Zack Kelly is the typical graduating senior at Lord Botetourt.
Lord Botetourt senior Zack Kelly is an athlete. He is pleased to say, “I will be playing baseball on the collegiate level for Concord University.” A member of a family that has lived in Botetourt County for generations, Kelly was selected by administration to be the typical Lord Botetourt graduating senior and will walk across the stage for a diploma on June 11.
“I played baseball and basketball all four years at Lord Botetourt.” said Kelly. “Most of my years have been spent playing travel ball and sports. Really sports have been my life.” He began his travel ball at 8 years old. His hard work on the diamond paid off with a college career in baseball soon to begin.
Kelly is part of the senior seminar class that requires an essay for entrance at BTEC. He has English and Government every morning at 8:30. “School has not been too challenging for me. I have also participated in FCA, FCCLA and National Honor Society. My school career has definitely been fun. I will miss my friends and teammates.”
This summer he will play baseball for the “Roanoke Rails” in a collegiate player summer league to keep his skills up for the next level in baseball. When he gets to Concord, he hopes to major in Sports Management with a goal of being in the professional sports industry one day. ” My favorite MLB baseball teams are L.A. and the Braves,” he said.
Kelly finished by saying, “My philosophy on life is the Lord ain’t gonna give you anything you can’t handle. I am ready to move on.”
Super Cuts in Daleville had a ribbon cutting on May 31st.
The ribbon cutting held at Super Cuts in Botetourt Commons on Friday, May 31. Left to right: Mary Ann Layman, The Bank of Fincastle and Botetourt Chamber Board Member; Carter Krzeminski; Cassandra Dove, Greenfield Education & Traning Center and Botetourt Chamber Board Member; Kate Ellerman; Sherry Trail; Tiffany Leftwich; David Moorman, Botetourt County Deputy County Administrator; Sarah Price; Anna Flynn, Owner; Shirley Cooper and Sandra Craft, The Bank of Fincastle.
John Williamson is the Republican candidate for the Supervisors seat being vacated by Terry Austin.
Former Roanoke Gas president and CEO John Williamson is the Republican candidate for the Buchanan District Board of Supervisors seat. Incumbent Terry Austin isn’t running again; he’s the GOP candidate for the House of Delegates.
Williamson, a former Botetourt county administrator, remains as chairman of the gas company.
So far, no other candidates have emerged, although any Democrat or independent has until June 11 to get on the ballot.
Here’s a release from the Botetourt Republicans:
On Friday, 31 May 2013 Botetourt County Republican Chairman Jeff Stritesky notified the State Board of Elections that John B. Williamson III will be the Republican Candidate for the Buchanan District –Board of Supervisor’s position. “Mr. Williamson is a superb candidate, bringing a wealth of knowledge from an impressive career both in public and corporate service.” said Stritesky.
Since there was only one candidate the Party Canvas (Firehouse Primary) scheduled for June 3, 2013 has been cancelled.
The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th 2013. The Buchanan District consists of four precincts. They are the Buchanan Precinct (Buchanan Elementary School), Mill Creek Precinct (Wheatland Lutheran Church), Roaring Run Precinct (Cedar Bluff Baptist Church) and Springwood Precinct (James River High School.)
Bob Lyndall a local Vietnam Vet, pauses by the lead truck for Run for the Wall. Photo by dee Dee Bruce
Robert W. Lyndall is pictured here with the Run for the Wall lead truck. He lives in Boteoturt County in Troutville to be exact. A Vietnam Vet, he is a most excellent photographer too! said his friend DeeDee Bruce. He does mostly locomotive photography. He has a website...www.classiclights.com.
The Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce held its Forty-Fourth Annual Dinner and Auction on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Hollins University.
Receiving scholarship awards were Jessica Powell from Botetourt Technical Education Center, Keith Mitchell from James River High School and Nialah Wilson from Lord Botetourt High School. Special thanks to Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory, who made a significant contribution to the Scholarship Fund, enabling the Chamber to award each recipient $750.
Virginia Cooperative Extension-Botetourt Office received the Chamber’s Business Leadership Award and the Faye Hambrick was presented the Chamber’s Community Service Award.
Travis Jones was recognized for his outstanding service as President of the Chamber for the past year. Lee Arritt, Linda Doolittle and Larry Harris were recognized for six years of service on the Board of Directors.
Special thanks to our Corporate Sponsors for this event: Appalachian Power, Bank of Botetourt, The Bank of Fincastle, Business Solutions, Carmeuse-James River Operation, Comfort Inn-Troutville, Lumos Networks, Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory, Roanoke Cement Company and Valley Bank.
“Drink coffee, do good,” is the motto of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Shop located in the Daleville Town Center and set to open June 1. Scott and Penny Felts are the proprietors of the shop. “This is more than a coffee shop,” said Scott Felts. “We will serve you a good cup of coffee, but it is more. Your dollars do more here. It is more than a business– you will help growers in Rwanda and Haiti.”
The bulk of the coffee does come from Rwanda, an African nation still recovering from Genocide in the early 90s. The Land of a Thousand Hills Corporate website said:
“The introduction of specialty coffee to the healing fields of Rwanda proved to be an uncommon opportunity for once warring countrymen to not only rebuild their homesteads, but to work together toward lasting peace. A commitment to excellence in coffee has brought dignity and hope to a nation that history suggested would never recover.”
“Now, Land of a Thousand Hills has reached beyond the borders of Rwanda to bring dignity and hope to Haiti, Thailand, and other parts of the globe. We partner with farmers and local community leaders to develop the coffee into a sustainable income, pay a just Living Wage, and strive to further meet the needs of the people. When you buy Land of a Thousand Hills, you are receiving coffee that is 100% Arabica, fairly traded, and roasted fresh. Your excellent morning cup is offering hope to these developing coffee communities with each purchase.”
The Felts and their two sons Kyle and Michael traveled to Rwanda in February to meet the coffee farmers. As members of the Orchard Hills Church, they had gone to an AMIA conference and learned of the good works going on with the company. The “drink coffee, do good,” notion appealed to them. He said, “One dollar per bag of coffee sold goes to support a school on Ruli Mountain in Rwanda. We are in this for more than the business. We are truly vested in the message.”
Scott said. “We are welcoming to all. We want to be the “third.” The first place in your life is home, the second likely the work place, and we want to be the third place you like to go to relax and unwind.” Indeed with plenty of indoor and outdoor space, beautiful decor as well as two fireplaces indoor and outdoor, acoustic music on summer weekends, the shop has definite appeal. It is also a free Wi Fi hot spot. Photos from their trip to Africa line the walls.
The shop will be open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9 : 00 p.m. and Saturdays to 10: 00 p.m. They will be closed on Sunday.
“Breakfast will be muffins, croissants, oatmeal and English Muffins. Lunch will be sandwiches, paninis and salads,” said Penny Felts. “Dinner time we will serve coffee and desserts.” Prices for a cup of coffee begin at $1. 75 and $1.95 per cup. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own carry cups for a cost savings. Cups, mugs and t-shirts are also on sale. Four brews will be served every morning. Muharaho Morning and Kira Ikawa, another decaf and two more blends. They have 6 different blends, teas, plus cold dessert items like sorbetto and gellato. Coffee is on sale bay the bag as well. They also have a new item to try– French green press brewed coffee using no paper liners.
In a Rwandan Golden Competition of 100 coffee competitors, our coffees placed with a 90 % out out of 100% so we know it is good,” said Felts.
So drive on up to the Daleville Town Center and have a cup . “Drink Coffee, do good.”
“Like” the Land of a Thousand Hills coffee shop on Facebook.
JRHS Girls Track 2013 won Region C last Saturday, May 25.
JRHS Girls Track team won the VHSL 1A Region C meet on Saturday May 25th. The boys team placed third overall. The quailfying Knights will participate in the State Track Tournament this upcoming weekend of June 1. TheLady Knights are the 2012 1A State Champions and hope to repeat the crown.
Mrs. Tamara Teaff with Red Dinosaurus at her retirement party.
Red Dinosaurus has been entertaining Eagle Rock Elementary School and also multiple folks on Facebook. A gigantic inflatable T Rex with a red and a pink suit, he has been fun to follow in his many adventures! He will retire with Tamara Teaff at the end of June. Mrs. Teaff has been at ERES as media specialist for 17 years and was recently honored with a retirement party by her school. Red Dinosaurus attended with his friends attired in pink and with a feather boa for the occasion.
Red Dinosauros said, “I doubt if I will getting out much when she retires.” Let’s hope the hilarity of the giant inflatable dino goes on for a while longer. To follow him, “Like” the Red Dinosaurus page. The comments alone are worth the read and the pictures amusing!
Congratulations Tamara Teaff and thanks for the many submissions you sent to The Botetourt View! Enjoy your retirement.
Congratulations to the Read Mountain Middle School track team for their performance in the Cosmopolitan Invitational on May 2 and 4. The girls’ team finished 7th. The boys’ team finished 8th. Placing for the Starz were Kris Call, 6th place in the high jump; Emma Coman, 4th place in the long jump; Delanie McKeel, 3rd place in the 300m hurdles; Jake DuVall, 3rd place in the 110m hurdles; Bryton Dalglish, 2nd place in the 1600m; and Lara Veldman, 6th place in the 1600m and 2nd place in the 800m. Two RMMS track records were also broken this year. Bryton Dalglish broke the school record in the 1600m with both an FAT and hand-held time of 5:04. The previous FAT record was set by Matt Chesser in 2006 and the previous hand-held record was set by Matt Chocklett in 2002. Lara Veldman also broke the school record in the 1600m with an FAT time of 5:58. The previous FAT record was set by Whitney Wimmer in 2003.
BACK ROW (L-R): Bryton Dalglish, Cameron Camp, Anthony Skomsky, Kris Call, Dylan Enslow, Ebben Petry, Ryan Gathje