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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, February 26, 2009 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing Young arexory Easter, Lent and...pancakes? Hard to believe, since it seems to me we just had Christmas, and I KNOW that Valentine&apos;s Day was just last week--nevertheless, we're rapidly approach- ing the Easter season-have already entered it, in fact, although you may not have been aware of the dates! The season is filled with almost unrelated events. Easter is one holiday whose date is quite literally determined by phases of the moon! I believe I've told you the story of how I acquired that particular bit of trivia. I was ten years old, and had become quite fond of an older couple who lived across the street from us in Paintsville, Kentucky, where we had moved some months earlier. These two nice people; Mr: and Mrs. Barber, enjoyed sitting on their front porch, and were always quick to welcome me when I came to visit them. The weather was pleasanf, so it,tnust have been spring, at least, and was probably approaching the Easter season. I remember asking Mr. Barber: "How do they decide when Easter's going to be?" He, a very wise man, told me he'd tell me, but only if I promised never to forget what he said. I promised, and believe it or not, I can still quote him word for word, and that's been more than just a few decades ago! Mr: Barber told me: "Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox." Now at the time, [ didn't know what an equinox was, but I mad it my business to find out (one of two dates m the )e when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of the same length--in other words, the Spring Equinox marks the first day of Spring--around March 21--and the Autumn Equinox denotes the first day of Autumn-- around September 22.). The Easter season, however, is much more complex than merely knowing how to determine on what date it will fall (this year, April 12). Once that's been established, the Lenten season can be defined-- Lent is the forty weekdays between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Ash Wednes/:ltty is-preceded by Shrove Tuesday, also ealle4at, di Gras (Fat Tuesday), which is generally considered to be a time of wild celebration before retiring to the solemnity of Lent. Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, which is the holiest of Christian holidays. So getting back to Shrove Tuesday, did you know that it's also called Pancake Day? Actually, in the United States, it's called National Pancake Day, and I have a wonderful story (at least I think it's a wonderful story) about this particular designation. This particular story also took place in Paintsville, Kentucky, where I attended high. school (Paintsville High School was a school which bore remarkable similarities to St. Paul High School in that it focused on academic achievement--and prided itself on the success of its students. (It has, incidentally, continued that emphasis over the years, and the last I heard, they were attempting to close it in favor of consolidation, • too. What's gone wrong with the world?) Anyway, at thedme of this story, I was a high school junior--I Was probably 16. One of my favorite classes was chemistry, taught by a really good teacher I named Calvin Gray (I remember him to this day). One of us in the class--Idon't remember which otie it was- -ran across a reference t ° Intemation.alPancake Day, I Letters to the editor... under control), it is likely he will try repeatedly to escape, digging up your yard, scratching up your door, or chewing off his restraint. Males roaming in search of a mate are susceptible to being injured by traffic and male animals Can impregnate many females eadday.: :: . They Sh6uld be spayedlneu- tered as early as possible. They may be as early as 6-8 weeks. Be a responsible pet owner. Don't let your cat and dog roam. Cats are safest indoors. When outdoors, dogs should be walked on a leash or supervised in a fenced yard. It's up to us to keep our pets safe and out of harm's way. We should be kind to all animals and let others know that hurting animals is wrong. PAWS group meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul every third Thursday at 6 p.m. Membership is $10 per year. Join us and help solve the problem. A. Arvena Salyer PAWS Member 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: Did you know? PAWS - Peoples' Animal Welfare Services is our local humane organization• Currently shelter workers are forced to euphanize an estimated 3 to 4 million cats and dogs each year. nationwide. PAWS members believe that spaying of females and neutering males is the most humane and efficient way to reduce the suffering of homeless, stray and discarded pets in our community. Is it necessary to neuter males? Yes. even if you are very careful (to keep your male pet Wise County The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 2/09/2009 through 2/15/2009. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,314 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 365 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total num- ber of Domestic calls for this period was 38 Criminal Process for the same period served 3 Felony Warrants, 33 Misdemean- or Warrants, issued 6 Traffic Summons and worked 0 Traffic SheriW s Report period served 662 Civil Papers. Duringthis seven-day period 23 additional Criminal Investiga- tions were initiated and 26 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 177 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 0 adult out of state, 3 mental patient, and 0 juveniles for a total of 3 transports, involving 16 hours• The Sheriff's Office unlocked 6 vehicle and escorted 7 funerals Accidents. Civil process for this during this seven-day period. which was to be observed on thus-and-such a day (I don't remember which day, and I don't think we ever connected the day with the Lenten season). We decided that since everybody in the class (which was relatively small) was all caught up and doing well, that we'd ask Mr. Gray for a special privilege. So we approached him with the logic that since we had Bunsen burners on hand in the chemistry lab, and since we had a whole hour to spend there, why couldn't we take just that one day, International Pancake Day, and make bacon and pancakes for the class. Mr. Gray, a good sport, said he thought that'd be okay, as long as we provided all the stuff and cleaned up whatever mess we made. We quickly' agreed. On the appointed day, we showed up wit hAhe appropriate groceries--the one thing we hadn't count- ed on was that the aroma of frying bacon would waft throughout the school in quick order. Sure enough, before we'd been at it for 15 minutes, here came the principal. He was also an extraordinarily good sport, and very popular with all the kids, but of course we'd forgotten to ask his permission for our special project. So the only thing to do was invite him in for bacon and pancakes. He quickly accepted, and we continued our project, "entertaining" several teachers Whose noses had led them to the chemistry lab to fred out what was going on. We cleaned up the mess,, as, promised, and everybody in the class ended up with a pretty good grade, so there was no harm done. I wonder if everybody else who was in that class remembers that day as distinctly as I do. What fun it was to work "outside the box" for one of our class periods. I've never forgotten it (I wonder if Mr. Gray ever did?) Interestingly, National Pancake Day is observed by Christian cultures around the globe. lose;t6 home, one of my favorite places, IHOP (Intemat;3nal; House of Pancakes to / uninitiated), observed National Pancake Day on Tuesday of this web'b) ; offering free pancakes to everyone who stopped, by the restaurant. Those who were so inclined were encouraged to provide a contribution for the Children's Miracle Network. It's a little late to encourage everybody to observe National Pancake Day, but now that you who weren't aware of that special day know about it, maybe you can take advantage next year! Celebrated as it is on Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, National Pancake Day proAdes another opportunity to indulge the senses witlf ii. favorite sweet dish before theLenten period, which to some means doing without some favorite foods. I didn't have pancakes on National Pancake Day this year, but I'll make up for it--after all, we did stop at IHOP one day last week, and enjoyed pancakes with hot maple syrup! So special! P.S. to my February 19 commentary on companies in distress." I have to share with you that late last week, 1 received an actual check for that AUCTION- MANY LOTS ABSOLUTE! Saturday, March 14th • 1:00 PM at The Institute Conference Center, Danville, VA 65 lots & 3 new homes for sale in upscale Sugartree Manor & Tree Lake communities. faUnited Highly desirable locations. .,.  757-556-1017 oo. oo..  S g Tr eA ti VAF#689 WWW. U ar e uc WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM EXPANDED r- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Enables More Households to Qualify for Weatherization Assistance Recently Congress approved and President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By meeting critical needs in our commun- ities, the measure will help create jobs in the short term and provide a solid foundation for long term economic growth in Southwest Virginia• One pro- °" vision in-the economic recovery ° measure provides $5 billion for t the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Pro- gram, which provides assistance to families in reducing energy costs. Heating and Cooling uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other home system. Yet, a large por- tion of that energy is wasted due to correctable problems in the home, and often a few simple steps catf help reduce home energy costS. Lo'v-income hou- seh01ds currently spend 17 per- cent of their total annual income on energy costs, compared with 4 percent for other households. The U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assist- ance Program provides assist- ance to low and moderate in- come families, seniors and individuals with disabilities to reduce heatingand cooling costs , and to ensure eir health and ,C . s,.afgPa' Tlte.'Wearafion As- %" • sisiaee p]3rotides direct i itaIlaffot; -6f : onergy saving measures, such as sealing air- .... leaks °arrd ihsulatio, caulking and weather stripping, repairing leaky duct systems, repairing and replacing inefficient or unsafe heating systems, and installing carbon and monoxide and smoke detectors. The weatherization measures installed by the program provide relief for low-income families facing rising energy costs. The . program sves ,the household - /nd ayr!g:Of,2!,ipercenton Stheir entffyNiI, which equates to approximately $413 each year. For every $1 invested in weatherization assistance, there is a return of $1.65 in energy related benefits. The program reduces the national energy demand by the equivalent of 18 million barrels of oil each year. State and local agencies ieverage the U.S. Department oP Energy f utility, and private resources to weatherize more low-income homes and to deliver me services. Every $1 million of program funding and supports 52 direct jobs and additional jobs are created for subcontractors and material supplies.  The American Recovery aRd reinvestment Act expanded tle Weatherization Assistance Pro- gram significantly. The measure increased the threshold for qualifying households fro/n those at 150 percent of the poverty level to 200 percent of the poverty level. Additionalby, the measure increases the amount available per dwellikag from $2,500 to $6,500.  In Virginia, the Weathr.<j- zation Assistance Program .,is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing agtd Community Development. For more information, visit PreservationRehabilitation/Weat herizationAssistance.htm. To apply, you may contact one,!of the following providers: • For Lee, Scott, Wise and Dickenson Counties and the Qi of Norton, contact the Rural Areas Development Association at 276-386-6441. • For Washington and Buchanan Counties and the City of Bristol, contact People Incorporated at 276-623-9000. • For Russell and Tazewell Counties, contact Clinch Va[Jy Community Action at 276-98- 5583. , • For Smyth, Bland and Wyhe Counties, contact Mountain Community Action Program at 276-783-7337. .: • For Grayson and Carl;N1 Counties and the City of Galg, contact Rooftop of Virginia, at 276-236-7131. • For Giles, Pulali, Montgomery and Floyd CounIies and the City of Radford, contt Commtmity Housing Partner'0t 540-382-5327. , • For Alleghany, Craig and Roanoke Counties, contact Total Action Against Poverty at 540- 345-6781. • For Patrick County contact Support to Eliminate Poverty,at 540-483-5142. e" • For Henry County, contt Pittsylvania County Community Action at 434-432-9380. . fl veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans from local vehicle license fees and taxes. Senate Bill 1202 provides that a dental hygienist who holds a license or permit issued by the Board of Dentistry may provide educational and preventive den- tal care in the far Southwest Virginia and the Southside Health Districts, which are designated as Virginia Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas by the Department of ' Health, and that any dental hygienist providing such ser- vices shall practice pursuant to a protocol developed by the Department of Health. Budget Information This week twelve senior members of each chamber vill be meeting and working out the 4mpot functions of state goyettt;,4"am hopeful that tl flnal-rrf the budget will contain funding for many important initiatives that I, along with the entire Southwest Vir- ginia delegation, have been working on. In next week's report I will be providing an update on the information contained in the final version of the budget that is scheduled to .be approved- on Saturday, February 28. Finally, 1 would like to mention how much I have thoroughly erjoyed seeing the many groups and individuals from Southwest Virginia that have come to Richmond to visit with us during this Session. It has been a real pleasure to see familiar faces and. to get an opportunity to visit with friends from home. We are scheduled to adjoum differences in the House and Saturday, February 28 and, of Senate proposed chanes, to the"  courSe,  thei'e ' is always the 2008-10 budget. In the closing days they are scheduled to submit to us a compromise version of the budget bill for final approval by both the House and Senate. As the House and Senate budget negotiators delib- erate on the proposed changes to the 2008-10 budget I am hopeful that they will be able to craft a compromise that will be ac- ceptable to all of the members of the General Assembly. I have chance that our workload or budget negotiations may cause us to "run-over?' a few extra days. However, I am certainly anticipating that we will finish by the scheduled date. Once we arrive back in the district next week I would enjoy hearing from the citizens of this region on any matters of interest. My Legislative Assistant, David Larimer II, and I would be pleased to assist with" any stated repeatedly that this has, problems or concerns relating to been a difficult Session froma state government. Alo, if you budget and financial perspective with our state facing a signify- cant revenue shortfall of nearly $4 billion. As always, my main goal during this Session and during the budget process is to work to protect the funding for have any questions concerning actions taken by the 2009 General Assembly Session please contact us at (276) 979- 8181. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 924 Tazewell, Virginia 24651. Motorists: Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children! Nathan and Samantha McCow.,,: Lebanon; , a son, Jaydan Brent Justlq0, on January 23, to Jordan "a Deana Justice, Panther, WV; . a son, Berkley Willi Stewart, on January 24, to BO and Kim Stewart, Saltville; a son, Conner iIe Boardwine, on January 24,'b Waylon and Traci Boardwii, Bristol, TN. Clinch ...... Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. 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 planf  located in the VALLEY TIMES building€ 16541 Russell Street. Perio2 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 We are now entering the final week of the 2009 General Assembly Session. We are sch- eduled to adjourn on Saturday, February 28. This week the House of Delegates and Senate will finish acting on all legislation that was introduced during the 2009 Session. By the time we finish our work we will have acted upon nearly 2,500 bills and resolutions during this "short" 46-day session. As the General Assembly nears the end, I would like to provide a final update on the progress of this session and the large amount of legislation that has been considered. As of to- day, February 23, there were a total of 2,456 bills and reso- lutions that have been intro- duced. Out of that amount, the House of Delegates has approv- ed 1.064. the Senate has approv- ed 1,108, and both the House and Senate have approved 594 items of legislation. Addition- ally, out of that amount 1,232 bills and resolutions have been defeated and 317 have been continued until the 2010 General Assembly Session. As you can see, there are still many bills and resolutions to be considered by the House and Senate during this busy final week. If you would like updated information or the status of any legislation that I have introduced or another bill or resolution that is being con- sidered I would welcome you to do so by directing you to the General Assembly's Legislative Information Website at of the bills and resolutions that I have submitted have been successful in passing both the House and Senate and I am very pleased that most of my leg- islation has received favorable reviews. I have listed below a few of my bills that have been approved by both the House and Senate and have now been sent to the Governor for his sign- ature, the core priorities of state Senate Bill 1197 relieves the government such as education victim of identity theft of paying (K-12 and higher education), fees for filing a petition to public safety, economic & expunge the criminal records of community development, mental charges against the victim health & health care programs, brought as a result oftheidentity transportation, and other vitally theft. 2 -y V  Senate Bill 1 s localities to exempt ,dZ pesky $42.65from First Bankcard--so my faith in that - funding with other federal, state, .... - , ....  • =.f'[ parttcular company, after travehng a parttcular!.|  12 o  l /!1-1.-,-,...41 :, bumpy road, is somewhat restored I'm consldev:ing: [ ;! J.)OL/J'iK.,O :aL  d ivll IU[31Lt:ILI f; framing the check instead of cashing it. t " |i  Recent bif'ths -at Johnston to area parents clude: .... .'i ............................... - i .... l! " Memorial Hospital in Abingdon a aauglater, Loey Lee &amgon Hall, on January 21, to Clinto'n and Amanda Hall, Damascus; " a son, Tank Michael Ti The Richmond Report .by Senator Phillip Puckett 00cCowan, on January 23,