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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, October 20, 2011 Of shoes. .and ships..and sealing wax..byA0000 ro.00g Gregory Remember this? Last week, no fewer than three people (more or less of my generation) at various times, said to me something like, "SO what&apos;s happened to those Golden Years they promised us?" Each of us was having one or more of the :nOn-golden side effects of aging-- things from anticipated ailments such as arthritis, high blood pressure, logs of energy--to specific problems or illnesses such as 'joint replacements all the way to cancer (many kinds are much more treatable these days than was trt riot too many years ago) I heard on a television news broadcast Monday, in fact, that Steve Jobs had iodginally been diagnosed with one of the milder formsof pancreatic cancer, and had he opted for surgery fight then, rather than the alternative treatment he first' chose, and had followed the surgery with a course of chemotherapy, he may very well have been with us still. That's just conjecture on someone's part, of course, b it's at least a head's up to address problems aggressively as soon as they're diagnosed! But back to the normal process of aging. Every- body who's there knows what the drawbacks are--but they're balanced out somewhat if one considers the positive aspects of getting older are. Of course, the most obvious one is that getting old is far superior to its alternative. Enough said about that. But there are other benefits (besides Social Security and Medicare), and I've decided that one of the ones of which I'm the fondest is that I've "been around long enough to have experienced a lot of things that to the younger set are acknowledged only as history. They have no personal relatiohship to a lotlof those events. I've noticed, as a devoted "Jeopardy" fan, that many questions which I consider to be almost current events stump many contestants as having been totally outside their expe- rience or knowledge. I've told you before, I think, that the first major national evem I clearly remember is the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Decem- ber 7, 1941. I had ridden downtown with my father to run an errand, and when we got home, my mother ran out to the car and told us what she had just heard. But I remember lots of things that I loved as a little girl. For instance , my favorite game was jacks. Do they play jacks anymore? My friend Tillie and I would be content for hours on end with eight jacks and a tiny rubber ball. Both of us were, I say with ap- propriate immodesty, very good, and we'd sometimes get hung up on tiny details of her mother's rules and my mother's rules--those are the only arguments I ever remember having with Tillie in all these years we've been friends! But we always got over it, and could soon be found playing jacks again. One of my favorite places to go as a little girl is not available to today's children, and I think that's very sad. That place was the soda fountain, found then in almost every drugstore in the country. Those were the days before you could buy gifts, home furnishings and other unlikely (to me) items at the drugstore. You went to the drugstore: to have prescriptions filled, to Russell County schedules October 22 for household hazardous waste disposal The Russell County Environ- mental Control and Recycling Department will conduct a one- day event to collect Household Hazardous Waste for the citi- zens of Russell County . The event will take place Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at the Russell County Govern- mental Center parking lot behind Wendy's in Lebanon. All residents are encouraged to bring their old paint, pesti- cides, batteries, etc. A-List of acceptable materials ]a be acquired by calling the Russell County Board of Supe'rvisors' office, 276-889-8000, or the Environmental Control and Re- cycling Department, 276-889- 8145. Be advised that a Russell County Decal will be required for the recycling of Household Hazardous Waste materials. In the event of poor weather, the event will be rescheduled at a date to be announced. [ De0000"ne,or I classifieds [ is Tuesday noont I BOB GIBSON for Board of Supervisors Russell County District 1 Lower Taxes "A" Cut Spending "A" Conservative Values Yr Small & Limited Government Support Local Schools & Businesses purchase over-the-counter medicines like aspirin (how do you suppose we all survived those years before Tylenol and Advil and their kin and we took aspirin for all manner of aches and pains?). Drugstores almost always had a counter where perfumes, lipstick and all kinds of makeup items were available, and there was usually a counter with pens, automatic pencils, inks, and the like. I remember that the very first ball point pen I ever had came from a drugstore. It was a Kimberly Pockette, and I remember I had to save $5 in order to buy it. All of my friends had one, and we felt we were really on the cutting edge. Of course, those pens eventually leaked horribly, and had to be discarded. But the main attraction of the drugstore, at least to me, was the soda fountain. I remember two that I encountered very early in my life. One was in downtown Lexington--it was called McAdams and Morford, and their soda fountain special was the Chocolate Marsh (chocolate ice cream with a delectable marshmallow sauce). That's what my mother and I always ordered when I stopped there with her when we were downtown shopping. The other drugstore of my early days was Chevy Chase Drug, also in Lexington, where one dime would purchase a massive chocolate sundae (I remember three scoops of ice cream) Another one in downtown Lexington was Walgreen's, where they had wonderful hot fudge sundaes--and always served the hot fudge in a little pitcher on the side so the ice cream wouldn't be all melted by the time it was brought to you. As I got a little older, I appreciated that Walgreen's, in addition to a soda fountain, was a sort of short-order restaurant where one could have a quick and reason- ably-priced sandwich or a hot meal. I found out from the Intemet that the actual soda fountain is just the device that served the carbonated drinks and carbonated water used in ice cream sodas and other fountain drinks. The term eventually was broadened to include the entire area of the drugstore where ice cream, carbonated drinks and the occasio- nal sandwich were made and served. When my family moved to Dante in 1952, I discovered the soda fountain at the Dante Drugstore, and found that they made wonderful chocolate sodas. This was getting close to the time of the decline of the skills of the soda jerk (not a derogatory term, but merely the title given to the person who served soda fountain goodies). Every time I was home from UK, I'd make a point of going to the Dante Drugstore for a chocolate soda! (In this day--after the decline of the soda fountain, Coca-Cola has intro-dtaced the computerized Freestyle machine--choose from over 100 Coke-product drinks and make your own!) My memory includes lots of wonderful things, but the soda fountain is very high on the list. I wish I knew someplace today where I could take a child or two and order chocolate sodas! o TTPP sign-up 2012 payments Tobacco quota holders and producers not currently enrolled m the Tobacco Transition Pay- ment Program (TTPP) have until close of business on November 1, 2011, to sign up in order to receive a 2012 TTPP payment. The TTPE also known as the "tobacco buy-out," provides payments to eligible tobacco quota holders and producers from 2005-2014. Enrollment for TTPP must be completed at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office where the contract holder's or producer's farm re- cords are maintained. TTPP -contract holders also are reminded that they have until November l, 2011, to sell their remaining annual payments to a successor in order to receive a A Positive Difference Paid for and authorized by the candidate. deadline for lump-sum payment. Certain requirements must be met to qualify for lump-sum payments. More information on lump-sum payments is available online at http://www, fsa.usda.ov/tobacco or by calling the national FSA office at 202-720-7901. Existing contract holders are reminded they may transfer their contract. Contacts may be trans- ferred to a family member. This means a parent, grandparent or other direct lineal ancestor; child or other direct lineal descendent; spouse; or sibling. If the contact holder is de- ceased, the contract can be trans- ferred to the surviving spouse. If there is no surviving spouse, the TTPP contract can be transferred to the estate by any person al- lowed under state law to distri- bute the assets of the deceased. The TTPP contract can also be transferred to a party who had purchased a tobacco marketing quota before October 22, 2004 and had placed the quota on the contract holder's farm with their consent before October 22, 2004. Contact the county office for details and to submit the request for transfer (CCC-971) by November 1. 2011 for it to t0ke effect for the next payment scheduled in January 2012. TruPoint Bank promotes Protect Y00urIdeiatity Week In recognition of National to the Federal Trade Corrt, Protect Your Identity week on October 17-23, TruPoint Bank is urging customers to pay parti- cular attention to klentity theft prevention. "TruPoint Bank works dili- gently to protect oar customers from identity their," said Barry C. Elswick, President and CEO. "We use a combination of safe- guards to protect customers in- formation, such .as employee training, strict privacy policies, and rigorous security standards. Customers can help us protect them by following a few simple precautions." TruPoint Bank encourages customers to follow some simple steps to avoid becoming a vic- tim: * Shred statements and other personal information. Criminals may be able to get access to your accounts and personal informa- tion by "dumpster diving" (re- trieving cancelled checks, depos- it receipts or bank statements from dumpsters or trash bins). Keep an eye out for any missing mail, particularly ac- count statements and bills that do not arrive when expected. Review your monthly ac- counts regularly for any un- authorized charges. Order free copies of your credit report once a. year from each of the credit reporting agencies to ensure accuracy. Go your Free Identity Theft ink pe n . 35 th Annual Fall Forestry and Wildlife Field Tours Oct. 28 Join fellow forest landowners and a host of Natural Resource Professionals for a fun and ex- citing day in the woods learning about forest and wildlife mana- gement. These tours promote wise resource management on private forestlands. You will (1) observe science-based manage- ment practices (2) become acq- uainted with public and private sources of technical and finan- cial management assistance, and (3) network with fellow land- owners, natural resource profess- ionals, and others that share your interest in Virginia's natural re- sources. A limited number of sch- olarships are available for K-12 teachers. Please call Jennifer Gagnon 540/231-6391 for de- tails. Awarded first-come, first- served. The Washington County tour will be on Friday, October 28. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center. Tour begins promptly at 8:30 am with the following itinerary: mission's authorized web sitt, www.annualcreditreport.com for your free credit report. , Choose to do business with companies you know are repug- able. When conducting business online, use firewalls, antj- spyware and anti-virus software. and do not respond to unsolicito requests for personal info mation. Protect your PINs ant. passwords. Use a combination of letters and numbers for yo passwords and change them periodically. Report any suspected fraud immediately to your bank and the fraud units of the three credit reporting agencies. ", A special website is availab that offers consumer tips and steps for victims. There's also an online ID quiz that can hell determine how prone one ma, be to identity theft. To visit ti site: http://www.protecWouridnow.o g. In an effort to help you protect your identi.ty, TruPoirit Bank will be giving away "Identity Theft" ink pens this Friday October 21 at all bard< locations. TruPoint Bar& Identity Theft pens contain ink that can not be altered or erased. Visit any of our bank locatiofis Friday, October 21 to recede Southwest Virginia 4-H Edu- on-line! Visit cational Center- Tucked away ..... w.enre.vt.edu/forestupdata in the rural.countryside of South,,: (and-cck 66 Fall Feld "Fours for west Virginia, for over 40 years details! Registration fees include the Center has provided once-in- a-lifetime experiences for young people of Virginia. A recent sal- vage cut has been conducted fol- lowing a wind storm in the area. Meadowview Research the American Chestnut Found- ation's research farm has over 34,000 planted chestnut trees. Chestnut trees have been plant- ed, crossed, and grown on the Wagner Research portion of the farm over the last 17 years. Find out how soon blight-resistant chestnut seedlings will be avaff- able to the public! Private Land Tour - Visit family-owned forest which ex- perienced damage from thb tornadoes that hit this county iia April. We'll learn about thg challenges of harvesting sto[Ln ' damaged timber while con- ducting forest management fdr future regeneration. Do You Know the Maple Man? Visit the MapleMan oper- ations to see how curly maple logs are broken down and pro,'- cessed into boards that later are used as the face for Gibson guitars. For more information con- tact: Bill" Worrell 276/889-8056 Please register by October 24. Register and pay Farms - This 150-acre home to screen, etc.) $ FOR FARMERS MKT... (Continued from Daze 1) Greg Bailey, Kenneth Holbrook Police Lt. George Robinson Sharon Steele and Raymond reported to Council that during Trent; Mayor Kvle Fleche the month, the Police Depart- Town Treasurer Debbie Baca;' ment has issued 30 traffic Town Attorney Greg Kalleni citations (22 of them for speed- and several spectators. ing); four arrests for drunk in public; and two for shoplifting. In the portion of the meeting devoted to the Mayor's an- nouncements, Mayor Kyle Fletcher said that the Veterans' Memorial bricks aren't com- plete; so the dedication has been postponed from Veterans Day to Memorial Day, 2012. He also requested that skate- board park users take the responsibility of keeping the area clean and using the trash containers provided. Mayor Fletcher then re- viewed each of the sessions he attended during this month's Virginia Municipal League meeting in Richmond. Mattern & Craig's Randy Beckner presented a brief report to Council on projects currently underway, and said that the design and specifications for the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant should receive final approval very soon, and the project advertised. Following a closed meeting, L -ung Ass'n held to discuss personnel and Black disposition and acquisition of transportation, refreshments and lunch. r All tours are outdoors and held rain or shine. Please dress ap.proximately (sturdy shoes ram gear, insect repellent, sun- to meet 10/28 The Virginia Black Lung Association Wise and Lee meetings will be held Friday, October 28, 1 p.m. at the Norton Community Center. The meeting is open to all interested people, including union, non-union, miners and widows concerned about receiving Black Lung Benefits. property, Council authorized the Town Attorney to send a letter to known sewer violators, pur- suant to a letter to them from the Zoning Administrator. In ano- ther motion, the Town Treasurer was authorized to send an RFP for appraisals of property re- commended by Mattern and Craig as a site for the location of the grit chamber. Present for the meeting were Council members Monty Salyer, Clinch Valley Times .... MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. 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