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Page 6 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, July 26, 2012 Local farm receives recognition for ) FFECTED APARTMENT This is the first floor apartment a--i the Stonebriar Apartments following the Thursday night explosion of the oxygen tank which started a fire, quickly extinguished by the buiiding's sprinkler system. Ignition interlock required after first DUI conviction Tighter restrictions on driv- ing under the influence (DUI) of alcohol took effect July 1. An ignition interlock device will be required after one DUI con- viction. Currently, the require- ment for an ignition interlock is imposed after two DUI con- victions or when the offender's blood-alcohol content (mAC) is 0.15 percent or above, even if it's the driver's first DUI. A Virginia driver's mAC must be below 0.08. An ignition interlock system connects a vehicle's ignition to or if the driver fails to take the test. In 2011 in Virginia, 28,162 drivers were convicted of DUI. "When you drive impaired~ not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest can be significant," said DMV Commissioner Rich- ard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "To prevent a tragedy from 0c- curring, do not drive after drink- ing any alcohol, period. With these new restrictions, even one two days before taking another behind-the-wheel test. Also, before taking a behind- the-wheel test administered by DMV, an applicant must first hold a learner's permit for 60 days that began July 1, instead of the current requirement of 30 days. Before taking the behind- conservation efforts The Stuart Land & Cattle Company of Virginia, Inc a local beef cattle operation, was recognized for conservation ef- forts made to enhance water quality, reduce soil erosion, and establish wildlife habitat. The Stuart Land and Cattle Company of Virginia, Inc. manages 1,450 cows on their 16,000 acre farm. The farm enrolled in excess of 430 acres of marginal pasture- land, in the Conservation Re- serve Enhancement Program (CREP). Open, natural water sources were excluded from livestock access and riparian buffers were established along stream banks. These natural wa- ter sources were replaced with watering troughs supplied by wells and spring developments. CREP is a cost-share pro- gram that is the combined effort of Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). CREP conservation practices are designed to achieve natural resource benefits target- ing 1 or more of the following goals: restore/establish wildlife habitat, enhance water quality, reduce soil erosion, enhance air quality, restore/establish wet- lands, promote conservation for- estry, increase control of critical invasive species, enhance criti- cal threatened and endangered plant and animal species sur- vival, and achieve a net water saving in ground and/or surface waters and conserve energy To the-wheel exam, applicants must meet these goals, USDA pro- either show documents proving vides financial, educational, and they've completed a state-ap- technical assistance to~ help proved driver education class, or producers voluntarily implement certify that they have practiced conservation practices that will the driving maneuvers they will enhance the environment in an be expected to complete during economically efficient manner. servation areas on the farm to promote the CREP program and provide recognition that The Stuart Land and Cattle Company of Virginia, Inc truly deserves. An outstanding job has been done to maintain the riparian buffers and exclude livestock from open water sources in areas enrolled in the program," said Carico. In addition to the environ- mental benefits of CREP, the farm is also experiencing the financial benefits as well. Mrs. Stuart stated, "We saw improved weaning weights the first year after the water system was completed and the util- ization of more acreage was made possible with water in areas previously without it. Hav- ing water troughs throughout the farm has enabled us to increase the stocking capacity by 150 cows and calves " There is reasoning for the improved performance. Re- search has demonstrated a pos- itive relationship between access to clean drinking water and performance factors in livestock. Animals that drink clean, con- taminant-free water are gener- ally less prone to illness and dis- ease, gain more weight and pro- duce more milk. Livestock drinking water may be con- taminated by a number of factors including minerals, manure, microorganisms and algae Some contaminants may directly impact animal health by causing disease and infection; others have a more indirect effect and may cause cattle to decrease their overall water intake. When water intake is suppressed, feed intake will also decrease, and, as a result, animals will gain less weight money, in treatment or by death of the animal. Farmers need to be proactive, not reactive; this will save them time and money," says Greg Meade, Soil Con- servationist for NRCS and local beef producer. Producers interested in ex- cluding livestock from natural water sources and developing alternate watering systems are encouraged to their local USDA Service Center. By request and free of charge, a technician will visit farms and meet with the producer to determine the best conservation practices, to im- plement based on the natural resources available and goals of the producer. CREP participants are required to enroll highly sensitive land along stream banks and water sources that is highly erodible and protect this land by the installation on a buffer system. "1"6 be eligible, land must be able to support. livestock and have a history of being farmed for livestock use. Participants can elect to enroll the acreage in a 10 or 15 year contract. Once contract is est- ablished, the participant will re- ceive a signing-incentive pay- ment which is $100/acre. Upon completion of each practice (determined by technician), a 50% cost-share payment will be issued Common practices in- clude: installation of wells, spring developments, water tro- ughs, pipeline, livestock cross- ings, fence and tree planting. Once the buffer and water system is completed and all cost- shares have been made to the participant from the FSA, the participant will receive a final incentive payment equal ~io 80% of all cost-shares issued. The SWCD will then issue an an analyzer that measures a dri- ver's blood alcohol content. It prevents the ignition from start- ing if a driver's mAC exceeds 0.02 percent. The interlock system can perform a rolling re- test at random intervals during the operation of the vehicle, which triggers the horn and flashing lights if the operator has a mAC that exceeds 0.02 percent drink could lead to the expense and embarrassment of having an ignition interlock device on your car." The Virginia General As- sembly passed several other traf- fic safety laws that took effect July I. If a driver's license ap- plicant fails the behind-the- wheel examination administered by DMV, the applicant must wait Successful Slow Cooking at the SVTDC on August 14 The Southwest Virginia all about slow cooking from new Technology Development Center in Lebanon will offer Successful Slow Cooking on Tuesday; Aug- ust 14 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as part of the Center's Live it programs. Slow cookers can help busy families save time and money. Slow cookers consume less ener- gy than ovens and many recipes use less expensive cuts of meat- without sacrificing flavor. Learn recipes to tips and ideas for getting the maximum use from slow cookers. This class is offered in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The cost for the class is $15. Pre-registration is required and seating in the class is limited. For more information or to register, call 276-889-8180 or visit the website at the behind-the-wheel test. "Learner's permit holders are encouraged to practice their driving skills with a licensed driver as much as possible dur- ing the 60-day period," Holcomb said. "Driving is a complex task that involves concentration and skill. The more experience someone has, the better driver they are." GED exam date in July The Regional Adult Edu- cation Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton will offer the GED Exam in July at these locations: - Jonesville Adult Learning Center, Saturday, July 28th at 8 Get WIC services Lays Hardware Center for the at Oxbow WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Clinics will be held each second and fourth Friday at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul. For a WIC appointment, call 276-368-5311. Arts announces schedule Stage Cloggers July 27: Will Caudill & Route 7 Lays Hardware Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organ- ization dedicated to the preser- vation of Appalachian culture. We offer great entertainment in a smoke-free, alcohol-free family atmosphere. Contact: Loretta Mays at 276.395.3323 office, 276.219 5719 cell or Coming up at Lays Hardware Center for the Arts located at 409 Front Street in downtown Coeburn: Every Thursday night,-Jam Sessions, 6:30-10:30 (doors open at 6:00). No charge for admission. Open to musicians and spectators. Every Friday night, Live bluegrass, 7:00 pm, $5/adults, $1/children 6-12, under'6 ad- mitted free. July 20: Nolichucky River Bluegrass featuring the iCenter Lynda Stuart, CEO of the "As the biology of diseaseincentive payment equali to 25% corporation, accepted conser- strains change, antibiotics are of all eligible installation cost. vation signs presented by former less effective making it more Finally, each year thel land is County Executive Director, difficult to treat livestock. Most enrolled in CREP, the participant of these disease strains are will receive annual! rental Lindsey Carico, on behalf of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS). "The signs will be placed along public road- ways adjacent to the con- hydrophilic and are transported through open water sources; therefore, what your neighbor's cattle have, you will soon likely have Diseases cost farmers payment in the amount of $85 dollars per acre from FSA and $5 per acre from SWCD. Mountain Laurel to host Cancer Survivorship Conference September 12th at MEOC The Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center in cooperation with the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia will host a free cancer survivorship conference on Wednesday, Sept- ember 12th, in the conference room of Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. located in Big Stone Gap. The conference will feature a variety of topics of am. Call Leah Herring at the interest to cancer survivors, school board office at family members, caregivers and 276.346.2107 to register, health professionals. Dr. Daryl Pierce of the Southwest Virginia Cancer Cen- ter, located in Norton, will give the keynote address on what your physician wants you to know about life beyond cancer. Dr. Pierce, who has served as the Dante Community Center meetings for a Lifetime, has more than 25 years experience in health care, health education and enter- taining people. She is a Health Supportive Gourmet Chef, a Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nia Fitness Instructor and a professional musician She will prepare and demonstrate healthy snacks for the group. Wellmont Holston Valley Med- ical Center, will tie the events of the day together in a wrap-up presentation. In addition to the cookbook, conference participants will each receive the LIVESTRONG Guidebook which is a com- panion for cancer survivors as they navigate the health care system This two-volume set The Dante Community Cen- "ter will have meetings every 3ra Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call 495-1247. Medical Oncologist at the Norton facility since February 2008, is a member of the Am- erican Society of Clinical On- cology. Sybil Smith of The Journey Center for Healing Arts will present on Living with Un- certainty. She will incorporate music therapy into her pre- sentation while focusing on through past experiences as folks move forward, thriving through their struggles and transitions. Proper nutrition is an es- sential part of cancer surviv- orship as well as of treatment and recovery Laura Pole, founder and president of Eating Conference attendees will receive a free copy of The Can- cer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourish- ing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery. This cookbook features 150 science-based, nutrient-rich re- cipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stim- ulating their appetite and ad- dressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, de- hydration, mouth and throat soreness, tastebud changes and weight loss. This book also teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available powerhouse ingredients to build a symptom- and cancer-fighting culinary toolkit. Donna Mahan, Activities Director for Mountain Empire PACE (Program ofAIMnclusive Care for the Elderly), will get everyone moving with an inter- active presentation on physical activity for survivors. Kathy Visneski, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at contains helpful information and journal spaces that help sur- vivors address the physical, emotional and practical concerns they may have during their cancer journey. The Guidebook helps survivors, loved ones and caregivers: Learn about cancer and treatment; Find the best health care; Find good resources and support services; Learn what questions to ask Make health and life planning decisions; Understand insurance and financial issues; Keep track of the can- cer experience; and Find hope. The day promises to be full of great information and won- derful speakers. We hope you'll join us! For more information or to register, please contact Leigh Ann Bolinskey at 276.523.4202 or email r/el4r Jason Musick Joe Tare 7 , Stac9 Potter Jim Lon8 Here's the All New Ford Escape loaded with great optiOns See the above salesmen or Larry McClure for all the information - Shop Morgan McClure Ford - It's the right thing to doi Saint Paul; VA (276) 762-5535 II IIII I I I I I I There are few things more adorable than a cute, cuddly puppy. But all puppies grow and some grow a lot. Dogs have different exercise, grooming, nutrition, and vet care needs. 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