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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, June 16, 2016 wax.. by Ann Young Gregory A super good group/. Reprinted from June 28, 2007 but don't hold your breath!) Anyway, T-bail is great-- Have you ever noticed that a lot of the organizations, and is also a Clinch River Little League sport, as are, in activities, societal functions and other aspects of our addition to Little League Baseball, Minor League everyday life, day in and day out, are so taken for grant- Baseball, Senior League Baseball, Little League ed by us that we seldom give any one of them a Softball, Minor League Softball and Senior League thought? That thought came to mind when I was sitting Softball. in the meeting room of the new Town Hail Monday What many people don't realize is that the Clinch night, covering the June IDA Board meeting. River Little League, like all duly authorized Little Two dedicated men who are officials of the Clinch League organizations, is very structured. It has its place River Little League appeared before the IDA Board to in the Little League hierarchy, headquartered in request assistance with a project to replace the lighting Williamsport, Pennsylvania and it is required to abide system at the Ma Whitenack Little League Field in St. by stringent rules. In order to maintain that level of par- Paul. That got me thinking, ticipation, the League volunteers can't just show up for Everybody who has ever had a child who participat- games a couple of times a week in the spring. There's a ed in the Clinch River Little League activities realizes duly elected Board, composed of fifteen volunteers, and what a great program it is. I remember when my son these people meet monthly the year around. They're the became a member of the Tigers--he was so excited that ones who are responsible for having adequate playing he was fmaily going to be able to play "real baseball." fields and lighting and keeping all of that in good repair, The great majority of the Tiger team that year was made and for having qualified officials and well prepared and up of boys at the entry level age--so most of them got dedicated coaches and managers. They're responsible to play right away. In David's very first---or maybe it for maintaining the concession stand, for planning and was the second--game, he was hit in the nose by a line implementing all special events, such as state touma- drive, and 'while no bones were broken, there was a lot ments, for purchasing all the equipment, for seeing that of blood, which scared the daylights out of his moth- the players have uniforms--and for raising all of the er--and his father. Not so for David, however. As we money and it takes a lot of it!, to see that those things ran to the field to stop the bleeding and whisk him off can be paid for. Much of the money spent on routine to the doctor, he repeatedly said, "I'm all right, I'm all operational items (such as equipment, and uniforms) is right, I'm all right." And all right he was, and was back provided by yet another category of volunteers--the to play in the next game right on schedule. Baseball has team sponsors and the businesses that purchase fence continued to be a large part of his life--he's been a advertisements. Little League coach and is now an assistant baseball The Clinch River Little League Board isn't one to coach at the high school level, which one seeks election just to have the listing beside I tell you this story to emphasize the positive influ- his or her name--these people agree to meet according ence that the Little League volunteers had on David. to the League schedule, and to take whatever active part His coach early on was the late George Jessee, who was they can to bring about the goals of the League. as kind and caring and nurturing a man with those little So it was that Bob Salyers and Larry Hicks appeared boys as anybody ever could be. I know that his influ- before the IDA Board on Monday to call the Board's ence on David was enormous. The Clinch River Little attention to a lighting problem at Ma Whitenack Little League tends to attract people like that--and have you League Field in St. Paul, to explain the solution which ever stopped to think about how many volunteers it the Board has reached, and to seek some financial help takes to staff the number of teams which serve the 475 in achieving their goal, which is to rid the field of a youngsters that the Clinch River Little League includes potential catastrophe, manifested by deteriorating light at this point? Each team must have a coach and a man- poles. The depth of their explanation of the problem, ager, and most have at least one assistant coach. There their carefully outlined details of the solution, and the are mothers who help with various projects, and almost level of help which they need to complete the project all the mothers take a turn at one time or another in the were illustration enough to see that these people didn't concession stand. They're all volunteers, too, of course, get this plan together in ten n inutes. They and other And what would a basebail/softbail game be without members of the Board have obviously put in some very officials! They, too, are volunteers, long hours and have expended significant effort and My daughter, who was one of the first girls to play previous fund-raising to get to the point where they are Little League baseball the year the courts decreed that now. That doesn't' even take into account the monu- girls could play Little League, too, spent a season or mental job the Clinch River Little League has done in two as one of two coaches of a T-bail team, and that was coordinating the construction of new fields in when I decided that T-ball is my favorite sport. Those Castlewood so that all the teams will have good facili- little tiny guys aren't really concemed with rules or uni= ties--which can be enjoyed in a reasonable time frame. forms :or winning--they just want to play mad have a These are people we don't normally think about very good time. Once I even spotted one picking flowers in much--and we don't acknowledge the depth of their the outfield--turns out he was picking them for his dad, dedication and commitment to the boys and girls of our who was serving as one of the coaches. How natural! area. Next time you see a Clinch River Little League (Picture a 13 year old boy picking flowers for his dad-- volunteer--tell him/her "thanks for all you do!" ---St. Paul Apt--- Continued from Page 1 Paul Apartments will be 3:00 on the afternoon of this day possible. It is the CVTimes will feature celebrated at a formal Thursday, June 16th. YOUR day so come out an article on the building's groundbreaking ceremony Many people have worked and celebrate, history. on the site from 1:00 to behind the scenes to makeNext week's edition of The second floor lobby of the St. Paul A 2012 view of a hallway on the second floor Apartments in 2012 at the building's lowest of the empty St. Paul Apartments. Light at ebb. the end of a tunnel? Clinch River Days Festival winners Clinch River Idol Contest Winners 1st - Lauren Carico & Jacob Woodruff; 2nd Tammy Key; 3rd - Jason "T-Bone" Kilgore "So You Think You Can Dance" Contest Winners 1st - Courtney Ingle; 1st -Danica Tasker/Junior Division;/ 2nd - Doug Owens & Cynthia Viers Southwestminster Dbg Show Winners Best in Show & Most Photogenic - Maybell Owner: Jason Dowd; Best Puppy - Emma - Owner: Brogan Jessee; Ms. Vance (Miss Clinch River "Swallowtail of Virginia"; Congeniality - Scarlett -Days) 1st place Black & White - Owner: Chris Morrison; Presenting Awards: Peyton Russo Award - Tara Best Small Dog - Shelton - Madison Ramsey - Teen Dye - "Miss Ava" Owner: Chris 'Morrison; Miss Clinch River Days; Proficient Division: 1st Best Large Dog & Host Alex Vance Miss place Culture- Mary Heath Favorite - Jed - Owner: ClinchRiver Days "Love"; 1st place Alana Johnson; Cutest Dog Juried Photography Adventure - Bobby Boyd - - Cupid - Owner: Spring Winners "One the A.T."; 1st place Pennington; Most Amateur Division: 1st Landscape- Bobby Boyd - Energetic -Katie - Owner:place Culture- Adam Jones"Church on a Ridge"; 1st Joe Evans; Most Unusual -"A Silent Adventure"; 1st place Flora/Fauna- Peyton Breed - OB - Owner: Steveplace Adventure - Adam Gregory Award - Mildred Evans; Best Dressed - Jones - "Cocoon"; 1st Meade - "Pink Beauty"; 1st Minnie - Owner: Sharon place Landscape- Frances place Black & White - Smith; Best Smile - Marley Wail - "French Garden"; Peyton Russo Award - - Owner: Trent Jones; Best 1 st place Flora/Fauna - Mary Heath - "Love" Vocal Performance Peyton Gregory Award - Best in Show - Adam Brandy Owner: Alex Mary Alice Clay '- Jones-"Cocoon" What it takes to be an effective citizen by Lee H. Hamilton It's so easy in a presi- dential election year to for- get that our System is not about a single person. This year especially, when the dynamics of the presiden- tial contest have dominated news coverage so thor- oughly that even the Senate and House races have largely disappeared from view, the crucial role that citizens play -- apart from serving as voters in the presidential drama -- isn't even an afterthought. Yet effective citizenship is the base on which our representative democracy rests. Our vitality as a country depends on the involvement of millions of people in their neighbor- hoods and communities, in interest groups and civic organizations, in groups agitating for change and groups defending the status quo. So just what constitutes effective citizenship? ' I believe it's made up of sev- eral elements. First, a confident belief that change is possible -- that the country can indeed make progress over time thanks to the efforts both of ordinary people and of political leaders. In his recent speech at Howard University, President Obama noted that by almost every measure, the country has moved for- ward over the last three decades, The poverty rate is down, as are the rates for crime and for teenage pregnancy. More Americans are getting col- lege degrees, more women are working and earning more money, many cities are far healthier than they were in the 1980s. Yes, we've got miles to go on many fronts, but on the whole, I'll take where we stand today over where we stood in the 1980s. Our system is working better for more people than it did then. The people who helped make this happen under- stood two things: that progress was possible, and that it required their efforts. This might seem too obvious even to say, but those who were most effective had an impact because they had the skills to make a difference. I'm talking here about the fundamental ability we should all have as citizens to solve problems in a rep- resentative democracy that's filled with people who have different beliefs, perspectives, and experi- ences. This means know- ing how to work together with all kinds of people, being able to fred common ground, being forthright about aims and methods, forging connections to key officials and other players who can help advance a cause, building consensus, and communicating ideas effectively. I use the word "skills," but in the end, good citi- zenship is as much about temperament as it is about Clinch Valley Times Deadlines: Editorial copy 3 pm Monday Advertising noon Monday ability. Mutual respect, tol- erance, empathy, civility, humility, honesty, resolve -- these are the simple virtues that our nation depends on in its citizens, not because they're nice to see, but because in a vibrant and diverse democ- racy they're crucial for making progress. So is a willingness to step up to challenges. The people who make a differ- ence in our system are the ones who not only identify a problem, but then plunge into fixing it. I frequently hear from people who are exasperat- ed by the obstacles they have to overcome in order to make a difference: fel- low citizens who are igno- rant of the system, politi- cians who are too obtuse or self-interested to see the light, incompe,tence in the bureaucracy, officials pro- tect'mg tuff .... But here's the thing: those obstacles will always be there. You just have to keep plugging away at overcoming them, whether by casting an informed ballot, sitting down with -- or protesting against -- political leaders, or finding the myriad ways you can improve the quali- ty of life for your neigh- bors and fellow Americans. You may already have picked up on the final qual- ity that makes for effective citizenship, and it's a tough one. For the most part, we're not going to solve our challenges in a single generation. So we have to educate our children and those who come after us in the same skill sets I've been talking about. That's because, as I said at the start, our representa- tive democracy is not all about the presidency. We --you, me, and our fellow citizens -- are responsible for the future of our neigh- borhoods and our nation. Unless we all shoulder the obligation to learn the skills we need to shepherd it into the future, and then, teach those skills to others, our country and our system will struggle. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-cotmty area of Wise, Russell Dickeuson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the ~ost Office in St. Paul, VA 24283 Alien Gregoxy Editor/Adv. Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIFFIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell Counties: $30.00 in other 24-zip-codes; elsewhere $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Tin~s, P.O. 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