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.
Breakup museum houses flotsam of ill-fated flings
An upcoming art show has put out a call for … scientists?
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.
Jump in a snowbank bare-shanked and shivering? It may not have been your notion of a plan during last week’s arctic blast.
Roanoke Valley writers have been taking bus rides and composing books of poetry about their experiences for the past couple of years.
Dittmar served as chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director Howard Hawks once described a good movie as three great scenes and no bad ones.
Adapted from a recent online discussion.
Roanoke Restaurant Week will take place Jan. 20-29 this year, according to a news release on Downtown Roanoke Inc.'s website.
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.
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!”
The little theater that could is coming back.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
Adapted from a recent online discussion.
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.
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.)
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.
As another recent arrival to the bustling Grandin Village business district, the Scratch Biscuit Company offers a varied breakfast and lunch menu.
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.
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.
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.
Adapted from a recent online discussion.
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.
Some people say children are getting smarter all the time, but I wonder if it’s just the age in which we live.
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?
How do you like your bread? Toasted?
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?”
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.
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.
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.
Top music highlights of 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
RICHMOND — Nature lovers, rejoice: All of Virginia’s 37 state parks will be offering free admission on New Year’s Day.
“Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced; the imagination is equally stirred; the wits become more nimble.”
Adapted from a recent online discussion.
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.
Herman Clyde (H.C.) Rakes Jr., 76, of Shawsville, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2017, at Horne Funeral Home Crematory, 540-382-2612.
Harold C. (Cliff) Thompson, 96, of Wirtz, Va., passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.
Calvin Coolidge Reed, 90, of Floyd passed away Friday, January 13, 2017. Calvin was a lifetime Floyd resident and a World War II Veteran. He worked for VDOT for 33 years. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Kyle and Pearl Reed; brother, Marvin Reed; sister-in-law, Ardennia Reed; brother-in-laws, Don Sowers and Harless Quesenberry; and son-in-law, Darrell Parks. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Reed; children, Douglas and Elizabeth Reed of Salem, Donna Parks of Willis, and David and Wanda Reed of Alabama; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virgie Quesenberry and Lula Mae Sowers. Funeral services will be held Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home with Pastor Shannon Hicks officiating. Interment will follow at Beaver Creek Cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. on Monday January 16, 2017 at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be from 5PM-7PM. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Beaver Creek Baptist Church, 1647 Beaver Creek Rd. Floyd, VA. 24091. Online condolences may be made at www.gardnerfuneralhomefloyd.com, or on Facebook @gardnerfuneralhomefloyd.
The world has lost a precious soul, but one in which heaven has gained. Olonzo "Buddy" Proffitt, 93, embraced Jesus on January 11, 2017, joining his beloved wife Jeanne and other loved ones. The couple moved to Pearisburg, in 1949 from Alleghany County to operate the Modern Cut Rate Drug Store and eventually the Dari Delite and Rainbow Drive-In. Buddy also sold insurance and was the manager of Giles and Castle Rock Country Clubs. Also, in Alleghany County, Buddy and Henry Dew operated the Rainbow Drive-In. They along with Buddy's son, Bruce, established The Cat and Owl Restaurant, whereas in 1989, Bruce became the sole proprietor. Buddy was proud to be a veteran as he served in the Army Air Force in World War II. As a civic leader, he was involved in the Pearisburg Lion's and Kiwanis Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts. Known as a colorful character, loving husband, father, grandfather and entertainer, he touched many lives with his quick wit and positive outlook. Buddy loved the Lord Jesus. He was a role model and mentor to his family and friends. His work ethic and love for people became his passion. Living life to its fullest, he was an avid golfer, uniquely creative and talented beyond description. Love, kindness and empathy was the legacy he left for others to emulate. Left with precious memories are his son, Bruce Proffitt (Anita); daughter, Corky Bailey; grandchildren, Jennifer Robinson (Chris), Jean Ann Bailey, Courtney Proffitt; great-grandson, Blake Robinson; and family friends, Jerry Bailey and Bea Ruble. The family will receive friends at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with a celebration of life starting at 7 p.m. with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 133, Pearisburg, VA 24134 is appreciated, or consider a random act of kindness honoring the Lord in Buddy's memory. A private family graveside service will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge, VA on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. Givens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at givensfuneralhome.com.