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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, August 27, 2009 It Educ; nn by Karen Gent (The following article is a "But to you, the graduating today's competitive market- ] ~i transcript of the address de~iv- class of 2009, I want to spend a place, but in other cases, you're FI ~! i ~: eredbythenation'sChieffewminutestalkingtoyoumovingstr,aighttoempidymentpast you, graduating ~ t Technology Officer, Anees'h directly. We made a bet, a bet where you 11 be productive and I ~ . .... ~ ~ Chopra, on July 31 at the 2009 that this country has great po- successful. We want .to do PlugGED In graduation cere- tential untapped. With the work whatever we can to'support and ) mony, which was held. at the you've done in the six nurture ourfirst ;i~ l SouthwestVirginiaTechnologymonths, youhaveprovenallofclassandtoseeifwecanbring iI ~ It Development Center in Leban- our hypotheses correct. Ninety the resources from Washington, ~ ~!~ on. PlugGED In is a techno-percent of you have scored as well as from our local com- :!, \ logy-based GED program silver or gold in the WorkKeys munity in Southwest Virginia, ~'i i'L 1 whichranfromFebruaryAssessment. The, uh, capstonetobear.. ~,'~" through July. For more infer- project, I've heard nothing but "Y ' ou have great leadership 1 : ~" i i ~~ mation about PlugGED In, rave reviews from those in the in the community with your contact Southwest Regional ' state senators. I thank Phil I Adult Education at 1-866-581- Puckett; you were kind enough 9935.) to introduce me tonight. Uh, "Good evening. My name is ....... sorry I couldn't be with you in your you, Aneesh Chopra coming to you ' person, but withleadership ] from Washington, D.C. where I m and others around I know serve as our nation's Chief that these folks will get the / Technology Officer. On behalf support they need to continueto of the President, I wanted to progress. extend my warmest and heart- "This is an increasingly dynamic digital economy. Did VISITING IN CASTLEWOOD...Pietured (left to right) are Wayne and Sherry graduatesieSt congratulatiOnSof the PlugGEDt thein you know that today you and I Dingus, Aki, Atushi and Yuumi Kaneko. . program and to your families, as Americans consum about 12' D., sale leads to visitors from I'm so sorry I couldn't be with one gigabit of dat, every ~-,_,ay oar, an you in person, as this has been ',~ month, but in five years' time. one of my highest priority or I should say four years' time, In late August 2001, and hiswife Sherry. Monday evening they had a initiatives from my ten years we will, uh, quintuple that Castlewood resident Wayne They headed out on Monday bluegrass jam session with some serving Governor Kaine as number. We will be consuming Dingus s da ntage Martin to a pre-arranged visit to the of Wayne' friends that he plays Secretary of Technology. five gigabits of data, whether it guitar on 1he nuyer washome of bluegrass legend Dr. bluegrass and gospel music with. "Twelve months ago, nearly be the cell phones we use that a husband and wife, in Kyoto, Ralph Stanley. Dr. Ralph very During the session everyone got to the day, I sat with Dr. Mark Aneesh Chopra are transmitting videos, or, uh, Japan, whose hobbyis bluegrass graciously autographed Atushi's to enjoy the bluegrass gospel of Emblidge, Richard (Sebastian), the computers we use to take music, uuring ann after tlae saje, t anjo and posed for pictures George and Lisa Jessee and Randy (Stamper), and others to classes online, or talk with the love of bluegrass music kept with them. They also visited the family of Lebanon. On Tuesday sit in a room and think about audience who witnessed the doctors through telemedicine. the buyers and sellers connected grave of Carter Stanley in the evening they went to Ma & Pa's how we can connect all Virgin- collaboration and the pre- Increasingly, every aspect of through e-mails tor the last eight Hills of Home Cemetery. They in Castlewood to meet theinns to our 21st century eco- sentation that you delivered the our society is being touched by years. The two families have said meeting Ralph Stanley was Clinch River Cruisers Car Club. nomyl We envisioned the other day. I'm confident em- the power of technology and exchanged gifts, CD's, videos a dream come true for them. They enjoyed taking pictures of opportunity to mine all the ployers in and around theinnovation. and pictures and became goodAtushi is a very accom-all the vintage cars and meeting hidden talent across the Com- region will celebrate the great "Those of you who parti-. friends. Last week on August 17 plished banjo player and wife the members, monwealth that we knew, if work that you've done andcipated in the PlugGED In they finally got to meet. Atushi Aki plays the guitar and has a Both families felt the time properly mined, could contri- honor you with a chance to join program are now well equipped Kaneko, his wife Aki and nine beautiful singing voice. She was so short and went too fast, bute mightily to our global them in their firms. I'm thank- to harness that power and that year old daughter Yummi flew to sings bluegrass songs in both so another visit is already being competitiveness. Weeks and ful to the employers in the potential to add value whether it the U.S. for a Visit with Wayne Japanese and English. On planned, days following that, uh, meet- region who've committed to be as important as a civic ing, proposals were written, interviewing you to give you a activity at the local church; or Russell County Unit's Extension- news were shared, and here we fair shake in this difficult fee- whether it be in support of a are, twelve months later, cele- nomic time. commercial endeavor at a Provided by the Russell substantial losses of dry matter ] ke to work in a new feeding brating our very first graduating "You've done this! You've private business that's trying- County Extension Office during ensiling. In addition to Your Russell County Unit of reducing dry matter losses, re- the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division-- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell presents this week's Extension News. Our office is located on 131 East Main Street, Lebanon, VA. Check out our Virginia Tech Public Website Address: Extension Calendar of Events: August 31: Virginia Quality Assured (VQA) Yearling Sale, Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O- Auction: 6:00 p.m. September 4-12: Russell County Fair and Horse Show September 7: Abingdon Fe- eder Cattle Associations' Yearl- ing Steer and Heifer Sale 7:30 search has shown that covered silage is more digestible. It has been estimated that covering a bunker silo with plastic can return $8 for every dollar spent due to reduced losses and in- creased animal productivity. In recent studies dealing with sil- age storage, losses of dry matter (at silo depths of 10 inches) from covered silos were 60% lower than those that were uncovered. Plastic requirements for covering silos are dependent on the length of time the silage is to be stored. If intending to store less than three months, use 4- mm plastic If planning to store longer than 3 months, use 6-mm program, please contact the Extension Office at 889-8056. Donna Meade - Family and consumer Science Freezing Herbs Freeze garden herbs to perk up vegetable and meat dishes. Parsley, dill weed, chives, marjoram, thyme, fennel, basil, and mint freeze well. Try several of these methods of freezing herbs to see which you prefer. 1. Wrap a few sprigs in individual packages of plastic film or foil; then put several together in a plastic freezer bag or container. To use, chop while frozen and add to soups, stews, and cooked vegetables. 2. Chop fresh herbs; spre- ad in a thin layer on a waxed pa- .per lined baking sheet. Freeze p.m. at Tri-State Market plastic. September21: Abingdon Holding the covering Feeder Cattle Association, Calf down can be a problem. It is and Yearling Sale, 7:30 pm at recommended to place 15 to 20 Tri-State Market tires per 100 square feet to help September 22-23: Tri-State hold the plastic. Many local Cow/Calf Conference, Appal- producers recommend placing a achian Fairgrounds, Gray, TN solid wall of tires on the plastic just until firm. Pick up the waxed paper and pour herbs into a freezer container and return to freezer. (Work quickly because the small pieces of herbs will thaw when brought back to room temperature). These tray frozen herbs allow you to easily remove If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. Scott Jessee - Agriculture Minimizing Silage Losses It will soon be time to harvest field corn for silage. Below are some tips that can help decrease silage losses: Harvest at an appro- priate dry matter. To get the most from a corn crop, it is critical to get it harvested timely. Harvest timing can be estimated by using the kernel milkline. When the milkline is to 2/3 of the way down the kernel, silage moisture will often be around 65%. Seal it well. Covering and sealing forage can prevent to prevent tearing, specific amounts from the con- ~y Damage to silo covers tainer. wildlife. As for wildlife dam- 3. Place chopped herbs in age to plastic (deer and racco- on), nothing is full proof. Sev- eral producers have had success with several strands of electric fence around the silo to deter varmints. Test your silage to de- termine nutrient value. Every- one's silage is different due to maturity at harvest and moisture ice cube trays and fill each cube with water. Some cooks even freeze herbs in oil or melted but- ter. When frozen solid, remove the cube from the tray, place in freezer bags, and return to the freezer. You can remove a cube from the bag and put it directly into soup or stew. Some additional ideas on levels. It is important to test your freezing herbs: silage in order to determine up- ~ Another idea is to fre- propriate protein, energy, and eze your"-fayorite blends of herbs fiber. By using these values, bal- together for"a-.ready-to-use mix- anced rations can be developed turf. \ to help prevent over-feeding animals. If you would like to have your silage tested or would CANNING SEASON IS HERE AND THE PLACE TO BE IS THE CLINCH RIVER FARMERS' MARKET. CHECK OUT A LARGE SELECTION OF BEANS, CORN, CUCUMBERS, TOMATOES ETC FOR CANNING OR FREEZING. Market hours are: Wednesday 2:00-5:30 and Saturday 7:00-noon. Severalvendors will be accepting Senior Citizens coupol~s. Come visit the vendors tbr a selection of tomatoes, corn, several varieties of beans, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, black walnuts, new potatoes, lamb (with free samples), cage free eggs, homemade jam and jellies, bread, flowers, and craft items to include note cards, rahl barrels, bird houses, homemade soaps, lip bahns, etc. Entertainment for Saturday, August 29 . lO:O0 Center Stage Cloggers .. 11:00 Kids Clogging Lessons " Food Freezing Tips In addition to the vendors, market provides recycling bins tbr paper (including newspapers, cardboard, and magazines), plastic !number 1 and 2 only) and aluminum Congratulations to Randy Bryant, the winner of the basket of produce given away on Saturday. COME BY THE MARKET ON SATURDAY FOR FREE COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS AND REGISTER T() WIN A BASKET OF FRESH PRODUCE Some herbs with strong odors may affect the flavor of other foods. Over-wrap the odor- producers in aluminum foil or place in glass freezer jars. Frozen herbs will be- come limp when thawed and are more suitable for flavor than for use as a garnish. If you have knowledge of insurance fraud, report it to the Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Division: 1-877-62FRAUD For the current rate call... , 11-800-US-BOND|, class. "Before we get into-the celebration itself, just remark for a moment- an idea to fruition in twelve months. That wouldn't happen if it wasn't for the hard work of the individuals that have supported you, the graduating class. I want to particularly thank Linda Allen, who's been our lead project manager to organize this endea- vor and to make sure that we support you, the graduates, with the very best of our knowledge and ability. Linda, thank you for your leadership and for all those around you from Dr. (Barbara) Fuller all the way through the various stakeholders. I cannot imagine how much work this was, and I so am grateful for the effort that it took. exhibited great bravery to take this challenge on. Many of you had very inspiring stories when I had the chance to hear you at the opening, uh, ceremony. I was moved by the stories and the challenges that you've faced. But I was so confident that in six-months' time, you would emerge stronger, more talented, more capable, and to- night, uh, will be the culmin- ation of all of that prediction. In fact, I can't wait to visit with you all on my next trip in person to celebrate directly as I know by that point you will be active members of our com- munity. "Many of you are moving on to get a two-year or four- year degree. Thank you for that. I think that's the right move in take advantage of all of these tools to be more successful. You are on the front lines, and you've had the chance to experience this in the capstone project firsthand. "I celebrate and honor you, the graduates of 2009. I can't wait to celebrate all the other classes of PlugGED In that we'll see sprinkling across the region statewide and hopefully, nationwide. You first graduates will be the ambassadors of hope to millions of Americans who see great potential to do what you've done, to hear your story. Let's do what we can to share that story, but tonight, let's celebrate! Congratulations, again, to the graduating class; I'm so very proud of you. Good night." '09 Pontiac G5 Coupe stoc # MSRP $18,456.95 Sale price $15,914 after rebate 2005 Malibu Max}( LS V6, Auto, CD, DVD, PW, PL stk# 15176A 2003 Chevry $11verado 2WD, Centurion Custom, 5,3L, V8, 6 CD, Leather, #4987A 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 /