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Clinch Valley Times .... : " 'The time has Icome," the walrus said, 'to talk of many things... Vol. LVI, No. 19 Thursday, May 8, 2014 Saint Paul, Virginia Jim Lyttle of Lyttle Farms in Castlewood is a mainstay at the Farmers Market which opened for the season on Saturday, May 3. It will be open every Saturday from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm with pro- duce, baked goods, breads, wines and crafts. Dante Rescue letter drive On Saturday May 10, 2014, Members of Dante Rescue Squad, Inc: will be traveling door to door to pass out information on their activities and finan- cial status in the area they serve. Dante Rescue squad has served the area for over 45 years. During that time they have provided free emergency medical service to anyone in need. This has always been made pos- sible through donations, grants and county funding: The squad serves parts of Wise, Dickenson, and _ Russell counties and any- where that they are called. In recent years the squad has experienced a dramatic increase in call volume. Over the last three yearsthey have had 2,572 responses. Their ambu- lances have ' traveled 129,168 miles. Fuel expenses total $48,918.09 over that period. This is for fuel only. Average income for the last three years, has been $56,770.44. There has not been an increase in funding for several years. Dante Rescue Squad and one other agency are the . only agencies that co n- tinue to do this with all vol- unteers in the immediate area. No one receives any pay for what they do. Even with all this, the agency has been able to increase their training and services, espe- cially in the area of cardiac emergencies. If you would like to donate to Dante Rescue Squad, you may mail your donation to Dante Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 668, Dante, Virginia 24237. For further information about the rescue squad, please feel free to call us at 495-7376 or 762-5844. Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big ,Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. 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 office, Claypool Hill. 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, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID- Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, . ll!!]l!!lN)lI]ll[I, 6 pm, Lebanon. Paul, are 8:30am-5pm CLINCHFIELD Mondays and Fridays; LODGE #256-Stated and llam-7:30pm Communication, 1 st Tuesdays and Saturdays, 7:30; School Thursdays, Wed. of Instruction third 9:30am-6pm and Sat Thursdays, 7 pm lpm-5pm. Sunday RECOVERY Closed. GROUP-The Wise D I C K E N S O N - County Mental Health B U N D Y- T h e Center conducts a Dickenson-Bundy Log recovery group for sub- House is open weekly stance abusers and faro- Thursdays through ilies Fridays at 10 am Saturdays, 10-3, and Call 276-679-0810.' Sundays 12-4 pm. ACOA MEETING- SOCIAL SECURI- Adult Children of TY-The Wise Social Alcoholics meet Security Office is open Mondays, 7 pm, First Mondays-Fridays from Baptist Church, 9am-4pm. Phone num- Coeburn. Call 762- bers are 1-800-772- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 1213 or 276-679-7633. 276-679-7371. L I B R A R Y LITTLE LEAGUE- FRIENDS-Friends of The Clinch River Little the J. Fred Matthews League Board meet at 4 Memorial Library, St. pm third Sundays at the Paul meetat the Library UMWA Building in on first Thursdays at 4 Castlewood. All inter- pm. ested persons are invit- VFW POST 9864- ed to attend. VFW Post 9864, H.O.EE. HOUSE-" Lebanon, welcomes H.O.EE. House pro- new members. If you vides emergency shel- served overseas during ter for victims of any war, write VFW domestic violence in Post 9864, P.O. Box Wise, Russell, 1419, Lebanon, VA Dickenson, Lee, Scott 24266 and send name, and Buchanan counties address and phone and the City of Norton. number. Transfers wel- Volunteers needed- comed. training available. Call HEALTH SER- 1-800-572-2278. VICES-The Wise SENIOR CITI- County Health ZENS-The Castle- Department, Wise, is wood Senior Citizens open from 8am-8pm meet at 10 am first Thursdays. Wednesdays at the Clinics will be Castlewood Lions Den. offered in family plan- Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell nizations. For. an County residents 60 or appointment, call 762- older are invited 328-8000. RUSSELL CO. F A C I L I T I E S LIBRARY-Hours at the AVAILABLE-The Russell County Public Tacoma Community Library, Lebanon, are Center is available for M/Tu/W/F 10am- reunions, birthdays and 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; showers. Sa 10am-2pm, Sunday All proceeds reha- Closed. bilitate the Tacoma M A T T H E W S School as a Community LIBRARY-Hours at the Center. For informa- J. Fred Matthews tion, call 395-6398. Memorial Library, St. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 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- ning, pediatrics, school portafion services in and adult physicals, Buchanan, Dickenson, WIC, Paps and immu- Russell ' and Tazewell n i z a t i o n s . ,i counties to individuals Appointments are nec-with : disabilities, essary for all but immu- I ' :gardless 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 Association 50 cents Clinch River Festival announces schedule The Planning Committee for St. Paul's Clinch River Days Festival is pleased to announce the schedule for this year's festi- val. Held at various locations around Downtown St. Paul and along the banks of the scenic Clinch River, this year's festival is May 29-31. Clinch River Days was recently named "one of the top 10 spring festi- vals you don't want to miss in Xrlrginia" by the Official Tourism Travel Blog of Virginia. Unless noted, all events and activities are free. Things kick off on Thursday evening, May 29, with a reception for artist Lesley James from 6-9 p.m. at the Town's Railroad Museum. Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by the Heart of Appalachia Community Orchestra. Friday evening, May 30, things get going at A. R. Matthews Park from 5-11 p.m. with craft and food vendors, a wine and craft beer tent, wrestling, a talent con- test, and music by The Scratch River Telegraph Company, Windfall, and Ivy Road. The Railroad Museum is open from 5-8 p.m. for the art show. Saturday May 31 is a fun-filled day with something for everyone. In Downtown St. Paul, you will fred the Farmers Market, a classic car show, juried photography show, and art exhibit at the Railroad Museum. In the park, a few of the many events include food and craft vendors; a wine and craft beer tent; Children's Day (with many activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, magic show by David Vault, climbing wall and train rides); the "Southwestminster" Dog Show; Civil War Re- Enactors and a Confederate Ladies Tea; a visit from the Mayberry Deputy; and entertainment beginning at noon on the Park Stage, with evening music by Drifting Westward and Southern Breeze. Other activities include the Kid's Fishing Tournament, a 5.5k Walk/Run, a Skateboard Contest, Clinch River Paddlefest (kayak/canoe race), the "So You Think You Can Dance" Contest, a Rain Barrel Workshop and more. For details on events, times, locations and a complete downloadable schedule, visit the festival website at or watch for the insert in an upcoming issue of this newspaper. More about Clinch River Lumber BY JERRY COUCH In January of 1893, the financial panic was hitting businesses hard. Like many firms, Clinch River Lumber Company began experiencing cash flow problems. Bills went unpaid and judg- ment liens against the company began to pile up. By the summer of 1893 word of the company's financial embarrassment must have spread. No additional judg- ment liens were recorded after that time. Because of the hard times, businesses were only offering credit to their very best customers. For everyone else it was "Sorry, only." In spite of this situation, Clinch River Lumber managed to struggle along until 1895. That's when the company's creditors sued for settle- ment through liquidation. On Jttne 8, 1895 at 2:00 P.M. the real estate and chattels of Clinch River Lumber Company were sold at public auction. High bidder was M. M Thompson, a farmer living in the Cook's Mill section of Russell County. Thompson paid $400 cash for extensive property which had an insured value of $13,000 just two years earlier. What a shock this must have been to the mill's former owners. No doubt M. M. Thompson was a happy man that day. Included among Clinch River Lumber Company's chattels were three horses which were sold at the auction. These animals were described in the com- 15any's Deed of Trust as "One bay horse eight years old, one gray horse four years old, one black horse five years old." How ironic that an unpaid bill for 19,623 pounds of hay purchased for these horses is what led to the company's liquidation. We can only hope that after the sale, these work-weary horses went to live on Thompson's farm where they were given adequate feed and pasture - and perhaps See LUMBER, Page 8