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Clinch Valley Times Vol. LI, No. 33 " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, August 13, 211119 Saint Paul, Virginia - ~'-~IIT'T III I I II II Ill II ~I- I . II CONTRIBUTION TO THE TOWN...The Wise County Industrial Development Authority, working through IDA Projects Coordinator Carl Snodgrass, has presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to the St. Paul IDA Board. IDA Board member Blake Whitenack in turn presented the check to St. Paul Mayor Kyle Fletcher. Half of the contribution, $2,500, will be used to assist in the construction of Stage One Skate Park, and the remaining $2,500 is to assist in the cost of developing and printing marketing brochures for the Clinch River Farmers' Market. Photo by Susan Trent Regional wastewater plant and related projects adwance with funding meetings Representatives of all the re- gional agencies which are part- nermg to plan and develop a Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, traveled to Richmond for a Monday meeting with several funding agencies whose help will be sought in funding the project. The proposed plant will be owned by St. Paul, with its capacity owned by the Town of St., Paul, the Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority and the Wise County Public Service Authority. According to information which the local group gathered, funds for the $6 million dollar project will he sought fi'om the Appalachian Regional Commis- sion {ARC), the Virginia Tobac- co Commission and USDA's Rural Development program. Application will be made to the ARC for $500,000. LENO- WISCO's Duane Miller will submit that application by the deadline, August 24. Another $1 million will be sought from the Tobacco Commission, with LE- NOWISCO's Duane Miller and the Cumberland Plateau Plan- ning District Commission's Jim Baldwin collaborating on the application, which must be sub- mired by October 7. Both of those sources provide grants rather than loans. The remaining $4.5 million will be applied for by Mattem & Craig's Mark Hill. That funding, if granted, will probably include both a grant and a loan. The point was made that nationally, Rural Development has received $40 billion in stimulus money, with $20 billion still to be allocated to deserving projects throughout the country.. Projects related to the Regio- nal Wastewater Treatment Plant will include an extension of sewer lines in the affected areas. For the purposes of securing funding through the Department of Housing and Community Development, a series of in- come surveys will be conducted (Continued on p~ge-2) Calendar of events... AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 p.m, Episcopal Church; Wednesdays: Wise, 8 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church; Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 p.m., Clintwood United Metho- dist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMEN- TAllY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 p.m., school cafeteria. ...The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dante Fire De- partment. Russell County resi- dents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO, LIBRARY Hours at the Russell County public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/Th, 9 a.m,-8 p.m.; W/F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth MATTHEWS LIBRARY Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- Third Mondays, 6 p.m., Town Hall. CAST:LEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Direc-tors, 6 p.m. second Mondays ALZltEIMER'S SUPPORT- First Tuesday, l p.m., Appala- chian Al~mcy for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 p.m, Presbyterian Church, Norton, CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held the third Saturday of each month. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST, PAUL LODGE #343-Se- cond Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Stat- ed Communication; First Thurs- day, 7 p.m., School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, am 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays/W~es- days/Fridays/Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, See Library for special program sebedules, D1CKENSON-BUNDY The Dickeuson-Bundy Log House is open wueldy Thursdays throuigh Saturdays. 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 p.m. SOCIAL SECURITY The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondnys-Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone numbers are 1- 800-772-1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Pad, meet at the Library on fourth Tuesdays at l 1:00 a.m. VFW POST 9864 VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, wel- comes new members. If you served overseas during any war, CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box p.m., VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- bors Aid Build-ing, new & used clothing for sale. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS -First Monday, 6 p.m., Lebanon.. CLINCHF1ELD LODGE #256- Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 p.m.. RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Cen- ter conducts a recovery group for substance abusers and families Fridays at 10 a.m. Call 276-679- 0810. ACOA MEETING-Adult Child- ren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 p.m., First BaptistChurch, Cee- barn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-7371. LITTLE LEAGUE The Clinch River Little League Board meets at 4 p.m. third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Castlewood, All interested persons are invited to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE H.O.P.E. House provides emer- gency shelter for victims of do- mestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buch- anan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed-train. ing available. Call 1-800-572- 2278. SENIOR CITIZENS ...The Castlewond Senior Citi- zens meet at I0 a.m, Wednesdays at the Castlewond Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266, and sand name, address and phone number. Transfers welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES The Wise County Health D- purtment, Wise, is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m first Thursdays. Cli- nics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Appointments are necessary for all but immuniza- tions. For an appoint-merit, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birth- days and showers. All proceeds rehabilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For information, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTHDAY? Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Diekeuson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656-2272, to ad- vise AASC of any upcoming 100th+ birthday. SCHOOL POLICIES ...The Wise County School Board maintains a Policy Manual which is available to the public in the library of each school end in each county public library, ...Copies of the Russell County School Board Policy Manual have been plased in the office and the library of eanh sehonl, and at the Russell County Public Library. SUPPORT GROUP Women survivors of sexual as- sault are invited to aRend Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc./ Family Crisis Services' support group' meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. For information, call Rande Hackler, 276-988- 5583, or Ranetta Davis, 276-889- 8206. FREE ADULT ED Free adult education classes are available in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. Daytime and evening classes for adults who want to improve their basic skills. Instructors also assist adults with job-relatad skills in- eluding resume writing and inter- viewing. For details, call 1-800- 422-3433 or 276-386,2433. TRANSPORTATION The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens provides diMbili- ty transportation services in Buc- harem, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP The Russell County Crenealo~ Group meets 5:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. The Group's purpose is "to learn, to share end to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-889.4894 or fullerir1942.yahon,com. JOIN THE FRIENDS Join the Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library and help promote the improvement of faci- lities and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memo- rial Library, Att'n:Wilma Evans, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lihrary. EASTERN STAR Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meet- ings are on the second Tuesday. All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS l)ickenson County--Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call. 276-835- 8847 nights. Cocbarn--A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Ccebarn VFW Post from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. third Thursdays except June. Russell County--DAV Service Officer Perry Johnson assists veteran filing claims third Tues- days from 2-3:30 p.m., at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Russell County--American Legion Post 208 Post Service Officer Todd Saiyer can assist with veterans' claims, records and family assistance. Call him at 276-889-5884 or 276-274-6588. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St, Paul, operates a Food Bank each Tues- Church and day from 9-11 a.m. at the church. Donations are welcomed. All in need of food are welcome. COMMUNITY CENTER The West Dante Community Center meets at 7 p.m. first Mon- -~ays, For more information, call 495-7026 or 495-8473. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission group at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a Clothes Closet from 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Anyone who needs clothing is welcome. FREE HIV TESTING Health Departments in the Leno- wiseo Health D/strict offer free confidential HIV testing through- out the year. For information, call Wise County, 318.8000; Lee Co. Health Dept., 276-346.2011; or Sxorr Co. Health Dept., .276- 386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. Gleona McReynolds ,is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. C/RADD MEETING A meeting of C/RADD will be held at 6:00 p.m. on second Thursdays. The meetings will be held at the Dante Museum. GED ONLINE The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home com- puters, in Lee, Scott and Wise coonties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED On- line Co-ordinator Marci Gore, 1-800-422-3433 (in Scott County, 386-2433). GED TESTING GED Testing is available Man- day through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alter- native Ed.acation Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for informa- tion concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS In Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 p.m, 2nd Mondays. DANTE LIVES ON The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:30 p.m. 1st Mondays at the Dante Museum. Communit- y Meeting is 3rd Tuesday in March, June, Sept. & Dec. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome--admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION Book Discussion Group One of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Lib- rary meets fourth Thursdays of every month (except November and December-meeting is December 3)) at the Riverside Diner. The next meeting is Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m. The book is While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara I~linaky. church-related activities calendar on page 3 Dominion confident 50c its air quality permits will prevail in, spite of Richmond Circuit Judge's rulin to revoke them In response to a decision judges oday that the State consthaction begins on a power Air Pollution Control Board violated federal environ-mental law in permitting Domi-nion Power's coal-fired power plant in Wise County... Judge Marga- ret P. Spencer agreed with a coalition of environmen-tal .groups that the "escape hatch" in Dominion's Maximum Achie- vable Control Technology (MACT) permit rendered the permit unlawful. "The Clean Air Act's MACT program regulates emissions of hazardous air toxics, such as mercury, which can cause se- vere neurological deficits in in- fants, fetuses and young child- ren. Judge Spencer ruled that the 'mercury emission limit must be set \irrespective of cost of achievability,' and that the 'escape hatch' was 'violative of the laws addressing pre-con- struction mandates.'" "When Congress passed the Clean Air Act, it required that such permits be obtained before plant to ensure that it is de- signed and built in a way to protect the public health and welfare. "Dominion, which started construction a week after the Virginia air board approved the permits in June 2008, has said the plant is about 20 percent complete. "he judge's ruling granted the coalition's requested relief, which was to invalidate the MACT permit. In addition to the challenge on the mercury permit, the coalition also sued the air board in July 2008 for issuing a permit that failed adequately limit emissions from the coal plant of approximately 5.4 million tons a year of carbon dioxide, small particles of soot, and other so-called 'conventional' pollutants. The court affirmed the 'Prevention of Significant Deterioration' permit, regulating conventional pollutants." handed down by Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret P. Spencer on Tuesday to revoke the Maximum Achievable Con- trol Technology (MACT) permit for the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, Dominion Virgi- nia has released the following statement: "Dominion is pleased that today's decision upholds all of the conditions in both air permits which may be the most stringent in the country. "We expect the remaining issue regarding mercury emis- sions to be resolved that will allow the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center to be completed on schedule." The Southern Environmental Law Center, which filed the complaint with the Richmond court, released a statement on Tuesday afternoon. A portion of that statement follows: "In a momentous victory for clean energy advocates in Vir- ginia, a Richmond Circuit Court of Virginia's Commonwealth Council on Aging, was in Big Stone Gap recently to present Mountain Empire Older Citi- zens, Inc. with Virginia' 2008 Best Practices Award in the Education category for MEOC's TechWorld Program. MEOC staff, TechWorld partners, Atz- heimer's caregivers and teen- agers participating in TechWorld gathered at MEOC's conference room to receive the award and share their thoughts on why the program was such a success. Ms. Davis noted that Best Practices winners were programs that the Commonwealth Council would like to see replicated all across the state. In summary, TechWorld re- cruits area teenagers and teaches them how to teach older adults to use a computer. The program is designed to assist Alzheimer's caregivers in their care giving role by teaching them to effect- ively use technology to locate Internet resources and to combat Meet the Deacons Aug. 20 The annual Meet the Deacons event sponsored by the St. Paul High School Athletic Depart- ment, will be held this year on Thursday, August 20, beginning at 6 p.m. at the high school. All are invited to come by and meet the 2009 Deacon athletes. Food and drinks will be provided. Council on Aging honors MEOC's Tech World program with Best Practices Award Ms. Gene Ecton Davis, Chair isolation by learning to corn- the program and stressed that without the committed partners, there would not be such a program. They recognized the following individuals and organizations for their extensive contributions to TechWorld and accepted the award on behalf of the partnership. TechWorld Partners 1. The Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Research Award Fund of the Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University which provided initial funding for the project. 2. The Brookdale Found- ation which provided fund- ing for subsequent programs. 3. The Wise County School Board which pro- vided free used computers for the caregivers and also provided technical assistance by permitting staff to assist in developing the curriculum and to provide help for each training session. Pat Johnson (Continued on page 2)_ to conduct municate electronically with family, friends and other care- givers. The project utilizes the skills and abilities of teens in mentoring the caregivers by teaching them to use web sites for reliable care giving infor- mation, to send and receive email and to utilize online support groups and chat rooms. Teenagers from all over the area have participated in this pro- gram Powell Valley High School and Mountain Empire Community College have made space available to host the program, including the use of their computer labs. Older adults participating must be providing care for a family member suffer- ing from Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. .MEOC Executive Director Marilyn Pace Maxwell and MEOC Director of Family Support Services Julia Trivett Dillon spoke of the partnership that was responsible for the design and implementation of Rick Boucher Town Meeting in Abingdon on health care legislation Congressman Rick Boucher Education Center in Abingdon. (D, VA 9th District) will All are invited to attend. conduct a Town Meeting on Another Town Meeting will Health Care Legislation to be be held two days earlier, on held Tuesday, August 20 at 9 Tuesday, August 18, at 9 a,m. at a.m. in the Grand Hall of the Edwards Hall, New River Southwest Virginia Higher Community College, Dublin. ADVENTURE AT ST. PAUL ELEMENTARY...School started in St. Paul on Thursday, August 6. This is Veronica Rasnick's kindergarten class looking forward to the big adventure of school! The students pictured (not necessarily in this order) are Allyson Abigail Duty, Brianna Victoria Hamilton, Jada McKenna Hartley, Hunter Seth Evin Holbrook, Joseph Samuel Tucker Kiser, Benjamin Raines Neece, Gregory Darren Ringley, Jaley Makena Robinson, Angelina Marie Sproles, Denver Ace Stevens, Harley Ray Matthew Sturgill, Kaylee Leashea Surrett, Samuel Owen Turner and Brianna Renee Woodruff. Photo by Peyton Gregory