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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, August 10, 2017 Page 5 The Dickenson. County Historical Society met and visit- ed at Mountain Heritage Museum on Russell Street on Tuesday, August 1. Those attending included Dennis Reedy, Mary R. Hylton, Marion Colley, Ron Peters, Wendell Watson, Margie Watson, Kerry and Pyn Yon Phipps, Kay B. Dotson, Betty M. Belcher, Patricia McFall, Bums McFall, Kenny Mullins, Dee Roberts and Jackie Marshall. These Appalachian Service Project volunteers stopped by the Dante Coal Mining and Railroad Museum last Friday to purchase souvenirs and take a tour. They had spent the week rehabbing some local homes. During their time in SWVA, they stayed at Grace House on the Mountain. For some of the volunteers, this was their fourth ser- vice trip to our area. All of them expressed the desire to return next year. Though they arrived as strangers, they left as friends...and that's how it's supposed to be. Russell County Extension News The Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division presents this week's Extension News. August 15 August 21 -6pm August 24 5:30 pm August 28 August 30 September 2 Shows Extension Calendar of Events: Last day to vaccinate for August VQA Sale VQA Feeder Cattle Sale Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction Forage Field Day SWVA Research Farm - Glade Springs - VQA Steer Delivery Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA VQA Heifer Delivery Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA Russell County Fair Jr. Beef Show and 4-H Youth Poultry If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056 or check Virginia Cooperative Extension - Russell County on Facebook. SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE What were they worth last week? Listed below are the average sales prices for cattle sold on the Virginia State Graded Sales for the week of July 27 - August 2, 2017. Sales were held at Blackstone, Front Royal, Lynchburg, Narrows, Radiant, and Spring Lake. 2,492 calves were sold (861 steers, 1,163 heifers, and 468 bulls). Prices listed are for Medium and Large frame #1 steers and heifers, and prices are given in S/hundred weight. Steers: 400 - 500: $152.00; 500 - 600: $147.35, 600 - 700: $143.15; 700 - 800: $136.70; 800 - 900:$131.15 Heifers: 400 - 500: $136.50; 500 - 600: $134.70, 600 - 700: $130.10; 700 - 800:$123.75 Forage Field Day-Research Farm-Glade Spring A Forage Field Day will be held on August 24th at VT's Research Farm at Glade Spring, VA. There will be seminars and demonstrations at the event includ- ing: Image result for hay Using drone technology to evaluate forages Hay rake adjustment and maintenance Weed identification and control "recipes" Fall Fertility for Forage Systems Corn Silage Variety Plots Summer Annual Forage Plots Equipment dealers and hay equipment will be available at 4:30 pm with offi- cial registation beginning at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served. If you plan on attending, please register with the Extension Office at 276.889.8056. The Russell Coun~ Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell -- is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at by David Gregory Tuesday August 1st, I had the opportunity to meet a very interesting visitor to the St. Paul/Castlewood area. I was asked to go to the Russell County Fair Grounds in Castlewood where I would meet a man who was traveling through the area on horseback from Montana. There I met Dusty Wagner, born and raised by his grandparents on the 250,000 acre cattle ranch, in the Big Hole area of Montana, where his grandfather was the fore- man. He told me when he was 14 he quit school and went to work as a ranch hand for 75 dollars a month. At age 16 he told his grandparents that he wanted to get out on his own and see the coun- try. He was surprised but they agreed, taking him to federal court a few weeks later and he was emanci- pated. He set out on his first trip with his horse and supplies touring the west- ern sta~es ending up in Arizona. Dusty returned home several times over those first few years. His last visit when he was 23 shortly before the passing of his grandparents in 1975. Through the years he has used old topographical trail maps following the Oregon, Pacific, Mormon, and Santa Fe trails in his journeys across the central and western United States going as far north as the southern tip of Canada's Northwest Territories down to Durango Mexico. Along the way he has worked as a hunting, fish- ing and big game guide, rodeo bronc rider, and most often as a ranch hand or farm employee. In 2010 Wagner began his trip to the eastern states crossing the Mississippi Coffee time at library Every Monday at 10 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all area senior citizens. Seniors are invited to stop by the library from 10-11 a.m. and have a cup of cof- fee, tea, cider or hot choco- late and light refreshments. Visit with your friends, talk about the news going on in the area, read the local newspapers or browse through the library's magazine selec- tions. Make plans to come by the library each Monday for coffee and conversation. For more information contact the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library at 276-762-9702. River for the first time. While in Southwest Virginia, in 2014, he woke up one morning with a swollen mass on his neck and a high fever. After a couple of days he went to see a doctor in Wise, Va. who diagnosed it as throat cancer. His doctors in Wise put him in touch with doc- tors at The Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in Richmond. After meet- ing with the oncologists and surgeon at MCV he had surgery and treatment for the illness. He told me about the treatment and his struggles during his recov- ery. One day, he told me, he just decided no more pain reeds because it didn t help much anyway. He told his nurse it was time he got back to work, so he pulled himself up packed up and went back to work. Today he's cancer free almost two years. He began his current tour about a month ago startir~g in Scott County. Va. with the purchase of his new companion Coco, a three year old walking horse. He spent two weeks in various spots camping along High Knob enjoying the scenery and wildlife in the area. But, he told me, he spent too much time picking up 25 bags of garbage left by hikers and campers who didn't care enough about their own area to keep it clean. After making his way through the Shenandoah Valley and the Caverns in central Virginia he wants to see the Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields and his- toric places of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Maryland. He will then turn south, touring the states he's never seen Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Mississippi before heading across the southern tips of Louisiana and Texas on hi~ way to South America. H6 grew up as a working cow, boy in Montana, spent timb with the vaquero ih Mexico, and wants to end this tour spending tim~ with the famous gauchos o'f Argentina. Mr.Wagner has live~l and worked with numerous people across the country from the Pacific Northwest, through the Midwest, to the Amish country of Pennsylvania as well as parts of Canada. I asked him if he had a mes- sage or a purpose. He spoke about respect of peo- ple and the land and the Native American beliefs he was raised with by his grandparents. He talked about the carelessness which many people have when tossing garbage out along the highway or in their camp grounds. He doesn't have children, he told me, but what will gen- erations after us have if we don't respect and take care of the natural beauty that surrounds us. He also rarely accepts any payment for the work he does, I don't need it, he said, it's just me and my friend Coco, so if you want to do something he told me, make a donation to your local cancer charity because they helped him. That was one day I hope never to forget. NOW OPEN Located by Natio :nque in occupied Owner Hers. 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