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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 11, 2016 Page 5 Author and professor to speak in Bristol on February 18 & 19 Amy-Jill Levine, notedthings.' Someone who can author and University approach the Bible afresh, Professor of New with keen insight and a Testament and Jewish depth of understanding will Studies at Vanderbilt enrich believers and University Divinity School doubters, and I hope people and College of Arts and will come and partake in Sciences, will give two lec- the opportunity. tures as part of the King "Amy-Jill Levine points University Institute for out that if we misunder- Faith and Culture's 2015- stand 'Jesus' Jewish con- 16 Lecture Series. Levine text, we will misunder- will speak on "Jesus the stand Jesus," adds Harris. Jewish Storyteller: Hearing "If we take Jesus out of his the Parables Anew - Of Jewish context, not only Peals and Prodigals" at the will we misunderstand Bristol Public Library at 7 him, we are likely to pro- p.m. on Thursday Feb. 18. mote false, negative views Then the next day 'on of Judaism. At a time when Friday Feb. 19 at 9:15 a.m., interfaith dialogue has she will lecture on "Jesus reached a new level of the Jewish Storyteller: importance for future Hearing the Parables Anew peace and security, a schol- - Of Priests, Levites, and ar and author like Amy-Jill Samaritans" in King's Levine can help show us Memorial Chapel on the the way. main campus in Bristol, Professor Levine's Tenn. The events are co- numerous books, articles, sponsored by the Bristol and essays address such Herald Courier. topics as Second-Temple "The King Institute for Judaism, Christian origins, Faith and Culture is Jewish-Christian relations, delighted to welcome and biblical women. She Amy-Jill Levine to King has authored numerous and the Tri-Cities commu- articles, essays, and books, nity," says Shannon Harris, including her most recent interim director. "Professor "Short Stories by Jesus: Levine is one of the most The Enigmatic Parables of important scholars working a Controversial Rabbi." on the New Testament Other works by Levine today, a highly regarded include: "The and desired speaker, and Misunderstood Jew: The respected throughout the Church and the Scandal of country." the Jewish Jesus," the edit- Harris continues, ed collection, "The "Professor Levine says, Historical Jesus in ';The study of the Bible is Context," and the thirteen- a simply marvelous volume edited series, endeavor, and each time "Feminist Companions to it's approached, students the New Testament and will see new things. I'm Early Christian Writings." continuing to see new She also recorded "Introduction to the Old Tesiament," "Great Figures of the Old Testament," and "Great Figures of the New Testament" for the Teaching Company as part of the "Great Courses" series. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from Christian Theological Seminary, Drury University, the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Professor Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. In 2011, Levine became affiliated professor at the Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge, UK. Both events are open to, the public and free of charge. Visit http://faithandculture.king. edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at svharris@king.edu, 423- 652-4836, or 423-747- 3524 for additional infor- mation. Russell Count; Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division presents this week's Extension News. Extension Calendar of Events: February 29 Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's Annual Meeting March 7 Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) Producer Meeting - Abingdon, VA March 26 Virginia BCIA Performance Tested Bull Sale Bull Sale Barn - Exit 77 - Wytheville, VA March 28 VQA Feeder Calf Sale 6 pm - Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction March 29 Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association's Spring Bull Sale If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE January VQA Feeder Calf Sale (Part 2) Participants in the VQA Feeder Calf Sale delivered their animals to Tri-State Market on Monday, January 18th (steers) and Wednesday, January 27th (heifers). All animals in the sale were weaned 45 days, vaccinated, and feed and water trough broken. 1,560 animals were weighed and penned into their respective groups according to weight, size, and color. Twenty-one tractor trailers were loaded and shipped. **Special thanks to everyone at Tri-State Market for their hard work in getting this completed.** Listed below are some interesting statistics from the sale. Prices from the VQA Sale were directly compared to the Virginia Department of Agriculture's Graded Sales Report for the week of January 7-13th. Prices for Medium and Large Frame #1 's and 2's were used from the VDACS report. Sale Statistics: Value of all animals sold $1,640,190.36 VQA Added Value $ 211,839.50 % Increase as result of VQA Program 14.83% Average Added Value per head $135.79 Average Value of VQA Steer $1,112.56 Premium over State Graded Sales ($ / Cwt) $15.20 Average Value of VQA Heifer $989.48 Premium over State Graded Sales ($ / Cwt) $29.00 The next VQA Feeder Calf Sale will be held on March 28th. To be eligible for this sale, calves must be weaned by February 20th. For more information or to consign calves, please contact the Extension Office at 276.889.8056 BILL WORRELL - FORESTRY Look up at your Trees When you look at your trees, what do you see? Trees provide many benefits to our home and town, but when trees fall, they can damage property or injure peo- ple. Taking care of your trees makes your property safer and prolongs the life of the tree. Healthy trees offer a wide range of benefits to the environment, bring great beauty to the landscape, and increase property values. However, some trees may be dangerous. Trees or parts of trees may fall and cause injury to people or damage to property. While every tree has the potential to fall, only a small num- ber actually hit something or someone. It is an owner's responsibility to provide for the safety of trees on his or her property. Below are some tips for identifying the common defects associated with tree hazards. Take some time during the winter months to look at your trees before all the leaves come out and partially obstruct your view. Consider these questions as a Tree Hazard Checklist Are there large dead branches in the tree? Is the bark falling off of the tree trunk or branches? Are there detached branches hanging in the tree? Does the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or in major branches? Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree? Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches are attached? Have any branches fallen from the tree? Have adjacent trees fallen over or died? Has the trunk developed a strong lean? Do many of the major branches arise from one point on the trunk? Have the roots been broken off, injured, or damaged by lowering the soil level, installing pavement, repairing sidewalks, or digging trenches? Has the site recently been changed by 'construction or raising the soil level? Has the tree been topped or otherwise heavily pruned? tf you answered yes to any of these questions, then contact a tree care profes- sional to evaluate the seriousness of the defects. Regular tree care will help iden- tify hazardous trees and the risk they present. Once the hazard is recognized, steps may be taken to reduce the likelihood of the tree falling and injuring someone or something. For a list of ISA Certified Arborists in your area, please visit www.treesare- good.com. If your tree is located near a power line, contact your local electrical utility. Information for this article was obtained from www.treesaregood.com. The Russell County Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meac~e and Bill Worrell -- is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ The Story Hour Perfect Attendance recipients for January were Grayson Harvey, Rylie Salyer, McKinley Breeding, Sophia Cathey, Baker Chafin, Noah Harvey, Elise Salyer and Leanna Franklin. They are pictured with Children's Programmer Belinda Levy. Washington County educator named Virginia AITC Teacher of the Year Donna Musick of Washington County has been named Virginia's Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. The award recog- nizes efforts by a teacher to incorporate agriculture into his or her core curriculum. "Donna teaches agricul- tural-related topics in lessons as often as possible and believes in a hands-on learning environment," said Tammy Maxey, AITC senior education program coordinator. "She involves community members to help educate her students on agriculture. In addition to her work in the class- room, she also incorporates agriculture into her school and community." Musick teaches math and science to sixth- graders at Damascus Middle School. She has created an agriculture dic- tionary and organizes spe- cial agriculture-themed days like "Ag-citing Fridays" in her classroom. Her students explore life cycles, economics and career and project planning through her agricultural emphasis, and she created her school's Opportunity Ag Program, which has included incubating eggs and raising Angus calves. A teacher for 20 years, Musick represents the Virginia AITC program as a facilitator at teacher con- ferences in her region and at the National AITC Conference. She lives on a beef cattle farm with her husband, Tom, and two nieces and is an active member of the Washington County Farm Bureau. As Virginia AITC's Teacher of the Year she will receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in June in Phoenix, Ariz., and a stipend for her class- room. Agriculture in the Classroom is a national program that promotes greater understanding of agriculture through educa- tion. Virginia's AITC pro- gram is administered by the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, a nonprofit organization that receives financial and administra- tive support from Virginia Farm Bureau Federation: Story Hour Top Reader for January is Rylie Salyer. She was read 147 books. Coffee time at library Every Monday at 10 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10-11 a.m. and have a cup of coffee, tea, cider or hot chocolate and light refreshments. Visit with your friends, talk about the news going on in the area; read the local news- papers or browse through the library's magazine selections. Make plans to come by the library each Monday for coffee and conversation. For more information contact the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library at 276-762-9702. . .................... i~i i i~i~i~':~il2~ .I{~ ::: ::/ :~:ii~::ii:i :::i:i:'~i: :~ii~:: i:i:::~ ~::: ::~ ii ! ~ii :~i:: : ~ ~! ~ ~ ::MIO ~q a ~ M C C ....... IU ............. i::ii::ii~i::i::!::i~i::i::ii!i!lii:?:ili~AN :~':i~ ....... ~ For all your automotive needs, come to the all new Morgan McClure Ford in St. Paul It's the right thing to do/ Saint Paul, VA morganmcclureford.com (276) 762-5535