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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St, Paul, VA, Thursday, March 7, 2013 Odd couples wax,,, by Ann Young Gregory No one named Felix or Oscar is involved here, although I suppose they certainly could be. This whole idea first came to mind when a friend sent me a story and photos via e-mail, and they were just too good not to share. That story suggested some others. Do you remember the Dr. Seuss story "Are You My Mother?" Best as I can remember, it's about a baby bird that got dumped out of its nest by mistake, and went all through the countryside asking every creature and then some: "Are you my mother?" The little bird even asked the question of a steam shovel, indicating that the baby creature just needed someone to care for him, but not necessarily one who resembled him. He needed TLC. That was a pretend story, but the ones I'm going to tell you are true! The e-mail story I received isn't about a baby bird, but a 650-pound baby hippopotamus who was subsequently named Owen. Owen lost his mother during the tsunami which hit the Kenyan coast on the day after Christmas-several years ago. The baby was swept down the Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, and then tossed back on shore as the tsunami waves hit. According to the story, wildlife rangers rescued him and took him to a wildlife preserve in Mombasa. The lonely baby soon found Mzee, a huge male tortoise estimated to be 120 years old, and immeditely took up with him. It took the tortoise a bit more time to become accustomed to the baby, but soon the two were eating together, swimming and walking together, even sleeping together. Owen treated the giant Aldabran tortoise as though it were his mother, licking the reptile's face and following wherever he went. Mzee reciprocated, evidently enjoying the role as mother, certainly a new one for him. If anything seemed to pose a danger to the tortoise, Owen became protective, just as he would if his own mother were being threatened. Very social animals, hippos tend to stay with their mothers the first four years of their lives, so Owen, although beset by ill fortune when the tsunami hit, fell onto good times when he found his new mother. The little story that accompanied the photos in the e-mail concluded with a profound thought, "This is a real story that shows that our differences don't matter much when we need the comfort of another. We could all learn a lesson from these two creatures of God- 'Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together.'" The story of Owen and Mzee isn't the only "odd couple" story in the animal kingdom. Do you remember several years ago wheh the story of Koko the gorilla, who was being taught sign language at Stanford, burst on the country's consciousness? When a litter of orphan kittens was shown to Koko, she chose one which had no tail, named it "All Ball," and eared for it as a mother would for chil& WhdnAllf Ball was run over by a car, Kok6' rieved, and was eventually given another cat, Lips. Lips was followed by Smoky. Another Kenyan animal "odd couple," also presented as a true story, involved a female lion who adopted, one by one, five baby oryxes, a type of antelope, and cared for them. The most peculiar thing about this relationship is that the oryx normally served as dinner for lions, at least the ones who are fast enough to catch them. This female lion, however, made no move to threaten any of her adopted "children."' The theory behind this curious relationship is that the lion was unable to have her own cubs, so worked out her motherly instincts in the best way she could. Even at my house, we've had an animal kingdom "odd couple." At one point, when our children were three and five, we had a puppy and kitten at the same time. The male kitten was around four months old when we acquired the female puppy, and he took it upon himself to reprimand the younger baby, who was typically much less fastidious than he. Every now and then, when the puppy had an accident, the kitten would swat her across the behind with his paw, as much as to say, "Don't DO that!" Mother Nature built in a whole system of odd couple relationships between unlikely pairs of animals, but those are different from the ones which have caught my attention. Mother Nature's version, called symbiotic relationships, exist so that each animal: tiny "cleaner shrimp" hang out at coral reefs, and as a fish comes along, the shrimp gets on the fish's back) or even in its mouth) and cleans it--takes away bits of debris, dead skin and other bits which the shrimp finds tasty. The fish, in the meantime, gets a good cleaning. Little birds called plovers jump into the mouths of crocodiles to clean their teeth! The plover eats what it finds; the crocodile gets clean teeth. Odd birds called oxpeckers sit on the back of an animal (everything from antelopes to zebras), often while they're moving. The bird removes ticks, fleas and other undesirable creatures, all of which are included in its diet, from the animal's body. Egrets hang out where hippos and rhinos stay. When the big animals move, they stir up the insects, providing dinner on the move for the egret. The honeyguide bird and the ratel both love honey---the bird locates the hive, the ratel tears into it and eats its fill, and the honeybird cleans up what's left. There are other natural relationships which promote the notion of "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours." But the main message here, pointed out so meaningfully in the baby hippo/giant tortoise story, is that our differences are outnumbered by our similarities. Because of that, why do you suppose we can't simply ignore the differenc and concentrate on getting together on the basis of our similarities? Or could it be that animals haye figured out a way to behave in a more civilized manner than humans? (Continued from page I) erous nooks, closets, and storage areas. Pocket doors and wain- scoting were used extensively. Woodwork in the principal rooms was crafted from the finest grade of fumed quarter- sawn oak. Fumed oak was intended to mimic the natural darkening process of wood as it ages. Perhaps this was intended to mitigate any ~mpression you Greystone, aka Walnut Terrace were in the home of a parvenu or natural light. nouveau riche. Heaven forbid. The finish of the third floor The second floor featured was plain. There were two three large bedrooms and a bedrooms, a huge storage room nursery in the family quarters, for trunks and rugs, and a 15' by plus a bathroom. A maid's room 31' playroom for the children. was located in the rear wing All together, it was enough to over the kitchen, with access to take your breath away. the service stair. Every room featured ample closet space as Next week: Walter and well as numerous large windows Leonora Gray, the second for plenty of ventilation and owners ofGreystone. Food City launches exciting new technology Food City recently announ- on the word "Coupon" from the qThis is the first phase of our Laying the groundwork new manufacturing jobs by Secretary Vilsack United States Departmedt of Agriculture In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out the important of manu- facturing as we seek to make America a magnet for jobs. He believes there's much we can achieve to create new manufact- uring jobs, including in rural America. for logics. Ultimately, this would help U.S.-based manufacturers and workers create good jobs on a regional basis. The President's proposals would build on USDA's work to invest in American companies that create jobs. One important part of our effort has been through rural development in- vestments to strengthen the biobased economy. For example, we can achieveFor example, in North Caro- " a common-sense reform of the lina, a rural development award.l[, tax code. The President proposed helped a large greenhouse con- X. -t[ lowering tax rates for manu- struct a groundbreakmg wood factnrers by, 25 percent, while boiler to produce heat. In Louis~: ii, ending unfair tax breaks for iana, a business loan guarantee, companies that ship jobs over- seas. We can achieve strong markets and a level playing field for American-made products. USDA has already helped the President achieve record exports of agricultural products - with more than $478 billion in agricultural experts from 2009- 2012. We will be there to help expand trade with Europe, Asia and other areas throughout the world. These efforts will open doors not just for agriculture, but for quality manufactured pro- ducts made here at home. We can achieve better collab- oration to help increase Ameri- ca's manufacturing capacity. For one example, the President pro- posed the creation of Regional Manufacturing Innovation In- stitutes across the country. These institutes would build up part- nerships among businesses, higher education organizations and the government to develoo and build manufacturing techno- Sherwood helped begin construction of a" new plant to manufacture bio- based chemicals. And in Nevada" and seven others states, USD,h," has helped create advanced biofuel refineries. These are the first steps toward building a strong biobased economy that promises millions of new job across rural America. Unfortunately, USDA re'- mains subject to significant uncertainty today. The impact o'f sequestration, the lack of a budget, and the lack of a comprehensive, multiyear Farrfl Bill all lend uncertainty to our operations. This harms USDA's ability to invest in rural devel- opment and many other efforts, all of which help spur job cre- ation and economic developmefft in rural America. I share th~ President's hope that Congress will take action to provide rural - America with greater certainty, while helping USDA continue our work to strengthen manu facturing across the nation. Anderson Short Area residents named to Dean's List at Story Contest 2013 underway The 2013 Sherwood An- extensively conducting work- derson Short Story Contest is shops and conferences in behalf open, and the deadline for of better conditions for women submitting entries is May 31st. working in factories. Sponsored by the Smyth-Bland They embarked on a cultural Regional Library, this event exchange voyage to South Am- originated during the Centennial erlca on February 28, 1941. Observance of the birth of the Sherwood became ill, and was noted writer, Sherwood Ander- taken to a hospital in Colon, son. To obtain a copy of the Panama, where he died of rules, send a self-addressed peritonitis on March 8 His body stamped envelope to Sherwood was retumed to Marion for Anderson Short Story Contest, 118 South Sheffey Street, Marion, VA 24354. Rules are also available on the Library website, www.sbrl.org. If you have additional questions, please contact Brenda Umbarger at brendau@sbrl.org or by calling (276) 783-2323. Ext. 228. burial in Round Hill Cemetery. Anderson published some twenty-three books, plus num4 erous stories and essays iri magazines from 1914 until shortly before his death. He gained prominence for his originality in a new approach iri writing the short story. The contest has separate Selections from his book; categories for students 1st "Winesburg, Ohio," are found in through 4ta, 5th through 8th, and many anthologies and college th th 9 through 12 grades, a college reading assignments in American'- student category, plus an open literature, along with others o~ category for adults and graduate his short stories Virginia Tech students. The goals of The Sherwood,~ Born in Ohio in 1876, Anderson Short Story Contest The following students Sherwood Anderson moved to are tO stimulate efforts in enrolled at Virginia Tech were southwest Virginia in 1925. He creative writing and t6L named to the Dean's List for the built his house, "Ripshin", near encourage a better understanding;= fall 2012 semester. To qualify for Yroutdale in 1926. Late in 1927, and appreciation for the literary" the Dean's List, students must he purchased the weekly news- work of Sherwood Anderson,'.' attempt at least 12 credit hours papers in Marion, "The Marion who walked these hills and,:- graded on the A-F option and Democrat," and "The Smyth valleys. The mailing address of-= earn a 3.4 grade point average County News." He married the Sherwood Anderson Short;'2 (on a 4.0 scale) during the Eleanor Copenhaver of Marion semester, in 1933. She was a leader in the Dedicated to its motto, Ut national Y.W.C.A., traveling Prosim (That I May Serve), Wise County Virginia Tech http://www.vt.edu/ takes a hands-on, engaging ap- Sheriff's proach to education, preparing r eport scholars to be leaders in their The Wise County Sheriff's fields and communities. As the Office reports the following commonwealth's most compre- activities for the period of hensive university and its leading 2/18/2013 through 2/24/2013. research institution, Virginia Wise Central Dispatch received a Tech offers 215 undergraduate total of 1,436 calls for this seven- and a graduate degree programs day period. Of the total calls to more than 30,000 students and received 302 were dispatched to manages a research iaortfolio of the Sheriff's Office. Total $450 million. The university ful- number of Domestic calls for this fills its land-grant mission of period was 12. Criminal Process transforming knowledge to prac- for the same period served 15 tice through technological leader- Felony Warrants, 35 Misde- ship and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally and across Virginia. Morgan P. Tate, Castlewood, senior majoring in English; Lindsey A. Wallace, Cleve- land, junior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise; Jacob W. Huff, Big Stone Gap, freshman majormg in meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 1 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 523 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 10 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 19 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 216 man-hours of Court Room Story Contest is 118 South " Sheffey Street, Marion, Virginia,- 24354. ~,, Clinch .... Valley Times MEMBER VIRGIN LA PRESS ASSfX2IATION 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, Dickenson 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 ced the launch of several ex- citing new programs designed to bring added value and con- vemence to their consumers. Among the newest features is their e-ValuCard Savers, which allows shoppers to electronically download manufacturers cou- pons from the company's web- site to their ValuCard. "We are certainly excited to be able to provide our loyal cus- tomers with added savings thro- ugh our new e-ValuCard Savers program. It's fast, convenient and extremely easy to use," says .&even C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. Shoppers wishing to take advantage of the program simply need to visit Food City's website at www.foodcity.com and create or log into their existing My Food City account. By clicking menu, they can peruse the available offers. Their selections will be electronically tied to their ValuCard and will redeem automatically at.the register, when their ValuCard is scanned and the corresponding items purchased. Customers can also view and track their coupon savings through their My Food City account. Food City's website also of- fers online ordering for selected departments throughout the store. Customers can previews and order fresh floral arrange- ments (for delivery to businesses or pick up in-store), fruit bas- kets, party trays, holiday din- ners, dessert cakes, character sheet cakes and custom sheet cakes. Their orders will be ready for pick-up at the indicated Food City location on the specified date/time /' on-line ordering program," says university studieq Smith. "We are working with Michaela A Pitman, Big our provider to develop additi-. Stone Gap, soptomore majoring onal features and capabilities to in political scieme; further enhance and improve upon our product, as well as add some complementing elements, such as mobile phone applica- tions." Food City partnered with VIC, LLC (vie.tom), headquart- ered in Knoxville, TN to develop the online ordering solution, Many of the components were completely customized for the retail grocery chain, from the screens viewed by customers when placing order, to the kiosk software utilized by in-store as- sociates to view them. Headqua- rtered in Abingdon, Virginia, K- VA-T Food Stores operates 104 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, South-west Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Anna E Skinner, Big Stone Gap, senior majoring in physics; Joseph S. Bright, Coebum, freshman majoring in university studies; Anna C. Hubbard, Coeburn, freshman majoring in communi- cation; Olivia D. Brooks, Wise, sophomore majoring in animal and poultry sciences; William C. Gipe, Wise, junior majoring in history Taylor B. Meade, Wise, soph- omore majoring in geography; Peter J. Wyckoff, Wise, fresh- man majoring in general engine- ering; Taylor A. Hay, Clinchco, junior majoring in communi- cation. Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The "Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 0 adult out of state, 4 mental patient, and 3 juveniles for a total of 7 transports, involving 31.25 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 21 vehicles and escorted 8 funerals during this seven-day )eriod. CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar iierns, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday Allen Gregory. Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAl., SUBSCRIIrI'IONS: 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 COl Y - 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. 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