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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, May 7, 2009 Bluegrass Circle provided excellent music Children enjoyed a number of games ,,% Mayor Kyle Fletcher Katie Jessee and Patsy Phillips served as Grand Marshall HOME SWEET HOME JAMBOREE...J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and Coeburn Community Library co-hosted the Home Sweet Home Jamboree at A. R. Matthews Memorial Park in St. Paul on Saturday, April 25. About 103 attended, and they were treated to games, cake walks, lots of food, and music provided by Bluegrass Circle. The Home Sweet Home Jamboree was part of the Big Read program, which is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Patsy Phillips&apos; photos Katie Jessee's photos .... ART DISPLAY_The J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library in St. Paul hosted an art display on Saturday, May 2. Two local artists, Katie Jessee and Patsy Phillips, displayed photographs which depicted scenes from the area. The display was part of the Big Read program. Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, will continue with special events through May 15. For more information, call the library, 276-762-9702. I NOTICE: Miss Tri-County Pageants to iSto p for any school be held Saturday, May 23 i bus loading or Pa- In addition, Wee,Tiny, Little ,lunlading children! The Miss Tri-County geants will be held Saturday, May 23, at the John I. Burton High School auditorium, Nor- ton, at 7 p.m. To be eligible, contestants must reside in or go to school in Wise County, City of Norton and Letcher County, Kentucky. and Junior divisions may also be from Dickenson, Lee and Scott counties. For information and applica- tions, call Barbara Caruso, 276- 679-2046 or e-mail her at; or call Barbara Leonard at 276-679- 2563. I IT'S THE LAWi MESOTHELIOMA Did you know that being exposed to Asbestos dust can cause Mesothelioma 20 to 30 years after the exposure.'? If you or a family member has suffered or died from Mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. CALL US TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION: Michael Flannery, Esq. Licensed in the States of California and Virginia CAREY & DANIS L.L.C. 8235 Forsyth Blvd., Ste. 1100, St. Louis, MO 63105 Call Toll Free (24 Hours): 1-800-721-2519 MARKET CORNER NEWS The Clinch River Farmers' ', Market, which is opened every Saturday 7am-12noon, has (,- moved to its permanen.t xJlE ! location ,n the alley behind 1 C.R. Pate & Co. """ ""'  I I We want to thank everyone who braved the bad weather I and came to the market last Saturday. Hopefully the l weather will be better for the market on Saturday May 9. This week vendors will have bedding plants, lamb (with samples), cage free eggs, homemade jams and jellies, bread, lettuce, onions, flowers and craft items to include note cards, painted flower pots, wind chimes, etc. At 10 am Charlie Engle will entertain the crowd with stories and music. Donna Meade, the Russell County Extension Agent, will hold a presentation on "What's In Our Food?", the St. Paul Police Department will be on hand to fingerprint children, free blood pressure checks and recycling bins for newspaper, plastic, and aluminum. Come enjoy a free cup of coffee and select goodies from the Bake Sale. Hope to see you at the marketl Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent Rita Boothe, who currently resides in North Tazewell, Virginia, has been legally blind since birth. Rita grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland without running water in her home and remembers that she was probably 11 or 12 years old when electrical power was installed in the home. Growing up was not without difficulties; consequently, neither Rita nor any of her siblings completed high school. Rita recalls, "I was made to feel, by others, that I couldn't do it." When Rita was 15 years old, she quit high school, got married, and soon became a mother. "In 1973," Rita says, "we moved to Tazewell County, Virginia with four kids, a truckload of clothes, and $50." 'Rita's husband was unable to read or write, but he got a job in Tazewell County and was able to provide for his family, which was still growing. After the move to Virginia, Rita gave birth to a fifth child. In 1990, after twenty years of marriage, Rita and her hus- band divorced. Rita states, "I feel that we make a pattern for our families, and my pattern wasn't very good." None of Rita's children finished high school. In 1995, tragedy struck, Rim's family; her oldest son was killed in a car accident. Tragedy again struck, in 2004 when a son died from a drug overdose and a special grand- daughter with Down's syn- drome died in a house fire. Rita expresses, "I felt like I didn't Dante Museum is open daily The Dante Coal and Railroad Museum, located in the building which years ago was occupied by a bank and later by a beer garden, is now open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Museum is open the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artifacts through the Y_ears are on dispiay as yvell as the model of Dante circa 1930. Rita Boothe have a reason to live." In 2008, Rita became inspired to work on earning her GED certificate by her three living children, who were preparing to earn their GED's as well. Rita was also encour- aged by Douglas McBride, a special friend who believed in her. He helped motivate Rita by telling her, "You can do it." On March 31, Rita enrolled in a GED preparation :;.ass taught by Deborah Cecil at the Tazewell County Career and Technology Center. Because of her visual handicap, Rita felt like all the odds were against her, but she soon found that there were ways to overcome those obstacles. Rita says that her teacher, Deborah Cecil, was a real inspiration to her and eyen gave her rides to class because she couldn't drive after dark. In the classroom, Rita received one- on-one instruction, which was particularly helpful with mathe- matics. Rita utilized magnifying sheets with which to read, watched video lessons at home, and took large print Official GED Practice Tests. Deborah Cecil served as a scribe for Rita in the classroom. When it came time for the official tests, there were special accommodations available to Rita. Rita was given large print GED Tests, was able to listen to audiotapes, and had a scribe to record her answers. On March 18, 2009, after nearly a year of hard work and dedications, Rita earned her GED certificate. Rita states, "This accomplishment has made me feel good about myself; I feel like a new person." Rita believes, "Ever hough you may have a lot ofo. :acles, you can push past them and succeed." Even though doctors have told Rita she would never be able to drive or work, she has done both. Nor that she had her GED certificate, she plans to attend college classes in the fall and pursue her love of music and art. Rita says even a carpentry class may be in her future! Don't let obstacles stand in the way of earning your GED certificate. Contact the Southwest Regional Adult Education center at 889-5424, or call toll-free at 1-866-581- 9935. You could be the next GED success story! Donate Your Car! FREE TOIMING - TAX-DEDUCTIBLE - BOAT ACCEPTED   . for Sc,,riouly' in <ildrc-n 5onaie anTgFEniere-d-to-i !  ..... 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