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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY ..and ships..and sealing wax..by A.. rou g Gregory A great success! If you were there for the Clinch River Farmers' Market's final 2009 "meeting" on Saturday morning, particularly if ¢9u hadn't been to any of the other Saturday morning.or Wednesday afternoon sessions of the new-to-St:Paul event, you might question whether or not itwas a "great success" because it rained--and rained--and, rained. Actually, it did that on a couple of other occasions--primarily the one when the Market was a part of the town's Appalachian Arts Festival, when almost everything except the Market had to be canceled 'because of the rain. Those few rainy days aren't the ones which should be used to judge this wonderful event, however. When I first he d about the committee that was meeting each Monday morning at the St. Paul Town Hall to formulate plans for the farmers' market, which was not yet named, I was vaguely interested, thinking that such a feat e would bring more people into town, and would l provide a source for really fresh produce. I didn'trealize at the time how much I would personally enjoy having the market available. We learned that the committee was accepting applica- tions from vendors, both farmers and others who might have interesting items to sell. Our daughter, who's become quite a nature photographer, had been selling packages Of note cards made from her pictures, and she thought she'd apply. She did, and submitted samples, and she ,was accepted. Like all the other vendors, she paid an initial fee for being an official vendor. The committee held several seminar sessions for all the vendors (mostly for those who would sell food items) feam. riOg people from the state who went through all the quirements and legalities for selling both fresh produce.and prepared foods. I went to one of these sessions, and was fascinated by the intricacies of the requirements. I concluded to myself that people could buy farm lproduce, baked goods, jams and jellies, and other foods at the farmers' market with the utmost confidence in the purity and cleanliness with which they were grown/baked and/or cooked. The Clinch River Farmers' Market held its first Saturday session'0n a sunshine-filled morning on April 25. The kinds of produce items available were necessarily lim!tecl, of course, since there hadn't been time in the grovdng season for much to be ready for picking, but that soon changed as the abundance of summer beganto be seen as each vendor got set up. When the farmers' products were more plentiful, the Market added its planned second weekly session--on Wednesdays from, 2:30-5. That very firs iVIarket day was held on the parking lot of a privately-0wned building on Fourth Avenue. For the rest of the season, the Market was set up, mostly under tents, in another larger parking lot about Fletcher and Connie Kessinger, were also tireless. The Saturday Market was established to be open from 7 a.m. until noon, and the Managers were there, al- hough the opening hour will probably be a bit later next season--experience proved that few shoppers were out as early as 7 a.m.! They set up a "managers' -table," (my designation) at the entrance to the Clinch River Farmers' Market. From that table, they offered free coffee every Saturday morning and answered questions. It was also where people could register for the free market basket which was given away at 11:30 every Saturday--a new addition to the Market which was begun about halfway through the season. The basket was filled with items which the Market bought from the various vendors who were selling that day. Another special Market project was recycling--Harry Kelly was in charge, and each Saturday, he collected paper, aluminum and plastic, which was recycled through through cooperation with Team Estonoa's recycling project at St. Paul High School. The Farm- ers' Market will get credit for recycling thousands of pounds of items, a helpful statistic when applying for funds. The Market committee plans to apply for several grants to help construct the permanent covered structure for the Market. For those of you who didn't make it to the Farmer's Market, I'll try to remember most of what was for sale at various points throughout the season: several kinds of onions, green, red and yellow peppers, several varieties of corn, several kinds of tomatoes, butternut squash, summer squash, zucchini, blueberries, strawberries, turnips, mustard greens, baking potatoes, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, Indian corn, organic lamb, organic chicken, eggs, several varieties of breads, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, individual cakes, bedding plants and potted plants, jewelry, natural soaps and candles, photo note cards and other photo-based items, greeting cards, hand-painted flower pots, handmade and painted wooden items such as birdhouses; and a few kinds of berries and foods that I didn't recognize, and although I asked, I don't remember what I was told, so can't pass on to you what they were! And more! Extraordinary locally-based entertainers contribu- ted their time and talents--one on each Saturday-- Bluegrass Circle, The Mabry Family Singers, Resto- ration, Gary Crum, the Center Stage Cloggers and others were all part of the Farmers' 'Market who delighted those who were in the audience. On many Saturday mornings, a local not-for-profit organization, such as a church group, held a Bake Sale at the Market, adding to the variety of goods available to the lucky shoppers who came that day. The Market vendors and their families were gu ests halfway up "Market Square," the name given by the of honor Saturday, October 24, at a wonderful lunch- St. Paul Town Council to the alley which is paralleled eon hosted by the Clinch River Farmers' Market by Broad Str ¢ igtd .Rt!sse[! Str ! flp,d b ul ,e )b o managers at the St. Paul Town Hall, It was a thank FOurth and Fj t C enues. you to all of them for participating in the Town's ,loaned the p "!qot behind thei#' ines successful new venture. About thirty people attended. for Market parleffrg, The Harrisons also, suppliedSo many were involved in making this first Clinch Market electrici $,and bathroom facilities from their River Farmer's Market a great success--and many office building i2t .well as storage spaces for several thanks go to the managers, helpers, entertainers and vendors--and hbtt s and hours of assistance, especially the vendors--and the shoppers!. Capitol Commentary by Congressman Rick Boucher HONORING AMERICA'S VETERANS Wednesdhy, November 11 gation to the nation's veterans the United States marks the 56th are met and that veterans have Veterans Day observance• Ac- better access to the services they ross the nation, we will pay rightfully deserve. For example, tribute to America's 25 million in 2007 Congress approved:the living veterans and the more largest single increase in funding i! than one million who have given in the 77-year history of:the i their lives in military service Department of Veterans Affairs J While Veterans Day is a time to (VA). The $6.7 billion increase recall the sacrifices of those who represented an unprecedented have protected our liberty and commitment to veterans' care. In' way of life, honoring America's 2008, Congress built on ~that veterans must be an ongoing na- funding increase and earlier this ', tional priority which'is reflected year, the House of Represent- i in a strong federal commitment atives approved legislation fur- l to veterans' needs, ther increasing VA funding. The One of my highest priorities Senate is currently considering ! in representing Southwest Vir- glma is ensuring the availability of high quality, easily accessible health care for our region's vet- erans. To that end, I have worked successfully with the the measure, and I am urging my colleagues in that body to swiftly approve the legislation. The increased funding will improve care for the more than 6.1 million patients that will Department of Veterans Affairs receive care at VA facilities, in in order to establish community- 2010. Many veterans currently based outpatient clinics in com- experience longer than accept- munities throughout the ninth District. In the past year, new veterans clinics have opened in Norton and Bristol, and I have recently announced that new veterans clinics will be located in Wytheville, Marion, Jones- ville and Vansant. Additionally, I have made it my goal to: build a veterans cemetery in Southwest Virginia in order to properly honor the Southwest Virginians who have served our nation in uniform. Our region does not currently have a veterans' cemetery, but the need for one is great. A higher percentage of our pop- ulation has served in the military than the national average; how- ever, the nearest veterans' ceme- tery to our region is in the Eastern part of Virginia• In the Fall of 2006 we took the first step toward achieving that goal when, at my urging, the U.S. Congress passed legislation which the President signed dir- ecting the U.S. Army to convey 79.8 acres of land it owns near Dublin to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of establishing the region's first veterans cemetery. This summer, the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs awarded a federal grant of $7,218,366 to the state to enable able wait times when having their disability claims processed. This funding will also enable the VA to hire 1,200 additiotaal claims processors allowing the VA continue to work down the backlog of benefits claims and to reduce the time to process new claims• More than 3.2 million enrolled veterans live in rural areas like Southwest Virginia, and these veterans face unique challenges• The legislation ap- proved by the House will also provide new increases in funding for innovative practices to im- prove access to care for veterans m rural areas. Additionally earlier this year Congress approved legislation I coauthored to ensure that the VA receives funding in a timely manner. The Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Trans- parency Act will ensure that veterans' health services are ,, continuously funded without ! interruption. This measure was recently signed into law ~y President Obama. As our country honors mill- '~ tary veterans on Wednesdoy, November 11, I want to recog- nize and thank the men and women of Southwest Virginia who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military. For the construction of the first America's 25.9 million veterans, phase of the cemetery consisting as well as for the 1.4 million of 24 acres, which is expected to men and women who serve qn meet the cemetery's needs for 10 " the active duty military and the years. I am pleased to report that 1.2 million who serve in the in October construction began National Guard and Reserves, on the new veterans cemetery, Veterans Day provides .an and the construction is expected opportunity to accept the that,_ s to be completed in late 2010. of their fellow citizens for their When completed, the cemeteryselfless contributions to our will provide burial opportunities country. I honor the sacrifices:of The Market Managers, Juanita Kelly, Doris See you next year! for 60,000 veterans from across our servicemen and women and the region• pledge a continued commitment .........to ELECTION Democrats in Congress have to reflect in federal legislation Letters the editor, t~e. several steps in recent the nation's appreciation for the • • years to ensure that our obli- sacrifices veterans have made.- R ........ up rain or shine you-r dedication The entertaharnen[ was free of 2009... Wise County Sheriff's Report i eaaers are mwted to ~arrlte and hard work was th .•. e reason charge but most of all was letters on matters of goneral for such success. Thank youenjoyed and appreciated by /c',~ntinuedfrom page 1) The Wise County Sheriff's out of state, 5 mental patienL interest to thepublic;:L&ters from the citizens of St. Paul and everyone. Thank you to each votes with all 15 precincts re- Office reports the following 1 juveniles for a total of H surroundmg areas one do not necessarily reflect the " " • porting. Close on his heels with activities for the period of transports, involving 148 hours.;,. • •, • The town crew made sure all just 52 fewer votes is Billy 10/19/2009 through 10/25/2009. The Sheriff's Office unlocked phdosophy or editorial rk ea W~thout the hard wo ch tents ..... " and any other items andWarnpler with 2045 votes. The Wise Central Dispatch received a 8 vehicles and escorted 5 poncy ot this newspaper,and every Wednesday and Sat- chores that was needed was whtch reserves the right to urday by Doris Fletcher, Connie done Y " " and hard other two candidates in the race total of 1,359 calls for this seven- funerals during this seven-day ! • . our dedlcatmn .......were DollieCompton (1820 day period. Of the total calls period. ~'o edit letters. Th¢~. linch Kessinger, Juanita Kelly, Suzy w or th~ tnwn i..... h e" ork fo ................. votes) and Sheryl Taylor received 350 were dispatched to. "~' ....... ":" Valle,, Times will ~ot~rint Harrison, Bob Harrison and acknowledged and apprec~'atedf (1721). the Sheriff's Office. Total [ . ] .... ;~,~on lett~,~ ~ .o-v Harry Kelly the market could Each and everyone involved In the other contested race number of Domestic calls for this | ,..~. _ _~_ ._.- ..... 74 I .... s ....... not have ha ened There wereh .... ~' ............ - PP • . as done an excellent job and I which had three candidatesperiod was 10. Criminal Process [ tAlncn ! ! • " many others who participated c lo" me" traitor:=" .-- ....... ,,"* ..... annot say thank you enough,vying for the Commonwealth's for the same period served 48 I .... ; .~lg~lP~i | RivW/th~ra~SU" CC~l~th:~l~ch" " " anaEmtea~Ymnmameentt°~u ided. " • Sh~un°ni S wteemle Attorney's post, incumbentFelony , Warrants, 81 .Misde- I V alley I allseasonbymanvWentPr °aVners. Brian Patton prevailed with meanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest I__. | town or St Paul season has come to ari end. " • 3877 votes. Nick Compton had and worked 1 Traffic Accident. [ Times :1 To each fTer who's|lowed . 2290, and Jay Steele, 1270. Civil process for this period |~,~- ~- ~, " ~1 lnla'Sl t.rc H°use °f Delegates incum- served 412 Civil Papers" During I [ bents Bud Phillips and Terry this seven-day period 16 [ ....................... ~,| Vlrg ec 1 co-ops file comprehensive Kilgore were unopposed, additional Criminal Investi-|n.,m;,h,~4,,~t.h,i~q)~,,,, ] .~e p~l"t Wise and Russell C°unty gati°ns were initiated and 55 | ~'/~h~" r~'r~I~-'~ | nergy re with SCC voters reflected the rest of the were cleared by arrest. The |~l'~a,'~'~J~ | state in selecting the top three Sheriff's Office provided 244 [ ~u~rr~ ruot~,orm,oJ | -Report~.to Go to Governor & General Assembly After Commission Review-statewide offices. In Wise man-hours of Court Room I ........ .| i; On October 30, ~,Qi~ginia's being owned by all of our stake-holders and most of all, County, for the Governor's race, Security for the three courts. I~ ~,.., v.,.,, w~..,.o ! ~electric cooperatives fi~bd their customers means that we our member-consumers, as we McDonnell had 5538 to Deeds' The Sheriff's Office tran- I~~,~,, ~.'~"~i 2009 Conservation, Efficiency, sometimes need to take a work together to ensure that 2328. In Russell, the vote was sported 5 adult in state, 5 adult and Renewable Resource Self- &fferent" road to teach the..same. ,, Virginia's. future continues, to 4811 to 2891 in McDonnell's Assessment Report with the destination as other utlhtms, mclude reliable, affordable pow- favor. For Lieutenant Governor, ~ ~ ~ ~ Scott, with offices and plant I Virginia State Corporation Com- said Richard Johnstone, exe- er and a clean, healthy enwron- Wise County voters cast 5457 KusSell LSO. located in the CLINCH [ mission (SCC). ., $., cutive vice president of the ment." o VALLEY TIMES building, l: The comprehenslvo.i report Virginia, Maryland & DelawareThe electric cooperatives that votes for Bolling, and 2160 for .~l'~t'~lo| "~t-~ 16541 Russell Street. Per|o- | Wagner. In Russell, the vote k.~l~.,vt~x x..~t dieals postage is paid at the! was prepared for the Governor Association of Electric Cooper- collaborated in the preparation was 4720 to 2731. For Attorney and General Assembly in atives (VMDAEC), which pre-of the 2009 Conservation, Ef- General, Wise County voted ~ ~ • Post Office-in St. Paul, VA| response to legislation passed by pared and submitted the report ficiency, and Renewable Resour- 5333 for Cuccinelli to 2261 for x/--Ik~]VlSOry 24283. the Virginia Senate and.H0use of on behalf of the 13 electric ce Self-Assessment Report are Shannon, while Russell voters C itt Ann Young Gregory Editor Delegates during the' 2009cooperatives that do business in A&N Electric Cooperative, cast 4431 for Cuccinelli and omm ee Allen Gregory Advertising Session• The purpose of thethe state. BARC Electric Cooperative, report is to help legisiatqrs and The report notes that Vir- Central Virginia Electric Coop- govemmental officia!~. ~btain a ginia's electric cooperatives cur- erative, Community Electric Co- better understanding" 6f the rently serve over 475,000 meters operative, Craig-Botetourt Elect- differences in the organizational throughout the state, which ric Cooperative Mecklenburg and financial structure of the could increase to around Electric Cooperative, Northern Commonwealth's memlS"er-own- 580,000 pending the proposed Neck Electric Cooperative, ed, not-for-profit corperatives acquisition of territories now Northern VirginiaElectricCoop- and that of other electricity served by Allegheny Energy. erative(NOVEC), PowellValley providers, such as investor- These combined service terri- Electric Cooperative, Prince owned and municipal utilities, tories cover over one-third of the George Electric Cooperative, The report will be reviewed state's land mass but only 15% Rappahannock Electric Cooper- by the SCC for completeness of the total electric load, which alive, Shenandoah Valley Elec-, and accuracy and sub'rnitted to reflects the rural heritage of the tric Cooperative, and Southside the Governor and General As- cooperative program. Electric Cooperative• sembly on or before December "Virginia's cooperatives are The 2009 Conservation, Ef- 1, 1009 with evaluation and proud of our legacy ofproactive ficiency, and Renewable Resour- comments from the SCC staff• leadership in conservation, de- ce Self-Assessment Report of "We are pleased that the mand response and energy the Virginia Electric Coopera- :Commonwealth's leaders re-efficiency initiatives over many tives to the Governor and the ~ognize that there are d~fferences years," Johnstone said. "We look General Assembly will be avail- between Virginia's electric co- forward to continuing our colla- able for viewing on the Virginia bperatives and other types of boration with policy makers, State Corporation Commission ~tilities, and that our structure of regulators, other utilities, other web site: www.scc.virginia.gov. 2949 for Shannon. All the election returns cited in this story are unofficial• A meeting of the Russell .......... County School System's Special DEADLY NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES Muscular Dystrophy Association 1-800-572-1717 - www.rnd6usa.org Education Advisory Committee will be held Friday, November !i; at 1 D.m. in the Little "~eatre at Lebanon High Schooi All interested parents and citrizens are cordially invited to attend. Your ad could be here! Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28•50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other ! 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32•50• i .POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, ip.o. Box 817, St. Paul, VA ~24283 SINGLE COPY - 50c Classified Advertising: Minimum charge, $6.00 for up to 20 words, in advance; 25c per word after 20 words• Display Advertising rates on application• Periodicals publication Postal ISSN: 767600