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Cornershot: Eddie Fisher as opening, and closing, act

When I learned of the unexpected deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, I thought back to the 1950s at an air base outside Atlanta where Reynolds and Eddie Fisher performed for the airmen and the general public.

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Monday 01/16/2017
Posted: January 16, 2017
Starshine Roshell: Shout your abortion -- because whispering it isn't working

Breakup museum houses flotsam of ill-fated flings

Sunday 01/15/2017
Posted: January 15, 2017
Cornershot: Artists, science researchers needed for 'Research in the Abstract' exhibit

An upcoming art show has put out a call for … scientists?

Saturday 01/14/2017
Posted: January 14, 2017
Fanatical Botanical: Use dormant oil for early pest control

People ask me all the time what they can do for their landscape in the winter months.  Although there are plenty of things to do, most of them are in preparation for the warmer season to come. There is one chore that can help your plants right now; applying dormant oil to woody deciduous trees and shrubs.

Posted: January 14, 2017
Field Notes: Chilling out on the planet

Jump in a snowbank bare-shanked and shivering? It may not have been your notion of a plan during last week’s arctic blast.

Posted: January 14, 2017
Cornershot: Writer on the Bus 2017 seeks applicants by Jan. 20

Roanoke Valley writers have been taking bus rides and composing books of poetry about their experiences for the past couple of years.

Friday 01/13/2017
Posted: January 13, 2017
Jane Dittmar to join Toscano as chief of staff

Dittmar served as chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Posted: January 13, 2017
General Assembly group passes COPN reform principles

The Joint Working Group on Certificate of Public Need - or COPN - Reform voted today to approve nine principles that will act as guidelines toward adopting legislation for COPN reform.

Posted: January 13, 2017
Fanatical Botanical: Deyhdrating for preservation

Preserving food you have grown is a great way to prolong the harvest season.  In my article last Saturday I spoke of canning and freezing, but there are a lot of other ways to preserve your fresh veg. One of my favorite ways is to dehydrate. 

Thursday 01/12/2017
Posted: January 12, 2017
Official: 'unprecedented' increase in number of babies born with exposure to opioids in Virginia

Virginia saw an unprecedented increase in the number of babies born with exposure to dangerous drugs in 2016, state health officials told a panel of lawmakers this morning.

Updated: January 12, 2017 - 4:41 pm
Where to go in 2017

Here are 17 destinations that look especially fetching right now. The list includes cities, countries, islands and national parks on five continents; bohemians and Slovenians; spherical Canadian treehouses; vast Vietnamese caves; train tracks at 14,000 feet; and the mother of all Marimekko stores.

Posted: January 12, 2017
Casey: Now's the time to prepare for Soup for Seniors

Last year, the all-volunteer, no-overhead food drive collected 44,804 food items for some of the neediest people in our community. The goal this year is 50,000.

Wednesday 01/11/2017
Posted: January 11, 2017
Cornershot: 'The Third Man' -- at least 3 great scenes and no bad ones?

Director Howard Hawks once described a good movie as three great scenes and no bad ones.

Tuesday 01/10/2017
Posted: January 10, 2017
Carolyn Hax

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Posted: January 10, 2017
Roanoke Restaurant Week dates announced

Roanoke Restaurant Week will take place Jan. 20-29 this year, according to a news release on Downtown Roanoke Inc.'s website.

Posted: January 10, 2017
Cornershot: A Christmas kindness

A few days before Christmas, my freezer stopped working. This was the top part of an old refrigerator located in an enclosed storage room on my patio. I called Appliance Repair Service in the morning, and they said someone would come by mid-afternoon.

Posted: January 10, 2017
Cornershot: Roanoke 100 Miler program starts Saturday

When I wear my “Roanoke 100 Miler” shirt at the gym, I like to believe that people think, “Wow, that dude ran a 100-mile race! Impressive!”

Monday 01/09/2017
Posted: January 09, 2017
Cornershot: Star City Playhouse plans to reopen in Vinton

The little theater that could is coming back.

Posted: January 09, 2017
Dadline: College materials -- what late-deciding seniors need to know

Congratulations, parents, if your high school senior has known where she wanted to go to college since the ninth grade and was accepted by her dream school years ago.

Sunday 01/08/2017
Posted: January 08, 2017
Heavenly Highlights for 2017

Considering our sun and moon, all the major planets, several major meteor showers, and many bright stars and distant star clusters, it is little wonder that curious skywatchers are always treated to fascinating celestial events. 2017 will certainly be no exception, beginning with a meet-up of planetary opposites and ending with an intriguing geometrical arrangement. Go outside, look up, and enjoy what our universe offers!

Posted: January 08, 2017
Sensational views on and off the ski slopes in Wyoming's Grand Teton Area

Ben Folds rocked a packed house with his piano-playing, singing, amusing lyrics and taking requests submitted by paper airplanes. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a comedy that won the Tony Award for Best Play, cast a spell in the intimate black box theater. Author David Sedaris brought his humorous essays to life. An artist talk made “Bird by Bird,” an exhibit of avian paintings and sketches, even more captivating. Ski-film pioneer Warren Miller’s new movie premiered. The Laff Staff shook the house with zany improv comedy, and Dancers’ Workshop rehearsed for its original production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Saturday 01/07/2017
Posted: January 07, 2017
Cornershot: A bit of holiday relief

Now that all the holiday hoopla is over, I’ve been remembering Christmases past. When I was a child, one of our treats was to drive through a nearby affluent area to ooh and aah at the decorations. Actually, they were pretty tame compared to today’s excesses which, according to news reports, have spawned neighborhood feuds, traffic jams, and vandalism.

Posted: January 07, 2017
Fanatical Botanical: Resolve to preserve your gardening bounty

Each new year brings the inevitable resolutions that consume our minds to make ourselves better people. This year, I have fielded more questions than normal about how to begin gardening and how to sustain a family with the bounty. With every change of power in government comes uncertainty, and it seems that many people are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

Friday 01/06/2017
Posted: January 06, 2017
Carolyn Hax

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Posted: January 06, 2017
Restaurant review: The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse Restaurant has been a Christiansburg staple since the ‘60s. When I was a child, it was THE place to go for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones and celebrations, and remained so throughout the years for many.

Thursday 01/05/2017
Posted: January 05, 2017
You Docs: Overweight and obese kids -- the solution starts at home

What do 8.9 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds, 17.5 percent of 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.5 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. have in common? Aside from big worries that sooner or later “SpongeBob Squarepants” will get canceled and a love of all things digital, those are the numbers of obese American kids — a total of 12.7 million! (Many more are overweight.)

Posted: January 05, 2017
Roanoke Parks and Rec to offer free volunteer Tree Steward training

Each year, Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry division trains volunteer Tree Stewards who are interested in protecting the environment and giving back to the community. Tree Stewards help care for young trees on city-owned property. The next free training starts on Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and registration is now open. 

Posted: January 05, 2017
Restaurant review: Scratch Biscuit Company stands out with unusual flavor combos

As another recent arrival to the bustling Grandin Village business district, the Scratch Biscuit Company offers a varied breakfast and lunch menu.

Posted: January 05, 2017
Take the bull by the horns at Stampede Championship Rodeo this weekend

The 50th Annual Stampede Championship Rodeo bucks its way into Salem on Friday for a weekend of bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling and bronc riding.

Wednesday 01/04/2017
Posted: January 04, 2017
The People's Pharmacy: How to avoid a painful gout attack

Pain gets everyone’s attention. Whether it’s a stubbed toe or a headache, heartburn or arthritis, pain signals that something has gone wrong. With appropriate treatment, most of these conditions are manageable.

Posted: January 04, 2017
Quick pasta dinners to fit into a busy schedule

I imagine that you, like me, have been racing full speed through the most demanding time of the year. Somehow, everything had to be done at once — presents purchased and wrapped, cards sent, holiday meals planned — and it needed to be accomplished with a light heart and happy spirit.

Tuesday 01/03/2017
Posted: January 03, 2017
Carolyn Hax

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Posted: January 03, 2017
Living with Children: Psycho-babble steals common sense from parents

One of the biggest problems among today’s parents — especially mothers — concerns their tendency to think in psychological terms about their children’s behavior problems. Mothers are more prone to this intellectual wandering than fathers not because of some gender-related characteristic but simply because mothers are the primary consumers of parenting material.

Posted: January 03, 2017
Cornershot: Toddler's bear-y clever encounter with technology

Some people say children are getting smarter all the time, but I wonder if it’s just the age in which we live.

Posted: January 03, 2017
Teacher's Pets: Wintertime activities for our furry family members

As we settle in for the typically more sedentary wintry months ahead, it’s important to assess the exercise and enrichment needs of our dogs. For many dogs, warmer weather promises opportunities for long walks, exciting Frisbee and ball play or hours just basking under the sun with their humans in the backyard. But these colder months indoors can be a real drag for our canine friends, just as much as they are for many of us humans. So what can you do this winter to keep your dog active and occupied?

Monday 01/02/2017
Posted: January 02, 2017
Cornershot: How do you like your bread?

How do you like your bread? Toasted?

Posted: January 02, 2017
Living with Children: Your kids should not be the most important

I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens, “Who are the most important people in your family?”

Sunday 01/01/2017
Posted: January 01, 2017
The warmth of Albuquerque

Think warmth, the all-enveloping, soothing warmth of a soft blanket. Think warm hues of yellow, beige, soft orange and light russet reds. The sun bears down, warming the body and soul in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city that sits a mile high in the high desert and boasts about 310 days of sunshine a year.

Saturday 12/31/2016
Posted: December 31, 2016
Photos of the Year 2016

The Roanoke Times photographers — Stephanie Klein-Davis, Matt Gentry, Erica Yoon and Heather Rousseau — have chosen their three favorite images of 2016. From a fun day of learning at a museum to a tragic loss of family, these photos capture a bit of the emotion and drama of both everyday life and extraordinary times in Southwest Virginia.

Friday 12/30/2016
Posted: December 30, 2016
Fanatical Botanical: 3 ways aloe can enhance your life

My mother has an abundance of aloe vera.  It began with one plant that was happily putting out babies and my mother, who couldn’t resist potting them up. She eventually ended up with 6 new aloe plants brimming with even more babies, which she gave as gifts whenever she could.

Posted: December 30, 2016
Carolyn Hax: Change your perspective to embrace how the in-laws do family

Dear Carolyn:

Posted: December 30, 2016
The Extra staff looks back at an eventful 2016

Top music highlights of 2016

Thursday 12/29/2016
Posted: December 29, 2016
Irrational belief in alleged affair could be delusional disorder

Q: My wife and I have been married for over 50 years. A few years ago, she began accusing me of having an affair with a much younger woman, with whom I have never shared a private moment or conversation in my life, nor have I ever wanted to. When I try to reason with her, she becomes irrational and angry to the point that I do not recognize her. She is now convinced that our adult children and many of our friends know about this “affair” and have enabled me by covering it up. She also has begun to talk to me about divorce because she “knows I want to be with her” — who, by the way, lives with her husband and young child, hundreds of miles away. I love my wife dearly and would like our twilight years to be filled with love and affection, not accusations and suspicion. I have asked her to see a counselor with me, but she says I should go by myself.

Posted: December 29, 2016
To Your Good Health: Unbearable itch of scalp psoriasis is ruining life for reader

DEAR DR. ROACH: A few months before my 94th birthday, I developed tiny pimples and an unbearable itch on my scalp. Two different dermatologists tried shampoos and sprays, and a biopsy showed that I have no disease (like cancer), just psoriasis of the scalp. It has not gone away. Is there any kind of antibiotic or other help available? My life has been ruined by (of all things) a scalp problem. — K.S.

Posted: December 29, 2016
The You Docs: Four major stories you'll want to remember in 2017

Our feature articles usually go into depth about issues you’ve told us are of primary importance to you. That’s why we’ve chosen a quick review of four popular features as we head into 2017.

Posted: December 29, 2016
The People's Pharmacy: New study shows the pharmacy safety net has holes

When we think of safety nets, we imagine trapeze artists flying through the air or tightrope walkers teetering high above a crowd. Human beings make mistakes, so it is good to have something in place to catch you if you mess up.

Wednesday 12/28/2016
Posted: December 28, 2016
All Virginia State Parks open for free on New Year's Day

RICHMOND — Nature lovers, rejoice: All of Virginia’s 37 state parks will be offering free admission on New Year’s Day.

Posted: December 28, 2016
Good Libations: Navigating a sea of Champagne for New Year's

“Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is equally stirred; the wits become more nimble.”

Tuesday 12/27/2016
Posted: December 27, 2016
Carolyn Hax

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Posted: December 27, 2016
Fanatical Botanical: Indoor gardening with paperwhites

One of the most fun indoor gardening activities during Winter is growing paperwhites.  These bulbs are super easy to plant and need minimal care to produce gorgeous white flowers that put out an intoxicating scent that wafts throughout the house.  They make great gifts for the ones you love for any occasion, but I like growing them to give for Valentine’s Day.