As you’re driving on Electric Road, you may notice the Troop Tree. Loren Wright shares photos and background on this holiday campaign for members of the military:
Keeping the military top of mind this holiday season, 94.9 Star Country is inviting listeners to send messages to the United States military members to turn a 30 foot Christmas tree from green to white with messages by Christmas.
The “Troop Tree” promotion kicked off Thursday at 10:30 am with military families being the first to place their messages on the tree. Listeners can send messages by going to 949STARCOUNTRY.COM. Messages will be placed on the tree, as well as, on 949STARCOUNTRY.COM and sent to the troops before Christmas.
Military families attending Thursday’s event included:
Mendi Keattes: Oldest son, Alain Diehl, just enlisted in the Army
Candice Shifflet: Brother and uncles are all active military members
Caitlan Heffman: Brother, Cory Tolbert, is in the Army stationed in Germany
Natalie Anderson: 2 brothers currently on active duty
The Breeding Family: Son-in-Law Devon Stevence, Marine Corps, is stationed overseas and their daughter is with him.
You can view the photos in the slideshow above, or in a gallery view with captions here.
Thomas Burford of Roanoke, who is majoring in integrated language arts, has joined several Ashland University organizations, including the school’s orientation team, philosophy club, the Community Care Organization and the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
He is the son of Eric and Julie Burford of Roanoke. Burford is a 2011 graduate of Cave Spring High School.
The Orientation Team organizes the Ashland University summer orientation program. This program is designed to introduce freshman, transfer, minority, commuter, international and other special interest students to the campus. It also aims to enhance social interaction and to provide incoming students with necessary information for a successful college career.
The Philosophy Club at Ashland University provides students with the opportunity to discuss various philosophical concepts and ideas. It is an open forum in which members can examine their current belief systems and evaluate them with those of their peers. Guest speakers also are invited at various points during the year to lecture on current affairs, such as political ethics and religious issues.
Community Care is a seven-team program at the University. Its mission is to expand students’ social and educational experiences, as well as to create an atmosphere of lifelong service to the community and an understanding of social responsibility. Burford serves as the Habitat for Humanity fundraising assistant for one of the teams, which works with Habitat for Humanity International. Their mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness. The team’s projects include fundraisers for Habitat, a Spring Break trip and regular local builds for Habitat for Humanity of Richland County, and many advocacy events such as 1 in 6 day and the House Challenge.
The purpose of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity is to foster interaction between men which leads toward the furthering of each member’s personal development. Some of the fraternity’s activities include the Homecoming Alumni Reunion, Alzheimer’s Memory Walk, Founder’s Day Celebration and other social gatherings. Membership is open to any male student who meets the standards of membership and has a 2.5 grade point average.
Celebrating those who fought so hard for our freedom. That’s what Green Valley Elementary School did on Monday, November 12. It wasn’t just any day though… it was Veteran’s Day. And this was the 21st year that Green Valley has participated in celebrating the important day. Camilla Cabaniss, a retired third grade teacher and Mary Lou Hagen, Green Valley’s music teacher, among many other volunteers, worked tirelessly to put together this special program.
Patriotic music filled the packed auditorium… students, teachers, parents and veterans sat, ready to honor and remember the past, present and future of our country. The music was led and directed by Mary Lou Hagen. The entire school took part in most of the songs including “This Land is Your Land,” and “I Love My Country,” among many other classic songs. Green Valley’s Principal, Ashley McCallum welcomed everyone to the event and expressed her gratitude to those who have served or are serving our country. There was a presentation of the Colors by the Roanoke County Police Department Honor Guard and a musical Tribute to the Services which included: The United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and the United States Coast Guard.
Carmen Brewer, Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves spoke to the crowd about her experiences in the Air Force Reserves. There was also a special tribute to Anthony Joseph (Tony) Hehn by Gillian Lionberger. Mr. Hehn died this year at 102 years of age; he was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and a member of the American Legion Post #3. You can read more about him here.
In addition to the wonderful music and presentations, there was also a lighting of the Candle of Remembrance by Catie McCown, S.C.A. Vice President. There was a moment of silence to remember and honor those who fought for our freedom as well as a trumpet duet by Hidden Valley Middle School band students: Rachel Phillips and Bryce Burgoyne.
After the event, parents and visitors were invited to stay for refreshments and visit their child’s classrooms until 10:30am. Veterans were invited to stay for a special breakfast in their honor. The students of Green Valley not only prepared many beautiful songs to honor the veterans during the event; they also created a wall of thankfulness as well as various other pieces of art to show the veterans how much they are appreciated.
Veteran’s Day may just be one day, but it is an important one… it is a reminder that we should treasure and honor those who have fought and are still fighting for our freedom. They are a group to be treasured and honored every day of our lives. Green Valley Elementary School captured the importance of this day in their very special and emotional program to “Honor All Those Who Served.”
Elizabeth Watts-Jones -
November 29, 2012 -
The recent brush fire on Bent Mountain went onto the property of Kay and Dan Moore. The family was touched to see a Roanoke County firefighter take the time to rescue some flags and pet grave markers from a family cemetery on the property. Kay shares this photo and account:
It is originally an old family graveyard (the Shillings and the Bowman families). We buried 4 of our beloved dogs up there in the past 12 years, Charlie, Molly, Snuggles, and Lucy. The flags are both American and Confederate flags, that my husband put there. (we didn’t want them destroyed by the fire!)
It was just a nice gesture for the fireman to do for us!
The Cave Spring high school and middle school bands are announcing their Winter Band Concert dates for this season. The high school will be performing at Cave Spring high school on Monday, December 10th at 7pm in the high school auditorium and the music will include many holiday favorites. The middle school will be in performance on Tuesday, December 11th at 7pm at Cave Spring high school auditorium. The sixth, seventh and eighth grade band members will be in concert and the admission is free and open to the public.
Thanks goes out to the community for our successful “Annual Fall Fruit” sale that was completed last week. It is with great joy that we can proclaim that we matched our goal in sales and appreciate the continued support.
Submitted by Brian Quakenbush, Band Director, Cave Spring Knights
Who: South Peak leadership including Smith/Packett, LLC Chief Executive Officer James R. Smith, other company executives and approximately 100 invited guests.
What: The leadership of the South Peak development, along with members of the community will continue a holiday tradition with the lighting of the South Peak Christmas Tree – a 35’ tall, Leyland Cypress perched at an elevation of 1360 feet, which can be seen from over five miles away.
When: Thursday, November 29. Food and beverages beginning at 5 p.m. Tree Lighting scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
Where: South Peak Residential Community, 5000 The Peaks Drive, Roanoke. Directions: From U.S. 220 enter via entrance to Lowes, 4224 Valley Avenue Roanoke and bear right up the hill to South Peak. Or meet at South Peak Offices, 4423 Pheasant Ridge Drive beginning at 4:45 p.m. and take shuttle to tree lighting.
Acoustic guitarist Mike Franke will play mostly non-Christmas songs from 7 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30th at the Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea at 4309 Starkey Road (where Starkey Road begins). Franke is a regular and most welcome guest musician at the Salem MMC&T.
Kaila Smith-Harrison, a freshman from Roanoke, is participating in the Bonner Scholars Program at Emory & Henry College.
Established in 1991 by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation Inc., of Princeton, N.J., the premier scholarship program offers 80 scholarships annually in return for eight hours of direct community service and two hours of reflection and participation in enrichment events per week.
Projects from the fall semester have included the creation of a “Great Outdoors Learning Dome” in the Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol. Students have served at public schools, the Boys & Girls Club, and the William King Museum in Abingdon. Students have also tutored Washington County Regional Jail inmates in preparation for GED testing.
Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia recently hosted its annual Business Hall of Fame dinner at Hotel Roanoke to honor the newest inducted laureates, W. Heywood Fralin of Medical Facilities of America and Dr. Raymond Smoot of the Virginia Tech Foundation.
Here are the people from Southwest Roanoke County who were there and stepped onto the red carpet; just click through to see them all:
* Betsy Parkins
* Ken Greenawalt
* Dana Snead and Jonas Baranauskas, Mike Wray
* Hannah Kinder
* Carolyn and Mike Warner
* Tim Conner and Doug McQuade
* Beverly and Leon Harris
Want to buy one of these paparazzi photos? You can do that here.
Stop by the Knights Booster Foundation Christmas Tree Sales beside Bojangles at the corner of Colonial and Brambleton Avenue.
Profits from tree sales support your booster foundation and our students. Trees are locally grown by a Cave Spring High School family with a tradition of growing quality trees. This is one purchase you don’t have think about – just come over and pick one out.
Get your tree before they are all gone!
8:30-11 a.m. Baseball
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lacrosse
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Volleyball
1 – 4 p.m. Golf
8:30-11 a.m. Soccer (Girls)
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Softball
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Soccer (Boys)
1 – 4 p.m. Football
8:30-11 a.m. Basketball (Boys)
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Indoor/Outdoor Track
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Swimming
1 – 4 p.m. Girls Tennis
8:30-11 a.m. Football
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lacrosse
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Baseball
1 – 4 p.m. Basketball (Girls)
Submitted by CSHS Parents
Elizabeth Watts-Jones -
November 28, 2012 -