Demand hot IN COUPONS
SUNDAY Volcanoes? Here?
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YOUR MONEY MIGHT NOT GO WHERE YOU THINK.
When nonprofits use for-profit fundraising companies, often only a small If you donate $1
through a professional
fraction of your gift ends up at the charity. The fundraiser keeps the rest. fundraiser to a local
group, on average,
about 20 cents reaches
VIRGINIAN-PILOT STAFF ILLUSTRATION
By CAROLYN SHAPIRO and PHILIP WALZER | The Virginian-Pilot how it works in Hampton Roads give directly
Charities sometimes hire An analysis of state records How can you be sure your
professional fundraisers filed by professional fund- entire donation will make
HE ANSWER EXASPERATED the man on the phone. He had made a
– often telemarketers – raisers between January it to the charity? Officials
donation to Vietnam Veterans of Virginia and wanted to know how much went to seek out and collect 2008 and June 2011 shows say mail it or bring it to
to the charity. // About a dime of every dollar, Charles Montgomery Jr., the donations. The two sides that locally based nonprofits them. To check how much
president of the Virginia Beach-based group, told him. The remaining 90 cents agree to a contract that collected $15 million of of your donation the
specifies the breakdown, $75.3 million in donations. fundraiser will keep, call
paid the fundraising company that called to solicit the donation. // “It doesn’t sound like with the fundraiser often The remainder went to the the Office of Consumer
much,” Montgomery said, “but without their help, we wouldn’t have anything.” getting a larger share. fundraisers. Affairs at (800) 552-9963.
Vietnam Veterans of Vir-
ginia supports veterans hos-
part 1 of 2 Today: The business of fundraising for nonprofits. online Search a database of charities to see how much they
Tomorrow: For-profit fundraising and police charities. collected using professional fundraisers, at PilotOnline.com.
pitals, homeless veterans and
scholarships for veterans’ chil-
dren and grandchildren. For
13 years, it has relied on Xen-
tel Inc., based in Fort Lauder-
dale, Fla., to do its fundraising. I’m still strong and it seems like I’m doing all right,
Locally based charities typi-
cally do little better than Viet-
but I don’t want to overstay my time.” Pat Robertson
nam Veterans, according to an
On CBN’s 50th, Robertson
analysis by The Virginian-Pi-
lot of state records filed by pro-
fessional fundraisers between
sees smaller political role
January 2008 and June 2011.
The nonprofits – as large as
Operation Smile and as small
as the Suffolk Fraternal Or-
der of Police # 41 – collected
$15 million, or about 20 per-
cent, of $75.3 million in dona-
tions. The remainder went to
the fundraisers, also known as
Fundraising experts have
no hard rule for how much
Once, it was rare for authorities to
See DONOR BEWARE, PAGE 10
break cases this big. Not anymore.
By Tim McGlone by the
Gary Beard liked to drive
a Maserati. He wore tens of
that in the past
thousands of dollars of gold have uprooted
Much more than and diamond jewelry. He once nine drug rings
castles. Take in the plunked down $17,000 cash for in the region
a bracelet. worth at least
sand sculptures ROSS TAYLOR | THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
But for three of the past five $20 million
carved at the speaks at years, Beard reported no in- and one worth
By Brock Vergakis | The Associated Press come on his tax returns and nearly $10
Oceanfront. the 50th
anniversary of just under $50,000 for the oth- million. They
Hampton Roads the Christian AT ROBERTSON took a tiny television station in Ports- er two years combined. credit more
Broadcasting mouth and turned it into a global network that helped Authorities say those are cooperation
Network’s him launch a presidential bid and become one of the sure signs of a lucrative career among
first television nation’s most influential conservative Christians. But in narcotics trafficking. The agencies for
broadcast as the televangelist’s network turned 50 on Saturday, he said Beard organization, according the increase in
on Saturday, he’s getting out of the endorsement game. to court records and federal major cases.
at Regent “I’ve personally backed off from direct political involve- agents, was worth $20 million
University in ment,” Robertson said in a telephone interview. “I’ve been wholesale. The street value of
Virginia Beach. there, done that. The truth of the matter is, politics is not go- the drugs the ring sold could
High: lower 60s. ing to change our world. It’s really not going to make that be quadruple that.
Low: upper 40s. much of a difference.” Agents also say the case is
Details on the back
page of Sports See CBN, PAGE 8 See DRUG RINGS, PAGE 8
The Sunday Break | THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT | PILOTONLINE.COM | 10.02.11
VIRGINIA IS FOR
. . . VOLCANOES?
OF YEARS AGO.
A PAIR OF EXTINCT VOLCANOES don’t look
like much, but they were something in their
day – a relative rarity for East Coast states.
LAVA FLOWS FROM THE KILAUEA VOLCANO IN HAWAII. RONEN ZILBERMAN | ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO
By Scott Harper
Trimble Mole Hill
IRGINIA IS KNOWN for many things, gs,
from its beaches to its mountains, its farms
NEW ENGLAND’S OLD DOMINION’S
But volcanoes? Norfolk
True enough, Virginia has a quirky if still unex- ex-
plained history with volcanic activity, one of the
few East Coast states that can make that claim.
GENERAL STORES: 34TH LITERARY
UNIQUE PAGE 4 FESTIVAL PAGE 6
While many small fractures and cracks remain
as evidence that lava once flowed freely millions
of years ago, two ancient and prominent examples
still can be seen today: Trimble Knob, in Highland
County near the West Virginia line, and Mole Hill,
They could not look any more different. Trim-
ble Knob is small, stubby and nearly treeless; Mole back by popular
Hill is taller, sprawling and covered by thick bram-
ble and forest. demand ...
Mennonite farms, including horse-drawn car- The New York Times best-seller list returns today. We had eliminated it a few
riages on country roads, lie at the foot of Mole Hill. Trimble Knob is an extinct volcano weeks ago for space reasons, but readers told us they missed it. So you’ll
Sheep graze atop Trimble Knob. in Highland County near Monterey. find that it’s back and can usually be found on the back page of this section.
Both land features are what geologists call plugs, Thanks for keeping us on our toes.
JANE HARPER, FOR THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
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FROM THE COVER
JANE HARPER PHOTOS, FOR THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
Volcanic rocks blasted from the Earth some 40 million or so years ago can still be seen at the summit of Trimble Knob, an extinct volcano in Highland County.
Continued from Page 1
the slowly eroding remnants of
extinct volcanoes. Here, black They are
basalt rocks indicating their fi-
ery origins can be found amid extinct,
a sea of green sedimentary and there’s
stones that otherwise domi-
nate the Shenandoah Valley no reason
landscape. to think
Both are relatively young
volcanoes, active between 38 there’s
million and 48 million years magma
ago, making them the babies
in any state east of the Missis- being
sippi River. And both are held created
by private landowners, which
limits their access and keeps there. So
most tourists away. I’d say
Gerald K nicely in May
bought a big chunk of Mole Mole Hill is surrounded by farms, many owned by Mennonite families, on the outskirts of there’s
Hill, including access to the Harrisonburg. The summit, about 1,900 feet above sea level, is covered by thick scrub and forest. probably
woody summit, and hopes to
soon develop trails for moun- no effect
tain bikers and hikers. Knice- VIRGINIA VOLCANOES Most residents near Trim- summit, as if spit out onto the to worry
ly also owns Mole Hill Bikes, There are two ancient, extinct volcanoes that continue to elicit ble Knob and Mole Hill sim- ground, but there is no visible
a cycling shop in the town of scientiﬁc debate – one at Trimble Knob, near Monterey, the other ply shrug when asked if they hole where the lava came out; about. But
Dayton, within earshot of the at Mole Hill, near Harrisonburg. know they are living next to a the mouth has long since erod- stranger
dead volcano. volcano. ed away.
“I grew up here and have al- WEST VIRGINIA VIRGINIA
“It doesn’t bother me,” said things have
ways felt a really strong con- Mole Hill Doris Folks, deputy clerk of Access to Mole Hill is re- happened.”
nection to Mole Hill,” he said 28
the court in Highland Coun- stricted as well, though Knice-
recently at his office. “There’s 220 ty, whose office is just blocks ly, the owner, will let most peo-
Durbin 81 Elizabeth
a spirituality about the place, a George from Trimble Knob. Locals, ple visit if they sign a liability
uniqueness. It’s hard to explain.” she said, call it “Volcano Hill,” waiver at his bike shop. Johnson
National adding that she has never been Two paths lead up the hill
Little scientific study of the Forest 33 to the top in her life. through oak and paradise geology
two volcanoes has been done, 42 “Visitors will ask about that trees. They split and then re-
92 Trimble 250
though that is changing. funny-looking bump, and I’ll connect near the top. Spider James Madison
Elizabeth Johnson, a geol- Knob 10 miles tell them it’s a volcano,” said webs must be swept away to University,
ogy professor at James Mad- Lisa Jamison, manager of the keep moving ahead, and one Harrisonburg
ison University in Harrison- Charlottesville Highland Inn in Monterey, gets the feeling of embarking
burg, has taken a keen interest Richmond where Trimble Knob can near- on an Indiana Jones excur-
in Mole Hill, which she can al- 11 64 ly be seen from the front porch. sion through some dense rain
most see from her campus of- VA. Norfolk “But they think you’re lying forest. A deer suddenly leaps
fice. She regularly shuttles her SOURCES: ESRI, Tele Atlas THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT to them.” nearby, crashing through the
students there for field trips Students at the Monterey ele- brush.
and research projects and has a mentary school visit the site for Halfway up, a cross has been
friendly rapport with Knicely. noes. Asked if the two state the valley, might have done the science class, Jamison said, but erected to mark where a previ-
This summer, for example, volcanoes could somehow be- trick, creating a big enough the volcano is not mentioned in ous owner, Lowell Ulrich, died
several JMU students complet- come active again and erupt, crack to allow magma to flow any walking tours in town or in while clearing a path to the vol-
ed projects aimed at better un- Johnson paused. upward toward the surface. tourist pamphlets. cano for a church group. His
derstanding what lies beneath “Well, they are extinct, and Applying this theory, scien- Pam Lambert lives at the tractor flipped and trapped
the ancient volcanoes. Using there’s no reason to think tists do not think the eruptions foot of Trimble Knob, which him beneath, killing him on
rock samples and mathemati- there’s magma being created in Highland and Rockingham rises about 200 feet above Sept. 25, 2008.
cal models, the students deter- there. So I’d say there’s prob- counties carried on too long in surrounding farmland. She History texts say locals cel-
mined the depths of the Earth’s ably no effect to worry about. geologic time, perhaps a few can recall an Easter Sunday ebrated the conclusion of the
mantle below Mole Hill and But stranger things have hap- millions years, according to church service at the summit War of 1812 with a barbecue
how hot it must be down there. pened.” a 2006 paper by the Virginia one year that was especially on top of Mole Hill, where an
The answers, they estimate, Department of Mines, Miner- inspiring. ox was roasted.
are 24.2 miles deep and 2,192 One of the mysteries of als and Energy. “I’ve always loved it,” she Unlike Trimble Knob, there
degrees Fahrenheit. Generally Mole Hill and Trimble Knob “It’s a hot-spot type of vol- said. “I wish they’d open it up are no spectacular views at
speaking, Johnson said, those is what caused volcanic erup- cano,” said Jim Beard, a geol- and sell tickets. They’d make the summit. A dense canopy
numbers gradually get small- tions there. Scientists are sim- ogist and the curator of earth a fortune.” of trees makes it difficult to
er toward the coast. ply not sure. sciences at the Virginia Mu- The volcano is owned by even tell you’ve reached the
“It’s the first time we’ve Volcanoes typically go off be- seum of Natural History in Lavinia Bird, who tolerates top, some 1,900 feet above sea
started to look closely at this cause of the constant rubbing Martinsville, who has written curiosity-seekers but is not level.
site,” Johnson said recently in and shifting and internal pres- about Mole Hill. “No one’s re- thrilled at having trespass- Butterflies dance through
her lab, where she was show- sures of tectonic plates within ally sure why they erupted, or ers on her farm. She declined thickets of goldenrod, and vol-
ing off thin slices of volca- the Earth. When a big slippage why they stopped.” to talk about Trimble Knob canic rocks are tossed random-
nic rock under a microscope occurs in an active area, mag- The museum does not main- when contacted by phone, say- ly about on the ground, some
while wearing a JMU Geology ma can be released and volca- tain an exhibit on Virginia’s ing she doesn’t know much cracked open to show their tell-
T-shirt. “I’d love to spend more noes often burst forth. volcanoes, Beard said, though about it. tale ebony interiors.
time working on this. It’s new, But 50 million years ago was it once produced a traveling Someone has built a small The going is easy back down
and the kids love to get out and not a time of major shifting and exhibit that eventually found step ladder that jumps Bird’s Mole Hill, the trail looking fa-
see it first-hand.” seismic activity in Virginia, a home at Virginia Tech. back fence and provides ac- miliar.
While Johnson has visited leaving scientists to wonder Beard noted that a vast ex- cess to the knob. The volcano is At the bottom, tractors are
Trimble Knob, she has not done what triggered the events in panse of molten rock, called covered by long, lush, reddish plowing fields and cars wind
serious field work there but the Shenandoah Valley. the Petersburg pluton, can be grass that ripples in a nearly through two-lane roads. Civi-
definitely wants to, noting how Theories abound, but the found within the James River. constant breeze. The top pro- lization has been found, leav-
it is younger than Mole Hill by most commonly held one was This material did not erupt, vides breathtaking views of ing only the round shape of a
about 13 million years. developed by the U.S. Geologi- however; it is liquid rock that Monterey and the Appalachian dead volcano in the rear-view
The recent earthquake that cal Survey in a landmark 1993 hardened beneath the Earth’s Mountains around Highland mirror.
shook much of the East Coast study. It speculates that a com- surface, affecting parts of six County.
also has sparked new interest bination of factors, including counties and stretching more Little mounds of volcanic Scott Harper, (757) 446-2340,
in seismic activity and volca- a regional fracturing event in than 60 miles. rocks are strewn about the email@example.com