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P4– Keith McCurdy discusses three critical ways in which parents can help their children become trustworthy.
Grand Entrance P6– Roanoke County cuts the ribbon on a brand new front entrance to Cave Spring High School.
School Board Faces Tough Decision on Attendance Zones
After 26 Years Everybody’s Favorite “Peanut” Retires
Judging from reactions at the last public meeting held before a scheduled vote (April 8), the Roanoke City School Board’s attendance zone changes will not be popular. The revisions are taking part, in place, to compensate for the closure and consolidation of several schools, including William Ruffner Middle and Raleigh Court Elementary, victims of budget deficits and dwindling attendance figures in Roanoke public schools. The Board also wants to correct what it says are attendance zones that have outlived their original purpose as ways to encourage segregation in the 1970’s. But the almost-full house on hand at Lucy Addison Middle School recently seemed unhappywith any of three revised options currently on the table. Many in attendance were concerned that Lucy Addison Middle School would become much less diverse, with an African-American population rising from about 73% to 90%, or greater. “Equity is a major portion of this plan,” insisted School Board member Courtney Penn, who walked the audience through several options proposed. Board chair David Carson
P10– Australian manufacturer LiteSteel Technologies gets underway in Troutville.
Benevolent Ballet P11– The volunteers of SWVA Ballet creatively collaborate to benefit the American Cancer Society.
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Campbell Rech, Owen Churchill and Grey Gurley, all sons of parents who grew up with Peanut, help her celebrate her well-deserved retirement from Tinnell’s.
amp, drizzly skies couldn’t keep the sunshine out of Tinnell’s Finer Foods on Crystal Spring Ave. Saturday afternoon. Garnet “Peanut” Minnix drew quite a crowd, as Tinnell’s held a festive open house, celebrating Peanut’s retirement after 26 years of extraordinary service. Peanut held court from her most familiar position, right behind the front counter, greeting a steady stream of long-time customers who have become like adopted family members. Many of Peanut’s well-wishers, who were just kids when they first met Peanut, now brought their own children by to share a memory and a hug or two. Long time customer Margaret Nedrow said, “This is a unique store – there is no-
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where else like it.” The Nedrow family reminisced about the fact that Peanut was like a grandmother to all the children. The parents could send their kids to Tinnell’s to get a snack and, “if Peanut said they could get it, they could get it.” Evidently, Peanut would let “her kids” pick out their snacks or candy, and if she approved, they would charge it to mom and dad’s account. “We have known her for 25 years. She is real special,” said Colleen Huffman. “I think she is pretty good with retiring now, but I know she will love to come back to visit everyone. She is a dear.” Randy Minnix, Peanut’s son, commented that she seems ready to retire, “but in a > CONTINUED P2: Peanut
The Roanoke County School Board adopted the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget totaling $137.9 million at its March 26 meeting. Early on in the budget process, it was apparent that state funding would be significantly lower than previous years. The Roanoke County Public Schools staff reviewed numerous suggestions from principals, employees, the Employee Advisory Committee and the Education general public to identify budget reductions that would least impact classroom learning activities, while trying to protect employee jobs. The general fund budget for FY2009-10 reflects revenues based on aid for education in the state budget approved by the General Assembly February 28, subject to approval by the Governor in April. The general fund budget of $137,909,128 reflects a decrease of $5.3 million or 3.7% under the preced-
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McDonnell Stumps with Huckabee American Red Cross Honors Local Heroes
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell was upbeat at a news conference following a private luncheon at the Shenandoah Club Monday. McDonnell was joined by former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, who quipped that he was thankful the candidate was, “willing to be seen with me, when a lot of people probably would be afraid to.” Stressing that he wants Virginia to be known as the most “small-business friendly state,” McDonnell said he also wants the state to be “the energy capital of America.” He cataloged Virginia’s advantages in the quest for energy independence - including having more coal than any other state. “I want to be the energy governor, using all those sources in a comprehensive way, to promote energy independence,” McDonnell said. McDonnell was scheduled to make an appearance at the local GOP’s Reagan Dinner last Saturday at Hotel Roanoke, but poor weather prevented him from flying in. Three Democrats (Creigh Deeds, Brian Moran and Terry McCauliffe) are seeking the nomination to run for governor this fall against the unopposed McDonnell. Deeds and McCauliffe are scheduled to appear in Salem this Saturday for the annual Democrat “Donkey Dance” fundraiser.
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Bob McDonnell makes an appearance in Roanoke. The race is garnering national Senators and a Governor) and attention this year, as only Vir- the best way to win back voters ginia and New Jersey are hold- who have become embittered ing gubernatorial elections. Mc- with the Republican Party. Donnell said that he’s hoping to “The last couple of cycles, use that exposure to promote a you’ve had a war that wasn’t resurgence of the popular with Republican party. some, you’ve had Race for Governor Huckabee an economy that agreed, telling was hurting, you those who thought GOP influ- had Republicans that weren’t ence was dead to, “Cancel the sticking to their principles,” said memorial. This will give the Re- the military veteran. “We didn’t publican Party an opportunity fix Social Security, we didn’t fix to show that it’s not the party the immigration problem, we that’s in trouble - it’s when the spent an enormous amount of party abandons its principles money in domestic spending at that it’s in trouble.” the federal level which, I think, McDonnell spoke at length about the Democratic presence > CONTINUED in Virginia (including two U.S. P2: McDonnell
A “Hero” is often described as person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose. Those qualities may certainly be attributed to the 10 honorees recognized at “A Celebration of Heroes,” the community awards breakfast held at the Roanoke Plaza Hotel Tuesday. Sponsored by the American Red Cross Roanoke Valley Chapter and WSLS 10, the event honors local heroes for saving a life, performing an extraordinary act of courage, Officer Brian Lawrence was or making a difference in the the Law Enforcement hero. community. The Red Cross and WSLS Fire & Rescue (Long works at requested nominations from the Cave Spring Fire Station). the counties of Roanoke, Bote- Long saved the life of a feltourt, Franklin and Craig; and low firefighter after entering a the cities and towns therein burning house . Good Samaritan Hero: for the 6th annual event The 2008 award winners included: Bob Clark (resides in TroutCommunity Impact Hero: ville and is a Volunteer FireEstelle McCadden (resides in fighter with Troutville Fire Roanoke City). McCadden is Department). Clark, also a a community activist who is volunteer paramedic, pulled known for working tirelessly two teenagers to safety after a to raise the quality of life for car accident that killed one Medical Hero: Wendy LuRoanoke neighborhoods. Educator Hero: Kay cas of Lucas Therapies (resides McGrath of James Madison in Roanoke City). Lucas is a Middle School (resides in physical therapist known for Roanoke City). Following the working long hours to help death of a fellow teacher in clients regain mobility and to a tragic house fire, McGrath free them from pain. Workplace Hero: Jill Hamhelped many children deal with the loss, while teaching ilton, child life specialist at Carilion Clinic Children’s them valuable life lessons. Firefighter Hero: Tim > CONTINUED Long of Roanoke County P3: Heroes
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Virginia Tech Norris Hall Second Floor to Re-open April 10 Virginia Tech will hold a brief ceremony to signify the re-opening of the west (short) wing of the second floor of Norris Hall Friday, April 10, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Brief remarks will be made by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger and Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee, along with others. Tours of the second floor will be held following the remarks beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. The event is open to the public "When we began considering what the future would hold for this section of Nor-
ris Hall, we wanted to, first and foremost, honor and respect the memories of those we lost and those who loved them, and honor and respect those who survived the tragedy," said McNamee. "What has emerged, I hope, has done that, and will promote student-centered transformative learning, discovery, and engagement." The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention will occupy the six new rooms and laboratories located on the west wing of the second floor.
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made a lot of Americans unhappy about Republican leadership.â€? McDonnell looks at these issues as a temporary obstacle, rather than a sign of a failing party. â€œIâ€™m convinced that taking a positive message based on jobs and opportunity and growth, and doing it with enthusiasm and optimism, and a smile, taking that around the state, that Iâ€™ve got a great opportunity to win those independent voters back that have left us the last couple cycles, and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ll win,â€? McDonnell said. A positive message seems to be a theme with McDonnell, something Huckabee said attracted him to the campaign in the first place. â€œI like his style. Heâ€™s not a person who swings a sharp sword and tries to cut other people down. Heâ€™s got a very
positive outlook and platform. Heâ€™s going to do something for Virginia, not something against the Democrats. I appreciate that, because that kind of candidacy is attractive to me.â€? Huckabee recognizes that the campaign may become more difficult as the race gets down to the wire, but trusts that McDonnell will maintain his integrity. â€œThe combat will take place over issues and not petty and personal things, and I sense that thatâ€™s exactly where heâ€™ll take his campaign,â€? Huckabee said. By Caitlyn Coakley firstname.lastname@example.org
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month or two sheâ€™ll really miss it. This is actually the 3rd time she has retired, so who knows?â€? he joked. Minnix worked at Lipes Pharmacy years ago, which is located next door to Tinnellâ€™s. What began as a summer job for the 16-year-old, eventually turned into a full-time a job she held for 22 years. Back in those days, Lipes had a soda fountain, deli and peanut machine. Minnix worked all of them, but it was the peanut
machine that gave Minnix her nickname. One of her duties was to scoop the freshroasted peanuts from the spinning peanut machine and stuff them into little brown bags before serving them to customers. Since she â€œoccasionallyâ€? would sneak a handful of peanuts for herself, the owner started calling her â€œPeanut,â€? and it stuck. And, just how does Peanut feel about her next â€œcareerâ€??
â€œI am excited and pleased,â€? she said, â€œeven though will I miss the people.â€? When asked about her best memories of her time with Tinnellâ€™s, she had a fast answer: â€œto see the people. I love Tinnellâ€™s. It is one great store. The people are all so niceâ€” as a rule we always hug each other and are so glad to see one another.â€? Â By Pam Rickard and Cheryl Hodges email@example.com
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that included pine, white oak, poplar and maple were planted by volunteers that included school children and other groups. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a volunteer group that works to protect Americaâ€™s longest national park, has now conducted 14 such plantings in the Roanoke area, where views from the parkway are often marred by development. Another planting in the Clearbrook area is scheduled this fall. Friends President Greg Brown said the seedlings planted meant the group was â€œlooking ahead so that future generations can enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway.â€? Roanoke Mayor David Bowers and Congressman Bob Goodlatte were also on hand to make brief remarks. About $8,000 was raised to purchase the seedlings, which will be encased in plastic tubing until they are old enough to withstand the weather and nibbling deer. Parkway Ranger Ann Childress said she was grateful for the work of volunteer groups like Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, noting federal budget cuts have left 71 paid positions unfilled. (See blueridgefriends.org for more information)
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Roanoke Catholic Yard Sale Continues Tradition When Patty Pryor and Danielle Deeds heard the 2008 Roanoke Catholic School (RCS) yard sale might not take place, they immediately volunteered to co-chair the event. The yard sale has been an annual spring event for RCS for some 30 years. Pryor and Deeds did not want to break that tradition. “Patty and I enjoyed the experience so much, we decided to volunteer again this year,” Deeds said. Both women have experience in retail. “We felt that this was the perfect area for us to use our talents.
Roanoke Catholic parents, Patty Pryor and Danielle Deeds, “Hop to it” when it comes to organizing the RCS annual Yard Sale. We enjoy viewing all of the donated items and organizing the floor plan,” Pryor said. The women are quick to point
Air Force Airman Nathan B. Wilson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Clifton L. and Diana Wilson of Wilson Mountain Road, Roanoke. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete baFor additional information, sic training earn four credits visit www.roanokecatholic.com toward an associate in apout, however, that the annual yard sale is very much a “group effort,” involving many parents and student volunteers. “We all put in many hours during the week prior to the sale,” added Pryor. The yard sale takes place this Saturday, April 4, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. In order to include something for the whole family to enjoy, a “Fun Fair and Open House” will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
MTV Celebrity Speaks to Area Youth “Fill your cup.” That was the simple message Jeff Yalden delivered to several hundred area youth at Roanoke College last week. Yalden, a world renowned youth motivational speaker, author, and Life Coach on MTV’s popular television series “MADE,” was invited to speak by the Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s Youth Leadership Committee. During his talk, titled “Take Time to Think,” Yalden, using several bottles of water and a cup, implored kids to take responsibility for their lives by filling their cups. “I want to fill my cup every day,” Yalden said. “Every day you make a good decision, you fill your cup. Every day you are responsible, you fill your cup. Make progress every day.”
A Gulf War veteran, Yalden has spoken to more than 3,000 audiences in all 50 states, and is known for his remarkable ability to relate to young people of all ages and life circumstances. Perhaps the greatest validation of his work came in 2002, when the National Speakers Association designated Yalden as a Certified Speaking Professional. Only eight percent of professional speakers worldwide carry this designation. Yalden has drawn from many of his life experiences to reach out to youth. “I love young people, and I want to see kids succeed,” he said. During his discussion, Yalden touched on several different topics. He encouraged kids to surround themselves with the right people, and ad-
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Jeff Yalden spoke at Roanoke College. vised parents to stay involved in the lives of their children, reminding young people that adversity was a part of life. “Adversity is going to come your way, and it’s all about how you respond to it,” Yalden said. “Don’t waste what you have worked so hard for. The sooner you realize that life is
about doing what’s right, and not about being happy, is the moment that life becomes fulfilling.” After his talk, Yalden greeted many of the youths in the audience, signing copies of his latest book, “They Call Me Coach,” and giving out wristbands etched with the words “Take Time To Think.” Yalden is also the author of “Keep it Simple,” “Traits of a Leader,” “20 Ways to Keep It Simple,” and is the co-author of “Lead Now or Step Aside.” He is also a contributing author of the New York Times bestseller “A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul.” For more information on Yalden and his youth programs, visit www. jeffyalden.com By Matt Reeve Matt@theroanokestar.com
> County School Board positions are year-to-year, and these positions were reduced first. The general fund budget reflects significant adjustments and reductions in spending, including salaries frozen for 2009-10, and the closing of Roanoke County Central Middle School – the program was moved to other middle school buildings (a $780,000 savings). A savings of $169,644, due to the reorganization of Bent Mountain Elementary staffing will allow the school to remain open. An extension of existing early retirement programs with limited fillings of subsequent vacancies saved $571,739, and the elimination of 12 positions in the central office, and reorganization of duties, saved $700,000. Reduction in non-classroom positions including guidance, library, secretaries, aides, maintenance, and custodial staff saved $1,054,199. The laptop computer-funding stream cuts of $1,260,500 eliminates
Dr. Geoffrey T. Harter was born and raised in Bristol, Va. He attended the University of Virginia where he received his medical degree and then completed his residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Harter then came to Roanoke in 1990 and began practice at Roanoke Ear Nose and Throat Clinic. That practice merged with Jefferson Dr. Geoffrey T. Harter Surgical Clinic in 2007. He and his wife, Lois, have three children, Karyn, Nicole, and Kristin. They make their home in Southwest County. His favorite places in the Roanoke Valley are Carlos Restaurant, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Mill Mountain Theatre, and Spa Fit Gym. Dr. Harter’s hobbies are spending time with family, golf, and working out. By Jim Bullington Have someone in mind for “Roanoke Star of the Week?” E-mail Jim Bullington: JBullPhoto@Hotmail.com
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the annual replacement of approximately 1,300 computers, by placing refurbished 12th grade laptops on carts for 9th grade classrooms. It maintains take-home laptops for grades 10-12. “We worked very hard this year to recommend cuts to the school board in ways that would not diminish the instruction taking place in the classroom, and, at the same time, avoid eliminating full-time personnel,” said Dr. Lorraine Lange, Roanoke County Public Schools superintendent. “This was one of the most difficult budgets I’ve ever had to work on.” Drew Barrineau, Roanoke County School Board Chairman added, “In all my years serving on the school board, we’ve never been in as tight a financial situation as this. I think we are very fortunate to be able to adopt a budget that doesn’t involve layoffs.”
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said revisions made in recent weeks, “now include input … we have received at community meetings.” Amanda Merritt, one of the many who chose to speak at the meeting, said she appreciated the tough position the board was in as they get ready to vote April 8, but she also “wanted to make sure we are [providing] a diverse environment,” for students. Merritt also worried about the proposal to privatize the transportation system – and wanted to be assured that this
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ing year. The revenue changes reflect a decrease in state funding of $7.4 million, and a decrease in the local appropriation from the County Board of Supervisors of $1.7 million per the joint revenue sharing formula. New this year is an increase of $3.8 million (net of $1.1 million designated for school modernization projects) from federal stimulus funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved by the federal government February 17. “Although the federal stimulus money provided some welcome relief, significant budget cuts were still needed to balance the budget,” said Penny Hodge, Assistant Superintendent for Finance. Expenditure reductions were evaluated, based on the least impact in the classroom, with a focus on keeping classes smaller and avoiding layoffs of full-time employees. Part-time employees and grant-funded
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was the last major attendance zone revision for a while. The Roanoke Chapter of the NAACP, which has now released a formal statement declaring that “none of the options provide an equitable solution for the students of the Roanoke Public School System,” was represented by president Brenda Hale, who said there were “many unanswered questions,” in the plans presented. Hale called the proposals “resegregation by class,” as well. Addison 8th grader Devonte
Patrick asked the board to “get it right in the next two weeks,” and drew a standing ovation when he added, “segregation is old news.” It is evident that not everyone will be happy if the school board settles on one of three options April 8. “Each one of us is committed to doing the right thing for our children. We are on the same page,” said school board member Jason Bingham.
Emergency Responder Heroes (co-honorees): Rob Johnson and medical team from Salem Fire & EMS; Dr. Joseph Rowe, surgeon with Carilion Clinic (resides in Roanoke City); Saved the life of a woman who went into cardiac arrest while riding her bicycle. Law Enforcement Hero: Officer Bryan Lawrence of City of Roanoke Police. Lawrence is an exemplary police officer who was severely injured while in the line of duty. Military Hero: Roger Talmadge, CEO of Military Family Support Center (resides in Roanoke City). Talmadge is a
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Afraid To Fly? Don’t Be!
remember my grandfather, born before the Civil War, saying, “If God wanted people to fly, he would have given them wings.” This was due, in part, to his cousin’s failure to launch successfully from the top of their barn with corn stalk fodder tied around his arms. Recent events have called attention to air safety. Everyone is familiar with the statistic that it’s far more dangerous to drive to the airport than to fly. That’s true. Automobiles cause 50,000 deaths a year. If scheduled airlines operated at only 99.999% safety there would be a thousand deaths a day given the number of travelers. Part of our fear relates to the magnitude of the disaster when an airliner goes down. Although it happens much less than rarely, each crash, quite properly, gets attention. The recent “Landing in the Hudson” was not a miracle or an act of God; it was because, as Capt. Sullenberger put it, “We did what we’re trained to do.” The fatal crash in Buffalo the following month may have been due to many factors, but crew error is down the list of possible causes. Having said that, when I am at 35,000 feet roaring along at
500 knots, my faith proach sightings. in the integrity of In this case, his the airframe and the first remark was, “I skill of the crew is see the runway.” At easily shaken by unthat same moment expected turbulence the wheels touched and strange noises. down. I have worked to alWhen Beloved lay those fears and I was returning from offer this for your Florida recently, comfort. Hayden Hollingsworth the conditions I recently had were nearly as lunch with a retired captain bad. Five approaches and two from Piedmont Airlines. He landings in Richmond for rehas over 20,000 hours of expe- fueling finally brought her rience flying everything from safely home. I asked my pilot YS-11s and Martin 404s to friend why they didn’t have 767s. The latter he describes enough fuel to circle longer. as “the finest aircraft ever His answer was obvious. “We built.” He recounted the story used to go into a holding patof his first flight as captain of a tern but now they quickly di767 from Atlanta to Gatwick, vert because they carry only England. The sophistication enough fuel to get to an airof the avionics is such that the port they know will be open if plane can, not only land itself, they can’t land at the planned but make a high-speed turn destination. That saves money off the active runway to the because the less fuel, the lighttaxi runway, go to the proper er the load and the better efgate, activate the jet way then ficiency.” open the doors. This is truly In Roanoke, runway 6, a hands-free performance and which abruptly ends at I-581, is is not available except at the the longest but because of the largest hubs. On his first flight mountain ranges to the west to England, all the computer the approach is not straight systems were called into play in, so the pilot needs a visual where the visibility and ceil- of the runway before landing. ing were 0/0. The first officer How much of a visual, I don’t normally looks out the cockpit know but in an MD-83 it’s a lot window and calls out the ap- more than the Gatwick touchdown in a 767. The take-away points are numerous. The aircraft are amazingly clever in their design and function; the pilots and the crew are rarely severely tested in flight; there is little they will encounter in flight that they have not faced in a simulator. On any given flight an FAA inspector may sit in the jump seat and critique the crew’s performance. Does that make the pilot nervous? No more so than having another driver in your car, I was told. So the next time you’re airborne bear those things in has the resources and expertise to help mind. My grandfather’s skepyou file your taxes or extensions. ticism has long since replaced by an unbelievably efficient marriage of man and machine. Now when you check your 540•362•2727 luggage, that’s another matter! 6244 North Peters Creek Road NW Roanoke Contact Hayden at (Between Airport and Williamson Road) firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Process of Trust
f the last three weeks are any indication, there are no trustworthy kids out there. At least that seems to be the complaint of many of the parents I have talked to recently. Maybe it is because it is spring and kids are pushing for more freedom or trying to get out of their responsibilities to enjoy the weather. Whatever the reason, the major complaints recently have sounded like this; “I can’t trust Johnny, he didn’t do his chores.”, “Sally got on the computer without permission, I can’t trust her to do anything.”, “Billy brought home 2 C’s, that boy can’t be trusted.” When I hear comments like this I often ask, “Can you really not trust him about anything?” Some parents have difficulty acknowledging that even though trust may have been broken in a certain area, it does not mean that all trust is lost. This lack of insight can set the tone for some very problematic parenting. As parents we need to be able to see that trust is not black and white, all or none; it is present in varying degrees. To illustrate this I often make the comment that I trust everyone I know. To some this sounds a little silly until I explain that I trust those who are nice to me, to be nice to me. I trust those who lie to me, to lie to me. I trust those who are honest to be honest and so on. My trust is based on my experience with them or put another way, their track record. What a person has shown over time demonstrates what they can be trusted for. Seeing trust in this way allows us to acknowledge the many areas in which we see trustworthy behavior from
our children while with which she has at the same time been consistently being able to hold obedient. This apaccountable those proach not only areas where work is affirms that Sally needed. When we is trustworthy in can do this, three many others things, key elements of it clearly highlights good parenting are what area she needs maintained. to work on. First, we show The third and respect for developpossibly most imKeith McCurdy ment. I trust my son portant element to brush his teeth when told to is that we provide hope and do his jobs before bed, because motivation to our children. I that is what he has shown he often hear statements similar will do. I however, do not trust to this: “I do one thing wrong him to drive the car, he is only and they take everything away, 8. In this instance his lack of a why should I try.” When a track record with a car based child believes that any single on development, does not mistake will end with all things relate to his trustworthiness lost, this kills the spirit. The with tasks that he has already task from a child’s perspective mastered. Likewise, it may be is that they now have to refoolish to get angry with an build all of the trust with their elementary school child for parents, which often seems not doing homework with- overwhelming and impossible. out previously demonstrating If, on the other hand, a child mastery of managing this task knows that his freedom is only without parental supervision. restricted in the area of the The second is a clear con- offense, the path to regaining nection of cause and effect. the freedom is clear and seems When our children see that very doable. When children they are held accountable for see a goal as reasonable and their actions in a very specific attainable they are more motiway, they begin to understand vated to reach for it and more that their specific choices have hopeful of their success. specific consequences. If Sally As parents we influence how is told that she is grounded and with what attitude our from everything for not asking children will become trustpermission to get on the com- worthy. It is vital that we don’t puter, she would likely see her “throw the baby out with the parents as “stupid” or “mean”. bathwater” when dealing with If, however, Sally is told that these infractions. If you opershe has lost the use of the ate with the notion that trust computer due to demonstrat- is earned and developed over ing that she can’t be trusted time, then it shouldn’t be comwith it, she may not like it, but pletely lost in a moment. it makes sense. Just because Sally didn’t follow the rules with the computer, doesn’t Contact Keith at mean that she can’t be trusted email@example.com with her Ipod, cell-phone, etc.
My Friendship Garden
istress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” So the nursery rhyme begins. I suppose I am a bit contrary, since I don’t plan my flower garden with deliberate attention to colors that complement each other, or with a geometric pattern, or actually with any type of organization. But each plant has special meaning to me and provides an opportunity to remember special people in my life or special moments along life’s journey. When we bought our home over forty-six years ago, my mother gave me two rose bushes: a yellow and a red floribunda. I planted them in a raised flower bed, on either side of steps that led to the upper level of our backyard, wooded at that time, now a terraced vegetable garden. The yellow rose eventually died, but the red rose still blooms each summer. As I prune its branches and sniff the fragrance of its scarlet blossoms, I remember the self-sacrificing love of my mother, who passed away twenty years ago. I also recall the hope and joy we shared as my husband and I moved our little family from an apartment to a home of our own. Each May, the house is bordered on both sides with cascades of peony blossoms, reminders of my dear mother-in-law. After we bought the house, she brought me a start of two varieties that had graced her backyard for many years. As they multiplied, I transplanted clumps of the new tubers to my border until I had no space to add more. I also shared the abundance with friends. One variety blooms a bit earlier than the other and boasts lovely white petals tinged with pink. It reminds me of a delicate china cup and its fragrance is sweet and subtle. The later variety has no fragrance, but makes up for it with a vibrant deep pink color. Both are living memorials to a gracious woman who welcomed me to her heart as the daughter she had always wanted. The huge American boxwoods that stand guard along the path to our vegetable garden were started with slips from ancient boxwood at my mother-in-law’s home place in Staunton, Virginia. This homestead has been in the Henderson family
since 1747. I don’t know when the mother boxwood was planted, but it stands over ten feet tall and dominates the front yard. I marvel to think that life has survived so many years and now continues in my backyard. A lilac bush, whose clusters of lovely lavender blossoms delight me each spring (provided they were pruned at the proper time!), was started from one owned by an elderly family friend I inherited when I married. Coral bells in the flower bed were given by a former secretary at the church where I volunteer, and a co-teacher gave me irises of many hues, cross-pollinated by her father-inlaw. Another friend from church gave me a handful of white narcissus bulbs that have multiplied ten-fold during the past twenty years. A row of golden Dutch iris blooms by the driveway reminds me of a former neighbor who shared them with me for helping her move them when part of her mother’s property was condemned to build a highway. Colorado blue columbine, whose tiny seeds are scattered by the wind so that new plants appear each spring in unexpected places, originated in the wildflower garden or a close friend from church who is also a writing buddy. Close by are spires of pink columbine from my sister and a yellow hybrid, a Mother’s Day gift from my daughter. Of course personal memories also erupt from the soil – tulip bulbs purchased when we celebrated our fiftieth anniversary with a cruise on the waterways of Holland, purple hybrid iris bulbs, and lilies-of-the-valley, both birthday gifts from my husband. I enjoy perusing magazines with pictures of elaborate gardens, balanced landscaping, colorful perennials borders with blossoms cascading over stone walls, and carefully planned color schemes. I can appreciate the artistry and admire its effect. But I wouldn’t trade my friendship garden for any of those portrayed in the slick magazines. My garden grows quite well, thank you. Mary Jo Shannon Roanoke
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Commentary: Less Consultants – More Common Sense
oncerning the blurb about the future of the market building in the paper last month, I accept the printed proposition “Poof! You’re a consultant!”, even though the word consultant reeks of scam in my view. Heck, the first syllable is con, which infers to be with, for, or on the side of, but ironically, what other image is brought to mind? Ok, let’s say poof, I’m a consultant, although in reality one would rather be a nurturer of common sense. First order of business: “Seek answers from within our own tribe.” Roanoke is a very special area with a lot of very unique, intelligent and talented people. The market building is a very special place that is home to many local eateries, owned and operated by unique, intelligent, talented individuals. These local vendors and their establishments are the heart, soul and personality of the market building; they, along with all our other unique, locally owned stalls, shops, galleries, museums, bistros and restaurants generate the gravitational pull of attraction that makes up and sustains the energy of our downtown and farmer’s market area. In other words, don’t sell our own people short. Their intelligence, their minds, their ideas and their commitment is just as viable, if not better by familiarity, than any other group of larger metropolitan origin, who are not really connected historically or personally to the essence of our unique local culture. Contrary to some people’s beliefs, one’s proximity of residence to larger cities does not increase one’s wisdom or qualifications. Therefore…to whom it may concern… the second order of business: “Strive to use
available funds within the locality of our own tribe.” Translation: Don’t give a load of money to some distant metropolitan consulting firm (fleecing augmentation unit), when it could used more prudently right here at home. My suggested plan for the market building would be as follows: Leave the first floor to our beloved local vendors of fine cuisine; only this time around give them the support they deserve, instead of throwing a wrench in their works every chance you get (let’s leave
The Father’s Story
the corporate garbage to the malls, where it belongs!). To enhance the 3rd floor, with its big tall, beautiful windows, allowing wonderful natural light to spill in from dawn ‘til dusk, I envision lots of artists with their canvases and easels, drawing tables and silk screens, etc., sharing ideas, classes and camaraderie. Students and teachers alike, experiencing, learning and creating, along the lines of The Downtown Music Lab, only this would be
The Downtown Art Lab (or Creative Arts Lab). There is also a stage, (possible dramatic arts classes). All this could feasibly be accredited to help regular school class over-crowding (by drawing off art related students to Downtown Art Lab) and producing jobs for area artists and laid off teachers (due to current school budget crisis). The ceiling needs painting, the room needs cleaning, art supplies and furnishings are needed, but there are already lots of tables and chairs there. A relatively small, simple budget needed for set-up. (Of course, you could offer yours truly the director’s job). As for the 2nd floor, it is basically a continuous balcony overlooking the 1st floor with tables and chairs and walls all around the outside perimeter. Hang the students finished works on the walls; add track gallery lighting and viola! Instant art gallery for the diners who chose to eat or browse upstairs (accessible by stairs or elevator). There you have it folks! To sum up, here’s a novel idea…Take the $150,000 you would normally throw away on “consulting fees” and divide it up as follows: Give me “fifty bucks” as a reasonable “common sense idea fee”, then divide the remaining $149,950 in half, using the first half for cleaning, painting, track lighting, furnishings (easels, drawing tables) set-up and art supplies. Then, along with an apology, give the other half of the $149,950 back to the poor food vendors, as a cash incentive for the losses they suffered during this on-going”mountain out of a mole hill” fiasco! Tim Shepherd Roanoke
Preacher’s Corner There is No Night So Dark
ver my a small amount of nearly ash on their heads. lieved in, everything they had "Father, into your hands I commit f o r t y Sabrina later told my spirit." counted on was gone. years practicing me that in conversa- When he had said this, Jesus Do you know what that's Emergency Medition with the Father, breathed his last. - Luke 23:46 like? Have you ever experienced that kind of debilitating darkWhen they took Jesus down cine, I have attempthe had learned of ness? Have you felt the last bit ed to hone my skills my work and said from the cross, his heart had of hope drain from your body? stopped. Jesus was dead. It was of observation, smell, of me, “He is then a Have you looked at the future not that Jesus had fainted, or that sight and hearing, in member of a noble and decided that there was no he was in a coma. Jesus had not order to better diagprofession.” Cerpoint in going on? fallen into some kind of catalepnose the ailments tainly what he said If you've never known that tic sleep--awaiting a magical kiss Gary Robbins Lucky Garvin set before me. It is of my profession to bring him back to life. Jesus kind of sorrow, if you've never fair to say, because is true, but that I was dead. And there was nothknown that kind of despair, of this, I have diagnosed at least might be its brightest practitio- ing that anyone could have done to bring then there is no way that you can underas many thyroid problems and ner was suddenly in grave and him back to life. stand what the Resurrection is all about. melanomas in visitors to the manifest doubt. Prior to my The Resurrection is not about clouds The disciples, therefore, had every reaER as I have in my actual pa- ‘examination’, I had assured the son to be despondent. The Jesus who had with silver linings. It is not about glasses tients. Abbott that should he or any of called them by name, the Jesus who had being half full and not half empty. ResAllow me to now begin a his brethren get sick, please call stunned and amazed them with his miracu- urrection is not a naive assurance that separate story, then braid them me. Having executed the afore- lous power, the Jesus who had exercised things aren't really as bad as they seem. Resurrection is about Life--Life in the together. Recently, my wife, mentioned diagnostic blunder, more strength and courage than they had ever seen in their lives was gone, sealed very midst of Death. Sabrina, and I were invited I am convinced Father ChristoResurrection is about the triumph of away in a stone tomb. It was the darkest to visit a local monastery. Al- pher, should a medical extrem- day in history. Light in the darkest of nights. though a confirmed hermit ity occur at the monastery, will Resurrection is about God--and about For the disciples, there was no sense of [I go to work reluctantly, my run his fingers down the Yellow hope--only an overwhelming sense of de- what God can do in situations that are lunch money placed in an en- Pages listings, urgently seeking spair. You can understand their fear, their hopeless and unbearably grim. velope, then placed with care in the name of anyone who has heartbreak, and their disbelief. Everything Resurrection is about a God who my pocket, my mittens pinned ‘MD’ behind their name, rather they had hoped, everything they had be- cannot be stopped--will not be stoppedto my jacket by my patient wife; than risk diagnosis and recuI have to be threatened to leave peration to a man who cannot the house to drive to Krogers], tell rash from ash. by Leigh Sackett still I looked forward to this Yet, it all ended well. When visit; and I don’t know why. it came to say ‘good-bye,’ I reThere I met Father Christopher ceived not only another gentle – the Abbott [that’s like being smile, but a hug from the FaHead over to Tinnell’s to pick up their 1/4 cup Cabernet Sauvignon the CEO of the company] and ther, a gesture which told about special of the week - Flat Iron Steaks! salt and generous amount of fresh Father Kenneth. I admit I had him all that needs to be said of (For only 7.99 a lb!) I found this recipe ground pepper some problems calling Father his humanity and his spiritual- at Gourmetsleuth.com. It looks like it is 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard going to be a wonderfully warm April Kenneth ‘father’ having chil- ity. dren of my own older than he. I am left to conclude: the re- weekend. So let’s get out and enjoy the -Mix all ingredients thoroughly and But he was gracious; a formi- ally neat thing about being me green grass, the new blooms, the fresh marinate steak for one hour. dably intelligent young man of is I afford my own comic relief... air and GRILLED STEAK. Have fun and -Grill over hot coals 4 minutes per side. eat well!! wide intellectual acquaintance. at my own expense… usually -This steak is best cooked rare to meIn Father Christopher, the Ab- in public… with God looking dium rare. 2 - 1lb flat iron steaks bott, I found a man of surpass- on… and no doubt laughing as 2 tablespoons olive oil ing kindness. well. [Sigh.] 2 cloves garlic mashed I had been bothered though Contact Lucky at 1 teaspoon chopped Italian about something I had noticed email@example.com parsley about Abbott Christopher: a 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary darkness on the top of his head that flashed just now and then JUST LISTED! A Timeless Classic! as he bent forward to listen. 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-not by death, not by sadness, not by cruelty, not by stupidity, and not by despair. Resurrection says that there is no situation--no matter how disturbing or how tragic--that God cannot redeem. Resurrection is about the fact that there is no night so dark that God cannot bring a new dawn. That was true in Jesus' life. And it can be true in your life too! Have a glorious Easter! Gary Robbins, Pastor Greene Memorial United Methodist Church 402 Second Street, SW Roanoke,Virginia 24011 GaryR@gmumc.org
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Focus on Education New Entrance Will Make Better First Impression at Cave Spring
Cave Spring High School unwrapped an $875,000 facelift Tuesday when the ribbon was cut to the new main entrance and lobby. Work began last September on the project including renovated bathrooms, a new concession stand for games played in the gym, new heating and air conditioning and much-improved aesthetics. â€œWeâ€™ve been very patient and eager to get it done,â€? said principal Steve Spangler. Students, faculty, school board members, school superintendent Dr. Lorraine Lange, and Cave Spring supervisor Charlotte Moore joined Spangler for the ribbon cutting and tour. Spangler thanked students and parents for being especially patient, and making do without the main entrance, which now includes an attendance office to heighten security. After school begins, entrance will be available only through the main doors, and with proper identification. The original building, which opened in 1966, features a design where the main office is beyond the doors that lead to classrooms. Avis Construction and the RRMM architec-
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Cave Spring High School has a new look. tural firm worked on the Cave Spring project New flooring, polished aluminum panels suspended from the ceiling and wood tones on the walls help give the new main hallway a modern look, while new brick columns outside - topped with a glass and steel structure - does the same for the Cave Spring entranceway. â€œFirst impressions are really, really important,â€? said Cave Spring school board member Fuzzy Minnix, a former softball coach at the school. â€œYouâ€™re going to have a brand new look,â€?
Audrey Taylor, Lindsay Merritt, Thomas Linkous and Lee Pritchard were honored Thursday night for advancing from the school level to the Roanoke City District level in the Reflections Contest. The Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program spo. Students in preschool through grade 12 participate in the arts areas of literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts.
Wanted: More Money to Retain Faculty
In a last minute appeal to city council, Roanoke City Schools is asking for $3.7 million in additional funding, before it has to make even deeper cuts at its April 7 board meeting. During a joint budget work session last week, city council agreed to meet this Saturday, April 4, at 8:30am, two days before its regular meeting, to discuss and vote on the $3.7 million request â€“ or a lesser amount â€“ which is an addition to the proposed 2009-2010 budget that could save teachBy Gene Marrano ing positions. firstname.lastname@example.org â€œWe need your help,â€? said