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Proposed Meeting Room Ban Quickly Derailed
A Measure of Progress? Mike Keeler
The Wrong Reasons
P7– Mike Keeler points out “the unholy power of popculture” in his column on the reason behind the most popular baby names.
Two large trackhoes break up the remains of the National Guard Armory that served Roanoke for over 55 years. Much like the stadium which it once stood beside, the concrete and brick structure did not give up without a significant fight, lending credence to the old saying, “They don’t build ‘em like they used to.”
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The sign reads, “A Measure of Progress.” Well, ultimately perhaps, but certainly not in the short term. Demolition crews struggled to bring down the National Guard Armory building located on Reserve Avenue in Roanoke and now all that remains in place where the old armory / stadium complex used h. Boat. hike. Dine. shop. Relax. enjoy! to be are two “very rough” athletic fields and a pile of rubble. P4&5– Shoreline Miles Memorial Day is Once the final debris is removed there are no present plans Special here Events. . . Are you ready for Historic Attractions for the land other than “using the city’s Master Plan to come up some Summer Fun? Check Golf Courses with a good use.” Proposals for the old stadium / armory site ational out Monuments our “Sum-Fun” section have included everything from a water park complete with a pages 4-5. A FrEE on ViSitor GuidE man made “kayak river” - to specialty shops - to an amphithe800.676.8203 or go to visitsmithmountainlake.com ater heavily supported by Councilman Dave Trinkle. Trinkle recently commented that if he had known how difficult it was going to be to get support and a commitment for an amphitheater at the location, he might have voted differently on the Victory Stadium issue. The fate of the stadium and ultimately the armory seem to be right in line with an unfortunate tendency by Roanoke officials
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to allow high value city assets to sink into disrepair through continued neglect while resources are spent on what many citizens charge are low priority items. On the list of neglected properties in addition to the now demolished stadium and armory are the City Market Building, the Fishburn Mansion, the Commonwealth Building, Fire Station Number 1, The Buena Vista Recreation Center and the soon to be razed Parks and Recreation building among others. Regardless of what the present council might desire to do, the city faces a significant budget shortfall going forward and there is no money available to improve what, for all practical purposes, has become a vacant lot. Which begs the question: Why did the City force the National Guard to vacate the building to begin with? When asked for his thoughts on what has become of the site, former Councilman Brian Wishneff remarked, “I don’t want to say I told you so, but I believe certain chickens are coming home to roost . . .”
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Countryside Alliance Blue Ridge Marathon Continues Mourns Golf Course Positive Impact on Roanoke Valley
With the golf course slowly turning to seed – literally – and the greens eroding away, the fifth annual Countryside Alliance picnic, held last weekend during May Neighborhood Month, could have been a wistful affair. Instead, members of the Alliance, who first banded together in an attempt to save Countryside Golf Course, chose a bit of irreverence by wearing black ribbons on their Thomas Ryder yellow “Save Countryside Golf Course” and Anita Price. tee shirts. They also blacked out the word “Save” on a banner hung out near the 11th fairway. Ken Saunders, who attracted some attention when he chose to mow the grass on the 11th fairway near his house, was all smiles as he cooked hot dogs on his 70th birthday. At one point he even delivered a plate of food to a man chipping and putting on what was left of the once manicured green – now mostly brown as the soil takes over. “It’s so close to the house, I didn’t Land Use want it growing [too tall],” said Saunders, concerned that Countryside could end up with low-income section 8 housing on it. “We’re all worried …that’s the way we feel.” Noting how Roanoke City now has a dog park which just reopened after having sod replaced, Saunders said the city government “thinks more about dogs than they do about people on this side of town [in Northwest]. They could care less about us.” Saunders was a charter member of Countryside in 1967; his son Kenny Jr. runs a golf course in Cancun, Mexico after overseeing several
The Show Goes On
As currently proposed, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors meeting room would be used for “government purp o s e s County Govt. only.” That leaves the Roanoke County Republican and Democratic Committees out in the cold. At Tuesday’s 3:00 p.m. board meeting the county attorney, Paul Mahoney, prepared a policy that would limit use of the board’s meeting room to board meetings, county departments, agencies, committees, commissions, training sessions, and State and Federal government. B oard Ed Elswick members had discussed the policy change in a May 11 work session. Gone were uses requiring a $50 fee - no more political, cultural, religious, civic and education gatherings. “A mass meeting held by the county’s Republican Committee on April 15 brought more participants than expected,” explained Mike Bailey. Bailey was challenged by Al Bedrosian for party chair. Bailey was re-
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The inaugural National College Blue Ridge Marathon, held last month, generated a lot of excitement, attention, and funds that positively impacted the Roanoke Valley. Things just seemed to come together in ways that even organizers did not necessarily expect when they were in the planning stages. The hope was that the event, highlighting the 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, would let people outside Roanoke know more about the area as they traversed the rigorous course which took participants up on the Parkway and back into downtown Roanoke, winding up near the impossible-tomiss landmark, the Taubman museum. The idea of “connecting the dots” of many of Roanoke’s important and beautiful landmarks, while simultaneously designing one of the more difficult marathons in the country turned out to be a success on many levels. And, this past Tuesday, true to the commu-
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Blue Ridge Marathon Co-Chairs John Carlin (left) and Pete Eshelman (right) hold up a $20,000 check with the help of Phil Francis, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. nity spirit generated by the coAccepting the check was operative effort, organizers of FRIENDS Executive Directhe Blue Ridge Marathon pre- tor Susan J. Mills, Ph.D, who sented “FRIENDS said “100 percent of the Blue Ridge of this donation Marathon Parkway” a check will be used to for $20,000 which provide funding will be used to “further its mis- for events along the Blue Ridge sion to preserve, promote and Parkway and FRIENDS Save enhance the scenic highway” which is considered to be one of > CONTINUED the biggest draws in this area. P2: Blue Ridge
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in Vietnam. Saunders wasn’t happy that Roanoke City, which owns the course and shut it down in March, was only mowing one small strip, leaving the grass elsewhere to grow tall. As for his Countryside home, he calls it “the cleanest, friendliest, safest neighborhood in Roanoke, Virginia. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. We’re just a big family.” “We’ll continue no matter what,” said Valerie Garner, president of the Countryside Neighborhood Alliance, which boasts about 100 members. Roanoke City has recognized the Alliance as an official neighborhood group. “That’s not all we talk about,” adds Garner. “We have issues just like every neighborhood.” She wouldn’t have met many of her neighbors, if not for the Alliance. Some residents are nervous that homes could be built where the golf course once stood; “the goal now,” said Garner, is to preserve “as much green space as possible.” Deer, fox, wild turkey, even skunks have been spotted at Countryside recently, added several of the picnicking Alliance members. The uncertainty as to what will happen to the Countryside course has made selling homes there more difficult, according to one attendee who is trying to do just that. As for it becoming a golf course again? “We don’t hold out much hope,” said Garner. Roanoke City tried to attract a management company after deciding it didn’t want to run the course it purchased for $4 million, but found no takers. Roanoke City Council member Anita Price and Roanoke City Neighborhood Services official Bob Clements attended the Coun-
elected as chairman that night and spoke at Tuesday’s board meeting. Bailey charged the board with being “overly possessive of the property.” Rafat Farooqui represented the Roanoke County Democratic Committee. Bailey, in a bipartisan gesture, thanked Farooqui for his support in keeping the room available. Greg Habeeb, former Salem Republican Chair, confirmed that he used twitter to broadcast and send photos of the mass meeting. His “tweets” indicated the room was filled to capacity and the fire marshal had difficulty restricting access to the meeting room. The room holds only 136 people and there were 239 voting in the chairman challenge. Chairman Joe “Butch” Church said the policy revision had been planned for some time and indicated there were meetings “where there was a total disregard for the facility.” The April 15 Republican mass meeting only affirmed the decision to address the policy. “The facility needs protection and contains expensive audio/visual equipment,” explained Church. Church complained that during the Republican mass meeting people were on the dais and raiding the board’s refrigerator.
A sign once used by the neighborhood is draped in black. tryside get-together, which was a potluck as well. Groups like the Alliance allow residents to “become a [stronger] voice for the community in which they live,” said Clements. “That means more clout at Planning Commission meetings and City Council as well,” noted Clements. The grand door prize at the Countryside picnic was given to the person who guessed how many golf balls were contained in a plastic box. There were 250 – all collected by neighbors who walk the course. “I’ve got neighbors that leave them on the porch,” said Ken Saunders, just before he took a hot dog and potato salad out to the lone golfer, who was apparently not quite ready to give up on Countryside just yet. By Gene Marrano firstname.lastname@example.org
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“We’ve had gum wrappers, trash and disorderly conduct in other meetings,” said Church. Later Bailey said normal attendance at mass meetings numbered no more than 90. It was too late to change the location when they realized there would be a larger number in attendance. In addition, they needed access to the registrar’s office to credential the voters. The Tea Party Tax Day event held earlier that day in Elmwood Park brought more participants than expected. He admitted that there were cookies and that the subcommittee did consume bottles of water out of the board’s refrigerator. Bailey said, “Someone wants to make it a big deal.” He took issue with Church making the connection to the Republican Committee. “That’s what bothers me … it’s vindictive for the chairman to bring this up,” said Bailey. Board member Charlotte Moore agreed with Church that the $250,000 taxpayer funded renovated meeting room needs protection. Moore said she had attended meetings in the past where food and drink were brought into the room. But board clerk Becky Meador could only recall homeowner associations as other us-
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nouncement, along with Marathon sponsors, including the first to sign up, National College President and CEO Frank Longaker, who said “we were lucky to be the title sponsor … the Blue Ridge Parkway is an asset and a jewel – [we need to] support that asset.” Longaker, an avid endurance event participant, ran the Parkway’s 13.1 mile half marathon. Other sponsors included Carilion Clinic, Valley Bank, Finks Jewelers, and Roanoke Parks and Recreation. Marathon Co-Chairs John Carlin and Pete Eshelman were both pleased with the positive impact the Marathon had on the community. Eshelman said the “Inaugural event came off without hitches; we needed to have a good first event.” He said that “we got a 99% satisfaction rating from runners,” to which Carlin added, “That rating is almost unheard of.”
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ers of the room. Board member Ed Elswick voiced his disapproval saying, “We should never allow mass meetings in this room again. It was never intended to hold that many people.” Other residents were incensed that they had no voice in the change in policy calling it “mean-spirited.” In an email from the Roanoke City clerk, Stephanie Moon said the city had no written policy for use of City Council Chambers. Moon said it is “Open for use by political offices, Council appointed boards, committees, authorities/democratic and republic parties/state and federal agencies or organizations as long as it is government related during business and after hours.” She added that the chamber has never been abused. Richard Flora suggested the policy be referred back for more discussion in a June work session, and then placed on the agenda at their second June meeting. Board member Mike Altizer agreed and said, “Let’s step back and take a deep breath.”
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From page 1 Eschelman also said they calculated that $354,202 was infused into the community because of the Marathon, which will serve as a benchmark going forward. Carlin said that next year “they are looking at adding a significant climb, in order to make sure we have the toughest on-road marathon in the country.” Race Director Ronny Angell relays that, “The runners tell us they loved this course despite the difficulty.” Being able to make the “toughest” claim will continue to help the Blue Ridge Marathon stand out in the eyes of potential participants who come from all over the world. Regina Desper, Co-Chair Roanoke Valley Chapter of FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, is still excited about the Marathon project. She said that “volunteers from chapters all along the parkway” came up to help with the event. They
were responsible for “aid stations, and there were guides along the Parkway” who helped point runners in the right direction. There was even a contest amongst volunteers for the “best aid station” which runners voted for. Incidentally, the winner was the Rocky Knob Chapter of FRIENDS who manned the station located on Spur Mountain Road where it intersects the Parkway. They received a $500 prize that they will use to help with their chapter’s activities. Given the success of the inaugural marathon most have assumed that plans are underway for next year’s event. Dispelling any remaining doubt, John Carlin emphatically said that “YES, we will do it again next year.” The date is currently set for April 16, 2011. By Cheryl Hodges firstname.lastname@example.org
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Third Annual Mutt Strut Adds To Carilion Patient Fund When people are facing the end of their life they are often trying to make memories for those they will leave behind. Medical insurance doesn’t pay for those efforts. The Carilion Clinic Mutt Strut event has raised money for the last three years for just that purpose. This year’s event was attended by 145 dogs and 275 bi-peds. Kroger also helped to raise funds with a “Paws for Patients” campaign at their registers in all twelve stores. “Sophie” won best in show this year, an honor that goes to the top fund raising dog. She garnered a huge prize basket for her owner, Donna Spence. The basket was donated by the staff of Carilion Clinic Home health. A “best kisser” and owner/pet look-a-like contest were also part of the festivities. Sue Huntington, volunteer coordinator for Carilion Hospice, explained: “All proceeds from this fun dog show and carnival will go to our patient fund. We use this fund to provide services including those which are not available from our regularly budgeted funds -- services such
Ali Cartwright holds Sophie who was awarded Best In Show for her fund raising efforts. as complimentary therapies, and to assist limited resource families with funeral expenses, paying utility bills, etc. Proceeds will also help us grant last wish requests for our pediatric hospice patients and create memory-making opportunities for their families.” In addition, Carilion has received a grant from The Banfield Charitable Trust to establish a “Pet Peace of Mind” program
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Hollins Students Ready To Do “Fantastic Things” On a sunny if somewhat muggy Sunday morning at Hollins University, more than 200 graduates received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, ready to go forth from the liberal arts school and take on the world. Hollins President Nancy Oliver Gray welcomed students, parents, friends and faculty to the outdoor ceremony last weekend, reminding students that they might have been “unsure of what lay ahead of you,” when arriving as freshmen. They leave said Gray, as “more confident, independent women … and men.” All of the undergraduates at Hollins are female; men can enroll only in the master’s programs. Former Hollins graduate student Natasha Trethewey was the keynote speaker; she represents the fourth Pulitizer Prize winner (2007, poetry) to matriculate at the small liberal arts school. “Better late than never,” said Trethewey about her arrival as a graduate student at the school. Her father Eric teaches English at Hollins. “I’d begun to seriously think about the lives of women [while at Hollins],” said Trethewey, who studied there in 1990 and 1991. She read a poem that took her twenty years to write by her account, entitled “Illuminations.” “There is always something more to know…” it began. Trethewey reminded the largely female group of gradu-
Hollins University Class of 2010 on graduation day. ates that women now receive more than half of all the college degrees conferred in the country, except at the Ph.D. level. “What will we make of what we have been given?” she asked the Class of 2010. Trethewey was given an honorary Doctorate of Laws after her address. Kathryn Fralin Walker, the wife of developer Ed Walker, was awarded the Hollins Medal for leadership. Senior class president Tiffany Brown gave the student address, hailing Hollins for “a sense of community [that] is … most unique.” She also called Hollins University “the most accepting place on earth. It was the best time of my life.” Brown spent portions of her college time on missions to Jamaica and parts of Appalachia; she helped special needs students every Sunday for the past two years as well. Brown also has an unusual hobby; she
likes to explore caves. The Radford native vowed from the podium that “we are all going to do fantastic things,” armed with Hollins educations. “You have found your voices,” Nancy Gray told the graduates before they came to the dais to collect their hard-earned diplomas. By Gene Marrano firstname.lastname@example.org
Roanoke City School Briefs PH Senior Selected as Pamplin Scholar Brittany Clifton is the recipient of the 2010 Pamplin Leader Award at Patrick Henry High School. The Pamplin Leader is a one-year, $1,000 tuition scholarship to Virginia Tech. The scholarship is presented annually to a top student from each public high school in Virginia. It was established to acknowledge students with a record of outstanding academic achievement that is balanced with a commitment to community service and leadership experience. New William Fleming Stadium Features Environmental Friendly Wind Turbines to Help Conserve Energy The nearly completed stadium at William Fleming High School now has four wind turbines installed on the field. The wind turbines are expected to save costs by using wind to generate power for the stadium. Developers say this is one of the first school divisions in the state to use wind turbines to generate electricity for a stadium. The total cost of the stadium, athletic fields and field house is about $7.4 million dollars. James Madison Odyssey of the Mind Teams Head to World Finals Two Odyssey of the Mind teams from James Madison Middle School will travel to Michigan State University this week to represent the school at World Finals. Both teams earned second place in the state competition. Odyssey of the Mind is an international education program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Breckinridge Students to Visit Mayor and Voice Concerns of Young Adults Since December, students from Breckinridge Middle School have been researching ways for the City of Roanoke to improve itself. Students wrote persuasive letters and presented
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Mr. and Mrs. James N. Bullington will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on June 1, 2010. They were married on June 1, 1960 in San Antonio, Texas. The couple have four children, Lisa, Laura, Kathryn, and Matthew, five grandchildren, Caitlin, Corey, Alejandra, Jake, Sam, and one great granddaughter, Hayli. All live in the Roanoke vicinity. The couple met while Jim was serving in the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, Texas. After discharge from the military, Jim attended St. Mary's University while selling vacuum cleaners door to door. Velma worked at Fort Sam Houston during the day and attended college at night. Originally from Roanoke, Jim returned home with Velma in 1962, eventually purchasing the family business, the Texas Tavern in 1966. Velma helped Jim with various duties associated with the business while raising their four children. Retiring from the Texas Tavern in 2003, Jim started his photography business, JBull Photo, which he operates today. Velma studied for the ministry and was ordained in November 2008 at Valley Community Church, D.S., where she serves as a pastor. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the couple plans a trip to Virginia Beach and will later take an Alaskan Cruise, followed by a trip to Italy.
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The Oh So Many Joys Of Camping by Mary Jo Shannon
Although Harry grew up camping with his buddies and the Boy Scouts, I had never spent the night outdoors before we were married. Before investing in equipment, he needed to know how I would adjust. So he arranged a test to find out. He borrowed the essentials-a sleeping bag for me and two pup tents. A stew pot, coffee pot, skillet and a box of food completed our equipment, as we headed to Big Meadows Campground on the Skyline Drive for my weekend trial. I actually enjoyed the experience, despite sleeping on the ground without an air mattress and fighting mosquitoes. In retrospect, I think it was because Harry took charge of the cooking. The smell of wood smoke, bacon, and coffee brewing over the open fire started the day off right. I passed the test and Harry invested in a canvas tent, a gas lantern, air mattresses, sleeping bags, and a camping stove. Eventually he designed and crafted a magnificent cabinet to store all the necessities for cooking, first aid etc. for our camping experiences. My only caveat was: No camping with a baby in diapers – disposables had not yet been invented. When the children were small we camped at Cave Mountain Lake, near Natural Bridge. The campsites were large and private, almost like spacious rooms with greenery for walls. The children hurried to “police the area” – removing anything they found that was not a part of nature -- cigarette butts, candy wrappers, or other litter. Harry erected the tent and a tarp to shelter the table, with plastic sidewalls creating our outdoor living room. Then we headed for the lake. Flush toilets were available, but no showers until several
years later. In the privacy afforded by the tent and saplings, I soaped the children, rinsing them with a bucket of warm water before they crawled into their sleeping bags. Harry planned ahead, identifying interesting places to visit in the vicinity of our campground. We visited historic sites such as Stonewall Jackson’s home, the George Marshall Museum, and the chapel at V.M.I. As the children grew, we ventured farther from home. At Mt. Rogers, it rained for ten days straight. But we didn’t let the weather squelch our enthusiasm (at least, not much!). We hiked in the rain and spent many hours under the tarp playing card games and 20 Questions. One summer we spent a week at Chickahominy Park near Williamsburg. We enjoyed watching the white squirrels there and took in the sights at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. We planned to move to Seashore State Park for the final week of our vacation. Camp sites could not be reserved, so we broke camp a day early to spend the night in a motel at Virginia Beach and get a camp site early in the morning. . Unfortunately, every motel we passed bore a “No Vacancy” sign. Finally we spent the night with three children and a dog in our car. “Spent the night” is an apt description, for we certainly didn’t sleep. Harry and son Harry pulled out their sleeping bags and stretched out beside the car, increasing my anxiety. I was certain we would be arrested for disobeying the “No camping” signs posted everywhere. When Harry’s watch read four a.m., we left, determined to be first in line. Three vehicles were already there! We finally set up our tent near lunch
time, almost wishing we were back in Roanoke. But feelings changed with the results of our first crabbing experience. Pieces of chicken wing tied to strings brought in enough blue crabs for a feast at dinner. We spent several summer vacations at Lake Arrowhead near Myrtle Beach when our children were in high school. Crabbing, fishing, diving for sand dollars and dining on seafood at Calabash are pleasant memories of those days. When we found ourselves a twosome again, Harry packed away the tent and purchased a pop-up trailer. The camper had two beds and could accommodate anyone who had time off from college or a summer job. Occasionally they joined us and eventually grandchildren were introduced to the camping experience. For over twenty years we looked forward to camping during summer or autumn days. Our last experience was unforgettable. Son John and his wife Amye and three children camped with us prior to their return to Nashville. Amye and the two girls, Mary and Elizabeth, slept in the trailer with us while John and Jack shared a small tent. Early on the morning of our last day, We had a rude awakening. Our end of the trailer broke, sending us head first to the ground. Once we recovered from the shock, the men worked to close the bent frame, enabling them to close the trailer. Thus ended our camping life -- and began our introduction to cabins at state parks!
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Center houses engaging exhibits and artifacts while protected and interpreted battlefields such as Cold Harbor and Malvern Hill let visitors walk where soldiers fought. Robert Russa Moton Museum: Farmville. R.R. Moton High School was the site of a walkout by African American students in 1951 to protest the separate but very unequal conditions in which they were forced to study. The resulting legal action became part of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Exhibits housed in the school building tell the story of the struggles of a community to overcome historical segregation. Virginia State Capitol: Richmond. Virginia’s history helped establish the United States government that we know today. The Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and first occupied in 1788 by Virginia's General Assembly, America's oldest English-speaking legislature. The Bill of Rights was ratified here. Guided tours begin at the new underground Visitor Center. Arlington National Cemetery: Arlington. Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame. Architectural Walking Tours: Statewide. So many of Virginia’s cities and towns preserve the architecture of historic commercial and residential districts. Stop by a welcome center and ask for walking tour brochures. Ornate downtown facades and dramatic interiors are complemented by the grace and charm of Victorian, Queen Anne and Gothic Revival homes. Surprises abound when looking up from the sidewalk. Waterford: Founded in 1733, the entire village of Waterford is a National Historic Landmark. Many of its buildings still in use predate 1840. Self-guided walking tours indicate historic homes and storefronts and cottages. The Waterford Market has light refreshments as well as crafts made by local artisans. National Museum of the Marine Corps: Triangle. The heroic story of the United States Marine Corps is told here through interactive displays, videos, realistic environments and priceless artifacts. Retired Marine volunteers are on hand to welcome visitors and provide
personal stories of their service. Abingdon Historic District: The town of Abingdon is located in Washington County in the Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia. It was named after the ancestral home of Martha Washington, and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. The 20-square block Historic District includes historic sites, cultural activities and museums. Abingdon is also one of the towns along The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. Fort Monroe / Casemate Museum: Hampton. Fort Monroe was originally completed in 1834 and has served as an army base since then. During the Civil War escaped slaves flocked to the fort for protection. After the collapse of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis was confined as a prisoner in a damp cell within the casemate. The Casemate Museum tells the story of the fort and its historic occupants within the arched masonry now more than 150 years old. Lexington’s Historic Campuses and Museums: Lexington is a small town dream. Located in the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute. Both campuses are littered with historic buildings and statues – and each has compelling museums. The VMI Museum tells the story of the institute dating back to 1839. Lee Chapel and Museum houses the final resting place of Robert E. Lee, president of the college following the Civil War. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Dulles. This Smithsonian Air and Space Museum facility includes the space shuttle Enterprise, Gemini VII space capsule and Boeing B-29 Enola Gay among its incredible collection of hundreds of air and space craft, missiles and equipment. Simulators and theaters provide breathtaking experiences without leaving the ground. Though there is a fee to park, admission to this magnificent facility is free. Harry W. Meador Coal Museum: Big Stone Gap. Mining equipment, tools, office equipment, coal company items and a small dentist office are part of this museum in the heart of Virginia’s coal mining region. Coal mining was and is a critical part of the economy of Southwest Virginia and is reflected in the museum displays. For more information visi: www.virginia.org
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Events Celebrating Parkway’s 75th Year With a nod to the nostalgia of traveling America’s Favorite Drive at a leisurely (and unplugged) pace, motorists, cyclists and motorcyclists will find an array of activity, special events, and exhibitions up and down the scenic road’s 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina. A complete list of events is at www.blueridgeparkway75.org but here are some of the happenings around Memorial Day. · Roanoke’s Festival in the Park – May 26-31, Roanoke, VA. Now in its 41st year, the event focuses on art, music, and family. www.roanokefestival.org · Hotel Floyd Concert Series – Every Thursday through October, Floyd, VA. Hotel Floyd and Mitchell Music Company host free bluegrass music during their “Live After 5” series. www.HotelFloyd.com · 13th Annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade, May 28-29, Shenandoah, VA. The event includes tractor shows and a carnival by the area’s volunteer firemen. www.townofshenandoah. com · Valdese-Waldensian Trail of Faith Founder’s Festival, May 28-29, Valdese, NC. The celebration commemorates the original Italian settlers crossing the Atlantic and arriving by train on May 29, 1893. See a 115-year old sawmill in operation as well as exhibits, mountain crafts, and bluegrass music. www.waldensiantrailoffaith.org · Women of Appalachia Exhibit, Brevard, NC. A display of artwork by Western North Carolina women. firstname.lastname@example.org · Montebello Spring, VA, Horseback Trail Ride, May 2830, Nelson County, VA. Bring your own horse to the mountains and ride through woodlands and meadows and along ridgetops. email@example.com · Grapestompers Annual Amateur Winemakers Festival, May 29, Laurel Springs, NC. This free event offers tastings of wine made by amateur wine makers with a winner selected through attendees’ votes. www. grapestompers.com · Hit & Miss in the Mountains, May 29-31, Meadows of Dan, VA. The 6th Annual Antique Engine Show also features traditional local music, local art and craft, and heritage demonstrations. www.mountainmeadowscrafts.com · More Than A Mountain: Celebrating the Land and Community of the Peaks of Otter, May 29-June 9, Bedford County, VA. A juried art exhibition inspired by the Parkway’s legendary landmark. www.morethanamountain.com
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The Happy Chef Pool Party Cake!
· Summer Art and Craft Show at Valley Green Gallery, May 29-30, Nellysford, VA. The 18th annual show features more than 30 local and regional artisans with works of pottery, textiles, jewelry, glass, and photography. · Fading Voices, May 29, Little Snowbird Church, Robbinsville, NC. A celebration of the traditional ways of the Snowbird Cherokees, including the Sacred · Mountain Ceremony, Cherokee hymn singing, storytelling, traditional dance, beading, basketry, traditional games, and food. www.grahamcountytravel.com · Opening of Floyd County Historical Society Museum, May 29-30, Floyd, VA. Grand opening of the new museum devoted to the rich cultural heritage of the region and the Blue Ridge Plateau. John.getgood@ swva.net · “Not So Back of Beyond” Exhibition, June 1-16, University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC. Focuses on the tourists and travelers who have visited the region first by horse, then by train, and then by automobile. Photographs, documents, and ephemera will highlight cultural and environmental areas as well as examine the various recreational pursuits of camping, hiking, fishing, and rafting. www.toto.lib.unca.edu · Downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl, June 4, Boone, NC. www.boone-nc.org · Pickin’ and Poetry on the Porch, June 4 and each 1st and 3rd Fridays through October, Asheville, NC. Musicians, poets, and writers perform on the front porch of author Thomas Wolfe’s homeplace, Old Kentucky Home. www.wolfememorial.com · Patchwork Folk and Fabric
Festival, June 5, Jackson County Recreation Center, Cullowhee, NC. Experience traditions of Appalachian spinning, weaving, quilting, sewing, and other hand stitchery. This year, classes are also available to the public, from making cornhusk dolls to traditional “punching.” www. spiritofappalachia.org · Blue Ridge Bliss, June 5-11, Rockbridge County, VA. Discover the Parkway by bicycle. This multi-day tour will cover 300 of the Parkway’s 469 miles. www.adventurecycling.org/ tours · Clay Day at the Folk Art Center, June 5, Asheville, NC. Features craft demonstrations as well as hands-on activities for children and adults. Volunteers from the Blue Ridge Parkway will also be on hand to answer questions. www.craftguild.org For more information about the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary, including upcoming events in neighboring communities along the road, visit www. blueridgeparkway75.org.
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I found this recipe at FamilyFun.com. Some specialty cakes for kids look impossible to recreate - as if you have to be a professional cake decorator or artist to pull it off. But this one just looked like fun! What a great dessert for a birthday party at the pool or a unique treat to kick off the summer season at a Memorial Day celebration. Either way enjoy the start to this glorious summer season, be sure to take a dip in a pool and a dip into this scrumptious pool party cake! 1/2 gallon quality ice cream (any flavor) 1 1/3 8.5-oz. pkgs. fudge sticks (chocolate or peanut butter) 2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Blue food coloring Gummy rings Gobstoppers Paper umbrellas Plastic figures Licorice Decorators' frosting -Begin by making the icecream base of the pool cake. Let the ice cream soften at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes, then ask your kids to help you spoon it into an 8-inch round springform pan, souffle dish, or plastic container. Pack the ice cream into the mold and smooth out the
top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. - After the ice cream has frozen solid, unmold it by dipping the container quickly into a pan of hot water; if necessary, you can also loosen the edges of the ice cream with a knife. Invert the mold onto a large plate and carefully lift off the pan to reveal the ice-cream cake. - Your kids can then carefully place the fudge sticks (we alternated plain and chocolate-peanut butter) along the sides of the ice-cream pool cake, the cookies will resemble the panels of an aboveground pool. Return the cake to the freezer while you prepare the whipped cream. - To make the blue whipped cream waves, pour the cold heavy cream into a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until the cream begins to thicken and soft peaks form. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat until stiff. Mix in several drops of blue food coloring. Frost the top of the frozen cake with the blue whipped cream, then return it to the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes or until set. - Next, let your kids turn the cake into a bustling pool with gummy ring inner tubes, Gobstopper beach balls, paper umbrellas, and plastic swimmers. Add a licorice ladder with licorice rungs (use decorators'
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Independence Day Celebration
Sound of Music
Gerry Timlin (Irish folk and ballads)
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The Ministers of Soul (Variety band) *Celtibillies (Appalachian and Celtic music)
7/16 *Andrew McKnight & Beyond Borders (folk, jazz, blues) 7/23 County Connection (Bluegrass) 7/30 Summer Musical Enterprise (excerpts from “The Pajama Game”) Henderson Lawn, 6pm-7:30pm Rain Site: Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires *This group is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz. Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
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Scienceational Camp: All-Terrain Tracker (Ages 8-10) – Scienceational Workshops Inc. will be at the Mill Mountain Discovery Center to help your child build and take home your very own all-terrain tracker vehicle. Big Adventures Camp (Ages 8-10) – Your children will travel to exciting outdoor sites and learn new skills with qualified staff. Camps begin in June!
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Art at The Market 7/17
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Eleven-One Soccer Camp (Ages 4-14) – Directed by Phil Benne, Roanoke College Women’s Soccer Coach who is licensed by the NSCAA.
Nature Explorers Camp (Ages 6-7) – Discover more about snakes, toads, worms, spiders, and all the other things children love in the outdoors.
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frosting to glue it together). -Now it's time to take the plunge into the pool cake. For best results, serve it immediately and do not let it stand at room temperature for long. Store leftovers in the freezer. Feeds 10 to 12 hungry swimmers. - To add variety, you can layer different flavors of ice cream or mix in candies (chocolate fish, anyone?). The trick is to loosen the ice cream without melting it, so don't hold the mold in the hot water for more than a few seconds. Ask your children to work quickly while they place the chocolate cookies around the outside -- otherwise, they'll have a melted "pool" of ice cream. For foolproof whipped cream, chill the bowl and beaters in advance. You can buy pool accessories at a party supply store.
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It’s That Time Again . . . Commencement There is probably no month that engen- author. Kofi Annan was the actual speaker ders more non-political speechifying than that day at MIT. The whole thing turned out May. Commencements are all over the to be a colossal hoax but case in point: Just place. Even graduation from pre-K now because you see it on the internet, doesn’t merits a cap and gown, but one would hope make it true. The late Mr. Vonnegut dethat ice cream has held sway livered a number of commenceover exhortations to step up to ment addresses, but this one will the first grade with a “new sense live as his “best,” thanks to the of purpose and dedication.” I redoubtable Ms. Schmich and a did hear a discussion concernprankster. ing which side of the mortar I gave a commencement talk to board the four-year old should City School more than a quarter allow his tassel to hang. century ago. In that remote past, There have been some truly I didn’t even have a computer, memorable speeches given on so who knows where the hard these occasions, generally by copy is. I do remember my mafamous people to a college jor thought. Instead of conaudience. Most of the listen- Hayden Hollingsworth gratulating them on their past ers, particularly the fathers, are and challenging them for the concerned with the problem of how to load future, I took a different tack: I told them four years of curricular detritus into the to think about the students who were not in family SUV, so not much attention is paid. their midst. The President, the First Lady, and all the Selected as the best and brightest from Governors will mount the rostrum, survey the William Fleming and Patrick Henry the sea of faces before them and may, per- High Schools, these students were memhaps, deliver some inspiring words. bers of the academically elite. I pointed out One of the most famous (and shortest) that there were many in their high schools graduation addresses was delivered in 1997 that could have done just as well—or even to the graduates of MIT by Kurt Vonnegut. better—than they had but for one reason You can look it up; it’s worth reading. The or another, they weren’t chosen for City only problem is that it was never delivered School. Instead of the cozy atmosphere of by Mr. V. Originally, it was a column in Mill Mountain Theater where we were asThe Chicago Tribune written by Mary Sch- sembled, these students would have their mich. Someone, apparently unknown to commencement in the stark confines of a this day, posted it on the internet as Von- civic center. negut’s commencement address. It spread That night I told them there were othlike wildfire but quickly it was denied by the ers who didn’t have a complete family assembled for their celebration. There
had been divorces . . . ugly ones . . . and the parents of these graduates couldn’t be in the same room with one another. There were single mothers, single fathers sitting in the dim light recalling the time before a premature death ripped their spouse away. In both cases, I told them the absent parent could be there in spirit. There was another student who missed the ceremony because she was dead . . . and by her own hand. A City School class documented her death in a television production, “The Empty Chair,” hoping to raise consciousness about teen-age suicides. My goal was not to diminish the joy of the occasion but to heighten their sense of appreciation for their good fortune, some of which had been due to good luck. I closed my remarks on an optimistic note, although I don’t recall what it was. The response to my talk was gratifying, so it must have struck a responsive chord. Occasionally I encounter a parent who was there that night and I have been asked for copies of my remarks. Those graduates of 25 years ago, this May are seated in the audience of college commencements for similar ceremonies, but now they watching their children walk across the stage, take the diploma, turn their tassel and step out into the unknown. Who can say what awaits them? We can only hope the future will be as kind to them as it was to those few who sat quietly before me that night when all the world seemed young.
Fine Art of Napping is Mostly Genetic
As time marches on, many through lower Manhattan. It people of my age (51) tend to re- must have been cherubic exvert to behavior first experienced pression on Pop's slumbering in their childhood. Although I face that prevented him from have yet to reach the stage when being killed by his impromptu assisted care plays a vital part, I pillow. 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Ah, The Unholy Power of Pop Culture According to the Social SeTurns out this spike in name curity Administration, the top popularity isn't driven by a sudtwo baby names of 2009 were den interest in the Book of GenJacob and Isabella. And how esis, but rather, by an obsession traditional is that? In the Old with the Books of Twilight. The Testament, "Jacob" "Twilight" series has is famous for grabbecome a pop culbing his brother Esau ture phenomenon, by the heel, stealing topping Harry PotEsau's birthright, and ter's sales records, fathering the twelve spawning two hit tribes of Israel. In movies and soundHebrew his name tracks. At the cenis "Ya`aqob," which ter of the action is literally means, "heel Bella Swan, who has puller." As for "Isamore than her share bella," her name of teen anxiety: Mike Keeler goes back even farher boyfriend is a ther; in Hebrew she vampire, and she's is "Elisheva," or "my God is my thinking of becoming one too. oath." She was married to Aar- "Jacob" is her friend Jacob Black. on, making her Moses' sister-in- His main problem is he's falling law. From Elisheva we also get in love with Bella. But he also "Elizabeth," so she is responsible has to deal with another small for tons of name derivatives like complication: he's a werewolf. Betsy, Beth, Lizzie... As for Bella's brooding boyNot to mention Bella. Hmm... friend, Edward Cullen, why Bella. Where have we heard that isn't he more popular on the name recently? baby-name parade? Well, he's
moving up the charts. In 2009, "Edward" rose 11 spots to No. 13, and "Cullen" is the fastest mover of 2009, up a whopping 297 slots versus 2008. All of which has created an interesting irony: a yearful of Old Testament tots who are actually named after unholy monsters. But you should probably keep that to yourself. If you're invited to any 1-year-old's birthday party this year, don't forget to bring along a present and a fun attitude. Tell the parents how adorable the child is. But please, refrain from saying, "Happy Birthday, you cute little blood-sucker." You can read previous installments of the quick Sliver in our online archive. Just go here: http://archive.constantcontact. com/fs015/1103023679528/archive/1103033975377.html Contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preacher’s Corner - Moving Beyond the Fortress The common complaint about the news media is that the news is always bad. Oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. A teenager dies of a drug overdose. A man is murdered. The stock market is down. And thats just today. In some sense, we can predict the headlines coming over the next several months: a terrorists car bomb explodes, killing many persons. There is a severe heat wave and drought. A hurricane is coming. On and on it goes. For those of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ and find great strength and support in our congregational life, it is easy to see the church as a place of refuge. Worship, prayer, study, and fellowship are great sources of comfort in the midst of a rapidly changing world. And so we come on Sunday mornings seeking stability, reassurance, and calm. The church is a strong fortress in the midst of a stormy world. But I wonder if this is the best way to understand the role of the church. The church as fortressis a great metaphor for those of us on the inside. But what about those on the outside? Who will proclaim the gospel, inviting other persons into relationship with Jesus Christ? Who will care for those who are homeless, or those who could work but have no source of reliable transportation to a job? Where do victims of abuse or neglect find refuge? If the church retreats into a fortress, who is left to engage the sometimes difficult and unpleasant challenges of urban living? One answer to this question is found in JesusParable of the Sower(Luke 8:4-8, 11-15). In the parable, Jesus says, a farmer went out to sow his seed. Jesus then explains that the seed represents the word of God, planted in peoples hearts. Some of the seeddid not yield a harvest because the trials and pressures of life crushed it. Much of the seed, however, found good soil and did what seed is supposed to do: it grew, and yielded a harvest! This is what happens in the life of the disciple. All this being said, however, I would like to focus on the faithfulness of the farmer. There would have been no harvest had the farmer not gone outside of his house into the field. The farmer engaged the world around him by sowing the seed. The farmer knew his field, he knew what kind of seed to plant, and he knew how to plant it. Because the farmer was active in the area around him, crops were planted and a harvest realized. In the face of a changing, uncertain world, the church should never lose sight of its calling to cre-
atively engage our communities with the word of God. We are called to sow seedsin the neighborhoods around our congregations, within our families, among our friends, and around the world. What is more, as we move out of our fortressto creatively engage those around us, we should recognize two general types of seed to sow. Sometimes we will sow seeds of mercy. The church rightly chooses to become involved in issues such as poverty, racism, homelessness, disaster response, and other areas like these when those concerns are nearby. God is always concerned with peoples suffering, and has called Gods people to be compassionate and merciful. Other times, we will show seeds of evangelism. Inviting people to church, praying for one anothers needs, explaining the Gospel and inviting people to make a commitment for Christ is equally part of the outreach ministry of the local congregation. The church must move beyond the fortress mentalitythat so often paralyzes us in the face of urban challenges. Moving beyond the fortress will require new ministries, new use of our time, new risk-taking, new priorities, and more people who come to worship, then depart to serve. Moving beyond the fortress will cause us to learn to trust Godmaybe for the first time. In a sermon to a group of clergy, Pastor Fred Craddock described what creative engagement with the world around us might look like: To give my life for Christ appears glorious,he said. To pour myself out for others. . . to pay the ultimate price of martyrdomIll do it. Im ready, Lord, to go out in a blaze of glory. We think giving our all to the Lord is like taking $l,000 bill and laying it on the tableHeres my life, Lord. Im giving it all.But the reality for most of us is that he sends us to the bank and has us cash in the $l,000 for quarters. We go through life putting out 25 cents here and 50 cents there. Listen to the neighbor kids troubles instead of saying, Get lost.Go to a committee meeting. Give a cup of water to a shaky old man in a nursing home. Usually giving our life to Christ isnt glorious. Its done in all those little acts of love, 25 cents at a time. It would be easy to go out in a flash of glory; its harder to live the Christian life little by little over the long haul. Join me in leaving the fortress behind. Tim Harvey is the senior pastor at Central Church of the Brethren in Roanoke. Come visit them at www.centralbrethren.org
Yard and Garden Tips for Late Spring / Early Summer!
Spring has nearly blown by us and we are still having a smorgasbord of weather. In some ways the cooler weather has been great. We have not yet been hit with some of the diseases that will set in with increased summer humidity. We have also had a fair amount of rain, making it easier to keep the garden wet enough. Consider your plants’ watering needs. The clinic has seen an increased number of root-rot related problems. When mulch is applied too heavy, a few things can happen. You can rot the crown of the plant. This is usually not correctable. We also see vole damage increase with the increased mulch depth. They can feed on the stem, unseen, and girdle plants during the winter months. The plant may not collapse until warm weather when it cannot transport water from point A to point B. Cold soils and wet winters can spell disaster as well. Many plants just cannot tolerate wet feet in the winter. Yews, Shore junipers and many of the Japanese hollies, such as ‘Helleri’ are especially sensitive to wet winters. Many shallow-rooted shrubs really need oxygen at the soil surface and will languish under heavy mulch. Boxwood and azaleas are examples. A dry spell actually preceded this latest rain. Many of you were fooled into thinking the ground was still wet. Remember to check your soil weekly. Plants will begin to look duller green and thinner leaved, well before any signs of wilting. Just as an abundance of water will bring out pests like aphids and scale, missing a week of water when a plant is accustomed to it can spell disaster, too. Deadheading is especially important during rainy spells. Petals rotting on the leaves, such as shattered peony blooms, will lead to summer leaf-spot diseases. Deadheading also ensures continued blooming. Earwigs and slugs become obvious in the rain, too. Bait or trap them. Moistened baits can be enclosed in bottle traps to protect pets and wildlife. As the big flower show your garden may have just put on fades, some may wonder what can be put in to provide later color. Obviously annuals give an all summer show, but here are some perennials to consider: Feverfew, daisies, phlox, coreopsis, Black-eyed Susans, cone flowers, day-
A sketch of a homemade slug / earwig trap. lilies, salvia, penstemon, obedient plant, true geraniums, yarrows, astilbe, red valerian, geum, lavender, malva, nepeta, Russian Sage, balloon flowers, soapworts, Santolina, and Stokes asters. Before your plants get too tall, place your stakes and hoops. Many tall perennials and bulbs, such as delphinium, gladiolus, dahlias, and lilies need support. Roses should be dead-headed as blooms pass. Don’t be afraid to cut back wayward stems at this time. Cut back to a five-leaflet leaf. Prevent diseases such as black spot early. Correcting disease once it gets a foothold is difficult. Feed roses monthly until early fall, as they are heavy feeders. Over-summering amaryllis bulbs are heavy feeders, too. Bulbs will shrink in size and not flower again if you are not diligent with fertilizer. Other perennials will be fed only until mid July. Spring blooming shrubs should be pruned and thinned. Scout for insects, which may be both mobile and immobile types, like scales. Newly sprouted weed seeds can be pulled easily after these rains. Cherry, elm, Tree-of-Heaven, and locust are common now. Don’t be afraid to summer-prune to correct structural problems, such as rubbing and crossing branches and basal sucker removal. Do NOT prune fireblight yet. We must let it run its course and remove it 10” or more below the lesions when the weather is drier. By Barbara Leach, Horticulture Technician,VCE, Roanoke email@example.com
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Floyd, Virginia Celebrates Grand Opening of Floyd Farmers Market The Floyd Farmers Market officially kicks off on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with a Grand Opening celebration downtown. The Farmers Market, under the new 3000-squarefoot timber-frame structure of the Floyd Community Market pavilion, will feature fresh produce, cheeses, meats and breads. There will also be tables for non-profit community groups and Floyd artisans are invited to display their work at additional tables. Shoppers will enjoy live music as they peruse the local foods and other products at the Grand Opening. SustainFloyd, the citizens group devoted to supporting a resilient local community, is overseeing the Farmers Market. Eight vendors representing approximately 20 growers in Floyd and surrounding counties will sell produce and goods. SustainFloyd intends to encourage growers in the County by providing the Floyd Farmers Market as a downtown outlet for their goods every Saturday during the summer. The organization requires that all goods sold at the Farmers Market be raised and produced in Floyd County, or counties directly adjacent to Floyd. “As we open the Floyd Community Market in 2010, we are hopeful it can find its full promise as a center for not only local food, but local commerce, in general…a place where people can gather and meet their neighbors. We intend that it will contribute to the quality of life for all Floyd County residents,” said Woody Crenshaw, who developed the Floyd Community Market pavilion, housing the Farmers Market on Saturdays, and the Artisans Market on Friday evenings. “It is very satisfying to see the Floyd Farmers Market finally coming into being. It was something we envisioned from the beginning, but it was the final piece to be built. We see the Market developing over time, a symbol of the emerging local food
SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton, who is overseeing the Market, gave a lesson on transplanting a vegetable plant to 8-year-old Kosmo, as his mother, Hona Knudsen of Floyd looked on. movement and sustainable local agriculture.” Vendors at the Floyd Farmers Market will include Good Food, Good People Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Five Penny Farm, Sweetwater Bakery, Putali Herbs, Kester Clark Farm, Buffalo Mountain Produce and Sterling Bridge Dairy. The Floyd Community Market pavilion was completed in October, 2009. It was a community project, built by many hands, with Turman Lumber Co., Inc. providing timbers and milling operations and Healing Harvest Foundation in Floyd supplying green-certified products. Streamline Timberworks donated its services, Wills Ridge Supply, Inc. contributed roofing materials, Professional Builders provided contracting services and Crenshaw Lighting built and installed the metalwork and lighting.
Carilion Clinic hosted an educational and entertaining program featuring singer / songwriter Mark Hackley (pictured on left) last week. Hackley suffered a pulmonary embolism in June 2006 when he was only 45 years old. In addition to performing, Hackley travels and speaks about his experience in order to educate others about signs, symptoms, and ways to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can result in a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. Accompanying Hackley was Dr. Jeffrey Todd, Carilion Clinic cardiologist, who is also a jazz guitarist, and Deborah Liles, a well-known vocalist in the Roanoke area. Dr. Todd added to Hackley’s comments, educating listeners on the dangers of DVT. Hackley, whose personable demeanor lent itself to the informal atmosphere said, “I want people to know you don’t have to be that old to suffer a serious blood clot.” He added that the experience “gave me an appreciation for life [knowing] that it could end at any time.”
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Patrick Henry Downs Battlefield Cave Spring Wins Over Pulaski County in River Ridge Baseball Tournament 14-10 in Northwest Region Lacrosse The Cave Spring Knight's field was hit hard by afternoon showers Monday prior to their River Ridge tournament opener against Pulaski County. Then, after the skies cleared, another deluge hit-this time in the form of Cave Spring runs as the Knights topped the Cougars with ease 16-1. Pulaski County managed to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but once Cave Spring took to the batters box, the Cougars never recovered. Cave Spring pitcher Steven Koll hit a two run Recap and photos by Bill Turner homer to deep left in the bottom of the first to help his own cause, then held Pulaski scoreless the rest of the way to pick up the win in the five inning game. Cave Spring added four runs in the second on a two-run double, passed ball and sacrifice fly. After the Knight third started with two walks,Brian Kluge de-
Patrick Henry roared back from an early 3-1 first quarter deficit to score six unanswered goals for a 7-3 halftime lead, as the Patriots claimed the Northwest Region first-round lacrosse matchup at Gainer Field Monday evening. Frank Boxley led the Patrick Henry attack with four goals. Brock Plantinga, Will Goldsmith, John Reed Doughton and Will Douthat each added two goals for the Patriots.
PH #7 Alex Bingham fights for a loose ball against a Bobcat defender. Patriot attacker #16 Will Douthat (white jersey) weaves his way through two Battlefield defensemen.
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Knight's #6 Steve Klaiber connects for a shot down the line. livered a two-run double and Steve Klaiber tripled. Nathan Wimmer and Luke Feldenzer followed with singles and, when the dust settled, the Knights led 11-1 and the rout was on. Cave Spring, which swept Pulaski in their two regular season games, certainly have the Cou-
gars number on the Knight's diamond. In the earlier game here, Cave Spring prevailed 24-5. Kluge, Klaiber and Feldenzer each had two hits in the shortened game.
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Patrick Henry Defeats GW Danville 5-0 In Western Valley Boys Soccer Semifinal Patrick Henry senior captain #6 Cameron Chivara works the ball past a GW defender. Recap and photos by Bill Turner
On Wednesday the Hidden Valley Girls' Tennis Team won the AA Region Championship against Abington finishing undefeated with a remarkable season record of 16-0. They will now continue on to the STATES in hopes of bringing home the Title. This will be the third consecutive year that the team has won the Region Title. Three members of the team were also named to the All District Team: They are Kristin Harter and Ceyda Dumaz - 1st Team and Mary Kathryn Newton - 2nd Team. Pictured above: Front Row (L to R) Katie Wolfe, Abby Dixon, Mary Kathryn Newton - captain, Caroline Pugh co captain, Emma Barker, Ceyda Dumaz. Back Row (L to R) Maria Migliarese - Assistant Coach, Hunt- PH forward #12 Max Davidson races around an er Mood - Team Manager, Kristin Harter, Emily Seibert - Co-Captain, Haley Podeschi, Kim Kronau, Eagle defender in the Western Valley semifinal. Hannah Stevenson, Kaitlyn Noe, Sheldon Ekirch, Grace Whiteside and Coach Tommy George.
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PH Advances in Western Valley Girls Soccer with Win Over GW Danville
Patrick Henry #12 Jaline McPherson beats a Danville attacker to the ball Tuesday evening.
If Patrick Henry goalkeeper, Casey Moore, needed to study for final exams, Tuesday evening would have been the perfect time. Moore was hardly interrupted the entire match as her Patriot teammates played a superbly executed game in easily taking down George Washington of Danville 7-0 in the Western Valley girls soccer semifinal at Gainer Field. Patrick Henry constantly peppered the GW goal in the first half and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the opening forty minutes. By the 60-minute mark the margin was six and both teams were content to liberally substitute for the rest of the match. Rarely was GW able to get a good look on goal and most of the action took place in the PH offensive zone. Including the two regular season matches, it was the third shutout for PH over GW this season. Eagles coach Cary Wright summed up the loss without hesitation. "We were totally overmatched." Patrick Henry advances to the district final scheduled for Thursday night.
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Ben Firebaugh, a senior at William Byrd High School, was named the 2010 Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship winner during a presentation Tuesday morning at Roanoke Country Club. The Don Holliday Scholarhip is the largest golf-related scholarship in Southwest Virginia. Firebaugh was presented a check for $ 20,000 at the ceremony. He is the 24th high school student from the area to receive the award. Since 1987,over $ 250,000 in scholarship money has been handed out to deserving local high school students. Firebaugh will attend Newberry College (SC) in the fall. He has a 3.5 GPA in the classroom and has been captain of the Terrier golf team the past two seasons where he was regional player of the year in 2009. He was also nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman this past year. He spends time off the course volunteering at
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the First Tee of the Roanoke Valley and works at the Roanoke City Rescue Mission. The Don Holliday Memorial Foundation was formed in 1986 to honor the memory of Don Holliday, district sales manager of Piedmont Airlines. Their one-day tournament, held at Roanoke Country Club, will be
Sox 6-0 in the finale. The lone victory of the weekend for Salem was largely due to the effort of Huntzinger, who only allowed two hits (both singles) over six scoreless innings. Huntzinger only struck out one, but he didn't give away a single walk and almost every batted ball found a defender’s glove. A right hander from Indiana, Huntzinger encountered some early season struggles, going 0-2 with a 4.45 ERA over his first four starts. But his fifth outing on the opening day of May was a turning point for the Salem hurler when he held Kinston to only one run on one
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held this year on June 19th. "This award is a tremendous help with my college costs," Firebaugh noted after the presentation. "It was exciting knowing I was in consideration for such a prestigious award." Recap and photos by Bill Turner
Red Sox Pickup 1, Drop 2 in Home Stand The Salem Red Sox donned specialized jerseys this past weekend in honor of “Pink In the Park” festivities at LewisGale Field, but while the Red Sox players pulled off the pink look with ease, it was the Potomac Nationals who won two out of three in the Roanoke Valley. Salem shut down Potomac behind Brock Huntzinger’s dominant pitching performance on Saturday, giving the Sox a 2-0 victory in the middlegame of the series. The Nationals were able to eke out a 5-4 win on Friday, however, before tossing a shutout of their own on Sunday, blanking the Red
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hit over five innings. Since that triumph, Huntzinger has gone 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA and three of his outings have resulted in six-inning quality starts. Aside from Hutzinger, rightfielder Mitch Dening warrants mention for his Saturday effort and his overall resurgence in the past week. The Australianborn outfielder drove in both of Salem’s runs in the 2-0 Saturday victory with a pair of RBI singles in the early innings. Dening has raised his full-season batting average over 50 points in the last week while riding a five-game hitting streak. Dening has eight hits in his last 16 at-bats and is now hitting over .300 in May. Friday night’s 5-4 Nationals triumph was marred by a frightful moment at Lewis-Gale Field when Potomac catcher Derek Norris, the #2 ranked prospect in Washington’s farm system, was drilled in the helmet by a 94 mile-per-hour fastball. A deafening silence came upon the crowd as Norris collapsed in the batters’ box and received medical attention, but further medical evaluation brought good news for everyone. Thanks to the new type of protective batting helmet he was wearing, Norris only suffered a concussion and was able to rejoin his team at the hotel that night and at the park the next day. Unfortunately for Salem, he watched his team swipe the series in Sunday’s rubber match. The 6-0 setback was the first time in 2010 that the Red Sox were shut out. The Salem Sox will be back in action at Lewis-Gale Field in Salem for a 7-game homestand starting June 3rd. The Sox will host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the Lynchburg Hillcats. Join the Salem Red Sox, Friday June 4th as they wrap up the night with PostGame Fireworks and the Saturday June 5th gates open early at 4:30pm as the ballpark welcomes the Key West Band for Beach Night. To wrap up the exciting weekend against the Pelicans, the Sox invite you to bring your fun, loving pooch to the ballpark for Petco’s Bark in the Park with the RVSPCA. Visit salemsox.com or call 540389-3333 for more information on all the promotions and to purchase tickets.
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Roanoker Makes a Better Way of Life Colleges Form Health Care Consortium Amy Jo Wheeler has come back to her roots. It is a decision that she never expected to make. After spending years away at college and living and working in the metropolitan DC area, she has shifted career focus, along with her address. Wheeler graduated with a BA in communications and political science from Randolph Women’s College (now Randolph College) in 1987. Ten years later she completed her Master’s Degree in education and obtained a teacher’s license. Her career in DC included work as an administrative assistant, ultimately resulting in positions as a writer and research analyst for various contracting firms. She also contributed to a policy manual for the Department of Energy regarding the Clean Air Act Amendment and designed a survey on alternative fuel vehicles. By the time her career in DC was winding down, she had worked with the Department of Energy in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. But Wheeler was experiencing some inner conflict. ”The fear-based mentality was contributing to a growing disconnect between my value system and my workplace reality.” Though she still believes in the greater mission of Homeland Security, her personal aspirations were leaning more toward the spiritual, and on having a direct impact on the lives of people she met daily on a face to face basis. The impetus for a shift in direction came at the death of her mother, Janie Wheeler, a Roanoke area artist, in September of 2008. “Things became stark to me -- more of a contrast -- and as a result I became less productive. My heavy grieving over my Mom’s death, and the increasing awareness that my life was changing, reflected negatively in my work environment.” She recalls telling a friend that her life was a wreck shortly before she was involved in a car accident. “I clearly got the symbolism of it” she states ruefully, “and I tried to put a band-aid on an open wound by taking a two week vacation with my son.” Eventually, as her life unraveled, she took a two and a half month short-term disability leave from her work. Wheeler had become certified in reflexology in 2006, after having been introduced to it in 1995.
Amy Jo Wheeler helps a client. She also incorporated Reiki training into her repertoire and registered her business in 2007 in the metropolitan area. Reflexology and Reiki are considered acceptable modalities for healing in many hospitals throughout the nation. Reflexology uses points on the hands and feet that correlate to specific areas of the body. Reiki uses the body’s innate ability to heal itself to overcome physical and emotional trauma. It is designed to help patients recovering from surgery or an accident to move along in the healing process. In October of 2009, while driving to Roanoke to consult with a doctor about her father’s medical care, Wheeler says she realized she was supposed to move back to the area; however she experienced a very hard transition from city life as she was caring for him after surgery. Once she got settled here, circumstances fell into place for her to both substitute teach and open her own business, “Luxurious.” Her life-altering personal choice to both relocate and change careers has been affirmed by the warm and supportive attitude of the people in her hometown. “I want people to learn how to self heal, incorporating the many modalities that I am aware of that can help people to reach their true self.” Wheeler certainly practices what she preaches, and the fruit is available to see in the new life she has chosen for herself. Amy Jo Wheeler can be reached at 571.215.4963 or on the Web at www.luxuriouspampering.us. .
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Roanoke Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Personnel and Families Five Roanoke museums announced they will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010 as "Blue Star Museums." The program is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 600 museums across America that are taking part in the initiative. Those participating in Roanoke include: The History Museum of Western Virginia, O Winston Link Museum, Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Transportation, and the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University. Since World War I, the Blue Star has been used to designate families which have a member who is serving in active duty during a time of combat. Blue Star Families was founded in 2008 with a special focus on the nearly one million children who have had at least one parent deployed during the current combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We are proud to partner
with our colleagues at home and across the nation to provide free museum admission to our service men and women, so that they can experience art and culture in the Roanoke Valley," said Jeanne Bollendorf, executive director of the Historical Society of Western Virginia, on behalf of all the participating museums. "Those who serve our country and protect our freedoms deserve special recognition and the opportunity to create memories with their families." Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 31 through Labor Day, September 6. The free admission program is available to active duty military personnel in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard, and their immediate family members. Military families work hard for this country," said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. "There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between museums and military installations,
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The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) has announced the formation of its newly created benefits consortium, designed to keep health care affordable. CICV, an association of Virginia non-profit private colleges, formed the program after studying similar efforts in a handful of states where private colleges have formed similar consortia. CICV is the only organization in Virginia authorized by the Virginia General Assembly to operate a self-insured plan of this type. “This unique partnership shows that private colleges are serious about health care cost containment and good stewardship of tuition dollars and contributions,” said Robert Lambeth, CICV president. “Quality employee benefit plans also serve to attract the best faculty and staff to private colleges in Virginia so that we can continue to provide the finest liberal arts education available anywhere in the country.” Twelve CICV colleges united after eight years of research and planning to form the consortium. With 3,000 employees at the 12 institutions, the consortium can achieve more flexibility in medical plan design, enhanced benefits, more effective cost controls, greater presence in the health care marketplace, and the stability that comes with being part of a larger risk pool. The consortium will be able to use the extensive data available to a self-insured program to gain a better understanding of health care issues that are driving costs and help member colleges mitigate those costs. In addition to lowered insurance costs, the consortium board is committed to reducing demands on the health care system through the implementation of wellness programs. Working together, the 12 colleges can share resources and best practices to design programs that will have a real impact on the overall health and well-being of their campus communities.
At Ferrum College, Chief Financial Officer Bobby Thompson says he is happy with the plan after 8 years of work. “We had to work through a lot of considerations and gain approval from the General Assembly,” says Thompson. “When we were done we still wanted each college or university to retain some flexibility as to how the plans would be presented to employees, but we also wanted the advantages of working together to create a larger body of employees.” Thompson explained that the larger the body of employees, the more the risk is shared and the less likely it is for a given institution to face large swings in insurance costs. At Ferrum last year “Costs remained relatively stable for our employees, which is better than the 10-12 percent increases we had seen in recent years,” Thompson said. KSPH, a Richmond benefits consulting firm, provides consulting services to the consor-
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Two New Boutiques Open For Women Mid May saw the opening of two new boutiques that will make a big difference in many women’s lives. “Second to Nature Mastectomy Boutique” and “A Special Place Wig Boutique” opened their doors to the public. Offering a wide array of post mastectomy fashions and the latest styles of wigs and hairpieces, these two boutiques -- located side-by-side at Lamplighter Mall – offer one-stop shopping to women experiencing the physical side effects of cancer treatment. Second to Nature owner Rebecca Whitehill explains, “A properly fitted bra and prosthesis not only creates a more natural appearance, but also restores the body’s proper balance after breast surgery. This can prevent future problems, such as muscle strain or curvature of the spine.” A Special Place owner, Jamela Hodgson, agrees: “What we do may seem at first to be about fashion and beauty, but it runs much deeper than that. The wigs and breast prostheses restore a sense of wholeness to the woman undergoing treatment – and you can’t underestimate what that contributes to the entire healing process.” Breast prostheses are available to meet the special needs of each individual – whether they have had a single or double mastectomy and need a full prosthesis, or just a partial prosthesis or “symmetry shaper” to restore balance after a lumpectomy or reconstruction. There are lightweight prostheses and even forms designed to keep
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Real Estate Shows Promise Locally Analysis by Long & Foster Realty points to some mixed markers in the past few months, as the Roanoke Valley tries to recover from an economic slump that may have had less impact here than elsewhere. Eighty units were sold in Roanoke County in
April vs. 71 in March, and 5% more than in April 2009. The median price of a home fell by almost $6000 – which is good for buyers – to $174,445. The average inventory backlog (inventory divided by sales) stands at 12 months, as opposed to 10 months a year
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There were 319 newly listed homes in April, compared to 193 in April ’09, but many more city properties were under contract – 162 this year against 122 a year ago. Buyers were getting 95.5% of their list price, and houses spent less days on the market (94) vs. 100 one year ago. The long and short of it -homes are a good buy right now, especially in Roanoke City. With current interest rates relatively low, those who qualify might find themselves a bargain. By Gene Marrano email@example.com
Assessing how business is doing in the current economy, Happy’s Flea Market General Manager Harvey Murdoch is upbeat, saying “I think that we’re slower than usual . . . but we haven’t been affected as much as other people. While we may have lost some of our customers, or some aren’t coming as frequently, I think more people have started coming to the flea market that didn’t come before.” Murdoch believes that a lot of people are coming to Happy’s looking for value in the form of used, rather than new, merchandise. He’s also witnessing an increase in business from customers patronizing the outside parking lot booths. He is seeing “a more affluent level of person coming out to sell their stuff outside . . . individuals driving nicer cars from other parts of town, people that you didn’t use to see out here selling their personal stuff …the yard-sale type of thing.” New customers aren’t the only sign of increased activity these days. Many people are interested in opening businesses inside Happy’s building, according to Murdoch. “I get calls all the time, and I stay full for the most part, which is unusual. Usually, I’ll have empty booths during the summer, and then they’ll all fill up during the fall and winter. But lately, I’ve been staying full year-round and I frequently get people calling inquiring about them.” Murdoch says Happy’s is an alternative to opening a business at a shopping mall, where tenants have to pay rent and the landlord takes a percentage of their earnings. Happy’s, by contrast, charges a flat rate. The only problem Murdoch has experienced in renting booths is that people don’t want to rent the expensive ones. “Everyone wants the booths that are like a hundred dollars a month, or $200 a month.” The expensive booths cost more simply because they’re larger. “It’s determined by square footage.” Happy’s is home to businesses that offer a wide variety of goods and services: clothing, motorcycles, stereo equipment, antiques, used goods,
Avon products, candles, hair care salons and upholstery work –“just a lot of different stuff,” in Murdoch’s words. It’s difficult to predict the type of merchandise offered for sale by the businesses outside (located in the Happy’s parking lot). He says, “You never know what you’re going to find out there. Generally speaking, it’s just used goods – a lot of collectibles. But it really varies from day to day, depending on who is out there. You can find new and used things, and it really just depends on the day.” Murdoch feels that many of the stores doing business at Happy’s feature items that are not typically found elsewhere in Roanoke, “and, if you do find it, it’s generally cheaper than it is other places.” Fridays are bingo nights at Happy’s, which also rents out its bingo hall for various activities. Happy’s also features an arcade, occasional summertime karaoke performances and Sunday concerts – the latter performed by a group that does all kinds of music, including rap and alternative rock. The people attending these performances are primarily high school and college age; the concerts are alcoholfree events. Murdoch believes that Happy’s – and flea markets in general – can persevere in tough economic times. “I think the nature of the business is conducive to both, in some ways . . . a bad economy and a good economy. I’m hoping that we can do [more] things like the concerts to get the young people interested in coming out here again, so when they get older, they’ll still keep on coming out here. That [way] we can create new regulars and just keep on going into the future.” Happy's Flea Market is located at 5411 Williamson Road, N.E., Roanoke. Hours are Tuesday thru Thursday (7:305), Friday (7:30-6), Saturday (6-6), Sunday (6-5), Monday (closed). By Melvin E. Matthews, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Showtimers Succeeds in Offering a Bit of Everything In the summer of 1950 a meeting was held for people interested in presenting amateur theatrical productions in the Roanoke area. Plans were made to present six plays in the summer of 1951, and on July 5 the curtain was raised on the first Showtimers presentation, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” During its early years, the Showtimers’ productions were performed in the Lab Theatre on the campus of Roanoke College. In 1961, Showtimers purchased a former Church of the Brethren building located on what is now McVitty Road, S.W., in Roanoke City. Initially this facility served as a rehearsal hall while the Showtimers continued presenting their performances at the Lab Theatre. When the latter finally became unavailable for the Showtimers’ continued use, the group completed renovations on their McVitty Road property with money raised from a fund drive, making it their new, full-time location. They presented their first production there in 1971. Additional improvements to the building since then have allowed it to provide access to the handicapped, a covered front porch for the theater’s patrons, a covered “stage door” providing an entrance for the actors, and other accommodations. Since its debut in 1951, Showtimers has mounted over 300 different shows, covering a wide range of genres: standard, classical theater pieces, modern and avant-garde productions, comedies, serious “think pieces” delving into social issues, tiny, intimate musicals, and mammoth Broadway hits. While the group still presents six shows, they’re no longer confined to the summer months, as was the case at first. The current Showtimers season runs from February through November, with an occasional December offering as well. “We’ve just recently started doing a December show – a Christmas-based show,” said current president Cynthia Keeling. Comedies and dramas are presented ten times during a period of two weeks, while musicals are performed twelve times during a three-week span. “We are currently doing very well,” Keeling said. “[We] would like to continue to do what we’re doing now. It’s worked well for us, for about sixty years.” “Right Bed, Wrong Husband,” the Showtimers’ next offering, is a farce slated to run June
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usually pretty quiet about what they’re doing.” When it comes to the caliber of the players in Showtimers, Keeling says, “We always have excellent actors.” These include professionals and those who’ve acted on stage since they were children. Some have progressed to the actual stage elsewhere. Each production features new actors. “I know that we have people who have gone on to be very successful, although possibly not in theater itself,” Keeling explains. “And we have people who returned to us.” Keeling points out that stage acting can help people in careers away from the stage. “It can prepare them for a theater position, acting in any sense. But simply being on stage, having that ability to get before people, to speak, to know how to move, and the nuances to relationships are learned there that really do benefit people in all walks of life.” “We just have been a good, family-based theater for so long, and we don’t want to mess with success,” said Keeling. Further information about Showtimers can be found by phone at (540) 774-2660 or toll free at (877) 336-9294, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the Showtimers website at www.showtimers.org. By Melvin E. Matthews, Jr.email@example.com
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The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge will honor several individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions to the arts at the Perry F. Kendig Awards on Wednesday, June 9 at Roanoke College. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony and annual meeting begins at 7 p.m. Individual Artists: Betty Branch – Visual Arts, Roland Llazenby – Literary Arts, Steven White – Performing Arts; Individual Arts Supporter: Ann Davey Masters (posthumously); Business Arts Supporter: George Cartledge Jr., George Cartledge III, Robert Bennett and Grand Home Furnishings; Arts and Cultural Organization: John McEnhill - Jacksonville Center for the Arts; Young Professional: Sarah Tune Doherty; and Arts Education: Lisa Martin – Reynolds Homestead, a Commonwealth Campus of Virginia Tech The Perry F. Kendig Awards, named after the late Dr. Kendig, a longtime supporter of the arts and past President of Roanoke College, have recognized businesses, cultural organizations and individual supporters of the arts for the past 25 years. With the milestone 25th Anniversary in 2010, The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge is returning the event to Roanoke College and encouraging audiences and recipients to wear silver
Roland Lazenby - Perry F. Kendig Recipient attire. A silent auction featuring “All Things Silver” will round out the evening. Natasha Ryan of WDBJ will serve as emcee. The Perry F. Kendig Awards is a fund raiser for The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge. Admission is $60 per person ($30 is tax deductible). For more information visit www.theartscouncil.org or contact Meagan Smith at 342-5790 ext. 4 msmith@ theartscouncil.org The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge is funded, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Roanoke.
Folk Tales From Local Authors
Several local authors will team up for a round of appearances next week, including an “Ask the Author” session at the Roanoke County 419 library on June 3 (7 p.m.) and a booking signing at Ram’s Head Book Store on June 5 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Becky Mushko, a retired Roanoke City teacher and the author of several books, will team up with Sally Roseveare, who has just released her second murder mystery novel set at Smith Mountain Lake, where she lives. Animal communicator Karen Wrigley, author of “Beyond Woofs and Winnies” is the third member of the group at both appearances. Mushko recently released “Ferradiddledumday,” subtitled “An Appalachian Version of Rumplestiltskin.” She envisions it as the first in a series of “Virginia folk tales for an educational audience.” A version of Little Red Riding Hood adapted to the Civil War period might be next. “Rumplestiltskin” was the story of a woman given the power
to spin straw into gold, but outside help to do that “from a strange little man,” said Mushko, meant she must later give up her first-born child. “Ferradiddledumday,” said Mushko is set “anywhere the Blue Ridge Mountains are.” True to her teaching roots, there is a discussion guide at the end of “Ferradiddledumday,” which Mushko said is suitable for grades three and up. “Ferradiddledumday” centers on Gillie, a wool-spinner who makes her own deal with the dark side when the family’s crops are destroyed. “Everything comes with a price,” said Mushko. She hopes young readers also come away “with an appreciation for the old way of life.” Meanwhile, Sally Roseveare’s second novel, “Secrets at Sweetwater Cove,” again features the intrepid Aurora and her dog King, as the heroine strives to figure out why people are disappearing, who wants to kill a teenager, and why a woman is running for her life. Aurora
Harris first appeared in “Secrets at Spawning Run.” “Some of the same characters, except for the ones I killed [off] are back.” Sweetwater Cove in fact is a sequel. Aurora “gets … in and out of trouble,” said Roseveare, who credits a “vivid imagination,” for her book plots. A random glance into a driver’s eyes at a stoplight in Lynchburg about ten years ago that “scared me to death” was the inspiration for Roseveare’s new novel – what evil lurks in people? What are their darkest secrets? Aurora Harris “loves her husband, her dogs and her friends, but she’s very independent … and always gets in trouble,” according to Roseveare, who said her new book involves a real estate agent whose life is in trouble. “There are bad people in this world,” warns Roseveare. Everybody’s not what they seem.” By Gene Marrano firstname.lastname@example.org
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