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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, September 5, 2013 REMOVING the old paint and preparing for the new at the picnic shelter at the A. R. Matthews Park. MAKE OVER...The picnic shelter and the restrooms at the A.R. Matthews Park are getting new paint and guttering. C & S Guttering is doing the repairs. Deer feeding ban began September 1; amendments made to law this year Effective September 1, it is in Virginia. Prior to the deer. over the past decade now repre- illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia..The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January. In addition, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' (DGIF) Board has made the following amendments to the deer feeding prohibition. New this year: It is illegal to feed deer and elk in Buchanan, Dick- arisen and Wise counties at feeding prohibition, distin- guishing between who was feeding deer and who was hunting over bait often caused law enforcement problems for the Department's conservation police officers. Deer Are Wild Animals In their natural state, deer are wild animals that have a fear of humans because we have preyed upon deer for seats one of Virginia's biggest wildlife disease risk factors. Deer feeding sets the stage for maintaining and facilitating the spread of disease. Diseases are a big issue in deer management today across the United States Feeding deer invariably leads to the prolonged crowding of animals in a small area, resulting in more direct thousands of animal to animal contact and any time. years. However, when deer are contamination of feeding sites. It is illegal to feed deer fed by people, they lose this fear, Deer feeding has been impli- or elk in any county, city, or becoming less wild and often coted as a major risk factor and town during any deer or elk semi-domesticated, contributor in three of the most hunting season. Fed deer are often embold- important deer diseases in North All feed must be re- ened to seek human foods, America today. These include moved from any deer feeding leading them into conflict with site prior to September 1st. people. Despite their gentle A regulation has been appearance, they can. become established that makes any lethally dangerous during mating area where deer feed has season, capable of goring and been distributed a "baited" area for 10 days following the complete removal of the food. It is also illegal to feed deer year-round in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren coun- ties and in the City of Win- chester as part of the Depart- meat's chronic wasting disease (CWD) management actions. Problems with Feeding Deer Problems with feeding deer include: unnaturally increasing population numbers that damage natural habitats; increasing the likelihood for disease trans- mission; increasing human-deer conflicts such as deer/vehicle collisions, and diminishing the wild nature of deer. In addition, feeding deer has slashing with their sharp hooves and antlers. There are numerous cases across the country of individuals injured, and in some cases even killed, by deer they treated as pets. People often treat the deer they feed as if they own them, even going so far as to name individual deer. Not only does this association diminish the "wildness" of "wildlife", it also leads to a mistaken notion regarding ownership of wildlife. Deer and other wildlife are own-, ed by all citizens of the Com- monwealth and are managed by the Department as a public resource. ! Deer Feeding Congregates Animals, Increasing the Spread of Disease law enforcement implications. The increase in deer feeding Deer hunting over bait is illegal that has taken place in Virginia tuberculosis, brucellosis, and CWD. Since the first case was found in 2009, CWD has been detected in five deer in western Frederick County near the West Virginia line. Please Don't Feed Deer It is clear that the negative consequences of feed;rag deer outweigh the benefits. If you are not feeding deer, you should not start. If you are currently feeding deer, you should now stop. Feeding deer is against the law between September 1 and the. first Saturday in January. If anyone sees or suspects someone of illegally feeding deer during this time period, or observed any wildlife violations, please report it to DGIF's Wildlife Crime Line at 1-800- 237-5712. To learn more about Virginia wildlife regulations visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at www.dgif, virginia:gov. Iclassified advertising 762-76711 Scum warning about new Medicare cards The Virginia Association ot Area Agencies on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program would like to warn Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about recent complaints regard- ing suspicious telemarketing to beneficiaries in many regions of Virginia. Scum artists are pretending to be from Medicare and asking beneficiaries for their bank information in order to receive their new Medicare card and/or their Medicare benefits. Medicare beneficiaries need to be aware of callers claiming to be from Medicare asking for Medicare information and bank- ing information in order to receive their "new" Medicare card and Medicare benefits. These calls are a scare. Medicare NEVER does make calls offering supplies or services, nor do they call and request Medicat e num- bers. The number one rule is NOT to provide any personal informa- tion such as your Medicare number, bank account or credit : by Karen Gent Southwest Regional Adult Education will kick off its fall term of classes on Monday, September 9. Southwest "Re- gional Adult Education is reaching out to adults of all ages who need to earn a high school-lave! credential, but this fall, the program is especially targeting individuals who have begun GED testing, but haven't passed all five sections of the test. The GED test will be changing on January 1, 2014, and when the test changes, those who have not completed the current test, the 2002 version, will have to start over in the testing process. All in- complete and non-passing scor- es will expire, which meansthat those scores will not transfer to the new version of the test. The new test is a result of card information over the phone, the GED 21st Century Initia- If you think you have been a target of a scum, report it to the tire, and it will be a computer- based test. Test-takers will be Virginia SMP program at 1-800- taking the same five content 938-8885 or visit areas (mathematics, reading, www.virginiasmporg. The SMP Program is funded by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging has administered the SMP grant in partnership with 21 local Area Agencies on Aging for 14 years. Official Test on-demand The Regional Adult Edu- cation Program of Lee, Scott & Norton Public Schools will offer the Official Practice Test (OPT) on-demand at any of our summer classes. Those locations are in Lee County at the Jonesville Adult Learning Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am until noon. In Scott County at the i Gate City Learning Center on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am until noon. In Wise County at the Wise'Adult Learning Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. For more information call 877 RACE 2 GED (877.722.3243) or go to science, social studies, and writing) on the computer that they currently take using paper and pencil. The tests will still be multiple-choice, and test-takers will still have the opportunity to navigate back and forth to change answers before submit- ting a test for scoring. Just like paper-based test- ing; the computer-based version of the GED test wilbonly be offered in a proctored testing environment and only at an Official GED Testing CenterrM. The test will not be admini- stered on the Interact, and there is no "online" testing. The GED test was first developed in 1942 to help World War II veterans transition back into civilian life and qualify for college and jobs. Today's adult learners must be prepared to pass the GED test and to compete for jobs and The AKC~ reminds parents to t~ach their children how to behave around dogs. Children who tearn to treat a dog with care'and respect will be safer and more confident around their canine pals. For more information ab~)ut safety around doss, visit: www.akc,org. careers. The GED Testing Service says it's .taking a quantum leap forward in score reporting, and they've added the opportunity for adults to demonstrate car- eer- and college-readiness through a new endorsement. The new assessment will evaluate readiness for multiple post-secondary options such as those adults'who want to earn a credential for a job requirement and those adults who wish to earn a college degree. The new GED assessment will contain rigorous content aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These stand- ards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will grad- uate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. Passing the test will certify high school equivalency as well as career- and college-readiness. If you haven't completed your GED testing, it makes perfect sense to complete the current familiar tests before the end of 20131 Many students are able to prepare for the tests in just a matter of weeks; you could be one of those people. There are only four mOnths left before these changes occur. Don't wait until the last minute to try to reach your goal; act nOw. Contact Southwest Regional Adult Education today at 889- 5424 to enroll in a free GED preparation class, or call toll- free at 866-581-9935. To view a schedule of 2013-14 classes, visit l.k GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license: 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, pears, corn, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. Also at the market you will find plants, lamb, honey, jams, jellies, baked goods, breads, salsa and much more. The Farmers Market Cookbooks ore available for purchase at the market as well as at Big M, St. Paul Builders. Bailey Hardware, Kil0ora Low Office, the Town Hall, CR Pate end Co end Swwt Peas. Music of Bluegrus Cirde 11:00 am Paper Plate Art for Kids 10 am We are certified to accept EBT, debit cardsend Citizen coupons. The first ten dollars of EDT purchases will be doubled. Support your. local farmers and crafters and enjoy afree cup of coffee at the Clinch River Farmers Market. 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