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Vol. LI, No. 5 IH- ] " Clinch Valley Times " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, January 29, 2009 Saint Paul, Virginia ESOURCES NG OFFICE ORS & )LIChNTS :|T HERE BOOST FOR CLINCH RIVER LITTLE LEAGUE...CRLL president Bob Salyer, pictured at right, and members of the League's Board of Directors have been working with Shaw Construction, Inc., officials Stevan Demase, pictured center, Site Manager for the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, and Jim Lott, Human Resources Manager. The meetings culminated in a presentation on Friday, January 22, of a $1,000 check from Shaw for the Clinch River Little League's light construction project. Pictured at left is CRLL Board member Johnny Fleming. Verizon to poll 762- customers on calling Wise Several years ago, all of Verizon's 762- telephone custo- mers (St. Paul and Castlewood) voted to add a minimal fee to their phone bills in order to be able to reach Lebanon numbers as though they were local calls, that is, without incurring a long- distance toll. That same privi- lege isn't granted to St. Paul residents who need to be in touch with people and agencies in the Wise County seat. In order to try to correct that problem, several months ago the St. Paul Industrial Development Authority Board circulated peti- tions asking for "Extended Lo- cal Service" to Verizon's Wise exchange. Those petitions were submitted to the State Corpora- tion Commission (SCC), which ordered a cost study and poll. A subsequent extension re- q east"by Verizon resulted in an SCC order to conduct the poll and file its results with the SCC by February 26. Consequently, that poll will be conducted soon, with all of Verizon's 762- exchange custo- mers being asked whether or riot they would like to have the Ex- tended Local Service to Wise. The IDA Board has urged 762- customers respond to the poll and agree to the question, as the monthly fee will be quite small. The advantages of the service is obvious, as it would " allow all 762- customers to have toll-free access to their county seat, whether it is Lebanon or Wise. 4: Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwund United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TO~#VN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. RUSSELL COUNTY W&SA- The Russell County Water & Se- wage Authority Board of Direc- tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction wili be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stab ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-hag, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELn LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-Tbe Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- run of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistChureh, Coe- barn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the ~A Building ia Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH The Dante Neighborhood Watch Program will meet at 7 p.m.un second Mondays at the Dante Community Building. Call 495- 7007 for information. H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violunee in Wise, Russell, Dickinson" Lee, Scott and Buch- smm counties and the City of Norton, Volunteers needed-train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Casflewood Senior Citi- zens meet at 10 a.m, Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Church and Anyone 60 or over is invited ...The Dante Senior Cittzens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partment. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa,, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wednes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m-7:30 p.m, Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for spoeial program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The Dickanson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11-4, and Sundays 1-5 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library on fourth Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you served over"~as during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, L.bunun, VA 24266, and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- parttnent, Wise, is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli, hies will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but mamaniza- tions. For an appoint-ment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday, SCHOOL POLICIES ,..The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. .,.Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Women survivors of sexual as- sault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc,/ Family Crisis Services' support group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206 FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available ha I~, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- cluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, eall 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation services ha Buc- hanan, Dickanson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetu,ate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerk1942.yahoo,com.. JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, PD. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable tO Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coebarn--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. Russell County-.DAV Service Officer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing claims third Tues- days from 2-3:30 pro., at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County--American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with v~erans' claims, records and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m, at the cburch. Donations are welcomed, All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p,m first Mon- days, For more information, call church-related activities calendar 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 a.m Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health District offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For reformation, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., 276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Inwsttnent Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Gleuna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. JAM SESSION Dante Lives On will host a Jam Session at 6 p.m. first Fridays at the old Pittston building ha Dante. All musicians and other interested persons are invited to attend. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offering flee GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GEl) On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (ha Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for more information , concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 5 p.m. on 2nd Tuesdays at the old Clinchfield Office building. A Community Meeting is fourth Tuesdays at 6 p.m. BASKETBALL CAMP Appliations re being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Invitation only Basketball Camp For a free brochure for the camps, call 704-373-0873 anytime or visit www.tenstareamp.com GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome--admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION The Book Discussion group of J Fred Matthews Memorial IAb- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December, which are combined into one holiday meeting the first Thursday in December) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is Thursday, February 26, at 6 p.m. The discussion on The Shack by William Paul Young during the January meeting will be continued during the Febru~. session. on page 3 ---- _ _ = - _ f - pR sS 50c ID. Board to explore update of St. Paul's website; adopts town's travel expense policy The St. Paul Industrial Auth- ority Board, meeting in regular session at the Town Hall on Monday night, agreed that the town's website should be updat- ed and maintained. A discussion about the issue resulted Board member Rita McReynolds a- greeing to contact Donald Pur- dy, a local website master and host, and ask him to be in touch with IDA Chairman Bob Harri- son. Harrison gaid he will then be in touch with several others, including town officials, to discuss details. After a discussion of the Town's travel expense policy, which includes 44.5 cents per mile for travel, $60 per diem for meals, and provigion for hotel expenses and incidental trans- portation, IDA members voted to amend the Board's travel ex- pense policy to match that of the Town. Chairman Harrison reported that the State Corporation Com- mission has notified the IDA Board and Verizon that the telephone company is to poll its St. Paul exchange customers (all with the 762- exchange) asking if they wish to add Local Ex- tended Service to the Wise Exchange, which would allow 762- numbers to call Wise with- out a long-distance toll charge. This survey must be done and reported to the SCC by the end of February. Such a change would require a minimal month- ly fee, similar to the one that all 762- customers pay now for the privilege of calling Lebanon without paying a long-distance toil. Harrison urged members to encourage everyone to vote in favor of the Extended Local Service to Wise. Members expressed their concern over a report that Rus- sell Cour:_y'~:~!ans to instal! a the river from St. Paul. The Town is reportedly in informal discussions with Russell County about the concern. Chairman Harrison called members' attention to the graphics which illustrate plans which the Revitalization Com- mittee is discussing to establish a Farmers' Market and other venues in the alley which is bounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues, and Russell and Broad Streets. After the meeting, most of the members reviewed the graphics, which" were set up in the meeting room. IDA member Jack Kiser commented, however, that he feels the alley is not the place to put a Farmers' Market, saying that much more parking and space for vendors is needed. He said he has expressed his opi- nion to St. Paul Councilwoman Present for the meeting were IDA Board members J. D. Cassell, Ronald Flanary, Blake Whitenack, D. J. Jessee, Jack Kiser, Rita McReynolds and Frank Molinary; IDA Chairman Bob Harrison; IDA Attorney Linda Tiller; and IDA Treasurer Patricia Ward. Sharon Steele, who is leading the Revitalization Committee. Harrison told members that plans for the restoration of the Hillman House; which is located on the same alley as the planned Farmers' Market. had to be re- vised in order to request an amendment to one of the handi- capped requirements to match the access ramp to the available space. That amendment request has gone to the Virginia Depart- ment of Transportation for approval. clinch--River Days Festival features to be cut back in '09 The hard economic times are affecting not only banks and real estate but some of life's lighter issues, as well. Bob and Suzy Harrison, chief fundraisers for the Clinch River Days Festival, announced earlier this month at the season's first o~ganizational meeting for the 2009 Festival that most of the traditional major sponsors have sent word that their contribu- tions will be cut back this year. The Festival, which requires no admission charges to the public for any of the events, costs about $14,000 to stage, Suzy Harrison said. Committee members spent most of the meeting discussing which events could be scaled 3,~own or even eliminated with- the Festival. Prize money, for example, for the Photo Contest and the Festival Idol Contest will probably be reduced, and the Juried Art Show might be cut from the 2009 schedule. There was some discussion of rescheduling the Festival to include modifying Friday night activities, continuing the Satur- day schedule as usual, but canceling some Sunday events. While the committee agreed that The Collegians, a perennial Festival favorite, will be kept on the Saturday evening schedule, several other entertainment events could vanish from the lineup this year. Final decisions on cuts will be made early in February after all the. information about major trash transfer station just across out compromising the spirit of sponsc-'s is in hand. Dominion and BP will evaluate potential wind farms in Tazewell and Wise counties Dominion and BP Wind Energy North America Inc., have announced that they are evaluating wind energy projects in Tazewell County and Wise County. These potential wind facilities represent the first projects since Dominion and BP said in April 2008 that they had entered into an agreement to jointly own, operate and deve- lop wind energy projects in Virginia. Both projects would be subject to all applicable local, state and federal permits and approvals. The exact size of each pro- ject and scope of economic be- nefits have not been determined. Thomas F. Farrell I1, Domi- nion's chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, "This is a small but important step for Virginia's nascent wind industry, an industry whose roots must grow stronger if the state is to achieve its renewable energy ~oals. Dominion committed to increasing renew- able generating capacity, and those projects would move us closer to fulfilling that commit- ment." David Stoner, senior vice president, BP Wind Energy, said, "Several areas in the state of Virginia have reasonable wind resources and wind power is a key component of delivering a diverse and adequate energy supply for future generations of SIGN OF THE SEASON,.This typical cold weather sight has been visible on roadsides throughout the region during the past few week.s of extremely cold temperatures. This photo of groundwater icicles was taken in the Route 58A cut at the top of Bull Hill between St. Paul and Coeburn.