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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, May 19, 2016 Page 5 The Learning Center announces MEOC Walkathon raises $136,423; CEDAR Coal Fair winners donations still being accepted Pictured are (left to right): Back Row Caleb Nunley, Daniel Johnson, Abigail Jessee, Austin Gardner, Becky Johnson. Middle Row -Abigail Carter, Maitlyn Trent, Alexandra Jessee. Front Row - Rylan Smith, Caylee Jessee The Learning Center recently participated in the 2016 CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resources) of Virginia Regional Coal Fair held at the Coronado Mine Rescue Training Facility located in Oakwood, VA. Students from surrounding area counties entered nearly 400 coal projects in the follow- ing, categories:Art, English, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. The Learning Center had 9 student winners and 1 adult winner in the 2016 CEDAR Coal Fair: Alexandra Jessee - 3rd place Math (5th-8th grade) Caleb Nunley - 3rd place Math (9th- 12th grade) Daniel Johnson - 3rd place English (9th- 12th grade) Abigail Carter- 3rd place Art (5th-8th grade) Rylan Smith - 1st place Social Studies (K-4th grade) Austin Gardner - 3rd place Social Studies (5th- 8th grade) Abigail 'Jessee - 1st place Social Studies (9th- 12th grade) Maitlyn Trent - 2nd place Social Studies (9th- 12th grade) Caylee Jessee - 2nd place Technology (K-4th grade) Becky Johnson - 1st place Coal Fair Coordinator (5th-8th cate- gory) The winners were rec- ognized at the 2016 Student and Teacher Awards Banquet held on Saturday, April 30 where they received ribbons and cash awards. Congratulations to all our winners ! ! Participants in the 40th Annual Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC) Walkathon enjoyed abun- dant sunshine despite morning rain showers and forecasted thunderstorms during this year's 10 kilo- meter (6.2 mile) walk. The event, which took place Sunday, May 1, raised $136,423 for MEOC's Emergency Fuel Fund which assists older people in Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton with heating emer- gencies during winter months. "Over 300 walkers from the community showed up at Union High School to help MEOC raise money for the Emergency Fuel Fund," said MEOC Executive Director Michael Wampler in expressing how pleased he was with the turnout. "The Emergency Fuel Fund is truly the community's fund and we are so thankful for each individual and for every business and faith organization represented," Wampler continued. Wampler attributed the success year after year of this fundraiser to the com- munity's awareness that all money raised stays in this area and that it all goes to directly assist older per- sons who are in 'danger of being without heat during cold winter months. He reiterated that none of the money raised is ever used for any type of administra- tive cost or any other expense. Every cent is used to purchase oil, coal, gas or wood or to pay an electric bill for a person over age sixty (60) in MEOC's service area. Fifteen organizations and businesses that donat- ed or otherwise raised $5,000 or more were desig- nated as community spon- sors. 2016 community sponsors were Heritage Hall - Big Stone Gap, Dominion Foundation, United Way of Southwest Virginia, Old Dominion Power, Staff of Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Fas Mart, University of Virginia's College at Wise, Lee Health & Rehab Center, Wise County Board of Supervisors, Wells Fargo, Humphreys/Red River Coal, Norton City Schools, Oliver Coal Sales, Lee County Board of Supervisors and Heritage Hall - Wise. Wampler also expressed appreciation to Union High School and Powell Valley Primary School for allow- ing MEOC to use their facilities and to the Union High School Marching Band. The band was on hand to kick off the walk and to add to the celebrato- ry atmosphere which char- acterized the day. From October 2015 through March 2016, MEOC's Emergency Fuel Fund positively responded to 1,148 home heating emergencies and spent over $193,000 keeping the region's older people warm, safe and secure in their own homes. Those wishing to donate to the Emergency Fuel Fund may still do so. Donations are accepted year-round and may be brought to MEOC's offices at 1501 Third Avenue East, Big Stone Gap, or mailed to MEOC, Attn: EFF, P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. Call for submissions :Annual Photography Contest now open to entries Entries are now being accepted for the Clinch River Days Festival 18th annual photography con- test. The deadline to enter is May 31. A five-dollar fee per entry is required. Entries must be ready to hang, matted or framed. No glass, please. Entries may be dropped off at the offices of St. Paul Main Street or C. R. Pate & Company. For more details, visit www.clinchriverfest.com or email stpaulmain- street@gmail.com. First-place winners receive cash prizes and rib- bons in the categories of proficient and amateur, while second- and third- place winners receive rib- bons in the categories of proficient and amateur. The cash prizes include $100 for best in show, $25 for landscape, $50 for flora/fauna (Peyton Gregory Memorial), $25 for culture, $25 for adven- ture, and $50 for black and white (Peyton Russo Memorial). Awards will be present- ed during a reception on Thursday, June 2, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The reception takes place at the Russell County Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia, State Extension Division presents this week's Extension News. Extension Calendar of Events June 2 4-H Camp Registration - 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm Russell County Conference Center June 11 Bees, Blooms & Bluegrass Festival Old Russell County Courthouse- Dickensonville, VA June 18 Southwest District "All-Youth" Horse Show SW VA 4-H Center - Abingdon, VA If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056 or check Virginia Cooperative Extension - Russell County on Facebook. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE Weed of the Week: Goldenrod This week's "Weed of the Week" is the Goldenrod. Goldenrod is a member of the Aster family and a common weed of nursery crops, pastures, mead- ows, roadsides, and ditches. It is particularly bothersome to Christmas tree growers. Goldenrod is a perennial plant - returning every year. Shoots emerge from rhizomes in mid- April with seedlings emerging in June. They are easily recognized in the fall by their bright yellow flowers. Goldenrod spread in two ways: by seeds and by rhi- zomes (underground stems). Similar to thistle seeds, their white feathery structures (pap- pus) facilitate seed distribution by the wind. Rhizomes removed from the soil often have a reddish color. Although Goldenrod may be sprayed throughout the growing season, perennial broadleaf weeds are best treated when they reach their maximum vegetative height (this would also allow the seedlings to emerge and be sus- ceptible). Many herbicide formu- lations will control this species including: 2,4-D, 2,4-D + Banvel, Grazon Next, Grazon P+D, and Surmount. Glyphosate (Roundup) is also effective but all vegetation will be killed. For more information concerning weed control, please contact the Extension Office. **Herbicides listed are for educational purposes only - oth- ers formulation may be equally effective.** What were they worth last week? Listed below are the average sales prices for cattle sold on the Virginia State Graded Sales for the week of May 5-11, 2016. Sales were held at Blackstone, Culpeper, Lynchburg, Narrows, Radiant, Shenandoah, Spring Lake, and Winchester. 2,740 calves were sold (1,376 steers, 1,016 heifers, and 348 bulls). Prices listed are for Medium and Large frame #1 steers and heifers, and prices are given in S/hundred weight. Steers: 400-500: $160.90; 500 - 600: $154.80, 600 - 700: $147.60; 700 - 800: $138.60; 800 - 900:$145.60 Heifers: 400 - 500: $147.00; 500 - 600: $139.90, 600 - 700: $131.10; 700 - 800: $123.65 The Russell County Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell -- is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ Railroad Museum, 16646 Russell Street, St. Paul. The photographs will be exhibited in the Fraley Building, 16625 Russell Street, during the Clinch River Days Festival, June 2 - June 4. Area reunions... The McCowan and Lee Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 2 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Brushy Ridge at the home of Earl Lee and the late Margaret Lee under the red shed. Please bring a covered dish or a drink. 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