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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, January 12, 2017 CHS's Partnership with Business "Keeping your pets as happy and, healthy as you are during the winter months" Snow blower safety tips: keep best practices in mind this winter by CHS's FBLA Partnership Team Within the depths of the winter weather, the temper- atures are dropping below freezing. With this being said, make sure to care for your pets. Assure that they have plenty of food, fresh water, arid are sheltered from the elements. According to The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet's tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accord- ingly: You will probably need to shorten your dog's walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more diffi- culty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coat- ed dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short- haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short- legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more Iikely to come into contact with sn0w-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing's disease) may have a harder time regulat- ing their body temperature, and may be more suscepti- ble to problems from tem- perature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet's temperature limits, consult your veterinarian. Also remember those stray animals that do not have a home. Castlewood High School's After School Program volunteered their time toward pet health and safety by making animal shelters. The shelters are well insulated and ready to Items of interest.,. Meetings of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees The regular monthly meeting of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees will be held Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wise County Public Library. There will be no Finance Committee Meeting. The Gallery Committee will meet at 12:15 p.m. to review a pro- posed exhibition for rec- ommendation to the full Board of Trustees. BLOOD DRIVE Food City - St. Paul When: Thursday, ar From Page 1 "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastem Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- '1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online, This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Altemative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On. Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pro. NARCONON reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewlifere- ability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754 AMERICAN LEGION POST # 208 welcomes new members. If you served on active duty in the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves then you should be eligible to join us. You arenot required to have served over: seas or have seen actual com- bat. Contact us at American Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box 1261, Lebanon, VA 24266 with your name, address and phone number.. Transfers are welcome. be donated to the commu- nity. Cinnamon Couch, a teacher at Castlewood High School, is pictured holding one of the com- pleted shelters crafted by her students. Three of the cat shelters remain for donation. If interested, please contact Dominique Locke Traverse at Castlewood High School (276-762-9449). January 19th. Walk-In Donation Information: Food City - St. Paul between 3pm- 5:30pm in the white Blood Mobile, located at 16410 Wise Street. Morgan McClure Castlewood When: Thursday, January 19th. Morgan McClure Castlewood between 10am-12:30pm, located at 19363 US Highway 58 The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at the Irm at Wise, Wise, Virginia. January 21 '-- Cumberland Gap Cattle Conference - LMU College of Veterinary Medicine - DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center - Ewing VA - $20 registra- tion fee before January 13 or $25 after January 13 or at the door -for more information contact Phil Meeks at the Wise County Extension Office - or 276- 328-6194 January 21 - Eastern Kentucky Beekeeping School -Hazard Community & Technical College - $20 registration fee by January 13 or $25 at the door - includes morn- ing refreshments and lunch) - for more informa- tion contact Charles May at or 606- 436-2044. With winter snows arriving, homeowners, contractors, and business owners will again rely on their snow blowers to clear driveways and walks. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is offering tips for safe and correct use of snow blowers. "Your indispensable winter friend, the snow blower is ready to be pow: ered up and it's important to keep safety in mind," says OPEI President and CEO Kris Kiser. "Be sure to prepare and consider the following tips before you use your equipment: PREPARE BEFORE IT SNOWS Review. your owner's manu/d and check your equipment. Check your owner's manual for safe handling procedures from your manufacturer. If you forgot to drain the fuel last winter before storing your snow blower, drain the tank now. Adjust any cables. Check the auger (the snow blower should always be completely pow- ered off when you are checking the equipment). Know how to operate the controls. You should be able to shut off your equip- ment quickly. Prepare your fuel and handle it properly. It's important to have the right fuel on hand for your snow blower - movement and fuel availability, may be limited during a snow- storm. Be sure to use the correct fuel, as recom- mended by your equip- ment's manufacturer (for more information On fuel- ing properly see www.LookBeforeYouPum Fill up the fuel tank outside before you start the engine and while the engine is cold. Never add fuel to a running or hot engine. Be sure to clean the area you intend to clear with your equipment. Snow can sometimes hide objects that if run over by a snow blower, may' harm the machine or people. Doormats, hoses, balls, toys, boards, wires, and other debris should be removed from the areas you intend to clear. Dress appropriately. Wear safety glasses and footwear that can handle slippery surfaces. OPERATE YOUR EQUIPMENT SAFELY KEY SAFETY TIP: Never put your hands inside the auger or chute. Use a clean out tool (or stick) to unclog snow or debris from your snow blower. Your hands should never go inside the auger or chute. Make sure the snow blower is in the off position before addressing any clogs. Turn OFF your snow blower if you need to clear a clog. If you need to remove debris or unclog ,snow, always turn off your snow blower. Wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop before clear- ing any clogs or debris. Only use your snow blower in visible condi- tions. Never operate the snow blower without good visibility or light. Aim your snow blower with care. Never throw snow toward people or cars. Do 'not allow anyone to stand in front of your snow blower. Keep chil- dren or pets away from your snow blower when it is operating. Use extreme caution on slopes and hills. Use cau- tion when changing direc- tion on slopes. Do not attempt to clear steep slopes. Know where your cord is. If you have an electric powered snow blower, be aware of where the power cord is at all times. Avoid tripping. Do not run over the power cord. More safety tips and information are available at Subscribe to the Times! Call 276-762-7671 = ! i We will make a deal with you! anl out our new inventory! I i !! Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535 I t