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The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Regional Development Committee will host an “Expansion in the Valley” seminar, focusing on the Rte. 460 West Commercial Corridor study, the proposed Roanoke Region/Norfolk Southern Intermodal Facility, planned infrastructure enhancements, proposed land use changes, incentives for corporate locations to the area and possible joint municipality cooperatives. Guest speakers include Kevin Boggess, Salem City Manager and Doug Chittum, Economic Development Director of Roanoke County. This event will be held on Thursday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Conference Center of National College.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your seat please contact the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.387.0267
Submitted by the Salem Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce
On May 15 Travis Aicher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Aicher of Salem, a 2007 graduate from Salem High School, graduated from Virginia Wesleyan with a BA in Criminal Justice. While attending Virginia Wesleyan Travis was a resident assistant, managed the aquatic center for the school, was a volunteer for three years for the Virginia Beach Police Department, was president of Kappa Alpha fraternity and the only student from Virginia Wesleyan that was ever selected to be an intern for the Virginia State Police. He is currently in the Virginia Beach Police Academy, a six month highly intensive training program, that is schedule to complete in August 2010.
Congratulation to Travis on a job well done!
Here is a photo of Tommi and Charli Woo enjoying one of the many accommodations that Salem Parks & Rec has to offer! Amanda Woo says, “Moyer Park has a wonderful playground with noise station & rock wall, covered picnic tables, plenty of trees for shade & nicely mowed grassy areas. Perfect for families! Not to mention the basketball courts, water fountain, bathrooms, and skateboard park right next door! What a great park.”
Submitted by: Amanda Woo
Teresa Howell of Salem sent us this photo of her getting a kiss from the Salem Fair sea lions. She says: “Can’t wait !! I need another kiss From the Sea Lions at the Salem Fair like I had last year!”
She won’t have to wait long — the fair opens Thursday.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (Grassroots Newswire) June 29, 2010 – Caitlin Beth Mann of Salem (24153) recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mann earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography.
Media inquiries may be directed to (404) 253-3410.
SCAD: The University for Creative Careers
The Savannah College of Art and Design is the most comprehensive art and design university in the world, offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university. SCAD is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees in distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers students a choice of degree programs in 46 majors and more than 50 minors at locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Lacoste, France; online through SCAD eLearning; and in Hong Kong beginning Fall 2010 (pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).
SCAD offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation.
The diverse student body of more than 9,900 comes from all 50 United States and nearly 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of more than 650 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These faculty emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD provides an innovative curriculum enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. SCAD has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including BusinessWeek, American Institute of Architects, DesignIntelligence, U.S.
News & World Report and Los Angeles Times.
We told you awhile back that we now have a searchable database of where high school sports stars from the region have gone to play in college. If you missed it, here’s a link to data delivery editor Matt Chittum’s introduction of it.
Here’s the update: He’s now added a roster full of new names, including many from Salem and Glenvar.
You can search the database here.
Athlete or otherwise, if you have an update on a college student from Salem or Glenvar, you can always let us know the good things they’re up to at email@example.com.
Saturday, usually a day known for sleeping in, has become an opportunity to make a difference in the community for many members of Fellowship Community Church in Salem on Saturday, May 22.
That weekend-day became a day about the community to the over 300 people who participated in the outreach event known as “Takin’ It To the Streets.” This day was designed to bring everyone together with one cause- to make an impact in the community through God’s love. Consisting of 30 different projects, there were groups picking up trash along the Roanoke River, visiting with residents in local nursing homes, buying breakfast for McDonald’s customers, and providing quarters for laundromat and car wash customers. Others spent the morning doing clean-up and general maintenance for inner city ministries such as Straight Street and Acts2, washing windows, cleaning homes for people in need, or offering a free car wash simply to be a blessing to the community. One group built a ramp for a lady with disabilities so she would be able to continue to live in her home. Another spent the day doing renovations to a family’s home- painting walls and putting on a new roof. Stories continue to be heard across the Roanoke area from the many people Fellowship’s members interacted with on that day.
The President/CEO of the Blue Ridge Women’s Center, Phil Holsinger, sent an email praising the group that served his ministry: “WOW, what a great group of women, they were awesome as they worked here last Saturday. Honestly, they tackled the project and didn’t quit- all with a great attitude and with servant hearts. It was a pleasure for me to see and it was a special experience for my 15 year old daughter who was helping me last Saturday as well. I really think she got to see a group of women who love the Lord, had hearts of servants, and had fun all at the same time. It was a great way for her to experience adults joyfully serving the God. They were all sweaty at the end but I hugged each one of them as much for their attitudes as for the help they provided. Thanks for sending them our way.”
Stories and comments can also be heard from Fellowship’s participants in the outreach day. Robbie Willard, a Fellowship member commented, “[I] had so much fun ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ today! In reflecting on the day with [my wife], it was great to be a part of Kingdom work, but it doesn’t stop with today! God calls us to take it to the streets every day.” This was the ultimate challenge of “Takin’ It To the Streets,” given by Fellowship’s Director of Missions earlier that morning in a group rally. She challenged the group to remember to, “[d]o whatever it takes to carry someone to the feet of Jesus! Don’t just do outreach and recruiting for church! Make a difference, and tell them about Jesus!”
With 10 international mission trips scheduled for 2010, Fellowship’s vision is to be a church that lives outside of its four walls and makes a difference in the world around them. Over 5,000 bottles of water and 200 pounds of food have been sent to Haiti, 200 families have begun financially supporting children all around the world living in poverty, and $61,000 was raised to drill wells for parts of the world lacking clean water. Closer to home, Fellowship members recently collected 190 pounds of bread for the Salem food pantry, and now 300 people participated on May 22nd. Maybe you saw them out that day. Maybe you’ve heard stories. Maybe you wonder why so many people would give of themselves in such ways. They’ll all tell you it’s because they’re called to serve and to love, and to tell people about hope in God. For more information about Fellowship Community Church, you can go to fcclife.org.
Submitted by Stephanie Painter
We would like to acknowledge several local businesses for stepping up and joining our efforts in rewarding students for their good work habits, behaviors, and character. Throughout the school year, third, fourth, and fifth grade students have four six weeks to demonstrate desirable behaviors “most of the time” on their report cards. For every time the students meet this goal his/her name is entered into a drawing.
It all started a few years back when the Masons of the Taylor Masonic Lodge in Salem began donating two bikes, one for a male and one for a female. This year’s recipients were Mladen Vukovic and Caroline Blackwell.
They want us to reward two students who demonstrate citizenship and hard work. Keeping it fair, we began putting their names in a drawing, and then it occurred to us that if the Masons understood the need for positive reinforcement, then maybe some other businesses will too!
This is the second year that we have held a school wide assembly at the end of the year, and it has turned into so much fun for them! We know that we can make a difference if we can continue to implement this program every year! However, we could not do it without the help of the community! So this Thank you is for the following companies who donated items:
The Masons, Salem Ice Cream Parlor, I-Hop, Mac and Bob’s, LeeHi Lanes, Quiznos, Firehouse Subs, Salem Red Sox, Skate Center, Hollywood Nails
We used “We are family!” as our school wide theme this year, which turned into a broader perspective in the end with “We are the world!” The sense of community was so incredible on that last day of school. It was great having Salem businesses there to represent and reinforce that our community, as a collective unit, is behind each and every one of them. When they learn to use good work habits, behavior, and citizenship, they can make a difference not only in their own lives but in the world! Thank you, all of you, for making a difference in the lives of so many children!
Submitted by Mandy Dallas, South Salem guidance counselor