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lllllll Illllllllllll lllllNlllrllllllllll lllill Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, February 12, 2009 The Richmond Report...by Senator Phillip Puckett We now have three weeks ; remaining in the 2009 General Assembly Session with adjourn- ! ment scheduled for Saturday, February 28. "Crossover day" is Tuesday, February 10 and we are looking forward to passing that hurdle and having that deadline .behind us. When we use the phrase "crossover day" what we are referring to is the day when the House of Delegates and the Senate will "exchange bills." That means that the Senate will now consider all of the bills and resolutions that the House pass- ed, and the House will now consider all of the measures that were approved by the Senate. Tuesday, February 10 is the deadline for each house to act on their own bills and resolutions, therefore starting on Wednesday, February 11 each house will "consider the other&apos;s approved bills and resolutions. This rite of passage known as "crossover day" can be an extremely hectic and busy time with each chamber rushing to finish its own work before it can begin examining the other legislation. This General Assembly Session is what is commonly referred to as the "short session" work out the differences in the two versions. In the closing days they will submit to us a compromise version of the budget bill for final approval by both the House and Senate. As I have stated often, this is a difficult Session from a budget and financial perspective with our state facing a significant revenue shortfall of nearly $4 billion. Of course, my main goal during this Session and during the budget process is to work to protect the funding for the core priorities of state government such as education (K-12 and higher education), public safety, economic & community devel- opment, mental health & health care programs, transportation, and other vitally important functions of state government. In next week's "Richmond Report" I will be providing a budget update and more detailed infor- mation on items contained in the Senate and House versions of the budget. I would like to highlight a couple of legislative items of interest and importance that I have introduced dm-ing this Session: Senate Bill 1198 establishes obtains or attempts to obtain, any commercial goods or services without paying therefore is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if the value of the goods or services is less than $200, and is guilty of a Class 6 felony if the value of the goods or services is $200 or more. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the many groups and individuals from "back-home" that have come to Richmond to visit with us during this Session. It is always a pleasure to see familiar faces and to get an opportunity to visit with friends from home. If you are going to be in Richmond during the 2009 General Assembly Session please feel free to come by our offices in the 3 rd Floor of the General Assembly Building. Additionally, if you would like to follow the legislation that I have introduced or any other bill or resolution that is being considered I would welcome you to do so by directing you to the General Assembly's Legislative Information Website at http://legl.state.va.us/ We will be in Richmond for the 2009 Session until Saturday, February 28 and I would enjoy Seven emergency care tips for injured pets One of the most distressing events for pet owners to encounter is witnessing their pet being injured in a road traffic accident, or some other type of mishap that causes injury. When you pet does become injured, here are some tips from HomeoPet to increase your pet's chance of a speedy recovery. 1. Get your pet out of harm's wa.y. If your pet was involved m a road traffic accident, move the animal to the side of the road using slow, deliberate movements. You don't want to scare the already frightened animal or worsen any injuries that your pet may have suffered. 2. Call a veterinarian.. Add your veterinarian's telephone number into your cell phone speed dial in case of an emergency, or if you are traveling, the number of a local veterinarian. Do not administer fluids or food to the animal in case an anesthetic is needed, unless instructed by the veterinarian, as in the case of a diabetic with low blood sugar. 3. Stop any bleeding. To Cooperative e: stop heavy bleeding, apply firm pressure with a clean towel or cloth. This is usually better than a tourniquet which can lead to tissue death from lack of oxygen. To stop a graze bleeding apply powdered pepper or turmeric, which are easily available and wonderful clotting agents. 4. If an injured animal feels icy cold due to shock, wrap a plastic bottle filled with warm water in a towel to avoid bum- ing or .overheating the animal. Never put a hot water bottle directly against the animal. The animal can also be wrapped in insulating material such as a rug, a thermal blanket, or even bubble wrap. If an animal is in shock, a quiet, dimly lit space can be helpful. 5. When a pet has been badly injured and is not easily handled due to pain, use a large rug to transport dogs, or a cage (or box) lined with a towel for small pets, such as cats, rabbits or hamsters. If you suspect fractures, a board can be used like stretcher. Remember, even the most friendly pet may bite when in pain. A thick towel wrapped around your arm and hands can help. A tie or soft rope can be used as an emergency muzzle or leash. 6. Clean wounds can be washed with calendula herGal tincture (avai!ble at most health food stores); 10-20 drops qn tepid water, infected wounds can be safely cleaned with tepid salt water. Use as much salt as ill dissolve in water. 7. Always carry a tube .'of HP Healing Cream for external application onto wounds, cuts, bruises, bums, and bites as wbll as HP Trauma/First Aid, for internal use of shock, spraifis, injury and swelling. For more information on Home•Pet, or to view case studies, visit www.homeopetpro.com Established in 1994, Home•pet has become the leading source for advanced homeopathic pharmaceuticals in the veterinary fields, with products sold in over 3,000 veterinary clinics, and is nqw available in eight countries around the world. 'l00ort will increase agritourism (46-days in length) and we are operating under a tight schedule of deadlines for conducting !business during this Session. Budget Information On Sunday, February 8, both the House Appropriations Com- .mittee and the Senate Finance  ,;Committee will announce their changes to the Governor's , proposed 2008-10 biennial budget. On Thursday, February : 12, each chamber is scheduled to approve different versions of the budget; therefore, during the next few weeks senior members of each house will meet and a Disabled Veteran's Passport program for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with a service- connected disability rating of 100 percent that entitles the bearer to: (i) enter state parks in the Commonwealth without the payment of a parking or admission fee and (ii) receive a 50 percent discount on camping and swimming fees, picnic shelter rentals, and other Department-provided equipment rentals. Senate Bill 1208 provides that any person who knowingly, with the intent to defraud, "Miss March" Beauty Pageant to be held at Castlewood High The Second Annual "Miss March" Beauty Pageant, bene- fiting the March of Dimes, will be held Saturday, March 21 at Castlewood High School. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the pageant will begin at 5:00 p.m. The pageant will have age appropriate division for girls 0 to 19 years. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. For more information contact Nikki Hicks at 276-762-0032. Tacoma Community Center schedule Tacoma Community Center, located on Stone Mountain Road just off Route 58 between Coebum and Norton, presents Bluegrass Music every Saturday night between 7:30-10:30 p.m. The schedule for February includes: February 14: Coal Town February 21: Wolfe Creek Grass __February 28: Gary Edwards & Basic Grass Tickets $10 in advance and $15.00 at the door-due to limited seating call 276-679-1164 for reservations: Halftime music provided by the Peters Brothers. There will be actiVities and food so come on down and join the fun for the whole family. For more information, call Roosevelt Stanley, 276-679- 1164. LAK- N- S' SALON Sweetheart Valentine's Perm Special Perm, Cut & SWle $35.00 Starting February 10 through the 27th Milton's Shopping Center 19396 Hwy 58 l Castlewood, VA 24224 ( 00-'00276-762-5280[ Ernie's Drug and Gifts Phone 762-5800 ErnieKcith, Pharmacisl You r hometovn pha rmaev LOCATED BESIDE FOOl) CITY Pharmacy & Your Health Several Drugs Prescribed for CHF • Congestive heart failure (CHF) is.a term used to describe an impaired aNlity of the heart to circulate blood to support the needs of tissues and organs. Excessive workload on the heart due to increased systolic blood pressure and increased diastolic volume contribute to this condition. Typically, heart failure begins in the left heart ventricle, the main pumping chamber. Ultimately, systolic function of the heart declines and diastolic pressure increases. Coronary artery disease, acute myocardial infarction, hypertension, alcohol abuse, or an infection may lead to this condition, or the cause may be unknown. Although persons affected by CHF initially do not experience symptoms, the ability to exercise is eventually reduced, as the body is unable to support the increased demands of exercise. There are many medications available for the treatment of CHF. Diuretics, such as bumetanide (Bumex) and fumsemide (Lasix), work to increase excretion of sodium and water, reducing volume and congestion and leading to improvements in symptoms. Digoxin (Lanoxin) improves symptoms by increasing heart muscle contractions. Vasodilators, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, and beta blockers, also may be prescribed. ,'t We Now Carry $1 . a Great Selection of $1.00 items! e:4 '1 " See us for all your health and beauty needs PUBLIC FAX # 276-762-0213 hearing from the citizens of Southwest Virginia on any in Tennessee matters of interest. If I am in Session at the Capitol or in a committee meeting then please feel free to speak with my Legislative Assistant, David LaTimer II, who would be glad to assist you in any manner possible. Our Richmond number is (804) 698-7538 and the mailing address is P.O. Box 396, Richmond, Virginia 23218. The toll-free number to express your views and opinions on issues before the General Assembly is 1-800-889-0229. CHS Class of 1979 to plan 30 year reunion The Castlewood High School Class of 1979 will plan for its 30 year reunion, to be held sometime this year. All interested members of the class are invited to call Sheila Gibson (Breeding) at 276-467- 2346. The Appalachian Quilt Trail (AQT) has become a model for successful agritourism in Ten- nessee and across the nation. Hundreds of colorful painted heritage quilt patterns adorn barns and buildings celebrating the artistry of quilting and the heritage of barns. Now the people behind the AQT are calling on other agritourism businesses around the country to cooperate with one another in order to better inform the public. The term "agritourism" refers to the increasingly popular part of the agriculture industry that involves inviting the public directly onto the farm for activities or farm products. The Appalachian Quilt Trail is a project of the Clinch-Powell Resource Development and Conservation (RC&D) Council, a 501c3 not-for-profit organ- ization. Clinch-Powell RC&D Chair- person Cherry Acuff says a website that spotlights the AQT is now available for others who would like to publicize their own agritourism sites around the country. Acuff says the website offers a way to work together. "The Forget your excuses Russell County Official GED Testing Schedule PARTIAL TEsT SCHEDULE: Feb. 16, 23; March 2, 16, 231 30; April 20, 27 at 4:00 pm FULL/PARTIAL TEST SCHEDULE: March 11-12; April 8-9 at 5:30 prn All tests will be given at the Russell County Career & Technology Center, Building II Participants must register three business days prior to testing Call 889-6507 to register. 00t00,tt t P.,,,ta St, a,." YOUR-LOCAL i NEWS STATION AT '' 11:30 AM,, 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM P.O. Box 939 Lebanon, VA 24266 wlrv.com Phone (276) 889-1380 Fax (276) 889--1388 Appalachian Quilt Trail is a go- od example of agritourism, but it's not the only example. There are multitudes out there---corn mazes, country stores, petting zoos, produce stands, a lot more--and to be more success- ful, we should be pooling our resources." To accomplish that, the Clinch-Powell RC&D is intro- ducing a newly revised website featuring not only the AQT, but opportunities for other agritour- ism sites as well. Additional agritourism business owners can be a sponsor and receive a spot on the website at a minimal cost. The professional produced site educates the public and directs people to sites of interest close to them. "There are good websites and not-so-good websites," Acuff says, "Ours is very good, and now it allows agritourism operators working on a modest budget to have a professional, continuously updated web pre- sences." Visit the website at http:///www.vacationAQT.com. Those interested in publicizing their agritourism business through the site can contact inator Lindy Turner at 865-828- 4586. Clinch-Powell RC&D will also be publishing and widely distributing a visitors guide tO the Appalachian Quilt Trail. Anyone interested in promoting their agritourism efforts in thot publication should also contact Lindy Turner. Acuff and Turner recently shared their AQT success story at the 2009 Tennessee Agritout- ism Conference in Chattanooga. Hundreds of participants took part in the conference sponsored! by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Acuff says the op- portunity for people interested in agritourism to network with •fie another, share ideas, and €om- bine resources is one of the mafp keys to success. "We make a bigger impact by workiffg together and not duplicating each. other's, efforts . That meaqs the hmlted resources we do ha will stretch a lot further." For more information, visit the Appalachian Quilt Trail website at http://www.vacationAQT.com or the Clinch-Powell RC&D web- site at http://www.clinchpowell.net/. RC&D is an equal opportunit Clinch-Powell RC&D Coord-;provider and employer. Prospective students to previe00 College from every angle at UVa00 Wise 360 ° Feb. 21 ! .Prospective students and Fair begins at 9:30 a.m. Students and their families will be treated' to lunch in the dining hall at: noon. Pre-registration for UVa- Wise 360 ° is requested. Students may register online at www.uvawise.edu/admissions. For more information, call 276-: 328-0102 or toll-free at 888-282"- ' 9324, or e-marl ' krf2h@uvawise.edu, i The only branch campus of the University of Virginia, UVa- Wise is ranked among the nation's top ten public liberal. arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. UVa-Wise offers Virginia's only undergraduate degree in software engineering; among 28 other degrees and professional programs in the liberal arts tradition of Thomas Jefferson. 00000000000000 i • • • • • II=:lBnl.:ilJ010! • illeci=mN'.- •  St•dim TbeaU'es • o" o 276 679-4252" Movie H tline " • their families are invited to preview The University of Virginia's College at Wise camp- us from all angles during UVa- Wise 360 ° on Saturday, Feb. 21. UVa-Wise 360 ° provides stu- dents with an inclusive look at campus life. The event includes an academic and activities fair, campus and residence hall tours, question-and-answer present- ations by the admissions coun- selors and a complimentary lunch. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with faculty, staff and current students to learn more about the wide variety of academic, athletic and social opportunities at UVa- Wise. The program takes place in the Fred B. Greear Gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Academic 'and Activities Fair begins at 9:30 a.m. Students and their families will be treated to lunch in the dining hall at noon and will receive complimentary tickets to attend Saturday's Highland Cavaliers basketball game. Registration begins at 8:30 i Located in Downtown Norton, VA • ' a.m. in the Fred G. 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