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July 9 - 15, 2010

ID3 Racers Sweep Through Roanoke

Market Hoppin’

Councilmen Bill Bestpitch (L) and Ray Ferris (R) share a moment during last Monday’s City Council Meeting.

P4– Downtown Roanoke Incorporated’s “City Market Saturdays,” presents a variety of new weekend happenings.

Two new council members took the dais last Tuesday. Councilman Ray Ferris felt his way through with little to say, while Councilman Bill Bestpitch trended heavily in the opposite direction. In adopting council’s organizational meeting schedule for the upcoming year, Bestpitch interjected saying, “This [council chambers] is much better for conducting the business of the council than room Council Notes 159.” Bestp i t c h noted that there was ample citizen seating in council chambers compared to the cramped EOC room. Work sessions are held in room 159, or EOC, located in the basement. “It was much less disruptive in this room if people want to come and go for the various briefings,” he said. He was not suggesting that they be televised. Vice-Mayor Dave Trinkle


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The Independence Day Three - “ID3” - bike races put on another great show for Roanokers last weekend with two races on Sunday and Monday that sent racers careening through downtown streets as well as a Mill Mountain time trial on Saturday that put even the best climbers through some serious paces. (See Coverage by Bill Turner on Page 2.) Professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs all took part in the races and two 9-and-under children’s events were held downtown as well. The event, now in its third year, continues to grow with over 600 riders participating throughout the long weekend. Race Director Ron Glowczynski reported that the feedback from several of the top racers centered on what a great town Roanoke is to visit, with several participants remarking that “hotels, restaurants and other attractions are all so conveniently located and close to the courses themselves . . .” A very well kept secret? We think so . . . But hopefully the “quality of life” word will keep getting out.


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Carilion Clinic has introduced a new treatment for patients who experience cardiac arrest and are resuscitated. The treatment involves using special equipment and procedures to cool the patient’s body, also known as hypothermia therapy. During cardiac arrest, the brain and organs compete for the diminishing supply of oxygen, often leading to brain damage in patients who survive. Hypothermia therapy cools the body, which slows metabolism and reduces the brain’s need for oxygen, ­giving rescue workers Technicians practice applying super cooled compresses to a and doctors more time to treat training dummy. the cardiac arrest and prevent X-ray and MRI, without inter- to the tremendous outcomes or reduce brain damage. Carilion Clinic has selected a rupting the cooling process. this treatment can provide,” excooling process manufactured After the patient’s condition plains John Burton, M.D., chair by Arctic Sun Inc. The technol- has been stabilized and cooled of emergency medicine at Carogy uses gel pads to carefully for 24 hours, the same Arctic ilion Clinic. “This process is less Sun system is used time and labor intensive than lower a patient’s to warm the patient other cooling methods and body temperature to Medicine slowly to normal we’re eager to start using the 33 degrees Celsius body temperature. technology to improve patient (91.4 degrees Fahr“I’ve personally been inoutcomes.” enheit). The Arctic Sun pads are volved in launching hypo“Launching this new therapy designed to allow hospital perthermia therapy at two other sonnel to perform all necessary > CONTINUED tests and procedures, including institutions using the Arctic Sun technology and can attest P2: Hypothermia



Eighty percent of students engaged with Roanoke’s West End Center graduate high school, despite being economically disadvantaged and at greater risk of academic failure, thanks to programs that foster academic success. That statistic, which is significantly higher than the city-wide rate, was one of the reasons Foundation for Roanoke Valley recently awarded two grants totaling $20,000 from its Unrestricted Funds to West End Center for its Reading Adventure Program. The Center’s program, which works in partnership with Apple Ridge Farm, is designed to improve literacy skills among Roanoke’s at-risk youth. According to Joy Parrish, West End Center’s Executive Director, results from the reading program show that 94 percent of students have increased their reading levels by one grade level or more, 11 percent have increased their reading levels by two grade levels, and 80 percent of students have demonstrated an enjoyment for reading by spontaneously

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Mill Mountain Hill Climb Proves More Than “Sufferfest”

A cold front approaches for Friday into Saturday. Showers and thunderstorms chances are looking a bit better. A cool down comes with this front. Look for highs near 90 on Friday and in the upper 80s on Saturday. Dry weather returns for Sunday and Monday with highs in the upper 80s.

Race “Day One” of the ID3 3-day cycling stages proved to be anything but a walk in the park Saturday. The strenuous 1.87 mile course up the infamous old winding road to the top of Mill Mountain put time-trial cycling to the ultimate test as part of the 2010 Coventry Commonwealth Games. Roanoker Bernie Sanders, a 10-year cycling veteran with over 250 races under his belt, spelled it out after completing his run - “This was a S-U-F-F-E-RF-E-S-T,” Saunders, 60, laughed. “This race is as tough as any of them. The race up Wintergreen Mountain (near Charlottesville) is several times longer mileagewise, but Mill Mountain is just as steep.” The cyclists started at the corner of Belleview and Walnut Avenues, but after a short series of rises and plateaus up Walnut to-

ward the JP Fishburn Parkway, the route took a hard right onto Sylvan Road as the adventure began. Once the only route by car to Mill Mountain summit, zoo, and the star, the narrow road has hairpin curves, switchbacks and ascends in a manner clearly not for the faint of heart. The vertical rise of the course is slightly over 900 feet and includes a classic bridge-tunnel. The finish line is located next to the overlook at the base of the iconic star. Most of the riders were part of sponsored cycling teams, but the camaraderie among all was amazing as they congratulated each other at the finish line for just making it to the top. Several riders pedaled over to the wall at the courses end, and virtually collapsed in exhaustion looking for a prized bottle of water. One rider said it was a 1.87 mile

course with 1.5 miles of pure pain. Not all of the cyclists, however, outwardly showed the effect of the climb. The brother-sister combo of Adam and Emily Croft rolled successfully across the finish to the cheers of the crowd. “It was really hard,” Adam Croft admitted. “I’ve been in competitive races throughout the State of Virginia for three years.” Sister Emily, also a 3-year competitive cycler, agreed- “It’s really steep, but it’s really fun. That middle part was tough.” Incidentally, Adam was the youngest rider Saturday at the Brittany MacDonald begins ripe age of nine. Emily checked her initial ascent up Mill Mt. in at 13. After an interview with way to the starting area, he noted, a television crew, both appeared “We’ll be back tomorrow for the ready to challenge the course a stage-2 Criterium in downtown. second time. At least those laps are flat.” As one rider prepared to take the shorter and calmer route By Bill Turner back down the Fishburn

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is the result of years of hard work and dedication on the part of many people,” says Joseph Austin, M.D., medical director for the cardiac care unit at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. “Hypothermia therapy requires a unified approach to care and we are so excited to have the support and coordination of all areas to make this a reality.” Carilion Clinic is partnering with regional emergency medical services (EMS) in Southwest Virginia to introduce this new treatment. EMS can begin the cooling in the field through intravenous ice-chilled saline and ice packs. Upon arrival to the hospital, the patient may receive iced saline, ice packs and cooling pads. “In the last 50 years of attempting resuscitations, our success rate

> Council asked for clarification of the kind of meetings Bestpitch had in mind, referring to joint meetings with boards and authorities. Bestpitch then read language that allows, by a council resolution, that meetings can be held at another location. Trinkle held the opposite view, that if “a meeting requires more formality, more room, or more [audio visual]” then it can be held in council chambers. Council member Anita Price wondered how the wording could capture “both worlds.” City Manager Chris Morrill was asked to add his views and agreed that “the ideal would be to be able to televise our workshops.” Morrill agreed with Trinkle that council chambers are very formal and not conducive to “give and take” between council members. Bestpitch said that “we can already conduct briefings in council chambers” and that he “would have difficulty” supporting an expenditure to outfit the EOC. (In 2009 then City Manager Darlene Burcham quoted the cost at $55,181 to outfit the EOC for television briefings.) Bestpitch’s amendment to hold a 9:00 a.m. briefing in council chambers was seconded by Ferris but fell short of a majority. Only Bestpitch voted for it. Further Council Discussion: The removal of two items on the consent agenda caused some confusion. One was to discuss in closed session the disposition

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of fire station #5, prior to deciding which of the three offers to accept. Bestpitch requested that the closed session be removed from the consent agenda. Bestpitch made it very clear that all he was asking for was to remove the closed session from the consent agenda to be discussed separately. “We’ve already had more discussion on the consent agenda than is permitted under parliamentary procedure,” said Bestpitch. Rosen, Trinkle and Mayor Bowers voted against removing it from the consent agenda 3-4. Bowers left for a court hearing and handed the reins to Vice-Mayor Trinkle. Bestpitch then asked for “a simple yes or no answer to … whether identification of the subject [of closed session] would adversely affect the bargaining position and negotiating strategy of the city.” Morrill responded, “In this case I don’t believe it would.” He then asked the city attorney, Bill Hackworth, if it would be possible in the future to identify the subject of closed meetings; for example, identifying the tax number or street address of property to be acquired or disposed of. Hackworth said it would be possible, but wondered who would make the call on whether it “adversely affected the city’s bargaining position. Hackworth thought that “it undoes the purpose for having a closed meeting.” Bestpitch said that the person who requests the closed

meeting could make that call. “In today’s closed meeting, that would be the city manager,” remarked Bestpitch. Hackworth feared council would “be besieged by the press and the public” should the subject of closed sessions be divulged. Rosen thought that “this council has been extraordinarily transparent.” He believed it a dangerous path to go down in identifying closed session subjects ad hoc. “It’s not saying we don’t support transparency,” said Rosen. New council member Ray Ferris said he was relieved that many of the tough issues were resolved before July 1. “We still have some tough issues to consider,” said Ferris. He admitted that it is a challenge to make decisions that are “fair to everybody.” He is committed to involving the citizens in the process. Ferris said he seconded Bestpitch’s motion to open up for discussion moving briefings to council chambers, though he believed that logistics made it impractical. “By raising it, it will be something we will discuss every time we have something to talk about,” concluded Ferris. In other business: City manager Chris Morrill amended the trash collection for the physically challenged. The requirement to have a yearly doctor’s certificate was eliminated. Bestpitch’s concern over parking garage maintenance deferral, as presented in the financial

report, was clarified as being cosmetic in nature – painting and cleaning. The director of finance, Ann Shawver, said there was significant improvement to the original revenue projection for fiscal year 2010. The prior projection that revenue would be down 3% compared to FY09 was dropped to only 1.7%. There have been three to eight months of consecutive improvement in tax collections. Areas of improvements were: sales tax, lodging tax, cigarette tax, admission tax, and food tax. The city’s portion of school funding is now down to $1 million, but it is a significant improvement over the $2.5 million projected earlier. Shawver also noted improvement in Roanoke’s unemployment rate. A public hearing will be held for award of Fire station #5 on August 2 at 2 p.m. to the Que House, Inc. – Gamma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. A public hearing on the same day will be held for an alternative location at 530 8th Street, SW for the second offerer for the fire station, Rebuilding Together Roanoke (RTR). Economic development personnel will work with the third offerer, Jamie Brads, owner of Blue Ridge Rescue Supply.

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Goodlatte Proposes Solution To Stalin Bust Controversy Congressman Bob Goodlatte has called on the D-Day Memorial Foundation to remove the controversial bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin which was recently placed at the National D-Day Memorial, alongside the busts of the true heroes of World War II -- Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Harry Truman and others. Congressman Goodlatte is a co-sponsor of legislation currently being considered before the House of Representatives which calls on the U.S. Department of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study to determine if the National D-Day Memorial should be designated as part of the National Park Service (NPS). The addition of the Stalin bust on the grounds of the National D-Day Memorial, which is devoted to the heroes of World War II, has added unneeded controversy to this effort to save the Memorial. As a solution to the ongoing controversy, Congressman Goodlatte strongly urged the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to follow precedent which has been set by the Saratoga National Historical Park in Saratoga, New York. During the Revolutionary War, the battle of Saratoga was a turning point and American General Benedict Arnold emerged as one of the heroes. However, Arnold is probably most famously known as the traitor who later deserted the Americans and joined the British Army, leading British

troops into Virginia. In 1877, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the American victory at Saratoga, a monument was constructed to honor the American heroes of the Battle of Saratoga. The monument consists of four separate niches – one for General Horatio Gates, one for General Philip Schuyler, one for Colonel Daniel Morgan and the fourth one, which would be for General Benedict Arnold, remains empty. (To view pictures of the monument at the Saratoga Historical Park, containing the empty niche, visit the National Park Service website at: http://www. “While I have heard the argument that Josef Stalin’s bust should be placed at the D-Day Memorial because of his role in supporting the Allied countries during World War II, making the Communist dictator a prominent part of the D-Day Memorial is inconsistent with our veterans’ fight against the horrors perpetuated by his rule,” said Congressman Goodlatte. “The commissioning of a bust and public display of one’s likeness is a traditional symbol of tribute and honor which is unbefitting a violent dictator such as Josef Stalin. The National D-Day Memorial Foundation should follow the lead of the Saratoga National Historical Park and remove the bust of Stalin from its pedestal, leaving the empty pedestal. His contributions to the Allied victory

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The Grey Cliffs of Dover

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Both children com- be used in any Western themed la and shape into a log. Starting a half train ride from London. I can hardly see my plained at the start of the sum- VBS or on a camping trip with from the bottom of the log, stick brother up ahead. We’re on a part of the 130 km. mer - they said, “Mom - VBS is your church, friends or family. the pretzel into the granola, South Downs Trail which crosses the open space for babies!â€? But I just gave them shaping it around the pretzel. of the Head. This section of the trail features a the four word answer that leaves 1/2 C. Light Corn Syrup Do not worry about the shape particularly impressive section of chalk cliffs for no room for discussion ("We 1 C. Brown Sugar because you will be reshaping which this coast is known. On nice days this place The “Grey-Whiteâ€? Cliffs of Dover. are doing this.") and so away we 1/2 C. Butter, Melted it after it bakes. Fill the baking is popular with paraglider pilots, but this is not and command posts (some joining with the Na- went! My son complained the 2 Tsp Vanilla sheet side by side with 5 granola one of those days. We hike bent into the wind, our poleonic ones) in the cliffs and under the castle, first day as he walked through 3 C. Quick Cooking Oats pretzel rods. Make sure you rain jackets soon proving inadequate. It’s exhila- and the modern-day tour of the eerie facilities is the door but I didn't hear a thing 1 1/2 C. Fruit, Seed & Nut Trail leave ample room between each rating to gaze several hundred feet down to the fascinating. From these stark subterranean of- afterwards because he had such Mix one. sea from the unstable cliff tops; the waves crash- fices, some with small windows cut through the a good time. My daughter was 3/4 C. 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The fortress ruins on relieved that it’s not wartime now –not here any- going on throughout the sum-In a large bowl mix corn and working quickly with two the coast at Pevensey are way, I quickly remind myself. Contemplating how mer if you look. The activities syrup, brown sugar, butter and knives simply mold and shape impressive. The R o m a n s there is always the misery of war at various places are wonderful and there are al- vanilla until well blended. the granola back around the built the fort in the year throughout the world at any given moment, I ways new friendships born since -Stir in oats. Add trail mix pretzel sticks. As the granola 279 and abandoned it walk silently and thoughtfully up the winding ap- the programs reach out into the and chocolate chips. Stir in ad- cools, it will harden around the after a few hundred years. proach to the castle gates. community at large and not just ditional goodies 1/4 C. at a time, pretzel stick. Then the Normans took Our timing for visiting Dover Castle is seren- within the church walls. One making sure that the mix is still -This recipe makes about 10 it over in 1166 when they dipitously good. An extensive restoration of inte- very important factor, especially sticky enough to mold around granola sticks depending on invaded Eng- John W. Robinson land and rior furnishings, embroidery and weaving, accu- in this day and age, is that these the sticks. how much granola mix you William the Conquer- rate to Henry II’s rein circa 1100, was completed camps are almost always free. *Marshmallows are not rec- measure out for each pretzel or became King. That was the result of the Battle just prior to our arrival. The interpreters share In summers past, as well as ommended for the granola rod. of Hastings, I’m sure you remember. their knowledge -not to mention their infectious this one (when my kids ap The town of Hastings is famous for the enthusiasm- of the painstakingly researched and peared to be too old), I have legendary battle, of course, but beyond that it is a carried out restoration. underestimated the power of Anglican Catholic Church pleasant little fishing village. Interestingly, there is We learn about Thomas Becket and his rela- VBS. They still love it and it is no protected harbour; the fishing boats are pushed tionship with King Henry II. They were friends as entertaining as any expenand dragged into the sea from the shingle beach when young but later fell out over the Law of sive camp I might send them to, Sunday: Holy Communion utilizing various mechanical assistance, including Church versus the Law of Royalty when Becket but most importantly it teaches 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. pm heavy equipment. Seeing the heavy-duty wooden became the Archbishop of Canterbury, just down them the things they need to Thursday: Holy Communion fishing vessels being pushed around unceremoni- the road from Dover. So much was the ill will, in know to become the people God Ah fact, that it is believed that the murder of Becket intended them be. The typical ith ously by a bulldozer is fascinating. On this day the 9:30 a.m. rsound of the waves crashing on the shore is amaz- in the cathedral by four knights was ordered by VBS is for elementary age chilcal Historic Grandin Village, located just 2 miles from Downtown Roanoke, has something for everyone for the holidays. King Henry himself. I’m reminded of “Death in dren but once you are too old to her ing, the shingles tumbling over themselves like 366-9416 From stocking & gift certificates to thatbyextra special gift. Avoid the stress of crowded malls & traffic jams. 4910 Hubert Rd NW Roanoke oo. shards of china plates. There is somestuffers commotion e the Cathedralâ€? T.S. Eliot. participate in the activities you (at Hershberger, E of Williamson Rd.) c. Relax & enjoy On the spirit of the holidays in London’s a friendlyVictoria neighborhood setting.a youth helper - my in pushing some of the boats higher up the shore the train ride back to can become an hour, a day, a lifetime, Life Grand in the Village. 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Commentary: Editorial Board Takes a Stab at Transparency

My name is Forest, Forest Gump and “I may not be a smart man but I know what transparency is” and it ain’t here in River City. The Roanoke Times July 1 editorial: “Openness and transparency” presses the two new council members to make good on their campaign promise of transparency and openness. The RTEB hints that the last council made progress in that regard. Phooey! Council briefings are where most decisions are made. One could even argue voting takes place at briefings. Mayor Bowers though makes verbal reference to it not being a vote. It’s just a “consensus” show of hands or grunt of approval – a go-ahead to city administration on a project direction. “Public input” then follows and befuddled citizen’s exiting council chambers mumble “they already had their minds made up.” Imagine that. Televised briefings were campaign promises in the last election too. After the new council took office the city manager then Burcham brought to council the cost and impediments to televising briefings in the EOC. If you ever wondered what EOC stands for it is the “Emergency Operations Center” – in case of a terrorist attack or natural disaster <snicker here if you like>. Council members suggested the city manager look into taping briefings at a minimal hourly rate and have them available for replay online. It was never revisited again. The briefing room (the basement - room 159 or EOC) is so crowded at times with television camera tripods and interested citizens you can’t get to the coffee pot <sigh>. Seriously citizens and staff are bumping into each other. Media are jockeying for seats and shuffling microphones around the table. Mayor Bowers leaned back in his chair so far one time he almost landed in my lap. And if you

sit behind Councilman Court Rosen you can read his text messages <pointed sigh>. Cases are being made that text messaging during public meetings is open to FOIA requests. It seems citizens have become suspicious that council members are secretly texting each other regarding agenda items. Number one on the RTEB transparency list in the July 1 editorial asked for topic clarification for closed sessions. Meaning name the “subject” of closed session before closing the door to citizen’s prying eyes. Try arguing that point with the city attorney William Hackworth. Hackworth doesn’t agree with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). No matter that Virginia’s FOIA Advisory Council has consistently written opinions to the contrary - the city attorney just doesn’t happen to agree. I’ll try that tact with a judge and see how that works for me. Roanoke county names the subject very clearly on their agenda and it hasn’t hurt them one bit. To end my little tirade let me paraphrase a member of the media. I asked him why he didn’t threaten litigation to force FOIA compliance? I’ll never forget – he said, “we have to pick our battles.” If John Q. Public doesn’t care then we don’t care. He had a point – if the populace is not clamoring for transparency then the vocal few that identify the FOIA transgressions are whistling in the wind. Valerie Garner, Roanoke Editor's Note - Valerie Garner is a regular contributing reporter to the Roanoke Star Sentinel and like everyone else in the world, she has an opinion. Don't be shy - send us yours.

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This year the General Assembly considered 2,135 bills and a significant number of resolutions. Governor Bob McDonnell signed 871 of the bills into law after they were passed by the Senate and House of Delegates. The vast majority of these new laws went into effect on July 1st. Below are brief summaries of some of the new laws that have drawn the most interest from Virginia Citizens: Business/ Jobs Fifty million dollars in financial incentives will be made available to recruit new businesses to Virginia. State economic grants may be used for the construction of private buildings for companies that create 25 or more jobs. Veterans are exempt from the handling fee charged by the Department of Business Assistance in connection with the establishment and operation of a small business. No resident of the Commonwealth shall be required to maintain a health insurance policy. Companies that create at least 50 new jobs are eligible for $1,000 tax credits for each new job. Good Government General Assembly members are required to disclose sources of income they receive from state or local governments or advisory agencies. This requirement mirrors the pre-existing policy on income from private

In the Jewish synagogue, the Torah (which also makes up the first five books of the Christian Old Testament) is written on scrolls of parchment and stored in the Ark, usually an inset in that synagogue wall which faces Jerusalem. During Shabbat and other special occasions of worship, the Torah scrolls are removed from the Ark. The rabbi reads or the cantor chants from the Torah in a way analogous to the Sunday readings in Christian churches, and similarly to the way a Catholic or Episcopal priest reads from the missal during Holy Communion. Parchment is derived from animal skin, and as such it does not absorb ink. Were the rabbi’s assistant to point to the words on the Torah scroll with a finger, oil would smudge the words,

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money for Internet Crimes Against Children units. Driving The general highway speed limit on highways where it is currently 65 MPH may be increased to 70 MPH after VDOT review. Specialty license plates will be available to supporters of the Virginia Kids Eat Free program, supporters of the Professor Garfield Foundation, supporters of Planned Parenthood, supporters of the Virginia Retail Alliance, supporters of the Virginia Recycling Association, and supporters of the Washington Capitals hockey team. All drivers and passengers under 18 must wear a seat belt regardless of where they are sitting in the car. The penalty for exceeding the speed limit raises from $5 per mile over the speed limit to $6. Education Public institutions of higher education may establish college partnership laboratory schools. Policies allowing the creation of virtual school programs and establishing public charter schools were relaxed. Contracts for purchasing Board of Education approved textbooks for grades 6-12 must allow the purchase of electronic textbooks. - Information provided by the Office of VA State Senator Ralph Smith - District 22

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ed children. If you’ll permit the simile, God calls us to be like the yad. Too often in our culture, there is a preoccupation with self, a tacit belief that life’s central point is self-affirmation. We believe that our gifts, our accomplishments, and our abundance ought to point back to ourselves as indicators of our value and worth. But this is not the message of Holy Scripture, and it does not define the life of faith. Our lives are blessed so that we may be a blessing. We are gifted so that we can point back to the salvation story of God’s overwhelming love and be drawn into that love in our relationships with God and with his children. That is the very purpose of our lives. We are to point to the One who “to the poor proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy,” the One who “rising from the grave, destroyed death, and made the whole creation new.” Reverend Barkley Thompson is the senior pastor at St. John’s Episcopal Church. During the summer, St. John’s gathers for Sunday worship at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5 p.m.

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It’s gotten to the point where the winning is just accepted and folks might be starting to feel a little bad for the Myrtle Beach Swimmers make a splash as they leave the platform in the Pelicans. After Salem’s 10-6 win on Monday night, the Red Sox 50-meter freestyle. have improved to 12-1 in 2010 against their Southern-Division rivals from South Carolina. The aggregate score of those 13 matchups: Red Sox 86, Pelicans 41. Jeepers! The lopsidedness of the rivalry (if you can even call it that) has been even more staggering at the Pelicans home digs of BB&T Coastal Field. Heading into Tuesday night’s series finale, the Red Sox had won 11 consecutive games in Myrtle Beach, a streak that began on July 5, 2009. Salem has walloped the Pelicans in their own backyard over this stretch, dominating by a comGrace Aheron of Spring Run bined score of 84-28 in the 11 shows her enthusiasm as she games of the streak. Again, the one-sidedness of this eviscerais called to the platform. tion has begun to feel a little uncomfortable. But, alas, the Red Sox continue to win ballgames. Salem’s third consecutive win on Monday night improved the full season record to 47-35. After going hitless with three strikeouts in the opener in Myrtle Beach, All-Star third-baseman Will Middlebrooks awakened offensively on Sunday and Monday, going 5-9 with eight RBI in the two games, highAshley Plantation's Jacob lighted by a 7th inning grand Terry kicks up the water in slam on Monday. Middlebrooks’ the 25-meter. blast cleared the wall in straightaway center field, a mammoth and timely shot that gave Salem plenty of cushion to perpetuate their dominance over the Pelicans. Earlier in the series, the Red Sox picked up a 2-0 shutout victory and a 10-4 triumph by the beach. In the opener, newcomer Mark Holliman, Michael Lee, and Cesar Cabral combined on a three-hit shutout and Salem

Commonwealth Games of Virginia Baton Competition Results 17 Members of Pizzazz Star City Twirlers, under the direction of Coach Joan Duus and Assistant Coach Marie Freeman, competed in the Commonwealth State Games of Virginia Baton Competition held at Hidden Valley High School on June 5th. This was the second year for the Contest to be held here in Roanoke and it was well attended by over 50 Twirlers. Other local groups that attended were the Emeraldettes from Vinton and the Timberlake Sweethearts from Lynchburg. Members of the Pizzazz Team include: Rachel Benton, Danielle Cormier, Hannah Hebert, Elizabeth Hudson, Alicia Hughes, Miranda Hughes, Rebecca Keller, Rori Leftiwich, Kyra Leonard, Megan McConnell, Stephanie Meriwether, Kylie Ordonez, Lana Dayle Roach, Meredith Smith, Samantha Taylor, Olivia Thomas, Haley Vogel.

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Oscar Tejeda runs the bases during a recent Red Sox game. catcher Tim Federowicz connected on a first-inning two-run single against Pelicans ace Julio Teheran to plate the only runs of the game. The next day, Salem utilized a seven-run fifth inning to roll past the Pelicans. The first six batters in the inning reached and the Sox led 10-2 heading into the ninth before the Pelicans scored two more in garbage time. The current road trip is no ordinary swing through the Carolina League, for after playing series’ in Myrtle Beach and Kinston, the Red Sox journey to the northeast - departing typical Carolina League territory for the “Futures at Fenway” spectacle in Boston. Salem will play the Potomac Nationals in the second half of a doubleheader at Fenway Park on July 10, a momentous occasion for the minor leaguers as they get the unique

opportunity to play at America’s most beloved ballpark. Salem returns home on Monday, July 12 for a doubleheader against Potomac beginning at 5:30 at Lewis-Gale Field. Following an off-day on Tuesday the 13th, Salem will host the first-half champs from Winston-Salem for four straight from Wednesday thru Saturday. The homestand will include the Salem Red Sox’ Annual “Wing Fling” competition on Thursday where fans can sample wings from around the region and vote to determine who has the best wing in the Roanoke Valley. Friday’s game will feature postgame fireworks and the first 1,000 fans through the gate on Saturday will receive a Daisuke Matsuzaka Bobblehead compliments of WSLS.

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Fox Radio 910: Christian Radio Switches To Conservative Talk Format

Ben Peyton has long been acquainted with Christian broadcasting. His father, Harry Peyton, a minister, began airing religious programs in 1937 and later switched to the management side of broadcasting. In 1991, the younger Peyton, a former pastor himself, bought an off-air radio station in Roanoke and aired contemporary Christian programming, before changing to a Southern Gospel format. As time passed, Southern Gospel music “just dried up,” in Peyton’s words, primarily due to lack of interest on the part of audiences and advertisers. “So we began to consider alternatives,” said Peyton -- one being Christian talk. A friend in Lynchburg who has what Peyton describes as “a hybrid talk station … really encouraged me to give serious consideration to do what we’re doing today.” Beginning on April 1, 2009, the former WWWR (3WR) — now known as WFJX (or Fox Radio 910AM.) — located in southeast Roanoke, began airing a line-up of conservative talk, news, and sports. After some tinkering along the way, the station’s current weekday line-up features such conservative radio heavyweights as Laura Ingraham, Jay Sekulow, Dennis Miller, Dr. Laura Schlesinger, Fred Thompson, and Jim Bohannon. Dan Patrick hosts a sports talk show weekdays from 7 - 9 p.m. The station carries high school sports as

well. Morning and weekends feature Christian programs, as well as talk programs. Laura Ingraham was a significant catch for WFJX, which at one time carried “The Dave Ramsey Show” before losing it to WFIR. “We were talking one day,” explains Peyton’s son Blair, WFJX’s operations manager, “and we were like, ‘You know, why don’t we see if we can maybe get Laura Ingraham on?’ … Because they only run her on WFIR [for one hour], and we have the time available here to run her show live for three hours. And when that came through, we were like, ‘Well, maybe we should go ahead and . . . see if we can get some [other] big names on the station.” In addition to a line-up of nationally recognized conservative talkers, WFJX features its own locally-based talk show host, Marcus Wagner, who presents his outspoken, opinionated conservative take on current events live, weekdays, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wagner and WFJX initially hooked up when he called to say how much he enjoyed the station. “He and I,” Ben Peyton recalls, “got together and had coffee one time, and he proceeded to tell me that he had done this sort of thing up in Radford. We talked to him more about a sales representative [position] than an announcer.” Wagner, however, wanted to host “because that’s his passion,” Peyton continues.

“Basically, the decision for him to come on board had more to do with . . . what we felt his ability was to bring in income and to meet clients and sales . . . the announcing was just something he wanted to do and we agreed that this could work.” The response to Wagner’s show took Blair Peyton by surprise. “It’s been very favorable. Being . . . a local show, and not being so well known in the area, I didn’t expect as positive a response as we’ve gotten. So it’s been great.” Not everything on WFJX is serious—as is the case with “The Blair & Christie Show,” airing weekends (Saturday at 11 a.m., Sunday at 1 p.m.). Hosted by Blair Peyton and WFJX public affairs director Christie Quackenbush, the show eschews weighty topics in favor of a lighthearted tone, and arose out of the need to fill the station’s weekend schedule. Longtime friends and TV aficionados, Blair and Quackenbush go on the air and talk about television and their personal events. Peyton doesn’t see the station as overly competing with Roanoke’s other, more established conservative talk radio station, WFIR. The latter, he says, has “really big names, and we’re just . . . contributing to the market, bringing some other options.” Referring to Wheeler Broadcasting, (Owners of WFIR, K92 and Q99) Ben Peyton explains, “They are probably the largest, most success-

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The new format has been a winner for WFJX and owner Ben Peyton. ful group of radio stations in the market place with some excellent signals. We’re just trying to produce an excellent quality program that gives the people a choice. We’ve got a little different, unique approach and kind of sense that our sound is a little more youthful sounding in news-talk—if that’s possible—than WFIR . . . As long as our station performs for advertisers . . . selling their products, bring people in the door—that’s all that matters.” By Melvin E. Matthews, Jr.

Long Time Framer Steps Out on Her Own

It takes courage to start a new venture when your child is in college and the numbers predict that you won’t live as many more years as you have already lived. Courage, in this case, comes in the form of petite, and snappy-eyed Kristi P’Simer. When faced with the decision to leave the career path she had followed for 28 years, and pursue a fulfilling way to work out the rest of her years before retirement, she chose a road less traveled for someone in her circumstance -- starting over with her own business. Encouragement came in many forms, not the least of which was an offer from a friend to renovate her commercial space for a frame shop. Thus, “Simply Framing by Kristi” became a reality. On a recent day at the new shop, artists dropped by and phoned, and customers sought solutions from the resident “expert.” Through it all, the look of delight never left Kristi’s eyes. She readily admits that she had spent years in a comfort zone -- perhaps even a rut -- and now says, “I’m having a blast.” That’s quite an admission for a new business owner in this difficult economic era.

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Commonwealth Games Return to Roanoke Valley With several events already completed, and this weekend’s high school baseball showcase at Kiwanis Field, the Coventry Commonwealth Games are indeed underway. Between now and next week, the “Main Games Weekend,” from July 15-18, about 10,000 athletes and their families will descend on the Roanoke Valley to take part in competitive events that range from basketball to badminton, from arm wrestling to chess and disc golf. One highlight of the Commonwealth Games, which have been held in Roanoke for all 21 years: an Olympic-style opening ceremony, complete with a parade of athletes, keynote speaker and a featured musician. The opening ceremonies take place at the Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum on Friday, July 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, students 6-17 are $3 and five & under are free. American Idol finalist Bucky Covington (season 5) will perform a set at the ceremony and short track speed skater JR Celski is the motivational keynote speaker. The Washington State native spent time away from home as a youngster, sacrificing family life in order to train as a speed skater. Celski also overcame a serious injury caused by an errant skate to win two bronze medals at the recent Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In the past, the Coventry Commonwealth Games have also featured Olympic gold medalists from a variety of sports. New this year is a tailgate party beforehand, held indoors at the Special Events Center from 5-7 p.m. Games, food and other activities will take place at the tailgate, which is open to everyone with opening ceremony tickets. Judo (held in Norfolk) and “Ultimate Frisbee” are among the

handful of new sports being staged this year. The competitive Frisbee event, to be held at Green Hill Park, is an activity that is now “played a lot in college” according to Virginia Amateur Sports president Pete Lampman. Registration in many of the individual sports “happen to be up,” added Lampman. Record numbers turned out for the hill climb in Roanoke last weekend. He wanted to use the new Green Ridge Recreation Center for part of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, but the Roanoke County facility is so busy that couldn’t be worked out. Even so, Lampman hopes to steer participants to Green Ridge for recreational swimming after their events are over for the day. VAS is the Roanoke-based group that stages the Commonwealth Games and has managed to keep them in the Star City year after year, even as other cities have made pitches, recogniz- Pete Lampman is president of Virginia Amateur Sports. ing the multi-million dollar impact every year from those that pro baseball team. come here to eat, sleep and play. Lampman was still looking for “a few more” volunteers that For those interested in getting a head start on the Main Games could help at the opening ceremonies as of early this week. VAS, weekend, the baseball competition at Kiwanis Field this week- which features a small handful of paid staff members, leans end will feature four teams of Virginia high school juniors and heavily on volunteers for the Commonwealth Games and other seniors, split up by region. Dozens of college coaches and pro events it stages during the year. “Things are going well – we’re scouts will be in attendance, often with radar guns in hand to pleased,” said Lampman of the upcoming competition schedmeasure a pitcher’s speed. uled for the Main Games weekend. There is an impressive level of baseball talent in the Commonwealth – current major league standouts like David Wright, (See for more information and Ryan Zimerman, the Uptons (BJ and Justin) and Brandon Inge a schedule of events) played high school ball in Virginia. Some appeared at the ComBy Gene Marrano monwealth Games, and played at the former home of Salem’s



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News from the Roanoke Valley for July 9, 2010.