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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, October 14, 2010 THE GOLDEN SPIKE...The 2010 Golden Spike trophy, awarded by TruPoint Bank annually to the winner of the St. Paul-Castlewood football game, was presented on Oct. 1 by TruPoint's Royce Owens, left, to CHS Head Coach David ScammeH. The Blue Devils won the prized trophy with a 23-22 win over St. Paul's Deacons in double OT. Virginia Senate plans hearings on redistricting In anticipation of the de- cennial redistricting process that will take place in 2011, Senator Janet D. Howell announced that the redistricting subcommittee of the Senate of Virginia Commit- tee on Privileges and Elections has scheduled a series of four public hearings throughout the Commonwealth. The four dif- ferent public hearings will take place in October, November and December of this year. Details on the membership of the sub- committee and the dates, times and locations of the hearings are listed in this release. Senator Howell, chairman of the Committee and its redis- tricting subcommittee, stated that the hearings are designed to promote and facilitate the participation of the public, in the important redistricting process. The Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections has juri- sdiction over measures relating to redistricting. The Committee will provide several opport- unities to ensure that the public is fully involved at every stage of the redistricting process. During the previous de- ceunial redistricting process, public hearings were held jointly with the Committee's House counterpart, the House of Dele- gates Committee on Privileges and Elections and its re- districting subcommittee. How- ever, the leadership of the House has decided to discontinue this practice, choosing instead to schedule its own series of hear- ings without Senate participa- tion, effectively depriving the public of the opportunity of addressing members from both houses of the General Assembly at the same time. Senator Howell expressed her regret that the House is following a course that is disrespectful of the public's time and wasteful of public funds. Senator Howell emphasized that through its scheduled hear- ings, the Committee is fulfilling its responsibility to ensure CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday public involvement by offering a forum for citizens from every part of the Commonwealth to provide their input directly to members of the Committee and actively participate in the re- districting process form the beginning. Senator Howell stressed the importance of active participation from the public at the earliest stage of the redistricting process, calling attention to the fact that the General Assembly and most counties have a very narrow window of time in which to complete redistricting and enact redistricting plans before the November 2011 elections. The scheduled hearings will afford members of the subcommittee and the public a meaningful op- portunity to exchange informa- tion and views in advance of the anticipated special session to redistrict in 2011. Senator Howell noted that estimates of the current popu- lations of the present House, Senate and congressional dis- tricts are now available through the Division of Legislative Services on the Internet in the August 2010 issue of Drawing the Line 2011, its redistricting newsletter. The site for Drawing the Line 2011 is http://disgis.state.va.us/. Senator Howell, however, underscored the limited utility of these estimates, noting that they are too speculative for drawing detailed district plans. It is important, though, in light of the narrow window for completing redistricting for 2011, that the public have all possible infor- mation made available to them in order to fully participate in the redistricting process from the outset. The subcommittee seeks pub:lie comment on all aspects of the redistricting process in- eluding the criteria to be con- sidered when preparing redis- tricting plans and potential district changes to legislative and conm'essional districts:  Additional public hearings will be scheduled subject to the receipt of the fina|"census data. Questions may be directed to Jack Austin (iaustin@dis.virginia.gov), Division of Legislative Services at (804) 786-3591. Persons wishing to register in advance to speak at the hearings may do so by contacting Hobie Lehman 0alehman@senate.virginia.gov). Senate Committee Operations at (804) 698-7450. Persons wishing to be notified of future hearings may also contact Hobie Lehman. Persons who are unable to attend the public hearings may submit their written comments to Hobie Lehman via email, fax ((804) 698-7672), or mail (P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218). Senate of Virginia Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections-Redistricting Subcommittee Schedule of Redistricti, ng Public Hearings Wednesday, October 27 - 7 prn, Natural Science Center, Virginia Western Community College 3102 Colonial Avenue, SW, Roanoke Thursday, November 4 - 7 pm, Herndon Town Council Chambers 765 Lynn Street, Herndon Wednesday, December 2 "d - 7 pm, The Forum, Building A, Tidewater Community College 120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth Friday, December 17- 11 am, Senate Room B, General Assembly Building Capitol Square, Richmond Subcommittee Members: The Honorable Janet D. Howell, Chairman, The Honorable Harry B, Blevins, The Honorable R. Creigh Deeds, The Honorable Stephen H. Martin, The Honorable Donald A. McEachin, The Honorable Thomas K. Norment, Jr. The Honorable Ralph S. Northam, The Honorable Mary Margaret Whipple Fall fire season begins 10/15 Shorter days and cooler sights are sure signs that autumn has arrived. And that means wildland fire season in Virginia begins Friday, October 15. Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) remind everyone to be careful with outdoor fire any time of year, but especially during the fall and spring seasons whyen 1 the risk of a fire escaping is greatest. John Miller, director of re- source protection, said, "Fall fire season runs through No- vember 30. Each autumn, after the leaves turn color, they dry out and fall to the ground creating 'fuel' for a wildland fire. As humidity levels drop and winds increase this time of year, it doesn't take long for a MARKET CORNER NEWS Clinch River Farmer's Market in downtown St. Paul: ,4 Sat., 8 am-1 pm As winter approaches, be sure to visit the market for free coffee, great entertainment and a good selection of produce, note cards, baked goods, and craft items. With only 3 markets left don't miss the opportunity to check out our local farmers. Entertainment: Mabry Family 11:00 am Blood Pressure Checks 10:00-12:00 Kids Corner: Craft Activities The Clinch River Farmer's Market is certified to take senior citizen coupons with several vendors accepting them. Don't forget to bring paper, plastic and aluminum for recycling. I I fire to escape." From January 1, 2010, to October 7, 2010, there have been 810 wildland fires that have burned 5,305 acres of pri- vately owned land in the Commonwealth. (For compari- son's sake, during an average year in Virginia, 1,270 fires bum a total of 10,500 acres.) VDOR records indicate that humans cause more than 95 percent of wildland fires--the bulk of which are. preventable. In addition to taking safety precautions to prevent a debris bum, campfire or hot ashes form a woodstove or fireplace from escaping and becoming a wild- land fire. Miller also noted that motorists should also avoid parking their vehicles in piles of dry leaves. ":The undercarriage of a recently driven vehicle is hot enough to ignite a fire that will not only burn the leaves below but the vehicle as well," he said. "Pay attention to your surround- ings and keep an eye on the weather so that you don't becomes wildland fire statistic." I Adult Education Connection by Karen Gent Left to right: Lester, Carlson, Davis, Allen and Gent The field of adult education in Virginia is changing. It is becoming more professional, more accountable, and more fo- cused than ever on helping adult learners achieve their educational goals. In Virginia, there is a new and exciting opportunity for program mana- gers, instructors, and support staff to build their knowledge and skills in order to meet the high standards required for the field. The Virginia Adult Educator Certification Program has been introduced as an initiative of the Virginia Department of Edu- cation, Office of Adult Edu- cation and Literacy (OAEL). The OAEL states, "The Virginia Adult Educator Certification Pl:ogram will provide consistent and structured training for adult educators. There are three levels of training for program mana- gers and teachers, with a certi- ficate awarded upon completion of each level. Level Three certification is optional and will consist of courses taken for graduate credit. There is one level of certification f0r.suppo. staff. All training will be delivered through institutes and workshops and evaluated thro- ugh a series of self-assessments and reflective projects." Southwest Regional Adult Education program marager and several instructors have participated in this new pro- gram of professional develop- ment presented by the Adult Learning Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth Uni- versity (VCU). Shirley Carlson, Russell County ISAEP and ad- ult education instructor, is serv- ing as a trainer in the program. From a trainer's perspective," Carlson remarks: "As we look back over the history of adult education, it is not surprising that Virginia continues to find ways to help improve its com- mitment to adult learners. It is exciting to be a part of taking adult education to a higher level by participating in the certifi- cation program. It encourages and challenges teachers to stay focused on meeting students' needs. In July, program manager Linda Allen, trainer Shirley C.ar!son_,__instruqtors Lee Davis_ I Classified advertising works...call Karen Gent, and Susan Lester were recognized at the Virginia Adult Institute of Lifelong Learning held on the campus of VCU for their completion of Level One of the certification training. These participants are now working toward the com- pletion of Level Two require- ments. The goal of participants in the certification program is to improve their practice as either administrators or instructors and ultimately promote pro- gram and student success. An added incentive in 'earning the certification credential is that it may make it easier to gain' employment in different adult education programs across the state or in other states. If you didn't finish high school, contact Southwest Re- gional Adult Education at 889- 5424, or call toll-free at 1-866- 581-9935. Free GED pre- paration classes are offered at convenient times and locations throughout the region and are staffed with experienced instructors who will help you reach your educational goals. 762-7671 I ,0 :'