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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday; March 24, 2016 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. Gregory Which one is it? Reprinted from April 5, 2007 Early this week, Channel 5's king of early morning television, Johnny Wood, began talking about the cold spell that was headed toward us, scheduled to hit some- time Wednesday. The back-to-cold-weather period, he said, would last throughout the weekend, meaning that Easter Sunday won't be set in the midst of spring, but instead, in winter's last (one hopes) gasp. During his recitation of what the weather has in store for us, J. Wood mentioned both "Dogwood Winter" and "Blackberry Winter." He said he didn't knowwhich one was supposed to come first in tile not unusual phenom- enon of several cold snaps before warm weather gets here to stay...for the rest of the spring and the summer months, anyway. I suppose, since dogwood trees have begun to bloom that this new cold spell should be des- ignated "Dogwood Winter," although I must admit that I have no idea where I could find blackberry bushes to see what they're doing. Consequently, I have not a clue about when they bloom. One Internet source said that "Blackberry Winter" normally occurs in May, when the blackberry bushes are in bloom, but on the other hand, another source said that dogwoods bloom in late April and early May. They forgot, I guess, that it depends upon where you live! (Could the two, "dogwood win- ter" and "blackberry winter," occur simultaneously in some places, do you suppose? The "Dogwood Winter" sort of folklore that fore- tells, warns and prognosticates about weather is quite fascinating, and since I'd begun to look into it, I decid- ed to delve a bit deeper to see what I could find. Insofar as dogwood is concerned, I learned "that many people faithfully watch for the dogwood to bloom before plant- ing gardens, or, in the case of some farmers, major crops. An interesting aside about the dogwood tree is that it has a connection, based in folklore, to Easter. The legend holds that the dogwood tree was the source of wood for the cross on which Christ was crucified. The tree, at the time tall and strong, was ashamed of its role in the shameful treatment given Jesus, and apologized to him, begging his forgiveness. Of course Christ for- gave the tree, and forever altered its shape so-that it would be slender and twisted, unsuitable ever again for providing material for construction of such. a cruel instrument of death. Today, along with its partner, the redbud tree, the dogwood announces the arrival of Spring with its glorious blooms all over our beautiful mountains. Much weather folklore exists beyond dogwood tales, however. For example, have you, noting a particularly colorful sky at sunset, ever said, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky at morning, sailors take warn- ing'? I've known that one for a long time, and while there is a scientific explanation of why it's true (some of the time), I prefer to go by the little rhyme and forget the science. Several variations are "Evening red and morning gray, Are sure signs of a fine day," and its com- panion, "Evening gray and morning red, Put on your hat or you'll wet your head." There's even a Biblical refer- ence in support of this----check Matthew 16:1-3 1) The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heav- en. 2) He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, I will be fair weather, for the sky is red, 3) And in the morning It will be foul weather to day, for the sky is red and lowring." Did you know that dandelion blossoms close before a storm? Fdidn't know that, either, but I'm going to pay attention to see if it's so. "When spiders weave their webs by Noon, Fine weather is coming soon." If you hang out anyplace where spiders are around, you can check that one out! Another bit of this kind of wisdom: "Birds on a telephone wire indicate the coming of rain." One with which I've been familiar for many years is that when the leaves of trees in a wind turn over and show their reverse sides, it foretells rain, wind, and maybe severe storms. There's no question but that you have to be around a lot of kinds of animals to understand many of these bits of folklore. Some examples: "Wolves always howl more b.efore a storm." "If the bull leads the cows to pas- ture, expect rain; if the cows precede the "bull, the weather will be uncerta|n." "When the rooster goes crowing to bed, he will rise with a watery head." "It will be a cold, snowY winter if hair on bears and horses is thick early in the season." And a really weird one: "When dogs in your house start looking paranoid, expect very heavy sleet for five hours." That's very interesting, but how in the world, is it possible to tell if a dog "looks paranoid?" Several folklorian ways to determine what the weather and humidity are or will be are quite com- pelling, although I haven't had time to check them out (if, indeed, I could). One concerns using a cricket as a thermometer. In the evening when crickets are in the cool grass, count the number of chirps they make in 14 seconds--that number will be the temperature in the cricket's location (where you are, it might be a bit dif- ferent). Concerning frost: The first frost in autumn will be exactly six months after the first thunderstorm of the spring. One would have to be a big time record keeper to determine the reliability of that one! One: with which we're all a bit more familiar has to do with "woolly bear caterpillars," more commonly (in these parts) called "wooly worms." If the brown stripe is wider than the black stripe, the folklore goes, then the winter will be long and harsh. On the other hand, another source I found said that if the brown band is wider, the winter will be mild. (We aim to please!) If you need some more help in order to know when it's gong to rain, these might be beneficial: "If toads appear in large numbers, expect rain." "If you see toad- stools in the morning, expect rain by evening." "Cumulus clouds in a clear blue sky---it will likely rain." And this one has definite geographical connec- tions: "When Lookout Mountain has its cap on, it will rain in six hours." Just a few more---/know this one isn't right: "For every fog in August, There will be a snowfall in Winter." Every August morning around here begins with fog as a general rule; however, I think snow fell only four or five times this winter. But "dogwood winter"- or not, Spring is really here. I'm sorry you'll have to top your new'Easter outfit with a coat, but Mother Nature DOES have a mind of her own! Happy Easter! Heart of Appalachia hosts FAM Tour The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority and Virginia Tourism Corporation host- ed a Travel South FAM Tour of far southwestern Virginia on Thursday, March 10. A FAM tour, or familiarization tour, allows group tour operators from around the country to come in and experience a region's assets to deter- mine whether or not they would be interested in bringing visitors back for an extended stay. Heart of Appalachia Executive Director Kitty Barker partnered with Chairman Stan Botts, Jr., Director of Scott County Tourism Pam Cox and Michael Wampler, the Wise County Tourism director, to provide a 6- hour trip'through a part of the Appalachian Region. The purpose of this trip was to give the operators an idea of group tour itiner- aries the region has to offer. The group was met with Ron Short, a pioneer reen- actor, musician and story- teller, who brought to life the music, history and sto- Nes of the Daniel Boone Trail. The bus stopped in Big Stone Gap for a guided tour of the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, June Tolliver House, John Fox Jr. House, Southwest Virginia Museum and Historical State Park, Meador Coal Mining Museum and the nearly completed Carmine's Visitor Center. Next, thegroup enjoyed a tour and lunch provided by the Historic Inn at Wise. Then Charlie McConnell and Coeburn citizens host- ed the group at Lay's Hardware for live music, dancing, a clogging demonstration and wine tasting provided by Suzanne Lawson of MountainRose Vineyards. "Increasing group tours is important to increasing revenue in the regional communities," said Executive Director Kitty Barker. "One group tour spending the night and shopping could bring $3,000 to $5,000 to a com- munity." In August, the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority will be attending a group tour marketplace to meet with tour operators from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina to pitch new trip ideas to Group Tour Planners. The tourism authority is currently com- piling a wedding, group tour and meeting manual to share with planners. The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority was created in 1993 by the Virginia General Assembly to develop, expand, and pro- mote the tourism assets in the Coalfield Region which includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Wise Counties and the City. of Norton. The Heart Of Appalachia promotes the abundant assets of Virginia's westernmost mountains to increase visi- tor spending and business development for the maxi- mum economic impact. For more information regarding the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, call (276) 762- 0011 or email info@ heartofappalachia.co m. During Winter Reading in the months of January and February, the participants of Story Hour at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library had 1002 books read to them. The theme for Winter Reading was the book Moo! Participants were back row, Grayson Harvey and McKinley Breeding being held by Hazel Jessee, Interim Branch Manager; Mason Edwards being held by Children's Programmer, Belinda Levy. Second row, Baker Chafin, Noah Harvey, Nathaniel Castle, and Noah Robinson. Front row, Leanna Franklin, Elianna Justice, Rory Hutchinson, Eiise Salyer, Zoey Funk, Gemma Creech, Sophia Cathey, Hadley Bond, Riley Salyer, and Ryver Snipes. The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 03/07/2016 through 03/13/2016. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,736 calls for this seven-day period. Of the total calls received 391 were dis- patched to the Sheriff's Office Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 8: Criminal Process for this period: Served 15 Felony Warrants, 62 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest. Civil Process Served: 605 Civil Papers Traffic Accidents: 5 9 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiat- ed and 20 Cleared by Arrest. Access free or low cost medication through Pharmacy Connect of Southwest Virginia Are you or someone you know having a difficult time purchasing prescrip- tion medications? If so, free or low cost prescrip- tion medications may be available to you. Pharmacy Connect of Southwest Virginia is a program which provides Medication Assistance Caseworkers across south- west Virginia to assist you with applying for free or low cost medications from major pharmaceutical com- panies. Pharmacy Connect of Southwest Virginia has accessed over $182 million dollars of free medication for the region's uninsured adults over the past sixteen years. If you need assis- tance, don't wait. The partners in this pro- gram are Clinch River Health Services, Inc., Junction Centerfor Independent Living, LENOWISCO Health District, Mountain Empire Older Citizens Inc. (MEOC), St. Mary's Health Wagon, Stone Mountain Health Services, Inc., Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Virginia Health Care FoundatiOn. MEOC serves as administrator and fiscal agent for the partnership. Pharmacy Connect of Southwest Virginia serves uninsured, medically indi- gent adults of all ages in the counties of Lee, Wise, Scott, Dickenson, Buchanan, Tazewell and Russell and the City of Norton, Virginia, by pro- viding help in accessing the free Indigent Patient Assistance Programs of Over 200 national pharma- ceutical companies. This assistance is avail- able to adults of all ages. Medication AssistanCe Caseworkers are available at each of the partnership sites to navigate a software system to see what is avail- able. The software down- loads a myriad of varying formulations, specific to each company, along with the specific eligibility guidelines for each compa- ny. Each pharmaceutical company has different eli- gibility guidelines and all medications are not avail- able. It is not unusual for persons to have several dif- ferent prescriptions manu- factured by different phar- maceutical companies. The Medication Assistance Caseworker will assist you with the application(s) and any other necessary paper- work. If you or someone you know is having a difficult time purchasing prescrip- tion medications, give MEOC a call today. MEOC will assist you or refer you to the location closest to you. Remember, this service is available to adults of ALL AGES. Please call 276-523=4202 or 1-800-252-6362. Sheriff's Office provid- ed 256 man-hours of Court Room Security. Unlocked Vehicles: 26 Escorted Funerals: 14 The Sheriff's Office Total Transport for this period: 5 Total Transport Hours: 81.5 2,288 Visitors to Courthouse. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION 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'. Periodicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul VA 24283 Alien Gregory Editor/Adz: 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 Tinms, P.O. Box 817, St. Pad, VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Classified Advertising: mini- mum charge $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 25c per word after 20 words. 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