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J Vol. LII, No. I5 Cli ch Valley Ti_ -- II--IILG.Gii.Na..., n mes " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things'" ,,  ":!:(:A.,,?: ' Thursday, April 15, 2010 Saint Paul, Virginia 50 i Healthy Appalachia Institute receives National Network of \\; 'i / BIGGER AND BIGGER...The Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, scheduled to be completed in 2012, is growing by leaps and bounds. Much of the site has ceased to be unoccupied land, as new structures are added. The construction site is unre- cognizable from how the property looked before Dominion and Shaw arrived. Big Read focus is on Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain "if books are not good company, where will lfind it?'...Mark Twain The Big Read program is focusing on Mark Twain--his books as well as books about him. River Boy--William Ander- son. Sam Clemens (a.k.a. Mark n'head Wilson, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court at A. R. Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, or at the Lone- some Pine Regional Library, or any of its branches. As the quipster Mark Twain Once said, "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them." Twain) dreamed of exploring the world. Remarkable exploits do indeed take this curious ad-- venturous boy from confining schoolrooms, from Mississippi River "pirate" islands, from dark, shadowy passages of McDowell's Cave, from Hanni- bal's printing presses to steam- t)oat decks, to the Wild West, to" ,?rig that it's difficult to know_ Europe, snd back in Hartford, how to respond, in honor of Candlelight remembrance 4/27 Thirty-four children in Virgi- nia died in 2009 as a result of abuse and neglect. In addition, 5,921 children were confirmed as victims of abuse and neglect. The numbers are so stagger- Wise and Scott countio4s will host a candlelight vigil in re- membrance of children who have lost their lives and in honor of those who survive. Judge Elizabeth S. Willis will present a short program, and a pra:r will be lifted immediately be- Connecticut. Humorous, lectur- er, husband, father, beloved author. The books on or by Twain are numerous. Check out such titles as Tom Sawyer, Pudd'- [ Child Abuse Prevention Month, a special event has been planned to remember and honor all those Children. Commonwealth Catholic Charities and CASA of Lee, i i i fore the candlelight. Everyone is invited to attend the event at Norton City Park Tuesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. For more information, call the CCC office, 276-679-1195. Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big ...The Dante Senior Citizens sauh are invited to attend Clinch Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal meet each Monday and Tuesday Valley Community Action, Inc./ Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fir= De- Family Crisis Services' sappotl p.m., Trinity United Methodist partment. Russell County resi- group meeting with victims of Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 dents 60 or older arc invited, similar situations Mondays, 10:30 at First Baptisl Church, St. Paul, olus a C Closet from 9- I I a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING p.m., Clintwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Se-wagn Authority Board of Direc-tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, I p.m., Appala- chiun Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, 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-Se- cond Thursdays. 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #86S2, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coburn. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Tberese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p,m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #2- - Stated Communication, 1 st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pro.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 P,m., First BaptistChurch, Coo- burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371 LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE HOPE House provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed--train- ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278 SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewood Senior Citi- zens meet at 10 am. Wednesdays at the Castlewood t,ions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 am.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 am.-2 p.m. MATTHEWS LIBRARY Hours at the J. Fl'Cd Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mundays/Wedaes- daystTridays/Saturdays, and I I am.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY The D/ckenson-Bandy Log House is open weekly Thursdays throuigh Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mundays,Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone uumhers are I- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred.Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet at the Library on fourth Tuesdays at I h00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you served overseas during any war. write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- partment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics,' school and adult physicals, WIG, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but Immuniza- tions. For an appoint-ment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available tbr reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell coatmies who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library, of each school and in each county public library. ...Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Mannal have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell CoUnty Public Library.. SUPPORT GROUP Wouu survivors of sexnal as, Church and church-related a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-958- 5583, or Ranc'aa Davis. 276-889- 8206 FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise ountius 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 in- cluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For dela/Is, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty transportation services in Buc- hanan, Dickeuson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1o888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "'to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history.." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or fullerir,i:om. JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership girl, to J. Fred Mattbews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library.. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except fur March and December; when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday, All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Ceebum--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer qnestions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9 a.m-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Patti, operates a Food Bank each Tues- day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pro. first Mon- days, For more inlbnnation, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission groop Henhh Departments in the Leno- wiseo Health District offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-X)0; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011: or Sxorr Co. Health De., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes ae offtd at the Oxbow Family Invusln.-nl Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Gleuna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800..422-3433. C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will he held at 6:00 p.m. on second Mun days. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. GED ONLINE The Rel0onal Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult lenmers, with or without their own home eom- lmters, in lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Nonun. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-M33 (in Scott Coanty, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mon- day through Thorsday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS lu Control, a free diabetes prot,'ram, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Baard meets at 6:30 pJn. Ist Mondays at the Dante Museum. Commtmit- y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday in March..tune, Sept. & Dec. GOSPEl, SING ING A Gospel Singing will he held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center. 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome-admissiun is free. GOSPEl, JAMBOREE The Clinch River Gospel Jam- boree and Open Micropohone isheld third Sandays Flmm' through October at 3 pma t Cleveland Uuited Methodist Church, Cleveland. Admission is free to everyone. The host is Gary Cnun, PhD. Contact hiin by calling 276-393-3522 or entailing him at biblentusic( BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 p.m. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain will be discussed at the April 22 meeting activities calendar on page 3 i Public Health Institutes grant The Healthy Appalachia In- health," said NNPH! chief exe- we strengt'hen our public health stitute (HAl) has received a grant from the National Net- work of Public Health Institutes, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to ,foster a healthier citizenry in Southwest Virginia. HA! is one of six emerging public health institutes to re- ceive the support to undertake a range of activities intended to cultivate partnerships, enhance executive leadership and build the capacity to inform health po- licy. Housed at The University of Virginia's College at Wise, HAl is a collaboration among critical thinkers, scholars, sys- tem planners and leaders at UVa-Wise, the University of Virginia, the Southwest Virginia Health Authority and key part- ners in government, education, business and health care, inclu- ding the Virginia Department of Heaith's LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau districts. Principal supporters include the Appalachian Regional Commis- sion and the Virginia Tobacco Commission. "It is an honor to be recog- nized by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Robert Wood Johnson Foun- d/ttion as an emerging institute and for our efforts to improve our residents' health," said Mar cia Quesenberry, co-chriector of HAl. "The recently released national county health rankings report emphasizes our region's well-documented and long- standing health challenges that must be addressed. Our families, our communities and our region deserve a healthier and more prosperous future." "The Healthy Appalachia in- stitute and our partners are de- veloping novel programs and services, leveraging investments and motivating individual and community action," said David CattelI-Gordon,, HAl co-direc- tor and director of community engagement and rural network development at UVa's Office of Telemedicine and Cancer Cen- ter. "The Health Authority's Blueprint for Health and Health Enabled Prosperity is our road- map. We have begun what will one day be seen as the turning point for health in our region and as a national model for other rural communities.' HAl's mission is to improve the health, education, environ- ment and prosperity for resi- dents of central Appalachia by collaborating across communi- ties and organizations, generat- ing and implementing new ideas, and engaging the social, economic and scientific issues that exist at the interface of health and the Appalachian cul- ture. "Public health institutes leverage resources and partner- ships to improve the populaton's Together for Children Day is 4/24 Together .for Children Day will be observed on Saturday, April 24, from 12 noon 'til 5 p.m. at the Lebanon Town Park. The event is presented by the Russell County Department of Social Services--and friends. Features of ,the event are Laser Tag, 5-N-I Course, Tita- nic Slide, Joust, Sno-Cones, Live D J, Bungee Run, Trackless Train, Iceberg Optical Course, popcorn and prizes. Free snacks (but not a meal) will be provid for children. and conce.ion Irooths will sell other food items. All chiloten ,.re invited. cutive officer Joseph Kimbrell. "Strengthening these institutes is key to strengthening our na- tion's public health system." Karen Minyard, executive director of the Georgia Phealth Policy Center, one of the n- ation's premier public health in- stitutes, will serve as HAl's mentor during the grant period. Additionally, HAl will partici- pate with emerging and monthly institutes in learning and leader- ship meetings, including a work- shop at the 2010 NNPHI Annual Conference. The emerging institutes are already working to improve po- pulation health through innova- tive work involving physical activity and nutrition, access to care, social determinants of health, oral health, workfordce development and preparedness. "Public heralth isntitutes play a critical role in our nation's public health system," said Mi- chelle Larkin, director of RW- JF's public health team. "With each expansion of this network, Dominion to system's ability to help all Americdan shave the opportuni- ty to be as healthy7 as they an be." NNPHI currently has 35 members representing a range of organizations and university af- filiates. The institutes and NN- PHI help leverage the ability of government public health to fight the. obesity epidemic, [prepare for the launch of natio- nal accreditation and move toward a culture of quality improvement. "Institutes build capacity at the state and local levels to sup- port community health improve- ment," said Minyard, who also serves as the chair of the board of NNJPHGI. "By investing in their development, we are treat-. ing a stronger network dedicated to serving communities all over the nation." For more informa- tion about the Healthy Appala- chia Institute, call Marcia Que- senberry at 276-328-0254 or David CattreiI-Gordon at 434- 982-4234. celebrate Eart Day with environmental grant ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE HELD IN ST. PAUL Dominion Resources is con- tributing a total of $1.1 million to community-based environ- mental projects and organiza- tions in II states where it pro- vides energy in celebration of the 40 m a!niversary of Earth Day. One of the grants will be di- rected toward The Nature Con- servancy's Clinch Valley pro- gram. The announcement of the grant will be made Friday, April 16, at A. R. Matthews Memorial Park at the Clinch River Boat Ramp in St. Paul. David K. Paylor, Director of the Virginia Department of En- vironmental Quality, will join Brad Kreps, director of The Nature Conservaney's Clinch River program; members of the-- Southwest Virginia legislative delegation, and officials of Do- minion for the special an- nouncement at 10:30 a.m. Fri- day. LIBRARY PRESENTATION...Leroy Hilton enter- tained and informed library patrons about the fun of fishing in Southwest Virginia on Tuesday, April 6. The presentation was a part of The Big Read, pro- grams centered around "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." J. Fred Matthews Big Read events Matthews Library will be hosting more events centered on "The Adventures of Tom Saw- yer" as part of The Big Read. Thursday, April 15, 6:00- 7:00 p.m. a program for teens "Scrapbooking with Twain", traditional and digital methods to make an adventure-themed scrapbook page. All area teens are invited to bring your "'Adventure" photos and come join the fun. Wednesday, April 21 the library will be invaded by pirates, as we celebrate "Pirate Day at the Library". A special continues storytime program will be held at 10:00 a.m. with special guest "Red Molly" the traveling Lady Pirate. There will be stories, songs and lots of fun. The festivities will continue all day at the library with refreshments and more pirate mayhem. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, For more information about Big Read events or abouttle library, please contact the library at 276-762-9702.