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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, June 12, 2014 Of shoes..and g wax.. Ann Young Gregory The festive season Reprinted from June 7, 2012 Just two weeks from the date of this issue of the Clinch Valley Times will mark the first day of summer, and from what the weather prognosticators have to say, it'll be plenty warm! I suppose that goes along with weather we've had, as our winter was almost not wor- thy of the word, so few cold and snowy days did we have! While we can't do much about the weather except relax inside in air conditioning, or, at the other extreme, stay indoors in artificially-generated heat or wrap up in sweaters and coats, we can manage to do quite a lot about our environment exclusive of the weather. Without effort, of course, not much happens--remem- ber: "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got"? Not too inspiring I'm sure you'll agree. However, sometimes you just want the result to be "what you've always got" so go for it! Getting into the festive aspect, though, requires a lot more outside the box kind of thinking, and that's what we've seen a lot of going on around St. Paul in recent days. Last week presented several very good examples. On Monday, May 28, designated as Memorial Day by the Congressional Monday holiday edict, we saw the dedication of the Town's second Veterans' Memorial, this one located at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Riverside Drive. The dedication ceremony Was a mov- ing one, and the Memorial honors specific individuals as well as all of ocr military heroes. An appreciative crowd gathered for the ceremony, which included speakers, a color guard, a wreath and a 21-gun salute all honoring our veterans. The memorial required much thought, work and planning, and all of those responsi- ble are to be commended! While the dedication of the memorial should more correctly be called dignified and somber rather than fes- tive, other activities during the week were definitely on the festive side. It was Clinch River Days Festival week, and that in itself is festive, even on the days when nothing festival- related is going on. The events began Thursday night with the Festival Reception at the Railroad Museum. It's an activity which I always consider to be one of the very nicest gatherings we have in the course of the year. We were again blessed with very nice weather, and the Heart of Appalachia Community Orchestra, a really wonderful organi-zation, performed on the lawn. Carol Blevins of Meadowview was the featured art/st, and her watercolors were beautifully displayed. Wine from sev- eral area wineries was served on the porch, and sweet and savory goodies were available inside the Museum. Friday morning dawned rainy and cold, and condi- tions didn't look good for the opening events of the Festival itself, scheduled for 5 p.m. I had an appoint- ment in Bristol fairly early Friday, and we battled heavy rain and fog all the way there. By the time we'd had lunch and were on the way home, it was as though somebody was standing in front of the car throwing buckets of water at the windshield--I've seldom seen it rain so hard. We cr~/wled along until fmally the rain let up, and we got home without incident. All we could think of, however, was the effect the weather was going ' to have on the opening events of the Festival. Wonder of wonders!! The rain went away and the sun came out. By the time things were supposed to begin happening, the weather was as cooperative as it could be. The only impact it had on scheduled events was that wrestling had to be canceled--it was still rain- ing when thi time to set it up rolled :around and there just wasn't tine to get it done once the weather calmed down. Othel than that, however, the schedule wasn't seriously affected. Music, performances, vendors, food--everything began to open up and proclaim that the 14th annual Clinch River Days Festival was underway! It continued through Saturday, with entertainment, food and vendors all working as planned. One local booth that I found to be particularly bittersweet was the St. Paul High School Alumni Association's table. A variety of kinds of SPHS memorabilia was for sale--with all the proce4eds to be used for the Association's Scholarship Fund. I don't think it's going to make any difference how many years go by,-the faithful and loyal graduates of St. Paul High School will continue to support their school, and will regret very much that it has been closed and there will be no more SPHS graduates! But enough of that. Saturday brought, in addition to a full day of Festival at A. R. Matthews:Memorial Park, a huge Classic Car Show was held on Fourth Avenue, which was closed off for the block between Broad and Russell Streets. The show, sponsored by the Clinch River Cruisers, featured its own enter-tainment and food vendors. Another Saturday morning event was a Kids' Fishing Toumament at the Oxbow Lake. The Clinch River Farmers Market was open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., of course, as it is every Saturday during the season, and the number of products expands each week as the grow- ing season progresses. In addition to farm produce, the shopper had many other choices: jams, jellies, honey, eggs, lamb, baked goods, jewelry, note cards, nature photos, quilts, knitted and crocheted items--a real wealth of goodies. The Confederate Ladies held their Tea, and the enter- tainment on the Park Stage continued throughout the day. Area wineries served their products in the Wine tent, and food vendors were kept busy. The Collegians, the great group which has closed the Festival every year, made its final appearance--the group is retiring after this season. The next festive event--the Fourth of July! A reunion for the descendants of Uriah Bowman and Elizabeth "Betsy" Redwine will be held Saturday, June 14 at 3 pm at Ike Bowman's shed on Rt. 80 in Dickenson County. For more informa- tion call 276-254-12.86 or text 276-254-1000. WINNER...The May Reading for Rewards winner at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library is Rebekah Hankins. Pictured with two of her daughters, she received a $20 gift card to Subway provided by Friends of the Library. She will also now be eligible to win an Ereader provided by the Friends of the Library. The drawing for the ereader will be held in December. Items of lnterest--- Genealogical Society Help Night The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a Genealogy Help Night on Thursday June 12, 2014, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Washington County Tennessee Public Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN. Muster of Militia and their families Flag Day-June 14, 2014 Hear ye! Hear yel Overmountain Men and their families will come to life at the Muster of Militia, to be held June 14, 2014 from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Abingdon Muster Grounds. This event will highlight the importance of the Washington County, Virginia militia and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780. There will be demonstra- tions related to life in backcountry Virginia dur- ing colonial times. Following the Muster, the Abingdon Muster Grounds and the Boy Scouts of America will host an American Flag Retirement Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. On the day that commemorates the adop- tion of the American Flag by the Second Continental Congress, we will honor our worn flags by properly retiring them. Please bring your worn flags and join us for this memorable tra- dition. Flags may be dropped off at the Keller Interpretive Center, seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or may be brought to the ceremo- ny. The Flag Retirement ceremony will be conduct- ed around an outdoor campfire at the Abingdon Muster Grounds. Some l seating will be available. Feel free to bring a lawn: chair. ......... i If you would like more information about this topic, please call 276-525- 1050 or email lhunter@ abingdon-va.gov SouthwestVirginia Regional Jail Meeting The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Russell County Conference Center, Lebanon, Virginia. WORK BEGINS...Work on St. Paul's new wastewater treatment plant has begun. The plant will cost 7 million dollars and will be fin- ished in August of 2015. The plant will have the capability of treating 500,000 gallons of wastewater a day. Usage will be 30% for Castlewood, 20%Wise County and 50% St. Paul. Randy Beckner and Cody McElroy representing Mattern & Craig are the engineers in charge of the project. Frizzell Construction Company will be con- structing the plant. Bob Taylor is the on site inspector of the work being done. The new Sign on the front of the Lyric Theater proudly lists the names of The Town of St. Paul and The St. Paul IDA for funding the roof and facade work. The Town, who is the owner of the building, pur- chased this sign at the request of the Lyric Revitalization Committee. Would you like to see YOUR NAME listed as a sponsor? CLINCH VALLEY TIMES DEADLINES: Editorial copy (anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, calendar items, press releases, etc.) 3 p.m. Monday ADVERTISING (Classified and display) 12 noon Monday RICHMOND Va. (June 2, 2014) June Great Outdoors Month is a time when Virginia celebrates the health and well-being that active lifestyles pro- vide. From the coastal serenity of the Eastern Shore to the rugged terrain of the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia's abundant natural resources offer outdoor recreation throughout the Commonwealth. This June Virginia Tourism Corporation offers outdoor getaway ideas for all interests and skill levels with a new landing page highlighting 25 Virginia Adventures. The landing page includes an interac- tive map of outdoor activi- ties throughout the state, making it easy for people to fred specific activities in certain regions. Social media savvy folks are encouraged to share their experiences on the new Virginia Outdoors Social Lounge with the #VAOutdoors hashtag for a chance to be featured on Virginia is for Lovers social media channels. Below are five ways to celebrate Great- Outdoors Month in Virginia. Find these and many others at www. Virginia.org/vaout- doors. Hike - Virginia is a hiker's paradise whether it's a walk through coastal Virginia on Facebook at marshes or a rugged jaunt www.Facebook.com/Virgi along the famed niaisforLovers and on Appalachian Trail, Virginia Twitter and Instagram at has a footpath for every- @VisitVirginia. one. 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