Though the crowd didn’t seem quite as big as usual, Christmas spirit ran high at the annual Fincastle Christmas parade. Two bands one from James River and the other Lord Botetourt, and over a couple dozen of floats followed WWII vets, a Korean vet and Vietnam vets who acted as grand marshals for the event.
Tiny tots with their eyes alaglow waiting patiently for the seasonally decorated floats, EMS vehicles, fire trucks, cars, bands and numerous scouts and other civic and church groups to pass. At the end, Santa and the Mrs. were on top of things– tossing candy to the children along the street. We heard Santa exclaim “Merry Christmas,” as they drove out of sight!
Buchanan’s parade is next Saturday Dec. 14, at 4 p.m.
Relay for Life seeks local business support. File photo, The Botetourt View
Local Companies Needed To Fight Cancer
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life Seeks Local Sponsors
The American Cancer Society urges local companies to help support the fight against cancer in their communities by becoming sponsors of Relay For Life. Cancer touches everyone, and involvement in Relay For Life is a great way for companies to demonstrate their commitment to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Many options for corporate sponsorship are available, including forming a team; providing in-kind donations of goods; purchasing event sponsor signs for track display; encouraging employees to volunteer at events; and collecting Relay donations at places of business.
In Botetourt County and nearly 5,100 other communities around the globe, Relay For Life unites people to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Relay For Life, the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, continues to grow as thousands of people will actively participate in Relay events across the state of Virginia.
For the first time in Botetourt County, the 2014 Relay For Life will be held as a daytime event at the Buchanan Carnival Grounds on Saturday May 31st, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 11 p.m. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups….people from all walks of life, all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
If you or your company would like to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit www.RelayForLife.org/botetourtva.
The Fincastle Christmas Parade will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 7, 2013. Since the parade is on Pearl Harbor Day, the grand marshals will be World War II veterans. We honor these men who fought for our country and honor also those who have passed away.
The parade begins at Breckinridge Elementary and travels up Hancock St to Back St to Water St to Main St to Church St to Academy ST to Roanoke ST to Main and back to Breckinridge. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 8.
Bring family & friends out December 7 to enjoy a beautiful parade and welcome in the Christmas season.
The Northern Botetourt Singers, under the direction of Lillian Cook, will present a Christmas musical by Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith titled “Bethlehem Morning” at the following locations, dates and times:
December 8 at Galatia Presbyterian Church at 3:00 p.m.
December 12 at The Glebe at 7:00 p.m.
December 19 at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m.
December 29 at Forest Grove Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m..
The public is cordially invited to attend any or all of these performances.
The Botetourt County Department of Social Services helps individuals and families during times of financial difficulties. A particularly difficult time for many is the Christmas Season—a time that should be filled with joy; however, many families do not have money to provide Christmas for their children. They cannot afford to purchase toys, the additional cost of food for Christmas dinner, or the additional cost of fuel needed in the winter. These problems can be compounded if an unexpected illness occurs in the family.
We are once again asking individuals and local businesses for donations to the Botetourt County Christmas Fund so that we can continue helping those in need at this time of the year. Any resources that are left over we will use to help pay for medicines and other necessities for families that may need help throughout the year.
For the Botetourt County Christmas Fund in 2012, local citizens and businesses contributed over $8,300 that was spent for food and gifts to assist approximately 300 families. In addition, individuals, local businesses, churches and civic organizations sponsored approximately 350 “Angels” by purchasing clothing/toys for these individuals. While we are helped by many generous donors, there still remain many angels which go unadopted and we endeavor to provide for these also.
We are very fortunate to be helped by Bot-E-Tots, which is sponsored by Central Academy Middle School. We also have “Angel Trees” set up at Daleville Kroger, and various branches of the Bank of Fincastle and the Bank of Botetourt.
If you would like to make a donation to Botetourt County’s Christmas Fund, please send a check payable to the Botetourt County Department of Social Services (BCDSS) and mail to:
Botetourt County Department of Social Services
P. O. Box 99
Daleville, VA 24083
Thank you for helping us help others at this very special time of the year. If you have any questions about the Christmas Fund or angel adoption, you may contact Marianne Baldwin at 591-5960 ext. 302.
Bill Burleson, director of Botetourt Social Services
R.E.A.L. Team is a RAYSAC group of students from the Roanoke Valley. Four are from Lord Botetourt and two from James River High Schools. On Sunday Nov. 24, members met to decorate the RAYSAC tree in Festival of Trees at Hotel Roanoke. From LBHS they were Brittany Cox, Courtney Cox, Delanie McKeel, Kendall Lythgoe; Julia Ewen and Haylee Corvin from JRHS and Blake Barnes from William Fleming.
The website defines R.E.A.L. Team as “A youth leadership group associated with RAYSAC. It focuses on building a stronger foundation of youth participation in the community by helping decrease youth substance abuse through youth led events and communcation. High school youth from throughout the Roanoke Valley are encouraged to join.” Raysac.org
The students are mostly members of the YOVASO clubs at their respsective schools. Also present were people from RAYSAC that is well represented by people from Botetourt County: Kathy Sullivan, Sheila Lythgoe, Ashley Hatcher and Rebecca Kyle, and Janis James from Roanoke. Festival of Trees lasts throughout the Christmas season and dozens of trees compete for votes.
The RAYSAC tree is sublime in the support a community gives to its youth in prevention of substance abuse. The village theme is displayed through out the tree and the Mill Mountain Star tops the tree as a symbol of the whole Roanoke Valley.
These golfers raised a lot of money for the Buchanan Food Pantry!
On October 19th the first annual “ Buchanan Food Pantry Classic” was held at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club. Proceeds from this Captains Choice golf tournament were sent to the Buchanan Food Pantry. After all expenses we were able to send a check to the pantry for over $2800.
The Buchanan Food Pantry came into existence in early 2010. Since its inception, the pantry has distributed over $115,000 in food to residents in need residing in Botetourt County. The pantry is funded through donations from Buchanan area churches, individual businesses and private donations. The pantry is managed and ran by an all volunteer team.
We want to thank all of the golfers who participated in this tournament and helped make it the success that is was.
We also want to thank all hole sponsors as they were a key part in this fund raising activity. Holes were sponsored by: Austin Electric, Trinity Episcopal Church, Steel Dynamics, Hair Gallery, Yokohama Tire, Botetourt Funeral Home, Carmeuse, Terry Austin Delegate – Elect, Mt. Joy RV- Mid-state Equipment, Bank of Botetourt, Con-Way Freight, and Hubbard’s Small Engine Repair.
A big thanks to Bank of Fincastle and Read Mountain Animal Hospital for contributing to the cart bag snacks.
Thank you BAMA (Buchanan Area Ministers Association) and Virginia Presbyterian Church for sponsoring our lunch.
And thanks to all of those who contributed to door prizes. We collected 80 door prizes for our 60 golfers. Many of these were baked goods from our locals churches and the Ladies of Yokohama Tire in Salem. Because of these contributions every golfer took something home.
A special thanks goes out to Ken (KW) Mowles for helping get this tournament off the ground in its first year.
Another special thanks to the members of Virginia Presbyterian Church for volunteering to help on the day of the tournament. We could not have done this without you.
And a final thanks to Scott Frazier and Tim Jennings at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club. They were very supportive of this tournament and a big help.
Our plan is to make this a yearly outing so please stay tuned for an announcement of the next tournament in early spring.
Children’s Trust Roanoke Valley is seeking nominations by Dec. 1 for their annual Golden Halo Awards celebration. The Golden Halo Awards were created to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of individuals to the cause of child abuse prevention, intervention and advocacy in the Roanoke Valley.
A nominee will have distinguished themselves in one of the following categories: Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, Legal/Judicial, Medical Professional, Mental Health Professional, Community Volunteer, Foster Parent or Educator.
Anyone may nominate an individual for a Golden Halo Award. You may do so by visiting our website at: www.roact.org or you may contact our office directly at 540.344.3579. The winners of these awards will be chosen by a Selection Committee and the results announced in December. The Golden Halo Awards celebration will be held on April 10, 2014 at the Jefferson Center.
Children’s Trust Roanoke Valley strives to prevent child abuse and neglect and provides continuous support for children through investigation and court proceedings. We help to make kids safer and adults better parents through education.
The regular monthly meeting of the Botetourt County Breast Cancer Support Group will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. for a Dutch treat Christmas dinner. The meeting will be held at Hollywood’s Restaurant, 7770 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA, Phone 540-362-1812. (Please note the earlier time.)
This month the group will be celebrating its eighteenth anniversary; the first meeting was held on December 5, 1995.
All women who have experienced or who are facing breast cancer are encouraged to attend the meetings whenever possible. The group meets on a monthly basis and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Featured speakers are scheduled periodically throughout the year. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 540-774-2716 or Dolores Turner at 540-863-8031.
“The Society to Keep Fincastle Lit” has once again worked magic with the help of Lumos and volunteers. On Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17 and 18 volunteers tested bubs and festooned the streets of Fincastle with lights and festive pole decorations.
The result of these efforts is the Town of Fincastle will be aglow with strands of red, yellow, blue, green and orange light bulbs and lighted wreaths, snowflakes and trees. The little town lights up after Thanksgiving through New Years. It is decorated with 60 strands of lights and the average strand has 30 bulbs. That makes a grand total of 1,800 working bulbs not counting what goes into the decorative wreaths, snowflakes and trees.
One of the toughest jobs is carrying the decorations down from where they are housed in the off season in the old jail. Lights, cumbersome wreaths and very heavy metal snowflakes and Christmas trees had to be carried down three flights of narrow metal steps in the old jail building.
The color configuration is the same through out the town. the sequence is RYBGO (red, yellow, blue, green orange) bulbs that go in the strands. The RYBGO lights are the size of a standard household light bulb; the other bulbs vary in style from the size of 25 watt bulbs, chandelier bulbs and night light bulbs.
Each of these fixtures must be plugged in and burned out bulbs must be replaced with a bulb of the proper size and color. The 60 strands of wires that hold the light sockets are stored in white pillow cases that are marked with the location where that strand is to be hung. The strands are of various lengths, so exact location is key.
Volunteers file all over the town with the RYBGO bulbs and start screwing the bulbs in the sockets of each strand making sure they are in red, yellow, blue, green, orange order.
Bucket trucks are an importantin “Keeping Fincastle Lit.” Again this year, Lumos donated the use of two bucket trucks and four employees for a day. Those employees met up with citizens on Monday, November 18 and actually hung the RYBGO strands and light fixtures in one day due to the good weather conditions.
Keeping Fincastle Lit can only continue with financial contributions from the public. The organization holds no fundraisers. Please consider being a part of keeping this holiday tradition alive. Contributions may be mailed to:
Keep Fincastle Lit, P. O. Box 250, Fincastle, VA 24090.
Thanks to Terry Tucker and Dave Tickner for contributing light facts to the story!