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i ) rage 8 CLINCH V ALLEYT!ME.S, St. Pau l, V_A, T_hursday, Sept.e..mber 2:.2010 8 th Annual "Papa" Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival Labor Day weekend The 8  annual "Papa" Joe not distinguishe between them - Smiddy Mountain Music Fest- ival will be held at the Natural Tunnel State Park amphitheater starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, Labor Day week- erld. The festival is presented by the Cove Ridge Center Found- ation to promote the musical heritage .of our Appalachian Mountain culture. The Festival also honors the timeless work of "Papa" Joe Smiddy, a well- known old time musician, enter- tainer and educator. In addition to being a "cracker jack" old- time banjo picker, Papa's" other identity is Dr. Joseph Smiddy, Chancellor Emeritus at Uni- versity of Virginia's College at Wise. All the money raised at the Festival goes into a scholarship fund for local students. This year's featured per- formers are, Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek, Pleasant Hill Band and Nina Ketron & Just Friends. Selected performers from this summer's "Picking in the Park" will begin the festival at 5 pm and a jam will be held at 9 pm for the Festival finale! Tom Taylor will serve as the emcee. Dr. Joe Smiddy and Reedy Creek, based in Kingsport have played for 38 years in venues like the Carter Fold, Clinch Mountain Fest, Dock Boggs Festival, Picking on Broad, and many more. Inspired by the broad tastes of "Papa" Joe Smiddy, the band plays a variety of original and old time music The band features the traditional law-hammered banjo playing of Papa" Joe Smiddy, a fine story- teller as well as musician. One of "Papa's" classic lines goes something like this, "Here, hold my banjo while I kiss your he loves it all! He loves to encourage children and looks forward to Mountain Music School at Mountain Empire Community College held the last week of July each year, and he has openecl the school every year for the past six years with a concert of inimitable 'Papa Joe" songs. "Papa" Joe started Pickin' in the Park, held the second and fourth Sunday afternoon during the summer months of June, July and August, at Natural Tunnel State Park with the desire to encourage children and families to play music. "Papa" Joe is a born enter- tainer/multi-instrumentalist, who has directed an Army and a tfigh school band,,: taught college chemistry, run a business, in- spired and guided the growth of a local college, and clogged in bib overalls in the mud. He is a true "Renaissance" man. Nina Ketron and Just Friends perform traditional bluegrass, country and mountain music and have performed at many re- gional venues including the Damascus General Store and The Spot on "The Crooked. Road". While performing at ,the Pickin' Porch in Bristol, the band was filmed by Tom Landon in footage for the PBS special Birthplace of Country Music. The band is: Dan Dalton (banjo); Igeary Pearey (fiddle), Jim Carter (guitar), Willie Cra- dic (harmonica), and Ted Ble- vins (mandolin). Nina is great lover of "old- time" music and a familiar face to many people in the region, whether she is on the dance floor, behind the bass, producing the "Papa" Joe Festival or just Beverly Horton on upright bass,. lead and harmony vocals. Edison Wallin on banjo, Eric McMurray on mandolin, lead and harmony vocals, Terry Barnes on fiddle, led d harmony vocals, John Harvey on guitar, bass and lead vocals. In the past, band members .have shared the stage with Larry Sparks as one of the Lonesome Ramblers Pleasant Hill's style is influenced by the Osborne Brothers, Larry Sparks, Rhonda Vincent, Allison Krauss and many of Bluegrass music's stellar stars. Pleasant Hill's band members have played many prominent venues including Song of the Mountains (seen on PBS), The Carter Fold, Down Home, Rhythm and Roots Reun- ion and many more. The band guarantees that John Harvey alone will give festivalgoers their money's worth ! The festival is an official event of Duffield Daze. All tickets are general admission and may be purchased for $10.00 in advance or $15.00 at the gate. Children 12 & under will be admitted FREE with paying adult. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling (276) 940-2674. Some bench seats with backs are available under the Amp- hitheater roof. Festivalgoers are urged to bring a lawn chair or blanket ad lounge in the shady grass terraces of the amp- hitheater. You are welcome to bring food and drink but no alcohol is allowed on Natural Tunnel Park property. There will be vendors and the Amphitheater food concession stand will be open. Tickets are on sale at Kingsport, Chamber of Com- merce, Midtown Quik Stop in NCH Main Laboratory receives accreditation Norton Community pital's Main Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by Accreditation Committee of the College of American Patho- logists, based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. The laboratory's director, Dr. Sandra Brooks, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The NCH Main Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP- accredited laboratories world- wide. "Congratulations to all of the team members at the Norton Community Hospital Laboratory for a successful CAP accredit- ation survey," Brooks said. "The Norton Community Hospital lab- oratory caregivers are bringing loving care to our patients through their commitment to quality diagnostics validated by the CAP's 'seal of approval." Thanks for a daily job well done !" The CAP Laboratory Accred- itation Program, started in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program. During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures of the pre- ceding two .years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, as well as the laboratory's equipment, facilities, safety program and record, in ad- dition to the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest II Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent the .... I will soon be a GED graduate with 24 college credits. Plug- gedln Vii has helped me get my GED and the college credits. I am going on to college for more education in the field of electricity or mechanics. I knew nothing about computers until I started this program. I have since learned so much about them. All my teachers have been wonderful. They have provided a great deal of help to get me where I am right now. I know everyone can succeed in this program as I have." Rhonda Mullins of Coeburn tells of her experience in the program. "The Pluggedln VA program has been a wonderful experience for me. I now can look forward to the future instead of being afraid of it. I have also gained confidence in myself, where before, I had little. This program has "aught me more than I ever ,ught possible. I have met WOhderful people and gained many friendships. I would like to say 'thank you' to everyone who made this program possible. I appreciate all the support, patience, and encouragement that I have received. The teachers have been wonderful and really have made learning fun. This journey has been life changing and will" stay with me forever:" Two new Pluggedln VA classes are beginning soon in Dickenson County. Pluggedln Vd to Technology and Pluggedln VA to Construction and Weatherization will begin Pluggedln VA is a new segment of adult education that seeks to provide learners with a contextualized GED program that includes technical training in order to develop essential workplace skills for entry-level jobs in targeted industries. Pluggedln VA to Technology began in Dickenson County on March 1, 2010 and will run through August 30, 2010. Participants in Pluggedln VA to Technology have a lot to say about the program they will soon be completing. As these individuals reach their immed- iate educational goals, they are then setting higher goals for themselves. Tokai Hamilton of Clint- wood has this to say: "I am 17 years old and a single mother of one. I got my GED in Novem- ber of 2009. Just three months later, I received a phone call asking if I wanted to participate in Pluggedln VA, and I im- mediately said, 'Yes!' Now, I feel that the program is my key to a successful life. It's given me the knowledge to continue my education to become a dent- al hygienist. This is definitely a life changing experience for me!" Rosalee Kiser of Clintwood shares her thoughts: "I have really enjoyed being a Plugged- In VA student. I was so inspired by the book Tuesdays with Morrie that we read as part of the program. I was impressed at how an older professor dying with ALS (commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease) wife!" smiling warmly at everyone she "Papa" Joe has played with meets. famous musicians, the not so The Pleasant Hill Band famous and musicians, who are features Tom Herren on lead just beginning, and "Papa" does guitar, lead and harmony vocals, Retired Army General tells Page County educators: "Early education is a matter of national security" Brigadier General John and care will help solve this pro- breakers than those who parti- Douglass (Ret., U.S. Air Force) blem by increasing graduation cipated. addressed more than 600 Page County School educators and other school staff in a keynote address to explain the connect- ion between investments in early childhood education and Amer- ica's national security. General Douglass cited re- cent statistics released by the U.S. Department of Defense showing that 75 percent of young Americans ages 17 to 24 are unable to serve in the United States military primarily because they lack a high school diploma, have a criminal record, or are physically unfit. In Virginia, more than 260,000 young adults cannot join. During his remarks,' General Douglass said early education "Border to Bor-der'; to begin-Claeckpoint Strikeforce campaign September 2 rates and reducing arrest rates so that young people have more career options, including mili- tary service. "Young Americans will not have those opportunities in the military if they cannot qualify to join, and that is both a personal and a national loss," General Douglass said. "Poor quality education will have an impact on their career options." A long-term research study of the high-quality Perry Pre- school in Michigan found that children who participated were 44 percent more likely to graduate from high school than those who did not. By age 27, those left out were five times more likely to be chronic law- .... Gate City, Mountain Music standard of care for all laboratory Museum at the Bristol Mall, and paticdg ...... at Natural Tunnel State Park. For 7 f ...... more information visit '*i::i'i ...... _ .linking Water. 'Know What's In It For You, Call your water supplier or the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791, { visit General Douglass com- mended the work of Pate County educators and said that their positive impact on children in the classroom will ensure America's future national security. "As child advocates in your communities, you have led the charge for early childhood education," General Douglass said. "Among the people in this room, there is a clear consensus about the importance of early learning experiences and high- quality teaching and learning environments. We know what must be done. We need ensure that every child has access to critical early education pro- grams." -Heavily Traveled Labor D_ay_Holiday will bethe focus_: .............. With the approach of Labor with law enforcement from Crew, Kentucky State Police Day comes the last big travel op- North Carolina, Kentucky, Vehicle Enforcement and Let- pormnity of the summer. More Maryland, West Virginia and cher County Sheriff's Office. vehicles on the road means high- Tennessee for the annual "Bor- In 2009, over the four day er chances of crashes, injuries der to Border" checkpoint pro- Labor Day holiday period, there and fatalities. In an effort to jeeton September 2. Additional were a total of thirteen fatalities reduce crashes, and the tragedies Checkpoints along with in- statewide which was a signi- they bring, law enforcement will creased enforcement will con- ficant increase over the seven gather at twenty one different tinue throughout the Labor Day fatalities in2008. border sites to make sure that weekend. "We know how to prevent motorists begin the Labor Day Agencies scheduled to parti- serious injury and death on holiday with the message that cipate in Wise County include: Virginia roadways; buckle up, the), buckle up, obey the speed Wise County Sheriff's OffiCe, -drive--sober and obey all traffic limits and drive sober. Wise County Commonwealth's laws," said Sheriff Ronnie To begin the annual Check- Attorney, Virginia State Police, Oakes, Wise County Sheriff's point Strikeforce campaign, Norton, Pound, Big Stone Gap, Office "make no mistakq, it Virginia law enforcement along Wise & Appalachia Police De- doesn't matter whether you are with Wis_e County will partner partments_ VSP_ & DMV.Weigh heading to the mountains or the shore, whether you are staying MARKET CORNER NEWS m Virginia ortravelingtooneof our bordering states, law enforcement will be out all over Virginia Farmer)sMarketWeek enforcing all traffic laws." Checkpoints will continue August 30- September4 throughout Virginia and its' bordering states through the end Clinch River Farmer's Market oftheyear. "Border to Border" is just in downtown St. Paul: Saturdays 8 am-1 pm one of the many activities that Tuesdays 3 pm-7 pm will occur in Virginia as part of . the annual Checkpoint Strike- " ': - " Entertainment: force Campaign. 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