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P7– Star Titan running back David Williams announces his decision to play football for the Naval Academy.

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After a public hearing at which all nine speakers endorsed the changes, Roanoke City Council voted 6-1 to change the proffers regarding the use of Gainer Field, Patrick Henry’s turf stadium. More teams will Schools be able to practice there under the lights after Tuesday’s 6-1 vote, and the public address system used only for varsity football and soccer will now be turned on for girls and boys lacrosse as well. School Board Chairman David Carson noted that he started talking to neighborhood groups in the Raleigh Court area almost a year ago about changing the restrictive proffers that were conditions for approval of the on campus stadium just four years ago. With the school day at PH ending an hour later now, shortening the daylight hours available for practice, Carson said there were “a number of coaches and students and parents who are most anxious [for this] decision.” Carson also said the “gloom and doom predicted has not come to pass,” from those who were worried about excess

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Fire Station Number 3 opened on April 12, 1909 at the corner of Rorer Ave. and 6th Street. In the early 1900’s the engines were drawn by horse and a steam pump was constantly kept fired, ready to respond to emergencies. At the time of this picture, in the mid-1920’s, the apparatus had been upgraded to two Seagrave model fire trucks that could pump over 1,300 gallons per minute. In 1956 a fireproof communications room was added on by the firemen themselves. The station provided over 98 years of continuous service before being sold to a local architectural firm.

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How does the city of Ropability for design. anoke take a property that They restored the old is currently a liability and wood doors and other turn it into an asset and a characteristics of the old taxable commodity? They station while turning it hold a “fire sale.” Currentinto a modern office facilly Fire Stations # 5 and #9 ity. They chose to do their have been listed for sale. build-out without attachThey are no longer able to ing to any of the historic serve their neighborhoods walls of the old building. because they cannot house “As an investment propa modern ladder truck. erty and a corporate ofThe trucks are longer than fice we felt it was necesthe buildings and as the sary to find a facility that city replaces some of their had strong characteristics 15-year-old worn out ladand a good location in the der trucks they need a vidowntown area. The city able place to house them. was instrumental in assistRob Ledger finds himPhoto by Christine Slade ing us in the final purchase self managing this project a Fire Station #3 located at 301 6th Street near the Jeff. Center. of the building and worked short three months after takwith us throughout conested in restoration and preservation. ing the position as Roanoke’s struction to ensure a timely Economic Development Manager. Each Bill Hume and his wife Jill own Interac- completion of renovations and allowed facility has had two different parties tour tive Design Group and had been leasing us to move into a building that showin preparation for presenting a proposal space in the city. They were looking to cased our talent,” Hume stated enthuthat includes a use for the building, an expand and purchase property while re- siastically. One hundred firefighters atoffering price and any contingencies. A maining in Roanoke. Jill’s father was a tended the open house of the renovated spread sheet of these offers will be pre- founding charter member of the Burnt building. sented to City Council. Proposals can be Chimney fire department, which left Jill Firefighters will again be displaced afpresented to the city through the March with a fond attachment to old firehouses. ter April first. Captain Kevin Weeks of The Humes put their heads together and station #9 has 15th deadline. The last time the city sold a fire house came up with a plan that both restored spent five of > CONTINUED it was purchased by someone inter- the old Station # 3 and proved their ca- his fifteen years P2: Fire Sale

Roanoke Bike Racing Team Works to Send Equipment to African School

Kazane Racing, a regional jema School eight years ago after cycling team based at Keirin working in the region with the Culture Bicycles in downtown Peace Corps. It began as a small Roanoke, has partnered with endeavor but now has over 400 the Nianjema Secondary School students and is one of the highin Tanzania to provide road bi- est rated schools in the country. cycles for the school’s new cyTeam President Stratton cling program. Team members Delany contacted Daphne Sloan will collect used bikes, parts, and of the Tanzania Education Fund accessories from other cyclists in last fall to discuss a partnerthe region at various races and ship between the team and the events. The team’s goal is to send school. TEF is a US nonprofit over 15-20 complete bikes along that exists solely to raise money with spare parts, clothes, and for Nianjema. “The timing on helmets late this summer. 400-0990 Charlie Sloan, a 1993 Virginia > CONTINUED Photo by Tanzania Education Fund subscribe@theroanokestar.com Tech graduate, started the Nian- P2: Bike Students at the Nianjema Secondary School in Tanzania. PO Box 8338 Roanoke,VA 24014

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Bob Duffessy of Chick-Fil-A is flanked by their trademark cow as he announces the partnership with the YMCA. In a move sure to generate even more excitement for the debut of Roanoke’s new marathon, the YMCA of Roanoke Valley announced they are partnering with The Blue Ridge Marathon for the first ever YMCA Kids Marathon presented by ChickFil-A. It is a plan that sets up a way for kids, specifically young runners and walkers in grades K-5, to “participate in a marathon that is modified just for kids.” Cal Johnson, Executive Director of the “Y” made the announcement on Feb. 12 at the downtown YMCA where he introduced and thanked Bob Duffessy, Manager of the Valley View Chick-Fil-A, for joining with them to promote fitness for kids. The Chick-Fil-A trademark “cow” was in attendance, adding to the festive atmosphere, and much to the delight > CONTINUED P2: Marathon

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It is like having an uninvited guest at the dinner table, talking over and interrupting the family conversation. That can be very disruptive. It’s much like a barking dog, and there’s no way to shut it out.” While no one spoke against the changes at the Tuesday meeting, neighborhood opposition was given at a Jan. 21st planning commission meeting and in recent newspaper editorials. Raleigh Court resident Maureen Meiger commented, “We are all citizens in this community and should be treated equally. Is it fair that the school is exempt from the noise ordinance, yet you and I can be ticketed? What about the adults and children in the surrounding neighborhood? Don’t they have the right to sleep when they want, enjoy their yards and decks without a PA System or band practice drowning out

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their thoughts?” The change in proffers will allow the Patrick Henry marching band to practice at Gainer Field; it will also allow middle schools to use the field and expands the use of lights until 10 p.m. Patrice Freelin, with the PH Parents/Teachers/Students Association, assured those objecting that, “we take being good neighbors very seriously.” Sophomore lacrosse player Clayborn Lucas bemoaned the lack of a PA system at her home games: “Most of the fans are unenthusiastic to come to our games because of the dull atmosphere. [It’s] embarrassing.” Patrick Henry Principal Connie Ratcliffe called the exclusion of lacrosse teams and the band from being able to use Gainer Field “oversights.” Athletic director Patty Sheedy said it was “unfair not to have the PA,” at the varsity lacrosse games.

Eight spring teams are looking for outdoor practice space at the school. Only Mayor David Bowers objected to making any changes at this time, also noting that he supported renovations to Victory Stadium instead of building an on campus field at PH. “I don’t think [the proffers] ought to be changed at this point,” said Bowers. Councilwoman Anita Price, noting that William Fleming will soon have a new outdoor field of its own, said there were “lessons learned,” from the original proffers that might have been too restrictive. The changes she and five others voted for were, in her words, “quite reasonable.” By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

From page 1 be earmarked for the shipping charges. This year will mark the 3rd year of the event, which is a favorite among regional cyclists. In addition to the bike project, the team is holding a bike-related art auction in late March to raise money for Nianjema. The event is called Velo Sanaa (Velo is French for bike; Sanaa is Swahili for art). Art show promoters Delany and Hunter Dickenson have assembled pieces donated by artists from Roanoke as well as other areas. Artists who have provided pieces for the show include Natas Kaupas, a legendary skateboarder and well-known graphic artist, and Akirash, a Ghanaean mixed-media artist who has shown work in Europe and the US. The format will be a silent auction. Most pieces will be on display at Keirin Culture in the weeks leading up to the closing event, but bids can also be made online through

> Marathon of the toddlers in the daycare. Duffessy said he was pleased to sponsor the Kids Marathon, saying it was a perfect fit as

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this was perfect. Plans were already in place for a cycling program for the students but they had no bikes or funds to cover them. It was decided that the team would be in charge of collecting equipment and shipping it over to Tanzania,” said Delany. Roanoke-area cyclists should bring any road bikes, parts, clothes, or accessories to Keirin Culture Bicycles at 310 Second Street (corner of Kirk and Second). Cyclists from outside of the area can arrange to meet a team member at a race or other cycling event. At the end of the collection drive the bikes will be refurbished and sent to the school. The team is also in charge of shipping the bikes to Tanzania, at an estimated cost of $1,200. Profits from the Kazane Racing Working Man’s Classic, a three-night race series to be held in Richmond this June, will

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changes with a ready laugh and expressed pleasure in working from a building that has central air conditioning. “Firefighters love their job and will do the best they can no matter where they are stationed, whether in an 80-year-old station or a new facility.” Although change is inevitable, especially as the city outgrows some of its physical

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serving the city of Roanoke from this old fire station. The crews from both stations will stay intact and combine in the new station located on the corner of 19th Street and Orange Avenue. Two Battalion Chiefs will move over from Station 2 to complete the roster. Weeks handled questions about all the

trash, noise, cars parked in local neighborhoods, etc. The “simple mistake” of leaving the lacrosse teams out of the proffer that allows the public address system to be used at their games should also be corrected noted Carson. The Raleigh Court Civic League was willing to accept most of the proffer revisions being requested but opposed the PA System change, saying that more study needed to be done. In a recent email to Carson, FREE bottled waterCivic League President Susan with large coffee. Koch stated, “The School Board has conducted tests of the PA Details inside. system, and has a plan to focus Fresh. | Free. more of the sound on the field. . . . In the meantime, we recomThe Country Store Deli mend that the existing proffer on Starkey Road caters relating to the sound system reto your needs. Office meetings, Bottle Of main in effect. While tests may tailgates, parties, any event, show that the sound level is at Nestle Life serving 1 to 1,000. a “conversational” level, that’s Go to countrystoredeli.com Water with not as benign as it might seem. to place an order today or

an upcoming Facebook event page. The Kazane Racing team competes at races all over the mid-Atlantic. For 2010 the team has expanded to over 20 members, many in the Roanoke area. They have the support of some new sponsors from the area, including Graham Thomas Homes, a custom homebuilder based in Salem. The team has also begun a relationship with the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club that will help facilitate more contact between local racers and recreational riders. If you wish to support this project please visit Keirin Culture Bicycles, or email Stratton Delany at njs@keirinculture.com. The collection drive will continue until June but early donations are encouraged. By Cheryl Hodges cheryl@newsroanoke.com

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both the YMCA and ChickFil-A share many of the same values and goals. Johnson said, “By participating in this program, we hope to instill in each child a love and understanding of running and a chance to develop a healthy lifestyle when it is most important. Each young athlete will learn to set and achieve an attainable goal and enjoy the pride of accomplishment.” The program is set up so that kids complete their miles ahead of time, and then run or walk the last mile on Race Day, April 24, crossing “the same finish line as the elite athletes participating in the Blue Ridge Marathon.” Registration began immediately after the announcement; the first 300 kids to register will get a marathon pedometer to keep track of their miles. Kids Marathon participants will also receive a “cool tech performance race shirt, a race number badge, a finishers medal and a goodie bag.” John Carlin, who serves as an Officer for the YMCA (Vice President), also spoke to the

group, explaining how “Cal [Johnson] and I started talking about ways to involve the local children and the local schools” in the event. He referred to Chick-Fil-A saying, “What a perfect partner; our mission is the same – [one of which is] promoting healthy lifestyles -what a great, great, synergy.” In looking for ways to further encourage and involve kids, they came up with the idea of assigning each school their own special shirt, so kids would be able to quickly recognize their classmates – adding a little school spirit into the mix. The YMCA is inviting “all area elementary schools to build a team and will offer opportunities to clock miles during physical education classes,” according to Johnson. Miles can also be tracked in many activities including dancing, playing basketball, snow shoveling and more. There is an entry fee of $20 through Feb. 28; it goes up to $25 after that. Johnson said that they “will be offering scholarships to kids who cannot afford the fee; it is important to

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The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute has named Dr. Mark Greenawald interim associate dean of student affairs and Dr. David Trinkle associate dean of community and culture. In their new positions, Greenawald will oversee academic and career counseling at the medical school and Trinkle will develop the school’s interprofessionalism curriculum and will work to foster strong ties with the greater Roanoke Valley community. Trinkle will also oversee the school’s diversity program. “Dr. Greenawald is an outstanding physician, academician, and a leader in medical education,” said Dr. Cynda Ann Johnson, founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “His enthusiasm, dedication, and innovative spirit are key assets. As the interim associate dean of student affairs, he will work closely with students, so it was important that we chose a role model and someone who could relate to aspiring physicians. The students will be well-served with Mark in this position.” Johnson also said the asso-

Dr. Mark Greenawald ciate dean of community and culture is a critical management component at the school because of the importance of the local community’s involvement in the medical school’s interprofessional curriculum. “VTC is the only medical school in the country that places personal and professional leadership, teamwork, and ethics within the foundational framework of the medical school’s curriculum,” said Johnson. “As part of the interprofessionalism curriculum, our medical students will work with students from other health professions in the community, on service

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County Committee Encourages People to Think Green

learning projects.” Roanoke County administra- not afford expensive upgrades “Community leaders have altion representatives and citizen either. ready had a major impact durmembers of the “RC Clear” “Follow-up to field audits ing our multiple-mini interview committee – the County’s an- performed is crucial,” added weekends and they are curswer to Roanoke City’s “Clean Weitzenfeld, “as a way to judge rently working with us to put and Green” group – are looking their effectiveness.” In other the finishing touches on our inat ways to get the public more words, did people replace winterprofessionalism curriculum,” engaged on carbon footprint dows, seal leaks, install more efadded Johnson. “We have been reduction issues. The group, ficient furnaces, etc. after receivfortunate to be part of a giving which meets monthly, toured ing their audit? The RC Clear community and to have excelthe new fleet service center committee has just $50,000 lent physician leaders working building recently. to work with and must detertogether in this process. Dr. The facility on Hollins Road mine the best way to spend that Trinkle has forged some very meets certain LEED standards, money. It was noted that much strong ties in Roanoke and has Dr. David Trinkle meaning it was designed with more money has been allocated exemplified teamwork in this process.” sor in the Department of Psy- energy efficiency and conserva- elsewhere for similar “go green” Greenawald is the founding chiatry. At Carilion Clinic, he tion in mind. County vehicles efforts. Weitzenfeld said the county chair of the medical school’s De- is the training director of the are serviced at the 5.5 million dollar building, which opened might want to consider holding partment of Family Medicine. Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship He holds the rank of associate and is the geropsychiatric con- in November and replaced a workshops for those that want professor. At Carilion Clinic, sultant to the Geriatric Assess- much smaller facility located in to conduct energy audits. The Association of Energy ConserGreenawald is the associate ment Clinic, the League of Old- Salem. RC Clear then heard a prevation Professionals has also chair for undergraduate medi- er Americans, and to numerous cal education within the De- nursing homes in the Roanoke sentation from Billy Weitzen- produced a DVD that extols partment of Primary Care and Valley. He earned his bachelor’s feld with the Floyd-based Asso- the merits of energy audits and Regional Medicine. He is also degree and medical degree from ciation of Energy Conservation weatherization; in many cases the education director for the the University of Virginia, com- Professionals, concerning con- older Roanoke homes can be Carilion Clinic ­ Virginia Tech pleted his internship and resi- sumer education on energy effi- seen being tested and renovatCarilion Family Medicine Resi- dency at the Medical College of ciency and the merits of weath- ed. Many are curious about how dency. A graduate of Bucknell Virginia, and completed a fel- erizing homes. Weitzenfeld said a multilong it may take to recoup any University and the University of lowship in geriatric psychiatry pronged approach works best investment they might make Virginia School of Medicine, he at Northwestern University. when it comes to getting resi- to go greener. It begins by sellserved as a naval medical officer dents and businesses excited ing the sizzle: “You have to get for five years. about spending money up front people excited [and] show peoTrinkle is an associate profesto reduce their carbon footprint ple that this stuff works,” said and energy costs. He also said Weitzenfeld. that to some extent, people may By Gene Marrano be “fatigued” with green issues tion gained from campus visits; Charleston, SC, where he cur- at this point, so finding ways gmarrano@cox.net a list of resources for in-depth rently lives and spends his time to make the movement more information on specific colleges; largely with The Next Step cli- mainstream and practical are and a glossary to help with ter- ents and writing for educational important. minology related to admissions publications. 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Preacher’s Corner

The Gift of Lent -By Gary Robbins

Many people see Lent as a somber season of heavy clouds and weary faces. Some grew up fasting during Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent—and even for those who didn’t, Lent was often the time to give up Cokes, chocolates, and other things that you love. But I want to encourage you to think of the season of Lent as a gift—a time less for sacrificing things we love than embracing new possibilities for Life. Some of you, for example, may want to embrace a new spiritual discipline during the season of Lent. Maybe it’s the establishment of a regular morning or evening prayer time or a new commitment to keeping a spiritual journal. Maybe it’s exploring the ancient practice of lectio divina or committing to fifteen minutes of silence each day. Maybe it’s taking time to read one of the timeless devotional classics, spend a month working through one of the Gospels, or spend a weekend in a monastery. But Lent can be a time for other forms of spiritual discovery as well. Have you ever thought about making the season of Lent a season of poetry? Maybe you’ve always wanted to set aside time to read or write

poetry. Why not use this time during the season of Lent? Or recently there has been an explosion of books on faith and film. In my library, for example, I have"Praying the Movies," "Finding Meaning at the Movies," and "Lights, Camera…Faith!" Why not set aside one night a week to watch a movie that thoughtfully explores the human condition and think through what the film says about the agonies and ecstasies of being faithful, being compassionate, or being human? Maybe what you need is to rediscover music. Lent can be a time to reconnect with your love for the piano, the saxophone, the violin, or the guitar and make them again a language of joy, beauty, or self-expression. Lent can be a time of generosity and kindness. There are dozens of non-profit organizations that are doing invaluable work in our community and around the world. Why not give up that daily latte, eat out one less time a week, or put off buying that extra pair of pants or pair of shoes, and spend it on some other than yourself. Set aside that money and invest them in the health and well-being of others. Maybe it’s time to put down the remote,

get up off the couch, roll-up your sleeves and recommit yourself to working for the people in our community who need you. There are hundreds of different organizations, from the Free Clinic, to the Rescue Mission, to the Angels of Assisi, who need extra volunteers in these challenging financial times. Or maybe it just plain time to reconnect— reconnect with your children, reconnect with your spouse, reconnect with extended family that you have long since lost touch with. Many of us have not attended to some of the most important relationships in our lives. We know it—and so do our children, our family and our friends. Instead of giving up sweets, why not “be sweet” to the people who love you and care about you and who need to know that you still care. And so, the gift of Lent is before you—a blank canvas with forty open, unfilled days. What will you do to explore new ways of being open and attentive to the Spirit? What will you do with the gift of Lent? Gary Robbins is the Senior Pastor at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church. Visit them on the web at: www.gmumc.org

Most Americans Do Not Like Their Boss

Do you like your boss? Do you look forward to seeing your supervisor each morning, or, are you the kind of person who would have trouble concealing their delight if you were to witness the chief slipping on a patch of ice with a full cup of steaming coffee in hand? The Zurich-based Adecco Group recently conducted an online study which revealed that fifty-three percent of U.S. workers do not trust their boss and twenty-eight percent of those tested would fire their bosses immediately. Although my current boss is a princely fellow (among his finest qualities is that he is conveniently located in another city), I have been assigned to many a master who I would gladly blindfold and set out on the plank. The son of two strong union members, I have always been a tad leery of those I report to. Regardless of age, sex or disposition, the thought of a single person holding my future employment hostage is an unsettling vision. In college, I shared these discomforting thoughts with a fellow student, who, like me,

was struggling to stay con- my Dad worked in a dress facscious through a course entitled tory for decades for a boss who "Renaissance and Reforma- would bring in his tattered untion Europe 1300-1648." The derwear so his workers could same classmate invited me to a re-fit the briefs with new elastic dorm party a few weeks later, every few months. Astonisha cookout which turned out to ingly, no one considered this assignment an honor. be a gathering of the Many of the worst campus communist bosses I have enelement. Following dured shared simian enthusiastic relar philosophies and cruiting pitch aimed personality traits. All to bring me into the were workaholics, fold, I made my exit, Dickens-like characlong before the burgters who struggled ers were cooked. to see the human Bearing no grudge component in any towards these subsituation. A rather urban Bolsheviks, I Jon Kaufman Scrooge-like gentleexplained that I inman, who I once deed liked money, freedom and cable TV, I just worked for, suffered a heartdidn't like some well dressed attack in his mid-fifties. When I desk jockey telling me what to went to visit him in the hospital, I met his assistant and asked her do. During the last twenty years a how Arthur's surgery went. "It pattern has emerged regarding was an eight hour procedure; my employment; every good she quipped "seven hours to boss is always followed by a bad find it and one hour to fix it." I boss. No exceptions. It is as if knew exactly what she meant. Perhaps I was spoiled early the business gods have my soul on a string like a giant yo-yo. in my working life? My first Happiness followed by misery boss was a man named Wilin three to five year intervals. lie Pearson, an older man who It could be worse I suppose; bore a striking resemblance to

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actor Morgan Freeman. Sensing that my life was a bit too comfortable, my Dad arranged a position for me in the factory in which he worked and Willie was the foreman of the shipping department. Sixteen years-old and never previously employed, I begrudgingly accompanied my Dad to work not knowing what to expect. The shipping staff at Petite Frocks was an odd combination of college students (home for summer vacation) and young Hispanic garment workers. I was the baby of the group. Our jobs were pretty simple; read the orders we were given, pick the order from stock, box-up the goods and slide the boxes down the line for shipping. Needless to say, this kind of labor was tedious and not particularly stimulating. Sensing that I was less than excited to join the working class, Willie spent most of my first day training me on the intricacies of box construction and order picking. Although Willie was a man in his fifties, he always worked shoulder to shoulder with his group. Whether it was climbing racks to find specific clothing or lifting huge boxes onto the scales, Willie never asked anyone to do a job that he wasn't already doing himself. One could not help but admire this long-lanky fellow and the work ethic he passed on to his charges. Unlike the majority of the people in the U.S., I appreciate my boss and would carry him to work on my back every day, knowing what is in store for me at my next position. If my job history repeats on my next goaround, let it repeat the name Willie, Betsy, Libba, Steve, or the moniker of any of the great bosses in my past. Life is too short to hope for an icy sidewalk and a boss-bound hot cup of java, again.

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Carpe Diem

I recently came across those ing where hundreds of photofamiliar words, “For everything graphs of former students were there is a season.” Many know displayed. The teacher, aka R. it is from the Bible, some know Williams, asked his charges, it is from Ecclesiastes, and a few “Gentlemen, what do all these know it as the 3rd chapter. Al- former students have in commost no one knows anything mon?” The answer, which was else about that book except it not forthcoming, was “They’re paints a bleak picture of life. all DEAD!” The object lesson Twenty-five hundred years later, was, carpe diem, seize the day. I have lived 26,971 days. it’s pretty much the same. That verse put me in mind of Google “How Long Have I an ancient Kodak ad from the Lived?” and you will find out Sunday night TV show, “The some astounding facts. You Wonderful World of Disney.” can calculate how many times The commercial song had a line, has your heart has beaten. (For “Where are you going my little me, 2,797,433,380 . . . and, like one, little one? Turn around, the Energizer bunny, still goturn around and you’re two; ing.) How many of those days turn around and you’re four; have I seized? Not enough, I’m turn around and afraid. It would be you’re a young girl convenient to know going out the door.” how many more I The object was, of have left . . . but not course, for you to a good idea. If there turn around and buy are thousands more, an Instamatic to capthere would be no ture those fleeting compelling reason to do anything exmoments. traordinary tomorAs young immortals we had little rearow. If there are only 3, then I wouldn’t son to think about death and dying. Hayden Hollingsworth even have time to arrange my affairs, To be sure, there were terrible things that hap- let alone shore up my doubts pened to innocent people, but about an afterlife. Gandhi said it best, “Live as if along with being immortal we thought we were invulnerable: it you were to die tomorrow; learn would happen to someone else. as if you were to live forever.” The awakening to the dan- Some nameless wag corrupted ger of that falsehood can come that by deleting the second in many ways. Too often, it’s a phrase and substituting, “One tragic death of a young friend day you will be right!” Having been at this a long or loved one. If we escape that, it will be only a temporary re- time, the idea that it won’t last prieve; each passing decade be- forever is constantly at hand. comes a reminder that the clock That’s an important learning, is ticking. As John Donne has even when you’re young, but it it, “Send not to know for whom gains traction when really old people start calling you, “Sir,” the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” With the airways and print and hold the door for you. None of this is new informastill be saturated with the disaster of Haiti, anyone who tion. Recently, there have been thinks should realize the capri- so many unexpected deaths of cious nature of the unexpected. friends, so monstrous a disaster, The orphans and the homeless that it’s important to realize that never expected to find them- capturing the moment, seizselves suddenly lost and alone. ing the day, or whatever works The only redeeming feature is for you needs to be more than the overwhelming worldwide a catchy phrase; it’s a call to acresponse to bring help. We all tion. If, in opposition to the advice know things will never be the same for those most severely of Dylan Thomas, we choose to affected, but at least the effort is go gently into that good night, we can hope there’s still time being made. Years ago, Robin Williams’ enough to make the most of film, The Dead Poet’s Soci- what is left and not find it dark ety, opened with a memorable on the other side. scene. At the tony prep school, Contact Hayden at the new students were shown jhayden2003@cox.net the entrance way to a build-

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Chih-nan Chang was born in Fujian, China in 1940 and grew up in Taiwan. He graduated from Tunghai University with a major in English and came to the United States in 1965, where he continued his Masters program at Southern Illinois. He eventually moved to Roanoke and opened the Fiji Island restaurant in 1971. He sold the restaurant a few years ago and spends his time managing his rental property. Chih-nan and his wife, Rebecca, were married in 1983 and have two children, JenniContact Jon at fer and David. They make their Jon.Kaufman@sprint.com home in the Salem area. His favorite places are the Blue Ridge Parkway, the moun-

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Instilling the Love of Language After Divorce, Slow Down and the Written Word Staring at a blank sheet of paper reminds me sionally he would write a compliment for a good of Dr. Mahler’s class, English 10, at Mary Baldwin simile, or an original way of expressing an idea, College in the early ‘50s. When I enrolled, the and we would be one step higher on the ladder placement test in English showed that I knew my to successful self expression. Of course we were grammar and did not have to take English I. The expected to re-write, employing his suggestions, alternative for those who passed the test was Eng- and bring our revisions to the next class. lish 10 with Dr. Mahler—forty-five minutes three I drained my memory for topics each time I times a week spent reading literature and attempt- faced that blank sheet of paper – and when you’re ing to compose our own version of literature. only sixteen, your memory is not that profuse. By Dr. Andrew Mahler was a hulk of the end of the year, I had overcome a man, tall and slow moving. Balding the shiver of fear I experienced as I on top, his few light-brown hairs stood climbed the steps to his classroom. I straight up. His shoulders slumped even found myself looking forward slightly forward. His watery blue eyes to the brief time I would spend in seemed to pierce right through me. Dr. Mahler’s classroom. I learned to When he spoke, his voice could be soft use the dictionary and thesaurus and and low or a loud bellow – depending avoid dangling participles, run-on upon the tone of the poetry he was resentences, and sentences that ended citing or the directions he was giving. At with prepositions. I welcomed the first glance, you might think him a giblue ink on my themes and treasured ant moron. But you would be wrong. the occasional compliments. Mary Jo Shannon He was a brilliant, talented man with But most importantly, Dr. Mahler a gentle heart, who loved the English instilled in me -- and the rest of the language and hoped to kindle that love in the students – his own love of language and its written hearts of the small group of young women in this expression. That love formed a foundation for all special class. my studies, and carried over into my teaching caEnglish 10 focused on literature and writing, reer. Even at the preschool level, teachers and parwith the emphasis on writing. Often after we as- ents can instill a love for the English language by sembled, Dr. Mahler would lean back in his chair, reading to children regularly, by writing for them scan the faces before him and say, “Young ladies, their explanations of pictures they have drawn, please spend this period writing a theme. Any and by encouraging them to use their imaginasubject will do.” Then he would open one of the tion and create stories. books stacked on his desk and we would each For several years I have served as a judge for the stare at a blank sheet of paper. Reading Rainbow contest for Young Writers and Except for an occasional cough, or the sound of Illustrators, sponsored by Blue Ridge Television. paper crunching as someone decided their begin- This contest provides an incentive for children to ning just wouldn’t do, the classroom was silent. I write, and each year I am amazed at the quality remember struggling for the first few words, and of some of the entries. I hope high school teachthen the dam broke and they flowed freely. ers and college professors will provide regular opOften before I reached my conclusion, Dr. portunities for students to write – not just term Mahler came lumbering down the aisle, his broad papers but whatever comes to mind, as they face hand extended to receive our morning sacrifice. It the blank sheets of paper upon which all stories would be returned the next class, blue ink correct- eventually come to life. ing our mistakes, striking out the over-used adjecContact Mary Jo at tives and weak verbs, or making suggestions for info@newsroanoke.com improving the organization of the piece. Occa-

The Happy Chef

by Leigh Sackett

Steak-Cut Oven Fries with Blue Cheese Dip So Lent is here and once again I am choosing to give something up. (This year it is cheese again - a HUGE challenge for pizza loving me!) Whenever I do stop and think about the object or activity I am giving up, I do think of Jesus, so I guess the extra daily reminder of my Lord and what He sacrifices is a wonderful thing. But giving up such a "luxury" as cheese seems a little petty and unimportant - not any real kind of sacrifice. There are people who have nothing and then they lose everything in an earthquake and here I am giving up cheese for Lent. But I will give up cheese because it will help me focus on Christ during Lent but I want to work harder to give up much more - I want to also give up things that will put me more in line with who God wants me to be. I want to give up things that will change who I am - like gossip, arrogance, negativity, pride or maybe even more concrete things like TV or time spent on the computer. To eliminate these things, for maybe even a short period of time, allows us to see so many things that remain hidden behind the many distractions of our days and ultimately moves us closer to who God intends us to be. If you're pondering such an effort, give it a go. It is worth a try. It is only forty days. This recipe looks so good. Blue cheese is one of my favorites. I will look forward to a double dose of this on Easter Sunday! -To make the blue cheese dip: In a food processor, combine the mayonnaise, blue cheese, butterDip: milk, shallot, lemon juice and zest, Worcestershire, 1 cup mayonnaise salt, and celery seed. Pulse until evenly combined 1 cup crumbled Maytag or other blue cheese but still slightly chunky. Stir in the parsley and sea(about 6 ounces) son with pepper, to taste. Transfer the dip to a bowl 1/2 cup buttermilk and refrigerate for the flavors to come together 1 shallot, minced while you make the fries. 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice -To make the fries: Position a rack in the cen1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest ter of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees. Put a 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce baking sheet on the center rack and preheat for 10 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt minutes. 1/4 teaspoon celery seed -Meanwhile, cut the potatoes lengthwise into 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley wedges by eighths, leaving the skins on. In a large Freshly ground black pepper bowl toss the wedges with the olive oil. -Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the Fries: oven and arrange the potato wedges cut-side down 4 medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds), on it, keeping them evenly spaced. Using a rubber scrubbed spatula, scrape the remaining oil in the bowl over 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil the potatoes (it helps them get crispy). Bake until Kosher salt browned and crisp, about 30 minutes. Transfer the fries to a serving platter and season with salt, to taste. Serve immediately with the blue cheese dip.

Congressman Goodlatte Sings the Same Old Song Dear Editor, Congressman Goodlatte is consistent. Same old, tired Republican dogma. Cut spending, cut taxes and pass legislation that is favorable to big business and big contributions. The Republican base and the new group of "Tea Party Patriots" love it. No new ideas, no proposals to correct things, just No, No, No to any Democratic proposal. Clinton left us with a balanced budget and Bush left us with a financial disaster. Bob, don't worry, the base vote will continue to keep you in office. It's a shame. Sixteen years in Congress, only it's one year repeated 16 times. No new ideas, just vote No. What a shame. - John M. Hudgins, Jr., Salem

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It is an unfortunate reality that divorce is so that they have grown to know and feel comfortcommon in our children’s lives today. Some able in. In most cases they do not see the introwould say that we don’t see divorce as that big of duction of another individual as stabilizing, it is a deal these days, while others, myself included, just another aspect that makes developing stabilwould say that we don’t see marriage as that big ity in this new reality that much harder. It is tough of a deal. Regardless of why it is so common, it enough for a kid to figure out how to deal with is important to realize that children process and two parents who are divorced than to have to deal move through the realities of divorce much differ- with where to put another adult who now has alently and at a different pace than adults. legiances to one of their parents and not the other. Too often I am asked questions such The development of a new and stable as, “How long do you think it should system with their parents is what is be before I date again?” “When should most vital for them. I introduce the kids to my girlfriend?” A third thing to consider is that or “Is it true that I need to wait a year once divorced, the job of dealing with before I find someone else?” My rethe other parent is in many cases, more sponse is usually seen as not very posidifficult. The healthiest position is that tive. I often ask an individual why they the divorced parents support each oththink they will or should ever date or ers role with the kids. For the children pursue another relationship. After a to see this unity goes a long way in few blank stares and often a little defendeveloping stability in their upended siveness, I ask if they are considering lives. As one parent commented to Keith McCurdy what is best for their children. Many me recently, “I have to work harder times I find out that parents aren’t now to deal with their father than I aware of how what they are going through differs did when we were married.” This process takes from what the children are processing. Here are time and can be much more difficult when trying a few examples. to juggle a new relationship at the same time. Parents are often thinking of pursuing another There are many great stepparents out there torelationship. It is much easier for an adult after day that make tremendous differences in the lives divorce to see their past marriage as over and of their stepchildren. It is not that this should be finished and therefore, they now have a void that avoided. The key is to not rush in that direction. they would like to fill. This leads them to look For children of divorce, stability with their parents for another relationship. Children for the most is the most important aspect of dealing with dipart, don’t have the same type of void. They did vorce. not lose a spouse and in most cases did not lose a This stability with the new dynamics of divorced parent. For them, they still have loyalties to both parents is a slow and delicate process. Some chilparents and are not considering having another dren struggle with this for the rest of their lives. It individual involved in their lives in a parenting is often said that children are very resilient, and role. For an adult, the feeling of life being out of they are. They are, however, rarely ready to accept control after divorce often appears to be eased a new person in their life at the time that their parwith another relationship. For a child, the feeling ent may be ready to have a new relationship. Just of being out of control is eased when they see that because a parent is ready to move on is not an inregardless of divorce, they still have ongoing lov- dication that a child is. Don’t buy into the lie that ing relationships with their parents and that their “they need another parent.” In their world they parents can relate to each other in a healthy man- still have two parents to deal with. For the sake ner. Another adult involved in the process is often of the children, slow down the process of a new a distraction and can make it more difficult for a relationship and focus on development of stabilchild to perceive stability in their life. ity in their new circumstances. Your children will Another difference between parents and chil- love you for it. dren in divorce is that the adults have lost a specifContact Keith at ic type of relationship. The children on the other psycyou@msn.com hand have not. They have lost a specific system

Commentary: Berglund Automotive Goes the Extra Mile We will all remember the big snowstorm of February 2010. My two dogs, Thelma and Louise and I were in Snowshoe, WV. We decided to leave early in the morning for Raleigh, NC in order to “beat” the storm. By the time we left at 6:30 AM, it was already snowing. But as we were packed and ready, I said to myself, “It can’t be that bad,” and off we went. I should have checked the weather better, it was pretty tough driving. But my Jeep trudged thru the snow with no problem. We stopped for a break in Daleville, VA. After a short walk, of course in the snow, with the puppy girls, we piled back into the car. I started the car and tried to put it into gear and instead got a scraping noise. I turned the car off and tried again. Other issues occurred involving the four wheel drive system and I decided I needed to get repairs before continuing to NC. So I called the closest Jeep dealership. They were sending everyone home and said that that they were not certain they would make it home safe at this point. And I certainly understood as I was driving in exactly that! So I called Berglund

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Chrysler – Jeep – Dodge. They said they were getting ready to leave but to come. I told them I was 5 miles away but could only go 25 miles per hour (because I could not get out of four wheel drive low), but would be there soon. When I arrived, they listened to me, took my car, let my dogs roam the showroom, the offices and at one point, Thelma was in the repair area. They were frying chicken and potatoes and included me in lunch. They sat and talked with me. And kept me informed regarding my Jeep. Turned out to be the actuator, which they replaced and made notes on my invoice as to what else I needed to have done, not only regarding the immediate problem but also a couple other issues. My mechanic, Andy Brian, was thorough. And the General Manager, Walt Frazier, walked out with me to check with Andy and told me to feel free to check with Andy anytime. Andy talked with me and explained to me the problem and the solution. I was first of all thankful that I had not had the problem in a desolate area. But I was also

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Cave Spring Gets a Visit from Abe A recent Friday at Cave Spring Elementary School was lively and noisy everywhere except the Library. While a raucous parade complete with banners and dragons stomped through the halls in celebration of the Chinese New Year, a class of attentive youngsters listened as the librarian read about Abraham Lincoln. Jaws dropped as a few fidgety kids turned their head and saw old Abe himself standing in the library. He had arrived to speak to the next group of kids. Mr. Robert Adams, the Board Chairman of Subway of Roanoke, was dressed as the venerable president to encourage the children to read. The father of five children read from the scholastic book series titled “Let’s Read About Abraham Lincoln,” by Sonia Black. As the first grade class he was presenting to entered the library there were waves and comments

Abe Lincoln participates in class prior to reading to the children at Cave Spring Elementary. from numbers of students. President Lincoln’s portrait graces the five dollar bill, which provided a great opportunity for a tie-in. Students were presented with gift certificates for a “five dollar foot long” along with a copy of the book that was being read. The students proved the efficacy of marketing when some of them spontaneously broke into

the song made infamous by the commercial upon learning they were receiving a five dollar gift certificate. When offered the opportunity to ask “Abe” questions, one of the students asked in all sincerity, “Didn’t somebody shoot you?” Indeed, but Lincoln lives on in reputation and effective marketing.

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"Micro Cinema" to Open in Downtown Roanoke Local film enthusiast Jason Garnett joined Ed Walker in announcing the launch of “The Shadowbox,” a new community microcinema in downtown Roanoke. “My goal is to see Roanoke become a beacon for cinephiles everywhere,” said Jason Garnett. “I look forward to providing a venue for filmmakers to show their work and the audience to actively participate in screenings in a warm, casual environment.” The Shadowbox will be housed at 22 Kirk Avenue in downtown Roanoke – an area that is quickly emerging as a vibrant cultural center of the city – and is dedicated to providing unique and innovative cinematic events that support the arts and cultural community of the region. “Community microcinema has quickly become a connecting point for film makers nationwide,” said Ed Walker. “The Shadowbox is another step in the vibrant growth of Roanoke’s creative culture and we are

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Members of the Arts Community and the Roanoke Press turned out in force to hear about “The Shadowbox.” thrilled to have someone with Jason Garnett’s experience and sensibility to lead this effort.” The Shadowbox will show original and independent films and host energetic and fun cinema events. “My aim is to allow the audience to be more involved in the films they’re watching and expose them to additional works,” said Jason Garnett. “The lounge

setting of The Shadowbox will allow room for possible prescreening discussions, live music or contests – each tailored to the evening’s piece.” Opening night is scheduled for March 27, 2010. For more information visit www.TheShadowboxCinema. com By Stephanie Koehler stephaniekoehler@cox,net

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Free Clinic Dedicated at Mission

The Rescue Mission celebrated the accomplishments of key volunteers and dedicated the Dr. G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic for the Homeless last Sunday. The new 7,300 sq. ft. clinic, located onsite at the Rescue Mission, combines and expands three free clinics for the Homeless (medical, psychiatric, and dental) into one facility. This allows them to share resources such as support staff, utilities, insurance, and other operational costs, making the combined clinics more efficient. This doubling of space will allow for 4 permanent dental operatories, 2 psychiatric counseling offices, and 6 exam rooms. The combined clinics will increase capacity, provide easy access to the homeless population, be more visible, and increase parking for volunteers. Most importantly, the G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic will serve the homeless by providing medical, dental and psychiatric clinic at no charge. Volunteers provided 76,743 hours in 2009 or the equivalent of 37 full time employees to make this possible at the Rescue Mission. Sixteen volunteers and volunteer groups who provided exceptional service were recognized at Sunday's event. Brandon Oaks catered the dedication reception and has made a gift to outfit the clinic's community room with appliances.

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Williams to Play for Navy Salem, Cave Spring Tune-Up For Post Season

David Williams will be spending his Saturdays in the fall hauling the rock for the Midshipmen. On Monday, former Hidden Valley standout running back David Williams signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the U.S. Naval Academy. The signing came a few weeks after Williams received a congressional appointment at the Naval Academy, along with an offer to play football for the Midshipmen, who went 10-4 in 2009, defeating Notre Dame and Missouri (in the Texas Bowl) and coming within minutes of upsetting Rose Bowl champ Ohio State. Before the start of the season, no one was quite sure what the Titans had in Williams. During his first three seasons on the team, Williams was second on the depth chart behind David Turner. But when he got his chance, Williams didn’t disappoint, rushing for over 2,500 yards and 23 touch-

downs, and averaging nearly eight yards per carry. He was named First Team All-State for Group AA. “He had a year that might not happen again in the Roanoke Valley for a long time,” Titans Head Coach Scott Weaver said. “For him to do what he did, putting up those numbers even though most teams we played knew we wanted to run the ball a lot, it was pretty amazing.” At Navy, Williams may be used as a wingback or a fullback. Weaver is certain he can play either position. “I told the coaches if they wanted him to show up for camp weighing 205 to play fullback, then he’ll show up at 205 and play fullback,” he said. “On the other hand, if they want him to show up at 185 and play wingback, then he’ll do that, too. That’s just the type of kid he is – he’s so determined.” Williams will join his

Last Saturday’s 44-40 loss to Salem in a game that decided the River Ridge District regular season championship might have laid out a blueprint other schools can use as they try to prevent Cave Spring from repeating as the Group AA Region 3 state champs. That is, double and triple team Knights 7’ center Josh Henderson, and confront Billy Hicks’ team head on with a heavy dose of athleticism. Cave Spring trailed for most of the game, stormed back to take a lead late and then lost in overtime. They were without the services of the Vanderbilt-bound Henderson, who fouled out late in regulation. “We knew coming in that Josh Henderson was a great player,” said Reggie Barnette, one of the Spartans who gave the Knights fits. His brother Stephen was another one. “You can’t really stop him, you can only limit him,” said Barnette. “Whenever he got

the ball in the paint we tried to get a couple of bodies on him.” Salem and Cave Spring could meet in the River Ridge playoffs but not again after that, since Salem is a Region IV team. Barnette said it was a good confidence booster for his club to beat the Knights in a big contest. “That’s like a state [playoff] caliber game. If we go into every game in the playoffs …with that mentality, we’ll be all right.” Cave Spring head coach Billy Hicks was proud of his team’s effort in a losing cause. “We’ve Cave Spring #5 Mark Overgot more basketball to play,” he noted. But there were lessons street stares down a free to be learned from the Salem throw. game, played in an almost-full lessons should be learned. gym on a neutral site at Hid- If we’re going to make a post den Valley High School. season run we’ve got to learn “We’re not physically strong; from that and correct it.” our guards are small,” admitted Hicks. He also said his squad By Gene Marrano made some mistakes consisgmarrano@cox.net tently all year long. “We’re playing with seniors. These

brother, Matt, who will be a junior at the Academy and competes on the Sprint Team, as well as former Titan wide receiver Matt Aiken, who will be a sophmore on the football team. But before football, Williams will still have to complete the brutal Plebe Summer Program in Annapolis, Maryland. While sure to be difficult, the program shouldn’t be impossible for an athlete like Williams to complete. In addition to his spectacular football season, Williams reNorth Cross, aided by a 14-point run to start cently won the Region IV Division 4 wrestling title, and is the fourth quarter, pulled away to defeat SWVa considered a favorite to cap- Home School 77-50 in boys basketball Monday night at the James Muscaro gym. ture the state crown. North Cross improved to 9-6 on the season (5-1 VIC) to overcome the pesky Conquerors (14-5) as SWVHS hung tough for three quarters, despite By Matt Reeve clearly being at a significant height disadvantage. The Raiders had their fast-paced offense in gear Matt@newsroanoke.com early as they jumped out to a 20-11 lead after the first quarter and appeared ready to inflict a blowout. The Raider tandem of Toles Hartman and A.D. Banks kept the Raider faithful entertained

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with their patented barrage of monster slams for which SWVHS had no answer. But, SWVHS employed their own well-disciplined offense to remain in the game. The Conquerors were able to cut the deficit to single digits in the third quarter and only trailed 53-39 heading to the final frame before North Cross pulled away. Toles Hartman led North Cross with 17 points and 10 rebounds. A.D. Banks, showing a full recovery from an early season broken jaw, chipped in 15 points while Brandon Trent had 10 for the Raiders.

Hall of Fame Dinner Features Former Orioles Standout

Former O’s standout Paul Blair addressed the Hall of Fame banquet recently.

even for a hothead manager like Billy Martin? “Nothing like it,” said Blair, a Maryland resident who is content to play golf in retirement now. More than 80 people are now enshrined in the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame, located near Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. Blair said doing things “from the heart,” can pay off, even with induction into a local Hall of Fame. “It gives other people an incentive. If you do well and dedicate yourself to young kids, every now and then you’re going to get rewarded.”

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Time Is Money: Deciding When to Take Social Security One of the few things you can control about Social Security is when to start collecting it. Should you take it when you become eligible at age 62, wait until “normal” retirement age (a function of your birth date) or consider delaying your benefits past normal retirement age? To help you make this decision, consider that, on average, Americans are living longer than ever before. Clearly, the longer you expect to live, the more sense it makes to delay taking Social Security. But of course, each person’s circumstances and needs are different—here’s a look at how timing can affect the benefits you receive. Early Benefits. The soonest you can collect Social Security is age 62. But taking payments at 62 will result in a permanently reduced benefit, ranging from a 20% reduction for people born in 1937 up to 30% for those born in 1960 or later. You may want to consider early benefits if you need income but prefer to leave your portfolio intact, or if you intend to invest the benefits to try to earn a more competitive return (though there’s no guarantee you will do so). Full Benefits. Eligibility for full Social Security benefits varies according to the year you were born. Depending on how long you worked and how much you earned over your lifetime, the maximum benefit you could collect at normal retirement age (65 years and 10 months) is $2,185 per month in 2008. Consider waiting for full benefits if you plan to work until age 65, if you want to ensure a larger survivor’s benefit for your spouse or if family history and good health may lead to an above-average life expectancy. Refer to the Social Security Web site (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/quickcalc/when2retire.html)

to calculate your “breakeven” age, when the accumulated value of higher benefits from postponing retirement will start to exceed the value of lower benefits from choosing early retirement. Delayed Benefits. If you continue working beyond your normal retirement age, you will be eligible to collect a permanently increased Social Security benefit when you do retire. Approximately 8% more per year will be added automatically to the permanent benefit amount for every year you wait. Delaying benefits past age 70 will generally add nothing more to your monthly benefit. To help assess your situation, refer to your personalized Social Security Statement, which estimates the monthly Social Security benefits you may qualify for (go to http://www.socialsecurity. gov/mystatement for a copy of your statement). You may also wish to enlist the help of a financial professional to crunch some numbers and determine what sort of timing would best support the retirement you envision. Eddie Link is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney located in Roanoke VA and may be reached at 540-983-4908 or nelson.e.link. jr@smithbarney.com. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its affiliates do not provide tax or legal advice. To the extent that this material or any attachment concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

City Schedules Spring Career and Lifestyle Fair

As a result of the success and momentum of recent job fairs, and the continued economic environment, the City of Roanoke will host the Spring Career and Lifestyle Fair on Monday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Roanoke Civic Center Exhibit Hall. More than 40 organizations will be represented at the event. Exhibitors include companies offering jobs, entrepreneurial organizations showcasing resources to assist with business startups, and lifestyle organizations offering a diverse mix of social and cultural amenities. "There has been so much positive momentum at our recent job fairs, with large attendance and participants being placed in good positions. Thus, we want to continue our responsibility to provide opportunities for job seekers to interact with employers," says Economic Development Specialist Lisa Soltis. The spring event targets college students on

spring break, as well as other job seekers. "Many of the Virginia colleges and universities start spring break on the Friday prior to this event, and we hope to give students from the Roanoke region a look at available positions here and lure them to Roanoke as they enter the job market and build their careers," says Soltis. "The Spring Career and Lifestyle Fair offers the occasion for job seekers to meet face-to-face with employers to learn what opportunities are available for them and the best way to proceed with the application process." Admission to the fair is free for both attendees and exhibitors. For more information on being an exhibitor, contact Lisa Soltis at 540-853-1694 or lisa.soltis@roanokeva.gov. Or visit the Web site at www.roanokeva.gov/fairs.

Roanoke Based TMEIC Opens New Office in Houston Texas

TMEIC has opened a sales and engineering office in Houston to further support its customers in the petroleum, oil, gas and energy industries. The office is overseen by Adrian D. Thomas, North American Sales Leader, and will employ a team of sales and application engineers with in-depth experience in these rapidly growing sectors of the marketplace. Because Houston is a global center of the oil and gas and energy industries, TMEIC has chosen to open an office for greater access for OEM’s, consultants, engineering firms, and international oil companies that use our products and services, says Dale Guidry, president and CEO of TMEIC North American Operations. We are growing to meet the needs of our customers with timely application support every project, every time. Guidry says that the Houston office will provide sales and application engineering services at the Texas location. Support functions will remain at the Roanoke headquarters. With offices on five continents, TMEIC designs and develops advanced automation and drive systems. The company has major operations in Japan, 2711 Franklin Rd. China, Singapore, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Roanoke, VA 24014

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Local Environmental Coalition Kicks Off “Kill-A-Watt” Lending Program, Announces New Board Members

In an effort to promote energy efficiency and conservation, Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition are now lending “Kill-aWatt” meters to area residents and businesses. These units show how much electricity is being used by plug-in devices in a home or business. Many utility customers will be surprised to learn that they have some real “energy hogs” that are running up their electric bills needlessly. The meters will also help locate “phantom” or “vampire” energy loads, those notorious devices that keep the electric meter running 24/7 even when they’re turned off. Interested persons should look for the “Kill-a-Watt Program” link on the coalition’s web site (RVCCC.ORG). Full program details about the twoweek meter lending program will be found there, plus downloads of helpful tips on how to get the most benefit out of the Kill-a-Watt meter and how to reduce the wasteful use of energy. Access to the Kill-a-Watt meters, which were provided by Direct Connect Solar and Electric, is offered by Cool Cities as a free community service. The Cool Cities Coalition has also announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors, Jeremy Holmes and Chad Braby, both of Roanoke. Jeremy Holmes is the Director for the Roanoke Valley - Alleghany Regional Commission’s RIDE Solutions program (www. ridesolutions.org/), which has

been a member of the Cool Cities Coalition since 2006 and has supported the goals of the coalition in a wide variety of ways. Mr. Holmes is widely known as a leading advocate of carpooling, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian transportation. He is also a leading proponent of the use of social media to engage and educate the community about environmentally responsible transportation choices. He has been involved with many community organiChad Braby zations, including the Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition, the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, BikeWalk Virginia, the Creative Connectors program, and the City of Roanoke’s Citizens for Clean and Green Committee. Chad Braby is a civil engineer and is Regional Manager for Ohio-based general contractor, Ulliman Schutte Construction. He has been involved in environmental advocacy since his junior high school days, and has contributed to the mission of Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Jeremy Holmes Coalition nearly since its inception. He was the organizer his position on the Cool Cities of the successful Climate Rally board upon his appointment to sponsored by Cool Cities in the Roanoke City Council, and October 2009. He is involved Ms. Lupkin completed her dein various community organi- gree in Environmental Studies zations and is presently serving at Roanoke College and relocatas Vice President of the Greater ed to Massachusetts where she Raleigh Court Civic League. is employed as Senior Research These two new directors re- Associate at the Sustainable Enplace two of the coalition’s origi- dowments Institute. nal board, Rupert Cutler and Lea Lupkin. Dr. Cutler resigned

Roanoke IRS Office Will Be Open Saturday February 20 The Roanoke Internal Revenue Service office, 400 N Eighth St., will be one of 200 Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC), in more than 190 cities nationwide, to open its doors on Saturday, February 20, 2010. From 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., IRS staff will provide assistance for taxpayers dealing with difficult economic times. “There are many tax credits and deductions that may help individuals struggling in tough economic times to save money on their taxes this year,” said Jim Dupree, IRS Spokesman for Virginia. “For example, this year many people will qualify for EITC for the first time because their incomes declined, their marital status changed or because of credit expansions to help people as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under the act, taxpayers with three or more children get an extra boost with a larger credit this year,” he said. IRS employees in Roanoke will answer questions for taxpayers on the full range of tax law provisions such as the new allowance for $2,400 of tax-free unemployment compensation benefits. Free tax preparation and electronic filing for individuals who earn $49,000 or less will be available. Most tax forms are available in the TAC, although downloadable copies of tax forms on IRS.gov can save taxpayers a trip if all they require are tax forms. Taxpayers seeking help with tax preparation should bring: photo identification (for each spouse, if applicable); Social Security cards for each person listed on the tax return; tax booklets; all wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2); interest and dividend statements (Forms

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2010 Marginal Arts Festival Celebrates Paper Engineering and Opera Last year’s First Annual Marginal Arts Festival featured a crazy-fun parade, high-energy acrobatic dancing, great music, graphic arts and performance art. Beyond the magic of the moment, it set the stage for an even better festival this year. Speaking to a capacity crowd at the Taubman Museum’s Box Lunch Forum on Friday, February 12, Colette Fu (daughter of “Local Colors” founder Pearl Fu) introduced the audience to the art of pop-up books for adults, which dates back to the 13th century and enjoys an appreciable European following today. The art form requires the skills of a paper engineer as Fu fuses her award-winning photography with computer graphics designs and the crafting of intricate foldout mechanisms. Fu’s work is eye-popping gorgeous. Using pop-up art as a vehicle for content has resulted in art that both delights and enlightens her audience. Her first series of pop-up books offers a visual essay on fears and anxiety as communicated through pop-up photographs of unsettling, haunting images of landmarks found in historical Philadelphia. Her latest series focuses on her study of 25 minority ethnic tribes (some on the verge of extinction) in southwest China’s Yunnan province, where her mother lived as a child. In 2008 she visited the province as a Fulbright scholar, but it was Colette Fu, the daughter of a member of the Yi tribe, for whom the gates of hospitality were opened, and the people shared with her their tribal legends, religious beliefs, and customs. The Q&A at the end of the lecture (accompanied by a photo presentation) gave Fu the opportunity to share the experience of her journey to a remote province of China. Her purpose was not to engage the people with political philosophies, but to tell the stories of the people…ultimately by means of pop-up book art. Brian Counihan, Marginal Arts Festival Director, who was seated in the audience, received enthusiastic applause when he was introduced -- the crowd showing appreciation for his part in putting together an amazing festival that would culminate at the Fat Tuesday Party at the Jefferson Center on February 16.

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A pop-up book by Colette Fu on display during the Marginal Arts Festival at the Taubman Museum of Art. The pop-up features a woman of the nearly extinct Tattooed Women tribe. The next evening at the Dumas Theatre, Marginal Arts Festival goers were treated to a shortened, uncostumed debut of “Miss Lucy, A Folk Opera in Two Acts,” which will be presented in a world premiere in the spring. This opera, written and directed by Les Epstein, drama teacher at Community High School for Arts & Academics, has it all: the coolest of bluegrass background music played by Blue Mule, operatic music composed by Tom Ohmsen and William Penn and directed by Kevin Smith, outstanding singers including Karl Lindevaldsen, Idara Aquaowo, Drew Dowdy and T.J. Anderson, and a riveting story line laced with humor that combines local history, the Supreme Court ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson (“separate but equal”), the building of the railroad, and two characters that represent opposite poles of late 19th century Roanoke citizenry – the very real Miss Lucy Addison and fictional Confederate War veteran Captain J.T. Burke. At the conclusion, an appreciative audience filed out, filled with excitement that comes when something wonderful is in the works; performances of “Miss Lucy” are scheduled for May 2010. By Gail Tansill Lambert info@newsroanoke.com

RSO Delivers Romance and Passion

As the cold winter maturity way beyond his gripped the air outside years. The audience was Jefferson Center – the fixated as he passionRSO warmed the hearts ately played the nearly of everyone in Shaftman 40-minute piece without Hall during its second of a glimpse of fatigue – two sold out Valentine’s but rather with vibrance, weekend shows. With power and grace. selections embracing The Maestro – clearly a romantic theme, this feeling the music from masterworks concert dehis fingertips to his toes livered on every note and -- almost waltzed with his at every level. In choosgestures as he led the muing Beethoven's "Pastosician into the final and rale" Symphony, it was as exhilarating movement of if Maestro Wiley knew Rachmaninoff. The sold the audience would be faout crowd burst to their tigued by the long snowy feet for a standing ovation winter and would need filled with thunderous apvisions of spring. The plause and raucous shouts themes and melodies unof approval. folded in a leisurely pace – David Stewart Wiley like a gentle stroll on a lazy and the RSO consistently summer day. The gentle deliver brilliant and crebirdcalls flowed exqui- David Stewart Wiley with guest pianist ative performances – but sitely from the woodwinds Tavit Tashjian. this one was different. at the end of "Scene by a From the charm and inBrook" – perfectly capturtimacy of the pre-concert ing Beethoven's melancholy farewell to his declin- Illuminations to soaring melodies of Beethoven’s ing hearing. “Pastorale” and the roaring march of RachmaniTo further melt the hearts of ladies everywhere, noff ’s opus 30 to the final note of the second the dashing Armenian pianist, Tavit Tashjian, encore, David Stewart Wiley and Tavit Tashjian dazzled with his vibrant smile and feathery light delivered a performance capable of thawing the fingering of the piano keys. The Cyprus born Ar- coldest of hearts. menian pianist -- a 23 year old rising star – made his debut with RSO & Maestro Wiley, brilliantly By Stephanie Koehler delivering the bold youthful romance of the great stephaniekoehler@cox,net Rachmaninoff third concerto with a depth and

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Roanoke’s new experimental theater space, Studio Roanoke, is teaming up with the city public library system for “No Shame in the Afternoon,” a G-rated version of the improvisational 5-minute performance event now found every Friday night at Studio Roanoke on Campbell Avenue. Artistic director Todd Ristau, who also teaches playwriting at Hollins University, will offer a 90-minute workshop on Monday night (Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.) at the main branch library on S. Jefferson. Ristau will talk about writing a five-minute piece and then performing it. He’s also acted in more than 400 roles. Ristau created the No Shame concept in Iowa more than 20 years ago. The library will offer its first No Shame in the Afternoon event on Wednesday, March 3 at 12:15 p.m., giving five-minute slots to whoever is brave enough to try it. Resource development coordinator River Laker says they will offer No Shame once a month after that. “I thought it would be great to do something with them,” says Laker of the collaboration with Studio Roanoke. Studio Roanoke development coordinator Chad Runyon says No Shame in the Afternoon is a good way to spread the word about the little playhouse on Campbell; it’s also part of an outreach program. Runyon, a William Byrd High School and Virginia Tech graduate, spent five years teaching English in Japan and then lived elsewhere. He came back recently to visit his parents and says with a smile that he was “trapped by Studio Roanoke.” While in Japan Runyon first became interested in performing himself; in addition to trying his hand at No Shame, the former communications major has also been in two plays at Studio Roanoke, most recently as the drug dealer “Joe” in

Chad Runyon (left) on stage recently at Studio Roanoke.

Ashville. “No Shame participants can do whatever they want to on stage,” says Runyon, “as long as they follow several simple rules: the material must be original, five minutes or less, and performers cannot break anything, hurt anyone or break the law.” Write about something you have passion for or “care about,” is his advice. No Shame “can be a bit of baptism by fire,” says Runyon, who didn’t envision himself on stage six months ago. “No Shame in the Afternoon” will be tamer than the R-rated Friday night version,” adds Runyon, in a nod to the public library setting. “[But] we’re still looking for substance,” he notes. Like the Emerging Artists series he also organizes, Laker says the No Shame readings and workshops will help bring more people back to the library. Come and “learn something about the art of theater,” says Laker. By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

“Uncommon” Music at Hollins

Wes Powell is not only a Sneakerhead, as profiled in the Star-Sentinel several weeks ago (he owns dozens of pairs of athletic shoes); he is also president of his own recording label, “The Uncommon.” Powell works with groups, mainly in the hip hop genre, stretching from Roanoke to Richmond and Washington DC. Powell is not a musician himself but went to art school in Washington. One of the groups on his label, “Model Citizens,” will perform Monday night (February 22) at 7 p.m. in the gym at Hollins University. Model Citizens performed at a recent Emerging Artists event at the Roanoke main branch library – when Powell was showing off his sneakers. “They’re more of an alternative hip hop group, more club music,” says Powell. Not all of The Uncommon music offerings are hip-hop: Ryan Browning, also the label’s vice president, is a folkblues artist. Both Powell and Browning attended Northside High School. Both knew the late Morgan Harrington, who also attended Northside and was murdered after a concert at UVA last year. “She was a really sweet person,” recalls Browning. “Anybody that met her was happy to be around her.” Both knew Harrington from a shared passion for music. “She brought a smile to everybody’s face,” says Powell. “Very open minded about music.” The advent of digital platforms like MySpace and YouTube has made it easier for small labels like The Uncommon and lesser-known artists to gain a toehold. “You don’t have

DC’s “Model Citizens” are at Hollins on Monday. to have a distribution deal right [away] to get your music out,” says Powell. Henry McCoy, Goon Platoon and Mountain Empire are other performers that Powell is working with; he also has a recording studio at his home. McCoy, from Richmond, is just 16 and a “very young talented kid with a strong drive.” Uncommon has been assembling mixed tapes, and giving them away as free downloads to stir up interest. The first official release for sale will be pressed on CD as well. “The consumer that appreciates music [likes] being able to go into a store and walk out with a physical product,” says Browning, who handles many of the business aspects for The Uncommon. Powell is looking for some R&B artists to round out the Uncommon label. “There are a lot of talented people around,” adds Browning, who has also engineered the first release. “We want to find them…and help them grow as they help us grow.” The Model Citizens show on Monday at Hollins and other live events like it will give

music lovers “an opportunity to connect with the artists,” says Browning. “Just come to the show… you might be surprised what you hear,” adds Powell. The Uncommon label’s first release, a mixed tape, is now available online at sites like newhiphop.com and illroots.com. See myspace.com/theuncommonfamily for more information. By Gene Marrano gmarrano@cox.net

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Drawing From Life We all know Beatrix Potter as the author and illustrator of classic children’s stories such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Two Bad Mice. But there was more to this beloved artist’s life. She was an ardent conservationist, serious scientist, sheep farmer – and highly independent thinker. Karen Adams, local children’s author and adjunct instructor in the Graduate Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins University, will share some stories about the Beatrix Potter you may not know.

Roanoke City, County and Salem Fire-EMS teams were recently asked to send a team of 10 firefighters to support the Alexandria Fire Department. The group, led by Roanoke Fire-EMS Battalion Chief Dale Barker, worked twelve hour shifts to backfill and run fire calls at fire stations in Alexandria who were dealing with the effects of multiple heavy snowfalls.

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