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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. Ann Youn00 Gre00o00 and talk and talk mid talk ... Reprinted from February 22, 2001 The old saying goes that all we ever do is talk about the weather, but that nobody ever does anything about it. Well, duh -- would that we could! Living, as we do, in one of the world's two Temperate Zones (ours, or course, lies between the Tropic of Cancer -- 23 degrees north of the equator, and the Arctic Circle -- approximately 23 degrees 27 minutes south of the North Pole), we theoretically expe- rience four seasons of approximately three months each. Spring begins with the Vernal, or Spring, Equinox, which will occur this year at 8:31 a.m. EST Wednesday, March 20. Of course we'll be fortunate if anything even approaching spring temperatures begin to settle in any- time before April 20, but according to the best astro- nomical advice available, and therefore, the calendar, spring will begin March 20. Even if we might not be able to feel that it's spring, it might lo0k a little more like it on Sunday, April 1, and thereafter, since that's the date Daylight Savings Time is ushered in this year, allowing us to see daylight for a little longer every day. The Northern, or Summer, Solstice will occur this year at 2:38 a.m. EST (3:39 a.m. if you're a stickler for observing DST) on Thursday, June, 21, which thereby becomes the longest day of the year (still just 24 hours long, but there'll be more daylight than on any other day during the year). By June 21, it might actually feel like spring, but, based on past performance, those real- ly perfect spring days will last about 72 hours, and then it will begin to get really HOT. When that happens, we will all need to remember what we paid for heating our homes and businesses during December and January, and not complain quite so much about the debilitating heat. The autumnal Equinox, which ushers in season num- ber three, will occur at 6:04 p.m. EST (okay, 7:04 DST) Friday, September 22. It will probably still be quite warm (unless the fall rains have set in), and we'll con- tinue to complain. Then the leaves will become yellow and red and orange, will entertain us for a week or so, and then away they'll go, leaving us a suggestion of what's to come, if it hasn't already arrived. Daylight Savings Time will be banished at midnight, Saturday, October 27, and over the next month or so after that, we'll return to trying to get used to having darkness fall before 6 p.m. The Southern (i.e., Winter) Solstice will arrive at 2:21 p.m. EST on Friday, December 21, which auto- matically becomes the shortest day of the year. What with all the excitement and frantic running around that seems to be absolutely necessary in order to prepare for the holidays, I seldom pay too much attention to this annual milestone, other than to note that it's occurred. By that time, winter won't be news, anyway, since it will probably have snowed at least once by December 21, just to remind us who's boss. So although we, at least in theory, have four seasons of three months each, we usually have to settle for two seasons -- summer and winter -- of five and a half months each, with two weeks of spring and two of fall thrown in just to keep us on the verge of happy. when I think back on the season that's rapidly com- ing to a close (at least I fervently hope it's coming to a close), I can't remember any one really significant snowfall. However, I have no idea how many little snowfalls we've had -- I just know that we had repeat- ed ones during December and January, and that we had snow on the ground, although sometimes just in spots, for over a month. Area schools have missed between eight and twelve days, which will postpone that final day before summer vacation begins. As I mentioned earlier, home and business owners realize just how cold it's been by the unusually high totals on the heating bills they've received for the exceptionally long period of intense cold during these winter months. We may still be in for snow -- the biggest snowfalls I've seen during my adult life -- both exceeding 24 inches in depth -- have been in March and April, and as I think I've told you before, I've scraped frost off my car windshield as late in the year as June 4 or 5 ! So just because March 20 is less than a month away, don't get all excited about spring -- we probably have more cold temperatures and other winter phenomena with which we'll have to deal before we can be assured that spring really IS upon us. I don't think there have been three days since November when I dressed to go out of the house swathed on top in fewer than two layers of sweaters or a long-sleeved shirt and sweater -- and a coat and a scarf and gloves. I'm getting tired of getting so bundled up that I sense that I look like one of those little chil- dren, eager to go outside to play in the snow, whose mother has overdressed him to begin with, then stuffed him into a down-lined snowsuit to the point that he's unable to bend elbow or knee. (On the rare occasions that I have a lovely lazy winter day when I don't have to walk a single step outside the door, like last Saturday, I'm content with sweat pants and sweatshirts m they're the real at-home comfort clothes, as far as I'm con- cerned!) So however much I've analyzed and complained and speculated about the weather, I still haven't been able to DO anything about it -- like everybody else, all I can do is talk and talk and talk. Heart of Appy has new director ST. PAUL, VA - February 21, 2014 - With a career that bridges both the public and private sectors, Erin Riedhammer has experience in local govern- ment, public education, healthcare, retail, and small business entrepreneurship. "For years, I have enjoyed heading out in our RV to explore our region because there is such a great variety of things to do and see," says Riedhammer. "I am excited to utilize my passion for the region and my profes- sional experience to con- vey its beauty and benefits to potential visitors." 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the Authority formed in 1993 by the Virginia General Assembly to serve the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Wise, and the City of Norton. Heart of Appalachia was created to promote, expand and develop the tourism industry of the Coalfield Region of Southwest Virginia. Tourism spending in the Heart of Appalachia region has increased 15.5% since 2007, the highest increase in the Commonwealth, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The data supports the need for potential visitors to fmd the information they seek through one regional, comprehensive organiza- tion. Riedhammer says she looks forward to using cre- ative marketing innova- tions to champion the assets of the region to groups that haven't experi- enced its allure yet. "With a strong Board of Directors and administra- tive staff, I believe that our efforts will not only increase visitor spending in the region but raise the quality of life for residents as well." "We are pleased to have hired an Executive Director with such a diverse background in the tourism industry," says William "Buzz" Witt, Chairman of the Heart of Appalachia Board of Directors. "The Board is energized, having a great staff in place to take advan- tage of new and creative ways to market the assets of the region." For more information on Heart of Appalachia or Sheriff's Report PASSION FOR REGION... Erin Riedhammer, New Heart of Appalachia Executive Director regional tourism opportu- nities, please contact Pam Vance at (276) 762-0011 or by email at info@hearto- Email Riedhammer at eriedhammer@heartofap- Items of Interest----------- SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE There will be a meeting of the Russell County School System's Special Education Advisory Committee on Monday, March 3, at 9:00 a.m. at the Russell County School Board Office. All interest- ed parents and citizens are cordially invited to attend. HOTDOGS, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS The Women's Ministry Group of the St. Paul Assembly of God will host a Hot Dog Sale and Used Household Item Sale every Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm in the church building near Giovanni's on Fourth Avenue. ERNIE DAWSON & HEIRLINE CONCERT Ma & Pa's Restaurant & Gospel Pavilion, Highway 58 in Castlewood, will be presenting a concert by Homeland Recording Artist & Chart Topping Gospel Group Ernie Dawson & Heirline from Jasper, TN on March 2. Buffet will begin at noon with concert starting at 2 pm in the Pavilion. Come out for a great meal and a great time in the Lord. No admission charge but a Love Offering will be taken to offset expenses of the group. We look forward to see- ing everyone there. THRIFT STORE OPEN IN ST. PAUL A Thrift Store has opened in St. Paul in the Kornerstone Building located at 16629 Broad Street. A variety of new and used men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes will be offered at affordable prices. A portion of the pro- ceeds from this store will go to support the commu- nity efforts of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Donations of clothes and small household items are accepted and appreciat- ed. CHAFIN IN SESSION; HERE'S HOW TO REACH HIM Recently elected Fourth House District Dei. Ben Chafin is in session with the General Assembly and asks that all constituents who have comments, con- cerns, or questions please contact his office in Richmond at (804) 698- 1004. He can also be reached in the district at (276) 889- 0143 or via email at del- bchafm@ house.virginia, go Letter to the Editor State General Assembly should expand Medicaid To the Editor: Will the 2014 V'lrginia Assembly pass "Expansion of Medicaid" allowing Virginia to take advantage of enhanced federal funding to provide Medicaid coverage for up to 400,000 plus indi- viduals, which include an estimated 62,000 individu- als age 50 to 64 years? "AARP Virginia encour- ages lawmakers to expand Medicaid to all individuals with incomes up to 138 per- cent of the federal poverty level without delay," says David DeBiasi, ARP Advocacy Associate Director, Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore, District #1, states in The Coalfield Progress, 2/14/14: 'ro ask whether I would like to expand Medicaid is a completely different question than ask- ing whether I would like to provide Medicaid to more of our citizens who need it." "Of course I would like to provide Medicaid to more citizens in need." Said two statements are consistent- "the need for additional Medicaid coverage for Virginians." Medicaid Expansion 138 percent Federal Poverty Level, individual coverage income limit $15,856/yearly and family of 4, $32,499/yearly. Eligible cat- egories; pregnant women, children, disabled adults, employed parents and child- less adults, employed or unemployed. Omitted from Medicaid Expansion 138 percent Federal Poverty Level Category is VA's age 65 and older population. Eligible for Medicaid, monthly income limit $1,321.33, would be a blessing for many of our seniors in far South West Virginia "many who are struggling to pay other insurance cost and co- pays, living expenses, rear- ing grandchildren. The Affordable Care Act provides Federal Money, estimate $5 Million per day, to U.S. States that partici- pate in Medicaid Expansion. Federal Money is available and the need is great for said VA Medicaid Coverage. what we do for one. We do for all. If our Senior Citizens were entitled to Medicaid at 138 percent of Federal Poverty level; no resource limit, could perhaps allow Seniors to stay in their homes, instead of being placed in Nursing Homes; therefore less expensive Medicaid cost. Evidence indicates Medicare recipients are pay- ing Premiums to Health Insurance Companies to cover cost not paid by Medicare, co-pays to bospi- tal/doctors/labs, etc. Many concerned Health Insurance not paying valid medical claims per Contract. I never experience said confusion as an Eligibility Worker for the VA State Medicaid Program. The Affordable Care Act is not affordable if said Laws passed requires all to purchase Health Insurance, with no mandate/require- ment that Health Insurance pay valid Medical Claims per Employer/Employee contract. My personal story begin- ning July 1, 2013, to current; Health Insurance refusal payment per contract to Primary Care Physician, Physician ordered Physical therapy after preauthoriza- tion by Health Insurance Company, Physician referred Chiropractic visits, etc. Same Health Insurance, family member, Specialist doctor's office visit, per Insurance Contract, $50 co- pay includes all medical services at said office. Insurance allows a hospital a mile down the road to charge $500 for a $65 x-ray personal cost, $35 x-ray Insurance negotiated cost. No x-ray medical service provided by hospital. Mary Ellen Kelley W'me The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 02/10/2014 through 02/16/2014. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,369 calls for this seven-day period. Of the total calls received 262 were dis- patched to the Sheriff's Office Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 8. Criminal Process for this period: Served 17 Felony Warrants, 25 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests. Civil Process Served: 372 Civil Papers Traffic Accidents: 9 4 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiat- ed and 18 Cleared by Arrest. DEADLINES: EDITORIAL copy (anniversaries, bidh- days, weddings, calendar items, press releases, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday ADVERTISING (Classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday i CLINCH VALLEY TIMES Sheriff's Office provid- ed 185 man-hours of Court Room Security. Unlocked Vehicles: 21 Escorted Funerals: 2 The Sheriff's Office Transported: 0 Adult In State 2 Adults Out of State 3 Mental Patient 7 Juvenile Total Transports: 1,2 Total Transport Hours: 45.5 Clinch Valley Times VA 24283. y r, Z, INt. vAtY lqt.l.rlNG CXLo a lui Adv.'tratnhics 1 me: $1.5f ia Wy s[,d edhet ;Nl-iCil txxii.: t:l,,h,mP. 32.$0. chnn, tO Ltlindi V|ey Tmeso P.Ct le  17 b. PaL VA 1283 l/'tMt,.& (.X,PY - 5Oz :1, in athttnc: 2 per d lktk.dials [ntMk-alk