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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES,,St, EamL VA, Thursday, June 14,2012:, ........ es..and ships..and sealing wax..by Gregory One of a kind! Father's Day, which is coming up on Sunday, was quite disappointed. Perhaps that's one reason he started my whole train of thought, and I realized with distress that as of September, my father will have been gone for 40 years. Cancer claimed him just a few months before his sixty-fifth birthday, so he didn't have the opportunity to enjoy the retirement which he'd planned with such pleasure. An only child, I was completely devoted to both of my parents, and I blessed to have two such perfect ones! During my elementary schooldays, my mother was very often busy with activities that had to do with school' related projects. My school had a Fall Festival/Halloween Carnival type event--I don't remember exactly what it was called, but mother usually took on ,some responsibility--I remember that one year, she, a trained artist, cut silhouettes of those who paid a modest sum and were willing to pose without moving for a few minutes. She mounted the little black outlines on white paper, and the school's special fund (I.e.i money raised from the camival) did very well with her effort in this booth. But it's F ther's Day that's coming up, and I want to do some remembering about my father and the things he did with and for me when I was just a little girl. While hedidn't man a booth at the fall carnival, nor did we ever ask, knowing that he wouldn't be terribly excited about such a prospect, he did other kinds of things which benefited the school and its children. I remember one occasion when he spoke to a primary level class, and another when he invited my didn't go to the movies more often. Anyway, when I was just seven or eight, he took me to see Walt Disney's "Fantasia," and I remember that film only because I went with my daddy. I remember a couple of other times he went to the movies with me,, but other than those times, I don't remember that he ever went to the movies. I couldn't understand it, as I was quite an avid movie-goer in those days. Those who knew him might remember that my father had several hobbies--music, photography and woodworking among them--and from the time I was not much more than a toddler, I thought my daddy could do anything--absolutely anything. I knew that every Christmas, he and his fellow members of the Homecrafters Club, a group of men who enjoyed woodworking, made a lot of toys. Each member chose a toy and made it in multiples. They then shipped them to sevelal points in the Kentucky mountains, and several members drove to the towns where they had been sent, and distributed the toys to children who lived there, This was during the late 1930s and early 1940s--roads were bad and communication was limited, so the holiday gifts provided for children by this club were valued and families depended upon the Homecrafters Club. When I was about six, the children in my neighborhood were big time into playing cowboys and Indians. Most had appropriate toys--except me. I took a scrap of paper I found to my father, who, remember, Doris Bal s .... Of Whitesburg, KY Food City wins Claude P. Varney Humanitarian Award Food City's retail super- members and assisting with market chain annually recog- team fundraising efforts. She nizes outstanding volunteerism conducts regular visits to her among their associates via their local Hospice, sitting with Claude P. Varney Volunteer Re- patients and sewing rice heating cognition Program. The creation pads for them. She collects lap of the program came in response quilts for the patients of Letcher to President Bush's call to boost Manor Nursing Home and then volunteer efforts through corp- wraps and delivers them, labeled orate support. During a June from Santa Last year, she 2002 White House meeting, collected over 200 quilts for the President Bush met with corp- program. She adopts residents orate leaders from organizations from her local nursing home's across the nation and key White annual Christmas tree project class to visit the geology museum at the University of I thought could do anything, and asked him to m- e ."-lqouse staff members todiscuss and purchases gifts for them. objectives for his Businesses Banks also assists her local high Kentucky, where he taught geology and was curator me a gun. Taking the paper, he disappeared into hisi Strengthening America volun- schools in decorating for their of that departm, ent s museum. I remember two workshop for ten or fifteen minutes, and came back teerism campaign. Steve Smith, prom, graduation and other exhibits particularly--one was a model of the largest with a little wooden gun he'd cut out on the jigsaw Food City president and chief special events and purchases - - executive officer was among the corsages and boutonnieres for gold nugget ever found in the ,United States (maybe The next day, he brought me a Gene Autry cap pistol, select group, needy students. She helps co- anywhere--I don't remember), and it was enormous! But I especially valued that little wooden gun! , "As a company, we strive tO ordinate a number of private maintain a high level of dedi- community fundraisers, making The other was half of a giant geode whose insides Another very fond childhood memory I have of cation to service, quality, value homemade hot dog chili, work- were filled with huge amethyst crystals--absolutely my father has to do with my imaginary friends. I don't and community involvement ing the sales booth and lending a while providing a work en- hand as needed She assists the breathtaking. The last time I visited the UK geology know if all children have imaginary pals, but I expect vironment that enables our as- elderly residents in her neigh- museum, when Peyton was a student, I found that the that most of us who are only children had them. Mine sociates to grow both personally boyhood, providing transporta- museum had been dismantled. The museum cases were two little girls named Susan and Clover, and to a ad professionally as successful lion and assisting with routine members of the team," says errands. Banks is also the hned the walls of the bmldm where cole classes .... g g gy tell you the truth, I don t remember a whole lot about Smith "Many of our associates recipient of the 2010 Unsung were tauzht, but there was no more museum as such. what the "three of us" did, or how I played with them volunteer their time and talents Hero Award for Letcher County, .... " to numerous organizations in recognizing her outstanding The geology museum I remember was in the r lCUlar occasion wh n , I do remember, howeve, a part" " e support of their communities volunteer efforts within the Antidir ren2;ctratdofl Bmlasd ?g-- t i occupied almost the mother, daddy and I were all going someplace at an and we felt it needful to formally community. O recognize their selfless contri- "It's such an honor to receive o, ecal, but when they needed wh n w d leave h appointed time. Daddy told us e e shoul t at space for offices or something, they moved all the our house and mother was ready earn I was, too, but butions." this award," said Banks "I'm so .... , ., .,. The program was entitled in thankful to work for a company exhibits to the building where geology classes were when I got to the car, I told Daddy that Susan and memory of Food City's beloved that encourages you to be active taught, and it was there that the museum cases lined, Clover were still getting ready and we'd have to wait former president and board vice- within your community." chairman of 47 years, Claude P. A corporate luncheon was the walls. They were there, in fact, when I was at UK for them .Looking back, I'm amazed that I, probably Vamey. Varney was well-known recently held ,to publicly recog- as a student. " ;i around five years"old at the time, had the courage to for his tremendous compassion nize Banks for her outstanding Daddy was.not a big movie-goer, t remember only ,i ask that d wait, did Perha s that's wh I and humanitarian services. Each service achievements. She was ........... Dad -,. . p y year, committees are established presented with an honorary three or four tunes, m fact, that he attended a movie, ' remember the e"isode so clearl" While I should have to review associate volunteer plaque and Food City will make and one. of those,was to a drive-!n which was showing expected Dad@to say we had leave so we could be activities and select individual a $1,000 contribution on her a Captain Homblower film starring Gregory Peek (the n time I thou t he'd walt award recipients based on out- behalf to the charity of her wherever we were going o " , gh . standing achievement in the choice. Homblower novels, by C.S. Forester, were my And he did. Susan and Clover finally got to the car. areas of health, education, en- "We're extremely proud of rather s very favorite works of fiction). As I recall, the My father was truly one of a kind I'll bet yours .: ....... =. i.... , ........ the difference our associates v,:u .... make by devoting their time and g ry ... t.t: .... :^^ r,_^ . : .... :. talents to the service of others. movie's plot strayed from the original story, and he was toot - atmnal,henta e/hlsto and ..... .................................... . . , . .......... vuu.,, w..m Our company is committed to selected from each Food City ..... Lette to '/', or... old I est ial providing our associates the ........... . - location and corporate level. The . . . n e n e en support they need to become tide rs e edit Har er Memor ,e,d,st enna _w_,t__lov_. eito writel'l [i alon n'de Golf Tou .. bestco orate citizens ossible," district level winners, followedrl?. .. P s .... summarized Smltla . Headquartered In Ablngdon, !1 Reader e invit gside the railroadu rpass rney set for 8/10 finallytWthedWlsmnalreclplent winnerSof the hlghlyand . . ". . ! v Virginia, K-VA-T operates 105 I letters on matters of general [ across from Morgan-McClure Make plans now to parti- nty Schools, called him one ofHumanitarianeSteemed C.audeAward P" Varne._ retail food outlets" throughout tide" I interest tothe"ublic Letters I' torn. . . cipate in the Second Annual the most ethical men I ever After re" ;"" ;--k ...... -.._tri-state regions of Southeast v " Ii I would like to express tide Harold Lester M .....w ....... " ' " ' , . ' emorlal tJOli orKeo wlm Ne was very, very cnmmitment to ~arvino oth~r~Kentucky, Southwest Virginia [ do not necessarily reflect the [I town s appreciation to the ......... " , ................................ , ' and Northeast Tennessee [ philosophy or editorial[ Coeburn VFW and Honor Guard tl urnatLnten friday, ugust competent. He r.new his job and its not hard to see why Doris I _t .L:_ 2_.: ...... for their a"--earance We also o at o some vine t.ountry ne Knew now to get things anne. Banks of the Whitesburg, KY" " ................. re erv:; te*rT. to [! wish to exp ' 'ss our appreciation Club in Big Stone Gap. All He .had great people skills and ![ .m, "r ,o c,n,,,.I, [" to Shelly Molinary, the Girl proceeds trom this event will did things in a way he didn't Food city was selected as this year's Claude E Varney Hu- | . . rl ,L'% %'. .... I! scouts, Boy Scouts, 'Rev. John support the Harold Lester Mem- take credit for himself for the manitarian Award recipient, i'tSllncn iffr2- i I va!ley t .unes w !l:rm prmt .1 Thompson, and our keynote orial Fund of the Mountain Lau- things he accomplished Banks, who has been employed I .... .llllt, i[ unsigned letters., "]i speaker, Delegate Bud Phillips rel Cancer Support and Resource Lester also served a term on with the company for fourteen [ Valley ..... - --" I also wish to thank our town Center of Mountain Empire Old- the Big Stone Gap Town Coun- years, currently serves as the I _ " " lllilml store's Floral Manager. She is a ! Times l ometmltor: ' maintenance crew. ano. ornce, erCitizens, Inc. ClL ......... urrent t.ouncuman eonara long-time volunteer for the [ On May 28 , theTown of St. staff for thew assistance m fr^_ , .............. rtt, uavm Kogers said that Lester was one " " ' : Paul had a special observance of designing and construction of the _ , ........... American Cancer Society s Re- [ PRESS ASSOCIATION Memorial Day. A new Veteran's Veteran's Park. event, nearly ,v,ouo, nave e.en ot the best council members he lay for Life, serving as co-chair I VmtitNtA CRESS ASSOCIATION Memorial Park was "dedicated Mayor Hubert Kyle Fletcher used to ne,p meet many ot the ever served with. I thought he tformLsetchhelrdiCOUn~nt~ga%~eng [ Published weekly in St. Paul, " ^ , --, ^ unexpected needs of cancer did a super great iob in every- . ' .,. g Y . " [ VA 24283, by'the CLINCH : patients not addressed by other thin an l he- aveeve hin "a rags, seulng t-shirts, securing I.VALLEY " "PUBL-ISHII(IG ; g g ryt g corporate sponsors and making " ........ cancer resources. Every dollar lot of thought before he made his lurrlinaries. Letcher County '1 ......... . " ",---,] ",.. \ ." " .." " . raised at this event directly as- decisions, ranks an impressive sixth in the [ The Clinch Valley Times : what lree ts lnar{ Booklet t.rom the v slC acMPatiefitvSeisnhOUeth ::t to pOn;ofr)iSv dOottOs, The Grit nation, for money raised per Itneserves nncnme rour-eountyValleY areaitmeSot " g " Y " ' with him to capita Banks also serves as the [ se,.rvesme ro, ur-e.ounty area el Arbor Day Foundation makes it easier touched as a result of the Harold his final day. He exemplified ......... " ! w se, Kusseu, o crenson ann captain ot the rood t lty Kelay Sco with offices and tflant 7to irl rtf;Cxr Lester Memorial Fund, but,this each and every day of his Team, encouraging associates to [ bytes unfortunately, there are many life. To him the important thin get lnvoivea, ....... mouvatmg teamII VALLEymeatea mTIMESme t:Llrqt t building, . A _ fun, easy-to-use treefor in the shape of the leaves and more persons diagnosed with in life was the journey and how ,.a '| 16541 Russell Street. Perio- identitlcation booklet is avail- differences in the leaf stems and cancer each month. You and one got to his or her goal. ] dicals postage is paid at the able from the nonprofit Arbor twig structures, specifics on the your friends Can help meet the Working hard and staying true to ' ........ :l Post?ffice in St. Paul, VA 24283 ~at FUendat~7hnat~,T~hel,,bk~L dfieet~ls a~dudfl~de~sarkand the needs of those with cancer by your beliefs were staples that he Level 5 Donation of any ] ...... identify trees in a simnelev st 't - "What Try The,9 ;o o., supporting the annual Harold lived by. Mr. Lester felt each day amount Business/Individuali [ Ann Young Gregory Editor by-step process. ,- , r ideal resource to l eip'" peo;l'e Lester benefit Memorial Golf was an opportunity to touch the Sponsor ........... [ eg dve is . ;g ry What Tree Is That? features have a great appreciation for 10urnament. lives of people in a positive way, lVmlllgan package InCluded | S0san Trent Adv./Graphics hand-drawn botanical illustra- trees," said John "R'osenow, chief When Lester lost his battle and was constantly helping his in each sponsorship level.[ ......." ...... i ..... lions highlighting the distinctive executive and founder of, the with cancer, his family and family, friends and neighbors. For more information on the ] ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: claaracteristics of many tree Arbor Day Foundation. The friends hoped to find a way to There are several ways to species. Nature lovers and pro- educational mission of the Arbor honor his memory while helping participate in the tourney as levels of sponsorship or to I In advance: $28.50 in Wise and fessional arborists alike have Day Foundation is to help people others in need as a remembrance either a player, company sponsor receive an entry form nlease :| Russ leleounties; $30.00 in other c lltd? spotketsefire guide one enjoy and appreclatetrees, and of the devotion he embodied to or individual sponsor. All dona- contact Leigh Ann Boli'nskey at I24"zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. Sources to have Its el eaa Ytif ] W ll rffoel;ur ,pcKet nero game, caring for and assisting thou- lions are tax deductible. Spon- 276,, .523,._,4202 or email ' IPOSTMASTER: send address iKenneoy meoc org ' ~ .......... life " full-color iUustrations are in What Tree Is That? is also sands of people during his . - sorsh p levels are as follows: ' " [ changes to: ClinchVaUey Times, i P:O:?ox 817, St. Paul. VA precise detail to depict natural available as an online interactive time. m hiS memory, mey estao- Level 1 $475 Four Person CVTimes Deadlines: 124283 , o olors, shapes, and textures, so version at www.arborday.org, lished The Harold Lester Mem- team Hole Sponsor hsers, can make a positiveThe Arbor Day Foundation orial Fund as part of MEOCs Level 2 $400 Four person Editorial copy I SINGLE COPY-50c pecies identification in-just a offers this unique, one-of-a-kind Mountain Laurel Cancer Ke-team Company name on tour- few easy steps, online tool so people can source and Support Center nament board (birthdays, arlrllvorsarlos, pros - [ Classified Advertising'Minimum The .Arbr Day Foundation identify trees using the internet, which assists cancer patients in Level 3 $ 100 Hole Sponsor releases, calendar [ charge, $6.00 for up{o 20 words, briers ..... this booklet to help people . To obtain, a tree identification Lee.. Scott or Wise County or the Company or Individual Name on "items, weddln=s," n etc., ,I in advance;. 25c .per word after 20 |dentlfy trees In Vlrglnm and grade m full color, send your City of Norton Tee Box words. Display Advertising rates throughout the Eastern and Cen- name and address and $5 for -" " .. 4_ p.m. Monday [ Ay Advertising rates tral regions of the United States. each guide to What Tree Is That9 , . Lester was an educator in the Level 4 $100 Individual par- Advertising I -- tNhat Tree Is That? ugesa unique Arbor Day Foundation, Ne" w,se t oun ^ scnoo system ticipation in tournament (tourna- (classified and display) I tep-by-step approach to identify braska City, NE 68410. You can retiring alter 3tt ye s olse.rv!ce; ment committee will place you Periodiealspublication the species of each tree. The also order the book online at Larry Joe Hill, a retiree ass|slant on a team 12 noon Tuesday [ -- Booklet explains what.to look www.arborday.org, superintendent with Wise Con- CONTINUED next column