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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, August 28, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. Number, Reprinted from August 25,2011 While there are probably som e people who remem- ber the days when those two words, "Number, please," were commonplace, a lot of people out there are just too young to know their significance. To clue them in, back in the good old days, those words were what one heard when one picked up the telephone to make a call. An operator responded to the telephone customer, and con- nected him/her with the number he/she requested, by way of a switchboard. Having never been around that side of telephoning, I've never been quite sure of just how switchboards worked, even though I was required to learn how to work a sm0U one in the office of a radio station where I was once employed. Anyway, they worked. Should the caller want to make a long distance call, it was a little more complicated, and often the operator had to wait for clear circuits or something, and had to call the long distance caller back after the con- nection had been made. As I recall, it was sometime during the riffles when long-distance dialing became a reality. Since those days, we've been through phones in designer colors and shapes (like the Princess phone), and the phenomenon of being able to own our own tele- phone(s) by buying it/tbem from the phone company (rather than being required to "rent" it/them); then we had the option Of purchasing our phone(s) from what- ever source we wished--and they were all over the place! Phones began to come, not only in designer col- ors and in telephone-company-shapes, but also in whimsical shapes (Mickey Mouse, Garfield, footballs, etc., etc.), and in ALL colors. Of course, some time after that, the cellular tele- phone emerged, and the world was changed forever. (Did I tell you before that movie star Hedy Lamar, who was evidently more than just a pretty face, did work that was instrumental in the develop-ment of the cellular telephone?) All of a sudden, people seemed to be sprouting the things from their ears, as you could see cell phones in use wherever you went-'walking on the street or in a store, driving on the highway (dangerous) or sitting in a restaurant (rude). As time went by, the computer companies evidently couldn't stand it, and the "smart phones" began to appear--iPhone, Android, Black-Berry--I'm sure there are lots of others, but I don't know what they are. There are also, I learned from Wikipedia, different kinds--I guess that means different operating systems,but I'm not going to go there, since I,m having enough problems understanding how these remarkable things work in the first place--as I've said, my BlackBerry not only lets me make and receive phone calls, but I can also send and receive emails, take pictures and videos (and email them--I actually took some pictures at the Farmers Market Saturday and managed to email two of them to friends!), plus a bunch of other things. (I don't even know what these other fea- tures are supposed to do, much less how to make them work.) Texting is a world unto itself. by Ann Young Gregory please? Good luck \\; So here wee are in the second decade of the twenty- first century--a time of_definite change--and here came another one, unexpected though it was. Every-body who receives a Dickenson-Russell Counties telephone director probably already knows this if they're received their new book and have tried to use it to call a friend across town.. That friend's residential number isn't list- ed. Only bmsiness white pages and the regular yellow pages are listed in this new issue of the phone book. In reasonably s;mall letters at the very bottom of the cover, the telepbome customer is advised to consult www.veri- zon.com/whfitepages to access the residential white pages--that iis, numbers of non-business telephone cus- tomers. Or, lit reveals that customers may obtain a print- ed copy of tlhe residential white pages by calling 1-800- 888-8448. i was puzzled by the www.verizon.com/white pages direction, which assumes that everyone in the civilized world owns a computer which is connected to the Internet, and can, therefore, access www.veri zon.com/whitepages. We all know this isn't true--there are people in the immediate area who have just chosen not to be part of the information age, and don't own a computer, even though they are pos-sessed of sufficient resources and intellect to manage a computer as well as (or better than) most of the rest of us. In addition, some of those who have computers do not, for some reason or other, have access to the Intemet. So this omission of the residential white pages from the Dickenson-Russell directory is a shame, not to mention an inconvenience. I made the call to the phone number listed so I could order copies of the printed Dickenson-Russell residen- tial white pages for the office, and had to wait only about eight minutes to get a real person on the line (you have to say "Operator" to the recording in order to get that real person). Those books will be sent to me. I also asked if the Lee-Wise directory, which is due out in March, 2012, would be handled the same way. I learned that the designation of that book will be different--I have no idel how numbers will be listed, except that St. Paul residences and busi-nesses are listed in the Dickenson-Russell Counties book, apparently because Castlewood also has the 762- exchange. If I was able to understand correctly--and there's some doubt as to whether or not that was possible, given the confusing nature of the discussion, both the business and residen- tial white pages will be included with listings for Wise County, at least for Wise (I had to ask for a specific "city" in order for the operator to locate the directory.) The young woman was most cooperative--it's just that she was located in Richmond or Maryland or San Diego or Bangladesh or someplace, and had no clue as to where the 276 area code was (she also asked for my zip code). So if ym live in St. Paul or Castlewood and want residential )hone numbers, you'll have to call and ask. Evidently Vise County numbers (with or without St. Paul) will dl be listed in one book Maybe. Booth Center exhibits Don Elmes 'photographs Letter to Editor... we need a choice To the Editor, Perhaps many of you, like me, are unaware of the movement that is under- way which would limit our access to the rescue squad of our choice. The Russell County Board of Supervisors is going to consider pushing for only the Castlewood Rescue Squad to have the fight to provide service to the 'St. Paul-Castlewood area. If you want to be able to choose between the Dante Rescue Squad and the Castlewood Rescue Squad, you need to make your opinion known. Rescue squads are wonder- ful organizations with self- less, dedicated people working in them. The res- cue squad I chose on March 10, 2014, when I had a heart attack was the Dante Rescue Squad and Captain Dan Glass. My family had experience with the squad due to medical emergencies with my mother-in-law. Also, we had heard favorable reviews on the Dante squad about the prompt- ness of their arrival and knowledgeable medical personnel. On the day of my heart attack, I received excellent, prompt medical care from the Dante Squad and Dr. Paul Phillips and I survived without major damage to my heart. To my surprise, I never got a bill for the services I received. Now you must realize there are many expenses involved in the operation of these organi- zations and I later learned that the Dante Rescue Squad never bills for their services but Castlewood Rescue does. I see nothing wrong with their billing for the services they provide, but I do think it is wrong if monetary gain is the reason for denying the Dante Rescue Squad to provide service to the people of this area!! Both squads have co-existed for many years in this area and I hate to see the Russell County Board take away this freedom of choice we have at present! !" My husband and I have been residents of St. Paul for over forty years and have owned and operated a business in Castlewood for many years. We are truly grateful for volunteers who work in the fire depart- ments of St. Paul, Dante, Castlewood and Copper Creek, and the rescue squads of both Dante and Castlewood. We absolutely need them, especially due to Our unique geographical location and the time and distance to major medical facilities. So, please speak to you[ supervisors and ask them to be reasonable in allowing us to have the freedom to choose! Thank you. Benny G. Crowder St. Paul I LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or edi- torial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. i Southwest Virginia Community College is pleased to announce a new art exhibit at the Booth Center Gallery in Grundy, Virginia through September 4, 2014. "Don Elmes: A Photographic Retrospective" features photographs taken during his many years of exten- sive travel and observa- tions of the beautiful forms in the natural world around him. Don is a longtime employee of Southwest Virginia Community College and the Appalachian Arts Center who retired in June 2014. A free public reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, September 4 from 4:30 - 5:50 pm to honor the artist and his many achievements. Please view this exhibit anytime during the Booth Center's operating hours. All work is for sale and anyone interested in pur- chasing any of the photo- graphs may do so at the reception. Don has always been fascinated by light. As a science major in college, he learned that matter, the stuff we are made of, could be described as "frozen light." Photography for Don is also a medium of "frozen light," a means by which the fleeting moments and discoveries that define our lives can be captured and shared. Don became interested in photography after mov- ing with his wife, Ellen, to Bearwallow, just down the road from Peapatch, near the remote mountain com- munity of Jewell Ridge, Virginia. In this rural set- ting, he and his wife expe- rienced more intimately the myriad forms of the natural world around them. Like all photographers, Don has enjoyed capturing special moments in this natural world, but equally enjoyable for him, has been capturing the extraordinary within the ordinary, show- casing what most people 8imply pass by. Imagery in this exhibit comes from Don's travels to Scotland, Georgia, Florida, California, Colorado, Utah, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., and, of course, from his home for the past 40 years on Jewell Ridge. Recently retired from the Appalachian Arts Center, a part of Southwest Virginia Community College, Don has worked in many capacities in the arts: as a craftsman and woodworker, as an actor and stage technician, as a desktop publisher, and as a photographer. Most recent- ly, he has helped his wife complete a 15' x 45' out- door mural in Abingdon, Virginia. "Although the camera's image is limited to a small slice of what we see, it affords us, on occasion, the opportunity to really see." Please contact Rhonda Whited for more informa- tion on this exhibit at 276- 971-6859 or email rhon- da.whited@ sw.edu. For center hours contact Kimberly Austin at 276- 964-7362 or email Kimberly.austin@ sw.edu VADOC improves farming operations, offender reentry with new John Deere agreement The Virginia Department of Corrections is leasing cutting-edge farm equipment from John Deere through an agree- ment that will greatly enhance the Department's cost-saving farming opera- tions and further the Commonwealth's reentry efforts for inmates. The Department (VADOC) has entered into a rive-year lease with John Deere & Company for 14 tractors, one grain com- bine, one 12-row planter, and one self-propelled for- age harvester. The equip- ment replaces worn or out- dated machinery and implements. VADOC grows and pro- duces much of the food used to feed incarcerated offenders, including fruits, vegetables and milk. The Department's agribusiness operation farms 1,800 acres of grain statewide, including corn, soybeans, wheat, and sorghum. The farming equipment is uti- lized by the Buckingham, Deerfield, Greensville, James River, and Pamunkey agribusiness operations. "The offenders that work with this equipment will gain skills and knowl- edge that have become the industry standard in farm- ing today," said VADOC Director Harold Clarke. "This experience will pre- pare them for success if they seek a job in agricul- ture after release." The new equipment includes the latest in global positioning system [GPS) guidance technology. GPS technology saves fuel and maintenance costs - but most of all it saves time. "We are using bigger equipment and using it very efficiently. One big change we have noticed is in our planting time. It has been cut nearly in half," said Agribasiness Manager John "Kenny" Raiford. "As the population grows, production of food over the coming decades is of increasing concern," said Raiford. "Farmers will need to produce more per acre than ever, and quali- fied equipment operators will be part of the equa- tion. "; Reentry preparation begins with an offender's first cgntact with the VADOC. More than 90 percent of all offenders eventually return to the community. More information on the VADOC can be found at www.vadoc.virginia.gov. Guy Glover was selected by his peers as the Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) Professional Support Staff Association's "Employee of the Month" for August. Glover has worked at SWCC since 1984 and has served in various technical support positions since that time. Even after 30 years Guy still finds his job interesting. "Working with tech- nology is like work- ing with a mongoose jacked up on caffeine and interested in gnawing your arm off. It's not boring." He is a veteran of the United States Navy. Glover is married to Carol and they have one daughter, Amy. 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