Langston and Joshua Cloudt provided the music for the piece. The Star-Sentinel regrets the error. It is our policy to correct any errors that appear in our pages when they come to light.

> Old Southwest From page 1

taken place for over two years and is held monthly for the residents of Old Southwest. A different host household each month chooses a food theme and all those that attend bring an entree, side dish or dessert and their favorite beverage. A proven success for neighbors who gather to share good conversation and delicious food. Neighborhoods, USA, the largest nonprofit grassroots organization in the nation, is committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Founded in 1975 to share information and experiences to build stronger communities, NUSA encourages networking as a way to facilitate the de-

velopment of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector. Finalists will be invited to make presentations at the annual NUSA conference, to be held May 21-24 in Hampton, Virginia. First, second and third place winners will be selected in each category and honored at the conference.  In order to be considered for the 2008 Neighborhood of the Year Award or the Best Neighborhood Program Award, applicants must have completed a noteworthy neighborhood improvement project in 2007.

> EPA rom page 1

of Ride Solutions. On May 16 the Ride Solutions organization is sponsoring Clean Commute Day. The goal of the event is to promote carpooling, biking, walking, or taking the bus. For more information log on to Conserving energy is a key factor in tackling this aspect of Roanoke Valley’s air quality, and in 2002 the Ozone Early Action Compact plan was put in place to do just that. “The goal of the plan was to improve our regional air quality and bring us into compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 8-hour Ozone standard that was current during the life of the plan. Through the efforts of our local government, business community and citizens of the region, the plan was a resounding success,” said Vinton Mayor and Chairman of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Bradley Grose. The region’s energy conservation plan included purchasing more fuel-efficient, low-emission and alternative fuel vehicles, limiting school bus idling times, limiting the refueling of non-emergency vehicles to early morning or late evening, and planting trees.

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A study presented by the regional commission showed high-levels of Ozone pollutants in the Roanoke Valley in 1998, but by 2007 levels had dramatically dropped. The city will have until the end of the summer to get the three-year average down to the new EPA standards. If the new standards aren’t met, more vehicle or industry regulations could be put in place. “This is definitely feasible. We’ve already proven that public and volunteer action can make a difference, and it will work again,” said Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Senior Planner, Mark McCaskill. According to the EPA Ozone (O3) is a gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is not usually emitted directly into the air, but at ground-level is created by a chemical reaction between oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight. Motor vehicle exhaust and industrial emissions, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents as well as natural sources emit and that helps form ozone. Ground-level ozone is By Michael Beaulieu the primary constituent of smog.

In a forum hosted by NewVa Connects, Valley Forward and the Roanoke Jaycees at 202 Market on Tuesday evening, candidates had the chance to mingle with young professionals and be asked moderated questions developed by those in attendance regarding the status quo and the future of Roanoke City. All those running for council and the mayoral race were present with the exception of current Councilman Brian Wishneff, who was in Iowa on business. Before the question period began Valley Forward went out of their way to announce that no candidates were members of the group. The meeting gave each candidate a chance to answer a random question or one that was directed to them specifically. Each candidate had a time limit and after everyone had answered once, there was a “lightening round” in which they all had to answer the same question based on how they stood on the issue. Some of the questions addressed were: quality of life issues, why Blacksburg was listed as one of the top places to start a business and not Roanoke, the possibility of a future citywide smoking ban, more affordable housing for downtown residents, education and how it attracts people to our area, how to encourage the long range goals for white collar jobs, among many others. While all candidates concurred that supporting the Transportation Museum is an integral part of keeping the city tourist friendly, many expanded that Roanoke needs to recognize all museums, and historical buildings to encour-

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Valley Forward’s Gretchen Weinnig welcomes candidates and attendees to the forum hosted by NewVA Connects, Roanoke Jaycees and Valley Forward. age growth and build on what we have. Mayor Nelson Harris talked about strategic partnerships that the city needs to have, the majority of those mentioned were with Virginia Tech. “We need to be excited and energized about growth in Roanoke, let’s keep Roanoke moving,” he said. Sherman Lea said he was in favour of the money requested by Center in the Square, as it is important to have a vibrant downtown. David Bowers, when asked about the education needs in Roanoke City, said that he supports Governor Tim Kaine’s Pre-K program and that Roanoke should consider adopting some form of it in the near future. He also gave kudos to Roanoke Schools Superintendent Rita Bishop and mentioned that it took him seven years to build up teachers incomes in the valley, but within only one year of his leaving Council that those salaries had fallen below other areas. Anita Price said that collaboration and consistency are needed to make Roanoke City a

vibrant place to live. “Change is coming but it is certainly welcomed,” she said. Dale Edmonston, Valerie Garner and Anita Powell all had input on multiple issues but have different agendas if elected. George Sgournos is in favour of bringing back Amtrak to the area and said that he is a frequent user of public transportation in the city. He also said that he is running “because Roanoke needs a full-time mayor.” Court Rosen drew the last question of the evening and ended by thanking the groups for organizing the forum. Rosen was asked how he thought he could help change the tone on City Council and steer away from any negativity. “The purpose of government is to represent all people. It is a disservice to our community to have city leaders treat each other with such disrespect,” he said. “Together we need to maintain and embrace Roanoke, and recognize that it’s a place for everyone.”

Jeff and Sandy Artis have a 20 year-old daughter together, Mateja and two children from Sandy’s previous marriage Tamisha, 30, and Jeremiah who passed away five years ago when he was 23.

“They’re great kids. I’ve been blessed,” Artis said

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> Artis From page 1

month, a post he’s held since 2006. Sandy has struggled with her health and had two heart attacks in March. Artis said he realized he needed to shift his focus back to his home. “A man’s first responsibility is to his family,” Artis said, “and unfortunately, so many people, especially in the black community, so many black men seem to have forgotten their first responsibility.” Artis is known as a community activist and has the reputation of someone who won’t back down from a fight. “I don’t mind speaking truth to power,” Artis said. “[The SCLC is] a Christian organization. When Jesus went into the temple he didn’t ask those folks, ‘oh golly gee, you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, could you

please leave.’ Jesus went in kicked butt, took names and cleaned up the situation. “I’m honored when people say I’m a trouble maker, and I’m a divisive character and I’m controversial and I have a chip on my shoulder because those are the exact same things they said about Dr. King” Artis joined the SCLC in 1995, when then-president, Perneller Chubb-Wilson, “could [finally] look past the fact I was a Republican and welcome me on board,” Artis said. He said of the work he’s done in the last 13 years he’s most proud of the recent bridge and statue dedication in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “It was [Chubb-Wilson’s] idea, and I did quite a bit of the ground-

work,” Artis said of the project that began in the late 1990s. He said King’s spirit and ideals still guide the Roanoke SCLC. “I can definitely say that in the Roanoke branch we always ask ourselves, ‘what would Dr. King do,’ and then we follow it appropriately,” he said. Artis said he’s also proud of the work the chapter has done with gangs in the valley. “It was personal to me,” he said. “I’ve lost several friends to gang violence growing up.” He has even written a handbook for parents that he posted on his website, Though he’s stepping down as president, Artis said he’ll still be involved in the chapter. “We’re still working out what I’m going to be doing,” Artis said.

> Suspension From page 1 also said information about the contract was posted in city hall and on the city’s website April 10. Mason said the committee would not act on the request. “I advised Mr. Wishneff the appropriate way to manage employees is not to lambast them in public with erroneous information,” Mason said. “It’s disappointing. It’s a discredit to council.” Mason said there is already a process in place that allows members of council to handle employee matters. She said the city has employee performance evaluations twice a year. “The people who get the real short end of the stick are not Townsend and Burcham,” Mason said, “They’re the people of Roanoke.” David Bowers, who is running as an independent for mayor and has aligned himself with Wishneff, would not comment on the allegations. “I don’t have any comment on that, except that it deals with the current Council and not the future Council,” Bowers said. Wishneff and Bowers hosted a press conference in front of the City Market building Friday April, 11 at 11:30 a.m. in order to announce their ‘Target Downtown,’ plan. The plan proposed moving the $12.6 million the city budgeted for the amphitheater on Reserve Avenue and investing it

in a smaller amphitheater downtown along with several other projects aimed at downtown revitalization. The city issued a press release at 5:46 p.m. that afternoon, announcing that Red Light Management, Inc. was selected to execute a phased implementation of the amphitheater. Harris said there was no political motivation behind the actions. “The city manager did what council asked her to do back in February,” Harris said. “She issued a press release on Friday, it was delayed bceause they wanted Red Light to approve the wording before it was sent out. None of us knew that Wishneff and Bowers were going to have a press conference on Friday morning. I think the facts prove pretty clear with the contract being posted the day before that everything was as it should be. [Wishneff] was there for some portion of the closeddoor meeting but he may have missed important information by leaving. This was when the discussion occurred regarding Red Light.” This is not the first time Wishneff has been at odds with the current plan for the amphitheater. In February he walked out of a closed-door session in which council was to discuss the proposals submitted for the project.

He said none of the proposals met the requirement that the developer put their own money in the project. “I walked out for two reasons,” Wishneff said. “The main one being that the premise of why we were back there was that we had sensitive negotiations to talk about and there was no discussion of any sensitive anything. Darlene just came back and said, ‘here’s what I’m going to do and it’s going to be a three part contract,’ and that was it. There was no sensitive anything, they just didn’t want to say that out in public. That was my second reason because I think people were lulled to sleep by the fact that we’re not doing anything out in public.” “The other major thing that I don’t think people are focusing on is that we do not need an outside promoter to run this facility,” Wishneff said. “The Event Center’s going to continue to do what they do and the Jefferson Center and Civic Center already do a tremendous job of bringing in tremendous acts. I mean, who aren’t they bringing in. So why would you pay a fourth group to do the exact same thing. They’re going to cannibalize from each other and the deficits are going to get bigger.” By Lawson Koeppel

He said he was still working with the Juneteenth celebration that he helped create. Bishop Edward Mitchell has replaced Artis as president of the Roanoke SCLC.

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Forgiveness between brothers doesn’t always come easy


his weekend my daughter and I will attend the wedding of my niece in Chapel Hill, NC. It will be the first time my eldest brother, John, the father of the bride, and I have spoken since the last weekend in October, when I drove down to check out his new life in his new North Carolina home. The night before my trip, I stood for four hours in the chilly rain in Lane Stadium in Blacksburg and watched the Virginia Tech Hokies lose to the Boston College Eagles on the last play of the game. The next day, I drove three hours in a relentless downpour and arrived at John’s place weary to my toenails, which still had not warmed up. John and I spent the next day doing all kinds of things touring the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, shopping for clothes and gourmet foods, eating lunch and drinking beer in that topfloor place near the UNC campus, checking out the facilities for the upcoming wedding, even roaming through a Durham mall and telephoning two of his other daughters and asking if we could come see them and their families. Thankfully, they were tied up. This was classic John load

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‘em up, move ‘em out, “The hostage has rolling, rolling, rollbeen released,� I ing, because that’s his wrote. approach to life. Then John’s comBut I am a sensiputer locked up. tive soul. I knew I’d be Powerless to untired after the Boston lock it, I tiptoed College game, tried toward Greensboro. to postpone my visit When I reached Robut, ever the youngest anoke that evening, brother, caved when I manfully read Joe Kennedy John persisted. John’s e-mail to me. I expressed my anHe was not happy. noyance in e-mails I sent pe- I sent an e-mail of apology. riodically on John’s computer Except for the cookies he sent to a friend in Greensboro, us at Christmas, that’s the only with whom I’d planned to have time we’ve communicated. lunch with on my way back to Saturday night, we’ll meet at Roanoke on Sunday. the wedding and the reception. “I have been taken hostage,� My lithe young daughter will I joked. run interference as John and I Saturday evening, John in- exchange pleasantries. formed me that he’d scheduled Neither of us will apologize, a brunch, in a restaurant, on and neither will confer forgiveSunday morning, for us and ness. his two married daughters and We’re Irish. We keep our their families, including six grudges and our forgiveness -children under age nine. to ourselves. We’re never quite That prompted an e-mail sure whether we’re inside or saying I’d be very late for my outside the family tent. Greensboro lunch, and repeatSo the clues will be subtle: If ing that I’d been taken hostage. we banter about that weekend, Luckily, I awoke the next day all is forgiven. If we don’t menwith a severe sore throat and a tion it, all is not. cold, as had one of my nephThe important thing is that ews. we learned something. The brunch fell apart, John I can’t speak for John, but went to church and I sent an- I know that if I’d stuck to my other e-mail on his laptop to original position -- that I’d be my friend saying I’d be on time too tired to make the trip after for lunch, after all. a Thursday night football game -- none of the unpleasantness would have occurred. Instead, I regressed to the desperate-to-please little brother I had been in childhood. The lesson is simple: I am 60 years old. It is way past time for me to start saying, “No.�


any of us have begun to see our children living a life full of great love, laughter and significance. Others of us are still building those young children who will someday take hold of their ‘torch’ to blaze the way for a meaningful life. I caught a glimpse of that this week when I received an email from my youngest. She shared a letter with me that she sent to a friend who recently lost her cousin in an apartment fire. I realized after reading it how stories are so important to our children. �Kendal, I was thinking about you this morning after class, and I wanted to share the story of my uncle David, a man whom I have never met but who has played a rather significant role in my life. He was my mom’s baby brother10 years younger than she, and, in a family of 5 kids, her responsibility and joy. David was a college student at Appalachian State in North Carolina. He was studying furniture design, and he made all sorts of amazing pieces. My sister’s first bed was one of his first projects, and the bed that I now sleep in was his final project. David loved to be outdoors. He attended NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) for a semester in Montana. David was my dad’s best friend (although they met after my dad met my mom). They went backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, and biking together. My dad still tells stories about them going camping. They got dropped off once in the middle of nowhere, right next to a dairy farm. A week later, when the guy was supposed to pick them up, they decided to take a bath- in the cow trough! When he pulled up, they were buck naked! When David was 23, he was a senior in college. I was two

months old. He was on those in light of joy and his motorcycle, coming sadness both. There’s home from rock climbsomething permanent ing, and his motorcycle about a memory that went off the road. He continues beyond what was killed instantly afpeople did in their ter hitting a tree. My lives. David contribmom says that when uted more than a few they found out, I slept pieces of furniture to for 6 hours in my car my life. He gave me a seat on the kitchen story and an anchor. Diane Kelly table. She says that That’s powerful. was God’s provision for how they I don’t even know if this is apcould begin to deal with their grief propriate- I know you only from and make plans. classes, and I’m sure that you’re There are reminders of David being flooded with displays of everywhere in my life. My sleeping sympathy, some of which might bag used to be his. My dad uses his seem feigned and some very real. Bible. My mom has a picture of I think the reason that I wanted to him next to her bed. share with you is that I want my I wanted to share this story not uncle’s story to be relevant, and to make you sad or even to make I don’t know of any other way to you feel better. I wanted to tell you make it so, other than to tie it into about how much of an impact the story of your cousin and your David has made on my life, even own grief. though he has been gone for most Please know that I am praying of it. I’m 21 years old. 21 years later, for you and for your whole fammy mom and dad still talk about ily, and that this exercise was good him. Their pain has evolved, but for me. I saw my roommate Paula there is still a tinge of something while I was writing this email, and in my mom’s voice when she won- I told her about my uncle and the ders why he was taken from her so story that I’m telling you. She said early. And I appreciate that. that there is a girl in her literature Another part of the story that I class who always writes stories like to remember is that my uncle’s about her great uncle Albert. AlIntervarsity Christian Fellowship bert died in World War II, but his at Appalachian State gave money great niece is writing stories about to dig two wells in India in David’s him today. He is still significant, name, and they are still there. I like and so is David, and so is your that. cousin. In all of our collective grief Our stories of loss make us who and joy and sorrow, we carry on we are- they create a narrative that their memories. helps us to appreciate our lives and Don’t forget that. ‌‌‌‌.Auto look back to see that none of our drey.� experiences have been in vain. You Yes, I cried my eyes out on readwill always remember your cousin. ing her email. I hadn’t expected to That’s a GOOD thing. You will tell be interrupted with such emotion your kids about her, and you will in the middle of my busy day. I help them to remember that there was reminded of my loss, but I was is more than only the here and more touched to see my youngest now- there are also lives of worth rise up to build her life with a genand meaning and even tragedy in uine hope and love. And it came the past, and we have to look to from stories.

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here’s plenty of space on the high antiplano of northeast Ecuador. From these grasslands rise the Andes, the spine of South America. Richard and I are humping our heavy packs across the open landscape, on a compass heading of about 75 degrees. A friend since childhood, Richard has been in Ecuador for almost two years now, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. He’s living in a tin-roofed hut and working the rich soil as sort of an agricultural extension agent. He’s fluent in the local Spanish dialect, and knows some Quecha too. What a luxury for this gringo to have Richard as my sidekick in my travels in this rugged land of gentle people. Several months before, I received a letter from Richard that contained some memorable lines, such as “Life is fleeting! You simply must get down here so we can climb some of these outrageously beautiful volcanoes.� Having been involved with Richard on some other adventures, I knew he was right. Before I knew it I was on a plane to Quito. Rucu Pinchincha, Cayambe, Chimborazo, Cotapaxi. Magical names for surreal peaks. We reached the summits of Pinchincha and the still-active Cotapaxi. We got scared off the massive Chimborazo, and got lost on mysterious Cayambe. In a slight depression in the windswept paramo we take a break to dry our gear, soaked from a storm the previous night. The

elevation here is about shepherds’ paths here 14,000 feet, and we’re and there. Quoting well into the 35-mile from some of the litapproach to Cayambe. erature we had studSurrounded by wet ied, Richard remarks stuff laid out in the in a scholarly tone, sun, Richard brews tea “the Whymper route and I inspect our soggy is seldom traveled map. The equatorial today, due mainly sun broke through the to the fact that it is clouds a while ago and exceedingly easy now it’s really working to lose one’s way�. John W. Robinson its magic. It feels good Hmmm. “Well, at in the cool air. We hope least the weather is to actually pass over the equator cooperating�, I nod sarcastically later this day, as that great midriff at the clouds which are closing in line passes through Cayambe a on us and scuttling the sun once bit further up the mountain. Ed- again. ward Whymper, the famed EngWe pack up and stagger to our lish mountaineer, made the first feet under the heft of the packs. ascent of Cayambe in 1870. The Soon we are engulfed in clouds and story goes that he was a bit frus- mist as we make our way upwards, trated explaining to his European following a barren ridge which contemporaries that yes, there are tends in the same direction as very high mountains on the equa- our compass heading. Occasiontor, it’s not all lowland tropics, you ally the ceiling lifts, and before the know. curtain falls again we hastily look The Cayambe Massif is set apart for any landmarks which might be from the central Andean chain, visible - a cairn of stones perhaps. and covers some serious ground, We debate whether we caught a probably 60 miles across. Richard glimpse of Pico Jardin, a promiand I are following Whymper’s nent outcropping supposedly on seldom-used approach to the Whymper’s route. Onward, we mountain from its west side. Two muse about the Englishman and days ago we hiked out of the vil- his adventures over 100 years ago. lage of Olmeda, after riding in the He came to Ecuador fresh from back of a dump truck with 5 smil- his success on the Matterhorn, ing Ecuadorian road workers for where he snagged the coveted first two hours. We’re navigating with a ascent. compass and a topo map. At first Night falls quickly at the equathe track was fairly easy to follow tor. Twilight is fleeting, and it finds but by the time we’d been walking us in a sublime lunar landscape, a few hours there was not a trace on a broad bench of the mountain of the route, only the occasional at about 16,500 feet. A few weird

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plants grow here and much of the ground is covered by moss with the texture of steel wool. There are patches of snow, but mostly it’s just wet. It’s silent too, save for our breathing as we lean against a boulder shaped like a VW bus. “You can’t possibly move me from this place for at least eight hours�, I inform Richard. Just as darkness enfolds us we are startled speechless by the sight of a rare Andean Condor flying low over our heads. I finally mutter about what a gift it is to be here, to experience this other world. My climbing partner tells me to shut up and we quickly erect the tent, dive in and start cooking noodles, the light from our headlamps playing on the steam produced by our sputtering stove. We eat, we laugh, we wonder what tomorrow will bring. Fitful sleep is punctuated by the sounds of thunder, lightning, and occasional avalanches of rock and ice. “God is bowling tonight! “ It’s another dead end. We’ve been climbing in these socked-in conditions for several hours. The steep rock and snow couloir we’ve been climbing –the third since dawn- ends in a steep headwall of loose rock. “I don’t think he went this way either,� says Richard, referring to the Englishman. The desire to reach the summit is draining out of us. We’re wet and cold, and tired of noodles. I offer up to Richard one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings: “Let’s quit while we’re still having fun!� He slowly nods his head and grins. Its late afternoon and we’re lounging on the hardy grass of the paramo, eating noodles and laughing about being so lost up there and being relieved to be off the mountain. We haven’t seen another soul in three days and we’re still hiking trackless ground in the general direction of Olmeda. Then, over the rise, comes a young shepherd boy with twenty sheep. He can’t be more than 5 years old. Offering us a mere suggestion of a wave and a timid smile, he continues on his purposeful way. He knows exactly where he is going, and as the sun breaks through and glints off of the cathedral in distant Olmeda, so then do we.


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When it comes to health care, it’s time to stop defining the problem


n a recent editorial The Roanoke Times recited the usual litany of statistics that are all too familiar to anyone who has given half a thought to how we receive and, more importantly, how we pay for medical care. For physicians and other health care providers who have followed this problem for decades, none of the information currently being supplied does more than describe the problem yet another time. When then First Lady Clinton was given the task of setting up a new system of health care in the first months of the her husband’s term, we marveled at her naiveté which suggested new organizational charts coupled with PowerPoint presentations would have any effect on the problem. If one wants a refresher course in how the government planned to implement that new scheme, just take a look of the organizational map that was proposed in 1993. It took an entire wall to display it and no one could explain how the flow of care would be improved by it or costs would be controlled. It brought to mind the electrical diagrams of the flight control systems of the space shuttle; at least we know that chart works. Fortunately,

cooler heads expectations. If prevailed and we are all to have the First Lady affordable health turned her atcare, then we will tention to more individually have manageable to be satisfied with matters. a smaller portion Now we are of the pie. locked in the The percentCampaign-Ofage of GDP spent No-End and on health care Hayden Hollingsworth nothing is being has tripled in the said other than last few decades. we must have “health care for Economists say that if present all Americans,” as the edito- trends continue, then within rial and candidates assert, as the lifetime of even senior citiif that were news. The whole zens, it may reach 20%. Sadly, public debate reminds one of during this meteoric rise in the rhetorical philosophy that cost, the number of those who suggests if you repeat some- have no ready access to care thing often enough it assumes has also risen. For those who the proportion of fact. If rep- can afford it, the quality of care etition of the problem were a may have improved but that solution then we would all be isn’t the group about which we living in a medical utopia. need to be concerned. The real difficulty is that no Those who make our one candidate wants to speak policies and laws must decide the truth and none of us want how much can we afford for to listen. We are finally ready health care and then find a to accept the fact that our sys- way to pay for it. That sounds tem doesn’t function as well as simple, but it surely is one of many third world countries. the most difficult of questions. We want to change that but the The hard answers are not going cost of change is something no to be well received. one, particularly politicians, is First, those who can afford to willing to mention. It is not pay should pay. That requires a matter of money alone; the means testing; determining real cost of change is going to how much an individual can be measured in altering our handle out-of-pocket. Con-

gress has never taken that idea seriously. They should. If an individual’s taxable income is $250,000 only a catastrophic medical bill would impose a financial crisis and those should be covered. But for routine care for a significant part of the population, the routine bills should be handled like any other expense. Unfortunately, we have become accustomed to someone else paying. I am as guilty of that as anyone; when I find my own money is required, I am upset. Second, health insurance should work like car insurance: It pays for the big problems but it doesn’t pay for gasoline, for tire replacement, for routine maintenance. Catastrophic coverage, to be sure but not for a minor matters, should be available for all. Would the public buy into such a scheme? There’s very little likelihood of that but it certainly would change how medical care is financed and free up resources for the 40 plus million people who are at great risk. The health care insurance industry has run amuck. When premiums rise each year we find that their executives are receiving multimillions in bonuses. How to regulate private enterprise requires sailing in

Maps bring the world closer, go see for yourself My wife says you could sit me down anywhere any time with a map of any place in the world and I’ll be happy as a pig in mud. Yep. Maps suggest human stories against the backdrop of landscapes most of which I’ll never put my feet on but can experience vicariously as a map traveler--with new bearings and sense of proportion, man to map to territory. In their odd place names, features and boundaries, maps suggest the passage of geological and culture time. Of course, the larger and more detailed the map, the wider and deeper the imagination soars. And so you can imagine my absolute Walter-Mitty awe when Google Earth arrived on the scene. As an arm-chair explorer, this free digital globe program is the most wonderful adventure tool to come along in my not-particularly-well traveled life! I’ve followed the waters of the Nile and the New from their sources to their respective oceans and


found the highest peaks of all and at times, we have created the great mountain ranges. I’ve ways to conserve and protect soared over Pakithem. But our numbers stan, Madagascar, on Earth continue to Chile, New Zeagrow and humanity’s land and Afghanimaterial and energy stan and about each wants and needs seem place learned facts inexhaustible, while that would never the little blue ball on have become as “remy screen and under alized” from a textour feet is finite. book description or Both the planet’s ima flat map of these mensity and variety places. and its susceptibility to Fred First While blemishes the uses and misuses like rain forest deof civilization become struction and Appalachian more real when you see them mountaintop removal are clearly with your own eyes from above. visible from a hundred miles up, “Oh, I’ve been there!” I say when there are still remote and beau- I read about the melting glaciers tiful places left on the planet to of Nepal or the disappearing map-browse—including the Colorado River. mountains and forests of southMaps line us up with the west Virginia. Many regions world as it is. Google Earth does of the world still have sizable if this especially well for me. In its shrinking patches of healthy for- three-dimensionality and interest, prairie or jungle wilderness activity it makes me a participant intact. in place. The global browser as a We’ve learned much in the last mapping tool gives the vicarious fifty years about how Earth’s eco- vagabond a literal grounding to systems and creatures get along, the environmental and human

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ohnny won’t do his homework! because we want them to. We have to Sally keeps hitting her brother! provide a different environment that Micheal won’t quit swearing at his supports the behavior change that we mother! These are the types of behavdesire. It is a family problem with Johniors that often land a child in my office. ny being the most visible symptom. This They have become what is known as the does not mean that the things Johnny is “Identified Client”. In other words, the doing do not need to be addressed, they parents, school, courts, etc. have decided do. But unless the family system as a that this child is the problem. The bewhole is not changed, the behaviors will havioral problems that they are having inevitably reappear and often increase and the strife that the family is strugin severity. gling with is their fault. So parents end This process entails evaluating famKeith McCurdy up coming in and asking me if I can help ily structure, guidelines, rules, conseto “fix” Johnny. quences and rewards; identifying problem areas; The only problem is that once I speak with the then devising a clear plan for developing a healthy family and Johnny……Johnny usually isn’t bro- functioning family system. A healthy family sysken. At first, this can be difficult for parents to see. tem is one that provides structure and foundation Johnny has been acting out in such intense ways or in a child’s life and is operated with the premise the problems have been going on so long that it is of teaching cause and effect in a loving and nurhard to digest that maybe Johnny is just doing what turing environment. This process in most cases does not require someone in my profession, but it this family system has allowed him to do. “Allowed him to do?” “We don’t allow Johnny to does require an acceptance and understanding that do these things; we don’t want him to be this way.” a child’s troubling behavior may be a function of “Are you saying that this is our fault?”…….Well, in the family and how it operates. The next time that Johnny is acting out, consider that it could be an most cases, Yes! What I mean by that is this: We can’t expect a indication that something in the family needs to be child to suddenly change behavioral patterns just different. Remember, most kids are normal!

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treacherous waters, but it needs to be done. If we are all going to have medical care some are going to have to give up what they now have in order that those in dire straits can survive. No candidate is going to spell out how this will be done . . . not if they want to be elected. In reality they will probably take the default position that President Bush suggests for those who can’t afford care: Just go to the emergency room, a commentary on how little he under-

stands the financing of medical services. Our economy, not just medical care, has been on life support for a long time. We can’t just pull the plug, but it would be encouraging to hear someone talk about the tough choices needed to survive. More likely, we probably will just keep borrowing money from the Chinese and pretend there is no cancer growing among us.


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enry Ford is usually given credit for inventing massproduction when he developed the Model T automobile in 1908. But, in actuality, Henry Ford was a late comer to this type of innovative manufacturing. TwenBud ty-seven years earlier, in 1881, James Bonsack of the Roanoke Valley invented a machine to mass-produce cigarettes. In fact, Bonsack’s cigarette rolling machine has probably made more single units than any other manufactured item in the wor1d--or, at least a close second to the ball point pen. After the Civil War, cigarette smoking began to become popular, but their use was limited because they had to be rolled by hand. This process was slow and expensive. James Duke of North Carolina and the Allen & Ginter Company of Richmond, Virginia had the foresight to sense the future of the cigarette market. In an attempt to increase their share of this infant business, Allen & Ginter offered a prize of $75,000 to the first person to invent a working machine that would produce a complete rolled cigarette. James Bonsack was born on October 4, 1859, in Bonsack, Virginia--near the RoanokeBotetourt county line. Jim was still in his teens when he heard about the Allen & Ginter prize. But, he also had a very active imagination and gave a great deal of thought to the cigarette machine--and the fortune that was awaiting its inventor. The youngster soon came up with the idea of a “forming tube” and proceeded to interest his friends and others into a verbal, informal partnership. A nephew, John Bonsack, wrote: “Uncle Jim got a hold of a soldering iron, along with some sheet brass, and made a tube which was to be the heart of the machine. He continued to work and experiment with the apparatus--occasionally calling on his partners for small amounts of cash to pay for materials.” However, it was not long before his associates became tired of sinking their money into “Bonsack’s Folly” and refused to come up with any additional funds. Jim agreed to buy his partners out for a total price of $11.50. He then borrowed fifty dollars from his grandmother and kept working on the machine. In 1877, Jacob Bonsack, Jim’s father, became fed up with his son’s tinkering with an idea that seemed to be going nowhere, and enrolled the lad in Roanoke College. John Bonsack recalled: “Uncle Jim’s stay at Roanoke College was a total failure. Although bright enough, his heart was not in his studies. He could not get the cigarette machine out of his mind.” It quickly became apparent to Jacob Bonsack that his boy was not interested in further schooling, and that it would be useless to spend any more money trying to give him an education. Fortunately, however, Jacob did not wish to squash his son’s ambition to become an inventor. He gave Jim space for a work room on the ground floor of the family’s woolen mill.

This was all the encouragement that James Bonsack needed. He was determined to build a cigarette rolling machine that worked. The primitive construction was cumbersome but relatively simple. The machine Feuer consisted primarily of only three parts: The feed, where the tobacco was accurately measured--the tube, where the cigarettes were formed into an endless roll--and the knife, which cut the cigarettes into equal lengths. John Bonsack remembered the first prototype: “Even to my young and inexperienced eyes, the machine seemed to be a pretty crude affair. The frame was made of unpainted pine lumber. The pulleys were cut from wooden blocks. And the shafting was ordinary round merchant bar iron on which only the bearings had been turned on a lathe.” But, even though the contraption was not an engineering masterpiece--it did make cigarettes. As John Bonsack remarked: “While the machine was in the process of development, naturally many defective cigarettes were turned out--some of them a foot or more long due to malfunctions in the cutting device. Whenever he cleaned up the shop at the end of a work day, Uncle Jim would toss these discards out the window. Small boys in the neighborhood were kept well supplied with smoking material.” When the machine was finally completed and tested, it was loaded on a boxcar for shipment to the Allen & Ginter factory in Richmond. However, while en route, and standing in the Lynchburg yards, the car caught fire. The machine was a total loss, but the railroad generously reimbursed Bonsack, and the young inventor went immediately back to work building a new and more efficient model. John Bonsack wrote: “The second machine, in appearance at least, was a great improvement over the first. Uncle Jim made patterns and had the frame and pulleys cast in iron at a local foundry.” A joint stock company was formed by James and Jacob Bonsack and a few other men. It was incorporated as the Bonsack Machine Company and the invention was patented on March 8, 1881. Patents were also taken out in several foreign countries. Jim Bonsack was not yet 22 years old. The machines were leased on a royalty basis, and, by May 1881, seven of them were in operation in the United States and an equal number in Europe. The Bonsack cigarette roller was capable of making 120,000 cigarettes a day and did the work of 48 people rolling cigarettes by hand. James Duke acquired early rights to the machine and had it installed in his factory on April 30, 1884, and thus was born the American Tobacco Company. As for James Bonsack--he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 2, 1924--a very, very wealthy man. You can reach Bud at 342-3222 or



Intermodal facility carries baggage Dear editor, “The local impacts are small compared to the widespread gains.” How does the Roanoke Times know that? The headwaters region of Virginia is being asked to commit itself to a project without the benefit of an environmental impact statement. With eyes fixed on its own bottom line, Norfolk Southern has capably made its case for an intermodal facility at Elliston. Not just in solidarity with our neighbors in Montgomery County, the communities downstream and downwind need to be as adept in asserting and protecting the rights of their citizens and of the rest of nature. When it suits the railroad’s purposes, the proposed intermodal facility is cast as a federal project covered by the Interstate Commerce Clause. Therefore, “local jurisdiction for land use is pre-empted...” When it doesn’t suit the railroad’s purposes “... there is no federal funding being contributed... if no federal approvals are needed, neither Transportation Conformity nor General Conformity under the Clean Air Act applies.” ... “DRPT’s Rail Enhancement Fund (REF) agreement with NS requires them to conduct appropriate environmental analysis and documentation for the proposed intermodal site.While NS has pre-emptive rights (which means it is not subject to local land use controls, for example), NS is not exempt from water and safety permits.” Norfolk Southern’s lawyers are smart. They simply want to have it both ways. The railroad’s position is that Norfolk Southern’s rights are its rights. Endangered species (not including humans) have rights that will be protected, if they must be. In that context, any rights the local public might have to clean air and water may be discussed later --- but only if the federal government requires it and without humans being considered as stakeholders. Local leaders are being asked to convene quickly to unconditionally grant the railroad’s wish while ceding those of their citizens. Caveat emptor. In no way am I opposed to intermodal transportation. But, the headwaters region of Virginia has an existing economy based on healthcare, insurance, education and tourism that can grow and be made more sustainable based on preserving, restoring and enhancing regional environmental quality. It would be foolhardy to forfeit that without having carefully evaluated its potential. As the price for conditional approval of an intermodal facility the people’s elected representatives should require preparation of a full environmental impact statement and funding for concurrent economic analysis of the employment that might be generated by a regional green economy. Problems that the headwaters region doesn’t send downstream don’t reach the Outer Banks, Chesapeake Bay and the Ohio and Mississippi River Basins. Both physically and metaphorically, occupying the high ground will always be a powerful position. Our goal, and the states’ goal for us, should be regional collaboration to send solutions downstream and downwind.

Placement of an industrial facility at the maximum leverage point in the Roanoke River Watershed needs to be very carefully considered. More may be lost than gained. Without studies, how should the public know? Without knowledge, why should we be asked to make a decision? There is not a high risk of contaminated spills at intermodal container facilities; however it should be noted that the Elliston Site is upstream of both Roanoke County’s and Salem’s municipal water intake from the Roanoke River. ... The Elliston Site, however, is located far enough up-river that in the event of a spill, there would be sufficient time for the municipality to react and shut off its intake. Currently, there is no federal funding being contributed to the placement of the intermodal facility, and if no federal approvals are needed, neither Transportation Conformity nor General Conformity under the Clean Air Act applies. It is noted that the intermodal facility will be constructed by NS as an integral part of its interstate commerce system and local jurisdiction for land use is pre-empted by federal law. Tom Cain Roanoke

Council was not briefed on Nash conflict Dear editor, In a letter to the editor, published last week, I stated that Mr. Wishneff’s vote for Mr. Nash to sit on the City Council was sufficient reason for me not to vote for him for re-election to the council in the up coming election. That statement was based on the assumption that he knew Mr. Nash carried a large amount of baggage (i.e. conflict of interest) prior to voting for him. That assumption was based on information reported in the Roanoke Times that the City Council had been “briefed” by the City Manager and the City Attorney prior to their voting. I assumed the ENTIRE (emphasis mine) council was briefed, which as it turns out was an incorrect assumption. Shame on me, I should have known better as the Roanoke Times is notorious for not getting its facts correct. In fact, I refuse to talk to Mason Adams the City Reporter because of his inability to accurately quote. Brian Wishneff has assured me he was not, repeat not, briefed or aware of Nash’s conflict of interest before he voted. I have reason to believe Gwen Mason was not aware either. I have been assured by the City Manager she did not brief the entire council although she thinks she might have mentioned it to C. Nelson Harris. Regardless, conveying that kind of information is not, repeat not, her job. It is that of the City Attorney Bill Hackworth. Mr. Hackworth has not responded to my inquiry on whether or not he briefed the ENTIRE city council – to which I already know the answer – he did not. Consequently, I owe Brian Wishneff an apology. Not only an apology but also since that was the only reason I had for not voting for him I wish to offer a public endorsement and urge citizens to vote for him for City Council.

Additionally, Mr. Wishneff and David Bowers announced a $12 million plus program for Roanoke, when they are elected, last Friday that laid out specific spending elements that in my opinion is fiscally responsible, maximizes the utility of taxpayers money and is the first program that makes any sense in the 10 years I’ve been following local politics. It is also the first time I’ve seen local candidates for office announce specific goals with costs attached, rather than selling sunshine to the voters about moving forward, supporting the school system and rah-rah-rah. Furthermore, I am assured by Mr. Wishneff that the City has the funding on hand to carry out the program without selling debt or raising taxes. If there is a “problem” it is their proposal to transfer funding from the General Revenue fund to the Transportation Fund, on a one-time basis, in order to correct the serious problems the current city council has created with parking garages. I support the one time transfer as fiscally responsible and economically sound. It certainly makes more sense than C. Nelson Harris going around, as he did last year, telling citizens that the increase in parking garage fees was necessary in order to preserve the City’s bond rating. Well, the City wouldn’t have been in that position if they hadn’t been building parking garages and giving away parking spaces to developers instead of charging the developers for the cost of parking. As it is the developers are crying foul because the City has already changed the rules on them four different times! Not only do I apologize to Mr. Wisneff but also I wish to set the record straight on Ms. Mason, who I referred to as “a housewife”. Ms. Mason is a housewife. However, Ms. Mason worked for the Federal Government for 15 years prior to moving to Roanoke, starting as an intern upon graduation from college and was a GM-15 when she left Federal Service. In terms of military rank, a GM 15 is military equivalent to a Colonel. In fact, after retiring from the Marine Corps with the rank of Colonel I worked as the Comptroller of the Western Region of the Internal Revenue Service of the Internal Revenue Service at the GM-15 grade level. Ms. Mason has been an active proponent of environmental issues and was the Green member of the City Council until C. Nelson Harris went to Sundance became Greener than Green and relegated Ms. Mason to the Junior Varsity. Frankly, Ms. Mason has been a disappointment to me as a Council member. With her background and experience, I have expected more of her. I can only hope she has spent the past two years watching, listening and learning and the next two years will she her take a more active role and emerge as a leader in more areas than just the development of greenways. I hope that now that she knows budgeting is a bare-knuckle sport she will not only engage but become a proponent of zero based budgeting. The Star Sentinel has been generous in publishing my letters to the editor, in which I have stated my opinion that there are many things that need to be changed in Roanoke, why they should be changed which is primarily the inept leadership of the City Council. That is my

opinion. I find there are many who share it. I’m sure there are many who don’t, but are reluctant to accost me on the street and say so. It doesn’t matter. What does matter, is that more than 30% of the eligible voters turnout on May 6, and express their opinion as represented by the candidates for office. As for myself I am voting for David Bowers for Mayor and for City Council Brian Wishneff, Court Rosen and Valerie Garner as the candidates who will bring sanity and common sense to the City Council and do those things that need to be done, not just blow smoke at the taxpaying citizens as the other candidates are doing. Robert Craig Roanoke

Correction about Rockledge’s Business plan

Dear editor, I regret that my letter in the April 11 edition of the Star Sentinel (Valley Forward’s Flawed Rockledge Business Plan) contained an error. I wrote that if Rockledge missed the projected number of revenue-generating community room rentals by 30%, the entire project would be in the red. This is not accurate according to Valley Forward’s financial projections, which would require 70% fewer rentals for the development to be in the red. This error does not change the reality that Valley Forward’s financial projections are flawed. Operating expenses are projected quite low. The expectation of decades of 100% occupancy, with annual rental increases, is unrealistic. If the Rockledge is built and fails, the city would be in an interesting quandary. A 10,000 square foot building would be occupying city park land, and generating no revenue for debt payment.There would not be viable options for converting it to a different commercial use. There is no justification for taking an unnecessary risk with any city park land. Gail Burruss Roanoke

Mayor and City Council foster addiction

Dear editor, Free money is addictive and once you are hooked, earning it the old fashioned way is not very attractive, Our City Council recently fostered “free money addiction” when it voted to give our tax dollars to Ed Walker, a private individual, rather than using performance based incentives to encourage development. This sort of action is a dangerous break from sound economics and represents a complete failure to look after taxpayer dollars. It is interesting that this vote came after our Mayor stayed at Mr. Walker’s Mexico home. An addictive conflict of interest or coincidental? If you are content with this type of politics, stay home on May 6. If not - then those of you who were among the 40,000 who didn’t vote last time, should get to the polls and take control. Suzanne Osborne Roanoke

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Roanoke UVA student receives Davis Peace award A water purification system designed by two University of Virginia students has been selected as one of the 100 “Projects for Peace” to be funded by centenarian philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis. Eric Harshfield, 21, of Roanoke, Va., and Ana Jemec, 20, of Greer, S.C., both third-year chemical engineering students at U.Va., proposed a sustainable water purification project for Venda, South Africa. “I was very excited,” said Harshfield. “This is a wonderful opportunity to do research and make a difference in the community.” Jemec, who said she was “pleasantly surprised” by the project’s acceptance, said she wanted to research sustainable development, and this project puts her work in a global-development context. Harshfield, the son of Mary and James Harshfield of Roanoke, is a member of Engineering Students Without Borders, a student-run global development organization, the Virginia Unitarian Universalist Students and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also participated in Alternative Spring Break. Jemec, the daughter of Marjan and Nika Jemec, is an intern in the International Studies Office, a language consultant at the

PH hosts Spring Play Festival

Flowers aren’t the only things blooming around the Patriot’s campus lately. Over thirty young thespians will take to the stage April 17-19 beginning at 7:30pm each night to showcase their budding talents. There will be five student directed plays to entertain you that will range from comedic, experimental, horror and also melodramatic. On Thursday night only, the Theater Arts 2 Class will present their version of a one act play. “We do this almost every year,” said Steve Rittenhouse, who chairs the department.” The seniors will direct all of the plays and have been very giving of their talents, time and energy. This is a chance for them to select the plays, host auditions, cast, design, direct and produce. It is very gratifying to see them take control of their productions.” Rittenhouse also made mention of the fact that this is a great way to get new people involved in the program since there are five plays being presented. Admission is a mere five dollars and all proceeds will go to help the theater program in future endeavours.

Center for American English Language and Culture, a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Sunday school teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, and has been involved with Habitat for Humanity building projects. Harshfield and Jemec plan to build a sustainable surface water filtration system of sand, ultraviolet light and aeration using local materials. The area in which they will work has limited ground water and the surface water is contaminated. Harshfield, who worked in the same area of South Africa last year, said the project offers an opportunity to use his chemical engineering experience to assist with sustainable development. Jemec interned last year with an environmental engineering firm and said she will combine what she learned there with her engineering studies to solve a major problem for this area. “I’m impressed with their diligence and their initiative,” said Robert J. Swap, associate professor for research in U.Va.’s environmental sciences department. “Both come from strong service backgrounds, and they are coupling that with their engineering skills.” Swap, who first brought Harshfield to South Africa and who developed the South Africa and Virginia Networks and

Associations to encourage collaborative research, praised the pair for their approach to the problem. “They have created a lowtech solution by blending existing technology,” said Swap, who plans to visit Harshfield and Jemec while they are conducting their research this summer. Apart from building the filtration system, Harshfield and Jemec will conduct seminars on the proper use and preservation of water, and work with four students from the University of Venda who will assist community members in maintaining the system. Kathryn Davis, a philanthropist and the widow of Shelby Cullom Davis, a businessman and former United States ambassador to Switzerland, put up $1 million in each of the past two years to fund 100 “Projects for Peace.” The Davis United World College Scholars Program, which administers the Projects for Peace program, offers no clear definition of what makes a peace project and encourages students to use their imaginations to determine their projects and to encourage “creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.” “We leave it up to the students to define what a ‘project for peace’ might be,” the organization’s Web site says. “We hope to

Bowman graduates from Basic training Air Force Airman Carey M. Bowman has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Bowman earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Jennifer and

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Eric Harshfield of Roanoke (left) with Ana Jermec. encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.” This is the second year Davis has funded the program. Last year’s projects, which were carried out during the summer, included a domestic violence prevention program in the United States; a musical exchange program in Israel; promoting multiethnic education in China; an oral history program in Afghanistan; a child development center in Pakistan; and promoting peace through education in

resonated with U.Va. students,” said Lucy S. Russell, director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. “There was a lot of interest, and we received many wonderful proposals. “I am delighted that the foundation will be supporting Eric and Ana’s water filtration project. They are terrific students and well-equipped to carry out this important project.” By Matt Kelly UVA Media Relations

VWCC offers $100,000 in scholarships

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. announced it is offering over $100,000 in scholarship opportunities (95 scholarships) for students applying for fall and spring semester 2008 – 2009. Scholarship application packets are available from the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation or applicants may apply online at The scholarship application deadline is 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2008. Rex Bowman of Maiden Lane, The Foundation is able to ofRoanoke, Va. fer these opportunities because The airman is a 2006 graduate of the generosity of individuals, of Patrick Henry High School, businesses, and corporations. Roanoke. Gifts to the Foundation’s 2004 Major Gift Campaign to support scholarship endowment have become fully endowed this year. This has enabled the Foundation

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Uganda. At the end of the project, students must submit a written report to Davis Projects for Peace. U.Va. is one of 85 schools eligible for Project for Peace funds because it participates in the Davis United World Scholars Program, which provides higher education scholarships to students who attend the United World Colleges, a series of international high schools around the world. “The Davis ‘Projects for Peace’ is an exciting program that

to offer the following scholarships for the first time: John B. Williamson, III Honorary Endowed Scholarship; HoneyTree Early Learning Center Endowed Scholarship; Dennis R. Cronk Endowed Scholarship; The John Mathis, MD and, Krista Crawford-Mathis Endowed Scholarship; and the Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship. Virginia Western’s tuition is only one-third that of a typical four-year college. However, many students still struggle to meet the college’s costs and drop out when the financial strain becomes too much. Tuition has increased significantly in the past several years to cover the State’s budget shortfall causing even more financial hardship for students. Individuals, businesses, and corporations are invest-

ing in scholarships for Virginia Western students creating doorways to individual growth and achievement that would otherwise be closed. The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a notfor-profit organization, is committed to securing, managing, and increasing contributions that enhance the college’s mission and ensure students’ ability to afford a college education. For more information about the scholarship process or how to establish a scholarship contact Katherine F. Strickland, Executive Director, Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 14007, Roanoke, VA 24038-4007, 540.857.6020,

County School Calendar adjusted for 08-09 school year The Roanoke County School Board has approved a change to the 2008-2009 Roanoke County Public Schools calendar. The week of spring break has been moved from April 6-10 to April 10-17. Originally spring break was to take place the week before Easter, which is one week earlier than when spring break occurred in previous years. The school board decided to move spring break up a week in order to provide timeoff for students observing certain religious holidays. When school administration learned of several conflicts with other partner school systems and regional groups created by the earlier spring break, the board decided to move spring break back to the week after Easter, which matches other school systems and regional groups in the area.

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William Fleming’s soccer team is young, diverse and talented

Was the World Cup in Roanoke? If you closed your eyes and just listened to the calls and sounds of the high school soccer match between William Fleming and George Washington last Tuesday at River’s Edge Park you may well have thought you were there. That’s because the Colonels soccer team is comprised of students from all over the world - including Haiti, Mexico, South America, South Africa, North Africa and more. As far as talent goes these kids come from soccer loving countries and they all have something very valuable to contribute apart from the basic overall love of the sport. With a team that boasts only two seniors in Josue Benigno and larens Cheridieu on a team of almost 20, one would think calling them talented might be a stretch - but not for these Colonels. One player in particular that stands out is Janni Mirco – and it’s not just for his colorful fiery red shoes that seem to suit him so well. Mirco is a junior who displays both dazzling footwork and super fast speed on the field. In last Tuesday’s game against district rival G.W. Danville he had two goals, an assist and continually left his defenders in the dust as he helped his teammates overcome a 2-1 deficit to a thrilling 3-2 win. He is always hustling up and down the field as well. When asked how he felt his team was playing, Janni said, “we did a good job and we worked together and came through to win our last game. I have four {objectives}: we have to come to practice everyday and look good (in play), respect each other as a team, respect coach, and respect others.” When asked about winning the district Mirco said, “yeah, we want to win the district but right now we are on the lower part of skill level and we are trying to work harder and harder everyday to get better.” We can also add humble to Janni’s resume because saying your low man on the totem pole while your sitting at the top of the district at 2-0 is both smart and gracious. Determined is another great word to describe this kid because in the second half Janni was hurt but did not want to leave the game while his team was down so he stuck it out, limped around a little bit and minutes later scored the goal to tie the match 2-2. Another talented young junior is Nathaniel Scere who has the size of a tight end or power forward and the power of an all-state punter. Scere launched a penalty kick past GW’s goalie to open up the second half and give life to his team. Another kid to watch out for is ninth grader Shangler Joseph. Watching Shangler cut in and out of defenders is like watching Michael Jordan weave in and out of defenders as he makes his way down the court and to the goal. There were a few MJ or SJ moments at the game where you could find yourself saying how in the world did he get through those guys? Head Coach Landon Moore said of his team, “we are very young and lack the overall numbers but there is a lot of talent and potential here. What I am trying real hard to work on now is getting the team to keep possession of the ball. We have a long way to go especially coming into AAA this year but they can do anything. Janni and Nathaniel play very well for us and Nathaniel is a big guy and works well for us in the back field. Shangler has a lot of potential and just needs to understand the overall way of the game and I think if he does that then he will be very good.” When asked about their chances to win the district Moore said, “well, I’m not thinking about that right now. I just tell the kids it’s about everyday and how well you play and practice today and as long as we improve ourselves as a team everyday then we can see how far we can go in the post season. This was a good win but I told my kids that they did a great job but now we half to forget about this game and prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s game because we have no rest.” That game is against E.C. Glass which will be followed by just seven more games before this young team gets thrown into the post season as a former AA team trying to make a name for itself in the AAA ranks. But it’s a task that they are up to and it will make for a challenging chase, not only the district chamBy Jason Hawes pionship, but a state title as well.

WF Spring sports schedule SOCCERTRACK and FIELD 4/22 @ Franklin Co. @ 6 pm 4/24-25 @ COSMO/Salem 4/25 @ PH @ 6 pm 4/30 @ E.C.Glass @TBA 4/29 H Halifax Co. @ 6 pm 5/3 @ VMI Inv. @ 9 am 5/2 @ GW Danville @ 6 5/7 @ Franklin Co. @ 4:30pm 5/ 6 @ E.C. Glass @ 6 pm 5/9 @ Richmond @ TBA 5/9 @ Franklin Co. @ 6 pm 5/13 @ PH @ 3 pm *All home matches are played at Victory Stadium site. TENNIS 4/21 @ GW Danville @ 5:30pm 4/23 @ E.C. Glass @ 5:00pm 4/28 H Franklin Co. @ 5:00pm 4/ 30 H PH @ 5 pm *All home matches will be played at rivers edge.

BASEBALL SOFTBALL 4/21 @ Lord Bot. @ 5:15pm 4/23 H Franklin Co. @ 5:00pm 4/22 @ Franklin Co. @ 5:00pm 4/25 H PH @ 5 pm 4/25 @ PH @ 5:00pm 4/29 @ Halifax Co. @5 pm 4/29 H Halifax County @5 pm 5/2 H GW Danville @5:30pm 5/2 H GW Danville @5:30 pm 5/ 7 H E.C. Glass @5 pm 5/ 6 H E.C. Glass @5 pm 5/9 @ Franklin Co. @ 5 pm 5/9 H Franklin Co. @ 5 pm 5/14 @ Patrick Henry @ 5 pm 5/14 H Patrick Henry @ 5 pm

Palmerton sisters a triple threat It can make it tough on a sports reporter where last names are the norm. Imagine this scenario which happens regularly at Roanoke Catholic girl’s soccer games: “the Celtics’ Palmerton steals the ball and passes to Palmerton who dribbles past a defender and passes to Palmerton who takes two touches and places the ball in the upper corner of the net.” It’s not a one man, or woman, show out there on the field. It’s Abbey, Emma and Hanna Palmerton who add a huge threesome to Roanoke Catholic’s on-field talent. The Celtics are off to a great start this year and the Palmerton girls are playing a big part. Emma is a senior and plays in the midfield. She was a cheerleader in the fall and winter and was named homecoming queen. She’ll be attending Roanoke College in the fall with several academic scholarships. Abbey is a sophomore defender and a gifted violinist playing in the Roanoke Youth Symphony. She was also named to the homecoming court in the fall. Hannah is in the eighth grade and plays both midfield and for-

Photo by Bill Turner

The Palmerton sisters add a triple threat to Roanoke Catholic’s soccer team. From left to right they are Emma, a senior, Abbey, a sophomore, and eighth grader Hanna. ward. She is a skilled ball handler who excels at finding open players. She plays travel soccer for the Valley AFC Fury. All three girls are A B honor roll students and have held posi-

tions in student government at one time or another. As students at Roanoke Catholic they are involved with community service projects. Before Emma heads to Roanoke in the fall she will travel

with Abbey and other students and parents to Puerto Rico as part of the high school learning travel program. So the next time you are out at a game check out the three Palmerton sisters in action.

Photo by Bill Turner

Above, Fleming senior starting pitcher Josh Ledford delivers pitch against Northside.

North Cross School

Varsity Lacrosse – North Cross wins big over Fishburne Military Academy 13-1. Both Matt Turner and Patrick DelBuono had career days as Patrick had 10 points on 2 goals and 8 assists and Matt was the beneficiary of those assists with 7 goals. Goal Keeper Stuart Hickey led the way for the Raiders defense as they improve to 3-5 on the season. The Raiders next play at Hargrave Military Academy on the 16th and at Salem on the 18th. The Middle School lacrosse team kept their perfect record intact by shutting out rival RVLA 10-0 on Tuesday. Scorers for North Cross included Alex Strain, Zach Hollander, Christopher Pollock, Kyle Frazier, Tyler Lemon and George Revercomb. Girl’s Varsity Soccer- The North Cross girl’s soccer team won an important conference game over Chatham Hall 5-1.  Hallie Martin had a hat trick for the Raiders as they improve to 3-0 in the conference. Girls JV/V Softball - Raiders defeat Chiefs in the bottom of the eighth. North Cross School defeated Carlisle 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth to get their first win of the season. Ragan Comer hit a triple in the bottom of the eighth and Catherine Jessee hit a line drive past short stop to bring in the winning run.

North Cross attack-man Will Fralin goes for the pick up in front of an unidentified RVLA opponent in Tuesday’s middle school match-up. The Raiders won the game 10-0. Photo by Stuart Revercomb

Faith Christian

The Lady Warriors improved to 2-2 as they beat SWVA Home School 2-0 behind Melissa Pollards two goal game. The tandem goalkeeping of A.C. Branch and Kathyrn Conrad preserved the shutout. Girl’s Soccer- The Faith Christian girl’s soccer won on the road this week. The Lady Warriors got a goal from Catheryn Conrad and won at Dayspring Christian 1-0.

North Cross Grad Allison Lemon is Named ODAC Rookie of the year

In her first season on the Washington & Lee Equestrian Team, Allison is making a name for herself. After finishing 3rd at the Bridgewater Invitational in Intermediate Equitation on the flat, Allison had two first place finishes at Sweetbriar and UVA in Intermediate over fences. The win at UVA sent Allison to the ISHA Region Championships at Sweetbriar where she finished 5th. As well as being named rookie of the year Allison was also a member of the 2008 All-ODAC Riding Team.

North Cross was defeated 6-3 in boy’s tennis by Hargrave Military Academy. Playing in the #1 position for North Cross was Glenn Williams, right, as he serves against Hargrave. Photo by Bill Turner

Patriot’s Spring sports Track team making strides

The PH Track & Field team has been busy getting ready for a full spring season. With a strong base of both ladies and men, approximately 35 of each, Coach Chad Cox is pleased with the turnout and also with the fact that there are many freshmen and sophomores working hard to develop their skills. Last Saturday at Cave Spring the girl’s Team placed 13 out of 24 teams, while the Boys gave an outstanding performance and took sixth place overall. Grabbing first in the 400m was Natalie Woodford, while the girls sprint medley relay placed third. This relay team consisted of Natalie Woodford, Kate Garden, Sarah Brighton, and Alicia Terry. Representing the Boys at this Invitational was Philip Mesadeui with an impressive third place finish in both the shot-put and the discus. Cy Smith made his contribution in the pole vault with second place and Brandon Keith sprinted away with second in the 100m. This Saturday, April 19 takes the team to the Amherst Invitational where they can expect to find an assortment of athletes from as many as 25 schools. With only three meets under their belts Cox feels things are going well so far. “Everyone seems to be doing really good and they are working hard.”

Patriot Lacrosse at 2-3 Patrick Henry has 20 young men representing them on the varsity squad this season and will only loose four to graduation, so they are fairly young and working together to build for the future. This is a welcome change for Coach Josh Wilkinson who saw the team lose 10 seniors last year and 10 the year before. They will play a total of 14 regularly scheduled games, all of which are fast paced and exciting to watch. They are currently 2-3 overall with two of those defeats coming from Forrest Park, ranked number one in AAA, and from West Albermarle, who is ranked number one in AA. They take on Salem Wednesday night on the road which is always a huge highlight of their season. “We play each other very tough, it’s a very big rivalry,” Wilkinson said. Some standouts this season to watch include Ben Quinn, goalie Avery Thomas, Drew Anderson, and Mark Ryan. The team has one talented freshman joining them in the starting lineup, Thomas Rakes who plays defense. One of their top midfielders, Kyle Smith, is waiting for MRI results that may end his season early. “We still have alot of games left to play. We’ve had a couple of mishaps but we just need to keep going, do what we have to do and keep getting better,” Wilkinson said. You can catch the Patriots at home on Thursday 17th at 7 p.m. against E.Rockingham.


Lady Patriots bounce Byrd 6-0 Braving the cold and fighting for another win, the Patriot girls showed up Monday night to take on William Byrd for the second time this season and ran away victorious. Kate Norbo showed excellent athleticism and speed maneuvering the ball up and down the field to score five of PH’s goals with Maggie Dent contributing another blow to send the Terriers packing. Byrd is coached this year by Rusty Dishman, who is in his first year after coming from a long stint at GW Danville. He was the boys’ soccer coach there for five years but feels the Terrier girls are improving and still have the time they need to grow before District action. “We are a work in progress,” said Dishman,” and we are looking better.” The Patriots will only loose three seniors to graduation this Photo by Willow Rosenblatt year and it is apparent in their Carter Norbo deflects the ball from a Byrd defender. play that they are communicating better on the field and be- it wasn’t our best game,” said Norbo said she loves soccer coming a much more technical Coach Whitney Wright. “We and her play on the field shows team as well. had a weekend off from prac- it. She is not only on the soccer “We played a good game, we tice and we could see it on the team at PH, but she runs long weren’t as quick on the ball, so field.” distance for track and comThe crowd at games usually petes on the Olympic Developconsists of parents, friends and ment State Soccer Team. She some of the student body but spends her time between practhe addition of the stadium is a tices for all three by doing a lot big plus. “The girls really enjoy of running on her own to keep having their own place to play up to speed and is also a stuand I think this boosts their dent at Patrick Henry’s Govermoral,” Wright said. nor’s School, which in itself is a

hefty load. “I go to practice and then go do homework before anything else, but I do find ways to have time to myself despite my busy schedule. At times I do feel overwhelmed but I manage my time wisely and hope I can continue to keep up the entire season,” Norbo said. “The game against Byrd felt good; it was a good game, especially coming off a hard week before. I’m going to try my hardest this Friday against GW Danville.” The team travels to Danville for that game and then will be in action at home Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7 p.m. each night. Concessions are available and the hot chocoBy Willow Rosenblatt late will be ready if the weather remains cool!

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The Patriots are struggling so far this season to make plays go their way on the field. Overall they are sitting 3-7 but haven’t given up hope on improving and showing more consistent district action. On Tuesday Patrick Henry faced off for the second time against Bassett after taking a hard hit earlier in the season (7-0). Bassett may not be district rivals but there was no lack of excitement in the game. Scoring came early for the Bengals who jumped ahead 3-0 but the Patriots continued to press with Yates Sayers hitting a homerun in the fourth bringing the score to 4-1 in favor of Bassett. Yates has been a commanding presence on the field playing shortstop while batting an average of .440, and also just coming off an injury. The Patriots made a pitching change in the fourth and went to the crafty right hander Cameron Simmons. Innings 5 - 8 were great baseball. “I must thank our fans and students that were at the game,” said Head Coach Aaron Haigler. “Our guys really played into what fans were doing. They were all very supportive today.” In the final four innings, 14 runs were scored collectively. PH trailed by three in the seventh inning but fought back to tie the game at 8-8. Simmons re-

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tired the first hitter in the eighth for Basset and then surrendered a walk. The Patriots were able to scratch one run across in the bottom of the eight but left runners on first and second to end the game. Another strength on the Patriot team is sophomore catcher Will Kaufman. He is the youngest catcher to see starting time on the Varsity level and hits as well as he commands the pitching staff. He averages about 40 percent when it comes to throwing out runners trying to steal and has successfully transitioned from JV to Varsity. “Will has done a great job for us and is a valuable asset behind the plate,” Haigler said. “We hit the ball fine and I think we did an adequate job on the mound but our play in the field was our big downfall,” Kaufman said. “We always preach three things: throw strikes, execute with pressure and make the routine play, Haigler said. “It was a very tough loss, but we have bigger fish to fry in the district. It is nice to win them all, but our focus is on GW Danville on Friday. We win on Friday, we are tied with FC in first place.” The Patriots will meet Salem on Wednesday night and be back at home on Friday at 5:00pm to challenge By Willow Rosenblatt GW Danville.

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> April 17

Athenian Art Society The Athenian Society for the Arts and Sciences will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 17. Program presented by local artists Al and Leone Bomberger. When-10 a.m. Where- Community room of WDBJ7, 2807 Hershberger RdCost- VIP $10 For more- contact Donna Grabarczyk 540-772-3369

> April 17

Business & Technology Expo The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Business & Technology Expo. The Chamber’s annual business-to-business and consumer trade show will showcase more than 100 exhibitors and is free to the public from noon to 4 p.m. A special VIP Night will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. as part of Business and Technology Expo. When- Noon- 4 p.m.,VIP 5 p.m. -7 p.m. Where- RCC’s Special Events Center Cost- VIP $10 For more- contact Jamie Snead at 540. 983.0700, ext. 231 or jsnead@

> April 17-19

Lighting At Our Feet Virginia Tech’ Department of Theatre Arts presents an original show based on the writings of Emily Dickinson and directed by Virginia Tech faculty Bob McGrath. Lightning at our feet is a new multimedia music theater production that reunites composer Michael Gordon with Ridge Theater in an exploration of the life and work of Emily Dickinson.The projection production is intended to live on the borders of music, theater, and dance. When- April 17 through April 19 at 7:30 p.m., April 20 at 2 p.m., and April 22 through April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Where- Squires Student Center on College Avenue adjacent to downtown Blacksburg Cost- $9 & $7 (students) For more- (540) 231-5615

> April 19

National Quilting Day The Star Quilters Guild is sponsoring a National Quilting Day . The speaker will be Rachel Brown from Rachel’s Quilt Patch in Staunton. There will be door prizes, vendors, favors, show and tell, fun & fellowship. When- 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where- Salem High School Cost- $20, lunch included For more- contact Sallie Powers 540-389-3827 Citizen Appreciation Day The City of Roanoke’s Service Excellence at Work Committee is sponsoring Citizen Appreciation Day. Beginning in 1991, city departments have set up displays and demonstrations once a year to

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Community Calendar give citizens the opportunity to interact with city employees and learn more about the services the city provides.Through games, giveaways and more, the event also offers an opportunity for city departments to show their appreciation to the citizens. When- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where- lower level of Valley View Mall For more- please contact B.T. Fitzpatrick III at 540-853-1334 Roanoke Valley Earth Day Celebration Throughout Grandin Village all day Special sales and promotions by Grandin Village Business Association members. When- 12 to 4 pm: Displays and Exhibits Learn about pressing issues and how you can help. 3pm: Native American “Healing our Mother Earth” ceremony. 4pm: Roanoke’s 2007 Green Award winner announcement.12 Noon The Cool Cities Coalition presents: “Energy Crossroads” A short film about saving energy and money! Where- Raleigh Court United Methodist Church and Grandin Village Shops Henry Butler Trio at the Jefferson Center A five-time W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist - Piano” award nominee, Henry Butler knows no limitations. Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classicallytrained wizardry, Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, R&B and blues influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. When- 8 p.m. Where- Jefferson Center Cost- Gold $22, Silver $18, Bronze $12, Children 1/2 off, Students 1/2 off For more- Call 345-2550 Hotel Roanoke Furniture Sale Hotel Roanoke is selling off highquality excess furniture at bargain prices for the public! April 19th. Among the deals: armoires for $165, desks for $25 and $30, chairs with ottomans for $85, night stands for $35, headboard for $75, and much more. Entrance tickets will be handed out starting at 6 a.m. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. When- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where- 844 Union St, Salem For more- www.hotelroanoke. com for a complete listing and directions.

> April 20

Experiencing God Musical When- 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Where- Cave Spring Baptist Church is located at 4873 Brambleton Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018 For more- 989- 6136 call and reserve your free tickets.

> April 25 & 26

2nd Annual Roanoke Valley Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic Volunteers are still needed on both days, especially for early morning shifts. Donations of cookies (including sugar-free) and breakfast (Nutri-grain type) bars are also needed. For more information about volunteering with the MOM Project or donations, please contact Allison Jorgensen, at 540-985-0131, extension 502

> April 26

Cystic Fibrosis Walk Walk for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis and check out the newly added car show! When: Saturday, April 26, 2008 (Registration at 9:30AM and Walk at 10AM. Event lasts until 2PM) Where- Campus of Hollins University (follow the signs) For more- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (888)233-4682 RVSPCA Microchip Clinic a microchip clinic will be held at the RVSPCA to anyone in the area wishing to have their pet microchipped. Cost of the procedure will be $15 for any animal previously adopted from the RVSPCA (with proof of adoption) or $25 for non-RVSPCA adoptees. Proceeds from the clinic will be applied to the Robin Smith Noah’s Ark Memorial Fund to offset the cost of microchips and registration. Appointments are not necessary. Animals will be taken on a firstcome, first-served basis, and must be properly restrained. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. The RVSPCA reserves the right to refuse service to any animal not restrained or deemed aggressive. When- 10 a.m. - Noon Where- RVSPCA Adoption & Education Center 1340 Baldwin Ave. For more- 540-344-4840 Roanoke Tri Club Spring Triathlon Expo Ever thought about doing a triathon? Registered for a triathlon and need some guidance? Triathlon Vetran looking for some new tips, tricks & gear?! This event everybody! Free & Open to the public! Vendors, Clincs & Give-AWays!! Sponsored by Roanoke Tri Club, Kirk YMCA & Just the Right Gear When- 9 a.m. - Noon Where- Kirk Family YMCA For more- 540-342-9622 Emerging Artists Special Event

Roanoke Public Libraries invite you to a one-time-only Emerging Artists event by The Get Up and Go Collective from Roanoke and NYC, Saturday,April 26. This is a performance art event involving dance and the construction of a 10 foot by 10 foot greenhouse made of recyclable plastic bottles, accompanied by ambient weather sounds. Refreshments are by MaggieMoo’s ice cream and everyone is welcome to attend.This event is part of the Roanoke Library Clean and Green series and is free of charge. When- 2 - 4 p.m. Where Roanoke Main Public Library Cost- free RVARC Annual Club Auction Fundraiser Admission is Free and anyone can bring Ham radio items for consignment sale and should be there at 8:00 a.m. to check in their items for sale.All items sold on consignment will be subject to 10% of the sale price going to the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club.All Donations are very much appreciated and welcome. Anything that is brought to sell that is not sold must be carried home. Nothing can be left at the Red Cross Building.As always, thank you for your help in raising funds for the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club. When- Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and auction starts at 9 a.m. Where- 352 Church Avenue Roanoke,Virginia 24016 Cost- free

> April 26-27 Eighth Annual Open Studios Tour The eighth annual Open Studios Tour takes place on Saturday April 26th and Sunday,April 27th. Spanning the areas of Raleigh Court, Old SW and SE city, Downtown and South Roanoke, this year’s self-guided tour of artists’ homes and studios features several new sites and 26 regional artists. We are proud to be showing the work of 7 Guest Artists: Brian Counihan, Claudia de Franko, Jamie Nervo, David Krawczyk, Dreama Kattenbraker, and Suzun Hughes & John Wilson. When- Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. For more- Find our map and and a sneak preview of the Tour at

> April 26 - May 3

Blue Ridge Wildflower Society Events Saturday, April 26 - Buffalo Creek Field Trip - This registry site has

blue bells, dwarf ginseng, walking fern, dwarf iris, etc. Easy walking along a flood plain and a wooded hillside. Meet at 1:00 pm. Take US 460 east to Rt 811 at New London. Turn right onto Rt 811 (Look for Sheetz service station at the intersection). Follow Rt 811 to Rt 711 and go about 2 miles. Turn left onto Rt 24. In about 1 mile you cross Buffalo Creek. The parking lot is on the right. Leader Sandra Elder, 434-525-8433. Monday, April 28 - Membership Meeting. 7:00 pm at Roanoke Church of Christ, 2606 Brandon Avenue. Jim Helvey of the Virginia Dept of Transportation will present a program on Virginia’s median and roadside flower plantings. Jim Bush - 929-4775 Saturday, May 3 - Paul James Garden Field Trip followed by a visit to Cahas Knob Registry Site. Meet at 9:00 am in parking lot of Lowe’s on US 220 South of Tanglewood Mall behind Play it Again Sports. Bring Lunch. Leader Jim Bush, 929-4775.

> April 28 Roanoke Public Library Programs for Teens Roanoke Public Libraries invite teens to the Manga Club at Raleigh Court Branch Library, Monday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. The Library also invites teens to come and make cd clocks out of recycled materials.The event takes place 4:30 p.m. at the Raleigh Court branch. For more- call 540-853-2955

> April 29

LivingWell with Diabetes: Eating and Stress Management Workshops New Horizons Healthcare in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, will be offering the Living Well with Diabetes: Eating and Stress Management series of four workshops, starting Tuesday, April 29th. When- 6 - 8 p.m. Where- Meetings will be held at New Horizons Healthcare, 4910 Valley View Blvd, Suite 310 – 3rd floor Cost - free For more- Call Janice to register at 362-0360.

> May 1-2 The Sound of Music Roanoke Valley Christian Schools presents Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound of Music When- 7 p.m. Where- Performed at Shenandoah Baptist Auditorium 6520 Williamson Rd NW Cost- $10 Adults $5 Students

> May 1 National Day of Prayer Invocation by Rev. Edward Burton, Sweet Union Baptist Church An optional lunch will be held at 12:30 in the Social Hall of Greene

Memorial Church. Suggested lunch donation is $3.00. When- Noon - 1 p.m. Where- The event will be held at Lee Plaza, across from the Roanoke City Municipal Building. The Rain location is Greene Memorial UMC across the street.

> May 4

Destroyer Escort Sailors Reunion The annual reunion of Virginia shipmates that served at any time aboard a DE, DER,APD or FF type ship will be held in Virginia Beach, VA on May 4 - 7, 2008. Family and friends of these shipmates are encouraged to attend When- May 4-7 Where- Virginia Beach For more- Walter Alexander, 2311 Idavere RD SW, Roanoke, VA 24015-3903, (540) 345 - 5826,

> May 17

Local Colors Take a trip around the world without ever leaving Roanoke! Local Colors, Roanoke’s annual multicultural festival, takes place Saturday, May 17 with food, vendors, music, dance and costumes from more than 70 countries. This year’s featured country is the Philippines. New countries this year: Burma, Slovakia, Palestine, Ukraine - and Canada and Japan are back! When- The event starts at 11 a.m. with the Parade of Nations. Where- in Elmwood Park, downtown, For more-, 540-904-2234.

> Aug. 8-9

Jefferson High School 60th Reunion Jefferson High School Class of 1948 is planning its 60th year reunion When- August 8-9 Where- Hotel Roanoke For moreKathleen Ratliff, 342-5279

> Sept. 17

Destroyer Leaders Association Former shipmates from USS NORFOLK DL1, USS MITSCHER DL2 / DDG-35, USS JOHN S MCCAIN DL3 / DDG36, USS WILLIS A LEE DL4, and USS WILKINSON DL5 will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, September 17 - 21, 2008 for their 12th annual combined reunion. Family and friends are welcome to attend. When- Sept. 17-21 Where- St. Louis, Mo. For more- Destroyer Leader Association, 2311 Idavere Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015-3903, email:

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New Orleans pianist at Jeff Center Saturday

New Orleans style piano player Henry Butler may not live in the Big Easy anymore, courtesy of Hurricane Katrina, but he still plays a piano style reminiscent of the Crescent City. He’ll play at the Jefferson Center on Saturday as part of the “Blind Leading” series that has showcased other performers without sight, like Doc Watson and the Blind Boys of Alabama. “I think it’s a wonderful thing. Hats off to the people at the Jefferson Center for doing that.” Butler, promoting his new CD Pianola, had glaucoma as a very young child. “By the time they realized what it was, it was too late to do

Henry Butler anything for the eyes,” he said by phone from his new home in Denver recently. Being blind may have some advantages: “anything can be easy for anybody…with blind

people we can internalize a lot easier. We don’t have the eyesight to stop us [and] depend on our feelings a lot more.” Butler said that schools for the blind, now defunct in many cases, allowed artists like Ray Charles to flourish. He went to one himself, before states decided that mainstreaming blind children was a better way to go. He laments that there aren’t many younger blind musicians that have achieved the status of a Doc Watson, in part due to mainstreaming. A five-time W.C. Handy “Best Blues Instrumentalist - Piano” award nominee, Butler has

played the piano since the age of six. He’s described on the Jefferson Center’s website as “ combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically-trained wizardry…a rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, R&B and blues influences.” Pianola, his latest CD, is a compilation

of tunes by some of his favorite composers. “It’s also a chance to keep the New Orleans music out there.” He doesn’t entertain going back to his hometown any time soon after losing his house and equipment to Hurricane Katrina. “I think of myself as being in recovery still.” Butler has no major agenda when he plays piano, singing on some tunes: “I don’t think about

what I want them to come away with [from the show]. I just do what I can to inform, uplift, inspire, encourage and let people take away what they can. Hopefully we’ll make people happy.” Henry Butler Trio at the Jefferson Center on Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 PM. Go to JeffCenter. org for more information. By Gene Marrano

Oakey’s Funeral Service sponsors grief counseling seminar May 8

It’s never easy for a person to lose a loved one. In fact nothing in life is more difficult than watching someone you love deal with the array of emotions felt after losing a family member or close friend. Shock, numbness, anger, disbelief, regret, guilt, and remorse are emotions that are often felt after such a loss. But people don’t have to face their grief alone. According to the National Funeral Directors Association people tend to grieve in they’re own way. How each person handles the loss of a loved one depends on personal backgrounds, and even on how the individual close to them died. But there are some common threads that run through all kinds of grief. Understanding these basic elements can help people understand that they are not alone in how they feel. Help can be found in the form of grief counseling, and it’s usually offered by various local organizations like local funeral homes or Hospice. Hospice groups in the Roanoke Valley area can be found through Carilion and Good Samaritan. More Information can be found on the Hospice Foundation of America website at www. 51-year-old Roanoke resident Jamie Nelson recently lost her mother to COPD late last year. “I’m still going through the grieving process and have relied on family and friends for support. I would have gone to grief counseling if I had known about it. I’m glad to know there’s help,” said Nelson. Seminars and workshops are also a good idea for someone

seeking grief support. Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematorium is once again sponsoring a lecture with special guest Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Dr. Wolfelt who is an internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor will be in Roanoke on May 8th at the Jefferson Center. He serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. An excerpt from Dr. Alan’s book, The Journey Through Grief: Reflections on Healing reads, “In some ways love and grief are very

much alike. They both have the power to forever change our lives. Just as I must surrender to love, I must surrender to my grief.” Oakey’s Funeral Service also offers a series of books at the Roanoke City Public Library called the Oakey Collection. The collection covers grieving topics for all ages and situations. “We’ve seen everything from newborn deaths to 100-year-old’s, we just support the families in anyway we can,” said Grace Poff, after-care manager at Oakey’s Funeral Service. For more information go to www. By Michael Beaulieu

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‘Greening of the Village’ April 19

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It’ll be green in Grandin Village Saturday, April 19, when they celebrate Earth Day, “Village Green,â€? from one end of the neighborhood to the other. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op there will be an organic seedling sale of plants from Dennis Dove and Tenley Weaver, who run Full Circle Farm of Floyd. Other local vendors will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide samples and information. You can taste the goodies from a variety of local vendors, such as Homestead Creamery dairy products, Brush Creek Buffalo meat, Better Than Roasted raw nut butters, CafĂŠ Kelepa fair trade coffee, Bread Craft artisan breads, Blue Ridge Baby Cheesecakes, and more – and you can meet the people who make these products. Price’s Piece will have sample sizes of natural, handmade soaps. Happy Belly Deli will also have samples of deli-

cious baked goods to taste. There will be plenty for kids to do too. They can have their faces painted by Katherine Devine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and meet the chickens from Malu Aina Farm, who provide the co-op with fresh eggs. Also, you won’t want to miss the free, short film “Climate of Change,� presented by Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition, at 11 a.m. in the co-op’s Community Room, with a brief discussion to follow. At noon, across the street, the Grandin Theatre will be showing RVCCC’s “Energy Crossroads,� just as the earlier film concludes. There’s time to see both. At 3 p.m., nutritionist Jeanie Redick will present a free talk, “Know Your Food,� also in the co-op’s Community Room. Please sign up for both co-op events at the customer service desk. Buy a ticket to win a moun-

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tain bike in the co-op rae, the proceeds from which will benefit Sharebike, Roanoke’s grassroots, free community bicycle program. Second prize is a season of fruit shares from Good Food Good People in Floyd, and third prize is a basket of goodies from the co-op (includes cleaning products from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, an organic cotton T-shirt from Green Label of Floyd, Equal Exchange fair trade teas and chocolate, a mug from Down To Earth Basics, and a cotton shopping bag from FishyFishy Quilts). At Grandin Gardens up the street, the non-profit Grandin Institute will offer talks on composting, bicycling, and eco-driving that day –- and there’s much more on other days in April (see for details). From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Blue Ridge Environmental Network will host a variety of environmental exhibitors, who will have displays and information at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church. A Native American ceremony will be held there at 3 p.m., and green awards will be given there at 4 pm. There’ll be music and giveaways at Plan 9 Music, a clothing donation drive at New To Me (donors get a store discount there, too), samples of Star City Coffee at Pop’s Ice Cream and Soda Bar, and a sale at Black Dog Antiques and Architectural Salvage. Come celebrate the growing green efforts of your community, and join in this important event!

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