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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, September 24. 2009 :Russell County Unit's Extension news Provided by the Russell County Extension Office Your Russell County Unit of the Virginia Tech and Virginia State Extension Division Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell presents this week's Extension News. Our office is located on 131 East Main Street, Lebanon, .VA. Check out our Virginia Tech Public Website Address: Extension Calendar of Events: October 1: Last day to wean Calves for November 16 VQA Sale October 5: Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association, Yearling and Calf Sale October 7: Simmental As- sociation's Field Day, Stuart Land and Cattle Company, Rosedale October 9: Growing Hybrid Poplar for Bioenergy and Biomaterials, Norton, VA 10:00 am to 3:00 pm October 13: Growing Mushrooms Workshop, Russell County Extension Office 6 to 7:30 pm October 13: Russell County Cattlemen's Association Meet- ing, Topic: Mineral Nutrition " October 17: Day Care :Provider Training Session - If you need information about any of the listed events, iplease call the Extension Office ,,at (276) 889-8056. Scott Jessee - Agriculture iVirginia Simmental Field Day :: The historic Smart Land and Cattle Company will host the yirginia Simmental Field Day +on October 7 from 2 to 6 pm. :Stuart Land and Cattle, located jn Rosedale, has been operated by the same family for 235 years and is the longest continuously [running cattle operation in the ?Unites States. The Stuarts' dedication to progress in the beef industry led :them to become involved with :the American Simmental Assoc- :iation (ASA) Carcass Merit :Program. During the field day the Stuarts will be conducting a tour of their replacement heifers and Simmental-sired steers from the Carcass Merit Program. ' The following topics will be .addressed during the event: VCA Feeder Calf Marketing - VCA Executive Secretary, Bill McKinnon, Daleville, VA Winter Feed Supply Management - the Stuarts and Dee Whittier, DVM, Virginia Tech Stuart Land and Cattle History and Cattle Tour - the Stuarts Crossbreeding in Commercial Programs - Dr. Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech and ASA Director of Commercial Services, Marty Ropp, Bozeman, MT ASA Commercial Services - ASA Eastern Region Field Director, Jeremie Ruble The field day will conclude with a complimentary dinner at 6 pm. This educational event is sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and ASA. To help prepare for the program and the meal, please RSVP to the Russell County Extension at 889-8056 or Jeremie Ruble at 406-581-7940. Cornelia G. Estep - 4-H Southwest District 4-H Dog Day Camp The Southwest District 4-H Dog Day Camp will be held on September 26 at the 4-H Center in Abingdon. Pre-registration is required by September 21. The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. Youth (ages 5-18) will bring their canine pal and participate in the following clinics: Agility course, grooming, obedience/dog manners, cos- tume class and health care Participating dogs are required to be on a leash during the event. A current certification of vaccinations issued by a veterinarian's office is required. For more information or to register for the camp, call the Extension Office at 889-8056. Donna Meade - Family and Consumer Science Save Some Green by Going Green with Your Grocery Shopping Perhaps you haven't yet started recycling the many containers that package food purchases. And, maybe you have limited access to some of the "greener" food products on the market. Yet there are things you can do if you're interested in a "greener," more environmentally friendly household. Read on for some easy steps you can take right now. They also will save you money, adding a little extra green to your wallet! 1. Size matters. When choosing between a large container and several small containers that add up to the same volume: Consider whether buying the large container would serve the same purpose and save you money? For example, do you really need to buy individual boxes (and more packaging) of juice if they all are drunk in the same week and at your kitchen table? 2. It's in the bag. While we could all carry our own reusable shopping bags when we go shopping, if we don't we can reuse any plastic grocery bags we might accumulate to line small wastebaskets. Put a few bags in the bottom of the waste basket BEFORE you line it, so there's another one ready to use after one is filled. 3. Gotta have a plan! Plan ahead and shop less often for groceries or shop in conjunction with other errands taking you near a grocery store. The result is a reduction in the use and cost of fuel needed to transport food. 4. Practice the 3 Rs. Produce less waste AND save money by practicing the 3 Rs of reduce, reuse and recycle. Here are three examples in relation to throwing away leftover food. Not only does tossing leftovers waste money, it also wastes the energy resources and packaging materials associated with the tossed food. :" Reduce the amount of leftover food tossed by serving smaller portions of foods that frequently produce leftovers OR... o:. Reuse leftovers by serving them again in a day or two or freezing them for future use, OR... : Recycle leftovers into a different type of meal; for example - add that extra rice to a soup the next night. 5. Don't be a "spoil" sport. Throwing away spoiled food is related to tossing leftovers. Reduce the amount of spoiled food that gets tossed through such practices as: o: Read labels for "use by, .... expiration," or "best if used by" dates. Forty percent of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms -NFPA releases report on Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires- Four of every ten home fire Fires: do better." deaths resulted from fires with Smoke alarm failures no smoke alarms in 2003-2006, usually result from missing, according to a new report Smoke disconnected, or dead batteries. Alarms in US. Homes Fires, In one-fifth of all released by the National Fire homes with smoke alarms, none Protection Association (NFPA). were working. "Smoke alarms are one of Most homes still have the greatest fire protection de- smoke alarms powered by vices of our time and have batteries only. significantly contributed to the More than half of home decline in home fire fatalities fire deaths that occurred where since the late 70's," said James no smoke alarms or no working M. Shannon, president of NFPA. smoke alarms were present "But it's not enough to randomly happened between 11:00 p.m put up one smoke alarm and and 7:00 a.m. forget about it. In addition to The death rate per placing smoke alarms in recom- 1,000 reported fires is 84% mended areas, they must be kept lower when hardwired smoke in good working order, which alarms and wet pipe sprinklers includes testing them monthly, are present. changing batteries at least once a People 55 or older were year, and making sure that they more likely to have smoke fire not disconnected." alarms that were more than 10 Working smoke alarms cut years old. (Smoke alarms should the risk of dying in reported be replacedeveryten years). home structure fires in half. The According to NFPA appro- 2007 edition of NFPA 72, ximately 3,000 people a year die National Fire Alarm Code in home fires. "This report requires smoke alarms in every reinforces the importance of bedroom, outside each sleeping smoke alarms in saving lives and area, and on every level. They identifies the way to further should also be interconnected so reduce that number through the that when one sounds, they all installation of home fire sprink- sound, lers," said Shannon. "It is not Other key findings from acceptable to say 3,000 deaths Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home are okay when we know we can MARKET CORNER NEWS SATURDAY IS A BIG DAY FOR THE MARKET! The Appalachian Arts Festival will be part of the market on Saturday, September 26. Come join us for lots of produce, crafts, food, entertainment, games, etc. Saturday the market opens at 8 am Wednesday rite market opens at 2 pm We would like to invite the customers from the Dante Market to come by the Clinch River Farmers' Market. Several vendors accept Senior Citizen Coupons. Entertainment for Saturday, September 26th 10:00 Center Stage Cloggers 11:00 Kids' Clogging Lessons Team Estonoa presentation See Appalachian Arts Festival ad for more entertainment and activities This week at the market: Corn, beans, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggs, lamb (with samples), homemade breads, Indian corn, note cards, flowers, etc. POTATOES, potatoes, potatoes, come by the market and purchase potatoes by the bushel for great wintertime meals. Congratulations to Anne Phillips dmmr of tim basket of produce given aay on Sept. 19. Saturday could be your lucky (lay, come have a ti'ee cup of coffee and register to xl a basket of produce. I NFPA offers the following tips for smoke alarms. Visit s_ for more information and to see video with basic smoke alarm safety tips. Choose a smoke alarm that bears the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested. Test your smoke alarms at least every month, using the test button or an approved smoke substitute and clean the units, in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more respon- sive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms, or a combination alarm (photo- electric and ionization), should be installed in homes. Be sure that all doors and windows that lead outside open easily and that everyone in the home knows the escape plan. Consider home fire sprinklers when building a new home or doing a major reno- vation. NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA's Web site at If you have knowledge of insurance fraud, report it to the Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud Division: 1-877-62FRAUD www.stampoutfraud com Babies at JMHospital Recent births at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon to area parents include: a daught% Marlee Anne Taylor, on May 27, to John and April Taylor, Lebanon; a son, Jacob Mikel Amos, on May 30, to Mikel and Lisa Amos, Cleveland; a son, Bradley Dwayne Poole, on June 3, to David and Crystal Poole, Chilhowie; a daughter, Avni Robin Baker, on June 6, to Kevin and Jade Baker, Abingdon; a son, Austin Lee Fields, on June 9, to Gregory and Lesa Fields, Abingdon; a daughter, Savanna Kate Franklin, on June 10, to Sonny and Shannon Franklin, Castlewood; a son, Keaton Bryce Smith, on June 13, to Nathaniel and Kimberly Smith, Raven; a daughter, Daisy Marie Doss, on June 20, to Derrick and Morgan Doss, Saltville; a son, Austin Gage Mitchell, on June 23, to Roman and Nikita Mitchell, Abingdon; a daughter, Madeline Elizabeth Harwood, on June 23, to William and Heather Harwood, Marion; a son, Logan Joseph Dotson, on June 23, to Joshua and Jessica Dotson, Pilgrims Knob; a son, Riley Lane Patrick, on June 23, to Douglas and Jacqueline Patrick, Cedar Bluff; a son, Jesse Waylon Street, on June 25, to Jeff and Peggy Street, Rowe; a son, Jacob Aaron Reynolds, on June 26, to Billy and Calley Reynolds, Abingdon; a daughter, Kandas Kay Blackburn, on July 2, to Jayson and Chasity Blackburn, Konnarock; a daughter Audrey Louise Hutchison, on July 2, to Jason and Amy Hutchison, Pound; a daughter, Eliza Jayde Amos, on July 2, to David and Stephanie Amos, Wise; a son, Christhian Rick Brazelton, on Juiy 3, to Scott and Mary Brazelton, Abingdon. SAFETY ZONE Help make the world safe from 40 neuromuscular diseases. 1-800-572-1717 llllllli Muscular Dystrophy Association .O.,t.Ouca,,on Connection by Karen Gent When Clarence Lumpkin, Jr. was growing up in Brunswick, Georgia, he never thought that he would be able to attend college. After earning his GED certificate, Clarence watched what seemed to be an impossibility turn into a reality. As a young man, Clarence realized that his mother strug- gled financially even though she worked hard to provide for her two sons. Clarence began working at the young age of fourteen. He loved being able to make spending money and made that a priority. As Clar- ence put in, "Having money in my pocket was more important to me than school." Clarence didn't take high school seriously, and he recalls that no one explained to him the importance of a good education. "I was getting m trouble a lot, and I wasn't doing my home- work," Clarence remembers. "I .didn't take notes, so when it came time for exams, I didn't have any notes to study." After completing the eleventh grade in 2001, Clarence decided that he wasn't going back to school. He says, "It was taking too much of my time; I wanted to have a job and needed : make money." By 2007, Clarence came to the realization that he was in a rut, but he didn't feel he could change by remaining in his current circumstances. That's when he took action and moved to Bristol, Virginia. In 2008, Clarence married and later became a father. At' that point in his life, he had a reality check. He says, "It got real. Every job application I filled out asked about my educational background. I needed to have something to put in that blank." In January 2009, Clarence and his family moved to Lebanon. Clarence's wife encouraged him time and time again to join a GED class and prepare for the GED Tests. In April 2009, Clarence enrolled in a GED class in Lebanon at the Russell County Career and Technology Center. He soon discovered that this educational venture differed from his previous high school experience. He says it was a good environment where he received individual attention from the instructor. At first, he was afraid of failing, but remembers that he was encouraged to continue not just by his teacher, but also by an older classmate. Clarence was surprised at how quickly he was able to pass the GED Tests. He began by taking one test at a time, and in just four months, he had passed the complete battery of tests. Clarence Lumpkin, Jr. Earning his GED was not the end for Clarence; it was just the beginning. Upon his com- pletion of the GED program, Clarence was awarded a Virgin- ia GED Bridge Scholarship pro- vided by the Alcoa Foundation through Southwest Regional Adult Education. Clarence states, "I never planned to go to college because I thought it wasn't possible. He says he was shocked by the opportunity presented to him. Consequently, Clarence enrolled in the Con- struction Academy at Southwest Virginia Community Colleg.e and is pursuing a degree m carpentry and masonry. Clarence states that pre- paring for the GED equipped him for college as well by. refreshing his reading, writing, and math skills. Clarence eagerly expresses, "I love college," and he has seen many doors open as a result of,' earning his GED. Clarence Lumpkin, Jr. is not - just focusing on his own future, but on the future of his son. Clarence explains, "I want to be able to take care of my child by myself. I want to be able to give him everything my parents weren't able to give to me. I can teach him what I know. I want him to know that education is important. If he sees me do it, then he's gonna do it too!" If you didn't finish high school, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 889-5424, or call toll-free at 1- 866-581-9935. 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