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Rock Symphony Cirque! Lucky Garvin

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PeeWee’s Legacy P4– As a wildlife rescuer Lucky Garvin shares his story about PeeWee’s “final gift.”

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P6– Cave Spring high schoolers lose locks to raise money for cancer research in honor of teacher.

Strong Finish P7– The PH boys soccer team bow out of the state playoffs finishing the season at 20-2.

Moving Forward P10– Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine receives accreditation for its Doctor of Medicine program.

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RSO Conductor David Wiley does a double take as performers sail above the stage during last week’s “Rock Symphony Cirque” at the Salem Civic Center. In only its second season, the show has already become a big fund raiser for the symphony and was nearly sold out this year as word has spread about its unique combination of symphony-backed rock music and high flying acrobatic performances. This year’s theme celebrated “50 Years of Motown” with the fast paced accompaniment of “Jeans and Classics.” Read more about the performance in Stuart Revercomb’s review on page 11.

Raleigh Court and Ruffner Write Final Chapter Teachers, retirees, students, been a joy to be here.” Bova parents and anyone else with called the closing of Raleigh a fondness for Raleigh Court Court “very sad. I wish they Elementary or Ruffner Middle had kept it up.” School gathered last Sunday Principal Babette Cribbs for a trip down memory lane. wasn’t sure last Sunday where Students will be sent to other she would wind up after five city schools this fall; declinyears at the helm. “The posiing attendance and a budget tive energy that goes around crunch helped hasten the dethe Raleigh Court area,” is mise the schools. something she will rememOpen houses at both soonber. The school has done well to-be-closed schools featured on SOL testing every year and old yearbooks, faded phoCribbs is treating students tos, slide shows and plenty to a day at Smith Mountain of memories, not to mention Lake before the end comes more than a few hugs from old next week. “We’re going to friends that hadn’t seen each have it be positive,” she vows. Photos by Gene Marrano other in some time. Meanwhile, at Ruffner Most seemed resigned to The sign at Raleigh Court Elementary School said it all. Middle School, Roanoke City their school’s fate and ready Councilwoman Anita Price to move on. At Raleigh Court, several them to other schools. was among those looking through old While a kitchen at Raleigh Court may scrapbooks. Price would like to see Ruffpeople mentioned that the 49-year-old be used for a culinary program, Bishop ner continue in some fashion as a comoutdated facility had outlived its usefulcan envision part of that space being munity center, with the gym and auditoness, although the school’s function as a turned back into parkland. “Perpetual rium perhaps used by local groups and community center will be a loss. Roanoke City Schools superintendent roof leaks” and “bad buildings” made recreation leagues. Dr. Rita Bishop said she had “not received patching up Raleigh Court unfeasible. Despite being 39 years old, Ruffner apa single nasty e-mail,” about the closings Roanoke City, not the school system, pears to be in decent shape (there were from those that worked at Raleigh Court. owns the buildings. some renovations made along the way), Ruth Bova taught at Raleigh Court for and has been considered as a possible “They have been real professional from the first moment they heard about it. 33 years and has volunteered for the past 14 after retirement. Bova said she will reThese are great teachers.” > CONTINUED Bishop also said students have been member, “the families, the students and P2: School Closings “great” about the changes that will send the neighborhood camaraderie. It’s just

Roanoke’s Bike Culture to be Focus at New CarLess Brit Museum

River Laker has turned selling his old Volvo station wagon into the “CarLess Brit” franchise over the past six months – all because the Roanoke City Libraries development coordinator is going without a car. Laker has chronicled his new life on bike and foot via his Facebook and Tumblr pages,and has been the subject of several media stories, spawning a legion of admirers along the way. The CarLess Brit even sports a new logo, courtesy of John Reburn (Roanoke Valley Printworks), and as of June 10 will unveil the CarLess Brit Museum at 310 2nd Street SW in the old

Angler’s Café space (across from the courthouse complex). Laker, who expects to be in the space for about six months, will cover utilities, but pay no rent. The native of England isn’t quite sure what will fill up that space, but said there will be a connection to biking and alternative transportation. “The oddities and wonders of the Roanoke bike culture – and anything else of interest. I’m very open to suggestions,” Laker said.

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River Laker in his new downtown museum space.

Darlene Burcham may have been just the ticket when she was hired away from the city of Norfolk nine years ago to replace the laid-back Bob Herbert as City Manager, but her aggressive management style has apparently worn thin with Roanoke City Council. In a closed session Monday, council members made it clear they would not renew her contract later this year, and Burcham will retire as of March 1, 2010. Ironically, Mayor David Bowers, who did not vote to hire Burcham in 1999, and later issued a promise to fire her during his then-unsuccessful bid for mayor, told members of the media he had worked well with Burcham over the past year. Nevertheless, “it was clear that council wanted to move in a new direction,” Burcham said once the closed session was over, “[and] that’s the role of Council.” Burcham “offered” to retire, said councilwoman Gwen Ma> CONTINUED P2: Burcham

Tough Decisions for ThoseVoting Next Week From News Editor Gene Marrano

Roanoke area voters may have some tough decisions to make June 9, for those who venture out to their polling place. Historically, voter turnout for primaries in Roanoke City has been very low, percentage wise, and in many cases, winning depends on turning out voters in home districts. There are three Our Take men running for Roanoke City Sheriff against incumbent Republican Octavia Johnson, with two of them – Frank Garrett and Joe Bush vying for the Democratic nomination that will be decided June 9. Brian Keenum is running this November as an independent candidate. All three have been careful not to criticize fellow law enforcement officers (Keenum is currently out of the business), while criticiz-


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> School Closings From page 1 Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 73. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Low Thursday Night around 58. Showers likely, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 69. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers Friday Night low around 57. Dry weather moves in on Saturday with highs in the low 80s. Partly cloudy with a low around 63 Saturday Night.

new home for the school system’s central administration. A community center that “can help maintain the integrity of Northwest [Roanoke],” is what Price wants to see the shuttered school become and perhaps a vocational education hub, as well. Ruffner principal Dr. Melva Belcher, on the job for only a year, said most who worked at the school are looking forward, realizing that “change is the only constant. For this school, this is its time [to close].” Belcher said she just wanted to get through the next nine days before thinking about her future.

Former Ruffner student Anisah Rasheed came down from Maryland to visit friends and her old school. “I just wanted to see it. The memories, seeing the yearbook and my friends – it just hit home. It felt really good,” Rasheed said. Music teacher Susan Matney was there when Ruffner opened 39 years ago and will fully retire now, going out with the school’s closing. She has headed up the choral program and overseen the piano lab for 7-12 graders. Ruffner used to be a magnet school for the performing arts before the city abandoned the concept.

A smaller version of the piano lab will move to Fleming. Matney called the program “a well kept secret,” over the years. Many wind up after school at the Music Lab, now located downtown at Jefferson Center. What will she miss the most? “The kids, the personalities, getting to know them,” said Matney, who has taught the children, and even the grandchildren, of her early students.

Photo by Gene Marrano By Gene Marrano Anita Price enjoys looking over Ruffner yearbooks.

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son at the public meeting Monday night, also referring to the city manager’s “awfully strong,” management style. Mason said she looks forward to “a smooth transition as we move forward.” Both Burcham and Mason were on hand early Tuesday morning at the Regional Chamber’s annual summit. During a break, Mason said council members had been discussing for a while, “the general direction of the city. Those conversations [about a leadership change] had been taking place for many, many months. There’s some weariness involved.” Mason did praise the “great work” Burcham had been involved with over the past nine years, although some council members and citizens felt she was often too secretive about the decision-making process. In the past decade, downtown

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housing has sprouted, art hubs like Jefferson Center and the Taubman Museum have come online, and a new trade show hall at the Civic Center was built. Burcham was aware of the desire for a change, said Mason, who feels the nine-month “soft landing” was appropriate. It also allows time for a nationwide search. With an annual salary of $173,000, Mason said there was also the financial consideration in not letting Burcham go early – and having two city manager salaries on the books. “It became a cost-benefit calculation as to what was best for the city from a financial and leadership standpoint,” Mason said. Mason said she is, “very interested in a city manager with a real appreciation and understanding, either through education or experience, of business

[and] economic development. I’d love to see someone with an MBA or MPA.” City council member Court Rosen said in a statement released Tuesday, “these decisions are never easy, and given the circumstances I believe that [Monday] showed great professionalism on both the part of Ms. Burcham as well as the council. While we all will never agree on every decision that has or has not been made …she has accomplished many good things in her time in the manager’s office.” Rosen wants a new director of economic development to lead renovation efforts at the City Market building, identified as the top capital project priority at Monday’s council meeting. In her time remaining, Rosen said city council and Burcham, “will work closely and collaboratively …to make decisions

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Weeds, Pit Bulls and the Walnut St. Bridge While the world – or at least curious Roanokers – waited for word from the closed sessions concerning Darlene Burcham’s reign as city manager, there was other news coming out of Monday’s council meeting. • Council identified the City Market building renovations, estimated at more than $6 million, as the top capital project priority, superceding the amphitheater and Countryside golf course. There was also talk about the tall weeds again – and criticism that while the mowing of public right of ways has been delayed due to budget woes, residents are being ticketed for the same issue. Grass and weeds over 10” high are subject to code enforcement department fines. Burcham said she had instructed that department to treat everyone with tall weeds fairly – whether they are a public or private concern. In addition, she hopes to hire more private contractors soon, to reduce the backlog of properties that must be mowed. Mayor David Bowers also asked Burcham to contact cash-strapped VDOT about the tall grass on the I-581 ramp at the Elm Avenue interchange. The Transportation Dept. has also lengthened the time period between mowings. The city will cut grass and weeds if the property owner doesn’t – and charge them several hundred dollars in the process. Most violators (4 out of 5) do correct the problem themselves, a rate Bur-

cham called, “pretty good compliance. We have a good community of citizens.” Enforcement for tall weeds and grass in Roanoke City occurs on a complaint basis. Roanoke will place liens on property owners (renters are not responsible) if city crews do the mowing and the bills issued aren’t paid. • The Walnut St. Bridge should be open by this weekend after being shut down for repairs, reported Burcham. Demolition of the old flour mill near the growing Carilion complex on South Jefferson will take place next; the city wanted to reopen Walnut Street first, since parts of South Jefferson around the flour mill may be closed while the concrete silos come down. • Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea is concerned about pit bulls running loose in the city, especially in Northwest. “They are a danger, [especially] to senior citizens,” said Lea, adding that there is “almost an epidemic of pit bulls in Northwest Roanoke.” Children are also at risk. Burcham asked all to call 911 immediately if you see a stray pit bull. City Attorney Bill Hackworth said Roanoke has “a pretty good law on the books,” about controlling dangerous dogs. Lea suspects that some of the pit bulls running around are not licensed – making it difficult to track them to owners.

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CarLess journey, those still tethered to their automobiles. Look for visual art and reading materials, as well as painter Susan Jamison’s “crusty, mildewed bike that she’s never ridden,” as Laker describes it. After that, he is open for suggestions, and Laker has enlisted Erin Wommack, an assistant curator at the Taubman Museum, to help him determine future features. “Its not going to be like any museum I’ve worked in so far,” said the Hollins graduate. “It will be an experiment for me as well,” Wommack said. She sees the bike culture theme as a jumping off point, and the potential for a more hands-on facility. They’ll both find out, beginning June 10, with a pre-opening viewing at the Carles Brit museum from 12:00 pm-1:00pm. “Its kind of an unexpected museum,” said Laker, who studied contemporary art in college. “You don’t know what you’re going to see when you come in.” Visit for more details.

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ing the management style of Johnson. Bush held a press conference earlier this week after a former city jail inmate filed a lawsuit, alleging he was beaten by deputies and suffered a broken elbow while in custody. Sheriff Johnson was named in the suit, and Bush said the alleged incident was indicative of her poor management style. Johnson ran as a Republican in order to battle thenincumbent George McMillan four years ago. In the heavily Democratic Roanoke City, a challenger might stand a good chance of upsetting her, as she upset McMillan.

Meanwhile, the issues have taken a back seat in the 11th House of Delegates District, where Democrat incumbent Onzlee Ware will be challenged on June 9 by Martin Jeffrey, the former NAACP chapter president and neighborhood activist. After debuting with a news conference where he pitched innovative solutions for health care coverage and other topics, Jeffrey has chosen over the past month to question the validity and timing of signatures on Ware’s petition, which had to be filed before he could run again in the primary. Jeffrey also alleges Ware spent campaign money raised

in the past on questionable items. Ware denies all charges, and says Jeffrey is avoiding the issues because he has little real support and few campaign funds. Monday, Roanoke City’s Commonwealth Attorney Donald Caldwell issued a statement saying his review of Ware’s ballot signatures found nothing that would disqualify the incumbent. Jeffery campaign manager Mark Powell claimed bias in the decision because Caldwell endorsed Ware earlier. Waiting in the wings is 26year-old Troy Bird, running as a Republican – yes, a Republi-

can – in the Democrat-heavy district. Bird said he is ready to debate the other candidates. “Let them duke it out until all of the dust settles,� said Bird after he watched a Republican forum for the 17th district seat last week. “I’d be more than happy to debate.� Education concerns like the dropout rate in Roanoke City Schools is an issue Bird said he would like to discuss. The biggest battle may be the five-way scrum for the 17th District Republican nomination and the right to challenge Democrat Gwen Mason in November for the seat vacated by William Fralin. At a rather

polite forum last week, there seemed to be little difference between candidates, so the race may come down to style points and personal impressions. A hopeful Melvin Williams, running against Bill Cleaveland, Mike Wray, Chris Head and Josh Johnson for the nomination, admitted after the forum at Patrick Henry that, “it has been difficult to distinguish myself from the other candidates. So many of us have similar views.� Gauging where all five candidates stood on the “conservative spectrum� will be tough, but that’s what will matter to vot-

ers next week, said Williams. “I’ve been working hard. That’s what I will do if I’m the nominee.� Williams is studying the Ralph Smith model, when the now-State Senator beat Brandon Bell in a primary by getting his supporters to the polls. Less than 10% showed up for that particular primary election. Perhaps more will show up at the polls June 9, hopefully with enough information on hand to make a responsible decision. By Gene Marrano

GOP Ticket Just Says “Yesâ€? During Roanoke Stop Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli stopped in Roanoke Monday morning to address supporters as part of their “Just Say Yesâ€? tour. McDonnell is the Republican state ticket leader in his run for Governor, while Bolling seeks a second term as Lt. Governor. Cuccinelli was chosen at the state GOP convention last weekend to run for attorney general, besting Roanoke lawyer John Brownlee in the process. The name of the tour comes from the GOP’s message that they are more supportive than the Democrats of new proposals and ideas regarding the economy. A charge levied nationally at the Republicans is that they have been the party of “noâ€? during the economic crisis – criticizing, but not offering solutions. “Unlike our opponents, we do believe that coal - clean coal technology - is an important part of the economic future of Virginia,â€? McDonnell said while speaking at Roanoke Regional Airport. He listed nuclear energy and offshore drilling as two other options his Democratic opponents had “just said noâ€? to. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling called the Democrats “naĂŻveâ€? in their assumption that the energy crisis can be solved purely through methods like wind and solar energy. “We’re for wind, we’re for solar, but we know that only accounts for a small percentage of the energy we use in our country,â€? Bolling said. (The Democratic ticket will be chosen in the June 9 primary; Terry McAuliffe, Creigh Deeds and Brian

Moran are seeking the gubernatorial slot.) Bolling made a point to reach out specifically to Roanokers, saying they were planning on beginning their endeavor to make Virginia an “energy capital� with the creation of the Virginia Energy Institute and the Virginia Energy Center in the southwest region of the state. McDonnell, who also gave the commencement address at National Business College in Salem Sunday, promised to address the rising cost of college tuition, accountability in government, transportation (promising to work on I-81 and other projects) and creating jobs. “We’re going to be the party of big ideas and reform, and moving Virginia in the right direction, no matter who the other side nominates,� McDonnell said. The candidates also expressed their commitment to upholding the “values that have made America and Virginia great,� by defending the right to life, the second amendment and private property rights. “Americans, more than I’ve seen in my 18 years of activism, are responding to principles,� said attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli. “One of the great things this ticket has going for it is we are right.� His statement elicited cheers from the signwaving crowd. “The most important issue facing our state today is getting this economy moving again,� Bolling said. “We know that you don’t do that by more government regulation, which is

Wrap Around Roanoke Initiative Gets $5,000 Boost from Family and Children’s Trust Fund Family Service of Roanoke Valley has been awarded a grant from the Family and Children’s Trust Fund for its Wrap Around Roanoke Initiative. In response to the fact that Roanoke has ranked very high in founded cases of child abuse and neglect (sixth in Virginia in 2007) with a rate of 12.9/1000 children in the City of Roanoke versus the state rate of 3.4/1000 (Kids Count, CLIKS Profile), Family Service has adopted a proven family strengthening approach called “wraparound� services. In other communities the community-wide implementation of wraparound strategies significantly reduced the number of children who had to be removed from their homes or their communities to have their needs met. The goal of the Wrap Around Roanoke Initiative is to keep families intact and to keep Roanoke’s children in their own communities. In recognition of the priority need (identified by the Roanoke Interagency Council) for “keeping our kids in our community,� Wrap Around Roanoke first got underway thanks to a Community Development Block Grant from the City of Roanoke. The 2009 Family and Children’s Trust Fund award will expand the city’s effort, making it possible to train and reach more families and service providers this coming year. With the $5,000 award from Virginia’s Family and Children’s Trust Fund, Family Service of Roanoke Valley will train more than 400 service providers and clients on how to work together applying wraparound methods. Wraparound has been heralded as a more effective and less costly approach to meeting the needs of distressed children and their families than child removal to residential care. Too often, children are being sent across the state or even across the country to strengthen their coping and mental health skills in residential care settings, just to return home to the same environment where their problems will re-emerge. Estimates from the Coordinator of the Roanoke Comprehensive Services Act is that out-of-community care for Roanoke City’s children approximated $5 million in 2008. Dr. Cheri Hartman, Director of Youth Development at Family Service of Roanoke Valley, is the project coordinator. Plans for the Wrap Around Roanoke Initiative include a conference featuring nationally renowned wraparound trainers, Karl Dennis (Lifetime Achievement in Wraparound Award winner from the International Conference on Wraparound Services and author of “Everything Is Normal Until Proven Otherwise�) and Mary Grealish, who has trained American communities and a country (Guam) on wraparound methods. The goal is to train at least 400 service providers and families on how to work more effectively together to prevent child abuse and neglect and keep families together in stable, healthy and permanent settings. The Family and Children’s Trust Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by Virginia’s Governor to raise and distribute funds to local communities for family violence prevention, treatment and public awareness throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Lt. Governor (current and nominee) Bill Bolling, Gov nominee Bob McDonnell and Atty General nominee Ken Cuccinelli during their stop at the Roanoke Regional Airport on Monday. what our opponents want to do.� Despite the repeated distinctions the candidates made between themselves and Democrats, McDonnell said that he planned to reach across party lines. “We know that amazing things can happen when people work together. We’re going

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ven on the verge of summer it’s not too late to comment on the wonders of spring. After so much rain in the past month, if you sit quietly on your deck you can almost hear the flowers and trees growing. As phenomenal as that is, my interest is more piqued by the behavior of the birds. Living near the forest, Beloved’s yard is populated by a vast variety of winged things, many of whom I can identify by their songs, many more strange to me. What we really want are bluebirds . . . and we have them, but not quite in the venue we envisioned. A handsome, professionally constructed bluebird box was mounted several years ago and immediately bluebirds appeared. In no time at all, they had constructed a designer

nest of pine needles ping bird. At her apand we were anticiproach the cowbird pating egg-laying. became so hysterical The sparrows it managed to free (about 100 of them) itself and probably had different ideas. is hospitalized for They ran off the PTSD. tenants, tore out the The sparrows, nest and installed watching all this, their own which learned a lesson: showed a remark- Hayden Hollingsworth Make your final able lack of design approach from the and planning. On advice from side not the front. In a day they my bluebird consultant, the had dismantled the bluebird famed Earl Morris, I decided nest and started on their own. two can play the nest-destroy- Once again, I tore it out. ing game, so I tore it out before Meanwhile, the bluebirds eggs were laid. were no longer fighting the In the ensuing three years I sparrows but were roosting can’t tell you how many times happily on top of the box while that cycle has been repeated but the sparrows labored to get the the sparrows are undefeated. lengthy straw they use past the They reproduce as if preparing barricade. The bluebirds obvifor an audition in the remake of ously built a nest somewhere Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds. and are now happy parents. Earl had an ingenious sug- Last year, they picked a box gestion: Hang a weighted fish clustered in the center of four line in front of the hole. He feeders. It must have been like explained that sparrows, being camping at the end of a runway seed-feeders, have poor eye- at JFK, but it worked for them. sight and will fly into the line as I don’t know where they nested they try to enter the box, fright- this year but yesterday when I ening them away. Bluebirds, looked in the bluebird box, the which capture live things while nest, very sparsely furnished, on the wing, will fly around it had two dirty-looking sparrow and nest successfully. So goes eggs in it. the theory. The moral of the story is this: It seemed as though it Mother Nature knows what was working. The bluebirds she’s doing. We may try to imquickly began to install their pose our rules on wild things, neat nest. The sparrows, al- but they’ve been in the survival though interested in tearing it business for millions of years. up, were put off by the invisible When we try to fool around (to them) fish line. Construc- with it, a balance beyond our tion went more slowly than understanding may be upset. usual, but we were hopeful . . My personal yard is a differ. then disaster struck. A mon- ent story: I am nurturing my strous brown-headed cowbird, second bluebird brood . . . not looking for a nest ready for an a sparrow to be seen. I even egg, flew into the line and got serve daily meal worms when snared. It looked like an old the hatchlings arrive. If the horwestern hanging that had gone ror movie people are looking horribly wrong. Cowbirds are for actor sparrows they should notorious for using someone come by Beloved’s house; the else’s nest then flying off with cowbird, truly frightening, may the buffalo herd. They are the have recovered enough to join avian equivalent of dropping the cast. off a baby at the ER, then disappearing. To her credit Beloved, who Contact Hayden at doesn’t pick up wild creatures, donned her garden gloves and set out to rescue the wildly flop-

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Peewee’s Legacy - The Final Gift


eeWee died today; there was the cage for a head-scratch [from me], no other choice. He died bea nip and chuck [from him.] cause he had to. Even Sabrina, But two days later he appeared at with all her art and God-given instincts our back door limping badly. We figas a rehabber could not save him. Sabriured: a few days of ‘cage-rest’, he would na and I loved him; we raised him, but be better. He didn’t seem to be in pain, the most painful responsibility a wildbut animals hide pain well, so we were life rehabilitator has is to decide when a not convinced. We took a chance and creature in our care cannot live the life introduced him to Herbie. it was intended by God to live. It was love at first sight. They played PeeWee was a groundhog bought to together, ate together, fought togethus in a group of six small siblings. We er and slept together. Herbie was Lucky Garvin hand-fed them, watched for illness, coming out of his shell. He had a surevaluated their maturation and smelled them. Yes, rogate parent; someone to teach him how to be a smelled them. As groundhogs approach maturity, groundhog. they begin to exude a pungent, garlicky smell. We Little Herbie did well; PeeWee did not. By subawaited the day they would be old enough, healthy tle degrees, his leg grew more useless, more rigid. enough to be put in an enclosed outdoor cage Something was wrong. filled with dirt to prepare them for their eventual This morning we found Herbie lying across the release into the wild. Release is not a decision to sleeping body of his new friend. Groundhogs are be taken lightly. very solicitous of one of their own who is ill or The weeks rolled by, and it came time to set injured. PeeWee [who by this time belied his name by Sabrina knew something had to be done. She growing into one of the two biggest g-hogs] and drove him to The Wildlife Center in Wayneshis mates in an outside enclosure filled with dirt boro, had him evaluated. Shattered left shoulder; so they could begin to burrow. healing out of line. No surgical remedy. PeeWee Shortly thereafter we took in an orphaned baby would never climb or dig or run again. He was groundhog. ‘Herbie’ stayed in his little box in a ‘put down.’ cage inside our ‘animal room.’ He would eat and There was no other choice. cower; that was pretty much his life for three days. But this story, like life itself, moves ever forward. But the clock was ticking for him. How to join Herbie had benefited enormously from his forehim with a group that doesn’t know him? shortened friendship with PeeWee. Sabrina and I Courage comes more easily to a group than an determined it was time to put Herbie out with the individual. others. It was then we learned of PeeWee’s final gift But what would happen if we decided to release to Herbie. We put Herbie nervously in the cage him in the outside cage with the others, and deep and two older groundhogs immediately came out in one of the burrows, one of the older individu- of the burrow. There was immediate chucking and als turned on him? That encounter would be brief nipping and all-around good groundhog fellowand lethal. ship. Herbie ran into the burrow system, and over We fretted over this conundrum. We would the last week, appears to be prospering. soon have to do something, and Herbie’s life and The gift? In the three days they spent together, safety pivoted on our decision. playing, eating and sleeping together, Herbie had One day, while all this was playing out, Sabrina been saturated with PeeWee’s garlicky smell, and came running into the house. “Quick, get the wire an odor to an animal is like a fingerprint; distinccutters! PeeWee’s caught in the cage fencing!” We tive; one per individual. Herbie bore the unmiscut him free; he dropped no more than a foot to takable identity of their leader, and as such, was the dirt floor of the out-door cage and headed off immediately adopted. to the burrows. Was he limping slightly? Thank you, PeeWee. We miss you… For the next several days, all seemed well. PeeContact Lucky at Wee limped a bit but, unlike his brothers who ran off, he would come to me, stand up on the side of


Honor and Respect

hat the heck does that mean?” a self-described “church kid” asked me in my office a few years ago. He came in wanting to know how to better deal with his parents and was frustrated that he kept getting what he thought was the run around. All in all he was a pretty good kid, he had decent grades, a nice girlfriend, did not use alcohol or drugs and was a regular at his Wednesday night youth group meetings. The problem was that he just did not have a great relationship with his parents. He told me that his parents had been telling him that he did not honor and respect them and when that changed, his life would be a little easier. In response to this intro, I told him that his parents were exactly right, when he learned to honor and respect them, things would get better. The problem was that he, like so many other teenagers today, had no clue what that looked like in everyday life. In a subtle but consistent way, he had adopted an attitude that demonstrated contempt towards his parents and left them with a significant lack of desire to do things for him. While in most aspects he was a “good kid”, his attitude colored how his parents responded to him and left him frustrated. To change this situation, he needed to learn what honoring and respecting really looked like. The two things he needed to learn were

how to be agreeable Dad” or “thanks and thankful. for the ride Mom.” An attitude that This type of comreflects honor tomunication reflects wards your parents a respect for their is being “agreetime and effort givable”. This does not en for your benefit. mean that you have In response, parents to agree with your are more inclined to parents’ opinions find ways to continor thoughts; being ue doing things for agreeable means their children. Keith McCurdy that even when you The challenge that disagree, you will honor their I gave this young man was to requests by following their di- take three weeks and give it a rection. An example of this try. I encouraged him to put a is when a parent asks for help significant effort into respondwith the trash. Do you act like ing quickly and positively it is a big inconvenience and when requests were made of complain or say “in a minute”, him and to look daily to find or do you put down what you things to be thankful for. In are doing and go help. As one three weeks time, the outcome kid put it, “you mean just go was obvious. He came back with the flow, if they ask you to and said, “Ok, now I get it.” do something, just do it.” This What he had experienced was willingness to respond quickly that by adopting this attitude and without frustration is rare- he not only got more “stuff ” as ly missed by parents and helps he put it, but he realized just to create a desire on their part how much his parents did for to respond more positively to him and how little they really their children. asked of him in return. This An attitude that reflects re- helped to create a more posispect towards a parent is being tive atmosphere in his home “thankful”. I often ask teenag- which led to a better relationers what they thank their par- ship with his parents. This ents for. Usually, after a long change in attitude did not silence, they say “not much”. solve everything, but it did alYet when I ask what things low for a better foundation of their parents do for them I get communicating and solving a long list. When you begin problems in the future. to thank your parents for all The challenge is a simple of the many things they do one….Give it a try! for you, it demonstrates that you appreciate their participaContact Keith at tion in your life. It is as simple as saying “thanks for dinner

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Sotomayor Will Make a Great Justice

resident Barack Obama’s choice of Sonia Sotomayer to serve on the United States Supreme Court is an excellent one. I've been following this lady's career for quite some time. She knows her stuff and will make an excellent Supreme Court Justice. Of course, there are those who will disagree with my assessment. These folks will say they are concerned about Ms. Sotomayer being an “activist judge,” that they are afraid Ms. Sotomayer will try to legislate from the bench. I get a good laugh whenever I hear the nonsense over socalled activist judges. Why? Because there is no such thing as an activist judge, especially on the Supreme Court. Judges do not decide public policy. However, there are instances when judges have to decide the Constitutionality of a case. That is their job. That is what they get paid for. That is their responsibility under the United States Constitution. When the Supreme Court ruled Jim Crow segregation illegal in the case, Brown v. Board of Education, in 1954, the Court did so because the Court determined that segregation in America was Unconstitutional, not because the Court wanted America to be a better place to live. In the early 1960’s when the Supreme Court expanded the rights of the accused, in the cases of Escobedo v. Illinois, Gideon v. Wainwright and Miranda v. Arizona, the Court


did so because the provide our young Court determined people with an opthat certain Conportunity to meet stitutional rights positive role models of those accused of from all spectrums committing a crime and all walks of life were being violated, in hope that our not because the youth will become Court wanted guilty productive citizens. people to go free. To meet this obThe Supreme jective, businesses, Jeff Artis Court deciding the churches, clubs, colconstitutionality of leges, schools and a court case is as old as Ameri- civic organizations are invited ca itself. The Founding Fathers to attend “JUNETEENTH ’09.” gave the Court this power in These groups are also invited Article III of the Constitution. to set up a table free of charge The power of judicial review for community education. As was later reaffirmed in the case always, everything at the RoaMarbury v. Madison in 1803. noke’s SCLC’s JUNETEENTH Again, there is no such thing celebration is free; free food, as an activist judge. However, free entertainment, and a free there are people who disagree good time. with Supreme Court rulings Last year’s “JUNETEENTH” who only want to make an is- celebration was a huge success. sue of judges doing their jobs. This year’s event will be even better. To see an updated ros************ ter for this year‘s event or to see pictures and information I would be remiss if I did concerning “JUNETEENTH not remind the readers of a ’07” or “JUNETEENTH ’08,” very special upcoming event. please log onto, www.jeffartis. On June 13’th, beginning at com and visit any of the "JU12 noon, the Roanoke, Va. NETEENTH" links. If you Southern Christian Leader- would like to participate in ship Conference will be hold- “JUNETEENTH ‘09”, please ing “JUNETEENTH ’09,” at contact me at (540)366-3719 Washington Park on Orange or (540)355-4118. I would be Ave. “JUNETEENTH ‘09” is honored for you to attend and/ a day we celebrate the end of or participate in this wonderslavery in America, as well as, ful event of unity, fellowship celebrate unity, fellowship and and brotherhood. brotherhood here in the Valley. “JUNETEENTH ’09” is also Contact Jeff at part of the Roanoke SCLC’s gang prevention program. The Roanoke SCLC wants to


Help! I Can’t Let It Go!

y friends think they are supporting me. I consider myself a victim and them, enablers. No, not a victim of some rare disease or affliction. A victim of an uncanny ability to see a second life in refuse – and a compulsion to save scraps others sweep into the trash without a second thought ... to a degree that exceeds normalcy and becomes an addiction. I suppose recognition of the problem is the first step toward cure. My enablers clean their homes and bring me bundles of magazines, empty spools, bottles, remnants of cloth and other attractive junk. “I hate to throw this away – I know you’ll find a way to use it,” they say. Sure. They hate to throw it away – but they do, because they hate clutter more. I can’t throw it away because I see its potential – and the clutter at my house spreads like wiregrass! Although not life-threatening, symptoms of this disorder cause distress. For example: anxiety when passing collection bins in front of business establishments. Once, years ago, I humiliated my teenage son by retrieving perfectly good mat board from the trash bin of a picture framing shop. He was mortified; he refused to walk beside me, hurried ahead, pretending not to know me, while I lugged my booty to the car. Ironically, the largest piece was just what he needed for his science project. I can’t bear to see fancy plastic cups and plates trashed at church socials. I gather them to wash and reuse for crafts with my Sunday School class. When I prune my plants, those straggly stems dangle in a jar of water, growing roots to begin a new life. I’m drawn to yard sales like

Tales from the Trail

hen I lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, one of the things I noticed was a decided lack of places to walk. Sure, there were plenty of places to fish and boat, and miles and miles of beaches, but finding more than a mile or two of linear footpath strung together was a challenge. Not so here in Roanoke. Those rocky, steep and often inaccessible things called mountains offer an excuse to set aside rugged and unbuildable land for national forests and state parks. On the pancake-flat Eastern Shore, any land that perked was subject to sprouting a new home, meaning that obtaining chunks of thousands of acres for recreation just wasn't feasible. I have some fond memories of trails from my youth. A trail is a gentle reminder than even in the midst of wilderness there is civilization, which can be comforting when you're wet and tired. Much like old maps, trail names conjure up a certain mystique that is often more potent than the nature through which they meander—names like “Indian Camp Spur” or “Dead Man's Loop.” I remember hiking a trail in the Cranberry Wil-

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fruit flies to overripe bananas. You never know what will show up. I usually buy the box of junk nobody else wants, eager to see what is inside. Even if its use is not obvious immediately, I know someday the very thing I need will be there, await- Mary Jo ing reincarnation. Women’s magazines are full of articles on recycling -- how to give new life to found treasures. But my addiction oversteps the bounds of such creativity. My labeled boxes contain scraps of wire, wood, film canisters, styrofoam packing materials, scrap paper from print shops, buttons, yarn and sawdust. As a kindergarten teacher, I did find such items useful. Now and then I read an article that stresses the importance of clearing clutter and restoring order. I gather courage and vow to turn over a new leaf, especially since I’ve retired. But then I’ll be asked to help with Vacation Bible School, or my grandchildren will say, “Let’s go to the basement and make something, Nana.” And then I’m thankful I didn’t discard the resources I need. I haven’t located a support group yet, but I’ve considered starting one. What I fear, however, is increasing rather than eliminating my symptoms, should a bunch of pack-rats get together. Determining the etiology of this disorder has been challenging. Is it the result of social conditioning? I grew up during the depression, so that theory has some validity. Perhaps the mantra “Use it up, wear it out; make it do or do without” was so firmly ingrained in my personality that I cannot bear to

toss away perfectly usable scraps. On the other hand, this may be a genetic disorder. My parents found uses for every bit of waste on the farm. When we butchered, my dad used every bit of the pig except the squeal. Shannon He even blew up the pig’s bladder to make a lightweight ball for us. But those were depression days, so the genetic theory could be disputed. Recently however, new evidence came to light when I visited my grown son – the one who disowned me when I raided the trash bin. He could hardly wait to show me his “new” exercise machine, constructed from parts of a broken bicycle and scraps of wood and pipe. “Mom, you won’t believe what some people throw away!” he said. “Look at this chair someone put out with the trash. All it needs is some glue and a coat of paint.” It’s in the genes.

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The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef by Leigh Sackett

“Best Burger Ever” and “Mighty Darn Good Oven Fries” The Food Network has been very enticing this week. With the month of June here they have been focusing on outdoor grilling. Rachael Ray made this fabulous gourmet hamburger chocked full of all her favorite things. I made some yesterday and was told it is the BEST burger ever! Burgers are just too much fun - you can do so many creative things with them. As part of my celebration of summer I have decided to make a different gourmet burger every week. Stay tuned - I will be sure to let you know what other fabulous burger creations I find! 4 large Idaho potatoes, scrubbed 1/3-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided 4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, divided 4-5 cloves garlic 1/2 pound ground sirloin 1/2 pound ground pork 1 tablespoon grill seasoning 2 teaspoons fennel seed 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 3 tablespoons capers A handful of fresh flat leaf parsley 2 teaspoons anchovy paste 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3/4 cup pitted black or green olives 4 slices sharp provolone cheese or thinly sliced smoked mozzarella cheese

4 crusty rolls, such as sesame Kaiser rolls, split 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced 10-12 basil leaves, torn or shredded 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced Preparation -Heat oven to 500°F. -Cut 10 wedges from each potato and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle a couple tablespoons of EVOO over the potatoes to coat them lightly, then season with rosemary, salt and pepper and one teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Throw a couple cloves cracked garlic on the sheet with potatoes. Roast 25 minutes, turning once. -Meanwhile, place ground meats in a bowl and add 2-3 cloves grated garlic, grill seasoning, fennel seed, one teaspoon

crushed red pepper flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Mix the burgers and form four patties. Make patties thinner in the center– burgers bulge as they cook. -Cook burgers on grill or in skillet with olive oil - 5-6 minutes on each side. While burgers cook, slice cheese, tomatoes, onions and basil and reserve. -In a food processor, combine capers, parsley, anchovy paste, lemon zest and olives. Turn processor on and drizzle in 3-4 tablespoons EVOO in a slow, steady stream until a thick paste forms, making an olive tapenade. -Melt cheese on burgers and toast buns. -Place burgers on buns and top with tomato, basil and red onions. Slather the bun tops with some olive tapenade and serve with oven fries.

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Focus on Education Hidden Valley Seniors Have High Hopes The economy may be in a downturn, but for the graduating seniors at Hidden Valley High School, hope for the future is strong. Students are aware of the lack of jobs due to the current recession, and though many companies are cutting back, they are confident that the economy will soon rebound. Undaunted by polls and forecasting, most have chosen career paths that reflect their interests and passions, and trust that jobs will be available after college. For VMI-bound David Turner, civil engineering was a natural choice for a major because of his strong math skills and an interest in technology. Engineers have historically been in high demand, but if that isn’t the case when he graduates, he can use those skills to serve in the military. Clay McGlamery’s interest in earth science influenced his decision to study geology at the University of Mississippi. “I enjoy traveling and would love to work for an oil company, or maybe the United States Geological Survey,� McGlamery said. Many have had hands-on training through programs offered at the Arnold R. Burton Center for Arts and Technology. Whitney Walton completed a teaching internship this past year, and had the opportunity to work in a third grade classroom at Oak Grove Elementary School. She has a strong interest in teaching, and spent her senior year working with children, an experience that confirmed her decision to study elementary education at Ohio State University. Some students researched hiring projections and demographics as they considered fields of study. “Sales fields are wide open,� said John Hans, who plans to study business management at the University of Alabama. “I’d like to live and work in a metropolitan area like Washington D.C.� After being sidelined with several sports-related injuries, professional healthcare intrigued Sterling Cupp. Working with athletic trainers and physical therapists influenced her decision to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry shows the highest amount of growth of any other field with an additional three million jobs projected by 2016. But statistics and projections haven’t been the deciding fac-

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Hidden Valley seniors try on their cap and gowns prior to graduation. tor for all of the students. “I think it’s important to choose an area you like - and a job will come,� believes Taylor Poindexter. “A lot can happen in four years, and I’m confident there will be jobs.� Her plan is to study Religion and Psychology at Mary Washington College, and one day she hopes to be the director of a non-profit organization. Graduation is scheduled for 9:00 am, Tuesday June 9th, at the Salem Civic Center. Cave Spring, Northside and William Byrd will have ceremonies later that day at the same location. “Given all the hard work and effort these students have put into the last 13 years, it will be fulfilling to see them finally achieve their goal,� said senior class sponsor Cindy Lawrence. The Class of 2009 seems to have embraced the musing of Helen Keller: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.�

Buzz Cuts Go for Good Cause

Students, parme to do it,â€? he ents, teachers and said while a stylist family members took off the last of turned out before his locks. school for “MornMany of the ing Buzz,â€? where boys went for the haircuts went for buzz cut, while $10. Money raised the girls who took will be donated to part were not so fighting cancer, adventurous. in honor of Susan “There’s conKern, a teacher nections in the at Back Creek Elschool [to canBy Susan Stilwell ementary who is Daniel Rutherford cer],â€? Mackey battling the disease. takes it all off for a noted. “A lot of Kern’s son, Wally, good cause as Lee people ‌know played basketball Ann Allagas of Shear how serious it is, for Cave Spring Perfection mans the and how tough it about 10 years ago. clippers. is for people in our Last year, “Morncommunity.â€? ing Buzzâ€? was held Cave Spring as a general fundraiser for the principal Steve Spangler has American Cancer Society, but plenty of good things to say It’s all in the numbers at North Cross. The senior class boasts this year, Susan Kern was the about his students when it all of its 30 graduates are going to college. The class also totaled rallying point. comes to events like the Morn128 acceptance letters from 79 colleges and universities, includStudent body president ing Buzz. ing a graduate bound for MIT, who was also accepted at Cal Greg Mackey, a senior who “Our kids ‌serve the comTech, Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon. The will attend Virginia Tech, said munity,â€? said Spangler, who best and brightest from North Cross School were honored at he expected more than 100 to taught Wally Kern at Cave Monday’s commencement in a ceremony featuring several firsts attend, and this year’s “Buzzâ€? Spring in the past, before re– and a last. raised upwards of $1,500. Lo- tuning as principal. “They are Monday’s ceremony was the first commencement under cal stylists donated their time, always at the front of any type Headmaster Tim Seeley, who succeeded Paul Stellato last sumand breakfast was provided by of community service. They’re mer. And it was the last for English teacher G. Gates DeHart Famous Anthony’s, possibly the ones that find what the III, who is retiring after 39 years at North Cross. DeHart gave enticing more participants. cause is – and go help.â€? the commencement address, quoting Pulitzer prize winner Toni Daniel Rutherford was goMorrison, and choking up as he wished students, faculty and By Gene Marrano ing for the clean-shaven look; Photo by Gene Marrano his grandmother died of can.OWTHRU*UNE North Cross Headmaster Timothy Seeley addresses the comcer. “It’s definitely good for   TAKE mencement crowd. /&& -320-ARSH CABINETRY parents farewell. Seeley noted the year in transition at North Cross, which welcomed a new upper school head (his old position) and a new Dean of Students. Run With Grace 5K: Pat- 2005 while on a training run “This senior class is especially dear to me,â€? said the Dartrick Henry High School, June at college. mouth graduate, who did some quoting of his own from poet 6, 8:30 a.m. The Run With DARE: Fifth Grade stuE.E. Cummings: “life is to be found in direct experience ‌ not Grace 5K and Fun Run Walk, dents at Oakland Intermein intellectual activity.â€? at the Patrick Henry High diate, Monterey, Wasena, Graduating North Cross students, said Seely, “have the tools School track is a challenging and Hurt Park Elementary to help negotiate the next set of transitions and changes.â€? outdoor course, primarily Schools will celebrate their Board of Trustees chair and alumna Anne Lee Stevens introwooded trails and hills. Proaccomplishments with the duced DeHart as “the very best [example] of an educator. He ceeds from the race will be DARE program at the Hotel never got bored, he never got jaded.â€? used to fund the Grace LoveRoanoke June 8. Students will DeHart quoted Morrison from a speech where she talked $ONTBECONFUSEDBYEMPTYPROMISESOFHUGESAVINGS grove Scholarship, awarded enjoy a luncheon prepared about the dangers of racist, sexist and oppressive language, when 42534YOURLOCALLYOWNEDANDOPERATEDCABINETRYAND used as a weapon. DeHart attended Roanoke College and UVa annually to a Patrick Henry by the Hotel and will be preCOUNTERTOPCOMPANYTOPROVIDE425%VALUEFORYOUR (undergraduate, master’s respectively); he also served as drama High School graduate. The sented with awards. Special REMODELINGANDBUILDINGNEEDS money is also used to support guests include City Manager teacher at the school, directing several productions each year. #ALLTODAYFOR&REEDESIGNSANDESTIMATES Just before he finished with a blessing for students, DeHart PH cross country and track Darlene Burcham, and Sherimplored seniors to remember “the totality of language,â€? and teams. The scholarship was riff Octavia Johnson. Students Recognized at mentioned Lincoln’s short but poignant Gettysburg Address. established in 2005 to honor Grace Lovegrove, a PH gradBoard Meeting: Westside El/LD#AVE3PRING2OADs2OANOKE 6! “His words were exhilarating. His words symbolize deference to /WNERS-IKE2EINSCHMIDTAND4ERRI,ANGFORD uate who excelled in academementary School, June 9, 5:45 the 'uncapturability' [of the moment].â€? By Gene Marrano ics and in track. She died in p.m. The Virginia Tech Hokie $ESIGNERS"EN"URCHAND"OB"RUMFIELD bird will pay a visit to RCPS students during a special reception before the June school board meeting. The students will be honored for their work on the “Roanoke ABC Book,â€? written and illustrated by city elementary students in the gifted PLATO program. The book will feature an array of alphabet-referenced historic or significant sites in Roanoke, accompanied by the artwork of RCPS elementary students.

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Titans Win Some, Lose Some: The Hidden Valley High School Titans will represent southwest Roanoke County at this weekend’s Group AA championship jubilee in girls soccer and tennis (boys and girls), but two of its other teams were defeated in regional play last week (baseball, softball), bringing their seasons to an end. The jubilee features state semifinal and final matches Friday and Saturday, on the Radford University campus. Hidden Valley pitcher Kelsey Crotty went the distance Photos by Wade Thompson for the Titans in a 2-1 loss to Abingdon in extra innings in regional softball. Photo by Bill Turner Hickory goal-keeper Andrew McMillan lunges for the ball in a futile attempt to save a score by Robert Bear of Patrick Henry in the first half of the state soccer playoffs. Hickory edged the Patriots 2-1.

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Patrick Henry’s first ever trip to the boys soccer Group AAA state playoffs ended Tuesday night on its home field, with a 2-1 loss to Hickory. Coach Chris Dowdy’s team finishes the season at 20-2. The Patriots lose four seniors from this year’s squad. “These guys have put a ton of work in,� Dowdy said after the regional win over Gar-Field, noting that many of their players began training for the season two weeks after they were eliminated from the Northwest Region tournament last May. “It’s been phenomenal to see the school rally around our team – it’s something PH has needed for a long time, I think.�

Hidden Valley Girls Coach Tommy George, Emily Meyers, Kim Kronau, Kaitlyn Noe, Kristin Harter, Whitney Walton, Mary Kathryn Newton, Emily Seibert, Katie Wolfe, Meghan Mallare, Haley Podeschi, Caroline Pugh, & Piper Burrow. (Lying in front is Hunter Mood- Team manager) Chris Migliarese is on the Titans boys squad. Photo by Bill Turner

Hidden Valley Tennis Goes Back to Back

After winning the Region IV championship last season, the Hidden Valley girls tennis team made a simple goal at the beginning of the season: repeat. Mission accomplished. The Titans (15-0) continued a perfect season with a victory over Graham in the region final, and now have their sights set on another preseason goal – winning a state championship at the AA Sports Jubilee in Radford. The Titan girls play a semifinal match Friday morning against Spotswood, with the finals slated for Virginia Tech, Saturday at 1:00 pm. (Meanwhile the Hidden Valley boys, coached by Ryan Teague, have their own Friday morning showdown with Harrisonburg in the semis.) “The girls weren’t happy with getting to the states and losing last year – they want to do better,� girls Head Coach Tommy George said. “They’re a great group – very motivated – and they have all worked hard to accomplish that goal.� After steamrolling through the competitive River Ridge District – “one of the strongest around,� according to George – the Titans easily dispatched of Graham (from Bluefield) in the region title match, winning each of the first five singles matches to earn their second straight Region IV crown. Hidden Valley is led by sophomore Kristin Harter, the team’s undefeated No. 1 singles player and River Ridge player of the year. Only a sophomore, Harter (18-0) has already captured the district and region singles and doubles titles, a year after advancing all the way to the state singles championship match as a freshman. “She is awfully dedicated,� George said of his star player. “She is very consistent, very smart, and obviously has a bright future.� The other members of the team certainly are no slouches, either. Senior co-captain Whitney Walton, the team’s No. 2 singles player, and Harter’s partner in doubles, is also undefeated (16-0) in doubles competition. And the team’s No. 3 singles competitor, Mary

Kathryn Newton, was a 2nd Team All-District performer, with an 11-2 mark in singles matches to go with a 10-1 record in doubles. The Titans begin their quest for the state title with three different quarterfinal matches. In the singles bracket, Harter will face Carla Wong from Freedom High School in northern Virginia. In the doubles bracket, Harter and Walton will face the No.1 team from Jamestown, and in the team bracket, the Titans will face Spotswood High School.

The AA tennis championships will take place (primarily) at Radford University, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “I’m really confident in our team’s ability, and I like our chances, though it’s going to be tough,� George said. Editor’s note: The Hidden Valley boys tennis team also captured the Region IV championship by knocking off Graham High School and now heads to Radford. By Matt Reeve

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Knights Commit to Colleges Cave Spring High School has seen several more of its studentathletes commit to colleges in recent days, including two members of the track team. Tatum Tyler will run cross country and other distance events at South Carolina, while hurdler Rachel Crum will stay closer to home at Roanoke College. “We’re excited to see what they’re going to do at the next level,� said Tommy McGuire, head track coach for the Knights program. Crum competes in the 100 and 300 hurdles outdoors, along with the 4 x 100 relay, and the long, triple and high jump events. As a junior, she also pole-vaulted. “I [only] started track in 10th grade,� said Crum at her signing ceremony last week; 13 years in gymnastics training preceded that. She tried hurdles just last summer and found that she was, “really good at it.� Crum competed in the state AA meet last weekend in Harrisonburg as an individual (Cave Spring did not qualify as team), coming in as a top-5 seed in several events, and finished fourth in the 100 hurdles. She will join a Roanoke College program

that is the current ODAC champion. Tyler is a long distance runner who ran in two events (800 and 4x400 Rachel Crum relay) at the AA state meet. After coming in ranked 3rd, she finished 8th in the 800, with Hidden Valley’s Annie LeHardy finishing second. “I just want to improve as a student-athlete. I hope I get that opportunity,� Tyler said. Tyler will run in all three track seasons, at the Southeast Conference school. “I’ve been around forever,� said Tyler, who ran track for Cave Spring as an 8th grader. South Carolina’s outdoor women’s track program won a national championship in 2002. Earlier this week, senior soccer player Taylor Woodrum announced his commitment to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, shortly after the Knights had concluded a successful 13-4-2 season. Cave Spring bowed out in the regionals, but earlier became the first team – ever – to beat Blacksburg in a regular sea-

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son River Ridge District match, after a streak of 64 straight without a loss. Woodrum also played ten seasons for the Roanoke Star travel program. Star Director of Coaching Graham McClain said the left back/center back a “was right up there with the best.� Matt Neale, Woodrum’s varsity coach at Cave Spring this past season, said his departing senior, who will study civil engineering in college, had “an inner drive that is absolutely outstanding. [He’s] a coach on the field.� Woodrum had feelers from Division One North Carolina State before deciding on D-3 Johns Hopkins, which offered him some academic support for his class work at Cave Spring.

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Southwest County Debate Focused on Rec Center, Crime and Funds

Roanoke County Supervisor (Windsor Hills district) Joe McNamara and challenger Ed Elswick squared off in a debate at the Bent Mountain Fire Station last week, in an event sponsored by the Bent Mountain Women's Club. Both are seeking the Republican nomination for the Windsor Hills seat, to be decided in the June 9th primary. Spending in general, funding for new projects and the future of public safety were major issues. The multi-generational recreation center at Green Ridge in North County was the hot topic of discussion throughout the debate. Elswick said the project should have been ditched long before it came up for a vote. "Five cities that were visited said it would cost a ton of money and that it won't make enough [to cover] operating costs," noted Elswick. "Plus, it will cost a million and a half a year just to pay the principal and interest on the financial obligation." McNamara fought the rec. center from day one, and his was the lone "no" vote among the Board of Supervisors. "I did everything that I could to try to stop it, but in every scenario there are going to be differences of opinion." He said the board operates with five members, with only three votes

needed for approval. "That is the way that democracy works." McNamara added: "the multigen center is going in, so the bashing at this point is inconsequential and detrimental. The best thing that can happen is for it to be enormously successful and to spawn some economic development and some business over there. So I'm 100% behind it being successful." Elswick also objected strongly to the use of lease revenue bonds to finance the recreational facility, on which the public does not get to vote. McNamara responded that when politicians are afraid to issue bonds and everything goes to a vote, it is extremely detrimental to the community, because there is no single project that will get 51% of the public’s vote. McNamara also contended that crime is on the increase, expanding in concentric circles from the city center. Roanoke County is now in the second circle said McNamara. He spoke about the aging population in the county, saying, "fire and rescue calls are going up dramatically." Elswick said he hoped the county was not going to be in a position where they would have to double the number of safety people, and he believed that the crime rate is going down in Roanoke County.

Joe McNamara is the current Windsor Hills board of supervisors representative. He claimed that the County hired six new police officers, at a cost of $2.7 million (a figure disputed by McNamara), based on increased telephone calls from 2007-2008 - while the annual police reports showed a decrease in phone calls and a decrease in actual crime statistics during that time. Another issue of contention: 191 vehicles go home with county employees every night, the majority of which belong to police officers. McNamara is supportive of this practice. Elswick is not so supportive, wondering how much could be saved if vehicles stayed on county property. Both men had problems with the proposed South County

library, which recently went through a cost-saving redesign, although both agreed that a new library is definitely needed. Elswick said the building site (off Merriman Road near Penn Forest Elementary) is in a flood plain and not as convenient to citizens as the current Rt. 419 location. "The library should be built as a functional building and not have any niceties other than toilets. It ought to be constructed in a way to conserve tax dollars, Photos by Dot Overstreet not with an excessive amount of Ed Elswick is McNamara’s design," said Elswick. The new library has a current price tag of challenger for the Windsor Hills seat. $12 million. McNamara said the location would be to create horse, bike was not his first choice, but that and walking trails, and places the decision has been made and for visitors to go fishing. it is time to move forward. He McNamara said the state-ausaid that building costs are ex- thorized Virginia Recreational traordinarily good right now, Facilities Authority, not the but if the bid comes in higher county, owns Explore Park. It than anticipated the project was his hope also that it could won't happen. He also added, be used for passive recreation, "A library today should look but that the supervisors don't different than a library twenty make those decisions. Roanoke years ago - because the use … County did help fund and staff is different than what it used to the park for a five-year period be." before it shut down in 2008. Concerning Explore Park, Elswick said supervisors Elswick wants no more money should, "live within our budwasted, believing that the plan get and continue to provide to turn it over to an outside services with the revenues that developer whose proposal will are coming into the county. To cost investors about $200 mil- accomplish that, we need an aglion is a fiasco. The best use of gressive effort to control costs.” the 1,100-acre site, said Elswick, The retired engineer and Bent

Mountain Civic League member believes he is the best man for the job, Elswick stated, "I am well versed in what it takes to look at contracts and to do the administrative things that are required as a County Supervisor, especially auditing and investigating." McNamara feels that it is easy for residents to predict what he will do in the future, because they have had 12 years (three terms) to examine his record. One of his major goals is to generate revenue and promote the economic vitality of the valley, by attracting the right jobs. Better ties to Virginia Tech and Carilion as they grown in the area will help. “These are the two drivers that will keep Roanoke from being inconsequential a hundred years from now,” McNamara said. No Democrat has announced a bid for the Windsor Hills seat, so the winner of the June 9 Republican primary will be elected supervisor in November. McNamara, owner of Katie’s Ice Cream, has been criticized by Elswick and the members of several civic league groups in the past of not being responsive, and of not attending their quarterly meetings as requested.

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Commentary: Be Wary of Wray It is October, 2009 and the race for the 17th House of Delegates seat of retiring Delegate William Fralin is heating up. Liberal Democrat Gwen Mason attacks Republican candidate Mike Wray stating that he used his position as member of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to benefit himself. She states that Wray purchased some land off of U.S. 220 (the old Hunting Hills stables) in August 2000 at a time when he chaired a citizens committee that was making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors which included a recommendation that his property be rezoned to commercial use. This would increase the value of the land that Wray had purchased. The Board of Supervisors then followed that

recommendation and rezoned the property. Then Mason points out that the Board of Supervisors, while Wray was an announced candidate for that Board, expanded a three-way intersection planned for Clearbrook on U.S. 220 to a four-way intersection. The fourth road, which ultimately cost the taxpayers $812,975, was to Wray’s land, making it more valuable. Mason then divulges that Wray stated that Kahn Development should build a shopping center on his land in Clearbrook. Kahn was already developing plans for the Keagy Village on Route 419 but was meeting opposition from local residents. Wray expressed reservations about

the Keagy Village development, but learns that one of Kahn’s representatives had said that if the Keagy Village development goes forward then they are likely to develop other projects in Roanoke in the future. On June 14th, 2004, Wray sells his interest in the Clearbrook property for a profit of $18,000 four days after the new road opened. Eight days later, on June 22, 2004, Wray drops his opposition and votes in favor of the Keagy Village project. An ethics professor from the University of Richmond states “His actions clearly give the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Another ethics professor from the University of Illinois states “It looks to be a conflict of interest. A public official shouldn’t be making decisions

that affect directly their own wealth and their own circumstances”. The voters, disgusted by politicians using their public positions for personal gain, give Mason the victory on November 3rd. The above facts are all contained in a September 11, 2004 Roanoke Times article. Therefore, they will certainly be issues the Democrats will use if Mike Wray wins the Republican nomination during the primary election on June 9th. Additionally, it has been confirmed by Brandon Bell, Wray’s coordinator for strategy and fundraising, as well as by Wray himself that there was a State Police investigation into his actions while on the Board of Supervisors. This was not known by the

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RoanokeCountyPublicLibrary sponsors “Picturing America” Contest In conjunction with the “Picturing America” grant program and the theme of this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program (Express Yourself), the Roanoke County Public Library system will be sponsoring a young adult (ages 12-18) photography contest.The photo must be submitted in hard copy, 8” X 10” size, and matted to 11” X 14”. Photographs may be black and white, sepia, or full color: They can be traditional photography or digitally manipulated images. You can only enter one per contestant. The theme of this contest is how you “Picture America.” The photo must communicate the theme of how you picture America in your local area or community. The contest will last until June 11. The winner will be announced at a reception at the Hollins Branch Library, on Wednesday,June 17,6:00 -7:00 p.m.,where all the photos will be on display. Entry forms can be picked up at any Roanoke County Public Library. If you have any questions please contact David Wilson, Roanoke County Public Library systemYA Librarian, at 561-8024. Roanoke Public Library Events for June Teen Manga Club Main Library 706 S.Jefferson St.Roanoke June 8,2009,4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Shop and Stop Storytime ValleyView Mall, 2nd floor across from Lens Crafters June 9, 2009, 11:00 am 12:00 pm Teen Gaming Main Library 706 S.Jefferson St.Roanoke June 15,2009,2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3-23-09 Teen Manga Club Main Library 706

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Chamber Summit Goes High Tech VT Carilion School of Medicine

Optimism among Roanoke spondents, sales positions were Regional Chamber of Comidentified as the most needed, merce members is a bit harder to with 35% expecting to grow their come by this year, as revealed in a work force in 2009. That’s down survey unveiled at the Chamber’s 11% from 2008. Economic Summit IV. Subtitled, Of the respondents, 27% ex“It’s all about the Economy,” atpect revenue increases this year, tendees at Hotel Roanoke earwhile 41% forecast a decrease lier this week also heard about – numbers reversed from last economic trends – some more year’s projections. Still, 81% of promising than others – from those polled called the Roanoke Dr. Terry Rephann, from the Region’s economic climate “fair Weldon Cooper Center for Pubto good.” lic Justice at UVa. Also unveiled was a joint proRephann joked about the overgram from the Regional Chamly-rosy forecast he gave two years ber and the Roanoke Valley Cool Photo by Gene Marrano Cities Coalition, a green initiaago, the last time he appeared at the annual Chamber sum- An attendee uses a wireless tive that will give local businesses mit, but noted that many others device to weigh in on ecoa chance to be branded as “green had it wrong also just before the nomic conditions. business stewards.” The Cool economy took a nosedive. AtCities Coalition will develop a tendees were able to weigh in during Rephann’s checklist including guidelines for water use, waste presentation via hand held devices that registered disposal, indoor air quality, pollution control and responses to questions about the economy and energy use. their company profile. “It is still a major competitive advantage to take Rephann addressed the “free fall” in housing waste out of the system,” said Diana Christopulos, values nationally, noting Roanoke did not suffer chair of the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalithe full brunt, and the “gigantic credit crunch,” tion. that has slowed recovery efforts, despite the “enorA third party will verify the qualifications of mous sum of [money],” being pumped into the fi- those firms seeking the green branding. Christopnancial system. ulos noted the Japanese “made poverty a virtue” Local and national retail sales have “tanked,” after World War II and learned to manufacture and unemployment has descended on Virginia with less waste produced – a lesson some Amerilike “a dark cloud,” since last fall. Still, in many can companies are still learning today. Christopuways, this recession is not as deep as others in the los also cited the “unanimous commitments” lopast, said Rephann. cal governments have made regarding reducing U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte appeared via their carbon footprints. webcam from Washington, airing his concerns Those that meet the green criteria will be feaabout the amount of money being spent in Wash- tured in the Chamber’s quarterly business magaington, and fielding questions from the audience. zine and will be given a special designation. The 6th District lawmaker looks for interest rates “Just one more element that helps position our and inflation to spike in the years ahead as the region as a great place to live, work and play,“ said result of the spending spree in DC. With a $3.6 Chamber president Joyce Waugh, who added that trillion budget forecasted for the next fiscal year, most members seemed “cautiously optimistic” one third of it borrowed, Goodlatte said he “had about the near future. concern for the direction our government is takCool Cities and the Chamber will roll out a ing.” pilot program with 10 selected companies this The Republican began by noting that some summer, and hope to offer it to other businesses stimulus money is on the way to Roanoke for this fall. Still to be decided on is a name for the non-profits and construction projects including campaign. The finalists are: Green Biz Approved, weatherization, but he questioned $51 million al- Earth Friendly, Roanoke Region Worthy, Cool located for an update of the Poff Federal Building Green Biz, Go Green Roanoke Region and Green in downtown Roanoke. Goodlatte said it might be Seal of Happiness. more cost effective to build a new one. Votes for a favorite are accepted at green@roaThe latest chamber member survey reveals low- By Gene Marrano er levels of optimism regarding economic growth compared to a year ago. From the 150 or so re-

Program Granted Accreditation

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has announced that the school's educational program leading to the doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree has received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). As the final step necessary for the school to recruit students and begin operation, preliminary accreditation means the school meets nationally accepted standards of educational quality. The school's first class of 42 aspiring physicians will begin their studies in the fall of 2010 and graduate with a M.D. degree in the spring of 2014. Prospective students can apply through the online American Medical College Application Service at (http://www.aamc. org/students/amcas). Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) is a partnership between Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic, located on the Carilion Clinic Campus in Roanoke. The new 150,000-square-foot education and research facility is currently under construction. "Preliminary accreditation for VTC is a direct result of the vision by leadership at Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic

to capitalize on core strengths at each of these institutions," said Cynda Johnson, founding dean and president, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. "This is also a testament to the incredible amount of determination, collaboration, and creativity of the [VTC] team. I am very proud of the team and thrilled to begin recruiting our first class." The partnership between Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic allows VTC to offer a strong foundation in the basic and clinical sciences. The unique curriculum interweaves research and inter-professional disciplines throughout the fouryear educational experience. "This partnership makes good sense on a multitude of levels," said Charles W. Steger, president of Virginia Tech. "Virginia Tech's leadership in higher education, specifically in the sciences and research, coupled with Carilion's strength in medical education and patientcentered care, is a very powerful combination. The result will be high-quality education and a new, innovative model to develop the type of physician that we need at the bedside. I couldn't be more proud of everyone involved."

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has received preliminary accreditation, and is now recruiting its charter class.

Carilion CEO Ed Murphy said, "Preliminary accreditation of the new medical school is another step forward for Carilion Clinic's education and research mission. The value of the school's association with an institution of Virginia Tech's caliber cannot be overstated. I congratulate the team on the tremendous effort that they have put forth to make this a reality." According to Virginia Tech Carilion leadership, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's overarching goal is to educate clinicians who continuously incorporate knowledge gained from research and scientific inquiry into the everyday practice of medicine. More information can be found at

Roanoke - Hollins Rotary Club Distributes $11,000 in Grants

Boxley Goes Green Boxley Materials Company is the first plant in Virginia, and the 11th in the country (out of more than 5,000 concrete plants), to gain the “Green Star” certification. Boxley officials and Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham raised the green flag at the Roanoke plant last week to celebrate its certification. Doug Easter, Executive Director of Virginia Ready-Mixed Concrete Association, says the Green Star is a two-year certification that involves environmental stewardship. “It’s impressive. It shows that they’re leaders not only in the industry, but also in sustainability and environmental stewardship ... throughout the Commonwealth [and] the country. We look forward to them leading the Ready-Mixed industry through the Green Star program and look forward to working with them as well,” Easter said. Larry Bullock, Boxley’s Vice President of Concrete, said they went through a four-month cycle to achieve the certification. “We had to do a base line inspection of our environmental practices. It’s based on continuous improvement of your environmental practices. We established goals and we completed one cycle.” Among their achievements during the first cycle, Boxley reduced waste concrete by 20% by forming barrier blocks with that leftover material, saving 22 dump truck trips to a landfill, according to Bullock. Cyprus trees were planted to improve the aesthetics of the work site, and 100% of indoor lighting was replaced with high efficiency bulbs, using 75% less energy.

Despite recent news concerning challenging economic forecasts and budget cutting, the The Roanoke-Hollins Rotary Club illustrated its commitment to community service at its Wednesday morning meeting. The club’s Foundation awarded a total of $11,000 in grants to 11 local non-profit organizations Wednesday. Local organizations were invited to submit requests stating how the money would be used, if selected.  Recipients included: The Roanoke Valley SPCA, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, The Rescue Mission, Girl Scouts Virginia, Skyline, Taubman Museum of Art, Center in the Square, Goodwill Industries, Ronald McDonald House and The YWCA. For more information, contact President-elect Jim Dalton at 540-798-1014.

Terri Jones Recipient of Ad Fed’s 2009 Silver Medal Award City Manager Darlene Burcham helps raise the green flag at Boxley, with (L-R) Ab Boxley, President & CEO, Doug Easter (VRMCA), Burcham and Larry Bullock, Vice President Concrete. “At the end of four months [we] submitted our application and received the Green Star certification,” said Bullock, adding that Boxley plans to make continuous improvements. Boxley has seven other operations in Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia, and Bullock says they’re working on Green Star certification for those locations, as well. By Beverly Amsler

Terri Jones was honored recently at the Hotel Roanoke as the 2009 recipient of the American Advertising Federation's Silver Medal Award. Established in 1959, the Silver Medal Award Program recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Also winner of the 2007 PRNews Agency Executive of the Year and the Advertising

Federation of the Roanoke Valley’s 2007 Advertising Person of the Year, Jones brings more than 30 years of experience in corporate and agency public relations to her role as senior vice president of AccessPR. Her portfolio includes story placement with USA Today, “Good Morning America,” “Today Show,” The Washington Post and National Public Radio. Jones was honored, and good naturedly “roasted,” by Access colleagues Gary Gilmore, Sara Bemiller, John Carlin and Todd Marcum, as well as, Thomas

Becher, President of tba, Chris Henson, of MediaFrenzy and Jones’s son, Bryan Lewis. Nancy May, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations of HCA Virginia (Southwest Market), was also on hand to share stories and praise Jones’s work.

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51st Sidewalk Art Show Draws Thousands

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Polly Ayers Bixler with some of her award winning mixed media works. Downtown Roanoke’s 51st Annual Sidewalk Art Show drew thousands of visitors to the streets surrounding the Market building last weekend, with 160 artists of all stripes in position to show off – and sell - their work. The Sidewalk Art Show, a fundraiser for the Taubman Museum of Art’s education programs, wound its way up Salem Avenue to the front of the museum. For the past several years, the Sidewalk Art Show has also been a juried one, with ribbons handed out in various categories. Polly Ayers Bixler, who previously hosted a daytime television show on WDBJ, won in the mixed media category. “For my first show, I was tickled to death,” said Bixler, who used vintage photographs and items (buttons, pens, fabric, etc.)

Patrons take in the 51st Sidewalk Art Show.

found at yard sales and flea markets to build 3-D collages. It was the first time Bixler had exhibited her artwork. One piece features her mother, in a 1922 photo taken at Highland Park. “My heart is in collecting [and now] I do it all day,” said Bixler, an Old Southwest Roanoke resident. She’s hoping to find gallery space for her unique work soon.

By Gene Marrano

RSO’s Rock Symphony Cirque Serves Up Extraordinary Evening

Admittedly, I was not wellrested for last weekend’s Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performance. After mowing and planting and weeding and mulching and chopping and stacking and generally wiping myself out on a certain Franklin County plot of land for the better part of the day, I was actually beginning to rue the idea of going at all. What I needed was a shower, a glass of wine and a long deep back massage (necessarily in that order) – not taking five children, of all things, (three of mine and two imports) to a late evening show across town at the Salem Civic Center. But the promise had long since been made and even though the mother of the three permanents (for whom the original ticket acquisition was made) had been called away on lacrosse tournament duty in Richmond, I persevered nevertheless. Admission of Guilt #1 I had not been to a RSO performance in years – as in about sixteen – not so coincidently the age of my oldest child. The victim of the scheduling requirements foisted upon parents of my generation, the most culture I have witnessed in Roanoke outside of attending a few nice art shows and small music offerings, has been Sesame Street Live and the brass quintet featured at the 11:00 PM Christmas Eve Service.

Thus, I was originally excited about the opportunity to go – but now worn out to the point that I feared I might nod off in mid-performance. Would the house lights be down enough to hide such an indiscretion, I wondered? Would I break into an uproarious snore in an upright seated position? I soon discovered that I shouldn’t have wasted the worry. The combination of RSO’s symphonic precision, the Cirque du Soleil style acrobatic performances and the accompanying Motown act provided by “Jeans and Classics” was an off-the-charts great experience. The result was an electrifying evening of entertainment – one that would have been met with rave reviews in any size market. The fact that it was conceived, coordinated and executed in Roanoke, was one more reminder that the conductor and top-drawer staff of the RSO deserve every bit of the praise they continually garner within and outside the valley. Did I say sleep? I was on the edge of my seat from the moment Wiley and the gang struck up a strong, if not obligatory, opening allegro from Rossini’s William Tell Overture. The amplification could have been a little stronger, especially in several very up tempo pieces that came later in the evening, but the RSO’s creative vibrancy and clear attention to detail – a reflection

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formances. And the band that joined the RSO in “groove support” laid down the classic beats with rifts and runs that often paralleled the originals to the point of a being nothing short of haunting. You don’t just step up and “do” Marvin Gaye, and for that matter, any of the other classic Motown artists on display. This group had logged their hours and it showed, and when matched with Wiley’s creative, yet precisely constructed symphonic backup, the result was spectacular. Perhaps the best testimony of the night came when I turned around in my seat to see how the children were enjoying the second set. To my surprise, they had all disappeared. Snacks? A Communal bathroom run, maybe? I scanned the floor as I turned back to direct my gaze towards the stage . . . and there in the corner, so as not to be seen by her “way most un-cool” father, was my ever nonplussed and contrarian 15 year-old daughter, surrounded by the rest of the tribe, all dancing like there was no tomorrow - to music written well over a quarter century ago, performed by musicians my age and older. Wiley – you just might be on to something.

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and Darek” who performed an “on ground” two body balancing routine that was one of the most astounding feats of strength, agility and balance I have seen live or otherwise. All this while the orchestra dished out a version of Led Zeplin’s classic “Kashmir” that would have made Jimmy Page and the boys proud to have been in the room. By the end of the third performance of combined music and physical artistry a real “chicken or the egg” question arose: Was the music “making” the extraordinary cirque performances? Or were the eloquent bodily expressions so informing the music that it was heard in a brighter, fresher and more inspirational way? The answer, of course, was both, and so all that was needed to round out the evening was a little . . . Motown. Admission of Guilt #3 I’m not much of a dancer. But the Jeans and Classics group responsible for bringing the classic hits of Motown to life were dead on in their performances, and if you weren’t dancing on the main floor, you were at least bouncing a foot in the cheaper seats. (Me.) The lead vocalists didn’t just come close to bringing such artists as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross to life – they nailed their per-

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