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It seemed at first “a nobrainer” to move Roanoke City’s local elections from May to November, said Dr. Harry Wilson Director of Institute for Policy and Opinion Research and professor at Roanoke College. But on Tuesday he waivered on that opinion after studying the pros and cons of local elections. Dr. Wilson admitted to primarily having state and federal election expertise and after more scrutiny of City Govt. local election connotations he was conflicted. “I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to this question,” he told City Council. November election wouldincrease turnout. “Turnout would be significantly higher in November than it is in May … [but] is this a less informed electorate,” questioned Dr. Wilson, “almost certainly yes.” Council will have to decide if that is a bad thing, he said. Undervotes – those not voting all the way down the ballot are common in all elections. “That’s pretty standard and unavoidable. I’m not sure that is a bad thing,” said Wilson. The ideal world he said would



t’s very rare to see a blue-colored moon, although unusual sky conditions – certain-sized particles of dust or smoke – can create them. What people commonly call “Blue Moons” aren’t really blue at all - but rather are defined as the second full moon of a calendar month (or the third full moon of four in a season.) The time between one full moon and the next is close to the length of a calendar month, so the only time one month

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can have two full moons is when the first full moon happens in the first few days of the month. In August we enjoyed a full moon on the 1st and then again last Friday on the 31st. Roanoke Star contributing photographer Terry Aldhizer captured this remarkable photograph of the August 31st Blue Moon just beginning to rise above downtown Roanoke. Blue Moons happen every 2-3 years.


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Chances are, if you’ve ever attended an event on the campus of Virginia Tech – Anthony S. Watson had something to do with it. Watson, Virginia Tech’s associate director of facilities operations, building trades and grounds, is involved in just about everything that happens on campus. Most recently, Watson and his team have been preparing for the return of students and faculty to campus as well as the clean-up of more than 3,000 cubic tons of debris left by the fast-moving, aggressive thunderstorm system that barreled through Blacksburg on Friday, June 29 with hurricane-force winds. “If it happens on campus, I’m involved in some capacity,” said Watson who is one of only 722 staff members who have worked at Virginia Tech for more than 20 years. The university currently employs a total of about 3,000 staff members. Watson spends the majority of his time managing the day-to-day facilities needs of a university that is larger than some small cities. His team maintains most of the campus grounds and en-

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Virginia Tech’s Associate Dirctor of Facilities Anthony S. Watson

sures that the administrative and academic buildings are running properly. They also respond to after-hours calls for roof and plumbing leaks, electrical issues, and broken windows and doors. Some days, you’ll find him helping prepare for football games in Lane Stadium or planning for this spring’s commencement. On other days he assists with smaller events across campus, including the annual Relay4Life activities. “We don’t slow down, ever,”

said Watson. “We run wide open year round.” As is the case with many Virginia Tech employees, Watson’s work day often extends into the evening hours and he’s often seen on campus on weekends as well, but you won’t find Watson complaining. The opportunity to work on so many different projects and events is part of what Watson enjoys most about his job. In addition to the recent > CONTINUED P2: Tech Man

Roanoke was recently named as an All-America City for the sixth time by the National Civic League. Mayor David Bowers and City Manager Chris Morrill flew to Denver to accept the award. Sheila Umberger, Director of Libraries for the city, accompanied them. Roanoke’s library system – and specifically its Star City Reads program – is why the National Civic League awarded its All-America City honor. Star City Reads, a program that is just now getting off the ground, is designed to help ensure that city school children are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade. “Roanoke will focus on children’s needs as they relate to school readiness, attendance and summer learning,” the declaration on a flyer for the program. “We’re actually in the process of implementing our plan,” said Umberger of what is known as the Community Solutions Action Plan. Umberger is looking for

individuals, businesses and organizations that might be interested in helping with the Star City Reads campaign. A number of partners are already on board, including TAP, Blue Ridge Literacy, United Way of Roanoke Valley, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Smart Beginnings (a program aimed at kindergartners) and Roanoke City Public Schools. “The school system was involved with us from the first day,” said Umberger. Having Roanoke City schoolchildren read at the third grade level by the time > CONTINUED P2: Library

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From page 1 produce turnout of 100 percent informed voters. Competition from other races in odd or even years “is a given” he said. It could be a problem when vying for airtime and media attention and “perhaps” they may become more partisan. That would depend on if local candidates “choose to make those elections more national in nature.” It is up to council to decide on whether this is a reason not to move the elections. Dr. Wilson thought campaign costs would be higher for local candidates in competition for media attention. In this presidential election “forget it,” he said. “You probably wouldn’t even be able to buy time on television between now and the election … Roanoke is an incredibly high advertising market for the presidential election right now.” That may not always be the case but it is unpredictable. The city would save about $30,000 if it combines its elections with state elections. Dr. Wilson prefers surveys to gauge voter’s thoughts. Surveys are expensive so town hall meetings are the Voters cast their ballots on an election day in 2008. next best measurement – but again it may not be repI have no interest personally in being elected in November beresentative of all the citizens. The city just completed a citizen cause I happen to be of a political party.” It could create a real satisfaction survey last year and it will be several more years problem with fiscal year budget planning too said Rosen. before there is another, said City Manager Chris Morrill. Dr. Wilson didn’t see that as a problem, “I don’t see a slate of Councilman Sherman Lea, who initiated the conversation on Republicans being swept into office if the elections were moved moving elections last spring, asked Dr. Wilson how he would to November.” He felt safe in predicting Roanoke City would characterize an “uninformed” voter. Dr. Wilson recounted a go Democratic in November. Local issues won’t become nastory about a voter’s response to why he voted for a candidate. tionalized said Wilson. He replied that it was because the candidate had the same last The question “is a tough one,” said Wilson. “It’s not the noname as the voter. “I define that person as an uninformed vot- brainer that I thought it was.” He suggested looking at ways to er,” said Wilson. Another example he gave was when selecting increase voter turnout in May as an option. five candidates from 15 candidates on the ballot – it is almost Ray Ferris after a previous meeting in an e-mail pointed to assured that the first five will win. other municipalities that felt they had made a mistake in movThose that vote in May are more interested in council elec- ing their elections to November but he wanted to listen to what tions. Moving elections to November “could disenfranchise the people had to say. Bill Bestpitch sighted a VML conference interest groups [like] teachers or firefighters or police or even workshop that influenced his thinking that November eleccity employees.” It would dilute their voting impact. Voting in tions may not be a good idea. some areas is higher in all elections due to “socioeconomic staAnita Price said in an e-mail she was in “favor of whatever tus primarily,” said Wilson. Lea wanted to look at the last six it takes to get the vote out – and that also includes informing years of May election turnout before a decision was made. and educating citizens of the power of their vote and that their In analyzing surveys that quiz the voter on their knowl- participation matters.” edge Wilson said, “Frankly I’m disappointed in us as a sociLea, in an e-mail, was adamant that moving elections to Noety that more of us don’t have the basics of what I think we vember is the answer to increasing voter participation. “It just should know.” There are a variety of reasons why people don’t troubles me when we have discussions on who is informed and vote, said Wilson – either they feel disenfranchised or they are how some on the national level feel if you are not informed you happy. should not vote. I find it difficult to understand how a city that Once a locality moves to November elections it is harder to is Democratic can oppose a strong voter turnout! Is that what move them back, said Wilson. It then appears that voters are our party is about? I am a Democrat!” being disenfranchised. Mayor David Bowers has held his thoughts close to his vest Councilman Dave Trinkle and Vice-Mayor Court Rosen and as of press time had not responded for comment. came down on the side of keeping elections in May. Rosen said, City Council will discuss the issue again in October when “I’m 100 percent supportive of keeping them in May. I would there is more data on the level of voter participation by prerather have 100 percent of people who come and vote for me or cinct. whomever because they care about the issues and not because By Valerie Garner they happen to be affiliated with one party or the other … but

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Roanoke Libraries Director Sheila Umberger is excited about Star City Reads and what the program is doing for children. at it from different directions,” said Umberger, who is working on a plan so that the different players can share data and ideas on what’s working as far as best practices. In three years the city can apply for an implementation award from the National Civic League – after proving that the Star City Reads program has been effective. Grant money could be available down the road once the program is fully in place. Programs to support the plan will be held at Roanoke City Library locations and other venues. Information will be available on the city’s website and a Facebook page. Children who are exposed to the right type of learning environment are testing “much higher” when they go to kindergarten, making things easier down the road. “I see a strong strategic tie to this AllAmerica City Award,” said Umberger. See more about Star City Reads at / reads/ By Gene Marrano

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Democrats Counter Republican’s Medicare Plan on the Way to Charlotte

DPVA Chair Brian Moran, former Virginia state House minority leader Ward Armstrong, Senator John Edwards and Councilwoman Anita Price made the case last Thursday for the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) at a press conference at Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea. In Charlotte on September 4 – 6, the Democrats get their turn to make the case to the American people on why they should reelect President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. At the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week and on the campaign trail, the bulk of the Romney/Ryan message was that the ACA cuts over $700 billion dollars over 10 years from Medicare. The repeal of Obamacare will be their first priority. Republicans say they are going to save Medicare for seniors. The Democrats say the ACA doesn’t take one benefit away from seniors and will extend Medicare for 12 years. The savings are in administrative costs, computerization of health records, from insurance companies and healthcare providers through healthcare outcomes rather than fees for service. Hospital care providers agreed to less reimbursement for more paying patients. The savings are passed on to preventive and well care, say Democrats. The Republicans say nothing will change for seniors 55 and over. The under 55 will receive vouchers to buy their own healthcare when they retire that will save $700 billion over 10 years. This will create competition in the market place and drive down costs without reducing benefits or increasing out-of-pocket costs to seniors. Which message gets through is the battle setting up to win the senior vote. Democrats traditionally have won senior support on Medicare but Republicans see an opening with the changes in the ACA. Moran said they wanted to “recognize the many substantive differences in our candidates – they are many and dramatic.” He called the Romney/Ryan/Allen ticket “radical … especially on healthcare and women’s rights.” Moran said the Republican ticket would “eliminate the security from social security.” He said their plan is to privatize social security making benefits vulnerable to the whims of the stock market. Price said, “Vouchers leave a very bad taste in my mouth.” Se-

niors will see more and more money the Republicans take it out of the plan.” out of their pockets and more tax DPVA chair Moran has dropped his breaks to millionaires and billionday job as a spokesperson and lobbyist aires, she said. for Association of Private Sector ColArmstrong said, the Medicare leges and Universities for which he has plan of the Romeny/Ryan ticket “is taken some “progressive” Democrat ludicrous – its crazy to do that on heat. He is campaigning in Virginia full something that we depend upon.” time. He took a swipe at Republican canArmstrong said he was still condidate for senate George Allen, saysidering running for the Democratic ing he voted to privatize social senomination for Virginia attorney gencurity and supports what the ticket eral. He has family issues to consider now wants to do with Medicare. “It’s before making up his mind. He is still wrong headed and ultimately I think in Martinsville but plans to open an ofit is designed for failure.” He pledged fice around Richmond soon. to help his 96 year-old mother and Mike Signer is expected to also anall seniors to continue Medicare. nounce for the Democratic nominaEdwards said he was “perplexed tion for attorney general. Signer ran Photo by Valerie Garner for the Democratic nomination for why the Republicans would make Medicare an issue – it’s not a win- (L-R) Edwards, Armstrong, Price and Moran. Lieutenant Governor in 2009. Senator ning issue for them.” He said that the Mark Herring has already announced Republicans were “totally misleading by what is on TV with re- for attorney general. Aneesh Chopra has announced for Lieutengard to $716 billion in savings under the ACA.” The savings are in ant Governor. efficiency, waste, fraud and abuse said Edwards. He emphasized Virginia Republican candidates lining up for the 2013 conventhat the $716 billion stays in the Medicare program “and expands tion and attorney general nomination are Sen. Mark Obenshain (favored), Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle and John Frey, clerk of court benefits and improves benefits and extends the life of Medicare.” The Republican plan takes that money out of Medicare com- in Fairfax. Republicans for the Lieutenant Governor nomination are Del. pletely in order to reduce the tax rate for the rich, said Edwards. The difference would be made up with vouchers that would force Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William, Sen. Steve Martin of Chesseniors to buy health insurance from the private sector. “Seniors terfield, Susan Stimpson of Stafford County Board of Supervisors, would have to pay the difference and the rising cost for health former Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and Washington, D.C. insurance,” he said. Seniors get the bill for the Republicans $716 liaison for Governor Bob McDonnell. Of course there is the convention battle between Attorney Genbillion savings. The difference between the Democrats’ and the Republicans’ eral Ken Cuccinelli and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling for the plan is that the Democrats keep the $716 billion of savings in Republican nomination for Governor in 2013. the plan and expand and improve Medicare, said Edwards. “The By Valerie Garner Republicans are demagoging and misleading the public when it comes to the $716 billion – Obamacare keeps it in the plan and

Spectrum Sports Academy Brings New Dimensions To Athletic Training There’s a new look at the years, and who has been the Spectrum Sports Academy on head coach at Cave Spring Tom Andrews Road near the High School since 1996, winRoanoke Regional Airport. ning three state championA recent interior remodships, heads up the basketball eling project has just been academy. completed, with the grand Tamalyn Tanis, director re-opening set for this month. of volleyball, is considered And a significant 22,000 sqaone of the most prominent ure foot addition is already in coaches in her sport, winning the blueprints, with a target five state championships in opening of January, 2013. ten years at Cave Spring, a The resulting training faVirginia High School League cility will be one of the most record. progressive state-of-the-art Mark Croye leads the basevenues west of Richmond. ball/softball academy with 27 The goal of Spectrum is to years in working with youth create champions for life in and AAU players in both hittheir committment to excelting technique and technical lence. Spectrum offers numerPhoto by Bill Turner aspects of pitching. ous programs for all athletes Director of Basketball Billy Hicks conducts a youth clinic on one of Tom Gibbs, instructor of to acquire sports knowledge the three full-size, all-wood courts at the Spectrum Academy. tennis, has been a tennis proin an environment approprifessional for 45 years, serving ate to their individual levels of as Hidden Valley Country skill and experience. Club’s pro for 40 years. Their programs are designed for the inexperienced youth all the Langston Ware, a former wide receiver for Liberty University, is way to the elite high school and college athlete. a lead trainer for Spectrum’s condiioning programs and is certified “Our model provides opportunities for athletes at every level through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. from discovery and the first exposure to a sport, through develop“We have something for everyone from coaches clinics and parment of an athlete’s chosen sport skills, to refinement in helping an enting workshops to nutrition coaching,” Billy Hicks points out. athlete reach the next level, ” academy director Cherie Hicks notes. “Our goal is to set a new bar for youth athletics through our unique “The academy’s approach is more than just sports. We develop life teaching and training model.” skills and athletic skills, offering a curriculum for athletes, coaches “We have programs that get kids started from kindergarden up,” and their parents. We definitely have an unique model.” Tanis adds. “In volleyball, I am excited to give boys and girls of all The existing facility includes three full all-wood courts for bas- ages a chance to learn the sport. Spectrum is a year-round facility.” ketball and volleyball, along with a baseball/softball hitting facility “The Roanoke Valley has produced some exceptional athletes second to none. The future expansion will include a turf field and over the years, Cherie Hicks adds. “We believe our model will detwo additional courts to accomodate additional training in sports velop a generation of future leaders in their commitment to excelsuch as football, lacrosse and soccer. lence.” The academy’s ‘Champion’s Approach’ will be integrated into For more information about Spectrum programs, call 540-561all programs, giving athletes an understanding of what it takes to 0921 or visit the facility at 3710 Tom Andrews Rd. be successful in sports and in life. The team of academy directors By Bill Turner is committed to leveraging their vast experience to the success of Spectrum’s model. Billy Hicks, who has coached basketball at varoius levels for 25

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Sustainability Coordinator Is New Role For City, Boyle Roanoke City has a new “Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator,” which is also a brand new position. The City recently hired Nell Boyle for that role. Boyle, who used to promote the green building techniques used by Breakell Construction while doing marketing work for that company, is also chair of Roanoke County’s citizen-led RC CLEAR committee. That’s the group with ties to ICLEI, (the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) that some say is directly connected to the United Nations and something called Agenda 21 – a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the UN with regards to sustainable development. The Roanoke Tea Party and others recently unsuccessfully opposed any connection to ICLEI as the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted again to renew its annual membership dues in the organization. Boyle assures that RC CLEAR does not want to tell people where and how to live – it’s simply an educational tool that promotes green living practices like conducting energy audits. The ICLEI-provided software allows for “apples to apples,” comparison to other communities that are also working to reduce energy consumption. That’s one major reason Boyle said it’s worth the $1200 a year ICLEI dues. “We are all using the same tool to measure [carbon footprints].” In her new position as Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator, working for Ken Cronin, the Director of Sustainability and General Services in Roanoke, Nell Boyle is crafting a plan that includes outreach and the monitoring of city buildings for energy efficiency. A recent report from Virginia Tech’s Sean McGinnis said strides made by the city to reduce its carbon footprint have slipped a bit over the past year, due perhaps to increased vehicle usage as the economy picks back up. “We need to stay with the program,” Boyle advises. “Things will fluctuate; that will have some sort of effect on the measurements we are trying to take. At the end of the day we need to drive these numbers down and maybe work a little bit harder. And we need to get more people engaged.” If all residents for example just swapped out five incandescent light bulbs for the compact florescent models, which use much less energy, Roanoke City could meet its goal in the residential sector for energy reduction. Just being aware of things like water conservation, changing the thermostat by one degree, turning off lights, recycling, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, “little things like that, the things your grandparents told you about,” said Boyle, although Grandma probably didn’t know much about CFL’s. The City of Roanoke has 51 buildings in its inventory; Boyle will attempt to collate data as part of a strategic plan to reduce energy consumption. The city recently accepted the Better Building Challenge and will aim to reduce that energy usage by twenty percent, by the year 2020. “We take that very seriously,” said Boyle, who will forward data to the players that can help make the changes needed. Many of the city’s buildings are older, with poor insulation, windows that need replacing and inefficient HVAC systems, so the energy makeover may not be cheap. Work ongoing now at the Roanoke Civic Center may be a “flagship project for us, because there was a lot of work that needed to be done,” said Boyle. The city will go after some of the “low hanging fruit,” like making sure maintenance is performed on a regular basis. That upkeep can translate in to a 1015 percent energy savings bonus, according to Boyle. Social media, business-to-business connections and outreach programs will all be employed by Boyle as she carves out a brand new position. Developing a cohesive message demonstrating environmental leadership for the city and quality of life benefits associated with going greener are part of the mission statement. Sustainability is an economic development factor as well, according to Boyle. “That’s one of the things I’m really excited about.” Roanoke has just recently started to embrace its outdoor amenities as an economic asset; Boyle sees sustainability issues tying right in, “caring for those resources so they’ll be here over time.” Boyle said the city should release the latest data soon from the original 12 companies that were part of the Clean & Green Business Coalition – firms that pledged early on to reduce energy consumption. In that program’s second year they saved 1.2 million dollars in energy costs, according to Boyle, who uses them as an example when talking to other businesses in the city. There is help for people that want to reduce their energy consumption; information is available on the website and Facebook page. RC CLEAR and the city’s Clean & Green committee, another ICLEI affiliate, helped put together the Save A Ton campaign, designed to show valley residents how they can reduce their carbon emissions or greenhouse gases by one cubic ton a year. The Salem-based Café 2 program also provides discounted energy audits. RC CLEAR sponsored a series of free energy audits for local homeowners and businesses over the past year. Contact Nell Boyle at for more information about Roanoke City’s sustainability. By Gene Marrano


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Where Have All the Heroes Gone?

Webster’s defines a hero as one of distin- 3:43.13. Unbelievable? Perhaps . . . perhaps not. guished courage or ability, admired for brave One thing is certain: Whenever records are deeds and noble qualities. I would add to that set today, there will be questions. One need modesty and lack of self-promotion. look no further than the home run derby of a The whole idea of hero is worth a few com- few years ago. The records of Babe Ruth and ments. When we see such a person it can inspire Roger Maris may have been eclipsed but the us to be more than we are, to strive to achieve, stain of cheating and lying makes their succesto give others the courage to persist when things sors less than heroes. are going badly. In short, having a One of the saddest byproducts of hero to emulate can lift us above ourthe public’s need for even greater selves. heroic feats paints the honest ones The down side of that is the conwith an unfair brush. Drug techcept of hero worship. No one, renics have become so sophisticated gardless of their achievements, is that they are virtually undetectable, deserving of worship. Admiration, making even the most honest of suto be sure, but not the bestowing of perheroes suspect. Perhaps they are god-like status; everyone has flaws honest . . . who can tell? that make us human. Every hero has The personality of the hero plays them but these human qualities need into the story. Roger Bannister not diminish their stature. Unfortucertainly represents one of the best nately some of these failings are so in keeping his focus and not sucegregious, so glaring that they can- Hayden Hollingsworth cumbing to idolization. Is it too not be ignored and the “hero” is remuch to expect modern stars to duced to an object of disdain. Statconform to the same standard? ues are taken down, titles stripped, and feet of One of the best models for a hero died Auclay are revealed. gust 24: Neil Armstrong. Arguably one of the How can such a fall from grace be explained? greatest achievements of the 20th century, or There are multiple reasons, but excessive adula- any other for that matter, he was at the center tion may be among the most important. Once of the moon landing. After that he went on to a hero has accomplished seemingly impossible achieve other things, but he never exploited his feats, the public pressure for even more must be- potential fame. He would not run for public ofcome unbearable. With scrutiny now a virtual fice. He even would not sign autographs when science it is almost certain that something will we found that hucksters were selling forgeries be found in the character of the hero or in their at great profit. He, like all of us, had his weakperformance that will bring to mind all manner nesses and his faults, but if you are looking for of questions. Performance enhancing drugs are heroes, you can end your search with Neil Armalways the prime suspect. strong. In characteristic fashion he deflected No one could ever run a four-minute mile. praise to Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, his It was beyond human capabilities, or so the sci- fellow Apollo 11 crew and the tens of thousands entists said. Then, on May 6, 1954 at the Iffley who worked to make that success possible. Road Track at Oxford, Roger Bannister turned On August 31, 2012 we had that rare occurin a time of 3:59.4. The wind had been so strong rence of a “blue moon,” a full moon twice in the that Bannister considered not running since a same month. As I watched it rise over Stewart’s record could not be set, but the wind became a Knob, I thought that a fitting tribute to a true breeze and off he went into history. No one ever hero for the ages. One of Armstrong’s family had the slightest idea that he had done anything members has said, “The next time you look at but the impossible. He went on to become a the moon, give him a wink.” More importantly, neurologist, was knighted in 1975 and became remember men and women like him whom we the first Chairman of The Sport Council. Un- should all admire. Those are the kinds of heroes der his leadership Dr. Bannister introduced the we need and some of them are known only to first testing for anabolic steroids in sport. The you. Contact Hayden at current world record for the mile is held by a Moroccan, Hicham El Gueerrouj, set in 1999 at

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Question: What Do Bain Capital and the Federal Government Have in Common?

Answer: They are both venture capitalists. Additionally, 1,100 GM dealers were advised The main differences between Bain and the that they would lose their franchises. ChrysFederal Government are: A. Bain employs pri- ler dealers also received termination notices vate capital while government uses and 789 were closed down. Closings taxpayer funds, B. Bain invests for at both companies cost the jobs of profit and government invests based thousands of clerical workers, saleson ideology, C. Bain produces a remen, mechanics and others. turn on investment while government Notice the similarities in these returns for more taxpayer money and two transactions. Both Staples and D. Bain utilizes the skills of experiGM created or retained jobs while enced problem solvers while the goveliminating the jobs of people in ernment uses the cosmetic talents of both the subject companies and aspoliticians. sociated industries. Dick Baynton Venture capitalists evaluate the The vast difference between the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities two investments (Staples and GM) and threats (SWOT) of potential investment is that the principals at Bain made substantial opportunities and evaluate their resources. incomes and the company (Bain) flourishes to People are reassigned, promoted, demoted or this day. On the other hand GM still has subseparated; machines and equipment are re- stantial financial obligations. GM bondholdplaced, upgraded or relocated. In many cases ers (taxpayers) lost most of their original intechnological changes replace workers to in- vestment following the bankruptcy filing. crease efficiency. Productivity is targeted and Ideological and economic purposes somepeople are hired while others lose their jobs, times intersect at a point far beyond the intelsome permanently. lectual capacity of people whose daily toil deals Compare two companies that were affected with anecdotal theories and mundane investby venture capitalists: Staples/Bain Capital ment formulas. When government invests in and General Motors/the Obama administra- any venture, there is a perpetual fountain of tion. In 1986, Bain Capital stepped in with tax funds to keep pumping into hopeless uncapital to fund Staples and their strategy of dertakings using the fictitious sentiment that supplying consumers and businesses large and ‘success’ will follow the next several million small with low cost office supplies. Because dollars of taxpayer’s investment. distribution of all products and services are Consider GM’s Chevrolet ‘Volt’ electric car. in constant evolution, people at office supply In spite of the government’s subsidy of $7,500 distributors and brokers became victims while per vehicle, the product features high cost, millions of people and businesses were bene- limited operating range and low buyer defactors of lower costs. Currently Staples em- mand. The subsidy will soon be increased to ploys about 88,000 people at 2,000 branches $10,000, costing taxpayers additional billions worldwide. of dollars. This is a stellar example of ignorGeneral Motors (and Chrysler) were wal- ing economic principles in favor of misguided lowing in debt and unable to meet their ob- philosophical convictions. ligations. The Obama administration devised It has been said that Mr. Obama is so nara plan to take both GM and Chrysler through cissistic that he really likes what he sees when (Chapter 11) bankruptcy and reorganize the he looks into a mirror. The President and his slimmed-down companies. Steve Rattner, a minions, most of whom have never signed the well-connected former New York Times re- front side of a payroll check, should spend porter and more recently the managing prin- more time looking into the flaws of the vencipal of Quadrangle Group, LLC, was selected tures where his administration has squanto be ‘car czar’ in the spring of 2009. His first dered the money of hard working taxpayers. task was to inform GM CEO Rick Wagoner Contact Dick at that his services wouldn’t be needed anymore.

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The Tree and Me Sometimes you can tell a storm is coming cleared away all the ‘safe’ branches. After my when the wind turns fractious. The old tim- study, I knew this: remove the wrong limb and ers watched the leaves. The sun-facing surface I would have no chance of evading this widowof a leaf is a dark, lush green, the underside a maker. It trembled above my head like a like a paler version of the same color. Since the tree deadfall patiently waiting to be tripped. While I worked, I remembered was young, prevailing winds – those as a teen watching Dad undertake a that came from the usual direction – three foot diameter Red Oak, and fell in essence ‘combed’ the leaves into a it uphill. His, as mine, was an imperuniformity of hue. When the leaves iling task; but, while my tree lacked ‘flip-over’ showing the dull side, it the girth of Dad’s, mine exceeded means the wind has gone ‘contrary’, the peril. He worked next to his; I or not blowing in its typical direcworked under mine. tion. Thus past generations spoke of Finally came the morning to dis‘A weather-bearing wind,’ or ‘There’s mantle the beast. After some thought, weather in the wind.” Sometimes it I removed the upper part of the tree, forecast satisfactorily, sometimes it ready to jump away at the first sign did not. Lucky Garvin of improvidence. The tree held firm. In Roanoke, late June of 2012, it Next came the butt, fifteen hundred did not, neither did the meteorologists. That day, we said, “The leaves aren’t just pounds by my reckoning, and necessitating a turning over, the whole tree’s coming down!” straight down drop lest it crush a pump nearby. This freak storm traversed the atmosphere at I remembered a special cut from my teen years. 90 miles per hours, packing surface winds of It fell true vertical; no harm done although the equal ferocity. We were all ambushed. It was a beast shuddered a bit and shook my ladder, as ‘Derecho,’ a straight line storm. Neither rare nor if at last aware of my presence. Three other supporting limbs were accomplished without inciusual, these winds pack a leveling force. The turbulence was quickly over but left dence, but still, the tree wouldn’t budge. Conmuch disruption in its wake. In our backyard, clusion: all the aforementioned physics were a White Pine, twelve inches through at the now crowded into three upholding limbs; balbutt was blown over opposite the direction of ance was no longer an issue. Or, so I thought. Due to the heat [100 degrees plus], I elected our usual wind-currents. It fell far enough to demolish a chain link fence, then swayed sus- to take on what was now the most dangerous pended in a horizontal lie eight feet off the part of the task tomorrow, early morn. Just ground like some two ton insect supported by one more limb before I quit for the day, a two six legs. I had to get it down. There was a time- and a half footer, couldn’t weigh more than essence involved. Sabrina and I rely on the in- sixty pounds, small in comparison to the othtegrity of our back yard enclosure to keep our ers I had already cut. The saw sliced through dogs corralled and safe. So, how about calling the limb with a lethal efficiency. Then, to my a professional tree removal service? Prithee, sir, horror, I felt the tree start to go! I had reduced surely ye jest! Yeah, like they had plenty of free the pro-gravity equation of that tree to a point where sixty pounds made all the difference. I time. “How about 2017?” I worked around that tree removing brush; was downhill, well able to clear the path of the debris which played no part in the suspension fall, baring an unpredictable jump. The tree of this weight, and as I worked, I studied the rolled and fell uphill to the ground! [A mild ‘lie’ of the tree; the prevailing dynamics were irony there considering Dad’s experience.] As I left the site, my heart pounding wildly, astounding to me: upward thrust, downhill and uphill forces, and the side to side, or balance I came to a conclusion you folks have probably considerations. [And, as banal as it may sound, made early in this story: Ol’ Gahv is too long in it was the ‘balance’ aspect which nearly got the tooth for the Paul Bunyon bit. me.] It’s propping was precarious, mysterious, with so many different physics of load-bearing Contact Lucky at at play. I studied the tree for several days as I Support Your Hometown Community Newspaper and receive 52 weeks of USPS delivery for:

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Oak Grove Elementary School Receives Grant For Shade Structures

One of the ways to protect yourself from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun is to seek shade, especially during the peak sun hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, for many daycare centers, schools and recreational organizations, these hours are prime times for outdoor educational programs and recess. To assist schools and organizations in creating sun-safe educational and play areas, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) provides grants for shade structures The Academy recently announced the recipients of the 2012 AAD Shade Structure Program grants, which included Oak Grove Elementary School as one of 18 recipients across the country. “The Academy is pleased to award grants to these organizations which have outdoor areas in need of shade and that have demonstrated a commitment to sun safety,” said dermatologist Daniel M. Siegel, MD, FAAD, president of The New umbrellas at Oak Grove Elementary provide shade on a hot day. the Academy. “Combined, these 18 shade structures will Oak Grove Elementary. It is very exciting!” be used by more than 5,400 individuals every day. The Academy Frances Rogers, Oak Grove’s PTA President said, “We are is proud to work with these organizations to reinforce the im- thrilled with the AAD grant. It allowed us to purchase not one, portance of protecting the skin when outdoors.” but two sun canopies for our main playground. Now our chilThis is the 12th year that the Academy has offered its Shade dren can play and get much needed exercise in the shade. Oak Structure Program in which Academy members play an integral Grove’s PTA is grateful to both Dr. Divers and School Nurse role by encouraging local organizations to apply for the grants Emelie Moles for their support of our grant application.” and by writing letters of support, a requirement for considerSince 2000, the Academy has awarded a total of 264 shade ation of applications. The program is open to non-profit orga- structure grants to organizations across the country. Taken tonizations or educational institutions serving children and teens gether, these shade structures provide shade each day for nearly under the age of 18, for permanent shade structures over out- 563,955 individuals. door locations which are not protected from the sun, such as More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million playgrounds, pools, eating areas and other locations. people are diagnosed annually. Dr. Allison K. Divers, of the Art and Science of Dermatology, acted as Oak Grove’s sponsoring AAD member. “As a dermaFor more information, contact Frances Rogers, Oak Grove Eltologist I am very passionate about sun protection and the pre- ementary School PTA, or 540-776-1834 vention of skin cancer, said Divers. “It has been an honor to play a role in the process that resulted in the shade structure award to

Interfaith Hospitality Network Going Strong After 15 Years

The sheriff comes to evict you tomorrow. You, your spouse and the kids have nowhere to go. As you fight off the panic, a number floats up through your fears. You call 211 and suddenly you’re connected to someone who can help you. You, your spouse and children now form part of the new face of homelessness. Your whole family – not just a single alcoholic or drug addict living on the street, not one mentally ill person, but your whole family – is homeless. You need more than a place to stay the night. You need meals, help finding jobs, help around the stigma of eviction so you can get into a new place to live. And the kids need to stay in school. The Roanoke Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network has a way to help out. As volunteer Drema Yates of Temple Emanuel explains, “Most of the families are optimistic, wonderful families. They just had a hard bit of luck.” Now under the leadership of Executive Director Marie Muddiman, the network celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. Churches and synagogues all over the Roanoke area have formed into groups of two or three to provide the facilities. Then volunteers do the work, moving cots around and making meals – and anything else that might be needed. A guest visit starts when an intake person verifies that a family needs help and will benefit by it. A family enters into a 60 day program in which they all continue to live together while they work on their problems. Each faith center has cots so all the members of a family can stay together in one room for a week at a time. The centers provide dinner and breakfast plus bag lunches for the day time. Then a van takes the guests – and they are guests and treated as such – to a Salem location where the adults work on finding new homes or health referrals or jobs while the children go to school. After a successful two months, a family often gets a volunteer mentor family to help them through the decisions they face while getting established back on their own again. As Muddiman explains, “This is where a family is paired with a family out of the program. They see if they’re paying bills, have food for the week or if not, how to get more. We don’t give them money but we help them for a year to stay on their feet.” Mentoring is “optional if guests want to participate. And we always need more mentors.” The Network keeps careful records and posts a 70% success rate, with families back in housing where they can maintain

themselves. Additionally 70% of the able-bodied adults have jobs, as well. How the Network does this feat requires the coordination of many volunteers. For example, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Temple Emanuel work together, as do Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church and Oak Grove Church of the Brethren. All told eleven faith groups supply the volunteers, with Muddiman overseeing everything. Some volunteers get to know their jobs very well. Gates DeHart, a member of St. John’s Episcopal, has worked as a volunteer for the entire fifteen years that the program has been operating. He now chairs the group’s board of directors. He is famous for providing candlelight, real utensils – not plastic – and flowers on the table for the family dinners he makes. “Families love it,” Muddiman says. Yates recruits members of Temple Emanuel to spend the night with families. They help get kids ready for bed, talk with the families: in other words, act as hosts. “About 4 times a year I have spent the night with families. I am single, with no children, but some of my overnight hosts do bring their children with them so they can teach their own children about the need to help others.” Martha Hughes works as the meal coordinator. “I make sure that guests get whatever they need. I find people to cook the meals. Whoever cooks the meals stays and eats with the guests, and waits until the night host arrives.” To further celebrate the Network’s 15th anniversary they’re throwing a party Sunday, September 9, at 1:15, at Raleigh Court Presbyterian church, 1837 Grandin Road, Roanoke. Any volunteers or donors are welcome to come share the joy and a lunch catered by Mac & Bob’s. Claas Ehlers from the national umbrella organization will speak. (However, you must let them know you’re coming by calling 540-444-7374 by Tuesday, September 4.) These churches and synagogues do a lot of unheralded work because of their religious convictions. But is that the only reason? “I am extremely grateful to be able to do this,” Yates adds. “All of us are close to that situation at times. When I come home after spending the night I’m very grateful for what I have.” By Priscilla Richardson, MA, JD

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Cave Spring First Half Surge Nets 27-13 Win Over Martinsville

Cave Spring evened its record at 1-1 with a quick start Friday night as the Knights upended the Martinsville Bulldogs 27-13 in a non-district football win at Dwight Bogle Stadium. The Bulldogs came to town after a weekone 49-0 thumping by state powerhouse Brookville, and looking for revenge against a Cave Spring team that had beaten them twice in 2011, by combined scores of 91-38. Cave Spring, a state semifinalist in 2011, Photo by Bill Turner was looking to regroup after losing to Wil- Cave Spring senior running back #39 James Jackson liam Byrd 27-24 on the last play of the game takes a handoff from Knight QB Connor Baker to help establish the Cave Spring rushing attack. in week-one. The Knights wasted little time getting on a touchdown, and a 27-7 Cave Spring lead. the scoreboard in the first quarter thanks to a Perkins would plow in from the one-yard line 27-yard Daniel Seymour field goal, and 4-yard for Martinsville in the final seconds of the secConnor Baker to Jack Woody touchdown pass ond quarter, but it would be the final score for that put Cave Spring up 10-0. either team as the Cave Spring defense rose to Martinsville responded with a Larry Perkins the occasion in the second half. 27-yard TD run to cut the Knight lead to 10-7, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This feels better than last week,â&#x20AC;? Cave Spring before Seymour would split the uprights from Head Coach Tim Fulton told his squad at mid25-yards out to give Cave Spring the 13-7 edge. field after the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every one of you guys Woody made the decisive play of the game for played a role tonight,â&#x20AC;? Fulton added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really Cave Spring midway through the second quarter proud of how each of you fought.â&#x20AC;? when he fielded a Martinsville punt at the 10It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any easier for the Knights. They yard line, cut to the right and outraced a host of travel to 0-2 Northside tonight, for what will Bulldog tacklers before weaving his way down- undoubtably be an angry Viking team, unaccusfield for a 90-yard touchdown. tomed to back-to-back losses to start the season. By Bill Turner Jon Evans gave the Knights some insurance when he returned a Bulldog fumble 10 yards for

Amherst Ground Game Crushing As Lancers Down Fleming 39-3

Amherst County running back Marquis Brown made a statement in the Lancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; week-one 32-6 win over Northside, picking up 170 yards and two touchdowns. Friday night at William Fleming stadium, Brown scored four times and rushed for 145 yards as Amherst County dominated the Colonels in the 39-3 non-district win. The Lancers flexed their muscles early, scoring the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first 15 points before William Fleming ran their first offensive play. Photo by Bill Turner After taking the opening kickoff and driving for the first score on a Brown 2-yard Fleming defensive back #3 Diamond Shorter wraps run and 2-point conversion, Amherst ex- up a Lancer ball carrier as #5 Malik Bonds and #8 Markeem Watson close from the sides. ecuted an onsides kick, with Brown scoring room up 32-3. minutes later from 2-yards out. Amherst added the second half â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only score Fleming got on the scoreboard when Joel Ugochukwa hit on a 23-yard field goal to cut the on a 25-yard fumble return in the third. The Colonels will look for their first touchdown of Lancer lead to 15-3 early in the second quarter. Amherst scored the final 17 points of the half the season tonight, as Fleming travels to Magna on two more Brown TD scampers from 7 and 29 Vista. yards, sandwiched around a Logan Barber 35By Bill Turner yard field goal to send the teams to the locker

Hidden Valley Stays Perfect With 3-0 Volleyball Win In Home Opener Hidden Valley used late runs in each of the three games, as the Titans won their home volleyball opener 3-0 over Liberty Christian Academy Tuesday night at the Hidden Valley gym. The Titans improved to 3-0 on the season, sweeping the match 25-22; 25-19; 25-20. Caroline Boone led the front-line attack for Hidden Valley with 12 kills, while senior Lauren Thomas added 7. Hannah Podeschi set the table for the Titans with a team-leading 23 assists. Libero Skylar Kendrick held down the back line for Hidden valley with 17 digs. Photo by Bill Turner

By Bill Turner Titan senior Jenny Clark sets on the back line as she awaits a LCA serve.

Virginia Episcopal Drops North Cross 2420 in Old Dominion Football Conference

The North Cross debut in the Old Dominion Football Conference will be remembered for an afternoon of sweltering 90-degree temperatures, heat cramps and miscues. The tough conditions that resulted in a game that took over three hours to complete, ended when Virginia Episcopal recovered an onsides kick to preserve its 2420 win Saturday afternoon at Thomas Field. North Cross, the defending VIS Division-3 state championship team, entered the game with a 21-man roster and only three seniors. Photo by Bill Turner Things looked good for North Cross when Penn Draper hauled in a pass from North Cross running back #3 Evan Anderson Raider quarterback Max Revercomb, and stretches for extra yardage as he carries for a raced down the left sideline for a 46-yard Raider gain. touchdown in the first quarter. An ill-advised Bishop fake punt from deep in After North Cross mishandled a VES punt, the Bishops came back on a 31-yard scamper by its own territory set North Cross up for a score running back Ronnie Stringfield to tie the game early in the third quarter, with Evan Anderson at six. It appeared that would be the score head- scoring from 2-yards out to cut the VES lead to ing to the halftime break, before a pair of costly 18-12. But, Stringfield followed with a 46-yard TD miscues became the backbreakers for the Raidrun to reestablish the 12-point Bishop cushion, ers. Late in the half, Wyatt Slominski got behind 24-12. Virginia Episcopal took an intentional safety the North Cross secondary and took a Tom Creasy bomb 84 yards down the right sideline to with 40 seconds remaining, and North Cross took the ensuing free kick for a score with 7.9 give VES their first lead. After North Cross was forced to punt on their seconds left when Revercomb scored from subsequent possession, Slominski moved in as 7-yards out. Revercomb threw for 112 yards on 9-of-23 the ball was rolling dead near midfield, grabbed passing. The Raider ground game was held to it and raced to the Raider three-yard line before being caught. Creasy took it in on the next play, only 31 yards on 24 rushing attempts. and Virginia Episcopal suddenly had an 18-6 adBy Bill Turner vantage.

Wild Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weekly Sports Roundup

A little housekeeping to open this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s column, where a pair of thank-yous are in order. First, a big round of applause to Franklin County Speedway owner Whitey Taylor and track manager Flip Carico for inviting the Wild Bill show to ride in the ceremonial pace lap at a recent FCS race. The red carpet treatment from the drivers was great for a guy who had never seen a stock car race. FCS gets a five-star review here, plus they won over a new fan when Mrs. Wild BIll was enlisted to drop the green flag to start the feature race. For the record, racing will return Sept. 15th to the Callaway track, followed by eight straight Saturday night races beginning Sept. 29th to crown the Buck Wild points champion. Last Friday night, Wild Bill made his radio debut along side the voice of Roanoke Valley sports, Dave Ross, We talked high school football before the Fleming-Amherst game, with a nice promo given by Ross to The Roanoke Star. It was great on-the-air opportunity with a Hall of Fame broadcaster. Maybe I should have asked Ross for help with my predictions, but last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6-3 record is good enough to keep plugging along. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get right to work to unscramble this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nine â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Big-11â&#x20AC;˛ games and hopefully give you an idea of what to expect in week-three. Franklin County at Salem: Group AAA visits Group AA in a primetime matchup at Salem Stadium. Last Friday the Spartan fans had to share their cribâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking with the Salem Red Sox clan. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need the whole lot this week, where the big winner may be in the 50-50 halftime drawing. Salem seems set to make a statement. Are the great Wolverine days of Andrew Lewis back in Salem? Salem- 24 Franklin County- 21. Pulaski County at Patrick Henry: Group AA visits Group AAA in a shootout on Grandin Road. Pulaski escaped Northside last week with an overtime win, and Cougar-Country will bring a huge crowd to town. PH won last year by 24. A litle closer this time: Patrick Henry- 27 Pulaski County- 20. William Fleming at Magna Vista: The Colonels are still looking for their first touchdown of 2012. Magna Vista put up 48 points last week after suffering their first regular season loss in two years in week one. Fleming may be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m predicting the Colonels break the TD drought: Magna Vista- 42 William Fleming- 7. Lord Botetourt at Hidden Valley: Botetourt first-year head coach Jamie Harless returns to the scene of many of his victories while an assistant at Cave Spring. The Titan defense is tough, as evidenced by their shutout of Byrd last Friday. May be asking too much for a Cavalier scoring binge: Hidden Valley- 20 Lord Botetourt- 7.

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Cave Spring at Northside: Cave Spring may have its hands full against an angry Viking team that has opened 0-2, including the overtime setback to Pulaski. Cave Spring will open it up through the air, but the Northside offense may be ready in week-three. Northside- 27 Cave Spring23. William Byrd at Brookville: The Terriers, coming off a shutout at the hands of Hidden Valley, now walk into a beehive at Brookville. The Bees have shown no mercy so far this year in the opening two weeks: Brookville- 38 William Byrd- 7. James Monroe, WV at Glenvar: Seems like only last year I said I knew nothing about James Monroe, except his famous doctrine. Then Glenvar won 35-13. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you now that Monroe soundly defeated Rufus King in the great election of 1816. See readers, you always learn something in my column. Ditto for the score: Glenvar- 26 James Monroe- 18. Blessed Sacrament at North Cross: Blessed Sacrament always has the bodies, and that may be the difference against a 21-man Raider roster. It may be expecting too much from a young North Cross team to beat a Blessed Sacrament squad that is flying high after an overtime win over Atlantic Shores last week: Blessded Sacrament- 28 North Cross- 20. Roanoke Catholic at Brunswick Academy: Catholic knocked off Brunswick by 18 last year, but Brunswick won by 39 last week and the Celtics are a young team that fell 35-0 to Fredricksburg Christian. Look for a close game: Brunswick â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 24 Roanoke Catholic- 22. Now, a quick peek at the mailbag, where an old favorite revisits to ask a question and a reader looks for a cheap route on an engagement ring. Dear Dr. Bill: Any suggestion on how to ease the pain of my planters wart? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried sponge insoles and nothing gives me comfort. (Myrtle/ Roanoke) Good to hear from you again, Myrtle. Third year in a row youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sent a foot care question to the football column. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m forwarding it to Dr. Pendyke to hopefully get you relief. Dear Wild Bill: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting engaged next month and need advice on a late-night product. Do you think the Novo Yoshi Blue frying pan, since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encrusted with a surface of diamonds, will get me by until the economy improves? (Bubba/Callands) Go for it Bubba. Any woman would appreciate a diamond engagement frying pan. Sizing may be difficult, but what the heck. Until next week, prepare for a ding over the head, and send your questions to: info@newsroanoke. com

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