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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 6, 2014 Page 5 IDA tables request FIELD TRIP...Students of Kathy Parsons and Stephanie Gross from Saint Paul Elementary enjoyed a beautiful day, on Tuesday, at Kim's Crazy Corn Maze in Castlewood. These first graders had fun with a hayride and maze, followed by picnic and playing. The St. Paul Industrial ment of the building. After Development Authority, at Cornerstone Hospitality its Tuesday night October opens Boiling Wilson 28 meeting, tabled a Hotel in Wytheville, the request from Southwest group will review the num- Regional Recreation bers for the Willis Authority. Building. The request was for Harrison also reported $5,000 each year over the that the Lyric Group had next two budget years, applied for an Industrial Some members of the Revitalization grant to con- board questioned whether tinue their work on the or not the board could or restoration of the Lyric should make this kind of Theater. He also said that expenditure. After a dis- the group has received cussion the board voted to $20,000 in donations. table the question until Harrison also next month. Further, announced that Virginia Chairman Bob Harrison Tourism and the Town of was asked to contact St. Paul will provide a Chuck Reidhammer of Hospitality Training for Spearhead Trails and interested people at the SRRA to be at the next Oxbow Center on meeting to explain how the November 6. funds, if donated, would be Harrison reported that a used. Legislative Breakfast at the Chairman Harrison Range Resources head- reported that he had been quarters in Clintwood in contact with authorities would be held on of Creative Boutique November 24. Registration Hotels who had viewed the begins at 8 am. Willis Building and were The meeting then interested in the develop- adjoumed. TRICK OR TREAT...Children from Storytime at J. Fred Tuesday trick-or-treating at local businesses. Russell County Extension News 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 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ Extension Calendar of Events: November 10 VQA Feeder Calf Sale Russell County Conference Center - 6 pm November 17 VQA Steer Take-Up Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA November 20 Energy Savings through Lean Thinking Marion, VA- Contact BILL WORRELL November 24 VQA Heifer Take-Up Tri-State Market - Abingdon, VA November 28 Echo Ridge Farm -"Black Friday" Bull and Female Sale Atkins, VA Scott County Cattlemen's Premium Assured Heifer Sale Washington County Fairgrounds - 12:00 noon December 8 VQA Feeder Calf Sale Va Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction - 6:00 pm If you need information about any of the listed events, please call the Extension Office at (276) 889-8056. November 29 SCOTT JESSEE - AGRICULTURE What were they worth last week? Listed below are the average sales prices for cattle sold on the Virginia State Graded Sales for the week of October 23 - 29. Sales were held at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Marshall, Narrows, Radiant, Rockingham, and Spring Lake. 4,250 calves were sold (1,509 steers, 1,861 heifers, and 880 bulls). Prices listed are for Medium and Large frame #1 steers and heifers, and prices are given in S/hundred weight. Steers: 400 - 500: $278.20; 500 - 600: $248.45, 600 - 700: $229.30; 700 - 800: $214.70; 800- 900:$224.20 Heifers: 400 - 500: $233.35; 500 - 600: $219.30, 600 - 700: $204.45; 700 - 800:$193.50 Russell County Cattlemen's Association The Russell County Cattlemen's Association will meet on Monday, November 10th at 6:00 pm at the Russell County Conference Center in Lebanon. The Virginia Quality Assured (VQA) Feeder Calves will sell at this time (during the meeting) on the Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction. The Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association recently partnered with DV Auctions (an Internet Auction Company in Missouri) to broadcast the Virginia Cattlemen's Tel-O-Auction on the Internet. This will be the FIRST Internet Auction broad- casting the Virginia Cattlemen's Sale - and it will be highlighting Southwest Virginia VQA Feeder Calves! Loads offered will have video clips of the calves, and bidders will be able to bid using the Internet. The broadcast will look very similar to auctions conducted on RFD-TV. The Abingdon Feeder Cattle Association hopes that the addition of the Internet will help us to reach new customers. Don't miss this opportunity to see the "unveiling" of the new system. Dinner will be served ($5 per person), but you do need to let us know that you are coming (889-8056). Hope to see you at the sale! BILL WORRELL - FORESTRY Forest Cultivated Mushrooms, a Rotten Business Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) refers to products other than timber that are harvested from woodlands. NTFPs include plants, parts of plants, fungi, moss, lichen, herbs, vines, shrubs, parts of trees, and other biological material that are either personally used or sold for their commercial value. We eat NTFPs and use them for medicine. We also use them to make decorations and create specialty products. Not only are many NTFPs marketable, they also are critical for healthy woodland ecosystems. Sustainable harvesting and cultivation of NTFPs through forest farming practices can complement overall stewardship of working forests. A webinar series will highlight the remarkable and diverse world of non,timber forest products, ranging from an overview of the abundance and diversity of NTFPs to forest farming practices focused on particular marketable products. The next webinar is on Specialty forest mushrooms including shiitake, oyster, lion's mane and wine cap which can be cultivated on wood substrates, as non tim- ber forest products for forest farming. Unfortunately other choice wild edible mushrooms like chanterelles, morels, or boletes are not included because they cannot be deliberately cultivated. Shiitake is by far the most developed of the spe- cialty forest mushrooms from the standpoint of both cultivation and marketing. There are four stages that the prospective grower must consider for forest cultiva- tion of shiitake. Acquisition of substrate logs is the first one. What kinds of trees and when to cut them are the main considerations? Shortly after that comes inoc- ulation of logs with the appropriate shiitake strain. The next stage requires some patience. The logs must be managed in a shady laying yard for up to a year to allow the fungus time to adequately colonize the log before it is ready to convert ,, ,, wood into mushrooms. After this so called spawn run , the focus shifts to fruit- ing, harvesting and marketing of the mushrooms. Well managed logs can be pro- ductive for 3 or more years. Contact the Extension office if you are interested in participating in this Non-timber Forest Products Webinar Series on November 10, 2014. The Russell County Extension Unit -- Cornelia Estep, Scott Jessee, Donna Meade and Bill Worrell -- is located on 135 Highlands Drive, Lebanon, VA. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website at www.ext.vt.edu/ Matthews Library were out on Items of Interest ADVISORY MEETING There will be a meeting of the Russell County School System's Special Education Advisory Committee on Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Russell County School Board Office. All interested par- ents and citizens are cor- dially invited to attend. Meetings of "the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees The regular monthly meeting of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees will be held Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wise County Public Library. The Finance Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. to review monthly payables. Free Hospitality Training offered in St. Paul on November 6 A Hospitality Workshop will be offered to front-line employees and managers who frequently interact with tourists at hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, attractions, and recreational activities. This four-hour training program will be provided at no charge to attendees on November 6 at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul. Participants Can attend the morning session at 8 am or the afternoon session which begins at 1 pm. The workshop will improve hospitality skills such as working with visi- tors, map reading, giving directions, suggesting nearby areas of interest, and providing an overall community message of welcome. These skills will help individuals build strong referral networks and keep tourism growing in the region. Participants will learn about the attrac- tions in their community and how tourism can increase revenue which helps their business grow. Managers are encouraged to attend the workshop with their front-line employees. The program is offered by the Southwest Virginia Workforce Investment Board, Virginia Tourism. Corporation, the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, the Town of St. Paul, the Small Business Development Center, Southwest Virginia Community College, and the University of Virginia's College at Wise. While the workshop is offered free of charge, advanced registration is required and eating is lim- ited. Lunch will be provid- ed. For more information or to register, visit www.svtdc.org or call 276- 889-8180. How often do we learn from our failures and mistakes?-LorettaDuty 00@VEM00E00 1l IOLIDY (.iLI:T NID FOOD Irlr LO(.kL i'ENI)OIL$ &PT IN(.LUDIN6 (.NDLE*), WILEJkTN$, PUITIfE $NT$ STOf.KTN&, ETC. &IT  IEDSTIlLT ON ClIllL]I:$TM$ $1tOIPTN& iOLIDI' fULKE (.ONTF.T e) 'NT.N  PtCZZE LT.& YOU PMLY ND K(.K OF-P TlltE