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Clinch Valley Times , .... The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things " "" I " " " Vol. LVI, No. 31 ThursdaY, July 31, 2014 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS 50 cents Harrison reappointed by IDA Board MARKET COUPONS.,.Anna Harris, left, Russell County Health Dept. and Shirley Miller, right, Wise County Health Dept. come to the Farmers Market in St. Paul on Wednesdays handing out $5.00 coupons to children under 18. These coupons are to be used to pur- chase fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers at the market. The program helps youngsters learn about shopping and healthy eating. The program has $5,800 in coupons to spend at the market this year. and is sponsored by the Healthier Wise County Coalition. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Back to School Supply Drive Concert in Park, Friday; Yard Sale and Bake Sale, Saturday From now until August 2nd, the Fraternal Order of Eagles will be taking dona- tions of backpacks and school supplies for the children of Castlewood and St. Paul schools. You may drop them off at The Thrift Store, 16629 Broad Street, St. Paul, Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00 and Saturday night at The Eagles Club, Admission, any backpack 1097 Boody Road, or school supplies. There Castlewood. This "drive" will be concessions, a raf- will end with a concert on the Park Stage in St. Paul, Friday night and Yard Sale/Bake Sale Saturday morning. Southern Breeze will be on the Park Stage in St. Paul Friday, August 1 from fie and more. School supplies will be distributed at the Celebration Center on Tuesday, August 5 at 7 pm to children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come out and enjoy the 10:00,3:00 or on Saturday 6:00 pm until 10:00 pro. activities! Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER' S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID- Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, [[|l!Ul!!H![l!l[l!l[I 6 pm, Lebanon. Paul, are July 1-31: C L I N C H F I E L D Closed Monday; LODGE #256-Stated 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; Communication, 1 st 9:30-6 pm Wednesday; Saturdays, 7:30; School 9:30-6 pm Thursday of Instruction third and Friday. Saturday Thursdays, 7 pm Closed. Sunday R E C O V E R Y Closed. GROUP-The Wise D I C K E N S O N - County Mental Health B U N D Y- T h e Center conducts a Dickenson-Bundy Log recovery group for sub- House is open weekly stance abusers and fam- Thursdays through ilies Fridays at 10 am Saturdays, 10-3, and Call 276-679-0810. Sundays 12-4 pm. ACOA MEETING- SOCIAL SECURI- Adult Children of TY-The Wise Social Alcoholics meet Security Office is open Mondays, 7 pm, First Mondays-Fridays from Baptist Church, 9am-4pm. Phone num- Coeburn. Call 762- bers are 1-800-772- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 1213 or 276-679-7633. 276-679-7371. L I B R A R Y LrITLE LEAGUE- FRIENDS-Friends of The Clinch River Little the J. Fred Matthews League Board meet at 4 Memorial Library, St. pm third Sundays at the Paul meet at the Library UMWA Building in on first Thursdays at 4 Castlewood. All inter- pm. ested persons are invit- VFW POST 9864- ed to attend. VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. HOUSE- Lebanon, welcomes H.O.P.E. House pro- new members. If you vides emergency shel- served overseas during ter for victims of any war, write VFW domestic violence in Post 9864, P.O. Box Wise, Russell, 1419, Lebanon, VA Dickenson, Lee, Scott 24266 and send name, and Buchanan counties address and phone and the City of Norton. number. Transfers wel- Volunteers needed- comed. training available. Call HEALTH SER- 1-800-572=2278. VICES-The Wise SENIOR CITI- County Health ZENS-The Castle- Department, Wise, is wood Senior Citizens open from 8am-8pm meet at 10 am first Thursdays. Wednesdays at the Clinics will be Castlewood Lions Den. offered- in family plan- Anyone 60 or over is ning, pediatrics, school invited, and adult physicals, The Dante Senior WIC, Paps and immu- Citizens meet each n i z a t i o n s . Monday and Tuesday at Appointments are nec- 10 am at the Dante Fire essary for all but immu- Department. Russell nizations. For an County residents 60 or appointment, call 762- older are invited 328-8000. RUSSELL CO. F A C I L I T I E S LIBRARY-Hours at the AVAILABLE-The Russell County Public Tacoma Community Library, Lebanon, are Center is available for M/Tu/W/F 10am- reunions, birthdays and 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; showers. Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday All proceeds reha- Closed. bilitate the Tacoma M A T T H E W S School as a Community LIBRARY-Hours at the Center. For informa- J. Fred Matthews tion, call 395-6398. Memorial Library, St. 100TH BIRTH- Church and church-related activities DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276- 889-8206. FREE ADULT ED- Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evenimg classes for adults; who want to improwe their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portattion services in Buchaman, Dickenson, 'Russe;ll 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 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. GroUp purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 calendar on page 3 At its regularly sched- uled July meeting, the IDA had an organizational meeting, The board elected BobHarrison as chairman; Frank Molinary as vice- chairman, Debbie Baca as secretary and Linda Tiller as the board's legal coun- sel. All are for two year terms. Harrison gave a short update of the Willis build- ing and said that action is on hold until the funding package is worked out. The same was the reason for putting discussion of T&L's proposal on hold. Action on the parking lot question was also tabled because the cost of grad- ing, landscaping, paving, striping and lighting would be about $62,000 and that amount of money was not available either from the town or the IDA at this time. So at the next meet- ing they will look at just grading the lot and putting gravel on it. Debbie Baca, the board secretary, reported that the board's total assets were $209,347.33. The board voted 4-2 to donate $2500.00 to Mountain Heritage. The vote was as follows: Jack Kiser, no; Frank Molinary, no; Mike Jessee, yes; Bill Wallace, yes; Harry Kelly, yes; J.D. Cassell, yes. Speaking for the opposi- tion, Molinary questioned the use of the donation to a private concern and there was no accounting of use of the funds donated. Speaking for the motion, Cassell pointed out that there was a public ease- ment for use of the land and trails. He added that it brought people into town to walk the trail and they would also spend money in town. The Highland Construction question was tabled until some funding questions could be ironed out. After a closed session to discuss acquisition and dis- position of property, the board took no further action and adjourned. "Meet the Teacher" Saint Paul Elementary School, Tues., Aug. 5, 4:30-6:30 pm Coeburn Middle, Mon. Aug. 4, 4-6 pm, 6-8th graders Coeburn Middle, Wed., July 30, 10 am, 5th graders Eastside High School, Mon., Aug. 4, 6 pm freshmen Copper Creek Elementary School, Wed., Aug. 13, 3-5 pm Castlewood Elementary, Wed., Aug. 13, 5-7 pm "Gioviers and Couches Harvesting Wheat in South St. Paul, 1930's" Reminisces of gardening by Jerry Couch Before I begin this week's story, I'd like to tell you about the St. Paul Assembly of God's annual "Community Appreciation Day" event which will take place on Saturday, August 9th. Festivities wilt begin in downtown St. Paul at 10:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. There will be entertainment of all kinds for people of all ages. Check next week's Clinch Valley Times for a complete schedule of events. The folks at the Assembly of God have invited me to participate in their worthy endeavor by offering a local history presentation at the old Gaiety Theatre on Fourth Avenue beside Giovanni's. My topic will be "Industries in St. Paul." I hope to see you that day as we come together as neighbors and friends. Remember, it's all FREE and it's all for YOU. And now for my story ........... GARDENING TIME! Do you have a garden? Do you have special memories of a gar- den from years gone by? I certainly do. Gardening was my parents' favorite hobby. Each year they purchased seeds, bulbs, fertilizer, and plants. The ancient tiller was fired up and the soil was made ready. As the young plants grew tall and strong they were care- fully and endlessly tended. We waited eagerly for the first produce of the season to " appear. one year my mother planted cantaloupes near the riverbank. These vines later pro- duced a bumper crop of sun-ripened, tasty melons. We had picked one or two and had watched impatiently as their brethren ripened. Finally my father said "I think we should pick these cantaloupes today." My mother replied, "No, I think we should wait until tomorrow." Famous last words. The next day we discovered that during the night some- one had crossed the river by boat and visited our garden. Our unwelcome visitors had snitched every one of the juicy melons. We had planned to share our bounty with fam- ily and friends but it was not to be. However, someone definitely enjoyed those can- taloupes and I'm sure none were wasted. Is there anything that tastes better than fresh green beans served up with a skillet of hot combread and a plate of sliced onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes? Or ears of corn picked just minutes before being plunged into boiling water? Ours was a double treat because these ears of corn were promptly slathered with delicious butter made by Aunt Edith Couch. Before picking the corn, my mother would test its ripeness by pressing her thumbnail against a kernel. If the kernel burst easily and milky corn juice popped out, the corn was just right. When the corn was young, my mother would place a drop of mineral oil at the point where the leaves met the stalks. She read of this trick in a gardening maga 7 zine. Doing so prevented the silks from sticking to the corn when it was shucked. It was an easy and simple trick that worked very well. Perhaps you do this, too. The cabbages, the peppers, the onions, the tomatoes! Oh, those delicious ripe toma- toes! They were concentrated sunshine and looked as good as they tasted. I remember one tomato plant in particular. I bought it at Susie Poolsadlo's greenhouse at Morefield for twenty five cents. It was a "Big Boy" and it See GARDENING, Page 8