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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, May 9, 2013 I Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by G00ego00 Reprinted from May 2, 1974 For a long time one of my pet peeves has been the lack of a traffic light at the .intersection of Russell Street and Fourth Avenue. I've thought of writing an editorial on the subject, but after inquiring abom the possibilities of a traffic light, and having been told that the Virginia Departmem of Highways has often conducted c counts and found that we DON'T need a light there, t gave up on that idea. Last week, again frustrated at thai comer by the cars whizzing .:up and down and back and forth, I made my old" fand-by comment about "We sure do need a traffic light here" to St. Paul Police Chief Lucas, who had just managed to negotiate the traffic to arrive safely at the comer where I was waiting. We chatted for a few minutes about the situation, and I learned from him that a traffic light would cause many other problems at that particular comer, as we don't have 3 lanes (thus providing for a turn lane), and that what we really need is to make motorists aware of the fact that the pedestrian, once he has stepped iron the crosswalk, has the right of way. Drivers who do not stop their cars once a pedestrian has begun crossing are guilty of breaking the law. This is not to say, of course, that a pedestrian can stop right in from of a car and expect it to be stopped instantly. Using common sense (and the human instinct of self-preservation), the pedestrian should be able to safely cross the street without the possibility of his being maimed in the process. The message, then, is to both pedestrians and motorists, and it is this: the law provides for the lack of stop lights by requiring motorists to give the right of way to the pedestrian WHO IS IN A CROSSWALK. (The jay-walking pedestrian does not enjoy this privilege). Common sense provides, for the pedestrian to know that he can't expect a car to stop if it's just a short distance from the crosswalk when the pedestrian decides to step down from the curb. A real effort on everyone's part would make this busy intersection tolerable for pedestrians and motorists alike. Letters to the editor.. Readers are invited, to write letters on matters of general interest to fhe 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. '2o the Editor: '"- As a citizen and voter in the .Town of St. Paul, I am writing to express my concern about two recent actions of the Town .'Xouncil. I had attempted to raise "6;ne of the matters letter at a public hearing held by the , council, but I was informed by i the town attorney that my : expression of public concern was fiat allowed by the agenda for the .,--Imblic hearing. Though I remain '.2 mystified by the comment and its i implications for citizen involve- ? ment, I turn to the alternative :2 public for the civic concern and .: commitment to free expression - of the Gregorys -,the letters il column of the Clifich Valley ": Times. :i My first matter of concern is , the town's supposed recent 'acquisition" of the building known as the Lions' Den. Although I understand that there was a recent motion to dispose of the building at an auction, that motion ignores a rather fund- amental problem. O.e can only dispose of what one has, and there are serious doubts that the town in fact acquired'title by the deed from the person who was president of the St. Paul "Junior Women's Club" in 1959. I have been a lawyer since 1973, have practiced in three states and have served on the hoards of many organizations and advised others. Never in my extensive experi- ence with non-profits have I ever seen a situation where a former officer of an organization owning real property first obtained and then retained the power to transfer legal title to that property after the organization had disappeared and the person and not been an officer 54 years. Besides this first monumental problem, there are others. Under Virginia law found at Va. Code 15.2-1800, a locality can acquire real property "for any public uses." The term "public uses" have a specified meaning which is found at Va. Code 1-219.1. As I read the statute, "the public use" for which the property is intended should be "stated" before the acquisition. As I understand the history of the transaction, the property in question was acquired without any such statement of purpose and the recent public hearing was an effort to come up with a solution after the fact. Exactly why disposing of the property only a few months after the deed supposedly granting ownership was executed constitutes a public use is as mysterious as why a citizens public expression is off- limits at a public hearing. The third problem with the Lions Den transaction involves Va. Code 15.2-1803. That law states that for every deed purporting to convey real estate to a locality "to be valid", it must be accepted by the locality and the acceptance "shall appear on the face thereof" or on a separately recorded instrument and shall be executed by a person authorized to act on behalf of the locality. I have examined the face of the deed and can find no such trace of any such acceptance by the town. If there is an accept- ance on a separate document I would be curious to see it. I personally doubt there is one. One final problem with the transaction involves the appraisal which was performed to sup- posedly determine the value of the property in March 2013. I have recently written the town treasurer listing my concerns. For purposes of this letter, I will Spring May is National Egg Month, and there is a lot to celebrate about this incredible source of nutrition. As the weather heats up and .outside activities pick up, 'Americans can increase their intake of the sunshine vitamin even more by eating-all-natural foods, like eggs, which are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. In fact, the USDA recently reviewed egg nutrient data and results showed that one large egg contains 41 IU of vitamin D, 64 percent higher than before. "Vitamin D is a nutrient that should not be overlooked," says Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD. "In .addition to working with caM- um to help form and maintain strong, healthy bones, vitamin D :works with calcium to prevent the development of osteoporosis in older adults. At 15 cents apiece, eggs are an easy, all- natural and inexpensive way to boost your vitamin D intake. Other good sources of vitamin D include fortified milk and fish, such as salmon and tilapia." Furthermore, eggs are an easy and versatile way to get that high-quality protein. One i large egg also has varying ; amounts of 13 essential vitamins , and minerals all for 70 calories! !Regardless of how you prefer I your eggs - hard-boiled, ! scrambled, poached or others-- this month is the perfect time to , brush up on your egg cooking ! skills. Visit the InCredible Egg's , Cooking School for step-by-step i directions and pictures. I- -Lo--oking for another way to I celebrate National Egg Month? i Join America's egg farmers in ' fighting childhood hun.ger thro- 1 ugh the Good Egg Project. Visit mention just three. First, the appraiser offered an appraisal of the value of the property without setting foot inside its interior- even though he explicitly certified in the appraisal form that he had conducted a complete visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the subject pro- perty. Second, the three com- parable houses used to estimate value are all small three bedroom houses; the structure in question contains two rooms and a bath- room - and no bedrooms. Third, the appraisal form answers yes to the question of whether the pro- perty conforms to the neigh- borhood even though it is the only two room structure on the street which is not an out- building. Besides my concern over the Lions Den matter, I write to express my strong disagreement with the decision of the council majority to spend a money on a skateboard park for St. Paul. To steal a line from Gloria Steinem, St. Paul needs a skate park like a fish needs a bicycle. Before explaining why I think this is so, I also want to thank Jason Kilgore, Tim Boardwine and Harry Kelly for their good sense in rejecting the skate park idea. My first problem is demo- graphic, Approximately 80% of skateboarders are under 18. I am not sure how many people in St. Paul are under 18, but I have the whelming percentage of bones being broken are not the bones of codgers like myself. Rather they are the bones of young people - mainly male. Significantly, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 5 years old should never ride a skateboard, and that children aged 6 to 10 years need close supervision from an adult or trustworthy adolescent whenever they ride a skateboard safely. Although I concede the pos- sibility that one can skateboard safely if one is properly trained, has proper equipment and has a safe smooth surface on which to skateboard, I am not sure con- ceiving that possibility consti- tutes good reason to support the investment of limited public funds in an activity so limited to a specific age group and gender, and fraught with the possibility of serious injury. On the subject of town liability, I recognize that the law seems to indicate that the town would be immune from suit except in cases of gross negligence. On the other hand, I know that lawyers can be pretty creative in fitting their argument to the situation. Once again, I thank this paper for its open-ness to dissenting views. I wish the spirit were contagious. Sincerely, Hugh F. O'Donnell St. Paul distinct impression that they are relatively few and are likely Old Time outnumbered by senior citizens like myself. My second statistical issue is that 75% of skate- boarders are male. Investing so heavily in such a male dominated activity does not seem consistent with the spirit of Title IX and gender equality. For me, the most important statistic is not demo- graphic but orthopedic. Ac- cording to Google, there are over 50,000 visits to the emergency room each year occasioned by the use of skateboards. As the demographics show, the over- into National Egg Month with Vitamin D With 64 Percent More Vitamin D, Eggs are a Natural Way to get this Important Sunshine Vitamin this Spring I #1 Prize Win,lug Recipe Carrie Rodgers, Warrenton, Virginia Fauquier Corm O, Fair Shrimply Deviled Eggs ilere "# a totrtlly amalwded itlect for I)eeiled elzf# - .flHro,ful, emd *Jo inlerellnff. T}Tt addio more o. less fhSe h itlhlyflred iredit4# 1 .#it  le. ,Oa,,n,e tit m a &ed of redded lethtee fo. a dezjrt eour*e or a# agn autaati W Ion ti'n.m,a*. llis Ip prie wSnif recipe is o ordlul d*nilcf el 0 - Iol 'Jr me! 6 large Eggs, bard boiled* and peeled 12 oz. Beer and I teas. Old Bay seasoning 12 large Shrimp plus enough shrimp to measure I cup, chopped "3 - 4 T. Mayonnaise I T. Pc*to 2 T. Capers (include caper juice) 2 T. finely chopped Onion 2 T. finely chopped Parsley Salt, Pepper, onion powder, garlic salt and a spee of Dijon mustard to taste Paprika to garnish While eggs are Cooking, place beer in a saucepan with Old Bay and 2 cups water and'bring to a lxil. Put the whole ,'shrimp and the shrimp to chop in the boiling water; bring to a second boil *rod turn off hel. Leave shrimp in hot water lbr 5 nfinutes or until pink in txdnr, drain and peel. Set aside 12 and chop the rest. Slice hard boiled, peeled eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop yolks out and place in a mixing bowk mashing the yolks. Add remaining ingredients and the chopped shrimp and mix together thoroughly. Spoon mixture by spoonfifls into the white half of each egg. Place one shrimp on top of each egg and sprinkle with paprika. Keep refrigerated until ready lo serve. Makes 12 amazing appetizer portions 7"o hard boil eggs." Place eggs in a saucepan large enough to hold them in a single her. Add CaM water to trover eggs by I inch: cover pan," heat over high heatjm't to boiling. Remove from burrow. Let eggs" stand in hot water about 12 minutes. Drain," cool down in ice water," and peel off shells. Virginia Egg Council 540 345 3958 -edgg8,'n rcv.ne.t- www.virginiaeggconncil.or g IncredibleEgg.or-g?Goot-Egg- Project to make a pledge to help fight childhood hunger. For every pledge, America's egg farmers will donate one egg to Feeding America. Since 2009, America's egg farmers have donated more than 38 million eggs to help feed the hungry. Get i m&e-egg-ecipes and nutrition information by "Liking" the Incredible Edible Egg on Face- book, following @Incredible- Eggs on Twitter, or visiting the Pinterest page. And check out www.virginiaeggcouncil.org for local egg information and recipes. Revival at Virginia City An Old Time Revival starts Monday night, May" 13 , at 7 p.m. nightly at the Virginia City Little White Historical Church beside the new power plant with Jessie Jones and friends. There will be special singing each night. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 276-762- 7963. Wise County Sheriff s Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 4/22/2013 through 4/28/2013. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1782 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 387 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 6. Criminal Process for the same period served 32 Felony Warrants, 35 Misde- meanor Warrants, 3 DUI Arrest and worked 3 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 805 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 10 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 31 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 240 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 1 adult in state, 2 adult out of state, 0 mental patient, and 0 juveniles for a total of 3 transports, involving 38 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 25 vehicles and escorted 6 funerals during this seven-day period .... FIsH FRY...Dr. David Dalton and LeRoy Hilton were among the many who enjoyed the fish fry on Wednesday at the park. The fish were caught and prepared by Johnny Hicks and Lawrence Worley. Virginia teens invited to participate in free YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat Teens from across the Com- monwealth are invited to parti- cipate in a free Summer Lead- ership Retreat in July to learn how to become a safer driver and how to share this informa- tion to help protect their friends and family. The 2013 Summer Lead- ership Retreat is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) and the Virginia State Police Association. The retreat is free, including rooms and meals, and will be held July 23-26, at Lynchburg College in Lynch- burg. To register your teen or to learn more about the Retreat, go to www.yovaso.net. All high school students are welcome, including rising freshmen and graduating seniors. The theme for the 2013 Retreat is "YOVASO Super Heroes: Saving the World, One Driver at a Time." Students will participate in a variety of educa- tional and hands-on activities that focus on safe driving practices and the importance of making good decisions while driving. Students will also learn about YOVASO and how they 'can become involved in school and community efforts to pro- mote safe teen driving and pre- vent motor vehicle crashes among teens. A typical day will have participants getting behind the wheel of the texting and dis- tracted driving simulator, using iPads to learn about why teens crash, hearing from national motivated speakers, competing in a safety themed Amazing Race, and teaming up with other youth to brainstorm ideas on how to prevent teen crashes. CONGRATULATIONS to Darrell Dixon the win- ner of the Spring Bag-o- Books Giveaway at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. Help for people with Macular Degeneration Find out if the new E Scoop glasses will help you see better p" . ._ -.. ,., -"" Call for a FREE phone consultation with Dr. Armstrong, Optometrist Offices in: Roanoke, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Wylhelle Fun, team-building sessions are an important part of the Retreat and will include a cookout and social, a dodge ball competition, a talent show, a ropes course, and other activities. "Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer Of teenagers and in order to have an impact on this problem, we need to educate our teens and em- power them as leaders," explained Mary King, YOVASO Program Administrator. "The Summer Leadership Retreat provides teens with the training and the skills through which they can speak out and encourage their friends and peers to buckle up and drive safely." To learn more about the Summer Leadership Retreat, call Haley Glynn, YOVASO Retreat Director, at (804) 548-4117 or call the Roanoke YOVASO_- : office at (540) 345-0003. Infor- mation and Retreat registration forms are also posted on the website at www.yovaso.net. Space is limited, so register early. The final deadline to register is May 31. YOVASO is Virginia's peer- to-peer education and prevention program for teen driver safety. The program is part of the Virginia State Police Association and is funded by a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office. YOVASO has existed since 2001 and works with high and middle schools across the Common4 wealth to improve teen driver safety. Clinch .... Valley Times _ MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, : VA 24283, by the CLINCH :VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAl, SUBSCRIlYrlONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell cotmti; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O. Box 817, St. Paul, VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50e Classified Advertising: Minimum charge, $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 25c per word after 20 words. Display Advertising rates: on application. 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