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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, November 7, 20t3 Page 5 = : Blue Devil Drama Team crowned , ....: ,, ,, _& "x_, !: ii lli'" ..... ,, '" ....... /lilitll00i " ....... VISITOR CENTER...Left to right, Joan Yates, Tazewell County; Buzz Witt, City of Norton; Rita Surratt, Dickenson County; Stan Botts, Wise County. The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority hosted an informal public reception and open house on Friday, October 25. Public open house reception at the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority held Earlier this year, the Heart of St: Paul 'for the tremendous Clinch ,River Valley Initiative, : Appalachia Tourism Authority support foi; the Vito"Ce'nt :: the Crooked Road, the Artisan -set out to meet a major mile- and a special thaws  to 'Bob Trails network and Heartwood. Harrison and the IDA Board for restoring Historic Hillman House and allowing Heart of Appalachia to welcome visitors in such a warm and inviting place!" shared Pam Vance, Heart of Appalachia Administrator. "We also want to thank St. Paul Tomorrow and the Clinch River Farmer's Market group for all their support. What a great place St. Paul is to live, work and visit!" The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority was created via legislature in 1993 to develop, promote and expand tourism in the coalfield region of southwestern Virginia. In con- cert with the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Wise and the City of Norton, the Heart of Appalachia works diligently to make a positive economic impact in the region by hosting marketing and social media workshops, providing website design assistance, promotional assistance via the Virginia is for Lovers program, entrepreneurial mentoring, Virginia Welcome Center demonstrations, sample itinerary building, FAM tours as well as partnering with the stone; becoming a State ;Certified Tourist Information , Visitor's Center. In June, the . Authority submitted a formal application for certification. In August, the facility located in 'Historic Hillman House, down- - town St. Paul, was inspected and the Authority administrator was interviewed. Recommendations " were forwarded to Rita McClenney, President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corp- oration (VTC), for review and _ approval. This October, the - Heart of Appalachia received -formal notice of certification from VTC and became an official State Certified Tourism , Information Center. In celebration of attaining certification, the Heart of Appal- l achia Tourism Authority hosted . an informal public reception and open house on Friday, October ,25. Board members Buzz Witt, ; Stan Botts, Rita Surratt and Joan ". Yates unveiled a commem- - orative plaque in recognition of the accomplishment. "We were pleased with the " turnout; there was plenty of good food shared with great company. The Heart of Appalachia thanks the Town of Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 5.'00 p.m until 8.)0 p.m. Candlelight Tour of the Old Couhouse Don't Miss This First-Time Event! Sunday, January 5, 20] 4 2:00 p.m. until E.'O0 p.m. Traditional "Old Christmas" Celebration : Old Russell County Courthouse " CALENDAR OF EVENTS The Heart of Appalachia also initiated the Virginia Coal Heritage Trail project which has been designated a historic Scenic Byway by the Common- wealth. In celebration of St. Paul's Annual Appalachian Heri- tage Fall Festival on October 19 the Heart of Appalachia hosted a Virginia Coal Heritage exhibit at the Visitors Center. Artifacts and memorabilia, courtesy of the Dante Coal Mining and Railroad Museum, was on display through October 26. The Authority is currently working on attaining National design- ation for the Coal Heritage project. The benefits of becoming a CTIC for the Heart of Appal- achia's seven coalfield counties and the city of Norton include free regional brochure display at all eleven Virginia highway Welcome Centers, brochure display at all Virginia Certified Tourism Information Centers, free listings in the Virginia Travel Guide, participation in VTC's annual seminar and FAM tour conducted specifically for CTICs and state Welcome Centers, pv,vision of VDOT state high, ay maps at no charge for distribution at the location, other free and fee services and assistance provided by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. For more information about the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authori, programs and as- =oamce offered by the Authority or tourist-related offerings, contact Pam Vance, Heart Administrator, at 276-762-0011, via email at in fo@,heartofappalachia.com, visit http://heartofappalachia.com or stop in the Visitor Center located at 3028 4 th Avenue Market Square, St. Paul, VA 24283. VIRGINIA STATE POLICE IN$11Ug| I:IIAUB M1$1N If you have knowledge of insurance freud, report it. 1-877-62FRAUD www.stampoutfraud.com IThe public is cordially invited to attend ! all these events. Come be part of I tn="rld Courthouse Experience." Congratulations to the Blue Devil Drama Team for their performance of Freak in the Conference 48 (formerly the Cumberland District) Theatre Competition. The Blue Devils were crowned Conference Champions. Eastside High School was named runner-up with their performance of Cagebtrds. Both the Blue Devils and Spartans will represent Conference 48 in regional competition on November 16th at Galax High School. Special congratulations to Haley Stanton for being named the Most Outstanding Actress in Conference 48, to Brittany Hen- ry, Most Outstanding Supporting Actress, and to Trevor Gilbert, Most Outstanding Supporting Actor. Jessee Rose and Leslie Murphy also received nomi- nations. Describid by one judge as an episode of "dark whimsy," Freak, by playwright Angela Hill, uses the metaphor of high school being like a circus side show. "I've already been to high school, that's like the biggest freak show of all.". Freak's protagonist, Monique, dreads school. The constant torment makes her feel like a sideshow freak. Every day, Monique wanders the scariest place on earth, the school hallway, and wishes she could just disappear Appalachian , Arts workshop for kids A two day, hands-on Paper Mache workshop will be offered this fall at Appalachian Arts Center. The workshop is ideal for kids age 10 and up, but younger children are welcome to attend, if accompanied by an adult who can help with some of the trickier aspects of the pro- ject. The first session will take place on Thursday, November 7 from 4-6 pm at the Arts Center. During this session, kids will learn to build large scale, 3 dimensional letters using card- board, and will learn how to make and apply paper mache to cover the surfaces for a smooth look. The second session will take place on Thursday, Novem- Holiday gifts from the kitchen The most meaningful gift is the one made with love and your own hands. Donna Meade, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, will hold a workshop on Thursday, Novem- ber 14 at the Old Russell County Courthouse at 6:00 p.m. In this make and take workshop you will create gifts ranging from delicious holiday baked goods to warming soups, condiments and beverages. Fee is $20.00 and will cover the cost of: the wrapping/pack- aging materials (such as baskets, bags, jars, etc.); one item of your choice to include in your gift (such as bottled herbal vinegar, cakes, soap or lotions, cookies, etc.); all of the recipes and hand- outs and refreshment samples! Additional funds will/may be needed to cover the cost 9f your choice of any additional items/products you wish to fnclude in your gift, or to be included in the additional basket you might want to put together (based on availability)! Center offers ber 14 from 4-6 pm, and during that period, participants will dec- orate their letters using embell- ishments of their choosing, including: paint, cartoons, old book pages, sheet music, stickers, fabric, glitter, feathers, photographs and more! The workshop will be taught by retired Richlands Middle School art teacher, Michael Smith, and the project was a student favorite throughout his many years of teaching. The cost for the two session workshop is $20, and all con- struction materials will be provided. Participants will want to bring embellishments of their own choosing to the second session. It is recommended that tudents wear old clothes that - and then she does. Monique finds herself out of high school and in an "unusual, disturbing, and fantabulastic" sideshow. Monique the frcak, the freakiest freak of all, wonders how she got there, wy hc  ticre, and what other outcasts lurk inside. Though sometimes dark, Freqk emphasizes hope, and it is hoe that finally leads her home. -. The Blue Devils will preseht an encore presentation of Freak, on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm at Castlewood High School. The play is directed by theatre coach Pamela Robersor, The community is cordiall invited to attend this special performance and fundraiser. Paper Mache " they don't mind getting messy i or to bring a smock or cover up to protect clothing. The work.- shop is limited to 12 participants accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please contact' the Art Center at 276-596-9188 or via. email at aDpartsinfo@sw.edu for more information, to register fo the workshop, or to inquire about scholarship opp0rtunities.,' Appalachian Arts Center, q part of Southwest Virginia Conl, munity College, is located oil. Route 19 in the 'Old Archly. Helton Store' 2.5 miles south of. Claypool Hill. Regular business- hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 12:00-6 pro; Thurs', day: 12Spm and Saturday: 10 i- am-6pm. COOPEHTIHE.CI]H lie Cooper [liscovetm A/T 3" ;hfit(Y a bala=c('d :: 2,:ho  oi OCbfl[)I[]y; {;0rl;')'Jf','ilf )[', d(!slll ,*C [!tO JtiCd ;1 *',ltt) flint bUiy pet%tins ;n ;,i ,,,?rr;l m;, 'T hr 3:gh lhi' m!iqtm bl',md o[ !:!)m[ r(llll]r I' , arld re," hnolwy, tile A/I q (V!ivc.r5 tl!? Df'I;lll] 1);I toad md OH road l,test 3d:ltloll [o Ih , b;Mli I D?'covr.,r-r h,:-r;tage et prorrti:rrl .;[}V and L,i,2ht Truck produ,;:5. Tri-County Tire Service (276-762-9501) (276-762--9591) 16618 E. 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