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Voi. LIX, No. 36 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers 217 W. Cota Street Shelton WA 98584 "" 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, September 7, 2017 Saint Paul, Virginia PRESS Association 50 cents Castlewood High School is excited to announce the school has been awarded a three-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant (21CCLC) beginning this school year on Monday, September 21, 2017. The award enables the school to offer Castlewood High School students remedia- tion from 7:30-8:30 Monday-Friday, After School activities Monday- Friday from 3:30-5:00, and a Summer School program. The CHS program known as RIGOR will offer asupervised, safe program that promotes aca- demic achievement through an array of learn- ing styles so that students will meet or exceed state and local standards. Course offerings will include but not limited to academics, health and fitness, and social courses to promote positive physical, emotion- al and social development. Parents will be encouraged to attend programs such as GED, career readiness, budgeting and finance, health and fitness related courses, agriculture, horti- cultural, auto mechanics, welding, culinary arts, auto body, veterinarian assis- tant, and self-defense class- es. The goal of the current CHS grant is to continue to plan, implement, coordi- nate, expand, and integrate a program, which includes education, service, and support organizations. Emphasis will continue to be placed on remedial and enrichment education in reading, math, history, drug-prevention, character education, recreation and health-related services. The primary partner for the grant is St. Paul Tomorrow who will serve to provide opportunities to prepare students for career readiness. Manager Kathy Stewart and the St. Paul Tomorrow Committee will creates opportunities for VISIT THE FAIR...The Russell County Fair and Horse Show runs from September 2 through September 9. ar • • • AA-Sundays and Thursdays, 7:30;Tuesday; Closed Citizens recognizes Tuesdays: Big Stone School of Instruction Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm persons in Russell, Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal third Thursdays, 7 pm Thursday and Friday. Dickenson, Buchanan Church. Tuesdays: St. R E C O V E R YSaturday Closed.and Tazewell counties Paul, 6:00 pm St. Paul GROUP-The Wise Sunday Closed. who are 100 years old United MethOdistCounty Mental HealthD I C K E N S O N - or older. Call Dana Church. Wednesdays: Center conducts a B U N D Y - T h e Collins, 1-800-656- Wise, 8 pm, Trinity recovery group for sub- Dickenson-Bundy Log 2272, to advise AASC United Methodist stance abusers and fam- House is open weekly of any upcoming 100th Church. Fridays:ilies Fridays at 10 am Thursday, Friday and birthday. Clintwood, 7:30 pm,Call 276-679-0810.Saturday 10 to 4 andS U P P O R T Clintwood United ACOA MEETING- Sundays 1 to 3. GROUP-Women sur- Methodist Church. Adult Children of SOCIAL SECURI- rivers of sexual assault ST. PAUL IDA Alcoholics meet TY-The Wise Social are invited to attend B O A R D - F o u r t h Mondays, 7 pm, First Security Office is open Clinch Valley Mondays, 6 pm, St.Baptist Church, Mondays-Fridays from C o m m u n i c a t i o n Paul Town Hall. Coebum. Call 762- 9am-4pm. Phone num- Action, Inc./Family ST. PAUL TOWN 0016, 276-395-6588 or bers are 1-800-772- Crisis Services' sup- C O U N C I L - T h i r d 276-679-7371. 1213 or 276-679-7633. port group meeting Mondays, 6 pm, Town LI'IqLE LEAGUE- L I B R A R Y with victims of similar Hall. The Clinch River Little FRIENDS-Friends of situations Mondays, CASTLEWOOD League Board meets at the J. Fred Matthews 10:30 am-12 noon. For W & S A - T h e 3 pm third Sundays at Memorial Library, St. information call Rande Castlewood Water &Ma Whitenack Little Paul meet at the Library Hackler, 276-988-5583 Sewage AuthorityLeague Field. All inter- on first Tuesdays at or Ranetta Davis, 276- Board of Directors, 6 ested persons are invit- 5:30 pm. 889-8206. pm second Mondays.ed to attend. VFW POST 9864- FREE ADULT ED- ALZHEIMER'S H.O.P.E. HOUSE- VFW Post 9864, Free adult education S U P P O R T- F i r s t H.O.P.E. House pro- Lebanon, welcomesclasses are available in Tuesday, 1 pm, vides emergency shel- new members. If you Lee, Scott and Wise Appalachian Agencyter for victims ofserved overseas during counties and the City of for Senior Citizens domestic violence in any war, write VFW Norton. Daytime and office, Claypool Hill. Wise, Russell, Post 9864, P.O. Box evening classes for Free. Dickenson, Lee, Scott 1419, Lebanon, VAadults who want to N A R C O T I C S and Buchanan counties 24266 and send name, improve their basic A N O N Y M O U S - and the City of Norton. address and phoneskills• Instructors also Tuesdays and Volunteers needed- number. Transfers wel- assist adults with job- Saturdays, 8 pm training available. Call comed, related skills including Presbyterian Church,1-800-572-2278. HEALTH SER- resume, writing and Norton. SENIOR CITI- VICES-The Wise interviewing.For CASTLEWOOD ZENS-The Castle-County Healthdetails, call 1-800-422- LODGE #231-Stated wood Senior Citizens Department, Wise, is 3433 0r276-386-2433. meetings will be held meet at 10 am open from 8am-8pmTRANSPORTA- the third Saturday of Wednesdays at the first Thursdays. TION- The each month• The Castlewood Lions Den.Clinics will be Appalachian Agency School of Instruction Anyone 60 or over is offered in family plan- for Senior Citizens pro- will be held on fourth invited, ning, pediatrics, school vides disability trans- Thursdays at7. The Dante Senior and adult physicals, portation services in ST. PAUL LODGE Citizens meet eachWlC, Paps and immu- Buchanan, Dickenson, # 3 4 3 - S e c o n d Monday and Tuesday at n i z a t i o n s . Russell and Tazewell Thursdays, 7:30 pm, 10 am at the Dante Fire Appointments are nec- counties to individuals Stated Communication; Department. Russell essary for all but immu- with disabilities, First Thursday, 7 pm County residents 60 or nizations. For anregardless of age. Call School of Instruction. older are invited,appointment, call 762- 1-888-656-2272. VFW POST #8652, RUSSELL CO. 328-8000. G E N E A L O G Y DAV CHAPTER 12- LIBRARY-Hours at the F A C I L I T I E S GROUP-The Russell 4th Tuesday, 7 pm,Russell County Public AVAILABLE-The County Genealogy VFW, Riverview, Library, Lebanon, are Tacoma Community Group meets 5:30 pm Coebum• Men 10am-2pm; Tue & Center is available for first Thursdays, Russell RUSSELL CO. Thur 10am-8pm; Wedreunions, birthdays and County Public Library, BOARD OF SUPER- & Fri. 10am-5:30pm; showers. Lebanon. VISORS-First Monday, Sat 10-3pm. All proceeds reha- Group purpose is 6 pm, Lebanon. M A T T H E W S bilitate the Tacoma "to learn, to share and CLINCHFIELD LIBRARY-Hours at the School as a community to perpetuate family LODGE #256-Stated J. Fred Matthews Center. For informa- history." William T. Communication, 1stMemorial Library, St. tion, call 395-6398. Fuller, 276-623-3410 Paul, are: 9:30am- 100TH BIRTH- 6pm Monday; DAY-Appalachian See CALENDAR, Page 8 tl!l]|Jll!tl[I] !lll I 10:30am-7pm Agency for Senior Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 students including job shadowing opportunities, field trips, participation in community service events, as well as, an opportunity to learn more about our local community as stu- dents interact with local businesses, organizations, and community members. Other partners for the grant period include The Southwest Regional Adult Education (SRAE) Program which will pro- vide assistance in the areas of adult basic education, GED preparation, and career awareness. Cumberland Mountain Community Services, as a stakeholder in the Castlewood High School After School program, Project RIGOR, pledges to help in the planning and implementation of a quali- ty program for the students at Castlewood High School and their families. The involvement of CMCS will include, but not limited to counseling services, teacher and staff develop- ment, and educational ses- sions for student and parent participants of Project • RIGOR. As a grant partner, Virginia "Extension Agent, Scott Jessee, will deliver workshops with a focus on Agriculture and Natural Resource which help sus- tain agricultural and forestry careers in our area. Lessons will focus on the importance of protecting the quality of our land and water resources. The Russell County Health Department will provide classes and coordi- nate guest speakers for the before school and after school program regarding counseling services bene- fitting the entire family, including but not limited to, diabetic awareness, obe- sity, character education, adult and child immuniza- tions for disease preven- tion; baby care; cardiovas- cular risk reduction, career connection; the importance of dental services; environ- mental health issues (drink- ing water, food sanitation, rodents, rabies prevention and control, etc.) healthy education, and occupation health and safety. Highly trained medical staff mem- bers will so provide career exploration opportunities with parents and their fam- ilies• As a partner, the Russell County Sheriff's Department views Project RIGOR as an opportunity to work directly with youth in our county and an oppor- tunity to build trusting rela- tionships by engaging their families in activities through participation in the after school program and summer school programs. Vice President of Academic and Student Services, Dr. Barbara Fuller will coordinate the activities of SWCC staff as they participate all three years of the grant with Project RIGOR. Dr. Fuller is a former Castlewood High School Family Life Skills teacher with a pas- sion to work again with our school. With the support of local business partners, stu- dents at Castlewood High School will have opportu- nities to not only improve their academic perform- ance but also benefit from a broad range of community and business support. Students will be provid- ed a snack at 3:16 in the high school cafeteria as they choose the After School sessions they plan to attend. A bagged snack will also be provided for all participants. Transportation is available and will be arranged upon receiving student registration forms. There are no fees for par- ticipating in the 21CCLC RIGOR Before School and After School program at Castlewood High School. For more information con- tact the school at 276-762- 9449 or email sallen@rus- Registration have been given to students at Castlewood High School and can also be found on the school's website at http://chs.russell.k • All student participants must have a registration form. 9 S By Jerry Couch In a ceremony at the St. Paul Town Hall on August 29th, Mayor Kyle Fletcher presented Richard Ferguson with a plaque to commemorate Richard's status as St. Paul's newest Citizen of the United States. Richard grew up in the town of Market Harbor, Leicestershire which is part of the English midland region. He is one of 3 chil- dren, the father of 3 chil- dren, and the proud papaw of 8 grandchildren. Since 2006, he has been the hus- band of St. Paul native, Kathy Stanley Ferguson. The couple recently pressed their roots deeper into St. Paul's soil by building a new home on Wise Street, performing most of the work them- selves. As members of MorningStar Church, Richardand Kathy are enthusiastic volunteers at the Roger M. Jessee Food Bank, where Richard is an assistant leader• Last week, they helped pack and distribute over 300 boxes of food to assist people in our area who are experi- encing food shortfalls. The following is what Richard has to say about why and how he became an American Citizen: It has taken eleven years to reach the point where I was awarded my Citizenship. Eleven years of traveling to interviews, answering questions about personal and work life, fill- ing out form after form, showing bills, receipts, and even photographs of our private life. Eleven years of considerable expense. Every form has a process- ing and application fee attached to it. We have traveled all over the county to interviews, some lasting hours, some just a few min- utes. Did we enjoy it? Well, yes - but not all of it. Would I do it again? YES, IN A HEARTBEAT. Most of the process is dealt with by "The Department of Homeland Security." You soon come to appreciate the daunting task facing them. Millions of applicants to be processed, vetted, checked, and double-checked; inter- views to be set up; biomet- rics to be done (fingerprint- ing and photographing); family and or business background checks to run. Even the less-obvious matters are carefully exam- ined. I had issues with my inoculations. My paper- work sent from my British doctors was incomplete. I had to hae all my inocula- tions again. Believe me, 11 jabs in less than 30 minutes is no fun at all. You enter the country as a "Registered Alien." It takes about 3 yearsto upgrade that statusto "Legal Alien." then anoth- er 3 years and you can become a "Permanent Resident." Finally, after yet another 3 years, I was See Citizen, Page 5 (L to R) Richard Ferguson, Kathy Ferguson, Glenda Lane, and Mayor Kyle Fletcher