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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, April ! 1,2013 I Of shoes..and ships..and sealing Re2pdnted from February 14, 1974 Let's face i.t-- St. Paul isn't the biggest town in the state, or evefi in Wise County, but that doesn't mean that we don'.t want the same things for our town that the Richmondcrs and the Bristolians want for theirs. In fact, we seem to be more personally and directly involved in eve-ything than big city people are. All of which is a long involved way of saying that we like to be well-represented everyplace, since we have great pride in our town. One of the'ways that we HAVE been,very well represented to surrounding towns and reties since September is" by the young people in the St. Paul Dcon Band ,who have played in competitions and parades in a number of places. As anyone who has heard them ,can tell you, the quality of their performances .UlT!der the direction of Ross Miller has been excellent, One thing, though, has been noticeably lacking, and it's something which the band members themselves have keenly felt. They've had to appear in blue 'jeans and white shirts because the old uniforms werb too ill-fitting and raggedy, and there wasn't any money for new ones. Consequently, the St. Paul Deacon Bnd Boosters launched a campaign in September tc; buy new uniforms, and they have come a long way:i ifi. their efforts to raise the required I I I ;Help needed for Mountain Empire Older , ,Citizens has issued a call for help to the commum, to sup- port and participate in the 2013 annual walkathon ,wlich raises money for the Emcrgeficy Fuel Fu0d for the Elderly, For the past thirty-seven 3ears, con- cemed community mmbers of 'all ages have gathered" on the first Sunday afternoori"in May for the annual walkathon, the .major fundraiser t6,ssist older people trapped in weather ,related emergency situations. This year's event-is set for iStnday, May 5  at f.Jn[on High School (formerly P0wll Valley Hig h School) in Big tone Gap. MEOC and its comrrmnity part- 'nets are in the midst of planning for this very importantevent and ,are issuing  call for ,help to I . :make this years walkathon the rhost successful one .ever. The Emergency, ,Fuel Fund for the Elderly at MEOC assists older people witli 7emergency home-heating situa6o6s during the winter months, it hss'{sts peo- ple sixty (60) years of age or older in the counties 'of Wise, Lee and Scott and the City of Norton. Funds for the Emer- gency Fuel Fund come solely .from. donations, cor/tributions ..-and fundraising events. , From the first of. October, 2012 through the end of March, 2013, MEOCs Emergency Fuel ,Fund {or the Elderl positively responded to 1,517 rriergency situations of older prsdns living 'in Lee, Scott, Wise 136unties and ,the City of Norton. MEOC spent "a. record $222,466:'18" keeping our older friends, relatives and MEOC Annual and businesses contributing $5,000 or more will not only have their name and logo on the back of the MEOC Walkathon t- shirts, but they will also be linked on MEOCs website and Facebook and can receive free advertising on MEOC buses. It is never too late to get involved as a walker in the walkathon or as a sponsor of someone else walking. Make plans now to join the community on Sunday, May 5 th at 2 pm at Union High School for the 372 annual MEOC Walk- athon to benefit the Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly. Peo- ple of all ages from all across southwest Virginia will gather at the front of the high school to participate in a 10 kilometer walk (6.2 miles) with the goal of raising $165,000. Every cent raised will be used next winter to help our older friends and neighbors. None is used for any other purpose whatsoever. All money raised assists directly local people and all the money stays in the local area. The walk is a safe route for people of all ages. It takes place on the paved road connecting the high school with the primay school. There are no major hills to climb and walkers complete the walk at their own pace and as much of the walk as they wish. A celebration picnic is held immediately following the walkathon and everyone who raises at least $100 is awarded a Walkathon t-shirt. Without the support and dedication from so many busi- nesses, churches, civic groups, eighbors warm, safe.and secure schools and individuals through- ntheirownhomesi"" out the three-county area, we  It S not too late, l'of, your or- would not have an Emergency [ganization or business to be- Fuel Fund for the Elderly. Every ornje involved as a community cent raised comes from a gen- [poisor. Those oradizations erous and caring community that | -) :00lood dri4escheduled for 4/18 The Marsh Regional-Blood from 10 a.m. unt-fl 1-p.m. and Center of Norton is;sppnsoring a then at St. Paul Food City from 3 blood drive for Th.'.s'day, April p.m. until 6p.m. 18. The blood mobile'ill be at For more information call McClure in "Ca'stlewood Nancy at 762-7185. CONGRATuLATIONS...St. Paul Elementary School would like to congratulate Hayden Lawson for placing " 2 nd in Wise County for raising money for the Ronald McDonald House. Pictured with Hayden Lawson is Mr. Evans (principal) and Ms. Welch (asst. principal). wax., by Ann Young Gregory $7,200. The uniforms are due to arrive sometime in March, and the bill will have to be paid Because they're still approximately $3,000 short of the goal, the Band Boosters are currently engaged in several fund-raising projects to make up the difference. Sentiments expressed at a recent Band Boosters' meeting indicate the members' delight with the generous response the fund-raising campaign has already received from the people in St. Paul. Many people have expressed a desire to contribute, but have not yet done so. The current campaign will give them the opportunity. Several people, for instance, have contributed the price of a uniform ($114) in memory of someone who was particularly interested in the work of the band, and there may be others who would like to do the same. In any event, the Band Boosters have expressed great appreciation to all those in St. Paul who have participated, and to all those who've expressed interest in the band. Projecting our thoughts to the spring concert, to the 1974 football season, and to the Christmas parades, we can see how this massive effort will pay off. Instead of blue jeans, our band will be as well dressed as any; instead of feeling self-conscious about their dress, our band kids can hold up their heads and march with pride. I Walkathon still cares about our older peo- ple. MEOC is so very grateful for this support and dedication. And, every cent raised is spent for the intended purpose of assisting older people trapped in emergency home-heating situa- tions. Not one cent is spent for any other purpose. To participate as a walker, contact MEOC to get your pled- ge form. Walkathon forms will. be immediately sent to you so that you can begin collecting your pledges. If you are unable to walk, but would like to sup- port the cause, your contribution can be sent to MEOC, PO Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219, Please designate your contribu- tion for the EFF/Walkathon pro- gram. Everyone can help spread the word by telling family, friends, and neighbors about this event. Walkathon Day is a huge event for Mountain Empire Older Citizens and the region it serves. MEOC so very much need your assistance with this event in order to help your older friends and neighbors next winter. Every cent raised is paid directly to fuel vendors to heat Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 3/25/2013 through 3/31/2013. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1372 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 301 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 8. Criminal Process for the same period served 27 Felony Warrants, 34 Misde- meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 2 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 506 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 9 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 23 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 220 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 4 adult out of state, 0 mental patient, and 3 juveniles for a total of 7 transports, involving 39.5 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 19 vehicles and escorted 7 "funerals during this seven-day Simonton Windows offers tips for National Window Safety ,k, April 7-13 When it comes to windows, homeowners need to be vigilant in making sure that children understand the importance of safety. As part of National Window Safety Week, April 7- 13, the experts at Simonton Windows recommend parents of youngsters adopt an extremely cautious attitude with children and the windows in their home. "Children should be taught at a young age to stay away from windows for their own safety," says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. "Parents can help safeguard children in the home by keeping furniture (including cribs) and anything else a child can climb on, away from win- dows. And, if your home has double hung windows, open only the top part of the window that children cannot reach, to allow for ventilation." Pember cites the freak ac- cident in Spokane, Wash. in March of this year as an example of how parents must always be watchful of children around win- dows. "A 14-month old toddler was jumping on a bed and boun- ced out a half-opened second- story window," says Pember. "His. mother, who leaped behind him and smashed through the window, caught his foot and was able to safely lower him to the grandmother who happened to be on the porch below. This one incident shows us that you can -never take too many precautions when there are young children in the home." Pember offers these timely tips for window safety in the home: 1) Remember the primary purpose of a window screen is to keep insects outside. Never push on screens, as they will not support the weight of a child or family pet. 2) Lock windows when not in use to protect against intruders and make it more difficult for curious young children to open windows. 3) Do not paint or nail windows shut. Every window in the home that is designed to be opened should be operational in case of an emergency. 4) Refrain from nailing or attaching decorative lights to the interior or exterior of window frames. 5) Plant shrubs or grass, and place "soft landscaping" like bark or mulch, directly under- neath windows to help lessen file impact should someone add- entally fall out of a window. : Pember also recommerids that homeowners consult their window installers to make certain that their homes have windows with clear openings that meet egress requirementsin the living spaces as required by state and local building codes. "Egress windows provide emer- gency exits in your home during a fire," says Pember. "Make sure your home has the proper am- ount of egress windows in every room used as a bedroom and on any floor or basement level wi habitable living space." Families with small childfeh should pay special attention to windows and patio doors. Stlu't with practicing home emergency fire drills. Show them the fastest safety route to the outside apd make certain children know under what circumstances to qse a window to exit a home. Sin small children tend to "hide" from fire, make sure they under'r stand how important it is to safely and quickly exit the home should a fire occur. ;.. "If a door is hot to the touch or not safe to exit through during a fire, then both children and adults should exit through open window," says Pember, "Unless it is absolutely neces- sary, do not try to break the win- dow glass. Doing so could causg injury. During family safety drills, show children how Io operate windows and how to use chain escape ladders that should be kept in all bedrooms locate d above ground level Also estab- lish a designated meeting place for the family outside the home?! For more window safety tip[, call 1-800-SIMONTON .to request a free copy of the ey, to-read, eight-page booklet, '.'A few things to think bg.ut wheh thinking about your hom"." i: the homes of elderly people who do not have sufficient, monthly checks to cover their most basic needs. Your support is what makes this happen. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be postponed and rescheduled for Sunday, May 12. The postponement will be an- nounced on all the local radio stations. If in doubt, call MEOC. There will be staff at the MEOC office taking phone calls. For more information about how to get involved in this year's Walk- athon or how to become a com- munity sponsor, contact MEOC at 276-523-4202 or 1-800-252- 6362. April GED test & exam The Regional Adult Edu- cation Program of Lee, Scott, Wise & Norton Public Schools offers the Official Practice GED Test (OPT) on-demand at all local Adult Education classes. This is a free 4 hour test that is scored immediately. Adults that pass the OPT receive a free GED Exam which now costs $58. Call 877 RACE 2 GED (877.722.3243) or 276.386.2433 to schedule a time to take the practice test. The GED Exam will be given in Norton on Friday, April 12 at JT Burton High School. Call Amy at 877.722.3243 for more information or to register. The GED Exam will be given on Saturday, April 20 at the Wise Adult Learning Center, Building J. Testing will begin at 8 a.m. Call Karen Whitt at Fry Hall at 328-8612 for more information or to register. In addition, the Regional Adult Education Program offers free Adult Education classes throughout the region to prepare adults for the GED Exam. For details'call Amy at 877 RACE 2 GED (877.722.3243) or in Scott Co., 276.386.2433 or go to When the drab grey winter has gardeners longing for the colorful flowers of spring, Washington County Master Gardeners are hard at work preparing for the 16 th Mid- Atlantic Garden Faire. This year's Faire will brihg together everything gardeners desire to rejuvenate their dormant gardens and transform their landscapes into a colorful oasis. On April 12 th, 13 th, and 14 , the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center located in historic Abingdon, minutes from 1-81 off Exit 14 will be trans- formed into a gardeners' dream. Drive down One Partnership Circle to experience fifty shades of spring gardening at the Faire. Occasional or serious gardeners will unearth treasures to make their landscape the most envied in the neighborhood. "Fifty Shades of Spring" is just what gardeners will discover when making their way through the colorful Garden Market- place. The Master Gardeners have assembled the practical and the unique for the garden show this year. Trained nursery specialists from across the Southeast will offer an array of exotic and unusual flowers, native and heirloom plants, shrubs, and trees. From hostas to hydrangeas the selection from the premier nurseries will brighten any landscape. Alter getting the perfect plants, the novice or expert gardener will be able to find everything necessary to take advantage of nature's beautiful color palette. Unique quality tools, outdoor furniture, ornamental iron, floral and pot- ting supplies, apparel, whimsical garden art, and much more will entice the gardener at the alluring marketplace. New this year in the Garden Marketplace is the $125 shop- ping sprees held on Friday and Virginians shop their local newspapers when they are ready to buy.., make sure they find you therel 71% of American adults have used a newspaper, a newspaper website and/or a newspaper mobile source in the past 30 days. (Source: Scarborough Research 2012) Virginia PCess Services will run this business card V i r , i n i a N .......,.o,o...,,,..o..,o... PRESS For more details, contact Adriane at 804-521-7585. S e r v i c e s period. Fifty Shades of Spring at the Garden Faire Saturday. The lucky winners will rain gardens in Abingdon ahd- be able to choose plants and gardening accessories from the best vendor in the Southeast. Drawings are at 3:00 pm each day, and tickets are available at the Faire for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire provides educational op- portunities for gardene to learn about all areas of the garden and landscape. Noted experts from throughout the nation will solve gardening problems, delight lecture goers, and amaze work- shop participants. More than 35 hours of garden-related programs is included in the $6 price for daily admission. This year's featured speaker is Toy Avent, owner of Raleigh, North Carolina's Plant Delights Nursery. Tony will introduce gardeners to a wide range of little known plant choices to expand the garden color palette beyond the basics. He will show gardeners how easy it is to have color and seasonal interest all year. The Plant Clinic is just the place to meet friends and solve those nagging problems that plagued the garden last year. Visitors can pose queries to the trained Master Gardener there ready to help. After solving your garden problems, relax at the Garden Caf6 where enticing treats from Gadabouts, Nancy's Fancy and Troutdale will satisfy any hunger and thirst. On Sunday, join the fun and bring the family to brunch. Faire admission is not necessary to enjoy a dining faire from the region's premier restaurants. Visit the Upper Tennessee River exhibit to sign up for the Rain Garden Tour on Friday, April 12, from 3:30-5:00. Tour cv'rimes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising classified and display 12 noon Tuesday discover how to add this landscape feature to your yard. The tour will feature gardens_ installed by the Upper Tennessee_ River Roundtable in partnership. -_ with other agencies and the : Town of Abingdon. The tour is limited to 24 participants and a donation of $2.50 will cover the cost of transportation. Before leaving the Garden,- .:_q don't miss The American Chestnut Foundation interesting display, and Frank Renault& spectacular collection, of flora| )hotographs ;Clinch ,Valley Times MEMBER ' VIRGINLA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weeldy in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY :.CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area :Wise, Russell, Dickenson and, Scott with offices and plant. located in the VALLEY TIMES 16541 Russell Strv dicals postage is paid at the  Post Office in St. Paul, VA' 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Adveriising Sasan Trent AdvJGraphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: ;In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; lsewhere, $32250. 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