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...... Page.2 CLINCH VALLEY TtMESJL"Pnl, VA, Ttmrsday, Agust/-, 2013 ............................................... II II Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Reprinted from August 22, 1974 . Isn't it funiiy'bow one event can be so many things tO the differentpeople who are involved? Take next MOnday, for instance. Dreaded by some, gleefully arifiipated by others, the day is as inevitable as te rising and setting of the sun. School starts once again, and with it, all the activities generated by, the system. The studen} for the most part, moan and groan over their required annual migration to the halls of learning, but they soon will get caught up in the tide of things, andwill at least be busy, if not content. The mothers' of very small children who are entering schooI for the first time regard the first day with sentimental tears and mixed feelings. Being wiser and rfiore experienced, mothers of older children are 'generally delighted with the whole prospect, and good-heartedly herd everyone into the family car or Off to the bus stop, knowing that they can now depend on at least seven uninterrupted hours a day, five days a week, and also knowing that not one more "I'm bored, what can I do?" will be forthcoming amtil the end of May (if they're lucky), or at least untilthe following Saturday. _ Teachers,.depending upon experience, background I Lettars to the editor.. Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the punic, Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves' the right to edit letters. The' Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters -'" To the Editor: . Recently, your paper carried a front page photograph of the sign adorning the newskate park. The same photo is alsooff the St. Paul website. On either side of the sign are four of thetown council members-the three who voted for the skate park, and ouncil mem- ber Boardwine. Although the photo presents a picture of civic smugness worthy of a medieval tryptych, the "rules" displayed on the sign are more" reminiscent of that great cinema masterpiece- " Dumb and Dumber., The first and perhaps most exquisite example of "dumb- ness" concerns the. pronounce- . ment that skaters skate "at their own risk". Since the vast majority of skaters are and will be children, the sign seems to rest on the assumption that " children have the legal capacity to make decisions about their own risk. Notwithstanding the Dickensian charms of such an assumption, it is l .inconsistent with the law. Under the law, children lack legal capaci to make decisions aboutlegal ri.sk. " For that reason; ?jt is the responsibility of parents or other guardians to mtke decisions about their children's /ctivities- a responsibility which public institutions shouldrespect. Other skate parks often-Tequire that : there be a parental.permission on file before a child can "use" a skate park. Not only would such a requirement not involve an impermissible assumption, it would also display a respect for parental rights that is sadly missing from the "Dumb and Dumber" (St. Paul edition) of Skate Park Rules. According to Black's Law Dictionary, under the legal doctrine known as the "attractive nuisance doctrine", persons who create an instrumentality which may be a source of danger to children are under a duty to take such precautions as a reasonably prudent man would take to prevent injury to children of tender years who may by reason of something there come there to play. This is the reason why municipal swimming pools have lifeguards and fences; and it is also the reason why "skate at your own risk" doesn't cut it when it comes to children using the skate park. Besides the Dumb under- standing of the legal capacity of children, there is also the Dumber understanding of the authority of government to limit speech. Specifically, according to another of the posted Rules, and various other factors, probably have a number of reactions to the first day of school, ranging from a panicky "What am I supposed to do after I call the roll?" from the beginner, to a confident "This year I think I'll try that new approach to (math-history- reading-algebra or whatever)." Then there are the organizations that begin to function once again, now that the school doors are open. PTA members appear on the horizon, pleading with non-member parents to change their status at once. Football players, cheerleaders and band members consume hours and hours perfecting their plays, coordination, techniques and tricks of the trade, preparing for the ten weeks we referred to last November as "Wait 'til next year!" There's always a first-grader who cries; an elementary child who loses all of his-her books; a teacher who's forgotten to bring the Kleenex; and a new-to-town parent who can't find the room to which her child has been assigned. Is there anyone who doesn't remember walking into school on the first day each year and recognizing from that books-and-chalk-and-paper-and-floor- polish smell peculiar to all such institutions that school had, indeed, started again? Wouldn't it be fun to go back! "Profanity is not allowed in the Skate Park." The need for such a rule is most puzzling. On the one hand, the town fathers display a blithe unconcern for kids break- ing bones if done "at their own risk." On the other hand, they want to insure that no naughty words are spoken in the sacred precincts. The disconnect is ob- vious, and painful. Moreover, since little leaguers, tennis players, and hoopsters are all free of speech restrictions, why should those who skate be sub- ject to municipal limits on speech? Not to mention that the vagueness of the word "pro- fanity" raises pretty clear First Amendment issues. In conclusion, one council member has confidently opined that local businesses will pay for skate park maintenance by paid advertisements. To use a phrase council members seem to like, until these issues are addressed and resolved, a business would be skating "at its own risk" by promoting and maintaining what is basically an attractive nuisance recklessly managed. Sincerely, Hugh F. O'Donnell St. Paul Board of Trustees meeting The regular monthly meeting 1:00 p.m. at the Wise County of the Lonesome Pine Regional Public Library. The Finance Library Board of Trustees will Committee will meet at 11:30 be held Thursday, August 1 at am to review monthly payables. "Meet the Teacher" event Copper Creek and Castle- wood Elementary Schools will hold their annual "Meet the Teacher" event on Wednesday, August 14. Copper Creek Elementary will be Pre-k at 9 am and Kindergarten beginning at 11 am. Castlewood Elementary for grades 1-7 will be from 5 until 7 pm. A "Special School Store Sale" will be held on Friday, August 2 from 9 am until 3 pm at Castlewood Elementary. ' Lifel i Adult Education ong Learning Award couple: nominations being was trying to raise a family of three sons and one daughter in the early 1950's on H.L.'s income from the family gasoline service station, Musick's Esso in Gate City. Seeing four young faces around the kitchen table who, it was understood, were all going to college, the couple decided H.L. should return to the Mead for better financial pro- spects than the family business could offer. It was at the Mead that H.L. became an adult learner. To land a position on the paper machine with higher pay, he had to pass a math test. He joined a class in a night school program to help him learn the math required for his job. His children now recall that after meals the family kitchen table was cleared of dishes and became a study table for two generations as H.L. tackled what was remembered as eighth grade math lessons. His sacrifice and effort were made to benefit the entire family, something Mary and the children all recognized and honored him for. According to family mem- bers, H.L. did not complete any particular program or earn a high school equivalency, but he passed his math test and ad- vanced at the Mead. He was able to get a job that paid enough, with Mary's earnings as a school secretary, to enable all four children to earn college degrees. The family's commitment to him as an adult learner paid off as he got back on track and improved his skills The Mary and H.L. Musick Lifelong, Learning Award has been funded by the Musick fam- ily in honor of their now deceased parents. A $250 cash award is given to two adult learners each August with the funding. Candidates can be nominated by family or com- munity members, teachers, frie- nds or themselves. The applica- tion for the award is online at www.race2ged.org, and forms will be accepted until Aug. 15. Applications may be faxed to 276.386.2242 or mailed to Re- gional Adult Education, 1490 Bristol Hwy, Gate City, VA 24251. The two 2013 'award recip- ients will be honored at a recap- tion and ceremony at the Re- gional Adult Education Program office in Gate City on Thursday, August 29 at 4 pm. Several members of the Musick family, many of whom are now college and public school educators, plan to attend the celebration. For more details on the Mary md H.L. Musick Lifelong ,earning Award, contact Amy 3tatzer at the Regional Adult ducation Program by calling H7-RACE 2 GED (877) 722- 243 or 386-2433 in Scott County or emailing astatzer@race2ged.org. Free adult education classes are continuing this summer at the Jonesville, Gate City and Wise class sites, where adults can join at any class session. The GED Exam is also given t these sites at a cost of $58 for full test. The GED Exam is free of cost to local adults who have passed the Official GED Practice Test given by the Regional Adult Education Program instructors. honors.; local ..'sought ,: : Most students who reenter the classroom as iadults struggle : to balance school', ,'farnily and work. Many facedity challen- - ges to complete their study. Few : adult learners, however, are : recognized for tho efforts to continue their education. : The recently created Mary . and H.L. Musick. Lifelong : Learning Award is'designed to : correct that with two awards : presented annually. The accom- plishments of twc local adult learners will be bored at an August 29 reception, when the 2013 honorees aro-armounced by the Regional Ad'utf Education, Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton Public chools. The recipients will each receive a cash award of $25'in recog- nition of their success as adult learners who got back on track .with lifelong learning. A respected couple from the Hiltons community in cott Co., Mary and H.L. Musick both worked hard to raise their family of four children. Mary was a much-loved Secretary with the Scott County Public Schools system serving at both Hiltons Elementary and Gate City High School. She grew up in Kings- port, graduated from Dobyns- Bennett High School and attend- ed King College. H.L. grew up in Appalachia during the De- pressrun and left for work in the Norfolk-Newport News ship- yards without graduating from high school. They mt as co- workers at the Mead plant in Kingsport when he returned to the area following WWII and were soon married. Years passed, and the couple Wise County Sheriff s Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 7/15/2013 through 7/21/2013. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1696 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 337 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 17. Criminal Process for the same period served 38 Felony Warrants, 58 Misde- meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest and worked 7 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 347 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 13 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 32 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 200 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 1 adult in state, 1 adult out of state, 1 mental patient, and 1 juveniles for a total of 4 transports, involving 21.5 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 25 vehicles and escorted 9 funerals during this seven-day period. Correction by Allen Gregory In the July 18 issue of the Clinch Valley Times, in writing about CHS's change in baseball coaches, I erroneously wrote that Jonathan Salyers has resigned from the baseball coaching job. According to a phone conver- sation with Jonathan, he inform- ed me that the CHS principal had ask him to spend more time in workin to upgrade the school's SOL scores and that the baseball coaching contract was a year to year job. Further, I said that the CHS baseball team had struggled over the last two years. They did struggle this year but the previous season they participated in the small schools regional and state tournaments. I apologize for the error. Foreign buyers notification Jeanne Presley, USDA Farm Service Agency Acting Executive Director reminds Russell, Wise, Dickenson, Tazewell and Buch- anan County producers that the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency administers this program for USDA. All individuals who are not U.S. citizens, and have purchased or sold agricultural land in the county are required to report the transaction to FSA within 90 days of the closing. Failure to submit the AFIDA form (FSA- 153) could result in civil penalties of up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the property. County government offices, realtors, attorneys and others involved in real estate transactions are reminded to notify foreign investors of these reporting requirements:______ CV'l'imes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc) 3:30 pm Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday I 5 Virginia Publi00 .... and Prfvate Institutions in top 100 in Forbes Annual Report Governor McDonnell issued the following statement follow- ing the release of Forbes' annual "America's Top Colleges" report, which found the Uni- versity of Virginia and William and Mary ranking No. 2 and No. 6 for public non-service acad- emy colleges. Virginia Military Institute also ranked among the top public schools at No. I7. The University of Virginia improved 7 positions in .the overall rankings to No. 29 this year. While Washington and Lee (No. 21), College of William and Mary (No. 44), Virginia Military Institute (No. 87) and the University of Richmond (No. 88) all ranked in the nation's top 100. Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Hampden- Sydney College and George Mason University all ranged in the nation's top 200. All together, 22 Virginia schools were included in the "America's Top Colleges" report. The Forbes rankings are based on 'quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt.' "Virginia's higher education system is one of the best in the nation and the world. I congratulate the University of Virginia and the college of William and Mary for once again proving to be leaders among our nation's public non-service DMV about academy colleges. I applaud the work of all of our college presidents who have recognized that Virginia schools must continue to improve in order to remain national leaders in public higher education. Together with the General Assembly and our great college presidents we have made significant new investments in higher education that will reap benefits for Virginians for years to come. After years of double-digit tuition increases and cuts in state funding, we have invested more than $200 million into higher education funding and our colleges have responded by last year posting the lowest average yearly tuition increases in a decade. At the same time, they are expanding accessibility and have added 3,800 new slots for in-state undergraduate students in just the last two years. Virginia's colleges continue to become more affordable and accessible for Virginia's students. We know that a high quality education is essential for the high quality, high paying jobs of the future. We must continue to invest in higher education while implementing smart reforms and innovations to ensure that Virginia's distinguished colleges and universities will continue to lead the nation." warns customers potentially damaged vehicles Offer Tips to Learn Vehicle's History; Spot Flood Damage Before Purchasing The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds "vehicle buyers to conduct a water-damage inspection before buying used or new vehicles. The dangers of water-damaged cars are often hidden. Aside from mold and rust, electrical systems could erode and fail over time. Computer sensors could be damaged, and safety protections like air bags could fail in a crash. "Storms throughout the year water- and note any evidence of mold or a musty odor in the uphol- stery, carpet or trunk. Check for rust on screws in the console or other areas where water would nor- mally not reach unless submer- ged. Check for mud or grit in alternator devices, behind wiring harnesses and around the small recesses of starter motors, power steering pumps and can produce flooding, which in relays. turn can lead to water-damaged Complete a detailed in- cars in Virginia. Plus, the speetion of the electrical wiring potential also exists for damaged -: system; looking for rusted corn- out-of-state cars to find their portents, water residue or sus- way to the Commonwealth," piciouscorrosion. said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holeomb. "I caution Virginia consumers to check for water damage when purchasing any new or used vehicle." Various state laws require water damage to be reported and disclosed on a vehicle's title; however, dishonest sellers can find ways around these require- ments, putting buyers at risk. If a vehicle is branded as non- repairable, the vehicle cannot be titled in Virginia, but a non- repairable car could be titled in another state. If a Virginian then purchased that car and tried to title it in Virginia, the vehicle's history would show non-repair- able, and the customer would not be able to title that car. Virginia Code 46.2-624 requires insurance companies to report to DMV when they have paid a claim of $3,500 or more on a vehicle due to water dam- age. Insurers are required to notify DMV of such water damage, even if the owner intends to retain ownership and continue driving the vehicle. One tool customers can use to check a vehicle's history is DMV's Prospective Purchaser Inquiry (PPI). Prior to purchase, you provide the vehicle's make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) and DMV pro- duces a PPI summary about the vehicle. The PPI summary comes from Virginia DMV re- cords only and does not contain personal information about the vehicle's previous owners. The fee for the service is $12 per vehicle. This service is available online or by visiting a DMV office. Other inspection tips that may help detect significant water damage include: Examine the interior and the engine compartment for evidence of water and grit from suspected submersion. Check for recently shampooed carpet, and check under the floorboard carpet for water residue or stain marks from evaporated water not related to air conditioning pan leaks. Look for rusting on the inside of the car and under inter- ior carpeting, and visually in- spect all interior upholstery and door panels for evidence of fading. Check under the dash- bo.ard for dried mud and residue, Inspect the undercar- riage or other components for evidence of rust and flaking metal that would not normally be associated with late model vehicles. While these inspection sug- gestions will not detect flood damage in every case, they do provide some information to protect consumers from purchas- ing a vehicle damaged by flood- waters. If you are considering purchasing a vehicle that you suspect may have been damaged by flooding, consider having it inspected by a licensed mech- anic. 1"1 ..... I'T" [ I ..... i ......  i:: "Clinch ...... ,) - ,Valley Times k : MEMBER " WROtA PRESS AssoctxnON Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-oaunty area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building,. 16541 Russell Stree Pe'lo- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in SL Paul, VA 24283, Ann Young Gregory F.xlitor: Allen Gregory Advertising 'Stlsan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: iln advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. iPOSTMAsTER: send nddmss '/changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O. Box 817, St. Paul, VA 24283 '. 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