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f; Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 8, 2013 wax. o by Ann Young Gregory The three R' Guess again Reprinted from August 17, 2000 As the area's children return to school this week, they won't even realize that'their routine day-to-day activities hold.far more information, challenges and ,potential for 'fascination for them than the same school days "did for those of us whose formal education orcurred around the middle years of the century or earlier. During my years as a public school student, for instance, the d@s--and years, or that matter---were, with just a few exceptions, generally predictable. I remember little about kindergarten experiences, but learning new...-songs and singing---a lot---was a significant part,of the routine, as I recall. I remember recess, probably" because during one very memorable session of it, I'got banged in the head by a swing and had to be rushed to the doctor to have the cut across my eyebrow stitched (the scar remains today). Attending:i fiat was, for its time, a progressive elementary scfi961, I vividly remember that each class chose a specialproject and pursued it throughout the year. Today the experience would be called something like ,'qearning across the curriculum?' We had occasional, field trips---one I vividly remember was to the geology museum at the University of Kentucky, forwhich my father, a geology professor, happened to curator. There was nothing, however, during my elementary or secondary students years, that could remotely compare to the Oceanography Class offered'to St. Paul High School students this summer, compiete with a week of hands-on experience at l orth Carolina's Outer Banks. Later years,;in another public school ,system in another town in another part of the state, I remember being introduced;to writing as a means of expression and communication, an experience I thoroughly in pursuing a discussion of the important of reading to gain good background information on many subjects, I mentioned that I had just been given a gift by my daughter--a novel written by Buzz Aldrin. I couldn't resist commenting that I was especially thrilled by the present, because it was inscribed "To Ann" and was signed by Buzz Aldrin himself. The faces of my audience remained unanimated. I said to them, "You know who Buzz Aldrin is, don't you? SURELY you know who Buzz Aldrin is!" My response, from a laconic young man in the front row, consisted of four words: "He's some old dude." You'd never catch this youngster being impressed by hearing that a radar signal had been bounced off the moon! I'm sure all the students to whom I was speaking had studied about that first moon landing, but, in their perspective, it had happened so long ago and was so outside their own experience .that they didn't even remember just exactly who Buzz Aldrin is! Even as a college student, I remember being intrigued by a math professor's telling the class in which I was a student that during summers, he worked with computers at White Sands, New Mexico. Huge computers, he said, filling entire rooms, were capable of remarkable work. At that point---during the mid- 1950's--computers were still on something of a par with Buck Rogers and Isaac Asimov, and hearing about a computer that filled an entire room made perfect sense, exotic though it was. Today's high school students, and maybe even some at the elementary level, can probably do things, on laptops and PCs that my math professor never even dreamed of doing on the room- sized computer over which he held dominion in 1954. On Tuesday morning of this week, I was one of two presenters of a program on the St. Paul enjoyed, and tO other areas of humanity's body of Redevelopment Project for a group of 16 highschool knowledge, opened up to us at the intervals- the students from across the state who are participating in powers-that-be' felt was appropriate, such as: no the first-ever Governor s Academy for Environmental algebra before'fiiiith grade (today's students encounter Stewardship. The students are spending the week it much earlier];'.no typing until eleventh or twelfth pursuing information about how municipal grade (nowad i)fg; elementary classes in keyboarding'development can be conducted in a way that are routine);/io calc_ulus at all, at least in high school maintains the integrity of the environment and (almost all ok,today s high schools offer calculus); .doesn't violate the ecology of the area in which the and so on. Againl there were some field trips, a lot of development is being done. When I was a high school interesting special term projects and papers, a few student, I don't ever remember discussing the guest speakers, now and then, and, even then, there environment, and "ecology" was a word with which is as totally unfamiliar until many years later. Today's were many clubs and organizations in which to students must add these two "e" words, environment become involved. To get af-my point in a nutshell, I rememberand ecology, to the ubiquitous "e-" (electronic) reading in a We kly Reader (remember those little already in their vocabularies in order to be able to newspapers?) the sixth grade that scientists had survive in any business, industrial or academic world bounced a rad signal off the moon and received it they planto populate as adults. back on earth That was BIG news! A radar signal! That total body of knowledge to which I referred My classmates and I thought the news item was earlier has doubled several times over since those exciting. In cOntrast, today's students study about the innocent days of the fifties, and the implication for beginning of "space exploration as though it was today's students is clear: there's more to learn, more ancient histoi3/.:Earlier this summer, I was doing a to know, more required in order to become a presentation On Writing and journalism for a group of productive and successful citizen. School, in other seventh, eighth and ninth grade students who were words, is far more than the SOLs! participating inn special summer school program, and Good luck, students--and have a great year! Letters :to the editor Readers are invitexl'tb write letters on matters of general interest to the pubfic. 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: " ltonSnyder, Kathy Stewart, ' Frances Matthews Wall, Sabrina : : Wall, Anna Hess, Allen Gregory, Spearhead Trails, Clinch River ;;: Adventures, Neva Bryan, Rachel Engle and Becky Burke. ' Proceeds from this event will ' help support the Library and the Farmers Market, which in turn benefit everyone in our cohamunity. Sincerely, Kathy Thacker Stewart Dear Mr. ODonnall Wise County Good letter[ It caught :my attention. No child"should do Sheriff's Report :any thing at their o.wnsisk. That is why God made l argnts first, to The Wise County Sheriff's look after little children that Office reports the following would come later. Kids don't activities for the period of know danger nor do they fear it. 7/22/2013 through 7/28/2013. This is so senseless! iWell said Wise Central Dispatch received a ' total of 1680 calls for this seven- sir. Hats offto you. SELLING MINNEAPOLIS... (Continued#orapage 1) 1890 map of Minneapolis, Virginia and St. Paul, Virginia. Full size copy, courtesy of the Library of Virginia, is on display at the St. Paul Town Hall. liers, were there, from Hazel River and Little WaShington, down to Fredericksburg and Moss Neck. Mrs. Rosser lived with her husband in winter quarters, 1863 - '64, at Cuipeper and Orange Courthouse, and frequently rode along the picket peg, where he resided with his family while he was con- structing that railroad to Puget Sound. Having made a fortune in these two great works - for he was the only man that ever completed to such great works - lines withhim, sometimes riding he removed to Virginia, built his forty miles a day. home at "Rugby Hill," just His Business Career outside of Charlottesville, and devoted himself with the same -- As soon as the war was over, intelligence and energy to the General Rosser went to Balti- more, where he had many army development of his native State- friends, and was employed by as he did in the cause of the the city government as an South in 1861 - '65, and like- engineer, in which capacity he wise constructing the two made a survey and plat of the continental railroads in 1868 - '78. harbor. Then he was in theHe was the projector, pro' service of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company as one moter, and engineering of the of the sub-engineers in construc- Charleston, Cincinnati and Chi tion of its McConnellsville cago Railroad Company. branch. From there he went to His Family Minneapolis, Minn., where he He had a channing family. was employed as rodman on the His daughter, Bessie Winston, Northern Pacific In a brief time married Charles Campbetl Cochrane, a grandson of Generat he had risen from the lowest to William Campbell, who com- the highest position, and became manded at the battle of King g chief engineer of the Northern Pacific, and as such surveyed, Mountain; a son, Thomas L." located and constructed that Rosser, Jr., and Marguerite. transcontinental line. As soon as , that work was fmished he was - ,D'eventr placed in charge of the Canadian Pacific, and removed to Winni- The Farm Service Agency: supports the Risk Management Agency in the prevention Of fraud, waste and abuse of the: Federal Crop Insurance Program. * A day period. Of the total calls nn Post received 330 were dispatched to St. Paul, Honey Branch the Sheriff's Office. Total ENTERTAINING...BIuegrass Circle provided/he musical entertainment at the - number of Domestic calls for this Farmers' Market this past Saturday. To the Editor, period was 7. Criminal Process On July 20, the Friends of the for the same period served 20 Or1 Library and St. Paul Tomorrow Felony Warrants, 43 Misde- AARP Vire,nia statement on Medlcare's hosted a fundraisei"'' at the meanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrest Farmers Market Pavilion. We and worked 1 Traffic Accident.-ToA th ann versa,: would like to thank everyone Civil process for this period who bought tickets [md enjoyed served 465 Civil Papers. During AARP Virginia has released Medicare for health security deductibles. Americans deserve the food, wine, authors and their this seven-day period 16 the first in a "commonsense which is why AARP will contin- solutions that will reduce Costs additional Criminal Investi- solutions" series of videos on the ue our work to ensure that it is throughout the health care books. Special thant 7 to The gations Were initiated and 19 48 anniversary of President there for current and future system, not cut benefits or force Lyttle Farm of Copper Ridge, El were cleared by arrest. The Lyndon Johnson, signing Medi- generations, seniors to pay more. Palenque Mexican, Restaurant, Sheriff's Office provided 200 care into law on July 30, 1965. "Medicare does face f'man- "Recent changes in the new The .Riverside Diner, Executive man-hours of Court Room Virginia has over 950,000 cial challenges, which is why health law have improved Medi- Chef Stephen Gilbert and Food Security for the three courts and residents who rely on Medicare AARP is calling for responsible, care by closing the coverage gap City for presentations of delic- the courthouse, for their health care coverage, on commonsense solutions that in the drug benefit, adding cost- ious food and to our guest auth- The Sheriff's Office tran- average spending 13 percent of would help ensure Medicare's free preventive benefits, and ors Joe Tennis, Kathy'. Shearer, sported 0 adult in state, 1 adult their income on out-of-pocket continued success, including fair adding additional protections to Rebecca Elswick, Gary Varner out of state, 1 mental patient, and income on their health care prescription drug prices and rid- curb fraud and abuse and extend and Katie Meade.. "l:hanks for 2 juveniles for a total of 4 costs. AARP's Executive Vice ding Medicare of waste, fraud the life of the Medicare Trust such great stories! Tl arik you to transports, involving 18.5 hours. President Nancy LeaMond and abuse. For example, AARP Fund. Seniors already have say- The Sheriff's Office unlocked released the following statement: supports two bipartisan bills that ed over $7 billion in prescription Mountain Rose Vineyard and 15 vehicles and escorted 5 "As Medicare continues to would prevent drug companies drug discount savings. Coltsfoot Winery for adding to funerals during this seven-day provide access to health care for from agreeing to delay consum- "Medicare is a promise - a the fun. The Silent Auction was a period. - millions of seniors and those ers' access to lower cost medica- promise of health security for all success and we owe a big thanks with disabilities, AARP is cele- tions. AARP also supports bipar- Americans. For years, AARP has tisan legislation that would crack fought to protect and strengthen down on fraud by targeting Medicare, and through You've improper billing and increasing Earned a Say, we'll continue to penalties for identity theft, make certain every American "Unfortunately, some in has an opportunity to amplify Washington are considering their voices The promise of harmful proposals, including affordable, guaranteed access to raising the Medicare age, adding health care that Medicare holds new copays to lab test and home for millions of Americans is one health service, and increasing that must be kept." to the following for their gen- erous donations of items for the auction: Janie Home,Joan Austin, Charlie Engle, Suzy Harrison, Lou Wallace, Doris Fletcher, Juanita Kelly., Bailey Hardware, Teresa H arless, Opie Craft, J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, Melanie brating its 48 successful years and advocating for responsible, commonsense solutions that will strengthen the program by low- ering drug costs, improving care coordination and cracking down on over-testing, waste and fraud. Nearly 50 million Americans - 15 percent of the nation's popu- lation, and growing - depend on FSA has been, and will continu i to, assist RMA and .:~|surance'i providers by monitoring crop conditions throughout the grow, ing season.'FSA will continue to i refer all suspected cases of fraud, ': waste and abuse directly to! RMA. . Producers can report suspect-' ed cases to the FSA office, RMAil ,or the Office of the Inspector General. Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. i VA 24283, by PUBLISHING INC. The Clinch Valley Times iserves the four-county area of, Wise, Russell, Dickenson and. S" tt, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. 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