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The Andrew Lewis Girls’ Soccer Team won their game against Central Academy yesterday with a score of 3-0. Scores came from Bella Wimmer, who had two goals, and Sierra Sallah. Brook Harmon had a beautiful assist in the game, and the Girls’ defense played great. The girls play Northside, at Northside on Monday.
Submitted by Coach Bob Palleria
The City of Salem has earned the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Salem was nominated for the award by Virginia Western Community College. The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 20.
The City of Salem was nominated for this award to highlight its unique partnership with the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation to offer free-tuition at Virginia Western to qualifying Salem High School students through the Salem Community College Access Program. The program began in 2008 as a pilot project and just this March the application process closed for the third prospective class of participants.
The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the system’s statewide foundation. This marks the fifth year the awards have been given.
This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $10 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
“These distinguished individuals are sharing with us their secrets to creating the opportunities of tomorrow. From their hearts, from their hands, from their experiences, they give of themselves. Along the way, they are elevating people’s lives by affording them hope and the opportunity of higher education. And we can never say thank you enough,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
To further honor Salem, a scholarship, The City of Salem Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, will be awarded next fall to a student attending Virginia Western. The scholarship is funded largely by the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation.
Submitted by Erik W. Williams, Communications & Annual Giving Coordinator for Virginia Western Community College
John J. Scherer, the founder of The Scherer Leadership Center and author of several best-selling books, including Five Questions That Change Everything, will be the keynote speaker at Roanoke College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. on the John R. Turbyfill Quadrangle. (In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Salem Civic Center.) Scherer will be recognized with an honorary degree at the ceremony along with Douglas W. Ayres of Sedona, Ariz. and T.D. Steele of Moneta.
Three Virginia students earned top academic honors. Stephen Charles Soltis, of Vinton, is the valedictorian. Lauren Jean Price, of Farmville, and Derek Paul Spangler, of Roanoke, are salutatorians.
Today we have four of our vendors on the market: Greenwood Farms with lots of annual plants and hanging baskets, Leonard Cook with baked goods, Bennie Wertz with tomato plants and fresh kale, and Coy Shupe with local honey. Several of our vendors will be in tomorrow to share some of their home baked goodies, meats, plants, eggs, and greens with you. Be sure to add the farmers market to your list of places to visit this weekend!
Tomorrow we look forward to seeing all these and more! Leonard Cook will have lots of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and sweet roll style breads. Treasure Cove- Jody Elmore will be on hand with homemade chocolates and dip mixes, cakes in a jar, roast beef dry rub mix, and rosemary beer bread.
Coy Shupe- Our resident honey man will once again be with us bringing fresh local honey in an assortment of sizes.
Greenwood Farms Sandra will be bringing in flower and vegetable plants from her greenhouse to brighten up your yard!
Highland Farms- The Dulaneys will be back with lots of hormone free, antibiotic free, grass finished meats. Triple J Farm.
The Sparks Family will also be at the market with their hormone free grass finished beef from their farm in beautiful Patrick County.
Accent Nursery -Debbie Kesler will have lots of beautiful shrubs and trees to brighten up your Spring Landscape. David Smith will have homemade designer soaps that are both beautiful and fragrant.
Bennie Wertz and Mac Wertz will be on the market with plenty of tomatoes, green onions, greens, and rhubarb.
Kathryn Chappell- Will be on the market with fried apple pies and cakes. Rodney Smith- Will be on the market with fresh baked goods and plants.
Please welcome our newest vendor Meridith Novak! Meridith will be bringing her 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, possibly rhubarb, farm fresh brown eggs, and a delicious sampler of jams and jellies. Have a great weekend everyone!
Submitted by Beth Carson
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department was dispatched at about 8 p.m. last night to the Dragon’s Tooth portion of the Appalachian Trail for a lost hiker.
The 19-year old woman called 9-1-1 after becoming separated from her four friends and not able to find her way off the trail in the dark.
A command post was established in the Dragon’s Tooth parking lot off Route 311 and three teams where assembled. One group entered the trail from the parking lot, the second entered from Miller’s Cover Road and the third entered from Pickle Branch Road. The Roanoke County Emergency Communications Center was able to track the young woman’s GPS coordinates through her cell phone and relay this information to the search teams.
It took crews a little over an hour to find the young woman. She was provided warm clothing,
water and food and assessed to have no injuries. It took crews an additional hour to hike off the
trail and return the young woman back to the parking lot.
There were about 20 volunteer and career personnel from the Masons Cove, Catawba and Fort
Lewis stations committed to this search and rescue operation.
The four other hikers did come off the trail during the search operation.
***SAFETY MESSAGE: When hiking on the numerous trails around the valley, always take with
you a fully charged cell phone, extra clothing, water and food. Plan where you are going and how
to return before dark.
Submitted by Jennifer Conley-Sexton; Roanoke County Fire & EMS
One eastbound lane is now open, as well as both westbound lanes, following an accident this morning involving a milk truck.
Submitted by Mike Stevens, City of Salem
A family of Doves has chosen Bob and Sadie Hardy’s flower pot to nest in. Here’s what they had to say: ”We were glad to let her do that because we can plant our flowers later. We have enjoyed watching her and her babies! They are not a bit afraid of us as you can see. We love our birds!”
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Submitted by Sadie Hardy