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November 7, 2008

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Lines to vote form early in Roanoke

Change sweeps country City goes for Obama, County supports McCain

Goodlatte retains seat with convincing win over Rasoul

P2– Mark Warner becomes Virginia’s newest U.S. Senator with a strong win over former Gov. Jim GIlmore.

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Bob Goodlatte, with daughter Jennifer, gives his gracious victory speech.

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Anticipation was high at Ruffner Middle School, as people began arriving at 4:30 a.m.

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The Day After P4– Regardless of what we may face in life, Hayden Hollingsworth says there is always reason to hope.

If any Peters Creek precinct voters thought they could arrive on Tuesday before the polls opened and beat the crowd they were certainly mistaken. At 6:00 AM the line to the Ruffner Voting Middle School




door snaked down Ferncliff Drive to the dead end just across from the Residence Inn Marriott. The line then started to circle back up the street. Number one and two in line were Joe and his wife (reluctant to give their last name), who both arrived at 4:30 AM. Sixth in line was Dan Hale, with his folding chair, who until recently was President of the Roanoke Chapter of the NAACP. Parking was scare as people resorted to using

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Barack Obama carried both Roanoke City and the state of Virginia on his way to the White House on Tuesday night. Roanoke County overwhelmingly supported John McCain as did the vast majority of Southwest Virginia, but heavy democratic support in the northeast part of the state (as well as the country) fueled a strong electoral college win for the Senator from Illinois. (Above) Barack Obama makes his case for “change� to Roanokers on October 16th, just two weeks before his historic win.


he atmosphere inside downtown Roanoke’s 202 Market St. bistro on Tuesday night resembled one found where people might gather to watch football games: there was chanting, cheering and booing all night long, with a buzz that grew as Barack Obama built his lead in electoral votes over John McCain. Local Democrats and others who had supported Obama’s

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bid for the presidency gathered in the loft upstairs at 202 Market, keeping one eye on the big screen TV as states closed their polls and election results tumbled in. Looking on was Lee Graves Jr., a Roanoke resident and African-American who was just taking in the moment. “I’m 64 years old and > CONTINUED P2: Change

Long and winding road for local Fleming Advances artist, James Edward Jones, Jr. P7– The Colonels clinch a playoff berth in the Northwest Region with a tough win over E.C. Glass.

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When James Edward Jones, Jr. was eight years old he remembers perching on his bed in the evening to watch his father, Ed Senior, sketch horses in pencil on a heavy, white drawing pad. “I thought that my father’s horses were awesome, but then I realized that mine were better,� said Jones, “and of course that was even more awesome. I’d also realized that I had discovered the magic of art and that I had the power to create it.� Jones, 54, has been making the magic for about forty-six years now as an artist, and on the evening of November 7th he will suit up in a tux to dance with his daughter Karen at the “A Temple� by James Edward Jones, Jr. is one of many Taubman Gallery Gala before varied works by the artist, who is the father of Taubman its much heralded opening ceremonies on the 8th. Karen Gallery Volunteer Director, Karen Jones. Jones, 34, is Director of Volun- like Batman and classic figures tomatoes like we’d seen on T.V., teers at the Taubman Gallery. such as the protagonist in Alice but all of the white students “It’s a dream come true to see in Wonderland,� said Jones. “By were already in their seats when my oldest daughter becoming the time I moved to landscapes, we were met by one person in part of the art world that I love portraits and the still life, my a dark hallway� said Jones. “It so much,� said James Jones. aunts had begun encouraging was very anti-climactic.� The tall, soft-spoken me by actually framing However, art class was anyartist has four daughters my paintings to display thing but anti-climactic acArts and five grandchildren, prominently in their liv- cording to Jones. all of whom are passioning rooms.� “I discovered a lady named ate art lovers who also share When the schools were put Jean Wonderly (the name of “Daddy James’� enthusiasm for under court order for manda- the femme fatal in The Malmultiple genres such as con- tory integration in Christians- tese Falcon,)� said Jones. “Ms. temporary painting, sculpture burg, Jones and his best friend Wonderly was an accomplished and comics. N.L. Bishop were the first two artist in her own right, and she “As a boy I quickly moved black students to enter Chris- was my teacher. She probably beyond equestrian subjects tiansburg Middle School. and began sketching comic “We expected dogs, hoses, > CONTINUED book and cartoon characters racial slurs, and maybe a few P3: Jones


Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte will get a chance to construct a “balanced budget amendment� as he takes his seat for a 9th term in Congress. A balanced budget is a votervoiced number one priority according to Goodlatte. The Republican incumbent beat DemoElection 2008 cratic challenger Sam Rasoul handily but was gracious to both his opponents on Tuesday, commending Rasoul and independent challenger Janice Allen on a long and positive campaign. Rasoul had been running for the 6th District seat for the better part of two years. With his wife Maryellen and daughter Jennifer by his side Goodlatte thanked the voters of the 6th District for letting him represent their values in Wash-



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Roanoke Citizens cut City budget during eyeopening workshop

While some Roanoke citizens were giving their grass a final cut last weekend others struggled to make city budget cuts. Though it was only an exercise, they took it seriously. At the invitation of Bob Clement, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, twenty citizens received a lesson in how to develop a Roanoke City budget. Sherman Stovall, Director of Management and Budget, Amelia Merchant, Budget AdminisPhoto by Valerie Garner trator, and Brian Townsend, Assistant Manager of Community (L-R) Roanoke City’s Bob Development, demonstrated Clement, Brian Townsend, and the yearly challenges faced by Sherman Stovall (standing) – the budget committee. Partici- work with citizens during a pants learned what funds com- budget cutting exercise. prise the budget structure and listened as Stovall explained the its hands out of the cookie jar. Workshop attendees were procedures each department must follow to justify their own presented with a budget exercise where expenditures exceeded yearly budgets. revenue growth Asked what hapby $4 million. The pens to any money Citizens Workshop class was then broleft over Stovall said ken into “Budget it goes into a “rainy day� fund. Rating agencies like Committee� groups; citizens to see a healthy rainy day fund, were presented with a list of especially in economically chal- options and told to balance the lenging times. Stovall said the budget. The list of options inagencies have advised Roanoke cluded areas for reduction, ways City that the Budget Stabiliza- to increase revenue, expenditure tion Fund (rainy day fund) > CONTINUED needs to be “more stable.� SimP3: Budget ply put: the city needs to keep



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Mark Warner speaks as Gov. Tim Kaine looks on.

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Sam Rasoul meets with well-wishers after his loss to Bob Goodlatte.

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Warner all business as campaign ends where it started – in Roanoke

Mark Warner heads to the U.S. Senate now after his win over Jim Gilmore in a battle of ex-Governors this past Tuesday. Bright and early this past Monday morning in front of old Fire Station #1 on Church St., Warner was introduced at a rally by Governor Tim Kaine. Roanoke City politicians Onzlee Ware and John Edwards took their turn at the microphone as well before Warner spoke. City council member Gwen Mason kicked things off by hailing the “Democratic Dream Team” that included presidential candidate Barack Obama. Kaine said that Virginia would no longer be “fly by” country for presidential contenders, since Obama showed that a perpetually red [Republican] state could be turned blue. Warner replaces retiring GOP Senator John Warner (no relation). About 150 attended the rally, which mirrored Warner’s official announcement of his Senate campaign in May – also in Roanoke, but at new Fire Station #1 on Franklin Road at Elm Avenue. As he did back then Warner left Roanoke afterwards to barnstorm across the state. Edwards said Warner would “clean up the fiscal mess,” in Washington. “He’s done it before [in Virginia].” Ever the businessman, Warner, who made millions early on in cell phone technology, ticked off a list of priorities once he gets to Washington in January. Focusing on the economy is at the top: “we’ve got to make sure we protect taxpayer interest. If we’re going to invest taxpayer monies to get our financial markets back in shape then we [need] those funds returned. I want to make sure our taxpayers get the same type of deal that [Warren] Buffett got when he invested in some of the financial institutions.” Warner also wants to “jump start” the American auto industry by challenging Detroit to build 100-mpg vehicles. “[Then] we’ve got to start to lay down a national competitiveness strategy.”

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ington, D.C., for another term. These values, said Goodlatte, denounce big government and advocate the freedom of individual responsibility, “[supporting] a strong defense and strong families.” Goodlatte said he is confident that Democrats will support his balanced budget initiative and “turn the economy around.” The Roanoke County resident said he believed that bi-partisanship will be crucial in addressing major issues like energy independence: clean coal, wind and solar. He supports offshore drilling that includes the Virginia coast. Delegates William Fralin

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and Morgan Griffin attended Goodlatte’s victory gathering at Hotel Roanoke. Also appearing in support was John Brownlee, who resigned last summer as US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia to run for the Attorney General nomination on the Republican ticket. Brownlee will run with Bob McDonnell the current Attorney General who is running for Governor against either Democrat Craig Deeds, Brian Moran, or rumored Terry McAuliffe. Terry McAuliffe is the former Democratic Chair and previously headed Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.

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Voters at the William Ruffner precinct on Williamson Road were greeted by Virginia Democratic Voting Team supporters, (From L to R) Anita Reed, Wes Pugsley, Wanda Blaney, Camese Noel, Carlyn Green and Cynthia Miller.

the Home Depot and Shewel’s Furniture lots. Rev. Carl Tinsley, Chairman of the Electoral Board, opened the door on the dot at 6:00 AM and cheerfully greeted the first voters in line. There were four alphabetically arranged shoots ready for queuing - two more By Valerie Garner than usual. They filled up ly back to the door still leaving many outside with umbrellas as

it had started to rain. Voters checked in to receive their voter machine entry passes, then got in another line to cast their ballots. The machines could not keep up with the wellstaffed registration tables, which led to a shortage of blue voter machine entry passes. This also happened at Highland Park Elementary, where Barbara Duerk was an observer. They also had to create more passes. At Ruffner they began to tear white strips of paper and write “voter entry pass” on them to keep the line moving. In line a young woman was talking on a cell phone to her friend who waited outside, where it was now raining harder. Gloria Dowe, the Chief Officer of Elections for Peters Creek quickly bunched everyone up so more could get in out of the rain. Those waiting in line seem to be patient, chatting with friends and acquaintances they had not seen in awhile. There was grumbling as some voters wondered why “if you can file your taxes online can you not vote online?” By 8:00 AM the crowd had dwindled and poll workers were catching up. Dowe later said more than 2000 people had voted Tuesday at the Peters Creek precinct. By Valerie Garner

Science Museum Appreciates Teachers Science Museum of Western Virginia Development Director Fran Ferguson’s guided tour, held recently on Teacher Appreciation Night, undoubtedly brought back childhood memories of collecting shells, rocks, fossils, and leaves for school projects and scout merit badges. It all tied in to the watershed education program mandated by the Standards Of Learning in Virginia, said Ferguson, designed to teach children that “a healthy stream will have a healthy mix.“ The threat of pollution looms downhill all the way to the sea. In the museum’s storage area sat neatly stacked bins, labeled by grade level. On the third grade shelf were books like “Facts of the Moon”, “Let’s Get Energized”, “Wet Stuff ”, “Rain Forest Resources”, “Under The Sea,” and the most popular topic, “Links of A Food Chain.” Outreach Educator Jeanette Lawler explained the program to James Settle, who teaches 6th grade at James Madison in Roanoke City. At the new Living River exhibit Justin Malki, the animal curator, was feeding the bass that practically ate out of his hand. He explained how he had to change the water several

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Justin Malki, Animal Curator, feeds the bass. times a week, after measuring salt content carefully with a hydrometer. The exhibit takes water from rock waterfalls down to a shallow pool, where the horseshoe crab and smaller fish live. The Science Museum’s contracts with Roanoke City Public Schools falls short of covering their costs so Roanoke City government helps fill in the gap. Special classes and free visits are offered for TAP’s Head Start Centers. Ferguson said they dedicate all funds after expenses for materials. A microscope equipped with a camera should arrive any day now. Grants help but more funding is always needed. New this past year was the Healthy Body exhibit that placed more emphasis on healthy lifestyles - exercise, nutrition, sleep, dental health, and mental health. A giant mouth (featuring a huge tongue and set of teeth) that children could climb on was a big hit. The museum has six educators that bring programs to

schools in Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Franklin County, Salem City, and Botetourt County. They even host overnight “Camp Ins” for scouts at the museum. Ferguson is pushing memberships, describing how for $55 annually a family can have a full year of entertainment and education, giving them time to actually “talk to each other.” Membership also gives families a passport to 300 museums throughout the country, eight of which are in Virginia cities like Danville and Richmond. The Science Museum will get a facelift during the planned $25 million Center in the Square renovation, and could pick up more space with the departure of the art museum. The Center in the Square has asked for $4 million from Roanoke City and $1 million from Roanoke County so renovations can begin by May 2009. By Valerie Garner

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People bundle up to support dogs at downtown Roanoke’s block party, “Going to the Dogs.”

Roanoke Farmer’s Market Goes to the dogs The weather was cold but that didn’t stop three Roanoke Valley canine support groups from staging a block party fundraiser in downtown Roanoke last weekend. “Going to the Dogs” was dinner, dancing, and a silent auction that raised money for the Roanoke Dog Park, St. Francis Service Dogs, and the Roanoke Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. All three have participated in the Wednesday night fundraiser “Cocktails for a Cause” but this was the first time the groups had worked together on a major event. Roanoke City Council recently approved construction of the city’s first off-leash, fenced, public dog park in the city. It will be located on one acre in Highland Park. The Dog Park committee has raised about $16,000 for the project, with another $14,000 to go. Members are also working to install a fence, shrubbery, and benches before the dog park opens. Committee member Christa

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Stephens says a grant writer with Old Southwest will help pursue some additional funds. “For us, actually, [Going to the Dogs] is more of a celebration than anything else. [The] Council vote was a big success for us and this is just kind of a way for us to get together and celebrate. And it’s great to see the community support.” Stephens is hopeful the dog park will be open the end of this year, but said it would definitely happen by spring. Cabell Youell is Executive Director of St. Francis Service Dogs, which provides dogs free of charge to people with disabilities. It takes about two years and up to $20,000 to train a service dog. They may be trained to perform more than 100 physical tasks and also provide emotional support for their partner. “For one thing, [this fundraiser] helps to raise awareness and we do like to collaborate with other organizations in the community,” said Youell. “It’s also just a fun way for people who care about what we do and care about

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dogs in this community to come out and support us, have a great time and a great meal, hang out …downtown, watch some great music and do some shopping.” Going to the Dogs capped a month of fundraising events for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. There was the annual “Wine, Whiskers, and Song” at Blue Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Rock, the “Spay-ghetti” dinner at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke and the “Howl O’Ween” Walk for the Animals at Elmwood Park. October was also “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month. Kathy Purdue, Marketing Director for the Roanoke Valley SPCA, was pleased with “Going to the Dogs”, even if it was a bit chilly: “this is just a really good opportunity to get together and partner with some other animal organizations, St. Francis Service Dogs and the dog park committee - and have just a really fun event.”

inspired me more than anyone else in my life to follow my dreams and become an artist.” But Jones also excelled in sports. With great fanfare he was elected captain of the football team in high school and for a brief time he admits that he entertained visions of becoming a pro football player in the NFL. “I was a really good football player on a pitiful, losing team,” said Jones. “It was so discouraging that by the time I got to Ferrum College in 1973, I’d changed my mind about football.” Instead, Jones immersed himself in the study of everything from composition to chiaroscuro (light and shadow); combining the discipline of art with a study of Western Civilization. “I was wild about the Greeks,” Jones said, “and then there was creative writing and photography too. I felt like I’d been vaulted into heaven from a small town.” The giddy, young artist was in his renaissance. But then he fell in love. “Later, I felt in some respects, like Jimmy Stewart in the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life,” said Jones, “He tried, but he could never quite leave Bedford Falls.” Jones soon realized that his first child was on the way. Earlier, he’d had plans to go to Virginia Tech, and then on to New York City perhaps. But those plans changed, as would future plans. He set his sights on Washington, D.C. “Ms. Jane Stogner my art teacher at Ferrum told me that I needed to study the Masters,” said Jones. “I knew that I could go to the National Gallery of Art and find everyone from Van Gogh to Picasso. I felt that I was ready to launch out on my own.” In addition, Jones found the charismatic curator of the gallery, J. Carter Brown, who became another mentor of sorts. He wanted to make art accessible for everyone and Jones admired that. He spent hours sketching and taking notes in the nearly deserted gallery after working at Sears all day to support his family. I lived in D.C. for a year,” said Jones, “until a professor at Howard University told me I had no talent, and the streets of Southeast D.C. became increasingly dangerous. It was the murder capital of the nation.” In a blue daze, Jones moved his family back to Christiansburg. He went to work at Moog Component Groups as a test technician, still harboring big hopes of becoming a recognized artist. “I painted something like Van Gogh’s wheat fields with a lonely bird flying overhead,” said Jones. “But I never stopped

increase requests, and supplemental requests they could axe. With calculators provided, the groups went to work. One promised “no new taxes” deciding instead to cut city employee pay raises from 3% to 2%. They also instituted across the board departmental reductions of 2%. Another group took a politically risky course by increasing the real estate tax one penny per $100 of assessed value. That led to moans from the others. All supplemental requests were targeted for cuts, except Fire/EMS. In what has no doubt been a real life scenario in the past, workshop participants finally decided to pass the buck on to their legislative representatives and lobby for a larger slice of the Virginia State revenue pie. By Valerie Garner

drawing and painting because I knew I had to get ‘back on the bus,’ so to speak, after my pride was stabbed by the Howard professor.” But when Jones’ four children were still small, his wife Brenda left the family and moved to another city. Jones would spend the next twenty years rearing his girls alone. But friends say he never complained. He loved being a father and took the girls to church almost every Sunday at Asbury Methodist in Christiansburg, where his father Ed and mother Barbara were lifetime members. The family all sat in the same row, touching shoulders and smiling with pride. Jones was both writing and illustrating children’s stories and in 1996, his short story The Dancing Boy was reproduced on stage at the Kennedy Center by choreographer Carol Crawford Smith and her company of dancers. The day that a young reporter from The Roanoke Times came to visit Asbury, Jones was producing and directing the musical again for the church. Today Jones is using a vivid pallet of acrylics to paint heroic abstract expressionist pieces like “The Imperialist,” a work that he began the night America initiated the bombing in Iraq. The painting depicts both the eerie power and the dramatic horrors of war. His “Miles Davis” is a painted and computer generated masterpiece indebted to Andy Warhal; rows of the repetition of 12 distinguished black faces that some say are echoes of Jones’ own distinguished features. The artist has recently exhibited at DiBello’s Gallery in Chelsea, the Jacob Javits’ Center in New York City and a host of other local galleries. “I’m inspired by everyone from Rothko to Lichtenstein, to Carl Barks the cartoonist who created Donald Duck,” said Jones. “But I don’t want to leave out N.C. Wyeth, Whitfield Lovell or Norman Rockwell.” Jones’ list of artists he admires goes on to include extraordinarily talented men and women from every culture and

period, ad infinitum. He’s based his new, geometric, wooden sculptures on Frank Gehry’s stress formulas; painted copper and gold, they look like bronze begging for heroic proportions and a gallery to house them. Jones says he wants his work to do more than imitate the natural world; but to present a new, natural reality. “I’m in my Zen phase now,” said Jones, “reaching deep to go to a place with my art that nobody’s ever gone before.” Perhaps the most endearing quote from Jones was a description of “the artist’s parade:” I believe at the end of the world there will be a long parade of artists. Some will march in the front of the parade playing the trombone or the tuba; but some will be holding up the back playing the clarinet or maybe the cymbals… I may be at the end of the parade just clanging the cymbals and singing my song with all my heart. But I’ll be in the parade. To me, that’s all that really matters; that I ‘do art’ everyday of my life, so I’ll be in that parade marching along with the greats. Some people ask Jones why he doesn’t give up his day job and create his art full-time. “Oh, I developed this bad habit,” Jones tells them. “I like to eat.” Still, Jones’ paintings have recently sold for nearly $800. He continues to hold onto the faith that there’s an angel out there just waiting to ring the bell, when a winter moon rises over Bedford Falls, but already – it’s been a wonderful life.

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ecently I encountered someone who pulled off an amazing accomplishment: He made money from his investments as the national and global economies unraveled. I know this because I looked at his 401k statement. I looked at it because it had my name on it. When I opened it, I discovered that, sure enough, it was mine. In recent weeks I’ve spoken with several people who have received their investment statements and quietly left them, unopened, on the table by their front doors. But others took deep breaths, slid open the envelopes and encountered grim facts: $50,000 lost here, $75,000 lost there. It was hard to say who felt worse – those whose fear kept them paralyzed, or those who courageously read their statements and fell into shock. Me, I felt fine. Of course, I didn’t earn anything like the figures above. The total money in my 401k would

buy approximatethose advisors, and ly one-third of a possibly quite a few relatively low-end certified experts expensive home who were talking in Roanoke. But through their hats. when the account (Detour: “talking declined $10,000 through your hat” several months is a slang expresago, I moved it into sion that gained cash. momentum in the Joe Kennedy For the quarUnited States in the ter just completed late 19th century, my funds showed a modest according to PhraseFinder on increase of less than $1,000. Google. Originally it meant That beats losing ten grand to bluster. Now, according to any day., “If you’re I moved the money be- talking through your hat, cause, despite all the energy you’re talking about somethat people I know were thing without knowing much spending on retirement plans, about it or you claim someinvestment advisors and the thing is true when it isn’t.”) economy, nobody seemed to If I said that because have a clue about what was I moved my money and going on and, worse, what avoided a ruinous loss, I’m a was to come. financial wizard, I’d be talkI just know that when my ing through my hat. If you money is in the market, the asked for my investment admarket goes down. For once, vice, you’d be barking up the I obeyed the warnings of my wrong tree. hoo-doo detector and went The joy of not losing monmy own, comfortably rebel- ey from a small retirement lious way. There had to be a account is that, instead of few charlatans among all of chasing the pack, the pack starts coming back to you. While others bemoaned six-figure losses from their seven-figure troves, I merrily made out my shopping list for Kroger’s Senior Discount Tuesday and prepared to put in for the senior discount on tickets for an upcoming concert. And while others dyspeptically reconsidered their annual vacations to this or that resort, I continued to take walks, look at and listen to birds and read books with no more than the usual digestive upheaval over my financial future. As blessings go, it’s a small one. But that’s OK, because I’m not greedy.

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The Day After

t’s been four days since the election and a lot of us may really be hyped; a lot of us may really be depressed. We have one thing in common: We have to deal with the results. I am hopeful by the time this is printed, the dust will have settled and not been replaced with smoke. An acquaintance mentioned before the election that “if a certain person wins the day after will be ‘The End Time.’” If she’s right by publication time Armageddon will have come and gone, so we won’t have to worry about the day after: There won’t be one. While the world has watched with amazement for Contact Joe at the last two years what we have put ourselves through in the name of democracy, how we respond in these days after will say much about the type of people we are. Whatever happens we assume there will be a day after. In times of joy such as graduation, the birth of a child, a major promotion, the day your 16 Unhappy By Don 19 Lay beloved says “Yes!”, or a host Waterfield 21 Attack 23 Social worker? of other happy times, a tomor24 Bar Unhappy 16 Unhappy 16 row always comes. When it Green copper film 27 Lay 19 Lay 19 29 Scarab Attack 21 Attack 21 does the day after brings obPull 32worker? Social worker? 23 Social 23 ligations and responsibilities Bar 34 Arctic climate 24 Bar 24 Green copper filmsound 27 Green Swoping 36copper film 27 which all too soon place the Scarab 29 Scarab 37 Compact bundle 29 Pull 39 Okay 32 Pull 32 joy in a new light. Arctic climate 34 Arctic 34 Tree 41climate Swoping soundAsian country 36 Swoping When the diagnosis is tersound 36 43 Large Compact bundle 37 Compact bundle 37 on 44 Put rifying, when the plant shuts Okay 39 39 Okay46 Hand wear Tree 41 Tree 41 48 Round cracker brand down, when your savings are Large Asian Asian country country 43 Large 43 49 Petrol Put on on 44 Put 44 gone, when a family is frac50 And so forth Hand wear wear 46 Hand 46 Glacierbrand debris 51 cracker tured in any number of ways, Round 48 Round cracker brand 48 53 Yes Petrol 49 Petrol 49 the day after greets us with By way of And 54 so forth forth 50 And so 50 Boozer 55 debris Glacier debris 51 Glacier 51 sadness. Unlike the gradual Yes 56 New York City 53 Yes 53 Fire remains 57 of By way way of 54 By fading of a joyful event as it is 54 Boozer 59 Pup 55 Boozer 55 replaced with the sharper edge New York City 56 Not sober 62 56 New York City Fire 64 remains 57 Fire Fixed charge remains 57 of reality, when a tragic event Pup 68 Unidentified flying 59 Pup 59 Not sober sober 62 Not 62 occurs, the day after takes a object Fixed charge 64 Fixed 64 Compass point 71charge steeper course. Sadness can Unidentified flying 68 Unidentified flying 68 72 Great! object object 73 Foster quickly deepen into depresCompass point point 71 Compass 71 74 National capital 72 Great! Great! 72 sion and hopelessness can sing 75 Relationship 73 Foster

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Boys will be boys

eing the mother of two girls, football game. The guest was a true I am intrigued by boys. In blue Scout with stories to tell and my own growing up years I emotions to charge. He told about had two brothers. One was my baby scouting by tempting their appetite brother, ten years younger who could for hunting, fishing, tying knots, do no wrong. I played with him, read fire building, camping, shooting a to him, and took care of him a lot. sling shot, canoeing, and archery. My other brother was a “first son” I watched as the boys roared with and got whatever he wanted: new gusto at each and every opportunity bike, new jeep, no hand-me-downs, to be a man! Every experience was Diane Kelly and lots of father-son time together. applauded with whooping and holSo boys are a curiosity for me. Yes, lering like I’d never seen. I am married to one, but husbands don’t count. I sat in the back and had a great and unforThey are no longer boys, we hope! gettable awakening: this is why our “Manner’s At school I watch boys with a sincere inquisi- Mom” program didn’t really survive in the tiveness. Actually, I adore them. Their energy, school. As much as we want our students to their adventure, and their curiosity all point have good manners, and in the proper conto lives with great possibility. Mothers some- text they can and do have good manners, boys times comment about their wild little boys, “I are not really interested in these things at all. am praying for his wife, already!” I understand They just are not interested in napkins in the that and am sure someone prayed for me, be- lap, chewing with mouths closed, or telephone cause I got one of the best … one boy with four manners. Thankfully their parents are interestsisters, (so he understands girls/women) loves ed in some type of civility, yet left alone, they to cook, can fix anything, loves to travel, hand- would just like to be boys and live a bit on the some, strong, and most of all, faithful. But still, wild side. not having boys of my own, I wonder how they Over the weekend, I received a call from one tick. of my fifth grade students telling me about one I’ll never forget the day we organized a rally of of his great life experiences. He said, “Mrs. Kelly, sorts for the potential boy scouts of our school. this is Michael. I just shot my first deer. It was I invited all the boys in grades 1-5 to meet in a four pointer.” All I could think of was how the Great Room for a Boy Scout recruitment proud he must have been and that he wanted gathering. Just boys, no girls allowed, except me to know about it. He must know how I love me, of course. Believe me, they were thrilled. little boys. It was scheduled for first thing in the morning before the regular stuff of school got underway, Contact Diane at and they came down the hallway like it was a

Star~Sentinel Crossword Local Crossword 11/07/2008



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a siren’s song. ing the day after but When children ultimately, it takes leave home for a much more than new life, the day afthat. In most of the ter there is sadness bad days we face, but it’s co-mingled time will moderwith a sense of anate its influence. In ticipation for what truly tragic events, may lie ahead for those after which them. We can rea smile or laugh is call when it was Hayden Hollingsworth a lost treasure, it our turn to leave may take months our childhood, awakening or years to lessen the acuteness the day after in a new bed that of the pain. would be ours for the foreseeTo me the most effective way able future. That was enough to live through the day after to make one’s mouth dry and tragedy has struck is to accept eyes moist. the day at hand with a sense of We recently spent a week hope. For one who has never end with guests from out of the faced the kind of desperate destate. For over fifty years we spair that I often saw in others, have been friends and we talk- it’s easy for me to say. When ed a bit about all the changes my day after comes in its worst through which we have lived. form, I hope I will remember We concluded that we would those by whose beds I stood as never have conceived what a physician in their last hours. our lives would become in a They often were dealing with half century. We have gone just the moment. Sad though through inexpressible happi- it was that there would not ness, terrible tragedies, and a be a day after, they frequently lot of just-in-between times. approached it with a grace The song of the sixties had it and peace that has helped me right: “Those were the days, through a few dark times. my friend; we thought they’d Particularly, now that the never end . . .” but they did . election is over, we are faced . . and there was always a day with change that may not be to after. our liking. When the comfort The really hard thing is how of a secure retirement has fled; to cope with all the days after when we are rightfully conwhen deep down one wishes cerned for the future of our that there would never be children and their children, another sunrise. Certainly, we must remember there will glib words of encouragement be a day after. If we face it with have little lasting effect. After anticipation and hope then . . . a particularly distressing time someday . . . the sun will also in college, a friend stuck a note rise. under my door: “Cheer up! Things could be worse!” So I Contact Hayden at cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse. Still, I appreciated his concern. To be sure, words of encouragement are important in fac-

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Hey families - get out while you can!


Why Am I Here?

an you believe it? It's tions right here in Roanoke for the first of Novem- an afternoon outing or Saturf you have had a child ber and look at all day morning hike. move through the ages the leaves that are still on the Everyone's heard of the of 10 to 14, you have trees!” Roanoke River greenway. But experienced one of the most My grandmother is pretty do you know how doggone important shifts in their lives. much a tough, common-sense long the greenway is now? You This period of change from kind of lady. A product of a can get on it at Wasena Park pre-adolescence to adoleshardscrabble youth spent in in southwest Roanoke and go cence is remarkable in many the hills of Monroe County, all the way to the water treatways. The many physical and West Virginia during the ment plant in southeast—a mental changes are of course Great Depression, she speaks solid 5 miles of paved greenher mind and doesn't tolerate way! But the best part is this— expected and in many cases, a lot of nonsense. Back when there are four playgrounds well understood. The more she was a child, it was hot in along the way: one at Wasena subtle changes that happen the summer, cold in the win- Park, one at Smith Park, one at psychologically, however, are The beautiful botnaical garter, and by God, when fall River's Edge, and one at Piedarguably the most significant dens at VWCC. rolled around, the leaves had mont Park. I’ve cycled from to future success and peace in better darn well fall off the our home in Grandin Court local peak, check this one out. trees if they know what's good all the way to Piedmont Park To reach the trailhead, take life. As pre-adolescence starts for them. with the kids in our bike trail- Huntridge Rd. (the last right So when Granny said it was er, let them play on the really before the shopping center if brewing, children become unusually warm for Novem- nice, new playground module you're coming from town) to more abstract in their thinkber, I took notice. And as I there, and biked back home Crumpacker and look for the ing and begin asking questype this, it's a balmy 63 de- many a time. park sign. tions such as “Who am I?” grees on a Sunday morning. Another winner is the reLastly, one of the Perry and “Why am I here?” This But what does all this anecdot- cently completed greenway Boys' favorites is the arbore- is when a child is becoming al evidence tell us? I decided at Green Hill Park in western tum at Virginia Western Com- aware of the two strongest to turn to the experts. The fine Roanoke County. This beauti- munity College. This has to be needs that they will ever have folks at the National Weather ful paved path meanders along the most kid-friendly botaniemotionally, the need to be Service call for high tempera- the Roanoke River through cal garden in America. Not tures in the 60s all dense woods. In only is there a kids' maze, but “known” and the need to be week, while Accumy family, we know there is a fountain with a small “loved”. To be known: This is not's 15it as the trail with hippopotamus (not real), a day forecast calls for the train car—all pond with fish (real), some just having friends and being highs in the 50s and boys love trains and cool sculptures, and no short- popular. Being known is hav60s till mid-month. there’s a big car lo- age of places to climb and run. ing the awareness that those Even the eggheads cated right off the And of course, there is a tre- around you see who you reat the National Clitrail—as well as mendous variety of interesting ally are. They know things mate Prediction the place where my trees and plants to satisfy the about you that the average Center aren't preyoungest son fell on adults, all meticulously main- person can’t know without pared to commit to his face. (It's amaz- tained. The fall colors this year a considerable investment any cold weather, ing how quickly a are incredible—the best you'll David Perry giving our part two-year-old can find this side of a trip to the of time and effort. Day after day I deal with children that of the country an go from upright to Parkway. equal chance at above, normal, face plant for no apparent reaSo put the videos and indoor report feeling fake and having and below-average temps for son. It's a long walk back to the games away for a few more no one in their life that truly all of November (talk about car holding 30 pounds of snif- weeks and get your children knows who they are. This can hedging your bets). fling Perry Boy.) out there while you still can. leave even the most “popular” So what does mean for you, Roanoke County also just On a cold, rainy day in Febru- kid feeling alone and invismy fine reader? It means that completed another trail that ary, when it seems spring will Granny is onto something. It we haven't tried yet, but which never come and the kids are also means there's time left to I have to mention because it's bouncing off the walls, you'll get out and do some of those so close to town—the Read be glad you did. outdoor activities with your Mountain trail, located bekids that you meant to do in hind the Wal-Mart and Lowe's Contact David at October, but just couldn't find shopping center in Bonsack. If the time. Even with the short- you've done the Mill Mountain er days, there are plenty of op- thing and want to bag another


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ible. Whether it is be able to separate friends or family, us from the love of they long to have God”, brings true someone really meaning to being know them. valuable. To be loved: As parents we This can easily be also have a unique misunderstood as privilege and chalbeing accepted. lenge of being the Many children feel first ones in the accepted, but not social world to Keith McCurdy loved. Having a know and love our sense of being loved comes children. The exposure to from the awareness that you faith that we provide and the are valuable to someone, you interactions that we have on matter to them. A common a daily basis is the key. Here complaint of adolescents to- are some ideas: Make church day is that they are part of a a normal and important part group or clique, but that those of life. Let your children see around them really don’t care your involvement and comabout them. They don’t have mitment. Pray at meals with “real” friends. It is easy to see and for your kids and spouse. that to feel valued and loved Spend time with and be atby another, you must first tentive to your kids. Learn be truly known by someone. what their favorite colors and Unless someone really knows foods are, what they are afraid you, how can they love you? of, what they want to be when This is the time in a child’s they grow up, if they want to life when faith is ever impor- get married and how many tant. It is within this frame- kids they want to have. work that children can begin This process of faith develto experience what it means opment, investment of time to have a God that knows and and asking meaningful and loves them. It is amazing to often fun questions sends a see a child’s reaction when clear message to our children they hear that God knows that we want to know them even the “number of hairs and they are valuable to us. on their head” and that there Be the one in your child’s life is no struggle they will go that knows them the best and through that Christ himself exposes them to the Truth…. has not experienced. Then they will feel truly loved. for a child to learn what God has done and continues to Contact Keith at do for them through his rifice and that nothing “shall

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

Braised Beef with Potatoes


Pot Roast is such a wonderful fall and winter comfort food. I always like to find new twists on this original all in one meal. It is also such a great meal to serve up a few weeks before Thanksgiving as it subliminally creates anticipation for the big hearty banquet of food that’s soon to come! I can’t wait to put my mom’s Thanksgiving turkey recipe in the RSS. It is so easy and it comes with a fabulous stuffing. If you are not sold on your own bird preparation then you will have to try my mom’s. (Oh, by the way the pumpkin bowls worked out wonderfully. I am going to carve more little pumpkins for Thanksgiving to serve as flowerpots on our table!) Keep reading - a ThanksgivJoel Salatin of Polytucky farmer. At the ing feast is coming soon, but in the meantime enjoy the Pot Roast! face Farm near Staunfinal Sunday morn- 1 boneless beef chuck roast, 3 plate and turn the heat up to Directions: ton, Virginia, farms ing Author's Break- to 4 pounds -Cut excess fat from roast, rub medium-high. in much the same fast, Mr. Berry read 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning roast with Cajun seasonings; -Sear the seasoned roast on way his predecessors an essay he had of- Salt and pepper all sides. sprinkle with salt and pepper. would have a hunfered months earlier 2 tablespoons olive oil -Add the cooked vegetables, -Put it in a food storage bag dred years ago. In a on the Kentucky 2 medium onions, halved, wine, and broth; bring to a or bowl; cover and refrigerate THE ROA recently rediscovered capitol steps. boil. for at least 1 hour. sliced farming practice, he He considers 8 ounces small whole mush-In a large pot or braising pan -Reduce heat to medium, fattens 200# pigs to a MTR the "moral rooms or thickly sliced cook uncovered for 10 to 15 heat olive oil over mediumfinish weight of 300# equivalent of geno- mushrooms minutes or until reduced by low heat; add the onions and Fred First inside temporary cide" whose end 2 medium bell peppers, red or cook stirring frequently for about 1/3 fencing that contains them in is permanent loss of place and combination of red and green about 15 to 20 minutes or -Cover and reduce heat to an oak forest. culture. In the light of the failure or other colors until the onions are tender low. Simmer for 3 1/2 hours. The acorns give the meat a of lesser measures of "non-vio- 1 cup red wine and browned. -Add the potatoes continue unique and desirable taste--so lent insistence" to bring about 1 cup beef broth or chicken -Add the mushrooms and cooking for 30-45 minutes much so that the 800-restaurant an end to these atrocities, Mr. broth peppers, cook for about 3 longer or until the potatoes chain, Chipotle, takes all the Berry expressed a reluctant per- 2 1/2 pounds medium red minutes longer. are tender. Polyface pork it can get. sonal willingness to "stand in potatoes, peeled, halved -Remove the vegetables to a Serves 6 Salatin encourages environ- the way of destruction." I highly mental writers to use their voic- recommend the youtube record es to increase the public's "edu- of that speech. http://budurl. cational footprint" toward new com/pup3 One inspired campus understandings of the way we As a life-long resident of the produce and consume products Southern Appalachians, I'm from within local "farmsheds."  gratified that, as these hundreds of journalists and other visitors Roanoke was chosen for this return home from their brief year's Virginia-tech sponsored time in southwest Virginia, they conference in part because of its will know much more than how proximity to the sites of major to pronounce the name of our environmental concern in our gentle mountains. region and the nation: mounThey have appreciated our taintop removal coal mining music and our culture; and from (MTR). their comments, they were imMining executives among the pressed by the kindness of the speakers saw the greatest good people here and by autumn's in producing as much coal as peak of color in the Blue Ridge. possible for the lowest possible SEJ journalists now have a Everything you need. costs--at least in dollars. Oth- richer understanding of our ers saw coal's costs measured in deep bonds of connection to other ways, holding the opinion place and have experienced in Retirement Living | Assisted Living that post-mining mitigation some small way "the infinite pri(making the land like it was be- vate suffering" of those whose Memory Care | Vacation & Recovery Program fore) is nothing more than "lip- mountaintops and creeks have stick on a corpse"; and that you disappeared. Healthcare & Progressive Rehab Program "cannot regulate an abominaAnd every time they turn on Onsite Pharmacy, Internal Medicine Practice, tion." The long view and hope of the lights back home, they will many is towards a "post-carbon know in new ways why there and Outpatient Therapy Clinic economy." will never be such a thing as The personal cost and human "clean coal." impact of current coal-extraction methods was expressed Contact Fred at most eloquently by Wendell Berry, cultural and economic (540) 380-6511 | 3615 W. Main St. Salem, VA 24153 | critic, prolific author and Ken-

National Journalists Gain Appalachian Awareness

o open the Society of Environmental Journalists eighteenth annual conference in Roanoke on October 17th, co-chairs Bill Kovarick and Ken Ward acted out a fruit-toss visual lesson in local pronunciation: Apple. Atcha. "That's how we say it, and welcome to Roanoke in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia." With that, several hundred journalists and guests from across the nation were welcomed to our beautiful part of the world. The week's sessions focused as much on possible solutions as on the problems we face. Many experts in their fields expressed the conclusion that very soon we "need home runs, not base hits" to put in place viable energy alternatives and reduced carbon emissions policies and practice on a global scale. Speakers educated conference attendees during every meal, on bus rides to field trips, and at back-to-back sessions from Wednesday breakfast until Sunday noon. So while a full account of the time is impossible in this space, I want to share with you some memorable personalities from the conference. Amory Lovins of Rocky Mountain Institute has offered energy efficient alternative technologies for years; the market may finally be ready to listen. Lovin’s work has long been where we must soon go-to lighter cars and more energy efficient buildings. See his description of tomorrow's Smart Garage. In 2002, Lyle Estill, co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, turned a little cooking oil left over from deep-frying turkey at home into a million-gallon-a-year business converting used fats and oils into fuels. See Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy. http://

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Leaf collection Begins in November

SRO DARE OfďŹ cer Frank Leftwich (Left) explains the sobriety tests to senior Jasmine Turner before she tries to walk the line.

A postcard regarding leaf collection schedules and holiday trash collection schedules is being prepared for mailing to all residents in early November. Both the loose leaf and bagged leaf collections will begin on Nov. 17. The one free opportunity to have your loose leaves collected is as follows: If your Trash Collection is on the date at left the loose leaf collection schedule is shown on the right: Mondays Thursdays Tuesdays Wednesdays

Monday, Nov. 17 - Friday, Nov. 21 Monday, Dec. 1 - Friday Dec. 5 Monday, Dec. 8 - Friday, Dec. 12 Monday, Dec. 15 - Friday, Dec. 19

Residents will receive one (1) Free Loose Leaf Collection; leaves must be raked to the curb (not in the street) by 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of collection week. After the scheduled collection, crews will only return for a $40 service fee by calling 853-2676. After scheduled collection is complete, property owners will be notified to remove any leaves remaining in the adjoining right-of-way. Bagged Leaf Collection will also begin on Nov. 17 and end on Dec. 19. During this time, bagged leaves should be put to the curb for collection (no bagged leaves will be collected from alleys). No collection duringHoliday weeks. For questions about Loose Leaf Collection, call 853-2676.

Respiratory Therapist Patrick Nichols, of Carilion Clinic, (Right) demonstrates the difference between smoke-free and smoke-damaged lungs.

Photos by Case Blackwell

Enjoy our Sunday Brunch! Open at 10:00 am

Steak & Eggs • Eggs Benedict • Gourmet BLT with Potatoes

House Specialties! Grilled Salmon with Poached Eggs, Stone Ground Grits and Hollandaise Cheesy Western Ireland (The Classic on a hot English MufďŹ n!)

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Lick Run Greenway workshop explores possible routes

The second Greenway Phase III public information meeting was held by the Roanoke Parks and Recreation department at William Fleming High School cafeteria Monday evening. Twelve people attended this last workshop, presented by Charlie Denney of Alta Planning & Design. Denny has over 15 years experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning, and program management. The public input meeting identified the most feasible routes for the extension of the greenway that will follow Lick Run Creek all the way to Peters Creek Road. Eventually it will connect to a Roanoke County greenway at Valley Pointe. The cost per mile is estimated at $600,000 to $1 million dollar. The cost to complete this leg of the greenway could be $3 million. Much depends on VDOT completing the I-581 interchange at Valley View Blvd. That interchange will allow access for land development adjacent to the interchange. The developer of this parcel would be charged with the cost of constructing the greenway through the Lick Run flood area that bisects the property. Lick Run Greenway extension would cross Hershberger Road at Ferncliff Avenue and provide access to William Fleming High School. It would follow the dead end street beside Ruffner Middle School through the old Johnson & Johnson property to the Frontage Road where it continue to Peters Creek Road. However, if the Countryside Golf Course remains operational it can cut through the portion of the golf course that is in the flood plain. This leg might be the most attractive part of Phase III. According to Denney there are many greenways that go through golf courses - he joked that bicyclists wear helmets anyway. In this case it would protect them from flying golf balls. The plan will come before City Council sometime in January for adoption as part of the comprehensive greenway system plan. Following adoption, engineering will begin, with portions of this phase that require the least effort to be addressed first.


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11/7/08 |The Roanoke Star-Sentinel |Page 7 Fleming senior QB #18 Derek Brown (Left) looks to pass for the Colonels. Fleming’s Shaquan Manning (#9) (Below) breaks up a Hilltopper pass in the end zone. Photos by Bill Turner

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The Pats were hurt by the loss of quarterback Darren Thomas (running with ball) early in the game.

Patriots unable to stop G.W. Danville in next-to-last game The Patrick Henry Patriots’ frustrating football season continued last Friday night with a 48-13 loss at G.W. Danville. The Eagles rushed for over 500 yards on the day, including a 230-yard effort by tailback and Virginia Tech recruit David Wilson. “It came down to limiting the big play, and we couldn’t do that,” Patriots head coach Bob Gray said. “Wilson was great. We couldn’t contain him.” Patrick Henry had to play the majority of the game without one of their main weapons on offense after quarterback Darren Thomas sprained his knee during the second series of the game. Backup Malik Green filled in admirably, rushing for a touchdown in the second quarter for the Patriots. Tailback Xavier Stanley also performed well, adding 160 yards and a score on the ground. Turnovers once again plagued the Patriot offense, as the team committed three that killed promising drives. “We actually moved

the ball fairly well, but we ended up hurting ourselves,” Gray said. The story of the game, however, was Wilson, who ran for four touchdowns, all in the first half. “They’re a very good team, and they have two of the best backs in the state,” Gray said. “They do a good job of getting the ball in the hands of their playmakers, and as a result, nobody’s been able to stop them all year.” The loss drops the Patriots to 1-8 on the season, and 0-4 in Western Valley District play. G.W. Danville improved to 5-4 overall, and 3-1 in the district. The Patriots wrap up their season on Saturday at home against William Fleming. “It’s a big rivalry game for us, and our kids are really excited about playing this week,” Gray said. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm. By Matt Reeve

Northside reaches football playoffs This Friday the Northside High School football team will do something they are not used to doing at this time of the year: the Vikings are playing in the VHSL regional tournament for the first time since 2002. The 5-5 Vikings will face off against a 5-5 Stuarts Draft team in a Group AA Division 3 Region III game at Viking Stadium, Jim Hickam Field, at 7:30pm. Northside earned their spot in the tournament by downing Lord Botetourt last

Friday 13-0. “For the kids that was remarkable, it was their first shutout in three years,” noted headcoach Burt Torrence. A couple of missed opportunities prevented the Vikings from scoring even more points but Torrence was satisfied. “We played really well, and we played the full 48 minutes.” Finishing a game strong was something the Northside coach has preached all year.     Torrence has a lot of respect for Stuarts Draft head coach Rod Browers and his

Cougars: “they are a very disciplined team. Their execution is phenomenal, especially on the offensive side of the ball. They put you in situations to respect the entire field.” Torrence has had the opportunity to view Cougars game film. “They don’t make many mistakes.” The Vikings team and their fans are hoping that the football program has turned the corner, with this Friday’s playoff just the first rung up the ladder. By David Abraham

Colonels clinch playoff berth The William Fleming Colonels clinched a playoff berth in the Northwest Region after grinding out a 10-7 win over the upset-minded E.C. Glass Hilltoppers last Saturday. The Colonels trailed 7-3 halfway through the fourth quarter after the Hilltoppers were able to capitalize on one of two William Fleming turnovers. The Colonels responded however with a long drive of their own, resulting in a 1-yard redeeming touchdown run by Derek Brown - whose fumble led to the Hilltoppers lone score. The contest could be categorized as a defensive struggle, as neither team would allow the other to get anything going offensively. The high-octane

Colonel offense was held in check, as Brown and senior tailback LaCalvin Hickman put up fairly pedestrian numbers. The Colonels can win the Western Valley District championship outright with a victory over Patrick Henry this Saturday afternoon. The Colonels (8-1, 4-0 in Western Valley District) have a one game lead in the district over G.W. Danville. The Colonels also hold the head-to-head advantage after defeating Danville 20-17 on October 18. Kickoff at Patrick Henry is set for 2pm. By Matt Reeve

Hard to stop the Raiders and Caveness By his own count Tyler Caveness has rushed for about 1800 yards this season, but the North Cross Raiders tailback knows there is still some unfinished business to take care of. After finishing 9-1 on the regular season head coach Lee Johnson’s team hosts a state VIS Division III semifinal football home game this Friday, at 3:00 p.m. at North Cross, against Isle of Wight Academy. Caveness, a junior who transferred to North Cross from Cave Spring earlier in the year, thought it would be a good season coming in, but he notes that “the [offensive] line’s been blocking great too. During the off-season they were working hard, getting ready.” Caveness played basketball for the Raiders last winter and most of his teammates from that team also play football. That and the fact that several other Cave Spring transfers are on the roster made him feel more at home. That comfort zone has paid dividends on the football field as the Raiders lost just once, the opener to Blessed Sac-

rament – which could be the opponent again in a Virginia Independent School final. “Everyone’s pumped up,” says Caveness, noting more excitement on campus for the Raiders this fall. Caveness says the Raiders can beat Blessed Sacrament, their long-time rivals, this time around: “absolutely. The first game we came in not knowing what to expect. Now we’ve gotten used to each other.” Caveness, who has contacted more than 20 colleges about playing after high school doesn’t think anyone can stop his team if they keep playing together as a cohesive unit. Caveness had also competed in track against Sid Brown when the standout wide receiver was at Christiansburg; Brown’s transfer to North Cross also convinced him to try the private school. Two more wins and the Raiders can take home a championship trophy: “everyone knew if we worked this hard we could definitely be this successful. Its great.” By Gene Marrano


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The Hidden Valley High School gym was standing room only last Friday as girls basketball coach Brenda King entered, driven by friend and physical education teacher Dan King (no relation). Brenda King is fighting Stage IV cervical cancer and is on hiatus from her coaching/teaching position. Hidden Valley students played the faculty in a basketball game that raised $ 7,800. Cave Spring High School participated and brought in an additional $1000. Randy Bush and Bobby Beecher will coach the Titans in King’s absence, as Hidden Valley looks to defend its two-year state title run.

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(L-R)) Sal Russo, Alex Vance and Shane Tudor of the CCA Marlins. the local governing body of USA Swimming in the Commonwealth. Vance trains yearround with the Carter Center Marlins under Coach Greg Johnson and also swims for the Titans. This is his second consecutive Swimmer of the Year honor. He won the award each of the past two years in the 13 and 14 age group. "We are very proud to have Alex represent our team and the Roanoke Valley," said Johnson, “he is extremely talented

and he is a great example of the positive environment and hard work we provide here at the Marlins program." Vance recently qualified for the USA Swimming Junior National swimming meet to be held in Austin, TX in December and is gunning for a Virginia High School state title this year in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Marlins continue their season November 14-16 in Blacksburg.

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E-Waste Recycling Event Features Special Collection at Campaign Kickoff Celebration Hollins invites you to recycle your old computers, televisions, cell phones, and other electronic devices at no cost during the second annual Hollins E-Waste Recycling Event. Look through your closets, attics, or basements and bring old equipment to Hollins on Saturday, November 8 for safe and responsible disposal. When - Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.You are welcome to bring old equipment to campus during that time. Where - Hollins University Student Parking Area at the rear of campus (turn left onto West Campus Drive and follow the signs to the parking area behind the playing fields). KIVA at Highland Park Kids In the Valley, Adventuring! will meet November 8th from at Highland Park for a celebration of games of old. Come out and play Kick the Can, Sardines, Frisbee, and more. When - 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Where - Highland Park For Firewood Giveaway Roanoke Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry will give away firewood-quality wood from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the woodlot at Fallon Park. The firewood wood has not been cut or split, and a loader will be available. Those interested should bring a pickup truck or loadable trailer and enter the park on the Wise Avenue side through the Tinker Creek Greenway parking lot

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RCPS Facility Planning Meeting The RCPS School Board is beginning the process of reviewing school facilities, their usage, and potential future plans concerning facilities. An examination of our current attendance zones will be a part of this review. When - 7 p.m., both evenings Where - 12th - Patrick Henry High, 13th - Roanoke Academy

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Discovering Family Roanoke Public Libraries invite you to ‘Discovering Family - An Appreciation of the Southwestern Virginia Genealogical. Society on Saturday, November 15. Members of SVGS will be on hand to help you find your inner genealogist. Other activities include exploring volunteer opportunities, learning about the benefits of joining SVGS and seeing the treasures of the Virginia Room.This event is free and refreshments will be served. When - 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Where - Virginia Room, Roanoke Main Public Library. For more-contact the Virginia Room at 540-853-2073

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RAM Fundraiser Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM) staff and volunteers are working with the P. Buckley Moss Society, selling raffle tickets to win a framed, remarqued P. Buckley Moss print.The print is valued at $1,076.The drawing will be held November 17, 2008. A Raffle can be purchased for $1 each, or 6 for $5. All proceeds go to RAM. For more- to purchase tickets, please call 777-3681

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Northside Middle School PTA Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Craft Show Friday, Novemebr 21, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Craft Show. Spaghetti Dinner, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 22, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Craft Show, light refreshments, door prizes & silent auction. More crafters welcome, call NMS at 561-8145. For more- call Sheree Anderson at 366-7048. Compost Workshop Thee Roanoke Community Garden Association would like to announce a compost workshop Saturday, November 22 When - 1:00pm. Where- The workshop will be held at one of the RCGA plots at 655 Highland Av SE.

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Speedlight The Bedford & Botetourt County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a bus trip to the matinee of Miracle on 34th Street at the Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA, and to Speedway in Lights at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN, on Saturday, December 13, 2008. Prior to the matinee at the Barter, the group will enjoy an all inclusive lunch at Abingdon’s Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant.

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Christmas at Hillbilly Hidea-way The Singles Travel Club (couples welcome too!), is sponsoring a bus trip to Christmas at the Hillbilly Hide-a-way, Walnut Cove, NC, on Saturday, December 20, 2008. Cost - $69 per person includes: Roundtrip motorcoach transportation, visit to Church of the Talking Mural and refreshments there, a visit to Madison Dry Goods, an all inclusive Family Style Meal at Hillbilly Hide-a-way, a three hour music show and a tour host. Where - Passengers can board the bus at the Bonsack Walmart, Route 460,Troutville; at Hunting Hills Lowes, Route 220, Roanoke; and at Food Lion, Rocky Mount,VA. For more- call (540) 366-2888. Have an item for the calendar? email it to

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The Investment Many People Don’t Make by Rev. Justin A. Likens

In these economically troubling times many people are worried about their investments and their retirement portfolio. This is very understandable as many people work most of their life and look forward to being able to retire and do things they have wanted to do for most of their life. The problem is there is one investment that far too many people are not making. This investment can’t be measured in your 401(k) or even seen on the New York Stock Exchange ticker. This investment is in eternity. There is one truth that we must all face, the moment we begin to live, we begin to die. Jesus taught a parable in Luke 12:13-21 about a rich man. This rich man had an abundance of crops, in fact he had so much he had to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. No where in the story do we read that this man cut ethical corners or behave rudely to people, yet Jesus called him a “fool.” By most people’s standards this man was living the life yet Jesus says he is a fool. There are three reasons that Jesus calls him a fool. The first one is the man lived like this life was all there is. This is a fatal miscalculation. This rich man made his life all about accumulation of things. He wanted to retire and live on easy street. There are people like that today in society. They are characterized by the word “more.” They want more money, more house, more cars, etc. The second mistake the rich man in Jesus’ parable makes is he lived his life like there would always be more time. This is a costly procrastination. Jesus told the rich man that his life would be required of him that night. In other words, Jesus told the man that he was going to die that very night. We see people like this in society today as well. Sadly they are generally teenagers and young adults. When we are younger we all think that we are going to live a long time and that we are invincible. However life is so fragile. The truth of the matter is none of us are guaranteed our next breath, much less another year. Many people who have been in church all their life think they will wait until

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next Sunday to get their life right with God. What so often happens is that next Sunday turns into the next Sunday to the next Sunday, until that next Sunday never comes. The third mistake the rich man makes in Jesus’ story is that he didn’t live his life in light of the life to come. This is a missed preparation. Many people believe heaven is real and that eternity is real, but they don’t live their life reflecting that belief. Jesus plainly told the rich man that he was not ready for his abrupt death. He had spent so much time accumulating things on this earth; he forgot to prepare for eternity. Nothing is more tragic than to prosper in this world and fail to prepare for eternity. In Luke 9:25 Jesus says, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and his himself destroyed or lost?” Tragically we can see people living today who are in the same boat as the rich man in Jesus’ story. So if the most important investment we can ever make is in our eternity, how do we make that investment? The bad news is there is really nothing you can do about who you are. The Bible says that we are all sinners (Rom. 3:23-for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God). That is why Jesus came to this earth. He came to be our substitute. Jesus paid a debt we owed but could never pay. When Jesus hung on that cross He paid the penalty required by a holy God for the sins we have committed. Salvation and eternity in heaven is a gift from God, there is nothing we can do to earn it. We simply must open up our hearts and receive it. To do that is as simple as knowing your ABC’s. “A” stands for admitting you are a sinner. “B” is believing that Jesus is God’s Son and He died on the cross for your sins. “C” is for confessing Jesus as your Lord. It is that simple. I pray that you will make the most important investment of your life.

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Roanoke Regional Chamber names Joyce Waugh as President

Joyce Waugh has been named president and chief executive officer of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced Chairman Lee Wilhelm today. Waugh, who has been serving as the interim president since March, succeeds Beth Doughty. “The decision is the result of an exhaustive search conducted by a committee of past board chairs assisted by an international search firm. A number of applicants were considered from across the country. In the final selection process five candidates were interviewed. Joyce Waugh was the most qualified applicant and has clearly earned this position. Joyce is well known and very highly respected by business leaders in the Roanoke Valley and by the legislative contingent that represents the Roanoke region in both Richmond and Washington,” said Wilhelm. Dr. Ed Murphy, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, served on the Chamber’s final selection committee. The former Chamber chairman said, “Joyce has a well-earned reputation of trust, competence and innovation in business, social and political spheres. She's clearly who we want leading the largest, most  influential business organization west of Richmond." “In these challenging economic times, it is important that the Chamber continues to be as relevant as possible, meeting the needs of our diverse 1,400 businesses. And we must be about continuous improvement as we continue to speak for the business community,” Waugh said upon accepting the position. Waugh has been vice president of public policy since 2000 representing the Chamber and its membership on business issues at the local, state and federal levels. She also represents the VA West Business and Legislative Coalition which consists of 15 chambers in the western re-

gion. She started the Chamber’s Business Dinners for Educators program and cohosts a political talk show on Cox Channel 9. Before joining the Chamber, Waugh was assistant director of economic development for Roanoke County. Previously she was the land negotiator for The River Foundation, assembling over 1,200 acres for Virginia’s Explore Park. She holds a master’s degree from Florida State University, is a certified economic developer, and a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. She chairs Sorensen’s Roanoke/Southwest Regional Board, and is vice chair of the Virginia Lobbyists Association. Waugh was appointed in 2006 by Governor Timothy Kaine to serve on the Manufacturing Development Commission. Roanoke Regional Chamber Names New Staff Member Courtney Hungate has joined the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce as Courtney manager of Hungate networking events. Her new duties include overseeing the Chamber’s “Expo,” “Business After Hours,” “R e ady…S et…Net work!”, Chamber Cup golf tournament, and the programs of NewVa Connects, a young professionals’ organization. Hungate, a Middle Tennessee State University graduate, previously worked as the production manager for the marketing and communications department for the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.

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Dunkin’ Donuts announces opening of seven new restaurants in Roanoke area

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today the signing of a multiunit store development agreement with Andrew Rod and Norman Pickelny for the development of seven restaurants in the Roanoke area. The franchisee’s plans call for one unit to open in 2008, and the balance within the next four years. Andrew Rod and Norman Pickelny are existing Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in the Charlottesville, Virginia region.  Andrew Rod has more than 25 years of experience in retail and distribution, and will be responsible for site location, and executive management of the business. Norman Pickelny is a semi-retired Certified Public Accountant and investor who specializes in retail/franchise automotive dealerships and will provide financial guidance and operational oversight. In addition to the seven units to be located in the Roanoke metropolitan area, Dunkin’ is looking for new franchisees to purchase a minimum of five restaurants in the surrounding markets of Bluefield and Charleston WV. Dunkin’ Donuts development of Roanoke is part of a steady and strategic growth strategy, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country to help direct the company’s future growth.  

“Dunkin’ Donuts is excited to welcome Andrew Rod and Norman Pickelny to the Roanoke market,” says Lynette McKee, CFE, vice president of franchising, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. “As existing Dunkin’ franchisees, they bring a wealth of knowledge to Roanoke.  We look forward to their presence in the market.”   According to McKee, “Dunkin’ Donuts will satisfy a growing demand in Roanoke for high quality coffee and baked goods that are available all day.  Dunkin’ Donuts is proud to energize Americans and keep the honest, hard-working, value-driven people of this country running every day -- whether it's in a boardroom, a schoolroom or a construction site. We look forward to being a vibrant part of the community and playing an important role in the daily lives of the people who live and work in Roanoke.”    “We are proud to bring Dunkin’ Donuts’ new menu to Roanoke,” said Andrew Rod and Norman Pickelny.  “We look forward to being a vibrant part of the community and playing an important role in the daily lives of the people who live and work here.”

Local Extension office could be facing the budget knife Among the agencies facing sharp budget cuts in tough fiscal times is the Virginia Cooperative Extension, supported by the Commonwealth’s two land grant colleges, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Budget reductions announce recently by Tech president Dr. Charles Steger could mean a ten percent or higher reduction in funds for the Extension Co-op, which produces stories run occasionally in the Star-Sentinel and provides research-backed advice on everything from pest and crabgrass control to wellness issues. Home horticulture and family consumer science programs are backbones of the Extension service. The Roanoke Valley Cooperative Extension office, located in the Brambleton Recreation Center, recently held a getting-to-know you luncheon that attracted politicians like 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, State Senator John Edwards, Delegate William Fralin and assorted other leaders from the valley. Attendees also had a chance to look at exhibits

and chat with agents. “We want you all to get an idea as to what the Extension Service is all about,” said Extension board member Dick Bradley, who is a volunteer. A local landscaper told those assembled that the Extension office on Brambleton Avenue “was a valuable resource for small landscaping businesses.” Tech and Virginia State University conduct research on pests, drought, chemical pesticides and other issues, disseminating that information through the coops. Forehand also likes the continuing education programs and outreach by Extension agents in the field. Retired commercial fruit grower Paul Grisso said information from the Extension office helped keep him in business: “they offered us new things.” Each county typically has its own Extension office. Virginia Cooperative Extension also runs the 4H program, including a large summer camp at Smith Mountain Lake. “It changed my life,” said 19-year-old C.J. Sweat from the podium. “4H can-

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Extension agent Barbara Leach talks to Roanoke Valley Delegate William Fralin. not continue without your support, legislators,” was his other message. Senior Roanoke Extension agent Leslie Prillaman said getting together with local politicians to tell their story is an occasional ritual when budget issues come up. “I think its one of the best kept secrets here in the valley,” said Prillaman. “We have so many programs that are ongoing. We just want to make sure [they] are utilized.” Prillaman, a Virginia Tech graduate, describes what the Extension does as bringing the knowledge and research done at land grant universities “to the valley. Everything

that we tell our clients is researched-based. If we don’t know the answers then we go back to the universities and find out from our specialists.” With budget cuts dangling in the air it might be time to toot their own horn said Prillaman: “we have to do a really good job of promoting what we do. Every time there is [a new administration in Richmond] we have to go and tell our story, to make sure we’re kept in the budget. Sometimes we are overlooked.”

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Provision Added to Countryside Golf Club Operating Agreement

At Monday’s City Council meeting a provision was added to the operating agreement between the City and Meadowbrook Golf Group, Inc. At the October 23rd City Council meeting an Ordinance was adopted to extend Meadowbrook’s operation of Business Basics – November 10 and December 8 (two separate Countryside Golf Club for a period of one year. The agreement sessions): business planning, forms of organizations, marketwas effective on November 1, 2008. ing strategies, and the realities of being a business owner at The modification was as a result of the Roanoke Regional Airthis quick introduction to owning your own business. Monday, port Commission requesting a provision that the Commission November 10, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce Boardroom. Cost: $10/person. Prepayment and pre- can terminate the lease with the City under certain conditions. This would result in the termination of the Operating Agreement registration required by Friday, November 7 (or Dec. 5). For between the City and Meadowbrook. The Airport Commission more information or to register, contact Taryn at 983.0717 ext. 239,, or visit owns a portion of the property containing fairways of the golf course. Now that the City owns the golf course, it is responsible for negotiating the lease with the Airport Commission. Mead-

owbrook agreed to this provision with consequences. The provision reads in part - The parties acknowledge that any financial obligations between the Owner of the Airport Commission relative to the Lease being negotiated between the City and the Airport Commission are the responsibility of the City. The parties further acknowledge that any obligations to alter, modify or improve the property subject to the lease being negotiated between the City and the Airport Commission are the responsibility of the City. If such leased property becomes no longer available to the City, the City will make a payment to Meadowbrook. Payment ranges from $20,000 to $170,000 depending on the month of termination. Council unanimously agreed to the provision. By Valerie Garner

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Arts Festival features award-winning play, local filmmaker – and Branch Management Corp. speciaCrystal lizes in unique solutions to meetGayle your needs. Among the highlights at this weekend’s second annual Roanoke Arts Festival is a production of the Tony award winning play Doubt, a collaboration between Hollins University and Virginia Tech. Doubt is set in a 1964 Catholic school, where a priest – Father Flynn – may or not be guilty of sexual misconduct. Equity actor Jens Rasmussen, who has taken on numerous roles at Mill Mountain Theatre, returns from New York to take on that meaty part. “It really is about asking questions and dealing with doubt and uncertainty,” says Rasmussen. Sister Aloysius – as portrayed by Virginia Tech performing arts department head Patty Raun – is torn about whether or not she should alert the patriarchal school hierarchy about Father Flynn. “I still think I’m going to be an actor when I grow up,” says Raun, who likes to take on a role occasionally despite her duties elsewhere. She performed her own one-woman show in Edinburgh, Scotland several years ago. Her role in Doubt is “really exciting... [Sister Aloysius] represents a kind of faith in structure and order. She’s doing what

she believes to be right.” Hollins theater dept. chair and play director Ernie Zulia says Doubt is really about moral certainty and ambiguity – is Father Flynn really guilty? Playwright John Patrick Shanley was inspired by the Bush Administration’s rationale for waging war in Iraq, according to Zulia, who was also involved with the Roanoke Arts Festival in 2007. “Like so many people we were all looking at the moral authority being used in taking that leap nationally, and the questions people were asking. This was [Shanley’s] response.” A movie version of Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman debuts in December. “The wonderful thing about the play is that Shanley never answers any of the questions,” says Raun. “The audience is left to cogitate some pretty profound issues.” Doubt plays on Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage Nov. 7, 8 and 9 as part of the Roanoke Arts Festival. See for more details. Roanoker, Tech filmmaker at the Grandin: Roanoke resident Paul Harrill teaches digital film production at Virginia Tech.

He’s also an award-winning short film producer. Gina, actress, 29 won the Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival several years ago. Harrill, who studied film at Temple University, will screen that short and his latest, Quick Feet, Soft Hands, at the Grandin Theatre this Sunday (Nov. 9) at 5:30 pm as one of the Roanoke Arts Festival offerings. Gina was picked from over a thousand submissions for the Jury Prize. “The odds are just so stacked against you. Winning was incredible …being up on stage and giving that acceptance speech was just amazing.” Quick Feet, Soft Hands involves a minor league baseball player and his girlfriend, trying to hold on to their big time aspirations and their love as his batting average drops. Harrill, a Tennessee native who relocated to Roanoke from Knoxville, shot some scenes at a minor league park (Smokies Stadium). “The film is really more the story about a couple,” said Harrill, “the idea that we make these choices in life [that] are often out of our hands.” Crystal Gayle returns: “It’s been a while but I’m looking forward to coming back,” said

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country music star Crystal Gayle from the road several weeks ago. She will cap off the Roanoke Arts Festival on November 9th with a 7pm show at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall. Gayle hasn’t topped the charts since 1986 but early success with mega hits like “Don’t It Turn My Brown Eyes Blue,” has enabled her to tour less often, and work on projects to her liking, including children’s music and gospel recordings. Yes, she still has the very long hair. “Don’t ask me why,” she laughs. “One of these days I’m going to whack it off and ask why didn’t I do that sooner?” Ironically after all these years

older sister Loretta Lynn, a true country music legend and focus of the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter. “Maybe we will, one of these days,” said Gayle with a chuckle. “It never just happened in the past.” Touring only for about 40 days a year now, Gayle is pleased to welcome old fans and new ones to her performances. “I’m making new friends all the time.” Her ‘70’s crossover hit “Don’t it…” opened plenty of doors and helped her tour the world. She hopes to see plenty of fans, old and new, this Sunday. “I am excited to be in Roanoke during a special time,” said Gayle, talking about the

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Its finally here – the Taubman Museum of Art opens this weekend 66 million dollars and some controversy later the Taubman Museum of Art finally opens its doors to the general public this weekend. Executive Director Georganne Bingham has heard estimates that as many as 25,000 may show up to view art in the nine new galleries, listen to music in the ground floor auditorium or marvel at Randall Stout’s architecture – but she really isn’t sure. Bingham does note that some visitors are coming from New York and even Europe for opening weekend. “I have very mixed emotions about this right now,” said Bingham. “It is such an incredible building. The people in the valley are just going to love it when they get inside.” Bingham notes that some who had a beef with the Taubman’s design or downtown location on Salem Ave. have warmed up to it as the avant-garde structure neared completion. “It is a master work of art,” she declares. Stout drew inspiration for the numerous peaks on the building from the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. The Taubman’s nine galleries include five that will be reserved for works from the 2000-plus piece permanent collection. Bingham said many would look much different in spacious, high-ceiled galleries that often take advantage of natural light or from an artificial lighting system installed by a specialist that has worked at the Louvre in Paris. “You will not believe the difference in these pictures. You see every detail [in paintings],” said Bingham. Meanwhile Deputy Director of Art David Brown will look for ways to bring people back by scheduling a series of rotating exhibits. There’s even one on tattoo, beginning in February. “You need to be there. People are going to love it,” said Bingham, noting that tattoos are an ancient form of body art. Bingham wants patrons to come back “more than twice a year … not only for the art but also for the programs.” Those programs will include local music every first Monday, plus films, recitals by the Roanoke Symphony and collaborations with other cultural organizations in Roanoke, including Mill Mountain Theatre. There is also a first floor café. “Its just going to be wonderful,” promises Bingham. “The museum will have something for everybody.” There is music, children’s activities and panel discussions on Saturday (hours 11am-11pm) after a 10am ribbon cutting that will feature Governor Tim Kaine. Museum members will get a preview on Thursday (Nov. 6) and a gala will be held on Friday. Special event parking for opening day on November 8 is available at the Roanoke Civic Center. Lot C will be available with a shuttle running between the museum and the

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Going gourmet at the mission American Culinary Federation Students, Instructors and Members serve dinner including moo goo gai pan, pork, a variety of potato and vegetable dishes, vegetable soup, tossed salad, freshly baked breads and pumpkin scones along with hot apple crisp to over 360 guests at the Rescue Mission on Monday. This year the Mission will serve over 300,000 meals. Latest numbers show that shelter stays are up 26.4% over last year. One gentleman who checked in for shelter for the ďŹ rst time last week has lived in Roanoke for over 20 years and was recently laid off work. He certainly never expected to be homeless. Don’t forget to do whatever you can for this critical ministry at this busy time of year. Contact the mission at 343-7227.

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Robotics Day at the Science Museum

At the Science Museum of West Virginia recently the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics teams comprised of local 3rd through 8th grade students, along with representatives from educational and development organizations, demonstrated their robotic creations. The Roanoke Valley Governor’s School and the A.R. Burton Technical School in Roanoke County were among those represented at the exhibition. F.I.R.S.T. stands for: “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.� FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers, building self-confidence while teaching life skills. Alongside adult mentors, FLL teams solve problems using engineering concepts, presentation techniques and robots. FLL competitions were described as being similar to Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby Races

- but with robots instead of cars carved out of wood. Teams design, build and program autonomous robots, competing in tournaments with peers at sports-like events. Base robot kits start at $260 but according to one mom add-ons can boost that price quickly. Colton Pfeifer, exhibiting the skills of a polished politician, said, “Lego League is cool - I want to be a mechanical engineer when I grow up and make the best Lego Robot I can.� Both Colton and Jeffrey Hawley, 11, were busy with their programmed robots. Upcoming robotics tournaments are scheduled for November 15th at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg and November 16th at Blacksburg High School. They are open to the public. For more information go to By Valerie Garner

Parks and Recreation Gains National Accreditation The Parks and Recreation Department has been nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The official award was received on Oct. 14 at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 2008 Congress and Exposition in Baltimore, Md. The two-year accreditation process focused on providing evidence of compliance for 155 "best practice" standards. Roanoke Parks and Recreation is one of 79 agencies out of nearly 5,500 nationwide to achieve this prestigious designation.

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