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Voi. LVI, No. 37 576 EX/C Smalltown Papers /! 217 W. Cota Street .~; Shelton WA 98584 t' "' 'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things...' " Thursday, September 18, 2014 Saint Paul, Virginia Vi rei. nia 50 cents On Monday night the St. Paul Town Council woted to have the town crew dredge and clean Oxbow Lake. The water level in the lake has been lowered in order to dredge and clean debris from the lake. The Town took bids arid all the bids that came back were over budget. The lowest being $85,000. The town crew can do the job and lease the necessary equipment for less than $35,000. It will be com- With fall fast approaching, these flowers near the underpass downtown won't be around too much longer. Enjoy them while you can! I still do... Were you married in Clintwood or know some- one that was? Have you heard stories from older generations of coming to Clintwood to be married? At one time, Clintwood was lovingly called 'the Marriage Capital of the world, and we plan to cele- brate that. On Saturday. September 20, the 1 s[ Annual "I Renew Day" will be held on Main Street in Clintwood from 3 pm - 9 pm. There will be a wed- ding officiant on sight to renew wedding vows, or if you are feeling in the spirit of the day, you can tie the knot. Certificates will be given to all participating couples. Backroads Photography will also be on hand to take photos of the "newlyweds". Enj9y live music with Kaitlyn Baker, Patriots, and Virginia Whirlwind. Numerous food vendors, craft vendors, free face painting and tattoos for the kids by CHS cheerleaders, and even a magician! Take part in contests throughout the day like "So you think you can dance" where tro- phies will be given out, cornhole tournaments, cake walks, and much, much more. Prizes will be drawn every hour. We will also be selling 50/50 tickets. So come on out and help us celebrate a piece of our past. After all, Virginia is for Lovers. We welcome any bands/musicians or ven- dors who would like to take part to contact Doris Rife, AA-Sundays and Tuesdays: Big Stone Gap, 8 pm, Episcopal Church. Wednesdays: Wise, 8 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church. Fridays: Clintwood, 7:30 pm, Clintwood United Methodist Church. COPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY PTA- 3rd Monday, 7 pm school cafeteria. ST. PAUL IDA BOARD-Fourth Mondays, 6 pm, St. Paul Town Hall. ST. PAUL TOWN COUNCIL-Third 6 pm, Lebanon. CLINCHFIELD LODGE #256-Stated Communication, 1st Saturdays, 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 ram- flies Fridays at 10 am Call 276-679-0810. ACOA MEETING- Adult Children of Alcoholics meet Mondays, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, Mondays, 6 pm, TownCoeburn. Hall. CASTLEWOOD W&SA-The Castlewood Water & Sewage Authority Board of Directors, 6 pm second Mondays. ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT-First Tuesday, 1 pm, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens office, Claypool Hill. Free. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS- Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 pm Presbyterian Church, Norton. CASTLEWOOD LODGE #231-Stated meetings will be held' the third Saturday of each month.. The School of Instruction will be held on fourth Thursdays at 7. ST. PAUL LODGE #343-Second Thursdays, 7:30 pm, Stated Communication; First Thursday, 7 pm School of Instruction. VFW POST #8652, DAV CHAPTER 12- 4th Tuesday, 7 pm, VFW, Riverview, Coebum. NEIGHBORS AID- Thursdays, 9:30 to 12. St. Therese's Neighbors Aid Building, new & used clothing for sale: RUSSELL CO. BOARD OF SUPER- VISORS-First Monday, Illl!l!JJll!!,l!!l[lllll Call 762- 0016, 276-395-6588 or 276-679-7371. LITFLE LEAGUE- The Clinch River Little League Board meet at 4 pm third Sundays at the UMWA Building in Casflewood. All inter- ested persons are invit- ed to attend. H.O.P.E. HOUSE- H.O.P.E. House pro- vides emergency shel- ter for victims of domestic violence in Wise, Russell, Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Buchanan counties and the City of Norton. Volunteers needed- training available. Call 1-800,572-2278. SENIOR CITI- ZENS-The Castle- wood Senior Citizens meet at ' " 10 am Wednesdays at the Castlewood Lions Den. Anyone 60 or over is invited. The Dante Senior Citizens meet each Monday and Tuesday at 10 am at the Dante Fire Department. Russell County residents 60 or older are invited. RUSSELL CO. LIBRARY-Hours at the Russell County Public Library, Lebanon, are M/Tu/W/F 10am- 5:30pm; Th 10am-8pm; Sa 10am-2pm. Sunday Closed. MATTHEWS LIBRARY-Hours at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul, are July t-31: Closed Monday; 10:30am-7pm Tuesday; 9:30-6 pm Wednesday; 9:30-6 pm Thursday and Friday. Saturday Closed. Sunday Closed. DICKENSON- BUNDY-The Dickenson-Bundy Log House is open weekly Thursdays . through Saturdays, 10-3, and Sundays 12-4 pm. SOCIAL SECURI- TY-The Wise Social Security Office is open Mondays-Fridays from 9am-4pm. Phone num- bers are 1-800-772- 1213 or 276-679-7633. LIBRARY FRIENDS-Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, St. Paul meet at the Library on first Thursdays at 4 pm. VFW POST 9864- VFW Post 9864, Lebanon, welcomes new members. If you served overseas during any war, write VFW Post 9864, P.O. Box 1419, Lebanon, VA 24266 and send name, address and phone number. Transfers wel- comed. HEALTH SER- VICES-The Wise County Health Department, Wise, is open from 8am-8pm first Thursdays. Clinics will be offered in family plan- ning, pediatrics, school and adult physicals, WIC, Paps and immu- nizations. Appointments are nee- essary for all but immu- nizations. For an appointment, call 762- 328-8000. FACILITIES AVAILABLE-The Tacoma Community Center is available for reunions, birthdays and showers. All proceeds reha- bilitate the Tacoma School as a Community Center. For informa- tion, call 395-6398. 100TH BIRTH- DAY-Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens recognizes personsin Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties who are 100 years old or older. Call Dana Collins, 1-800-656: 2272, to advise AASC of any upcoming 100th birthday. SUPPORT GROUP-Women sur- vivors of sexual assault are invited to attend Clinch Valley Communication Action, Inc./Family Crisis Services' sup- port group meeting with victims of similar situations Mondays, 10:30 am-12 noon. For information call Rande Hackler, 276-988-5583 or Ranetta Davis, 276- 889-8206. FREE ADULT ED- Free adult education classes are available in 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 resume, writing and interviewing. For details, call 1-800-422- 3433 or 276-386-2433. TRANSPORTA- TION- The Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens pro- vides disability trans- portation 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. Group purpose is "to learn, to share and to perpetuate family history." William T. Fuller, 276-623-3410 See CALENDAR, Page 8 Church and church-related activities calendar on page 3 Town of Clintwood at 926- 8745, Rita Surratt, Dickenson Co. Chamber/Visitors Center at 926-6074, and Amy Phillips, Sleep Inn & Suites at 796-1058, Tammy Hill, The Ralph Stanley Museum at 926-8550, or Mitzi Sykes, IDA at 926- 1699. by Jerry Couch The following are excerpts from a letters which were featured in the Roanoke Times on November 3, 1918. The first letter was written by Private V. Raymond Craley, age 27, of Hagerstown, Maryland and was shared with the news- paper's readers by his sis- ter, Mrs. E. S. Miller of Roanoke. Craley enlisted in the Army in May of 1917. Here's what he had to say: I am on post now, writing by the light of a candle and listening to the French artillery. I received a slight wound above the left knee from a bursting high explosive shell which landed nine paces directly in line with ten of us. Fortunately the soft earth in our camp caught the greater part of the frag- ments of the shall and saved our lives. I was in a French hospital for nine days, returning to my sec- tion on August 14. I became poisoned from im infected sore, but am fast regaining my lost strength. Sometimes when col- lecting the wounded at night it is so dark that we cannot see even a man beside us on the seat, and, in fact, one night was so black I actually could not tell whether my machine was going backward or forward. It was raining in torrents and I was soaked to the skin. The roads were in terrible shape, pitted with shell holes, and I was continually out of one and into another. ON that par- ticular night at three differ- ent points trees were down and lying entirely across the road. I reached the evacuating station with my sounded after two hours, covering a distance of ten kilometers. I was a wreck myself from the experience, and could not move again un(il" daylight as my nerves were all gone. The French soldier has wonderful courage, and no matter how long we are en route, although we sometimes remain in one spot for an hour at a time on account of the camions, ammunition trains, troops, droves of burros, artillery, pleted before winter. The Mayor announced that the Dante Rescue Squad can serve Wise County as part of the mutu- al aid agreement. He also said that Wise Street and South St. Paul would be paved in the very near future. The new South St. Paul Sewage Pump Station had been installed and would be working in a few days. Kathy Stewart, repre- senting the Lyric Theater Restoration Committee, asked the Council to issue a resolution supporting the committee's request for grants up to $150,000 to complete the work in the theater. The COglmittee has already matched the funds asked for in the grant from local donations and work already done on the build- ing by the Town and the IDA Board plus volunteer hours of work. The Council passed the resolution. There was a lengthy dis- cussion of the grit chamber that removes sand and grit from the river water before it is made clean to use. The filtering screens are not working properly and it is causing the town extra man hours of work and prob- lems. The question was tabled until next month so that town representatives can talk again with people representing Kason who manufactures the filtering screens. The question of down- town parking was removed from the agenda at the request of Councilman Harry Kelly due to serious drainage problems in the area. It was announced that the river rapids removal project was moving for- ward slowly to make sure the work would be proper- ly handled. The Council decided to accept bids for the Lions Den as is. All the bids that have been obtained so far have come in with other stipulations. In new business, the town agreed to have the roof at the park pavilion and stage overhang both painted black. Harry Kelly asked that a street light be placed at the top of Market Square alley to replace the directional light that is there. The street light would provide much more light. Council agreed and the Mayor will speak to Old Dominion Power about the request. The town passed a reso- lution to support a lease agreement with BB&T for $102,000 to finance three vehicles for the St. Paul Police Department. The town passed a reso- lution to send to the US EPA to relax the rules they tend to put into effect because its' adversary affect on the coal mining jobs in the area and it fur- ther asked that any public hearings affecting these new rules be held in the coal producing areas of the country. After a closed session to discuss legal matters, there was no action taken and the meeting adjourned at 8:45. letters from the front tanks, and every conceiv- able war device going and coming, they never groan unless very, very severely injured, or unless we give them an awfully hard bump. I broke two front springs in one week. The nervous strain is terrible as the driving is so hard at n~ght. We did not have our clothes off for two months except at times to try and sponge off in a bucket of cold water. We have many French war crosses in our section and recommenda- tions for many more. The next letter was writ- ten by Corporal Rudy Rosenberg to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Rosenberg of Roanoke. The censor who processed Corp. Rosenberg's letter added a postscript, "This boy is doing good work and getting along well. Regards to all Roanoke (signed) Capt. Milton. Dear Father and Mother, I wrote you a letter on September 30, which I hope reached you all OK. We are still hammering away at Old Fritz as he seems to be giving the doughboys a little trouble, but I just heard that he is making another retreat and, of course, we will move our guns to a more advanced position which suits me very much as I like to always be advancing. We are now in a fine position and although shells come over quite often, they do not disturb us. We are now in a dugout that the Boches lived in for over three years, and of course they are very com- fortable. There are about twenty in my dugout and we have plenty of room. We have a nice stove and yesterday I fried some onions and potatoes which were very nice. It is almost impossible for a shell to come through, as the dugout extends into a hill that is more than 100 feet high. There are German signs all around us and one of them reads, "When you sleep, don't snore too loud because you may awaken the rats." I have not yet seen the rats - no doubt they followed their friends when they left. They didn't lose much time when we drove them out, and there are large quantities of guns and ammunition which they left behind. One battery cap- tured three car-loads of ammunition, and eight guns which they politely turned on the fleeing Hurts. I have collected numerous souvenirs such as helmets, guns, pistols, daggers, etc. I am going to send a helmet home as this is all they will let us send. While we were on the road, I ran across Capt. Henry Tice who was more than glad to see me. He only made one complaint, that he was full of cooties. Also saw Him Izard, Ed Stultz, Crueger, Cotton Top Baker, Owens, and the boy that lives near us whose name I can't recall. They are all doing M. P. duty and wanted to trade jobs with us but we said "noth- ing doing." Sometimes we don't sleep for two or three nights, but last night I had a good rest ax the boys were putting over a heavy barrage, which is music to my ears. We are getting plenty to eat, in fact, more than when we were behind the lines. When we first came here we were always in the rain and mud, but for the last four days the weather has been idea. If we con- tinue to have such good weather, it won't take us long to push Old Fritzie back to the Rhine. Today, in 2014, fami- lies and friends from Southwest Virginia are eagerly awaiting communi- cations from our soldiers who serve all over the world. All of us await their -return and pray for their well-being. Although we haven't shared these sol- diers' experiences, and can't know the difficulties they have faced, we can lis- ten and help them readjust when they return home. They gave their best and now it's time for us to give the OUR best. Where would we be without them?