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Lady Bugs P3– Girl Scout Troop #743 plants flowers at Mill Mountain Zoo as a community service project.

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Above, Ed Jones, of Falls Church, walks among the boots displayed at the Roanoke Civic Center for the “Eyes Wide Open” memorial. Jones was attending the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church on Monday and happened upon the display between meetings. Below, one of the boots family members decorated.

Virginia’s cost of war displayed

Final Moments P7– The Class of 2008 at William Fleming and Patrick Henry received their hardearned high school diplomas last week.

During this week’s Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, those moving from one session to another across the main plaza at the Roanoke Civic Center, were met with a military formation of combat boots and civilian shoes. Each of the 116 pairs had tags attached to them identifying the pair as belonging to a casualty resulting from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some of the boots were decorated by family members and had photographs or flowers, personal mementos of the soldier’s life. A handful of others had cards noting the names had been removed at the request of the family. The display was called “Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Virginia,” and was presented by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in cooperation with the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA). It coordinated with the annual conference for United Methodists in the region. “I was really struck by the flowers on some of them,” said Jeanne Finely of Blacksburg, who is on the board of the MFSA. She said the display was there, “to evoke discussion about the human cost of war. The boots are a memorial to the soldiers and people will read that dif-

ferent ways.” Many of the visitors walked through the rows looking for names or towns they might recognize. Volunteers offered those visiting a meditation sheet with passages from the Bible and the United Methodist Hymnal. Chancellor Hamilton, a retired minister of Walker Chapel United Methodist Church in Arlington was attending the conference. He found one pair of boots with a close tie. He said he had conducted a memorial service for the soldier whose name was on a pair of boots “What’s kind of ironic to me, is that early on in ministry I buried a young man from Vietnam,” Hamilton said, “and in my retiring years I bury one from Iraq.” Hamilton said he was ambivalent about seeing the display. “I’m patriotic, but for someone to give their life is just tough,” he said. “I can’t comprehend what that family went through losing their son. “I don’t care whether it’s how many we see on the Vietnam Wall or this,” Hamilton said, “life is life, and each one > CONTINUED is precious and the God that we P2: Boots

Members of city council honored Governor Summer Catch P8– Cardinals catcher Jake Wright looks back a Giants runner. See more from the titanic battle between the Giants and the Cardinals.

Different Strokes P9– Valley pools heat up as Roanoke Valley swim teams dove into action.

Monday’s Roanoke City Council marked the last meeting for Mayor Nelson Harris and members Bev Fitzpatrick and Brian Wishneff. The three were honored with resolutions for their service to the city. Retiring Finance Director Jesse Hall was also honored by council with a resolution for his 33 years of working for the city. All three were honored with a reception that afternoon. After the reading of Hall’s resolution, detailing his career with the city and professional accomplishments, Hall said, “I’ve forgotten I’ve done all that.” After the fanfare for the departing parties, council appointed Hall’s deputy director, Ann Shawver as Finance Director for the City of Roanoke effective July 1, 2008. She served as the city’s Deputy Finance Director beginning in 2002. Shawver is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from James Madison University. She is also enrolled in Virginia Tech’s Professional MBA program. Her 14 years of service with the city include working as Manager of Accounting Services from 1997-2002, where she oversaw accounting, accounts payable, and payroll functions. She was also Financial Systems Accountant from 1994-1997, with responsibilities including preparation of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, monthly financial statements, and official statements. During her tenure with the city, Shawver worked on teams to support the formation of the Western Virginia Water Authority, and the implementation of the city’s Advantage accounting system. Before working for the city, she was Supervising Senior Accountant for KPMG, LLP. “Ann’s qualifications and long experience with the city’s Finance Department will create a smooth transition and ensure the continued efficient handling of city finances,” said Gwen Mason, chair of City Council’s Personnel Committee in a statement released Tuesday. “Council is confident in Ms. Shawver’s ability to handle the challenges of managing the city’s financial resources.” During City Manager Darlene Burcham’s report to council, she

Holton comes home

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City Council Member, Bev Fitzpatrick was honored for his time and service to the City of Roanoke on Monday. noted the performance agreement with Maple Leaf Bakery, Inc., which council supported unanimously. Maple Leaf announced an investment of $9.5 million in new machinery and tools in their Roanoke plant. It is the fourth investment in the facility which brings the total to $66.3 million. “That one is one we’ve been working on, it seems like forever, for at least the last year,” said Burcham. “This is, has been, and will continue to be the largest plant Maple Leaf...has in the United States.” In addition to the investment of equipment, the Canadian-based bakery will add at least 40 new positions to work on the production line. “We are thrilled to have this expansion > CONTINUED come to fruition as we have worked dili- P2: Council

Linwood Holton, a Roanoke resident for about 20 years before leaving for the Governor’s mansion in 1970, returned last week as a guest of the Western Virginia Historical Society. Holton, whose wife, Jinks, is a Roanoke native, was here to talk about his new book, “Opportunity Time,” so named because he used to tell his children while waking them up in the morning that everyday was basically another opportunity to do something special. All three of the couple’s children were born in Roanoke, and son Woody, a college professor, is an accomplished author now working on a book about Abigail Adams. Holton, father in law of current Virginia governor Tim Kaine and father of First Lady Ann Holton, was the first Republican governor in Virginia in over 100 years when he bested Democrat Lt. Governor Bill Battle in the 1969 election. Holton acknowledged that he wrote his memoir in part because time is growing short. “I just wanted to tell those hero stories to a new audience,” Holton said. Holton, 84, used his own ‘opportunity time’ to help rebuild the state Republican Party, but he is most proud of > CONTINUED efforts to finally P2: Holton

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gently to satisfy the needs of Maple Leaf,� Burcham said in a release. “The company considered several sites and we are fortunate Roanoke has been chosen.� Council and the Economic Development Authority of the City of Roanoke (EDA) approved a performance agreement with Maple Leaf Bakery for a grant up to an amount of $200,000 over the next five years to help facilitate the investment in the facility. The acquisition of equipment must be completed within the next 24 months. The grant will be made through the EDA for an amount

equal to 50 percent of the revenue the city actually receives during the preceding grant year associated with the new equipment. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading Canadian food processing company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The company employs approximately 23,000 individuals throughout Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Asia. The company had sales of $5.2 billion in 2007. Maple Leaf ’s Roanoke facility is their largest frozen bakery operating in the United States. In other council news:

• Council voted to keep in place the free parking places downtown residents receive for the next two years, after which they will phase in a requirement that all residents must pay a fee for parking by July 2011. • Council heard a proposal to move the Firefighter Memorial, which currently resides in the Virginia Museum of Transportation, to Fire Station No. 1 on Church Ave. SE.

former state legislators Granger McFarlane and Caldwell Butler, who was also Holton’s former law partner in Roanoke. Holton told the 100 or so gathered that he persuaded Butler to remain in the General Assembly for another term after being elected governor, so that he would have an easier transition. Holton first ran for governor in 1965 but lost; he later helped run Richard Nixon’s campaign for president in 1968 but was critical of Nixon’s “Southern Strategy� that involved a coalition between Democrats and conservative Republicans wishing to maintain segregation. He called that strategy, “nothing more than an appeal to white supremacists.� The current Republican Party has in effect, “committed suicide for the time being,� he said. Holton told Historical Society

members that Virginia, “took real leadership,� in the country’s early days, but then lost its way when it came to dealing with black people after the Civil War, stripping their right to vote at one point in the early 1900s. Succeeding from the Union at the start of the War Between the States, “was a dark day in Virginia’s history,� the Governor said. Former delegate Chip Woodrum, along with former Roanoke City Councilmen Bill Bestpitch and Rupert Cutler, came to hear Holton, who said he had given Tim Kaine, a Democrat, one piece of advice, “finish out your four year term.� Holton said his sonin-law, whom he crossed party lines to endorse, might be on Barack Obama’s short list of vicepresidential candidates. He also backs Democrat Mark Warner for U.S. Senate and seemed to deride the chances this November of Republican candidate Jim Gilmore, like Warner a former governor. “Its just wonderful to be home,� said former Governor Linwood Holton to the standing-room only crowd that came out to hear him talk about his life and “Opportunity Time,� which is available at Ram’s Head bookstore and online.

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break down the barriers of segregation, effectively ending the Commonwealth’s “massive resistanceâ€? campaign. In an incident captured by a New York Times photographer, Holton walked his daughter Tayloe into a previous all-black Richmond high school, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that busing across a school district could be employed to end the practice of racial segregation. “We had an opportunity‌to make a [point] on how we would lead Virginia,â€? Holton said. Jinx, and younger daughter Ann, made the same point at a junior high school. “We would demonstrate that we would be part of the Union,â€? Holton said of his attempt to align the state with federal rulings on the end of segregation. On hand to greet Holton at Christ Lutheran Church, near Patrick Henry High School, were

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Girl Scout troop # 743 planted a flower bed at Mill Mtn. Zoo for a community service project last month. Pictured are: front row- Catherine Hill, Anna Kepley, Mims McNally, Jane Revercomb back row- Anna Kate Draper, Emma Blake, Katie Sayers, Mackenzie Comer, Anne Peyton Brothers. Their leader is Helen Hill.

Eagle Scout honors

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Will Austin, Alexander Breakell and Drew Anderson, members of  Troop 210, have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. For his leadership service project, Drew renovated and upgraded the Byrmese Python exhibit at Mill Mountain Zoo.  Will built a 20 ft. boardwalk over an intermittent stream bed on the Wood Thrush Trail in Mill Mountain Park.  Alexander designed and constructed a man-made wetland for treating storm water runoff at the Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.      All three boys are recent graduates at Patrick Henry High School.  Drew is the son of Judi and Paul Anderson and will attend University of Virginia in the fall.  Will is the son of Jodi and Coley Austin,and will attend Virginia Western with plans to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University.  Alexander is the son of Lauren and Stan Breakell, and will attend Virginia Tech as a member of the Corps of Cadets

Edward Link, Jr. recognized as a top wealth advisor Smith Barney is pleased to announce that local Financial Advisor, N. Edward Link, Jr. was recognized in Virginia Business Magazine as one of the states Top 50 Wealth Advisors. The article appeared in the June 2008 issue and is based on financial writer and independent researcher RJ Shooks Winners Circle methodology and criteria. "These advisors are true client advocates," Shook says, "always striving to provide the highest quality advice and service to their clients." Financial writer and independent researcher RJ Shook screens more than 7,000 financial professionals nationwide on an annual basis for all projects and selected

50 full service financial comprehensive finanadvisors from Virginia cial planning strategies using a combination of to individual investors, quantitative and qualitainstitutions focusing on tive criteria based on his wealth management, Winners Circle methodmanaged money, estate ology. Those identified planning, retirement and on the list were selected education planning. based on their continued A graduate of The Unifocus on adhering to the Eddie Link versity of Virginia with a best practices that govern Bachelor of Arts in Ecotheir business, success nomics, Mr. Link holds and quality service that they pro- Smith Barney’s Financial Planvide to their clients. ning Specialist designation, and Mr. Link has been a member is a member of the firms Chairof Smith Barney for eight years mans Council. He is also an active with 22 years served within the member of the local community, industry. As Senior Vice Presi- currently serving on the Board of dent Wealth Management with Directors of the Mill Mountain the firm, Mr. Link provides a full Theatre and several committees suite of investment services and at his church.

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist urges NAACP supporters to “Talk About Race” Editors note: This story was originally published in the June 13 edition, but the second-half of the jump was left off due to a technical error. The Roanoke Branch, NAACP welcomed more than 500 supporters to the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on Friday, June 6. The occasion was the 10th annual Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet. Sponsors and supporters were treated to a wonderful evening of acknowledgement, praise in song, and encouragement. Internationally acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Leonard Pitts, spoke to the throng of civil rights advocates and urged them to “begin talking about talking about race”. His message was one of continuing the fight for equality. Pitts alluded to the history of African Americans in the USA. In referring to the history of Blacks since slavery, he pleaded that, “we should not get over it as has been suggested by media

and legislators. It is part of our motivation.” Roanoke NAACP President, Daniel M. Hale, Jr., commented, “Leonard Pitts mesmerized those in attendance. He said the things that many of us have not said or are afraid to say. Mr. Pitts left us thinking!” The evening, hosted by the Roanoke Branch, NAACP, was sponsored by Kroger, Optical Cable, the City of Roanoke, and The Roanoke Times. Hale added, “our sponsors are to be commended for their interest in the Roanoke Branch, NAACP and their commitment to civil rights and the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.” Honorees included Monica Jones (Arts), Brenda Preston (Business), Dr. Rita Bishop (Education), Hollani Davis and Jay Warren (Media), Dr. Verna Lewis (Medicine), Rev. David Chapman (Religion), and Harry C. Curtis, Jr. (Lifetime Achievement). Corporate recognition was given to the four

signature sponsors. Also receiving special recognition was Bob Clement of the City of Roanoke. He was honored for his dedicated work with the city’s neighborhood organizations. State Senator John Edwards presented a resolution honoring the life of the late Margie Jumper for her many years of service to the community and to the NAACP. NAACP Secretary, Brenda Walker, accepted the citation on behalf of Ms. Jumper’s family. President Hale also paid homage to the Masonic Lodge for having been the protector of the Branch’s charter, issued in 1933. “It was a successful evening,” Hale said. “We are so thankful to those who came out in support this evening, and we pledge to continue fighting for the civil rights of all. Hopefully, even more will join us in our efforts. We look forward to adding to the rolls of active members of the NAACP.”

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Emerging Artists series celebrates anniversary at Roanoke’s main library

Development coordinator River Laker estimates 460 people turned out for Saturday’s “Emerging Artists” one-year anniversary event at the Roanoke City Library’s main branch on Jefferson Street. “It was great to see so many folks, and as diverse a crowd as usual, all about the library, just as though it was the place to be in town, the center of the community,” Laker said via e-mail. “During the day, many of the band members and artists thanked us for doing the event and for helping the city's arts and music community gain more exposure and a place to perform.” Emerging Artists was conceived in large part by Laker, not only as a springboard for relatively unknown visual artists and musicians, but to draw more people to the library system. “Ultimately, the trickle down will be more members, more users of the library, and more readers,” Laker said. The weather held up for the most part as musicians took turns performing in the mini-amphitheatre in front of the library. Inside many of the visual artists spotlighted over the past year displayed at least one of their works on the mezzanine as Blue Ridge Catering dished out appetizers. Many of the attendees had been there before and in some ways it seemed like a reunion. Evan Neimann, also known as Dickie, was a busy man, showcasing both his visual art and music, via his "Nancy and 2 Meteors" band, which relies heavily on electronica. Dickie is an “urban artist,” displaying some of his legal graffiti on the library lawn and a portrait inside. “Everybody is really positive, lots of good artists and everybody coming together. Being able to meet new people has been really awesome. It’s really encouraging.” Dickie said throughout the first year of Emerging Artists those that took part banded together and grew as a group artistically. “[Now] we all get to play a big

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Evan “Dickie”Neimann with some of his art from the series.

show together. It’s real cool. Everybody evolves together.” Dickie has another venture going these days: with a friend they offer rides between downtown venues on weekends via Star City Pedi-Cab, a rickshaw of sorts that is actually a bicycle pulling two bench seats. Patrons who may not want to drive can hail the Pedi-Cab, which Dickie said is a

good workout when fully loaded with passengers. He hopes to see the business grow in the coming months, adding more fuel-less cabs and drivers. “Its been good,” said Dickie of the reception so far. He’s also been deejaying at clubs like 202 Market recently. Meanwhile Laker surveyed the scene outside the library, where attendees could get free ice cream and frozen lemonade on a very warm day. There’s all types of different people here," Laker said. "The variety of music has been [good] and the art is great.” The next Emerging Artists show at the downtown library is “A Natural History of Imaginary Birds and Real Bats, New Paintings by Joe Kelley.” Music is by Rootstone with food catered by Alexandros. Thursday July 10, 6 -8 pm.

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Vice-Mayor, Sherman Lea, runs for the Virginia General Assembly next November. Lea would be a significant upgrade over current Virginia House of Delegate member, Onzlee Ware and his legislative record or lack thereof. Northwest and Southeast Roanoke, as well as, Vinton deserve better representation in Richmond than Ware is providing. There is no racism in the RCPS plan to turn Forest Park Elementary School into an overage academy. People need to stop crying, "Racist Wolf," on this issue. Nor is there racism in plans to make RCPS athletes have 2.0 GPA before they can play sports. Have we forgotten just how easy it is to make a "C" in school? Go to school. Go to class. Pay attention. Ask questions. Turn in your work on time. Study for tests. Doing these simple things virtually guarantees a "C" in any class. "C" students apply themselves, "F" students don't. It's that simple. Mignon Chubb-Hale, a tireless educator and excellent school board member, has served her last day on the Roanoke City Public School Board. Ms. Chubb-Hale was an excellent ambassador for the RCPS. She knew her Job inside, outside, upside down and right side up. She supported good teachers and was a strong advocate for the RCPS students. I am honored to call her my friend. In a day when so many Black appointed and elected officials exploit the community instead of work for the community, Ms. Chubb-Hale is a rare gem. She will be sorely missed by the entire Roanoke Valley. Contact Jeff at


ome journalists get invited to speak at university graduations, some at high school commencements. I recently had the honor of giving a little talk to graduating fifth-graders and their families at Mount Pleasant Elementary School. It went like this: Good morning to everyone, and especially to the 2008 graduating class of Mount Pleasant Elementary. It is a privilege to be here among happy students and proud families. You graduates are about to sail off to middle school, and you probably are excited and nervous about it. I want to assure you that, despite what you may have heard, no eighth-grader has ever locked a sixth-grader in his locker on the first day of middle school, or any other day, as far as I know. You may forget your locker’s combination a time or two, and you may even forget where your locker is. But you don’t have to worry about getting stuffed inside it. As graduates, you are changing in many ways – you are growing up. In the next few years, you will be affected by what we adults refer to as hormones. You will do things your parents don’t understand, and things that you may not understand, either. Things like refusing to walk

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Ok, it really is summer now! The little ones are out of school and they are already fighting! That is a true sign that summer is here. My children are really quite sweet and wonderful but they are too much like their momma. When they get a little bored a sister or brother to aggravate looks quite inviting. Unstructured, free play is so important but sometimes they just need a little help to get the doldrums out and get that imagination going. This week I am teaching at the “Wild West Camp” at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Preschool. My kids are participating in the camp and they love it. We have made some hysterical “cowboy snacks.” My favorite is a cup of Beanie Weenies around the fake campfire created from paper towel tubes and orange tissue paper! You don’t have to go to camp to have a day of cowboy fun (although we would love to have you there). You can create camp-like adventures in your own home or backyard. I am sure your kids, like mine, will amaze you with the wild ideas they come up with. Children’s minds and hearts work the same way ours do - they just need to be inspired and then the possibilities are endless. I am so thankful for a creation full of such inspirations. Tumbleweed Treats 1 tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough 3 cups Frosted Mini Wheats cereal -Cut tube of dough into 14 slices, form a ball out of each slice -Crumble 5 pieces of mini wheats on a plate -Roll ball of dough into crumbled cereal to create yummy tumbleweeds! Trail Mix 1 box Goldfish crackers (your favorite flavor)

1 box of Teddy Grahams (your favorite flavor) 1 can mixed nuts 1 big bag M&M® candies 1 box raisins or Ocean Spray Craisins -Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a big spoon. -Have kids create saddle bags from paper lunch bags -Fill saddle bags with trail mix and go out exploring on the open range! -Store the leftover in a cool dry place.

Indoor S’Mores 2 graham crackers, broken into halves 2 marshmallows 1 (1.55 oz.) HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bar, broken into pieces -Place 1 graham cracker half on paper towel; top with chocolate bar half and marshmallow. -Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) in 10 second intervals until marshmallow puffs. -Immediately top with second graham cracker half; press together gently.

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Roanoke Revisited Growing up on the steep hill of Dillard Road Sponsored by

In memory of ‘Forty’

Bud Feuer


ere is a question for all you Jeopardy buffs. What descendant of what European ruler lived for nearly a half a century in Roanoke? If you remembered George V. Kromer, you came up with the correct answer. He was a direct descendant of Frederick the Great of Prussia- and the rulers official seal rests in a glass picture frame in Kromer's daughter’s house in Southwest Roanoke. George Kromer was the son of Otto von Kromer and Maria von Walewska. Maria's lineage dated back to the Polish Royal House of Michael Korybut-Walewska and Frederick I, King of Prussia. The elder Kromers emigrated to the United States in 1856, and Otto served in the Civil War. After the conflict, he settled in New York City and established a newspaper. About 1870, with a war between France and Prussia looming on the horizon, Otto Kromer and his wife traveled to Germany. Otto intended to be a war correspondent for his newspaper. But, because of his Prussian heritage, he was drafted into the army and fought in the Franco-Prussian War- suffering wounds which led to his discharge. George V. Kromer (he dropped the "von" prefix to his surname prior to World War I due to antiGerman sentiments sweeping the United States), was born in the Polish section of Prussia in 1872, and was two years-old when his family returned to America. When George started school, his mother was dissatisfied with the schooling he was receiving and took him back to Germany for his education When he was twelve years old, George returned to New York City, where he finished high school, and studied medicine at Columbia University. George Kromer never practiced medicine in New York, but operated a drug store in the city. About 1895, he joined the 7lst New York National Guard Infantry Regiment and was assigned to Company K. When war between the United States and Spain was declared, on April 22, 1898, George was ordered to active duty with his regiment. And after six weeks of training, the 71st Infantry departed for Cuba. On August 14, 1898, the regiment returned to the States. Although, only losing a few men in battle, the 71st Infantry was decimated by tropical diseases-yellow fever, typhoid and other illnesses. George Kromer suffered a loss of hearing during the war. On August 29, the 71st Infantry participated in a parade up Broadway to honor the returning soldiers. Only 36 men, out of a regimental strength of 1,000, were healthy enough to make the march. After his discharge from the service, George married Alma Ballweg in 1909. His wife, however, soon became ill and was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. George was advised to take Mrs. Kromer to the Catawba, Virginia Sanitarium for her health. While his wife was undergoing treatment, George found lodging nearby and became captivated with the beauty of the Blue Ridge

Mountains and Roanoke Valley. Doctors soon discovered that Alma's sickness had been incorrectly diagnosed, and the Kromers returned to New York City. But, in January 1911, George Kromer and his wife came back to Virginia and settled permanently in Roanoke. George opened a sewing machine sales and service business at 105 East First Street in Roanoke, and became very active in local civic affairs. He also wrote articles for the Roanoke Times under the byline “Remork,” Kromer spelled backwards. As a gimmick to advertise his newly adopted city, George Kromer had sheets of stamps printed, promoting Roanoke, and passed them out to customers to put on their cards and letters. George was also a talented piano player and wrote and published numerous songs, including a march titled “On With Roanoke.” His composition "The Volunteers" was the first marching song sanctioned by the SpanishAmerican War Veterans Association--and was first played at the 51st encampment of the organization at Tampa, Florida, in October 1949. The lust for adventure was in Kromer's blood. He was a born explorer. On one of his many scouting expeditions in the hills surrounding Roanoke Valley, George came across a log cabin that had been built in 1722. He had the cabin dismant1ed- each log and stone marked- and the building reassembled behind his home at 1246 East Laurel street. All original materials were used in the reconstruction, and the cabin was furnished with period antiques. Among his many accomplishments, George Kromer is also credited with the discovery of Dixie Caverns and Murder Hole Caverns in the Catawba Valley. George Kromer died in 1958 at the ripe age of 86. But, although his name may have faded from memory, the legacy he left Roanoke shines as brightly as the star on Mill Mountain.


grew up on Dillard Road, a fairly nondescript Roanoke City street. Dillard is unremarkable except in its topography, which is steep and straight, and it concludes at a dead end –we never called it a cul de sac- at the top of the hill. The steep-hill nature of my street was a great source of adventure in my childhood, and some of my fondest early memories involve rolling things like balls and Tonka trucks down the hill. These items would sometimes make it all the way to the bottom, into the Avenham traffic below, or beyond, into the wide median next to Franklin. While not particularly safe, this activity sure was fun. Once a kind woman driving down Avenham in a baby blue Oldsmobile noticed my green Tonka cement mixer approaching her at the intersection and she stopped, retrieved it, and -to my delight- brought it back up the hill to me. I “accidently” released that cement mixer down the hill several more times that day. As I grew I became more actively involved in hill-based fun. Learning to ride a bike in my small driveway, then graduating to riding down the hill was akin to a fledgling falcon learning to fly from its cliff-side nest. That first ride down the hill was a doozie. My brother and I learned to ride a unicycle on the hill, too, not to mention all the hours spent skateboarding on the steep asphalt instead of doing homework. As kids of all ages we were especially intrigued by automobiles becoming involved in various sorts of steep hill mayhem. One lovely Spring day I was playing in our sandbox with my best friend from up the street, Anne Murphy. From where the sandbox was situated on

the side of our house time that we awoke we had an excellent to find our 1963 VW view of any activbus missing from in ity on the street. On front of our house. We that day our play was discovered it sitting interrupted by the majestically in the sounds of a large car grassy median next with tailfins crashing to Franklin road, havover two retaining ing taken a nice 600walls in the yards of foot solo trip without the houses across the –miraculously- hitJohn W. Robinson street. We ran to see ting anything. Anoththe behemoth finally er time, on an early come to rest on the third wall, its Sunday morning, the paperfront end hanging out over the boy’s Fairlane, which had been abyss with wheels spinning. Wow! parked hastily on the street, got We soon found ourselves excitedly away and rammed into our old telling the story to our neighbors Mercedes 220. That made for an as they came out to investigate. unusual insurance report, which The car was unmanned, and ap- my dad delighted in completing. parently the parking brake had not Driver of car A: delivering newsbeen up to the task of holding the papers on foot. Driver of car B: car in place in front of its owner’s In bed asleep. house. The rest of the afternoon Winter brought a special time was spent with us kids at wide- of excitement for us on Dillard eyed attention as the fascinating Road., because winter meant tow truck men worked on getting snow, and snow meant all sorts the Chrysler off the wall. of adventure. Of course, the street Cars just weren’t as predictable was a center for neighborhood as they are now. I’ll never forget sledding, and not just for sleds seeing the Lipes Pharmacy deliv- and discs. I particularly rememery car, an egg-shaped Renault, ber a pool table box with ten kids being chased down the street by in it flying out of control down its trotting young driver. The car’s the icy hill. And then there were parking brake must have been the ski jumps. Yes, this enthusisomewhat effective, because the astic sliding business resulted in car was not rolling too awful fast. many injuries, but few which reThe driver lunged at the door quired long-term hospitalization. handle and dove within the car, In the '60s 4-wheel drive vesomehow heroically wrestling hicles were not so common, just the egg car to a stop prior to it the occasional Jeep. Normal cars impacting anything. were just not built for navigating One winter day at breakfast in snow, and most certainly not we noticed the Gibson’s VW Bug made for driving on snow-covsitting proudly in the middle of ered Dillard Road. There were a our front yard. Sometime during number of people, however, who the night it had drifted from its could not resist the challenge, home across and up the street. I especially those guys –it’s a male remember listening to my moth- thing you know- who lived on the er make the phone call to the upper part of the hill. Of course, Gibsons. “Your Volkswagen has they could, and invariably would, run away from home, but it is park at the bottom of the hill and here safe and sound. Come and walk home, but rarely without a get it.” And then there was the valiant assault on the mountain,

America needs a real energy policy Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. Energy powers computers, appliances, technology and the Internet and fuels transportation and farming. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs. Today, a large number of factors combine to put pressure on gasoline prices and other energy including peaked U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline for our national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the pain of record high gas prices. With Americans paying an average of over $4 at the gas pump, we must diversify our energy supplies with alternative fuels.

Today, only 6 percent of our ener- lion barrels of oil and opens the gy supply comes from renewable Arctic National Wildlife Refuge sources. We must also expand for drilling, potentially producing nearly a million the use of homebarrels of oil a grown and homeRep. Bob Goodlatte day. produced energy, Last week, I joined over 135 including fully utilizing nuclear power, and clean coal technolo- Members of the House of Repregies, to lessen our dangerous de- sentatives in signing a discharge petition to immediately bring this pendence on foreign energy. I am pleased to be a cosponsor critical legislation to the House of the ‘No More Excuses Energy floor for a vote. The need for a Act’, which encourages domestic comprehensive energy bill has production of energy. Specifi- never been more apparent and so cally, this important legislation I urge the Democrat Leadership includes tax credits to capture in the House to take action by carbon dioxide coming up smoke allowing a vote on the ‘No More stacks and use it to flush oil out Excuses Energy Act.’ of existing wells and allows us to Until alternative fuel technolget more oil out of wells that we ogy becomes more affordable already have while at the same and convenient, our economic time, reducing green house gas growth will continue to run on emissions. It also extends the traditional energy sources and wind energy tax credit for 10 so we must develop a long-term years, encourages investment in strategy that allows us to access new nuclear power plants, lifts the our traditional energy sources, moratorium on drilling along the while also developing alternative Outer Continental Shelf, which and renewable energy. could potentially provide 17 bil-



as it were. My family lived about a third of the way up the street, and our house was one of the best for viewing the snow drivers in action. This was because our house typically marked the limit of upward progress of these crazed drivers. Our faces against the cold glass of our kitchen windows, my siblings and I watched as the driver spun his wheels on the snow and ice. Invariably he had an expression of grim determination, cigarette clenched tightly between his teeth. The high-pitched whine of rubber on ice, the roar of the big V8, the look on the driver’s face. It was all so mesmerizing, when I think back on it now. My steep-hill childhood memories are some of my fondest, probably because it was at a time in my life of innocence, delight, and curiosity; a time of feeling the security of being part of a loving family and community. I just wish we still had that old Volkswagen bus. Contact John at

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Virginia’s transportation solution is not simply raising taxes


irst, a clarification about my the limit, is economic suicide and morlast column, where I wrote ally bankrupt. about some of the reasons for A closer look at the situation will likehigh gas prices. One of the biggest was ly show we DON’T need new taxes to the U.S. Congress not allowing domesfix these problems. Our state budget has tic drilling of hundreds of millions of more than doubled in the last decade to gallons of oil underneath the U.S. That $78 billion, and we are already one of the decision leaves us more dependent on highest taxed states in the nation, so a lot foreign oil. of our money is already in Richmond. It I blamed the more liberal members just needs to be shifted from lower priof Congress (both Democrats and Reority projects to transportation. Brian Gottstein publicans) who oppose drilling. At the In addition, to fix any problem, you same time, I neglected to give a big pat must first analyze it, create solutions for on the back to our local Congressmen Bob Good- it, and prioritize those solutions, before you know latte and Virgil Goode, who have been promoting how much money you need to solve it. But our a sound oil drilling policy here in the U.S. I wanted elected leaders have not taken the time to do any to make you aware of their efforts, which, if adopt- of this. They just know they want more money ed, could lead to lower gas prices within the next right now, and they'll figure out how to spend it few years. later. That's not how responsible adults are supNo new taxes for Virginia’s roads! posed to act. We taxpayers are not a credit card Gov. Kaine has been touring Virginia for the last with no limit. month, calling for higher taxes to fix our transporTo make a fix effective, our elected officials must tation problems (mainly congestion in Northern first agree on what our transportation goals are. Is Virginia and Hampton Roads). He has the sup- it congestion relief? That seems obvious, but in the port of many in the General Assembly, which will past few years of this “crisis,” transportation dollars convene on June 23 so legislators can decide if they have been spent on sprucing up rest stops, building will raise our taxes for the second time in four slave ship replicas for nonexistent museums, and years. The pro-taxers have labeled transportation a buying buses in Roanoke painted to look like trol“crisis,” with the only solution being for us to send leys. more of our income to Richmond. Yet, proposing Secondly, decision makers must learn how the to burden Virginia families with more taxes, espe- billions for transportation are currently being cially during an economic downturn, and when spent. Few know the answer, including our leggas and food prices are stretching our incomes to islators, yet they keep adding to the pot. In 2005,

the General Assembly passed what was called the greatest cash infusion into transportation in Virginia history – an additional $848 million. In 2006, legislators gave an additional $568 million boost to transportation. In 2007, another $560 million annually was added. How much of that actually went to cut congestion? Just looking at the “record” $848 million in 2005, about $250 million paid off old VDOT projects, $110 million went to pay interest on federal loans, $100 million went to road maintenance (not congestion relief), $20 million went to rest stops, and $2 million went to buy new computers for the DMV. Some of the little that was left went to new projects. A public audit of how current dollars are spent and the results they are getting us is needed. Washington State wanted its taxpayers to fund an additional $18 billion for its congestion problems. After a consultant audited how Washington's transportation dollars were being spent, the public realized they didn't need to spend more money, because so much was being wasted on low priorities and less than successful projects. All that was needed was to reprioritize the money the government already had. Thirdly, our leaders must prioritize projects that meet the goal of congestion relief. We can’t fund everything at once, otherwise we’d go broke. Currently, there are few – if any – stated priorities. Decisions are often made based on each politician trying to bring some money back to his district. Fourthly, measurable congestion relief goals must

be put on each project, so we know what results to expect, and we can make honest assessments if the money we're spending is achieving the results we need. Finally, Virginia has a transportation trust fund for which certain taxes and fees are dedicated and the proceeds of which are only to be used for transportation. Legislators have raided the trust fund several times to pay for other programs to expand government. In 2006, the state Senate even killed a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent future raids for non-transportation purposes. In his election campaign, Gov. Kaine promised he would protect the trust fund before he ever approved raising taxes for transportation. Well, he's out stumping for new taxes, but not to protect the trust fund. What can you do? Call your legislators today and tell them (1) if you don’t know what the money you are taking from us is being spent on, and (2) you can’t answer what problems are being solved with the billions we already give you, and (3) you refuse to dedicate transportation taxes to fix transportation problems like you promised, then you have no right to take any more money from us until you ANSWER these questions and PROTECT transportation funds with the guarantee of a constitutional amendment. Many Republican legislators are on board with this plan. Let’s hope the Democrats break away from the governor and get on board, as well. We’ll find out June 23. Contact Brian at

Preacher’s Corner

How do I show grace to people who are mean to me? By Carey Kinsolving from “Kids Talk About God” "I just think about beating them to the ground, but then I just ignore them," says Ben, 11. You're refreshingly honest, Ben. There are times when we're tempted to flatten mean people.There's a Scripture that says, "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men" (Romans 12:18). In certain situations, ignoring a persistent bully may be all you can do. Showing grace to mean people doesn't always mean ignoring someone or backing down, says John, 9: "The other day, my sister pushed me off my bike. So I told her to stop, and she did." My natural tendency is to avoid conflict. It's easier. Much wisdom is needed to know when to confront and when to walk away. "Being mean seems like a way to get respect," says Kerri, 10, who is wise beyond her years. Apart from God's grace, we build our little fortresses of meanness around wounds we've suffered. We'll hurt oth-

ers before we let ourselves get hurt again. "You kind of feel sorry for mean people because nobody wants to be their friend," says Taylor, 10. Yes, your own peace of mind will increase if you can receive God's grace to look at mean people with compassion, Taylor. Often, they are living in isolation behind walls they've erected to protect themselves from the emotional wounds they've suffered. It takes special grace on our part to show grace to them. "God showed grace to everyone even if they were as mean as a snake. He loved everyone and treated everyone equally with loving kindness," says Megan, 11. Understanding that God loves everyone the same is the key to showing grace to a mean, defensive person. Experiencing God's love brings us into a larger place where we can live beyond our natural tendency to return evil for evil. If Jesus had returned evil for evil, he never would

have allowed himself to be crucified. Legions of angels were standing by, waiting for Jesus' word to wipe out the cruel people who were torturing him to death. Instead of a command to attack, the angels heard a prayer: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." "Jesus still loved them, and he forgave them," says Mary, 11. "We should forgive those who trespass against us. Sound familiar?" Yes, it does. In what has become known as the Lord's Prayer, Jesus taught his disciples to pray, "Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us" (Matthew 6:12). Jesus' death and resurrection secured eternal life for all who have trusted him as their savior. However, walking in harmony with God requires that we confess our sins to God and extend the same forgiveness to others that we have received. Receiving God's forgiveness is not only the foun-

dation for forgiving mean people, but it's also the basis for returning good for evil. Christians have been forgiven a much larger debt than anyone will ever owe them. "Even if people are not nice to you, you should still show grace to them because that's what Jesus would do," says Jessica, 11. You're probably thinking about W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do?). Thinking what Jesus would do will take you a long way, but I suggest going further. Try W.I.J.D. (What Is Jesus Doing?). When Jesus returned to heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower his people. Every Christian who truly follows Christ lives by the same Spirit that empowered Jesus when he walked on the earth. What is Jesus doing through you to show his grace to mean people?

Letters Kudos to Gottstein

Game Plan Will your money keep working long after you retire?

Dear editor, Thank you to Brian Gottstein for his column of June 6, “Why are gas prices so high?” It’s such a breath of fresh air to read a rational common sense viewpoint on this subject in the local press. People need to wake up and demand that congress do what is best to pressure our society now.Yes, we all need to conserve, but we need to use our resources, lower taxes while we quickly as possible develop alternatives. Kathleen Hall. Roanoke

Carilion-bad for the valley

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Dear editor, We moved to Roanoke in 1999 as our location of choice for retirement. I knew things would be ‘different’ from other places we have lived. However, they are not as different or ‘unique’ as a member of a prominent Roanoke family tried to convince me early on. After forty-something years of watching cheerleaders for various and sundry, I usually don’t find it difficult to figure out agendas, motives and dare I say it - where profits will accrue. Particularly once you figure out who the ‘players’ are and how they benefit. For the longest time I’ve wondered when, or if, anyone was going to mention the 800-pound gorilla that (figuratively) sits in the corner of the room in other than the laudatory terms. I was somewhat surprised then, when an article appeared in the Star Sentinel concerning $19 million worth of no-bid contracts awarded by Skanska to Board of Directors member J. M. Turner’s firm for Carilion construction projects. There was the usual song and dance about how it really wasn’t all that much money considering the total dollar value of construction contracts issued by Carilion. Perhaps not, but it is a lot of money for Mr. Turner. Mr. Turner’s protestations that he intentionally “distances” himself from that part of his company’s dealings ring a bit hollow and make me wonder who is watches the store while he “distances”? One has to wonder how far that distance is. Does Director Turner also “distance” himself when it comes to questions of CEO Murphy’s compensation? For those with short memories, Carilion was formed (in part) by the

merger of Roanoke’s Community and Memorial Hospitals back in the late 1980s. Prior to the merger there were anti-trust issues/questions raised, since a (potential) monopoly was being created. The ruling, which allowed the merger, addressed the issues and opined they would not happen. ‘Tis interesting how things change in 20 years. One of the current questions about large for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals today is whether they are attempting to dominate (monopolize) their markets by preventing specialty hospitals and practices from entering the market or squeezing existing specialty hospitals and practices out of the market which is restraint of trade. The Wall Street Journal recently devoted a feature article to these issues, as has Forbes magazine. Does anyone recall the donnybrook overVistar being allowed to enter the Roanoke market? Vistar said it could and would perform cataract surgery for $900. And Carilion? At the time, it was doing the procedure for a mere $3,000. The marketplace, without competition, is a wonderful thing for all but the consumer. While non-profit organizations don’t make a ‘profit’ in the accepted accounting terminology, they do incur expenses of which a $4.5 million CEO’s compensation is one. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I believe the statistic is that the cost of ‘healthcare’, provided by Carilion in the Roanoke Valley, is approximately 30% higher than comparable healthcare in the Richmond, Virginia area. There is also a rumor that bonuses for doctors working at Carilion have a leakage component. That is, how many patients they prevent from ‘leaking’ to doctors not working for Carilion are a factor in computing the bonus, which would be a factor in the higher cost of healthcare. Is it any wonder then that Southwest Virginia, whose economy is growing more slowly than other parts of the state, is constantly being told by ‘the experts’ it should hype its natural beauty and quality of life, and not the cost of healthcare, as attractive factors for growth and tourism? What firm in its right mind, looking to move to the valley, would incur a 30 percent healthcare premium as a cost of doing business, given an alternative and all other factors being equal? But then, that’s just one man’s opinion. Robert Craig Roanoke

MMC not party to new discussion

Dear editor, As a member of the Mill Mountain Conservancy and a citizen who has followed this issue for the last 16 months, I noticed some errors of implication in the Monday, June 2 edition of the Roanoke Times. The MMC has not, to my knowledge, been a part of any food service planning discussions with Valley Forward and/or Mill Mountain Zoo officials. Nor have we discussed within our ranks the notion that encouraging the Zoo to partner with Valley Forward and go into the restaurant or cafe business might offer some sort of compromise in our battle against Valley Forward’s proposal to further develop Mill Mountain Park. Food service planning and/or facilitating on Mill Mountain is not within the MMC’s mission in Mill Mountain Park. We simply see ourselves as a citizen, volunteer, pro-active   ( We want a conservation easement on the entire MMP) and re-active (Don’t be bringing that new Rockledge Inn junk up to this mountain) group seeking to maintain the quality and quantity of the green space in Mill Mountain Park. The Roanoke Times story implied that the MMC was involved in, “a number of ideas and potential compromises that have been floated regarding the project.” The MMC has been steadfast in opposition to both development proposals that Valley Forward has brought forward. We have not sought compromises nor have we offered counter-proposals. Personally, I think that at some point down the road an expansionminded Zoo could present as much of a threat to the green space of MMP as Valley Forward does now. It will certainly be more difficult for the MMC to garner public support against a warm, cuddly Zoo and Valley Forward partnership especially if they start to nickle and dime away at the green space in MMP. Partnering with the Zoo might be exactly the public relations windfall Valley Forward needs to get it’s high dollar restaurant. In that case, the Zoo would become just another chain saw wielding, bulldozer driving business chipping away at Mill Mountain Park.  Dick Howard Roanoke


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Photos by Bill Turner



Circumstance William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools held their commencements at the Salem Civic Center June 13th. The Roanoke Star~Sentinel wishes the class of 2008 from all area schools the best in their future endeavors.

Grandin Court Elementary students receive free helmets, training Students at Grandin Court Elementary School received free bicycle helmets during a three day period last week, thanks to the Bike Smart Virginia MiniGrant. From June 9-11, every K-5 student at the school- more than 220 kids-received a state-certified helmet, in conjunction with a lesson on bike safety, during their PE class. Jason Gordon, the PE teacher at the school, along with other volunteers helped fit

the students with the helmets. The majority of the money needed to purchase the helmets came from the $1,000 grant, which was funded by the Virginia Department of Health. The Grandin Court Elementary School PTA provided the additional funds needed to purchase an additional 36 helmets, ensuring that every student received a helmet. In fact, there should be enough helmets left over to provide to new students next year.

Tracy Vance, PTA President for Grandin Court Elementary, said that parents were excited about the program. “They were thrilled,” Vance said. “We had no idea that a grant like this was out there until one of the parents made us aware of it.” The student response to the helmets and safety lesson was tremendous. “They were very excited,” Vance said. “I think it was a real eye-opener for the kids.” The grant was part of a state

program to promote bicycle safety, which is a serious issue, especially among children. According to the grant application, children under the age of 15 are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle crash than adults. A recent study found that 39 percent of parents in Virginia said that their children ages 5-15 did not wear bicycle helmets. In 2004 alone, there were 347 people hospitalized because of bicycle crashes, also according

to the grant application. “All of our kids ride bikes,” said Vance, who has two children who attend Grandin Court Elementary. “If you can get this message across of the importance of using helmets, then I think you’re doing a good thing.”

Kimoyo offering ‘Trip to Africa’ day camp For more than a decade the Roanoke-based nonprofit Kimoyo, LTD has funded medical, educational and micro-economic missions in the West African country of Ghana. The organization also sponsors outreach programs for schoolchildren in the valley that want to learn more about the culture and way of life in Ghana. To further that mission, Kimoyo is offering a summer day camp this year to area children that will provide an opportunity to learn about daily life in West Africa. “We’re trying to develop a little bit more...grow a little bit,” said Ellen Stewart, executive director of Kimoyo LTD. She said the camp is an extension of the education they pro-

vide in the school systems and at after-school programs. The theme for the camp is “A Trip to Africa.” She said the program will start with students learning the basics about traveling to Africa, as they discuss passports and visas, along with a trip to the airport. The week-long camp will also include a visit from Mill Mountain Zoo to show animals from the region. The campers will learn to cook regional food and play local music. Stewart said on the final day the campers will recreate an African market place where they will show parents and visitors the crafts produced from the week. The camp will have two sessions, July 7 to 11, and July 14 to

18, and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $135 for each weekly session, but Stewart said they are trying to offer some subsidized spots for families who can’t afford the tuition. “It’s areal concern for us because we’re getting calls from teachers, parents and social workers who have children that can benefit from the program but can’ afford it,” Stewart said. She said they are hoping to offer almost half of the 40 spots at a reduced or free rate, but to do that they need sponsors. Those interested in attending the camp or sponsoring a child can contact the Kimoyo office at 589-3152. Stewart said Kimoyo started as a partnership between St. John’s

Episcopal Church and Kingdom Life Ministries nearly 10 years ago. She said the two congregations were, “really different groups of people deciding to get together for community projects.” She said the two collaborated on missions to Ghana where their help eventually led to refurbishing a hospital, building a new hospital and starting a school for children who cannot afford those run by the state. They also started the Binaba Shop in downtown that features crafts from artisans of West Aftrica and helps fund the missions and projects. She said the Name Kimoyo is Swahili and means “language of the heart.”

School representatives said Kati Derrick, president of the Roanoke Triathalon Club, and Mark Taylor helped secure the grant.

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Students receive Virginia Western scholarships Fourteen students from 11 area high-school, who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement at their respective schools, were selected to each receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend Virginia Western Community College during the 2008 – 2009 academic year.

The award is contingent upon the student’s full-time enrollment during the fall and spring semesters at Virginia Western, as well as their successful completion of at least 12 fall semester credits, with a grade point average of 2.50 or higher. The scholarships will be provided to

the students in two equal installments of $1,500. The respective high schools and the students are: Cave Spring: Leah Casier; Glenvar: Elizabeth Reece; Hidden Valley: Cecilia Peake: Northside: Sean Guzman; Patrick Henry: Lori Dowd &

County’s specialty centers honored Roanoke County Public Schools was presented the firstever Outstanding Arts Education Program Award by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge during the 23rd Annual Perry F. Kendig Awards ceremony at Hollins University June 10. The award was presented to Roanoke County’s Specialty Center for Performing Arts and the Specialty Center for Visual Arts and Museum Studies. Both centers are located at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology. The Arts Council also presented the annual Laban Johnson

Arts Scholarships to several local high school students including four students from Roanoke County Public Schools: • Nigel Huckle – Hidden Valley High School • Ana Morales – Northside High School • Alice Perrin – Cave Spring High School • Collette Riddle – William Byrd High School “We believe the arts play a vital role in the educational experience of every student and we strive to provide opportunities for our students to experience

the arts and to expand their own creative abilities through the arts,” said Roanoke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Lange. “Programs like the Center for Performing Arts and the Center for Visual Arts and Museum Studies give our students many opportunities to excel and expand their own skills, to learn from highly qualified instructors and to work with the local arts community. We would like to thank The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge for this distinct honor,” Lange said.

Bus drivers take top honors in rodeo When it comes to knowing how to drive a bus, Roanoke County can proudly say they have some of the best drivers in the state. During the annual statewide school bus rodeo held June 17 in Virginia Beach, three Roanoke County drivers

placed in all three divisions. In the transit bus division, Marie Pratt took first place. In the conventional bus division, Greg Lampert took third place. In the special needs bus division, driver Linda Turner and aide Becky Holt took third place.

“I’m very proud of our drivers,” said Supervisor of Transportation Danny Carroll. “All our drivers work hard to be the best they can be and these awards demonstrate our commitment to safety and efficiency,” Carroll said.

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> June 18-20 College Bound A transition program for students with disabilities who are interested in attending college, will be hosted at Virginia Tech June 18 through June 20. High school juniors, seniors, or rising college freshmen and their parents are eligible to attend. In addition, sessions are provided for educators, counselors, and college disability services professionals. Now in its 10th year, participants at this workshop experience the life of a college student, spending two nights in a residence hall, enjoying meals in the university dining facility, interacting with college-bound peers and college students with disabilities. Where- Virginia Tech For more- contact Asselin ( at (540) 231-8206 or visit the website ( collegebound/index.html).

> June 19 VDOT Holds Citizen Information Meeting For Riverland Road Intersection Improvements In Roanoke The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting to discuss proposed plans to improve Riverland Road’s intersection with Bennington Street/ Mount Pleasant Boulevard in the City of Roanoke. The proposed project would include widening pavement, installing curb and gutter, constructing a roundabout, building a bike and

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pedestrian path and modifying the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Riverland Road and Garden City Boulevard. When- 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Where- Garden City Elementary School, located at 3718 Garden City Boulevard in Roanoke. For more- E-mail comments can be sent to saleminfo@VDOT. Please reference “Riverland Road Intersection Improvements Comments” in the subject heading. when available.

> June 22 Old Starkey School Reunion Let’s “Get Together” with former students of Old Starkey Elementary School. The school was closed in 1962-1963 and is currently in the process of being renovated. A picnic and tour of school will he held to reunite old students and old memories. Bring a dessert! When- Picnic at 2 p.m. and tour at 3 p.m. Where- Picnic Shelter on Commonwealth Rd., behind the old school. For more- Benton Hopper 540.400.7288 or Bob Saunders at 540.774.6203

> June 20 A Taste of Austria The Wine and Dine Series presents a taste of Austria on June 20th. Guests will experience the exquisite 4,000 year science of Austrian wine making and cuisine. Executive Chef Billie Raper and Regency Room Chef Jud Flynn will pair a five-course meal to compliment the selected wines. “These innovative wines and dishes will awaken your senses and bring your taste buds to life,” said Chef Raper. “The Wine and Dine Series has been a fantastic way to showcase the pairing of wine and food.” The “Wine and Dine” series is open to the public and will feature the James Pace Little Big Band. When- 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Where- Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Cost- $85 For more- Call 540.985.5900. Menu and wine information will be posted on www.hotelroa-

> June 28 Screen on the Green An event of Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and begins with “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. The movie begins at dusk and is free to the public. Affordable concessions will be available, the movies begin at dusk, so arrive early to get a great spot. Enjoy the show! When- 8 p.m. Where- Green Hill Park, 2501 Parkside Rd., Salem,VA 24153 Cost- Free Bird Fair The Southwest Va. Bird Club will hold it’s 14th annual Bird Fair/ Seminars on Sat. June 28, 2008. There will be educational exhibits, including the largest parrot in the world, a hyacinth macaw. Vendors will be selling birds, cages, bird food, toys and gifts for parrots. Speakers will be Karen Justice (Parrot University), Robin Shewoski (The Leather Elves) and representatives from Phoenix Landing. All proceeds will go to Parrot rehab, re-home and conservation agencies. When- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with seminars hourly starting at 9 a.m. Where- St. Elias Catholic Church, 4730 Cove Road. Cost- Admission is $4 for adults and children 12 or under free. For more- go to www.SWVBC. org

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who end up in pounds each year throughout this country, only 30% of dogs and 2-5% of cats are ever reunited with their owners. This leads to overflowing conditions and an unacceptable rate of euthanasia of loving companion animals. On June 28, 2008, 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. When- 10 a.m. - Noon Where- RVSPCA Adoption & Education Center, located at 1340 Baldwin Avenue

> June 29 Organic and All-Natural Cooking Class Award-winning Chef Billie Raper will instruct budding culinary experts on the secrets of preparing delicious organic and all natural food on June 29th. “These items are all the buzz right now and getting hotter. Organic and allnatural foods are not a trend. This class will cut through the clutter to find the best products in the market,” said Chef Raper. “We will work with some organic produce, organic and all-natural meats and maybe even some ways to green up your kitchen.” A minimum of eight people will be required to hold each class. When- 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Where- Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Cost- $85 For more- www.hotelroanoke. com or to register, call the Regency Room at 540-985-590083

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> July Salem Farmers Market Events By Roanoke County Master Gardeners Please join us, it’s all free!!! July 5th – Speaker Donna Haley – “ The Good, The Bad And The Ugly”. Good and bad bugs and the use of pesticides. July 12th – Speaker Suzan Anderson- ‘No Rain No Problem’. Learn about native plants who adopt to drought conditions. July 19th – Speaker Nancy Goodman,- “Floral Arrangements With Weeds, Yes Weeds! Really”. Make a floral arrangement with flowers and weeds from your yard.


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Pott wins Roanoke Valley Summer swimming competition kicks off Senior Golf Tour tourney Bob Poff of Salem was the overall winner of the Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour’s fourth tournament of the year held Tuesday, June 17th at Draper Valley Golf Club. Poff, playing in Division 2,   won with a net score of 60.  Other winners in Division 2:  2nd place - Jack Sale - Net 61.  Five other players recorded 65’s that were decided by matching score cards: 3rd place - Tom Adams; 4th, Dennis Henry; 5th, Leonard Stiff; 6th, Richard Smith; 7th, Rick Elmore. Jack Sale was also the Division 2 low gross score winner with a 76 which was decided by matching score cards with Bob Poff.   Dallas Helems of New Castle, VA was the Division 1 winner with a net score of 62.  2nd, 3rd, and 4th places with net 65’s were decided by matching score cards with John Hubbard, Doug Leffel, and Jim Kearney finishing in respective orders. 5th place went to Jim Snidow with a net score of 66.   Hubbard picked up the Division 1 gross honors with a nice round of 68. There were 106 participants.  Thanks go out to Don Goode and his staff at Draper Valley and especially the Humana folks who sponsored the lunch and furnished drinks and snacks for everyone.

On June 14, the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association season began with a six-week competition, held weekly on Monday nights. The competition will culminate with the City / County Championship Meet on July 25-26 at the Salem YMCA. The RVAA is aimed at swimmers of all ages and skill levels. Anyone from the age of three to 60 is free to sign up, and the swimmers are placed into Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions depending on experience and expertise. “This is one of the few leagues where there isn’t an age cap at 18,” said Brett Fonder, one of the coaches at Hunting Hills. “If kids see their parents swim, they’re Bob Poff of Salem won the overmore likely to swim.” all tournament at Draper Valley Of the various divisions, Fonder Golf Club with a score of 60. said, “it gives more motivation for less skilled kids to still come out and swim.” The RVAA was founded in 1964 under the direction of Ed Hughes. It has grown consistently over the years to the point where 1,695 swimmers participated in 2001, according to the RVAA website. The swim meets are “family activities,” according to Fonder. Many of the kids who compete in the meets have one or more family members who also compete, or have family members who volunteer in organizing and running each meet. Hunting Hills Country Club, Dallas Helms of New Castle was which hosted a meet against Read the Division 1 winner with a Mountain on June 16, has won the score of 62. league championship five years

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One of the 225 participants at this week’s RVAA swim meet at Hunting Hills cuts through the water to a good time. in a row. The club has 225 participants, many of whom swim competitively year-round. Mac McNally, 13, swims for Hunting Hills. “It’s a lot of fun—the whole experience,” McNally said of competing in the RVAA. Teddy Melnik, 14, agreed. “It’s fun seeing yourself improve.” For information on the RVAA, including schedules, results and other news, visit www.swimrvaa. com. By Matt Reeve

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