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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, March 26, 2009 roes..and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Trivial--or not Whether or not something is trivial is in the eye of with national significance to reprimand Limbaugh, the beholder, I suppose, and is probably judged to be but I seriously suggest that he should be accused of by Congressman Rick Boucher trivial--or hOt-:depending upon the state of mind of treason. Now while he didn't aid a foreign power in AMERICAN RED CROSS MONTH the observer as well as whatever might be his/her area trying to overthrow the govemment of the United March is American Red teer donations annually. To do- of concentration at the moment. We all become trans- States, he did next to it by publicly stating that he Cross month, and April is hate blood, one must be healthy, National Donate Life month, a at least 17 years old and weigh at t fixed, from time to time, about various "newsworthy" hoped the measures being taken by our newly-inau- month dedicated to celebrating least 110 pounds. Persons who items in the family, in the neighborhood, in the town, gurated President to get the economy back to some- the generosity of blood, marrow, are older than 65 and in good in the news-or any additions to, subtractions from, or thing approaching normal would fail. Hoping that this tissue and organ donors. In the health may usually donate With combinations of any/all of the above, country is plunged into depression, which implies a final days of March and first the approval of the blood bank .i The re-emergence of the possibility of a Russell whole list of horrible things. If wishing that kind of days of April; it is a fitting time physician. The majority of County trash collection site at the entrance of St. Paul catastrophe on the American public isn't treason, I'd to think about donating blood or donors can donate blood as often volunteering time to the Am- as every eight weeks. Addi- is definitely NOT a trivial subject. The site is too like to know why it isn t. I understand, of course, that erican Red Cross. The American tionally, the Red Cross reminds close to the Clinch River and St. Paul's water intake Rush Limbaugh is nothing but a performer with a bigRed Cross provides assistance to donors that donating blood" is system, and will be a disaster for our community mouth, but unfortunately he has a lot of followers individuals and families in times quick, usually taking less than which is trying' very hard to encourage tourism. Not who might not think through exactly what Limbaugh of emergencies. In addition to one hour, relatively pain-free, disaster relief, the American Red and safe. trivial at all, and letters to VDOT to reject Russell says he hopes will happen. This is not, as far as I'm Cross offers services to assist the Donations can be made at County's appeal are encouraged, concerned, a trivial issue, needy, support military members many locations throughout the For instance, President Obama has made a coupleOne topic which I, at least so far, consider to be and their fathilies, collect and Ninth District.. Bloodmobiles of gaffs on television recently. The first was on Jay trivial ,is one about which I'd never heard until early distribute blood, and provide travel to high schools, colleges, Leno's television show--the first time a sitting presi- dent has ever been on such a program. In discussing his lack of expertise as a bowler, he made an un- fortunate reference to being ready for the Special Olympics, which offended many, many people who are involved with that extraordinary program--and/or in March, when suddenly it was the word of the day-- the week-the month--on television and probably a lot of places of which I'm not aware. The word--Twitter. Do you Twitter? Sounds almost obscene, doesn't it! If you do Twitter, that means you Tweet. (To send a message via Twitter is to Tweet.) Or at least, I think its participani's. Realizing his error, the President, that's what it means. Evidently, Garry Trudeau's sail- before he was on the plane to go back to Washington, rizing of Twitter in his comic strip Doonesbury, had apologized to several Special Olympics officials stirred up a lot of interest and began to make Twitter a on the phone, and made additional apologies the next day for a non-trivial-to-many comment. Then, when being interviewed on 60 Minutes Sunday night, the President smiled and made a joke during a discussion of the economy, specifically on the wisdom of helping the auto industry stay out of bankruptcy. That, too, offended a number of people, who evidently felt that when discussing such a serious matter, the President should avoid humor and keep his comments in the context of gloom and doom. The people who took that attitude need to get a life, in my opinion. The President's little joke wasn't meant to belittle the seriousness of the economic situation in which this country finds itself, and anybody with any awareness of what and how things are should, in my opinion, mark this down as trivial and forget about it. One which many probably consider to be trivial, but to which I've taken considerable offense is the radio remark made (and subsequently repeated) by ultra-conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. He said that he hopes the President's economic plan fails. 'Which is to say that he hopes the nation's economy fails--and, as a result, that the country goes into a depression. The newly-appointed chairman of the Republican Party took Limbaugh to task for the state- ment--and then the next day, undid the good he had done with the dressing-down by actually issuing a public apology to Limbaugh. That set the stage for the media to begin referring to Rush Limbaugh as the ;:leader of the Republican Party, which even I find household word. To tell you the truth, I have 11 pages about Twit- ter (and Twittering and Tweeting) printed from seve- ral web sites. I've read every one of them, and I still don't quite understand. One Twitters either from one's cell phone, one's blackberry or one's computer, or perhaps from all three, by instant messaging or texting. All Twitter questions must be answered using no more than 140 characters, and the only question, at least according to the basic rules or guidelines, or whatever they're called, that can be asked is "What are you doing right now?" I've also read that while one's FaceBo0k contacts are "friends," those who keep in touch with a Twit- terer are "followers." When one sets up a Twitter-- account (?), one asks for those who would like to be followers. I suppose that those who sign up to be followers all receive information from the Twitterer at the same time, although that's just a guess. In spite of the no more than 140 characters per Tweet, and in spite of the only allowable question is "What are you doing fight now," one of the references I found go on and on about how Twittering has , become a major factor in sending early information on disasters (the first photo of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 after it was forced to land in the Hudson River in January was sent by someone on a rescue ship via TwitPic--a part of Twitter-before the media arrived. Twitter has also been the medium which has provided : direction to medical personnel and others in areas 'ridiculous, since Rush Limbaugh is nothing more than . which have been hit by natural disasters, etc.) inn extremely weU-pald performer who does his best Because its inventors/owners didn't anticipate the to outrage anyone to the left of halfway between the world-wide use of Twitter, the system often crashes, center of the political landscape and ultra-conserva- but work is underway to correct that problem rive. ': Do you Twitter? What are you doing right now? Is My opinion, however, was .not o.nly, for meb0dy " it trivia!.q" ............... education on health and safety, Every day more than 32,000 units of blood are needed to treat patients with life-threatening conditions. Patients undergoing surgery, accident victims, cancer patients, and hemophiliacs are among the many who receive life-saving blood. In fact, every two seconds, someone in Am- erica requires blood. These pat- ients and their families depend on the generosity of donors to save their lives. Donating blood is a simple and safe process which requires just one hour of your time at a regional blood center or during local donation drives. The American Red Cross supplies approximately one-half of the nation's blood supply and works with more than 4.5 mil- lion donors and 3,000 hospitals through its national network to receive nearly six million volun- churches and other community organizations To find a bloodmobile location call 1-800- ? GIVE-LIFE or visit the American Red Cross online at Individuals may also contact i their local chapters to inquire as ' to area blood drives. The chap, ters serving the Ninth District and their phone numbers are: the Galax-Grayson-Carroll Chapter at 276-236-2891; the Mont- gomery-Floyd County Chapter at 540-443-3606; the Mountain Empire Chapter at 276-645- 6650; the Radford-Pulaski-Gites Chapter at 540-639-2140; and, the Smyth County Chapter at 276-783-5681. In the New River Valley, individuals can also make reservations to donate blood online through the New River Valley Blood Donation Reservation Program at httP://ate.cc.vt.edu/mmarc. Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff's out of state, 5 mental patient, and Office reports the following 7 juveniles for a total of 14 activities for the period of transports, involving 40 hours. 3/09/2009 through 3/16/2009. The Sheriff's Office unlocked Wise Central Dispatch received a 3 vehicles and escorted 4 total of 1,357 calls for this seven- funerals during this Seven-day day period. Of the total calls period. received 382 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total num- ber of Domestic calls for this ""- -- -women'so-'aprlng period was 13. Criminal Process for the same period served 10 Retreat in Wise Felony Warrants, 55 Misdemean- or Warrants, issued 18 Traffic The Women's Spring Retreat, Summons and worked 4 Traffic "Saddle Up Partners" will be held at Camp Bethel Ministries Accidents. Civil process for this April 24 through 26. Guest period served 689 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 12 speaker will be Shari Minke from additional Criminal Investiga- Shari Minke Ministries in Novi tions w re initiated and 49 were MI.- ; cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's For more information and Office provided 234 man-hours registration call 1-800-359-4049 of Court Room Security for the or go to campbethel.com. three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- , , i sported 0 adult in state, 2 adult Happenings at Natural Tunnel Join us March 27-28 at theAre you interested in Cove Ridge Center, within Na- becoming a re-enactor but do not know how to start? Join the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association as they present "Re- enactor Workshop" Saturday, April 4; located at the Wilder- ness Road Blockhouse Inter- pretative Center, within Natural Tunnel State Park, from 10am- 3pm. Come and learn how to portray the part of an Indian or Frontiersman/women, learn both cultures and manners of behave- ior and dress. The workshop is free, lunch is $6 and pre-regist- ration is required. Call Megan Krager at (276) 940-1643 to make reservations. The agenda will include keynote Spring is right around the speakers, panel discussion, comer and that means Peter rural Tunnel State Park, for "Saving Our Hemlocks," pre- sented by: Wild South and the Clinch Coalition. This workshop will provide knowledge and training in order to save our hemlocks. Wild South and the Clinch Coalition are bringing together landowners, land mana- gers, conservation groups, and people like you. Together we will take action to protect and restore the forests of Southwest Virginia. The event is FREE and open to the public. Meals and lodging will be provided. We ask that all guests register below. hands on workshops, and free giveawayS: Participants will gain first hand knowledge on how to protect hemlocks from the devastation Hemlock wooly Adelgid. RSVP today! www.woldsouth.org M rch 27- 28 The strident melodies and stark harmonies of shape note singing hearken back to another time. A time when work was something done with your hands, food came from your garden, and your neighbor was someone who helped you cut your hay. Time has moved on but the words and music of Cottontail will soon be hopping down the bunny trail over to Natural Tunnel State Park Saturday, April 11 for Easter Eggstravaganza. Egg Hunt will start at 12 pm (noon) at shelter #5 and is sponsored by the Rye Cove Community Church for all kids from toddler on up to 12 years of age. Prizes will be given out. Join Three Bells United Methodist Church Women's Chapter and the Rye Cove Community Church Women's Chapter for a free hotdog and cupcake lunch atshelter #5. Are in the process of clean- ing out the closets to get ready TICKET WlNNER...Michelle McMiilan, Dante, was the winner of four tickets to the Saturday, March 21, race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Clinch Valley Times offered the tickets through a classified ad in its March 19 issue. Anyone was eligible to register by phone or in person. The drawing was held at 2 p.m. William Walker's Christian Har- for spring? Do you have too Friday, March 20. Presenting the tickets is CVT editor Ann Gregory. mony are just as moving and much "stuff" and do not know true as ever. Join us on a stroll what to do with it? The Friends d ....... _ of Natural Tunnel State Park has own me om pams as we staga solution - for your problem Poetry reading and book March GED the old songs the old way Sun- .......... N te They would like to collect your any, April mr bnape o ,, _, ,. , ........ stuff' for their April 17 and 18 signing at the Lebanon Library lngmg rrom pmmcateum ,. ..... .arth Day Rummage Roundup The Russell County Public the poetry weaves songs, dance test dates in the VmltorCenterwlthmNatural ,, . T .... 1 q**t~, D~rle Thie i n fr~,~ ann bale. Now until April 14 you .............................. can drop off your donations to Library is pleased to welcome rhythms, nursery rhymes, and _ program author Tim Lewis to read poems the ~ cultural and spiritual beliefs Wi " the parks main office Monday- from his latest work, The of our forehears into a se Co. Reunion for Russell County Virginiad. This remarkable col- magnificent tapestry of everyday The Regional Adult Edu- cation Program will offer the Official Practice GED Test on Friday, March 27 at 9 a.m. at the Wise Adult Learning Center. This is a free test. Call 1-800-422- 3433 to sign up for the practice test. lection of original poems spans the entire 400 years of Virginia history, observing it from the viewpoint of tenant farmers, indentured servants, slaves, factory workers, and craftsmen and women as they live out our history. Highly character-driven, Vo-Tech A reunion for Russell Coun - Vo-Tech is planned for May 2 at 2 p.m. at Cleveland Elementary, formerly Cleveland High School for all former students and instructors during 1964-1971. We need help contacting classmates. Contact Pauline Salyers (276) 889-0055, vpsaly@naxs.net; Shirley Musick, (276) 628-4760, smusick@naxs.net; Raymond Taylor, (276) 991-2407; Mickey Hoge, 889-3150, mickeyhoge@webtv.net; Sheila Miller, (276) 762-7893; visit www.russellvotech- cleveland.com. life down the generations of Virginia's history. The reading and signing will take place on Saturday, March 28, at noon, in the Meeting Room of the Lebanon Library. For more information, contact Katie Britt, at (276) 889-8044. Friday 9 am - 4 pm. No appliances or mattresses please. Pick up available for Scott County residents only. Please call (276) 940-2674 to arrange pick-up times. The campground is open for the season. Chair lift, visitor's center, blockhouse and pool are all closed. To make reservations for the campground or for shelters call 1-800-933-PARK. 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. Perin- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA :24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising 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 Times, 'P.O. Box 817, St. Paul, VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 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. Periodicals publication Postal ISSN: 767600