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llllm/illllnUlllJmllllUllMIIlll Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, February 12, 2009 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Regards to Esther Howland Never heard of her? Neither had I, and when I "discovered" her, I realized that if she hadn't been the one responsible, then somebody else would have done it. After all, the whole thing began in England That's not exactly right, either, since it actually began in Rome--long, long before Esther Howland's time. As background, a number of early Christian martyrs were named Valentine, but there were only two who are associated with February 14. The celebration, which began--and was observed-- somewhat differently during the early Christian era.. February 14 was a holiday which honored Juno, who was queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. She was also recognized as the goddess of women and marriage The day after !'her" day was the Festival of Lupercalia. Evidently a very prim society, Roman young men and women led strictly separate lives. However, on the eve of the Festival, the girls wrote their names on slips of paper, placed them in a container, and each boy drew a name. The girl whose name he drew became his partner for the Festival, and they were allowed to have their friendship continue, if they chose. This was strictly a pagan celebration of course, as are elements of many of the celebrations which Christianity ultimately adopted. Anyway, during the rule of the Emperor Claudius II ("Claudius the Cruel") needed young men to join the Roman legions to participate in the bloody campaigns which marked his reign. When few were willing to join up, so to speak, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements so as to rid the men of their responsibilities. This was, needless to say, not a popular thing to do. A priest of Rome, Valentine, was in sympathy with these young people, and secretly married couples. When Claudius found out what was going on, he was furious, and had Valentine (ultimately to become Saint Valentine) before the Prefect of Rome. The kind priest was then sentenced to death by clubbing, and, to further emphasize the cruelty of Claudius, Valentine was beheaded. That happened on February • 14, probably sometime between 259-270 A.D. In the meantime, the second valentine (also to become a Saint) was Bishop of Intemmna (?). We don't know what good deeds he did, but he, too, was martyred during the persecution of the Emperor- Aurealian. His death occurred around 197 A.D., which was actually before the Roman Valentine. Anyway, Ixlth were mentioned by the early Catholic Church (which was, after all, the only church . until Martin Luther showed up in the 16 th century )in 'conjunction with February 14. Early on, there was a i third Saint Valentine included. He was martyred in Africa (year not given) on February 14, but we know nothing at all about him. All of this came together when early Christian Letters to the editor Oog 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: I'm sure that everyone is enthused about the nine hundred billion stimulus package. Out of that they are wanting to give all of the patistines, veterans that fought in World War II that doesn't live in the USA and are not citizens 9,000 dollars each. All of the states are wanting large sums of money for recreation areas; one state is wanting 400 million for research for HIV; one state wants 150 million for a water slide; one state wants 200 million for a flower garden. So tell me how will this help the economy. It was past by 279 votes to 136. For 400 million children to get health care. Which is good. Nancy Poliocie says that they will raise that money by tripling the taxes --gn tobacco. That's bad news for tobacco users. Why not start your : own stimulus package. How? ; Starting on Valentine's Day don't i i/Spend any dollar bills. Each time -'2?:you get. a dollar bill stick it into ??:your piggy bank. Last year I i,4 spent no quarters and at the end • " ,of the year I had 400 dollars. If ,you have to have a credit card, 2'; eep only one. And destroy the ;est. Anytime you get mail and it ,/.says you are getting something • -'°-free. Trash it. You can save on 2 your water bill by putting one 2 liter bottle of water in the back of the reservoir in your toilet. Let me tell you about the farmer and the mouse. The mouse was peeping through a crack and saw a farmer and his wife opening up a package. In the package was a mouse trap. The mouge went and told the chicken, "There's a mouse trap in the house." The . -, chicken replied, "That is none of my concern." So he went and told the pig, "There's a mouse trap in the house." The pig answered, "That's no skin off my nose. So I'm not worried about it." So the mouse told the cow, "There's a mouse trap in the house." The cow said, "I'm too big to be caught in a mouse trap but I'm sorry for you." That night the farmer's wife heard the mouse trap throw. She rushed into the room to find a poisonous snake 'caught by the tail. The snake bit the farmer's wife. After a few days she came home from the hospital and told her husband she thought she could eat some chicken soup. So the farmer killed the chicken. So the neighbors came in to help with the chores and when the food supply ran low, the farmer had to butcher the pig. And the farmer's wife passed away. They had so many friends and relatives that came in to help and visit, the farmer had to butcher the cow. Still the mouse watched all of this through the crack in the wall. The moral of this story is "Regardless of how small or large the problem might be. In some way or the other it involves all of us." Therefore I'm asking you for us all to join together and pray for each other in this critical time that we live in. Your friend, Pastor Jessie Jones To the Editor: Definition of a Great Man A great man is one who maintains his independence of thought no matter what public opinion may be. The great man trusts in God. He knows when to speak and when to be quiet. He thinks clearly, speaks intelli- gently and lives simply. He has no vanity, seeks no praise and is never offended. He is teachable and learns even from the little children and always has time for anyone• Dear Jack Kiser, This description most de- finitely fits your character and your walk in life. Thank you for priests in Rome decided to try to do away with the many pagan celebrations, and celebrate saints' names instead. Therefore, February 14 ceased to be a holiday recognizing Juno, queen of the roman gods and goddesses, but was instead given to Saint Valentine, given the association with the February 14 date and the Roman Valentine's contribution to young love. All of that, of course, happened close to eighteen hundred years ago. Just goes to show you that some things really do last! some reason, a strong connection of romance to Valentine's Day showed up sometime during the 14 th century Things progressed, and by the mid nineteenth century, lovers in England were sending elaborate lacy heart-shaped messages to each other. Enter Esther Howland. A native of Worcester Massachusetts, she was born in 1828 to a prominent family who operated the largest book and stationery store in the city. Esther, who was a contemporary of Emily Dickenson, entered The Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and was a member of the Class of 1847. She graduated at age 19. One of her father's business associates sent her an elaborate English Valentine, and the wheels in Esther's head began to turn! Not many women in those days, particularly those of her social standing, either founded or participated in running businesses, but Esther didn't let that stop her for a minute. Her initial aim may not have been quite that grand, in fact, but in any6 event, she was quite taken by t-he elegant Valentine card she received. She asked her father to order lacy paper and a variety of other papers from England and New York. When her materials arrived, she made, by hand, a dozen samples. Her brother, a salesman for the family company, added the 12 Valentine greetings to his catalog for the next sales trip he made. Esther hoped to get maybe $200 in orders, so was shocked when her brother brought in orders for $5,000--many more cards than Esther could make herself. She called her three best friends to her aid, and they set up an assembly line (this was before Henry Ford) in the family home. Success continued, and Esther created The New England Valentine Company in 1879. Esther's valentines, while not the very first ones to be produced in the United States, exhibited such innovation, taste and style that they were considered the model for all others. Esther is remembered as The Mother of the American Valentine. The American Greeting Card Association gives an annual award which is named - for her, the creator of great messages of love, but who died a spinster in 1904. Over a billion Valentines are mailed throughout : the world. Many were inspired by Esther Howland by Congressman Rick Boucher EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Healthcare to 11 Million Children Becomes Law On February 4, 2009, Con- gress approved and the President signed into law bipartisan leg- islation I cosponsored to provide health care to 11 million children in low and moderate income families. After three years of fighting for this legislation, I am very pleased that President Obama has signed this measure to provide health care coverage for 11 million children through- out the nation. Previously, Congress had, approved and President Bush had twice vetoed the legislation. Providing health coverage for America's children is the change America needs. No child in Southwest Vir- ginia, or anywhere in our nation for that matter, should ever go without medical care. The measure signed into law last week will help expand access to healthcare including dental care for 11 million children, reduce the much more costly use of emergency rooms for primary care, and move us closer to providing every child in our nation with affordable, high- quality health care. The Children's Health In- surance Program (CHIP) was created in 1997 to provide health care coverage for children in families that earn too little to afford health insurance for their children themselves but too much to qualify for Medicaid. The new law will give states the resources and incentives nec- essary to cover millions of uninsured children who are currently eligible for, but not enrolled in, CHIP and Medicaid• The bipartisan measure had a broad range of support. It has been endorsed by dozens of organizations, representing mil- lions of Americans - ranging from business groups such as the National Federation of Inde- pendent Businesses and Business Roundtable to the American Hospital Association to such groups as AARP and Families USA. The measure reauthorizes the Children's Health Insurance Program through 2013, and it preserves the coverage for all 7.1 million children currently covered by CHIP. In Virginia, approximately 90,000 children are currently covered by SCHIP. The new law provides coverage for 4.1 million uninsured children who are currently eligible for, but not enrolled in, CHIP and Medicaid. In Virginia, the new law could provide coverage to 20,000 children. The measure is fully paid for by raising the tobacco tax by 62 cents• Raising the tobacco tax also promotes children's health by discouraging children from smoking. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a 62-cent increase in the tobacco tax means that nearly 1.9 million fewer children will take up smoking• A healthy child is better prepared for learning and success, and I am pleased that Congress has approved and President Obama has signed this measure into law expanding access to healthcare to more of our region's children. Fred Matthews Memorial Library include: Storytime ages 3-5 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m.; Toddler Time 2 year olds accompanied by an adult Wednesdays, I 1:30 a.m.; Mother Goose 0-23 months accompanied by an adult Fridays, 11:30 a.m.; : Homeing Around - Homeschool Children K-12 Thursday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m.; Book Buddies grades K-7 Thursdays from 4:00-4:45; Teen Scene ages 12-17 Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m.; Family Fun for all ages Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. Library Lovers' Month; Saturday, February 14 at 11:30 a.m. Happy Valentine's Day; During the month of February the library will be featuring a special Abraham Lincoln History in a Box Display. This display will consist of items provided by the library and by the National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People Bookshelf an Created Equal". We invite teachers, students and the public to visit the Abraham Lincoln History in a box Display during regular library hours. Items in the display will later be available for checkout at the library. February is Library Lovers' Month. Help us to celebrate by registering for a chance to win a Bag-O-Books. Drawing to be held Saturday, February 28. the difference you made in the little town I grew up in. Thank you for always making my children and myself welcome in Obituary and Eulogy for a Longtime Friend (Editor's note: This item was for doing the job that they contributed by CVTimes sub- your home. I'm sure my kids can • scriber Ed Amburgey, Orlando, say that's good childhood Florida. He found it in his memories for them Now, most of all a big thanks for all you and your family did during our family's tragedy in 2004. Your kindness and thoughtful deeds will never be forgotten. The Bible says, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord•" That is true of you. God bless all of you! Mary Ann Post St. Paul, VA Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 1/19/2009 through 1/25/2009. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,115 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 311 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total num- ber of Domestic calls for this period was 19. Criminal Process for the same period served 6 Felony Warrants, 36 Misdemean- or Warrants, issued 12 Traffic Summons and worked 1 Traffic Accidents. Civil process for this period served 509 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 15 additional Criminal Investiga- tions were initiated and 30 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's church's newsletter. Our thanks to him. t ) Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Com- mon Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by sim- ple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to dete- riorate rapidly when well-inten- tioned but overbearing regula- tions were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kiss- ing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouth- wash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his con- dition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers Office provided 198 man-hours of Court Room Security for the 4-H Small Fruit three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- It is time once again for the sported 0 adult in state, 1 adult Annual 4-H Small Fruit Plant out of state, 7 mental patient, and Sale. This sale helps 4-Her's 6 juveniles for a total of 14 raise money for various activities transports, involving 59.5 hours, throughout the year. Strawberry The Sheriff's Office unlocked plants, blueberry, raspberry, 2 vehicles and escorted 7 blackberry bushes, bunch grapes funerals during this seven-day and apple trees are available in period. I themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly child- ren. He declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to adminis- ter sun lotion or an aspirin to a student but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses and criminals re- ceived better treatment than their victims. Common Sense tOok a beating when you could- n't defend yourself from a bur- glar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settle- ment. Common Sense was preced- ed in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is sur- vived by his four stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is to Blame, and I'm a Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. ...Author Unknown Plant Sale different varieties. Please contact a local 4-H'er or call the Washington County Extension Office at (276) 676-6309 to place an order• Orders will be accepted through March 6 . Plants will be available for pick up on March 26 and 27. i ...... ( i t , ..... 1 " Motorists: Stop for any School bus loading or unloading children! CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Mon day Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday 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, Dickeuson 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. Display Advertising rates on application. Periodicals publication Postal iSSN: 767600 February Happenings at the J, Fred Matthews Memorial Library February Happenings at the J. Family Fun for all ages