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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, September 11, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. Ann Gregory One of a kind Reprinted from January 7, 1982 The death of an individual is meaningful to me, or to you, only to the extent that the life of the one who is gone touched my life, or yours. Using that premise, one must conclude that the shocking and unexpected death of St. Paul's Erma Wolfe on Friday morning has strong- ly affected everyone with whom Erma came in contact over her 81 years. Erma was not the type who could be a "casual acquaintance." Erma's life was a force which required all around her to pay closer attention and enjoy their lives more intensely. There are undoubtedly many people in Coebum who would object to my saying "St. Paul's Erma Wolfe," because she was a Coebum native and lived there much longer than she lived in St. Paul. Being the kind of per- son she was, though, Erma became a part of her new community immediately. Her great humanity led her to deeds about which few people knew. She was devoted to the elderly, and regularly shopped for, brought mail to, and paid visits to several people who weren't able to do these things for themselves, and who had no one else tO do them. Erma became like family to them. Teaching was Erma's profession, and children were among her primary avocations, so when she retired from the formal classroom in 1968, it's no wonder that her teaching hardly knew there'd been an interruption. One of my earliest memories of Erma Wolfe was during the period shortly after her retirement. Our neighbor- hood was fortunate enough to have her as one of its res- idents, and one of her favorite warm summer evening entertainments was walking. Now as everyone who knew her is aware, there wasn't much that Erma didn't know about wildflowers, rocks, birds, and other aspects of nature. When she'd take her summer evening walks, she'd start out from her house, where she lived alone, walking by herself. After just a few steps however, she'd have acquired a child or two who wanted to walk with her, and by the time she got around to our house and collected our two little ones, she had such a string of followers she looked like the Pied Piper. Off they'd all go, little children and big ones, attentive to every word their "Miss" Wolfe uttered, the children totally unaware of the fact that they were having a detailed, specific and accurate lesson in botany, ornithology and geology all along the route their walk happened to take them. Sooner or later, the group circled back, carefully " leaving each child at his own house before dark. From then until bedtime, parents heard about the new things their children had, seen on their latest walk with "'Miss" Wolfe. Erma's totalagc-Snation with nature led to the only incident which ever threatened to mar our friendship. I once made the terrible mistake of offering her a kitten. I didn't know what I had done, but I knew it was bad, because Erma's eyes widened as she said "A cat? A CAT?" and then she went on to explain that a cat was the last thing in the world she required because she kept several feeding stations for wild birds in her yard. I promised never to suggest such a thing again, and peace was restored. I believe Erma sensed that I didn't totally understand the relationship she maintained with her feathered friends, so she called one day and asked me to come to her house. I did as I was bid and spent a fasci- nating half hour sitting in Erma's chair by the window, looking out at a bewildering variety of birds who perched placidly in the nearby tree at the feeders, and some who even sat on the extra-wide windowsill where another tray of birdseed, peanut butter, and suet rested. By the time I left, I'd seen more kinds of birds than I was ever aware of having seen in my whole life, and was frankly awed at the birds' obvious understanding of the fact that this was a haven, safely away from the world of cold and hunger and predators. No wonder Erma didn't want a cat! On other visits to her house I was treated tO glimpses of Erma's fascination with handcrafts, which she often combined with her love of nature, producing beautiful examples of original work. Her broad interests exclud- ed little, and kept her life full of fascination. Every now and then, Erma would visit here at the Clinch Valley Times office, popping in briefly to tell us in her clear voice with its crisp enunciation about some new person or experience that she had to share, always making the day brighter for all of us just by having been here. Unselfish, always giving, seldom willing to take, Erma left us quietly during the night of January 1 after having spent a happy and healthy holiday with her daughter, her son-in-law and her two beloved grand- children. How f'me that there was no pain or lingering, but just a peaceful departure with no fuss, which Erma would have hated. We'll all miss her terribly. As I sat on Monday afternoon, sadly thinking of Erma's absence, I had a sudden, comforting thought "of her, arriving in Heaven, saying, "Isn't this interesting!" Sheriff's Report Letter to Editor... thank you from Lyric Revitalization Committee and Cooks and Books 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. To the Editor, On behalf of The Lyric Project, we would like to thank everyone who came out to the Capital Campaign Kick-off Party on August 23. We appreci- ate your support with t- shirt and concession pur- chases. We are grateful for every single dollar that was donated and all the dona- tions we have been receiv- ing. The donation schedule published last week was created to help us show our appreciation to benefactors and sponsors. More fun events are being planned! Sincerely, The Lyric Revitalization Committee To the Editor, On behalf of the staff and Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and St. Paul Tomorrow, I would like to say Thank You to all who purchased tickets, donated money or time, and sup- ported the Cooks and Books event on July 26. It was a very successful fundraiser for both organi- zations. Friends of the Library will use these funds for Summer Reading, Story Time, and various book purchases. St. Paul Tomorrow efforts include The Lyric Project, Main Street, and The Clinch River Mandolin Festival. Please support these local vendors who gener- ously donated food for the event: Food City Dell, C&S Catering, Lyttle Farm of Copper Ridge, Tater Ridge Farm, The Bread Lady, and Clinch River Famers Market. Thanks to our friends from Mountain Rose Vineyard, Coltsfoot Winery, and Fallout Shelter Brewery. Special thanks to these authors who donated their time and continue to promote literacy: Katie Meade, James Campbell, Doris Musick, Linda Hoagland, Sandy Birchfield, Frank Kilgore, Shannon Smith, and Larry Lawson. Thank you to the fol- Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month lowing who generously donated items for the silent auction: Rita and Ronald Porter, James and Mary Alice Clay, Monty and Theresa Salyer, Bailey's Hardware, St. Paul Suites, Mountain View Lodge, Joan Austin, Juanita Kelly, Doris Fletcher, St. Paul Alumni Association, Steve Austin, Melanie Hilton Snyder, Frances Wall, Catherine Gillespie, Stanley Pest Control, Lou. Wallace, Suzy Harrison, Ed Salyers, Peggy Mariner, Janie Home, Charlie Engle, Kathy Stewart, Connie Kessinger, Jennifer Bailey, Friends of the Library, Bob Harrison, Trish Davis, Clinch River Adventures, Becky' Burke, and Neva Bryan. Sincerely, Kathy Stewart September is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month and DRIVE SMART Virginia and the Virginia Bicycling Federation have joined forces with the goal of making Virginia s road- ways the safest in the nation for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. This is the sixth year for the campaign that is designed to encourag e mutual respect on Virginia roadways. More people are walking, running and riding their bikes today. When these out- door enthusiasts are properly illuminated, it s easier to be seen by anyone driving a vehicle. The following are some recom- mended safety practices for every road user. -See and be seen. -Use lights and reflectors and bright colors. -Know the law, it works for everyone's safety. -Wear a helmet. -Pay attention, don't be distracted. Many of us are distracted when we re driving. In fact, nearly 80% of car crashes involve some type of distracted driving incident. If you text and drive, you increase your chance for a crash 23 times. "A distracted driver is too often to blame for injuries or even a death in a traffic crash," said Janet Brooking, Executive Director of DRIVE SMART Virginia. "When motorists are focused on the road and where they re going, everyone who uses that road is safer." During Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month, bicyclists are reminded to ride with traffic and obey all traffic laws and signs. Those who enjoy running and walking are encouraged to move against traffic. Both bicyclists and pedestrians should always wear reflective clothing and use lights and reflectors. "Avoidable crashes take lives and hurt thousands of people every year. Being smart about sharing the road helps every- one stay safe," said Champe Bumley, President of the Virginia Bicycling Federation. "Let's make Virginia a better place to live, work and play." DRIVE SMART Virginia, founded in 1995, is a 501c3 non-profit charged with raising awareness and changing behavior in order to improve the safety of the road- ways of the Commonwealth. Bike Virginia is a 501c3, founded in 1987 to inspire more human powered recreation and trans- portation. For more information please contact Matt Smith, Public Relations and Outreach Manager at Drive Smart Virginia at 804/929-2988. Valley Times MEMBER ......... VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published vceeldy in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO. INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-cetmty area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building. 16541 Russell Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283 Allen Gregory Editor/Adv. Susan Trent Ads:/Graphles ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell Comaties; $30.00 in other 24--zilrcodes; dsexvhore $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O . Box 817, St. Paul, VA 24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Temple Hill Memorial Park Classified Advertising: nfiai- mum charge $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 250 per word after 20 words. Display Advext- /sing rates on application Periodicals publication Post ISSN: 767600 The August Reading for Rewards winner at J. Fred Matthews Library is Janie Vicars. She received a $25.00 Shell gift card provid- ed by the Friends of the Library. She will now be eligible to win an ereader provided by the Friends of the Library. The drawing for the ereader will be held in December. The Wise County Civil Process Served: Sheriff's Office reports the 328 Civil Papers following activities for the Traffic Accidents: 4 period of 08/25/2014 7 Additional Criminal through 08/31/2014. ' Investigations were imtiat- Wise Central Dispatch ed and 27 Cleared by received a total of 1,801 Arrest. calls for this seven-day Sheriff's Office provid- period, ed 181 man-hours of Court Of the total calls Room Security. received 305 were dis- Unlocked Vehicles: 18 patched to the Sheriff's Escorted Funerals: 4 Office The Sheriff's Office Total number of Transported: Domestic calls for this 1 Adult In State period was 10. 4 Adults Out of State Criminal Process for 2 Mental Patienl:s this period: Served 29 7 Juveniles Felony Warrants, 54 Total Transports: 14 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 Total Transport Hours: DUI Arrest. 93 Stop by the J. Fred Matthews Library in St. Paul and visit with the new branch manager, Phillip Edwards. Subscribe to the Times! Deadlines: Copy-Monday 3 pm Ads-Monday 12 noon yur t)ml avrangemets mpaed  the Call toy t=,: 2 76-484-9033 : schedule ;n appointment wth :o;e f our :unsel:rs,: It ma:, be the smorte. mve you l! ever ma. :: :::*: ::i ilL: ::: i:i ii: