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% Vol. LV, No. 22 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...', :-:: -:-= ............. Thursday, May 30, 2013 Saint Paul, Virginia 50c 1 .I and WORK CONTINUES AT POOL...Major leaks have been found and are being worked on. Ground water and 36 years of wear and tear without major upgrades have caused the problem. The town is aiming for twO months of swimming time. Clinch River Days Festival Schedule of Events Thursday, May 30 Reception, Railroad Museum 6-9 pm Friday, May 31 Gallery Show, Railroad Museum Craft & Food Vendors, Kids Train Rides, Climbing Wall Wrestling, Little League Field Talent Contest, on the stage Jason "T-Bone" Kilgore, on the stage "Windfall" Dance Contest " outhern Breeze" 5-8 pm 6-8 pm 5-6 pm 6-7 pm 7-9 pm 9 pm 9-11 pm Saturday, June 1 Farmers Market, Market Square Cruisers Car Show, 4th Ave. Fishing Tournament, Oxbow Lake Gallery Show, Railroad Museum .__Photography Show, Cain Center Confederate Ladies Tea, Eastern Star Bldg. Flag Raising, Park Midway Rides, Games, Face Painting, Clowns, etc. Dog Show, Little League Field Civil War Re-enactments, Riverbank Craft & Food Vendors, Kids Train Rides, Games 5.5K Walk/Run, Oxbow Lake Park Shows & Entertainment, Park Stage 8-1 pm 10-6 pm 9-12 noon 10-5 pm .10-5 pm 12 noon 11 am 1-4 pm 5-6:30 pm 10-6 pm 6 pm 12 noon-1 1 pm New laws taking effect July 1, 2013 take a tougher stance on drinking and driving and driving' while distracted. Under current law, a convic- tion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) is not considered a felony unless it is the third DWI con- viction within 10 years. Effec- tive July 1, any DWI conviction will be a felony if a person has a : prior conviction of any of the following: Involuntary manslau- ghter alcohol Involuntary manslaughter alcohol boat- ing DWI maiming = Boating while intoxi- cated maiming DWI third offense or subsequent A DWI felony conviction mandates a minimum fine of $1,000 and one year in prison. Also as of July 1, texting while driving is a primary offense with increased penalties. Texting or reading text messages while driving is illegal for all drivers, no matter their age. Currently, texting while driving is a secondary offense and can only be charged when the offender is stopped for another, separate offense. A texting while driving con- viction will carry a $125 fine for the first offense and $250 for the second or subsequent offenses. The current penalties are $20 for a first offense and $50 for a sec- ond or subsequent offense. The new law increases the punish- ment of any person convicted of reckless driving to inclqde a $250 mandatory fine if the person was texting at the time of a reckless driving offense. In 2012, more than 20 percent (28,112) of all crashes in Virginia (123,588) were attribu- ted to driver distractions. More than 28,000 crashes resulted in 174 fatalities and 16,709 injuries. Nearly 1,700 crashes involved drivers using cell phone or texting while operating a motor vehicle. "Now is the perfect time to remind drivers to focus on the task of driving and not drive impaired or distracted," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's High-- way Safety Representative. "People are dying and being seriously injured because of drunk and distracted driving. Those offenses put not only the driver and their family in danger, but this risky behavior also jeopardizes everyone else tra- veling on the roadways." : - Here are some distracted driving facts for 2012 : Virginia: Most distracted driving - crashes involved drivers 21- to 35 years old Most distracted driver- i crashes occurred at the end of the week on Thursdaysi : Fridays and Saturdays; between noon and 6 p.m. e The top three drivetl distractions last year were, in~ order: drivers not having their eyes on the road fatigue cell phone use RONALD McDONALD will be in St. Paul for Clinch River Days on Saturday. Bring your camera and autograph book and meet Ronald McDonald at 1 pm under the tent, near the kid's game area. There will be magic, music and good times for all! [en AA-Sundays .and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pro, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays- Wise, 8 pro, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- ARY PTA-Jrd Monday, 7 ,pro school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pro, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 pro, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 pro, 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 Com- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER I2-4th Tuesday, 7 pro, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679- 0810, ACOA MEETINGoAdult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pro, First Baptist Church, Coeburn Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood. All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E Hou- se provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers lll!!l!l!!!lll!l!l!!!l!lllll needed-training available. Call 1- 800-572-2278. SENIOR CITIZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY- Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th 9am-Spin; W/F 9am-5pm; Sa lOam-2pm. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9arn-5pm Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat urdays, and llam-7:30pm Tues- days and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone numbers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St, Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-Spm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered ihfamily planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For infor- mation, call 395-6398. 100TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- well counties who are I00 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- 800-656-2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 10@ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a "Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school and in each county public library. ,,,Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been placed in the office and the library of each school, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP-Women survivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, 3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. FOOD BANK-First' Baptist Church, St. 'Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER-T'he West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495- 8473. CLOTHES CLOSET-The Wom- Inc./Family Crisis Services" sup- en On Mission group at First port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a similar situations Mondays, 10:30 " Clothes Closet from 9-11 am am-12 noon. For information call Tuesdays. Anyone who needs Rand 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 re- sume, writing and interviewing. For derails, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability uansport- ation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewcll counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Pnblic Library, Lebanon. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mem- orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the L Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetidgs are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coebnrn-A Dept. of Veterans Services- representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am* clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING-Health, Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confid- ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-32S-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm 2"l Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm yd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSI0N-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the'Riverside Diner at 6 pro. Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Main-Sta(rway, Old Russell County Courthouse - Old Russell County Courthouse, Part III by Jerry Couch As one of Russell County's earliest stone and brick struc- tures, the Old Russell County Courthouse is remarkable for its time and place. It is a transitional building, represent- ing the change from frontier to established community. It is a tangible expression of the hopes and dreams of those who settled the frontier. Today we will'con- tinue our examination of the Old Russell County Courthouse and why it is a remarkable building, exclusive of its associated history. Like brick, the production of mortar was also a lengthy and labor-intensive process in the early 19 century. Today, pulverized lime is used in mortar mix. At the time the Old Court- house was constructed, lime was produced by super-heating blocks of limestone in a lime kiln. The process was similar" to brick-making, requiring back- breaking labor and lots of wood for fuel. Lime obtained through this process is actually highly caustic quicklime and must be slaked in water before it can be used in mortar for bricks. When the Old Courthouse was being" built, masons did not wear gloves or safety glasses. Their For example, the chinking of the hands would have been like old log house on Sugar Hill leather and if bits of lime got in contained large quantities of hog their eyes it would have burned bristles (and a considerable am- like fire. ount of clay). It would be inter- At the time the Old Court- esting to know just how many house was built, lime would also deceased hogs were represented have been used to mix putty for within those walls! glazing the windows. Window putty is essentially calcium car- bonate (whiting) kneaded with linseed oil (expressed from flax seed). Although slaked lime is a less-pure form of calcium And what about shingles for the roof?. No such thing as a trip to Lowe's in the 19 century. Shingles were made at home in a process known as "riving." First, white oak or red oak logs carbonate, it was available. In -were cut into sections of up- 19t~ century Russell County, pmpriate length. Then, the logs "available" beat the dickens out were split like thin slices of of unavailable, layer cake by using a free and a Lime was also used in plaster hic.kory maul. There were for interior surfaces of the Old' various superstitions concerning Courthouse. Plaster is com- posed of lime and sand, but the proportions of each are different from those in mortar. Home- made plaster must be mixed with water and allowed to hydrate for a period of time before it is used. Doing so makes it more "plastic" and easy to spread. To improve its sticking properties, plaster was mixed with hog bristles or horse hair, both of which were readily available in farming communities. Animal hair was also used as a binder in the chinking, of log buildings. when shingles should be rived to avoid "cupping" once they were exposed to weather. In established communities, wood shingles were often treated with crude preservatives or painted for increased longevity and improved appearance. The shingles of the Old Courthouse were probably untreated and unpainted, which may have been a factor in the building's long- term survival. Modem wooden shingles are treated with fire- retarding compounds. The (Continued on page 2)