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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St.'Paul, VA, Thursday, January 31, 2013 Of shoes.. and ships..aK-d00aling wax..by Ant, Young Gregoo, So it can't happen again... It was a Tuesday. I remember clearly, because I was getting ready to go to the office, and Tuesday's almos' always our "'hardest" day--it's the day we have to get the week's issue all done and to tile printer. As I was getting clothes together, I listened to and sort of half-watched the "Today Show." my normal earh: morning TV fare, when the interview or Ex'ervone who was aware of the incredibly tragic event knew that the loss of life would be devastating. and indeed it was. More peeple were killed that day than were killed at Pearl Harbor on December i. 1941, the only Arnerican tragedy that I could recall which could even be compared to the horror of what happened on what would become known as nine- whatever w,as going on was interrupted with the announcement that a plane of some kind had crashed, e.les,en::.r. - ..... ....... ; ...... - ...... .. We,"/nz:'tUs:"at is :. whoremained mesmerized in llltO Olle O] tile \\;orlo lraae t_enter towers. .. .. :.:,::_ :. ,:,'- ..... ,-,.,, .-. , . , ...... , . .... .,:,eeas :Screens .learned a bit later that a NIV mlno lmmeolately riayem's--oerore ,. ., ,..-:'--,----.---- ..... :... " ..... h,n" n ernM1 rlnn,: h.d o'/]:'2 intc th IC;'rnnlro qtnt IOUrtn noacked plane liid C'fa-gl'ied into a Pennsvlvania ; " -- .... i : ; ,.,,., .. Held ltS mlackers overconle b} passengers No one Building The crfi-sla destroyecl the plane ana Kmea ts , " ,. - . ., Knew mr sure wlaere the plane had been headed, but pilot, as I recalled, but the daNb.ge to the building was minimal, eonsidering. I idly thought that was probably what had happened on this beautiful September day. My ideas about that quickly changed, however, as the Today Show screen went to a shot-of the World Trade Center, with massive amounts of Smoke pouring: from what appeared to be about the middle of one of the towers. This obviously wasn't a Piper Cub accident. : Without having much ififormation other than what they--and the audience-could see on the TV screen which showed the burning building, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer speculated about what could, have happened, when another plane flew into view. The country watched in helpless horror as the plane turned a bit, then headed directly into the center of the other tower. It hit, producing a huge fireball and enormous billows of black smoke to join that coming from the neighboring building. We all knew at that point that something not only horrible but deliberate had happened. I had stopped .all pretense at.trying to get ready to go to the office and was sitting on the edge of the bed, my eyes glued to the televisidn set. That's where I was when I heard the first news about the hijacked airplanes. Some of the newscasters were beginning to put some 'facts together, whe.nNBC switched to a correspondent in the Pentagon. He speculated on his-take of the crashed planes when all of a sudden he looked alarmed, said in a somewhat louder voice than normal that he'd just heard something unusual. The audience soon learned that a third plane had crashed into the Pentagon itself-on a different side of the. huge building from the spot where L the broadcaster was located, however. Things were happening so fast that it was hard to keep track. Iknew that terrible damage had been inflicted on the two buildings in New York, as well as the Pentagon, Tand that there was no doubt that hundreds, mayb'e thousands of people had been killed, since the hour was such that many would have just reported for Work in huge numbers to the multitudes of offices in the World Trade Center and the massive government bifi'lding in Washington: I had no idea, however, that the blaze generated by the aircraft fuel would be so intense as to actually melt the-steel supports at the middle floors of the immensely tall World Trade Center building where the airplanes hit. As those floors, gave way, those on top fell, first in one building and then the second, until most of that end of Manhattan was nothing more than a cloud of dust, smoke and debris, and the two buildings, as well as other, smaller buildings, around them, were, for all Practice purposes, flattened. most who speculated thought it was probably going toward the White House or some other prime Washington target. All were lost on that flight, since tile pilots had already been killed by the hijackers, and none of the passengers, evidently, could fly the plane after the hijackers had been dispatched All who had kept that plane from reaching its intended target were labeled heroes. And so they should have been. Over the new few days, you'll remember, the terrorist who were responsible for the unspeakably horrible acts were identified; Osama bin Laden turned up on video tapes sent to broadcast stations, and was generally considered to be the mastermind and provider of funds for the attack, which killed over 3000. Most of the dead were innocent civilians, who had done nothing more than to report to their jobs as they did every day. It doesn't seem as though more than ten years have passed since that awful day. Surely no one who was in si.ght of a television set--and certainly no one who was m New York and actually experienced the horror of that day and those which followedwill ever forget what happened. Police and fire fighters earned the title "hero" time after time during those terrible days. The workers' who cleared the site for months afterward, going through every scrap of rubble to try to identify all those who were lost, did work which most of us wouldn't be able to lrandle. They were clearly magnificent. , For a few days, air travel in the U.S. was terminated, workers in most New York jobs were told to stay home, the national economy was affected because of the effect of the tragedy on the stock market, but most of all, families whose members were lost grieved. Most Americans learned that they knew someone who was killed in the tragedy, or that they knew someone who had lost someone, or they knew someone who had barely escaped becoming a victim. It touched us all, not just as a national tragedy, but personally. Never will there be a way to make amends for that awful day. I was just a little girl when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, but the rallying cry quickly became "Remember Pearl Harbor." For the majority of people today, the attack on Pearl Harbor is nothing more than a somewhat distant chapter in history. But it was a pivotal point in the lives of those of us who heard the radio broadcasts, and so will nine-eleven be to those of whatever age who witnessed and heard the horror of that day on television. The rallying cry must be similar to that of years before. We should all Remember... Flu Outbreak prompts reminder from senior experts recommend these tips: Get a Flu Shot: Experts strongly encourage al[: seniors .and th0se.fin frequent contact withseniotS to get vaccinated if the', haven't already done so. Medicare covers one vaccine per flu season. Practice Good Hand Washing: Wash hands with soap frequently, especially after cou- ghing or sneezing. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cover Cohgh and Sneezes: Droplets from a sneeze or a cough can travel up to six feet. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the elbow, not the hands. Stay in to Stay Well: If there's an outbreak in the area, avoid trips to crowded shopping centers or commianity events. careexperts This flu season is, shaping up to be One of the worst in decades with the Centers for Disease Control already reporting wide- spread outbreaks in many states. While anyone can get the flu, seniors are especially susceptible to the virus and are of greater risk for serious flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu- related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. The flu can be very danger- ous for seniors, so we are con- cerned about this recent out- break, said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, lne, franchisor ofthe Home Instead Senior Care franchise network. "We encour- age seniors and their families to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus." To fight the flu, senior care Avoid Contact: Those with flu-like symptoms, especially school-aged children, should avoid contact with senior loved GED TESTING. (Continued from page 1) ones. Enlist the help of friends, neighbors or professional Home financial aid for post secondary Instead CAREGiversSM to take education. "No other high school equi- over caregiving responsibilities, valency program is nationally if necessary. Rest Well, Eat Well: Get recognized, offering a credential plenty of sleep, drink plenty of accepted by virtually all em- fluids and eat healthy foods, ployers and schools," she stated. Experts also recommend a diet "AGED isn't just something rich in Vitamins C and D and to hang on a wall. It's a passport plenty of exercise, to a better job and a better If senior loved ones begin to qualify of life. show symptoms of the flu, con- tact their health care provider immediately. Antiviral medica- tions (like Tamiflu) are available to help make symptoms less severe. For more information about senior and caregiver well-being, please visit www.caregiverstress.com. "There are so many GED success stories," continued Statzer. "Just last fall a Human Resources Director with a local employer contacted us about several promising employees whose lack of a high school credential was holding them back both professionally and in life. We went to the workplace U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce agreement to further open Japan's market to U.S. beef United States Trade Repre- strictions that Japan introduced sentative Ron Kirk and United in response to bovine spong- States Agriculture Secretary Tom iform encephalopathy (BSE). Vilsack announced that the "This is great news for United States and Japan have American ranchers and beef agreed on .new terms and companies, who can now- as a conditions which pave the way result of this agreement - in- for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to Japan. Under these new terms, which enter into effect on February 1, Japan will now permit the import of beef from cattle less than 30 months of age, com- pared to the previous limit ol  20 months, among other steps, it is estimated that these important changes will result in hundreds of millions of dollars in exports of U.S. beef to Japan in the coming years. This agreement also goes a long way toward normalizing trade with Japan by addressing long-standing re- crease their exports of U.S. beef to their largest market for beef in Asia," said Ambassador Kirk. "This represents a significant and historic step in expanding U.S. beef trade with Japan and growing American exports and jobs here at home. We welcome Japan's action." "This announcement reflects another successful effort by" the Obama Administration that boosts the bottom line for America's agriculture. We are in the most successful period in history for America's agriculture sector, with agricultural exports ii this year expected to set yet another record," said Secretary Vilsack. "We will continue our efforts to break down barriers and expand access for high- quality, safe and wholesome U.S., food and agricultural products to Japan and around the world." The two governments also agreed to regular and ad hoc consultations to review progress under the agreement and address any issues that may arise. In an accompanying latter exchange, Japan also confirms its ongoing BSE risk assessment by its Food Safety Commission " (FSC); which includes a consideration of raising the age limit above 30 months for beef and beef product imports from the United States, taking into account international standards. and administered a placement test to determine what would be needed for them to complete their GED. The story of one employee stands out. We were able to schedule her in evening classes near" her home in Big Stone Gap. Despite the demands of a fulltime job and caring for her two children, she attended those classes, and within a month she had taken and passed the free Official Practice Test. Shortly thereafter, she sat for the free GED Exam, completing all five subtests in one sitting. Today she is holding down her fulltime job while enrolled at Mountain Empire Community Take a mini-vacation Have ?ou ever wished you could remember things better? Maybe you are experiencing CRS or Can't Remember Stuff The good news is you can resolve to have a healthier brain in 2013 and stop CRS. One ,.a} 3o1.1 can do that is b. taking more breaks fi'om your daih grind xxith short mini- xacations. Have you noticed man 3 people rareh. stop working long hours at the office or at home? Science tells us we have a limited reservoir of attention that we can devote to a single thing tbr long periods of time ithout taking a break. And the longer the break, the better we feel when we return to our daily routine. We tend to be more productive if we take deliberate breaks not only during the day from work-related tasks, but also from everyday life. Science Matters In 2010, researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of lllinois-Urbana- Champaign published their find- ings in Cognition, which con- cluded that while focus and at- tention are necessary to ac- complish tasks,, people achieve better cognitive control of work in their everyday life if they break away from their routine now and then. What's more, if you fail to replenish your attention resour- ces your energy level will catch up with your and you'll feel burned out. The best news for those who take regular breaks is that replenishment can help them become more productive. Other studies have found that breaks improve concentration and vacations are far better for our brains than working over- time at the office or home. It doesn't really matter what you do on your vacation whether you take time to go far away or change up your routine with a nearby getaway, the important part is that you replenish your brain by doing something different. Mini-Vacation Brain Benefits If you are worried about losing your mental capacity as you age, don't let that hold you back. You can improve your memory and stop experiencing CRS or that nagging feeling of not remembering stuff. One of the ways to boost your cognitive skills is by faking a walking, driving or flying breakaway. Here's how mini- vacations can help improve" memory and brain power. Stress relievers Vacations long and short give you an opportunity to let yourself surrender to the moment. Take in the scenery, stop and smell the roses. When you're on vacation, you're on your time. Replenish your mind and College. Her dream is to enter the nursing profession, a dream made possible because she earned her GED." Convenience for students is a key component of the GED preparation and testing process. Recognizing the demands im- posed on adult learners by family and job, the program offers flexible study options. Both daytime and evening class hours are available to adult learners at sites located through- out the region, and on-line learning options make it possible to complete much of the work from home. The Official Practice Test, a requirement for taking the GED Exam, is given free at all class locations. The GED Exam is given monthly at four testing sites located throughout the region. Scholarships provid- ed by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission are currently available to cover the $58 testing fee. For details on classes, schedules and locations or to register for the Official Practice Test, adults may call Amy at 877 RACE 2 GED (877.722.3243) or 276.386.2433 or go to www.race2GED.org. Adults may register to take the GED Exam by calling the numbers above, through their adult education class instructors or on-line at ww.race2ged.org. CVTimes Deadlines'." Editorial copy birthdays, armiversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon ,,Tuesday i body. Breaks from routine give- )ou opportunities to use different parts of 2,'our brain simultan- eously while you're venturing out and learning something new./ Connect with new people and places. Vacations give you countless opportunities to meet. new people, explore and learn about cultural differences, lan,-. guage, food and traditions. 7: Push your cognitive skills,' You don't have to travel far, bu: if 5ou use a map, you'll be. giving your visual-spatial skills and Inenlor\\;. a work-out. 7 Keep you sharp. Vaca, tioning means you'll make quick decisions about man), things like direction, lodging, meals and' excursions. All of these variables require sharp processing of information and storing it in your memory bank. Mini-Vacations OnAny :. Budget Frequent or long vacations'- can put a hole in many peoples; budgets. But mini-vacations can still give you the break you deserve. As you're reading this you- may feel you're ready for a vacation right now. But maybe I you can't go far or for very long.j The solution is to take a mini- getaway. Here are easy, afford- able ideas to help you relaxr. stress less and have a healthier' brain in 2013. Explore new places in your own area. Plan a long weekend by taking a road trip to destin- ations you've never been to or have not seen in a long time. Connect with nature. Look for off-season mid-winter lodg- ing deals, then get outdoors and enjoy the freedom of being away from your daily routine. Go to a day spa. Recharge your mind and body with a day or weekend at a spa where you l can pamper yourself. Switch homes with a friend.i ' If your friend lives in the,. country and you live in the city, il consider switching homes for a long weekend. It's an easy way, to learn what it's like to try a? different lifestyle while breaking your routine.  ', About Mark Underwood." Mark Underwood is a neuro- science researcher, president and:" co-founder of Quincy Biosci: ence, a biotech company located  in Madison, Wisconsin focused'-' on the discovery, developmen(' and commercialization of novel technologies to support cognitive " function and other age-related ' health challenges such as mem- ory. Mark is also creator of" popular brain health supplement " Prevagen. Mark has been taped" as an expert in the field of neu- roscience for The Wall Street'"' Joumal Morning Radio, CBS-III and CNN Radio among others.. Mark is also a contributor to the,,, Brain Health Guide which.. highlights the research at Quincy... Bioscience and offers practica!.;; tips to help keep healthy brain.: function in aging. More infor-..- tuition can be found, at.q www.quincybioscience.com. . - " ....... L. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in st. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street.. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in' St. Paul, VA 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes- elsewhere, $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O. Box 817. St. Paul, VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Classified Advertising: Minimum charge, $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 25c per word after 20 words. 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