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Wise Co. Sheriff's Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 22, 2013 office offers "Good Morning Wise County The Wise 2ounty Sheriff's Office offers a free service to all seniors of Wise County and the City of Norton. The Good Morning Wise County program provides a volunteer to call and check on the welfare of all participants, to determine if they have food, heat in winter, and cooling in the summer. They also want to make sure participants in the program are not being abused, mistreated, or neglected. All eligible seniors are en- couraged to sign up and use this free service. To sign up call Wilma at 276-328-7114 and leave your name and phone number. You may also call Sheriff BACKPACKS...Hundreds of Russell County students came to Backpack to Oakes, or a member of his School Day: at the Russell County Conference Center on August 10 to receive a-staff, at 276-328-3756. The backpack filled with school supplies. The Russell County Conference Center and only information required is your name, address, phone Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center partnered with area number, and a contact person businesses, organizations and churches to provide the backpacks to Russell in case of emergency. by Karen Gent In today's competitive job market, most job-seekers wish they knew the secret formula to winning the hearts and minds of employers. What, one may wonder, is the unique combina- tion of skills and values that make employers excited about a potential Every employer is looking for a specific set of skills from job-seekers that match the skills ~needed to perform a particular job; however, beyond these job- specific skills, there are certain skills that are universally sought by employers. Numerous stu- dies have identified these criti- cal employability skills which are often refeq'ed to as "soft skills." County students in grades K-7. Here is a list of the top ten " " skills most sought after Tree Identification ..... by Backpack to School Day distributes over emp,oyers as mchcated by booklet from Arbor Quintessential Careers. 1. Communications Skills: 450 backpacks to county students Day Foundation By far, the one skillmentioned The Russell County Confer- children. The RCCC and Leb- ence Center and Southwest Vir- The Arbor Day Foundation most often by employers is the once Center and Southwest Vir- anon Memorial United Metho- ginia Technology Development has a booklet that helps people ability to listen, write, and Center would also like to identify trees in a simple, step- speak effectively. recognize additional sponsors: by-step process. The booklet, 2. Analytical/Research Adams and Company, PC, What Tree Is That?, is availableSkills: These skills deal with BB&T, The Lighthouse Project, for a $5 donation to the nonprofit one's ability to assess a situ- Bryan Sounders, Chafin Law tree-planting organization, ation, seek multiple perspect- Firm, EMATS, EQT, First Bank What Tree Is That? is a fun, ives, gather information, and & Trust Company of Lebanon, easy-to-use tree identification identify key issues that need to Good Shepard Church, Home guide that features hand-drawn Nursing Company, Kissito botanical illustrations highlight- be addressed. Healthcare Maple Grove, Lake- ing the distinctive characteristics 3. Computer/Technical view Church, Lebanon Baptist of many tree species. Literacy: Almost all jobs now Church, Lebanon Community Nature lovers and profess- require a basic understanding of Fellowship, Lebanon Lions ional arborists alike have called computers, especially word pro- Club, Leonard Companies LTD, this pocket field guide one of the cessing, spreadsheets, and McFarlane-Hillman Pharmacy, most user-friendly resources to email. Mercy Ambulance, RussellCou-have. Its beautiful, full-color 4.Flexibility/Adaptability/ nty Medical Center, Southwest illustrations are in precise detail Managing Multiple Priorities: Virginia Veterinary Clinic, The to depict natural colors, shapes, These skills deal with one's Bank of Honaker and Well and textures, so users can make a Service of Virginia. positive species identification in ability to manage multiple The Russell County Confer- just a few easy steps, assignments, set priorities, and once Center plans to make this The Arbor Day Foundation adapt to changing conditions and work assignments. ginia Technology Development dist Church offered free face Center partnered with area painting for children. The businesses, organizations and Lebanon Police Department, churches to host the Backpack to School Day on August 10 to help set county students up for success as they begin a new school year. Over 450 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to Russell County students during and after the event, and the remaining back- packs were distributed to the schools prior to the start of school on Friday. "We would like to thank all those who sponsored and participated in this year's event," said Becki Joyce, director of the SVTDC and RCCC. "We understand the burden of ever-growing school supply lists and other expenses families Russell County Sheriff's Office, Lebanon Life Saving Crew, Black Diamond Search and Rescue and Virginia State Police were on-hand for demonstrations and information. The Richlands Fire Department brought the Kid's Safety House and dis- cussed fire safety. CGI, C- Health, Church Hill United Methodist Church, State Farm of St. Paul, State Farm of Lebanon, Liberty Mutual and Mutual of Omaha, Lebanon Police Depart- ment and the Russell County Sheriff's Office distributed school supplies. John and Faye Flanagan with New Clothes for Kids, Inc. handed out toys and body wash. The Russell County priority for many aging U.S.registered to sell financial and military veterans and their fam- insurance products and, in many ilies. Many are turning to fin- c~ises, those financial products ancial and estate planning ser- must be registered with the vices to assist them in accessing appropriate regulator. pension benefits to help with To determine if a person is their future care. properly licensed to sell insur- The State Corporation Com-once, contact the SCC's Bureau mission (SCC) reminds veterans of Insurance in Richmond at to thoroughly evaluate any (804) 371-9041 or toll-free (in financial product and the person Virginia) at 1-800-552-7945 or or company offering it before handing over their hard-earned visit its website at money or benefits. Shop around, compare prices and terms, and Consumerlnquirv/. ask questions to make sure a Before doing business with product is suitable for your anY investment professional, particular needs, veterans should also check with Pension benefits are avail- the SCC's Division of Securities able to low-income wartime and Retail Franchising to veterans who are 65 and older, determine whether the individual or who are permanently or and/or security is properly totally disabled by conditions registered and if there have been unrelated to their military ser- any complaints or disciplinary vice. The Veterans Admini- action involving that individual stration (VA)accredits financial or his firm. To contact the planners and lawyers who can Securities Division, call (804) help veterans and their families 371-9051 in Richmond or toll- fill out and file the paperwork free in Virginia at 1-800-552- necessary to access those bone- 7945 or visit its website at fits. However, the VA does not endorse the financial products ndex.aspx. The SCC also encourages these individuals sell to veterans to help finance their long-term veterans and their families to care. In addition, the financial consider the following: Skills: These skills deal with one's ability to take charge and manage co-workers. 7. l lulticuitural Sensitiv- ity/Awareness: Diversity is a big issue in the workplace, and job-seekers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures. 8. Planning/Organizing: This is the ability to design, plan, organize and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe. It also involves goal-setting. 9. Problem-Solving/Rea- soning/Creativity: This invol- ves the ability to find solutions to problems using creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with available informa- tion and resources. 10. Teamwork: Because so many jobs involve working in groups, one must possess the ability to work well with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a com- mon goal. The good news is that most job seekers possess many of these skills to some degree. The better news is that job-seekers with weaknesses in any of these areas can improve their skills through training, professional development, or mentoring from someone who understands these skills. Pluggedln VA programs, which are offered in the region through a partnership between Southwest Regional Adult Education, a local community college, and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Investment Board, emphasize the devel- opment of professional soft skills. Training is provided to help adult students prepare to 5" an annual event for parents offers this booklet to help people are facing. UVa-Wise, through Fair Association, Russell County preparing for the start of the identify trees in Virginia and 5. Interpersonal Abilities: compete in today's workforce. SVTDC and RCCC wanted to Library Imagination Library and school year. throughout the Eastern and Con- This refers to the ability to For more information about give each student the jump start UVa-Wise were on hand to For more information, con- tral regions of the United States. relate to co-workers, inspire Pluggedln VA programs, needed to be successful", answer questions and help with tact the Russell County What Tree Is That? uses a unique others to participate, and deal contact Southwest Regional The free event featured many the backpacks. Conference Center at 276-889- step-by-step approach to identify with conflict. Adult Education at 866-581- fun and informative activities for The Russell County Confer- 8182. , the species of each tree. The 6.Leadership/Management 9935. rs tips to veterans when or booklet explainswhattolookfor SCC of re in the shape of the leaves and v,-nnme differences in the leaf stems and Effective S mervisor Pro ,ram twig structures, specifics on the for their financial future and flowers, and the details ~ ,'lib V .ll. .JL~ ofUu an u begins Sept. 4 at SVTDC Securing long-term care is a planners must be licensed or Annuities -Senior "Our What Tree Is That? pocket brochure is an ideal The popular Effective Super- resource to help people develop a visor Program is set to begin on greater appreciation for trees," September 4 at the Southwest said John Rosenow, chief Virginia Technology Develop- sion gives individuals the op- portunity to participate at both the individual and group level through exercises and case studies. In addition to the competency-based and skill- building sessions, participants version at The Ar- newly promoted or hope tO be bor Day Foundation offers this promoted into front-line super- unique, one-of-a-kind online tool visory roles. The Effective so people can identify trees using Supervisor Program isn't just for the internet, newly promoted supervisors To obtain a tree identification though, even experienced super- guide in full color, send your visors or team leads have name and address and $5 for benefited from theprogram. each guide to What Tree Is That?, Achieving results through Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410, You can also others is the hallmark of an order the book online at effective supervisor, and this, certification program provides a supervisor with insights into their own personal leadership, their impact on employee motivation and performance, and their team's ability to implement company or organizational strat- egies. Each highly interactive ses- Clinch River Farmers Market Saturday, 8 am-1 pm Wednesday 2 pm - 5 pm Don't miss the opportunity to check out a good selection of fresh produce including apples, corn, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, beets, etc. Also at the market you will find plants, lamb, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods, breads, salsa and much more. The Farmers Market Cookbooks are available for purchase at the market as well as at Big M, St. Paul Builders, Bailey Hardware, Kilgore Law Office, the Town Hall, CR Pate and Co and Sweet Peas. En t e rt a i n m e n t C,, RM_ Music of the Market Musicians Cooking Demo with Chef Steve Gilbert 11:00 am veterans, in particular, should exercise caution when in- vesting in annuities so they do not lose access to funds they may need for future expenses. An annuity is a contract in which an insur- ance company makes a series of income payments at reg- ular intervals in return for a premium or premiums paid by the owner. Annuities are most often purchased for future income and can be structured to provide income for long periods of time. Deferred annuities may not be suitable for older veterans since, with these products, the owner does not receive payment for the premium investment for several years and withdrawing funds from it early can be very costly. The Bureau of Insur- ance has regulations in place that prohibit unsuitable sales of annuity products to sen- iors, particularly for men and women who served in the armed forces. Before signing a contract or an annuity, the Bureau of Insurance encour- ages veterans to make sure they understand the terms of the contract, how any money is invested, and when the benefit payments will begin, keeping in mind the con- sumer's financial status, tax status, and investment ob- jectives, among other things. Marketing and Sales Practices - The SCC urges veterans to beware of in- dividuals who may claim to be veterans advocates repre- senting a nonprofit organiza- tion or claiming to be endorsed by the Veterans Administration when, in fact, they are insurance agents trying to sell a product. In some cases, these individuals may use false or misleading designations that seem to indicate they are an expert in senior issues when they are not. Some may hold presentations at assisted living facilities presumably to help veterans complete pension applications to qualify for their VA benefits, but do not disclose~that they are actually insurance agents # Kids Activities 10:00 am selling annuities to help I I veterans qualify fr the ~ We argo accept EBT, debit cards and Senior Citizen coupons. The benefits .............. - | ---fir~ten dollars of EBT purchases will be doubled. 1 For additional information, : I Supp~r]ocal farmers and crafters and enjoy a free cup of 'l visit ..... .~ee at the Clinch River Farmers Market.[ " executive and founder of the ment Center in Lebanon. Arbor Day Foundation. "The Developed by the UYa-Wise Arbor Day Foundation strives to Office of Economic Develop- help people enjoy and appreciate ment, this comprehensive entry- will be provided leadership trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that." level leadership training program reading assignments and will be What Tree Is That? is also is designed to build the con- introduced to an experienced available as an online interactive fidence of those that have been mentor who will support him or 2013 Chevrolet Spark, white Drive the eco-friendly loaded! her throughout the program. The program meets for five sessions from 8:30 am. to 5 p.m. The fall 2013 meeting dates are September 4 and 18, October 2, '16 and 30. A supervisory mana- gement certificate is awarded for the completion of the program. No more than, one absence is permitted to earn the certificate. Preregistration is required and Seating is limited. 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