Response to Roanoke Times Editorial: Expect the unexpected

Monday, June 28, 2010

Response to Roanoke Times Editorial: Expect the unexpected

On Friday June 25, The Roanoke Times editorial board proclaimed that Countryside is a lost cause. Writing about the recent news that the bid for the Market building renovation came in well under budget, the RT said, “There is no bad news — unless those hankering for the city to reopen Countryside Golf Course attempt […]

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Part I & II – Last round on Countryside Golf Course video

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Part I & II - Last round on Countryside Golf Course video

My friend Newt and his brothers played one last round on Countryside Golf Course. Newt’s brothers even remember when it was a farm. They lived adjacent to the course growing up and my friend Newt was the head “golf ball hunter.” He knows every nook and cranny here. Whether you live here now or lived […]

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Virginia’s Retirement System in a Lurch

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Virginia's Retirement System in a Lurch

Robert T. Schultze is the director of the 24th largest public or private pension system in the United States, the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). On Monday, he and his staff reported to the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) that VRS assets have lost about 21% over the first half of […]

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Shape It Up

Monday, January 28, 2008

Shape It Up Another View If you’ve been hanging around on this site for a while, you may have noticed Scott Beasley’s letter to Mr. Brian K. Brown, Roanoke City Economic Development Administrator. There’s a lot of truth in what Mr. Beasley wrote about course conditions, but there are a few points where I would […]

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The Second Battle For Countryside

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Second Battle For Countryside Earlier this month at the Countryside Neighborhood Alliance night out celebration, I sensed a hope that had been struggling to flourish over the last few dark months. The city’s development plans had unraveled and the alliance felt that if nothing else, time had been bought. While none of us were […]

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A present for Newt …

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Can you spot them here?. . Easy pickin’s for a skilled golf ball hunter like Newt and his trusty staff. I got tangled up in butterfly bushes and whatever else I have not controled this year due to the demands of my second unpaid job. Newt, you better come get them as it is now […]

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Pilgrims

Monday, July 30, 2007

Pilgrims There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind. Annie Dillard A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard penned those words in her Pulitzer Prize book, A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, in 1974. At the time she was writer in residence at Hollins College and spent hours upon hours […]

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The People Speak

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Petition For months now, we’ve been trumpeting the message: “SAVE COUNTRYSIDE!” All we can say is that Roanoke has responded! Our community wants to save the course and utilize the green space as a golf and recreational area for the entire city. Our online petition offers a unique public comment area. We’ve taken those […]

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Tallyho!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Lining up a birdie putt on the 6th hole Tallyho! A Commentary “Groundbreaking for the nation’s newest golf retreat will be conducted Thursday. Guess where it’s happening, folks? How about right here.” So opens Randy King, sports reporter at The Roanoke Times, in his weekend feature piece on the new Ballyhack Golf Retreat in Roanoke […]

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Preserve the Green Space

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Look Down the 18th Hole Valerie Garner recently had an op-ed piece published by The Roanoke Times. In her piece, she makes a strong case for preserving and enhancing our treasure, Countryside Golf Course. Voicing your feelings regarding the City’s ill-conceived development plans is vital to keeping the issue alive. One place you can […]

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Correspondence With the Airport Commission

Thursday, May 3, 2007

A year or so ago, I wrote to the Airport Commission questioning their position on the Countryside lease. I found it odd that renewal of the lease would suddenly become questionable. In light of the items that were posted here earlier, you might find it interesting to read the reply that Jacqueline Shuck of the […]

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Dream Hole

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Dream Hole Randy King of the Roanoke Times has put together “The Dream 18” in the Sunday April 15, 2007 edition of The Roanoke Times. In the multimedia piece, Randy talks about the best 18 holes of golf in the Timesland area. The list is quite exclusive as it includes holes from Pete Dye’s River […]

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