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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, April 23, 2009 and ships..and sealing Ann Young Gregory About old dogs.,. Do you ever wonder whetfier or not the old adage $2 "across the board" bets--that means each ticket, old dogs not being able to learn new tricks iswhich cost $6, included a $2 bet for the horse to come true, or has it occurred to you (as it has to me) that in first, second and third. If he wins, the ticket holder perhaps old dogs sometimes just aren't interested in collects what the payoff is for all three; if he comes in learning new tricks? second, one collects place and show money; and in Understand, I'm not calling myself an old dog, but third, only the third place (show) money. occasionally it's useful to have an old saying handy to One of the people in our group Saturday use as a method of comparison. So while I'm not understands a lot of the newer ways to bet. On a $12 using "old dog" as a metaphor, I might consider its ticket (the bet was a "ten cent super-fecta box" or use more in the nature of a simile, which means, in something like that--I don't have a clue), but anyway, case you've forgotten fifth grade English, that I'm not on that $12 ticket, he collected $283!! Now I'm not a saying "Ann is an old dog when it comes to..."stupid person, and I'm sure if I sat down for a few whatever, but instead, "Ann is like--well, maybe--an minutes with this person, I could understand his old dog when it comes to..." explanation of the bet. Truth be told, I don't really And what, you're wondering, brought all this up want to learn how to bet that way--the way I've done in the first place. This weekend just past we went with it for years still suits me. (Do you begin to see where I a group of good friends to Lexington, Kentucky, to go got the "old dog" idea as a theme for this week?) to Keeneland, where the thoroughbred horses were Others in our group try some of these odd bets as a running. This same group, give or take some of the faces, has been going to Keeneland every April and every October for 20 or 25 years (none of us could remember exactly how long it's been). We always matter of course--I'm just not interested0ust another reason, besides being a conservative bettor, that I never win significantly)! Even though I didn't win any money during the have a good time--nobody usually wins much money, two days that we went to Keeneland, I lost a total of but none of us places big bets. Personally, I'm such a only $9.50, so my entertainment for those two after- conservative when it comes to placing a bet that (and noons was extremely inexpensive! '- this is absolutely true) I cashed every single ticket I I also got another opportunity to prove my new bought on Friday, and while you'd think I'd have "old dog" theory that perhaps the old dog just doesn't been ahead for the day, I was actually $7.10 down! want to learn the new trick. My dear friends Tillie and I've always been conservative when it comes to her husband joined our group for dinner on Saturday-- placing a bet on the horses. I guess I learned that from most of them had met several years ago, so we had a my mother, who was a great fan of going to nice group. Allen, Peytonand I stopped bytheirhouse Keeneland. Quite sensibly, I might add, since she told to extend our visit just a bit before we went back to me more than once that I should decide how much I our motel. Tillie, who, as I've told you before, is a wanted to spend to have a good time during the high-tech whiz (although she denies it), has a new afternoon. "That," she'd say, "is your betting money, toy--an iPhone. She was showing us some of the stuff At the end of the afternoon, and your betting money is it does (and, more amazingly to me, that SHE knows gone, remember that you've had a good time!" She'd how to make it dot) For example, she called up a add that it's always nice if you win a few dollars, but program which zeroed in on our address in St. Paul never to count on winning, since it seldom happens, and actually showed a bird's-eye-view of our house, Nevertheless, she loved going to Keeneland, and as well as the rest of the neighborhood. Those of you usually placed bets based on off-the-wall kinds of who have iPhones won't be at all amazed at any of things, like the name of the horse reminded her of this, but I thought all the stuff it did was absolutely some event from her childhood or something like that, eerie! After all, a telephone should be a telephone, rather than what the track handicappers said was a and while it did serve that function, it also did good bet. I remember once when we lived in everything else that anyone could think of, including Lexington and she and my father were there with a accessing the Internet, taking pictures, providing an group of friends to go to Keeneland and then a UK endless number of games, and there are probably football game. I'd invited them all to our apartment other things it does that I can't even imagine. for s late supper after the game. On the morning of my Another thing that fascinated me about the iPhone "party," Mother helped me set up the buffet table, is the way the screen can be manipulated--everything including going to a florist and choosing Fiji mums i is by touch, and scrolling the screen up and down is for a cente iece. That afternoon at Keeneland, she accomplished merely by moving a finger up and down ran across the name "Fiji" in the program--a home, on the screen. On the site locater gadget, the birds- certainly not chosen as a favorite, with that name was eye-view can get closer and closer merely by placing running in one of the races. She placed a bet on him, two fingers on the screen and moving them apart. Letters to the editor.. the horse won I re mber, she split her Re ly weird. winnings with met) : While I was absolutely fascinated by the huge I used to place only $ betS, andusually for the payoff my friend realized from his $12 ticket at favorite to show (that is, to come in third). I seldom Keeneland, and while I almost sat with my'mouth"" : lost, but then I seldom collected more than $2.10 or : hanging open as my friend Tillie demonstrated the .i$2.20, so I didn't win, either. One loss would more extraordinary things that the iPhone can do, the idea than wipe out my winnings for an afternoon. I later of acquiring one and learning how to make it work (still applying Mother's "decide how much you want wore me out. The old dog syndrome with my new to spend to have a good time" advice) began placing interpretation of it was at work! j. Readers'are ingited to write letters on matters of general interest to. the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves .the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. To the Editor: On my most recent trip to the store in St. Paul, I stopped by the Dante Miner's Memorial. I could not believe my eyes! I asked myself, what has hap- l ened? It used to be beautiful! It May 15 is the deadline to pay is an eyesore now. The weeds have taken over; first half of Wise County's there were no lights to shine on 2009 real estate taxes the flag (no bulbs in the sock- payments to the Wise County May 15 is the deadline to pay the first half of Wise County's 2009 real estate taxes. Taxes can be paid on or be- fore May 15 at the following banks: Miners Exchange Bank in St. Paul, Coeburn, Appala- chia and Norton; First Bank & Trust in Wise and Norton; New Peoples Bank in Pound, Es- serville and Big Stone Gap; and Powell Valley National Bank in Wise and Big stone Gap. Taxpayers may also mail ets); no flowers. The men whose names are on the monument worked in the mines-they helped make Dante what it used to be. I wonder who is responsible for taking care of the Memorial? What has happened--because before, it was always so pretty and well kept. The men who gave the best part of their lives deserve better than that! Concerned Citizen George Burke EASTER BONNET WINNERS..'The winners are left to right, Mildred Davis, Most Unusual; Lois Meade, Most Beautiful; Lois Marshall, Most Traditional; Linda Dalton, Most Humorous. RCMC Pinnacle Club holds Annual Easter Breakfast and Parade of Bonnets Traditional and Most Humorous. The winners received a certificate and beautiful flowers in soup mugs. Judges were Tim Fields and Jeffery McCracken. Pinnacle Club is a program for anyone 50 years of age or older. Members have access to a variety of useful services aimed The RCMC Pinnacle Club members and guests attended the Annual Easter Breakfast at Bonanza Steak House on April 11. The highlight of the event was the Easter Parade of Bonnets followed a contest with four categories - the Most Unusual, Most Beautiful, Most Treasurer, P.O. Box 1308, Wise, VA 24293. For the sake of convenience (a convenience fee will be charged), taxpayers may pay taxes by credit card via touch tone phones using the toll-free number, 1-888-272-9829. Infor- mation is entered and a verbal receipt number is given. Ano- ther option is payment online. By logging onto officialpay, taxpayers can pay via internet access. By using either method, taxpayers must enter the jurisdiction code 1009 and the requested information from the tax bill. Questions on taxed items should be directed to the Com- missioner of Revenue's Office, 276-328-3556. A penalty of 10 percent of the original tax or $2.00, which- ever is greater, will be added to taxes that haven't been paid by May 15. The penalty shall in no case exceed the amount of the original tax. An additional eight percent per year interest will be added beginning June 1, 2009. For more information, call the Wise County Treasurer's Office, 276-327-3666, Mondays -Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at keeping them healthy and independent. Membership is only $15 a year or $25 a year for two individuals at the same address. For an enrollment application or for more information about the Pinnacle Club, contact Sandra Herbert at (276) 889-8196. JUDGES: Tim Fields and Jeffery McCracken RAFFLE WINNER...The St. Paul Police Department recently participated in a raffle with Shaw Con- struction to raise money for some equipment for the department. The winner of a 37" flat screen TV was Herman Henderson. Budget-friendly American lamb at cuts of the Clinch River Farmers' Market Now more than ever, savvy shoppers are stretching their dol- lars with money-saving strat- egies such as choosing multi- purpose cuts of meat. American lamb has more meat on the bone than imported lamb, making it easy to plan budget-friendly meals with these tips for making the most from your meat: Leg Up On The Workweek "Buying a whole leg of American lamb gives you enough for a family dinner and plenty of leftovers throughout the week," says renowned chef and fan of lamb Tim Love. "Lamb is loaded with vitamins and minerals like protein, zinc and iron, which will give kids the fuel they need to keep going at full speed." A few easy ideas for using leg of lamb include: Tasty Budget Cuts - The leg is a versatile cut that includes affordable and easy-to- cook cuts such as sirloin chops for the grill, shanks for slow- cooking and roasts for the oven. Foolproof Freezer Food - Before you cook a leg, ask your butcher to trim off the top round, which you can cube and save to make kebabs. No-fuss Leftovers - Roasting a whole leg is a show- stopping presentation without a lot of work. Use leftovefll to make d shes such as: Mediterranean Pita Pocket - Add sliced leftover lamb meat, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce (a yogurt- based sauce available in the dairy section) in a whole wheat pita. American Lamb Wrap - Spread a whole wheat tortilla with hummus. Add leftover lamb meat, provolone che- ese, spinach leaves, wrap and enjoy. American Lamb and Arugula Salad - Make a simple salad dressing by whisking together raspberry vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mus- tard and chopped basil and thyme. Toss with arugula and top with lamb meat for a light and healthy entree salad. Savvy shoppers can also try inexpensive and versatile cuts such as the American lamb loin chop, blade chop and ground lamb. For more information, visit The Lyttle Farm booth at the Dante Farmers' Market any Friday morning (8am-12n) and the Clinch River Farmers' Market any Saturday (7am-12n) for free taste samples of lamb and recipe cards. You may also visit the American Lamb Board website at and become a fan of lamb. Information provided by The American Lamb Board, a research -and promotions organization appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and by The Lyttle Farm, Castlewood, VA Matthews Library announces schedule of Big Read events Tuesday, April 28: The J. Fred Matthews Memorial Libra- ry will show the film, O Pio- neers, based on the novel by Willa Cather, at 5:30 p.m. Drinks and popcorn will be pro- vided by Friends of the Library. Thursday, April 30: A special Teen Scene program, "Who Am 1 and Where Am I From?", will be held at 6 p.m.. The program on genealogy will be conducted by Kathy Phillips. Teens will be led through an adventure into the world of genealogy research that is both fun and educational. Pizza and drinks will be pro- vided by Friends of the Libi-ary. Saturday, May 2: The Mat- thews Library will host 'From the Mountains to the Prairies," from 1-3 p.m. The program is a display of Art and Photography by local artist and photographer Katie Jessee and Pat Phillips. There will be paintings and pho- tos depicting scenes and people that make up our community. Wise County Sheriff' s Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 4/06/2009 through 4/12/2009. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,313 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 343 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total num- ber of Domestic calls for this period was 16. Criminal Process for the same period served 6 Felony Warrants, 36 Misdemean- or Warrants, issued 20 Traffic Summons and worked 4 Traffic Accidents. Civil process for this period served 367 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 12 additional Criminal Investiga- tions were initiated and 27 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 222 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 1 adult out of state, 5 mental patient, and 2 juveniles for a total of 8 transports, involving 27.5 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 1 vehicles and escorted, 8 funerals during this seven-day period. Light rel~eslarnents will be pro- vided by Friends of the Library. These programs are part of The Big Read. The Big Read is an initiative of the NatiOnal En- dowment for the Arts in par- tnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 276-762-9702. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. 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