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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, July 13, 2017 Swimming near boat docks claims more lives Coeburn Little League District 13 Champions 12U Boys Coeburn boys Win District 13 by David Gregory " Coeburn's 12 U boys ~on the District 13 Major Little League Championship defeating Wise 2-1 Friday July 7th in Ctintwood. Sunday July 2nd Wise sent Coeburn into the loser's bracket winning by the same 2-1 score. Coeburn knocked off White Rocks Little League 7-3, Lee Little League 6-2, and Pound Little League 12-2 making their way i back to the winner's brack- etl and the championship i'ound. Coebum was sched- Uled to meet Wise Friday at 6pm to play game 1 of an "if needed" doubleheader to decide the champi- onship. When Wise report- ed to: the tournament direc- tor that they would not have enough players for game 1 a forfeit was given to Coeburn. The 8pm game became a "winner take all" game for a spot in the State Tournament in Triangle, Wa. In a true pitcher's dual Wise's Robbie Wilson allowed just 4 hits while striking out 10 and giving up 1 base on balls. Coeburn's Eli McCoy was even better, tossing a no - hitter and striking out 12 in the win. Coeburn's Chris Steele led of the game reaching safely on an error. With two outs Ben Johnson was safe on another fielding miscue giving Coeburn runners at first and second. Eli McCoy stepped up and cracked a double to the fence in left center driving in Steele giving Coeburn a 1-0 lead. Coebum picked up the eventual game win- ning run in the top of the third inning when Johnson singled home Cole Mullins. In the bottom of the fourth Tristan Barnette was hit by a pitch and Casey Dotson followed with a walk giving Wise runners at first and second with no outs. Gavin Dotson put down a perfect sacrifice bunt pushing the runners to second and third. Ian Hall picked up the rbi driving in Barnette with a groundout to Coeburn's Jaxson Collins at first base. Wise threatened again in the home 5th. Wilson walked and Parker Collins was safe on a fielder's choice. McCoy shut the door with a strikeout end- ing the inning. Collins was safe on an error leading off the top of the sixth for Coeburn. Shawn Mullins was safe on a sacrifice bunt when the throw went wide of first giving Coeburn two on with no outs. Wilson responded for Wise getting the next three Coeburn bat- ters with a line out and two strikeouts. McCoy reached his pitch limit with one out remaining for Wise. Johnson came in tossing 4 pitches recording a strike- out and the save. The 2-1 win gave Coeburn Little League their third team to qualify for State competition. --Budget-- Christmas bonus. This is good - they earn it. ' Mayor Holland Fletcher Was a full-time mayor and town supervisor/manager in 1964. His annual salary of $3,000 per year would equal $23,430.00 in today's money. His son, Mayor Kyle Fletcher, does the same job in 2017 for $4,800.00. He's in his office all day five days each week unless town business takes him else- where. As in 1964, the town reg- ularly purges noncollec- table taxes from its rolls. The same reasons apply - property owners have died, moved away and can't be located, or the taxes weren't properly levied to begin with. A tax adjust- ment was recently com- pleted by the Town Treasurer and approved by the Council. from Page 1 In 1964, the Town of St. Paul had three police offi- cers and one police car. One town employee oper- ated the waterworks and two town employees col- lected trash using one truck. Not all the town's residents had access to public water. The town had no sewage treatment plant to operate or main- tain. Parking in the com- mercial area was metered and this income was neces- sary to the town's opera- tion. The town had its own jail and its own magis- trate's court, and the fines that were levied helped fund the town's police force. Tax revenues from the retail sale of alcoholic beverages made up a sig- nificant portion of the town's budget. A town license tag was required for vehicles belonging to town residents. It wasn't a stick- Summer Rea cling ! :~~:~i~! Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:00 PM Carnival/Sign-Ups i? :C.O Pry1 i'V!z~gic of Euger'..e W;u~!i~; Thu~day, June 29, 2017 3:00 PM Bright Star Theatre/Alice in Wonderland Thursday, July !3, 2017 3:00 PM t.,eonardo Rockin & Reading Thursday, July 20, 2027 3:00 PM Gene Cordova, Ventriloquist Thursday, July 27,, 20~7 3:0{3 PM Pizza Pa~w Finale er; it was a small license plate that was attached either above or below the Virginia state license plate (black-on-white one year, white-on-black the follow- ing year). In these and many other ways, the town generated its operating rev- enues. Grant money sel- dom entered the picture. We would all agree that many adjustments would be required for a return to "the good old days." A much higher level of public service is expected and provided today, which serves as a reminder that the "new days" are pretty good, too. BoatUS: 6 tips to prevent a tragedy with a summer- time ritual The fatalities of an 11- year-old girl in New Jersey and 19-year-old young man in Ohio are bringing scrutiny to an age-old sum- mer ritual that's common on waterfronts across America: swimming near boat docks. Initial reports say the youngster died when touching a dock's electrified boatlift, and the Ohio teen died as a result of dangerous electrical cur- rent in the water while try- ing to save his father and family dog that also appeared to be stricken by the electrical current. The BoatUS Foundation, the boating-safety arm of the nations' largest recreation- al boat owners group, has some tips to prevent an electrocution tragedy. While swimming deaths due to electricity fall into two categories, electrocu- tion and electric shock drowning (ESD), both can be prevented the same way. Electrocution can happen in fresh- or saltwater when swimmers make contact with energized metal dock fittings, boats or other structures due to faulty alternating current (AC) wiring. ESD occurs when AC gets into freshwater from faulty wiring and passes through a swimmer, caus- ing paralysis or even sud- clen death. Unlike electro- cution, with ESD a swim- mer does not need to be touching a boat or dock structure, and even minute amounts of electricity can be incapacitating and lead to drowning. The risk of ESD is greatest in fresh- Or brack- ish water, so some areas such as estuaries or rivers may only be in the danger zone after heavy rains. In saltwater, electrical current takes the path of least resistance, bypassing swimmers. Unlike a drowning swimmer, who typically can't yell out for help because their mouth is mostly underwater, an ESD victim is often confused about what is happening, may be able to shout, and will feel numbness, tin5 gling, pain and paralysis. Tingling in the swimmer's body is one of the early warning signs of ESD. What can you do to pre- vent an electrocution or ESD fatality? Here are 6 tips: 1. Never Swim around boat docks that use elec- tricity. 2. Post "no swimming" signs. 3. Have a qualified elec- trician with experience in dock electrical service inspect your private dock annually. 4. Install ground-fault protection on your boat and private dock. 5. Ask Your marina if they have installed ground- fault protection, and if the electrical system is inspect- ed and tested annually-just in case someone falls over- board. No one should ever swim in a marina 6. Periodically test your boat for electrical leakage into the water. What do you do if you see a distressed person in the water near a boat dock? A drowning victim often looks "playful," while an electric shock drowning victim looks "distressed." It may be difficult, howev- er, to immediately deter- mine either, so play it safe by not jumping in. The first task is to shut off power to the dock at the breaker panel, and if equipped, dis- connect any power cable to the vessel. If power cannot be shut down, follow the "reach, throw, row, but don't go" mantra by using an oar, boat hook or throw a floatation device to reach the stricken person. For more information, parents, dock owners, boaters, and marina and boat club operators can go to the BoatUS Electric Shock Drowning Resource Center at thy/ESD. Forest landowners retreat to the woods Western Virginia landowners can learn more about actively managing their forestlands during the annual Beginning Forest Landowners' Retreat, to be held August 18-20 at Southwest Virginia 4-H Center in Abingdon. Topics will include forest stewardship planning, hardwood management, timrer sales, wildlife man- agement, forest health and more. A tour of Channels State Forest and nearby properties will showcase forest management in action. Sponsoring partners for the retreat are Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program. "This program provides a great introduction to for- est management issues, especially for those new to land ownership," said Ellen Powell of the Virginia Department of Forestry.. Jennifer Gagnon of Virginia Tech's Forest Landowner Education Program said, "We use a combination of classroom and field sessions, taught by experts, to get partici- pants fully engagbd in learning. The weekend retreat format also enables people to share their expe- riences with other landowners." Full retreat registration, including materials, meals and Friday and Saturday lodging, is $85 per person or $160 per couple. For e see uinox i::.~/l" #~t.: Ili:' ,! ,(~::' ..... -." & 0~)'.~ ~ ...... those who live nearby, a commuter option, with materials and meals only, is $45 per person or $80 per couple. To register online or download a mail-in brochure, visit www.forestupdate, frec.vt.e du. The deadline to register is August 4. For more information, contact Jennifer Gagnon at 540- 231-6391 or Persons with disabilities who desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to partici- pate in this activity may also contact Jennifer dur- ing the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss accommo- dations, no later than August 4. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120. .............. -'-'~ ~;}~}~:~:-'~-"N~'~iS&~ .~i:ii ~~1 N" "