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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, September 26, 2013 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. by Ann Young Gregory Number, please? Good luck While there are probably some people who remember th "days when those two words, "Number, please," were commonplace, a lot of people out there are just too yqong to know their significance. To clue them in, back in the good old days, those words were what one hearff when or picked up the telephone to make a call. A- mperator responded to the telephone customer, and I connected him/her with the number he/she requested, by way of a switchboard. Having never been around that side of telephoning, I've never been quite sure of just how switchboards worked, even though'I'-was required to learn how to work a small one in the office of a radio station where I was once employed'.' Anyway, they worked. Should the caller want to.make a long distance call, it was a little more complicated, and often the operator had to wait for clear circuits or something, and had to call the long distance caller back after the connection had been made. AI recall, it was sometime during the fifties when long-distance dialing became a reality. Since th6se days, we've been through phones in designer colors and shapes (like the Princess phone), and the phenomenon of being able to own our own telephones) byl buying it/them from the phone company (rather than being required to "rent" it/them); then we had the option of purchasing our phone(s) from whatever source we wished--and they were all ove. t lie place! Phones began to come, not only in designer colors and in telephone-company- shapes, but als0 in whimsical shapes (Mickey Mouse, Garfield, footballs, etc., etc.), and in ALL colors. Of coure,q some time after that, the cellular telephone emerged, and the world was changed forever. (Did"/"tell you before that movie star Hedy Lamar, who Was evidently more than just a pretty face, did work that was instrumental in the develop- ment of the ., cellular telephone?) All of a sudden, people seemed (o be sprouting the things from their ears, as you c0d see cell phones in use wherever you went--walking on the street or in a store, driving on the highway (dangerous) or sitting in a restaurant (rude). As tirfig went by, the computer companies evidently couldn"t stand it, and the "smart phones" began to appear-LiPhone, Android, Black-Berry--I'm sure there are lots of others, but I don't know what they are. Ther are also, I learned from Wikipedia, different kinds.zI,guess that means different operating systems, but "I'm not going to go there, since I'm having enough.problems understanding how these remarkable things work in the first place--as I've said, my BlackBerry,mot only lets me make and receive phone calls, butJ can also send and receive emails, take pictures "find videos (and email them--I actually took some pictures at the Farmers Market Saturday and managed to email two of them to friends!), plus a bunch of other things. (I don't even know what these other features/tre supposed to do, much less how to make them work.) Texting is a world unto itself. So here w(ffe in the second decade of the twenty- Six steps to a beautiful landscape next season by Melinda Myers shrubs. The soil is warm and the" Gardening expert, TV/radio air cooler, so the plants are less Reprinted from August 25,2011 first century--a time of definite change--and here came another one, unexpected though it was. Every- body who receives a Dickenson-Russell Counties telephone director probably already knows this if they're received their new book and have tried to use it to call a friend across town. That friend's residential number isn't listed. Only business white pages and the regular yellow pages are listed in this new issue of the phone book. In reasonably small letters at the very bottom of the cover, the telephone customer is advised to consult www.verizon.com/whitepages to access the residential white pages--that is, numbers of non-business telephone customers. Or, it reveal that customers may obtain a printed copy of the residential white pages by calling 1-800-888-8448. I was puzzled by the www.verizon.orn/white pages direction, which assumes that everyone in the civilized world owns a computer which is connected to the Internet, and can, therefore, access www.veri zon.com/whitepages. We all know this isn't true-- there are people in the immediate area who have just chosen not to be part of the information age, and don't own a computer, even though they are pos- sessed of sufficient resources and intellect to manage a computer as well as (or better than) most of the rest of us. In addition, some of those who have computers do not, for some reason or other, have access to the Internet. So this omission of the residential white pages from the Dickenson-Russell directory is a shame, not to mention an inconvenience. I made the call to the phone number listed so I could order copies of the printed Dickenson-Russell residential white pages for the office, and had to wait only about eight minutes to get a real person on the line (you have to say "Operator" to the recording in order to get that real person). Those books will be sent to me. 'I also asked if the Lee-Wise directory, which is due out in March, 2012, would be handled the same way. I learned that the designation ofthat book will be different--I have no idea how numbers will be listed, except that St. Paul residences and busi- nesses are listed in the Dickenson-Russell Counties book, apparently because Castlewood also has the 762- exchange. If I was able to understand correctly-- and there's some doubt as to whether or not that was possible, given the confusing nature of the discussion, both the business and residential white pages will be included with listings for Wise County, at least for Wise (I had to ask for a specific "city, in order for the operator to locate the directory.) The young woman was most cooperative--it's jUSt that she was located in Richmond or Maryland or San Diego or Bangladesh or someplace, and had no clue as to where the 276 area code was (she also asked for my zip code). So if you live in St. Paul or Castlewood and want residential phone numbers, you'll have to call and ask. Evidently Wise County numbers (with or without St. Paul) will all be listed in one book Maybe. Deadline for ] classifieds is Tuesday noon! host, author & columnist "www.melindamyers.com Don't let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beau- tiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes in your fall landscape care. You'll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort. * Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil w.ith a pass of the lawn mower. Shred leaves and leave them on the lawn as you mow this fall. As long as you can see the grass through the leaf pieces, the lawn will be fine. As the leaves break down they add organic matter to the soil, improving drainage in clay soil and water holding ability in sandy soils. Or, as an alternative, use excess leaves as a soil mulch. Shred the leaves with your mower and spread a layer over the soil to conserve moisture and insulate the roots of perennials. Fall mulching gives you a jump on next spring's landscape chor- es. Improve your lawn's health by fertilizing this fall with a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite. You'll reduce the risk of disease problems and with slower weed growth in fall, your lawn, not the weeds, will benefit from the nutrients. Fall fertilization also helps lawns recover from the stresses of summer by encour- aging deep roots and denser growth that can better compete with weeds and tolerate disease and insects. Northem gardeners can fol- low the holiday schedule and fertilize Labor Day and Hallo- ween. Southern gardeners should make their last fall fertilization at least 30 days before the lawn goes dormant or the average first killing frost to avoid winter kill. Do a bit of planting. Cool season annuals brighten up the fall garden and, for those in warmer regions, the winter gar- den. Consider adding cold hardy pansies. They provide color in the fall garden, survive most winters, and are back blooming in the spring just as the snow melts. Fall is also a good time to plant perennials, trees and stressed and establish more- quickly. Select plants suited to the growing conditions and be, sure to give them plenty of room to reach their mature size. Plant daffodils, ,tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs in fall for extra c61or next spring. Set the bulbs at a depth of two .to three times their height deep. Then cover them with soil aad sprinkle on a low nitrogen_stOff release fertilizer. This type of fertilizer promotes rooting with, out stimulating fall growth subject to winter kill. ' " Base your bulb plantirig time on the weather not the ca'lendar. Start planting after the .night- time temperatures hover between 40 and 50 degrees. Be patient, waiting until the soil cools: re- duces the risk of early sprouting that.often occurs during a Warm fall. Those gardening in the far south and along the gulf 0ast can purchase pre-cooled bulbs to compensate for the warm win- ters. Or the chilling can be done : at home by storing the bulrs in a 35 to 45 degree location forat least 14 weeks before planting. Leave healthy peren- nials stand for winter: This increases hardiness and adds beauty to the winter landscape with their seed heads, dried foliage and the birds they attract. Plus, it will delay cleanup until spring when gardeners'are anxious to get outdoors and start gardening. ' .... However, be sure to rernove any diseased or insect-infested plants to reduce the source of pest problems in next year's garden. ' Start composting or add shredded leaves and other plant debris to an existing compost pile. Combine fall leaves With other plant waste, a bit of soil or compost, and sprinkle with ferti- lizer to create compost. Recy- cling yard waste saves time bagging, hauling and disposing of green debris. You also reduce or eliminate the need to buy soil amendments to improve your existing garden soil. Incorporate one or all six of these practices to increase the health and beauty of your lands- cape now and for years to come: Sharing Hometown Redpes, Cooking Tips and Coupons By Janet Tharpe thesel" s it a cake? Is it a cookie? However you look at it, Amy Bome's Sweet Alabama Pecan Bread is good! With the perfect amount of sweetness, these treats are perfect alongside your morning coffee or a scrumptious ending to a meal. The smells that came out of my oven while these baked were divine! See step-by-step photos of Amy's recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: www.ustapin eh.eonffpeean bread You'll als6 find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember to use "'just a pinch"... ,n/Borne ( Sweet Alabama ,.__  Pecan Bread V- Go Nutty for Sweet Alabama Pecan Bread "My famliy really likes I c sugar I c brown sugar 4 eggs beaten 1 c oil I 1/2 c self-rising flour I tsp vanilla mrtmtm Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking dish. Using a wooden spoon, stir together sugar, brown sugar, eggs and oil in a medium bowl until smooth. 2 c pecans, finely Stir in flour and vanilla. Add chopped pecans, then stir until evenly mixed. Spoon into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. [ I Submitted by: Amy Borne, Clio, AL (pop. t,399) www.justapineh .eom/pecanbread ] Brought to you by American Hometown Media McLaughlin reminds anyone who is interested in collecting? acorns or seed to: not use plastic bags to hold the acorns or seed, identify the tree species on*the non-plastic bag, and to not com- bine acorn or seed from different tree species in the same bag. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO,, INC. The Oinch Valley Times serves' the four-cotmty area of Wie, Russell, Dickemon 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/Advl" Susan Trent Adv./Graphi ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: i| In advance: $28.50 in Wise aafl l- Russell counties; $30.00 in l, other 24-zip codes; elsewhere $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O Box 817, St. Paul, VA 24283 Slbl. GLE COPY - 50c Classified Advertising: Mini- mum charge, $6.00 for up to 20: words, in advance; 25c per word after 20 words. Display Adv.7 ising rates on application. " Periodicals publication Post ISSN: 767600 10 active-things to get out and do in Virginia this fall Virginia's fall sefi, with ginia's fall festivals aren't just over aweekend. its sensational weather and about pumpkins and pretty Find autumn glory in a brilliant foliage, is traditionally a leaves. Music and food seem to glass: Craft breweries are perfect time for pearba'l" scenic be everywhere. Just follow your booming in Virginia and can be drives on meandg;: back ears and taste buds and you'll found in e'very part of the state. roads, chilling out .On l. porch find a festival that is alive with Just a little research goes a long of a mountainside Cc, a])in and fun and cool things to do. way to putting together a fun delighting in the glory -of the Get blissfully lost in a corn itinerary of multiple breweries in season. The relaxing, tranquil maze: Find your way to the a region, some of which also beauty is one of thd, i'easons center of a corn maze, thinking serve great food. Virginia ischosenby,so,manyas of it as a journey through a Old School: Small towns, a top-of-mind autu,::destin - labyrinth, bringing peace and Mom and Pop cafes, drive-in ation. :",. centeredness. Or just go ahead movies, funky country stores, But Virginia is also'avorite and panic when you have trouble roadside attractions - that's what fall place for those w.ffcr'a'vor an finding your way back out. It's we call Old School in Virginia. active pace. Winerieatad craft all part of the fun. And don't It's easy to plot a course to find breweries are buzgaf with worry - we haven't lost anyone these out-of-the-way and some- activity. Paddlers an'l-}edalers yet. times odd but always interesting are thick along rivers and wood- Hit the beach: Fall is a great places that although from earlier land trails awash in fhe' orange time to go to one of Virginia's generations somehow seem and yellow hues of autumn. 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"Generally, the best time to collect acorns is the last week in September through the first week of October," said Josh McLaughlin, nursery forester. seek and The species most needed are: Alleghany Chinkapin; Chinese Chestnut; Hazelnut; Black Oak; I Chestnut Oak; Northern 'Red Oak; Pin Oak; Sawtooth Oak;- Swamp Chestnut Oak; Sffarffp White Oak; White Oak; Willow Oak, and Black Walnut. ., ., VDOF tree nurseries pub!ic's help with acorn seed collection Virginians can help preserve native tree species by collecting acorns and seeds from 13 species and delivering them to the near- est office of the Virginia Depart- ment of Forestry (VDOF). Aco- 'ms and seeds must be received