Buy reserved seat tickets (in the upper section of the lower level) for the Sunday, April 10 Red Sox game for $8 and support the GW Carver Elementary School PTA. The PTA funds afterschool programs, field trips, gives each student at least two books per year, and provides teachers money for additional supplies.
*This Saturday (and Saturday, April 16), 10 % of all sales at Zaxby’s on West Main from 12 p.m. to close will go to the GW Carver PTA.
*And, the fifth-graders are raising money for their upcoming Beach Party this June with a BAKE SALE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 2 at the Spartan Square Kroger.
Students in Joe Moore’s automotive class at the Burton Center received a detailed view of a new alternate fuel system from AJ Automotive Group in Michigan on Tuesday, March 15. They sell EDGE bifuel system converters that enable a gasoline-only vehicle to interchange using propane and gas with the turn of a switch on the dashboard.
“Really the benefit we get out of it is there’s not a lot of knowledge of or acceptance for alternate fuels. So we’re working with tomorrow’s mechanics today,” said Randy Filkins, AJ’s director of sales. Generally, fleets for companies, schools, and local governments are the primary users of their bi-fuel converters, he said. They can outfit engines from three to ten cylinders, and their converters don’t replace or change the sensors already in the motors.
Joe Morrell with Ferrel Auto Gas also visited and spoke with students. He said that his company sells propane for buses in Spotsylvania and Gloucester, Virginia.
AJ Automotive also donated several propane-gas converters for the automotive class’s project next year, and they hope to harvest data from the school’s work.
This just in via Salem High School’s Facebook page and Twitter account:
Due to the weather, all games scheduled for today (except Girls’ Soccer) have been cancelled or postponed.
Scheduled for today at SHS:
4 p.m. Andrew Lewis v. Glenvar Middle girls soccer
5:30 p.m. Salem v. William Byrd JV girls soccer
7 p.m. Salem v. William Byrd varsity girls soccer
Due to the weather, all games scheduled for today (except Girls’ Soccer) have been cancelled or postponed.Due to the weather, all games scheduled for today (except Girls’ Soccer) have been cancelled or postponed.
Four generations of Robert Willises are alive and well today, and it all started with the delivery of Robert Minor Willis I in a now-gone house at the end of Clay Street in Salem, February 24, 1914.
Willis I celebrated his 97th birthday just three days after his great-grandson Aiden Robert Willis turned one year old. Generations between include Robert M. Willis II and Robert M. Willis III.
The middle name originated with the doctor who delivered Willis I in 1914, Minor Wiley, Willis I said. Baby Aiden was spared the middle name, mostly because credit reporting agencies already confuse the Willises I, II, and III.
Willis I worked at Roanoke Iron and Bridge Works starting in 1930 – he went from waterboy to making copies in the office (which involved a vat of pot ash, sunlight, and a clothesline, he said) to managing the Roanoke plant. His first car was a Model-T that he put together himself – he paid for the parts mostly by picking cherries, and paid for the license by selling his bicycle.
“He does not get a cold. He’s never had a major illness,” said his daughter, Teresia McNabb. “Our doctors don’t understand it.”
“Well a whole lot of it was your momma’s cooking. They don’t put that in any medical journals,” he added. He now lives with McNabb and worked in his wood shop without any help until just last year.
Salem resident Fredric Eichelman and Glenvar High schooler Tyler Haynie recently performed in the Burton Center for Arts and Technology production “Oklahoma!” held at William Byrd High School Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27.
Eichelman shares these cast photos and captions:
1. I am with Tyler Haynie who plays Curly, the male lead. He is a junior and I like his Curly better than the film version characterization. Great voice.
2. Now this old cowboy is with Olivia Chappelear who plays Laurie. She graduates this year and like Tyler, was tops in her role.
3. Second male lead Tony d’Aleilo was sensational as Will, especially his dancing. He is a junior and here is pictured with Carol.
4. I’m trying to take on Nate Wulff who plays Jud. Nate graduates this year. The match was a draw.
5. Carolyn and I are with my stage daughter, Madison Butler, a Sophomore who has a real future and we pray we can keep her in the program despite a scheduling conflict next year. A lovely voice and great at improv.
6. Carolyn is flanked by Irene and Hal Chapman who made it to opening night.
7. Bootie Chewning is on the CPA advisory board as am I and was at every performance.
Such great talent. Carol is so fortunate to have these young people to work with.
My son, Jerry, likes bowling very much, since he is one of the athletes in the “Special Olympics Area 8″ program. Bowling is his favorite sport. He has his own bowling bag with a ball, one hand glove, and a pair of bowling shoes.
On Saturday, March 26, it was a tournament from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lee High Lane in Salem. Players, families, Roanoke College students and Miss Blue Ridge Outstanding Preteen all enjoyed the “Special Olympics Area 8″ bowling tournament.
Bo Hall is “Special Olympics Area 8″ Manager. Linda Maness is Volunteer Coordinator. They were in my pictures. We really appreciate their hard work.
When Jerry got a strike or spare, you should have seen his smiling face; however, when his ball went into the gutter, he was really upset. Jerry did not play outstanding, but he got second place.
The Special Olympics Athelete Oath is “Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
If you know anyone that has special needs and is interested in bowling, please contact Linda at 540-314-1942. Good Luck and May God Bless you!
Update: Pre-registration is not required for these clinics.
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism to offer free clinics April 16 and 30
After a decade-long hiatus, soap box racing will make its return to Roanoke this summer. On June 11, 2011, Walrond Park will come alive again with the sounds of cheering and excitement as the Soap Box Derby returns with the All-American race.
In 1992, a soap box derby course was built in Walrond Park, but by 2000 the course was closed. Since then it has been vacant, begging for racing action once again. Del Waldron of Star City Soap Box Derby approached Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism about putting the course back to good use. After returning guard rails to the course, it will once again be ready for races.
Soap Box Racing is a family sport, Waldron said, with all members of the family involved at the races and in building the cars. And they have good reason! Racers can expect to spend anywhere from six to 10 hours on construction.
Racers can purchase car kits at the All-American Soap Box Derby Headquarters Office. Waldron encourages racers to consider sponsors in order to help defray the costs of building their cars, and he’s been working with potential sponsors to form partnerships.
“The kids are anxious about racing the first time,” said Waldon, and former racer who now has four granddaughters racing, “but once they go the full length down the track, it’s over. They’re hooked. You’re running three inches off the ground by gravity going 28 to 30 miles per hour.”
This year, Waldon hopes to host 30 races; his goal for next year is 125.
For those who are interested and want more information on the process, Del Waldron will host a series of free Soap Box Derby Clinics at Walrond Park on Saturday, April 16 and Satuday, April 30, both from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the clinics, Waldron will teach children from 8 to 17 years old which type of race car to choose, how to build the cars, and help with tips on alignment and weight distribution. Waldron will also bring examples of finished cars for interested racers to see.
To register for the clinics, visit www.roanokecountyparks.com, click on the “Register Online” icon and type in the course code (18333 for the April 16 clinic and 18334 for the April 30 clinic).
Walrond Park is located just off Plantation Road, near Hollins University. For more information, visit www.roanokecountyparks.com or call 540-772-PLAY (540-772-7529).