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i Vol. LI, No. 31 .... -Ilr- - nu Clinch Valley Times " &apos;The tnme has come, the walrus said, 'to talk of many things ' " " :;. , , <:> . ..... Thursday, July 30, 2009 Saint Paul, Virginia ........................... ::= " .............. 50c IpA hears request for land SHADES OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS!...A group of St. Paul High School Cheerleaders from a variety of years performed "Mr. Bowman's Cheer" during the Saturday afternoon picnic at the All-Years Reunion, held Friday and - Saturday, July 24 and 25, at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul. The picnic crowd was estimated at more than 250! (Those who were around back then, we're told. will recognize the re_ference to "Mr. Bowman's Cheer.") rh by eon Gregory Guitars and Glasspacks: Van-Dells in Wise Fans of classic ears and rock region aurmg me summer. - corridor in the Wise area." Guitars and Glasspacks is free and open to the public. Participants are urged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy classic cars and classic rock & roll. Wise is the Place to be on August 15. For more information, call Bill Smith, 276-328-2321. "We hope to build upon the great tradition that the car enthusiasts started several years ago," said Ray Lawson, a Wise Business Association member and co-chair of the event. "In addition to a lot of fun, we hope to draw traffic to the many fine businesses along the U.S. 23 Guidebook from The National Arbor Day Foundation The National Arbor Day drawings which accurately Foundation has a resource illustrate the specific shapes and available to help an average textures of different leaves, person identify trees in a needles, acorns, berries, seed simple, step-by-step process, pods, cones, and other What Tree ls That? is a identifying features. useful 72-page pocket guide- To obtain a tree identi- book that helps distinguish fication guide, send your name different characteristics of many and address and $3 for each species of trees in Virginia and guide to What Tree Is That?, he Eastern and Central regions The National Arbor Day of fne United States, The book Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, also includes dozens of detailed Nebraska City, NE 68410. It's almost Back to School time! & roll have an opportunity to enjoy both in one place as the fir:st annual Guitars & Glass- packs Celebration gets under- w..ay on August 15 at the Ridge- ew Shopping Centre in Wise. The free event, which fea- tures a classic car cruise-in and a performance by the Van-Dells, -revs up at 3 p.m. and gears down at 9 p.m. The concert be- gins at 5 p.m., with a perfor- mance of local blues and rock i band Old, Fat and Sloe, fol- lowed by the Van-Dells, an old- ies show group specializing in rock 7 roll music, from the 50s -and 60s. The group sings a variety of oldies and combines a unique blend of comedy, ebo- rography, tight harmonies and costume changes. Guitars and Glasspacks is sponsored by the Town of Wise, Wise Business Association, Wise County Office of Tourism, and local businesses. The event sprang from a popular impromptu Thursday evening cruise-in near Mosby's Restaurant that draws classic car owners throughout the tri-state Calendar of events... AA-Suadays and Tuesdays: Big :..The Dante Senior Citizens Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal meet each Monday and Tuesday Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- p.m., Trinity United Methodist partment. Russell County resi- Church; Fridays: Chntwood, 7:30 dents 60 or older are invited. p.m., Clnitwood United Metho- RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY dist Chumh. Hours at the Russell County COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- Pubhc Library, Lebanon, are TARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 M/Tufl 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 p.m., school cafeteria, a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth MATTHEWS LIBRARY Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Direc-tors, 6 p.m. seennd Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, 1 p.m., Appala- chian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- uesdays and Saturdays 8 p.m, Presbyterian Church, Nooo. CASTLEWOOD LODGE 4/23t-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/Wedaes- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. See Library for special program schedules. DICKENSON-BUNDV The Diekanson-Bandy Log House is open weekly Thursdays throulgh Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews The School of Instruation will be Memorial Library, St. Paul, meet 5eld on fourth Thursdays at 7. at the Library on fourth Tuesdays ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Se- at 11:00 a.m. eood Thursdays, 7:30 p.m, Stab VFW POST 9864 1 Connnarfioatiun; First Thure- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12--4th Tuesday, 7 p.m., VFW, Riverview, Cenbura. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #2St- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Can- ter conducts a recovery group for shbstance abusers and families Fridays at l0 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. days and showers. All proceeds ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- rehabilitate the Tacoma School as ten of Alcoholics meet Mondays, a Community Center. For 7 p.m., First BaptistChareh, Coe- information, call 395-6398. burn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Chneh River Little League ,Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the A Building in CastleWood. All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Diekensen, Lee, Scott and Buch- eom new merabexs, ff you served owras during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and send name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health De- partment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m..-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Cli- rial Library, Att'n:Wihna Evans, nics will be offered in family P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA planning, pedialrics, school and 24283. Make cheeks payable to adult physicals, WIC, Paps and Friends of the J. Fred Matthews immunizations. Appointments are Memorial Library. necessary for all but immaniza- EASTERN STAR tions. For an apponit-ment, call. Clinch Valley Chapter #152, 762-328-8000. Order of Eastern Star, meets each FACILITIES AVAILABLE fourth Tuesday, except for March The Tacoma Community Center and December, when the meet- is available for reunions, birth- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Dickenann County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835- 8847 nights. Ccebum--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist ehents and answer questions at the Ccehnm VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except Jane. Russell Coanty--DAV Service Officer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing claims third Tues- days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County-American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Salyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services" support group meeting with vi,ims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Ran& Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes axe available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-related skills in- eluding resume writing and liner- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides disabili- ty U,ausportatiun services in Buc- harum, Dickansen, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889-4894 or,oom JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matth@,vs Memo- day from 9-11 a.m. at the chnreh. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p:m. first Men- days, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Woman On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wisco Health District offer frce confidential I/IV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346-2011; or Sxorr Co. Health I)ept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED clasps are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.=12 noon. Gleuna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 6:00 p.m. on second Thursdays. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GEl) Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of NoRon. , For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marei Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Mow day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.ucation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. 1st Mondays at the Dante Museum. Communit- y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday in March, Jane, Sept. & Dec. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Stet, St. Paul. All are welcome--admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and Dacember-meeting is December 3)) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Diekansen, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in anan ooanties and the City of the library of each school and in Norton. Volunteers ueoded-lraln- each county public library. nig available. Call 1-800-572 .... Copies of the Russell County 2278. School Board Policy Manual have SENIOR CITIZENS been placed in the office and the ...The Casflewood Senior Cifi- library of each school, and at the zeus meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays Russell County Public library. at the Castlewood Lions Den. SUPPORT GROUP FOOD BANK Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m. Anyone 60 or over is invited, Women survivors of sexual as- First Baptist Choreh, St. Paul, The book is While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky. .ulult are invited to attend Clinch operates a Food Bank each Tues- ii Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 tity" fr:00m undisclosed en , Bob: T .ag, i ta00arrlson re-elected chairman The St. Paul Industrial Authority Board, meeting m regular session at the St. Paul Town Hall on Monday, July 27. at 7 p.m., heard in closed meeting an evident inquiry for a parcel of land in the Rede- velopment Area. When the Board returned to open meeting, members approved a motion which authorizes IDA Chairman Bob Harrison to negotiate with the undisclosed potential busi- ness which made the request, and report to the Board at the next meeting. During the first part of the meeting, designated as the Or- ganizational Meeting, the Board reappointed Bob Harrison as Chairman. J. D. Cassell was reap-pointed to the vice-chair- manship. Chairman Harrison told the Board that long-time Secretary/ Treasurer Pat Ward has indicated to him that she will retire from the position. Follow- ing a discussion, Town Treasur- er Debbie Baca was appointed, pending her consent. Linda Til- ler was reappointed as the IDA Attorney. The Board received several reports. The chairman told members that the RFP for the Hillman House has gone to the Virginia Department of Trans- portation for approval, and as soon as it's returned, which should be sometime in August, the project will be advertised for bids. IDA Board member D. J. Jessee reported that the West cording to a Verizonspokesper- son, has encountered further technical delays. The tower should be operational, he said. by August 15. He will continue to seek information about the Alltel tower which is supposedly planned for Gray Hill. Chairman Harrison reported on a debt that is owed to the IDA Board, saying that payment to date is expected this week. Harrison reminded members that Roses' Grand Opening will be'held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 30. A discussion followed about "unauthorized parking on pro- perty in the Redevelopment Area owned by the IDA Board, and pan of the Riverside Shopping Center parking lot. The chairman said that Mr. Travers. who owns Riverside Shopping Center. will be in town later this week. He plans to post No Parking signs in the parking lot, which will give police the authority to have unauthorized vehicles towed, since it's privately owned property.. Present for the meeting were Board members Frank Molina- ry, Jack Kiser, D. J. Jessee, J. D. Cassell, Blake Whitenack and Bill Steele; Chairman Bob Harrison; Attorney Linda Tiller; and the acting secretary. New summer hours are in effect for the Dante Coal and Railroad Museum. As of June 1, the museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The mu- seum will also be open from 11 New summer hours for Dante 1 Coal and Railroad Museum a.m_-.m, on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information about the museum's operating hours or to schedule a visit, call the museum at 276-495-1903. NOTE to graduates of St. Paul ! and Castlewood Class of '09 To claim your free subscrip- The Clinch Valley Times tion, the St. Paul HS or Castle- would like to present a compli- wood HS Class of 2009 gra- mentary one-year subscription duate must personally visit the to the newspaper to each Era- Clinch Valley Times office at duate of the Class of 2009 from 16541 Russell Street in St. Paul, St. Paul High School and Cas- and to give us your name, tlewood High School in recog- address and school from which Hills Verizon cell tower, ac- nitionofyourachievement, you graduated. Congressman Boucher announces $3,265,000 in economic recovery funds to benefit region's tourism economy .... =Funds Will Be Used o ]Cake Needed Improvements to the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Appalachian Trail in Bland County, Lake Keokee and other Trails in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests- U.S. Representative Rick trails for years to come," users. Boucher announced that, as a result of the Economic Recovery Act approved by Congress, the U.S..Department of Agriculture, through the U.SSForest Service, will be allocating a total of $3,265,000 to make necessary improvements to several trails and recreational areas in the George Washington and Jeffer- son National Forests. With the federal funds, the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Appalachian Trail through Bland County, Lake Keokee and other trails in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests will be improved. "The federal Economic Recove Act funds which I am announcing will enable much needed improvements to the safety and quality of several trails throughout the George Washington and Jefferson Na- tional Forest. Visitors from across the country come to our region seeking Virginia's best outdoor experience. The work that will be completed with this funding will ensure visitors a sa____fe experience on our region's Boucher said. Of the total federal funding provided, $1,100,000 will be used to improve several trestles along the Virginia Creeper Trail, which are in need ef heavy repair due to age and use. Some of the trestles are in flash-flood prone areas. The federal funds will be used to reinforce the foundations of the trestles, improve the decking, and perform hand rail maintenance. "This work will ensure that the trestles are safe for use for years to come by the more than 200,000 outdoor enthusiasts who visit the Virginia Creeper Trail each year," Boucher said. An allocation of $275,000 will be used to replace bridges in several recreational areas of the George Washington and Jeffer- son National Forests to make trails more accessible to people with disabilities. Bridges on the Appalachian Trail in Bland County, Lake Keokee in Lee County and along other trails in the Forest will be made access- ible to individuals with disab- ilities and made safer for all trail Finally, $1,890,000 has been granted to perform trailhead maintenance, improve the safety and relocate trails in the George Washington and Jefferson Na- tional Forests. With the federal funds, several trails throughout the forests will be improved by reestablishing tread, brushing, replacing water control mea- sures, clearing culverts, and closing off user-created short- cuts. The maintenance work will improve the visitor experience to the trails and ensure the safety of trail users. "I am pleased that this Eco- nomic Recovery Act funding has been provided to improve trails throughout the George Washing- ton and Jefferson National For- ests. The improvements to the trails will ensure the trails re- main safe and well-maintained for visitors to our region for years to come, and our region will broadly benefit from the enhanced potential these trails will continue to provide as a tourist destination," Boucher said. GOOD FRIENDS, A GOOD TIME AND LOTS OF STANLEYS...This group of good friends enjoyed getting together at the Friday night party, part of the St. Paul High School All-Years Reunion, held Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, at the Oxbow Center: Pictured, left to right, seated, are Peggy Jordan Austin, Jo Stanley Ki!gore , Connie Stanley Kessinger, Kathy Stanley Ferguson and Debbie Stanley Baca; standing, Charlotte Stanley Gross, Arthel Salyers, Joy Holbrook, Gloria Annarelli, Darrell Hoibrook, and Ann Stanley Worley. Photo by Peyton Gregory ! i