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2008-10-14 03:00:21

By Amanda Codispoti amanda.codispoti@roanoke.com 981-3334 The children shuffled slowly onto the stage, the bells tied around their wrists and ankles jingling. Few of them dared to look out at the crowd seated in the grass around the stage at Elmwood Park. Instead, they kept their eyes trained on their dance teacher, Rosario Byrd, who sat in front of the stage signaling their next move with her hands. When the music started, the 12 children stomped, skipped and swayed their arms,...

2008-10-14 03:00:17

By Rob Johnson rob.johnson@roanoke.com 981-3234 Dicey economic conditions threaten to put a dent in special offerings at some churches, including collections for overseas ministries and the domestic poor, some pastors say. One measure of how strong the current support is for such causes will surface Sunday, when the annual Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty walk in Roanoke counts its contributions. The money donated by sponsors of the 300 or so volunteer walkers isn't collected...

2008-10-11 03:00:22

By JoAnne Poindexter joanne.poindexter@roanoke.com 981-3232 Laney Mofield has no qualms about asking customers to drop loose change into the collection canisters at McDonald's restaurants. As executive director of the Ronald McDonald House on Jefferson Street Southwest in Roanoke, she's seen those coins go to work to operate the house as a temporary residence for parents of hospitalized children and to support many programs that provide services and assistance to children throughout...

2008-10-11 03:00:19

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 Roanoke public schools are boasting a slight increase in enrollment this year, halting a decade-long slide. But other public school systems in the Roanoke region, which had been growing, are posting moderate decreases in enrollment. According to statistics compiled by school officials at the end of September, Roanoke now instructs 12,489 students, not counting preschool students. That's 159 more than last year, perhaps a reflection of...

2008-10-11 03:00:18

Last year, 77.4 percent of high school seniors across Virginia graduated on time and with a standard or an advanced diploma. At Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, just 47.7 percent of its seniors did so. The rates released this week by the state Department of Education are not surprising. Yet, they are still stunning. There couldn't be a teacher, parent, administrator, school board member or city taxpayer who didn't, at least momentarily, feel a mixture of anger, pessimism and, yes,...

2008-10-06 09:00:39

FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL) announced today that it has entered into a new senior secured revolving credit facility for $60 million through its subsidiary JAIX Leasing Company. The facility will be used for general corporate purposes, including the financing of railcars to be leased. Simultaneously, the Company reduced the commitments under its existing revolving credit facility from $100 million to $50 million to meet expected borrowing needs. "This new facility provides us...

2008-10-04 03:00:10

Notice is hereby given that the Western Virginia Water Authority has applied for a permit from the Virginia Marine Resource Commission to install 297 linear feet each of a 24-inch and 36-inch diameter, concrete encased, sewer line beneath the existing submerged bottom of the Roanoke River along the western side of Wasena Park in the City of Roanoke. The proposed project also includes the demolition and removal of an existing concrete dam, which currently contains a 42-inch diameter sewer line...

2008-09-27 03:00:33

GIRL SCOUT FUN DAY Botetourt Service Unit Girl Scouts sponsored its third Annual Girl Scout Fun Day Saturday, Sept. 13 at Cloverdale Church of the Brethren. Girls ages kindergarten to seniors in high school were invited to learn more about Girl Scouting and to join or form a troop. The activities included games, crafts, s'mores, popcorn, edible fires, camp scene, face painting, a community project, Girl Scout Hall of Fame, Girl Scout vintage uniform display, age level displays, flag...

2008-09-27 03:00:29

By David Harrison david.harrison@roanoke.com 777-3523 All but 10 schools in the Roanoke region earned state accreditation this year, based on Standards of Learning tests administered in the 2007-08 school year. Seven of those that missed accreditation were in Roanoke. The latest round of accreditation results, released Thursday by state education officials, shows that more schools regionally and statewide have met the standards. Every school in the New River Valley earned state...

2008-09-27 03:00:23

By Tad Dickens | The Roanoke Times | tad.dickens@roanoke.com | 777- 6474 Sunday The Claire Lynch Band She has sung with the best -- Ralph Stanley, Linda Ronstadt. She's written for the best -- Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea. Now the Grammy-nominated, International Bluegrass Music Association-winning Lynch brings her band to the Floyd Country Store. Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., Floyd. $18. (540) 745-4563, dlpconcerts.com, floydcountrystore.com,...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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