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Page 2 CLINCi-IV.,LLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 15, 2(13 Of shoes..and shtps..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory i:: Reality00or voyeurism ? Reii'nted from September 7, 2000 -#: and I was absolutely horrified to see that everybody Did you get'caught up this summer in either of the managed to do it! Failing to do so would have "reality TV" programs, "Survivor" or "Big Brother?" brought some penalty or other down on the entire I hadn't intended to watch "Survivor" when I tribe, as I recall. Viewers, courtesy of the television cameras, were heard all the prrmotional announcements prior to its let in on conversations among various little groups debut in--lateMay? early June? But a friend, just a that arranged alliancesmprotecting themselves by few days aftet"watching the first episode, called my block votes to eject another, who was not a member attention to b: fact that CBS would rerun the program on Sunday night that week so that everybody of the alliance. These agreements, however, appeared who missed . ,!t, :could tune in (and get "hooked") to be very fluid, and seemed to change as often as the before episo([o-two was aired, and s'aid I should watch wind. Some really unkind things were said by almost it. So I did, and,,in a reasonably mild way, became a everybody about somebody, and in most cases, about Survivor-regular, along with much of the rest of the multiple somebodies. country. Every Wednesday throughout the summer, It seemed to me that the nicest people (that is, the then, with two or three exceptions when I wasn't kindest and less likely to say ugly things about the home, I tuned in to "Survivor" to see what terrible others) were the first to go. I've forgotten the names things the group was called on to do, what terrible of some of those at the beginning, but when the things they world do themselves, and who would get population really began to thin, the personalities of voted offtheis'ldthistime, those who remained began to be more apparent. The premise, in case you weren't one of the Susan, the truck driver, was mean. Sean, the wdtchers, was that sixteen people were selected to be neurologist, was nicer. Jervace, who was said by the voluntarily marooned for 39 days on an uninhabited others never to do any work, seemed the easiest to get islaad in the S,bth China Sea. Uninhabited, that is, by along with. Kelly, who won individual immunity for any indigenous people, but the island was evidently herself several times, was determined to win the swarming with:.TV crews, cameras, microphones and whole thing, and was, indeed, one of the two finalists all the oher equipment necessary to film the series. (she took home $100,000). Rudy, the crusty former Those WhO aphed for the sixteen positions were not Navy Seal, disapproved of almost everybody and actors, but ord{ti'y men and women of various ages everything, but he's the one I thought would win the (from early U#˘nties to seventy-sometliing) with a million. He didn't although he was one of the final range of occupations, ranging from truck driver to three. Richard was arrogant, an apparent loner-- neurogist. What, you ask, would entice people to except for his alliance with Rudy (who didn't approve volunteer for  such an absurd undertaking? The of him), and he turned out to be the winner. answer, of c6se is money--the one person who At the end, when the number of survivors had survived the 39"'days, the poor food, the extremely dwindled to three, a "jury," made up of some of those primitive li;itig conditions, the boredom and the who had already been voted out, made the final backbiting---would take home one million dollars, determination. Once chosefi 7 the sixteen were evidently flown to That should have been the end of that. It wasn't. the other side'of the world, put on a boat, and, at Since the actual events depicted in the program had some point were told they had five minutes to gather been over for several months before the program what they w ahtd to take with them to the island, aired, all of the people were back to doing whatever it Once* on the: 'island, they were divided into two is they normally do. Immediately following the last "tribes," whieh'-were eventually collapsed into a episode, however, an hour-long Survivor "reunion" single tribeas'ffa˘irnumberwasreduced, was held, in .which almost everybody at least Their mot ]0arnediate concerns were water, fire ceremonially kissed and made up for all the mean and shelter. The ,water was provided (although they things that had been said and done during the course had to go to some trouble every day to get the allotted of the 39 days. Since then, various of the people on supBly), and IZbelieve they were---eventuallygiven the program have used up far more than their Andy- rice. Evidentt,-fiobody thought to take matches, or Warhol-promised-fifteen-minutes-of-fame by they were to!d':they couldn't take matches, because appearing on a multitude of talk shows, as well as one of the cprl3petitions they had to go through being the subjects of discussion on others, and several involved fire as a prize, are scheduled to appear as actors in other programs. Every fern" daysand each one-hour Wednesday I wondered at the beginning of Survivor, "Where night episode included activities from several days-,-a do they find these people?" And perhaps more to the competition, usually having to do with stamina or point, "Why am I watching this?" I believe that more athletic ability,:" was held tO determine which than watching "reality TV," as it's been dubbed, we individual ffo;ild have "immunity" at the "tribal ended up watching to see just how nasty these people council". The tribal councils were held every few could be to each other and what kinds ofawful things days, presided over by a CBS-provided host whose could hippen to them. Watching these programs name I can't,xe,member, for the purpose of voting to seems nore like being a voyeur than a realist, I see which m.,er0ber of the tribe would be voted out decided, so I'm not watching "Big Brother" series or (the one with "immunity" at each "tribal council" the next version of "Survivor," which will pit people couldn't be ejected). I remember one test to which all against nature and each other in the Australian were ubjected" early on during the program---each Outback. inember of thgobe had to eat an evil-looking live I prefer to watch people win their million dollars grub (they lobk like wriggling hairless caterpillars), with Regis! . - • f Letters" :to the editor.. "Cars to Donate" Readers are write millions of children School grow up to be any thing they vehicle donation ,letters on matters.of general should be a happy time and a want to be. I have a little program interest to the pobli˘. Letters safe place for these kids. Sad to granddaughter that will go to do hot necessarily reflect the say this will not be the ease. That school one day and I'm teaching Keep America Beautiful philosophy or .-editorial all too familiar vicious cycle of her now to be kind to people and (KAB), the nation's leading policy Of this ndwpaper, bullying will start too. I was a have respect. To help others who nonprofit that builds and sustains which reserves tlight to victim of bullying myself and need help. I will also teach her vibrant communities, announced that it has partnered with edit letters. The Clinch believe me words can hurt worse that respect is a two way thing. 1CarlDifference to launch a new Valley Times will;nkt print than anything. But just because She must be respected too. vehicle donation program. All you are not a straight A or live in Intelfigent people do not bully donations may be eligible for a unsigned letters. _ :.  a certain place, doesn't give others. It can scar you for life. It tax deduction on one's federal people a right to hurt you so. just feels good to be nice. income tax return. To the Editor, ' " • Kids should feel that they are Mary Ann Post Keep America Beautiful's It's that time of year again, wanted and loved, then they can St. Paul vehicle donation program accepts ; School will be ,startjng, for almost any vehicle, including hip c, trucks, boats, motorcycles ii Governor McDonnell announces partners and recreational vehicles. Re- " I.JlVI']'; AI'V gardless of the vehicle's running between , VDH to provide greater citizen 00ond00tioo, still have value through continued use as an : to 00*/tal records o00ora00lo car, as repair parts that access oan extend the life of a car or by ", " ." • recycling their steel parts. -Legslatton Authomzes DMV to Begin Issuing Birth Certificates Next Year- "Taking old cars off the road , Governor Bob .McDonnell outstanding service to citizens," cation of Vital Events (EVVE) can help the environment by . announced the -'larinership said Senator Newman. "My bill network, developed and imple-recycling and saving energy," between the Virginia Department increases the number of outlets mented by the National said Greg Crawford, executive  :of Motor Vehicles .(DIV) and for Virginians to securely access Association for Public Health director of the Steel Recycling the Virginia Department of those services. We want to make Statistics and Information :Health (VDH)allow'mlMVto sure that these vital records, Systems (NAPHSIS). Through Institute and a KAB board :issue birth certifie[tfJ': at its which are held in Richmond, are EVVE, Virginia DMV can member. "Donating these cars • customer service center's begin- available to the public as easily certify a customer's birth record can directly help programs such as Keep America Beautiful by ning March 1, 2014,-'Beginning as possible." through databases in 31 states, providing an additional source of January 1, 2015, DMV is Customers will still be able including Virginia. The trans- funding. It's a win-win for authorized to issue certified to obtain documents from the action takes place while the sustaining the environment." : copies of all death, marriage and VDH Division of Vital Records customer is at the counter and A KAB vehicle donation :divorce records. The partnership office in Richmond, or by order- prevents eligible customers from through 1CarlDifference helps stems from Sernito.€, Steve ing online for delivery through being turned away only to return provide funds for KAB and its Newman's (R-Lynchburg) vital the mail. The new partnership another day with a paper record national network of nearly 600 records bill passed xlurg the will make paper birth certificates to complete their DMV business, affiliates and additional partner- 2013 GeneralAssemblr-session. from 1912 onward available at "We have already been able • mg organizations to create clean, The partnership was formally all 75 DMV customer service to verify more than 4,400 birth beautiful public places, reduce announced by Senator ,.Newman, centers throughout the state records for our customers, nearly waste and increase recycling, State Health Commissioner Dr. beginning March 1, 2014. 3,000 of which were Virginia Cynthia Romero and DMV "With over 9,000 people birth records," said DMV generate positive impact on local Commissioner Richard D. stopping by our Richmond office Commissioner Richard D. economies and inspire genera- Holcomb during an event at the each month, it is clear that Holcomb. "These are customers tions of environmental stewards. Lynchburg DMV .Customer Virginians are taking advantage who previously would have been To learn more about the Service Cehter. " of walk-in vital records turned away from DMV until vehicle donation program, in- "This partnership, will make services," said State Health they could produce a paper birth eluding how to donate and it easier for Virgifiilhs" to do Commissioner Cynthia Romero. certificate. We are excited to answers to other frequently asked business with the Common- "We're excited to partner with offer this service, and Our questions, please contact Mary wealth by streamlining-access to DMV to offer the same services customers are appre.ciativ.e." Aly, director, Keep. Amefic.a vital records," said overnor Beautifrl's Cars to Donate McDonnell. "It is/ .,a great example of government working better for its citizens." "VDH Vital Records and DMV are already providing in locations throughout the state." VDH and DMV have already laid the groundwork for issuing vital records by joining the multi-state Electronic Verifi- The cost to the customer for EVVE certification of a Virginia birth record is $14. The other participating states set their own fees, which vary from state to state. Special plates revenue-sharing program raises $3.5 million Monies will benefit groups such as Washington Redskins Leadersh Council Nearly 70 Virginia organi-" ington Redskins license plate zations are receiving funds through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) based on revenue-sharing special license plate sales during the past year. Drivers who registered their ve- hicles with these special license plates helped generate appro- ximately $3.5 million for their favorite causes and colleges. Since the revenue-sharing pro- gram was introduced by the Virginia General Assembly in 1992, approximately $37 million has been raised on behalf of Virginia non-profit oi'ganizations and colleges. The top selling revenue-sharing plates include: • Friends of the Chesa- peake Bay raising more than $291,000 for Chesapeake Bay restoration activities. • Breast Cancer Aware- ness raising more than $155,000 to support breast cancer educational program- ming. Kids First (FACT) raising more than $155,000 to support children's pro- grams through the Family & Children's Trust Fund of Virginia. Also popuiar, the Wash- generated nearly $110,000 in the past year for its designated pro- gram, the Washington Redskins Leadership Council for com- munity programs in Virginia. Since the plate was introduced in 2003, more than $875,000 has been generated for the program. There are currently 7152 Washington Redskins plates. registered in Virginia. Since the license plate revenue-sharing program began, over $7.6 million has been. generated for Virginia colleges and universities. Top selling college revenue-sharing plates include: • Virginia Tech license plates generating more than $274,000 in revenue for scholarships. • University of Virginia, James Madison University and the College of William and Mary, which collectively generated more than $187,000. Revenue sharing plates cost $25 in addition to vehicle registration fees. Visit the DMV website for a complete list of available special plates and tax deductibility information. Governor McDonnell announces contract for US Rome 460 Phase II Project in Buchanan County Design-build contract will use coal synergy to reduce project costs by 50% On-site of the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I constru- ction project in Buchanan Cou- nty, Governor Bob McDonnell announced a contract has been signed to begin the second phase of U.S. Route 460 construction. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in co- ordination with the Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships, recently signed a contract with Bizzack Constru- ction, LLC, Lexington, Ky. to design and build the 6.2-mile section to rough grade. Bizzack Construction, LLC, also serves as the design-build contractor for Phase I. "Creating new access through better transportation will fuel economic development and tourism opportunities never available with the current net- work of roads," Governor Bob McDonnell said. "The Route 460 Connector and the Coalfields Expressway are key connections that will open southwestern Virginia to more job and business opportunities." Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton added, "By executing a design-build contract, the Commonwealth is able to deliver this project at a much reduced cost. This contract brings Virginia one step closer to creating an improved highway network and connectivity bet- ween Route 460 in Virginia and Kentucky, which are federally- designated as Corridor Q, and the Coalfields Expressway." Bizzack recently acquired Rapoca Energy, succeeding Rapoca Energy in the part- nership with VDOT to build the Route 460 Connector Phase II to rough grade. VDOT entered negotiations with Bizzack in 2012, and in June the Com- monwealth Transportation Board authorized VDOT Commis- sioner Grog Whirley to award and execute a $108 million design-build contract to con- struct the road bed to rough grade. U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase II will bea 6.2-mile limit- ed access four-lane highway, connecting to Kentucky's newly constructed Route 460. The connector in Virginia is broken into two sections, the first already under construction at the Wise County Sheriffs Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 7/29/2013 through 8/04/2013. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1597 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 286 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 6. Criminal Process for the same period served 42 Felony Warrants, 52 Misde- meanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrest and worked 11 Traffic Accident. Civil process for this period served 404 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 19 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 31 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 160 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 1 adult in state, 2 adult out of state, 5 mental patient, and 0 juveniles for a total of 8 program, at 203.659.3018 or at transports, involving 16.75 hours. maly@kab.org; or call The Sheriff's Office unlocked 1CarlDifference directly at 17 vehicles and escorted 5 855.426.2474; or visit funerals during this seven-day kab.org/cardonations, period. Kentucky line near Breaks Interstate Park. The west end of the U.S. Route 460 Connector in Virginia will connect to a proposed interchange for the Coalfields Expressway. The design-build contract will use the coal synergy concept to provide a rough grade road bed at a reduction of over 50% in costs. The estimated cost of the design-build contract - taking into consideration the savings from coal synergy - is appro- ximately $108 million. Coal synergy reduces road building costs substantially by using the coal companies' larger-scale earth moving equip- ment and construction techni- ques common to the coal industry to prepare the road bed to rough grade, and allowing the companies to recover marketable coal reserves during the road bed preparation. In August 2009, VDOT awarded the $113 million de- sign-build contract for the con- struction of the .8-mile section of Phase I of the connector, which includes the construction of twin high-level bridges that will be the tallest in Virginia when completed. The bridges will be over 250- feet-high and 1,700 linear feet in length. They will span Route 610 (Conaway Road) and Grassy Creek. The .8-mile Phase I project begins at the Kentucky state line, meeting up with the improvements Kentucky is making to Route 460. An access ramp to Route 80, improving access to Breaks Interstate Park, is part of the U.S. Route 460 Connector Phase I. 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