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(,! r: =  . THE SKATE PARK IS OPEN!! A Grand Opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 4 at lt:00 a.m. Michael Profitt of Dante is shown trying out the new facilities on Monday. Virginia Paternity Establisament Program (VPEP) launches new website and user-friendly mobile application The Virginia ' Paternity Establishment Program (VPEP) has launched its new website to . include an innovative design and - structure that makes it easier for users to gather information 'about establishing paternity in :the Commonwealth of Virginia. The content of the website, found at www.vapaternity.org, is "arranged to provide information from the perspective of a parent, birth registrar, health care provider or even a press member 'interested in learning facts about paternity establishment. The 'website also features an elect- ronic library (e-library) which 'contains many of the forms required in completing the Acknowledgement of paternity (AOP). However, it is important :to note that the actual AOP -cannot be downloaded through this website. Adhering to the -diverse population and varied 'cultures within the Common- ,.wealth, the website is also avail- -able in 22 different languages; -which allows Virginia residents to access information with ease. -Additionally, the website also -serves as a portal to access lvarious other organizations' Lwebsites in Virginia. VPEP is also going mobiile by launching a new mobiile application. "We are really excited abomt our new VPEP mobile atp p because we understand that peo- ple are busy and need infor- mation at their fingertips," said VPEP Project Manager, Lisa Cauthorne. "Our new VPEP mobile app complements the information found on our website and offers additioraal features such as a Countdown Calendar to your baby's birth.'" The mobile application is free, user-friendly and provides up-to-date information regarding paternity establishment matters. It is also synced to Facebook and Twitter, which deliver paternity establishment informa- tion in real time. This mobile application also identifies your location and provides the proximity and directions to your doctor's office, your local hospital and even the contact information of your birth registrar. It is also available in multiple 2 languages and has the capacity to be seen on a ffull screen as ,gp, p Osed to a mobile -version of the website, Tfhe mobile appllcation is available ..... -00-OVP1TIOr NICL00OIntcit mntout0000t0000 op00niil00 VA agricultural trade office in Europe -Initiative Aimed at Growing Exports to One of World's Largest Economic Regions- Governor Bob McDonnell announced the formal opening effort, Governor McDonnell resulted in more than of a representative office in secured new international mar- Europe focused on increasing ket'ing funds from the General agricultural and forestry product Assembly over the course of the exports to the region. With the administration for VDACS to opening, the Commonwealth is open agricultural trade offices in believed to be the only state in India, China, Latin America and the US to currently have a dedi- Europe, all regions that contain cated agricultural trade repre- some of the world's largest and sentative in the European mar- fastest growing economies. keL one of the world's largest Later this year, Virginia will economic regions. Secretary of have an agricultural trade Agriculture and Forestry Todd representative in Canada. Haymore attended the opening VDACS has had a trade office in ceremony on behalf of the Hong Kong for more than 20 _ governor, years. Organized international *:;'"' Speaking about the official market development projects opening of the Europe trade coordinated with Virginia's office, Governor McDonnell private sector exporters have :- stated, "Today marks another -  .......... major step forward in the . agricultural and forestry product for download on all smartphone devices: In addition to the ,highly anticipated release of the website and mobile app, VPEP will also launch a free, online webinar training series to all birth registrars, hospital staff, and appropriate State workers in the Department of Health "Offices, the Division of Social Services Offices and the Offices of Vital Records. Essentially with the online webinar series, trainees can participate in training sessions in their own time, at their own pace. 'The training webinars will be offered monthly and attendees can register for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced trainings via the VPEP website. Most notably, all webinar trainings will be archived under the Training tab on the Website, so a participant can revisit any information 24/7/365. Visit us at www.vapaternity.org and download the VPEP mobile app through your smartphone application store today! The Virginia Paternity Establishment Program is where families make the difference! The trouble with buying kids' life jackets shoes, "You'll Grow Into It" doesn't work Kids grow fast. That's why life jacket, ened. 2.) Grab frugal parents often buy their kid's shoes a little bigger than the actual size. However, when buying a kid's life jacket that's. too large-a common mistake- the results can be heartrending because children in a wrong- sized life jacket can easily slip out. "I've sent my own kids to school with slightly bigger shoes," says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President Chris Edmonston. "However, if a too-big life jacket slips off a child when their arms go above their head, there could be tragic results." Edmonston, himself a father of five, knows what he's talking about. Here are some tips on having the right-sized kids' like the life jacket's shoulder area and pull straight up. The jacket should not move up to (or over) the child's ears. If it does, it's likely to be too big, and morn or dad need to find another one. The best fit for a kid'S life jacket is one that fits snugly yet comfortably. If all of the fasteners cannot be attached, it's likely too small. "If a child has a good fitting life jacket, they won't complain about wearing it," added Ed- monston. "Better. yet is to set the example and wear one yourself." A short video on how to pick a right-sized kid's life jacket is available at http://www.Boat. U S.com/Foundation/LJLP/map. Greatselection vehicles Kid's life jackets come in three sizes: infant (under 30 lbs.) which offer greater floatation for the head; child (30-50 lbs.) and youth (50-90 lbs.) Any child more than 90 lbs should wear an adult life jacket. Only purchase liffe jackets that are US Coaast Guard approved. "Every season I have my kids put on their liife jacket to check for comfort and the proper size," said Edmonston. If you boat year round, it may be good to do this a couple times a year. To check for proper fit. 1.) Have the child stand with the jacket on and all buckles, zippers, crotch straps fast- We have a pre-owned vehicle to fit your needs. Shop Morgan McClure Ford- It's the right thing to do] See one of our sales staff for great new car buys! MORGAN McCLURE Saint Paul, VA morganmcclureford.com (276) 762-5535 I export growth initiative we began more than three years ago designed to promote job cre- ation, economic development, and new agricultural production opportunities. The initiative is yielding solid results for the state's two largest industries. Exports have reached an all-time high the last two years, and we expect more exports successes this year and beyond. Europe has long been an important market for a number of Virginia agribusinesses, but we know we can grow our market share given our in-demand, high quality products and the close proximity of our world-class ports. By having trade representatives on the ground, we can capitalize on new opportunities with proactive outreach strategies and by r- acting quickly to market trends. Increased export opportunities for Virginia products abroad mean more jobs and economic opportunity here in the Com- monwealth." Since 2010, Virginia has been implementing Governor McDonnell's initiative to in- crease agricultural and forestry exports from Virginia to key markets in the world. The initiative includes utilizing representatives in Europe and focusing on export growth opportunities for products such as wood fuel pellets, wine, seafood, specialty foods, soy products, grains and other agricultural commodities. To supplement the strategic Tree identification booklet from Arbor Day Found00tibn ....... The Arbor Day FOUndation has a booklet that helps people .... identify trees in a simple, step- by-step process. The booklet, What Tree Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlight- ing the distinctive chhracteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and profess- ional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly resources to have. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail to depict natural colors, shapes, and textures, so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps. The Arbor Day Foundation offers this booklet to help people identify trees in Virginia and throughout the Eastern and Cen- tral regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach to identify the species of each tree. The booklet explains what to look for in the shape of the leaves and differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, specifics on the fruits and flowers, and the details of buds and bark. "Our What Tree Is That? pocket brochure is an ideal resource to help people develop a greater appreciation for trees," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide wilt do just that." What Tree Is That? is also available as an online interactive version at arborday.org. The Ar- bor Day Foundation offers this unique, one-of-a-kind online tool so people can identify trees using the internet. To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name and address and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410, You can also order the book online at arborday.org. NOTICE: Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children! IT'S THE LAWI ............. -q U1 $500 million in new agricultural exports from Virginia during the McDonnell ' administration. Overall agricultural exports from Virginia reached just o*er $2.61 billion in 20.12, an all-time high. Agriculture and forestry are Virginia's largest industries, with a combined economic impact of $79 billion annually: $55 billion from agriculture and $24 billion from forestry. The industries also provide approximately 500,000 jobs in the Common- wealth according to the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC OF AN APPLICATION BY APPALACHIAN POWER COMPANY FOR CERTIFICATES OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY TO CONVERT UNITS 1 AND 2 OF THE CLINCH RIVER PLANT TO USE NATURAL GAS RATHER THAN COAL AS FUEL CASE NO. PUE-2013-00057 On May 29, 2013, Appalachian Power Company ('APCo  or the "Company') filed with the State Corporation Commission ('Commission") an application for'certificates of public convenience and necessity to convert Units 1 and 2 of the Clinch River Plant to use natural gas rather than coal as fuel ("Application") pursuant to 56580 D and 56-46.1 of the Code of Virginia ("Code") and the Commission's Filing Requirements in Support of Applications for Authority to Construct and Operate an Electric Generating Facility. The ComPany seeks approval to convert two of its generating units, Clinch River Units 1 and 2, to use natural gas as fuel rather than coal. The Clinch River plant is a coal-fired generating facility located in Russell County, Virginia, consisting of three units that have a total nominal net generating capacity of 705 megawatts ('MW"). The Company proposes to convert Units 1 and 2 to natural gas and retire Unit 3. According :to the Company, Units I and 2 would each have a nominal generating capacity of 242 MW after the conversion. APCo notes that Case No. PUE-2012-00141 currently is pending before the Commission to address the termination of the American Electric Power ('AEP') Interconnection Agreement, the retirement of some coal units, and the transfer of certain generation assets to APCo from other AEP affiliates. APCo states that approval of the application in Case No. PUE-2012-00141 "would permit the Company to meet its load obligations as a stand-alone company without adding capacity until approximately 2025 when the converted Clinch River Units I and 2 are projected to be retired." The proposed conversion is expected to cost approximately $64.8 million, excluding allowance for funds used during construction and any pipeline costs. According to the Company, "It]he proposed conversion is expected to create 44 permanent jobs at the facility, 73 jobs in [the geographic area comprised of Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell and Wise counties] .... and 117 jobs in the Commonwealth of Virginia." The Company further states that the proposed conversion "preserves nearly 500 MW of existing generation capacity needed to serve APCo's customers, reduces emissions of a number of pollutants, preserves existing jobs in Virginia and creates substantial economic benefits through construction and operation of the facility and associated gas pipeline...." The Commission entered an Order for Notice and Hearing ('Order') that, among other things, scheduled a public hearing on November 6, 2013, at 10 a.m., in the Commission's second flo,courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 Ea_ Main Street..Richmond, Virginia 23219, to receive testimony from members of the-public and evidence related-to the AppliClfi(', from the Company, any respondents, and the Commission's Staff. Any persondesiring to testify as a public witness at this hearing should appear fifteen (15) minutes prior to the starting time of the hearing and contact the Commission's Bailiff. Individuals with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in the hearing should contact the Commission at least seven (7) days before the scheduled hearing at 1-800-552-7945 (voice) or 1-804-371-9206 (TDD). The oublic version of the Company's AJOOlication and the Commission's Order are available for punic inspection during regular business hours at each of the Company's business offices in the Commonwealth of V''ginia. Copies also may be obtained by submitting a written request to counsel for the Company, Anthony Garnbardella, Esquire, Woods Rogers P.L.C., Riverfront Plaza. West Tower, 901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1550, Richmond, Virginia 23219. If acceptable to the requesting party, the Company may provide the documents by electronic means. Copies of the public version of all filed documents, including the Application, also are available for interested persons to review in the Commission's Document Control Center, located on the first floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, between the hours of 8:15a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interested persons also may download unofficial copies from the Commission's website: httn://www, s cc.viminl8,9ovlcas. Any person or entity may participate as a respondent in this proceeding by filing a notice of participation on or before August 23, 2013. If not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of the notice of participation shall be submitted to Joel H. Peck, Clerk, State Corporation Commission, c/o Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. A copy of the notice of participation as a respondent also must be sent to counsel for i the Company at the address set forth above. Pursuant to Rule 5 VAC 5-20-80 B, Participation as a respondent, of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure ('Rules'), any notice of participation shall set forth: (i) a precise statement of the interest of the respondent; (ii) a statement of the specific action sought to the extent then know; and ('di) the factual and legal basis for the action. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUE-2013-00057. For additional information about participation as a respqndent, any person or entity should obtain a copy of the Commission's Order. On or before Seember 27, 2013, each respondent may file with the Clerk of the Commission, and serve on the Commission's Staff, the Company, and all other respondents, any testimony and exhibits by which the respondent expects to establish its case. ff not filed electronically, an original and fifteen (15) copies of such testimony and exhibits shall be submitted to the Clerk of the Commission at the address set forth above. Respondents also shall comply with the Commission's Rules including: 5 VAC 5-20-140, Filing and service; 5 VAC 5-20-150, Copies and format,, and 5 VAC 5-20-240, Prepared testimony and exhibits. All filings shall refer to Case No. PUE-2013-00057. On or before October 30, 2013, any interested person wishing to comment on the Company's Application shall file written comments with the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. Any interested person desiring to file comments electronically may do so on or before October 30, 2013, by following the instructions on the Commission's website: httD;t/www.scc, virginia.aov/cas. Compact discs or any other form of electronic storage medium may not be filed with the comments. All such comments shall refer to Case No. PUE-2013-00057. The Commission's Rules may be viewed at bttp://www.scc.virinia.aovlcase. A printed copy of the -Commission's Rules and an official copy of the Commission's Order in this proceeding may be obtained from the Clerk of the Commission at the address above. APPALACHIAN PQWER COMPANY