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576 EXJC Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 VoL LVIII, No. 24 W "' 'The time has come,' the walrus said, "to talk of many things.. " '" Thursday, June 16, 2016 Saint Paul, Virginia V i r LKi n i a PRESS 50 cents l The RAM Health Expedition will be return- ing to the Wise County Fairgrounds in Wise during the weekend of July 22-24 RAM provides FREE den- tal, medical and vision care to isolated and rural com- munities in the United States. The purpose of RAM is to provide FREE care to uninsured, underin- sured and others that can- not afford to pay. All serv- ices are provided by volun- teer nurse practitioners, physicians, dentists, optometrists and other trained health profession- als. Registration for services for adults and children will begin at 6:00 a.m. daily, from Friday, July 22 until Sunday, July 24. Patients will be served on a first come, first serve basis. If you plan to have lab work, please do not eat or drink after midnight. Free dental work includes cleanings, fillings, extractions, denture repairs and denture realignments. Free eye care includes eye exams, glaucoma testing, diabetes retinopathy screenings and prescrip- tions glasses. Bring your current eye glass prescrip- tion (within 1 year to avoid the wait for an eye exam and have your eye glasses made while you wait, Glasses may not be made for everybody due to vol- ume of patients). Free medical services include specialist exams, EKGs, osteopathic manip- ulations, diabetes screen- ing/education/foot care, bone density tests, blood work, cholesterol tests, breathing tests, chest x- rays, PAP smears, mammo- grams, GYN specialty exams, colposcopy, chiro- practic services, skin/biop- sies/surgeries/cancer screenings, echocardio- grams, ultrasounds, sub- stance abuse counseling. If transportation is need- ed, residents of Norton and Wise, Lee and Scott coun- ties can call Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. Transportation at 1-888- 877-6748 or 276-523- 7433. Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell and Buchanan A Youth Rally, sponsored by Morning Star Church was held on Saturday evening at A. R. Matthews Park. Songs are being sung in sign language. County residents may call Four County Transit at 1- 888-656-2272 or 276-963- 1486. Two weeks notice is appreciated. For additional 'mforma- tion, please contact The Health Wagon at 276-328- 8850. To volunteer time, med- ical services or food, regis- ter online at http ://www.ramusa.org/vol unteer Major sponsors include The Helath Wagon, RAM Virginia, Lion's Club of Virginia, Virginia Dental Association, Norton Community Hosigital- Mountain States Health Alliance, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity-VA, University of AppalachiaCollege of Pharmacy, VDH- Lenowisco Health District, University of Virginia Health System, Mountain View Reg. Medical Center, UVA's College at Wise, WeCAN, Wise Fair Committee, MEOC's Transit, Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital Dominion Electric, Kiwanis, Town of Wise, Wise County Board of Supervisors, Pepsi'& Food City, AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, Anthem BlueCross & BlueShield, Foundation & Healthkeepers, INTotal Health-MCO. summer school set to begin ay, June 17 It's time for summer school at Castlewood High School! What a great opportunity to participate in enrichment activities with friends, master a failed class, or prepare for SOL retakes before the new school year. The summer school pro- gram at Castlewood High will be held June 17 - July 15, 2016, from 8:30 to 12:30 with July 3 consid- ered a holiday for all par- ticipants. Snacks will be provided for breakfast and for lunch. Field trips and instructional materials will be paid for by the 21st Century RIGOR After School Grant. Bus trans- portation will be available. From hikes to the Devil's Bathtub, field trips to the Biltmore and Bay's Mountain Park, and ses- sions in art, technology, fit- ness, math, English, sci- ence, and social studies, students are sure to have fun as they enhance their skills during Summer School 2016. Applications need to be turned in quick- ly to the Castlewood High main office to assist in Planning transportation, staffing, and other summer school details. Any ques- tions concerning this pro- gram, please contact the school's guidance coun- selor at 276-762-9449. AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church: ST. PAUL II)A 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 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. C'ASTLEWOOD 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 Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1 st , IIIUIU!!jMI!!NIII ., Thursdays, 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 fam- ilies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 3 pm third Sundays at Ma Whitenack Little League Field. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.EE. HOUSE- H.O.RE. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers' needed- training available. Call 1-800-572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS -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 Tue & Thur 10am-8pm; Wed & Fri 10am- 5:30pm; Sat 10-3pro. Closed Sun & Mon. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are: 9:30am-" 6pro Monday; 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm persons in Russell, Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan Saturday Closed.and Tazewell counties Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old D I C K E N S O N- or older. Call Dana B U N D Y- T h e Collins, 1-800-656- Dickenson-Bundy Log 2272, to advise AASC House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th Thursday, Friday and birthday. Saturday 10 to 4 and S U P P O R T Sundays 1 to 3. GROUP-Women sur- SOCIAL SECURI- vivors of sexual assault TY-The Wise Social are invited to attend Security Office is open Clinch Valley Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n 9am-4pm. Phone num- Action, Inc./Family bers are 1-800-772- Crisis Services' sup- 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting L I B R A R Y with victims of similar FRIENDS-Friends of situations Mondays, the J. Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 on first Thursdays at 4 or Ranetta Davis, 276- pm. 889-8206. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- VFW Post 9864, Free adult education Lebanon, welcomes classes are available in new members. If you Lee, Scott and Wise served overseas during counties and the City of any war, write VFW Norton. Daytime and Post 9864, P.O. Box evening classes for 1419, Lebanon, VA adults who want to 24266 and send name, improve their basic address and phone skills. Instructors also number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- comed, related skills including HEALTH SER- resume, writing and VICES-The Wise interviewing.For County Health details, call 1-800-422- Department, Wise, is 3433 or 276-386-2433. open from 8am-8pm TRANSPORTA- first Thursdays. TION- The Clinics will be Appalachian Agency offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- and adult physicals, portation services in WlC, Paps and immu-Buchanan, Dickenson, n i z a t. i o n s . Russell and Tazewell Appointments are nec- counties to individuals essary for all but immu- with disabilities, nizations. For an regardless of age. Call appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. 328-8000. GENEALOGY F A C I L I T I E SGROUP-The Russell AVA I L A B L E- T h e County Genealogy Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell reunions, birthdays and County Pubfic Library, showers. Lebanon. All proceeds reha, Group purpose is bilitate the Tacoma"to learn, to share and School as a Community to perpetuate family Center. For informa- history." William T. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 "L by Jerry Couch I remember it well...on Saturday, April 24, 2010, a group of us gathered at the St, Paul . Apartments (referred to by some as "The Willis Building") on Fourth Avenue to make cosmetic improvements to the building. It needed them badly. By that time, the build- ing had been purchased by the Town of St. Paul. However, it had entered into a period of accelerated decline due to its failing roof. Once one of the town's signature buildings, the St. Paul Apartments had become a crumbling eyesore. Inside the building, most of the storefronts were littered with trash. Lots of it. Rats were the new tenants and the leak- ing roof had caused mold to develop. Upstairs, fallen piaster lay in heaps on rot- ting floors. Vandals had broken many of the win- dows. The building's' heat- ing system, plumbing, and electrical wiring were com- promised beyond repair. Nearly 90 years after its construction, the St. Paul Apartments was con- demned as unfit for human occupancy. In 2012, I photographed the interior of the St. Paul Apartments because it was fading fast. Empty and derelict buildings some- times suffer a final indigni- ty. They inexplicably bum late at night. I wanted something to remain in case such a catastrophe should occur. Some of the pictures that accompany this article are from that set. Fast-forward to the present day. The St. Paul Apartments has a new lease on life. With the help of grant funding, the-part- nership of Creative Boutique 'Hotels, Cornerstone Hospitality, Craddock Cunningham Architectural Partners, and MB Contractors are bring- ing the building back to life. Demolition of the interi- or of the St. Paul Apartments is underway and is proceeding rapidly. The building will be re- born as The Western Front Hotel The name, of course, has been lifted Greg Bailey, Raleigh Clark, Gail Rasnake, Jerry Couch, Sharon Steele, Harry Kelly, Lou Wallace, and Bill Steele painting a store- front at the St. Paul Apartments, April of 2010. Better days - the St. Paul Apartments in the 1950's shortly after Tommy Willis, former manager of D. Cury's, opened a store of his own in the same location. The St. Paul Apartments as it appeared in 2010 following the decline from St. Paul's long-gone Western Front which was demolished as part of the St. Paul Redevelopment onset of accelerated Project in the 1980's. The rebirth of the St. See ST. PAUL APT Page 2