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Vol. LIX, No. 12 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 '" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, "to talk of many things .... Thursday, March 23, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS Assoc,iati dk 50 cents by Jerry Couch dents while they were here, High School, the Lyric After a week spent in you'll be glad to know they Shoppe, the St. Paul the St. Paul - Castlewoodmade it home safe and Railroad Museum, community, the APEX stu- sound. Morning Star Church, and dents from St. Joseph's While the SJU students the Town of St. Paul. University departed for were here, their communityHowever, the primary Philadelphia in their bigservice projects included focus of the students' work white vans on Saturday cleanup and fix-up at efforts were individuals morning. If you became Wetlands Estonoa, St. Paulthroughout the community. acquainted with the stu~ Elementary, Castlewood They cleaned up winter debris from lawns, painted interiors, and made needed repairs. By doing so, they had an opportunity to meet people whose life experi- ences are different from their own. This is what the students said they enjoyed most of all. Because some of the students are special educa- tion majors with emphasis on autism studies, arrange- ments were made for pre- sentations at Wise County Primary School and St. Paul Elementary School. At Wise County Primary, the students met with spe- cial education faculty and staff for a roundtable dis- cussion about autism-relat- ed educational issues. The meeting was coordinated by Wise County's Director of Special Education, Jerri Adams. SPES Principal Karen Dickenson arranged an autism awareness pres- entation by the SJU stu- dents at her school. Due to SOL testing it was a busy time, so we appreciate the effort Karen put forth to make this happen., Next week's CVT will feature an in-depth article concerning these presentations. The weather was cold but the welcome our com- munity extended to these young people was very warm, indeed. I am thank- ful to live in a community that understands the mean- ing of sharing and "making welcome the strangers." Enjoy the photos included with this article - maybe next year you'll be in one of them. - a transition Autism presentation for Wise County special education teachers and staff. More SJU photos on page 8. Stolen vehicle recovered and returned The St. Paul Police Department took a report of a stolen vehicle in the Gray Hill Section of St. Paul on March 14, 2017. The suspect was identified as Thomas Eskew, a 26 year old male subject from Castlewood. Thomas Eskew was charged on March 16, 2017 for Grand Larceny of a MotorVehicle and Trespassing. On March 17, 2017 Thomas Eskew was arrested in Washington County, Virginia at Exit 29 by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The vehi- cle was recovered and returned to the owner. St. Paul Police Department would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police and Wise County Sheriff's Office for their assistance and coop- eration. There are addition- al charges pending on Thomas Eskew upon com- pletion of the investigation. All subject(s) in this matter are innocent until found guilty by a court of law. Chief Jonathan Johnson AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W& SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton, CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, I st 11!1! 1!1! Jlll!ltt!l!ltlllll, Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N - Center conducts a B U N D Y - T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Th,ursday, Friday and Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library League Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency shel- new members. If you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Labanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- training available. Call comed. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior Citizens Department, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Seniorand adult physicals, Citizens meet each WlC, Paps and immu- Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or nizations. For an older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Mon 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for Thur 10am-8pm; Wed reunions, birthdays and & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 27G 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 adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors als0 assist adults with job- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623L3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch PART III "Molinary's" in St. Paul was never a country store, though its predecessor "Bolton Brothers" retained many of the characteristics of one. Molinarys was a store of the transitional era between country stores and large chain stores. Here's how it came about: After his 1932 gradua- tion from The College of William and Mary, Dominic "Domer" Molinary taught school at Dwina and atVirginia City for nine years. Unfortunately, the pay was low. Domer and his wife, Pauline, were struggling to make ends meet. They decided to open a store in St. Paul - just as Domer's parents, Guy and Caroline Molinary, had done years before. For the next fifty-two years, "Molinarys" would be open for business almost continuously - seven days a week from early morning until late evening. It became a St. Paul institution The store featured dry goods, pro- 1967 to make way for the duce, meats, books, maga-new St. Paul post office zines, newspapers, tobacco and bank, the business products, farm supplies, and patent medicines. Among the latter, Scalf's Indian River Medicine and Black Draught were popu- lar "cure-alls." Molinarys was also the first grocery store in St. Paul to sell alcoholic beverages - com- monplace now but some- thing that raised a few eye- brows in the mid-1960' s. Best of all was the store's soda fountain. Ice cream, soft drinks, and short orders were all served up, accompanied by the lat- est tunes on the store's jukebox. Most of us remember the cherry Cokes, hot dogs, and the orangeade. Yummy! Today we'd have to go to" several stores to find all these things. If you've ever watched the movie "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," you have an idea of what Molinarys was like in those days. When Molinary's origi- nal store was torn down in moved to its second loca- tion on Russell Street. This building had previously housed the Bristol-Jenkins Bus Terminal and the Bus Terminal Cafr, with a garage in the basement level. So...Domer and Pauline began handling the bus business as well. At that time it included both passenger travel and freight. Somehow they combined these diverse activities into a cohesive whole, under one roof, and things ran smoothly. Part of the secret of their success was extraordinary patience combined with courtesy and customer service. Over the course of the years, the store became Domer and Pauline's living room and their customers were the friends who came to visit them and shop there. How on earth do you tell a Story as full and rich as this one? Instead of words; I think pictures work best. Here goes: Molinarys original location on the Comer of Fourth Ave. and Russell Street in the 1950's. Domer and Pauline stand in front of their store - late 1940's. Domer Molinary, his brother Earnest Molinary, and customer Tommy Willis at the soda fountain in the original store. No time to shop? Just pick up the phone and ask the local operator to connect you with Molinarys. Your order will be taken by phone and your groceries will be deliv- ered later that day in this familiar black Dodge panel truck. Domer standing in the meat department of his store in December of 1959. All meat was cut or ground to Order, then wrapped in white butcher paper. Deli luncheon meats and cheese were available - including a brand of "spiced ham" that was particular- ly delicious. Domer and Pauline in their second store -, as we remember them.