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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, February 11, 2016 Great Blue Heron ponders the Clinch at Sugar Hill. Photo by Connie Molinary. Robins watering in a freshly de-iced birdbath. Photo by Connie Molinary. Items of Interest... Homestead Series Workshops: February 18- Beginning Beekeeping; March 10-Apple Grafting workshop. Materials fee $20. March 17-Backyard Poultry; April 21 -Back Country Navigation Using a Map and Compass; May 19-Edible Wild Plants; June 16-Amateur Radio. Workshops are free and open to the public For more information or to reg- ister contact Extension Agent Phil Meeks at 276- 328-6194 or Workshops sponsored by: Virginia Cooperative Extension-Wise County ,and Norton Community Center-Norton Parks & Recreation. Genealogy Help Night The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a Genealogy Help Night on Thursday February 11, 2016, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Washington County Tennessee Public Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN Clinch River Valley Initiative. The next CRVI meeting will be on Wednesday, February 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Alumni Hall at UVA-Wise, with a back-up snow date on Wednesday, March 16. The address is 9320 Coeburn Mountain Road Wise VA 24293. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be avail- able. Please RSVP by February 17 at christineg@ Genealogy Day: The Jonesboro'ugh Genealogical Society will host its February Genealogy Day on Saturday, February 27th at 9:30 am at the Chester Inn Board Room. This meeting will be about starting your genealogy research. For more information on our book, genealogy days, or JGS, please visit our web- site,, or email, Gene Hurdt, jgs 1990@ or Chad Bailey, chad- Environmentally friendly mass murder of mosquitoes by Frank Kilgore No toxins, no electrici- ty, no eerie blue lights or the zapping sound of elec- trocuted bugs, good and bad; just a barrel, water, hoola hoops and fine mesh screen equals mosquito genocide. After I found out this contraption of mine was already patented and the patent had expired I thought why not be a good citizen and tell everyone how to reduce their local mosquito population by up to 90% and enjoy the great outdoors? But first a little history. While building a cabin over looking Virginia's Clinch River, which drains the most biologically diverse native ecosystem in North America, my wife predicted that the sur- rounding wet areas would breed skeeters that were sure to torment our every outdoor activity in the warm months. Like any true mountain man I scoffed (in my head) at the unsolicited advice and built our hand hewed log and native stone two story wonder without a care. Then came our first evening meal on the back deck. Toxic incense, poi- son sprays and ninja quick swattings were useless. No one had to say I told you so, but it happened anyway. So while sulking near the white oak rain bar- rel I had an epiphany. The young skeeters hatching in the barrel next to me had resisted all the bleach, tox- ins and oils I put in the water. Although very clean and slick, the durable little ladies nonetheless became the bloodsuckers Nature meant for them to be. (The males are vegetarians apparently and mostly rest up by the pool to mate again). My desperate man logic then told me if I double layered fine mesh screen wire, rimmed it with two hoola hoops secured by duct tape and mounted the contraption over the barrel as tightly as possible, then Momma's carpet bombed eggs would drop into the water but her hatchlings could not lift off very far. Then, I reckoned, after becoming exhausted cling- ing to the underneath screen they would fall into the dank water and drown. The first season's exper- iment literally produced thousands of post-pupa corpses that covered the water's surface. When I would raise the screen to take a peek dozens of the able bodied prisoners escaped, so I kept the lid on all summer. The next sea- son the body count was reduced by half and last year hardly any hatchlings, dead or alive, were found. Meanwhile, the adult population of pesky bombers dropped to near nothing since the mosquito life cycle is measured in days and weeks. A few swats or one small citronel- la candle took care of occa- sional sojourners. Some evenings not one bug came to dinner. As it turns out, skeeter Mommas preferred the newly installed rain barrel because it was never with- out water while more tem- porary sites such as a near- by wetland area and other temporary water venues dried up in mid summer, killing the eggs and larva. I then experimented w'ith smaller containers. They all worked down to about two gallon wide mouth buckets of water, laced with ,some leaf litter or grass cuttings to gener- ate the carbon dioxide needed to attract Momma. Critical mass I guess. The Wise County "Sheriff's Office reports the ollowing activities for the eriod of 01/25/2016 through 01/31/2016. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,420 ?calls for this seven-day ".period. Of the total calls "received 345 were dis- patched to the Sheriff's Office Total number of Calendar Domestic calls for this period was 11. Criminal Process for this period: Served 67 Felony Warrants, 31 Misdemeanor Warrants. 0 DUI Arrests. Civil Process Served: 504 Civil Papers Traffic Accidents: 5 6 Additional Criminal Investigations were initmt- ed and 22 Cleared by Arrest. Sheriff's Office provid- ed 256 man-hours of Court Room Security. Unlocked Vehicles: 16 Escorted Funerals: 9 The Sheriff's Office Total Transport for this period: 6 Total Transport Hours: 40.75 2.027 Visitors to Courthouse. January's winner of Reading for Rewards at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library is Sadie Dingus. She received a $25 Doll ar General gift card provided by the Friends of the Library. She is now eligible to win an Ereader provided by the Friends of the Library. The draw- ing will be held in December. From Page 1 "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family histqry." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join ~the Friends of J. Fred Matthews -Memorial Library and help pro- .fnote the improvement of facili- ities 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 Eastern 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 Coebum 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 flee 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 offer- ing 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 infor- mation, 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. Alternative 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 pm. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pm. NARCONON COUN- SELING- Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs ~s on the rise. take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800-431 - 1754 or , :i V ERANS FOU6 FOR OUR WAYOF ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::