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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 9, 2012 ion by Karen Gent ST. PAUL AT HEARTWOOD The Town of St. Paul and its art, government, history and culture were featured at Heartwood in Abingdon on Friday, August 3. Pictured, left to right, are Jerry Couch, Monty Salyer, Jason Kilgore, Peyton Gregory, Glenda Lane, Debbie Baca, Jackie Stump, Mayc r Kyle Fletcher, Benny Mays, Kim Mays, Bessie Salyers, Gary Crum and Madeline McCoy; seated, MiUie Cram. I PERFORMING AT HEARTWOOD During St. Paul Day, Friday, August 3, at Heartwood in Abingdon, St. Paul artists, artisans and musicians exhibited their work and performed. Pictured, left to right, are CharlieEngle, Kim Mays and Benny Mays. On the first day that Debbie Debbie said she was ter- She feels that the class helped Gibson attended a GED rifled the first day of class. "I her to focus on what she needed, preparation class, an unusual was the oldest person there, and to do to go further with her q incident occurred. Her instruct- I had a real fear of algebra." education. tor, Peggy Williams, accident- Debbie had always struggled In just under three months ally locked up Debbie's driver's of classroom instruction, Deb-i license in her car and then lost bie was able to pass the com-; -: her car keys. Debbie had to drive the instructor home to get an extra set of keys to unlock her car so that she could return Debbie's license to her. When Debbie entered the room on the next day of class, her instructor exclaimed, "I can't believe you came back!" That was one of the first experiences Debbie had in the classroom with an in- structor who, she says, has greatly impacted her life. Debbie Gibson attended Richlands High School, and in 1976, shedropped out of school during her senior year at the urging of her boyfriend. She married and:moved to South Carolina where she became a plete battery of GED tests After obtaining her GED credential, Debbie applied for admission to the LPN program at the Russell County Career and Technology Center. Debbie believes that the GED class definitely helped to prepare her for the entrance tests she took for the LPN program. She was accepted into the program and will begin classes, in August, .just a year after she first en- rolled in her GED preparation class. Debbie has no fear about starting the LPN program but is excited about her new career pathway. After completing the two year LPN program, she magazine salesperson. Years with English as well. She lau- later, that marriage ended in ghed as she told me about the divorce, incident with her driver's lic- In 1982, Debbie decided toense, but Debbie commented, take the GED tests, and pass- "The classroom is the best way ed all of them except the writ- to go when wanting to get a ing test. She never completed GED (certificate)." Debbie her testing, and when the was immediately impressed GED test changed in 2002, Debbie's test scores were deleted from the system, which meant she would have to start over if she ever tested again. Years passed, and Debbie worked different jobs to support herself. She eventually remar- ried, and currently lives in Leb- anon with her husband, William Gibson. Debbie has worked as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and as a med-tech in an with the effort that the in- strnctor put forth to help each individual. In the classroom, she receiv- ed one-on-one instruction, experienced teamwork, and had a lot of fun. "If it wasn't for the classroom," Debbie remarked, "I wouldn't have a GED certificate today. Debbie found that everybody there worked together and that she could learn more with a group of peo- ple than she could by herself." hopes to bridge over to the registered nursing program at Southwest Virginia Community College. She values her experience in the GED classroom and re- cognizes that it has helped her make the transition to another. educational program. Her ad- vice to others who didn't finish high school is, "Don't be afraid of that classroom. It is one of the best experiences you'll ever have in life. If you didn't complete high school, contact Southwest Re- gional Adult Education at 866- 581-9935. GED is a registered trade- mark of the American Council, on Education. Used under lic- ense. assisted living facility. She really enjoyed her med-tech training, and decided that she would like to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The first step" Debbie had to take in order to achieve her goal was to obtain her GED cert- Castlewood High School Class of 1992 Class Reunion The Castlewood High School Class of 1992 Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 1, RSVP with payment made payable to Christine Wright, 489 Courthouse Estates, Castlewood, Support and Resource Center in years experience in health care, cooperation with the Cancer health education and enter- Action Coalition of Virginia will taining people. She is a Health host a free cancer survivorship Supportive Gourmet Chef, a conference on Wednesday, Sept- Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse ember 12th, in the conference Specialist, Certified Nia Fitness room of Mountain Empire Older Instructor and a professional Citizens, Inc. located in Big musician. She will prepare and Stone Gap. The conference will demonstrate healthy snacks for feature a variety of topics of the group. interest to cancer survivors, Conference attendees will family members, caregivers and receive a free copy of The Can- health professionals, cer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourish- Dr. Darvl Pierce of the ing, Big-FlaVor Recipes for Southwest V rginia Cancer Cen- Cancer Treatment and Recovery. ter, located in Norton, will give This cookbook features 150 the keynote address on what science-based, nutrient-rich re- your physician wants you to cipes that are ~easy to. prepare know about life beyond cancer, and designed to give patients a Dr. Pierce, who has served as the much-needed boost by stim- Medical Oncologist at the ulating their appetite and ad- Norton facility since February dressing treatment side effects hip ificate. She stopped by the One at Castlewood High School be- Mountain Laurel to host Cancer Survivors too Workforce System at the ginning at l2:00 p.m. pte that Co ar Center in Lebanon one A BBQ lunch will be catered Conference Se tuber 12 MEOC day to find out where she could by Dominion BBQ and Catering enroll in a GED preparation with a cost of $15.00 per adults, The Mountain Laurel Cancer for a Lifetime, has more than 25 Wellmont Holston Valley Med- class. Debbie signed up that day for Peggy Williams's class, $11.20 for children (six to which she began in August twelve years of age) and children 2011. five and under free. Please ical Center, will tie the events of the day together in a wrap-up presentation. In addition to the cookbook, conference participants will each receive the LIVESTRONG Guidebook which is a com- panion for cancer survivors as they navigate the health care system. This two-volume set contains helpful information and journal spaces that help sur- vivors address the physical, emotional and practical concerns they may have during their cancer journey. The Guidebook helps survivors, loved ones and caregivers: Learn about cancer and treatment; Find the best health care; Find good resources and support services; Learn what questions to ask and life insurance 2008, is a member of the Am- including fatigue, nausea, de- erican Society of Clinical On- hydration, mouth and throat cology, soreness, tastebud changes and Sybil Smith of The Journey weight loss. This book also Center for Healing Arts will teaches patients and caregivers Make health present on Living with Un- how to use readily available planning decisions; certainty. She will incorporate powerhouse ingredients to build Understand music therapy into her pre-a symptom- and cancer-fighting and financialissues; sentation while focusing onculinary toolkit. Keep track of the can- through past experiences asDonna Mahan, Activities cer experience; and folks move forward, thriving Director for. Mountain Empire Find hgpe. through their strugglesand PACE (Program of All-InclusiveThe day promises to be full transitions. Care for the Elderly), will get of great information and won- Proper nutrition is an es- everyone moving with an inter- derful speakers. We hope you'll sential part of cancer surviv- active presentation on physical join us! For more information or orship as well as of treatment activity for survivors, to register, please contact Leigh and recovery. Laura Pole, Kathy Visneski, Oncology Ann Bolinskey at 276.523.4202 founder and president of Eating Clinical NurseSpecialist at or email /- / Get WIC Services ' CO tNER EW at Oxbow Clinch River Farmers Market WlC (Women, Infants and ~~~~ Children) Clinics will be held Saturday, 8 am-1 pm each second and fourth Friday at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul. Wednesday, 2 pm - 5 pm For a WIC appointment, call C it O', -V2N 276-368-5311. August 5-11 is Farmers Market Week Check out a good selection of produce including green beans, apples, beets, corn, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, onions, cabbage, potatoes, brown eggs, plants, lamb, beef, honey, herbs, jams, jellies, baked goods and much much more. Now is the time to start preparing for winter by buying beans by the bushel or corn by the dozen for canning or freezing. In addition to farm produce the market features an array of craft items including note cards, jewelry, crocheted items, aprons, pictures, etc. Weekly events: Kids activities Chef Steve Gilbert Cooking Demo 10 am Center Stage Cloggers 11 am are certified to accept EBT, debit cards and Senior Citizen coupons. Support your local farmers and crafters and enjoy a free cup of coffee at the Clinch River Farmers Market. We have extended the deadline until August 31 for ;ubrnitting recipes for the cookbook. The cookbook will go on sale at the Santa Train Christmas Market. The AKC-' remii~ds parents to teach their cM!dren how to behave around dogs Children w(m learn to treat a dog with care and respect will be safer arid rnore co,lfident around tt;e~r canine pals. For rrlore informatioll about safety around dogs, visit: www.akc .org. VA 24224, by August 1. Classmates are asked to bring lawn chairs, ball gloves, bats, games and extra drinks. For more informatiori, contact Christine Wright at 276- 791-2139 or Nikki Hicks at 276- 356-3969. qunn hop the Preferred Pricing Chevrolet S le ox at Morgan McClure Manager's Choice Our price $9, 2009 Chevrolet Aveo Robert Sutherlant Tim Tickles See one of the experienced sales staff for allthe details of rebates and other discounts - :" ~i~ Cody Holmes Jerry McClure Joe Salyer Byron Anderson Scott Fields Nina Fields Robert Boiling I Morgan McClure Castlewood US HWY58 Castlewood, VA (276) 762-2311 Visit us at (Castlewood) I: ir'l CHEVY t