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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 1, 2009 University of Richmond to host first event in In 1859, the United States was still two years from the beginning of the Civil War, yet there were signs that things were about to change. John Brown led a raid on the armory at Harper's Ferry, the slave-based economy of the South was at an all-time peak and a presidential election with some calling for radial change was nearing. :University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers, an award-winning author and his- torian of the American South, has assembled a group of nationally recognized Civil War ihistorians to explore the state of the country two years before the first shots were fired in the nation's deadliest conflict. They will gather for a day- long conference April 29, 2009 at the University's Robins Center. Free and open to the public, "America on the Eve of the Civil War" is the first in a series of seven annual conferences and two symposia sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commis- sion, created by the Virginia General Assembly to commem- orate the 150 th anniversary of Virginia's participation in the war. It also is the first Civil War sesquicentennial commemora- tive event in the nation, according to William J. Howell, speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, who chairs the com- mission. Sen. Charles J. Colgan Sr., president pro tempore of the Virginia Senate, is vice-chair of the commission. Conference registration is now open and will be limited to Civil War Sesquicentennial series April 29; registrations now being accepted Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau 2,500 people. To register, go to or call (80g) 786-3591. me program will focus on fo topics from the year 1859: Taking Stock of the Nation - The U.S. is completing its most exhaustive census to date and all parts of the country are boom- ing. Are the regions becoming more integrated or divergent? How will the growth affect politics, religion and reform? The Future of Virginia and the South - The slave-based economy of the south is at an all-time peak, and slaves and cotton have never been worth more. Will those trends con- tinue? Making Sense of John Brown's Raid - The electrifying event of 1859 was John Brown's raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry. What are the long-term effects of the raid? Predictions for the Election of 1860-Panelists will discuss the potential candidates of each party and determine who has the best chance for winning the nomination and general election. There is turmoil among the Democrats, and southern-rights advocates are calling for radical change. The interactive program will feature speakers from varied perspectives in a format similar to news programs like "Face the Nation" and "Meet the Press." Speakers will limit themselves only to what would have been known in 1859. Ayers will serve as mod- erator. Panelists for session one are: Christy S. Coleman, pres- ident, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar; aimed National program III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia; Walter Johnson, professor of history and African-American studies, Harvard University; and Joan Waugh, professor of history, UCLA. Session two panelists are: Charles B. Dew, Ephraim Williams Professor of American History, Williams College; Robert C. Kenzer, professor of history and American studies, University of Richmond; Gregg Kimball, historian and director of publications and educational services, Library of Virginia; Nelson D. Lankford, Virginius Dabney editor of the Virginia Magazine of History and Bio- graphy, Virginia Historical Soc- iety; and Lauranett Lee, curator of African-American history, Virginia Historical Society. Session three panelists are: David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History, Yale University; David Rey- nolds, distinguished professor of English, Baruch College and Graduate School, City Uni- versity of New York; Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American studies, Univer- sity of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Clarence Walker, professor of history, University of Cali- fornia at Davis. Fourth session panelists are: Jean H. Baker, professor of history, Goucher College; Daniel W. Crofts, professor of history, The College of New Jersey; Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University; and Elizabeth Varon, professor of history, Temple University. at Virginia's seedling tree store Virginians looking to plant trees on their land in the spring will have to go no farther than their computer to purchase tree seedlings online from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). And this year's first cus- tomer, Vaughan-Bassett Furni- ture Company in Galax, has been anxiously waiting the opportunity to purchase 150,000 seedlings that it will donate to. Virginia landowners as part of the company's 1-4-1 Program, which was lannched last year and matches one donated seedling for every tree harvested and used by the Vaughan-Bassett company in the manufacture of its furniture. "The 1-4-1 Program is a huge success," said Vaughan- Bassett Chairman John Bassett. State Forester {;arl .Garrison said, "Our tree nurseries cul- tivate, pack and ship some of the best species available - some- thing we've been doing for the citizens of the Commonwealth for 91 years." Virginians who are interested in purchasing tree seedlings can log onto the VDOF Web site at and order from the more than 45 species available. The online store also includes information to help landowners choose the right species, as well as pricing and shipping details. A seedling price guide, with a mail-in order form, is also available at any VDOF office. For more information, or to place an order over the phone, call the Augusta Forestry Center at 540.363.7000. helps young reducing health care takes on a new identity The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging SMP Program had developed free Medicare Protection booklets to older adults and caregivers in Virginia. The toolkits are a joint effort of the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol Program (SMP), the Virginia Department for the Aging and Virginia Bur- eau of Insurance with support by Virginia TRIAD, SeniorNaviga- tor and AARP Virginia. The purpose of the toolkits is to assist older adults and care- givers throughout the Common- wealth information to assist them in making wise healthcare decisions and protect themselves from Medicare and healthcare fraud. Each Be Smart Virginians! Know Your Medicare Rights - Detect and Report Healthcare Fraud contains: o Questions for benefic- iaries or family members to ask salespeople • Facts on healthcare be- nefits options • Things to look out for when considering a health- care plan • Four steps to safeguard their Medicare fraud • A contact list of helpful Virginia health and consumer agencies The toolkits were made possible, in part by a grant from the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Hu- man Services. Nationally, there are 59 SMP programs funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Administration on Aging. Families and older adults who are interested in receiving a toolkit should contact their local Area Agency on Aging. A complete list of all local Area Agencies on Aging is available on the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging (V4A) website at or the Virginia Department for the Aging at, For additional information, call the V4A at 1-800-938-8885 or the Virginia Department for the Aging at 1-800-552-3402. Seniors are encouraged to call their local Area Agency on Aging VICAP Program to receive free, confidential help and assistance about a variety of healthcare matters, including Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance issues. /ldlllff INilSlflll  Subscribe today to the Clinch Valley Times ; 762-7671 I Donate Your Car!] Rated One of the To Charities in Amerioal ::: -.- • ' - II r I | FREE TOIJNG - ANY (ONOrr/oN - 2,4 HR P/U • I B()ATSACCEPTED.TAX'DEDUCI?BLE*IRSREC(7--,IWZ]ED&I;)IIllfCOIIIIPLIANT , Proviciing Personalized Songs . I *Independent for Seriously III Children '-- _ i-, I  AmarieaSelll ; .... ,L . [ .e I--II,lt:ll, I I v ,=,,,u,,.  '"1 IBF....,,. 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