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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, July 2, 2009 Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent Kenneth MeGlothlin-top-G]-l)scorer , addresses audience.. Linda Allen recognizes Russell Co. GED honor graduates. Southwest Regional Adult and Estil stiitner. Education held its annual Karen Gent, Fast Track Russell County graduation GED Coordinator and Plug- ceremony on Wednesday, June GED In instructor, encouraged 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm in the the .graduates and gave an Lebanon High School Little overview of both programs. Theater. This year, there were FbliowififGefii's-prese-n-00ion 92 individuals who earned were remarks from PlugGED In GED@ certificates through the Russell County GED Testing Center. Many of these recip- ients walked across the stage in cap and gown to receive their credentials. Fifty honor grad- uates with GED scores of 2500 or above were recognized. Linda Allen, regional pro- gram manager, officiated over the ceremony. Shirley Carlson, adult education instructor and ISAEP (Individual Student Al- ternative Education Plan) in- structor, offered congratulatory remarks to the graduates and gave an overview of the ISAEP program of Russell County. Carlson was followed by ISAEP graduate Amanda Harris who addressed the audience. GED and Even Start instru- ctor Vivian Smith congratulated the .graduates and gave an overview of the Adult Basic Education and Even Start pro- grams. Smith was followed by graduate reflections from Callie Fuller, Troy Bush, Kathy Rowe their high participants Freda Widick, Kenneth McGlothlin, Brenda Stigge, and Christy Hartsock. Dr. Robert Tomlinson, Southwest Virginia Community College vice president of instru- ction, awarded tuition scho- larships of $350 to three grad- uates with outstanding perform- ance on the GED Tests who intend to further their education at SWCC. Those receiving these scholarships were Ken- neth McGlothlin, top GED scorer; Brandy Collins; and Estil Stiltner. Scottie Fletcher, Chief GED Examiner of Russell County, presented the candidates for graduation and presented honor cords to the honor graduates. Dr. Lorraine Turner, Super- intendent of Russell County School; Mike Puckett, Assistant Superintendent; and school board members offered congrat- ulations to the graduates as they walked across the stage with school-level ere- MOTORISTS: Stop for Pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk-- It's the law! I MARKET CORNER NEWS Before enjoying all the July 4th activities in St. Paul come by and check out the Clinch River Farmers' Market. Market hours are: Wednesday 2:00 - 5:30 and Saturday 7:00 - Noon. If you haven't come to the market you are missing a great opportunity to get really fresh locally grown produce. Beginning July 1st several vendors at the market will be accepting Senior Citizen coupons. Come visit the vendors for a selection of blueberries, salad peas, beans, cabbage, squash, zucchini, black walnuts, new potatoes, lamb (with free samples), cage free eggs, homemade jams and jellies, bread, flowers and craft items to include note cards, rain barrels, bird houses, homemade soaps, lip balms, etc. In addition to the vendors, the market provides free blood pressure checks and recycling bins for paper (including newspapers, cardboard, and magazines), plastic (number 1 and 2 only), and aluminum. Each week the market is expanding to include new vendors and new produce. Come check out the market for a selection of locally grown meat and produce. I I dentials. If you didn't finish high school, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 889-5424, or call toll-free at 1- 866-581-9935. Day and evening classes will continue through the summer months. Call today to register for a free class; you could become the next GED success story! Wise County Sheriff's Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 6/15/2009 through 6/22/2009. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,519 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 378 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total num- ber of Domestic calls for this period was 18. Criminal Process for the same period served 3 Felony Warrants, 15 Misdemean, or Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 1 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 450 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 16 additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 27 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 214 man-hours of Court Room Security. for the three courts. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 1 adult out of state, 6 mental patient, and 5 juvenile for a total of 12 transports, involving 42.5 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 3 vehicles and escorted ' funerals during this seven-dayl ATTACK ASTHMA. ACT NOW. N DON'T LET YOUR CHILD FEEL LIKE FISH.WITHOIJT WATER. CIVIL WAR PERIOD DANCING...Civii War re-enactors, who paraded, shot volleys from their rifles and generally entertained during the Clinch River Farmers' Market on Saturday also conducted lessons in dances of the Civil War period for children and adults, who braved the heat to strut their stuffi Poison Ivy Leaves of three? Let it be! Daniel L. Goerlich, Extension Agent, ANR/Natural Resources and Joyce Latimer, Professor and Extension Specialist Horticulture; Virginia Teeh Those who experience the blisters, swelling, and extreme itching that result from contact with poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac learn to avoid these pesky plants. Although poison oak and poison sumac do grow in Virginia, poison ivy is by far the most common. Poison ivy can grow as a groundcover or small bush in woods, fields, at the edges of openings and trails, and pretty much everywhere else. Poison ivy also grows as a vine that climbs on trees, barns and fences for support. The vine has small serial roots along the stem that make it look like fuzzy rope and often has much longer aerial roots as well. Because the plant grows in so many different forms, its leaflets are the best way to identify poison ivy. The leaflets grow in clusters of three. Hence the old saying, "leaves of three, let it be." These leaflets are from two to four inches long with pointed tips. The middle leaflet is usually larger than the others. The edges of the leaflets don't always look the same. They might be smooth, or they could have teeth. The leaflet surface can be many different shades of green and appear glossy, dull, or in between. All parts of the poison ivy plant, including the roots, stems, bark, and leaflets, are poisonous year round. The blistering rash people get is caused by an-oily toxin known as urushiol. The most common way this toxin gets on your skin is when you touch the plant, especially one that has been damaged in some way, such as being stepped on or run over with the iawnmower. The toxin is oily and sticky and is easily spread around when you touch other parts of your body. For example, if you are weeding a flower bed and pull up some poison ivy, then wipe your face later on, the chances are pretty good that a rash will develop on your face. You also can contract the rash by picking up. the toxins from animals, clothes, or other items that have been in contact with poison ivy. And, if poison ivy is burne in a brush pile, the resulting smoke carries the toxins. It is very important that you avoid breathing the smoke of burning wood or brush if poison ivy might be part of the pile. Symptoms begin to appear within a few hours-or days-of contacting poison ivy. Your skin might start itching and burning. This is followed by a rash, redness, swelling, and even watery blisters. Contrary to popular belief, the rash from poison ivy is not spread by touching the oozing blisters. The seriousness of your rash will depend on how much toxin you contract, the degree of your susceptibility and the length of time it is on your skin. In addition, your sensitivity to the toxin can change with age. People vary in their reactions to poison ivy. Some people have no reaction. If you suspect that you will encounter poison ivy while working or exploring, it is a good idea to wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants and gloves. Be sure to wash clothing and gloves after working in an area where poison ivy is growing. And wash your hands immediately after placing your clothes in the washing machine. Keep in mind that poison ivy toxins can t-lad their way through clothing. Cases of poison ivy have occurred when a person sweat through a long-sleeve shirt, thereby allowing the toxins to absorb through the fabric and onto the skint If you know your ebeen in contact with poison ,.y, wash the area thoroughly as soon as possible with soap and cool water. Warm water may cause the resin to penetrate the skin faster. Because skin can absorb urushiol in a few minutes, you may still get a rash, but at least you will have contained the infected area. Unfortunately, there is no magic cure for poison iy, and the rash usually runs its course in two weeks or so. But if you have a bad case those can be two long weeks. Anti-itch creams can help you get through this period. A variety of products are available and some are better than others. Some very good prescription drugs are available that can be taken to control extreme cases of poison ivy. Preventative vaccinations are also available and should be administered in late winter. There are lotions that effectively block urushiol from touching the skin if they are applied before contact. Forestry Suppliers, Inc. is one source that offers a variety of poison ivy cleansers, lotions, and creams. You can order a free catalog by calling 800/64%5368. Or, visit their website at www. Contact your family physician or pharmacist for more recommendations. Poison ivy can be controlled by spraying the leaves and stems with an herbicide mixture that contains dicamba, triclopyr, or glyphosate. Contact your local Extension agent for more information on preparing herbicide mixtures and applying them safely; and always be sure to follow the directions on the proa=