Newspaper Archive of
Clinch Valley Times
St. Paul , Virginia
August 24, 2017     Clinch Valley Times
PAGE 1     (1 of 8 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 1     (1 of 8 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
August 24, 2017

Newspaper Archive of Clinch Valley Times produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

Vol. LIX, No. 34 P 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 "" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, "to talk of many things...' "" Thursday, August 24, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia I Virginia PRESS 50 cents Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. (MEOC) was honored in Savannah, Georgia, at the recent annu- al conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with an Aging Innovations Award, the highest award presented to member agencies. MEOC was honored as top winner in the Health-Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Integration catego- ry for the work of its Mountain Laurel Cancer Support and Resource Center in "Increasing Cancer Health Literacy and Promoting Early Screening in Southwest Virginia", a partnership with the University ofVirginia Cancer Centerand the University ofVirginia School of Nursing. MEOC's program was further honored when it was selected as the top National Innovations Award program from among the 16 Innovations Representatives of Mduntain Empire Older Citizens, Inc. (MEOC) with their Aging Innovations Award in Health-Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Integration presented by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) at its annual conference in Savannah, GA. MEOC received the award for its program "Increasing Cancer Health Literacy and Promoting Early Screening in Southwest Virginia", a partnership with the University of Virginia Cancer Center and the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Left to right are n4a President Kathy Boles, MEOC Executive Director Michael Wampler, MEOC Care Coordination Director Judy Miller, MEOC Executive Director Emeritus Marilyn Pace Maxwell, MEOC Family Support Services Director Julia Dillon, and WellCare Health Plans Vice President of Advocacy and Community-Based Programs Pamme Taylor. ar AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Tuesdays: St. Paul 6:00 pm St. Paul United Methodist Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm 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-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pro, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Thursdays, 7:30; Tuesday; Closed School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. R E C O V E R Y Saturday Closed. GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. County Mental Health D I C K E N S O N - " Center conducts a B U N D Y- T h e recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Eog stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and Call 276-679-0810. Saturday 10 to 4 and ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from Coeburn. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. LITTLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library League Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm: ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomes vides emergency shel- new members. If you ter for victims of served overseas during domestic violence in any war, write VFW Wise, Russell, Post 9864, P.O. Box Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VA and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, and the City of Norton. address and phone Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wei- training available. Call comed. 1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise ZENS-The Castle-County Health wood Senior CitizensDepartment, Wise, is meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pm Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. Castlewood LiOns Den. Clinics will be Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- invited, ning, pediatrics, school The Dante Senior and adult physicals, Citizens meet each WIC, Paps and immu- Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- Department. Russell essary for all but immu- County residents 60 or nizations. For an older are invited, appointment, call 762- RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The -Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Mon 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for Thur 10am-8pm; Wed reunions, birthdays and & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a Community J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- tion, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Communication, 1st Memorial Library, St. Paul, are: 9:30am- I[i!lll!]lll![l!l!l[lll 6pm Monday; 10:30am-7pm Citizens recognizes persons in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656- 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-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- related skills including resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans-. portation services in Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties to individuals with disabilities, regardless of age. Call 1-888-656-2272. GENEALOGY GROUP-The Russell County Genealogy Group meets 5:30 pm first Thursdays, Russell County Public Library, Lebanon. Group purpose is "to leam, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Award winners honored from across the country. In addition to the national recognition of being select- ed as the top program, MEOC earned a cash award from WellCare for achieving the high honor of "best of the best" of the awards presented to mem- ber organizations at the 2017 national conference. MEOC is the designated Area Agency on Aging serving the Counties of Lee, Wise, Scott and the City of Norton and deliv- ered its first service in 1974, the beginning of its home delivered meals pro- gram. There are presently 622 Area Agencies on Aging across the country and 256 Title VI Native American aging programs. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging is the leading voice on aging issues for these 878 aging organizations. MEOC's winning sub- mission was developed and implemented in response to the high incidence of cervi- cal cancer and the resulting high mortality rates in southwest Virginia. Cervical cancer is a cancer of disparities. While sig- nificant advancements have been made in screen- ing and treatment, low lev- els of screening and high levels of subsequent mor- tality remain in several areas in Virginia, including southwest Virginia. Many women in far southwest Virginia are either unin- sured or ruder-insured, which increases the risk that they are rot participat- ing in cervical cancer screenings at recommend- ed intervals. Other barriers include fear, being uncom- fortable with the screening, By Jerry Couch Katie Summers Jessee isn't just any kind of art teacher - she's a Southwest Virginia art teacher. The daughter of a coal miner and one of eleven siblings, she grew up in the Virginia City community just out- side St. Paul. Katie under- stands the concerns of today's students who are growing up in challenging economic times. She has lived through similar times herself. Katie's workday is divided between Eastside High School and St. Paul Elementary School. Her students range from fourth- graders to seniors. Some students find the art pro- gram so satisfying they remain with it throughout their student careers. What students gain from the art program depends upon the effort they put into it. First, they study composition by mak- ing pencil sketches. These sketches of objects and fig- ures develop an under- standing of proportion and the ability to create dimen- sion by managing light and shadow. From there, stu- dents learn to mix and apply color. lack of transportation, and not understanding the importance of screening. At-home self-collection of specimens for HPV test- ing is an innovative approach that may increase access to cervical cancer screening in populations that do not .participate in traditional clinic-based screening. This overarch- ing community based par- ticipatory study aimed to see if at-home self-collec- tion of HPV samples, when aided by a lay navigator, is culturally acceptable as well as feasible to roll out in far southwest Virginia. A partnership of the University of Virginia Cancer Center, the University of Virginia School of Nursing and MEOC explored whether this technology can increase access to cervical cancer screening and there- by reduce the burden of cervical cancer in the region. Primary Investigator Emma McKim Mitchell, PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor UVa School of Nursing, worked with MEOC personal care aides who had been trained using the Understanding Cancer curriculum, an evi- dence-informed program created by the National Cancer Institute, to become lay navigators. They were then trained by Mitchell, assisted by MSN candi- dates from the School of Nursing, on obtaining con- sent from study partici- pants as well as on the process of self-collection and provided with study supplies. Through the involvement of the trained lay navigators, women in MEOC's service area were recruited to participate in at-home self-collection of HPV samples. The aides met the women at their homes, obtained consent to be in the study, explained the process of self-collec- tion, provided supplies, returned to pick up the sample and mailed it to UVA. Information about accessing local healthcare providers for follow up was provided to women who participated. Michael Wampler, Executive Director of MEOC, stated that, "Our partners and MEOC staff deserve a special commen- dation for this very innova- tive and important lifesav- ing initiative tO decrease the high cervical cancer mortality rates in south- west Virginia, a health dis- parities region. Training and using MEOC's person- al care aides as lay naviga- tors ensured thdt the pro- gram reached the target population in a culturally sensitive manner." He con- tinued, "This partnership demonstrates that Area Agencies on Aging can be key partners in community based research efforts with major medical centers and university departments. Area Agencies on Aging possess valuable knowl- edge about their communi- ties, key players and stake- holders and a deep under- standing based on decades of experience of success- fully designing programs to fit the culture and resources of their region. We are so excited about this partnership, its accom- plishments to date and the endless possibilities the future presents for impact- ing high cancer mortality rates in our region." ssee - focused on art Creativity is expanded through the use of tradi- tional and unexpected media. For example,, stu- dents have created paint- ings using coffee instead of watercolors. They have crafted decorated birdhous- es using long-necked gourds that Katie grew and provided. Interpretations of classic masterworks are produced. Students model in clay - an art form that can contribute to the under- standing of geometry. This year Katie is con- sidering re-introducing film photography, develop- ment, and printing. She constantly seeks new ways to foster her students' imaginations, preparing them for both the world they know and the world they may choose. Regardless of the media employed, the results are often surprising and always unique. Those who have seen the students' work will attest to that. During June and July the work of Katie's ele- mentary and high school students was on exhibit at the St. Paul Railroad Museum. There, it literally brought the building to life and received considerable attention during several public events. Oftentimes students engaged in programs such as athletics get the lion's share of public attention. However, art, music, sci- ence, drama, vocational studies, business, poetry, and literature are EQUAL- LY important. They con- tribute to students' self- awareness and self-esteem. Best of all, they contribute to a balanced society. Katie Jessee