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Brand Inspires Participation with “If Not Me, Then Who?”

Cheryl Hodges

Terrible Gadgets P4– Cheryl thinks that GPS units and other techno-gadgets may be about to take over the world.

Ronde Returns P8– All Pro NFL cornerback Ronde Barber likes what he sees in the Buc’s new coach.

Hi-Tech Awards P10– Executive Director Cory Donovan and members of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council gathered last week for “TechNite.”

E. Cabell Brand has been called many things: Chairman of the Cabell Brand Center, international development consultant and social activist, creator of TAP (Total Action Against Poverty) and Head Start in the Roanoke Valley, bank director, World War II captain and founder of the Stuart McGuire Company (later sold to Home Shopping Network). Nowadays, Brand is also a current or former board member for more businesses and organizations than can be listed in this article. Now in his 80’s, the father of eight

(with wife Shirley), Brand is still go- port scholarship programs. ing strong. Late last year he released Brand, a VMI graduate, left the a memoir that detailed many of his State Department in the late 1940’s experiences, “If Not Me, to enter private business – Then Who? How you can making the decision then Local Author help with Poverty, Ecothat he would spend 20 nomic Opportunity, Edupercent of his time (one cation, Healthcare, Environment, working day a week), “doing things Racial Justice, and Peace Issues in to strengthen our society. There were America.” so many things that needed to be Brand will sign copies of the iUni- done.” verse book this Saturday, May 30, World War II left an indelible imfrom 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Tan- pression on Brand, who wanted to “do glewood Mall Barnes & Noble. All things to have a strong society so we proceeds from the book go to sup- didn’t have to have wars. I wanted to


Flora Seeks Another Term

For a fourth and likely last time, Richard Flora expects to represent the Hollins District on the Roanoke County Board of Photo by Anita Firebaugh Supervisors. Richard Flora is So far, he seeking anis running other term as unopposed for the seat, Roanoke County which is one Supervisor. of three up for election this year. He relishes the additional time to put his imprint on the county. “Roanoke County has made some great strides in planning for the future,” Flora said while taking a break from his part time job as Craig County Administrator recently. “That has made this slowdown in the economy a whole lot easier for us to deal with. We had a lot of opportunities to make adjustments that > CONTINUED P3: Flora


Cabell Brand with Governor Tim Kaine. > CONTINUED P2: Cabell

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Roanoke Pooches Unleashed

Festival in the Park

Photo by Beverly Amsler

Two dogs meet in unleashed dog park.

Long-Awaited Dog Park Opens In City

Photo by Gene Marrano


oanoke’s 40th annual Festival in the Park featured food, music, children’s activities, arts and crafts, plenty of sun, a little rain and even a “Roanoke Star” talent contest. Event Zone executive director Larry Landolt admitted that his staff and the volunteers that help stage the Festival were “dragging a bit” by Monday, the last of five days of events. Music-wise the Festival ended Monday night, as usual, with 1964: the Tribute, the popular Beatles tribute band. Landolt called Saturday’s concert by Dickey Betts and Great Southern “something special,” admitting that the former Allman Brothers guitarist may have played past the city’s noise ordinance curfew. “No one came to shut us down,” said Landolt with a grin.

A portion of Highland Park is now “going to the dogs” after Roanoke officials and residents dedicated the city’s first off-leash dog park last week. Opened after some controversy, the one-acre space is tucked in one corner of the inner city green space. Joyce Worrell brought Baby, her 2-year-old Chihuahua. She’s never lived anywhere with a free, off-leash dog park. “This is great ‘cause I’ve got another one (dog),” Worrell said. Her male Australian Shepherd mix was walking the perimeter, checking out the new park, > CONTINUED P2: Dog Park

GOP Candidates in Debate in 17th District Forum

Looking Back P11– Joel Richert’s book is a rare compilation of local history, featuring vintage pictures of Old Southwest.

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Attorneys Bill Cleaveland, Josh Johnson and Melvin Williams, along with small business owner Chris Head, and former Roanoke County Supervisor Mike Wray, all converged for an open forum on the Patrick Henry High School stage Tuesday night. “They all did a great job,” said one attendee, as she watched the five Republican 17th District candidates make their case for being selected in the June 9 primary, for the right to face Democrat Gwen Mason in the fall for a House of Delegates seat. It may have been difficult for some in the audience to differentiate between the candidates, based on questions about taxes, registering by party, transportation and funds for non-state agencies. About 100 people showed up for the forum, sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Republican Women and moderated by Kathy Hayden Terry (with the Republican National Committee). “Any one of them is better than their Democratic counterpart,” said Terry as the forum opened. Whoever wins on June 9 she declared, “will beat Gwen Mason.” During opening remarks, Williams, a part time minister, called himself a “person of conviction,” chastising President

Photo by Gene Marrano

Josh Johnson, Chris Head, Melvin Williams, Bill Cleaveland and Mike Wray before Tuesday night’s forum. Obama’s Supreme Court pick earlier ideas.” that day of Sonia Sotomayor as someone Head, who lives in Botetourt County, “who will not be that type of person.” (as does Cleaveland) asked the audience Johnson, the youngest if they were “satisfied with candidate at 30 years old, the direction that our na17th District Forum said he would, “represent tion and the Commona new generation of Rewealth is going in right publican leadership. I have a lot of new now?” Many in the audience responded



“no!” Cleaveland said he was “100% committed,” to making a difference. He displayed a Taxpayer Protection Pledge he has signed, along with State Senator Ralph Smith (in attendance), which states he will not raise taxes. Wray, who served one term in Cave Spring on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, touted his experience as an elected official and said he had pushed for job creation while chairing the board. On the question of whether voters should register statewide by party, Johnson and Cleaveland were opposed to the idea, while the other candidates said they could back such a measure. On most other questions, there was more cohesiveness. All said they would not raise taxes under any or most circumstances, agreeing that eliminating waste in the state budget and realigning funding priorities were more important. Transportation funding emerged as the top priority for most candidates, with Cleaveland pushing education. Johnson would “look at toll roads,” but others were hesitant to support tolls or a gas tax increase.

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see everybody in our society participating,” Brand said. He calls war, in general,“terrible and unnecessary.” In the book, he tells about enlisting then-President Bill Clinton to help get a social program funding cut reversed. Early on Brand helped start the Salem Rotary Club, and was involved with the Council of Community Services, before the opportunity to start TAP came about. “One thing sort of led to another,” he said. The Head Start pre-K pro-

gram, initiated by Brand, was the first real integrated school in Roanoke, back in the 1960’s, and he recalls a lot of opposition. “There were an awful lot of people that didn’t want their children to go to school with African-Americans,” Brand said. Now sporting white hair and using a cane, Brand is still a fixture at events around town, and at Democratic political functions. He makes no bones in calling himself “a liberal Democrat.” Brand has a simple credo when it

comes to being a social activist: “if you make a commitment to spend time in the community, take advantage of the opportunities when they come.” Cabell Brand will sign copies of “If Not Me, Then Who?” Saturday, May 30, from 1:00 -3:00 pm at the Tanglewood Mall Barnes & Noble.

By Gene Marrano Cabell Brand’s memoir, “If Not Me, Then Who?”

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which includes several fake fire hydrants and a water station. “He loves it, to be off (leash), ‘cause they pull, you know, when you walk. ... pulling and pulling and pulling and wanting to go, ‘cause I’m not walking fast enough. So now, I can just (say) ‘O. K., go’. He’s just walking around, just smelling. His nose hasn’t come up off the ground.” She says her dogs have already made friends. Todd Neese brought Abby, his 7-yearold Japanese Chin. It’s also his first visit to an off leash dog park. “I think it’s great, he said. “All different kinds of breeds of dogs and they all seem to be getting along. I just think it’s outstanding. You can come out and socialize with other people while your dogs are playing, so it’s great.” Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers, on hand with his own dog, thanked the members of NewVA Connects, a young professionals group, Old Southwest, Inc. and the Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Department for working together on the project. Local companies also donated or gave discounts for materials used to build the park.

He also reminded people to use the Mutt Mitt stations and clean up after their pets. According to the rules for the park, all dogs must be at least 12 weeks old and current with all vaccinations; they must have a current license and rabies tag, and be supervised at all times. The one-acre dog park is divided into two areas, one for small dogs and the other for larger dogs, and is open daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm. Surrounded by black vinyl-coated chain link fencing, the park is equipped with a double entry gate to prevent dogs from slipping past their owners on the way out. Benches are available where people can sit and relax while their dog burns off excess energy. Future plans include walking paths and additional landscaping. Photo by Beverly Amsler

By Beverly Amsler

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers with his dog “Catcher.” City Council members Court Rosen and David Trinkle are at the podium.

General Assembly Report Card Released by the Family Foundation Action

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that are important to the family. This fall, all 100 members of the House of Delegates are up for re-election, as well as the offices of Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. The FFA distributed 50,000 copies of the latest edition, not including those that were downloaded from the FAA website. According to the FAA, most Roanoke-area representatives “fared well.” Senator Ralph Smith scored 100%, and in the House, perfect scores were attained by several delegates, including Morgan Griffith, William Fralin, Ben Cline, Charles Poindexter and Lacey Putney. Democrat Majority Leader Ward Armstrong also scored well on the “Report Card,” indicating the broad bi-partisan support of a pro-family agenda in Virginia. Delegate Onzlee Ware came in with a relatively low score of



20, and Senator Edwards scored an 11, which puts him in “last place” within the entire Virginia Senate. Average scores, over time, have varied somewhat by party and by House vs. Senate. For example, the Virginia Senate had an average score of 54 in 2009, while their collective 2003 score was 61. This indicates that our Virginia Senators, as a whole, are tending to vote less often with the pro-family side on certain issues. Virginia House and Senate contact information can be found by visiting http://leg1. HTM. For more information on The Family Foundation Action, visit html. By Mickey Mixon

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Rolling Thunder Converges on D.C. for Memorial Day Tribute

Terry McAuliffe (second from left) with Roanoke City Councilmen Court Rosen and Sherman Lea during a stop at Strauss Park in northwest Roanoke this past Saturday.

McAuliffe Picnics in Roanoke

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe made a stop at Strauss Park in northwest Roanoke this past Saturday, for a Memorial Day Weekend cookout rally with nearly 50 supporters - just 18 days before the June 9 primary. McAuliffe continued pressing his message as the “Capital Square” outsider and the only one of the four gubernatorial candidates that can shake-up the status quo in Richmond.  While McAuliffe also touted his credentials as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee and a long career in business, he highlighted the limited power of the Governor’s Office to offer incentives to attract major employers to the Commonwealth.  McAuliffe cited several employers and projects that the

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Commonwealth didn’t pitch to due to inefficiencies of the Governor’s Economic Opportunity Fund. The General Assembly, said McAuliffe, restricts the power of the Governor’s Office to broker such deals. McAuliffe highlighted $125 million in federal funds the General Assembly turned away to extend unemployment benefits that would have also included part-time employees.  He also assailed Republicans (like the presumptive GOP nominee for governor, Bob McDonnell) for distorting facts related to increased costs for Virginia businesses. Other issues that McAuliffe pressed during his cookout stop included predatory lending; specifically payday and car title lending practices, as well as

restoration of voting rights for felons that have served full sentences and paid all fines and restitutions. Roanoke City Council members in attendance who have endorsed Terry McAuliffe included Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea and Councilman Court Rosen.  One of McAuliffe’s Democrat opponents in the June 9 primary, Creigh Deeds, was also scheduled to stop by his Roanoke campaign headquarters last weekend.

and the like. “Sometimes you do need a little help,” said Wray, recognizing the “quality of life issues” cultural organizations can provide. Cleaveland, an attorney, prosecutor and substitute judge over the past 30 years, said he would provide “straight talk” to his constituents if elected, while Johnson vowed to “work hard.” Williams read from an endorsement just given him by Don Huffman, former chair of the Virginia Republican Party, and Head pledged to follow through on promises made during the campaign, saying, “you can take that to the bank.” Hollins University political science professor Ed Lynch, a former GOP chair in Roanoke County, was among those in the audience. If it made the task more difficult for voters, to distinguish one candidate from another, he said that was “a good

thing.” “The answers were very thoughtful. It was clear that they all knew an awful lot about state government. They all have a lot of great experience [and] all have a lot to bring to the table,” Lynch said. “Each one of them brings their own strengths,” said Fred Anderson, the former Roanoke County treasurer and current 6th District Republican chairman. He sported a Mike Wray button and said he was supporting the former supervisor because of a long-standing friendship. “I’d really like to have one candidate with all those strengths. Each one will appeal to a certain element in the party. I just hate that we have five good candidates, but only one nomination [to select].”

Editor’s note: photo and information courtesy of Barry Butler.

By Gene Marrano

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Johnson pushed for offshore drilling as a way to raise revenue, while Cleaveland (also supporting offshore oil drilling) wanted to know why the $2 billion in waste identified several years ago by the Wilder Commission had not been slashed. “That’s the first place I’d start,” Cleaveland said. Cleaveland also provided the only note of disharmony of the night, disputing Wray’s claim that he had cut taxes as a supervisor. While the rate per $100 of assessed value was lowered by a penny or two, Cleaveland noted that sharply rising assessments had more than negated that reduction. As for funding non-state agencies, like Center in the Square, some said a cost-benefit analysis of some sort would be in order first; others touted more public-private partnerships as a way to fund museums

By Gene Marrano

> Flora From page 1

really didn’t hurt the primary services.” That includes schools, which have been able to absorb any state and federal cuts and continue with renovations and upgrades. The county is moving forward with a recreational facility in North County, which Flora supported. The project, funded as part of a $58 million capital improvement bond issue, will open around Christmas. The project has received criticism, which Flora shrugs off. “It wasn’t real controversial when we were going through the process,” he said. The facility should open around Christmas. He also supports construction of a Wal-Mart in the Clearbrook area of the county, another contentious project. “They will eventually build it,” he said. He credits Roanoke County’s “diverse economy” with bringing good fortune to the community. “Roanoke has not suffered like the rest of the world,” he said. “We haven’t had rapid growth here. You want managed growth, and I think that’s what we’ve been able to achieve.” Flora, always upbeat in conversations about his community, calls himself a team player who loves local government. “I’ve got a little over 40 years in Virginia local government,” he said. “I enjoy it and a lot of people think I’m insane.” Flora first served on the Board of Supervisors for a single term in 1972; he did not return to Roanoke County politics again for 30 years. He served as Director of Operations for Roanoke County Schools for 10 years, a position that he said has gone a

long way toward improving the relationship between the school board and county administration. He retired from Roanoke County Schools in 2006. A graduate of William Byrd High School and Roanoke College, Flora has spent all of his life in north Roanoke County. He raised two children there; a son is with Roanoke City Fire EMS and his daughter works in accounting in Salem. “This will be the last term that I’ll run,” the 68-year-old said. “I’ll be ready to retire after this.” The Vinton and Windsor

Hills seats on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors are also up for election this year. Incumbents Michael W. Altizer and Joseph P. McNamara will face challengers in their runs for office. To date Patrick Patterson, a William Byrd High School guidance counselor, has filed to run against Altizer (Vinton), and retired engineer Ed Elswick of Bent Mountain has filed to run against McNamara in Windsor Hills. By Anita Firebaugh


It’s where you want to be (at least once in your life) to remember those who gave their lives in military service to this country. Thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycles were carrying nowaging Vietnam veterans and their wives or girlfriends to rendezvous with others from all over the country to commemorate their fallen brothers and sisters in battle. The event was organized by Rolling Thunder which was incorporated in 1995 as a non-profit organization, with 88 chapters chartered throughout the United States. While most Rolling Thunder members are veterans and ride motorcycles, membership is open to all. The group’s mission is to be united in the cause to bring full accountability for all POWs (Prisoners of War) and MIAs (Missing in Action) of all wars, guided by the phrase, “We Will Not Forget.” As we drove into Washington Sunday morning, masses of shining black Harley-Davidsons with motors roaring were ahead of us, behind us and beside us. A crowd on a pedestrian overpass above I-95 North waved American flags and cheered for the men and women on motorcycles. A man on a Harley beside us smiled up at the crowd and lifted his hand in a wave. Would you let go of your right hand for an instant for any reason while in control of a Harley-Davidson in three lanes of thundering I-95 traffic? This man was responding with gratitude to the affection and respect being shown, probably remembering that there had been no welcoming crowds for the young men returning from the murderous jungles of Vietnam. Those years stand out as some of the most shameful in American history, as we chose to cast blame on those young and more often than not, drafted soldiers, for the lost war and deaths of thousands followed by the troubled lives of men severely wounded both in mind and body. Although in actions too little and far too late, we became a “kinder and gentler nation” and the Vietnam veterans came out from the shadows in their own unique ways, this day converging on the Pentagon exit in such numbers that traffic backed up on the Interstate. Why was this? Rolling Thunder members were gathering at the Pentagon for the Demonstration Ride across Memorial Bridge at noon in a show of support for the missing POWs and MIAs and their families. Around noon, we had reached the heights of Arlington National Cemetery at Robert E. Lee’s former home where we joined others to watch the Rolling Thunder

Photo by Mill Lambert

Rolling Thunder bikers from North Carolina traveled Washington, D.C. for the Memorial Day Weekend Events.   From left to right: Andy Beckham, Tammy Clemons, Janet Jackson and Keith Jackson from the Raleigh-Durham area.  motorcycles directly below us cross over the Potomac into Washington for their Demonstration Ride. Staying at the same hotel, were dozens of veterans dressed in their signature jeans and black T-shirts, and many were adorned with flag and Marine patches on black leather vests. Early Monday, we chatted with a friendly group from North Carolina, admiring their shiny motorcycles -- like Harley-Davidson showroom models –causing us to wonder if the thousands of motorcycles in D.C. had been purchased just the day before. But Keith and Janet Jackson from Raleigh swore that their Harley was nine years old, kept brand- new looking by constant care and plenty of chrome polish. Were they Rolling Thunder members? No, but they had come to show support for the members and their goals. Andy Beckham from Raleigh and his friend Tammy Clemons from Durham talked about the weekend events, touched most deeply by the visit to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, and by the hushed and respectful crowds at the Arlington National Cemetery, where birds were the loudest creatures. Tammy’s motorcycle helmet bore

some interesting statements “Born Free Taxed to Death” and “The Price of Freedom is Written on the Wall.” He feelings summed up with “When One American is no worth the effort to be found we as Americans have lost.” The group of about eight go ready to hit the road, doing some last minute planning fo the five-hour trip home, and nervous about the forecast fo rainstorms. I’m amazed by the ready sacrifice of their time and comfort, and possibly even their safety, to be of service to fellow soldiers whom, few if any, knew personally. In hindsight, the unjust treat ment by the American gov ernment and people led many to unhappy and wasted lives but they are not allowing the story to end there. It is fitting to think of Vietnam vets when you hear the saying, “America is the land of the free because it’s the home of the brave.” A 3:00 pm every year on Memo rial Day, a soldier plays Tap at Arlington National Cem etery. It will be an honor to pause a year from now at 3:00 pm and remember.

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GPS Devices: Who is Really in Charge?


omething is happening with the technogadgets in our lives. Is it that art imitates life or the other way around, but the Terminator and Matrix movies may not be that far off. Did the changing of the guard at the White House start something? Perhaps in the excitement of all the hope and change there really was a new phenomenon – a spark of life emitted from all this energy that gave the President’s teleprompter a mind of its own. Lots of people are talking about it. It has caused the President to say things he never intended and certainly not in the order he intended. I wonder if it gets to travel on Air Force One? You can bet there is a cadre of personnel in charge of keeping that teleprompter comfortable and in tip-top shape at all times. It probably has one of those catchy secret government nicknames all its own, like Big Bro for example. Once these gadgets get the life-spark, there’s going to be trouble. We have a GPS that I’m pretty sure has such a life force even though “she” hides it whenever possible. We named her “Myrtle” just so she didn’t have the same name as everyone else’s, which is almost always “Betty.” Just for fun, somebody needs to do a survey of the top 10 names given to GPS devices, but I’m confident “Betty” is Number One. On a recent trip bringing a son home from college with no less than one van and one car full of belongings, I was designated as the follower since my son had the GPS in his car. Never mind that we have driven this route numerous times flawlessly before we ever owned a GPS; this is the new modus operendi. The cool factor in full play, I deferentially let

him feel important. Chen Fuchao, apFortunately, we had parently in debt and no trouble “arriving suicidal. He perched at destination.” on a bridge for five However, this is long hours contemnot always the case. plating a jump. TrafPersonally, I have fic had been backed found this device to up for all this time as be extremely stresspolice had cordoned ful. Half the time it off the area. What is determined to appeared to be a Cheryl Hodges take you the long good Samaritan way or through approached Chen questionable areas. Routes you to comfort him and shake his previously took for granted be- hand, but instead he pushed come tangled highways with him off the bridge! His explaconfusing road signs. WHY is nation was that he was sick and “Myrtle” directing me off my tired of Chen’s “selfish” behavfamiliar path? Has something ior, and just wanted to see trafchanged? Should I go HER way fic get moving again. or the one I know? What used I know what really hapto be a leisurely drive becomes pened. This guy had a GPS that a jaw-clenching, palm-soaking got frustrated at the standstill. experience. Detours are not It couldn’t give directions in part of the programming so you stopped traffic so it figured out can be heading to West Texas a way to deal with the situation instead of Michigan in no time, and directed its driver to get rid which potentially makes every of the ostensible human barriSINGLE second in your vehicle cade. It probably communicata pending disaster. ed with other GPS’s in the area One middle-aged friend and they all decided enough told us he had no idea why was enough. Chen luckily surlate one night their GPS took vived. them right up to water’s edge. There is a glimmer of hope Did it want them to drown? that humanity will survive in Was this the beginning of the spite of its ignorance of this techno-gadgets’ take-over of growing threat. Sunspot activhumanity? We got our tuition ity is predicted to be very high plan money’s worth when our in the coming year. Warnings freshly graduated William and are beginning to be discussed Mary student chuckled and of possible disruptions in the pointed out that “oh, you need- power grid which will affect ed to take it off ‘ferry mode.’” things like cell phones, and… FERRY MODE?? He also sug- GPS devices. What common gested that just for fun, we let sense may not address, sunMyrtle “go British,” as in give spots could. her a British accent. He conAnd if for some reason the firmed my worst fears; this is sunspots don’t come through, not a limited gadget take-over, you can guess what I am NOT it’s going to be an international recommending you get your one. dad for Father’s Day this year! Take for example, the suicide jumper in south China, as reContact Cheryl at ported just this past week. Here was this poor distraught fellow,

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put the finishing touches to this Preacher’s Corner on Memorial Day…a day set aside for our nation’s peoples to remember, reflect on and honor those who gave all in service to their country. The day is intended to be a time to refrain from “business as usual” and to bring to mind and to a grateful heart those who fell in battle. To remember well requires us to stop. It is also an act communities must do and do often. And over the past few months we have done just that. For example, some of the faiths making up the religious community have recently celebrated their defining feasts. In early April, our Jewish brothers and sisters commemorated the liberating event of Pesah described in Exodus. Around tables and a traditional menu, they sang the praises of God who frees them from slavery and leads them to freedom. Around the same time this year, Christians of all stripes recalled the saving death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and recommitted themselves to following him: to their dying to self and sin and to living for God and others. Through the holidays of Shivarathri, Navarithri, and the birthday of Lord Rama, Hindus are now purified and socially renewed. And when next I ‘m scheduled to write this column in mid August, the month long fast of Ramadan will be days away. That fast, intended to bring Muslims closer to ALLAH, will be broken by the three day feasting of Eid ul-Fitr. Our stopping to remember helps us see that we and all the world are God’s and our little selves are part of global and ancient communities with treasured pasts and with presents blessed by our God who is in them and with us. A consciously celebrating of these days sustain and deepen our long-

ings for the time when our hopes will be fulfilled. In civic life over the past few weeks, our remembering has transcended the boundaries of culture, race and belief. We recently honored our mothers: they who were our first homes and shelters, they who gave us birth and/or who nurtured us. Our fathers will have their special day soon. And let’s not overlook graduations. In the days and festivities surrounding “ this great achievement”, our graduates are provided with the occasion to review and contemplate the lessons learned - not only in the classroom but also on court, field, and stage and in those times they spent “being and doing” with friends. The graduates’ family and friends get the opportunity to honor their loved one and be amazed again at how quickly the years pass. Yes, remembering has occupied a great deal of our time recently. But, in doing so, we come to understand who and what has shaped us and where we are going. In doing so, our sometimes scattered and “pulledin -all –direction” selves are re-member-ed, that is, we are put back together again. This, of course, is a prerequisite for our moving forward - both individually and as a people. So, then, with the coming summer season, perhaps we might pause again and reflect on those things that make us who we are and help us understand what we’re about together . . . May our re-member-ing continue. The Irish have a blessing which I wish for all: “May you never forgot what is worth remembering and never remember what is better forgotten!”

Joe Lehman is Pastor of Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church located at 2505 Electric Rd (Rte 419). You can learn more about OLN’s Ministry at

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

Four-Cheese Vegetable Lasagna

A good friend of mine has been an awesome inspiration by becoming wonderfully healthy. She is so diligent about exercise and for the first time in her life she enjoys exercise. I see an athletic career in her future. She looks great; a beauty inside and out. She and God himself inspire me to love vegetables, which if you ask my father is a BIG deal for me! So when my friend was recovering from surgery (not cosmetic!) I made her this lasagna. I ate it as well and liked it but since I am not a life-long lover of vegetables I hoped it faired well with veggie lovers. Well the verdict is out - SHE LOVED IT and wants the recipe, so here it is, Gina, enjoy it and thank you for being such an inspiration and a great friend. 1 – 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed 1 – 16 oz. package frozen broccoli, sweet red pepper, onion, and mushroom blend, thawed 1 ½ cup 1 % low-fat cottage cheese 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella ½ cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese 3 cloves garlic, crushed ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 cups 1% low-fat milk ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. ground red pepper Vegetable cooking spray 12 cooked lasagna noodles -Drain spinach, press gently between paper towels to remove excess moisture. Combine spinach and broccoli blend, set aside.




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Yiddish,Yarns and Yams, Oh My

his week, I am making a pilgrimage to the land of my ancestors, southeastern Florida. For generations Jewish New Yorkers have migrated towards those sunny latitudes to retire, play cards by the pool, and complain about the heat. At the border each aged traveler is issued a pair of white shoes, a white belt and a white pocketbook (women only). Following a brief orientation, new residents are released into the wild with a list of eateries that offer two-forone early bird dining specials and directions to the nearest Publix supermarket.The first time my mom met my soon-to-be wife was on a pre-marriage trip that Janet and I made to Florida. This would be Janet's first direct exposure to my mom's southern habitat. In honor of her future daughter-in-law, my lovely and gracious mom planned an afternoon lunch party to introduce this new member of our family to her friends. The events that followed still tickle me to this day. The luncheon was a site to behold, a wide variety of Jewish delicacies covered Mom's dining room table, all of which would be a challenge for anyone living south of New Jersey to identify. Janet is not a fan of fish regardless of how it is prepared, and this table looked like cast of "Finding Nemo." Smiling bravely, Janet moved politely along the buffet searching for a glimpse of sustenance. This would be a light lunch for both of us. Perhaps I was kidnapped as an infant by a


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band of roving Jewish housewives or when an EMT technician tried perhaps I was switched at birth with to sell him two tickets to a charity an Italian child, but I am not fond of dance while he was on the way to Jewish cuisine. To me, it seems like the hospital everything has been passed through "I'm on death's door and this a special secret de-flavorizing mayutz wants me to go to a dance? chine prior to serving. Very bland. I told him NO, so now he's putI consider a kosher boiled chicken ting the hard sell on me. He says the Al Gore of foods. Nuf said? I "you can surprise my wife with the had been around this stuff for the tickets," so I tell him look, my wife duration of my formative years has been dead for three years, so Jon Kaufman and had successfully managed to seeing her out on the town would avoid ingesting most of it. That day be a surprise for everyone includwould not be the exception. ing her, and besides I'm not digging her up Following the feast came coffee and bunt just to go to a dance." cake. Small conclaves huddled and conversed Every person in attendance had a story independently of each other until the subject hilariously embellished to the point of abof hospital transportation was breached. This surdity. It became clear that this gab-fest hot topic appeared to bring all of the groups had grown into a full-fledged throw-down together on common ground. competition. The combination of the tales, Stories of ambulance calamities filled the the accents and the stage gestures created room, one tale more horrible than the next. the perfect storm of rescue squad comedy. One woman was abandoned six blocks from If "one-upsmanship" was an Olympic event, the emergency room (her driver was dis- world records would have been falling like patched to another more dire emergency) and General Motors stock. was finally escorted to the E.R. by a passing Janet and I had a ringside seat for every stranger who asked her why she was walking yarn, the principles performing directly to down the street in her bathrobe. us like a small theatre group interacting with "I told him that I got lost on the way to the their audience. Although our stomachs were kitchen," she quipped "this a question to ask growling, Janet and I thoroughly enjoyed the someone in need of medical attention?" afternoon matinee and would have recomAn elderly man struggling to balance his mend my Mom's theatre as a fun day trip for cake and coffee on his lap, recalled a time anyone visiting the greater Fort Lauderdale

area, if the Parrot Jungle was closed. Following the festivities, Janet and I dashed to McDonalds, annihilated a few Big Macs and debriefed. Eventually, I will return to the Sunshine State, shod in white and doing my part to spin a tale and enjoy the mere suggestion of taste from some poor chicken, but in the meantime the Golden Arches will do just fine.

Adopt a Cat … in June

une is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Cat Month, chosen because each year thousands of kittens are born in spring and summer. Many end up in animal shelters awaiting loving homes. People who visit animal shelters in search of the “purr-fect” cat for their household are often adopted themselves by the chosen cat - regardless of whether they [the owners] realize it at the time. Somehow cats know who would be a good match for them. I learned this approximately four months ago when I visited Roanoke Valley SPCA (RVSPCA) in search of a cat companion. Specifically, I visited RVSPCA to meet a cat by the name of Maize, featured as Pet-of-the-Week on a local radio station’s website. The description of Maize indicated that she was a one-year old calico, “sweet and loving.” She did indeed possess all of those traits. However, she also appeared to be much more energetic than what I was looking for. As I stood in front of Maize’s cage carefully observing her, the cage door to the left of Maize’s began to rattle back and forth, and I saw a paw trying to push through to reach out to me to get my attention. I took a few steps to the left and saw this beautiful longhaired tortoiseshell cat, named Bianca, who looked at me with very expressive eyes that I could not ignore. I asked the attendant if she could open the cage and if it would be okay for me to hold Bianca. The attendant also asked whether I had other cats or animals at home, and I responded, “no.” The reason for the attendant’s question was that the two-year old tortoiseshell cat is so laid back, that other pets may try to take advantage of her good nature. After sniffing my scent, Bianca licked my hand and began purring. I slowly picked her up and placed her on my shoulder. She then wrapped her front paws around my neck and purred even louder. As heavy as she was (13 lbs.), I managed to hold her for several minutes before I placed her back in the cage. She lay on her back and I stroked her

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Focus on Education School Officials, Civic League Discuss Raleigh Court Closure

The Greater Raleigh Court Civic League recently hosted two representatives from Roanoke City Public Schools at their general meeting. The closing of Raleigh Court Elementary at the end of the school year was a major topic. Superintendent Rita Bishop and School Board Chairman David Carson addressed the Civic League about Roanoke City Public Schools and recent activity within the school system. Carson spoke to the closing of schools and budget slashing, including changes already made, such as lengthening school days and changing the start/stop times. Carson pointed to the two new high schools—Patrick Henry and William Fleming—noting that construction work has been completed “on time and under budget.” Fleming will officially open this summer. Referring to the closing of four schools in all, Carson said he didn’t consider that an achievement. “We would rather build schools.” Civic League meetings provide city officials an opportunity to bring citizens up to date, and the GRCCL is one of the most active. Carson talked about the early retirement plan for teachers, (which helped alleviate some pressure on the 2009-2010 budget) and tweaked health care benefits that now share costs more equally. In addition, said Carson, Valley Metro now has an agreement where any RCPS students may ride for free with a student I.D. Carson mentioned the Community College access program, where graduating seniors in Roanoke City public schools holding at least a

2.0 grade point average, may have their tuition paid for at Virginia Western. Articulation agreements with many four-year public colleges and decent grades can ensure a transfer. “I love Raleigh Court,” said Rita Bishop as she began her talk, revealing how she considered the neighborhood when moving to the valley. Bishop also said the vision for RCPS is to have the schools become a “model for urban and public education.” The GRCCL has been in existence since 1978, holding five neighborhood meetings a year, according to Vice President Chad Braby. A Raleigh Court Block Party is scheduled for Sunday May 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Grandin Village. According to the GRCCL newsletter, “Court Reporter,” there will be food, music and children’s activities. The league obtains grant funding through the City of Roanoke for special projects such as work on the Murray Run Greenway. The nonprofit GRCCL also obtained a grant for working on a project that will create seasonal banners for Grandin Village. Using another grant, league members will work with a national organization called Rebuilding Together, beginning next April, where volunteers will work on home improvements for the needy. The league has been “building community in the neighborhood,” said Braby, and is always looking for volunteers to help with projects. President Susan Koch said the GRCCL has between 300 to 400 members. Koch also said the league had applied for a grant with the Raleigh

Court Elementary School PTA to build a playground, but since the school closed they may have it built somewhere else. She recognized problems with the soon-tobe-closed school. The layout of Raleigh Court Elementary School classrooms, Koch said, is like a “Motel 6,” where the classroom doors all open to the outside. She said the heating and air conditioning system was “shot,” with not enough money to renovate. “It was a sad decision they had to make,” to close the school said Koch, adding it was the “top performing elementary school in the city.” Koch said schools are a big issue for the GRCCL, because members want to see families stay in the neighborhood. The elementary school closing has already made some parents choose private and parochial schools for their children instead of remaining in city schools, she added. With new attendance zone recently approved Koch said some parents are seeking other options, which may including moving out of the neighborhood. Visit for more information. Closing ceremonies: Both Raleigh Court (2-5pm) and Ruffner Middle (3-5pm) will hold remembrance events this Sunday, May 31. Dignitaries from the community have been invited and each school will feature activities for parents and students. Both will close at the end of the current school year.

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Elks Recognize Students: The Roanoke Elks Club honored local high school stu-

dents with scholarships for academic achievements during their annual banquet last week. Pictured: Elks scholarship winners (L-R): Briana Dobbs (Patrick Henry), Carson Smith  (Patrick Henry), Tim Rowe (Hidden Valley), Leah Taylor (William Fleming) and Craig Tripp (not pictured, from William Byrd). Also recognized were more than 100 valedictorians from area high schools, all with a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

Roanoke City School Briefs

PH students accepted into Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership: Patrick Henry students Trevor Langhan and Amy Freidman have both been accepted into the prestigious Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. The Sorensen Institute has more than 1,000 graduates of its various programs. Alumni include 18 who have been elected to the Virginia General Assembly, 17 of whom currently serve— two in the Senate and 15 in the House. Dozens more have been appointed to boards and commissions, while nearly 100 have been elected to local office. This is the second consecutive year RCPS has had students represented in the Sorensen program. RCPS Students to Perform with David Wiley: Over the past month, a local Fine Arts By Joan Kastner group called “The Friends of the Symphony” has provided free lessons, materials and concert tickets to several RCPS students. The students will perform with Maestro David Wiley and symphony members at the Du-


mas Center, May 31, at 4:00 pm. Westside elementary students will be playing the clarinet and violin. The program is free and open to the public. A Walk Down Memory Lane at Ruffner Middle School: Ruffner Middle School will celebrate the school’s 40-year history Sunday, May 31,from 3:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. Former students, principals, faculty, school board members and city council members will be invited to participate in this special event. William Ruffner memorabilia (from the soon to be closed school) will be on display in the library. James Madison Student Advances in Scholarship Competition: Madison Lewis, a seventh grader at James Madison Middle School, is the new winner of the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program. Lewis was nominated for her work with the Helping Hands project through U.S. Kids Care. She organized about a dozen middle and high school students in U.S. Kids Care to tutor children at an elementary school every

Wednesday morning before school. Lewis advances to the regional competition, where she will be considered for a $1,000 scholarship. Grandin Court Elementary Receives $5000 Grant: Grandin Court Elementary School received a $5,000 grant from Verizon Telecom Pioneers. The grant will be used to purchase a SmartBoard, LCD projector and two sets of personal response systems. The SmartBoard and projector will allow students and teachers to use interactive lessons on computers. Coupled with the personal response system, all students will be able to participate simultaneously, using a format similar to “Jeopardy,” to record their responses to classroom activities. Breckinridge Team Wins Roanoke City Tournament: The Breckinridge Middle School baseball team recently defeated North Cross School to complete an undefeated season and take home top honors in the Roanoke City Championship.

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Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kristin Erb fires a pitch in her one-hit victory over UAHuntsville. It was Erb's 100th career shutout and improved her 2009 record to a staggering 50-5.

Cave Spring Head Coach David Dunstan relays strategy to Knights batter Luke Feldenzer (Right).

NCAA Division II Softball Champ Crowned in Salem: the softball

What a Difference a Day Makes: the Knights earned a comeback 8-7 victory championships brought the top eight teams in the nation together for a double elimination over Carroll County in a Region IV playoff home game Monday night. But just a day later, Tuntournament at the Moyer Sports Complex last weekend. Lock Haven University (PA) defeated stall knocked Cave Spring out of the baseball playoffs by beating the Knights 4-1. the University of Alabama-Huntsville, 8-0, Monday to win the Division II softball national championship, after knocking off number one-seeded North Georgia. The title game shut out was first team All-American Kristin Erb’s 100th, a Division II NCAA career record for the senior.

Postseason Soccer Update

The Patrick Henry Patriots first minute of the match – cruised to another Western only the third time all season Valley District tournament ti- that the Patriots have trailed tle with a 7-0 thrashing of E.C. – and had another goal called Glass Friday night. off at the end of the first half. The margin of victory was a Another Chavira goal knotbit of a surprise, considering ted up the score, and a scorethe Hilltoppers had just dis- less second half led to sudden mantled William Fleming 7-0 death overtime. in the tournament semifinals. In the overtime, a 35-yard But the Patriots, (18-1) jumped strike by outside midfielder all over their opponent early, Nick Lasky sent Patrick Henry and by halftime the outcome into the semifinals. It was the had all but been decided. first regional win in school his“I was really pleased with tory for the soccer program. the way we came out and The Patriots hosted Osplayed early,” boys soccer Head bourn Park (from Manassas) Coach Chris Dowdy said. “We Wednesday night. With a vicknew they were going to come tory, the team would host the in fired up, but we responded Northwest Region final Frireally well.” day evening, as well as clinch Cameron Chavira led the a berth in the VHSL Group Patriots with 4 goals, three of AAA state tournament. which came in the first half. Colonels Fall to EC Glass: Fayanga Keita tallied a pair of William Fleming’s boys soccer goals as well. season ended with a thud last Things weren’t nearly as easy Thursday, with a 7-0 loss to for the Patriots in their North- E.C. Glass in the Western Valwest Regional tournament ley District semifinals. “I think quarterfinal matchup against we maybe downplayed how Forest Park High School. good of a team E.C. Glass is,” 2!.30/24!4)/./&!-"5,!4/29!$5,43 The Bruins scored in the Head Coach Landon Moore

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Following a difficult nineinning loss to George Washington-Danville in their final regular season home game, the Patrick Henry baseball team had something to prove as they entered the Western Valley District playoffs. The playoffs began with an 11-3 victory over E.C. Glass at Edwards Field. Senior Kemper Steffe shut down the Hilltoppers on the mound, with some relief help from Will Kaufman. A quartet of underclassman provided the run support for the Pats with Kaufman and Zach Whitaker contributing three hits a piece, a two hit effort by Austin "Goose" Dillard and a huge bases-loaded triple by Aaron Burton. The win set up a second round meeting at Halifax County, where the PaBy Matt Reeve triots hadn’t won “since Lassie was a pup.” Zach Whitaker took the THE ROANOKE REGIONAL HOUSING NETWORK

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mound against the Western Valley regular season champion Comets and proceeded to perplex Halifax County with an array of well placed pitches. The Comets scored only twice, while Patrick Henry put three runs on the board in the first inning and never gave up the lead, delivering a clutch 6-2 win. Whitaker helped his own cause tallying three hits. Aaron Burton remained hot with three singles of his own, top batters Brad Sowers and Yates Sayers notched two hits, and Will Kaufman and Luis Gastelum both drove in two big runs. The win sent Patrick Henry to Danville for a rubber match with GW for the district title game. According to reliable sources, this was foreign territory for the Pats, who had not played in a district title baseball game in 28 years.

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This one didn’t get away: Sam Lowman reels in a scrappy rainbow trout recently during an afternoon on the Roanoke River in Salem. With temperatures last week reaching the low 80s and rivers easing back down to normal levels, the fishing was excellent.

North Roanoke batter Courtney Altizer (Above) puts the bat on the ball. North Roanoke catcher Madison Lort (Right) waits for the pitch. The North Roanoke Titans battled the South County Cardinals at Darrell Shell Park recently.

Ronde Barber is Energized by New Coach in Tampa A new head coach (Raheem Morris) has helped rejuvenate Ronde Barber, the former Cave Spring High School and University of Virginia football star. Now 34 years old, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback admitted on a recent visit to his old stomping grounds that it takes him a little bit longer to get warmed up now, and that he’s a bit sorer after games. The elevation of Morris to head coach from defensive coordinator after the Bucs jettisoned Jon Gruden has Barber fired up a bit, however. “Pumped up’s a good word‌excited,â€? said the twin brother of Tiki Barber, who retired from the New York Giants two years ago after ten seasons as an All-Pro, all-purpose running back. “Raheem’s a great friend of mine and has been [my] DB coach for a number of years. He deserves it certainly.â€?

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Ronde Barber introduces his mother in Vinton Barber, who introduced his mother Geraldine at an event in Vinton recently, said having a fresh face “with a lot of energy,� should

be good for Tampa Bay, which missed the NFL playoffs last season. “It’s a welcome change,â€? said the four time Pro Bowler. “I know what he is going to bring to the table. He definitely has reenergized me‌I’ve known him for so long.â€? The Bucs will be “exceptionally young,â€? in 2009 said Barber, who hopes for a quick learning curve. “We could have a great season this year.â€? Barber admits he has had to work harder the last five years to “stay young.â€? “There’s very few that have played my position for as long as I’ve played. The young guys get bigger and faster.â€? Around the league he commiserates with several other older defensive backs whenever they wind up on the same field together. “We’re working our butt off just to maintain. That’s the nature of the beast.â€?

It is year to year, season to season, as far as pro football goes for Ronde Barber at this point. “You get 13 years in the league and it seems like every game is going to be your last game,� said Barber, who has done some media work in Tampa but has not laid out a post-football career path like Tiki did with NFL broadcasts and NBC’s The Today Show. “For now ‘Plan A’ is still working,� noted Barber, “I’ll just reevaluate [every year] and see if I can still do my job well. As long as I can, I’ll keep going.� By Gene Marrano

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Commentary: Taking Stock in United States Motors

If you are an owner, an investor, a supplier, or an employee of General Motors Corp., I am willing to bet that you are now sorry that GM was not forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings when its dire financial straits first made headlines months ago. You probably regret even more that it accepted tens of billions of dollars in bailout money from the federal government, providing the company with a taxpayerfinanced capital infusion that only delayed the inevitable and predictably came with onerous bureaucratic strings attached. Years of mismanagement, reinforced by lavish compensation for its unionized workforce and by national fuel economy standards that oblige US automakers to produce vehicles that few consumers want to buy as long as gas remains cheap, raised GM's production costs to levels unsustainable in a globally competitive marketplace. Rather than making the tough decisions that could have restored profitability if implemented in time, company executives fiddled while a great American business enterprise burned. Proving that one should be careful about what one asks for, GM's top management went to Washington with tin cup in hand, first by private

jet and then, after a firestorm of popular condemnation, by eco-friendly car. The pitiable spectacle of GM executives begging Congress for financial assistance represented a major reversal of fortune for a company that was once the world's largest manufacturer. During the 1950s and 1960s, prior to being challenged seriously by foreign competitors and fearing that the U.S. Department of Justice would accuse it of unlawfully monopolizing domestic auto sales, GM purposely kept its prices high and bypassed other profit opportunities to keep its market share from exceeding 55 percent. GM's management got most of what it asked for-and more than it bargained for. In return for "temporary" loans and other forms of taxpayer "investment," such as purchases of preferred stock, the federal government essentially took control of the company and began calling the shots. The first shoe dropped when CEO Rick Wagoner was forced out and replaced by the Obama administration's fairhaired boy, Fritz Henderson. In so doing, bureaucrats assumed responsibility for a business decision that should have been delegated to GM's board of directors. Washington has also imposed limits on execu-

tive compensation at the "new" General Motors, a function that in privately owned companies likewise falls, by majority vote, on the shoulders of the members of the board. More recently we have learned that President Obama's "car czar," Steven Rattner, has proposed micromanaging GM's product line. Arguing that the company's Chevrolet division markets the very same vehicles, Mr. Rattner may substitute his judgment for that of consumers by ordering that GM stop producing SUVs and trucks carrying the GMC nameplate. Not too surprisingly, following the embarrassments associated with revelations of income tax avoidance by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and former Health and Human Services Secretary designee Tom Daschle, the car czar himself may be implicated in the Quadrangle Group's "pay-to-play" kickback schemes, currently under investigation by New York's attorney general. An investor in a privately owned company who thinks that management means taking the business in a direction that will compromise its long-term profitability can sell out, even if at a capital loss, and avoid further reductions in wealth. The taxpayers who now "own"

General Motors have no such option. They are stuck with the consequences of federal government control. Perhaps the car czar-or his successor-can resurrect GM and create a leaner company able to compete effectively in a brave new automobile world that survives the current economic downturn. But any American who visited a post office recently and dealt with the long lines, rising postage, threat of reduced delivery, and overall poor service will not be so naive. It would have been far better to reconfigure GM under an orderly bankruptcy process, subject to the rule of law, than to hand its administration to bureaucrats, whose discretionary powers are more vulnerable to political influence than to the wishes of either consumers or the company's many "stakeholders." In the operation of a robust private economy, the freedom to fail is just as important as the freedom to succeed. If GM cannot survive without handouts, painful as it might be, it should hit the road. William F. Shughart II, a Senior Fellow of The Independent Institute, is F. A. P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Mississippi.

Avoid Driving Over â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chargedâ&#x20AC;? Fire Hoses If you choose to drive over a â&#x20AC;&#x153;chargedâ&#x20AC;? fire hose lying across the street, as firefighters battle a blaze, be prepared to shell out some big bucks. A Code of Virginia ordinance prohibits the practice, says Roanoke City Fire/EMS spokesperson Tiffany Bradbury. In fact, drivers who choose to run over a charged hose can be fined $94, and are liable for the cost of a replacement hose if it breaks, upwards of $650. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It happens all the time,â&#x20AC;? said Bradbury, noting that it was an issue

Tuesday as firefighters fought a blaze on heavily traveled Garden City Boulevard, laying a charged hose across the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do,â&#x20AC;? said Bradbury, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just run over it, thinking its like a garden hose. If they [break] it, it can take water away from the firefighters.â&#x20AC;? In short, avoid those charged hoses: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been charged, they just have to find an alternate route,â&#x20AC;? said Bradbury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge safety risk for us [and] cars can actually get stuck.â&#x20AC;?

Goodlatte Reintroduces Legislation Saying that Judicial Decisions Shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be Based on Foreign Court Rulings Congressman Goodlatte reintroduced legislation which says that judicial decisions should not be based on any foreign laws, court decisions, or pronouncements of foreign governments. Several western nations have begun to rely upon international conventions and U.N. treaties when interpreting their own constitutions. Most of these materials are crafted by bureaucrats and non-governmental organizations with virtually no democratic input. Congressman Goodlatte commented, "Recently there has been a deeply disturbing



of federal judges to their role as interpreters of the Constitution, not importers of foreign law. The fundamental question is whether the Framers meant what they actually said in drafting our Constitution or whether a majority of unelected Justices can alter the original intent of the U.S. Constitution by relying on foreign laws, constitutions, cultures, fads, or social mores.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reaffirmation of American Independence Resolutionâ&#x20AC;? has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee on which Congressman Goodlatte serves as Vice Ranking Member.

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Roanoke County Public Library sponsors â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing Americaâ&#x20AC;? Contest In conjunction with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picturing Americaâ&#x20AC;? grant program and the theme of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teen Summer Reading Program (ExpressYourself), the Roanoke County Public Library system will be sponsoring a young adult (ages 12-18) photography contest. The photo must be submitted in hard copy, 8â&#x20AC;? X 10â&#x20AC;? size, and matted to 11â&#x20AC;? X 14â&#x20AC;?. Photographs may be black and white, sepia, or full color: They can be traditional photography or digitally manipulated images.You can only enter one per contestant. The theme of this contest is how you â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picture America.â&#x20AC;? The photo must communicate the theme of how you picture America in your local area or community. The contest will last until June 11. The winner will be announced at a reception at the Hollins Branch Library, on Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.,where all the photos will be on display. Entry forms can be picked up at any Roanoke County Public Library. If you have any questions please contact DavidWilson,Roanoke County Public Library system YA Librarian, at 561-8024.

> May 29 - 31

trend in American jurispru- respond." dence. The Supreme Court, the For example, Justice Ginshighest court in the land, has burg told the New York City Bar begun to look abroad, to inter- Association in 2005, "I will take national law instead of our own enlightenment wherever I can Constitution as the basis for its get it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to stop at a decisions. This is an affront to national boundaryâ&#x20AC;? and Justice both our national sovereignty Stephen Breyer actually said in and the broader democratic a decision that he found â&#x20AC;&#x153;useunderpinnings fulâ&#x20AC;? the Supreme of our system of Court of ZimbaRep. Bob Goodlatte government. The bwe - a country introduction of that is in ruins this legislation comes at a criti- due to the brutal rule of the diccal time, for when judges and tator Robert Mugabe. justices begin to operate outCongressman Goodlatte conside the boundaries of the U.S. tinued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The way to solve this Constitution, Congress must dilemma is to return the focus

Toastmasters Club The eleventh annual Lebanese Festival at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church will be held Friday May 29th, Saturday May 30th and Sunday May 31st at the church property, 4730 Cove Road,Northwest Roanoke.A popular event drawing visitors from all over the valley and surrounding regions, the festival will continue its successful formula of delicious home cooked Lebanese cuisine, energetic Lebanese music and dancing, church tours and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games. Enjoy traditional, cultural dance demonstrations performed and choreographed by the youth and parishioners of the parish.There are

plenty of fun games and prizes for children of all ages all weekend. The festival will be held rain or shine on Friday from noon-8 pm,Saturday noon-10 pm and Sunday noon-8 pm. Admission is free, with moderate charges for food, beverage and games. The festival menu features a multitude of Lebanese delicacies including tabbouli, spinach pies, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, various wraps, grill cooked entrees and wonderful Lebanese pastries. Takeout orders will be available by phone or fax; call 562-0012 for details. For more information, call St. Elias at 562-0012 or visit the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.

> May 30

A Celebration of Services: Roanoke Valley Speech and Hearing Center 50th Anniversary Presented by Virginia Relay and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Center of RoanokeWhen:Saturday, May 30, 2009; 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2pm Where: RoanokeValley Speech and Hearing Center 2030 Colonial Avenue S.W.; Roanoke,VA 24015.Educational opportunities will include demonstrations of the latest equipment and discussions of speech and hearing topics. There will be hearing dog demonstrations, tours of the center and free speech and hearing screenings. Organizations that serve children and adults with communication disorders will be on hand to share their information.This event is free and open to the public. Contact: J. Andreeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brooks; President; RoanokeValley Speech and Hearing Center; 540-343-0165

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Bicycle Friendly Business Workshop The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission was the first business in Virginia to receive the League of American Bicyclistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bicycle Friendly Business designation. Senior Planner Shane Sawyer and RIDE Solutions Program Director

Valley AFC Summer Camp The deadline to register for the June session of Valley AFC Summer Camp is June 3 (next Wednesday)! Camp is for ages 6 & 7, and, 8-14.To register (and for info),simply visit our web site at, click on Soccer Camps,then scroll to the bottom and click on the registration link. Print the form and mail it in with your check.Questions:email or call Mon-Fri 9:00-1:00pm.



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bined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) is a national state-sponsored program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints. As a result of troopersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; increased visibility, checkpoints and traffic enforcement efforts on Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highways during the holiday weekend, 10,341 speeders and 3,007 reckless drivers were stopped and cited. State Police also arrested 175 impaired drivers. A total of 1,031 safety belt violations and 347 child safety seat restraint violations were also cited by state troopers and supervisors. (from Va. State Police)

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Preliminary numbers indicate that traffic fatalities on Virginia highways for the 2009 Memorial Day weekend were the lowest in at least 10 years. As of noon May 26, 2009, five fatal crashes have been reported to the Virginia State Police, none in the Roanoke area. Last year, a total of 18 people died in 14 crashes during the same holiday period. The 2008 death toll was the highest since 1998. During the past decade, the Memorial Day weekend has averaged 12.8 traffic deaths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To experience such an extreme decline in traffic fatalities over such a heavily-traveled holiday weekend is truly encouraging,â&#x20AC;? said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. Of the five people killed, four were not wearing safety belts. Alcohol was a factor in at least one of the fatal crashes. State Police responded to a total of 653 traffic crashes statewide. During the Memorial Day weekend, Virginia State Police participated in the annual Operation C.A.R.E. The Com-

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Local Techies Honor Their Own

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Green was the Focus of Panel Discussion at the Claude Moore Education Complex. “New Ideas for Tomorrow – Green Jobs and Energy in a Changing World,” was the title of a panel discussion held recently at the Claude Moore Education Complex. The Moore Complex, a renovated theatre, has been hailed as one of the greenest buildings in the state. Green building techniques, espoused by people like panelist Stan Breakell (Breakell Construction) and alternative energy sources were on the topic list, as well as one advocate for clean coal. “We have three energy problems,” said introductory speaker John Randolph, from Virginia Tech, “oil, carbon and global demand.” Randolph said initiatives like the Clean and Green Business Coalition in Roanoke are “national calls for action. The opportunities are boundless.” Breakell said taking the first step to address global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, whether for a business or a municipality, is “so hard, [but] once you’ve taken it, it becomes easier.” For companies and homeowners, that first step can be as simple as replacing incandescent bulbs with the fluorescent ones Breakell likes to hand out. “Its up to you to demand the level of efficiency you would need in your building.” Breakell touted Virginia Western Community College as the perfect place to train workers for green jobs, which he said were not “something out there,” but a reality now. Lee Wilhelm of McNeil Roofing touted green roofs, where plants are used in some cases to help cool off the top of a building – keeping energy costs down in the process.

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Green was the topic at panel discussion. “For many years the roof was probably the most ignored part of the building,” said Wilhelm, adding that a green roof can also be something as simple as using materials and paint that doesn’t absorb too much sun. Non-green roof temperatures can soar to as high as 160 degrees in these parts, said Wilhelm, who currently has a dozen or so green roof projects in the works. Wilhelm noted that the Claude Moore building (on Henry Street) also has a green roof installed. Planted roofs also help keep water out of sewers, aiding flood control – and they create jobs. “It takes people to grow the plants,” noted Wilhelm. Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam talked about a LEED-certified renovated building his town is currently working on. “I’m a big believer in the power of localities,” said Rordam, who assembled a task force on climate change in Blacksburg. Local governments should “lead by example,” he added. Balzer & Associates architect Monica Rokiki helped form a citizen’s environmental group in Houston. She said greener buildings start with getting ev-

eryone on the same page. “Then we get better performing buildings,” Rokiki said. She envisions mortgages with lower rates for buildings that meet a green underwriting standard. “We need to get more educated.” Rokiki will help conduct a green practices seminar August 1 at the Taubman Museum of Art. “We want to be on the cutting edge of the new jobs that are created.” Steelworkers can build wind turbines for starters, said Bare. State Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke) capped off the conference, organized in part by a group called the Environmental Defense League. “This is the greatest building in Virginia [energy-wise],” said Edwards, noting that rainwater collected on the Claude Moore roof is reused in bathrooms, with solar panels employed to preheat water as well. “We decided to make this a model,” said Edwards, who also made a pitch for public rail transportation as a way to take cars off the road and reduce carbon emissions.

Members of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council (NCTC) gathered last week for TechNite, an annual celebration of the NewVa region’s technology community. The evening was highlighted with an awards ceremony, where leaders were recognized in six categories, including Rising Star, Entrepreneur, NewVa Leadership, Innovation, Educator and People’s Choice. Many of the NCTC members are smaller companies or startups. Some are connected to Virginia Tech, while others have chosen the Roanoke area as a result of a series of programs recently held and designed to attract young professionals, and more high tech companies, to the valley. Several months ago, the NCTC reached a milestone when it welcomed its 200th member. Executive Director Cory Donovan said the nonprofit NCTC exists “to serve and promote the region as a place where technology companies can start [up] … and thrive.” Reaching 200 members was important, in part, said Donovan, because of all the “doom and gloom” regarding the economy. “This is something very positive. We’ve got a lot of technology companies here in diverse industries.” Despite the challenges, Donovan said many are “doing well; they’re growing.” Since there are not “huge headquarters here with thousands of employees,” Donovan said, it’s hard sometimes for those passing through to recognize the Roanoke-Blacksburg corridor as a high-tech hub. Providing a support structure for the local tech community is a major part of the NCTC mission, and reaching that milestone was important. “Passing 200 members reaching out to let other technology companies that may be small, [by] letting them know that there’s a community here that they can tap into for support,” Donovan said. TechNite is the Council’s an-

nual event to recognize its biggest achievers, and a record number watched at Hotel Roanoke as U.S. Senator Mark Warner (an early cell phone millionaire), announced this year’s award winners. Rising Star Award: recognizes a local technology company which "star is rising." The winner was ADMMicro in Roanoke, ADMMicro competes with industry giants like Honeywell and General Electric. The company offers a unique intelligent energy management NCTC Executive Director Cory system equipped that can moni- Donovan tor usage of electricity, natural Innovation Award: Attaain, gas, propane, and water con- Inc., an online, real-time marsumption. The company has ket research service, the webgrown to 50 employees since based Attaain system provides being founded in 2002 and con- comprehensive real-time martinues to grow, having recently ket and competitive intelligence moved into the former Johnson on an affordable subscription & Johnson facility in Roanoke.  basis.  Entrepreneur Award: Dr. Educator Award: this award James Rancourt, Founder of recognizes a K-12 educator in Polymer Solutions Corpora- the NewVa Region that protion. Rancourt founded Poly- motes math, science and/or use mer Solutions in 1987, prior of technology in creative ways to finishing graduate school, to transfer knowledge and help with a government contract develop future technology leadand one analytical instrument ers. Winners are Molly Bullingin his garage. Since then, it has ton, Burton Center for Arts and become one of the leading ex- Technology, who is co-chair perts worldwide in the polymer in the Center for Engineering, and materials science area and and Georgette Yakman, Pulaski is often called upon to testify in County High School. Yakman highly sensitive court proceed- teaches Materials & Processes, ings. Construction Technology, and NewVa Leadership Award: Communications Technology Neil Wilkin, Jr., President of Op- courses.  She was recently chotical Cable Corporation. Wilkin sen as the Virginia Technology is the President and CEO of Education Association PresiOptical Cable Corporation and dent-Elect.   Chairman of the Board. When People’s Choice Award: he was hired at Optical Cable in Wireless MedCARE, a compa2001, the company faced many ny focused on applying wireless, challenges including mount- sensor, and embedded system ing debt, a stock price that was technology to meet the needs at a historic low, multiple law- of the world's aging populasuits, and an investigation by tion. The company founders the Equal Employment Oppor- are experts in medicine, wiretunity Commission. In recent less communications, computer years, the company has been networks, integrated circuit derecognized for its performance sign, sensors, and electronics. standards by the US Military, Visit thetechnologycouncil. for Excellence in International com for a complete list and deTrade, as Manufacturer of the scription of Tech Nite winners. Year, as Business of the Year, Exporter of the Year, and received By Gene Marrano the Presidents Award from the NAACP.

Advanced Auto Parts Contributes $125,000 to Support Roanoke Community College Access Program

Advanced Auto Parts, a Fortune 500 company and a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States headquartered in Roanoke, has contributed $125,000 to the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation to support the Roanoke Community College Access Program (RCCAP) that provides tuition assistance for graduating Roanoke City high school students to attend Virginia Western Community College. RCCAP supports as many eligible students as possible based on financial need and funds available for the proBy Gene Marrano gram. It will fund tuition fees for two years or 72 credits, whichever comes first, if fed-

eral financial aid is not available or does not adequately cover tuition. Advanced Auto Parts joins other prominent area businesses such as Appalachian Power, Carilion Clinic, Medical Facilities of America, and Trane as supporters of the Roanoke Community College Access Program. The Roanoke Women’s Foundation is the 09-10 pilot program year sponsor. “With 144 applicants for the 2009-2010 RCCAP pilot program, it is evident that the need for such a program exists. Students who never before thought higher education was attainable now have hope and the promise of a better future. Because of the generosity of Advanced Auto Parts we can ensure that this program con-

tinues for future Roanoke City high school graduates,” said Katherine Strickland, Executive Director for the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, the program facilitator. The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, committed to securing, managing, and increasing contributions that enhance the College’s mission and ensure students’ ability to afford a college education. For more information on the Roanoke Community College Access Program please contact Katherine F. Strickland, Executive Director at 857-6020 or kstrickland@virginiawestern. edu.

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5/29/09 |The Roanoke Star-Sentinel |Page 11

Downtown Sidewalk Art Show Returns

Photo by Jim Bullington

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra presents the "Rock Symphony Cirque" Saturday, May 30th, 8:00 pm, at the Salem Civic Center. This year's theme is "50 Years of Motown," featuring various acts from "Cirque de la Symphonie" as well as special musical numbers from the popular "Jeans & Classics."  The full orchestra will also present music throughout the program. Visit for tickets or call the Salem Civic Center box office for more information.

Book Details the History of Old Southwest in Words and Pictures

Joel Richert’s book, “In Retrospect,” is a rare compilation of Old Southwest history, featuring vintage pictures of one of Roanoke’s oldest neighborhoods. “There are over 200 pictures,” said Richert, who has lived in Old Southwest since 1971with her husband Bob. The Richerts own several rental properties in the neighborhood, and their own home dates back some100 years. Richert worked with the Roanoke Valley Historical Society for five years, and that’s where the idea for the book took hold. “I became interested in how history affects today’s living … and how people can have pride in where the live,” said Richert, a Midwestern native and onetime substitute teacher. The Richerts have also been involved with the local civic league. Joel Richert is the current historian, and Bob is a past president. She also serves on the Roanoke City Board of Zoning Appeals. “Down and out, socially unacceptable behavior,” in Old Southwest has given way to a rebirth said Richert. Earlier residents of that area looking to “move up,” often migrated to newer South Roanoke. Help from local journalists and encouragement from others kept Richert moving ahead on the project. “It all kind of came together [as] ‘hey, we’ve got something special over here’.” “This was ‘The Neighborhood’ [at one time]. There is so much history over here,” said Richert, who begins her Old Southwest story line in 1750,

Photo by Gene Marrano Photo courtesy of Joel RIchert

Sarah Cannady lived at 626 Walnut in the 1920’s.

Joel Richert on the porch of her Old Southwest home.

during the time of King George. Many of the photographs feature unpaved streets and elaborate Victorian homes that no longer exist, while many others still do. “I’m not trying to make a social statement… I was trying to get more people visually inPhoto courtesy of Joel RIchert terested in what we have here.” 1201 Jefferson Street in the At one point, Roanoke City was early 1900’s. going to zone Old Southwest commercial and “destroy” the Highland Park certainly have neighborhood,” said Richert, a historic air, although many an Allison Street resident who need sprucing up, and some recalls abandoned homes being have been sectioned off in to sold by the city for $1,800 in the apartments. “In Retrospect” de1970’s. tails much of that area’s legacy in Richert and others petitioned words and pictures. city council to make Old SouthContact Old Southwest at west a historic neighborhood. 343-8794, or info@oldsouth“We laid the groundwork,”, for more details She said. on the book “In Retrospect.” The large, old homes in the By Gene Marrano downtown neighborhood near

The venerable Sidewalk Art Show is back in downtown Roanoke this weekend for its 51st year. A fundraiser originally for education programs hosted by the Art Museum of Western Virginia, (now the Taubman Museum of Art), the Sidewalk Art show has been juried for the past several years. More than 160 artists of all stripes will exhibit and sell their works this weekend, Saturday, May 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 31, noon – 5:00 pm. Retired Arts Council of the Blue Ridge Council employee, Yvonne Olson, chairs this weekend’s event. “It started 51 years ago as a small show outside the main library,” recalls Olson, and “it grew from there.” Kirk Avenue and Elmwood Park were also two former venues. Having a relationship with the new Taubman Museum enhances the Sidewalk Art Show, said Olson. “This year is especially exciting. [The Taubman] has raised the level … and brought an excitement to the cultural scene of the region, as well as to downtown Roanoke.” Charlottesville curator and art consultant Leah Stoddard serves as the judge for this year’s Sidewalk show, which features artists from across Virginia, and elsewhere in the country. Awards will be presented for various types of paintings, mixed media, sculpture, photography, etc. “Its an informal jurying process,” noted Olson. The Taubman Museum’s volunteer guild, over 100 strong, oversees the Sidewalk Art Show, which will take place on both sides of the City Market building (Wall and Market Streets), and along Salem Avenue to the Taubman. A 12-member committee “of very committed volunteers,” work year-round on

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Roanoke County artist Margaret Sue Turner Wright. the show said Olson, with 50 or so helping out at the event every spring. “It’s a wonderful collection of art … something for everyone,” said Olson. “Many of them come back year after year.” This year, for the first time, a “fine crafts” category (pottery, jewelry, custom furniture pieces, etc.) has been added. Acceptance in the show meant those approving the artists (everyone must file an application to be considered) had to ensure the fine crafts were not production items. “It’s a fine line,” added Olson. The Sidewalk Art Show is also a chance for novices to

be exposed to fine arts as they stroll downtown, perhaps munching on hot dogs from the Roanoke Weiner Stand. “Its open on the streets downtown, you can just saunter through,” said Olson. “It’s a great way to expose children to the arts also [and] hopefully find some things that you want to bring home.” Visit for more information.

By Gene Marrano

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