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Health Care Forum Big Draw in SW County Wall of Fame

P3– Roanoker Frank “Mac” McFadden is set to be inducted into the VT Alumni Wall of Fame.

Grand Day

P4-5– The RSS celebrates National Grandparents Day, Sunday Sept. 13th with a special tribute section this week.

Big Game

P9– Matt Reeve previews the Friday Night match-up of undefeated teams Cave Spring and Northside.

U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (6th District) held a town hall meeting that was attended by over 600 people last week at Hidden Valley High School. He opened with this caveat: “I think most people agree that we need to have health care reform in this country. However, let me say that the proposal that has worked its way through the House of Representatives right now is one that I simply cannot support.” The reason for Goodlatte’s stance is a plan that would entail 53 new government agencies by his count. A key

Bolling Touts Business Resumé

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling cruised through Roanoke on Tuesday as part of his Jobs for Virginians Tour, pushing an economic game Bill Bolling plan he and running mate Bob McDonnell are promoting as partners on the GOP gubernatorial ticket. Bolling stopped at ADMMicro, the energy management and controls company that has grown from a startup to more than 50 employees in its five years of existence. Now housed at the former Johnson & Johnson building, company executives welcomed Bolling and other local political dignitaries for a tour and then a discussion on how to improve the business climate in Virginia. ADMMicro is the type of business Bolling might like to tout > CONTINUED P3: Bolling

element is the public insurance op- those taxes coming in the current tion, which could impose dramatic economic climate would not be at all changes to everyone’s health care in helpful, and the estimates are that we the country. could lose millions of jobs.” He is also concerned about Goodlatte cited studies that cost estimates that run from say 100 to 120 million people Healthcare one to two trillion dollars. may lose their private health To pay for the plan, said insurance because of a govGoodlatte, many small busiernment plan that competes ness owners might suffer the tax bur- with private health insurance (the dens; he pointed to a proposed 8% tax largely Democratic base that supports on businesses that do not offer health health care reform refutes many of the insurance, saying it could either drive numbers quoted by opponents.) some out of business, or they could “Employers that are currently promove overseas. “The concern is that viding private coverage could drop



that benefit, pay the 8% tax and let the employees go over into the government option, because it is less than the amount that they are paying.” Goodlatte added, “A government plan that would write the rules for everybody and that would be subsidized to the tune of one to two trillion dollars would be a pretty unfair competitor for the private insurance plans, setting in motion the slippery slope to > CONTINUED P2: Goodlatte

[Carilion Clinic]

Fleming Carilion Opens “Riverside 3” ­ Cuts the Ribbon

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Mayor David Bowers speaks at ribbon cutting ceremony.

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arilion Clinic opened the doors and dedicated the cornerstone of “Riverside 3” on Thursday - the newest facility to open in the Riverside Center. The building is five stories with the ground floor featuring a Cafe and Guest and Volunteer Services area. There is covered parking on the lower floor for bicycles, and showers for employ-

ees who choose to commute to work by bicycle. The first professional practice to move into the building will be Carilion’s Bone and Joint Center, located on the first floor, which plans to open on September 14th. Other services moving into the building include: Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Neuorsurgery, Physicial Medicine, > CONTINUED P3: Carilion

Roanokers had the opportunity to celebrate and tour the completed $57 million dollar William Fleming High School on September 3, just five days prior to the beginning of a new school year for faculty and students. Featuring wide hallways, a state of the art library, a gym that will hold the entire student body, an upgraded security system and an entire wing devoted to the visual and performing arts, the building is designed to hold more than 1800 students. Hundreds of people were on hand for the ribbon cutting, including Roanoke City School officials, Mayor David Bowers, Congressman Bob Goodlatte, State Senator John Edwards > CONTINUED P3: Fleming

“Refugee Soccer” Helps Newcomers Transition to U.S.

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P13– Internationally known local sculptor Betty Branch finally unveils her works in a comprehensive art show in Roanoke.

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Area refugees, who speak many different languages, gather together on Saturdays to play soccer in Roanoke parks. Yes, they are playing a game… but the implications are far reaching. For them, assimilating into America is not easy. There are always many barriers to overcome: language, economic and social. Challenges like that keep many immigrants very busy. So why join together to play soccer? Because the game is an activity “where they can succeed, in a new life that is full of struggle”, says Mary Beth Pizzino, Volunteer Coordinator for Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS). “Soccer is something that is familiar, something at which they can excel, and a bridge that they can build with Americans.” Bhutanese refugees Laxman and Lalita Bhandari have been in Roanoke since February. Sent to a Nepali refugee camp simply due to their ethnicity, the Bhandaris came to Roanoke to make a better life for themselves. One stop they made along the way in their journey lasted several years, when they were relocated to India. They took that opportunity, in addition to their regu-

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Two players+ position themselves for a play on the ball in a soccer game at River’s Edge Sports Complex over the weekend. lar full-time jobs, to take up studies in Jobs in their respective fields were hard tax accounting and teaching, respec- to find…any job for that matter. So, tively. Lalita has had to postpone her teachFresh with certificates in ing aspirations; instead she hand and a newfound hope, was grateful to find a job Community the Bhandaris arrived in Roas a housekeeper at a local anoke, only to find this city motel. For the time being and country mired in a deep recession. Laxman is serving as a volunteer inter-



preter for other refugees in the valley and hopes to get a position with Total Action Against Poverty (TAP). Overall, the Bhandaris’ story is not unique. They all need help up front. According to Director Beth Lutjen, the RIS office settles about 200 refugees per year in Roanoke, “We arrange for a place for them to live, get utilities turned on, get groceries for the first week, access social services benefits for the family, enroll the children in school, see that they have physical care, assist in finding employment and then provide case management during the adjustment period.” Although successful resettlement for that many people might seem like a daunting task for Lutjen and the RIS office, “most refugees are completely self-sufficient within six to twelve months,” she said. In addition to meeting life’s basic necessities, there are emotional issues to address. Coming to a new country without knowing anyone, and having difficulty connecting with its inhabitants, can be depressing for them.

> CONTINUED P3: Refugee

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have nationalized health care, completely government run.� Referring to the 45.7 million people in this country that do not have health insurance, Goodlatte cited statistics from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation that narrows the actual number of “American citizens� that cannot obtain health insurance, for various reasons, to 7.8 million people. This group represents about three percent of the population. Goodlatte stated that he believes it is the wrong way to go to dramatically change health care for 250 million people to address this need. Another group of 9.1 million people are temporarily uninsured (between jobs), and many of these would be accommodated by provisions that he supports, such as the portability of coverage and pre-existing conditions. The rest are either not American citizens, make over $84,000 and can afford health insurance, or are already eligible, but not enrolled in other programs such as Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The nine-term Congressman, speaking to a friendly crowd, outlined what he believes should be included in health care reform, such as the creation of “Association Health Plans� which are designed to expand coverage options for small businesses by allowing them to pool together. Goodlatte also believes that Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, like those he receives, would be a good model to build reform upon. “Federal employees have scores of plans offered by dozens of insurance companies that compete with each other, not for the government’s decision, but for the individual employee’s decision,� said Goodlatte. “The FEHBP

consists of truly competing private plans, with no public plan enjoying a sweetheart deal. It has private options available throughout the nation that even the sickest employees can afford.� He also thinks there should be changes in the current laws, changes that do not necessarily have to be included in one massive bill, such as leveling the tax playing field where individuals will get the same tax benefits when purchasing insurance that an employer gets. Changes could also allow insurance companies to: offer insurance across state lines (now prohibited) so they could have larger pools of people to help spread the risk; encourage completely tax free health care savings accounts that can be used for any type of health care or insurance; make information about health care more transparent, thus allowing patients to make more informed decisions about their care; and encourage and improve health information technology. Goodlatte believes that the cost of health care is very much affected by medical malpractice laws and advocates for liability reform. Many doctors have told him that because of the current malpractice threat, they have to practice defensive medicine, often ordering tests and procedures to show that they have tried everything and tested for everything possible. The cost of these can add tens of billions of dollars to health care costs, said Goodlatte. One speaker asked if Congress was willing to drop their current health care insurance coverage and come under the public option, whether it should be passed. Goodlatte said he had “co-sponsored a bill that proposes that anyone who votes for the plan would be required to take the government option.� One attendee stated that she was neither left nor right, but

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Congressman Bob Goodlatte (right) fields questions on health care at Hidden Valley High School. said she was concerned that we are in debt up to our eyeballs to a country that is not our friend (China). Goodlatte took the opportunity to speak about the federal budget deficit and how he has continually voted for the tightest budget offered every time. Another person asked the question, “Why do we need 34 czars?� Goodlatte responded that he believes that Congress has ceded far too much authority to the executive branch of our government, and that it is not just a problem with the Obama administration. Goodlatte is also concerned about proposed Medicare cuts to help pay for the plan and the discontinuation of Medicare Advantage plans. “We need more alternatives like the Medicare Advantage and other programs like that try to bring more competition into the system, but instead we are going in the opposite direction where we are taking money out of the program to pay for another new one. We are going to do that at a time when [there will be] a pretty dramatic rise in the number of Medicare recipients due to the baby boomers.� Those attending the town hall meeting seemed to over-

whelmingly approve of Goodlatte’s positions on health care; however there were questioners who were at odds with his positions. One criticized the Republican motive in fighting the proposed plan as being solely designed to bring President Obama down. Another asked why the moderates of both parties could not come together on this issue. Goodlatte responded, “With the exception of one committee in the Senate, no Republican has been invited to the table for any of the discussions in any of the House committees.� He said that Republicans have attempted to be a part of the process. According to Goodlatte, the President said he was “all for bipartisanship,� but not if it was going to hold up the bill. “I don’t drink beer, but if the President invites me over to talk to him, I am going to bring my list. You can count on it,� said Goodlatte. “I hope he changes his tack... I think he should throw this thing out and start over again.�

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A study was released this week that concluded that federal health care reform proposals would weaken the Virginia economy and increase taxes on Virginians. The study, released by the nonpartisan Virginia Institute for Public Policy, projects that the cost of funding health care reform based on President Obama’s priorities would average $4,176 for every man, woman, and child in Virginia. The report, titled “The Prognosis for National Health Insurance: A Virginia Perspective,� looks 10 years out and projects that: In addition to federallyfunded expenditures, Virginia government expenditures through 2019 that would occur as a result of a federal health care reform is $2.1 billion. Virginia would see reduced

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economic growth by 4.5 percent. If the federal government successfully pushes the financial responsibility for covering the expansion of lower-income individuals’ health-insurance coverage off to the states, Virginia’s costs would increase by a total of $6.8 billion. Donna Arduin, coauthor of the study and a partner with Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, explained that the plan pending in Congress would increase costs, further escalate medical-price inflation, and still leave 30 million Americans uninsured. According to Arduin, the reason medical costs would increase is because patients would be further separated from the true costs of their health care and would be less driven to be efficient in their spending. She said this separation is actually the reason health care costs are skyrocketing today. “The patient is separated from the financial transaction and costs are no longer his concern. Health care reform should be based on policies that diminish this separation rather than increase it,� Arduin said. John Taylor, president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, likened it to a scenario where all citizens’ groceries were paid for by government. Individuals would make no effort to create a grocery budget, he said. They would simply buy the most expensive items they could find, and buy them in whatever quantities they wanted, since the money was not coming directly out of their pockets. This would eventually lead to higher taxes so government could pay for the groceries, as well as government-imposed limits (rationing) on how many groceries individuals could buy, to control costs. Health care costs have risen

over the past 50 years, while the patient’s out-of-pocket contribution has decreased; half of all medical expenditures in 1950 were paid by patients in the form of out-ofpocket expenses. Today only 10 percent of expenditures are paid the same way. Taylor said that the study offers alternative reform solutions that are more patientcentered and free-market oriented, without destroying what already is good in the current system. These solutions include: • Provide for individual ownership of insurance policies – the tax deduction for employers who provide insurance should instead be given to the individual, so the individual gets the same tax break for buying his own policy. • Create less restrictions on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) – HSAs allow individuals to save money for health care expenses taxfree. Paying expenses out-ofpocket empowers individuals to monitor their health care costs and use only those services that are necessary. • Reduce the number of mandated benefits state legislatures require insurers to cover – some states require insurers cover things such as hair transplants, genderchanging operations, etc., in their basic insurance package, which can increase premiums dramatically, especially for people who will never use those services. Letting consumers (rather than politicians) choose which benefits they need and are willing to pay for will help reduce premiums. Allow interstate purchasing of insurance – as seen above, policies in some states are more affordable because they include fewer mandated “bells and whistles.â€? Reallocate the majority of Medicaid spending into sim-

ple vouchers for low-income individuals to purchase their own insurance – an incomebased sliding scale voucher program would eliminate much of the large bureaucracy that is needed to implement today’s complex Medicaid system, the report states, and that would produce considerable cost savings. • Reform tort liability laws – “defensiveâ€? medicine (extra procedures and tests doctors perform to lessen the chances they will be sued by patients) drives up medical costs and creates an adversarial relationship between doctors and patients. Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes spoke about the votes in Congress in support of the current reform bills. He said the Republicans in the House of Representatives need 38 Democrats to side with them to stop the bills. Although the conservative Blue Dog Democrats are being counted on to prevent the current “public optionâ€? bills from passing, according to Forbes, “You can’t put a lot of stock in them... I can’t think of a situation since the Democrats have come back in control of Congress when the Blue Dogs held when the pressure really came.â€? Forbes stated he thinks the town hall meetings will change some votes in Congress. He also said that those pushing for significant government control of health care are doing it because it is a control issue where politicians are “much more interested in feeding their constituent groups that helped get them in officeâ€? than creating real reform. A copy of the full report and a four-page executive summary are available at By Brian Gottstein

The Vinton District representative on the Roanoke County School Board, Mike Stovall, has some opposition this November as he runs for a fourth term. In fact Stovall, who runs a driving school in Vinton, has two opponents for the slot. Russell Wise announced his plan to run some time ago and Jason Peters, a financial planner, made public his intentions to challenge Stovall at a news conference last week. A financial planning specialist for First Citizen’s Bank, Peters (33 years old) has a degree of visibility within the Vinton area as co-chair of the Vinton Vision Committee. That group is raising money for a monument being built to honor those from Vinton and the Roanoke

Vinton School District Race Heats Up Valley who have fallen in combat over the years. It will stand outside the renovated/expanded Vinton War Memorial community center. His wife Candye is also involved with the monument campaign, which still has to raise about $100,000 towards a goal of about $400,000. The couple has seven children, including an infant. Candye Hughes said the fundraising campaign was “going great,” although she still had 600 bricks to sell at $150 each as of last week. Jason Peters has spent 17 years with the Vinton First Aid Squad, where he has been involved with the Needy Family Program that delivers food and gifts to the less fortunate every Christmas season. He touted

that and his participation with the War Memorial project. “I’m directly serving the children in our community,” said Peters, also citing a need to “teach our children to look outside of themselves,” by getting involved in their community. Several times during brief remarks outside the renovated Vinton War Memorial, Peters talked about the need to create “a relationship of open communication,” as a school board member, and about the desire to create a vision. Handling conflicts “in a tactful way,” is another goal for Peters, something Stovall has been accused of not doing in the past. Peters mentioned the controversy over moving Vinton’s Roland E. Cook alternative

> Bolling From page 1

as a “green” company, one that might be eligible for job growth tax incentives under a McDonnell/Bolling administration. Bill Cleaveland, 17th House District Republican candidate, joined Bolling for a quick tour, as did State Senator Ralph Smith and Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce president Joyce Waugh. “We are very unique in what we do,” said company CEO/president Don Howell as he began the tour. The Lieutenant Governor, aiming to be reelected for a second term, was impressed. ADMMicro works with major concerns such as Wal-Mart, Target and the United States Postal Service, supplying control systems and monitoring units (Howell estimated the cost at $3000-$4000 each) that can help save energy. “You are truly a green-energy business,” said Bolling, who was told that the ADMMicro systems could save 18-20% of a company’s energy bill. After the tour Bolling,

Cleaveland and others gathered in the company boardroom for a discussion of how state government can help businesses grow, or when it should stay out of the way. Cleaveland, a lawyer by trade who is running against Democrat Gwen Mason, called ADMMicro “the epitome of entrepreneurship …in the valley.” Waugh asked about more funding for transportation initiatives and “overburdened” community colleges that need help in offering more of the non-credit training courses businesses are often looking for to train workers. Bolling talked about tax credits for small businesses that create jobs, programs that would foster all types of energy production in the Commonwealth, and about dire budget predictions for the next few years. In regard to energy and carbon emissions reduction, Bolling mentioned that he was “so opposed to things like cap and trade…[it’s] a regulatory albatross that will keep jobs.”

Growing the economy again by creating jobs is the best way said Bolling, and he would like to do what he can as part of a winning ticket with McDonnell, the former Attorney General. “We’ve got some ideas on how to do that,” said Bolling, who mentioned a green energy tax credit. If reelected, with McDonnell gaining the governor’s seat, the Lieutenant Governor said he would officially be christened the “job creation officer,” in the new administration, if they best the Democratic ticket of Creigh Deeds and Jodi Wagner. Sounding a familiar Republican theme, Bolling said private business can often supply the answers and economic drivers politicians cannot. “Sometimes government gets in the way... not all knowledge rests in Richmond.” By Gene Marrano

> Carilion From page 1

Neurology and Surgery, along with imaging and laboratory services. With the centralized location of many physicians and specialties, Carilion will begin to realize one of the key visions they have for their clinic: “physicians side-by-side providing well-coordinated, interdisciplinary care to improve care and outcomes.” Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart added that, “Beyond benefiting from more coordinated care, our patients will experience a new level of service from the moment they call to make an appointment. Once the practice moves are complete, a centralized scheduling

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system will ensure patients are seen by their physician in an efficient and timely manner. The enhanced experience will continue as patients arrive at Riverside 3 for their appointments. From the moment they step into the building, they will be warmly welcomed and escorted throughout the building by volunteers.” Other amenities of the Riverside 3 facility include: - A Health Information Center with computers where patients and their loved ones can access condition-specific online learning materials. - Assisted parking for patients needing help getting to their appointments and shuttle

service on the campus. - A single toll-free number for patients to call when making appointments and getting information such as directions or procedure results.  - A “green” building featuring an energy-efficient design, the largest “green roof ” in the region and a location that promotes alternative transportation. Speakers at the Thursday dedication included Carilion President and CEO Dr. Ed Murphy, and COO Nancy Agee. The facility will open to patients on Monday September 14.

> Refugee

school students to Cave Spring High School (now delayed) as an issue that Stovall might have handled differently. “I will be involved; I will attend [public] meetings,” he vowed. Former Mount Pleasant Civic League president Mike Roop, on hand for the Peters announcement, said some people in his end of the Vinton District are upset that it took so long to get renovations at the elementary school there off the ground, four years after the original promised start date. The Civic League will hold a “meet the candidates” night on October 1, at 7 p.m., most likely at the school added Roop. “I feel like there are issues that haven’t been resolved,” said Peters from the podium, adding

that he wanted to “build a better relationship with parents…it is time for new leadership in our district, someone who will represent the entire district.” With construction also underway at William Byrd High School (new classrooms, a gym, updated HVAC, etc.) there are several concerns on the table. Peters said he had no “personal issue,” with Stovall, adding however, that the long time, Photo by Gene Marrano hard-driving incumbent, “hasn’t Vinton School Board been open to the community. Candidate Jason Peters That’s really the only issue I’ve had with Mike. I’d like to get General Assembly session. “It’s more involved in the leader- going to be tough.” ship of the schools.” His financial background should come By Gene Marrano in handy, added Peters, with Governor Tim Kaine hinting at more education cuts in the next

Roanoke’s McFadden to Be Inducted into Tech Wall of Fame

There is a Wall of Fame at Virginia Tech which recognizes Virginia Tech Alumni who have distinguished themselves through contributions of service in the fields of aviation or aerospace. The Wall of Fame was dedicated in 1998 and one in- Shortly after landing his stricken dive Frank McFadden today in his ductee is selected vintage uniform. bomber in the Philippines, Frank McFadeach year. This year den stands in the gaping hole where part key role in developing some of on September 15th the basic techniques and proceMajor Frank H. of his rear stabilizer once rested. McFadden, USMto a project that developed the dures still used today. With the end of the Korean CR (Ret) of Roanoke will be the first standard operating proceWar, Major McFadden returned next veteran to be so honored. dure for the use of helicopters “Mac” as his friends call him in combat. This was the begin- to the Marine Ready Reserve, is a remarkable gentleman of ning of the transition of moving and the Norfolk and Western many achievements. He is a true troops from ships to shore us- Railway, retiring in 1981 as citizen soldier, having served in ing helicopters in lieu of landing Planning Manager for the Mothe United States Marine Corps craft and McFadden played a tive Power and Equipment Department. during WWII, flying 113 combat missions as a Dive Bomber Pilot who participated in 11 campaigns. McFadden won 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Purple Heart Medal, 12 Air Medals, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 11 Battle Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and many other decorations. McFadden was wounded by anti-aircraft fire while dive bombing Japanese artillery positions near the City of Manila in the Philippines, and with a severely damaged airplane, he was able to save his rear seat gunner and the airplane. After the war, he returned to Virginia Tech, completed his education in Mechanical Engineering and was employed by the Norfolk and Western Railway until the Korean War when he was recalled to active duty. He then returned to flying F4U'S, and trained Marine Fighter Pilots for duty in Korea. With the arrival of helicopters in the Marine Corps, Major (540) 982-6983 McFadden qualified as a Helicopter Pilot and was assigned

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Contrary to some perceptions, refugees actually want to be friends with Americans, not just socialize with their own. “I was touched by a group of Burmese refugees that came for the very first soccer game,” said Pizzoni. “They had carefully prepared an assortment of fruit to share with the other players and spectators at the game.  Even though Americans were hosting the event for them, the Burmese wanted to contribute and demonstrate  goodwill toward everyone there.” These Saturday soccer games are serious,

competitive affairs, a vehicle for people from different cultures to get together to play a game and just to feel normal. Soccer, the most popular sport in the world (outside the U.S. especially) is a platform where these refugees can speak a common language, and a way to help assimilate into the American “melting pot”.

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and Delegate Onzlee Ware. “To stand here today and to see all of this is a tremendous thing,” remarked Sherman Lea, Vice-Mayor for Roanoke City Council. A former superintendent who worked as a teacher, principal, and administrator within the school system, Doris Ennis is serving as “Administrator on Assignment” for the interim while Principal Susan Willis awaits a decision by the Roanoke City School Board as to her future with the school system. An investigation conducted by Department of Education recently found Willis to be implicated in a SOL cheating scandal at William Fleming High School. Ennis has retired from the school system several times and each time has been called back to serve in various capacities. Mayor David Bowers commented that Ennis has “retired more than anybody in the City of Roanoke and she’s not through yet.” Bowers provided a historical overview on Colonel William Fleming and said that he [Colonel Fleming] “was transformed - and Wil-

liam Fleming High School is transformed.” The school is named after Fleming, a member of the General Assembly who served as state senator and briefly acted as governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War. School Board Chairman David Carson pointed out that the new school was “completed on time and under budget.” Carson said the large attendance at the celebration was “evidence of this community coming together.” Bowers and other dignitaries cut the blue and gold ribbon amid shouts of joy and hand clapping. The ceremony closed with Fleming senior Sarah Furrow giving a rousing speech. Studentled tours began at the conclusion of the ceremony and those in attendance were treated to cake and punch. The scheduled date for completion of the new football stadium at William Fleming High School is fall 2010; meanwhile the old Fleming high school is being demolished next door. By Susan Ayers

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CLICK, CLICK, CLICK… The Sound of Loyalty and Love

here is a certain rhythm to the early mornings in our home, but none more certain and inviolable as when Sabrina, standing in the middle of the kitchen, surrounded by prancing dogs, says the word, “JEEP.” All the dogs bust for the garage door and Sabrina loads them into the vehicle whose license plate reads, ‘DOB LIMO.’ (Dobermans, of course.) A quick run to a nearby convenience store for Sabrina’s morning diet fountain Pepsi, one of the Basic Food Groups. While there, Sabrina has to watch the other customers; the friendly, but unwise animal lovers. One such, walking by the half-opened window and spying my 90 pound Dobie, ‘Rock’, thought he might reach inside and pet him. Sabrina restrained

his arm and ardor by Rock is maybe explaining that life nine years old. We as a single-limb amadopted him from putee is vastly overthe SPCA. He had rated. been confined to a Then comes the small cage for most ride home; heads of his youth. His stuck excitedly out all hind-quarters were windows. The dogs atrophied by lack know what’s coming of use. Abused by next: the run up the a male, I guessed, Lucky Garvin drive-way. She lets considering his them out of the car fear of me. But I and they charge up our 2/10 took the time to win his love mile, winding, climbing drive- and affection, and my patience way. She reloads them, takes paid off. All the other dogs go them back down, lets them to their sleeping places at night; go, etc. Six times. This activity he dozes lightly by the door. unifies our pack and drains off No matter what time I come in energy. Not long ago, I accom- from work, be it early morning panied ‘the run.’ to late at night, I climb the stairs, The younger dogs’ long legs enter the room, and hear, “Click. eat up the distance, but I notice Click. Click.” He walks up to my Rock, though trying hard, me, no jumping, barking or lags far behind. tail-wagging. He simply stands

beside me, his head pressed into my thigh. ‘Glad you’re home.’ After a bit of male-bonding and satisfied that I am home and safe, he heads off to his bed. Click. Click. Click. Moving up the driveway, even un-winded, he has a ‘smile’ on his face; he loves these mornings. The stride of the younger dogs is 18-24 inches long; Rock’s is a chunking 4 inch gait interspersed with lots of walking. But my boy stays at it gamely. Once capable of easily fulfilling his commands, his joints no longer cooperate with his exertions or intent; they are progressively tethered by the gathering years. I know the feeling; and that takes me back to a scene long ago with ‘Chips’, the English Setter I grew up with. He aged far faster than I. I studied by the fireplace,

Chips slept on his mat close by. I finished reading, set the book away and watched the light of the flames play over his body. The welcomed heat finally warmed his old bones and aching joints; he now slept deeply. As I watched, I noted his legs began to move, almost purposefully. All four would pull back, then recover; this in slow motion. I suddenly realized my Chips was dreaming of running! Sometimes his front paws would flex close to his chest, while his rear legs extended backwards. He was jumping. His muscles unbound by dreaming, he now runs as he once did. As a bird dog, a hunter, he would chase his quarry, but in head-high grass, he would jump above the Broomsage to keep the bird in sight. That night he was again on the hunt.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Ceasar Milan, The Dog Whisperer. There are few people who understand canines as he does. But respect him as I do, he has one belief with which I disagree. “Dogs live only in the moment.” They have no memories. Sometimes when he sleeps, Rock moves his legs as though running, and I wonder if with him, like Chips, it isn’t precisely that they can no longer run or hunt as they used to, it’s that, lost in dreaming, they still remember when they could. When the time comes for one of us to ‘cross over’, be it Rock or be it me that does the leaving, one thing I will sorely miss is, click, click, click.

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Cap and Trade’s Devastating Effect on Virginia


hile many of us have forgotten about the “cap and trade” bill in Congress since we started debating health care reform, Congress has not forgotten about this big revenue generator for the federal government. The legislation (also known as the Waxman-Markey bill) could have a devastating effect on Virginia’s economy in the form of lost industries, lost jobs, and increased taxes in the thousands of dollars for every household. Cap and trade (“affection-

ately” known as cap and tax, because that’s what it really is) is a scheme by the federal government to cap the amount of greenhouse gases (primarily carbon dioxide) that companies can emit into the atmosphere, mainly during the manufacturing process. Existing companies will be given permits that will allow a certain amount of carbon dioxide emissions per company. If a company needs to emit more CO2 than the permit allows, it can buy emission credits from other companies who might not use all of theirs.

Over time, the government plans to reduce the total allowable carbon emissions to levels last seen in the 1930s. Currently, few technologies exist to help industries reduce emissions to those levels. In addition, no one knows when or if the technologies will ever even be invented. As a result, companies that can’t reduce their emissions will just have to keep buying more and more credits, which will mean their costs will go up, which will result in higher prices for their goods (cars, microwaves, furniture, electricity, etc.) Compa-

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nies that won’t be able to afford additional credits will just go out of business. All of this will be done in the name of reducing “global warming” -- a theory based on very flawed and controversial computer models, and a theory that has never been scientifically proven. By the way, the numbers show that the earth has actually been cooling for the past 10 years – exactly the opposite of what the models had predicted. Many European countries have already instituted cap and trade and find that it is destroying their economies and having a negligible effect on carbon dioxide (they don’t seem to realize that most of the carbon dioxide on earth comes from the oceans, not from manufacturing). So, how will cap and trade affect Virginia’s economy? The Washington think tank The Heritage Foundation conducted an economic analysis of the Waxman–Markey bill for Virginia. According to Heritage, (1) because these permits carry a price, (2) because 85 percent of the United States’ energy

comes from carbonHeritage conemitting fossil fuels, cludes that contrary and (3) since nearly to the claims of an everything Amerieconomic boost from cans use and pro“green investment” duce requires enand “green job” creergy, the cost will hit ation, cap and tax will citizens’ wallets over do the exact opposite and over again. by increasing energy According to Herprices – and thereitage’s analysis, from fore the costs of our 2012 (when cap and utilities and almost Brian Gottstein tax restrictions first all goods that we apply) to 2035, Waxman–Mar- purchase. These increased costs key would: will cause a huge reduction in Reduce personal income in the rate of economic growth, as Virginia by an average of $3.2 well as the loss of household inbillion (about $1500 per house- come and jobs. hold) EACH YEAR. While Virginia’s Democrat Destroy an average of 26,600 Congressmen in the House aljobs EACH YEAR. ready voted in favor of the bill, Take an average of $8.7 bil- you can still influence Senalion out of our state economy tors Webb’s and Warner’s votes EACH YEAR. over this economy-destroying Raise annual electricity costs legislation. Make your voices by $1,031.73 per household by heard. If you don’t like the cur2035 (this increase is over and rent economic recession, just let above normal inflation and is this bill pass, and we will fondly due solely to Waxman-Mar- reminisce about what we’re gokey). ing through now as “the good Raise gasoline prices an addi- old days.” tional $1.31 per gallon by 2035 Contact Brian at (again, this increase is over and above inflation).

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Well, Grandparents ARE a great thing! I have so many fond memories of my grandparents. My mother’s parents actually lived here in Roanoke, long before I lived here. I remember riding my big wheel in front of their house on the sidewalks of Raleigh Court. Those memories are wonderful. Every year my children go apple picking with their grandpa and grandma who visit from the mid-west in late September. What a wonderful memory for them - a beautiful time of year and a special tradition with people who love them so much and just want to spend time with them. We are so blessed with all our sets of grandparents. There is my dad (Grandaddy) who shares magic tricks and lots of laughs; Nana and Pop Pop who play and play and play some more; and grandpa and grandma who visit from far away and pick apples and teach us to sew; and then there is my mom, Grandmommy, who we always remember and honor, who loved us all so much and watches over us each day. Happy Grandparents Day to all of you and thank you for all the love you give. This week’s recipe is a new one for me. I plan on trying it when Grandpa and Grandma come to visit. 4 lbs of good cooking apples ing at the bottom. Cook until thick and smooth 1 cup apple cider vinegar when a bit is spooned onto a cold plate and al2 cups water lowed to cool (1 to 2 hours). You can also cook the Sugar (about 4 cups, see cooking instructions) purée on low heat, stirring only occasionally, but Salt this will take much longer as stirring encourages 2 teaspoons cinnamon evaporation. (Note the wider the pan the better, as 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves there is more surface for evaporation.) 1/2 teaspoon allspice - There are several ways to sterilize your jars for Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon canning. You can run them through a short cycle - Cut the apples into quarters, without peeling on your dishwasher. You can place them in a large or coring them (much of the pectin is in the cores pot (12 quart) of water on top of a steaming rack and flavor in the peels), cut out damaged parts. (so they don't touch the bottom of the pan), and - Put them into large pot, add the vinegar and bring the water to a boil for 10 minutes. Or you water, cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to sim- can rinse out the jars, dry them, and place them, mer, cook until apples are soft, about 20 minutes. without lids, in a 200°F oven for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. - Pour into hot, sterilized jars and seal. If you - Ladle apple mixture into a chinois sieve (or plan to store the apple butter un-refrigerated, foodmill) and using a pestle force pulp from the make sure to follow proper canning procedures. chinois into a large bowl below. Measure result- Before applying the lids, sterilize the lids by placing puree. Add 1/2 cup of sugar for each cup of ing them in a bowl and pouring boiling water apple pulp. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add a dash of over them. Wipe the rims of the jars clean before salt, and the cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice, applying the lids. Use a hot water bath for 10 minlemon rind and juice. Taste and adjust seasonings utes to ensure a good seal. if necessary. As an alternative to stove cooking the puree you - Cook uncovered in a large, wide, thick-bot- can cook uncovered in a microwave, on medium tomed pot on medium low heat, stirring constant- heat to simmer, for around 30 minutes. ly to prevent burning. Scrape the bottom of the -Makes a little more than 3 pint jars. pot while you stir to make sure a crust is not form-


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Witnessing the True Definition of Grace

am a person with great appreciation for words. I find myself carefully considering definitions and word usage – even in the most mundane and ordinary of communications. I am acutely aware of new words and try to incorporate them into my vocabulary – both verbal and written. But recently, it was a simple and common word that sparked a great deal of thought and consideration. Webster’s dictionary defines the word -- grace -- as “a virtue coming from God� (n.) or the “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency� (v.). I believe this story would accurately be described as both. Recently, I joined an old friend and a group of his fraternity brothers who were back in the area celebrating a reunion at their national headquarters. Nearly 20 years ago, these men had all worked together – but more importantly – the same man had hired them all. Only knowing one person in the group -- I was afforded a wonderful opportunity to objectively observe these friends who had come from a variety of states and vastly different circumstances. There were lawyers, doctors, music executives,

and businessmen. There was even a deacon of the Catholic Church. There were stories of college days; first jobs, wives and kids. There was laughter about the details they remembered and questions about the memories that had faded with time. There was the comfort that comes with a shared past. As I listened carefully and watched each face -- I couldn’t help but notice there was something else stringing these men together – something powerful and undeniable. Something I couldn’t put my finger on. So, when the crowd had thinned I asked a few questions of my own. The story I heard stopped me in my tracks. It all started when Sigma Nu fraternity hired their “field consultants� nearly 20 years ago. For most of these young men, it was their first job out of college and for all of them, it meant “moving� to Southwest Virginia – home of the national headquarters. In reality, their job meant long and grueling months on the road – a new city each day – leaving very little time to substantively connect with anyone. Lexington became their anchor and their friendships grew based on shared experience. But more importantly, their boss became an important

his illness. They kept mentor -- like a fatrying with no avail. ther. His professionUntil this year‌. al guidance, faith in As plans were their abilities and made for their annufostering of their talal meeting this year, ents clearly shaped they decided to pile the men they would into a Land Cruiser, become. This one driving from Oklaperson had changed homa to Nebraska to the trajectory of all Tennessee to Virginia their lives. How– picking up anothever, at the time, Stephanie Koehler er passenger with none of them could each state – includhave imagined what lie ahead ing their beloved former boss. for him. For an entire weekend, they I am not a mental health ex- stepped outside themselves and pert – so I won’t even attempt to vigilantly surrounded him with label the experience that befell the love of family, the respect he their boss in later years. Was it had earned and the truth of his trauma and loss that triggered impact on their lives. the breakdown or the breakThe remaining details of the down that triggered a down- trip are of no particular signifiward spiral? Either way, this cance. I am not suggesting he strong, powerful, articulate man suddenly made – or will make slowly faded into a timid and -- a miraculous recovery. I am desperate shell – unable to work also not offering a commentary and unable to face life. Over the on the tragedy of mental illness years, these brothers -- scattered or the circumstances that drive across many states – tried to help the strongest and most capable ease his burden and get him the of people into the depths of help he needed – but the road despair. The message is somewas long and filled with frustra- thing far more basic to the hution. How can a person repay man condition. It’s about “an such a debt? How do you make instance of kindness, courtesy, some one feel they matter? and clemencyâ€?. It’s about the Year after year, they encour- part of our human being that aged him to participate in reflects something greater than events, attend reunions and re- ourselves. join life. Year after year, his deThis group of “brothersâ€? had sire to see them was crippled by cared enough to persevere in

their attempts to let this man know how much he meant to them – and it worked. If only for a fleeting moment – this broken man knew he mattered and that the world had been impacted by his life. For a few simple moments on a Saturday night in August, he knew these men were changed because their lives had intersected with his all those years ago.

For me‌it was simple. I was witnessing the true definition of Grace. As I drove out of town – I thought about the motto of their fraternity: Love. Honor. Truth. The founders would be proud.

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Preacher’s Corner Never Dig a Hole by Stan Wright Matthew 25:18, “But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.�


er name was Lessie Vaughan and she was going on 83 years young when I first met her. New to the ministry and not having attended seminary yet, I knew I was in need of all the encouragement, advice and especially prayer I could get. Mrs. Vaughan was a widow lady; her husband had been dead for probably 30 years. Her only child, her son, had been killed in Germany during World War II, shot down with his plane. So, for most of life, Mrs. Vaughan had worked and lived alone, but she was a staunch believer in the Lord Jesus and attended church constantly. In

fact, she like attending church and bible studies so much, that when the church I was serving started a study, she never failed to attend, with me picking her up of course. One day, early in the fall, after our study had begun, she invited me to just stick my head in the door of her house to see a special place. There in the corner of her little dining room was a vinyl green rocker and beside it her bible and books, all lined up. She told me this was here special place; this was where she was when she received word that her son had been killed. This was where she had prayed all night, when her husband was so ill and then she said, “this is the place where I use my one talent, prayer, and pray for you all the time.� You could have bowled me over with a feather, humbly fighting back a tear. She

said that she didn’t have much money, her energy was used up from working over the years, but she said you know, “I can always pray.� That was the talent/gift that God had given her, to pray intercessory prayer for others. She had church directories of all the churches she attended and she had the names of all the missionaries she supported. She had my name at the top of the list, knowing I was new to ministry. Over the last now 28 years of ministry in moments when life has been difficult or when troubles come or when I think of all the years of ministry and how God has so blessed me. I think of Lessie Vaughan and I thank the Lord that with that one talent he gave her, she did not bury it in a hole, but used it to the best of her ability. However young or old we

may be or feel, God has given each of us gifts to be used for His glory. This pastor may very well have never gotten out of seminary, if it had not been for a little, Christian lady doing the one thing she knew how to do. Pray. What is year gift/ talent? My new parishioners will hear me mention that over and over, because I think in all of us we possess the gifts to do God’s will as he bring others to Christ. May God’s Holy Spirit guide and direct us all in using whatever gift we have - no matter our age or background. Never dig a hole! Stan Wright is the New Pastor at South Roanoke United Methodist Church Visit them on Sundays at 2330 South Jefferson St or Online at

A Perfect Memory? I'd Probably Just Say No


ately I’ve been thinking about memory-not because I have new concerns about forgetting to put on my pants or pick up the milk in town. As far as my own memory goes, nothing much has changed (or so I think) and I bumble along at about the same level of absentmindedness as is my usual. What prompts me to ruminate about memory these days goes back to curiosity I’ve had about the subject since my single-year college detour as a psychology major. As psych students, we could watch memories form by the behaviors they produced in rodents. But what changed in those rat brains? And what was forgetting that made memory weaken over the next week, month or year like mine did for organic chemistry equations or the names of my next-door dorm neighbors? The ascent of civilization and culture, science and philosophy, have been carried along by the power of this thing--noun or verb?--that brains have or do. However it works, it connects perception--what we touch, see, hear--more or less reliably to times, places, ideas and their meanings. How absolutely essential and what a mystery! The subject both perplexed and challenged me then, and it still does today. But beyond the physical mechanics of memory, as those riddles are brought to light, will soon thereafter come the complex ethical questions of how to use what we will have come to know. I wonder: If it can be done,

does it follow that it can make average should be done? If memory abilities of new knowledge or a college student, tools are available, scientist or leader are we compelled to “perfect.� We can use them? selectively remove This is worth conthe emotional pain sidering now, beassociated with cause, in our scienmemories of abuse tific understanding or of tragic loss and of and control over shame while leaving essential process of emotionally-neutral Fred First life, we approach for memories intact. memory (within one or a few Perhaps we can even create human lifetimes) the threshold nano-implant memory modfrom merely reading code to ules for the brain to make it’s altering it--a boundary already recipients perpetually resistant crossed for DNA. And if DNA to depression or aggression like is the blueprint for the chassis, we selectively insert new genes memory is the program for op- in a field of corn to make it reerations. sistant to disease and tolerant to Consider: we’ve modified al- herbicides. most every aspect of agriculture But maybe in the end, there’s and many of human disease by a legitimate argument for selecmanipulating genes and chro- tive memory, for forgetting and mosomes. What form will our for regret and against the possibiotechnological destiny take bility of perpetual bliss and total when we possess the same level recall. If this whole paragraph of power over the molecular is set in bold type, nothing in basis for memory and can phar- it stands out. If I can’t weight maceutically turn up or down more strongly the memories of the recall of facts and the emo- certain events, times, places and tional weight of memories to faces that my inner story-teller suit the needs and wishes of the finds of greater value to me as individual--or of the group? author of my own narrative, We now know that short whose story is it? If we can creterm and long term memory ate soldiers without emotional are different chemical-synaptic pain, isn’t that the death of conprocesses and that emotionally science? If I am no longer reloaded and emotionally neutral pulsed by the guilt of a memory memories are coded differently. of another sorely wronged, am Substances like propranolol and I more likely to repeat that imPMKzeta and ZIP (and oth- pulse to injure? ers we’ll soon find) can make The ability to intervene in the memories weaker or stronger. essential human faculty of memYou can easily find the studies ory will, like any other technolonline. ogy, be a two-edged sword. Like So for the sake of discussion, our genes, our memories make let’s imagine a time when: we us unique and they are prone to

error. Some day we may be able to taylor what and how we remember. If it can be done: when faced with the passageway into the matrix of memory, will we choose the blue pill or the red one?


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Back To School Bus Safety It’s that time of year again . . . back to school time! And whether you’re sending your kids to high school or putting that kindergartner on the bus for the first time, the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department wants to remind you of some bus safety tips to keep your kids & grandkids safe getting to and from school. According to the National Safety Council, 23 million students nationwide ride the bus. But, the greatest risk to your children isn’t the bus ride, but approaching or leaving the bus. Here are some great tips to keep in mind about bus safety: Get to the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Never run, push or shove by the bus stop. When the bus approaches, stand at least 5 giant steps away from the curb and line up away from the street. Wait until the bus completely stops, the door opens and the driver says that it is okay before stepping on the

bus. If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalks or along the side of the road to a point out of the “Danger Zone�, at least 10 ft. in front of the bus before you cross. Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver. Keep eye contact with the bus driver. Be aware of the traffic around you - look both ways before crossing the street. Use the handrails on the bus to avoid falls. Never walk behind the bus. If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you. Remember your behavior on the bus – loud talking or noise can distract the bus driver. Keep these safety tips in mind and have a great school year!

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Roanokers Urged to Support Cycling and Pedestrian Week

In 2008, 90 people died walking or cycling on our Virginia roadways. In addition, 716 cyclists and 1,696 pedestrians were injured. Lack of knowledge and risky behaviors often leads to crashes between roadway users. Taking time to learn the laws and safety tips can save a life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize that a bicycle is considered a vehicle in Virginia and has the same duties and rights as motor vehicles on the road,â&#x20AC;? said Deidra Pennington, Trauma Outreach Coordinator for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. This means bikes and cars have to obey all traffic signs, signals, lights and markings. A bicycle should always travel in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. Motorists are required by law to approach and pass bicyclists at a reasonable speed and to allow at least two feet between their vehicle and the cyclist. Motorists are required to use signals to notify other roadway users of intent and cyclists must do the same using hand signals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behaving in a predictable manner while driving, bik-

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Citizens Encouraged to Take Bike User Survey

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Pats Come Back with a Win:

After being set back by Hidden Valley in their first game, Patrick Henry opened its home football season last Friday with a 21-11 win over Bassett. The Patriots scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters and limited the Bengals to one TD, a safety and a field goal to go to 1-1 on the young season.

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Patrick Henry Head Coach Brad Bradley (right) sets a serious tone in leading his team to a 21-11 victory over Bassett High School.

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Patriotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterback Matt Wood receives the snap from center before getting blocks up front and lunging for a touchdown in the Pats first drive against Bassett.

Byrd No Match for Hidden Valley

After winning its opener 44-14, Hidden Valley was even a bit better in last Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home game against William Byrd, beating the Terriers 49-14 at Bogle Stadium. For the second week in a row senior Titans tailback David Williams set a school record for yards on the ground â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this time racking up 313. William Byrd veteran head coach Jeff Highfill said his Terriers made some mistakes, but he gave credit where credit was due: â&#x20AC;&#x153;they outmanned us. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good ball club. Williams runs real hard. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as flashy as some of them weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see but we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anyone who runs any harder.â&#x20AC;? Williams credits his O-line with opening the holes that have made the former backup runner a smash hit in his first few games as a senior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They bust their butts all the

time and it pays off.â&#x20AC;? Hidden Valley head coach Scott Weaver is reaping the benefits of a seasoned offensive line â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as is Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming in to this season thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we had coming back on offense,â&#x20AC;? said Weaver of his O-line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to play to our strengths [but] we still have a lot of work to do.â&#x20AC;? Williams, also a championship wrestler at 145 lbs, comes from a football pedigree; his father and uncle both played major college football and an older brother plays on a club team at the Naval Academy. The Titans must keep working and can always get better said Williams, who backed up the now-departed David Turner for the past few years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will pay off when game time comes. I just have to run the ball.â&#x20AC;? Highfill is starting several freshmen on a Terriers team



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Valley was a reality check. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a young football teamâ&#x20AC;Śbut you go through that. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a measuring stick. Some of it we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cure right

away. Some of it is [work in] the weight room and growing up.â&#x20AC;? The veteran Byrd coach said the Titans werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;hugeâ&#x20AC;?

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Knights Prepare to Welcome Run-Oriented Northside When Cave Spring takes the field for their home game against the Northside Vikings Friday night at Bogle Stadium in Southwest Roanoke County, the Knights will be searching for more than a three game winning streak. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be seeking validation. The Knights also began the 2008 season with promise, defeating Alleghany and Staunton River before falling apart and losing their final eight games en route to a second consecutive 2-8 record. After dominating victories against Staunton River and Graham, Cave Spring again sits at 2-0. But this year, the Knights insist they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be experiencing any form of dĂŠjĂ vu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a year older, a year more experienced,â&#x20AC;? Head Coach Tim Fulton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really talked about our record so far. Our only goal is to get better every week.â&#x20AC;? Against the Vikings, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a chance to prove this team might be different from those of the past few years. But it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy: Northside (2-0) is coming off of an impressive road win at Pulaski County, last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Region IV Division 4 champ. In their two wins, the Vikings have amassed an astonishing 684 yards rushing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty well known fact that those kids can fly,â&#x20AC;? Fulton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty big up front and their offensive line gets off of the ball well.â&#x20AC;? The key to the game will be the Knights ability to slow down the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dynamic running attack, which features Philip Scott (189 yards rushing and two TDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vs. Pulaski) and Dustin Phelps. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our defense is going to have to be technically sound,â&#x20AC;? Fulton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need good reads from our linebackers, and good positioning, because their speed is a concern.â&#x20AC;? Offensively, Cave Spring has shown itself capable of beating opponents through the air and on the ground in 2009. Against Staunton River, quarterback Josh Woodrum completed 22 of 29 passes for just under 300 yards, but against Graham, the Knights relied on their rushing attack, racking up nearly 200 yards in the 55-12

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Cave Spring QB Josh Woodrum had a big game against Staunton River. blowout win. They will need a balance if they are to move the ball consistently against the Northside defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll really have to do a good job of keeping them guessing, because they do a great job of shutting down what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to do,â&#x20AC;? Fulton said. While a win would go a long way towards regaining credibility as a program, Fulton continues to take a long-term approach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk a lot about adversity, and how at some point weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna face it, and have to push through it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday is going to be a really tough game, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to focus on executing and improving. And if we can get better each week, we think we can accomplish our goals.â&#x20AC;? By Matt Reeve


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Dillard, Patriots Reaping Benefits of Hard Work As competitive golfers go, Austin Dillard got off to a bit of a late start. The Patrick Henry senior took up the game only four years ago during his freshman year. Fast forward to 2009, where Dillard, already boasting one victory on the season (a 74 at Countryside Golf Course), shot a round of 72 at Danville Country Club to capture his second win. With such success, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe to say that Dillard has caught up to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and perhaps surpassed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his competition, in record time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I only got serious about golf maybe three years ago,â&#x20AC;? Dillard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I worked really hard the past couple of off seasons to get better. Last year,

my play didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really reflect the effort I put in, but right now I feel really comfortable, and a lot more confident.â&#x20AC;? His father, who is a member at Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem, introduced Dillard to the game. Once he started to play, his raw talent was obvious. Dillard shot near 90 very quickly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a score some amateur golfers might not achieve in a lifetime â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and now shoots consistently in the 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Those kinds of scores are good enough to play at the collegiate level, and Dillard said he hopes to walk on at Virginia Tech in a few years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very consistent player overall,â&#x20AC;? Patriotsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Head Coach

Chris Dowdy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to give away shots, hits a lot of fairways and greens, makes a ton of pars. The great thing about him is you always know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get from round to round.â&#x20AC;? Still, Dillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quick ascension has been anything but effortless. In 2008, Dillard admits frustration in his performance, which led to a renewed resolve to make his senior season count. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I keep thinking to myself about how I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want my last year here to be a disappointment like last season,â&#x20AC;? Dillard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to get all I can out of each round this year, and go out with a bang.â&#x20AC;? Since opening with an 81 in his first competitive round this fall, things have clicked for Dillard, who attributes his last two scores to an increased comfort in his swing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about feeling comfort-

Red Sox are In

The Salem Red Sox, the Advanced Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have finished the second half of the Carolina League Season and have clinched a playoff berth. The first round, best of five series will start on Wednesday in Winston-Salem against the Dash. Game two will be played in Winston-Salem on Thursday, and game three and game four (if necessary) will be held in Salem on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 6:05 p.m., respectively. The venue for a potential game 5 on Sunday has not yet been determined. If WinstonSalem wins tonight's game in Myrtle Beach, game 5 would be held in Winston-Salem, while a Myrtle Beach win would designate Salem the home team for game 5 on Sunday. "Nothing is more exciting than playoff baseball," said By Matt Reeve General Manager John Katz, who is leaving for a post in

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Savannah, GA after the season ends. "Our fans have been tremendous all season long and we would love to bring a Carolina League championship back to Salem." It took until the last game of the 140 game season for Salem to clinch its first playoff berth since 2007. Salem finished the season two games ahead of the Kinston Indians for the wild card and will win the division with a WinstonSalem loss tonight. Tickets for Friday's playoff game are now on sale and can be purchased in person at the Salem Red Sox offices between 8:30-5 p.m., by calling the Salem Red Sox at (540) 389-3333, or online at


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Commentary: Health Care Reform Should Keep the Good, Improve the Bad Listening to the reform debate, one could easily conclude there is nothing right with health care in our nation. That conclusion would be badly mistaken. Even the most ardent advocates of reform have recognized the many positives in our health care system and among its professionals, and President Obama has wisely indicated that Americans who like their coverage should be able to keep it in a reformed system. Consequently, both employees and businesses alike should be troubled by proposals now under Senate consideration that would seriously undermine flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) offer businesses and their employees an important and effective tool in meeting their health care needs. Millions of Americans have chosen to participate in FSAs, which work in conjunction with primary insurance and allow employees to set aside their own dollars on a pre-tax basis to help pay for medical expenses, such as deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. These accounts are particularly important for Americans with chronic conditions, who often have multiple doctor visits and prescriptions to take each month. Patients with one or more chronic conditions can face thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs, even with comprehensive coverage. FSAs offer a means to help these patients cover such costs, to get the care they need to stay healthy, and to avoid complications that could otherwise result in a costly hospitalization.

Yet, some policy makers seem ready to ignore these benefits in pursuit of revenue, and they are considering â&#x20AC;&#x153;cappingâ&#x20AC;? the amount employees can put into their FSAs in order to keep more income â&#x20AC;&#x153;taxableâ&#x20AC;? to pay for other health care reforms. Thus, workers who currently set aside $3,500 tax free, will, if this proposal is enacted, pay TAXES on $1,500 more of their income each year if Congress imposes a $2,000 cap on FSAs. This tax increase on FSA usersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many of whom are middle-class families, represents a substantial departure from the health care these Americans presently enjoy, and fails the basic medical test of first doing no harm. Small businesses have seen their health care expenses grow year after year by double digits. My members continue to struggle to offer insurance to their employees and their families. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the first to agree that changes must be made to make it easier for employers to offer affordable, high-quality health care coverage to their employees, but as this process moves forward, it is the National Federation of Independent Businessesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hope that legislators will work to improve the existing system, while preserving the aspects of the current system that work for employers and employees alike. FSAs are certainly worth preserving. They can and should be part of a reformed health system.

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> September 15

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Dear editor, The reason I subscribe to your newspaper is because you have covered stories the Roanoke Times wouldn't touch in the past. People in the Roanoke Valley are ignorant concerning the threats to our way of life from the thirty plus radical czars appointed by Mr Obama. This weekend we had the resignation of the communist (by self definition) Green Jobs Czar,Van Jones.Van Jones is playing the victim of conservatives; however there are several videos of him making statements contrary to the American viewpoint that would shock most citizens if they were made aware of these influences in the White House. I have searched the Roanoke Times to see if this resignation Julia Ciarlo Hammond is the State Director of was published and found no NFIB-Virginia. results. How are voters expected to make informed decisions in elections if news is censored from them as our mainstream to learn how to construct a rain Meeting ofThe Arts Council of the media seems to be doing.There barrel. Participants will take home Blue Ridge. Ms. Dalhouse will share had been no news on any of a functional rain barrel, and must stories about the beginning of the Obama's radical czars in mabe able to load the barrel (55 organization in 1976 which started jor media outlets (print or TV), gallon) in his/her vehicles at the end with a grant from the National until they had to comment on of class.The class is limited to 20 Endowment for the Arts. When the resignation and then it was paid registrants. Supply fee is $40. 5:30 p.m. blamed on conservatives, not Where - Hollins University Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Van Jone's radical statements/ Registration is $20 and light 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 pm beliefs. refreshments will be served. Call Blue Ridge Public Library, 28 Avery Unless you listen to conRow Roanoke 540 342-5790 or email info@ servative talk radio and/or Please call 772-7524 to register for watch Fox News you are unthe class by September 11, 2009. aware of the truly radical advi> September 26 sors Obama has in the White > September 18 - 20 Couple Relationship House, all without any ConRoanoke Greek Festival Improvement gressional oversite and no A positive focus on: growing countability. Van Jones is just Fri - Sat: 11AM - 9 PM together. the tip of the iceberg. UnforSun: 12 PM - 7 Pm When - 8 AM - 4 PM tunately the people in the RoaWhere - 30 Huntington Blvd. Where - Health Focus of noke Valley are left in the dark Roanoke SouthwestVirginia, 3807 Brandon by local media. Ave. Stories you have done in > September 19 Cost - Free, lunch not provided Annual Roanoke Rose For more info and registrationSociety Rose Show 540-343-7994 Open to Public at Where - ValleyView Mall > September 26 - 27 When - 1 PM - 8PM Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival > September 20 - 21 TWhen - Saturday, September 26, Vantage Point 2009 Star City 2009 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM) Bible Conference Sunday, September 27, 2009 (11:00 The conference begins on Sunday AM-5:00 PM) morning at 10:30 a.m. at First Where - LakeWatch Plantation Baptist Church.The conference begins on Sunday morning at 10:30 Smith Mountain Lake Moneta,VA 24121 a.m. with messages from Rev. Jim Hamilton, and Dr. Bryan Smith. Sunday eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s messages begin at 6:00 p.m. Featured speakers include > October 3 Mountain Lake & Covered Evangelist Scott Smith, Dr. Joe Bridges - BusTour Brown, and special musical guest The SinglesTravel Club (couples Marvin Matthews. welcome too!), is sponsoring a Vantage Point 2009 Star City Bible Conference concludes on Monday bus trip to Mountain Lake and evening, at 6:30 p.m., with messages four covered bridges on Saturday, from Dr. Ergun Caner, DonWilton, October 3, 2009. and special musical guest Marvin Passengers can board the bus Matthews. at the BonsackWalmart, Route For more information, please 460, Roanoke.The cost of $69 call First Baptist Church at (540) per person includes: Roundtrip 224-3300. motorcoach transportation, buffet lunch at Mountain Lake Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s > September 22 The Arts Council of the Blue Dining Room,Tour of four covered bridges and a tour host. For further Ridge Annual Meeting Carol Dalhouse will be the information, call (540) 366-2888. Keynote Speaker for the Annual

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security. This cap and trade is a national tax of approximately eight hundred fifty Billion dollars ($850,000,000,000), on all energy production and industries that have CO2 emissions. The businesses will pass the tax on to energy users in increased charges. Millions of jobs will be lost as businesses fail or move jobs overseas where there are no such unreasonable taxes. Consumer costs for energy are expected to increase by 90% (every $1 go up to $1.90). Cost-of-living is projected to increase approximately $400 per month. Politicians will increase their power over citizens as more bureaucrats are added to enforce this economically disastrous policy. If you agree that the Senate should reject cap and trade contact Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner at once. Instead of cap and trade, there should be tax incentives to reward energy efficiency, new clean energy sources, conservation techniques, lower emissions of carbon MONOXIDE (NOT CO2), and the bans on using our own natural resources should be renewed.

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ment that is easy to navigate and understand, and is also visually appealing. Free Job Tips: Blue Ridge PBS launched JobQuest nine months ago and offers the latest tips and trends on the job search, including interviewing, job fair etiquette, and answers to tough interview questions. JobQuest airs live on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Segments of previous broadcasts can be viewed at under the JobQuest link. -Susan Geary is a certified resume writer and owner of 1st Rate Resumes in Salem. She is also the resume expert on Blue Ridge PBS’ JobQuest, and local Morning Edition Host on WVTF Public Radio. JobQuest at two fairs next week: “JobQuest,” the live, monthly Blue Ridge PBS production that showcases local job openings, covers a variety of topics related to hiring trends, job hunting on the Internet and preparing a resume. Job seekers can meet “JobQuest” representatives at two upcoming job fairs: Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center, and Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Roanoke Civic Center Special Events Center. “A job fair conversation is like a pre-interview. So job seekers really need to do their homework ahead of time and come prepared,” said Julie Newman, “JobQuest” host. “Attending a job fair can also be great for researching potential employers and networking.” September is also “International Update Your Resume Month” and Susan Geary, the “JobQuest” resume expert, will be highlighting do’s and don’ts of resume writing, helping job seekers make a good first impression with potential employers. Visit for how-to video clips, a calendar of events, resume tips, links and job listings highlighted during the show. To follow “JobQuest” on, search for “Blue Ridge PBS.” By Susan Geary

Thwarted in an attempt to gain approval for an asphalt plant on the site of the old Salem water treatment plant in Glenvar, Foxhall Properties will try again, but this time with a different location in mind. Affiliated with Adams Construction, Foxhall will ask Roanoke County to rezone 16.7 acres near the new Western Regional Jail for use as an asphalt production and distribution center. Foxhall/Adams declined to pursue the Glenvar site earlier this year after neighbors in the area objected to it on environmental, safety and property value concerns. Adams also said it had identified other potential sites for the plant. The company will

pursue a special use permit for the new tract and will make their case at a Roanoke County Planning Commission meeting on November 2 (7 p.m.) at the county administration building. A public hearing will be held on that date, and again on November 17 when the Board of Supervisors will consider the matter as well. A community meeting will be held before then but a date has not been set. Foxhall/ Adams is seeking an asphalt plant on the 11/460 corridor that will be closer to scheduled repaving work there in the future.

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Thermojet Infrared Body Wrap treatments are the latest offering from Classic Image Day Spa Clinic in Roanoke. Technician Bebe Ball, who has been providing this service for over 2 years, is a recent addition to the Classic Image staff. She was demonstrating this new treatment to invited guests recently. Carolyn Johnson lay on her back in the dark, unable to move, sweating profusely. Still, when asked, she said, “I feel wonderful and so relaxed.” After changing into workout clothes, Johnson lay on a table and was wrapped with six large pads that provided infrared heat for the wrap. The 40-minute treatment reaches temperatures of 130 degrees and burns 600 calories; thus recipients realize some of the benefits of exercise while relaxing. Infrared pulses between the near and far wave lengths detoxify a body’s cells and release stored fat, according to Ball. While the treatment only raises the core temperature 3 or 4 degrees, it warms three times as deeply as a

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Job Seekers: Take Heed of New Resume Rule Changes If it has been a while since you’ve dusted and polished your resume, professional resume writers worldwide will be quick to remind you that September is “International Update Your Resume Month.” Just as tax laws change from year to year, so do the rules for a job search. The resume that landed you that last job more than 5 years ago may no longer be effective. Computer technology brought hiring into the digital age, including software that trolls resumes for key words and pre-selects candidates for busy Human Resource Managers. As you prepare to update your resume, take note of the following changes: 1. The one page rule no longer exists, unless you have limited experience. Try not to exceed 2 pages. Less is more. 2. Drop the street address, but keep the city and state. Do you really want a future employer to easily access public records, such as your annual property taxes? 3. List a professional email address to show you are in the computer age. Don’t use a business address that belongs to your employer. 4. Include a summary, with a quick synopsis of why you’re qualified. Your resume only gets a 15-30 second scan. The top section is considered beachfront real estate of your resume and it needs to showcase your best traits and experience. 5. Dump the OBJECTIVE! The reader knows what your objective is. Use an attention-grabbing headline instead. 6. Quantify achievements and use dollar signs ($) or percentage points (%) to show how much revenue you generated, grew, saved, etc. 7. Don’t assume that everyone has the latest version of Microsoft Word, which saves your resume in docx. Always send your resume in an older version of MS Word (97-2003 is preferred). 8. Convert your resume to ASCII text to save time and eliminate formatting issues for online job applications. While it is a good idea to implement these changes, keep in mind that some things never go out of style, primarily an error-free docu-

“Live United,” this year’s campaign theme for United Way of Roanoke Valley, has turned out to be an appropriate one as the 26 “Pacesetter Companies” have so far collectively raised $1.6 million. That’s about $300,000 ahead of the amount raised by this time last year, according to United Way officials. Hundreds of guests, including campaign leaders, managers, volunteers and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, attended a luncheon held during the 2009 Campaign Kickoff Rally on September 3 at the ADMMicro building off Hershberger Road last week. The William Penn Duo provided musical entertainment. The ball started rolling when the Pacesetter Companies began the initial fundraising for United Way earlier this summer. Setting the pace for the rest of the community are 26 businesses, including Advance Auto Parts, Allstate National Support Center, City of Salem, Elizabeth Arden, First Citizens Bank, Kroger Mid-Atlantic, Roanoke County Schools and Woods Rogers. Sponsored by Allstate, the By Carla Bream traditional Day of Caring last week drew more than 100 volunteers from businesses throughout the com-

Volunteers arrive for the United Way Day of Caring. munity to work on special projects at organizations that are partners with United Way. Those projects included: Novozymes employees landscaping at Goodwill Industries, WDBJ employees (including the anchors) reading to the children at Northwest Child Development Center, Cox Communications employees landscaping and working on planter boxes at Adult Care Center, and Yokohoma employees folding envelopes at Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP). In response to United Way’s request for additional resources, the Day of Caring also brought people out in

droves to drop off back-toschool clothing and non-perishable food items in order to meet the needs of the many families who are struggling to make ends meet. United Way invited some of their partner agencies to collect the donated items at the end of the day to help the families they work with. Several companies volunteered to conduct drives and drop off donations. Companies and their “loaned executives” for the 2009 United Way Campaign include Chair Sean Thaker, sponsored by Allstate; Carol Huntley-Weber, Rhonda Fisher, Jeff DeBell, Katie Houck, and Daniel Smith sponsored

by Appalachian Power Company; Bill Gore sponsored by RGC Resources, and Tisha Wilson sponsored by Allstate National Support Center. This year’s Campaign Chair Dan Carson, from Appalachian Power Company, said at the luncheon that the “mission is to mobilize caring power here in the Roanoke Valley…I think that mission is being accomplished here today.” United Way of Roanoke Valley President & CEO Frank Rogan observed that despite the sluggish state of the economy, many people are giving more, which may “ironically [be] because of the lean times.” Each fall, the United Way kickoff begins the campaign in earnest, as participating businesses encourage employees to commit to donations in the form of payroll deduction or a lump sum contribution. This year United Way celebrates 85 years of caring for vulnerable people in the Roanoke Valley. To learn more about United Way, located at 325 Campbell Avenue, visit or call (540) 777-4200.

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Despite the fact that she’s lived and created art in the Roanoke Valley all her life, internationally-known sculptor Betty Branch has never had a major, comprehensive showing of her work locally. That all changes September 17- November 21, with “Through the Crow’s Eye: a Retrospective,” which kicks off with a lecture (6 p.m.) and opening reception (7 p.m.) on the 17th at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, on the campus of Hollins University. Crows and ravens are a major theme for Branch, who sculpts in a Warehouse Row studio in downtown Roanoke, employing all sorts of materials. Much of her work is privately commissioned; she also has several pieces of public art on display around the valley. Branch’s “Dancer,” the headless torso of a female dancer, was purchased last year by a local group for about $60,000 and installed at the Taubman Museum of Art. Branch, who has a handful of children that are also accomplished artists, opens her working studio for several invitation-only viewing sessions every December, but “Crow’s Eye” will be her first major exhibition locally. “I’ve kept a pretty low profile,” said Branch, “it seems to have made the work easier.” Being persuaded to exhibit took her “way out” of any comfort zone, but the Hollins alumna eventually said yes, also praising the competence and skill of those at the museum. Those studio open houses every year do tend to recharge her creative batteries a bit, admits Branch. “It does indeed.” It is also the first time Wilson Museum director Amy Moorefield has been able to fill all three galleries with one artist’s works since she came aboard more than a year ago. When Moorefield met Branch, she was “left speechless by the accomplishments of this artist [and] also by the breadth and scope of her work.” During an initial three-hour conversation Moorefield discovered that Branch had never had a major exhibition in the valley. She quickly offered one on the spot. “It was well past due.” Installing all those sculptures hasn’t been easy; Moorefield said they weighed an average of 400 lbs. “The value of public art is just simply the value of art, period. It’s an influence on our spirit that is so different than that of standard commerce and the daily interactions [we all] take part in. Art softens the soul – [it’s] so important to the community,” said Branch, adding that the venue where a piece is installed can color how people see it. She has praise for Roanoke City’s commitment to a public art program.

Sculptor Betty Branch in her downtown studio There is a “very deep and very long story,” that Branch won’t reveal about why she sculpts ravens and crows; she only hints that they “have a very deep significance for me.” Branch has spent time studying sculpture and the human form in Europe, a subject she finds exciting and “ever changing. I’ll never tire [of it]. It’s an image that for me contains a great deal of feeling and emotion. You can see it in the body itself.” Abstract interpretations of the body, like the headless, languid, arched “Dancer” now at the Taubman are a specialty. Branch has painted in the past but mostly sculpts these days. There is also an outdoor component at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum showing, with sculptures installed temporarily on the Hollins campus. “The idea is to have it break through the [physical boundaries] of the museum,” said Moorefield. The duo will also lead a bus tour on October 17, taking passengers around town to see some of Branch’s public art that has been installed. “My hope is that our audience will have a very clear understanding as to the breadth and depth of Betty Branch’s work.” (see for more about “Through the Crow’s Eye: a Retrospective.”) By Gene Marrano

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Taubman’s New Director Sees “Tremendous” Potential

The Taubman together with other Museum of Art’s cultural institutions long search for a in the valley. He cited new executive directhe “enormous potor has ended with tential,” that still lies the appointment of ahead for the RoaDavid Mickenburg. noke cultural icon but He replaces the said he needs “sevnow-retired Georeral months to wrap ganne Bingham, [himself]” around who shepherded the the Taubman’s curmuseum as it moved David Mickenburg rent financial state from Center in the before commenting Square into the new $66 mil- in detail on that aspect. lion dollar facility. Introduced “He knows what it will take by Paul Frantz, president of the to operate and manage all of Taubman’s Board of Trustees, as the varied components that someone with the “background, comprise the Taubman,” said vision and experience needed,” John Williamson III, who coMickenburg has the combina- chaired the search committee. tion of curatorial experience and Mickenburg’s success at raising fundraising acumen the board 10.5 million dollars at the Davis was apparently looking for. Museum for programming and Mickenburg comes to Roa- acquisition needs was one facnoke from the Davis Museum tor in his favor; he also started a and Cultural Center at Welles- student exchange program with ley College, where he served as the renowned Louvre Museum director from 2001-2008. He in Paris, an effort that helped resigned when a painting val- raise the Davis Museum’s visued at two million dollars went ibility and expand its collection. missing on his watch, but TaubMickenburg previously man board members said they served as the director of the were confident they had found Mary and Leigh Block Museum the right man. at Northwestern University and The Taubman has suffered to led a campaign that helped open some extent from declining at- a new facility there in 2000. As tendance figures since it opened for the Taubman, Mickenburg last November, leading to sev- said, “I believe that the potential eral rounds of layoffs. Mick- for tremendous success exists.” enburg lauded the current staff He started work here immedifor their work to date in brief ately; his family will follow at a remarks and pledged to work later date.

Upcoming Events Presented by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge Writers Workshop Series

Presented by The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, workshops will be held in the 2nd floor galleries of Center in the Square. September 15, 7-8:30 pm, David Paxton, Lawyer, Protecting Yourself Legally October 15, 7-8:30 pm, Joe Schaban, CPA, The Financial Side of Writing. Admission: FREE November 17, 7-8:30 pm, Sharyn McCrumb, Keepers of the Legends: Using History and Folklore in the Novel. Admission: Free to members of The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, $15 non-members. Contact: Rhonda Hale or 540- 342-5790

4040 Festival: An Arts & Culture Explosion

October 1 November 8 This is the 2nd year for the 40+40 Festival: An Arts & Culture Explosion. Featuring arts and cultural events, activities, and performances throughout southwest Virginia. Visit for more information!

3rd Annual Roanoke Arts Festival: City Soul!

October 1 - October 5 The 3rd Annual Roanoke Arts Festival: City Soul! will be held October 1- October 5. Featuring the Roanoke City Art Show, Art By Night, Studio Roanoke, Southwest Virginia Ballet, The Jefferson Center, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Taubman Museum of Art, Downtown Roanoke, Inc. and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture! Limited number of one-priced tickets available starting September 1st. Visit or call 540342-5790 for more information.

Art Institute for Educators

October 31, 9 am 3 pm. Cost: $20 registration fee ( lunch included) Virginia Tech Higher Education Center The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge in partnership with Virginia Tech presents a Professional Development Conference for teachers and school administrators to expand their knowledge on including the arts in the classroom and engage students in active learning. There will also be a showcase of Arts Education opportunities from regional arts and culture organizations. Teacher re-certification credits available. For more information and to register, call Rhonda Hale 540 2241205

Roanoke City Art Show

October 2 November 8 Thurs Sat. 11am 4pm and Sunday 1pm 5pm Opening Reception October 1, 5:30 7:30pm 2nd Floor Galleries of Center in the Square Admission: Free Contact: or 540 342-5790

Run For The Arts

October 17, 2009 9 am Race Start. Begin/End Roanoke Civic Center - 710 Williamson Road Roanoke, VA Run For The Arts gives you a chance to exercise your body and your mind as you support your local arts community. The run will feature pieces of the City of Roanokes Public Art Program this is an event not to be missed! Visit to sign up online or download your registration form! Contact: Krista Engl 540 224-1203.

WAGNER IN THE VALLEY An Introduction to the Ring and Beyond One Night Only! Saturday, October 17th at 8:00 pm

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti Friday, April 30th at 8:00 pm & Sunday, May 2nd at 2:30 pm

KALLEN ESPERIAN Sunday, January 31st at 2:30 pm WILLIAM BURDEN Sunday, March 28th at 2:30 pm Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center For tickets, please call 540-982-2742.

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Fall Fashion Show 2009

Fashions modeled by residents of Roanoke United Methodist Home Featuring clothes from Hamricks

Eagle Scout Project

C.T. Talevi of Southwest Roanoke County prepares to cut the ribbon on his Eagle Scout project during a ceremony last week. The shed, a 10’ x 12’ structure, took approximately 400 man-hours to complete, including planning, fund-raising and construction. It will be used to store maintenance equipment at the recreation fields located behind the Arnold R. Burton Technology Center in Salem. Accepting donation of the shed was Jeff Balon, coordinator for the Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department. Talevi is a member of Troop 221, which meets at Cave Spring Methodist Church, and is led by Scoutmaster Mark Vitello. A senior at Cave Spring High School, Talevi is also a championship-caliber wrestler. “The young man was very impressive,” said Ed Elswick, a candidate for the Board of Supervisors (Windsor Hills district) and a spectator at the event.

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News from the Roanoke Valley for September 11, 2009.