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FOOTBALL September 7 Castlewood at Thomas Walker Vol. LIV, No. 36 I " I % L_~ " 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, September 6, 2012 • "llrw ' ~ r Saint Paul, Virginia 50c The Mountain Laurel Cancer transitions, powerhouse ingredients to build Support and Resource Center inProper nutrition is an es- a symptom- and cancer-fighting cooperation with the Cancer sential part of cancer surviv- culinary toolkit. Action Coalition of Virginia will orship as well as of treatment Donna Mahan, Activities host a free cancer survivorship and recovery. Laura Pole, Director for Mountain Empire conference on Wednesday, Sept- founder and president of Eating PACE (Program of All-Inclusive ember 12th, in the conference for a Lifetime, has more than 25 Care for the Elderly), will get room of Mountain Empire Older years experience in health care, everyone moving with an inter- Citizens, Inc located in Big health education and enter- active presentation on physical Stone Gap. The conference will taining people. She is a Health feature a variety of topics of Suppo ive Gourmet Ghef, a interest to cancer survivors, Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse family members, caregivers and health professionals. Dr. Daryl Pierce of the Southwest Virginia Cancer Cen- ter, located in Norton, will give the keynote address on what your physician wants you to know about life beyond cancer. Dr. Pierce, who has served as the Medical Oncologist at the Norton facility since February 2008, is a member of the Am- erican Society of Clinical On- NEWEST LANDMARK...The new St. Paul McDonald's Restaurant, owned by cology. • Nancy and Russ Burgess, opened Wednesday. It's located at the intersection of Sybil Smith of The Journey Bush Drive and Rt. 58A. Center for Healing Arts will Sell lt! program designed to improve sales skills designed with artisans, gallery owners and retail shop employees in mind 'Round the Mountain: South- west Virginia's Artisan Network and Southwest Virginia Com- munity College (SWCC) Small Business Development Center invite the public to attend a three-hour presentation incorp- orating Bruce Baker's Sell It~ Program. The event takes place at most important sales words, the four phases of a sale, using the senses, body language, what customers want, catch phrases and one liners, dealing with complaints and much more. This workshop will feature a recorded audio presentation by Bruce Baker, a contributing editor to The Crafts Report and mission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Com- mission. 'Round the Mountain's mission is to promote sustainable economic development of the region's communities by assisting local artisans with marketing, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The 'Round the Mountain service area includes Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe counties, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton and Radford. SWCC, King Center, Conference Rooms 1 and 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 25. The presentation is free but pre registration is required. To register, please email educationcoordinator@roundthe mountain.org or call 276-492- 2403. Designed for artisans, gallery owners, and retail shop em- ployees, Sell It~ focuses on sales and customer service skills. Topics featured include the two present on Living with Un- certainty. She will incorporate music therapy into her pre- sentation while focusing on through past experiences as folks move forward, thriving through their struggles and Community faculty member of the Arts Business Institute. Mr. Baker createdthe Sell It~ program. Each section of the audio presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion by at- tendees and 'Round the Mou- ntain facilitators. The program is made possible through support from a SWCC Small Business Devel- opment Center Jobs Act Pro- gram grant. 'Round the Mou- ntain's education program is also supported by the Virginia Corn- Specialist, Certified Nia Fitness Instructor and a professional musician. She will prepare and demonstrate healthy snacks ,for the group. Conference attendees will receive a free copy of The Can- cer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourish- ing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery. This cookbook features 150 science-based, nutrient-rich re- cipes that are easy to prepare and designed to give patients a much-needed boost by stim- ulating their appetite and ad- dressing treatment side effects including fatigue, nausea, de- hydration, mouth and throat soreness, tastebud changes and weight loss. This book also teaches patients and caregivers how to use readily available activity for survivors. Kathy Visneski, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wellmont Holston Valley Med- ical Center, will tie the events of the day together in a wrap-up presentation. In addition to the cookbook, conference participants will each receive the LIVESTRONG Guidebook which is a com- panion for cancer survivors as they navigate the health care system. This two-volume set contains helpful information and journal spaces that help sur- vivors address the physical, emotional and practical concerns they may have during their cancer journey. The Guidebook helps survivors, loved ones and caregivers: • Learn about cancer and treatment; • Find the best health (Continued on page 5) alen ... " and Tuesdays:-]3ig needed-lraining available. Call 1- ...TheV(ise County School B0~d 3:30 pm third Thursdays except Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal 800-572-2278. maintains a Policy Manual which June. Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, SENIOR CITIZENS-Tbe Castle- is available to the public in the FOOD BANK-First" Baptist Trinity United Methodist Church. wood Senior Citizens meet at 10 library of each school and in each Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pro, am Wednesdays at the Castlewood county public library, Bank each Tuesday from 9-11 am ClintwoodUnitedMethodist Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is ,,,Copies of the Rns~ell County at the church. Donations are Church. invited• School Board Policy Manual have welcomed. All in need of food are COPPER CREEK ELEMENT- The Dante Senior Citizens meet been placed in" the office and the welcome. ARY PTA-3rd Monday, 7 pm each Monday and Tuesday at 10 library of each school, and at the COMMUNITY CENTER-The school cafeteria, am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County Public Library• , -. West Dante Community Center ST, PAUL IDA BOARD-FourthRussell County residents 60 or SUPPORT GROUP-Women meets at 7 pm first Mondays• For Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town older are invited, survivors of sexual assault are more information please call 495- Hall. RUSSELL CO LIBRARY-Hours invited to attend Clinch Valley 8473. ST, PAUL TOWN COUNCIL- at the Russell County Public Communication ActiOn, CLOTHES CLOSET-The Worn- 'Third Mondays, 6 pm, Town Hall. Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu 9am: Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- en On Mission group at First CASTLEWOOD W&SA-Tbe 7pm, W/F 9am-5:30pm, Th 9am- port group meeting with victims of Baptist Church, St. Paul, opens a ' Castlewood Water & Sewage 8pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 2-5pm. similar situations Mondays, 10:30 Clothes Closet from 9-11 am Authority Board of Directors, 6 MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours' am-12 noon. For information call Tuesdays. Anyone who needs pm second Mondays. at the J. F;td Mattbews Memorial Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or clothing is welcome• ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT- Library,Paul, are 9am-5pm Ranetta Davis, 276-889-8206. FREE HIV TESTING-Health First Tuesday, l pm, Appalachian Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Sat •FREE ADULT ED-Free adult Departments in the Lenowisco Agency for Senior Citizens office, urdays, and I lam-7:30pm Tues- education classes are available in Health District offer free confid- Claypool Hill• Free• days and Thursdays. See Library NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- for special program schedules. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm DICKENSON-BUNDY-The Presbyterian Church, Norton. Dickenson-Bundy Log House is CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231- open weekly Thursdays through Stated meetings will be held the Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundaysq2-4 third Saturday of each month. The pro. School of Instruction will be held SOCIAL SECURITY-The Wise fourth Thursdaysat 7. Social Security Office is open ST, PAUL LODGE #343-Second Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Thursdays, 730 pro, Stated Corn-, Phone numbers are 1:800-772- munication; First Thursday, 7 pm 1213 or 276-679-7633. School oflnstruction. . LIBIL4.RY FRIENDS-Friends of VFW POST #8652, DAV: the J. Fred Matthews Memorial CHAPTER 12-4th Tuesday, 7 Library, St. Paul meet at the pm, VFW, Riverview, Coeburn. Library on first Thursdays at 4 pro. NEIGHBORS AID-Thursdays, VFW POST 9864-VFW Post 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neigh- 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new bors Aid Building, new & used members. If you served overseas clothing for sale. " during any war, write VFW Post RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, SUPERVISORS-Firgt Monday, 6 VA 24266 and send name, address ~, Lebanon. and phone number• Transfers CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256- , Stated Communication, 1st Satur- days, 7:30; School of Instruction third Thursdays, 7 pm RECOVERY GROUP-The Wise County Mental Health Center conducts a recovery group for sub- stance abusers and families Fridays at 10 am Call 276-6?% 0810, ACOA MEETING-Adult Chil- dren of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, - First Baptist Church, Coeburn. Call 762-0016, 276-395- 6588 or 276-679-737 I. welcomed. HEALTH SERVICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-gpm first Thursdays• Clinics will be offered in family planning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immunizations. Ap- pointments are necessary for all but immunizations'. For an appointment, call 762-328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is. available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds LITTLE LEAGUE-The Clinch rehabilitate the Tacoma School as River Little League Board meet at a Community Center• For infor- 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA marion, call 395-6398. Building in Castlewood. All 100TM BIRTHDAY-Appalachian interested persons are invited to Agency for. Senior Citizens attend, recognizes persons in Russell, H.O.P.E. HOUSE-H.O.P.E. Hou- Dickenson, Buchanan and Taze- ~se provides emergency shelter for well counties who are 100 years victims of domestic violence in old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1- Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, 800-656-2272, tokadvise AASC of Scott and Buchanan counties and any upcoming 100th birthday. the City of Norton. Volunteers SCHOOL POIACIES 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 re- sume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422-3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTATION-The Ap- palachian Agency for Senior Citi- zens provides disability transport- ation 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. The Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." Call William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 or fullerjr 1942.yahoo.com. JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Mere, orial Library and help promote the improvement of facilities and services of the library. Send name, addross and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Mattbews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, ' except for March and December, when the meetings are on the • second Tuesday• All meetings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS-Dicken- son County-Oscar Silcox helps file veterans' claims. For appointment, call 276-835-8847 nights. Coeburn-A Dept. of Veterans Services representative will assist clients and answer questions at the Ili! tl!!!lJlll!!t!lll!illll om.o , . , Church and church-related activities ential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 27.6-346-201 I; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386-1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wed- nesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher. Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offering free GED Classes online.. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in leee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more information, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. IN CONTROL PROGRAMS-ln Control, a free diabetes program, meets at Oxbow Center, St. Paul, 5-6 pm Zm Mondays• DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm ya Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. GOSPEL SINGING-A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 pm the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center, 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. All are welcome - admission is free. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pro. calendar on page 3 This photo was sent by llda Shortt of Abingdon and shows an interesting old car parked on Russell Street, ca. 1950. If you• know anything about this car, please call the Clinch Valley Times at 276-762-7671. Senator M.M. Long, Part 1 by Jerry Couch Boyd which was featured in the was young and fresh out of law Macon Melville Long, Sr. March 28, 1971 edition of the school. But the people in St. was born April 2, 1885, a son of. Bristol Herald Courier:, John M. and Alice C. Long of Rappahannock County, Virginia. His siblings were Ethel, Lelia, Bernard, and Edwin. The family lived on a farm in what was at that time a very rural area. Today, Rappahannock County remains rural but has become choice real estate thanks to the urban sprawl of the Washington D. C. and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. M. M. Long attended Rich- mond College, graduating in 1910 with a degree in law. His alma mater has since evolved to become known as The Univer- Well, some of my class- mates in law school were from Southwest Virginia and they simply convinced me this was the place to come. They did a great selling job telling me this was the area of great growth. And for a while, it looked like it. At one time Wise County alone had some 50,000 persons. When l first came here there were many, many coal mines still unopened and as "coal boomed, the area grew. When coal and timber were boom items here we sity of Richmond School of thought thiswouldbethegrowth Law. Following his graduation, area. I remember there were big M. M. Long chose St. Paul as band mills all over the South- Paul accepted me. They have always been friendly. That is why I think this is the friendliest section of the state. I just think mountain people are nicer to each other than in some other areas of Virginia. When 1 was first prac- ticing law there weren't any automobiles at all in St. Paul. I've ridden to court in Clintwood on horseback many times and in the beginning the only way I could get to the county seat in Wise was by riding a horse. 1 remember one year I took on some extra work in Kentucky and it was necessary to ride a horse to Hazard Now, that was quite a trip by horseback. the place to begin his career, west manufacturing timber, and After establishing himself in For the next 60+ years he would train carload after carload of St. Paul, M.M. Long married maintain a law office on the timber was being moved out of Charlotte Tompkins of Bristol, second floor of the St. Paul Wise County alone. But the coal Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Long National Bank building. After hit a bust and the timber didn't were the parents of five children: closing this office and retiring he last. Margaret, Macon Melville Jr. continued the practice of law on It will grow again but (known as "Buddy"), Helen and a limited scale from an office at the most pressing need now is Charlotte. The large bungalow for better roads. We still have a his home. In 1910, St. Paul was an excellent location for a bright, aspiring young man on his way up. Unlike its Southwest Vir- ginia neighbors, everyone who lived in St. Paul came from somewhere else. In other local towns the old, established fam- ilies exercised social, political, and economic control. About the only way for an outsider to become an insider was either through marriage or inheritance. M. M. Long was unhampered by such constraints in St. Paul. But the story is best told in Mr. Long's own words. The following excerpts come from an interview by reporter Richard job to do opening up Southwest Virginia and as we open it, industry will come and with it a reason for our young people to stay here when they finish school That is still the greatest tragedy...so many of them have to leave this area to find a good job. and we must give them enough to stay here. When 1 came here 1 didn't know anyone in St. Paul. I had some friends in other parts of Southwest Virginia, however. But I discovered it didn't take me long to get involved in civil and criminal law. And I've never really slowed down since. • I was an outsider. I M.M. Long built for his family is located on the northwest comer of Fifth Avenue and Wise Street. As of this writing it is the home of Janie Home. Mr. Long could be ~-seen every morning, rain or shine, walking from his home to his office. It's possible there were people in St. Paul who addressed Mr. Long by his first name, but I never heard anyone do so. Folks treated him with respect, re- ferring to him as Mr. Long or Senator Long. As a politician, he was neither a glad-hander nor a back-slapper. As a member of the St. Paul community, he was (Continued from page 2)