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Page 2 CL/NC VALLEY TIMES,st Paul, VA, Thursday, Aughst 9, 2012 HOW ST. PAUL CAME TO BE o and ships and sealing wax by A Young Gregory Splash, dash and crash Sorry if you're not really into the Olympic Games, but as long as.thley're going on, I seem to be unable to detach myself om the television screen--not even to watch my nofmfi.l favorite, the Food Network! One of the most astonishing stories that's come out of the O!gmpics, at least in my opinion,' is the information that the United States bestows on its medaling athletes cash awards--S25,000 for gold f , medals, $15,090 for each silver, and $10,000 for bronze medalists. Trouble is, while Uncle Sam gives with one hand;, he takes away with the other. Instead of allowing the' athletes to keep all of the money their grateful (?) co mltry gives to them, it turns around and taxes the money .with which it rewards them, meaning that .the gold medalists have to give back $8,986 per medal; those with silver, $5,385 each; and, for bronze, $3,502. I rerd'that according to those numbers, Michael Phelps, owes the IRS around $47,000 Now really. I belie,ge in taxing everyone equally, but come on. These people are making all the rest of us proud.! Why not let them keep the money. They'll have to start paying taxes soon enough, anyway! (One congressman trying to repeal the tax requirement.) I've been fascinated by the individual who's being called by sorffe" the greatest Olympian athlete ever-- Michael Phelps, ' who has won a total of 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them gold, during the span of his Olympic career, which I think includes 2004, 2008 and, of course, this year. Commentators have suggested that. this record will probably never be matched, and they're probably fight. The six-fooi2one-inch tall 17 year old high school senior, Missy Franklin, has won four gold medals in various swimrhing events. Called "the darling of the Games" by one columnist, Missy Franklin has charmed almosf everybody who has interviewed her, as well as thosf. yho've seen her on television. exciting to see Usain Bolt repeat his earlier Olympic win in the 100, giving him the title, temporary though it may be, of "the fastest man in the world." He completed the 100 meters of the race in 9.63 seconds, which I think they said is the second fastest time in history. I wonder if anybody can explain why the runners from Jamaica are so consistently fast--they routinely win races and collect medals. Jamaica, after all, is a very small country, compared to most others, which makes me think they have some sort of plan ;they follow in order to produce so many excellent runners[ The track and field relays are interesting in that the athletes have to have such good coordination in order to hand off the baton (or whatever it's called) to the next runner. These races are usually interesting, although I prefer to watch the shorter races, and some of the relays, I believe, can be quite long. I guess I don't have the patience to follow the longer races (and interestingly, as I think I've said before, these are the events that keep Allen in front of the television!) Although a silver medal can hardly be called a crash, the silver in the girls' gymnastics vault event was more than likely quite a disappointment for favorite McKayla Maroney. From everything I heard, she was a dead-on favorite to win the gold in this event, but due to some evil Olympic gremlin at work, she fell on her second vault, which put her out of contention for the gold. I was really surprised that she won the silver, but I guess that's just how good she is- -even with such a big error, her vault was still acknowledged with the second place award. How many times do you suppose this little girl will relive that vault, wondering what in the world happened to cause that fall. Even if you aren't a particular fan of gymnastics, you can't help but feel her pain! I suppose the swimming events have concluded. I Probably my favorite of all the Olympic events is don't if there are more diving events scheduled or not. the women's gymnastics. The level of skill possessed Something I don't ever remember seeing before is the by these tiny girls is absolutely amazing. How can they possibly .r0a'mtain their poise, not to mention their balance, onthe balance beam; or stay on their feet when lan'ding after performing on the uneven parallel bars; or keep from killing themselves when vaulting on whatever that apparatus is called? Of course, they occasionally DO fall or land awkwardly or fail to execute their routines correctly, but those are the exceptions-certainly not the rule! Track and 'field events are not my favorites--I admire and respect these athletes who run faster or jump higher or. farther or whatever it is they do, but I'm just not as.fascinated by these events as I am by synchronized diving, which looks to be absolutely impossible, although most of those who participated managed to make it look easy. The Chinese won most of the women's diving events, I think, including this one. Although I can swim, I never learned to dive-- never wanted to learn to dive--so I remain in some awe of the grace and--I can't help but call it courage!- -that the divers exhibit with their complex routines. Everyone who went to UK back when I did was required to be able to swim. Why, I don't know. Since I'd been given swimming lessons as a child, they put me in an intermediate class at UK. While we didn't have to dive, we were required to jump off the high some of the others. Nevertheless, I have to admit that board, and that was quite enough for me! Fortunately, I watch the rae sland am thrilled by USA wins, so I'm I splashed but didn't crash, so I completed that like almost everybody else in that I love it when my exercise to the satisfaction of the teacher.) Maybe the team is victorioiasl reason I'm so fascinated by these events is because I Although the:Jamaican team isn't mine, I found it can't do any of them! (Continued from page I) St. Paul's historic Gaiety Theatre NOTE: On Saturday, Au- event will mark the first time the gust 25th, the St. Paul Assembly of God will hold its annual Community Appreciation Day. Rev. John Thompson and the church members have invited me to do a presentation at the historic 19 ! 9 Gaiety Theatre located on Fourth Avenue beside Giovanni's. As you know from reading my articles, the Gaiety was St. Paul's first theater. This Gaiety has been open to the general public for a program in over 60 years. In honor of this special event, the program will include something new: The: Story of Sugar Hill. Please? come out and help the Assembly2 of God folks make this event a' success. There will be food and: fun for everyone, so don't miss- it. Learning Center announces: Op id en House Fr ay studentsfor The Learning Center, an . the 2012-2013 inter-denominational Christian academic year offering Pre-K"' school located in Castlewood through 9th grade. Come to learn will be having an Open House more about this educational Friday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m. ministry with a mission to in2" ersto theoATto~ . . The school is currently accepting personalSpire the academiC,growth ofSpiritualstudents- andi T tt Road improvements require alertness and through a quality, Christ- . town our up,o, of r' ,"at;ence beh The Learning Center is Readers are lrlVlt~d .]c wr,te Cooks and Books inspires us to ind the wheel centered education. "] [letters on matters of general make it even better next year. located at 117 Rejoice Lane in [ interest to the public. Letters [ Make sure you stop by the -Drivers Should Expect Traffic Pattern Changes in All Regions of the State- Castlewood, Virginia phone 2762" I do not necessarilyeeflect the ] Market on Saturday mornings or As the Commonwealth ists can prepare a safe routeother people in the vehicle. 762-5700 [ .hil,m h.t, oOr- dnesdav afternoons invests nearly $4 billion into the before they hit the road by using Driving is a complex task. In thelearningcenter09@yahoo.com' i v.:: oop,y [ Weproceedsfromthis'fundraiser state's transportation network the Virginia Department of road construction, it's even ponc'p y or tins ne, spaper,ws pol!c.y or tins ! - er, [i will be used to support the pro- over the next three years, Transportation's 5-1-1 Virginia more difficult. Keep both '[ which reserves the .0ght to ] grams and services of the Lib- motorists will routinely ex- service, available at hands on the steering wheel. :] edit letters. The'Clinch] rary After the successfui summer perience road construction in www.511Virginia.org or by Look for signs and work Clinch [ Valley Times will not" print l reading program, Reading is every region ofthe state, calling511, zone flaggers and follow i] unsigned letters. [: Delicious, the library is ready for As Virginia does its part for VDOT also publishes on its their directions. Valley I -,"',;: l, new fall programming, all free to highway safety, the Department website major road construction Be patient - Drivers rear- i ' " the public. We are dedicated to of Motor Vehicles urges drivers project information at ending vehicles is the main Times the Editor: literacy development for all ages - to do yours - be alert and patient http://www.vdot.virginia.gov/tra cause of construction On behalfoftheFriendsofJ, and I invite you to visit the while driving throughroad vel/major road construction rcrashes. Donot tailgate. MEMBER Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- Library for books, music, news cons t ction, ojects.asp - Allow ampledistance bet- VIRGINIA PRESSASSOCIATION rary in St. Paul, I wmild like to and fun, too. Governor McDonnell and Always wear your seatbelt,ween your car and the thank everyone who'participated Sincerely, the General Assembly are fund- And when you encounter road vehicle ahead of you in case Published weekly in St. Paul, in our first annual Cooks and Kathy Stewart ing more than 900 improvement improvement activity, you canof sudden stops. VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING Books event on July 28, esp- J. FredMatthews The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes: elsewhere, $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O. Box 817. St. Paul, VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c projects, that we will encounter take specific actions to steer In the year 2010, six people as we travel throughout the clear of a crash, died and 1,234 were injured in CO INC. state," said DMV Commissioner ), Slow down - Obey the 2,412 crashes in road Richard D. Holcomb, the Gov- posted speed limit. You construction traffic accidents. ernor's highway safety repre- never know what you may .Overall, fatalities and injuries sentative. "Drivers should ex- encounter when road con- are down. pect to see changes in traffic pat- ditions change. If you're not"For the third consecutive terns, directional signs, uneven speeding, you will be able to year, Virginia recorded declines pavement, and sometimes traffic stop more quickly in case of in statewide traffic deaths, with delays. It is critical that you an unexpected hazard. 2010 fatalities the lowest since anticipate construction, slow )" Drive alert - Focus your 1966," stated Holcomb. "Let's down and keep focused on complete attention on the continue the .positive trend; staying safe." task of driving. Do not allow every driver m Virginia is Most traffic fatalities and yourself to get distracted by responsible for keeping our injuries can be avoided. Motor- a cell phone, the radio, or roadways safe." apt. fire at Stonebriar Assisted Living building *trailer fire Red Oak DO yOU know the signs of serious engine trouble? Ridge Rd to assist Castle- Engine trouble symptoms sumption years of reliable service without wood Fire Dept. -1 fire alarm in Stonebriar can mean major problems with unusual noise from themonthly car payments and high- your car. If you see, hear, feel or engine such as knocking or er insurance rates. apt. no fire found smell anything that is out of the tapping With repowering, a vehicle's -I hay fire on South Burton ordinary, take your vehicle to a illuminated engine in- engine or an identical one from Ford Rd. trailerload of hay reputable automotive repair shop dicator lights: oil, water or another like-vehicle is com- -lrekindle South Burton Ford or engine installation center for engine pletely disassembled, cleaned, Rd. hayfire diagnosis to avoid the incon- If your car or truck is machined and remanufactur- -1 Med-Flight landing zonevenience and unexpected cost of diagnosed with major engineed/rebuilt. Unlike used or junk -1 hay fire in fairground a breakdown, damage, but the rest of your yard engines with an unknown Classified Advertising: Minimum charge, $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 25c per word after 20 words. Display Advertising rates on application. ecially our hosting partner, St. Memorial Library Paul Tomorrow. The. parti- Friends Group cipating authors v ere" Doris Musick, Linda Hoagland, Jerry St. Paul Volunteer Vencill, Neva Bryan;, Lorena Riser, James Campbell and Gary Fire Department Swapisz. Mountain Rose Vine- yard and Coltsfoot Winery offer- report ed wine samples along with delicious food sample.from TheThe St. Paul Volunteer Fire Lyttle Farm of Copper ' Ridge, Department answered ten calls in The Tavern on Main in" Wise and Green House Rd Rt. 63 North intersection off Wise St. and Fifth Ave. on Rt. 63 North Sue Blevins of S & C-Catering. I encourage you to patronize these vendors who graciously donated their food and the authors who bring us great books. Special thanks to Pam Vance and Sareh Baca Hamilton for all things technical. ." . The Silent Auction was a success with the doriations from Adriana Trigiani, Jo tnne Fluke, Lee Smith, Sharyn .tglcCrumb, Debbie Macomber and generous donations from local, friends and the month of July. -3 structure fires Burton Ford Rd. Symptoms of major engine trouble include: excessive smoke from exhaust - particularly dark smoke indicates oil leaking into the combustion chamber oil on the driveway indicates a leak which will cause the oil level to drop excessive oil con- patrons Janie Home, Frank Kil- gore, Peggy Mariner Joan Aus- building tin, Becky Burke, Fi', CeS Wall, -2 motor vehicle accidents PAWS meets every third Thursday of the month, 6 pm at the Oxbow Center. vehicle is in relatively good shape, talk with your technician about your options, including repowering with a remanu- factured/rebuilt engine. For the cost of an average down pay- ment on a new car or truck, a vehicle's engine can be repow- ered with a remanufact- ured/rebuilt engine, gaining performance and maintenance history, remanufactured/rebuilt engines are dependable, reliable and backed by excellent war- ranty programs. To learn more about the benefits of remanufactur- ed/rebuilt engines, visit the Engine Rebuilders Council at www.enginerebuilder.org. Periodicals publication Postal ISSN: 767600 Melanie Hilton Edwards, Sweet Peas Gifts, Bailey H d yare and two baskets of goodies from the Market vendors. 2 Thank you to all who . attended the event t.he new [ Farmers Market Pavilion. It was I the perfect settin$-and was greatly admired by ihe' out-of-