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Page 8 CLII~ICH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, July 25, 2013 GUEST RIVER GORGE TRAIL...The Guest River Gorge Trail, near Coeburn, follows an old railroad right of way paralleling the Guest River and ending at the Clinch River with many scenic views of rock formations and waterfalls. ALONG THE 5.8 mile trail you can see an old railroad tunnel (Swede Tunnel), bridges using the remaining railroad trestles, waterfalls outcroppings. THE TRAIL is easy and allows walking, jogging, hiking and biking on a gravel surface. Clinch River Farmers Market Saturday, 8 am-1 pm Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm ........Don't miss the opportunity to check out a good selection of fresh produce including apples, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, beets, etc. Also at the market you will find plants, brown eggs, lamb, beef, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods, breads and much more. The Farmers Market Cookbooks are available for purchase at the market as well as at Big M, St. Paul Builders, Bailey Hardware, Kilgore Law Office, the Town Hall, CR Pate and Co and Sweet Peas. Entertainment Gospel Music of Restoration 11:00 am Rock Art 10 am We are certified to accept EBT, debit cards and Senior Citizen coupons. The first ten dollars of EBT purchases will be doubled. Support your local farmers and craf ers and enjoy a free cup of i Clinch River Farmers Market. Join the Arbor Day Foundation in July and protect national forests America's forestland is a prized natural resource, and anyone can help plant trees in these vital areas by joining the Arbor Day Foundation this month. Through the Replanting Our National Forests campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will honor each new member who joins in July by planting 10 trees in forests that have been devastated by wildfire, insects and disease. The cost for joining the Arbor Day Foundation is a $10 dona- tion. America's national forests face enormous challenges, in- cluding unprecedented wildfires that have left a backlog of more than one million acres in need of replanting. The Foundation has worked with the United States Forest Service for more than 20 years to plant trees in high-need forests. Our national forests provide habitat for wildlife, keep the air clean and help ensure safe drinking water for more than 180 million Americans. "Keeping our forests healthy is vital to the health of people and the entire planet," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "By planting trees in our national forests, we will preserve precious natural re- sources and the benefits they provide for generations to come." To join the Arbor Day Foundation and help plant trees in our national forests, send a $10 membership contribution to Replanting Our National Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or visit arborday.org/july. by Karen Gent I Denver Silcox with instructor Peggy Williams Denver Silcox of Rosedale, Virginia recently spoke at the Russell County GED Com- mencement Exercise that was held in May. At that event, Denver shared his personal journey with the audience and exhorted young people to finish high school and go to college Denver is proud to be a GED graduate; he comments that earning his GED certificate is something he had wanted to do for years and finally decided to do it after a friend, Ada Smith, encouraged him to do so. Denver is a native of Taze- well, Virginia. He attended high school in both Tazewell and Richlands. Coming from a poor family, Denver recalls that he didn't always have money to purchase the things he needed for school, and his family moved around a lot. These factors contributed to his loss of American Legion inte~'est in school; consequently, he decided to drop out after Post208 meetings finishing the ninth grade. Russell Count7 Veterans, Denver exited the public school American Legion Post 208 meets system struggling with reading, the second Thursday, monthly at'. which would cause difficulty 6:30 p.m. in the dovmstairs of the ~ for him down the road. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Denver worked odd jobs as Main Street, Lebanon. All a teenager, and at age nineteen, veterans welcome, he joined the U.S. Marine For information call (276) iCorps. After his military ser- 889-0155. vice, Denver got a job at a company where he did heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical work. Denver says that he taught himself to read blueprints, but he always had to have someone read the specs to him. It wasn't until Denver began helping his youngest daughter with her school work that his own reading skills improved greatly. Denver spent many years working for different companies in those particular fields, often gaining supervisory positions, but he realized that he could have accomplished more in the workplace if he had furthered his education. Later in life, Dgnver became disabled while working in the coal mining industry. After the urging of Ada Smith, in the fall of 2012, Denver took steps toward earning his high school-level Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period Nomination forms for the 2013 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Ser- vice Center by close of business on August 1, 2013. Elections will take place this fall. While FSA county com- mittees do not apprmte or deny farm ownership or operating loans, they make decisions on disaster and conservation pro- grams, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three- year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers. FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov- ember 4. The voted ballots are due back to the local county -office either via mail or in person by December 2. Newly elected committee members and altemates take office on January 1, 2014. credential, a goal that he had put on the backbumer for many years. In October, he began attending a GED preparation class taught by Peggy Williams at the Russell County Career and Technology Center. Ada Smith remembers that Denver worked hard to prepare for the tests; she says that if Denver couldn't' get the answer to a problem, he would work at it until he was able to come up with the correct answer. Denver enjoyed attending the class, and with the help of his instructor, he was able to complete his GED testing in just five weeks. Denver is proud to have earned his GED certificate and says that it has made him want to do more. "Earning my GED has given me a sense of pride that I had lost over the years," he comments. "Without an education, you have no way to advance in the workplace. I've learned that from my own experience." Denver is currently working as a driver for the Four-County Transit on which he transports senior citizens. When he had to complete training for the job, he found that taking the GED preparation classes had helped him learn how to study. He remarks, "I enjoy my work because I'm a people person. I love being around people and helping others." Since earning his GED certificate, Denver has accomplished reading his first book from cover to cover, which was a book written by-a local author about moonshiners of the region. He also enjoys reading the newspaper and the Bible. Denver and friend Ada Smith have become engaged, but have not yet set a wedding date. If you didn't finish high school, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581-9935. It's never too late to earn your GED certificate! GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc) 3:30 pm Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday began June 17 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees began on Monday, June 17. "I encourage all eligible far- mers and ranchers to participate in this year's county cbmmittee elections by nominating candid- ates by the August 1 deadline," said Vilsack. "County com- mittees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide an opportunity to farmers and ranchers for their opinions and ideas,to be heard. We have been seeing an increase in the number of nominations of women and minority candidates and l hope that trend continues." To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate Candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individ- ual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and See them at Morgan McClure in Castlewood - Check out the 2013 Chevrolet Spark other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at www. fsa.usda.gov/elections. Coffee Time at Library Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and have a cup of coffee, tea, cider, or hot chocolate and light refreshments. Visit with your friends, talk about the news going on in the area, read the local newspapers or browse through our magazine selections. Make plans to come by the library each Wednesday for coffee and conversation. For more information contact the library at 276-762-9702. It's yellow and only $13,495 Morgan M cClure Castlewood US HWY 58 Castlewood, VA (276) 762-2311 Visit us at www.morganmcclure.com (Castlewood) CSMC:::BI Find New Roads CHEW