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Clinch Valley Times . I II II I _1 "GINIA .... , " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things , ,, .%._ .:_:,:::-:._ay_-j. Voi. LIII, No. 11 : Thursday, March 17, 2011 -- " " - |11 i SPECIAL GUEST...Linda Brown, author of "Loud the Thunder, Gentle the Rain," spoke to fans gathered at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library on Saturday afternoon, March 12. The book is the first in a series of eight. She also signed books. A former resident of St. Paul, Brown, who now lives in Florida, was also a special guest on Thursday, March 10, of the library-sponsored Book Group which meets monthly at the Riverside Diner. AASC will install smoke alarms in eligible departments mtsston to tester Appalachian Agency for Since its implementation in the dignity, independence and Senior Citizens (AASC) has 1998, the Get Alarmed, Virginia/ security of older Virginians by begun installation of free smoke program has been credited with promoting partnerships with alarms in an effort to reduce fire saving many lives across the communities at the local level. !osses, injuries and deaths. COmmonwealth of Virginia. It AASC offers information and The smoke alarms are pro- has also prevented millions of services for older adults residing Vided through a state Get dollars in property loss. in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell Alarmed, Virginia/ grant. The Sponsored by the Virginia and Tazewell counties. Visit the grant targets homes with chil- Department of Fire Programs organization's website at dren under age five and adults (VDFP) and the Virginia Depart- or call toll-free at 65 and older, ment of Health (VDH), this pro- 1-800-656-2272. AASC's goal is to provide gram is funded by the U.S. fire safety education and 500 Centers for Disease Control and St. pau| Boosters free smoke alarms for 225 Prevention. households in its four county About 80 percent of all U.S. to sponsor dance service area, AASC also will fire deaths occur at home. The St. Paul Athletic provide staff to install alarms in Younger children and older Boosters will sponsor a dance on sidences in Buchanan, Dicken- adults have a higher risk of Saturday, March 26 for middle- son, Russell and Tazewell cou- dying in a home fire. Research school grades 5-8 from 6-9 pm in nties, shows that the chances of dying the cafeteria. Food and dri.nks All households with an adult in a residential fire are cut in half will be provided. A king and age 65 or older and all house- when a working smoke alarm is queen will be voted on and holds with a child age five or properly installed and operating, crowned for those in attendance. younger may request a smoke AASC is one of Virginia's 25 Admission is $5. For more detector by calling Chris Lester Area Agencies on Aging design- information contact Jimmy at 276-964-4915 or 1-800-656- ated by the Virginia Department Hileman at 276-393-1017 or St. 2272. ._ for the Aging to carry out the Paul Elementary School. Calendar of events... Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mun- "AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big zens meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Stone Gap, S p.m, Episcopal Anyone 60 or over is in,ted ... Church; Wednesdays: Wise, g ...The 'Daqte Senior Citizens pm., Trinity United Methodist meet each Monday and Tuesday Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- Clintwond United Metho-. partment. Russell County resi- di Chch. dents 60 or older are invited. ' COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- RUSSELLCO, LIBRARY TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 Hours at the Russell County p.m.,sohonlcafetzria. Public Libra,, Lebanon, are .ST.'PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth M/TuFfh, 9 a.m,-8 p.m., W/F, 9 .Mondays, 6 p.m., St. Paul Town a.m.-5 p.m., Sa., I0 a.m.-2 p.m. Hall. MAIFHEWS LIBRARY ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- - Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 Hall. a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wedaes- CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 Cagdewood Water & Sewage a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and  [Authority Board of Direc-tors, 6 Thursdays. See Library for. p.m. second Mondays. special program schedules, adultwho want to improve their ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- DICKENSON-BUNDY . basic skills, lnstnlctors also assist First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala-i The Dickenson-Bundy Log adults with job-related skills in- hi Aguncy for Senior Citizens House is open weekly Thursdays c!uding resume writing and inter- offien, Clayg4|HilI. Fre. throuigh Saturdays, 10-3, and wewing For details, call 1-800- NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Sundays 12-4 p.m. been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP , Women survivors of sexual as- sauh are invited to attend C'I Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services" support group meeting with vieUms of similar situatmus Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 nOOn. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for days, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET e Worn.on ssion o_. at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-1P a.m Tuesdays. Anyone who' needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno-. wiseo Health District offer flee confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-g000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes are offered at 'the Oxbow Family Investment 'Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 830 a.m.-12 noon. Glcona McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433, 13msdays and Saturdays, 8 p:m, SOCIAL SECURITY Prbyterian Church, Norton. The Wise Social Security Office CASTLEWOOD LODGE is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month, a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-19.13 or 276-679-7633. Tbe Sohool Of Instruetiun will be LIBRARY FRIENDS held on fourth Thursdays at 7. Friends of the J. Fred ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- Matthews Memorial Library, St. oond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- Paul, meet at the Lihrary on first ed Communication; First Thins- Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. day, 7 p.m., SchoOl of Instruction. VFW POST 9864 TW POST #8652, DAV VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 comes new, members. If you xm., VFW, Riverview, Coebum. served overseas dunng any war, NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh-. 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and borsfid Build-ing, new'& used send name, address- and phone clothing for sale. number. Transfers welcomed. RUSSELL CO. IARD OF HEALTH SERVICES SUPERVISORS -First Monday, The Wise County Health De- 6 p.m., Lebanon.. partment, Wise, is open from 8 CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- a.m..-g p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- Stated Communicatiun, 1st Satur- nics will be offered in family days 7:30; School of Instruction planning, pediatrics, school and third rhursdays, 7 p.m.. adult physicals, WIC, Paps and . gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- RECOVERY GROUP-The immunizations. Appointments are rial Library. Att'n:Wilma Evans, 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation services in Buc- haunn, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call I-8g8-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group'# purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpelamte family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-8g9-4894 'or fullerir 1942 .yahoo,corn JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 mmbership GED ONLINE . The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or withont their own home com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul. 5-6 p.m. 2rid Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. I st Mondays at the Dante Museum. Community Wise County Mental Health Cen- necessary for all but immuniza- ter onnducts a recovery group for tions. For an appoim-ment, -call substance abusers und families .762-328-8000. Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- FACILITIES AVAILABLE 0810. The Tacoma Community Center ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- is available for reunions, birth- ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, days and showers. All proceeds 7 p.m., First BaptistChurch, Coe- rehabilitate the Tacoma School as burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- a Community Center. For 6588 or 276-679-7371. information, call 395-6398. LITTLE LEAGUE 100TH BIRTHDAY? The Clinch River Little League Appalachian Agency for Senior Board meets at 4 p.m. third Citizens recognizes persons in Stmdays at the UMWA Building Russell, Dickunson, Buchanan in Cestlewood. All interested and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana H.O.P,E. HOUSE Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- H.O.P.E. House provides emer- vise AASC of any upcoming gency shelter for victims of do- 100th+ birthday. mestic violence in Wise, Russell, SCHOOL POLICIES Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- ...The Wise County School counties and the City of Board maiotains a Policy Manual Norton. Volunteers needed--train- which is available to the public in ing avallable. Call 1-800-572- the library of each school and in 2275. SENIOR CITIZENS each county public library. ...Copies of the Russell County ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- School Board Policy Mannal have P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283 Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLMMS Dickenson County--Oscm" Silcox helps file veterans' claims. .For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Coebum--A Dept of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays excnpt June. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Conmunity Meeting is 3 rd Tuesday of each month. - - GOSPEL sINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All, are welcome--admissiun is free. GOSPEL JAMBOREE The Clinch River Gospel Jam-- boree and Open Micropohone isheld third Sundays Februa ! through Oclober at 3 p.m.a t Cleveland United Methodist Church, Cleveland. Admission is free tu everyone. The host is Gary Crum, PhD. Contact him by calling 276-393-3522 or emaili- him at BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fonrth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 p.m Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman will be discussed at the February 24 meeting. __ calendar on page 3 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c Mayor Kyle Fletcher directs message to St. Paul's citizens In my last update to the has been completed and will every eligible voter in the St. residents of The Town of St. Paul, I stressed the importance of developing a viable down- town business district supple- mented by quality shopping and a diverse industrial mix m the outlying areas that will translate into job opportunities and an expanded tax base. We must continue our efforts toward this goal while working to attract tourists by enhancing and dev- eloping outdoor activities that embrace the areas' natural re- sources, particularly our stretch of the Clinch River The cooperative efforts of the Vice Mayor, Town Council members, the Downtown Revit- alization Committee, the Far- mers Market Committee, St. Paul Tomorrow, town employ- ees, and several volunteer citi- zens, resulted in multiple grant awards for the Town of St. Paul this past year: Heartwood Video Grant ($3500.00) - To create a video promoting tourism for the Town of St. Paul at the Heartwood in Abingdon, VA Library Equipment Grant/Rural Development ($18,750.00) - To purchase fur- niture and equipment for the J. Fred Matthews Library Farmers Market Grant/Rural Development ($11,200.00) - To purchase equipment for the Clinch River Farmers Market Farmers Market Grant/Tobacco Commission $100,000) - To build a permanent structure for the Clinch River Farmers Market , Downtown Revitaliza- tion GranflDHCD ($770,000) - To remove blight from the downtown area, improve build- ing facades and streetscape. In a recent meeting of Far- mers Market managers held in Bristol, the Clinch River Far- mers Market received another $1500.00 grant for advertise- ment and promotion of the market. The Farmers Market has become a valuable asset to our community. It will be reopening soon for the 2011 season and I urge everyone to visit and shop at the Farmers Market. The Hillman House Project Willna Evans retiring from Library Staff Wilma Evans is retiring after a long career at the local library. She started working at the St. Paul Bicentennial Library in 1979. The J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library Staff and the Friends Group invite you to a retirement celebration for her at the Library on Sunday, March 20. Drop in between 2:00 and 2:30 to see Wilma and wish her well in retirement. serve as the home for The Heart of Appalachia as well as the St. Paul Visitor's Welcome Center. I would like to remind citizens we will be celebrating the Town of St. Paul's 100 W birthday this year. Special events for a Centennial Celebration are being planned and will be announced soon. The Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center is still on schedule to begin production in 2012. We are continuing to work with Dominion .to provide raw water, sanitary sewer, .and in- dustrial wastewater services to the facility. We are moving forward with the construction of the Regional Wastewater Sewer Plant to expand sewer services to the power plant as well as a cooperative effort to provide ad- ditional sewer services for Wise County and Russell County. There will be a special elec- tion on April 5 to fill the school board seat vacated by Vanessa Perry, who resigned last fall. This election will be a vital step in the fight to keep St. Paul High School and I am encourain Paul area to vote in this election. The candidate who opposes con- solidation and supports com- munity schools is Jess Powers. The town has purchased a new 2011 garbage truck. We will keep the old garbage truck in use one day per week in order to have a back-up system when the new truck needs maintenance. This will prevent interrupted garbage service for our citizens we sometimes experienced with only one truck. As spring arrives, our Street Department will be trimming, cleaning, and sprucing up the town from the long harsh winter. I ask that we all make an effort to keep our community clean and litter free. Help us to keep Oxbow Lake, our park, trails, roadsides, downtown streets, and residential areas clean. We are beginning to realize many of our goals as we con- tinue to work toward new ones. I greatly appreciate the cooper- ative efforts of the town leadei's, business owners, and citizens to improve our communitj. 4 m Annual Energy Technology Summit at UVa-Wise March 21 The Southwestern Virginia Technology Council announced that it is sponsoring the 4th An- nual Energy Technology Summit at The University of Virginia's College at Wise on Monday, March 21 beginning at 8 am bringing business executives, federal, state and local govern- ment leaders, and energy tech- nology experts together to col- laborate on fossil fuel, wind and solar energy technology applica- tions. Among the speakers this year is United States Congressman Morgan Griffith, The Fossil Fuel Panel will consist of Dr. Richard Wolfe from Carbonite Inc., who will tell about a new carbon based fuel, Jerry Grantham from Range Resources who will talk about horizontal drilling in Huron Shale, and Joseph D'Amico from Alpha Natural Resources who will discuss coal mine methane recovery and utilization strategies. The Solar Development Panel will be made up of Bob Lofiur-Thun from Wise Solar Development who will talk about the Solar Project in Wise County, Emil Avram, from Dominion who will discuss Dominion Utility Scale Battery- Solar Demonstration Project and Dr. Richard Phillips from Moun- tain Empire Community College who will talk about training Sol- ar PV Workers. The Wind Power Panel will consist of Jim Mad- den from BP who will discuss the BP Wise County Wind Project and Emil Avram who will talk about the Dominion Tazewell County Wind Project. The purpose of the fourth summit is to focus on what can be done NOW to stop our dependence on the Middle East and become Energy Self Reliant. Energy technology in the 21 t Century is gaining more focus with the price of oil frequently climbing well over $100 per bar- rel requiring industry business plans to cut the cost of energy production through innovation while at the same time cutting greenhouse gas emissions to militate against climate change. Tickets are $50.00 and in- clude a continental breakfast and lunch. You must act quickly though because tickets are mov- ing quickly. Advertising sponsorships are still available. For more information contact or call 276- 679-7800. Sponsoring the event with the Southwestern Virginia Tech- nology Council thus far are: The Napoleon Hill Foundation; The Wise County Industrial Develop- ment Authority; the City of Nor- ton Industrial Development Authority; Range Resources; Al- pha Natural Resources; Dom- inion Resources; Norton Pepsi Cola & Bottling; Y & Y Ser- vices, The University of VA, UVa-Wise, Buchanan Pump, Mountain Empire Community College, Powell Valley Bank, BB&T, Center for Innovative Technology; Arch Coal, Inc., VACDEA, Maxim Engineering, LeClairR,an, Natural Resources, Bolwell Financial Consultants, Ltd., BP, Crutchfield Corp., Nat- ural Resources, TMCK Assoc- iates, Inc. Thelma White and more. CHS FORENSIC TEAM DOES WELL...The Castlewood High School BlueDevil Forensic Team, competing in Region D competition on March 5 at Clintwood High School, scored several impressive wins. Maria Rose placed third in prose with "The Great Stravinsky," earning a seat at the State Forensics competition in Harrisonburg on March 26. Stephanie Merlette placed fourth in prose with "Ice Cream for Dinner" and will participate in the State event as an alternate. Ethan Ball, Kaitlyn Fields, Joshua Dupuie and Alex Jessee placed fifth in their respective categories. Devan Crabree and Marie Fields also scored in the top ten regional finaliss. The Coach is Pamela Roberson. Pictured, seated, are, left to right, Joshua Dupuie, Maria Rose and Stephanie Merlette; standing are Maria Fields, Kaitlyn Fields, Alex Jessee, Devan Crabtree, lan Green and Ethan Ball.