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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, June 30, 2016 B ickley Mills'forgotten academy by Frank Kilgore Bickley Mills, near old Castlewood, is one of our region's most historic set- tings. Much is recorded and known about the series of mills up and down the valley. The Bickley and Gibson families produced many unique professionals, business and political lead- ers and a rascal or two. But until recently no record of a specialty high school school there in the 1880's was traced back. Thanks to Bick Gibson sharing his family's trove of historic treasures to allow scanned displays be placed at the newly opened museum in St. Paul we can now tell the story. As verified through online federal inventories of public schools the "District Abingdon High" program noted below was, in fact, operated at Bickley Mills. The students were from multiple locations but most A large display of resided in and around Bickley Mills' history will Bickley Mills. It also soon be placed at the appears that the the "public Mountain Heritage examination" conducted at Museum and Gallery at the graduation involved every back section of my law grad making a presentation office in St. Paul. The and likely being quizzedmuseuna is open each with the public in atten- Friday and Saturday from dance. Now that is pres- 10-4. sure. It is because of local history enthusiasts such as Bick Gibson. Leroy Hilton, Jerry Couch and many oth- ers that our region's past rich and vibrant character is being revitalized. We are still making his- tory as economic pressures necessitate creative think- ing and action. The mill wheel continues to turn. National inator , announces key measures to improve SAVE THE DATEr JULY 30 COOKS AND BOOKS pollinator health USDA's Conservation Reserve Program Currently Provides 15 Million Acres of Healthy Forage for Pollinators, and New Partnership Will Ensure Additional High- Quality Habitat in the Future During National Pollinator Week, USDA is announcing two initiatives in support of the President's National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honeybees and Other Pollinators, announced just over one year ago.. A review of USDA's most popular con- servation program found that farmers and ranchers across the country are cre- ating at least 15 million acres of healthy forage and habitat for pollinators, and the department has also entered into a new partner- 'ship with leading honey bee organizations that will help to ensure future con- servation projects continue to provide benefits to these important species. USDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with two honey bee organizations, the American Honey Producers Association and the American Beekeeping Federation, to facilitate an ongoing partnership that will ensure USDA's con- servation initiatives are as advantageous as possible to pollinators and that bee- keepers understand how they can benefit from USDA's conservation and safety net programs. FSA plays a critical role in the delivery of programs that provide a safety net for beekeepers who experience losses due to natural disas- ters, and the agency admin- isters the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm- Raised Fish Program, which provides assistance for the loss of honeybee colonies, in excess of nor- mal mortality, due to Colony Collapse Disorder or other natural causes. These groups have helped to ensure that these safety net programs work well, and they have helped focus research to learn more about the impacts of USDA programs and make continuous improvements. This MOU creates a frame- work to ensure ongoing, meaningful information sharing to help beekeepers and honey bees into the future. The National Strategy called for seven million acres of land to be enhanced or restored for pollinators. Since then, USDA has more than tripled the acreage enrolled in CRP's pollinator initia- tive, through which USDA helps to cover the cost of planting pollinator-friendly wildflowers, legumes and Tree identification book available 7 The Arbor Day shapes, and textures so greater appreciation for Foundation has a book that users can make a positivetrees," said Matt Harris, helps people identify trees species identification inchief executive of the in a simple, step-by-stepjust a few easy steps, Arbor Day Foundation. process. The book, What Tree.Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the tmnprofit tree-planting organization. What Tree Is That? is a ~fun, easy-to-use tree identi- fication guide that features hand-drawn botanical illus- 1rations highlighting the ;distinctive characteristics of many tree species.. i Nature lovers and pro- fessional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide a must-have, user-friendly resource. Its beautiful, full-color illus- trations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, The Arbor Day Foundation offers this book to help people identi- fy trees in Virginia and throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step- by-step approach for iden- tifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape of the leaves, differences in the leaf stems and twig struc- tures, and specific charac- teristics of fruits, flowers, buds, and bark. "Our What Tree Is That? Pocket guide is an ideal resource for developing a "The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and appreci- ate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that." What Tree Is That? is also available as an online interactive version at To obtain a tree identifi- cation guide in full color, send your name, address, and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at Calendar ........... From Page 1 shrubs, and USDA has increased the limit on this initiative in response to landowner demand so that more acres can be enroll4d in the future. This fact sheet contains more information about USDA's work to keep pol- linators buzzing and con- tributing to a diverse domestic and global food supply. To learn more about FSA's conservation pro- grams, visit vation or contact a local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit ~thy Mays, Agent :8948 d5 Hwy 58 Ca~tlew~x.xl, VA 2~224 g~S: 2'76.76~,!,:25~ Discount Double Check~ too. I'll make sure your auto coverage is the best fit, ~hen show you all the State Farm" discounts you could be getting, Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,:': CALL ME TODAY. f " . ! or fullerjr1942@ JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred ~Matthews Memorial 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 I2ibrary, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. " EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when themeetings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans Services represen- tative will assist clients and answer questions at the Coebum VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER-The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays For more information please call 495-8473. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confidential 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 Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Gleuna McReynolffs 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 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED test- ing DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. BOOK DISCUSSION-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 pm. NARCONON COUNSELING- Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to pro- tect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get .them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and refer- rals. 800-431-1754 or Ford F150 has earned the highest safety rating of any truck on the road! Come and see for yourselft Saint Paul, VA (276) 762-5535