It's a hospital-school partnership that will help special education students learn important motor skills.
The Danville Regional Medical Center is donating a dozen computers to the Danville and Pittsylvania County public schools.
These are old hospital computers that have been upgraded with CD-ROM's, speakers, and remote controls.
As a therapist demonstrates, the computer programs are a fun way for special needs children to get the attention they need.
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[IN Q=These computers will allow]
((PATRICIA DAVIS/DANVILLE PULBIC SCHOOLS: THESE COMPUTERS WILL ALLOW THESE STUDENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO MANIPULATING, LEARNING TO MANIPULATE THE KEYBOARD AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST WILL BE WORKING ON FOR FINE MOTOR CONTROL AND HELPING THE STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP THOSE SKILLS.))
[SUPER=01-Patricia Davis/Danville Public Schools;]
[OUT Q=develop those skills.]
The computers will be installed in the schools in the next week-and-a-half.
With the Winter Olympics almost over, many people are turning their attention to the two thousand summer Olympics especially members of the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association.
Stacey Martin explains.
[IN Q=Ballroom dancing may]
[SUPER=01-Ken Wooden/Ballroom Dancer; :22]
[SUPER=01-Norma Shapiro/Ballroom Dancer; 1:04]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7.]
((Ballroom dancing may seem like a far cry from the ice skating and ice dancing at Nagano but it will soon have one thing in common with them--they'll all be Olympic sports--an idea these ballroom dancers expect will have its share of nay-sayers.))
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[IN Q=It's a real]
((KEN WOODEN/BALLROOM DANCER:IT'S A REAL SPORT BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO DANCE SOME OF THE FAST DANCES HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF ENDURANCE AND TRAINING AND THESE PEOPLE, THEY'RE FOUND THAT BALLROOM DANCING IS JUST AS VIGOROUS AND REQUIRES JUST AS MUCH ENDURANCE AS A LOT OF THE SPORTS LIKE RUNNING AND TRACK AND THINGS LIKE THAT.))
[OUT Q=things like that.]
(( Ballroom dancing or Dance Sport will make its debut at the summer Olympics after the year 2000--featuring dance leagues simlar to this one but with more experience and a somewhat more competitive nature.
Members are hoping to attract younger dancers to the sport to compete in the Olympic games.))
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[IN Q=We need a]
((NORMA SHAPIRO/BALLROOM DANCER: WE NEED A MUCH YOUNGER GROUP PARTICIPATING BECAUSE OF THE OLYMPIC POSSIBILITIES COMING UP IN A COUPLE OF YEARS. SO, THIS GROUP USABDO WHICH IS THE UNITED STATES AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION HAS A VERY ACTIVE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGES.))
[OUT Q=in the colleges.]
(( Members say the Olympic debut is part of an effort to change the image of ballroom dancing and attract a younger crowd to cha-cha-cha and keep the tradition going.
Stacey Martin, News 7. ))
We have a little different time off segment this week, Andrew?
The idea of standing onstage in the spotlight may sound pretty stressful to a lot of people.
But there are those who find performing in public a relaxing way to spend their free hours.
In this week's edition of "Time Off", Kimberly McBroom profiles a couple of actors with Roanoke's Showtimers theatre.
[IN Q=By day, Dale Johnson]
[SUPER=01-Dale Johnson/Showtimers Actor; :22]
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[SUPER=01-Annabelle Sullivan/Box Office Manager; 1:27 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Norm Ferguson/Showtimers Actor; 1:48]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7]
(( By day, Dale Johnson is the guidance coordinator at Patrick Henry High School.
But at night, when the curtain rises, Johnson is transformed into a very DIFFERENT sort of character.
He portrays one of three convicts in the comedy, "My Three Angels", now running on the Showtimers' stage.
((DALE JOHNSON: ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT I REALLY ENJOY IN THEATRE IS BEING ABLE TO MAYBE CREATE A CHARACTER, OR BE PART OF THE ATMOSPHERE THAT PEOPLE CAN KIND OF GET LOST IN AND CAN MAYBE FORGET THEIR CARES A LITTLE BIT, MAYBE HAVE A FEW LAUGHS.))
[OUT Q=have a few laughs]
Johnson says he got involved with Showtimers in 1991-- 24 years after his last theatre role.
His hobby can be demanding, with rehearsals running four and five nights a week, six weeks before the show begins.
But this guidance counselor finds the theatre very therapeutic.
((DALE JOHNSON/SHOWTIMERS ACTOR: THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO KIND OF CENSOR IN YOURSELF OR KIND OF GET BOTTLED IN AND THEY NEED A WAY TO BE EXPRESSED. AND THEATRE PROVIDES A REAL GOOD OUTLET FOR THAT. ))
The Showtimers theatre is nestled in the woods, just off Route 419 in Roanoke County.
Established in 1951, it's the oldest continuously- running community theatre in the state.
Box office manager Annabelle Sullivan has helped run things since 1960.
She says the theatre's structure has changed over the years-- but little else has.
It still welcomes amateur thespians with open arms.
((ANNABELLE SULLIVAN/BOX OFFICE MANAGER: THE HOUSE IS SMALL, SO IT'S AN INTIMATE THEATRE. AND IF SOMEONE IN THE AUDIENCE DECIDES, THEY CAN GET UP ON THE STAGE AND BE THERE, TOO-- IF THEY SHOW UP FOR TRY-OUTS.))
In his "real life" role, Norm Ferguson runs his own computer network consulting firm.
His sets his own schedule, which allows him to pursue the acting craft he's been working on since the sixth grade.
((NORM FERGUSON/SHOWTIMERS ACTOR: MOST CUSTOMERS ARE UNDERSTANDING WHEN YOU TELL THEM THAT, "GEE, I CAN'T WORK OVERTIME TONIGHT. I'VE GOT TO GO REHEARSE OR PERFORM". SO, IT HAS WORKED OUT VERY NICELY FOR ME.))
But for both actors, the final performance of a show is often bittersweet.
((NORM FERGUSON/SHOWTIMERS ACTOR: IF I DON'T HAVE THIS CREATIVE OUTLET, THAT I'M RESTLESS AT HOME. I'M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO.))
((DALE JOHNSON/SHOWTIMERS ACTOR: BECAUSE MY TIME HAS BEEN SO STRUCTURED AND I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING-- AND NOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN, I'VE GOT ALL THIS TIME, WHAT DO I DO NOW. SO, YOU KIND OF CHOMP AT THE BIT UNTIL THAT NEXT PART COMES ALONG.))
In the meantime, the show will go on for both of them.
"My Three Angels" is running through March first.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))[2-Sports]
District Championships were decided on high school hardwoods last night.
Here's Mike Stevens with the highlights.
[IN Q=Much more]
[OUT Q=of the morning][2-Scores]
Winners in Friday's N-B-A action include...Orlando, Atlanta, Cleveland, Minnesota and Phoenix.
Ninth ranked Princeton trounces Harvard 77-to-55 in college basketball.
Now here's another look at the scoreboard.
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[SUPER=0097-j/Bland/70//Ft. Chiswell/54//Mt. Empire Semis/j/Grayson Co./76//Rocky Gap/59//Mt. Empire Semis/;]
[SUPER=0097-j/G.W. Danville/71//Halifax Co./56//Western Boy's Final//G.W. Danville/49/j/Albemarle/57//Western Girl's Fi
[SUPER=0097-/Fleming/38/j/Cave Spring/39//RVD Girl's Final//Fleming/50/j/Cave Spring/62//RVD Boy's Final/;]
[SUPER=0097-j/Salem/62//Blacksburg/45//Blue Ridge Final/j/Parry McCluer/55//James River/49///;]
[SUPER=0097-j/George Wythe/59//John Battle/46//Hogoheegee Final/;]
[OUT Q=..........last score."]
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[SUPER=325-Morning Sprinkles/& Flurries/40-44/Mostly/Cloudy/28-32; West Virginia]
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Finally this morning, Did You See That?
You could say that giving birth is one of those "larger than life" experiences.
[SUPER=03-Long Beach, CA;]
You KNOW it is when the hospital nicknames your newborn "Big AL".
Alfred Anthony Atkins was born in Long Beach, California on Monday. The champ weighed in at 14 pounds and was almost 2 Feet long.
Big Al was delivered by C-section, but giant babies are no stranger to the family.
Mom could see herself in the Guiness book of Records if she keeps up the pace. She's also delivered two eleven-pound babies.
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