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~Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 6, 2011 and ships and sealing wax by A ro .g Gregory ;e changing times Now that the first decade of the twenty-first century has coffcluded, it's time everybody took a serious look aVhow he/she is going to refer to each year of this fi t icentury of the second millennium AD. During its .first decade, the date was expressed, along With the month and day, by a single digit, which made it a bit awkward for all those of us who had been used to saying nineteen-fifty or nineteen-eighty- nine or whatever. So almost all of us referred to the year in terms of thousands, i.e two thousand one, two thousand fivel and so on. While most expressed the first years of the twentieth century in terms of "nineteen oh-one, ' and nineteen oh-seven," somehow we didn't tend to. say "twenty oh-one," etc. The time has come, however, to get over it and start being a little more consistent with where we've been before. It seems to me that it would be nice if everyone referred to this ygar as "twenty-eleven." No particular reason that I canput my finger on, but it just seems neater and more logical for nearly everybody to refer to the year in the,same way. Enough of that. During this.'year, that is, in twenty-eleven, Allen and I will observe the conclusion of our fiftieth year : as Virginians, and I've been thinking a lot lately about :how the gener' .landscape around us has changed during those fi' e/ decades. All this thought was all prompted by shock I received during our final- out-of-town -b -Christmas shopping trip during the week befof 2 he holiday. Peyton and I had kept medical appoiii ents in Bristol, and had a list of errands to complete if there was time after we had concluded our Visits to the doctor's office. Although the person who answered my email (yes, it actually was answered!) didn't say why all the If It's Paper stores were closing, the message implied that the company shed some tears over the decision, and encouraged me to shop at "my" xpedx store (I have no idea where that might be) and to visit the website. I'll really miss If It's Paper! For that matter, considering the last 50 years, look around St. Paul! A lot is new, of course, and that's wonderful--the Redevelopment Area with its drug stores, supermarket, clinics, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, a diner, auto supply store, discount stores, the industrial sites and facilities. However, look downtown--Willis' Jewelry is gone, Willis' clothing is gone, both five-and-ten stores are gone, the fabric shop is gone, Molinary's drug store, and later, Molinary's grocery, sandwich counter and bus station are gone. Ammar's clothing store (which was there 'way back) is gone, Deen's Clothing Store is gone, Deen's Restaurant (same location) is gone, and, later, the Clothesline--also gone, Taylor's Salon and Barber Shop have disappeared-. The downtown supermarket- is gone as is the smaller grocery store which was on Broad Street. No St. Paul Hotel now, or nice hotel dining room. We no longer have a downtown doctor (there used to be two) or dentist. Not all of those stores and services were in place at the same time, of course, but each has been there--and is now gone. We DO now have a new pharmacy, a new medical supply store, a new hardware store, a new gift shop. We still have the florist shop, although it's changed hands several times, and a large store remains. We have a We made quick stop at the Mall, then, on ourRailroad Museum. way to 1-81 to begin our trip home, we stopped in the Change is inevitable, and usually announces little strip shopping center along Euclid Avenue (the progress. Whether or not that'S so in each instance of one with the "Dr2 Weberling" sign on the comer) change cited above is arguable. Our biggest change, because I needed to get a couple of things at If It's not arguable, is .the establishment of the Virginia City Paper, which is:t'ar and away one of my favorite stores Hybrid Energy Center, the $1.8 billion power plant in the universe: We've 'shopped there for years--gift which is scheduled to go online in 2012, and which boxes, wrapping paper, gift ties, tissue paper, cards, miscellaneous gift items, every kind of paper plate, cup, napkin and server you can imagine, each in a vast array of matching colors. A complete line of office papers, packing materials, cellophane gift bags, a full line of cake decorating materials and supplies as well as very nice plastic serving dishes, dessert plates, and that just beginsto scratch the surface of the great stuff they offer. Offered. When we pulled up in front of the store, we saw a huge sign: "CLOS! IG--A!I items will more than double Wise County's real estate value. Another huge change, this one negative as far as I'm concerned, is planned for the Wise County Public Schools, which may or may not affect the very existence of St. Paul High School--the School Board has voted to leave it alone--with a limited curriculum, but the School Board has voted before and then changed .its collective mind. Community "schools seem to be on their way out in Wise County. Another huge change this entire area faces is the: loss of Congressman Rick Boucher, who rwl every nook and cranny of the Ninth District. I hope that economic development, improved infrastructure and continued upgrading of technological opportunities are important to his successor--and that he quickly learns who--and where--we are! Change, good or bad, will come. What do you suppose we'll say in twenty twenty-five about changes that occurred in twenty eleven? 90% off." We went in, shocked, .to,ifind the store pretty nearly cleaned out. Just a few ifems remained on shelves at the front. A couple of the store's staff was there--we" recognized each other (as I said, I LOVED this store, and was there often). I think they were as surprised ias we were--the announcement of the closing had come as much of a surprise to them almost as it was t9 us. When I got home, I emailed a distressed message to xpedx, the parent company. :i:Lettersii o the editor Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the publid. Letters do not necessarily r flect the philosophy or", ,editorial policy of this "newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. Th'e-(Clinch V.alley Times will print unsigned letters j'i come in and set up. I think the Board of Supervisors of each county should get together with their Congressman and Senator and try to work out some of the pi'oblems that plague the United States of America. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Jessie M. Jones Castlewood To the Editor: To the Editor: From the church ho e to the On behalf of the J. Fred White House, there ne ds to be a Mat-thews Library staff and change. We know that no county Friends Group, I would like to or state can survive without thank everyone who made a someone paying taxes. But Idonation to the Christmas Basket think we are over-taxe.d. There Raffle. We appreciate your sup- are taxes on your home, your port of this fundraiser. We would automobiles, gasoline, Our food, also like to thank these busi- pi'act!cally everything has some nesses and individuals that gra- sort oftax. Ithinkthe! aresome ciously donated items to the things that could be'dolae by our basket: Bailey's Hardware, Ham- leaders that could help with the ilton's Pharmacy, St. Paul tax situation and take some of the Builders, Sweet Pea's, Hick's burden offthe tax-padr rg, Market, Patsy Phillips Photo- I'll start with thousandsgraphy, Mary Peyton Greg- of non-violent prisbnrrs who ory/Peyt's Photos, Janie Horne, would not be a danger to society Joan Austin, C arlie Engle, Mary who need something to do other Alice Clay, Rita Jo Porter, Kathy than watch TV. I believe that Stewart and Virginia Flanary. these folks should have jobs to The winner of the basket was do. I think that they should have Patricia Davis of Castlewood. two days for one for every day Proceeds from this fundraiser that they work. I'm sure there are will be used tosupport the pro- millions of dollars hay that is grams at the Library. We appre- growing in the median strips on ciate our patrons and encourage our highways that goes to waste you to visit the Library and take each year. There are fi'undreds of advantage of all the services farms that could be leased for a available. - small fee where they could raise Respectfully, corn, beans, strawberries, etc. Kathy ThackerStewart What was not used to ,feed thepresident prisoners could be sold to the~ Friends oftheLibrary supermarkets to be re-sold to the customer. In almost every town, " there are vacant buildly, . Small 4 companies need to o miced to "/ake advantage of th ;'v ith one ,ear of free rent in of, to create -j obs. There are b' ffd figs that -' -ould be opened'2, vl 4e they 7could have three week ." flea markets, chargit ', ' dors to January GED dates in Wise Co. The Regional Adult Educa- -plete no later than two days tion Program will offer the Official Practice GED Test on Friday, January 7, at the Wise Adult Learning Center, Wise, This is a free test. Call 1-800- 422-3433 to schedule a time to take the practice test. ]The GED Exam will be gi- ven Saturday, January 15, at the Education Center, Building C, Wise. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Registration must be corn- prior to the exam. Call Karen WhiR, 276-327-8612, for more in fomaafi0n- or toregist3er. The Norton GED Exam will be given on Friday, January l 4, at 9 a.m. at the Norton VEC Adult Education Center. Regis- trafion must be complete by noon on the Thursday prior to the test. Call Imelda Collins, 276-679-7286; for more infor- mation. 2011 Oxbow Center's Festive Forest Tree by Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority 12th annual Tons of FUn event for children, families, is Feb. 5 amuse and thrill children all day Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tou- rism, along with Roanoke County Department of Econo- mic Development and Tangle- wood Mall, are gearing up for another FREE "Funtastic" day for families at Tanglewood Mall. This year, at the 12th annual event, magicians, inflatables, rides, face painting, and of course clowns are just a few of the returning old favorites. An additions' to the year's entertainment is the captivating Jonathan Austin and his per- formances. All are sure to be delighted with this magician's quick and fast-paced humor but his specialty is juggling. Clubs, rings, canoe paddles, rubber chickens and bowling balls are just a few of the objects Austin will toss in the air while atop his unicycle. This performer has fascinat34d audiences up and down the east coast. From New York City's Central Park to Walt Disney World and even The White House, Austin has been adored by many. Children should also bring along their wildest imaginations to all the craft activities. Whe- ther it's decorating delicious cookies or making adorable necktie snakes, everyone will find something unique and fun to do. Each year Tanglewood Mall is transformed into an indoor spectacular event sure to ~i~: ~ i F 150 Harley Davidson Edition Crew Cab Piokup Loaded with great options! Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535 long. Local community organiza- tions including the Goodwill Industries of the Valley, Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council, Good Samaritan Hos- pice, Council of Community Services, Roanoke Symphony, Roanoke County Police and Fire & Rescue and man6y others are coming together to participate in this much-anticipated yearly event. The sponsorship support from Roanoke County Depart- ment of Economic Development - and Tanglewood Mall make it possible for Tons of Fun to be provided free of charge! For more information, call the Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Live, Learn and Play Line, 540-387- 6455 or visit www.Roanoke Your ad be here! Clinch Valley Times ' MEMBER RESS ASSOCtAr ON Published weekly in St. Paul, 'VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO INC. 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