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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 13, 2009 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory It never rains... Almost everybody has had the experience of having catastrophes happen in threes--for example, if your washing machine goes out, then very soon after, you can count on losing your refrigerator, and then your hot water heater, or perhaps the clothes dryer. Something, anyway, and you end up having to replace three major appliances, or repair three major elements to your house, or something or other. But it almost always seems to come in threes. I, at least, have had that experience and more than once. This time, however, the catastrophes didn't end with three, but continued to the point where I lost count. Although the first few things that happened (this all began on July 9) were far from funny--actually, not a single one of them was funny--yet it got to the point this week when it seemed funny--all except those first occurrences, which were not good and certainly not funny under any~circumstances. Just to make you feel better, since I doubt that you've had such a harrowing five weeks as we've had, let me run you through the entire list and see if you don't agree that it eventually is almost funny. First, on Thursday evening, July 9, Allen com- plained of unusual stomach pains. That in itself was odd, because Allen seldom complains about anything. He began to feel better, so he went to sleep, and we thought all was well. However, on Friday, he awoke with the same pain, so after talking about it for a bit, Peyt and I took him to the emergency room at BRMC. Although we were reminded of the television pro- gram, ER, on which it seemed everyone who showed up was immediately surrounded by four or five doc- tors.. Real life, in case you haven't had the ex- perience, isn't that way at all, we learned. Although the ER staff was kind and caring, they weren't speedy--there were lots of people there. Eventually, he saw a doctor, had a blood test and CT scan, and they decided to keep him overnight to see if the problem would fix itself. It did, and we got to bring him home Saturday afternoon none the worse for wear. However about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, complained of the same pain. We took him to his local doctor, who said "hernia" and advised us to get him back to the emergency room in Bristol. We did. ~And to think that we thought it had taken a long time the week before! We arrived at 6:30, and over the course of the next few hours, four trauma cases were brought in by MedFlight, so the place was a circus. Allen was eventually diagnosed (had another CT month, so we must have a leak, they said. We did, and had to call somebody to replace some plumbing to fix the problem. (Peyton had to call him the next day to repair a problem at her house.) When he was at our house, however, he discovered that a leak had wreaked havoc with the bathroom floor upstairs. We were in immediate touch with a contractor, who surveyed the situation, and said that the two bath- rooms upstairs would have to have at least portions of their floors replaced (with all fixtures removed--and at least one replaced.) This was the least of my worries at this point, since we were working hard to nurse Allen back to his usual good health. His appetite wasn't back to normal, so I was taking food orders and going to the grocery store every day in order to have the ingredients to make whatever he said he thought he'd like. (That lasted for just over a week, and then his eating was back to normal, so I could buy groceries for more than one day at a time.) Fortunately, Allen was to the point that he didn't have to have somebody on hand every minute, since I had another three-day chemo session, and Peyt again had to chauffeur me (some of the stuff they give me makes me a little loopy for an hour or so, and I refuse to drive in that state.) Somehow, we survived that, and even took Allen to Bristol with us on Friday. Near the end of the week, while the very ac- commodating contractor made arrangements to get a "crew to my house at the end of the week for the necessary repairs, I asked if he could look at a roof problem at the office--someone was to have come to fix it in March, but hadn't made it yet. He did so, and on Friday morning told me that the entire roof and some of the plywood had to be replaced. He also showed me that the facade in front of the building was pulling away from the building proper, and could possibly fall, which would definitely be a catastrophe if someone happened to be walking nearby. There were various other problems. I made immediate ar- rangements with him to have another crew atthe office0n-Monday mo-~ng (of this week)to remove the potentially dangerous facade, fix the roof and replace various and sundry other problems. Over the weekend, David, who has been doing all the work at the office that Allen usually does, was~ driving the CVTimes Blazer when he was stopped by a routine traffic check in Russell County. The car's inspection sticker had expired July 31 (no wonder!), 'i scan), was seen by a surgeon, and at 3 a.m., was ad- so he got a ticket. I wondered out loud if there was mitted. The next day, the surgeon came again, talked ! possibly anything else that could go wrong. I to Us, an-d--suggested that the surgery~ whi-ch-was, shouldn't even have thought of such a thing, much necessary, be taken care of that afternoon. It would ~less said it. take about two hours, he said. It turned out to be more In order to have a clear working space, we'd like four hours, but Allen came through it wonderfully well. They kept him for a week (I was having my three-day chemo treatment that week, so we kept Peyt running, chauffeuring me and being at the hospital. We got to bring Allen home on Friday, July 24. (Actually, we took him to Peyt's house to recuperate i agreed that the work crew could take down an over- grown tree in the front of our building. After the brick facade was gone Monday morning, they began cutting , down the tree, a huge branch at a time. In a com-~ :: pletely unpredictable moment, one of the branches, as ~!, it fell, hit the sidewalk, bounced back up and broke as he wasn't to go up stairs, and would have had to do (the front window about four feet from where I was i.ii so at our house.) In the meantime, the Town called-- sitting. No damage, except it scared me silly!. they'd read our water meter, and a virtual ocean of ~ Do you see why I've lost count? Sometimes, it. water had gone our lines during !i really does pour! Letters to the edzto -,. + been moved to September Readers ~are ingited to write how many of the members of the letters on ,matters of general House and Senate have actually interest toAhe pub.fic,'Letters doread the 1550 page document concerning this matter. I'm afraid Dante Lives On, Inc' has not necessarily reflect the if this is passed it could lead to moved its annual Reunion Fes- philosophy or editorial policy of we senior citizens having very tival, which has previously been this newspaper, which reserves, little - if any - health care held the second weekend in the right to edit !etters. The coverage. If we should be faced August. The 2009 event has Clinch Valley Times" will" not with a major illness such as been rescheduled for Friday print unsignedletters, '~ cancer or may be need hip evening, September 25, and " replacement surgery would we Saturday, September26. To the Editor: get the care we needed or be sent The change was made, Dante Wake up America! We are home to die? I think it could Lives On officials said, to being faced with one of the close all the Catholic hospitals in accommodate requests from biggest problems this country has the US if they continue to refuseelderly participants who had seen since .ood It to ave a o ion c,inic ,e you REGIONAL PLANT called health care. It took have an opportunity take a stand _ _ . President Obama six months to against this bill, ! would urge you (Continued from page 1) pick a dog-Bo-for the White to do so. A concerned senior in the area of each co~ty tensions will be funded House but he is wanting to pick citizen- to be served rather than as a health care for America in just a Jessie Jones whole. Participants agreed that few short weeks!! I wonder just Castlewood, VA development of sewer line ex- MEOC'S BEST PRACTICES AWARD... (COntinued from page 1) _ was a very key reason for this program's success. 4. The University of Vir- ginia Health Sciences Libr- ary Outreach at the University of Virginia Wise, which also provided Ann Duesing, to assist in devel- oping the curriculum and staff to assist at each session. Ann Duesing was recognized for her continuing involve- ment in all three classes held so far. 5. The Northeast Tennes- ee/Southwest Virginia Alz- heimer's Association con- ducted a session for the teens, which gave them a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and also the effects of care giving on the entire family. 6. The Regional Adult Education Program's Rebec- ca Scott developed curricu- lum materials and provided instruction time with the teens to give them informa- tion on adult learners. 7. Powell Valley High School provided use of its facilities, including the Lib- rary and two computer labs. Princioals Gene Rowland and David Lee and Custodian Joe Miller were recognized for their import- ance to the project. 8. Mountain Empire Com- munity College provided meeting sp~ce and computer lab for the third training class. MECC's Sue Ella Boatwright Wells was recog- nized for her leadership. 9. Local high school stu- dents who volunteered their time to provide instruction for the caregivers. 10. Caregivers for individ- uals with Alzheimer's dis- ease. 11. The Transportation, Care Coordination and Ad- ministrative Departments of MEOC for pulling together as a team in making the program a viable one. Both Maxwell and Dillon and all the partners present noted that the teenag_ers were the heart and sotil of the project and that without their participation, there literally would not have been a program. The teens volunteered five straight Saturdays to parti- cipate and displayed great dependability and sensitivity in teaching caregivers to use the Internet. Maxwell also noted the important contributions of con- sultant Michael Creedon who Gypsy moth defoliation decreases nearly 75 percent in Virginia Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) say that the gypsy moth declined significantly this year. The insect defoliated 29,048 acres in the Commonwealth, a substantial decrease from the 112,340 acres damaged in 2008. Nearly 12,288 acres of defoliation occurred across the George Washington- Jefferson National Forest, much of it close to the West Virginia state line. An additional 7,473 acres affected Shenandoah Na- tional Park. Unlike last year, a majority of the defoliation was classified as "light." Wet weather is credited with reducing the impact in Virginia. VDOF Forest Health Specialist Dr. Chris Asaro said, "Gypsy moth caterpillars often succumb to disease caused by a fungus and a virus, especially when cool, wet weather occurs during their feeding period in May. In most areas of the state, precip- itation occurred every few days during the spring, and the fungus thrived in these conditions." Caterpillar mortality meant that there weren't mature caterpillars to feed on leaves, thereby re- ducing defoliation this year, and fewer adults to lay eggs for next year. "So, next year's defoliation levels could continue this down- ward trend," Asaro added. While overall defoliation lev- els were lower, intense defolia- tion pressure in recent years has resulted in locally heavy mort- ality of oak trees. Some of the areas with the heaviest mortality include Giles, Roanoke, and Augusta counties. In southwest Roanoke County, the forests along Poor Mountain and Bent Mountain have been devastated by gypsy moth since 2005; thousands of acres of dead oak trees cover much of this land- scape. Chestnut oak growing on poor soils tends to be the predominant species affected, but many other tree species are also susceptible. John Miller, VDOF's director of resource protection, said, "The fire danger in these areas is significantly greater due to the high number of dead trees. Over time, the large standing dead trees also create special dangers for our firefighters, making an already tough job even more dangerous." Gypsy moths were intro- duced into the United States via Massachusetts in 1869 and have been slowly spreading south- ward ever since. The first defol- iation in northern Virginia was recorded in 1984 and the moths continue to spread slowly south- westward. "The US Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Agri- culture and Consumer Services have been very effective at slowing the spread of the gypsy moth through widespread trap- ping and mating disruption techniques," Asaro said. "But, inevitably, it will continue to spread." While gypsy moths can spread on their own, forestry officials say it is people that are largely responsible for the most significant spreading. Gypsy moths will lay eggs on almost any surface, including vehicles, campers, and firewood, which often transport them hundreds of miles from their point of origin. Castlewood High All Classes alumni Get Together Weekend A Castlewood High School Alumni (All Classes) Get Together Weekend will be held on Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29. The weekend will begin with the Appalachia vs. Castlewood football game on Friday night at Castlewood High School. On Saturday, Family Day and a talent show will be held at A. R. Matthews Memorial Park, St. Join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 free dogwoods Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation during August 2009 will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for Dante Reunion Festival ~__America campaign, a program 11~:~ dedicated to environmental stew- ardship through the planting of trees. "White flowering dogwoods will add year-round beauty to homes and neighborhoods," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Dogwoods have showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage, and red berries that attract song- birds all winter long." The trees will be shipped postpaid between October 15 and December 10, at the right time for planting. The 6-to-12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees. New members of the Arbor Day Foundation also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care, and Arbor Day, the Foundation's bimonthly publica-. tion. To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31, 2009, or join online at www.arborday.org. difficulty dealing with the Au- gust heat. The new date also avoids conflicts with other local events. Everyone is invited to attend the reunion Festival to meet friends and former neighbors, enjoy the crafts and food ven- dors, and enjoy the planned free musical and other entertainment. For more information, call 276-76~-9Rq~ ,w 97t;-495-8825. and brought to fruition more effi- ciently if done according to the needs of each individual area. Those who attended the meeting in Richmond included St. Paul Mayor Kyle Fletcher; St. Paul Utilities Superintendent Earl Carter; Castlewood Water & Sewer Authority Board mem- bers Cuba Porter, Fred Arring- ton and Terry PuckeR; Wise County Public Service Autho- rity's Wayne Watts; Russell County Board of Supervisor member Shy Kennedy; Mattern & Craig engineer Mark Hill; LENOWISCO's Duane Miller; Cumberland Planning District's Debbie McReynolds; Virginia Delegate Bud Phillips; and To- bacco Commission member Steve Banner. Deadline for classifieds is Tuesday noon! Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children! IT'S THE LAW! was introduced tO MEOC by the LENOWISCO Planning District Commission. Davis noted that The Com- monwealth Council on Aging started the Best Practices Award Program four years ago and that MEOC had won an award for three of those years. Past award winners were MEOC Transit in the Transportation category and MEOC's Physical Activity Pro- gram in the Health and Wellness category. Attention: Mountain Empire Older Citizens is planning ano- ther TechWorld session in the near future. If you are aware of either students or caregivers who might be interested, they may contact MEOC at 1-800-252- 6362 or 523-4202. Your ad could be here! Hiatt Enterprises & Others 2-Day Liquidation & Retirement Auction Stuart, VA 19361 Jeb Stuart Hwy. Fri, & Sat. Aug. 14 & 15 - 10 AM KING *REAL ESTATE. ANTIQUE CARS PETROLINA & COCA-COLA MEMORABILIA ,~L'CnO~ ~ REALTY co, In( .........................CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. TRUCKS- TRAILERS PO Box 800. Fletcher, N,28732 Auctioneer Jerry E. King VA Auction Lic. # 2907003699 *Rea/fstateso/dsubjectto confirmation ~w,w,w: I~,i~l R i ng a u C.t i~ ns.-cco mEE [[:[Olgt.,-91~-IOI:! Paul, from 11 a.m. til 6 p.m., with the talent show beginning at 3:30 p.m. Later that night there will be an "Adults Night Out" activity planned. For more information, email Joseph Young at joseph@jo sephyoungmagic.com or call 27523-2257. Information is also available on Facebook with the key words Castlewood High School Alumni. St. Paul Fire Department report The St. Paul Fire Department answered six calls in the month of July 2009. That included three fire alarms at Clinchview Hous- ing, Shaw Industrial Building and Riverside Clinic. They assisted in creating a landing zone for med-flight and one vehicle fire. CVTimes Deadlines:~ Editorial copy birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday . 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