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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, August 11, 2016 "Meet Southwest Regional Adult Education (SRAE) .has an outstanding teach- ing staff that is dedicated to seeing adult learners in the region achieve success. 'Last week, as part of a :~series of articles called "Meet Our Teachers," you met Tracey O'Brick of Cedar Bluff, who teaches classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Clinch Valley Community Action in Tazewell (from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM). I conducted an interview with Tracey ' O'Brick about her experi- ence in adult education. As you read on, you will learn more about her work in Part 2 of last week's article. What would O'Brick like the public to know 'about adult education? ; "Adult education has had a stigma attached to it in the past," stated O'Brick. , "Some people believe that , receiving a GED certifi- _ cate is not the same as .receiving a high s hool , diploma. They are correct; it is not. I am a master's level educator, and to me, the GED is far more dif- ficult than high school ever was." O'Brick explains her . perspective, "When a stu- dent graduates from high school, he/she has had four years to absorb the knowl- : edge he/she is being taught. ; Not everyone is so lucky to be able to complete high school. Some learners have : had major struggles and barriers that would not allow them to do so at the i time. Having a program "" such as Southwest Regional Adult Education "allows the learners to take "another shot at getting their .,basic education when they feel the time is fight for them. It also allows them to pursue the dreams and goals that they may have Teachers" Tracey O'Brick once had and gives them the opportunity to attain a college degree." When asked about transformative experiences witnessed in adult educa- tion, O'Brick commented, "I have had learners who were very distant and did not like to be 'bothered' or speak to anyone. I had found out that this was due to the learners getting made fun of not only by students in high school but by teachers as well! I do the best I can do to turn our classroom into a family. It seems as though once the learners notice that there is no judgement by anyone, the learners begin to inter- act with myself, the tutor, and the other learners. I like to think of my class as a cocoon. The' learners come in as caterpillars and leave here flying out as beautiful butterflies." Issuing an invitation for adult learners to come to her class, O'Brick com- mented, "To those who crave furthering them- selves by expanding their knowledge base and educa- tion but do not enjoy the monotony of listening to lectures and keeping their noses in books all day, please contact me! Here at the Clinch Valley Community Action adult education class, we focus on making learning fun! We incorporate games into our lessons and allow peo- ple to be themselves and freely speak their minds. If participating in group dis- ,cussigns and classroom activities is not for you, then you are more than welcome to come learn with us through book work or working on the comput- er with GED Academy. There is also always some- one who is willing to work one on one with you. Our classroom not only has myself as the instructor, but it also has Lacey Vanhoozer, an outstanding tutor, who also enjoys find- ing ways to help the learn- ers understand and apply the information needed to gain a GED." When asked for addi- tional comments, O'Bfick concluded, "While our classroom may not be the typically structured envi- ronment that many others are, I have created ways in which the learners can have fun and be themselves while they are learning." Thank you, ,Tracy O'Brick, for sharing your thoughts on adult educa- tion. For more information about GED classes, GED testing, or the National External Diploma Program, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581- 9935. GEE) is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. Corn Pastor Jessie M, Jones 762-7963 Be careful of the stones you throw Well, I know most of my stories relates back to my childhood days and how I was raised on a mountain farm in Russell County inthe great state of Virginia and being a share- cropper's son, I learned a lot of things. And now I have learned that folks who was fortunate enough to grow up on a farm really had something to be proud of. They learned honesty, trust, friendship and many other values of life. Back in those days, we didn't have rubber on the wheels so that meant we had to do everything with horse drawn equipment such as the wagon, the mowing machine, the hay rake and the buggy, if you were fortunate enough to have one. All of this machinery had a tongue and the tongue was the most important part of the equipment. The tongue had several issues. It kept the horses on the side that they were supposed to be on which was great. It also helped to steer the machin- cry in the direction it loose, when it does, like should go. Sometimes, the old piece of farm some little something equipment, it always caus- would tear up but most es a problem. Sometimes likely it was an easy fix. If those problems are not the tongue broke out or easy fixed. Sometimes they came loose that was a can never be fixed. Not so major problem for the !long ago, this gentleman piece of equipment would was telling me about his 16 just go in any direction, year old son that wanted to Most of the time, it would use the car. On this paxticu- be the direction you didn't lar day, his morn didn't / want it to go in. give him the keys. So Well, now I'm older and before leaving the house to most of that equipment has spend some time with his all gone away. But I have friends, he went into a rage learned that sometimes the and said, "I wish'to God human body is typical to a you would die. And I hope piece of equipment. You I never see yot~ again."And know, we all have a he walked ouLthe door. tongue. The Bible said itAn hour later, he was was a little member but it approached l~y a family was full of deadly poison, member who said, "You It said all beasts and fowls need to come home. Your have been tamed by man Morn just dropped dead but the tongue of man haswith a massive heart not yet been tamed. And Iattack." think the only thing thatThat's why I saw the can tame the tongue is the tongue can accuse and Holy Ghost or the Spirit of carry bad news. And, the God whichever way you seeds of destruction itwill want to say it. You know sew. Unless you have made sometimes by not being no mistakes in your life, be careful and watching, we careful of the stones you will allow our tongue to get throw. Items of Interest... The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a Genealogy Help Night on Thursday August 11, 2016, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Washington County Tennessee' Public Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN. Applied Botany Roadshow in St. Paul. Scott Wohlfield presents guided and unguided exhibits focusing on the plant and animals of Bluebell Island Preserve. Included will be presenta- tions on the basic, practical use of plant toward: foster- ing fish and wildlife; gar- dening; hand tool wood- working; and traditional herbalism. A cool tea tast- ing will be offered. WHEN: Sunday, September 4th, 2016 1-5 PM. WHERE: Bluebell Island Trailhead Shelter. A.R Matthews Park St. Paul, VA Arbor Day tree-care booklet Recipes by Mi C, He bert PINEAPPLE CHERRY CAKE 1-20 oz. can crushed ~/pineapple, do not drain ,7 1 can (21 oz.) cherry or iI blueberry pie filling !:i 1 yellow cake mix 1/2 cup butter Evenly spread pineap- pie in a 13x9" baking dish. :i Carefully spread pie filling on top. Sprinkle with dry ', cake mix. Dot with butter. i i Bake 350 degrees for 50 ; minutes or until the top is C browned. Any fruit pie fill- ! ing can be used. ~:[ TROPICAL FRUIT DIP Pour into serving dish. 1 teas. ground ginger Cover and refrigerate for at 1 teas. pepper least one hour. Sprinkle 1 teas. paprika with coconut. Serve with 1 boneless rolled pork fruit, loin roast 1 to 2 medium onion, PEAS AMANDINE sliced 1-16 oz. frozen peas 1 cup water 1/4 cup slivered Combine garlic, salt, almonds ginger, pepper and paprika; 3 tbsp. butter rub over the entire roast. 1 jar (4 1/2 oz.) sliced Place roast with fat side up mushrooms, drained on a greased rack in a 1/4 cup chopped onions roasting pan. Top with 1/4 teas. salt onion. Pour water into pan. 1/8 teas. pepper Bake uncovered at 325 Cook peas; drain. Set degrees for 2-2 1/2 hours aside and keep warm. In a or until meat thermometer skillet, saut6 almonds in reads 160-170 degrees. Let The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user- friendly booklet featuring illustrations, colorful pho- tos, and easily understood descriptions, by making a $3 donation to the Foundation this month. "Conservation Trees is an ideal resource for tree planters," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Taking care of existing trees is just as critical as planting new ones, and proper care ensures com- munities are able to fully enjoy the diverse benefits of urban forestry." The booklet provides details about the fight way to plant and prune trees. It also includes tips on using shade trees and windbreaks to save on energy costs, attract songbirds, and cre- ate a living snow fence. To receive the Conservation Trees book- let, send a $3 check along with your name and address to Conservation Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or order online at trees. Coffee time at library invites seniors Every Monday at 10 a.m. the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library will host Coffee Time for all or hot chocolate and light Make plans to come refreshments, by the library each Visit with your Monday for coffee and friends, talk about the conversation. : 1-16 oz. cottage cheese butter until lightly stand 10-15 minutes before area senior citizens. i 1/4 cup lemon yogurt or browned. Remove with a slicing. Seniors are invited to i any flavor slotted spoon; add to peas ....... . stop by the library from 3to4tbsp. honey In the same skillet, saut6 o **~******~**, . 10-11 a.m. and have a 1 teas. grated orange mushrooms and onions ! ." cup of coffee, tea, cider ,peel' . until tender; add to peas. i SIHIlIIII Tllell|re$ ." 2 tbsp. flaked coconut, Season with salt and pep- o.. [ Deadlines: 1 i toasted per. "_Movie Hotline For Showtimes Place cottage cheese 276-679-4252 and yogurt in a blender, PAPRIKA PORK ChsckS.omimesOnlino ] Editorial copy: I process until smooth. Stir ROAST : : * * * * * * * * * * [ 3 p.m. Monday I in honey and orange peel. 2 teas. garlic salt : CENTRAL : _ ................ : DRIVE- IN : / Advertising: I *8 " : [ 12 noon Monday ! Clinch River Farmers Market Saturday 8 am - 1 pm Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm It doesn't get any fresher than produce at the Farmers Market. It comes straight from the field to the market. Come by to select from a large array of fresh produce including apples, beans, red and white potatoes, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, farm fresh eggs, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods, breads, craft items, hair bows and much, much more. " Entertainment: Kids activities : Music of Sherry Lyttle 11:00 am We 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. Kids Bucks are now at the market! news going on in the area, read the local news- papers or browse through the library's magazine selections. For more information contact the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library at 276-762-9702. Annual Evans Reunion -- Thomas E. and Eliza Holbrook Evans had many siblings. They also had 10 children who have spouses and children, and so on. These generations have and had many friends and neighbors in the Dwina community and in surrounding areas. All of these families and friends are invited to the Evans Reunion on Saturday, August 20th, at 11:00 am. We will come together at the Midway Church Fellowship Hall on Rt. 58. Please bring a dish and drinks--enoughto feed your family--and you are welcome to enjoy the bounty. We all look forward to seeing and meeting old and new family and friends. For more information, please call 1-276-762-2234. / J /