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The Central Academy Middle School Chorus made up of 7th and 8th graders presented a Veteran’s Day program for Carrington Place and The Glebe this past Nov. 11. The students were joined by Lee Dunbar, guitar, John Stump, trumpet and Paul Consiglio, soloist. The chorus is directed by Pam Stump.
Talented students abound in Botetourt County. Some are athletes, some are academic stars and judging by the performances at Lord Botetourt High School on Nov. 19, ten acts proved music and magic are part of the talent pool walking the halls.
SCA sponsor Lynn Bolton served as MC. Sherrie Gardner, Teresa Reed , Jeff Sprinkel and Jon Weems were judges. Performers included Katie and Kyle Walker, Ashton Cosnotti, Bryan Blumenthal, Ciara Wansley, Aubrie Jesse, Alex Boardwine, Alexie JeanJacques, Sam Atkinson, Kaitlyn Benois, Megan and Morgan McClure.
The only non-singing performances were Boardwine percussions on the cans, Benois dancing and Blumenthal ’s magic. All acts were great and played to a crowd of about 150.
After what they called “some tough deliberation,” the judges returned the results. Megan and Morgan McClure who performed a snappy rendition of “White Christmas” took first place. Second place Bryan Blumenthal, Mega Magic Fun time, Aubrie Jessie; third singing ”Ordinary People” and two honorable mentions Alexie JeanJacques for singing “Back to December” and Alex Boardwine “Stomp.”
With a flourish and fanfare, James River High School students sent-off their Cross Country team to state finals with a pep rally on Nov. 15. Teacher Randy Brinkley submitted the photos.
The officers for the 2013-2014 Buchanan Elementary Science Club have been elected. Vice President is Raegan Harris. Secretary is Lacey Lucado. H.O.P.E. Club Representative for the Science Club is Ben Bailey. The president of the club is Elias Wentworth. The club holds monthly meetings and takes field trips through out the year on topics relating to science. The sponsors of the club are Joy Cook and Jennifer King.
–submitted by Jennifer King
Fourth Annual Fincastle Holiday Home Tour and Market Place sponsored by Historic Fincastle Inc. (HFI)
On December 14, 11 sites will be featured on the Historic Fincastle Home Tour. It will include eight homes, one church, the Botetourt Historical Society Museum and Godwin Cemetery. In addition to enjoying the holiday decorations at each site and architectural features of the homes, the tour will tell the story of the relationship between Nannie Godwin Figgat and Charlie Figgat and their connection to Fincastle. These stories were garnered from Nannie’s diary, her recipes, and their correspondence. Docents from the DAR will be at the sites to share their stories. Sites on the tour are in close proximity enabling participants to have plenty of time to see each one and also “shop” at the Market Place. The home tour runs from 9:30-3:00.
HFI has confirmed the tour sites for the 2013 Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace. Our theme this year is The Figgat Fincastle Story, describing the relationship between Nannie and Charlie Figgat and the homes on the tour as captured by Nannie G Figgat/Ann Godwin through her diary, recipes and correspondence to Charlie as researched by Gail McMillan and Jean C. Robbins.The home tour, will take you places that had significance to Fincastle’s Figgat and Godwin families in the 1800s.The theme this year is based on the Botetourt Historical Society’s latest publication, Dear Nannie…yours devotedly: Charlie.
Tour Chairman, Lyn Burton said that Karen Shriver has worked closely with historian Jean Robbins to align the sites to the story. They emphasized that the organization (HFI) has been very intentional in securing sites that are in close proximity and, of course, have a family history to the Nannie and Charlie story. “This fact will enable participants to spend a greater amount of time at the marketplace and tour,” said Burton. The sites in order of proximity include:
1. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church -221 Roanoke Street
2. Botetourt Co. Historical Society Museum -3 West Main Street
3. J.H.H. Figgat Home -20 East Main Street
4. Price Home -25 East Main Street
5. Thomas G. Godwin /Morris Home * -104 East Main Street
6. Solitude (James J. Godwin) -108 East Main Street
7. Godwin Cottage (Dr. Isaac R. Godwin) -21 Water Street
8. Glencoe Home (Thomas J. Godwin) -1088 Poor Farm Road
9. Aspen Hill (James M. Figgat) * -322 East Main Street
10. Critzer Home (James M. Figgat) -402 East Main Street
11. Godwin Cemetery -136 Church Street
Graves of three generations of the Godwin Family, including Nannie and Charlie, and adjoining the Godwin plot are the graves
of J. H. H. Figgat and wife, Eliza
* Sites 5 and 9 will not be open but stop out front to hear the Nannie and Charlie Figgat story.
Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $15 for non HFI members and $12 for members and may be purchased at the Fincastle Baptist Church on Route 220 just south of town. The day will also feature the Holiday Market Place with over 40 vendors selling their art, Christmas decorations and crafts also at the Fincastle Baptist Church. Admission is free and will be open from 10:00-4:00. There will be signs directing people to the church and there is ample parking.
–submitted by Lissy Merenda
The James River High School Robotic Knights competed in two off-season events on October 19th and November 2nd as part of the U.S. F.I.R.S.T. Ultimate Ascent challenge for 2013. The contest on October 19th was the Robot Rumble held at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, Virginia. The contest on November 2nd was the ILITE Robotics Off-Season Challenge (IROC) held at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia.
At the Robot Rumble in Richmond, the Robotic Knights reached the semi-finals placing 3rd overall. At the IROC in Haymarket, the Robotic Knights were 5th in scoring, but did not place overall.
Both of these events were outstanding experiences for the team and helped to prepare us for the upcoming season.
The new season starts on January 4th, 2014. The Robotic Knights will compete in the Virginia Regional, held at the VCU Siegel Center, in Richmond, Virginia in March 2014. The Robotic Knights meet at the Botetourt Technical Education Center in Fincastle and are comprised of students from James River High, Lord Botetourt High, and Central Academy Middle School. New members are welcome to join for the upcoming season. Interested students should contact Mr. Randy Brinkley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-254-1121.
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
This class will provide training and certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and basic First Aid. The class will be taught by Jason Ferguson, Division Chief, Fire and EMS Operations, Botetourt County Dept. of Emergency Services. “This class is great for health-care workers, caregivers, or individuals who work with children or elderly, who may find themselves in an emergency situation and would need CPR,” said Ferguson.
The class will be held at the Greenfield Center in Daleville, VA, on Saturday, November 23rd, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with a one hour lunch break. The tuition fee is $45.00 per student. After successful completion of this class, you will receive a CPR certification from the American Heart Association. To register for this class please call the Greenfield Center at (540) 966-3984. The registration deadline is Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
BOTETOURT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BALDWIN AND HURLEY ADVANCE IN LIONS INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER CONTEST
Troutville, VA, November 12, 2013 – Brianna Baldwin and John Hurley, students at Central Academy and Read Mountain Middle Schools, have taken the first step to becoming internationally recognized artists by winning local competitions at their schools sponsored by the Troutville Lions Club. The posters drawn by Baldwin and Hurley were among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
The winning posters were selected by a panel of judges from their schools for originality, artistic merit and expression of the contest theme, “Our World, Our Future”. The judging at the schools was held in late October under the supervision of Susanne Sellars and Mark Woodie, art teachers at Read Mountain and Central Academy.
Two students at each school were cited for honorable mention. They are Riley Emick and Caroline McCabe at Read Mountain and McKenzie Moore and Kyla Jamison at Central Academy. The six students are ages 11, 12, and 13.
Troutville Lions Club President Everett Hurst said the annual Peace Poster contest involves local schools and students which is an important part of Lions Club activities. “Each year our two local area middle schools provide approximately 100 students an opportunity to participate in a program that allows them to openly express how they visualize peace and the future. It is an excellent way for them to show their imagination.”
The posters drawn by Baldwin and Hurley must advance as winners through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if they are to be declared the international grand prize winner. One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City for the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Locally, Baldwin, Hurley, and honorable mention winners Emick, McCabe, Moore, and Jamison will be honored at a PTA general assembly at their schools on December 9th. The winners will each receive a $50 check and a framed certificate. A $25 check and framed certificate will be awarded to the four honorable mention students. Award money is donated by the Bank of Botetourt and Bank of Fincastle. Past international grand prize and merit award winners and posters can be viewed at www.lionsclubs.org.
–submitted by Stan Dietz
Run Devil Run filmed locally in Roanoke will premiere on Sat, night Nov. 16 at the Buchanan Theatre prior to the showing of ” Captain Phillips”
The short movie was written produced by local people!
Ian Kyle and Cameron Dalton are twenty something film makers from Botetourt County. Kyle grew up in Fincastle and resides in the Cloverdale area and Dalton also grew up in Fincastle and is from Troutville. Dalton wrote and directed, “Run Devil, Run.” Kyle produced and acted in the film. Botetourt’s Cameron Dalton and Ian Kyle, Alan Dalton, Robert Pannell and Ashley Pannell all took part in the movie as writer, director, producers, cinematographers and actors.They began film making together when they worked on three Bible school type of films previously for their church several years ago. They duo also had a short film called “Pragul Martii” about Dracula that was filmed in Fincastle.
Kyle said, “The movie is about how bad choices carry over from one person’s life into other lives,” said Kyle. It was filmed in Roanoke City. Be there by 7:15 to meet some of the participants. the movie premieres at 7:25.
Movies at the Buchanan Theatre are $6 and popcorn 2 dollars per box.