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Vol. LIX, No. 14 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street SheRon WA 98584 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things.. ' "' Thursday, April 6, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia V i fX i n i a PRESS 50 cents 1 by Jerry Couch Last week, representa- tix, es from "StreamSweepers" were in St. Paul to discuss a planned cleanup of the Clinch River. The cleanup is slated for Saturday, April 29th, with initial efforts being focused on one of the river's tributaries near St. Paul. Because this is a developing event, addition- al information will be pro- vided by the Clinch Valley Times in future editions as it becomes available. During the April cleanup, volunteers will remove large items such as 6res and scrap metal. Anything presenting a threat to water quality or which constitutes a safety hazard will be a top priori- ty for removal. Ultimately, what can and will be done is com- pletely dependent upon who shows up, what they are willing and able to do, and whether the weather cooperates. If you don't mind getting wet and muddy, believe we live in a beautiful place, and have a caring heart attached to willing hands, this event is for YOU. It's a chance to get out of the house, do something positive for our community, and make new friends. It's a chance to make a difference. Logistics and local vol- unteer efforts for the April 29th cleanup event are being handled by Carol Doss of the Upper East Tennessee Round Table. For more information, or if you'd like to participate, please contact her at 276- 628-1600, or by e-mail at uppertnriver@ Next week I'll tell you more 'about StreamSweepers' mission, along with what they have accomplished in other parts of Virginia. I'll also describe their long-term plans for the Clinch and Holston rivers. I think you'll be as impressed as I was. Pictured left to right, StreamSweepers' representatives Mike Collins, A! Weed, and Brian Becker. The photo was taken at the site of the original Rosser Bridge, located near the entrance of the park in St. Paul. 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, l pm. Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church. Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetiiags 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 lilUl[!]l!JIl[l!l[l!l[lllll Thursdays, 7:30: Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm persons in Russell. third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. Dickenson. Buchanan R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed.and Tazewell counties GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N- or older. Call Dana Center conducts a B U N D Y - T h e Collins. 1-800-656- recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log 2272, to advise AASC stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and birthday. Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 andS U P P O R T ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. GROIJP-Women sur- Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social are invited fto attend Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Clinch Valley Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n Coebum. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- Action. Inc./Family 0016. 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- Crisis Services' sup- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y with victims of similar The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends ofsituations Mondays, League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 League Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at or Ranetta Davis, 276- ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm. 889-8206. ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, Free adult education H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in vides emergency shel- new members. If you Lee, Scott and Wise ter for victims of served overseas during counties and the City of domestic violence in any war, write VFWNorton. Daytime and Wise. Russell,Post 9864, P.O. Boxevening classes for Dickenson. Lee. Scott 1419. Lebanon, VA adults who want to and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, improve their basic and the City of Norton. address and phone skills. Instructors also Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- training available. Call comed, related skills including 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- resume, writing and SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise interviewing. For ZENS-The Castle-County Health details, call 1-800-422- wood Senior Citizens Department. Wise, is 3433 or 276-386-2433. meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm TRANSPORTA- Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. TION- The Castlewood Lions Den. Clinics will be Appalachian Agency Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- invited, ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- The Dante Seniorand adult physicals, portation services in Citizens meet each WIC. Paps and immu-Buchanan. Dickenson. Monday andTuesdayat n i z a t i o n s .Russell and Tazewell 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- counties to individuals Department. Russell essary for all but immu- with disabilities. County residents 60 or nizations. For an regardless of age. Call older are invited, appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. G E N E A L O G Y LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E SGROUP-The Russell Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The County Genealogy Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma ' Community Group meets 5:30 pm Men 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell Thur 10am-8pm; Wed reunions, birthdays and County Public Library, & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Lebanon. Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- Group purpose is M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma"to learn, to share and LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community to perpetuate family J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- history." William T. Memorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- , 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian 1 0 : 3 0 a m - 7 p m Agency for Senior See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Special programs at J. Fred Matthews Library Special programs planned in celebration of National Library Week: Monday, April 10, 2017 Patron Appreciation Day-- join us for light refresh- ments! Also register for a juvenile and adult gift bas- ket to be given away! A special Coffee Time (Coffee and conversation for Seniors) at 10:00 a.m.--we will be playing Bingo! Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Story Hour will have spe- cial guest reader, Cindy Merricks. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 "Local Authors" Book Signing from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Kari Kilgore, Jason Adams, and Chrystal Stevens will be signing their books. Light refresh- ments will be served. by Jerry Couch It was a cold January morning in 1961 as Bus #3 jounced its way along the unpaved River Road from South St. Paul. Those of us on board could see smoke and steam rising from a point near the Bickley Bridge. As we drew nearer, we could see the charred remains of "The Roost." which had been one of sev- eral small eating establish- ments scattered along Riverside Drive in St. Paul. The Roost had been built by the Bolton brothers (Blaine and Fred) in the late 1930's. It was adjacent to a gas station they owned and the building looked like a small house. After the Fourth Avenue railroad underpass was built in the late 1930's. the Fifth Avenue railroad crossing was closed. This new traffic pattern con- tributed to a slight loss of traffic on the Western Front (when rail passenger serv- ice ceased, it became a major loss). Highway trav- el- in grneral, however, was on the rise. The Roost's early days were among its best days. New restaurants began appearing along Riverside Drive where they kept company with the existing Cozy Lunch diner (well- known for its cozy, coal- burning fire- place). At that time, Riverside Drive. was part of the main high- way leading to and from Eastern Kentucky. Its 25 mph speed limit THE ROOST shortly before it.burned slowed traf-"in 1961. "" fic and the aromas of freshly-fried foods and hot coffee waft- ed through Open car win- dows, inviting motorists to have a rest stop and a meal. The fare was simple - usually an inexpensive daily special featuring meatloaf or chicken and a choice of two vegetables, all for just 25 or 30 cents and the portions were gen- erous. Hot dogs (which cost 5 cents in those days), hamburgers, and French fries rounded out the "short order" menu. Other foods were available if you had time to wait for them to be prepared - remarkable con- sidering the limited cook- ing equipment and the size of the kitchens. For those who hankered for some- thing more "upscale" the dining room of the Blue Sulphur Hotel on Fourth Ave. was the preferred choice. Regardless of the eating establishment you selected in those days, customer service was great. The pay may have been rock-bot- tom. but those .fortunate enough to have a job earned every 5 cent tip they received. The Roost's first renters were Victor Molinary and Grover Bradley. These energetic young men were well-known and well liked in St. Paul. It was natural that people would patron- ize their new restaurant. Jack Marshall, a St. Paul high school senior at that time, was the Roost's "counterman.." In just a few short years, all three of these men would find themselves in uniform, serving our country in WaVII as members of "The Greatest Generation." "Over the years, The Roost was subsequently operated by a number of See THE ROOST, Page 7 Neet Your V r)eMs - be r oost The From the Tri-County News, June 1941 When in ,qt. Paul TOP AT TIlE edular D nn rR, Short Ord r nrrd .... '*Whet,, too:d are SuperiorH From the Tri-County News, January 1939 THE ROOST, ca. 1940 - Partial view from the Russell County side of the Clinch River.