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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 13. 2009 .... '! t%,, Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent AT THE REUNION...Members of Classes of 1965 and 1966 are pictured during St. Paul High School's All Year Reunion, held at the Oxbow Center Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25. The event was sponsored by the St. Paul High School Alumni Association. Photo by Peyton Gregory Mold prevention Kathleen Parrott, Ph.D., Professor of Housing, Virginia Tech Molds are everywhere in the environment They are a natural part of the ecosystem and we can not eliminate them com- pletely. The problem is when there is an excess of mold growth in our buildings and the mold growth damages building materials or threatens our health. To prevent mold problems in our homes, we need to understand how mold grows and to learn to control the conditions that lead to mold growth. In order to grow, molds require: A food sotirce , Appropriate temperature Oxygen Adequate moisture Molds digest organic matter as a food source. This includes many materials found in our homes, including wood, paper, textiles, plants, and food. Therefore, there is always a food source for molds in our homes, including many of the materials that we use to build and furnish our homes. Molds typically grow at temperatures ranging from about 40 degrees to 100 degrees Fah- renheit. Therefore, the tempera- ture in our homes is usually adequate for mold growth. Of course, most places in our homes have an adequate oxygen supply for mold growth. This leaves a moisture source as the last requirement for mold growth. Molds require a high level of moisture to begin growing. Most molds require a surface moisture or humidity level of 70% to 90% to start growth. Most of the time, the materials or air in our homes does not contain this amount of moisture. However, when there are water leaks, uncontrolled condensation or humidity, flooding or weather damage, or other water problems, then moisture levels can get high enough to support mold growth. Therefore, to control mold growth in our homes, we must control excess moisture and water! Let's emphasize the first important point: when materials in our homes get wet, they can get moldy. Mold growth can begin very quickly. Some species of mold can begin growing in only a few hours. We must assume that if materials in our home - walls, carpet, furniture, flooring, or ceiling tiles - get wet, mold growth can be expected within 24 to 48 hours. Let's emphasize the second important point: wet materials in our homes will get moldy very quickly! Now we have learned the third important point: water problems = mold problems! Therefore, the key to preventing mold is preventing and quickly solving water problems in our homes. A well-maintained home is less likely to have water pro- blems than one that is in poor repair. If you practice regular preventive maintenance around your home, you are likely to spot potential problems before they become big problems. Preven- tive maintenance also helps protect your investment in your home and makes it a safer, healthier, and more pleasant place to live. Preventive maintenance is practiced in several ways: Take care of needed repairs quickly while they are minor and before neglect can cause damage to the structure of the home. This can be as simple as replacing a washer on a dripping faucet or as major as finding and replacing a leak in roof flashing. Maintain the home and its systems on a regular schedule. For example, trim shrubbery, clean dehumidifiers, and replace a worn flapper valve on a toilet. Keeping the home and its parts in good working order reduces the likelihood of a water emergency. Once or twice a year, do a home inspection. Many people choose fall and spring as a good time for a home inspection, as they get ready for seasonal changes. Look for signs of potential water problems, such as damp spots, worn roof shingles, or water stains. Note where regular maintenance and upkeep needs to be done in the future, and put it on your "to-do" list. Follow through with your home maintenance tasks! As you practice preventive maintenance on your home, there are some areas that need particular attention in order to minimize the likelihood of water and moisture problems. Here are some suggestions: Begin with the exterior of your home and make sure that water is directed away from the foundation of the home. Check that: The land slopes away from the foundation. The roof drainage system, such as gutter and downspouts, takes water away from the walls and foundation. Landscaping is clear of the foundation so that it does not hold moisture against the build- ing exterior and allows ventila- tion around the foundation. Sprinklers do not water the building. Your sump pump (if you have one) operates properly. Control the humidity inside your home. A relative humidity range of 40% to 50% is com- fortable for most people without leading tO potential condensation problems. Do you use exhaust fans when showering - always? Do you use an exhaust fan when Cooking on a range; especially if you use a gas range? Did you know that water vapor is a by-product of gas combustion? Have you eliminated these moisture sources from your home; lots of house plants, firewood stored inside, clothes being dried inside, unvented combustion heaters (like kerosene heaters, which can produce large amounts of moisture), or humidifiers? If your home has a crawl space, is the ground covered with a moisture barrier, such as heavy plastic? In addition to limiting sour- ces of moisture and humidity, there are some management practices in your home that can help prevent mold. Insulate any exposed cold water pipes and cold air ducts so that condensation will not form on the pipes and ducts. Avoid carpet on concrete basement floors as this is likely to become a great place for mold. Allow space for air circu- lation between furnishings and window treatments on exterior walls. Vent all combustion appli- ances to the outside. Do not overcool your home, if you have an air conditioner, as this can lead to more conden- sation, as well as using lots of energy! Consider using dehumid- ifiers in trouble spots if other moisture control measure do not work. (continued next week) Ad Network Waterfront Clearance 317' JAMES {IVER 5 ACRES $199,900 (was $399,900) Enjoy 317' of sandy beach along historic James River. MARKET CORNER NEWS CANNING SEASON IS HERE AND THE PLACE TO BE IS THE CLINCH RIVER FARMERS' MARKET. CHECK OUT A LARGE SELECTION OF BEANS, CUCUMBERS, kY~I~",~_~Lg~X. TOMATOES ETC FOR CANNING OR FREEZING. Market hours are: Wednesday 2:00-5:30 and Saturday 7:00-noon. Bcgimfing July 1st several ven(tors at die market will be accepting Senior Citizen coupons. Come visit tile vendors ['or a selection of tomatoes, corn, several varieties of beans, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, black wahmts, new potatoes, lamb (with free samples), cage free eggs, homemade jams and ,jellies, bread, tlowers and craft items to include note cards, rain barrels, bird houses, homemade soaps, lip bahns, etc. Entertainment for Saturday, August 15 10:00 Kelley and Tim Nelson Kids Activities In addition to the vendors, the market provides recycling bins tbr paper (including newspapers, cardboard, and magazines), plastic (number 1 and 2 only), and aluminum. 1)on't tbrget to visit die market tbr all your pro(tuce nee(Is. Private, level building site & beautiful river views. On end of cul- de-sac abutting wildlife refuge. Paved road frontage, water & sewer, more. Excellent financing! 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Dayton Musick, On July 23, 2009, the PlugGED In class presented its capstone project and visited a job fair at the Southwest Vir- ginia Technology Development Center in Lebanon. PlugGED In is a six-month contextualized GED program which has been meeting at the center since Feb- ruary with the goal of helping adults earn their GED credent- ials, as well as incorporating technical training as a means to develop the workplace skills necessary to successfully move into technology sector jobs. The curriculum consists of GED and Career Readiness Certificate preparation, professional soft skills, digital literacy skills, and 21st century skills. Included in the curriculum is the development of a cap- stone project which will help learners integrate and apply knowledge and strategies learn- ed from the PlugGED In core content. The capstone project requires learners to identify a challenging issue within the community, locate information from multiple resources that relates to the challenge, critic- ally evaluate information that is relevant to the challenge, create a solution to the challenge, and present the solution in both oral and textual formats. The challenge that the class decided to undertake was that of developing three eco-friendly outdoor 'activity areas for Leb- anon Community Fellowship, a Capstone Project Director, begins presentation local church that is adding a designed by Christy Hartsock, new youth ministries building Brenda Stigge, and Cherie to its current facility. The Osborne. church had to tear down its The presentation ~s at- existing playground in order to tended by a number of. tubers construct the new buil'd]ngfT~'e of Lebanon Community Fel- class chose to design areas that lowship and by other in- would benefit church members and be attractive to the sur- rounding community. The project design consists of the development of three grassy lots on church prorerty. The design for lot #1 consists of a playground for ages 2-12. The playground will be fenced in and constructed out of recycled materials. The design for lot #2 contains an amphitheater, a walkway, and educational pan- els for children. The design for lot #3 is comprised of a picnic shelter, a memorial garden, and a prayer circle. The class sited multiple sources for materials and chose those that met the need but were most economical. Any of the three areas could be developed at different timse, and a material list and budget were prepared f6r each section. All nine members of the PlugGED In class participated in the development of the project and in the presentation. Dayton Musick served as the capstone project director. Lot #1 was designed by Kenneth McGlothlin and Micheal Sapp. Lot #2 was designed by Cas- sondra Locke, Sonya Dye and Freda Widlick, and lot #3 was dividuals from the business and educational community. The class presented each attendee with a complete written report of the project which included design images created with Realtime Landscaping Plus, a professional landscaping design software program. With the research, designs, and budgets completed, the church will have the option of implementing the designs of the class in its future stages of development. After the presentation, a job_ fair was held for the class. Participants in the job fair included: Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products; CGI, Inc.; Clinch Valley Printing Co. Inc.; Mercy Ambulance Ser- vice; Russell County Sheriff's Department; Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College; South- west Virginia Community Col- lege; and Sykes Enterprises. If you're interested in earning a GED and learning about technology, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 889-5424, or call toll-free at 1-866-581-9935. Free GED preparation classes are offered at convenient times and locations throughout the region. Stop MOTORISTS: for pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk... It's the law! '09 Chevrolet Equinox LS Stock # 15017 MSRP $25,050 Supplier price $21,656 after rebate 2005 Malibu Maxx LS V6, Auto, CD, DVD, PW, PL stk# 15176A 2003 Chewy Sllverado 2WD, Centurion Custom, 5,3L, V8, 6 CD, Leather, #4987A 4 2003 Grand Am GT 30th Anniversary 1 owner, Ram air, Leather, Auto, Sunroof, 72K, CD, #5078A 2006 Cadillac CTS Navigation, Onstar, 17" alloys, Htd. Leather, 6 CD, "'- XM, 33K miles, Auto, V6, stk# 5081 ............ ; ....::~ ....... -'e~._C27"_'?SCF2T'..-~ 7-? :I~ ........ - ...... C:E':':C'~TJT:~Y'7" '" -,-- ........................................................... ..... 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