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Meet “The Dudes.”
That’s what a group of guys from 1950s Andrew Lewis High School classes have called themselves — well before “dudes” became a popular term-of-address. They have held reunions every year since 1991.
On a recent Friday morning Carl Young — the coordinating Dude — brought one of three fat photo albums to Mill Mountain Coffee. Mere hours from the reunion’s tee-time at Hanging Rock Golf Club, Carl was graciously wedging me into his busy weekend schedule.
Carl had explained via email that plans for a reunion — expected to be a one-time event — were formed at a local watering-hole where he and 1957 classmate Larry Sutphin met “occasionally.” “’We should get the Dudes together before they start dropping,’” Larry stated frankly on that fateful spring 1991 day.
Carl notified some guys who attended ALHS in the ’50s — not that they necessarily graduated then. (It’s The Dudes’ only membership requirement.) They chose to meet on the third Saturday of July 1991, and have reunited on that date ever since. “But I still get calls saying ‘when will the reunion be?” Carl chuckled.
Just those original 13 “charter members” attended for a couple of years. Carl refers to them thus, in quotation marks, since there’s no “charter.” He showed me the non-charter “charter”: “No rules. No dues. No business….” There is, however, a roster of 47 (down from a high of 51); it’s compiled by wife and “computer person” Liz — a Jefferson High School grad.
Most “originals” were from the 1957 class; a few from 1958. Along with Larry and Carl they were Jim Cromer, Jerry Thompson, Ed (Eddie) Zini, Jim Reynolds, Bob Dennis, Bill Swain, Jack Walton, Curtis Williams, Pete Kropff, Lennie Epperly and Tom Grisso. Larry, Carl, Jim and Jerry had attended each year; Carl hoped the foursome would soon add another year to their perfect reunion-tally.
He was also looking forward to presenting the twelve surviving charter-Dudes with plaques, printed by son Jeff Young. Jeff has also crafted hats, shirts and golf-contest plaques for The Dudes.
Most live in Virginia; three travel from Florida, and one each from Mississippi, North and South Carolina. (Celi Stoutamire’s brother Ed Zini and cousin Walter Bryan are among the far-flung; thanks to Celi for suggesting the story.)
“Charter” Tom Grisso is deceased, along with Richard Boyd and Dickie Carroll. (The Dudes sent ALHS blue-and-white memorial flowers to their families.)
Venues have changed: From first gathering in a field, to the American Legion shelter, to Carl’s house, then back to the American Legion (“until they started charging $250” rent). This July 17 they were to gather at the Moyer Sports Complex shelter. Retired Salem Sheriff Everett Obenshain (“Obie” to the Dudes) makes sure they have plenty of hot dogs, said Carl — “but beverage consumption has decreased over the years.” Winners from the previous day’s golf tournament would receive prizes — and each hole would be “verbally played again.” The annual tourneys began in 2003.
It’s not quite like the ol’ “Little Rascals’ ‘No Girls Allowed’ clubhouse,” he said. Most wives don’t really want to attend, he figured, though once a few did ride up to “talk trash.”
Along with a cross-section of careers and military service, Carl noted the Dudes’ varying hair and shaving patterns over the years — well-verified by photos.
The Dudes enjoy ribbing each other, and the “blissful-back-then stories sounding like Ronnie Milsap’s ‘Lost in the ’50s’ song…. And we all like keeping up with old friends — maybe to be sure no one died,” Carl smiled.
May The Dudes abide.
Do you qualify as a 1950s ALHS Dude? Call Carl Young for more information. (540) 521-5437.
Items on the market this weekend:
Vegetables: Corn, tomatoes (yellow, green, cherry, and of course everyone’s favorite color bright red!), beans (green, shell, October, and lima), peppers (green, hot banana, hot cayenne, and sweet banana peppers), freshly cut herbs, Spring onions, beets, yellow and patty pan squash, rhubarb, potatoes (new and red), zucchini, eggplant, cabbage, and cucumbers (slicing, pickling, and Chinese).
Fruits: Peaches are here! Our vendors also have lots of tasty blueberries, blackberries, wine berries, and red raspberries available for your homemade smoothies and cobblers. Cantaloupes and honeydews are also starting to come in now!
Baked goodies: Freshly baked artisan breads, sourdough breads and rolls, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, brownies, muffins, mega sized cinnamon rolls, jams, and jellies.
Meats: Grass finished beef from Highland farms and the Sparks Family Farm will be available for your cookout needs on Saturday!
Other goodies: Fresh local honey, garlic products, and doggie treats from Paw Paws, and homemade lotions and soaps from Yellow Mtn. Crafts and Mountainscapes on Saturday.
Gardening: Saturday’s gardeners will find beautiful landscaping shrubs from Accent Nursery! Debbie has lots of Knockout Roses, specialty evergreens, and beautiful flowering shrubs to make any garden stand out!
Roanoke College’s Dynamic Duo return to the Chefs Circle Tomorrow!
Ever wonder what you are going to fix for your kids to eat? Try cooking for over 2000 students (and feeding them exceptionally well at that)! This weekend we are proud to present Chef Bob Prophet and Chef Matt Phillips who have taken on this challenge at Roanoke College! The Chef’s Circle starts at 9:30 am on Saturday. Bring your lawn chairs and your friends and enjoy one of this summer’s favorite Saturday morning activities!
Music on the Market! Don’t forget to join Dwayne Cole and Jerry Dickerson this Saturday night on the market! If you play, or just enjoy listening to Bluegrass, mark your calendars for their open Bluegrass Jam Session! The fun is free to all and goes from 6pm to 10:00 pm. Bring a chair. For more information check out Dwayne Cole’s website: BLUEGRASS-IN-ROANOKE.COM.
Submitted by the city of Salem
Join us on Saturday, August 14 at Ashley Plantation Golf Course.
Shot Gun Start: August 14, 2010
Available for Purchase: Mulligans, Red Tees, Tosses, and Strings will be available for $5 each, a maximum of 4 each per team.
Prizes will be given for several contests including longest drive, closest to pin, and hole-in-one. There will also be prizes for top three teams with lowest score and for the last place team.
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all registered players.
All participants between the ages of 18 and 60 and meeting health guidelines will have the opportunity to be tested
for the National Marrow Donor Program.
Duane Perdue was born and raised in Salem, Virginia. He attended Salem schools while growing up and graduated from Salem High School in 1999. After graduating, Duane went on to Virginia Tech and earned a bachelors degree in Business Management. He was also a devoted brother in his fraternity, Sigma Chi. After graduation he took an active role in his family’s business, Security Lock & Key.
On March 10, 2008, Duane was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. Duane underwent months of treatment, along with a stem cell transplant at Duke Medical Center. After a long and difficult journey his battle with Leukemia was over. Duane went to be with the Lord on December 6, 2008.
A scholarship is being set up through the Salem School Endowment in memory of Duane. This tournament and the sponsorships from it will go towards the funding of this scholarship.
The National Marrow Donor Program will also have a marrow donor drive at the golf course during the tournament. This drive will go towards building the donor database for people requiring stem cell transplants. For everyone willing to participate in the donor drive, there is a short explanation on the back page.
Duane’s family and friends would like to thank you for supporting this scholarship in his memory.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call John Perdue at 353-4148.
Women’s Brunch Bunch of Roanoke invites you and your friends to Hidden Valley Country Club 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 10 for a brunch with a mini concert and guest speaker.
Paula McElroy of Clarksville, TN will speak on “Who’s in control here anyway?”
The reservation deadline is August 5. $13.50 inclusive. Child care is available with a reservation. Door prizes will be given, and cancellations are necessary.
Contact Kathy at 254-1339 or Sally at 562-4365 or email@example.com.
Women’s Brunch Bunch is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries/Christian Women’s Club which are both non-profit.
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue is deeply saddened by the tragic line of duty deaths of Chief Dillon and Firefighter Altice of Rocky Mount.
Soon after the deadly accident, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue representatives have been providing the necessary guidance and support to the families and locality of the fallen firefighters to assist with the countless variables of a line of duty death funeral.
Roanoke County will be providing two fire engines with teams of four personnel on each to cover two Franklin County Fire Department stations during Friday’s funeral services. Also, the County has three specially trained representatives who will serve on the honor guard servicing both funerals. Additionally, a number of honor guard representatives from out of town will be staying overnight at two County stations.
Furthermore, apparatus and personnel from several Roanoke County Fire & Rescue volunteer organizations will attend the funeral representing the Roanoke County.
Submitted by Roanoke County Fire and Rescue
Snookums, a Salem clown also known as Lorain Myer, was recognized by Governor Bob McDonnell in a mailed proclamation for Virginia Clown Week, August 1-7, 2010. She just returned from visiting her granddaughter in Santa Barbara for a birthday party as Snookums and found the surprise in the mailbox.
On August 2, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the first Clown Week.
Here’s what the proclamation said:
Whereas, the tradition of the clown can be traced from ancient Egypt to the Greco-Roman world, to the royal jesters of Europe, and finally to Emmet Kelly and Lou Jacobs of America and
Whereas, the clown gladdens the heart, lightens the spirit and brings smiles to the faces of children and adults alike, and for a few precious moments reminds us the healing power of humor in our daily lives; and
Whereas, the clown can be seen performing in such places as charitable organizations, community celebrations, and public institutions for no other reason than to help boost the morale of those around them; and
Whereas, originally proclaimed by President Richard Nixon in 1971, Clown Week celebrates clowns’ ability to bring laughter and heal the spirit of all ages, especially for the sick and less fortunate; and
Whereas, the Commonwealth of Virginia joins the United States and other states and localities by recognizing the men and women who dedicate their lives to this tradition and the outstanding and meaningful contributions they make in the Commonwealth;
Now, therefore, I, Robert F. McDonnell do hereby recognize August 1–7, 2010 as Virginia Clown Week in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.
The Catawba Valley Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. and is located across the road from the Homeplace Restaurant and in the empty grassy lot next to the Catawba Valley General Store. Here’s a report from Ellen Braata, a professor at Virginia Tech (the market is in conjunction with Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center):
Stop by before dinner and pick up your fruits, vegies, and all the speciality items, including gluten free products, shorn alpaca in many beautiful colors, coffee roasted in our mountains, berries, peaches –which are delicious–wonderful tomatoes of many varieties, fresh baked breads, ground flours and granola, herbs ( you can put together your choice), several kinds of humus, tabouleh, squash, including the speciality sunburst squash, zucchini, green beans, and trout (smoked and fresh and delicious), eggplant, and much more
Here is this week’s recipe and is one of my family’s favorites. If you would like to share a favorite recipe–send me an email.
In a bowl combine the juice of one half a lemon, one quarter cup organic Blue Agave or sugar and ten-15 leaves of fresh mint chopped.
Stir and set aside.
In a separate bowl peel 8 peaches and slice.
Pour mixture over peaches and with a wooden spoon gently fold.
Refrigerate for a hour and serve with or without whipped cream—YUM
Travis Swain, a senior at Salem High School, won the gold medal for his wrestling weight class at the Commonwealth Games last Saturday. I believe Tyler Haynie from Glenvar High School won 3rd place in his weight class.
Submitted by William M. Lininger
Divine Dance Center Wins Big at National Dance Competition Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Divine Dance Center of Roanoke County recently traveled to Norfolk, Virginia for the 2010 Dynamite National Talent Competition. They competed against top schools in Virginia and Philadelphia for national titles in solos, duos, trios, and groups. Divine Dance Center came home with twelve overall national championship titles.
Kameron Washington-Brown of Roanoke City was 3rd place overall mini solo with her jazz routine, “Proud Mary.” Elizabeth Brown of Roanoke City was 3rd place overall junior solo with her tap routine, “Saturday Night Fish Fry.” Joey d’Alelio of Roanoke County was 3nd overall junior solo with his clogging routine, “Looking for a Fox.” Christina Lauria of Roanoke County was the overall junior soloist with her tap routine, “From Me to You.” Taylor Giles of Roanoke County was 2nd overall teen solo with her clogging routine, “Off the Hillbilly Hook.” Brittany Martin of Vinton was the overall teen soloist with her clogging routine, “Cowboy Up.” Starr Camarillo of Roanoke City was 3rd overall senior soloist with her jazz and tumbling routine, “Passion.” Tony d’Alelio was the overall senior solo champion with his contemporary solo, “Fix You.”
Margo Greenawald of Roanoke City and Abbie Hoback of Salem were 2nd in the junior duo/trio division with their tap routine, “Man with a Hex.” Claudia Anderson and Joey d’Alelio, both of Roanoke County were the overall junior duo/trio champions with their character jazz routine, “I Love Lucy.” Jessi Buckley and Lauren DeGidio of Roanoke County were 2nd overall teen duo/trio winners with their jazz routine to “My Discarded Men.” Sarah Wilkie of Salem and Libby Patterson of Vinton were the teen duo/trio champions with their musical theatre jazz routine to “Rich
Man’s Frug.” Tony d’Alelio of Roanoke County and Starr Camarillo of Roanoke City were named senior duo/trio champions with their routine, “Silence.”
The Divine Dance Center petite company took three of the top four overalls in the mini small group division. Their tap routine entitled “Ghostbusters” was 4th overall. “The Lost Children,” their lyrical routine was 3rd overall and their jazz routine, “Born to be Wild” was the grand national small group champion.
The Divine Dance Center junior company also faired well. They took home 3rd place in junior small groups with their tap routine, “Take the A Train.” In junior large groups, they brought home 2nd place for their lyrical routine, “Time” and grand champion with their jazz routine, “Fruit Machine.”
The teen and senior companies at Divine Dance Center were just as successful as their younger counterparts. ”Take Off With Us,” a musical theatre piece was 3rd overall in teen small groups. ”Janet,” a jazz piece was 2nd overall in teen small groups. ”Boom Boom Pow,” a clogging routine was overall grand national champion in teen small groups. In
teen large groups, “Haunted Groove,” a hip hop production was 3rd place overall. ”The Beautiful People,” a contemporary teen large group was overall grand champion. In senior small groups, “Seven Nation Army,” a
tap routine was 2nd overall and Divine Dance Center’s senior lyrical company’s routine, “They Won’t Go When I Go” was overall Grand National senior small group champion.
Divine Dance Center also had several students vying for the title of Mister & Miss Dynamite. Finalists were: Madelynn Alexander of Roanoke City, Taylor Giles of Roanoke County, Joey d’Alelio of Roanoke County, Tony d’Alelio of Roanoke County, and Jessi Buckley of Roanoke County.
Joey d’Alelio was named Junior Mister Dynamite 2010, Taylor Giles was named Teen Miss Dynamite 2010, Tony d’Alelio was named Mister Dynamite 2010, and Jessi Buckley was named Miss Dynamite 2010. These dancers won
a year long scholarship to the Stepp with Me Dance Convention.
Divine Dance Center is located in the Cave Spring area and is under the direction of Riley Fitzgerald. Tamarah Alexander, Elyse Hart, and Sammi Rader are instructors at the studio.
Submitted by Riley Fitzgerald.