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'~ Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, January 28, 2010 I Ill[ U II I~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~,w-" ~ '~ ; ~ ~ ~ " I h i" L Of shoes. .and ships..and sealing wax..b Young An unfavorite thing Julie Andrews, who now writes children's books, was a guest on The View one day last week. As the panel discussed her past screen triumphs, they of course talked about The Sound of Music. I guess almost everybody who saw that movie, and that includes lots and lots of people, sings along with "...these are a few of my favorite things..." Now while I might list "raindrops on roses" and "warm woolen mittens" and, especially, "silver white winters that melt into spring" as candidates for my own favorite things, I also have a list of things which are definitely on the reverse side of that kind of thinking. For example, although I, generally content with my lot in life, seldom envy anyone, I must admit to a fierce envy of people who are able, with almost wild abandon, to discard belongings that they know are no longer necessary or useful or functional or worthy of space in a closet or a drawer or on a shelf--or even under the bed. While I certainly wouldn't consider myself a hoarder... (I find it necessary to stop here to expl~iin to those of you who've seen my horribly cluttered office that its state is due to two things--lack of space for storage of files that must be kept, and lack of time to shred a lot of stuff that can't just be tossed into recycling or the landfill. I have to admit, of course, that even if all the extra stuff were gone, I'd probably still have a messy office since a neatnik, I'm not!) Now, getting back to business. Again... While I certainly don't consider myself a hoarder, I freely admit to being too full of sentiment to have much sense about tossing stuff. And the longer I have something, the more precious it becomes. I have developed a Murphy's Law kind of truism, in fact, which has proved to be absolutely on target more than once. It is simply that three days after you discard something, you'll need it. Haven't you done that? While I haven't done it often, since I seldom discard anything, I occasionally throw something away, only to needit --and search frantically for it--three days later. I mentioned sentiment. That's what drives me to keep one of the categories of things which seems minor, but which, after 50-some years, can pile up. 'I don't discard greeting cards that are sent to me (or, in the case of anniversary and Christmas cards, to Allen and me). That means Valentines, Easter Cards and birthday cards, as well as the anniversary and Christ- mas cards. I keep them together and labeled by year, so that when I go through them (which I occasionally do) I'll know just when I received them. Yes, I know that sounds bizarre, but a few boxes on the floor of my closet takes care of most of them. The rest, I believe, are in a drawer. Clothes which no longer fit sometimes linger in my closet for a while, but I generally go ahead and take them to the church yard sale or the Salvation Army or someplace like that. Notice I didn't mention out-of-style clothes, because current style isn't some- thing:,,of ,,which I'm usually, aware-,if you're around and have noticed!m#; you~ a!rea~y.know that;. I found that my most comfortable period was the mid- to late fifties and early sixties. Consequently, I have lots of separates--skirts and sweaters and jackets. Shoe-wise, since I finally came to my senses and realized that more than likely, nobody but me cares what I have on my feet, I've gone back to loafers (and have found that SAS loafers fit me like they were made for me. so I've made it a point to keep several colors on hand. (Worn out shoes I do throw out. by the way.) What has brought all of this on and made me reflect on my bad habit of keeping everything was prompted by my daughter's insisting to me over the final few days of last week that "'we" would clean out and throw away some stuff that had sort of piled up. Feeling somewhat bullied. I nevertheless realized the wisdom of what she was saying to me, so I made a valiant effort over the weekend to get some things organized, and actually to discard some stuff. My latest collecting of cooking magazines (such as those published in the names of people like Rachael Ray and Paula Deen) 1 set aside to take to the home ec department at St. Paul High School. (I know it's not called home ec anymore, but I can't remember the new name.) Anyway, I took a stack to them once before, hating just to throw them away, and Mrs. Williams said that her students enjoy the magazines, and would be glad to get the ones I brought. So they're going to get some more. Then some other magazines, I assigned to the recycle box, although it took some effort to do so. The Christmas catalogs automatically get recycled--I don't feel a bit bad about parting with them, since I know that L. L. Bean, Land's End, Harry & David, Signals, Wireless, Bits & Pieces, Hammacher Schlemmer, Virginia Diner, Ruth Hunt Candy, Williams-Sonoma (I love this one!) and all the others will send me another one, probably within the next ten minutes. Regular books, I save! Beyond that, however, most of my weekend efforts dealt more with organization than with throwing away. For example, I had my packs of greeting cards, which I already' explained, in various little gift bags and other places. Peyton, understanding that I wasn't about to throw them away, brought me a box for card storage. I had ahother box for kitchen gadgets which I haven't begun using, or which are duplicates of things I already have, a box for books (new books I store on my Kindle!), and another box for office supply-type stuff. That one was full of. things like tiny staplers and staples, a variety of Post- It Notes pads, felt-tipped pens, a set of Crayola markers, super glue, a ruler, and so on. There was even a little first aid kit intended for keeping in the corner of a desk drawer. I brought most of that stuff to the office, since we use all of those kinds of things. Still another box became the repository for all of my seldom-used scrapbooking supplies, which require a considerable amount of space. I feel I must explain that I DO use these things when the United Methodist Women hold a scrapbooking Saturday--maybe twice a year. Other than that, I don't do much, but at least I have the equipment and materials to do it. Anotfier box holds an assortment of crafts materials Various ~gift bags were salvaged and saved and I also joined a ~variety of tiny stuffed animals (another of my passions) with others I have. I must admit that having organized so much was satisfactory, Nevertheless, throwng things away remains one of my most unfavorite things! Letters to Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. To the Editor: Our family would like to thank our neighbors for check- the editor... ing on those-of us who are widowed or disabled. We con- sider ourselves blessed not to have suffered loss of life or pro- perty during December's storm. We are truly blessed to have such thoughtful and considerate neighbors: Larry and Lanny Trent, John Hamilton, Missy Salyers and Richard Hamilton. Sincerely, Nancy Steffey Mary Bryan Faye Deaner Neva Bryan Lillie Mac Hall St. Paul Students participate in CofC's Natural Resources Awareness TWO ST. PAUL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WIN PRIZES Powell River Project Re- search and Education Center (PRPREC) hosted the Wise County Chamber of Com- merce's Natural Resources Awareness Days (NRAD) in mid-September. All Wise County and City of Norton sixth grade students were divided into two groups and taken to PRPREC in Norton for a one- day field trip. The new coordi- nators of this year's event were Rita McReynolds, Co-chair, NRAD; Amy Fannon, Area Ex- tension Agent; Mined Land Reclamation & Development; Forestry & Natural Resources; and John Schoolcrafi, Paramont Coal Company Virginia LLC. Around 550 students viewed displays and participated in dis- cussions about Wise County's natural resources as they relate to science topics incorporated in the Virginia Standards of Learn- ing. Stations were set up and manned by 15 local agencies and businesses. Students were treated to a free lunch provided courtesy of Alpha Natural Re- sources, LLC, and drinks were provided by Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, and awards were donated by Dominion. Students were requited to participate in one or more con- tests--essay, poetry or art. Wise County Chamber of Commerce member Marty Hagy presented awards at the December 14 City of Norton School Board meeting to NRAD contest poe- winner Jazlyn Adams and art winner Holly Poe. Chamber president Cory Dotson also presented awards at a January 11 Wise County School Board meeting to NRAD contest essay, winner Beth Miller, Powell Val- ley Middle School; art winner Garett Woodruff, St. Paul Ele- mentary School: and poetry winner Leslie Murphy, St. Paul Elementary School. SAFETY ZONE Help make the world safe from 40 neuromuscular diseases. 1-800-572-1717 'IIWI~~ Muscular Dystrophy Association www.mdausaorg Radon gas identified as leading cause of cancer January ts National Radon Action Month in U.S. The World Health Organi- zation and Environmental Pro- tection Agency have announced a call to action for Americans to test their homes for Radon Gas, which has recently been ident- ified as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S. The EPA has officially de- signated January 2010 to be National Radon Action Month in the United States. The pre~s, local health departments, and the media are encouraged to help save lives in 2010 by promoting this last week of National Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally-occur- ring, radioactive gas that seeps out of the ground and can enter homes and other buildings. Since Radon is invisible and odorless, the only way to know if a home has dangerous levels of the gas is to conduct a Radon test. Radon problems have been found in every county in the U.S. so the Surgeon General is a recommending that all homes are tested. The Environmental Protec- tion Agency estimates that as many as 8 million homes in the United States currently have elevated levels of Radon Gas. They also predict that if action is not taken to correct this problem, between 15,000 and 22.000 deaths will occur in 2010 from exposure to the gas. This is a health threat of epidemic pro- portions that needs immediate attention. Radon causes more deaths each year in the U.S. than any other in-home hazard including fires and carbon monoxide deaths combined. We encourage you to help spread awareness about National Radon Action Month. Together, we can save lives by stopping America's leading in-home killer. For more information about Radon Gas, visit The National Radon Month website: www.RadonMonth.WordPress.c om Dominion declares dividend The board of directors of Dominion (NYSE: D) has de- clared a quarterly dividend of 45.75 cents per share of com- mon stock. Dividends are payable on March 20. 32010. to sharehold- ers of record February 26. 2010. This is the 328th consecutive dividend that Dominion or its predecessor company has paid holders of common stock. The company's last quarterly divi- dend was declared October 16. 2009. The board of directors of Virginia Electric and Power Company. a subsidiary of Domi- mon. also declared regular quarterly dividends at the pre- scribed rates on each of its series of preferred stock. Pre- ferred dividends on the compa- ny's fixed rate preferred stock are payable March 20. 2010. to holders of record at the close of business February 26, 2010. CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday The Richmond Report. by Senator Phillip Puckett We have just completed our second full week here in Richmond at the 2010 General Assembly. I plan to submit a weekly report, ,or update, to inform you of the happenings of the 2010 Session. This is going to be quite a hectic session as we already have 2.433 bills and resolutions that have been filed for consideration and review during this Session. Last week was very busy and we were pleased to have many groups from "back home" visiting the General Assembly. i enjoyed getting to see so many friends and familiar faces that it almost felt like I was back in Southwest Virgima. Appalachian Power Company Rate Increase I have received numerous phone calls, e-mails, and letters from citizens who are greatly concerned and upset about Ap- palachian Power Company's (AEP) recent significant rate increase and the effect it is hav- ing on our citizens in Southwest Virginia. I have written to the three Judges of the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to express my strong opposition to these rate increases and to express my signifcant concerns with their effect on the citizens of our region. To be quite honest, [ am outraged that Ap- palachian Power Company wou- ld seek another large rate in- crease, this time over 17 percent,' at a time when the majority of citizens in Southwest Virginia are struggling financially. To make matters worse, they just received a rate increase of over 19 percent in November 2008 and when an 8 percent fuel factor rate increase in August 2009. The entire delegation of legislators from Southwest and Southside Virginia, Democrats and Republicans united, met with officials from Appalachia Power last week and delivered a message to them on behalf of the citizens of our region that "Enough is Enough" and we strongly requested that they withdraw their recent rate m- crease that is pending before the State Corporation Commission. I have introduced legislation in the Senate and others have also filed bills that will clamp down on Appalachian Power Company and will curb their ability to seek these large and unreasonable rate increases, l can assure everyone that we are closely monitoring this issue and that I am solidly opposed to Appalachian Power Company's unreasonable rate increase and I am doing everything I can to address this increase. I am well aware of the significant impact that these rate increases are having on our citizens and their financial ability to pay for necessities, like electricity, food, water, and medicines. I have communicated these concerns and my opposition to the State Corporation Commission, who is the independent body that is charged by law with making the decision and ruling on the merits of Appalachian Power Com- pany's rate increase. I am encouraging all of the citizens of Southwest Virginia to do two things to help stop this rate increase- First, to contact the State Corporation Commis- sion in Richmond and Secondly, to contact the President of Appalachian Power Company, Dana Waldo, and ask that AEP reconsider and withdraw this latest rate increase application. His contact information is P.O. Box 1986 Charleston, WV 25327-1986 with a telephone number of 304-348-4125 and his Wise County Sheriff' s Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 01/11/2010 through 01/17/2010. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,143 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 255 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 21. Criminal Process for the same period served 32 Felony Warrants, 52 Misde- meanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrest and worked 0 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 488 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 18 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 31 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 152 man-hours of Court Room Security for the Ihree courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 2 adult in state, 1 adult out of state, 9 mental patient, and 7 juveniles for a total of 19, transports, invoNing 71 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 1 vehicles and escorted 9 funeral during this seven-day period. e-mail address is dwaldo@aep.com. Here is the contact infor- matron for the State Corporation Commission: Written commefits on the rate increase must be submitted by March 3, 2010. All correspondence should be sent to the clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Docu- ment Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118, and refer to case number PUE-2009-00030. The 1-800-telephone number to the State Corporation Commission in Richmond is 1-800-552-7945. Interested persons desiring to submit comments electronically may do so at the SCC's website at http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case Click on the Public Com- ments/Notices link and then the Submit Comments button for case number PUE-2009-00030. Visitors to the State Capitol Last week we were pleased to welcome large delegations from Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Scott, Russell, Tazewell and Wise counties visiting the Gen- eral Assembly, including mem- bers of the Board of Supervisors, the Industrial Development Authorities, the Chamber of Commerce's, and Town Councils. They met with members of the General Assembly, the Governor, several members of' the Governor's cabinet and with directors of various important state agencies. The delegations from Southwest Virginia hosted an exceptional joint reception at the Omni Richmond Hotel. I believe the delegations had excellent meetings and 1 am confident that the relationships and con- nections that are established through these meetings will pay great dividends in the days ahead. I am looking forward to meeing with many other groups from Southwest Virginia as the session progresses. In the coming days and weeks I will be providing updates on the legislation and budget amendments that I have introduced the Session. If you would like to follow the legislation that I have introduced or any other bill or resolution that is being considered I would welcome you to do so by directing you to the General Assembly's Legislative Infor- mation Website at http://legl.state.va.us/ It is always a pleasure to see familiar faces and to get an opportunity to visit with friends from home. If you are going to be in Richmond during the 2010 General Assembly Session plea- se feel free to come by our offices in the 3'd Floor of the General Assembly Building. We will be in Richmond for the 2010 Session until Saturday, March 13 and I would enjoy hearing from the citizens of this district on any matters of inter- est. If I am in Session at the Capitol or in a committee meet- ing then please feel free to speak with my Legislative Assistant, David Larimer II, who would be glad to assist you in any manner possible. Our Richmond number is (804) 698-7538 and the mailing address is P.O. 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