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Vol. LVIII, No. 14 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, April 7, 201.6 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS 50 cents The Old Russell County Courthouse and the Dickenson Bundy Log House are now OPEN for the 2016 season. This reopening was made possi- ble by a series of repairs which- began last December. To date, a new wood-shingle roof has been installed on the Log Schoolhouse and heaters in the Old Courthouse have been replaced. Repairs to the Old Courthouse water supply, are scheduled to begin this week and should be complete in time for the public meeting of the Historical Society of Russell County on May 14th. Popular events such as "Bees, Blooms, & Bluegrass," the Candlelight Tour and "Old Christmas" will return for the 2016 season. Several new events are in the planning stages as well, including a presen- tation of Appalachian tex- tiles & needlecraft and a "Family Genealogy Day." Complete details of these and other events will be announced soon, so watch for them. On May 1st, the N. C. Meade Picnic Shelter on the grounds of the Courthouse will re-open. The shelter features a paved parking area~ rest- rooms, electricity, enough picnic tables to accommo- date a large group, and plenty of room for children to play. It's a great place for your family reunion, church picnic, baby show- er, or that special gathering of your club or civic organ- ization. The shelter is avail- able at no charge but reser- vations are required. To reserve the shelter, please call Mendy Fuller at 276- 210-5832 The Historical Society Old of Russell County is asking craftspeople to submit orig- inal works for considera- tion by our Standards Committee and (if approved) to consign them to the Dickenson-Bundy LOg House to be placed in our sales inventory. Typically, these should be one-of-a-kind items, or an Appalachian heritage craft. Last year's sales have depleted our inventory. We are currently in need of hand-woven baskets, wood-work and carving, ting, and embroidery), pot- tery, jewelry, primitive dolls and toys, and stuffed animals. Small, inexpen- sive items that can be pur- chased by children as gifts or souvenirs are especially welcome. For application forms or more information, please contact Elaine Robinson, Manager of Crafts at 276-794-7030. The Old Russell County Courthouse and the Dickenson-Bundy Log House are located at 24071 Dickensonville, Virginia across from Copper Creek School. Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 1:00 to 3:30 on Sundays. With Suffi- cient notice, special tours can be scheduled at alterna- tive times by calling Helen Owens at 276-889-3383. Come visit Russell County's family-friendly treasure -be a part of the Old Courthouse Experience! needlework (crochet, knit- US Hwy 58 at Townwide. Cleanup Saturday, April 23 The Town of St. Paul is celebrating the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. Help keep the Town of St. Paul beautiful by partic- ipating in. the Great American Cleanup! To .par- ticipate, call the= Event Coordinator at the Town Hall Glenda Lane at 276- 762-5297. Volunteer groups are needed such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, church groups and civic organizations. Participate in the "Riches in the Ditches", sidewalk art and free lunch to all volunteers. Come by the Town Hall to register and pick up gloves, trash bags, etc. If you have any questions, call Glenda Lane at 276- 762,5297. expanst FIRE BURNS ABOUT 40 ACRES,..A fire that started about 3 pm Sunday burned trees and brush in the Dwina and Bull Hill area. The blaze was fought by state and federal forestry employees and mem- bers of Coeburn, Castlewood, St, Paul and Sandy Ridge Fire Departments. According to LaymonTompkins, a Dwina resident, the fire rekindled on Monday. 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 Thursdays,- 7:30; School of Instruction third'Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First .Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 3 pm third Sundays at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in office, Claypool Hill. Wise, 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, Coeburn. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st HI[II[I!I!!INI!IUll Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS -The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY-Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Wed & Fri 10am- 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pm. Closed Sun & Mon. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are: 9:30am- 6pm Monday; 10:30am-Tpm Tuesday; Closed Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday Closed Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, EO. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number. Transfers wel- comed. HEALTH SER- VICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plan- ning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immu- nizations. Appointments are nec- essary for all but immu- nizations. For an appointment, call 762- 328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds reha- bilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For informa- tion, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who ar~ 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, 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 adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also 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, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 by Jerry Couch WhenI began this series of articles about local schools, I invited CVT readers to share memories of teachers who have influ- enced their lives. One of the responses I received was from author and histo- rian, Kathy Shearer. Here's what Kathy had to say: Miss Alice Boyle was my junior and Senior high school English teacher A Third Temple Hill School Constructed in 1909 sturdy, plain-looking woman of Irish parentage, she was extremely intelli- gent and able to share her extensive knowledge and love of literature. Our exploration of the intricate writing of James Joyce'was especially memorable. She encouraged me to write beyond the classroom exercises and so I did, win- ning a few local and regional contests back in the 1960s. After high school I left this behind for many years, until ! came. to work on the housing improvement projects in Dante in the early 1990s, met those wonderful folks who were eager to share their stories and pictures of the "old days," and started the Dante History Project. When my first book was published, I called my high school, tracked down Miss Boyle, and sent her a copy, acknowledging her part in my life. She was thrilled. We have been in touch ever since and I visit her when- ever I am back in New Jersey, bringing her my lat- est book. I can never forget "what her encouragement has meant to me. Those of us who have read Kathy's books can appreciate Miss Boyle's influence. She obviously did a good job fostering Kathy's natural talent. Today, I'd like to direct your attention to Miss Mollie Dickenson, a remarkable lady who served as a teacher at Temple Hill School for 45 years. Miss Mollie was born in 1862 and she died in 1951 at the age of 89. Her parents were Thomas and Eliza Dickenson. Thomas was one of Nathaniel Dickenson's brood of thirteen children who went forth, were fruit- ful, and multiplied. In fact, they multiplied to such an extent that today the Dickensons are related to nearly every family in Russell County, either by blood or marriage. Miss Mollie Dickenson Miss Mollie Dickenson began her teaching career in Texas, later returning to Russell County to teach school at Hansonville, Lebanon, and (beginning in 1890) at Temple Hill. She would remain at Temple Hill for. the next 45 years as a teacher of ele- mentary education. Thanks to Miss Mollie's patient efforts, the light of literacy appeared for the first time in many families. Take a moment to ponder the implications of such a change. I'd say that's quite a legacy, wouldn't you? In 1902, the State of Virginia adopted a new constitution. This constitu- tion was primarily aimed at eliminating what were then perceived as lingering effects of Reconstruction. Today we can see that some of the constitution;s effects were negative - for example, voter disenfran- chisement and racial segre- gation in schools as man- dated by law. However, some of the constitution's provisions were of a more positive nature and they did promote improved pub- lic education in Virginia. In 1904, the Cooperative Education Association was organized in Virginia by advocates of educational reform. The Cooperative's goal was to See Temple Hill, Page 8 Temple Hill School Faculty & Students, Nov. 30, 1905